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Spacious, well-equipped mountain village home near Ronda, Spain

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Property
house
People
5
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Montejaque - 'Las Hormigas' (The Emmetts)

3 bedrooms (sleeps 5); large living/dining rooms, roof terrace, shaded patio

Historic Ronda, as featured by Michael Portillo in BBC's 'Great Continental Railway Journeys', is only 20 mins. away from this charming mountain village house. In the village, you can enjoy the best that Montejaque has to offer: a Carnival in February, Ferias (fairs) in May and August, a night walk in June, Tourism Days in September, Battle of the Bridge celebrations in October ... and more. Combine this entertainment with some of the best scenery, weather, walking, bird-watching, mountain-climbing, biking, kayaking and other outdoor opportunities/activities, and you'll have one of the best (and most affordable) holidays ever!

Our holiday home, 'Las Hormigas' is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding areas ... from the historic town of Ronda (with its jaw-dropping-gorge) to the nearby towns of Grazalema and Zahara, where you can look down on the birds flying in the valley below you. Walkers can access at least 13 different routes from our front door; sun-worshippers can walk five minutes to a semi-private swimming pool with comfortable sunbeds and palm-tree umbrellas.

'Montexaquez' means 'lost mountain' ... come and find it!

http://www.montexaquez.org/

ABOUT THE EMMETTS: If you look up the word ‘emmet’ in a (big) English dictionary, you’ll see its definition as:

1. Brit – an archaic or dialect word for ant; 2. Cornish dialect – a tourist or holiday-maker...

Las Hormigas is the name we chose for our house in Spain – after all, we are ‘The Emmetts’ (Kevin and Carolyn), and we hope you will decide to be a holiday-maker in our lovely village home.

We have lived in many countries (the UK, Canada, Indonesia, Botswana and South Africa). We’re seasoned travellers, so know what we want when we take a holiday from the pressures of our jobs: to ‘get away from it all’. We also want comfort, modern conveniences, and lots of bars and restaurants offering inexpensive local food and drink. This is what you’ll find in Las Hormigas and in Montejaque.

ABOUT LAS HORMIGAS: We bought ‘the house at the top of the village’ in 2003, and spent six weeks’ holiday there in the summer of 2004, to decide what renovations needed doing. The first decision was to upgrade the electricity supply and put lots of sockets in the kitchen – there were only two: one for the fridge and one for the stove. We also sacrificed an upstairs bedroom to put in a second bathroom and landing. We created an entrance hall from what used to be a utility room, and re-located the washing machine to the new bathroom. We removed one-third of the roof to expand what was a tiny roof terrace. When the dust had settled, we re-furnished Las Hormigas, and have spent many memorable holidays there (once for as long as six months).

UNIQUE BENEFITS OF LAS HORMIGAS: The views from our roof terrace are phenomenal. Everyone who visits tries to take one of those ‘panoramic’ shots, where you move your camera a fraction and click another shot, and then try to paste them all together. I don’t think anyone has yet been truly successful in capturing ‘the real thing’.

For me, ‘though, the biggest benefit is the recent installation of a dishwasher ... I am on holiday, after all! No more washing out the wok after a dinner of garlic stir-fried prawns (6.95€ a kilo from the Ronda supermarket). And we’ll even supply the dishwashing powder. Happy holidays!

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Carolyn Emmett
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Indonesian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 October, 2016
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About Carolyn Emmett

About The Emmetts

If you look up the word ‘emmet’ in a (big) English dictionary, you’ll see its definition as:

1. Brit – an archaic or dialect word for ant; 2. Cornish dialect – a tourist or holiday-maker...

Las Hormigas is the name we chose for our house in Spain – after all, we are ‘The Emmetts’ (Kevin and Carolyn), and we hope you will decide to be a holiday-maker in our lovely village home.

We have lived in many countries (the UK, Canada, Indonesia, Botswana and South Africa). We’re seasoned travellers, so know what we want when we take a holiday from the pressures of our jobs: to ‘get away from it all’. We also want comfort, modern conveniences, and lots of bars and restaurants offering inexpensive local food and drink. This is what you’ll find in Las Hormigas and in Montejaque.

Carolyn Emmett purchased this house in 2003

Why Carolyn Emmett chose Ronda area

About Las Hormigas

We bought ‘the house at the top of the village’ in 2003, and spent six weeks’ holiday there in the summer of 2004, to decide what renovations needed doing. The first decision was to upgrade the electricity supply and put lots of sockets in the kitchen – there were only two: one for the fridge and one for the stove. We also sacrificed an upstairs bedroom to put in a second bathroom and landing. We created an entrance hall from what used to be a utility room, and re-located the washing machine to the new bathroom. We removed one-third of the roof to expand what was a tiny roof terrace. When the dust had settled, we re-furnished Las Hormigas, and have spent many memorable holidays there (once for as long as six months).

Stories about our experiences when renovating the house can be found on my blog, www.thequickbrownfox.org, and on www.secretandalucia.com. (This latter website is perfect for finding out more about the area).

What makes this house unique

Unique Benefits of Las Hormigas

A benefit or a drawback? It’s a tough climb up to the house from the nearest place that you can park your car ... but there are two benefits: (1) you’ll be really fit after a few days; (2) the views from our roof terrace are phenomenal. And, because we now live permanently in the village, we can meet you on your arrival and help you carry your luggage to the house.

For me, ‘though, the biggest benefit is the dishwasher ... you are on holiday, after all! No more washing out the wok after a dinner of garlic stir-fried prawns (6.95€ a kilo from the Ronda supermarket). And we’ll even supply the dishwashing powder. Happy holidays!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)

Spacious, well-equipped mountain village home near Ronda, Spain
average rating of 4.904762 based on 21 reviews
5

The house is in an elevated position fairly close to the town centre, bars, restaurants and the pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvellous week in Montejaque in August 2016, the owners showed us around on the first day and the accommodation was just right with great views from the roof terrace and had everything you needed for a perfect stay. The town itself has plenty of bars and restaurants with a lovely Spanish town square, the very nice pool area is a short walk away.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always pleased to get such positive reviews of our lovely village, where we are lucky enough to live full-time.
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4

Great location, great views, great house!

  • 4 of 5

We arrived very late in the montejaque village due to the bombing of Brussels Airport a couple of days earlier but Carolyn and her husband waited for us at the square in the center of town to takes us up to their brilliant house in the hills of Montejaque. The next day they advised us on where to go and what to see and during the course of our stay they were more than willing to help us in any way possible. The house was very clean and spacious but it can be cold inside in April. A pellet stove would be a great idea instead of the wood burner and electrical heating. You can't park in front of the house because of the narrow streets but there is a carpark close-by (steep short walk up to the house so a good condition is required) It has the most amazing views from the rooftop. The Vultures were circling above our heads all day which was one of the most impressive things we ever saw. Montejaque itself is a very well maintained mountain village with a beautiful square and lovely narrow streets, shops and restaurants. Stay here if you want peace and quite. So close to Ronda and other nice villages. We can only recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: A great review of our lovely village. We did think about a pellet burner for the house, but opted to buy the wood-burning stove for a more cosy atmosphere. What we do provide are electric blankets for all of the beds; we hope these ensure a good night's sleep. We also now have a portable gas stove for additional heating in the Spring and Fall months. The ceiling fans are a huge bonus in the summer.
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5

A stay that went beyond our expectations - thank you

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 8 nights in Carolyn and Kevan's fantastic house at the top of the village. It's more spacious than the photos let on. We couldn't want for anything. We didn't just get a dishwasher - wash tablets were provided. We didn't just get a washing machine - washing powder was provided. We didn't just get a shower - shower gel was provided. Get the picture?! We weren't just staying in a house, we were in a home. One of the simplest (but best) things was having a water purifier attached to the cold tap in the kitchen so we never had to worry about buying bottled water. We also made good use of the coolbox for keeping drinks cold when out in the car.

The village is a delight. Everyone is very friendly, they were patient with my Spanish too. There is a good little supermarket and the bakery had to be visited most days. There are tapas bars and a couple of restaurants in the village. La Casita was a favourite, eating out among the trees in the evening. We made good use of the shared pool (just round the corner from the baker's) which is a little pocket of paradise with views over the village and griffin vultures soaring high over the mountain.

Venturing further afield from the pool, we visited nearby Ronda, and Seville, and did the "Caminito del Rey" walk which was enjoyable. It's quite easy to drive around the area. We also tried a couple of excellent restaurants in other villages nearby. Carolyn and Kevan were there at the beginning to show us around, where to park, offer tips and information.

We were quite reluctant to hand them the doorkeys back at the end of the holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! We are delighted that our guests had a wonderful time. We always try to give our clients a very special experience.
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5

Great hill town experience

  • 5 of 5

Montajaque was a great location for a break from the cities. The owners Carolyn and Keven were gracious hosts and provided a wealth of information. The house is at the very top of the village with the main square directly below.. Kevin met us, showed us where to park and pointed out the best places to eat and grocery stores. The home is very comfortable and there is an amazing view from the rooftop patio. We cooked many meals in the well-equipped kitchen and enjoyed the CD collection while we ate. Montajaque is central for visiting Ronda, Pileta Cave and other hill top towns. We highly recommend Las Hormigas and would definitely stay again next time we are in the area.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for a wonderful review. We're delighted our guests enjoyed themselves so much and that they would definitely stay again next time they are in the area. We are happy to provide any information we can to make your stay memorable!
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5

Delightful village, house and hosts

  • 5 of 5

Montejaque is a wonderful village and our stay in ‘Las Hormigas’ was a joy. Carolyn and Kevin were lovely hosts and on one day took us on a superb walk in the hills. Las Hormigas is perched high up in the village and has incredible views from the rooftop terrace where we had our meals. It is also very comfortable and characterful, and the four of us fitted in with room to spare. There is so much to do with Montejaque as a base – from hilly walks in the outstanding scenery to trips to Rhonda and the other nearby villages, as well as journeys further afield. Our week in Las Hormigas seemed to fly by and we are now intent on returning sometime soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a super review from super guests! It was a pleasure to take you all for a walk in the mountains; we are happy to do this for any of our guests who enjoy hiking. We're also thrilled that these lovely guests intend to return sometime soon.
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5

Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house in a very picturesque village. Great location for exploring the area. House was clean and tidy and really did have everything we needed. Carolyn and Kevin went above and beyond what is expected of hosts. They felt more like friends at the end of our stay to be honest and couldn't have been more helpful. There is a lot to see and do around the village as well as further afield. Our absolute number one was kayaking on Lake Gastor followed by a fantastic Italian meal at La Casita in Zahara (another stunning village). Ronda obviously is another highlight. We had a great time and would highly recommend Las Hormigas to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review from Dave and Cath. We, too, felt they were more like friends than paying guests. We're thrilled they enjoyed staying at Las Hormigas, and that they found plenty to do in the area. Their little girls were charming ... and we think they had a good time, too.
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Location

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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Malaga, Seville, Jerez, Gibraltar
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
Armando's
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Algeciras
Nearest Golf
90 Kilometres
Antequera
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Benoajan Estacion
Nearest Motorway
55 Kilometres
San Pedro de Alcantara
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
El Patio de Frasquito Pedro
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
San Pedro de Alcantara
Car: necessary

Set amidst glorious mountain scenery and spectacular olive groves, this is the ideal base for your self-catering holiday. LAS HORMIGAS is a spacious, well-equipped family home, situated in the original part of the mountain village of Montejaque (i.e. near the top). The incredible panoramic view from the roof terrace makes the climb up to the house worthwhile. Summer clients can use the semi-private swimming pool at 'La Posada', a 5-minute (downhill) walk from the house. We also provide a map of the Montejaque streets, indicating the location of the banks, pharmacy, doctor, bakery and the numerous small shops, tapas bars and restaurants in this beautiful ‘pueblo blanco’.

Within easy driving distance is the historic town of Ronda, with its famous bullring and its jaw-dropping, beautiful gorge.Your stay at LAS HORMIGAS will give you happy memories for years to come.

Other Activities: bull-fighting, flamenco dancing

Golf: The nearest golf course (not on the coast) is in Antequera. It’s a spectacular 18-hole course, surrounded by a beautiful natural park, El Torcal; these mountains were below sea level millions of years ago. The length of the course is more than 6000 metres, and its olive trees, acorn trees and natural herb plants add to the natural environment and the special character of real inland Andalusia. The player will find a demanding golf course that presents a variety of interesting shots – with different options to play every hole according to your level of golf.

There is a Pro Shop, practice area with illuminated driving range, putting greens, chipping zones, bar, cafeteria, restaurant, changing rooms for men and ladies. As little as 49€ for a round of golf, including a buggy (very necessary on this course!)

(N.B. There is a set of ladies' golf clubs at Las Hormigas, for guests to borrow, free of charge).

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Montejaque, Ronda area

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£380
for 7 nights
£380
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£370
for 7 nights
£370
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The rate quoted is for two people using one bedroom. All bed-linen and towels are included.
Additional 35 GBP per person per week. Discount may be offered if booking for two weeks or more. Also enquire about Euro rate, as a reasonable exchange will be offered.
Dates requested are held for five (5) days pending receipt of deposit.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Montejaque in Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Washing machine
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Linen cupboard
  • The washing machine is located in the second floor bathroom, only a short distance to the drying rack on the roof terrace. A first-aid kit is in the linen cupboard in bathroom 1 (on the ground floor, off the entrance hall).
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , Day Room
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Twin Bedroom
  • There are large wardrobes, with plenty of hangers, plus chests of drawers in all three bedrooms. All the beds have continental duvets. There are ceiling fans in the Master Bedroom and Twin bedroom, and electric blankets are available for all beds in the winter months. If the Day Room (located next to the landing library) is not used as a bedroom, this is another seating area, with fabulous views over the mountains. In the living room is a double sofa-bed, with a comfortable mattress. Linen is available for all of the beds, including the sofa-bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The owners live permanently in Montejaque, so are able to 'meet and greet' you and to answer any questions you may have about Las Hormigas and the village. Carolyn Emmett recently published a bilingual 'Cookbook and Village Guide' for Montejaque, full of helpful information on local facilities, shop opening hours, translations of tapas you will find in the bars, etc. This book retails for 10 Euros, with all proceeds going to support social projects in the village. Free internet access is available in the offices of La Posada (where the semi-private swimming pool is located),as well as in the house. Towels, linen, all electricity and gas included. Linen and towels are changed weekly.

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