About This Listing
Our poolside annexe with its bathroom, kitchen and outdoor shower offers everything a couple or small family needs for a peaceful rural retreat. Located near beautiful Santa Gertrudis, you are only 3km away from some of the best restaurants in Ibiza
The Pool Room and it's surroundings are completely charming. Everyone that visits and stays comments on how special it is and what a lovely vibe it has. It is completely tranquil as it's surrounded by forest, The only sounds are birds, insects and the occasional whinny from a horse.
Even though it is a rustic house, it has modern appliances- new fridge, washing machine and brand new kitchenette for 2014. A shaded table and chairs in front of the kitchen provide a perfect spot to enjoy a meal and a beautiful view.
The Pool room opens onto a deep sapphire blue pool with roman steps. An added bonus is that it's uses a salt water cleaning system and therefore very little chlorine.
There is an outdoor bathroom with toilet, washbasin and shower as well as a beautiful outdoor shower that has hot water. The view from the shower is breath taking.
The garden is quite magical. There is a bamboo grove, olive trees, succulents and climbing flowers in bright mediterranean hues. We also have an organic vegetable garden which I cook with throughout the year. In July the apricot tree by the outdoor shower is full of sweet golden fruit.
The guests have their own double room with portable Harman Karden ipod dock and wifi. There is also air conditioning and central heating. They have a kitchenette with a fridge, hob and washing machine. The bathroom and outdoor shower are for guests use solely. We only rent this one room so the pool is their own as well.
Interaction with Guests
When guests stay for more than 4 nights I like to arrange a dinner together one night. I love cooking for people and its always interesting to spend time with new people. Everyone of our guests so far has been an absolute pleasure to share our space with. Often with more long term guests, especially those with children, we end up cooking and eating together quite regularly.
Of course we are also sympathetic if our guests like their time here to be more private. We respect their space and do not intrude if they want more intimacy and seclusion.
As foodies we know the best places to eat as well. We are always happy to share ideas on good restaurants and beaches.
In the summer we are both away working a lot. Our child is in school from 9-4pm every day, so you will only really see us in the afternoons.
We think Santa Gertrudis is the best part of Ibiza, and everyone lucky enough to live here agrees. As it's inland it has escaped the development that most of the beaches have been subjected to. Being in the centre though, you can drive in any direction for 20 minutes and find a beautiful beach. The village is 3 km away and has more restaurants, cafes and boutiques per square metre than any other village. The main square in front of the church is pedestrianized and full of al fresco diners watching their kids run around. Behind the church is a playground and cafe with a gelateria up the road.
Although ther is a bus route all the way to the airport in Santa Gertrudis, we recommend you hire a car.
Other Things to Note
I provide a starter pack for breakfasts in the kitchen. You will find bread, butter, jam, eggs and milk. I also provide you with complimentary tea, coffee and water throughout your stay.
Please remain on the pool side of the property or on the large curtained terrace unless invited by Nigel or myself.
We will provide a good sound system with ipod dock but please don't play music loudly after 10pm.
We ask that people with kids supervise them at all times and lock the door at night to stop them wandering.
No smoking inside and please dispose of cigarette butts in ashtrays.
A beautifull place with everything you need in the forests close to Santa Gertrudis. A perfect place to sit back and relax. A nice pool with fresh water and no chemicals. The owners are very nice and lovely people. It's a warm place to be.
The kitchen is fully equipped for cooking your own meals. If you don't feel like that, there are very nice restaurants in the surroundings, like Plaza and la Paloma. They are worthwile a visit.
From here you can go any direction on the island and beaches are closeby if you have a car, which is I think a must to discover Ibiza and all idyllic spots.
We enjoyed our stay very much and definitly recommend to stay at this secluded getaway!
Nigel and Catherine were great hosts, very relaxed and helpful. Their home is rustic, gorgeous and chic. You'll need a car to get around but the location is perfectly placed in the centre of the island to get anywhere quick quickly (20 mins to Ibiza town, 20-30 mins to beaches on the north coast etc) if you're looking for a lovely base to explore the island and somewhere to chill and find peace, this is it!
Wonderfully charming Finca-style guesthouse. A lovely Ibiza country life experience. You can hear a variety of Farm animal sounds at night as it lies adjacent to an Equestrian farm which includes other animals which added to the charm. Catherine and Nigel were very sweet. Rental comes with your own private kitchen which Catherine had stocked with breakfast items including her own homemade granola. Property feels like it is in the middle of the country yet it is minutes away from Santa Gertrudis. Nice part of the island. Classic Ibiza Finca property. Lovely pool.
We had an amazing time with Catherine and her family. The location of the house is breathtaking, secluded in the county side of Ibiza it's the perfect location to discover all sites of the island. The warm and genuine hospitality that we experienced made our stay, however much to short, unforgettable. So if your looking for a place to escape from it all you should book with Catherine.
We had a wonderful stay in Ibiza and felt from the beginning like "at home"! The finca is very charming and decorated with finesse.
Catherine cooked a delicious meal for us and we spent a great evening together.
We had such a wonderful stay with Catherine and Nigel. The bedroom, bathroom and kitchen are so clean, bright and beautifully decorated. They instantly made us feel at home and are very relaxed. Catherine very sweetly bought us bread, eggs, juice, milk and cereal so we had breakfast waiting for us.
The location feels incredibly peaceful and away from it all - especially perfect for exploring the northern beaches of Ibiza. It felt like staying with friends with the perfect balance of space and privacy (you have your own entrance/car parking so you don't have to creep past host's house after dinner) and a homely feel with Catherine on hand to lend advice about favourite beaches, shops, restaurants and directions. Oh and we loved their adorable cats too!
Thanks for such a lovely first experience of Ibiza Catherine, Nigel and xander!
We spent a fantastic time at Catherines house ! It is situated in a calm area in the countryside but close to very beautiful beaches in the north of the island. Ibiza and the airport are only 15-20 minutes away and same for the beaches in the south like Las Salinas.
The room is spacious, the bathroom very nice, the seperate kitchen is well equipped and the swimming pool a dream !!
Catherine and her husband are wonderful people and were very helpful giving us tips for beautiful close beaches, restaurants, shopping etc.
We felt like at home and plan to come back soon !
About the Host, Catherine
I'm a person who loves the best things in life, great food, beautiful surroundings and of course- the odd wild party! I was born in New Zealand but always dreamed of living in the Mediterranean. My dream came true in 2001 when we bought a wooden yacht in Turkey and sailed to Ibiza.
The yacht has gone now and although we still love the sea, prefer living in our rustic paradise. Living here means I can indulge my love for gardening. I'm learning all the time and working towards a self sufficient lifestyle. Already I have a flourishing vegetable and herb garden. In the years to come I hope to create an orchard, chicken coop and bee hives.