Finca | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
El Tejar is the highest house in the small village of Montecorto, a quarter of an hour from Ronda. From its lofty perch you have extraordinary panoramic views of the Grazalema mountains. The house, which has featured in several interior design magazines, is decorated in Andalusian/Moroccan style. Evoking the region's Moorish past. Base elements of whitewashed beams and terracotta floors have been stylishly combined with warm colour washes.
There are hundreds of books, CD players in all rooms and masses of paintings and framed prints. Bedrooms have the same colourful feel: linen is top of the range, mattresses too, and all are big on space. A charming housekeeper, Francisca, cleans and tidies every day and can prepare meals for guests, should they wish. And sculpted into the hillside is a gorgeous pool surrounded by terraced areas, shaded by quince, olive, almond and citrus trees. A wholly exceptional rental property. There is a computer with free 24 hour Internet access.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||San Pedro 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Málaga 100 km, Nearest railway: Ronda 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
4 bathrooms Cadiz -Toilet,Bath with Shower
Casablanca -Toilet,Bath with Shower
Cueva -Toilet,Shower Enclosure
Cuzco -Toilet,Bath with Shower
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 maximum of 8 people
Cadiz - Great views!(s), 2 Single Bed(s)
Casablanca - Has Own lounge(s),1 Double Bed,1 Sofa bed/Futon
Cueva - Has small annex(s), 2 Double Bed(s),1 Child Bed,1
Cot Cuzco - Own terrace(s), 2 Single Bed(s)
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 & 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.
Included daily help
Two hours of daily cleaning help from a charming and discreet Spanish maid is included in the weekly rental price. What's so unique about El Tejar is that, if you should wish, Francisca can also prepare a wide range of 'tapas' for you - these are made in her own home and then delivered to you for your lunch or dinner. She can also cook a full 3 course meal 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, proper stock in her soups, and prepares delicious meat and fish dishes. She will serve you at dinner and clean up once coffee/herbal teas have been served in the sitting room or beneath the stars on the terrace.
NOTE: Occasionally guests prefer for Francisca NOT to come up to El Tejar to clean and tidy. No problem.
Why is this place so remarkable?
What is so special about El Tejar is that, even though you are at the edge of the village, when you are sat on the terraces or by the pool no other house is visible. So you have the best of both worlds: easy access to the village shops and bars yet once you arrive at El Tejar you feel really away from it all. The house feels much more like a home than a rental property. There is an incredible collection of books on Spain as well as masses of novels and other literature. The owner lived here for many years and has decorated the house with masses of T.L.C. Everybody is moved to superlatives when describing El Tejar. And the housekeeper Francisca - should you need assistance - is always keen to help you in every possible way. Her hard work means that you have more time to lap up the atmosphere at El Tejar and simply... relax.
Tucked away in a corner is a computer with free 24 hour a day dial up. 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 Paqui can, if you would like, babysit for your children on weekday evenings. (This is for an additional charge)
The Andalucia region
El Tejar is at the edge of the Grazalema National Park, a Unesco Biosphere and one of Andalusia's most beautiful regions. The walking here is some of the best in Europe and the region is famed for its 'White Villages' or 'Pueblos Blancos', some of the most spectacular villages of the Iberia Peninsula.
Although you're in wild mountain country the beaches of the Costa del Sol are just over an hour's drive away. If you tire of the swimming pool, as well as the beach there's a beautiful natural swimming area with plenty of shade and a restaurant just 10 minutes from the house at Arroyomolinos, set in a beautiful valley where an artificial lake has been created by damming a river that flows into the Zahara reservoir.
We have some great local restaurants in our area - most cheap-and-cheerful, some gourmet - and we pride ourselves as having the best guest information pack of any rental property in this area, the fruit of more than 20 years of living in the mountains close to Ronda. El Tejar's owne has written several guide books to the area and you will benefit from his knowledge of southern Spain and its culture.
Montecorto is a quiet and friendly village situated 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 in the Park). There are a number of bars and restaurants including one in the pine forest where you can have al fresco meals. There's a bakery, 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.
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. 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. 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 to get the most out of this beautiful area.
Other Acitivies: Cultural Visits, Caving, Wine tasting, Ornithological excursions, Botany, swimming, tennis, walking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, mountain biking, mountaineering, paragliding