A sophisticated, elegant villa in the middle of Sotogrande, the largest privately owned residential estate in Andalusia and home to an eclectic, international community. Just off the coastal motorway you’re buzzed in via the intercom and sweep up the drive to the sprawling white villa, with its series of rooms set around a Moorish-style courtyard with a fountain. Large bedrooms are en suite; you’ll find a bottle of wine waiting for you. A uniformed maid serves breakfast in the fabulous dining room, and extra services such as light suppers, restaurant bookings, airport travel, passes for entry to a private beach club can be organised, or you can take day trips to nearby Tarifa and Marbella or the stunning sierras – just ask. Cristina, a long-term resident of southern Spain, may also be able to help you with plans for the day and advice on restaurants, history and culture. Help yourself to coffee in the courtyard; you’re welcome to use the pool with its sun deck and gardens. Come with family, friends and have the whole place to yourselves for a month or two in the summer.