3 bedrooms (sleeps 5); large living/dining rooms, roof terrace, shaded patio
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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 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). 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!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great property owners
Carolyn and Kevin are great hosts, communication was excellent from the start with Carolyn answering any questions we had both prior and during our stay. Kevin was very informative about the local area and even took us on a guided walk to show us the area. We knew if we had needed any help during the stay with anything they would have been very responsive. The property is quirky which we liked and well equipped. We gave it a 3 for online description only because we expected access to a swimming pool down the road which wasn’t the case, but this could have been time of year, this just needs to be made a bit clearer perhaps in the description.
We are very happy with this review, and totally agree that it should be made clearer about the ability to use the semi-private swimming pool at this time of year. The property where it is located is under new ownership, and we have not yet had chance to meet with the new owners to negotiate the opportunity for our clients to use it. We will try to correct this, or remove the option from our listing. Thank you to our great clients!
So glad we picked Las Hormigas!
I picked this property based on what others had written about the owners and the view and I certainly made the right choice. There were 4 of us staying at Las Hormigas. We had plenty of room, it was very clean; it had everything we needed; and the view from the terrace was absolutely gorgeous! We spent many evenings just sitting on the terrace enjoying the view. We were mesmerized. Our hosts, Carolyn and Kevin were terrific. Not only did they meet us when we arrived and helped with the luggage, they also invited us to join them for drinks, for a birthday dinner, and for a hike. Carolyn immediately got back to me on all the questions I had before we arrived and she made several recommendations and reservations for us - all of which were great. They were one of the main reasons we enjoyed our visit so much. As for Montejaque, the people there are so friendly and welcoming. It is not touristy which we loved, but it is close to all the sites you might like to visit. Wildflowers in May were beautiful!
We were very happy to welcome these charming Americans to Montejaque, and so pleased we were able to help them fulfil some of the things on their 'must do' list, including bike-riding and a visit to the Cueva de la Pileta. We hope we can welcome them back again one day -- this time to walk the Caminito del Rey. We are thrilled with this review!
Cold house, cold shower, cold comfort
With the weather forecast to be unseasonably cold, we got our heads around the fact that our holiday was not going to be the sunny escape we had planned. What we hadn't expected (especially as we had checked with the owner beforehand) was to be cold in our accommodation, have no means of drying clothes and to have no hot water in which to shower. One ineffective gas heater was supplied Making the house so uncomfortable that we were unable to cook (kitchen was like a fridge) relax or spend any time in it (we escaped as soon as we woke each morning to find warmth elsewhere) and after three days without a shower, resorted to a spa in Ronda in order to be warm and clean.
To be fair, the owner did supply a better heater on the third day (shame it couldn't have been there for our arrival) and had a new boiler installed on day 4 which meant we had hot water, but in a one week holiday that's quite a chunk of time to be uncomfortable. We have stayed in less expensive and more basic accommodation, in the same region, and have always been warm and had hot water so the fact that this is a house in a mountain village is no excuse.
Heaters and boilers aside, what was totally unforgivable was the unpleasantness of the male owner, who was apparently 'grumpy' for having to deliver an additional heater to us from his own home 5 mins away (his wife's explanation). He was rude and aggressive and upset my travelling companion to he extent that she was nearly in tears. Not what you expect when you are paying guests, have been nothing but smiley and friendly, and have discovered that the most basic of needs (heat and hot water) are not available. It was this behaviour as much as the lack of heat and hot water that meant our stay was irreparable spoilt. We have travelled the world and make friends wherever we go so this was a new and unpleasant experience for us. It's hardly important but it's worth stating that we were so uncomfortable that after one night we asked for a refund so we could go elsewhere but the owner refused. When we left we were offered a discount for a return visit! As if! Nothing could persuade us back at the risk of dealing with an aggressive host.
However...this part of Spain, the people, the scenery and the things to experience are great. With so many lovely places to stay, you just need to stay somewhere else!
We are naturally upset at receiving a one-star review when we have had only four- and five-star reviews in more than four years of renting.
I would confirm that the gas boiler was serviced before our first clients came, at the end of March. As these guests made no reference to the lack of hot water, we believed it was fine.
The gas heater was changed for an electric water heater on the Monday, three days after the ladies arrived on the Friday evening. This was the earliest we could manage to arrange this. We had also provided wood and fire-starters for the wood-burning stove, and thought that this, along with a gas heater and electric blankets on the beds, would keep them warm enough in the unseasonably inclement weather.
The clients asked for a refund "so that we can afford to find another place to stay - which of course might be difficult." We then offered to accommodate them in a friend's rental house, only metres from ours. It is half the size and has storage heaters and a fireplace. We were hoping this alternative accommodation would be acceptable, but they looked at it and said, "We like your house! Going to try again tonight with heaters left on all day and see how we go."
Regrettably my husband was 'grumpy' because I had a broken ankle, so was unable to go the house with him to assist with the many problems that seemed to arise.
I hope I can assure future possible clients who are reading this review that we, too, are usually friendly and smiley people!
Traditional, airy, well-equipped property in a beautiful Spanish pueblos blancos.
We really enjoyed our stay at Montejaque as a family of four. The friendly owners were very welcoming and more than happy to share recommendations. The locals were also very friendly. This was a great base to explore the amazing surrounding region (e.g. Ronda, Camanito del Rey, Parc de Sierra Grazelema, Seville); we also enjoyed the local walks, caves, great wildlife, fantastic food... Would highly recommend.
great accommodation with beautiful views of Montejaque
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
A lovely review from a very lovely family. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful location, and delighted that our guests always enjoy our holiday home, Las Hormigas.
Incredible property, incredible town, incredible hosts!
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!
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!
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).