A Truly Italian Job


The illustrious La Zagaleta country estate perched on the top of the hill on the road to Ronda enjoys breathtaking views over the estate’s beautifully manicured golf courses and natural lakes, the Mediterranean Sea, the Straits of Gibraltar and the North African coast establishing this residential area as one of the most prestigious in Europe.

Nicolas Dalli, one of the three sons of the famous singer and restaurateur, Toni Dalli, always wanted to build the house of his dreams in La Zagaleta combining his in-depth knowledge of development, construction and design with his Italian roots, and now he has realised that dream. There is a Tuscan courtyard at the front of the house and all of the building materials such as the stone, marble and tiling have been imported from Italy. The bathrooms are designed in an Italian style with an 18 Carat gold shower in the master bedroom en-suite.

Now complete, this mountainside Tuscan residence has already won awards. In April this year, The Wall Street Journal honoured the house as the European House of The Day and in May the ABC ranked the property as the number one house in Europe.

The 9 bedroom 11 bathroom residence spans over three levels and comes complete with a night club, cinema room, gym, a full spa with an aromatherapy shower and Hammam, chill-out area, bodega, an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi as well as a garage that houses 8 cars designed to McLaren Formula 1 specification. It goes without saying that this house is simply exquisite but modest at the same time giving full recognition to its incredible views and natural surroundings with floor to ceiling glass for optimum appreciation. The property faces south-west overlooking the 18th hole and a natural lake, the Mediterranean and North Africa at the rear, and the rolling hills of the Sierra de las Nieves from the front of the house.

The house literally flows between the different areas with a tunnel that joins the main house to the lower level. The outdoor infinity swimming pool has a glass bottom which is illuminated and from this pool there is a 3-metre waterfall that drops down to a chill-out pool which is made completely out of glass. When you are below in the chill-out bar, you can look up and see the swimming pool above lit up like a jewellery box. The discotheque and chill-out area is made out of onyx precious stone giving this area a soft glow and very special aura about it.

This unique house meets all of the requirements of contemporary living with clean lines, neutral colours and state-of-the-art technology with traditional Tuscan styling and an appreciation of its natural surroundings. The house is ecologically sound utilising solar panels for its hot water and LED lighting throughout the house to make the property as energy-efficient as possible. There is fingerprint recognition which, depending on what finger you use, can set the mood for the entire house by a simple touch adjusting the illumination and music to your exact requirements. The lighting is subtle and complementary bouncing softly off the cream-coloured walls, giving this immense property a warm and cosy feel. The use of natural materials such as stone, marble, wood and water creates a feeling of going back to nature and takes you well away from the stark clinical-style that you can often come across in new builds.

For more information, go to www.damonbuilders.es

or email nicolasdalli@msn.com

(photography © Steve Sparrow

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