The Black Grape is 3-story boutique town house in the centre of one of Spain's most important wine regions. If you like food, fine wine, medieval architecture, bulls chasing you on cobbled streets, mountain biking and small town fiestas where you will most likely be the only tourist - then you will surely love this place!
If you book our house for a vacation you will soon find yourself in a 220 sqm. rustic town house located in the village of Ollauri surrounded by some of the most important vine yards of Spain. We think the area is a hidden gem - chances are that you will be the only foreigner around.
The house holds 4 individual double bedrooms, a 40 sqm. rooftop terrasse and 35 sqm. "walk-in mini bar" in the shape of an antique fully stocked wine cellar. Also, we’ve got two well equipped kitchens, an outdoor fireplace and BBQ, broad band internet access, Playstation 3 consoles and digital flat panel televisions in all rooms.
We fully renovated the house in 2009 carefully maintaining all of the house’s original features including our spectacular “walk-in mini-bar” housing a collection of wines at unbeatable prices.
Being a bunch of Danes, we have decorated the interior of the house with contemporary Danish designer furniture ensuring a very high level of comfort. We're think you will appreciate it!
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The whole house is available and we only rent out the house to one group of guest/client at the time.
You will also have access to our wine cellar with a fine selection of local wines at very attractive prices.
Interaction with Guests
Initially through Airbnb, and later by phone if needed. We have a local caretaker in the villages that prepares the house, performes check-in and check-out, and is available for questions og practical issues if needed.
The house is located in the main street in a small village 2 km. outside Haro. The "wine Capital" of La Rioja Alta. The village has two bars, a restaurant, a small grocery shop, a pharmacy, a park, basque "fronton" and is surrounded by some og spa ins most important vineyards.
You will need a car to properly benefit from your stay. There is plenty og parking possibilities right outside the house. We can provide mountain bikes for transportation locally.
Preparations, cleaning and linen:
The house will be cleaned before and after you arrival, so no cleaning is required from you part. We also provide clean linen and duvets. A fixed fee for these services are charged (150 Euro)
The wine cellar:
When we began renovations on the house, we uncovered a magnificent vaulted cellar and immediately fell in love with it. Since then we have dedicated our time to hand-selecting a range of wines from some of our favourite bodegas in and around the village.
The way it works - Like an honesty bar, guests at the house are free to take what they like from the cellar and leave the appropriate sum. We are delighted to be able to offer Black Grape guests these top-quality wines at wholesale prices. A wine catalogue is available in the cellar to guide you through the wines, along with individual tasting notes.
We had a fantastic 2 nights at Rasmus' beautiful town house in the Rioja region. Located in a picturesque little town surrounded by Bodegas it's definitely a perfect location for wine lovers!! The village itself is very quiet but the local shop is very well stocked and there is a restaurant - although we cooked both nights! The house is well equipped for cooking and would be perfect for large groups as it has plenty of kitchen and washing facilities.
Rasmus was very helpful in accommodating us very last minute and contacted his housekeeper to arrange to meet us. Cruz was very nice but spoke even less English than we do Spanish so she'd brought her daughter along to translate!
This is a beautiful 5 star property with a fantastic wine cellar and lovely system whereby you can select what you want and mark it up to pay at the end of your trip - and the selection of local wines was great :)
The only negative of the whole trip was the inexplicably fluctuating price which appeared to be anything from £124 to £194 depending on when we checked (over a period of just a day or so). When you add to that the cleaning charges (not unreasonable for a group of 10 people over a week but for just 2 people over 2 nights £111 is quite steep) it can quickly become an expensive couple of nights. Rasmus kindly agreed a discount for us as just 2 people but the breakdown of the final price was still impossible to calculate with the fluctuating rate on airbnb. I would say that we had a lovely trip and were not too disappointed with the final price but I would be cautious to watch it in future as there is a big discrepancy between the top end and bottom end prices! We asked Rasmus about it and he seemed as confused as us so this is likely an airbnb anomaly - as we are still pretty new to the site we hadn't noticed it before but it's something we will watch out for with more expensive properties in future!
Overall though a lovely 2 nights in a beautiful part of the world - we hope to visit again and would thoroughly recommend it to others!
Casa genial!!! Todo perfecto, muy agradable!! Experiencia muy recomendable!!!
An impeccable house or chalet in a tiny, tiny town in Rioja. Well equipped and modern furniture make it a dream place for a long weekend or a summer vacation.
We were a few people together and the house is fantastic for gatherings of friends to enjoy food, wine and Spain!
Acabamos de dejar la casa de Rasmus, la que nos ha encantado.
La casa se encuentra en el centro del pueblo de ollauri, cerca de la iglesia, un pueblo acogedor a 10 minutos de haro y 40 de Logroño. La vivienda dispone de cuatro plantas: planta baja dotada de una magnífica bodega, txoco (mesa comedor y cocina) y un cuarto de baño completo, la primera planta donde se encuentran cuatro habitaciones dobles con tv y dos cuartos de baño (uno de ellos en la habitación principal), la segunda planta con un comedor y otra cocina (desde esta puedes acceder a una terraza grande con bbq) y la tercera y última planta tiene un ático con sofá y televisión.
La casa es perfecta para un grupo de ocho personas, aunque nosotros fuimos nueve y tuvimos que sacrificar el ático convirtiendo el sofá en cama por lo que nuestra zona de estar se limitó al comedor de la segunda planta.
La casa estaba perfectamente acondicionada para el clima de ollauri y disponía de todo el menaje necesario para poder hacer comidas y cenas, además estaba todo limpio y cuidado.
Rasmus no se encontraba en ollauri y la persona que dejo de contacto era cruz, una mujer muy agradable que nos atendió en todo momento y se preocupó por nuestro bienestar.
Sin duda recomendaré la casa de Rasmus a nuestros familiares y amigos.
Four couples spent a wonderful few days at the Black Grape in late September. From the outset, our experience with Rasmus and the property exceeded our expectations. Rasmus is always amazing responsive, usually replying within a few minutes of us posting a question. This made the reservation process absolutely painless. Ollauri is a wonderful little town in La Rioja, just far enough off the beaten track to make you feel that you have been somewhere different and special. The recently-renovated property is easy to find and the interaction with Cruz, the local housekeeper, works well. We spent our days exploring the small towns (Laguardia was our favourite) and wineries (some not so small) and enjoyed our evenings back at the Black Grape, taking advantage of the wonderful appliances and other amenities. The four bedrooms are all very comfortable and the house accommodates eight with ease. The wine cellar is, of course, a bonus and Rasmus' honour system for purchasing wine from the cellar is very convenient. The choice is excellent, as well. One highlight for us was the cooking lesson which Rasmus organized for us. He was able to arrange for Isabel to come to the house at short notice. She brought all the ingredients with her and cooked up a superb meal for us, with some assistance from our group. This is an example of how far Rasmus will go to make sure his guests have the best travelling experience possible. I have no hesitation in recommending Rasmus as a host, and the Black Grape as a destination, to anybody who is thinking of exploring the Rioja region.
Adoramos a experiencia na The Back Grape em Ollauri. Rasmus foi muito cordial durante a reserva e durante nossa estadia.
A casa surpreende ainda mais ao vivo, e a pequena cidade e perfeita para descansar. Super bem localizada, fica a poucos minutos de otimas vinicolas, restaurantes e pequenas cidades charmosas.
Our stay at The Black Grape was fantastic! Altogether, we were a party of 8 Americans (including 2 Spanish speakers), and we felt that the Black Grape could not be any better. It was clean, spacious, and very well appointed. The housekeeper was extraordinarily helpful, as was the mayor of the town, Luisa. The host, Rasmus, is very communicative and very understanding - we made mention of a slow drain and he instantly had the housekeeper come by to clear it. Perfect!
Please keep in mind that this is NOT a replacement for some full-service 5-star hotel in a bustling town; this is an adorable home in a very small town! Our style of vacation was to explore nearby wineries (by car) during the day and cook family-style meals at the Black Grape in the evening; this house was perfect for this type of trip. Do take advantage of the few wineries in town (whose wines rarely make it outside of Spain). There are a few few places to eat in town, but we didn't go there because we were too busy using the great kitchen and eating on the beautiful deck!
The wine cellar is a great bonus!