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A romantic get away from it all . . .



Updated: 12-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Large casita in a lush, sub-tropical garden

Have you ever wanted a holiday free of cluttered beaches, high-rises and crowded pool areas?

Welcome to Montaña Rosa, your own private home from home where you can relax in the shady corners of your own private garden, lie in the warmth of the sun beside your own pool and dine on the nearby terrace with food fresh from your own barbeque.

It's intimate, peaceful and relaxing.

Set among the stunning, mountainous scenery of the Axarquia, Montaña Rosa is a large, self-contained casita nestled in a lush, sub-tropical garden with every facility for a relaxing break from life's stresses.

With a large bedroom and ensuite bathroom, you will immediately be drawn into the sense of peace and tranquility that imbues both home and garden. Relax by your private pool with some light food and wine or under the shade of the outdoor room with its long, low table and comfortable bamboo seating. Bring a good book to the table under the vine and feel time slow down or sit at the little table in front of the stone garden and plan your tomorrows. Later you can fire up the barbeque, cook a locally produced steak or fish from the market, and enjoy it all with a glass of fruity Rioja at the dining area near the pool. Time is your own, though it moves more slowly here than you may be used to.

Surrounded by olive and almond groves with wonderful walking paths and vistas right down to the coast. Long beach at Torre del Mar just 30 minutes away and plenty of white villages nearby to explore such as Alfarnate, Alfarnatejo, Periana and Comares - all beautiful in their own way and maintained to a high standard with planters and boxes of flowering plants. Each have their own regular festivals celebrating some aspect for which the town or village will be well known, from Alfarnate's cherry harvest to Periana's gloriously fruity olive oil. From gazpacho soup to the birthday of San Isidro, there's always a cause for celebrating something or someone with music, wine and food and the genuine bonhomie for which the locals are justly famous.

There are walking trails for the fit and not so fit, mountain climbing, off-road cycling routes, motor cycle routes along the rugged coastline, tours of Malaga's inspiring historical sites, art galleries - including the Picasso Museum - the magnificent historical botanical gardens at La Concepción (voted one of the best in Europe) and a bewildering array of restaurants, tapas bars and delis all on our doorstep or just a short drive away.

It's yours to discover and make your own, at your own pace, in your own time.

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About the Owner

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2017

About The Owner


About Tony Hartnett

My wife, a professional artist, and I moved here after falling in love with this most unique and tranquil part of Spain, its warm and hospitable people and the ever-changing colours of the landscape. I gave up a career in graphic design to concentrate on this new venture, bringing more people into contact with a Spain not found in the glossy brochures. A vibrant, close-knit and welcoming Spain that still retains so much of what has sadly been lost to the stresses of a world in a hurry..

Tony Hartnett purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Tony Hartnett chose Alfarnatejo

Montaña Rosa is a peaceful, relaxing and intimate experience, very different to the common perception of Spain as a place where crowded high-rise apartments clutter the coastline. Here you will be in touch with nature, with tranquility and with the traditions that still predominate in the towns and villages around us. Behind us and to the sides are the majestic mountains of Malaga's Nature Reserve. Straight ahead the valley meanders between further hills, layered in shades of pale mauve and blue, down to the coast where the Meditteranean sparkles in the sun.

High above the mountains eagles soar on the updrafts, searching for prey. Along the mountain paths Spring and Summer bring bursts of colour in a huge array of flowers and shrubs or fig trees laden down with sweet, sun-warmed fruit. Later in the year pomegranates, oranges and sweet kaki fruit are harvested, along with the olives that go to make the wonderful, fruity oil. We're surrounded by an abundance of glorious, natural produce.

What makes this apartment unique

Andalusia enjoys one of the world's healthiest climates and Montaña Rosa, at an elevation of over six bundred metres, has both the warmth of the sun and the cleanliness of pure mountain air that can invigorate mind, body and spirit.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2014

5 Reviews

5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


Stunningly beautiful and totally relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed 11 wonderful nights at the Montana Rosa and can honestly say it was one of our very best holiday experiences.

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday with a beautiful garden with every amenity available and complete privacy we would recommend this completely. The gardens which are for your private use are beautiful with plenty of shade provided with comfy seating if required and the option to sit out in the evening after the sun has gone down with lighting. The swimming pool is small but big enough to swim and cool off, and the accommodation is comfy and provides everything you need.

The area is wonderful with lovely walks and nearby villages offer small supermarkets to meet your daily needs plus the local pub is a two minute walk away if you want company and lovely Spanish food.

Tony and Denise the owners are so kind and helpful and able to offer local information if and when required, whilst at the same time giving you the privacy to just enjoy unwinding.

Certainly 5 out of 5 from us and we will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Marilyn. You were both a pleasure to have here and we very much hope we can meet again. Tony & Denise.
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Peaceful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Tony & Denise made us very welcome & went above expectations to make our stay enjoyable we couldn't ask for more. The cottage was very comfortable & a lot of extras you wouldn't normally get. The gardens were delightful we spent most of our time outside the pool is kept lovely I would highly recommend staying here & have already told family & friends

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Florence and Frank, it was a pleasure having you here. We wish you both all the best for the future and very much hope to see you again. Tony and Denise.
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A little slice of paradise :)

  • 5 of 5

I’m not sure I have the words in my vocabulary to describe how idyllic Montana Rosa is. Set in wonderful mountains with spectacular walking trails starting from the front door, beautiful traditional restaurants within walking distance.

The property has everything you need and more, and it is obvious it has been designed by someone with artistic flair. I’m not sure where to begin in describing the wonderful outside areas, tropical plants and colourful flowers segregate the garden areas meaning you can sit with a different view each day.

Tony and Denise were wonderful, always on hand but never imposing giving us great tips about the area and ensuring we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We cannot speak highly enough of Montana Rosa, Tony and Denise and the area, loved every minute and did not want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We both really appreciate you taking the time to give us your thoughts, Jill, and genuinely delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. Many thanks for your kind words on the garden and the surrounding area. We'd love to see you and Simon again at some point in the future. Best to you both. Tony & Denise.
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Perfect Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for four nights and found it to be an absolutely perfect little oasis. The garden with pool had everything you could ask for and need. The one bed villa was very clean and ideal for our needs. We were on a property search in the surrounding area and not only were Tony and Denise (the owners) most welcoming and friendly, they were able to offer us lots of local knowledge and information.

We would definitely stay here again, especially if we wanted a place to get away from it all and relax. You could not ask for better.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Endroit idyllique

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un séjour très agréable dans un endroit magnifique les propriétaires sont charmants et très attentionnés la location est parfaite il ne manque rien et dan et Tony font tous pour leurs clients merci à eux pour ce séjour chaleureux

Ghislaine et Jean Luc

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup, Jean Luc et Ghislaine!
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1-5 of 5

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Standard price
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 12-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • apartment


  • limited accessibility


  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only