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Former Smuggler's headquarter right on the border between Portugal and Spain

Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome

Casa Salto del Caballo, situated in the small village of La Fontañera, offers stunning views towards the Natural Park Serra de São Mamede and the Castle of Marvão in the Alto Alentejo of Portugal. For this is a historic building dated from the late `19th century with the added bonus of having some unique characteristics: Firstly, it is slap bang on the Spanish Portuguese border. You can literally come in from the Spanish side and walk out through the other doors onto the magnificent São Mamede Natural Park in Portugal.

Not surprisingly, this strategic position has lent it a past always connected to the smuggling trade between Portugal and Spain.Up until 1992, when the borders opened mainly coffee and leather boots, but also bread, garlic or whatever was wanted on the other side was smuggled. As the front entrance is in Spain and the backdoor opens onto Portugal, it was a “casa de la duda” – a house in no-man's land. Ultimately the Spanish ended the confusion by incorporating the whole property officially into Spain.

For your holiday in two countries, our family-run guesthouse offers 2 self-catering apartments, where the names reflect the history of the house: apartment "Portugal" and apartment "Spain".

You can book either accommodation at a reduced rate for 2 people or, if you prefer not to self-cater, book as a B&B bedroom. You can book an evening meal, are very welcome to eat in our communal dining-/breakfast room or on the terrace. I would be happy to cook whatever you like, vegetarian, traditional or Spanish.

Enjoy your holiday in an authentically rural place. Family-run, family-friendly and you will be welcomed all year round, pets as well without extra charge. A small library and satellite TV as well as ADSL internet is available in our communal TV-room.

The patio formed by the two main buildings, provides several shady or sunny sitting-areas. There are sun lounges around the pool and 2 barbecues available.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lisbon 220 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ

The Extremadura region


For anyone seeking tranquility, walks, wildlife or history, look no further. Extremadura ranks as one of the few remaining treasures in Western Europe.

With a size of 41.000 m2 equivalent to Switzerland yet a population of just over 1 million the Extremadura offers vast areas of uninterrupted landscape in all directions beneath star lit skies. The principal municipalities of Badajoz, Caceres, Merida, Plasencia and Trujillo all reflect the provinces historic past.

Framed to the North and East by mountain ranges, bordered on the West by Portugal the rolling, tree studded plains known as 'Dehesa' disturbed only by rocky outcrops and river valleys the Extremadura is a paradise of Flora and Fauna, a gateway to the past and peaceful oasis outside the chaos and confusion of the modern world.

Today the dehesas are home to Cork and Holm Oak, rare and endangered species of bird such as the Imperial Eagle, Black Stork, Vultures and a multitude of other birds and animals come, go and return in harmony with the careful cycle of land management that has through millenia formed this unique and unspoilt environment.

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6 Aug 2014


"Marvellous place to stay, very nice owner, beautifull area, etc.."

We visited 'Salto del Cabalho' in july for only one week with our two kids (14 and 11). The old but very nice renovated house is something special with a very nice atmosphere, the small pool… More

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Based in Spain

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German