Eco-cottage with pool in the natural retreat of the early Pyrenees

Pallars Jussa, Pyrenees, Catalonia Property Ref: CA10
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    3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 4/7
  • Poll
    shared ocasionally with owners Pool
  • Property Ref: CA10

An inspiring experience awaits active nature-lovers in the forested mountains of Catalonia. Star-filled nights. Sleeps 4 plus 3 children.

Booking information for CA10

  • Normal check-in time: 6 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open from the end of May to mid-October, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit might apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA10

  • The changeover day is normally Saturday in July and August and flexible at other times.

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Booking information for CA10

  • Normal check-in time: 6 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open from the end of May to mid-October, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit might apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA10

  • The changeover day is normally Saturday in July and August and flexible at other times.

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Summary

An inspiring experience awaits active nature-lovers in the forested mountains of Catalonia. Star-filled nights. Sleeps 4 plus 3 children.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    2 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 4/7

Enjoyment
Shared swimming pool (5 m x 3 m; 2 m deep); Gardens with furniture; Sunloungers.

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob & oven; Coffee makers; Electric juicer; Toaster; Hand-held stick blender; Gas-powered fridge.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Hairdryer; Woodburning stove in each bedroom & living room; 2 Gas heaters; Cot (in Master bedroom); All bedding and towels provided, including pool towels and adult dressing gowns; Private parking.

Layout

Ground floor
Dining room with fireplace; Kitchen; Hallway to Bedroom 1: Twin beds (beds can be pushed together) with woodburning stove; Shower room/WC.

First floor
Living room with glass-fronted fireplace; Bedroom 2 (Master bedroom): Double bed with woodburning stove; Shower room/WC.

Second floor
Bedroom 3: Attic room sleeping three children in single beds, woodburning stove.

Exterior
Lawned, walled gardens; Swimming pool; Extensive wild gardens and grounds to explore.

Notes on Distribution
We do not consider the attic room to be suitable for toddlers on account of the height of the steps.

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Overview

If you want to go on holidays with family or friends to a hide-away in the early Pyrenees, this rustic, stone-built cottage in the Catalonia province of Lleida could be just the place for you. The setting and views are of a spectacular landscape that blends Mediterranean pine with beech and coniferous alpine forest.

The pictures tell the story.

In winter, this is a popular weekend mountain retreat for Spanish city people, although two days gives precious little opportunity to explore and enjoy the Pyrenean mountain world, the perfectly preserved Romanic villages, good restaurants, hikes, river-rafting or wild swimming in the local river.

Closer to home, the swimming pool provides a more convenient and welcome chance to cool off and feel healthy.

There are sunloungers, deckchairs, and hammocks slung in the trees to encourage you to enjoy outdoor life here, and plenty of shady spots.

The house is surrounded by exuberant nature, all very pretty, and the cottage entrance is via a walled, lawned garden with a pub-bench dining table and colourful plants (different ones blooming according to the season), a lovely outdoor spot for meals. The garden is also a secure place for keeping a dog, this being one of our pet-friendly properties.

The Catalan family owners occasionally come to stay in the larger house behind the cottage, so we don’t offer it as a completely private place, although your privacy is of course very much respected; most people are pleased to make their acquaintance and children can meet and do things together. Otherwise, if you need anything, the friendly caretaker lives just a few km away.

The holiday home itself has been featured in Country Home magazines as a characteristic example of a Catalan Pyrenees dwelling which combines traditional materials with a modern sensibility towards the environment. The house suits the alpine atmosphere, comfortable but not luxurious – expect comfy sofas and beds, even dressing gowns for adults, but no delicate touches or carpets – above all it's ideal for those who want to delve into the exciting nature which is all around you here.

There is solar power and a conscientious use of electricity is encouraged, although the system is powerful enough to run a washing machine. There’s an oven, fridge, 4-ring hob and all you need to cook meals for seven people, but no microwave or dishwasher. A low-wattage hairdryer is provided but no electrical entertainment items. You’re properly off the beaten track here: a sideways shift on the map which shows the Boi Valley (a world heritage site with the Boi Taull ski resort) towards Andorra. Smugglers used to make their way past here from France.

There's G3 coverage that usually allows iPhone users to connect to internet, otherwise drive to Coll de Nargó for WiFi, or Tremp, where there's a cybercafé and a municipal centre with internet.

The natural entrance is through the garden to a spacious old dining room with large windows – just right for keeping an eye on children, if need be – and tremendous views of the wooded mountains. Old stable implements adorn the stone walls and rusticity in stone and wood is evident from the word go.

Appropriately enough, the kitchen communicates with the dining room on the ground floor. Up a flight of wooden stairs, a living room with sofas and a glass-fronted fireplace is a very agreeable place to sit around and read, chat and relax. A rear door opens to the outside world.

Young children love it up in their "play-and-bedroom" under the eaves, and most can manage the protected wood stairs up to the attic room, although we don't recommend it for toddlers.

Each bedroom, as well as the living room, has its own woodburning stove and firewood is included in the rental. Gas heaters provide extra and instant heat when required.

In the summer, you can enjoy baking heat.

Active families will be in their element here. Rafting and canoeing can be arranged locally and below a Roman bridge you can swim in the river. It really is very picturesque. An hour by car takes you to the National Park of Aigues Tortes, an area of outstanding natural beauty, or to Andorra, a shopper’s paradise.

The Roman heritage of the area is to be found in a surprisingly good state of preservation and there are excellent examples of popular architecture, churches and medieval bridges.

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Location

Setting

Mediterranean mountains in the Pallar Jussa area, the early folds of the Pyrenees.

Location

In a secluded forested mountain spot, accessed by a 700-metre track negotiable in a normal car.

Coll de Nargó 25 mins
Simple shopping,restaurants, bars
Montanisell 25 min
Restaurant
Vall Fosca 45 mins
Extraordinary mountain area
Andorra 1 hr
Excellent shopping, ski resorts
Aigüestortes National Park 1 hr
Superb nature
airport Nearest Airports
Lleida (ILD) 1 hr 45 mins
Barcelona (BCN) 2 hrs 20 mins
Reus (REU) 2 hrs 30 mins
Girona (GRO) 3 hrs
Zaragoza (ZAZ) 3 hrs

Prices

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Sleeps up to 4 adults & 3 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -7
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,200
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,490
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
€1,200
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
€1,490
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€1,200
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€1,490
Sleeps up to 4 adults & 3 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -7
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,200
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€1,490
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
€1,200
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
€1,490
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
€1,200
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
€1,490
Sleeps up to 4 adults & 3 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -7
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£1,058
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£1,314
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
£1,058
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
£1,314
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
£1,058
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
£1,314
Sleeps up to 4 adults & 3 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -7
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$1,259
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$1,563
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
$1,259
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
$1,563
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
$1,259
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
$1,563
Sleeps up to 4 adults & 3 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -7
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$1,867
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$2,318
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
AU$1,867
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
AU$2,318
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
AU$1,867
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
AU$2,318
Sleeps up to 4 adults & 3 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -7
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$2,738
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$3,399
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 07 Jul 201707/07/2017
CAD$2,738
08 Jul 201708/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
CAD$3,399
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 18 Dec 201718/12/2017
CAD$2,738
19 Dec 201719/12/2017 02 Jan 201802/01/2018
CAD$3,399

Booking information for CA10

  • Normal check-in time: 6 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open from the end of May to mid-October, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit might apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA10

  • The changeover day is normally Saturday in July and August and flexible at other times.

+ Booking information and changeover day for CA10

Booking information for CA10

  • Normal check-in time: 6 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The swimming pool is open from the end of May to mid-October, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request, in which case a returnable cash deposit might apply. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA10

  • The changeover day is normally Saturday in July and August and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Maya | July | 2017

we had a wonderful week in this house. our tip: buy a lot of food and spend the whole week in the house, without driving anywhere else. enjoy walking in the forest, swimming in the pool, and especially enjoy the quiet, the isolation, and life in the middle of nature. the owners were really nice too. very highly recommended."

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Nikki | August | 2015

My family and I had a wonderful week. The owners, Popena and Jordi were such lovely people and their attention to detail in this wonderfully, charming and rustic property stole our hearts. Its location - perched on a forested hillside - was idillic, and so peaceful. The pool was refreshing and the views from the terrace were spellbounding. We all (including our dog) enjoyed the nearby river with it's clear water and pools for swimming. Our three children loved their attic room, the circular walks through the forest...and the wildlife - particularly the visiting fox, the praying mantis in the potted plant and the snakes down at the river! A very relaxing holiday - Thank you !"

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Olivia | July | 2014

We had a wonderful time staying at the house in the pyrenees, and I just wanted to say thank you for helping to make our stay so enjoyable, and for dealing with all the complications. We only had this very short honeymoon but it was blissfully peaceful and relaxing there. If you could pass our thanks. its a lovely area and we hope to be back again someday, All the best."

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Eduardo | July | 2014

This was not a vacation so much as a fantastic experience from day 1. a) Rusticaltravel was super-responsive to a few important questions we had, even responding immediately during the weekend. Excellent starter. b) The prep material for location, visits, food and expectations-setting in general was brilliant and spot-on. The same for arrival and instructions from the landlords, who are probably the most cozy and friendly people we've ever met. c) The place (CA10) is an absolutely gorgeous cottage, top-notch for nature lovers. Beautiful spotless skies, deep forests, untouched land, long mountain walks, deep echo and some shy night visitors make the experience something out of a fairy tale. The house is fully equipped. Sufficiently isolated to ensure your de-stress treatment goes all the way, including mobile coverage, no internet or TV, but close enough to local towns to provide you with all the fantastic food you can expect from Catalunya. We spent 10 days with my wife and 4 year old kid and had a total blast of a time. Every day something new awaited. 11 out of 10 stars. Fully recommended and something worth of everyone's bucket list."

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Emma | August | 2013

This is a beautiful property, set in stunning scenery. The property is spacious and presented beautifully. There is a large outside space with a cool pool, which is perfect in the heat. The property is very isolated down a very bumpy track. The power in the house is all from solar energy and the water just from rainwater collected in a tank. This is a great place to escape from modern life, especially as it is so far from anywhere- half an hour to the nearest village. Get your supplies in and enjoy the scenery!"

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