El Tejar

nr Ronda, Ronda & the White Villages, Spain Book from Book from £163 per night

An old tile factory, perched above a sleepy village in the Ronda mountains, refurbished with oodles of style as a self-catering villa (sleeps 2-8)
Montecorto is one of a string of pueblos blancos which stretch westwards from Ronda across the Grazalema National Park. Narrow streets of white-washed houses tumble down the mountainside to a diminutive square where people still have time to stop and pass the time of day. South from the village, groves of olive and oak forest run up to the jagged ridgeline of the park’s highest peaks, home to some of Andalucía’s finest walking trails.

El Tejar, a former terracotta tile factory, is hidden away in the pine forest above the village. It takes its decorative cues from India and North Africa, where the owner has lived and worked. There are bright kilims, ochre washes, Rajasthani throws, intricately carved Moroccan mirrors and a huge collection of books about Spain. The house has 4 large bedrooms, all with stunning views out towards the park. A friendly Spanish housekeeper can prepare delicious Andalucian meals if you wish.

Highs

  • Montecorto is a friendly village, well away from the tourist trail yet just a 15-minute drive from Ronda
  • Fabulous views from the terraces, lounge and bedrooms
  • Deeply secluded but still within walking distance of village shops and restaurants
  • Daily help is included (optional of course), so you'll feel totally pampered
  • This is no normal rental villa, but a truly beautiful home which is now open to guests

Lows

  • The house is reached via a steep track which cuts up through a pine forest
  • Don’t expect much English to be spoken in the village shops - but spanglish and gesticulating will do the trick
  • Food in the village restaurants is of the cheap-and-cheerful variety. For gourmet cuisine, you’ll need to drive into Ronda
  • You’ll need a car to get the best out of a stay here

Best time to go

The countryside is at its best in April and May, when the spring flowers are a riot of colour. But visit at any time in spring, autumn or winter and the chances are that you’ll have clear sunny days - temperatures rarely drop below freezing even at the coldest time of year. The village has a micro-climate, which means that it is often 4/5 degrees warmer than Ronda, which is just 20 km away.

Our top tips

El Tejar would be a great base for a memorable week of walking. The owner’s 2018 Cicerone guide ‘The Mountains of Ronda & Grazalema’ lists 32 great walks, which are all within comfortable driving distance of the house. i-escape guests will find a complimentary copy of the book waiting for them at the house.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Villa
  • 4-bedroom villa
  • Self-catering (+ dinner by arrangement)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room:

Rooms

El Tejar has 4 large bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms. Casablanca is a large double with its own little sitting room and great views, Cuzco and Cadiz are twins, also with views, and Cueva is on a lower level with less of a view, a small annexe and a shower rather than bathtub.

The decoration of the rooms is a successful combination of traditional andaluz style with a dash of Morocco. Cushions, carved mirrors, kilims and applique lights have all come straight from the souks in Tangier. Mattresses and linen are top of the range and the bathrooms, all with exterior windows, have been stylishly co-ordinated in the same vein.

The overall feel of the rooms is just as homely as the rest of the house, whilst the layout of the building means that they all feel very private. The rooms feature CD players with USB docks along with books, magazines and photos of travels in faraway places. And there’s masses of wardrobe space.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Computer
  • Cots Available
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The house has 2 dining terraces with lovely views. Here you dine alfresco beneath vines, jasmine and wysteria. When the weather turns cooler, the cosy, beamed dining room is just as inviting. The kitchen is well-equipped with 2 fridges, an oven, a hob, a microwave, a dishwasher and thoughtful extras like herbs and spices.

Montecorto is a great place to shop, with a couple of small grocers selling fresh produce, some of it organically grown in the village. Should you fancy a break from cooking, El Tejar’s housekeeper can prepare you tapas-style food as well as an amazing paella: a great choice after returning home from a day of sightseeing or walking.

If you prefer to eat out, Montecorto has 3 simple restaurants and a couple of bars, whilst in Ronda you’ll find tapas bars and restaurants galore for finer dining. If you fancy a splurge, don’t miss Bardal, which has recently earned a Michelin star. We splurged on the extraordinary menú de degustación and it was one of our best-ever dinners.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hike in the Grazalema park: there are masses of half and full day hikes

  • Visit Pileta cave by the light of a spluttering Davey lamp, to see some of Europe’s best preserved cave paintings and underground caverns

  • The Roman theatre of Acinipo is just 10 minutes drive from El Tejar; sculpted out of solid rock it has extraordinary acoustics and awe-inspiring views

  • Day trips to Ronda - the town is a 15-minute drive from El Tejar

  • You can visit any number of pueblos blancos (‘white villages’) from here - Grazalema, Zahara, Setenil, Arcos and Gaucín are all within easy driving distance

  • Seville can also be visited as a day trip; and there are good train connections to Granada, should you fancy taking in the Alhambra whilst you’re here

  • Guided ornithological tours in the park

  • Accompanied bike rides through the Park can be arranged: an English-speaking cycling guide lives in the village

  • You can play tennis at a hotel 10km away - they can supply all equipment

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Trekking

Kids

There are steep steps throughout the house which means that El Tejar isn’t ideal for toddlers. However the owners welcome families with babies - there is a cot and a high chair - and children past the toddling age will love it here. The housekeeper is great with children and adept at preparing kiddies' meals, and can even babysit if required.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Babysitting:

The housekeeper can babysit if required.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kid Friendly:

Location

El Tejar is in the village of Montecorto near Ronda, in Adalucia, southern Spain.

By Air
Fly into Jerez (100km), Seville (108km) or Malaga (130km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
Because of its fairly remote location you would get the most out of a stay here if you come with a car (see below).

By Car
See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you once your booking is confirmed.

More on getting to Andalucia and getting around

Airports:

  • Seville San Pablo 108.0 km SVQ
  • Malaga Pablo Ruiz Picasso 130.0 km AGP

Other:

  • Beach 80.0 km
  • Shops 0.4 km
  • Restaurant 0.2 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

We rented El Tejar for our honeymoon. We wanted somewhere private and quiet, and El Tejar was exactly that! It is a gorgeous villa, situated in the tranquil and charming village of Montecorto. It is a very large villa. It almost feels like a maze -with all its nooks and crannies. We found the kitchen to be well equipped, there was a large dining room and a beautiful pool. As it was summer, we spent most of our time outside, either on one of the many terraces or by the pool. The views over Grazalema are just breathtakingly beautiful and we really enjoyed just spending our evenings with a glass of wine, enjoying the scenery. Montecotro itself is small but charming. We walked the short walk downtown and had dinner there a few nights - we really enjoyed the tapas at Bar La Parada. I would recommend stocking up on food items in Ronda, as the supermarket is very small, and not always open. It is practical to have a car, and take morning or afternoon trips to the surrounding villages - just remember not to go during siesta - as everything is closed besides cafes! We loved this place and hope to come back when it is slightly colder to take some of the hikes that Guy, the owner, has recommended in his book.

10/10,

This is a beautiful house perched above a lovely village in a stunning landscape. The house was clean and comfortable with lots of little terraces and spots to enjoy the views and the shade. There were 4 of us in the house but sometimes you just couldn't tell there was anyone else there. It was so peaceful. It was very hot (for June) so we took trips out in the mornings to local villages and to Ronda and Seville, then lazed away the afternoons by the pool. Recommend Flamenco and food at El Quinque in Ronda. Also recommend a trip out with Cmorex4 based in Ronda. Raciones prepared by Paqui are a must!

10/10,

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