Antiguo Cortijo de Montero: Casa Árabe (Distinguished Establishments)
The Cortijo (farmhouse) Montero, located about 8 kilometers from Campillos, is a complex of three houses (El Señorio, La Casa Arabe and La Casita del Pastor), enabling enjoyment together or separate dwellings through a double door system.
El Cortijo de Montero is an old building, as cited in Madoz Geographical Dictionary of 1849. Its recent restoration has been awarded by the Malaga Provincial Council with the Singularity badge. On May 10, 2010 has been voted the best rural accommodation in the province.
Since 1993 the restoration is constant in order to keep the traditional elements that have earned it as one of the few existing authentic farmhouses. Wrought iron, old tile or walls are large items that will not easily find a supply of these characteristics.
Inside the complex visitors may enjoy the leisure and sports facilities (swimming pool, tennis court, football or riding). In the hills of the farm more than 30000 pines and oaks has planted, surrounded by walking trails that allow to stroll comfortably and to enjoy the splendid views.
Around the Cortijo, numerous natural areas can be found for cycling, hiking and water sports.
The Cortijo buildings are surrounded by parks and gardens that give the impression of being an emerging oasis in the dry sober Andalusian landscape. There are two groves of pine and eucalyptus, an arboretum, under shrubs and other plants.
La Casa Árabe is the old workhouse located in the Old Country House of Montero, a complex comprising three buildings. Since 1993, restoration works have been constant as to keep the traditional elements that have distinguished the building as one of the scarce authentic country houses currently existing. Wrought iron, old tiles, thick walls, ... they are the main elements not easily found in this kind of tourist offer.
Its main feature is that visitors can internally access the three houses: Through a double door system connecting El Señorío and La Casa Árabe, and through a beautiful patio connecting the former with La Casita del Pastor. This makes it possible to accommodate large groups or provide individual guests with the independence they may demand.
La Casa Árabe is a one-story building featuring wrought iron windows with an exceptional value in terms of craftsmanship. It relies on a magnificent lounge with very old fireplace that gives the parlour a noble atmosphere. The kitchen area will surprise us with dark glossy tiles in the bench area, distinctive of old country houses with a sink made of one large piece of marble and hand-made cavities. The decoration found in the whole house is based on the typical activities that used to be carried out in the traditional country houses. The bedrooms can surprise us with paintings that do not match the current trends but which used to hang on their walls.
A beautiful and solid colonnade and arch structure was discovered inside a thick wall separating this workhouse and the central patio in 1999. Dating these findings is a very difficult task. However, we can assert that they are remarkably old, as evidenced by the signs of knife and sabre sharpening found on the columns and the engraving of a cross made using a burin found in one of the columns, which seem to prove the Christian identity in a previous age in history.
La Casa Árabe relies on a large central patio having an area of over 400 m² typical for old Country Houses. The patio is divided into two covered areas that look to the South where visitors can enjoy sunny afternoons especially in winter. The remaining area is the exclusive domain of orange-trees around a fountain where visitors can enjoy Arabian reminiscences.
The interior of the complex invites guests to enjoy areas devoted to relaxation, entertainment and sports with a swimming pool, a tennis court, a small soccer field, or a riding school. In addition, El Señorío and La Casita del Pastor have their own ping-pong rooms. The hills of the property are planted with over 30,000 pine-trees and holms planted with paths that offers guests the experience of walking all over the area and admiring astonishing views.
Near the farm, visitors can find areas for bicycle rides, trekking, or water-sports such as fishing, canoeing, and windsurf... in the three dams located in the surroundings. Their combined coastal area is 168 km long, even longer than the provincial Mediterranean coastline with 164 km.
The buildings of the farm are surrounded by lush parks and gardens that resemble an oasis emerging amid the sober landscape of Andalusia Dry Lands. Two small forests crowded with pine trees, eucalyptus, bushes and other small plants are among the alternatives offered. The stock of trees deserves special attention since they are the peculiar touch characterising this tourist complex. It groups trees according to their historical evolution and development on our planet. We can even find a "ginkgo biloba", considered a living fossil. This species has been present for 200 million years without any evolution. On the other hand, visitors will find "cicas" or fake palm trees, palms including the blue one as well as some other thick and luxuriant ones, etc. The cultural aspect of this wood is highlighted by the large number of visits from schools and students from different schools-workshops.