A unique residence typical of the world famous American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Constructed during the 4 years 1960 -1964, in part from hand selected special materials originating from a 9th Century Mosque.
Viñas Viejas dominates, whilst quietly nestling in a fold of the intimate and very exclusive "Rancho Domingo" estate, ten minutes west of Málaga airport.
The 600 m2 house set upon an elevated 4,150 m2 site on the edge of the picturesque village of Benalmádena, provides a splendid stage for enjoying the dramatic views of the Costa del Sol. The Mediterranean Sea to North Africa presents a blue backcloth to the magnificent panorama, which it commands.
An electronic automatic bronze gateway stands vigil over the entrance expanding to a spectacular vista over a romantic winding driveway of cleaved Ronda stone, flanked by flower gardens bestowing a panoply of colour, a bubbling stream adds vitality to the formal section.
The house and gardens were completely reformed and modernised with additions between 1992-1994 meticulously preserving the original special architectural characteristics. Only the finest of first class materials manipulated by selected artisans were utilised in the reconstruction. Materials include marble from Greece, Portugal and Spain, Onyx from Pakistan, timbers of teak, burred walnut and oak. The finished result is a home of tremendous beauty and warmth.
An imposing hand crafted teak door permits entrance to the central living area, laid in Portuguese beige/ pink marble with teak inlay. A masonry fireplace adds majestic aura to this bright spacious area illuminated by the Lloyd Wright signature of clerestory windows, a bay window adds further natural brightness providing a portrait vista.
Four bedrooms including guest annexe, four en-suite bathrooms; two of which are set in hand selected Onyx, embrace the central living area consisting of drawing and dining rooms, a teak laid library and a magnificent fully equipped kitchen. A gym/office. Terraces with breathtaking views and a Zen style tranquil patio with a moving water wall, and shifting concealed LED lighting complete the living areas. A traditional arched wine cellar, stores 800 bottles in a climate controlled environment.
French doors open onto a dining terrace with barbecue and full wet bar overlooking a croquet lawn. A flight of steps opens to a brilliant blue mosaic swimming pool, setting the panorama's foreground.
Massive trees set upon rolling verdant lawns dress the domain, confirming the solidity and establishment of the estate. A rural parkland area with a stream feeding a rockery waterfall, fruit trees, kitchen garden, and its own vineyard; planted 2008 to produce approximately 400 bottles of Chardonnay and Syrah wine. A tropical hot house. A Thai style garden house set amongst bamboo and fruit trees, adorns the lower garden area. Jacuzzi spa, sauna, a full wet-bar entertainment area, and magnificent swimming pool complete the portrait of an exquisite garden relaxation and recreation area
Extensive accoutrements list includes:- Electronic gates with video intercom. Double garage with workbench area. Kitchen fully equipped with contemporary innovations in modern cooking equipment. Full walk in cold room. Fully equipped laundry room. Internal digital telephone exchange, each room served by telephone. Wi-fi throughout. Centralised entertainment system providing stereo CD, radio, terrestrial and satellite video/dvd television. Double and triple glazed windows and doors. Under-floor heating by gas-oil (diesel) re-circulating hot water throughout. Alarm system incorporating an infra-red perimeter barrier and night guard service. Solar heated pool, and domestic hot water. Proprietary well and community water supplies. 30,000 litre water storage tank. Water softener. Purification by reverse osmosis. Computer controlled irrigation system.
This wonderful property is unique in the fact that it has total privacy from its neighbours and yet is only 250metres walk from the quaint and picturesque Benalmadena village.