I stayed at El Monte Bajo in Feb-March for a week; partly on my own and partly with my husband. I'm not easily impressed (I tend to be a little on the "seen it all, done it all" side I'm afraid) but I must say, no words I write would ever do justice on how wonderful El Monte Bajo is. Everything you see on this website is of course true and real – but I promise, once you actually get there, you'll think "oh, this looks even better than in the pictures"! And just to be clear – yes it was quite large a house for a party of 1 to 2 people! I felt like royalty to be honest 🙂
This house is not only full of rustic countryside charm, but it is also impeccably clean, and every detail you could imagine is of highest quality. There is 100% comfort in every aspect: convenient parking, perfectly equipped kitchen, highest quality bedding, plentiful bathrooms, air con to keep the temperature just right. And oh, air play connected loudspeakers even by the pool. And absolutely beautiful ad tasteful design in everything.
Danny, the owner, is most reliable and genuinely interested in your wellbeing and comfort. He clearly loves this property and succeeds in keeping it absolutely tip top with his wonderful onsite team. Danny also makes sure that you find the property without issues, and also makes sure you know how to operate things in the house.
Did I mention the fantastic view, the spacious pool, the frog pond and the cat? I think you just have to go and see for yourself 🙂
We'd watched the video, we had the excitement bubbling inside, we'd wound our way up the hill, past the pretty flower beds and painted white villas until they 'd all vanished and we sat in our car on a dusty track outside a rustic wall with the locked entrance gate to El Monte Baco beckoning. At that moment, our expectations were mixed… We left the luggage and approached the gate, entered the code we had been given and held our breath. We were going to be here for a month, it had to be nice.
The gate swung open, someone gasped, I know for me there was silence as the smile took over my whole face. We had just arrived in our own garden of Eden and the view was breathtaking and totally unexpected.
During our month in our own paradise, the wonder did not dissipate. We sat on every bench /chair / at all dining tables and enjoyed the ambiance of each, carefully positioned to show a different view, to create a different ambiance.
The villa and garden had so many beautiful little touches and quirky relics and we spent time trying to work out what some items would have been used for in the past. Infact, it was my birthday during the holiday and the family secretly arranged a treasure hunt to find my gift. There were so many things to search for and discover, it actually made us take more note of and appreciate the thought that had gone into creating this magnificent villa.
Danny, the owner was very attentive and keen to ensure that everything was perfect for us. He did not fail. Suggestions for places to visit, restaurants to try were much appreciated. Jose, came twice a week to tend the property and look after the pool. We had fun practising our very bad Spanish, but he was very charming and patient and we often reverted to sign language! Ana fronted housekeeping, but is also an exceptional cook and kindly made us tortillas and gazpacho and supplied fresh figs for us on her weekly visits. She has also left a lovely welcome basket so that we had time to absorb and enjoy the start to our holiday without rushing off to the supermarket. It was just another thoughtful touch .
As we were staying longer than most of guests, we were asked us to give feedback on our stay, with a view to making improvements. But to be honest, I am not sure that you could improve on perfection. El Monte Bajo exceeded everything the video had promised and the team helped us created some very happy memories, celebrating 2 birthdays, the company of family and friends, something so very much needed after the lock downs and isolation of 2020 /2021.
We would highly recommend you go and discover all the secrets of this villa for yourselves. We hope to be lucky enough to visit El Monte Bajo again soon.
We have just completed our 4th visit to these wonderful properties but just had our first to Al Ladino. All three previous occasions we stayed in El Monte Bajo, so we are in a great position to be able to compare the two. We are not usually in the habit of coming back to the same place for a holiday over and over again. However, Nerja has held a special place in our heart over the years after holidaying here a couple of times when our children were young. We chanced across Danny’s villa when planning a return holiday 2/3 years ago, now the children have grown and flown the nest. The stunning location, charm and standard of the properties have brought us back several times since. We see ourselves coming back again and again as we love it here and can see that as our family grows again, with grandchildren etc, we will have many options on how to enjoy this flexible quality accommodation. If you are considering booking then don’t hesitate, you can’t fail to love it and Danny is a friendly, efficient & helpful host. It would be easy to think that maybe you get something less by staying at Al Ladino rather than El Monte Bajo but that isn’t the case. Both villas are of exceptional quality. The only thing that’s different is size. Al Ladino is a charming two bedroom property. Arguably it has the best master bedroom suite of the two properties but the master suites in both properties benefit from double his and hers sinks, large walk-in showers and a bath! The only real difference is that Al Ladino has two bedrooms vs El Monte Bajo’s 4, a smaller pool and a smaller garden. It’s more laid to patio than the large grassed area in the property next door but does have really good outdoor space including a large brick BBQ. El Monte Bajo has stunning gardens with more space and greenery. I think Al Ladino has marginally better views of the mountains and coastline due to the hedge height being just that little bit lower but they are both amazing. If you are 4 people or less, then Al Ladino is perfect. El Monte Bajo with the recently added bedroom (although we haven’t seen it yet) is superb for larger groups and El Monte Bajo has a fabulous well equipped kitchen and more internal living space. If you’re more than 8 then you could easily combine both properties and have 6 double bedrooms only separated by garden gates but cleverly designed for privacy and quiet, if you are only using one of the properties. All bedrooms are en-suite and each one is roomy and delightful so no-one has to take the compromise room, which can often happen when large family groups or friends are holidaying together. I’d say if you’re wondering whether to book either property do it! I can’t imagine for one minute anyone being disappointed. You need a hire car or be prepared to use taxis for transport, which are easy to find and it’s only 10 minutes into town, it is on top of a very steep hill, hence the amazing views.
Hermosa, más hermosa!!!! Para nunca olvidar!!!!
Als je de toegangsdeur opent van de ommuurde woning kom je in een heel andere wereld terecht. Voor ons een klein paradijs! Een ongelooflijke tuin en een huis waar je enkel kan van dromen. Het is genieten van s'morgens tot s'avonds. Wij durven zelfs zeggen dat je in gans Andalousië lang moet zoeken om El Monte Bajo te evenaren. Het is een TOPPER! Alle details benaderen de perfectie, van het huis, de tuin tot het zwembad… teveel om op te noemen, zelfs het toiletpapier is gemerkt.
Danny helpt je met alle tips voor het aankomen en tijdens het verblijf zodat alles naar wens verloopt.
Wij willen zeker nog eens terug gaan want dit huis met deze service vind je nergens meer.
Muchas Gracias Danny!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
luca & family
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.
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.
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.
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!
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,
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.
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.
We have had the most wonderful holiday staying in El Monte Bajo.
We loved the villa, the gardens, the pool, the views, the location and the privacy. Everything exceeded our expectations.
Just returned from a fabulous 2 week stay at El Monte Bajo. From the moment you arrive you can't help but relax and feel at home. It is a homely and welcoming villa. The gardens and villa are beautiful. We loved it so much we found it very difficult to leave. The attention to detail inside and outside is amazing and it is obvious that a lot of time and care has been spent on making the villa the fabulous place it is today. Very easy to find following driving instructions given by Danny. A car is essential unless you like a really long walk up and down hill. This makes the villa very private and not overlooked at all. Just perfect! Can't wait to return.
Our family of six people enjoyed a perfect stay at El monte Bajo. The villa was in perfect shape and so was the beautiful garden. We stayed for 8 days en loved the villa, the great view on the mountains and sea. The villa is situated on the top of a hill close to the town of Nerja.
We made many trips to Malaga (beuatiful ciy), Granada, the mountains and seaside.
The villa itself is very nice and offers a lot of space. Large bedrooms with separate bathrooms and a very well equipped kitchen.
We strongly recommend El Monte Bajo to anybody longing for peace, great views, luxury and privacy.
And if you should stay at El Monte Bajo make the stunning walk through the river Chillar (Rio Chillar) all the way up in the mountains. Very refreshing and beuatiful.
Just the best time-The peaceful and beautiful garden has its own tropical micro-climate as there is a large sheltering wall on the east side. It is a tropical paradise with organic fruit and salad growing in the garden and frogs; squirrels; bird-life all the time. Plus a cat who comes calling for feeding twice a day :).
The house is absolutely beautiful and when you are staying there, it is as though no-one else is sharing your world. We always hire a car and it is only a ten minute drive to the centre of Nerja where there is bustling life, shops and delightful restaurants. We have been a couple of times already and it is one of our favourite destinations. We cannot recommend highly enough if you are looking for the holiday of a lifetime.
Visited August 2016
Absolutely loved it we have booked to go again.
Beautiful house with beautiful views. Everything you can possibly want from A holiday and more. The gardens are perfect with flowers. We loved the pond watching the frogs jumping in and out. The pool is perfect there were 4 of us 2 kids and 2 adults and we all enjoyed it even more so the kids who was in it from sun up too sun down. Beautifully decorated with lovely bathrooms too match. Yes a little out of the way but not too far an 8 minute taxi ride too Nerja where there are shops bars and restaurants too please all. Definitely found a heaven we shall return too for many years too come.