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A stylishly converted farmhouse close to Ronda with included daily housekeeping

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,314 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

A secluded home-from-home with spectacular mountain views and daily housekeeping

El Tejar is the highest house in the small village of Montecorto, just 15 minutes from Ronda, with amazing panoramic views of the Grazalema mountains.

This exceptionally romantic house (featured in several interior design magazine) is decorated in Andalusian/Moroccan style. Whitewashed beams and terracotta floors have been stylishly combined with warm colour washes. There are hundreds of books, CD players in all rooms, a collection of beautiful paintings and prints as well as wifi internet (with desktop iMac). The 4 large bedrooms have the same bright/ethnic feel: linen is top range, mattresses too, and all are en suite.

A charming housekeeper, Francisca, cleans and tidies every day (if you so wish) and can prepare typical Andalusian meals. Sculpted into the hillside is a circular pool surrounded by terraces shaded by olive, almond and citrus trees. El Tejar is an exceptional holiday home - not just an ordinary villa - and perfect for a relaxing, secluded and spoiling holiday.

Included daily help: Two hours of daily cleaning help from a charming, and discreet Spanish maid is included in the weekly rental price.

(Occasionally guests prefer for Francisca not to come up to El Tejar to clean and tidy. No problem....).

What is so unique about El Tejar is that, if you should wish, Francisca can also prepare meals. She can either prepare a wide range of 'tapas' for you - these are made in her own home then delivered to you for your lunch or dinner. Or she can also cook a full 3 three course meal (minimum of 4 people) which will be served to you at your candlelit dining table.

Francisca uses organically grown vegetables from her husband's vegetable plot and prepares delicious meat and fish dishes of the 'slow' cooked variety.

Why is this place so exceptional?: What is so special about El Tejar is that although you're at the edge of the village, when you sit on the terraces or by the pool no other house is visible. You have the best of both worlds: easy access to village shops and bars and an utterly secluded location.

We believe we have the most comprehensive guest information of any rental property in the area which includes information on the best local bars and restaurants, where to visit, and detailed route notes of the area's most beautiful walks including our own guide books to the area (see Amazon.com: Guy Hunter-Watts 'Walking in Andalucia' and 'The Andalucían Coast to Coast Walk', Santana Books).

Renowned travel writer Alastair Sawday recently included El Tejar amongst his top ten favourite places to stay in Southern Spain and we've had features written about the house in several UK newspapers. We are also recommended as a rental property by i-escape, the award-winning travel website.

A bit more about the village and the area: Montecorto is a quiet, friendly village. There are a number of bars and restaurants including one in the pine forest where you can have al fresco meals. There will always be somebody who is keen to talk to you! There is a bakers, four small grocery stores - two of them provide baskets so you can pick things off the shelf, a useful thing for non-Spanish speakers - as well as a bank and chemists. A lot of the fruit and vegetables for sale in the village come from the fertile terraces beneath the village. If you prefer to shop in supermarkets, there are several choices in Ronda, just 15 minutes from El Tejar.

We provide arriving guests with a booklet listing our favourite bars and restaurants, interesting visits in the area, maps of the village, of Ronda and of the surrounding area, a history of the house and general information about the house. We have found that this little booklet really helps you get the most out of this beautiful area where we've lived for more than two decades.

More Details

Guy Hunter-Watts
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ronda in Serranía de Ronda

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2314 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Computer Available ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Casablanca - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Cadiz - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Cuzco - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Cueva - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All of the rooms have attractive bathrooms. The pressure in the showers is excellent and there is masses of hot water. There are heated towel rails. Sinks are marble topped with masses of space for toiletries and there is attractive ceramic tiling and retro-style taps. As well as a large overhead shower rose there is an additional 'telephone' shower as well, of course, as a large bath tub. Cueva is the only room which has just a shower rather than bath. There are plenty of towels awaiting you at El Tejar, as well as bath mats. We pride ourselves on the fact that you will find all bathrooms spotless and gleaming when you arrive.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Casablanca - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Has own sitting room
    Cadiz - 2 Single Bed , The highest room with great views!
    Cuzco - 2 Single Bed , Also has great views and access to a private terrace
    Cueva - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , Has small dressing room/annex
  • Casablanca, reached by a steep wooden staircase, has a gorgeous view and its own small lounge with French windows leading out to a small jasmine-clad balcony. The lounge is a real eagle's nest is decorated in a warm ochre wash. There is loads of hanging space in the wardrobe and tasteful lighting. Cadiz, in a separate wing. is the highest room at El Tejar and is a twin. It has windows on three sides so is a really light room. There are framed black & white photographs & attractive applique lamps. Cuzco, in the same wing as Cadiz, is another spacious twin room. It too has windows on all three sides and has access to an almond-shaded terrace & steps down to the pool. Cueva is the lowest room in the house, well away from other rooms. It is a double & has been decorated with framed prints from Morocco. It has a small annex with a single bed & has access out to a terrace by the pool. All rooms have CD players with a selection of Spanish music. All linen & pillows are top quality.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Tucked away in a corner is a computer, a new iMac, with free 24 hour access as well as fast wifi if you're travelling with a laptop. El Tejar is not suitable for toddlers because of the steep stairs. But children aged 4/5 and above will love the house. Parents should note that the swimming pool is a uniform 1.6m deep. Babysitting possible: our ever-friendly housekeeper Francisca can, if you would like, babysit for your children on weekday evenings. (This is for an additional charge) Longer term rentals only considered in our Low Season ie November-end February.


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A stylishly converted farmhouse close to Ronda with included daily housekeeping
average rating of 4.882353 based on 17 reviews

Unique, beautiful and stylish.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful home, with everything you need for a fantastic holiday. This is a lovely large four bedroomed house, right on the edge of Montecorto village, with all its charm. El Tejar is a fantastic place to stay and relax, we enjoyed the cool interior, and the pool for lazy afternoons.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your complimentary words about El Tejar. We are really happy that you and your family had a great holiday and hope that you may return to this beautiful part of the Ronda mountains some time in the future.
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A Slice of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

Very difficult to know where to begin in describing the virtues of this house. The architecture itself is a terrific example of the vernacular and takes wonderful advantage of the site, climbing up the mountain in levels that give every room wonderful views and allows for multiple terraces and stairs. The pool with its fountain is clean and cool, even on a very hot day. The bedrooms are ample with private bathrooms that are simple and handsome, with exposed timber and pitched roofs and arches everywhere. Paqui's cooking is excellent. What a treat to have a meal prepared for you and your friends, so that after a day out, you can relax on the terrace (after taking a swim and sharing a bottle of wine). In fact you can simply reach up into the arbor above you and snip off a clump of tasty grapes if it's August. Around the corner from the house are two fig trees for dessert! Montecorto is a sweet village, close to Ronda but in tourist season you're glad not to be too close. My merry band of friends and I had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in Montecorto. The entire area is stunning this time of year, and the house has a beautiful garden. The kitchen could use an update: it was always crawling with ants because the counters/cupboards are not properly sealed. Great information from the owner about the area.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great Spanish experience

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful scenery, tastefully decorated and set in a quintessential Andulucian village, this was perfect to come home to after exploring the sights of Ronda, Seville and Granada. The famous white villages and the village itself were worth exploring. Pity that we were only there for a week...

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super cosy house in a white villeage of Andalusia

  • 5 of 5

We spent our first week in Montecorto in el Tejar, since Dar Hajra – the other house we wanted to stay at was already booked. This very cosy and homely place would perfectly fit a bigger family, providing comfort and privacy for everybody. The property is neat and tidy with stylish interior design. All the necessary facilities are included and extensive collection of guidebooks and maps makes it easy to plan your trips.

The location is very special thanks to great mountain views and a calming sound of the nearby spring. It is a truly unique place to spend quiet, relaxing holidays in stunning natural surroundings and with numerous tourist attractions within a stone's throw. We'll definitely recommend it to our friends!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

What a great place! We loved the house which was comfortable, spacious and perfectly decorated in character with this region of Spain. Everyone in our party had a great time and, in addition to appreciating El Tajar, loved the village of Montecorto and its friendly people. Pacqui, the housekeeper, couldn't have been more helpful. We all hope to return next year. Highly recommended so long as you don't try to book at the same time that we want the house! K & M, Hertfordshire.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
In village
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
In Arcos
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
San Pedro
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
In village
Nearest Ski
220 Kilometres
In Sierra Nevada, Granada province
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
San Pedro
Car: necessary

The pretty village of Montecorto is at the edge of the Grazalema National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve, which has some of the best hiking in Europe. (The owner of El Tejar has written a guide to the best walks). The fauna and flora of the Park are remarkable: more than a third of Spain's plant species grow here and ornithologists come from the world over because of the abundance of raptors and migrating birds. Just a quarter of an hour away is the extraordinary Roman theatre of Acinipo, hewn out of solid rock, and the Pileta cave - with some of Europe's best rock painting - is just a short drive away. Ronda, one of Spain's most spectacular towns, can be reached in fifteen minutes by car. The village of Montecorto is one of the 'pueblos blancos', a cluster of white hill villages which stretch from Arcos in the west to Ronda in the east. These villages are amongst the prettiest in Spain. And Sevilla, Jerez, Arcos, Cadiz and Granada can all be easily visited from Montecorto

Other Activities: Cultural Visits, Caving, Wine tasting, Ornithological excursions, Botany


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ronda, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

In order to secure a booking a 25% deposit is required. The remaining balance of 75% to be paid 2 months prior to the beginning of the rental period.
Bank transfers, our preferred payment method, to a UK account or via Paypal.
Please note that Xmas and New Year charged at High Season rate.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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