About this listing
Our well equipped cottage has vines over the terrace and fresh herbs to pick There's a small pool and plenty of space to relax. Our olive farm is close to Mediterranean, mountains and Ebre delta. Well placed to visit both Barcelona and Valencia.
We are about 10 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. Our old stone built cottage is a stones throw from our farm house and has been completely renovated and refurbished. We can accommodate two comfortably and up to four people.
The cottage has a mezzanine bedroom with ladder-like stairs and wrought iron bannisters double bed. It has views over the farm and over to the Mediterranean. There's a sweet little kitchen with a gas hob and microwave, lovely local artisan dishes, glasses and tumblers and a large selection of pots and pans along traditional Spanish paella dish and tapas dishes. We provide complimentary olive oil from our farm and you can buy free range eggs and home made jam You will eat your meals inside or out under a canopy of vines.
Under the mezzanine is the sofa-bed to accommodate two more guests. There is also a cot available should you need one. There's log burner for winter nights which keeps the cottage cosy. There is a large bathroom with oodles of towels. Outside the casita we have converted the old "balsa" into a swimming pool for you to cool off in.
There is also a large petanca/boules/pétanque court available for you to use here on the farm.
We offer tapas and paella cooking lessons for couples by arrangement.
There are seven acres for you to wander round, A small pool to cool off in, furnished terraces around the cottage, barbecue, and a picnic cool-box to use. The pool is shared.
Interaction with Guests
We live on the farm and can help with as much or as little as you want, be it directions to the best beach or borrowing extra plates for a party! You can get involved with the work on the farm or get into the kitchen for some Mediterranean Cooking lessons too.
We are situated on the east coast of Spain about half way between Barcelona and Valencia. The cottage is on a working olive and almond farm where there are about seven and a half acres to explore with hammocks strategically placed on the terraces. Peace and quiet surrounds you as does the Mediterranean, mountains and the River Ebre delta. It is a perfect stop off point but excellent for o long stay as well.
The coastal towns and villages around us are very Spanish. L'Ampolla with fishing port and marina is just 15 minutes away with a large selection of restaurants and bars offering something to suit all tastes and pockets. The smaller villages are charming and bigger ones have lots to see. All have great indoor markets with a huge selection of fresh fish, meat and vegetables.
We are close to Tarragona and Tortosa: Valencia and Barcelona a train ride away. There is fishing on the sea and in the river, cycle hire available for the easy delta or the more challenging mountains. The Via Verde which goes fromTortosa to Horta St Joan following an old railway line is a great rout to try with lots of tunnels and picturesque lengths by the river Ebro. There are masses of birding opportunities throughout the year for enthusiasts as well. This part of Catalonia is steeped in Roman history and the people have a strong regional identity. It is a lovely place to visit for a stopover or for a longer break and really get to know the place.
The closest airport is Reus at 45-50 mins, Barcelona is next at just under 1 & 3/4 hours. There are good rail and bus links to local villages but to get to the farm itself you really need a car. There is plenty of parking at the farm. We have bikes to hire here at the farm and there are great walks up into the hills.
Other Things to Note
We are off the grid here; water and power are treated with respect. Our water comes from a bore hole and has been tested by a Pharmacy and is of a very high quality. It is pumped into a storage tank and is sometimes held for about a week. So we have put a water purifier in the cottage for you to use so that there is no need to buy any water whatsoever.
The electricity which works the lights and pumps etc comes from the solar power system. We are truly sun worshippers here.
There is a Welcome Pack which includes guidelines for looking after the finca and what we expect from our guests. Simple things like being careful to close gates behind you because of the dogs, being thoughtful about the use of electricity as this comes from directly from a solar power system and is a limited supply. Also being very careful with fire as olive trees burn very well.
We have another holiday home as well as ours here on the finca and ask that you respect the other visitors who are also here to enjoy the peace and quiet.
What a delightful little gem this is. Simon and Amanda get it just right - welcoming, warm and informative while allowing guests a sense of seclusion. Our 8 and 6 year olds loved helping out on the farm - feeding the chickens, picking figs and watching over the friendly, sleepy dogs - and we welcomed the precious moments this allowed us to put our feet up and read a few pages of a book. Thank you both and we wish you and the gang (Boots gets a special mention!) deserved happiness in the future..... Rebecca, Laurie, Evie and Sam
Es una casita muy bien cuidada y acogedora, ideal para 2 o 3 personas mejor que 4 (sofá cama del tamaño de una cama individual). El trato de los anfitriones muy correcto y las instalaciones, enseres y demás en perfecto estado.
Muy linda casita, perdida en el campo. Amanda y Simon nos recibieron muy bien.
El sitio es ideal para descansar y desconectar !
Amanda et Simon réservent un très bon accueil à leurs visiteurs, le logement correspond tout à fait à la description et comprend le nécessaire pour passer de bonne vacances (bbq, condiments, serviettes, boules de pétanques, jumelles, bonne connexion internet etc..). La région est très calme et se situe entre montagnes et belles plages tranquilles. La piscine accolée à la maison est de taille idéale pour se rafraichir lors des périodes chaudes. Le réveil se fait au chant du coq mais le cadre dépaysant entre oliviers et cactus fait oublier ce détail.
Bonica i comfortable caseta al mig de camps d'oliveres. Tranquilitat i silenci excepte quan els galls del galliner canten o bé si es tanquen les finestres. El bany es nou i còmode. L'accés al dormitori és per una escala molt dreta. El dormitori és correcte i comfortable. La cuina té tot el que és bàsic però les formigues hi apareixen quan hi ha una petita brossa. Disposa d'una bassa reconvertida en piscina i un bon tros de terreny per aparcar-hi els cotxes.
L'Amanda i el Simon són amables i atents però a penes parlen el castellà i res de català.
Amanda and Simon are the perfect hosts, lovely, open minded and always there for a good chat. The beautiful casita provides everything you need. The old and young olive trees, the landscape, the dogs, chickens, ducks and a fluffy cat made us feel very comfortable and happy.
Beautiful, tranquil place. Hosts most amenable. Can highly recommend. Graçias.
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About the Host, Amanda
Hello, I am Amanda and my husband is Simon. We live exactly half way between Barcelona and Valencia along the Mediterranean coast of Spain. We are ex-pats and enjoying the sunshine and space here in Catalonia. We both come from a hospitality and food background and so we know how to look after our guests.We are offering space on our Olive and Almond farm for people who want to see Spanish Spain and get some peace and quiet. We have dogs and chickens and make our own electricity and pump our own water. Drop in if you are passing and see what's happening this week.