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An award-winning Honeymoon Hideaway in the Ronda mountains

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,098 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

A chic retreat for 2 with infinity pool and stunning views

Dar Hajra, which has featured in many interior design magazines and travel features, is hidden away in a forest above the undiscovered ‘white village’ of Montecorto, close to Ronda.

From the villa’s rocky perch - it's the highest house in the village - you're treated to stunning views of the Grazalema mountains. A path flanked by rosemary, lavender and honeysuckle climbs up to the house: it looks traditional enough from the outside but within, a big surprise awaits. The mountain has been wrapped into the fabric of the building and rock adds a stunning decorative element: Dar Hajra means ‘House of the Rocks’.

A pyramidal atrium is the visual axis around which the open-plan lounge/diner turns. Three huge windows lead to the terrace and infinity edge plunge pool whose waters seem to merge with the sky. The sitting room, kitchen/diner and study are one huge open space, there's a large master bedroom, extraordinary bathroom and hundreds of books, CDs and paintings.

There is free broadband internet with an iMac computer. Upstairs is a second bedroom that is perched like an eagle's nest on the third floor of the house. It has both north and south facing windows which catch the summer breezes, a great spot for a siesta-with-a-view.

A discrete housekeeper cleans and tidies every day and can prepare you delicious traditional 'tapas' style dishes using locally sourced produce, much of it organically grown. Full details await you at the house along with bilingual order forms.

Dar Hajra is no ordinary rental property. From the moment you step in and see the views out through the triple run of huge windows you'll be glad that you've chosen this very special home. You may not wish to leave the house for the week that you're here: there are hundreds of CDs and books (the owner is a well-known writer on Andalucía), a vast collection of DVDs and you'll be inspired to cook for yourself for at least part of your stay: the views from the huge open plan kitchen are also unforgettable.

This is one of Andalusia's most spectacular holiday lets, and we take great care to give all guests really detailed information about how to get the very best out of the area. I have written extensively about Andalucía and you will find copies of my walking guides at the house, which can lead you to the best walks in the surrounding mountains. Foodies will also benefit from our bar and restaurant listings which can help make your stay a great culinary experience, too.

More Details
Registration Number : 29821AAG0A

Guy Hunter-Watts
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2018

About Guy Hunter-Watts

I have lived and worked in Spain as a freelance writer and walking guide for almost 30 years. I wrote several editions of the Sawday hotel guides to Spain and Portugal as well as my own guide to charming small hotels. I am author of four Cicerone guides to walking in Spain: Walking in Andalusia, Coastal Walks in Andalusia. The Andalusian Coast to Coast Walk and The Mountains of Ronda & Grazalema.

My love of travel, art and design are reflected in the decoration and architecture of Dar Hajra.

Guy Hunter-Watts purchased this house in 1988

Why Guy Hunter-Watts chose Montecorto

Dar Hajra is, quite simply, one of the most spectacular rental properties in southern Spain, whilst the village of Montecorto is one of the prettiest, and quietest, of the 'pueblos blancos ' or 'white villages'.

What makes this house unique

The way that rock has been incorporated into the design of the house make this an unforgettable living space, whilst the atrium and huge south-facing windows bring the outside, inside, and help: a celebration of a uniquely beautiful mountainside setting.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Montecorto in Serranía de Ronda

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2098 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • You'll never forget this bathroom. There is a huge circular scree bath tub sculpted between the rocks and it has a huge shower rose that we had made in the Fes medina. There is an huge window, again designed so that you can lie in the bath tub - there is room for two! - and look at the distant peaks of the Grazalema Park. There is a long wooden dressing table/sink with masses of space for all your sopas, creams etc. And even in the bathroom there are framed prints, some from India, others from Spain. The light scree floor, the light, the rock and the views help make this - we bet - one of the most memorable bathrooms you'll ever have seen.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • The main bedroom is reached via a staircase that winds down through the rocks. It has a really comfortable bed with excellent mattress as well as a thinner top mattress (Scandinavian style). If you've never slept on a bed like this you'll be amazed. Linen is top quality and we supply light Indian quilts as well as blankets. The bedroom has a fabulous view out to the mountains: the house was designed with a slightly lower-than-average window so that you can laze in bed and lap up the view. There is a huge walk-in wardrobe with masses of shelf and hanging space. The upstairs bedroom is reached by a second winding staircase which leads up through rocks (the one you see in the photo taken across the dining table). This bedroom is smaller yet is also really romantic and has been decorated in the greens and blues that are typical of Moroccan Riad design. It has a door leading out to a top roof terrace.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • 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
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Note: Included in the weekly rental price is 1 hour daily help on weekdays from a charming maid (we don't like the word much either... cleaner/helper...?), Francisca, who makes up beds and tidies the kitchen, sitting room area and bathroom. If you prefer her not to come - no problem. Francisca can also prepare you delicious traditional 'tapas' style dishes. Full details await you at the house along with bilingual order forms. We pride ourselves on having some of the best guest information of any rental property in the south. I am an author and have written on Andalucia walking, hotels and food: you'll find a copy of my walking guide to the area at the house (it includes 6 great walks within easy driving range) as well as extensive listings of our recommended visits, the best tapas bars and the best restaurants along with contact numbers and maps. Our love of our adopted area - we've lived here for more than 20 years - we hope will help you get that little bit more.


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An award-winning Honeymoon Hideaway in the Ronda mountains
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week at Dar Hajra and as soon as we arrived we knew we were in for a special treat. This property really is a hideaway, perched right at the top of a friendly village where doing your daily shop is a pleasure. However, the highlight for us was the amazing terrace where, because of the delightful weather, we spent most of our time. This was equipped with a dining table and comfortable chairs, sun loungers and settee and armchairs all alongside a delightful infinity plunge pool for cooling down on hot, balmy days. However, the real attraction was the absolutely stunning views of the surrounding countryside, not only from the terrace but every area of the house. Inside the rooms have been designed around the natural rocky landscape. Our favourite features were the large bath incorporated into the rocks and the views we could see when sitting up in bed.

We spent very little time inside the house, but enjoyed preparing meals in the large and well-equipped kitchen. Our daily visit from Paqui was a treat, not only did she make our beds and tidy up but was willing and patient as we practised our rather rusty Spanish. For those who wish for a flavour of local life in a beautiful setting, this would be hard to beat.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A real treat!

  • 5 of 5

Our winter stay at Dar Hajra was a real treat. When I first stepped in, I really gasped „wow!”. The place is decorated with excellent taste and great attention to detail. The things I particularly liked were the bathtub built into the rock, the kitchen mosaic and the collection of colourful rugs.

However, the absolute best of Dar Hajra is the splendid view over the mountains which you can enjoy from anywhere in the house. I can just imagine how great it would be to stay longer on the terrace and use the pool in the warmer months. No doubt we will be back to check it out.

Needless to say, the house is clean and well equipped – you'll find all you need for comfortable and relaxing holidays. The wide selection of books about the region was really useful and helped a lot to plan our trips. There are plenty of great tourist attractions to visit within a short distance, but at the end of the day we truly enjoyed spending the quiet evenings by the fireplace. Montecorto is a charming, authentic village surrounded by nature. On the lazy days we would simply go for a walk around finishing it with a coffee or a glass of wine at the small bar close to the church. Our holidays couldn't have been better.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous views over the valley

  • 5 of 5

Dar Hajra is highly recommended. The two of us had a wonderful holiday. The house was immaculately clean and the housekeeper very attentive to our needs. The views are wonderful from the terrace of what is the highest house in the beautiful village of Montecorto. That and the amazing infinity pool made our stay very special. We enjoyed strolling down to the village to buy our bread and other supplies and everyone was so friendly. Exploring the area was a revelation - so many interesting places to visit but we particularly enjoyed Ronda, Grazalema and Zahara. As recommended by the owner, we caught the train from Ronda down towards the coast on Mr Henderson's railway and stopped off at some of the places en route. Any visitor should make this trip. All in all, a fabulous holiday in a fabulous part of Spain. We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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..the heady pleasure of Dar Hajra

  • 5 of 5

We used to stay at El Tejar which I thought was simply wonderful and just when I thought it couldn't get any better the owner went and built Dar Hajra , a truly lovely retreat at the top of the village. My husband booked a surprise break a` deux and we had the run of this amazing place.

The house is very comfortable and spacious, its filled with books, paintings, and is very well equipped. For a week we could relax and enjoy one another's company. the terrace with its amazing views never failed to impress and delight, and the pleasure of having breakfast and watching the sun rise was matched by the evening ritual of a chilled bottle of cava and admiring the fabulous sunsets. Dar Hajra is really a wonderful place to feel spoiled and indulged and it was a wonderful escape for the two of us. It is entirely possible to never leave the privacy of the house but we could not resist exploring some of the spectacular countryside as seen from the terrace. Guy was ever helpful and gave some really good directions and we had a few good walks and drives around some pretty villages, stopping off for swims in the lakes and lunches in sweet tucked out of the way places. But we always loved returning to the house and its romantic embrace.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

We first heard of the house Dar Hajra from friends in Brussels. They stayed

last year and told us that we just have to go too. Well, seeing that we know

they have good taste, we booked a week in October this year.

We knew that this must be a beautiful place but it was even beyond our

expectations. The house is placed high above the village which means you

have a incredible view. We spent so much time sat on the dining terrace with

a book and glass of wine - it was hard to leave.

We like very much the contemporary style of the furnishings and all the very

nice paintings and posters, and we also appreciated the collection of films

on DVD. There is also maybe 200 Cds of music, with some great Spanish ones,

classical, and lots of latino stuff.

The bedroom is beautiful and we enjoyed the big bath in the rocks, never saw

one like this before!

All the equipment in the kitchen was new, lots of sharp knives - I am a

chef! - so we had all we needed to make our meals. We thought we would eat

out more but once you get here you do not want to leave it. However the

little restraurant in the forest beneath the house is friendly and good


We already book next year but this time two weeks for even more relaxing.


  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2012
  • Date of Stay: October 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Get away

  • 5 of 5

We were here for two weeks in April. If you want to get away from it all then this is the place. Rest. Dream. Plan. Relax. Its a beautiful house in every way. Beds are so comfortable and lovely linen. Weather was variable but a woodburning stove made it so cosy at night. Views spectacular. As always if you like to cook, rental villas have poor knives! And it may be that we were the first visitors of the season for glasses and plates could have done with a once over after winter. However we had fun and the area is stunning if you love to explore. Recommended for the ablebodied and older children.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
In village
Nearest Ferry
110 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
19 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
San Pedro
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
In village
Nearest Ski
220 Kilometres
Granada Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
San Pedro
Car: recommended

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 Dar Hajra has written a guide to the best walks: you'll find a copy of his book 'The Mountains of Ronda & Grazalema at the house.

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.

And here are our personal top ten attractions that can be listed as day or half day excursions from the house:

1. RONDA (20 mins from Montecorto)

Ronda is best visited from about 4pm onwards. By then the coaches and the day-trippers are heading back for the coast and the town regains its dignity. Don’t miss: Bull Ring & Museum, Mondragón Palace, Casa del Rey Moro and La Mina, the Arab baths, and the Alameda Gardens from where you’re treated to heart-stopping views.

2. GRAZALEMA (30 mins from Montecorto)

Grazalema is the showcase ‘white village’ in our area. It has a spectacular mountain perch and masses of bars and restaurants. It once was famous for it’s weaving industry. Just one fulling mill – La Fábrica de Mantas - remains which makes beautiful blankets, a perfect momento from the Sierra. Worth a visit, open 10-14, 16.30-18-30.

3. ZAHARA de la SIERRA (20 mins from Montecorto)

Visiting Zahara and Grazalema makes for a truly wonderful day trip, driving the high mountain road that links the two villages via the Puerto de Las Palomas pass. Climb a quarter of an hour to the top of the old Moorish tower for a stunning lake and mountain views.

4. ARCOS de la FRONTERA (50 mins from Montecorto)

Arcos, like Ronda, has a dramatic cliff-side perch. There are masses of churches, the most interesting being the Cathedral and San Pedro.There aren’t too many tourists in town and a visit is easily combined with one to Jerez de la Frontera. If visiting both towns start with Jerez in the morning and leave Arcos for the late afternoon when the light is at its best.

5. THE PILETA CAVE (30 mins from Montecorto)

If caves are your thing, the Pileta Cave is a must. It's just beyond Benaoján on the Cortes road. The quirkiness of the guides’, the spluttering light of the Davey lamps as well as the ‘tites, ‘mites and extraordinary paleaolithic art make for a fascinating visit. Wear sensible shoes for slippery surfaces.

6. JEREZ de la FRONTERA (1 hr 20 mins from Montecorto)

There are two good reasons for visiting Jerez. One is to see the Royal Ecuestrian School, the other to visit its sherry bodegas. The González Byass bodega visit is particularly well organised and there's plenty of fino to be tasted at the end of your visit.

7. MONTEJAQUE (20 mins from Montecorto) is a pretty ‘white village’ that you pass by as you drive to the Pileta cave. Stop off on the way or on the way back home. There isn’t a great deal to see or do but it's nice to sit in the pretty palm-lined square and watch the world go by with an alfresco drink and tapas.

8. ACINIPO (15 mins from Montecorto)

An extraordinary Roman site high above Montecorto. There is a Roman theatre with amazing accoustics and a ridge-top view for miles and miles around, a great spot for a picnic-with-a-view.

Entry free for EEC nationals. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

9. SETENIL (30 mins from Montecorto)

After a pm visit to Acinipo drive on to Setenil, another of the better-known white villages whose main claim to fame is a number of bodegas built into the cliff face where, until phyloxewine was stored. The upper part of the town is well worth a visit, too, and there aren’t too many tourists to spoil the charm of the place. Beneath the cliff Frasquito is our favourite tapas bar.

10. SEVILLA (1 hr 45 mins from Montecorto)

A visit to Sevilla is well worth the effort. Sevilla ‘must-dos’ include: climbing the Giralda, wandering the narrow streets of the Santa Cruz, visiting the María Luisa park, taking a boat cruise down the Guadalquivir and visiting the Bellas Artes museum.

And not forgetting:

The Alhambra

One of the great sights of Andalucía is the Alhambra, the exquiste palace complex built by the Nasrid sultans. A train leaves Ronda at approx 08.45. The train back to Ronda leaves at about 18.00.


The Picasso Museum

Don’t miss the museum if you are flying in or out of Málaga, the town of Picasso's birth.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Montecorto, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season 2018
2 Jun 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season 2018/19
27 Oct 2018 - 2 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season 2019
3 Mar 2019 - 1 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A 5% reduction is offered for any stay of 2 or more weeks apart from in July and August.

Low Season rates quoted exclude the Christmas and New Year periods which are charged as High Season.

Prices quoted include fast internet and 1 hour of daily housekeeping.

Payments by Paypal are accepted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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