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 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 - it's a great space for a siesta-with-a-view.
A discrete housekeeper cleans and tidies every day and can also 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.
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Fabulous views over the valley
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Fabulous views over the valley
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.
..the heady pleasure of Dar Hajra
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.
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.
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.
Comfort and charm in the Ronda mountains
We have recently returned from a week away in Andalusia where we stayed at Dar Hajra.
My wife and I agree that the house is one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed (we travel quite a bit in Europe) and it more than lived up to the expectations raised on the website.
We loved the sense of light and space which is created by the high south-facing windows and the way that the rock of the hillside has been incorporated into the house's architecture is stunning. The house feels really secluded yet you can walk down to the village in a little over 5 minutes. Everyone seemed happy to see us and we enjoyed trying out our Spanish in the bars and shops.
The house is really well set up for self catering. The kitchen is massive and we found that having such a large fridge was a real advantage. We ate all of our meals on the terrace – on one occasion we watched a pair of eagles hunting over the hillside to the east of the village and the sunsets over the Zahara lake were always special.
Highlights of our stay included buying fresh organic vegetables from a neighbour, heading into Ronda for sundowners on the terrace of the Reina Victoria hotel (a must), dinner at a buzzy fish restaurant where we were the only foreigners (recommended by the owners..called 'Bar Moreno I think...) and two great hikes in the Grazalema park (we appreciated the big pack of maps and walking notes which were waiting for us). But most of the time we spent lazing on the terrace next to the pool.
All in all we were happy to have chosen this place to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary and are already planning a return trip.
Dar Hajra - one of the best
Dar Hajra is approached via a fairly circuitous route through the pine forest, but when you arrive, what a reward!
You really do feel you are on top of the world in this very special property, which even exceeded the tempting description. The unique design creates an impression that the house has grown organically from the rock face, which is an integral part of most rooms - including the incredible bathroom! The clever use of light and space is fully complemented by the comfortable and carefully chosen furnishings- all incredibly clean and well kept. We particularly loved the ethnic influences.
The terrace was to die for! The designer infinity pool, the second comfortable seating and dining area, and the most spectacular views made it very difficult to tear ourselves away, particularly as we were working our way through the amazing music selection. Watching the sunset with a glass of Rioja was very special, not to mention romantic!
We loved the village. The people were so friendly, and we found the shops had just about everything we needed. We even found oysters in the fish shop! (weekends only). We enjoyed our sessions in the bars and the simple but good food at Bar Piscina. We really did feel we were part of the real Spain - far from the crowds and commercialism of “the costa”.
We were spoilt for choice regarding trips out, but particularly enjoyed visits to the Roman theatre and the Caves of Pileta and, of course, Ronda with so much to see, from Arab Baths to Moorish palaces and views from the incredible gorge.
This was one of our best holidays and we can’t wait to return in cooler months to explore the very beautiful Grazalema Natural Parc. We were inspired by the owner’s book “Walking in Andalucia” and intend to make good use of it on our next visit!
We will certainly recommend Dar Hajra to friends, whether for chilling out in summer, or walking in cooler months through the most magnificent scenery. It would also be a perfect place for a honeymoon!
Activity and Interests
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 on local walks as well as maps 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.
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- Available arrival
- Activities Guide
- Air Conditioning
- Basic Soaps
- Broadband Access
- Computer Available
- Filtered Water
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Macintosh Computer
- Parking On Street
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- Audio Tape Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
- Private Pool
- Daily Maid Service
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- 200 m²
- 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. And lots of potted plants. 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 washed in.
- 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. The two single beds can be zipped together to make a king size double.
- Beach Towels
- Small Cooler
- 4 garden chairs
- 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.