Quality 4-bed family villa with gated pool and gardens, Catalonia

Penedes, Barcelona province, Catalonia Property Ref: CA15
  • Doors
    3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 6
  • Poll
    Chlorine-free Pool
  • Property Ref: CA15

A marvellous villa for families in the Penedes wine district. Safe lawned gardens and pool, games room, and excursions to interest all ages. The coast and Barcelona make for enticing days out. Convenient for the Cistercian walking circuit. Sleeps 6.

Booking information for CA15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The pool is maintained throughout the year, but not heated, and the normal swimming season is from late April until late September.

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

Changeover day for CA15

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

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Summary

A marvellous villa for families in the Penedes wine district. Safe lawned gardens and pool, games room, and excursions to interest all ages. The coast and Barcelona make for enticing days out. Convenient for the Cistercian walking circuit. Sleeps 6.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    2.5 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 6

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet; TV/DVD; Games & books; Toys for children (on request); Gated swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 1.5 m deep), chlorine-free, occasionally used by owners when in residence; Large private & walled (1-metre high) lawned gardens; Sunbeds; Barbecue; Games room with: table tenis, darts, wide screen projector and home cinema, Wii and Playstation 3, table games; Swing; Football goal; Basket goal.

Self-catering
4-ring hob & electric oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Toaster; Kettle; Coffee machine; Fridge freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine in utility room; Dryer; Cot; Highchair; Open fireplace; Central heating; All bedding and towels provided.

Layout

Ground floor
Private entrance from gardens to open-plan kitchen/diner; Living room; Hallway to games’ room (table football) with doors to shaded garden area; WC; Utility room (washing machine).

First floor
Landing; Bedroom 1: Twin beds; Bedroom 2: Twin beds; Shower room/WC; Bedroom 3 (Master bedroom): King-size bed with en suite bathroom/WC (with bathtub).

Exterior
Low-walled, lawned gardens; Rear patio, shared with owners; Outhouse with children’s toys. Swimming pool a few metres away across a very quiet lane.

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Overview

In the vineyards of the Penedes, one hour west of Barcelona, the same distance from another airport at Reus, and just 45 minutes inland from the fashionable seaside resort of Sitges, is an inviting stone-built holiday villa with garden and pool.

It was the first holiday home in the high Penedes to be awarded 4 espigas, the equivalent of 4 stars for "Superior quality", by the Catalonian Government. But let’s consider the holiday property: 

It's an attractive villa. A private entrance drive passes through large and completely private flower gardens. On the beautifully lawned gardens, children can play while adults relax on sunbeds, with cocktails or tending the barbecue. Trees lend natural shade here and there. A low wall runs around the garden, which looks out over Pinedes vineyards.

The house has plenty of traditional character and strikes just the right balance between rusticity and modern comfort. Antiques and quality furniture are nicely distributed and the overall impression is of a welcoming and well cared-for home.

Our favourite room was the generous country kitchen with its grand dining table and direct access to the gardens and barbecue area.

A comfortable lounge with a fireplace is followed by a hallway leading to a games room with table football, which also has a door out to the gardens. There’s also a downstairs WC and a utility room.

Although perfectly independent, at its rear the villa flanks a large patio and a farmhouse where the friendly, cultured Catalan owners of Villa CA15 stay occasionally. Although hospitable by nature, they are careful not to impinge on guests’ privacy. The swimming pool, which the owners only use when guests at the villa are absent for the day, is a great spot. The swimming pool area is on the other side of a quiet lane running beside the property, where it is not overlooked.

Close by (8 minutes away), both Pla de Manlleu and Pontons provide shopping facilities, and in 20 minutes you are in the larger and delightful Vilafranca del Penedes with its ancient fortress. Vilafranca is interesting place to watch and get a feel for local Catalan life. There are good restaurants here where you might like to sample local specialities such as pan tumaca, canaloni, duck, coq au vin, accompanied perhaps by a good Penedes wine.

The Penedes area is a prestigious wine-making area, particularly renowned for its sparkling cavas and brandies. A visit to one of the local cellars, which often present their wares in conjunction with well-balanced meals offered by professional restauranteurs, is always interesting. We recommend a nice deal offered by the area's wine museum in Vilafranca, which combines a self-guided visit in English, finding out about wine growing here since Romans planted the idea, followed a wine tasting and a fine lunchtime restaurant meal, all for 35 euros per head [price in 2014].

And cultural tourism in Penedes extends beyond gastronomy: castles, hermitages and ancient shrines in the region complement natural settings in which you will find cycling routes, waterfalls, grottos and gentle escarpments.

Adults and children alike will appreciate the house and swimming pool and enjoy exploring places like Montblanc (one of Hugh Palmer’s “Most Beautiful Villages of Spain”), where local legend has it that patron Saint Jordi (St George) killed the dragon. Every year the villagers dress up in medieval costume to reenact the event during a week’s feasting and merry-making to mark St George’s Day (23 April).

Tradition here runs to an excellent culinary culture, and those who like to eat out will have every reason to be pleased with opting for this location.

There are other historical villages to discover amongst the pretty forested hills just beyond the wine-growing land, where the locals still practise traditions such as Vilafranca’s famous “human castles,” composed of men standing on each others’ shoulders. To complete the precarious castle, a child climbs up the men to form the the peak.

While the relative proximity of the coast makes this holiday home a good option for those who don’t wish to be far from the sea, the area around the villa is above all an invitation to explore some inspiring Catalonian countryside. We recommend hiking or biking your preferred stages of the fabulous “Cistercian Route,” which links three Benedictine monasteries and natural landscapes via the well-signposted GR-175 pathway. The whole circular route is 105 km but you can simply take your pick of its most satisfying links.

For seaside trips to beaches at Sitges, the drive is a particularly attractive one, passing from vineyards through Mediterranean pine forest. On the drive back, you see Montserrat mountain in the distance.

Montserrat, just 40 minutes away from the villa, is considered to be the most important and beautiful of all the mountains in Catalonia. Its formidable massif has Natural Park status and its Benedictine monastery is home to the oldest choristers’ conservatory in Europe, not to mention an important library of some 300,000 volumes.

A day out in Barcelona is another popular choice. Catalonia's cosmopolitan capital is one hour from the villa.

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Location

Setting

Vineyard-planted Penedes, gentle Mediterranean countryside.

Location

In open countryside, adjoining the owner's own holiday farmhouse, but with its own entrance and privacy. 8 mins from facilities in Pontons.

Pontons 8 mins
Basic shopping,good restaurant
Pla de Manlleu village 10 mins
Bar/restaurant,butcher/delicatessen
Vilafranca del Penedés 20 mins
Lively town, all services
Montserrat mountains 40 mins
Stnning scenery
Sitges 45 mins
Seaside town, beaches
Barcelona 1 hr
 
airport Nearest Airports
Barcelona (BCN) 1 hr
Reus (REU) 1 hr

Prices

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Sleeps 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info€1,590
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
€1,980
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€1,590
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Sleeps 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info€1,590
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
€1,980
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€1,590
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Sleeps 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info£1,398
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
£1,741
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
£1,398
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Sleeps 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
info$1,564
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
$1,947
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
$1,564
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Sleeps 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
infoAU$2,306
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
AU$2,872
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
AU$2,306
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Sleeps 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 30 Jun 201730/06/2017
infoCAD$3,418
01 Jul 201701/07/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
CAD$4,256
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
CAD$3,418
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction

Booking information for CA15

  • Normal check-in time: 5 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • The pool is maintained throughout the year, but not heated, and the normal swimming season is from late April until late September.

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

Changeover day for CA15

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

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YOUR REVIEWS

Neville & Robyn | August | 2014

What a great start to our four week tour of Spain. Our hosts welcomed us after a long flight from New Zealand with vegetables from their garden and invited us to take what ever we needed for the week of our stay. When we asked where the local shops were so we could get in a few provisions for the next few days. They guided us to Pontons by driving their car in front of us to show us the way. The Villa is situated in a picturesque valley amongst local vineyards very close to local shops and around 30 minutes to Vilafranca del Penedes where you can get all you need from the co op on the out skirts of the town. The Villa is well appointed and the owners have managed to keep the heritage of the old buildings whilst recognising the need for modern conveniences. The beds are comfortable and the property was clean and tidy with a bottle of the local sparkling wine sitting in a ice bucket upon our arrival. We would recommend this property to anyone looking for a quiet retreat in the country but not so far away from civilisation that a 2 hour car ride can have you in the centre of Barcelona."

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