The open plan interior feels like a real home...The Rustic kitchen is simple and will have everything you need...
Charming Cottage + Incredible view
Hosted by Emma
Emma is the host.Emma is a superhost.
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Charming stone cottage with private garden in a stunning rural location, with an amazing and truly breathtaking panoramic view of the Gredos Mountains...The perfect hideaway by those who relish to be surrounded by nature!

The space

Remote and very private our propery is a lovely stone cottage, a sweet simple hideaway for two set in wonderful nature, with lovely circular walks from the doorstep, amazing birdlife and flowers in Spring. The house is totally detached and surrounded by garden with a big shady grapevine covered patio at the front from which to enjoy the amazing view of the Gredos mountains as it changes throughout the day. At the back of the house two huge old fig trees are the perfect spot for enjoying the afternoon winter sun. The cosy rustic interior has an open plan living/sleeping area with a comfy bed, a super efficient wood burner, lots of books, Dvd´s and stacks of information on what to see and do in the area, nature walks, where to find the shops, the best swimming spots and cultural visits. The Kitchen and bathroom are separate, simple and well-equipped. Once you arrive you will be tempted to spend all day just on the patio, with views across the fig orchard to the snow-capped mountains beyond but you can also choose to take a stroll through wonderful oak and chesnut forests, view Incredible Birds at Monfrague Natural Park, swim in the amazing river pools or visit the magnificent city of Trujillo which is just a short drive away.

Guest access

Guests are most welcome and encouraged to walk all around and explore!! There are many paths for walking around the house. Instructions for the Circular walks around the area, down to the river (1hr)or into the village (2hrs) are provided in the information folder.

Interaction with guests

We live a short stroll away from the cottage and are always at hand to provide information for our guests about the area.

Other things to note

There is a working pottery studio on the farm. We are always happy to show our guests the gallery and studio space and have a cup of tea with us!!
Please let us know you are interested to see the studio to arrange a suitable visiting time.


Amenities
Kitchen
TV
Essentials
Shampoo

House Rules
No parties or events

We welcome Infants and children (one child only).
We encourage all guests to compost & recycle (and provide bins).
Please bring in the sun lounger and chair pillows if it looks like its going to rain.
You are welcome to eat all the figs and grapes you can/want when they are in season.

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Dog(s) and other pet(s) live in the house

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Shamiso User Profile
January 2017
Emma's cottage is outstanding. We had high hopes for a quiet retreat and this little home and its surroundings were beyond our expectations. The natural beauty of the land is incredible and you can walk right out of the door and start a 2-4 hour hike, which was exactly what we wanted. If you are lucky you might be accompanied by Emma's dog Mia, who adorably asserted herself into our river walk and kept us on the right path. Emma was a gracious and warm host, it meant a lot to arrive to her homemade bread and jam after eating only airplane and hotel food. We also loved that the cottage felt specifically designed and curated for relaxation. There are plenty of books and DVDs to encourage you to forget about your phone, and Emma has put together a ton of resources about the area so that you can plot out your next day's adventure without consulting the internet. My recommendation is to add 1-2 more days to whatever length of stay you are planning- my only regret is that we didn't have more time!

Lisa User Profile
April 2016
I chose this little 'Casita' as I was after a relaxing rural retreat where I could feel at home and enjoy the countryside. I didn't want anything grand- just somewhere homely and safe. I struck gold with DeLaCava! I rented a car from Madrid airport and followed (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps to the cottage. Once you get off the very quiet motorway the views are just beautiful. Wide stretches of countryside and cattle with snowcapped mountains on the horizon. The little road up to DeLaCava is a bumpy baby- but stick in there- you get used to it. I arrived to a little welcome note and the most spectacular view! The crickets were chirping, and the hills were alive with birdsong. Many I'd never heard from before. The cottage is straight out of a storybook and very homely. Emma and Cesar have put a lot of care into it and while it's very rustic, it had everything I needed for a very comfortable stay. One of the highlights was the walk along the river - where proper shoes/ walking sandals as much is through little wet streams. I went in April and the flowers were incredible! I also ventured further afield to some of the other recommendations provided at the cottage. To top it off- my hosts Emma, Cesar and their lovely dog Mia, were absolutely fantastic. They made me feel so welcome- and were such generous hosts. I am going to have such fond memories of my stay for many many years to come. Wonderful :)

Sayer User Profile
May 2014
What a fantastic time we had out in the country and up in the mountains! This cottage was wonderful, charming and fully stocked! Emma welcomed us with a basket of homemade bread, carrot cake cupcakes, local goat cheese and honey, eggs and bread. Also tomatoes too. We had a great breakfast! She suggested two wonderful sounding hikes/walks but we overslept and ended up doing a 14km hike/ walk to yuste monastario which was fantastic! I highly recommend it and their are pools to swim in afterward. The hike is in the large white notebook which includes soon many things to do. Wish we could've stayed much longer, mia the farm dog and the stars at night were also a highlight. We would recommend this place and the family to all. Thank you for a great stay the last two days of a 20 day honeymoon!

Judith User Profile
August 2017
The long bumpy dirt track leads you to the remote rural cottage where you can stay for days relaxing away from a busy life. In the day you can lounge in the hot sun surrounded by amazing mountain views and trees of oranges and figs. In the afternoon shade you sit under the vines watching and listening to nature buzz and fly around. At night you stare up at the clear skies full of stars and the moon. Once you have stocked up at the local village shops with food and the cheapest wine you don't need to leave except to walk around the countryside in the early morning coolness. Emma and Cesar are beautifully friendly and make you feel like you have known them for ever. You are invited to share their love of ceramics visiting their pottery and creating your own work. I loved having the chance to learn how to throw on the wheel or take clay back to the cottage to use in my own time. The cottage is perfect and filled with everything you need. More perfect and larger than the photos and shows their understanding of both aesthetics and how to live comfortably. Books and films to help even more with relaxation. At night the cool breeze comes through the windows even on the hottest nights without the need of the fans. Staying here could make you wish you lived their life.

Juliet User Profile
June 2017
Best to leave your Lamborghini at home! This hidden treasure is joyfully unpretentious. Emma and Cesar (and of course Mia the dog) are wonderful hosts and this is a very special part of the world to visit. La casita at de la Cava is simple, homely and welcoming rather than luxurious, the delicious home made bread, jam and Emma’s cake on arrival most welcoming. No need to travel far afield either- The little villages of Villanueva and Madrigal de la Vera are beautiful, very ancient and full of village life. Also, all the natural crystalline mountain pools secreted down country tracks- Las Senoritas, Los Muros and swimming under the glorious Roman bridge in Madrigal were such special ‘local’ social gatherings where we felt very much at home, and spent many happy hours avoiding the heatwave. In normal conditions De La Cava is a birdwatcher’s and hiker’s paradise with many walking trails close by and lots of resources on hand to research. For me though the best part of my stay was a couple of mornings in the pottery studio playing with clay. Cesar’s passion for his art is obvious, but he is not in the teaching business, though is happy to offer guidance where it is sought. It is also not a therapy session, though I did find it a most therapeutic space, creating pots together, chatting away without any agenda. In fact, Cesar is keen to offer this studio space as a complete experience – a creative space to spend a week or two, which includes simple, cozy, ‘artsy’ living quarters, in this very special part of the world- amidst an oak forest in the shadow of the Gredos Mountains.

Katy User Profile
April 2017
What a wonderful place! The view is amazing whatever the weather or time of day. If you're into birdwatching like we are, we saw 116 species on our trip here. There were vultures, storks and eagles flying right over the house. The cottage is so comfortable with a great patio to lounge or have dinner and enjoy the view. Emma is a great host and put so many personal touches to the cottage that it really felt like home. And it was great to know she was just at the bottom of the hill if we needed anything. There are some lovely walks straight from the house and Emma's little dog Mia was very happy leading us on a few! We would love to go back and really recommend a stay here to anyone who enjoys nature and relaxation.

Lance User Profile
April 2017
Emma & Cesar were great hosts,so welcoming ,friendly and helpful. The cottage is situated among the nature,with stunning views.all you can hear are the birds and the bees with the lovely smell of flowers ( being spring it was inspiring),with the view of snowcapped mountains. Inside the cottage it was exceptionally clean,well equipped with everything you needed ,and some nice little touches that made for a comfortable stay,like some home baked bread,biscuits,butter & jam,some fresh eggs and a vases of fresh flowers.These made you feel valued and how thoughtful your host was. Emma has put together a lot of information on walks both from the cottage and in the area,also places to visit and road trips. we highly recommend future guests to make use of these ,it would take a lot of searching and formulating on line to do it your self. The log burner keeps the cottage lovely and warm,we only needed it at night as the days were hot. The internet worked well and we could sit out on the terrace whilst on line and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Thank you for a wonderful stay, we will certainly be back again.

Villanueva de la Vera, SpainJoined in October 2013
Emma User ProfileEmma is a superhost.
I am half English / Spanish. I was born in Barcelona had most of my schooling in England and in 1996 graduated with a Ceramics Degree from a London Art College. I found a studio and worked in London for a while earning extra income working for a Walking Holiday company leading wa…
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