Ronda Area
5 Bedrooms   5 Bathrooms 10 Max Guests   Family Find

Casa Ordóñez

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"An Elegant Family Cortijo in the Heart of the Countryside." - Reviewed by Lisa


If the history of Spain is of interest to you, the opportunity to stay at this simple home – packed full of remembrances, memorabilia, antiques and an aura of decades past – is an absolute must.

Steeped in history, this home was the birthplace of one of the darlings of Tauramaquina – Antonio Ordoñez. The home was originally owned by his father, Cayetano Ordóñez, who was also a famous bullfighter known as “Niño de la Palma”. But sadly, when times became lean, he had to let the estate go.

Antonio, devastated by the loss of his family home, eventually became successful enough to buy it back. He then restored the home to its former glory and swore it would stay in the Ordoñez family forever.

Today, the family has decided to open the villa’s noble doors to visitors who want to soak up the essence of where the brave and famed fighters spent their lives. Here, you’ll be entranced by excellently-preserved memorabilia and will get a glimpse at the memories made under this roof by such greats as Orson Welles (who lived across the road), Ernest Hemingway, Mario Vargas Llosa, Adrien Brody and many others.

Mention here has to go to the remarkable fact that Orson Welles was, in fact, so utterly enchanted and at home at Casa Ordóñez that his ashes were scattered in the garden well where a plaque saying, “Ronda, the teacher of teachers”, remains.

This is a home that evokes history and stirs the imagination.

Special Features

  • Country location
  • 25-acre estate with olive trees
  • Bullfighting memorabilia
  • Swimming pool
  • Antiques
  • Fireplace in living room

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Simply-furnished, but immaculately clean, bedrooms lead off a long hallway with an antique refectory table and walls lined with colourful, elaborate horse blankets.

Each bedroom suite is traditionally Spanish with thick walls to keep out the cold in winter and the sun in summer.

Brightly-coloured, graphic, hand-painted floor tiles set the tone in each room. This theme is carried further in each of the “hidden bathrooms”. A wall with doors which look like they lead to wooden closets, in fact, open up to well-proportioned, immaculate bathrooms.

This is not a luxury property but the bedding, décor and authenticity make comfortable surroundings for the discerning traveller

Sleeps 2 – King-size bed. En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combo, bidet.and heater.

Sleeps 2 – King-size bed. En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combo, bidet.and heater.

Sleeps 2 – King-size bed. En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combo, bidet.and heater.

Sleeps 2 – Two Twin beds. En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combo, bidet.and heater.

Sleeps 2 – Two Twin beds. En-suite bathroom with tub/shower combo, bidet.and heater.


Living Areas

The impressive palm-lined drive brings you to an open courtyard surrounded by 25 hectares of olive trees, flowering shrubs and herbs. You’ll enter directly into a cozy living room with a fireplace.

A hallway resplendent with antiques and collectibles is an honorable place to hold a banquet or a family dinner. You can almost see and hear the voices of the famous guests who enjoyed good times here in the past… the hearty laugh of Orson Welles and the impassioned conversations of the valiant fighters.

At the front of the home, poolside gardens covered by shade trees offer al fresco dining opportunities or cool places to take a pre-dinner apéritif.

Breakfast in the kitchen is a real treat with lots of yummy home-made goodies floating off the stove top directly onto the long, farmhouse kitchen table.

  • Fully-fitted, staffed kitchen
  • Shaded outdoor dining and living areas
  • Indoor living and dining room
  • TV
  • Fireplace

Rental Price Includes

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast cook
  • Live-in staff

Know Before You Go

  • Close to a busy road
  • Gardens have seen better days
  • Does not have A/C but rooms are cool in summer
  • Home for history buffs

Staff and Services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast cook
  • Live-in staff

Kids Services & Activities

  • Child-friendly property

Pet Policy

  • Please contact us for details

Activities Available On-Site or Nearby

  • Golf, hiking, bullfighting, horseback riding, ATV, barbecues, sightseeing

Additional Services ($€£)

  • Itinerary planning – pre and post-arrival
  • Round-trip airport transportation
  • Private tour guide
  • Chauffeured transportation
  • Grocery shopping service
  • Babysitting services
  • Organizing car rentals
  • Booking tours, excursions and restaurant reservations.
  • Other services may be available – just ask!

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Elena Domecq

"My destination is a unique place combining history, culture, beaches, gastronomy, golf and more!"

Elena Domecq