Antiguo Cortijo de Montero: El Señorío (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.
El Señorío, a name that should not be considered with feudal connotations, was simply the dwelling of the owners of the old “Country House of Montero”, a complex made up of 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.
El Señorío, also known by the general name given to the complex, is the only two-story building with four bedrooms on the upper floor. The entrance to the building is an authentic jewel of craftsmanship from where visitors access the lounge distinguished by very ancient furniture that transports the visitors to the old times in which the building was actually flourishing in all its splendour. The lounge, with its magnificent fireplace, is the ideal area to talk or enjoy peaceful reading. The kitchen features dark glossy tiles in the bench area, distinctive of old country houses. The kitchen is actually very large, with an area of over 30 m², fitted with its own open fireplace that invites, in a way, to enjoy home life there. The decoration found in the whole house is based on the typical activities of the traditional country homes. The bedrooms can surprise us with paintings that do not match the current trends but which used to be the ones hanging on their walls in ancient times.
El Señorío features a large patio with a surface of over 300 m² divided in two main areas: One of them is covered, where visitors will find a rare museum displaying all the furniture and tools used in the past that are characteristic of old country houses, and a typical tavern. The other one, outdoors, is gorgeous in summer time, when a vine arbour covers it with its refreshing shadow. There you can also find a barbecue. The "patio-museum" represents one of the largest efforts in decoration; moreover, it is one of the most outstanding and, at the same time, peculiar aspects of this building. The goal was to exhibit the tools, furniture, and fittings characteristic of the old country houses before the important mechanization that took place at the end of the fifties in the last century. Among the items it is worth mentioning the Roman-type plough mounted on the barrels of the old shepherd’s tavern, the levered forge used for ventilation, the whole set of implements used with mule caravans, anvils, beehives, different washboards, and the like.
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.