About the property
- House2098 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
A chic retreat for 2 with infinity pool and stunning views
Dar Hajra, which has featured in many interior design magazines and travel features, is hidden away in a forest above the undiscovered ‘white village’ of Montecorto, close to Ronda.
From the villa’s rocky perch you're treated to stunning views of the Grazalema mountains. A path flanked by rosemary, lavender and honeysuckle climbs up to the house: it looks traditional enough from the outside but within, a big surprise awaits. The mountain has been wrapped into the fabric of the building and rock adds a stunning decorative element: Dar Hajra means ‘House of the Rocks’.
A pyramidal atrium is the visual axis around which the open-plan lounge/diner turns. Three huge windows lead to the terrace and infinity edge plunge pool whose waters seem to merge with the sky. The sitting room, kitchen/diner and study are one huge open space, there's a large master bedroom, extraordinary bathroom and hundreds of books, CDs and paintings.
There is free broadband internet with an iMac computer. Upstairs is a second bedroom that is perched like an eagle's nest on the third floor of the house. It has both north and south facing windows which catch the summer breezes - it's a great space for a siesta-with-a-view.
A discrete housekeeper cleans and tidies every day and can also prepare you delicious traditional 'tapas' style dishes using locally sourced produce, much of it organically grown. Full details await you at the house along with bilingual order forms.
Dar Hajra is no ordinary rental property. From the moment you step in and see the views out through the triple run of huge windows you'll be glad that you've chosen this very special home. You may not wish to leave the house for the week that you're here: there are hundreds of CDs and books (the owner is a well-known writer on Andalucía), a vast collection of DVDs and you'll be inspired to cook for yourself for at least part of your stay: the views from the huge open plan kitchen are also unforgettable.
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- May 18, 2018
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We have just returned from a week at Dar Hajra and as soon as we arrived we knew we were in for a special treat. This property really is a hideaway, perched right at the top of a friendly village where doing your daily shop is a pleasure. However, the highlight for us was the amazing terrace where, because of the delightful weather, we spent most of our time. This was equipped with a dining table and comfortable chairs, sun loungers and settee and armchairs all alongside a delightful infinity plunge pool for cooling down on hot, balmy days. However, the real attraction was the absolutely stunning views of the surrounding countryside, not only from the terrace but every area of the house. Inside the rooms have been designed around the natural rocky landscape. Our favourite features were the large bath incorporated into the rocks and the views we could see when sitting up in bed.
We spent very little time inside the house, but enjoyed preparing meals in the large and well-equipped kitchen. Our daily visit from Paqui was a treat, not only did she make our beds and tidy up but was willing and patient as we practised our rather rusty Spanish. For those who wish for a flavour of local life in a beautiful setting, this would be hard to beat.
A real treat!
Our winter stay at Dar Hajra was a real treat. When I first stepped in, I really gasped „wow!”. The place is decorated with excellent taste and great attention to detail. The things I particularly liked were the bathtub built into the rock, the kitchen mosaic and the collection of colourful rugs.
However, the absolute best of Dar Hajra is the splendid view over the mountains which you can enjoy from anywhere in the house. I can just imagine how great it would be to stay longer on the terrace and use the pool in the warmer months. No doubt we will be back to check it out.
Needless to say, the house is clean and well equipped – you'll find all you need for comfortable and relaxing holidays. The wide selection of books about the region was really useful and helped a lot to plan our trips. There are plenty of great tourist attractions to visit within a short distance, but at the end of the day we truly enjoyed spending the quiet evenings by the fireplace. Montecorto is a charming, authentic village surrounded by nature. On the lazy days we would simply go for a walk around finishing it with a coffee or a glass of wine at the small bar close to the church. Our holidays couldn't have been better.
Fabulous views over the valley
Dar Hajra is highly recommended. The two of us had a wonderful holiday. The house was immaculately clean and the housekeeper very attentive to our needs. The views are wonderful from the terrace of what is the highest house in the beautiful village of Montecorto. That and the amazing infinity pool made our stay very special. We enjoyed strolling down to the village to buy our bread and other supplies and everyone was so friendly. Exploring the area was a revelation - so many interesting places to visit but we particularly enjoyed Ronda, Grazalema and Zahara. As recommended by the owner, we caught the train from Ronda down towards the coast on Mr Henderson's railway and stopped off at some of the places en route. Any visitor should make this trip. All in all, a fabulous holiday in a fabulous part of Spain. We will definitely return.
..the heady pleasure of Dar Hajra
We used to stay at El Tejar which I thought was simply wonderful and just when I thought it couldn't get any better the owner went and built Dar Hajra , a truly lovely retreat at the top of the village. My husband booked a surprise break a` deux and we had the run of this amazing place.
The house is very comfortable and spacious, its filled with books, paintings, and is very well equipped. For a week we could relax and enjoy one another's company. the terrace with its amazing views never failed to impress and delight, and the pleasure of having breakfast and watching the sun rise was matched by the evening ritual of a chilled bottle of cava and admiring the fabulous sunsets. Dar Hajra is really a wonderful place to feel spoiled and indulged and it was a wonderful escape for the two of us. It is entirely possible to never leave the privacy of the house but we could not resist exploring some of the spectacular countryside as seen from the terrace. Guy was ever helpful and gave some really good directions and we had a few good walks and drives around some pretty villages, stopping off for swims in the lakes and lunches in sweet tucked out of the way places. But we always loved returning to the house and its romantic embrace.
We first heard of the house Dar Hajra from friends in Brussels. They stayed
last year and told us that we just have to go too. Well, seeing that we know
they have good taste, we booked a week in October this year.
We knew that this must be a beautiful place but it was even beyond our
expectations. The house is placed high above the village which means you
have a incredible view. We spent so much time sat on the dining terrace with
a book and glass of wine - it was hard to leave.
We like very much the contemporary style of the furnishings and all the very
nice paintings and posters, and we also appreciated the collection of films
on DVD. There is also maybe 200 Cds of music, with some great Spanish ones,
classical, and lots of latino stuff.
The bedroom is beautiful and we enjoyed the big bath in the rocks, never saw
one like this before!
All the equipment in the kitchen was new, lots of sharp knives - I am a
chef! - so we had all we needed to make our meals. We thought we would eat
out more but once you get here you do not want to leave it. However the
little restraurant in the forest beneath the house is friendly and good
We already book next year but this time two weeks for even more relaxing.
We were here for two weeks in April. If you want to get away from it all then this is the place. Rest. Dream. Plan. Relax. Its a beautiful house in every way. Beds are so comfortable and lovely linen. Weather was variable but a woodburning stove made it so cosy at night. Views spectacular. As always if you like to cook, rental villas have poor knives! And it may be that we were the first visitors of the season for glasses and plates could have done with a once over after winter. However we had fun and the area is stunning if you love to explore. Recommended for the ablebodied and older children.
The pretty village of Montecorto is at the edge of the Grazalema National Park, a Unesco Biosphere reserve, which has some of the best hiking in Europe. The owner of Dar Hajra has written a guide to the best walks: you'll find a copy of his book on local walks as well as maps at the house.
The fauna and flora of the Park are remarkable: more than a third of Spain's plant species grow here and ornithologists come from the world over because of the abundance of raptors and migrating birds. Just a quarter of an hour away is the extraordinary Roman theatre of Acinipo, hewn out of solid rock, and the Pileta cave - with some of Europe's best rock painting - is just a short drive away.
Ronda, one of Spain's most spectacular towns, can be reached in fifteen minutes by car. The village of Montecorto is one of the 'pueblos blancos', a cluster of white hill villages which stretch from Arcos in the west to Ronda in the east. These villages are amongst the prettiest in Spain. And Sevilla, Jerez, Arcos, Cadiz and Granada can all be easily visited from Montecorto.
Additional pricing information
A 5% reduction is offered for any stay of 2 or more weeks apart from in July and August. Low Season rates quoted exclude the Christmas and New Year periods which are charged as High Season. Prices quoted include fast internet and 1 hour of daily housekeeping. Payments by Paypal are accepted.