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“A blissful week in a fantastic location”
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Welcome to Villa Casa Sonana!
Villa Casa Sonana - living area.
El Salon at Villa Casa Sonana
large comfortable living space at Casa Sonana
Choose a book from Sonana's personal library.
Indoor Dining at Villa Casa Sonana
Large, modern and fully equipped kitchen.
A Kitchen with a View.
Bedroom Las Vistas - another large double room - views all around.
Each bedroom has its own unique ensuite bathrooms
Bedroom El Jardin - a large double bedroom with patio doors onto terrace and gardens.
Bright and modern en-suite bathrooms
Bedroom El Rio - a large twin room with balcony and amazing views.
Bedroom Las Salinas - a beautiful twin bedroom with balcony.
Large family bathroom.
Terrace Dining - amazing views all around.
All bedrooms with a View.
Large Pool & Large Casa.
A children's pool & 10m adult pool.
Children love Villa Casa Sonana
Ronda at night.
Picking apricots from Villa Casa Sonana's private orchard.
Villa Casa Sonana - Rural Andalucian Chic!
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Ronda, Costa del Sol, Province of Malaga, Andalucia

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dianamH10...
2 reviews
“A blissful week in a fantastic location”
Reviewed July 3, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

From the first contact with Jill I knew we would have a wonderful week. When we arrived the villa was spotless and so well equipped. The kitchen cupboards were full of the basic ingredients and there were even two little bottles of home grown olive oil.
The views are fantastic and lying by the pool watching and listening to the birds was so relaxing.
There is plenty to explore in Ronda and the nearby villages. We had a hire car but in the end decided that we all wanted to sample the local wines so ended up using taxis a lot. Jill has written heaps about what to do locally, where to eat and drink which made it very easy for us.
Thoroughly recommend the villa to all.

Date of stay: June 2015
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Liked best: The views across and along the valley
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Jul 6, 2015
Hola Diana. thank you so much for your review, and delighted that you loved Villa Casa Sonana and the local area. We are very excited about our very first pressing of our olive oil - isn't it tasty! By next year's harvest we will have labels made, currently we are wondering what to call it and how to design a label - so any ideas, please let me know! I was quite jealous reading how you enjoyed the birdsong whilst lazing by the pool, i can hear them now, it really is quite joyous. thanks again for choosing us, and as before, you know just to contact me personally when you wish to return. (don't leave it too late as we do get booked up very quickly for the main summer months). Until then, as always, Saludos :) Jill.
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LorraineM...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Just Brilliant”
Reviewed June 25, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We had a great time at this villa, everything you ever need and more, I don't just mean the villa, location and sun, even within the Villa you want for nothing. Jill organised the delivery of our shopping for arrival, the tapas for our dinner and booked our restaurant for Sunday lunch. All of which helped us relax very quickly. Arriate is a lovely town and the locals are great, nice bars and quite frankly the best restaurant I have ever been to on holiday El Maule. We will be back.

Date of stay: May 2015
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 6, 2015
Hola Lorraine. thank you so much for such kind words. We are all delighted that you loved everything about Villa Casa Sonana. As you now know, my full time job is in luxury hotels, so its easy for me just to transfer this experience to Casa Sonana, not just in the hardware of the Villa and the grounds, but also all those additional services which are often enjoyed by our villa guests. Arriate and the local area (and Restaurant El Muelle) do the rest for it with its natural beauty. Great news that you all loved it, thanks for choosing us, and you know just to contact me personally when you wish to return. Until then, as always, Saludos:) Jill,
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Lucy F
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Week!”
Reviewed June 24, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We stayed at Villa Casa Sonana in early June and had a lovely week. The villa is beautiful - very clean, light and spacious with lovely furnishings and décor. We like to cook and the kitchen was well equipped with a lovely big fridge and a bbq area. For me, the best thing about the villa was the beautiful view - it's set into a valley and looks out over the most beautiful countryside, and is totally peaceful. Sitting on the terrace and looking out onto such lovely surroundings whilst eating dinner was a real treat. We went on daytrips to Marbella, Peurto Banus and Ronda, all of which are relatively close and worth visiting. We also ate at El Muelle de Arriate a couple of times, which was delicious. Definitely make sure you visit for lunch or dinner, Frank is a wonderful host. Booking the villa was very easy and Jill is so helpful and very accommodating - we had a couple of queries and special dietary requirements and she couldn't have been more kind. Also, the people we met who look after the villa locally and greeted us on arrival were so friendly and more than happy to be contacted at any time. It really does make a difference to know that if you have any issues at all there are people you can ask and they will come back with helpful solutions! All in all we had a really lovely relaxing week, so thank you to everyone at Villa Casa Sonana for looking after us so well!

Date of stay: June 2015
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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Having to drive to most places although I was fully aware of this
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
Jun 28, 2015
Hola Lucy,
Thank you for your kind words - most appreciated, and we are delighted that you all loved Villa Casa Sonana and the local area. I agree, the view surrounding the Villa is truly special, and like yourself we have also spent many a magical evening on the terrace enjoying the awesome views. Good to hear that Andalucia catered for the special dietary requirements also, it would have been awful if you weren't able to sample the local wonderful cuisine. Thanks again and hope we can welcome you all back to Villa Casa Sonana sometime in the future. Until then, Saludos :) Jill.
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jmarr2014
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Luxurious villa with breathtaking views.”
Reviewed April 23, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

Our holiday at Casa Sonana was blissfully relaxing and a visual feast for the eyes. The villa itself has everything you could wish for;a kitchen that is stocked with all the basics to cook with, toiletries in all four bedrooms , all the expected modern gadgets, a plethora of games to keep all the family happy and last but not least floor to ceiling glass windows that look out onto the most spectacular views. If you can drag yourself away from the villa you are well placed to visit Ronda, Seville or Granada as well as some more local beauty spots. The nearby visit of Arriate is a hidden gem and can address all your eating and drinking needs!
We will undoubtedly return in the very near future.

Date of stay: April 2015
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Liked best: The comfort of the villa and its location
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 27, 2015
Hola Jane y todos! Many thanks for your review, really appreciated. Delighted that you loved Villa Casa Sonana, everything within it and of course those breath-taking views surrounding it, they are pretty special. It would be our pleasure to welcome you all back again, and you know just to contact me personally when you wish to do this. Until then, as always, Saludos :) Jill
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M S
Singapore, Singapore
1 review
“Fabulous get away where you have it all!”
Reviewed January 18, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We stayed for a week at Jill and Calum's fabulous home in Arriate.

The home itself is immaculate -- new, modern, spacious, well designed & decorated, very clean. The kitchen was well stocked and in the rest of the house plenty of books, toys for kids, entertainment. Amazing collection of wine. Bathrooms were spotless, Wifi was excellent everywhere, for us cell phone signal was good in the kitchen/family area.

The area surrounding the home is stunning. Its located on an incline with vast open views of hills, olive plantations, distant clusters of white houses from everywhere. Its a short walk to Setenil de las bodegas and other hidden jewels in rural Spain.

The nicest part though is the people -- the owner and hospitable management of the house. They are not out to nickel and dime renters. They had taken the time to understand our trip and non-intrusively helped out. Since we were traveling internationally with kids, they had some grocery ready, gave us local suggestions, made us dinner reservations, arranged baby sitters etc etc. We were there late Dec and I had questions about heating, the local mgmt immediately checked out all heating in the house and even left us a few new space heaters, just in case. Yes, you only pay upfront but this bunch knows how to make this not just another rental but an experience. Great job guys!

Date of stay: December 2014
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Liked best: The immaculate condition of the place + niceness of owner
Liked least: Couldn't book by credit card. For future visitors, pls book with confidence even by bank transfer.
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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Management Response
Jan 19, 2015
Hola Mala. Muchos Gracias for such a lovely review. It makes my day getting such lovely feedback about how we rent out Villa Casa Sońana, and we are all absolutely delighted that you all enjoyed it. We take the rental of our Villa very seriously, and I guess it is my international hotel background that make me instinctively want to find out all that we can about our guests, so you can have a great holiday. As you so succinctly put it, "an experience", not just a holiday! Thanks again for choosing Villa Casa Sońana, mucho appreciado, and I hope the rest of your travels were successful. You know just to reach out to me personally when you wish to return to the area, and we hope that we can welcome you back to Casa Sońana again then. Until then, personal best wishes to you and your family. Besos. Jill and the team. x
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Mmalley67
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Five star experience (again)”
Reviewed January 8, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

Another stay at Villa Casa Sońana and again I can’t recommend this villa highly enough. The location is stunning, the surrounding views outstanding and the villa offers you all the luxury that you would expect from a 5-star hotel (no surprise since the owner is a former 5* hotelier). The service from the initial enquiry to our final farewell was 5* too. I would recommend booking on the villa website as I found I got a better price than via TripAdvisor and other sites (e.g. flip key, holiday lettings etc). I guess booking direct means cutting out the middle man and associated commissions. Booking direct via the villa website was easy and there's lots of pics and info on the site that is super useful too.

Date of stay: December 2014
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Jan 9, 2015
Hola ! Feliz Ańo Nuevo! Delighted that you had another great time at Villa Casa Sońana, and we really appreciate these 5-star comments. Our goal is to offer a 5-star villa, so delighted that's what we deliver. Your comments on the pricing are 'bang-on'. Best Prices are indeed directly from our website. Companies such as TripAdvisor, Flipkey etc, have introduced some challenging commercial terms which means that we have to offer higher prices for enquiries through these channels as their commissions are killing small businesses such as us. So definitely, spread the word, "Book Direct For Best Prices!" Thanks again and best wishes to you all for a happy and prosperous 2015. Saludos :) Jill.
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Worcester...
Worcester
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Does not get any better”
Reviewed October 22, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Before we left the UK we were sure we had made the right decision. The booking experience alone confirmed we had a very good landlord. The whole process was made completely easy and communication was speedy and helpful.
As the car pulled up at the end of the drive, we were met by a spectacular l view of the Villa and backdrop.
The villa was just as the web photos showed it to be. Large, spacious, beautifully designed and equipped. All the furnishings were clean and modern. The kitchen was well laid out and equipped with almost everything you could possibly need. Immediately outside the kitchen is a built in BBQ and Pizza/Bread oven, so handy for preparation and cooking.
As soon as you walked onto the garden, the stunning view hit you like a large wave. Just sitting by the pool, on the terrace, in the shade of the large weeping willows and staring out across the small valley was simply lovely.
The design of the villa was superb, with a large through lounge, dining area and library all blending in to form a huge area. We thoroughly enjoyed playing cards and quiz games at night after a very tasty BBQ.
All bedrooms are very well equiped, each with its own shower and bath, all immaculately clean and wanting for nothing.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and come along to refresh the villa during the stay.
There is a lot of information in the lounge regarding places to visit and to eat. There is no shortage of really good quality restaurants around Arriate and Rhonda. Also, you can get almost anything you need in a very short journey.
To give you an insight to the level of service at the villa, we had a small problem with the refridgerator and sent Jill ( the lovely owner) a message to see if anything could be done.Within a few hours, we had a reply apologising, informing us the a brand new appliance would be delivered asap and a beautiful present of local food and wine to say sorry.
All in all, I have to say that the villa, the views, the local area, are just wonderful and we would recommend Villa Casa Sonana very highly and we would certainly consider returning.

Date of stay: September 2014
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Liked best: The entire experience
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Oct 24, 2014
Hola todos! Thank you all so very much for such a lovely review. I know that you had difficulties in getting this through on TripAdvisor, so thanks for your perseverance. We are delighted that you all loved Casa Sońana and all that it, and the local area has to offer. I truly love your description of the Villa, perhaps I should be using you to write some of our own marketing copy! Seriously, it was our pleasure to welcome you all there, and we also appreciate your understanding with the fridge problem. A brand new one is now installed so perfection has returned again to Villa Casa Sońana. It would be our pleasure to welcome you all back, and please just contact me personally when you wish to do this. Until then, thanks again for choosing us, and until the next time. as always, Saludos :) Jill.
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