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Thank you so much to Heloise for your hospitality and a big thanks to Lu and Alexis! Their house is absolutely exquisite! They went above and beyond to accommodate us and I really appreciate that! :-) going to the great lengths of getting a Christmas tree by hacking down a tree in their back yard, booking taxis, they are literally the perfect hosts!!!
We rented the villa as a family of 8 during Christmas and new years and I must say we have the fondest memories, being around the table facing the stunning yoga room with a view that is breathtaking. Being in the cinema room and screening movies with a sound system that bellowed christmas hits around the house come Christmas morning.
Lastly The transport is also a real big hit! They mentioned that their is a tram close to the house but they really need to emphasise that it is in your back yard. Ever so silent and perfect for going into the city at arms reach! I can't honestly brag enough. Will definitely recommend, as there were no faults. A perfect 10/10 vacation :-)
The house is charming and the views are stunning. I enjoyed both my stay and a great company of Heloise, Alexis and Lu. They are very helpful hosts and I felt like home in this unique location above Barcelona. The place is easy to reach by public transport and it is a good option to relax after a day in bustling city.
Great location and interesting hosts BUT we found it depressing since the house is not really in great shape. The formerly grand garden is crumbling with no evidence of upkeep - it is a rented property. We were charged a substantial cleaning fee on top of the accommodation fee (akin to an extra charge for clean dishes at a restaurant). Not sure what the cleaning was for, since we had mold on our shower curtain. Breakfast preparation on Day 2 consisted of directions to a local restaurant!!
Wonderful place. Welcomed me and provided wonderful experience. Excellent location to get to Barcelona, peaceful and restful vacation. Wonderful hosts.
We stayed at Villa Maria for the first 6 nights of our 2 week trip through Spain. It was the first time we used airbnb to reserve a private room rather than a private apartment and I admit we were initially a bit anxious about spending nearly a week as house guests with "strangers".
In retrospect staying at the villa and getting to meet Heloise, Alexis and Lu turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip. They were wonderfully warm and intelligent and went above and beyond in making us feel welcome. We had a few delicious meals together and some very interesting conversations on the current state of affairs in Spain and Israel - our country of origin. Everybody spoke English - which we gradually discovered was very rare in Spain. Great people. I wish we could have taken them with us for the rest of our trip. Or at least borrowed Lu's cooking superpowers (not to mention energy!).. We had a beautiful kitchen in a private apartment we rented in Seville which was left sadly unused.
The location was literally a breath of fresh air. Vallvidrera is a sleepy, hillside neighborhood, surrounded by nature, at the top of the funicular. It feels like a world away from busy, touristy Barcelona, despite only being 20-25 minutes from Plaza Catalunya, the city center.
The villa itself is beautiful and spacious, especially the garden! The photos don't quite do it justice. I regret we didn't get more time to enjoy it - seeing as how we spent most of our time racing to scratch off various sights in the city off our list. It was a wonderful retreat though and the breathtaking, crystal clear view of the city below was a great way to start our days there.
All in all, we had a wonderful stay and an altogether great experience. The only part I didn't enjoy was having to say goodbye. Amazing place, wonderful people. Highly (website hidden): If you're lucky enough to stay there - take more time to explore the surroundings and engage more with the local community if you get a chance. That's my only regret. The touristy areas in Barcelona don't seem to have anything but tourists and the locals serving them. The architecture (e.g., Gaudi, Guell) is famous for its attempts to imitate nature. Around the villa you get the real deal. Real people, real nature.
After 5 days of intensive hiking in the Pyrenees, we choose Villa Maria as our a 'base camp' for our Barcelona experience. Our families (6 adult & 5 kids) have really enjoyed our city stay and we had a lot of great moments in the house and in the lovely garden with its beautiful sites.
Alexis, Heloise and Lu are great hosts which are very helpful.
Thanks your sharing your house it was a great experience!
Tip: take your race bike with you it's is great climb from Barcelona city centre to Villa Marie.
I rented this place as a location for a photo shooting. The place has a very strong character, amazing views over whole Barcelona area and a fantastic garden. Héloise and Alexis were doing everything to help us with our production. An all-over nice experience!
Villa Maria was an amazing place to stay! The house is beautiful and has an old world charm that is wonderful to experience as a traveler. The big garden is shady and cool in the warm summer days and the view from the villa's hilltop location is straight across the city and out to the sea. The hosts were great- very helpful and ecologically minded. They've created a very peaceful space that was perfect for our holiday.
Wonderful hosts and a superb location, We loved our stay, and will return . Transport to and from the center is easy and reasonable in price,just be careful when ordering a taxi for the airport,should have been 25 Euros and we were charged 37 ... This is the perfect place to spend an anniversary .
Charming old house with fascinating atmosphere. The view from the garden is breathtaking. Right next to the cable car, it is a very quite spot to relax from the exciting city. The public transport there is fast and comfortable. The hosts of Villa Maria are warm and very helpful. Thank you very much, Heloise and Alexis!
C'est une maison exceptionnelle: une belle demeure avec un grand parc, à 2 pas du funiculaire qui vous emmène au centre ville. Une échappée verte, des hôtes adorables (ce sont mes amis!), je recommande à 200%!
Heloise is a vibrant, fun, open and warm woman who is passionately committed to making the world a better place. She has an infectious enthusiasm for life, new adventures and connecting with new and old friends. She fills her home with a lovely energy and anyone who stays there will be in for a real treat!
Heloise is an inspiring woman who lives and stands authentically and passionately for her values. She is a true eco warrior and her home validates that. I love visiting their space as it is an oasis in Barcelona and yet so close to the action if you want it!