Well-kept lawns and graceful trees surround this cheerful family villa, forming a natural cushion of privacy and framing an inviting eight metre swimming pool. At one end of this, a lovely poolside pergola provides a shady space for long and leisurely al fresco lunches. At the other end is the villa itself, raised a few steps above the garden and opening on to a second dining or sun-downer terrace. Simply furnished, with an open-plan sitting/dining room, and three en suite bedrooms, El Laurel is certainly large enough to comfortably accommodate a family, yet its intimate and informal atmosphere makes it equally attractive as a hideaway just for two. It shares three acre grounds with the smaller villa La Rondita and large Finca la Alameda house. Booked together with one (or both) of these, it becomes a fine choice for two families or a group of friends holidaying together, and cook service could be the icing on the cake. Rural but not remote, the villa is just 5km from Ronda.