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

People5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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 10 minutes to a semi-private swimming pool with comfortable sunbeds and a playhouse for the children.

'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 (7.95€ a kilo from the Ronda supermarket). And we’ll even supply the dishwashing powder. Happy holidays!

More Details

Owner
Carolyn Emmett
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Indonesian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
10 August, 2018

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

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!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ronda in Province of Málaga

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • No check-ins after 11:00 p.m.
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 ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
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
  • 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 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 Casitas (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 for guests staying more than 10 days.

Reviews

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Spacious, well-equipped mountain village home near Ronda, Spain
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews
5

Lovely property set in the beautiful town of Montejaque

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in late May 2017 the purpose of our visit was the La Sufrida cycle event and a short break away from the hustle and bustle. The property itself was spacious and clean and sits above the town providing stunning views. Everything you need is provided for including WiFi and TV. Carolyn and Kevin were superb hosts and we shared a few beers together. We will definitely return to Montejaque and look forward to catching up with Carolyn and Ken.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that our guests enjoyed their stay in Las Hormigas ... and even more delighted that they will definitely return to Montejaque. We look forward to welcoming them back to our beautiful, peaceful mountain village.
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5

great accommodation with beautiful views of Montejaque

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week in Montejaque. The accommodation was very large and gave us a lot of space as a small family (2 adults, 2 children). Kevin and Carolyn were very friendly and always there to help with questions. The terrace is nice and large and we had a wonderful view of Montejaque. We were able to use the pool, which is very well located and we were partly alone there. The pool is about 5-10 minutes away, but that did not bother us, as we had a short walk through Montejaque. In the region there are beautiful places to discover such as Ronda, Zahra de la Sierra, etc. We can only recommend a holiday with Kevin and Carolyn. Thank you very much the beautiful accommodation! Greetings from Berlin

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Incredible property, incredible town, incredible hosts!

  • 5 of 5

Montejaque is a true gem in Andalucia. Carolyn and Kevin were lovely hosts - they met us on arrival, helped with our luggage, and gave us a tour of the peaceful town.

The property is just perfect. Very spacious, taseful decor, and a wonderful view from the rooftop terrace.

Impressive hiking in the area - ask Kevin to show you some special routes.

In short, this property is outstanding. Truly the highlight of our one-month Spanish holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: An incredible review from incredible guests! We are always so lucky with our guests ... we have met some wonderful people from all around the world, and we're happy to share the walks around our beautiful 'pueblo blanco'. We are very flattered that these guests felt their stay at Las Hormigas was the highlight of their one-month Spanish holiday!
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5

A perfect mountain village house with wonderful hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location, a very comfortable, spacious, spotless and well equipped house with quite wonderful rooftop views. The immediate area is fairly spectacular and perfect for exploring some beautiful villages and for taking some breathtaking mountain walks. Montejaque is a friendly village with a great sense of community especially evidenced by the Feria which took place during our stay. All of that said, the most memorable part of the holiday was the warmth of the welcome extended by Carolyn and Kevin who are the most engaging couple with a wealth of local knowledge and life experience. Throughout our stay they not only advised us on places to visit, eat and drink but generously gave their own time to join us on several occasions. We would love to return sometime and would highly recommend this destination.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Super property but cool in a cold March..

  • 4 of 5

A well presented and equipped property. Montejaque is a gem, great walks and totally picturesque. We did experience unusually cold and wet weather for March and keeping warm was a challenge due to electricity supply problems. The newly installed wood burner helped and the electric under blankets appreciated. Good information provided.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your positive response. We are so sorry the weather was just awful while you were here. It's not normally that bad in March. On a positive note, it's usually a bit warmer when it's raining ... but the sun would have been better; we can appreciate that. So glad you enjoyed the area; Montejaque is a gem!
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5

Perfect and will definitely return

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit to the village of Montajaque and to “Las Homigas” and it certainly won’t be the last. Kevin and Carolyn are amazing hosts and met us on arrival in the village to take us to the supermarket and helped us to the house with our shopping and luggage and showed us where to park at the top of the village. We then enjoyed a drink together in the square. There is a good choice of tapas bars and a couple of restaurants in the village some of them centered around the square. A visit to the bakery should not be missed either.

Las Homigas is so well equipped and has everything that you will ever need. It is a complete home from home. The roof top terrace has stunning views and is a great spot for breakfast/lunch or a glass of wine in the evening. It is a great place to watch the eagles circling above the mountains.

There are plenty of places to visit nearby and it is a great base to stay. We went to Ronda and also walked the Camino Del Ray. There are plenty of useful tips and information provided in the information book at Las Homigas.

There are also plenty of walks straight from the doorstep of Las Homigas. Kevin and Carolyn kindly took us on one of their favorite walks from the village which we thoroughly enjoyed.

The re-enactment of the 'Battle of the Bridge' took place during our visit at the end of September which was fascinating.

Thanks Kevin and Carolyn for our introduction to Montajaque and to Las Homigas - we had an amazing week .

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are very welcome! We are delighted that you had a great holiday in Las Hormigas ... and we look forward to your return.
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Location

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
0.5 Kilometres
La Casita
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 'Casitas de la Sierra', a 10-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).

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ronda, Malaga Province (Costa del Sol)

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
16 Jul 2018 - 25 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£395
for 7 nights
£395
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
26 Aug 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
£220
for 4 nights
£385
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring
1 Mar 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
4 night minimum stay
£223
for 4 nights
£390
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
30 Jun 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£405
for 7 nights
£405
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn
24 Aug 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
£223
for 4 nights
£390
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£390
for 7 nights
£390
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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