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The White House – Home 352895 Townhouse

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

Townhouse / 3 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 27 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly

Description from owner

Description

The White House, built in 1843, is in a narrow street in Rasquera, a typical Catalan farming village, 150 kilometres south of Barcelona, in the foothills of the Sierra Cardó, two kilometres from the Ebro, Spain's longest river and 30 kms inland from Tortosa.
The house has been renovated to provide three bedroom accommodation. The first and second storeys comprise a lounge, kitchen-dining room, double bedroom, two single bedrooms and a bathroom. British satellite television is available.
There is a small roof terrace, with sunbeds and chairs.

Although the house has been fully restored and contains all modern amenities, it should be noted that it is not a modern hotel or beachside apartment. This is a genuine village house, furnished in a simple manner. It is a place for those seeking the tranquility of an authentic Catalan village and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Rasquera is an ancient village, situated 150 metres above the Ebro Valley,

The White House, built in 1843, is in a narrow street in Rasquera, a typical Catalan farming village, 150 kilometres south of Barcelona, in the foothills of the Sierra Cardó, two kilometres from the Ebro, Spain's longest river and 30 kms inland from Tortosa.
The house has been renovated to provide three bedroom accommodation. The first and second storeys comprise a lounge, kitchen-dining room, double bedroom, two single bedrooms and a bathroom. British satellite television is available.
There is a small roof terrace, with sunbeds and chairs.

Although the house has been fully restored and contains all modern amenities, it should be noted that it is not a modern hotel or beachside apartment. This is a genuine village house, furnished in a simple manner. It is a place for those seeking the tranquility of an authentic Catalan village and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Rasquera is an ancient village, situated 150 metres above the Ebro Valley, in the foothills of the Serra de Cardó, In the hilly old quarter, the streets wind round like a corkscrew, very narrow, with alleys, stone steps and arches; some houses are very photogenic, others are in need of renovation, but most are at least 150 years old.

There is a small supermarket, a corner shop, a pharmacy, a bank, a fishmongers and a butchers. There are three bakers, producing not only fresh bread, but also "Pastissets de Rasquera", a local speciality ( a pastry usually filled with fruit, or with chocolate or cream ), which is exported to other parts of Spain. There are also craft basket-weavers, a very small street market on Fridays. Good local wine can also be purchased.

There are three bars, all very "local.· Bar Marti, in the main street, offers WiFi.
There is also a restaurant in the main street and two small cafés/patisseries.

There is a fine village swimming-pool ( open July to mid-September only. ) It is fully supervised, and entrance costs only two or three euros per day.

There are two fiestas each year. The "Fira," in early May, is the "goat festival", celebrating the days when Rasquera held the regional goat market. Local producers of wine, cheese, honey and crafts also display their produce. "Festes Majors" in early August is the main celebration.

Within 30 kilometres of Rasquera there are unspoilt beaches at l'Ametlla de Mar, a fishing town with plenty of small shops and restaurants, a picture-postcard harbour and a many small coves, and at Ampolla, which has an impressive marina and a long beach looking out towards the Ebro Delta. There are several good restaurants overlooking the marina.

On the other side of the River Ebro is Miravet ( 6 kms by ferry ) which features a Templar castle overlooking the river. A tortuous drive into the mountains on that side of the Ebro will take you to the old town of Horta de Sant Joan, where there is a Picasso museum and several bodegas selling the local "Terra Alta" wine at a euro a litre. However, Falset, on the road to Reus, is the centre for “Priorat,” one of Spain's most prestigious ( and expensive ) wine denominations.

Also visit Corbera d'Ebre, near Gandesa, whose older, higher part, along with the church, was destroyed in the Civil War and left untouched, as a monument to the Battle of the Ebro. There is an excellent new Civil War Museum at Corbera, with another at Gandesa.

The Ebro Delta, some 30 kilometres from Rasquera, in Spain's main rice-growing area, is a birdwatcher's paradise. There is a huge system of hides, with maps and information available from a number of Tourist Offices. The beaches stretch for miles and river cruises, with lunch, are available.

Tortosa ( 30 kms) is the main town in the area, with a castle, historic cathedral and good shopping. Tarragona ( 70 kms ) is another historic city and also boasts Port Aventura," Spain´s best-known theme park.

Location description from owner

The Catalonia region

The nearest town is Mora d'Ebre ( 15 kms ), which has a good selection of shops and restaurants, three large supermarkets, a dozen banks, three internet cafes and a hospital which is regarded as among the best in Spain. There are two other large supermarket a kilometre from Mora d'Ebre, on the other side of the Ebro, at Mora la Nova.

For top quality shopping, travel 30 kilometres along the scenic Ebro valley to Tortosa, a small city partly destroyed during the Battle of the Ebro at the end of the Civil War, which boasts a fine cathedral in its Old Quarter and a castle above the city.

From Rasquera, the road descends steeply to the ferry across the Ebro to Miravet, where the castle of the Knights Templar sits on top of the cliff overlooking the river. ( Access is by ferry.) A little further away, on the road through the mountains to l'Hospitalet, is another ancient town, Tivissa. Drive up to the church along the winding, narrow streets only with great care.

L'Hospitalet de l'Infant is a pleasant seaside town with a modern promenade. It is the most tourist-oriented resort on the Southern Costa Daurada with a large Sunday market.

To the south is l'Ametlla de Mar, a fishing town with plenty of small shops and restaurants, a picture-postcard harbour and a beach. There are also a number of sandy coves to the north of l'Ametlla, and also to the south, near El Perello. Continuing south, the next resort is l'Ampolla, which has an impressive marina and a long each looking out towards the Ebro Delta. There are several good restaurants overlooking the marina.

Outside the month of August, none of the resorts is usually busy ( except l'Hospitalet on Sunday mornings ).

If you are looking for the night-life of Benidorm or Ibiza, this is NOT the place to go.

A tortuous drive into the mountains on the other side of the Ebro will take you to the old town of Horta de Sant Joan, where there is a Picasso museum and several bodegas selling the local "Terra Alta" wine at a euro a litre. However, Falset, on the road to Reus, is the centre for “Priorat,” one of Spain's most prestigious ( and expensive ) wine denominations.

Also visit Corbera d'Ebre, near Gandesa, whose older, higher part, along with the church, was destroyed in the Civil War and left untouched, as a monument to the Battle of the Ebro. There is an excellent new Civil War Museum at Corbera, with another at Gandesa.

The Ebro Delta, some 30 kilometres from Rasquera, in Spain's main rice-growing area, is a birdwatcher's paradise. There is a huge system of hides, with maps and information available from a number of Tourist Offices. The beaches stretch for miles and river cruises, with lunch, are available.

Rasquera

Rasquera is a typical Catalan farming village about thirty kilometres inland from the unspoilt southern Costa Daurada and just four kilometres from the River Ebro.
It has about 900 inhabitants.
The village is 150 metres above the Ebro Valley, in the foothills of the Serra de Cardó, which reaches 941 metres at its highest.

A walk up to the Sant Domingo Hermitage, which overlooks Rasquera, will reveal that there are two Rasqueras : the hilly old quarter, whose streets wind round like a corkscrew, very narrow, with alleys, stone steps and arches; some houses are very photogenic, others are in need of renovation, but most are at least 150 years old.
The newer part ( post Spanish Civil War ), has wider streets on a criss-cross pattern.
And, yes, the church clock does strike the hour twice.

There is a small supermarket, a corner shop, a pharmacy, a bank, a fishmongers and a butchers. There are three bakers, producing not only fresh bread, but also "Pastissets de Rasquera", a local speciality ( a pastry usually filled with fruit, or with chocolate or cream ), which is exported to other parts of Spain. There are also craft basket-weavers, a very small street market on Fridays. Good local wine can also be purchased.

There are three bars : Bar de Baix in the lower square is small and dingy inside, but most customers sit outside at the tables which fill the square. In Summer, it is open until 1 a.m.
Bar Marti is on the main street. It is large and basic, something like a social club. The older villagers gather there to watch football on the big screen. WiFi is available here.
La Trobada, which is more modern and has good views across to the mountains, is on the edge of the village at the lower end.
In all three bars, you pay when you leave. They will expect you to remember what you have had and pay accordingly. People are honest and trusting in Rasquera !

There is also a restaurant in the main street and two small cafés/patisseries.

There is a fine village swimming-pool ( open July to mid-September only. ) It is fully supervised, and entrance costs only two or three euros per day.

The local language is Catalan, although the villagers also speak Spanish ( "Castellano." )
Everyone will speak to you. The greeting is "Hola" or ( to the older villagers ) "Bon Dia" or "Bona Nit". They will respond with "Adeu", ( "goodbye", but actually "to God"). Late at night, the greeting is always "Adeu" ( a-day-oo ).

There are two fiestas each year. The first, in early May, is the "goat festival", celebrating the days when Rasquera held the regional goat market. Local producers of wine, cheese, honey and crafts also display their produce.

The main fiesta is in early August and lasts five days. It features traditional Catalan music and dancing, ballroom dancing, sporting events, "correfocs" ( firework displays of a type which would not be allowed in the U.K. Wear old clothes and stand well back ! ) and brass bands ( some at 6 o'clock in the morning ).

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Single Bed
    Bedroom 3: Single Bed
  • 1 Shower room

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Internet access
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Peter W
Response rate:
90%
Calendar updated::
18 Feb 2017

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish


This Townhouse has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 10 Mar 2013. Located in Province of Tarragona, the average weekly rate varies from £160 to £250.

The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 18 Feb 2017.

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