Ca La Daina
House | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 16
Embedded in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains Ca la Daina is a beautiful and lovingly restored 16th c house over 5 floors with beams and log fires, cosy, but also spacious, sleeping up to 16 people. Fabulous views from the terrace overlooking gorges and mountains. Ideal for two or three families or groups of friends. Our home is situated in the medieval village of Camarasa with 600 inhabitants, Catalan people are very welcoming and they go out of there way to help and offer advice and there is a lovely friendly atmosphere. Take your time to stop and chat. There are two bars and a fabulous bakery which sell croissants to die for! There is a well stocked village store and supermarkets are only 10 minutes away in the medieval town of Balaguer. Every Saturday there is a market in the main plaza of Balaguer worth visiting for cheeses and vegetables and a coffee at Can Pepita, our favourite cafe in town. 5 minutes from the house is a fabulous large outside swimming pool 20 metres by 13metres, perfect for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing with views to the mountains. Free wi-fi. No TV
Local activities include walking, climbing, swimming, cycling, kayaking, vinyard visit, pilates, cookery classes, gold-panning, observatory visit, hang-gliding, romanesque churches and castles and lots of bars and bakeries!
|Size||Sleeps up to 16, 7 bedrooms|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Barcelona/Reus/Tarragona/Zaragoza 150 km, Nearest railway: Saint Llorenc 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 5 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 16, Lounge seats for 16|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Cellar: storage and access
Ground floor: fully equipped equipped Kitchen, dining/Living Room: a large space divided into a living area with comfortable sofas facing a wood-burning hearth and a dining area with seating for up to 16.
First Floor: two double rooms with shower/WC and one with double bed. A shared bathroom with a jacuzzi bath and a utilities room
Second Floor: two en-suite twin bedrooms and a double bedroom with a separate shower room and toilet.
Third floor: The attic is a space of around 60 square metres with tiled floor, wooden beams and decorated with antique items from the region. There are two double sofa beds, two table and chair sets and a shower and toilet. The attic can be used for additional sleeping accommodation and/or for large groups, perhaps for meditation or yoga.There is also a fully equipped kitchen in the attic so you can prepare meals here for eating on the terrace. The large terrace has wonderful views and is ideal for sunbathing and outdoor dining.
|Further details outdoors|
The newly extended roof terrace faces south and has stunning views over the village to the tree-lined gorge of the River and over into the mountains. On this floor is a newly fully equiped kitchen. This is the place for sunbathing, evening drinks and eating al fresco.
Five minutes from the house is a fantastic swimming pool with terracotta terrace perfect for swimming sunbathing and relaxing.
You can have fun at the nearby reservoirs of Camarasa and Sant Llorenc hiring kayaks/canoes/pedaloes, swimming and picnicking, or just relaxing in the sun. We now have 4 new mountain bikes for use for our guests. There is paragliding, mountain biking and rafting for hire in nearby towns or if you feel lazy you can watch the scenery go by and take the local train from nearby San Llorenc up through the gorge, alongside the lake and into the mountains, there are quaint little railway cafes for refreshments along the way, this is a wonderful trip to take an hour in total.
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
Set between the foothills of the Montsec Mountains and the flatlands of Lleida where the Segre and Noguera Ribagorçana rivers meet, the Noguera area is full of contrasts. Lovers of art and architecture will find in the Noguera many examples of its rich history such as monasteries, churches, paintings, sculptures, crypts, castles etc. You can visit examples of the Romanesque era (church of Sant Pere de Ponts or the Monastery of las Franqesas), of Islamic architecture (Alcabassa de Balaguer and the castle of los Condes de Urgell) and of Catalan Gothic (Monastery of Collegiata de Santa Maria de Balaguer). Particular recommendations are the Baronia de Sant Oïsme and Maria de Bellpuig de Avellanes as well as the villages of Camarasa, Cubells and Àger.
With the peaceful waters of its lakes and reservoirs, the mountains and the plain, the Noguera offers endless opportunities for sport and adventure sport in the middle of nature.
Camarasa lies on the left bank of the Segre River and holds within its boundaries important prehistoric excavation sites as well as the ruins of a roman bridge and part of an Arabic castle. Camarasa’s mediaeval history can be seen in the narrow streets, old buildings and town gates in the village centre and in the church of Sant Miguel. A visit to the ‘living crib’ in the church at Christmas time is not to be missed. In the immediate vicinity the reservoir next to the village of Sant Llorenc de Montgai offers opportunities for canoeing and provides a home to a wide variety of water birds.
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27 Aug 2013
"Great house, great location."
Spent a great fortnight here with extended family. Lovely rural setting with amazing views from the terrace. Plenty of walking, cycling, and time spent in bars.There were only 8 of us so we had the lu… More
8 Aug 2013
"A lovely old house in a great setting - 16 was a bit tight"
I stayed for a week with a group of 4 families - 7 adults and 9 children in all. Working out the logistics of the bedrooms was interesting and two couples ended up sleeping on sofa-beds, which weren… More
11 Jul 2013
I stayed here with a group of 10 friends for a week, and we had a great time. There was plenty of space for everyone in the house and the roof terrace was a fantastic place to hang out in the evening.… More
18 Jan 2013
We went as a family plus friends. Lots of space to enjoy, most gorgeous log fire and dining area. we really enjoyed breakfasts on the top terrace enjoying the view and quietness. A home from home with… More
7 Sep 2012
"Beautiful House..amazing village"
We stayed for a week - 2 familes with 6 children between us ranging in age from 2-10 years. Camarasa the village is beautiful - lots of medieval buildings and tiny winding steep streets. In the evening we would all stroll up to the bar at the tiny Plaza Major and enjoy a beer whilst the children played in the square and made friends with Spanish kids! My son even got invited to play ping-pong at a boy's house. Totally Spanish, you don't feel like a tourist. Fab local swimming pool. Heavenly views, glorious sunshine. The house is well equipped, with loads of room for everyone. Highly recommend
5 Sep 2012
"Camarasa is embedded in a stunning mountainous region"
Ca La Daina is a beautifully spacious house with a fabulous roof terrace. My partner and I spent two weeks there, with various friends and relatives coming for either the first or 2nd week. Most caugh… More
26 Jul 2012
"Fabulous C17th house, but not completely as advertised"
A group of 10 (6 adults, 4 children), we enjoyed feeling part of the local village. The house is five floors, has a lot of character and is spacious. It commands an excellent view of the village and m… More
22 Aug 2011
"well thought out accommodation in a wonderful area"
We spent 2 weeks at Ca la Daina. We had our own family of 4 (including 2 adult children) and a series of guests. The location is ideal. Camarasa has wonderful mountain and lakeside walks, the Segre River with its excellent swimming (go where the locals go), lakes, cliffs, and shopping within walking distance (or more shopping a short drive into Balaguer) and a train station just 3 kilometers away at Sant Llorenc de Montgai.
The layout of the villa is simple:
(a) a terrace upstairs with its own kitchen and wonderful views, where we usually had breakfast each morning, and evening drinks before dinner;
(b) below that, 2 floors, each with 3 double bedrooms (ie 6 bedrooms in all). Each bedroom has either its own dedicated bathroom or an en suite;
(c) below those 2 floors, a kitchen/lounge dining room - with wi fi and a desk for computer use;
(d) below the main living area, a cellar which was essentially a storage area and a way through to the car.
The house is suitable for children - but for very young children the stairs might be an issue.
We were the only tourists in the village.
We were far from exhausting all there is to see after 2 weeks. Highlights included the train of the lakes up the line beyond Tremp (stunning) dining at Hotel Terradets (amazing meal) and many walks in the immediate area including to the Sant Jordi Hermitage and the Segre Gorge.
You really need a car for this house, although there is a bus at the foot of the street and the train is close by for visitors - and there are bikes for guests.
The bakery is magnificent.
Everyone was captivated by the views and the wonderful things to see in the area.
It's a region with a long history - the Segre is mentioned in Caesar's commentaries, and the Segre offensive in the Spanish Civil War occurred here.
We have a lifetime of memories from a stay that was all too short.
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