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Easily maintained gardens complete with heated outdoor pool, professional BBQ, outdoor kitchen, prettily thatched bar, children's play area and a vegetable patch.

Just a 5-minute drive from Marbella, and with Nikki Beach, a good choice of local shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants little more than a stone’s throw away, the house is conveniently located at Ricmar. When the current owners purchased it in 2004, the property had been treated less than kindly by the passing years and a major floor-to-roof renovation was called for. Having also significantly extended the villa – traditionally Andalusian on the outside and stylishly modern inside – with two separate but interconnecting wings, the property is both spacious and enormously versatile.

A spacious and versatile property.

Designed with al fresco relaxing and entertaining in mind.

The light and airy dining-room.

The story so far…

After spending a lot of time and effort creating a home with as much character as this, the owners are only selling-up because they have businesses back home to attend to. Inevitably, there are many things they admit they’ll miss, like the fact that with 12 mature olive trees in the garden, they’ve never once had to buy olive oil, olives, or for that matter firewood! And because the original walls, according to age-old Andalusian building traditions are particularly thick, the house is so well insulated that although it has hot and cold air-conditioning, they’ve hardly ever used it.

The villa is in immaculate condition throughout.

The attractively-designed master bedroom...

elegant en suite bathroom

On the ground floor, the beautifully-appointed accommodation includes three reception rooms – a formal sitting-room with a fabulous feature fireplace, an informal living room, plus a dining-room – a large fully-fitted kitchen complete with a seating area, an office, guest toilet and integral garage. The luxurious master bedroom, with its own generously-proportioned en suite bathroom and direct access to the heated outdoor swimming pool is also situated on this level, as are two further bedrooms – one with a marble bathroom and the other with an en suite shower-room.

The formal sitting-room with fabulous feature fireplace.

Family values... a cosy bedroom for two little princesses.

The upper level comprises a guest bedroom with private terrace, bathroom and gym as well as a one-bedroom staff or guest apartment with its own lounge, kitchen, bathroom and terrace.

The fully-fitted kitchen features an informal seating area.

Designed with al fresco entertaining in mind, there are large sunny terraces, while other features of the easily-maintained gardens include an outdoor kitchen, professional barbecue and a prettily thatched bar, as well as a children’s play area and vegetable patch.

The villa is being sold fully furnished to very high standards, so its proud new owners will be able to move in and feel totally at home from day one!

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What you get

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 6

Reception rooms: 3

Fully-fitted kitchen

Separate apartment

Heated outdoor swimming pool

Easily maintained gardens

Bar, BBQ & outdoor kitchen area

Built: 500 m2

Terraces: Various, both open and covered

Plot: 1,400 m2

Parking for 5 cars

State-of-the-art security system

Automatic irrigation

Many special features

Listed with you at €1,450,000

Listing Reference: HOT-V1065-SSC

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