Finca | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Are you weary of the rat race and longing for peace and a chance to refresh yourself? Then why not spend a week or two at our lovely environmentally-friendly cottage? Newly renovated remote mountain retreat in ten acres of olive terraces and herb-covered hillside, ideal for honeymoons and getting away from it all,with stunning 360 degree views and complete seclusion, yet under an hour's drive from beaches, historic towns, wineries, and Reus airport. And on a clear, sunny morning, as you do the washing-up, you can see the sun glinting off the Mediterranean in the far distance.
This is a small two-storey retreat with french doors opening onto 2 terraces with gorgeous vistas and an exterior yoga deck for those sunrise salutations and meditation. Hiking and birdwatching are on your doorstep, and fishing in the River Ebro is a short drive away. The only sounds you will hear are the gentle ringing of distant goat bells from the herb-covered hillsides and there are no neighbours - complete seclusion is yours. On the days when you want to venture further, there are water sports, horse riding, and golf near El Perello, and a wide range of coastal resorts from L'Ampolla through La Platja de Miami to Cambrils, all within easy driving distance. And ask us about yoga and massage at our yoga retreat in the valley below.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||El Perello|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Reus, Nearest railway: L'Amtlla de Mar or Mora la Nova|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
This is a small, two-storey cottage with a light and airy bedroom (1 queen bed/1 double sofabed) and views across the natural park to the distant Mediterranean. Downstairs there is a cosy lounge with wood burning stove, comfortable seating (including another double sofa bed) and small dining and kitchen area.
The kitchen area has a cooker, tiled worktops and more stunning views - you'll be competing to do the washing up just so you can stand there and drink in the vistas ! Fridge/freezer in barbecue area. The bathroom has a tiled walk-in shower, washbasin and WC. From all of the rooms there are gorgeous views in every direction.
The cottage is built into the hillside, amongst the olive terraces, so there are steps everywhere - from the parking area to the cottage and from the living room to the bedroom.
The bathroom is on the ground floor, which makes it more accessible, but if you have mobility problems this may not be the place for you - unless you like to sleep downstairs, in which case the bathroom is just a few steps away.
|Further details outdoors|
Two sets of French doors open from the lounge onto terraces front and rear, and a walled herb garden with an outdoor dining area and seating for six. During your stay, please feel free to help yourselves to any herbs in season.
The large semi-circular terrace at the front of the cottage doubles as a meditation and yoga deck and is also the ideal place for sunbathing and a glass of the local wine at sunset.
The property has around ten acres of olive terraces - almonds, olives, figs, carobs - surrounded by natural park wilderness, where rosemary and many other herbs grow wild and in profusion. There are no neighbours - complete seclusion is yours. The only person you are likely to see - in the distance - is Modesto the shepherd as he leads his flock of goats over the hillsides.
This is a get-away-from-it-all retreat, environmentally friendly, with water from our rainwater storage and power from our solar system. So ... there is no TV (but there is very clear cellphone reception) and there are no electrical appliances, no washing machine, etc.
Instead, there is the opportunity to experience how a remote cottage can operate on solar power and keep you warm, cosy and content by natural, sustainable methods. We offer yoga and massage therapy sessions at our yoga retreat, Casa de Carrasco, in the valley below, where you can enjoy camping among the olive groves or choose a day-pass to the swimming pool and a yoga session tailored to your needs. Just ask us for details.
YOU WILL NEED A REASONABLY HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE FOR THE ROUGH, UNSURFACED, SCENIC MOUNTAIN ROAD (5KM/3.6 MILES) UP TO THE COTTAGE. IF YOUR CAR IS LOW-SLUNG, WE'LL BE HAPPY TO LEND YOU OUR HIGH-CLEARANCE NISSAN TERRANO AT A NOMINAL RATE OF 20 EUROS PER DAY INCLUSIVE OF FUEL, FOR DRIVING ONLY ON THE MOUNTAIN ROAD UP TO COBOREAS, with free, secure parking provided at the foot of the mountain.
Birdwatchers will be thrilled by the eagles which soar above the cottage and by sightings of the distinctive hoopoe.
There are steep stairs to the bedroom, with gates at the top and bottom for child safety, and you will be surrounded by the aromas of herbs, both wild and cultivated.
All linen and towels provided.
Sorry, NO SMOKING.
The Costa Dorada/Tarragona region
The closest beaches are under an hour's drive from the cottage - this is a stretch of coast which has happily been missed by mass tourism, with many small coves and quiet beaches. We would particularly recommend the coves near El Perello or the picturesque village of L'Ametlla de Mar, with its wide range of bars and restaurants.
If you prefer something livelier, there is a wide choice of coastal resorts from L'Ampolla through La Platja de Miami to Cambrils, all within easy driving distance. The area played an important part in the Civil War, and there are numerous castles, villages and museums to visit. It is also a short and very scenic drive to the famous wine-growing regions of Penedes and Priorat, where you can sample and buy the delicious wines of the region.
The nearest village, Rasquera, is a traditional village where the old men still gather in the shade of the village square, and which also provides basic daily shopping - and excellent bakeries! It's about 20 minutes drive away. El Perello, in the opposite direction, is larger and has more amenities, a range of shops including an internet cafe, and a good local Saturday market - the drive takes around 30 minutes. It also has an excellent bodega, where you can taste the local wines before buying. And in the village of Rasquera there is a public swimming pool with gorgeous views, open during the summer months.
There are numerous local fiestas throughout the year, and in the cottage you will find full details of when and where these take place. Catalunya is famous for its festivals and fiestas, so make sure you enjoy some of these! And perhaps you can find time to visit some of the local castles, such as the impressive one at nearby Miravet, or the fairytale ruins of the monks' hermitage at the Cardo monastery, just over the mountain from the cottage.
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31 Jan 2014
"My Favourite Place in the Whole World"
Many thanks for letting us enjoy this wonderful magical place. We have enjoyed every single magical moment. This is 'the' rental property for those who want to excape to peace, beauty and total privacy. Incredible views for miles from the terrace, just rolling hills, and the distant Mediterrean (just 30 mins).
The only downside is that you won't want to leave.
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