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Nicky Nicky wrote on 16 August 2020:
We had the most wonderful time in the most wonderful Villa. It was remarkable the way the view of the garden, and the view in general, when you opened the front door would take your breath away each and every time. It is nothing short of an oasis in the incredibly hot and dry weather at this time of the year.

Another remarkable aspect is the attention to detail all round the Villa. It was very apparent that a lot of thought had gone into the way the furniture, fixtures and fittings and facilities would be set up all round the Villa, in exquisite detail, to maximise comfort and convenience.

The way the Villa is furnished and decorated in it's rustic style is absolutely magnificent and gives it such a homely feel. You do, indeed, feel very much at home and fully relaxed. The beds were so comfortable, the en-suite bathrooms were immaculately and beautifully designed and provided, the Living room was large and splendid, and the kitchen…well, no matter how great the Villa was all round, I'd like to single it out for particular praise; it is such a huge and beautiful kitchen and such a multi-purpose island in the middle that I spent a lot of time there carrying out work on my laptop first thing in the morning and not just preparing breakfast, lunch, etc.

Danny and I were in regular contact, he was so keen that we enjoy our stay at the Villa. His restaurant recommendations / suggestions were very welcome and pretty much spot on, his instructions to get to the Villa were perfect, and his fact sheet / information sheet on how to operate the various devices around the Villa were ideal.

We have shared photos and videos of the Villa with friends and family who have been wowed by it, and I would most definitely recommend 'El Monte Bajo', and would recommend it very highly indeed.
Deborah Deborah wrote on 23 June 2019:
What a magical place! We had a family holiday with 6 adults and a baby. The house is stunningly beautiful, very spacious and exquisitely designed to fine detail . There are amazing views of the dramatic mountains and the sea from the house and gardens. The garden are thoughtfully designed and well maintained, with some welcome shaded areas ,BBQ, ponds and a large swimming pool. Pots of fresh herbs provide lovely scents as you walk through the garden – and great for cooking. The huge kitchen is the heart of the home with a large window providing stunning views as you enjoy the pleasure of cooking with every utensil you could ever need, large fridge and freezer- and plenty of room for everyone to to join in. The large outdoor eating area on the veranda has a lovely cool gentle breeze from the mountains and fabulous at night with Jupiter, amongst thousands of other stars, twinkling down on us accompanied by frog chorus. Everything was spotlessly clean, well maintained, lots of space and privacy, great welcome pack and Danny was very helpful with lots of tips before we arrived and checked in by text to make sure everything was ok. Breathtakingly stylish, comfortable and magical
J_Milou J_Milou wrote on 9 June 2019:
We spent a family holiday week in El Monte Bajo (and the neigbouring Al Ladino) and were bowled over by the quality of the accommodation, the extensive garden and large private pool. Al Ladino has been reviewed on its own website wwww.alladino.com/reviews The impressive maintenance and cleaning services, regular communication from Danny before and during our holiday and attention to detail is phenomenal. El Monte Bajo is a breathtaking property. The villa is spacious and yet intimate, the garden is spectacular with nooks and crannies and different areas for relaxing. The pool is huge and there are 2 ponds with the noisiest frogs imaginable! There were 8 of us and it was easy to lose each other in the villa and garden, although our favourite times were when we got together to eat & drink on the verandah. It is very difficult to put El Monte's character into words … the photos and videos give only part of the picture.
We would definitely love to return one day and we're confident that it will remain as peaceful, practical and awesome as it is today.
Tracy Tracy wrote on 20 May 2019:
I know that I follow in the footsteps of many of my fellow reviewers but both El Monte Bajo and Al Ladino are perfect. We've been staying in and around Nerja for about the past ten years and as a consequence have a broad range of experience of rental properties – both El Monte Bajo and Al Ladino are exceptional. There are many, many things I love about both properties – really thoughtful layout, spotlessly clean, quality furniture and appliances. Both properties are very spacious, so that we never felt that we were tripping over each other when preparing food etc.
One "must do" is to enlist Danny's help to arrange a late, lazy lunch prepared by a private chef – you won't regret it!
Danny is a super host – easily contactable and responsive for any questions both before and during your stay.
We certainly hope to be back again next year!
Admin Reply by: El Monte Bajo
Tracy, many thanks to you. I want to mention the team who provide the real spanish flavour, they are Jose Antonio, Ana, Marie Angeles, Sandra, Gustavo, Sebastian & Jose Miguel and others who all respond 'tan rapido' if there are issues so that guests can have a carefree staff & I can sleep soundly knowing everything is taken care of.
Irene Irene wrote on 8 May 2019:
We have just returned from a family holiday in El Monte Bajo. What can I say ?? It’s all been said before. The villa and garden are magical. The villa is furnished beautifully & is enhanced by the lighting at night. The garden is wonderful with plenty of seats in both sun & shade. The views of the sea & mountains are breathtaking. At night the lighting turns it into an enchanted garden. As others have said it is so peaceful & relaxing we spent a lot of time at the villa- far more than at previous rentals & we wanted to get back every afternoon. Ana left us a lovely welcome basket & Danny was in touch by email to ask if there were any problems ( there weren’t).

My sister-in-law wanted to adopt the stray cats & we were entertained by looking for the frogs in the pools & the noise they made.

The villa is spotlessly clean & the gardens well cared for. The team are obviously proud of the villa & gardens.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful home with us.

The Grants.
Simon, Elle and the boys Simon, Elle and the boys wrote on 19 April 2019:
Just returned from a fabulous trip to Andalucia, including a week at El Monte Bajo. Beautiful house in beautiful gardens and amazing attention to detail. Can't fault anything!
Drew Drew wrote on 9 March 2019:
We have returned from our first visit to El Monte Bajo but not Nerja. We absolutely loved the villa and the garden and we had the bonus of sunny weather. The views, the attention to detail, the welcome pack – it’s all been said in other reviews. Thanks to Danny and his team for making this so memorable. Nothing was too much trouble.
Linda Linda wrote on 30 October 2018:
We stayed in El Monte Bajo for two wonderful weeks in October. Our children and grandchildren came out to join us for the second week and we took over the neighbouring cottage, Al Ladino as well. What an experience. We could fault nothing! To have all the family together was great, but to have them all here was fantastic. Every detail of the place was appreciated….we have never had a welcome basket
like it, the views, the garden that was likened to Eden, the pool, the plants, the peace, everything! We loved it as you can tell and we will go back.
Alison Alison wrote on 14 September 2018:
We stayed in El Monte Bajo 1-8th September and what a treasure it is!

It's hard to say anything about this beautiful villa, pool and garden, that hasn't already been said.

Three generations of family stayed and enjoyed all it's comforts including a fabulous birthday/anniversary meal cooked for us by two local Spanish ladies, Nelli and Anna.

We know the area around Nerja, which is fortunate, as we too found it hard to leave the villa!

If you want comfort, peace and tranquillity, stunning views and you just want to slow life down, El Monte Bajo is the place for you!

Many thanks to Danny, who could not have been more helpful and to his team for making our week what we hoped it would be.
Hilde Hummelvoll og Petter Nome Hilde Hummelvoll og Petter Nome wrote on 25 July 2018:
Waow! What a paradise!
We have now stayed at Monte Bajo for two weeks – a family of six adults and two young children – and the property was perfect.
The house is a gem with lots of interior details eyes can enjoy, and the garden is a fairytail. Especially in the night when it's lit up by the coloured lights.
In addition you have all the scents & sounds. I'll never forget the evenings when the frogs started to chatter or sing or whatever they were doing – it was beautiful!
We were also accompanied by five kittens and their mum – cat food were found in the basement.

A big hug to Danny who is the perfect host: From the generous welcoming basket in the kitchen when we arrived, to all the help and good advice during the stay.

We certainly dream of coming back.
Clare Clare wrote on 22 July 2018:
This was our second time at elmontebajo and the minute we came through the top door we felt as though we were coming home. This house is more than just a holiday villa it truly makes you feel so relaxed that you do think it is your own home (if only). Once again we spent most of our time at the villa as it is so beautiful and anytime we did leave we were all so glad to get back to the peace and tranquillity it offered. Special thanks to Jose and Danny who are always on hand to help if needed. I will be back!
Debbie & Andy Debbie & Andy wrote on 25 June 2018:
What an amazing week at El Monte Bajo!
We have loved the area for many years and have now fallen in love with this beautiful house. Its spacious double bedrooms all with their own bathroom's could not have worked better for us. The recently refitted kitchen is beautiful with every utensil I could have wished for. The house is tastefully furnished with quality and accessorised beautifully. The outside space was also perfect and we ended up staying at the house much more than we had anticipated. The views from the amazing garden are breathtaking….it really did feel like we had arrived in paradise! We shall miss the little family of cats and the sound of the frogs in the pond…we shall be back next year I'm sure!
luca goglio luca goglio wrote on 19 June 2018:
Grazie mille Danny per averci fatto partecipi di questo piccolo paradiso, la villa, il giardino , tutto è curato nei minimi dettagli, si vedono anni di lavori e ingenti spese e si vede il grande amore in tutto ciò che è stato costruito e in tutti gli oggetti e le decorazioni. tutto è perfetto e tutto è pulito, ben fatto e non immaginerei di poter cambiare nulla. Jose l'uomo tuttofare simpatico e di aiuto in tutto, i giardinieri spesso presenti ma discreti per tenere tutto a posto, l'amicizia di mamma gatta e dei suoi piccoli (credo fossero li di passaggio …), Danny sempre disponibile anche da lontano e pronto a rispondere e aiutarci in tutto.
Villa spaziosissima e grande giardino con bella piscina, un luogo dove chiudersi dentro e non uscire mai!
torneremo sicuramente.
luca & family
Admin Reply by: El Monte Bajo
Translation via Google Translate

Thank you so much Danny for letting us take part in this little paradise, the villa, the garden, everything is cared for down to the last detail, you see years of work and huge expenses and you see the great love in everything that has been built and in all objects and decorations. everything is perfect and everything is clean, well done and I would not imagine being able to change anything. Jose the friendly and helpful handyman in all, the gardeners often present but discreet to keep everything in place, the friendship of mother cat and her kittens (I think they were there in passing …), Danny always available also from far away and ready to respond and help us in everything.
Very spacious villa and large garden with a beautiful swimming pool, a place to shut up and never go out!
We will definitely be back.
luca & family
Gill Gill wrote on 11 June 2018:
Having just returned from a glorious week spent at El Monte Bajo, I feel compelled to share with you the delights of this wonderful place on earth!
On a hill, high above sea level, sits a finca style villa, set in the most beautiful gardens. I cannot emphasise enough, the sense of tranquility, space and peacefulness that awaits you as you enter the gate and look down on your 'home' for the duration of your holiday. It's quite simply, breathtaking!
The views of the Mediterranean, Nerja and the mountains beyond, will delight you over and over again. And this is all without setting foot through the door of the villa and the luxurious furniture and furnishings, at your disposal there!
Having stayed in many luxury villas over the years, in different countries, I have to say, this one is my favourite to date! It is equipped with all you could possibly need (with the exception of a microwave – handy for life with a toddler!), to make your stay complete. It's luxurious without being uncomfortably so. It feels like a home and my family and I were quick to settle in and begin our holiday.
Other reviews have mentioned not wanting to leave the premises. You feel exactly like that, except that having holidayed in Nerja for over 30 years, we love the town and all it has to offer and so dragged ourselves away on occasion, only to be charmed all over again on our return.
Cathy Cathy wrote on 23 April 2018:
We spent 1 week at Easter at El Monte Bajo. It was a very sunny, relaxing, peaceful week and we were able to have the family time that we seldom get in London with busy lives, jobs & teenagers! Danny took great care of us before, during & afterwards. The house is so spacious and really comfortable. We had everything we needed there, and indeed on a couple of days we didn't even go out! The garden is beautiful. I would love to see it in full bloom nearer the summer and to also take advantage of the pool. We enjoyed days out in Malaga and Frigiliana, and also had Neli cook us a paella 1 lunch for a treat.
We will definitely return. Many thanks to Danny.
Randi Randi wrote on 5 November 2017:
Vi har nu både i 2015 og 2017 været så heldige at kunne leje El Monte Bajo. Vi elsker stedet!
Det er et fantastisk sted, hvor hele familien stortrives.
Alt fremstår i perfekt stand, poolen er stor, haven er fantastisk og udsigten formidabel.
Vi kommer helt sikkert tilbage.
Admin Reply by: El Monte Bajo
Here's a translation from Danish into English via Google Translate:

We have been lucky enough to be able to rent El Monte Bajo in 2015 and 2017. We love the place!

It is a great place where the whole family is immersed.

Everything is in perfect condition, the pool is great, the garden is amazing and the view is formidable.

We will definitely be back.
Jan, Lesley, Simon and John Jan, Lesley, Simon and John wrote on 22 October 2017:
What can I say?! We have spent so many memorable holidays in and around Nerja over the past 30 years and this year was no exception! The villa – exceptionally designed and tastefully furnished. The gardens – wonderfully landscaped. The view – something special. Although the villa was ‘ours’ for a week, this is Danny’s villa and we raise our glasses to you. It exceeded our expectations on every single level. Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your piece of paradise!
Kati Kati wrote on 15 October 2017:
We have just got back from our fantastic family holiday of a lifetime! Wow! It was well worth me trusting the recommendation of my friend’s friend… Sometimes it’s just best to keep it simple and follow the energy of things… 🙂 The villa exceeded all our expectations! El Monte Bajo is a truly authentic Spanish haven of peace, an old building with a very good feel to it, renovated to meet all our needs… and more!, finished to the very highest of standards, both inside and out.

Let’s start at the beginning… Nerja is really within about an easy hour or so of drive away both from Malaga and Granada!, so u can go on day trips easily from here if u wished..

The property is situated high up above and slightly out of town of Nerja, a fact which we loved!, with fantastic views over the town and the sea, it’s a a real secluded oasis of beauty and rest… You can enjoy perfect privacy yet r well looked after by the Spanish staff- gardener, maintenance man – whom one can depend on in case anything would need doing/ fixing…but they were really very respectful of our privacy…

With two teenage boys, aged 17 and almost 15, we didn’t really know how it would work out but we couldn’t have had a better base than El Monte Bajo. In fact we found it really hard to leave at all and ended up spending most of our time at the property, sitting at the many wonderful spots the garden affords, reading, chilling or watching the plentiful wildlife… or have a swim in the lovely, generous-sized pool… but if shade is what one is after, there r plenty of sheltered spots outside and it’s really nice and space is inside too to just chill alone or come together and enjoy each other’s company. The lounge we found just perfect for that! Kitchen, and the house in general is very well equipped, en-suit bathrooms all beautiful and very stylish…

If u r planning to have a break from the everyday hum-drum of life and would like to spend some time in Paradise, El Monte Bsjo is definitely the place for u to book! We r also planning to return one day soon! Trust the above was of help. If u would like to ask about anything I said or didn’t mention perhaps, feel free to get in touch!
Lots of love,
Kati :):):)
Zoë Zoë wrote on 28 August 2017:
Second time staying here and again can't fault it in anyway. Most beautiful place in beautiful area. We hired a car this time which was even better. Easy too drive around Nerja town centre and very easy too find El Monte Bajo. Kids absolutely loved the garden full of flowers and fruits from the trees. We spent hours playing and laying around the swimming pool which is more than big enough for 4 of us. Shall be returning for many years too come as feel I can't stay anywhere but there as it won't come close too how perfect it is there.
Karen Karen wrote on 22 August 2017:
Lovely villa with a great pool and fantastic gardens. The villa is finished to a very high standard and we just spent a lot of our holiday relaxing in the villa, pool and gardens – no need to go out with such great surroundings! There are lots of areas around the pool for sitting and reading in the sunshine too. Well equipped kitchen and excellent en-suite bathrooms. We came away feeling totally relaxed and refreshed. Our kids loved the pool especially enjoying going in at night with the multi-coloured lights on around the garden. Would recommend the villa very highly and hope to come back one day.
El Monte Bajo review
“Best-in-class style, location, ambience, privacy, furnishings, garden, cleanliness, views and more. The “great escape” from the real world, especially if you choose NOT to connect to the comprehensive wi-fi throughout the house, in the garden, and even by the swimming pool! Wherever you look; from kitchen to bedrooms, garden to swimming pool, bathrooms to veranda, no expense has been spared. We were relaxed and felt “at home” within a minute of setting the suitcases down. The villa’s design means lots of different, individual spaces … so parents and kids can be together, but don’t need to be all the time, giving the right balance of responsibility and romance! So many different ornaments both inside and out, probably each with its own story to tell, give the property the rustic, Spanish villa look and feel from every perspective. No question was too small when we were making our decision to book, and the owner contacted us soon after we arrived to make sure we were happy and settled in, which was a nice touch. I saw from the guest book that many people return annually, and we now understand why. We’ve already told the owner we’ll be back, soon; very soon !”
Stuart & Ruth, July 2019

Another great family holiday
“This is my 3rd visit to this villa and as usual was fabulous. It’s in a great peaceful location but not too far from the town. Gardens are beautiful. The villa inside is exceptional and has a fully equipped kitchen. Cant recommend it enough.”
Clare Allan, July 2019

“This is an idyll”

Reviewed by: Anonymous | 5 of 5 El Monte Bayo is just the most lovely place to stay for an entirely relaxing holiday. If what you’re after is a beautiful, carefully furnished and stocked house, full of thought and charm; a stunning location atop the hills overlooking Nerja and the sea; huge tropical gardens with plenty of sun and shade seating and lovely flowers; a delightful pool (‘doesn’t hurt to get out’ was our teens’ comment, and true it was), then look no further. It’s not a walk to the beach – you need to drive 5-10 mins – but for this you get the view, the quiet and the feeling of, literally, being away from it all. Danny was fantastically helpful both before and during our stay and all ran entirely smoothly. Do take up the offer of the chef coming to cook for at least one evening – paella cooked for you without having to move was divine and delicious. The house is so lovely and so full of thoughtful and pretty touches, that you’ll never want to leave it. Leaving was the only bad bit in fact. Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016 | Date of Stay: Aug 2016

“An amazing holiday in an amazing place.”

Reviewed by: Stephen B. | 5 of 5 We are now back home in a very grey and miserable North of England – what a contrast! Lindy and I and all our “visitors” were absolutely stunned by El Monte Bajo and it’s amazing location. Jose was an absolute delight as were all the team who help to keep the place so beautiful. Thanks, Danny, for your immediate and effective response to the problems caused by an enormous, but impressive storm, namely the loss of Wi-fi. We had a great drive back to the Channel Tunnel, complete with a car full of great memories, photos and Rioja! A terrific holiday in a terrific place. Many thanks, Steve & Lindy Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2015 | Date of Stay: Sep 2015

“Beautiful property set in amazing gardens”

Reviewed by: Gill D. | 5 of 5 We’ve just returned home from a fabulous week at this villa. We were so impressed with both the house and the garden that we found we spent most of our time there rather than venturing out as it was so relaxing. Our daughter loved the pool and spent most of her day in there. Even I, a self confessed pool phobic, found myself in there as it was so lovely to swim in!! Each day we seemed to spot something new and we have to say that the layout, features and attention to detail are second to none. We wished we’d booked for 2 weeks! We hope to return for another holiday! Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015 | Date of Stay: Aug 2015

“Blissful family fortnight in a tropical paradise”

Reviewed by: William M. | 5 of 5
After a long, tiring journey, we opened the gate of El Monte Bajo and immediately stepped into paradise! We have stayed in many excellent Spanish villas over the years but El Monte Bajo stands head and shoulders above the rest. It is a truly beautiful and stylish property located in a stunning tropical garden. The house has a wonderfully authentic feel with each room tastefully furnished. There is normally competition to get the ‘best’ bedroom when our family arrives but this is not an issue at El Monte as all three bedrooms are furnished to a very high standard with equally high quality en suite bathrooms. Danny, the owner, has painstakingly chosen furniture, fittings and artifacts to work in sympathy with the building. Wherever you look, there is something to delight the eye. The garden is amazing with such a wide variety of flowers, fruits and mature palm trees. To maintain such a fabulous green lawn is a real labour of love. As wildlife enthusiasts, we were delighted to observe a variety of birds (including hoopoe), frogs and red squirrels. The gardens feature a choice of seating and an excellent barbecue. The pool is truly wonderful and helped make this holiday very special. There are gorgeous views over the local mountains and down to the sea. The lighting in the garden is magical and with the frogs in true song makes the evenings something special. Nerja has a very good range of restaurants and there are excellent local beaches including the outstanding Playa El Canuelo. We had enjoyable times at a few of them but were at our happiest back at the villa. Danny’s instructions and directions prior to the holiday were really helpful. We appreciated the photographs that made everything clear. Danny was easy to contact during the holiday and went out of his way to ensure that everything ran smoothly. The website and videos are excellent and provide an accurate picture of El Monte. El Monte is at the top of a hill so it is advisable to have a car. The local taxis are cheap and reliable although not all drivers know how to find the villa. We befriended two of the taxi drivers early in the holiday and used them after that. We really appreciated the vegetables from the garden provided by the gardener. Although family holidays can be subject to the odd ‘tension’, I can honestly say that this was one of the happiest family holidays we have enjoyed. We were genuinely sorry to be leaving and hope to return one day.
Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015 | Date of Stay: Jul 2015

“A stunning villa with breath-taking views!”

Reviewed by: Anonymous | 5 of 5
What can I say? Other than this village is an absolute gem!! Tucked away in the hills of Nerja with views to die for! It really is a very special place to holiday. Myself, my husband and two other couples stayed in this villa for a week at the end of June and had a very enjoyable stay! Gardens and pool: The gardens and pool are probably the most brilliant thing about this property. The pool is a good size and there are plenty of places to relax and eat dinner as a family/group. The view over Nerja is stunning and made all the more beautiful when the sun goes down and the garden lights up! Accomodation: I was lucky enough to stay in the master bedroom, and although all 3 rooms really are lovely, the master is slightly bigger and has a bigger bathroom, the views from the bath are quite exceptional! The living room is big and cozey and offered some occassional respite from the beating sun! Location: A car is ideal as it is a way up a very steep hill but what we would do in the evenings (because no one wanted to be designated driver) was to walk down to El Avalon Hotel/Restaurant (about 12 mins downhill) and order a taxi from the restaurant, I also recommend eating there. The food was great and the staff were very friendly! All in all we had an absolutely wonderful time and would definitely recommend the villa! Danny the owner is also very helpful and friendly which is a bonus! Thank you for a lovely stay!
Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015 | Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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“as good as the pics on the website are they still don’t do the property justice’ we appreciate the fact you and Oscar are just a call or text away if we need anything. it’s been a fantastic week here in beautiful surroundings, and not forgetting the fabulous food Toni prepared for us !!” Stuart – Glasgow, United Kingdom August 2016
“Just returned from another idyllic week here. Peace calm and tranquillity in a sheltered garden which has its own little micro-climate. Avocados, strawberries, custard apples and bananas all grow along with lemons oranges apricots figs and lots of salad and vegetables, all organically grown. The wildlife is constantly amazing with frogs toads Hawks squirrels stray pussycats with this time, a baby hedgehog sheltering in the cats bowl too! Words are insufficient to explain our delight at staying here again. We just know we are really lucky to have found it! Plus really caring owners. Delightful!” Jan – London, United Kingdom June 2016
“A magnificent villa full of charm with an exceptional garden and excellent views. Set 3/4 of a mile up a hill, it is an ideal for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday yet easily close enough to the heart of Nerja (2 miles approx) and its beaches, if a more lively experience is required.” Alex – Gloucester, United Kingdom June 2016
“Beyond the unassuming metal door set into a stone wall lies the enchanting finca that is El Monte Bajo. From the top of the steps that lead down to the covered terrace the view of the tropical garden, Nerja nestling in the valley, the sea and the Almijara mountain range is absolutely stunning. Once inside and from every viewpoint the property oozes rustic charm and character. This is an idyllic retreat that has been created with great care and affection, combining authentic Andalucian materials with ultra modern facilities. All in all this is a very special place. We look forward to returning.” Eric – Newton Solney, South Derbyshire, United Kingdom May 2016