Comfort, great views 110km BCN
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Located on the outskirts of a historical picturesque farming village, which itself is situated on a mountain-top overlooking the beautiful wide valley of the Conca de Barberà in the northern limits of the province of Tarragona, where we offer you B&B-style accomodation, with self-catering option, more-or-less vegetarian and non-smoking, in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.
In the lounge you will find a scrap-book, full of information on places to see and visit, a walk or a short car ride away.
The great advantage of staying up in our village and not down in the humid sweltering heat of the coast in summer, is that although it may be as hot outside as the coast on a very sunny day, in the evening there is a delicious freshness, when one can open the windows and let the cool into the house, keeping them closed during the day, as the very thick s stone walls of the house keep a steady temperature of 23-23ºC in summer and with the heating on the rest of the year at a steady 18-20º.
This being a mountain-top village, there are unparallelled views over the wide valley of the Conca de Barberà right the way down to the sea 50kms away, and from behind the village we see the whole long chain of the Pyrenees, covered in snow except in summer.
So apart from a walk up to the top part of the village for the views and to visit the 1000-year-old Romanic church and wander round the old village, or taking a walk in the local countryside to visit the ancient spring or to pick aromatic plants, there many interesting visits to be made locally.
We are very lucky to have a few minutes drive away the brand-new 5-star thermal spring establishment of Rocallaura, extremely well-equipped and guaranteed to make you feel a new person in two hours. We have multi-ticket entries which reduce the price from 23 to 15€ all-in. We have also installed a foot-massage and steam sauna therapy cabin on the ground floor next to the yoga room; afterwards you feel 50 times better than taking a shower. Cost 5€ per session.
With the village strategically situated on the Route of the Cisters, and the public rambling route GR Saint James' Track passing in front of the house, giving easy access to the 3 famous historic monasteries, Santes Creus, historically fascinating, Vallbona de les Monges, quaint and still functionning, and Poblet, beautiful and much-appreciated. 50 km. away from Tarragona and its wonderful beaches. 115km from Barcelona.
Unless you come in your own car, you can be met at the airport (Reus the nearest) and helped with accepting a hire car (best booked previously), and we will show you which routes to take. We can meet you at Reus airport with our 9-seater VW, and once lodged, we can take you to visit nice places in the afternoons. In the mornings you can take walks nearby or round the village, or stay and rest or study in the relaxing atmosphere of the recently and tastefully renovated house.
Alojamiento inscrito en Registro Oficial de Turismo con numero HUTT-5412
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tarragona - Salou 55 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Reus 40 km, Nearest railway: Montblanc 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
On the top floor, which has been beautifully renovated, there are 2 double bedrooms, one twin with an extra bed, a bathroom/toilet and a washroom/toilet. The kitchen is an annex onto the lounge/diner and is fully equipped, even with a pizza oven. All bedrooms are lockable. The owners lives on closed-off middle floor, and on ground floor there is large yoga or activities room(bring your own darts) and a bedroom with double bunk beds, and another pull-out bed. This room does not lock but its wardrobe does. All mattresses are of excellent quality. The house is equipped with solar-heated hot water, which has electric back-up in case the sun doesn't shine in more than 2 days, which is extremely rare. There are either summer or winter duvets on all the beds. The windows are fitted with anti-fly screens, and there are virtually no mosquitoes in the whole village. Each guest is provided with a hand and shower towel, which are checked before departure, as is the kitchen equipment. The flushes in the 4 separate WC's and the water taps are fitted with water-saving devices, and the central heating is a special low-consumption electric system. There is a big satellite dish, so in the visitor lounge, (shared by the 4 double bedrooms) the TV receiver gives all the Spanish channels and most of the British ones, BBC 1+ 2, ITV 1,2,3 +4 and Channel 4. In case of any difference of what to watch, by default it gets fixed on BBC1.
|Further details outdoors|
Our place is in the lower part of the village, which avoids being shrouded in clouds as is the top part when it's cloudy, but just as cool in summer, and is at more or less the same altitude as several local places that can be cycled to (we have 2 adult +1 child's bike we can hire you very cheaply) along the tracks improved by the windmill installers. The windmills provide great wondering for younger visitors, and although initially their presence scared off most of our local eagle population, recently we have been noticing the return of soaring great birds of prey in the skies over the Conca.
All our guests have been most impressed after their visits to any of the 3 local mediaeval Cistercian Monasteries; a must
Brand-new 5-star thermal spring establishment of Rocallaura, extremely well-equipped and guaranteed to make you feel a new person in two hours. We have multi-ticket entries which reduce the price from 23 to 15€ all-in, at 6km.
Near Espluga de Francoli – spectacular natural caves with illuminated underground river. Museum of rural life.
Various small towns of historical and cultural interest in this comarca of the Conca de Barberà
Equestrian centre; horse riding in the Poblet Nature Reserve - 18€ hour
Summer swimming pools in several local villages
On the Route of the 'art nouveau' wine cellars (Gaudi's disciples), with well-known wines D.O.
Toy Museum of Verdù at 15km.
Tarragona's beautiful beaches 50km away
Above all, we will guide you on the best places to enjoy the excellent local gastronomy, very good value during the week
* Either let as a self-catering apartment, with one of the bedrooms down on the ground floor (top floor is for guests, the owner lives on the middle floor), or as a B & B. If not renting whole flat, 30€/25€ with / without breakfast. Dinner as on website, for lunch, excellent restaurants in nearby villages, cheap during the week, price doubles at weekends. On leaving, if left reasonably clean, no cleaning charge.Reasonably clean means that only an hour or so's going-over is needed to get the place perfect for the next guests. If several hours are needed, the cleaning lady must be called in, which costs 30€.
If you do not come in your own or hired car, the owner will take you round beautiful places for lunch and in the afternoons in air-conditioned 9-seater VW..Cost: 15€ per person per day, minimum 3 people charge.
A previous deposit of 50€ must be paid (via Paypal), which will be returned after inspection on leaving day. If inspection not possible, we undertake to return this, less breakages, within 48 hours.
The Catalunia region
With the village strategically situated on the Route of the Cisters, and the public rambling route GR Saint James' Track passing in front of the house, giving easy access to the 3 famous historic monasteries, Santes Creus, historically fascinating, Vallbona de les Monges, quaint and still functionning, and Poblet, beautiful and much-appreciated
50 km. away from Tarragona and its wonderful beaches
115km from Barcelona.
Barbera De La Conca
Route of the Cisters, Ruta del Cister Link:
Route of the 'art nouveau' wine cellars
Link: Ruta dels Cellers Modernistes:
The rich local gastronomy, such as "calcots" or "xató" Link: http://www.ctv.es/USERS/albertb/conca_de_barbera3.htm
Excursions on foot or bicycle nearby:
of which, the High Corb valley: http://www.concadebarbera.info/quefer/senderisme/corb1.php
or nearer, the route around Vallfogona de Riucorb: http://www.concadebarbera.info//quefer/senderisme/entornvallfogona.html
Possibility of Nordic Walking. Morning session: 15€ per person. Minimum 3 or 4 persons Link: http://nordicwalking.co.uk/?page=about_nordic_walking&c=2
Thermal spas: Rocallaura Montblanc mediaeval citadel town:
http://www.montblancmedieval.cat/en/mapa Birthplace of art Nouveau – Noucentista architecture (Gaudi) Museum in Valls and Reus: Gaudi Centre Reus: http://www.gaudicentre.cat/en
Espluga de Francoli – natural caves with illuminated underground river. Museum of rural life. http://www.vegueries.com/asp/puebloverENG.asp?Id=603
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4 Feb 2013
"un endroit parfait pour amoureux de la nature"
UN endroit au calme proche de la nature dans cette maison en vieilles pierresAccueil convivial et chaleureux de la part du propriétairechambres cosy respectant lle charme de la vielle maison… More
18 Jan 2013
"Hospedaje acogedor, tranquilo, buena ruta turística y gastronómica"
Lo mejor de esta casa, es que tiene todas las comodidades del mundo moderno, aunque estás en medio del campo, con solo el sonido del viento y los pájaros como compañía.
Queda cerca de todos los sitios de interés turístico y cuenta con todo el equipamiento de excelente calidad y buen gusto, para hacerte sentir en casa. Mi madre de 80 años la pasó muy bien.
Pudimos hacer cosas muy diferentes, visitamos bellos monasterios y fuimos a la playa. El pueblo y la casa tienen una temperatura muy agradable. A poca distancia se come bien, bonito y barato.
Si, he disfrutado mucho de la visita de Silvia y su madre. Al principio fue aprehensivo que una señora de tantos años no se ponga a quejar, que lo típico de señoras de avanzada edad. Pero se lanzó a hacer todas las visitas; Santes Creus, que le encantó, y los demás monasterios, donde Poblet la impresionó por su tamaño y la belleza de las alrededores. Las llevé a restaurantes un poco más modestos (10€ el menu con bebida,postre y café incluido), y quedaron sorprendidas que se come mejor por aquí que en Barcelona.
Siempre estoy dispuesto a llevar a visitar los muchos sitios interesantes por aquí a gente que se encantan y disfrutan tanto como esas buenas señoras venezolanas. Creo que el equipamento que menciona refiere al cabina ducha con sauna turco que tenemos en el tercer cuarto de baño en la planta baja al lado de la sala de yoga.
Como está haciendo mucho calor ahora en la costa, yo me quedo en mi pueblo sobre un monticulo, fresco y bien aireado. Todo un placer.
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