“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 has 4 large bedrooms, all with their own bathrooms. Casablanca is a large double with its own lounge 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. There is enough space in all rooms to set up a third bed if required.
The decoration of the rooms is a successful combination of traditional andaluz style with a large dash of things Moroccan. Bedspreads, 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. Heated towel rails will be appreciated in the colder months (and the water pressure is excellent).
The overall feel of the rooms is just as homely as the rest of the house and a number of extras that lift them into the ’special’ category. All have CD players with a selection of Spanish music (classical, jazz, flamenco), there are books, magazines and photos of travels in faraway places, and plenty of wardrobe space.
You can expect to dine alfresco for at least 8 months a year at El Tejar. Even in winter, on sunny days, you’ll be comfortable dining on the sheltered terrace. Sitting beneath the jasmine and wysteria, gazing out to the mountains, is one of the abiding memories of any stay here. Meals are also really cosy in the welcoming, beamed dining room when the weather gets cooler.
Montecorto is a great place to shop. There are a number of small grocers selling virgin olive oil, sausages and salchichón from the village, great fruit and vegetables, and a good selection of wines and sherries. And directly beneath El Tejar is Pepe’s Farm where you can buy fresh oranges, lemons, plums, lettuces, artichokes, potatoes, tomatoes, walnuts, free-range eggs and a lot more besides. Most of his fruit and vegetables are organically grown.
The kitchen is well-equipped with an oven, a hob, a microwave, and thoughtful extras like herbs and spices, and a dishwasher. If you fancy a break from cooking, just let housekeeper, know in the morning. She can prepare a 3-course dinner which she’ll serve to you at the candle-lit dining room table or beneath the stars on the terrace. A typical cena might be a thick courgette soup followed by hake baked in almond sauce, a mixed salad and with pears poached in red wine and cinnamon for dessert. Slow Andalucian cuisine at its best.
If you prefer to eat out, there is plenty of choice. Montecorto has 2 restaurants of the cheap-and-cheerful variety whilst Ronda is just a short drive from El Tejar. Here you’ll find everything from buzzy lttle tapas bars to a Michelin-starred restaurant.
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)
The housekeeper can babysit if required.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking