“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)”
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.
- 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
- 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
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- Boutique Villa
- 4-bedroom villa
- Self-catering (+ dinner by arrangement)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
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.
- CD player
- Central heating
- Cots Available
- Full kitchen
- Washing machine
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.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Full kitchen
- Restaurants nearby
- 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:
- Horse riding
- Museums / galleries
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
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.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
The housekeeper can babysit if required.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking