Luxury Catalonia villa with heated pool in pretty rural heartlands

Cardona, Barcelona province, Catalonia Property Ref: CA24
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    4 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 8/10
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  • Property Ref: CA24

Top facilities at a very smart rural property, one hour from Barcelona. Sleeps 8 plus 2 children.

Booking information for CA24

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

  • The swimming pool is open all year but please note it is only heated from September 1st to June 23rd.

  • A refundable security deposit of 250 euros applies to this property. This sum is payable to the keyholder on arrival and subject to deductions for breakages/damage, unpaid local charges (when applicable) or exceptional cleaning.

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

Changeover day for CA24

  • Changeover day is normally Saturday in July and August, and flexible at other times.

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Summary

Top facilities at a very smart rural property, one hour from Barcelona. Sleeps 8 plus 2 children.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    4 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    4 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 8/10

Enjoyment
Satellite flat screen TVs (limited Astra free channels only) in living room and bedrooms; PC with Internet connection; WiFi; DVD; HiFi with CD, MP3 & USB port & iPod dock; Playstation PS2;  Covered swimming pool (8 m x 4 m, 0.80 – 1.80 m deep), heated from September 1st to June 23rd, with openable panels that can double as child-secure gating; Furnished porch terrace for dining; 6 sunloungers; Barbecue with charcoal provided.

Self-catering
3-ring vitroceramic hob; Oven; 2 Dishwashers; Microwave; Kettle; Coffee machine; Nespresso coffee maker; Toaster; Juicer; Blender; Fridge-freezer; Additional fridge.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Hairdryer in each bedroom; Air conditioning; Central heating; Open fireplace (firewood included); Hydromassage in all bathtubs (one of them jet-shower); Cot & highchair on request; All bedding and towels provided, including pool towels; Private parking.

Extras
Grocery shopping for your arrival can be arranged if requested well in advance. A service of ready-made meals, delivered to your villa, is also available from reliable providers and the menu is available on request.
An on-site padel court can be booked locally at an extra hourly cost.
A cleaning service is available on request at an extra cost.

Notes on facilities
Two extra single beds for children on request.

Layout

Ground floor
Open plan lounge / dining / kitchen areas; Bedroom 1: Double bed with en suite bathroom/WC (walk-in shower with hydromassage, no bathtub).

First floor
Bedroom 2: Twin beds with en suite bathroom/WC (bathtub with hydromassage); Bedroom 3: Twin beds with en suite bathroom/WC (bathtub with hydromassage); Bedroom 4: Double bed with en suite bathroom/WC (bathtub with hydromassage).

Exterior
Porch terrace; Lawned garden; Pool area; Private parking.

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Overview

The villa is located in the rural heartlands of Catalonia, in an extraordinarily relaxing setting, where lakes and hills invite you to enjoy picnics and walks, with views of the early rises of the distant Pyrenees. The accommodation is excellent, very satisfactory. It is within reach of three airports: Barcelona, Girona and Lleida.

The property is private, smart and meticulously kept. Details that make a good property into an very interesting one are to be found everywhere: large windows making the lounge wonderfully luminous, the extra window in the shower to offer you a view while you bathe, a Playstation for the kids, the way the swimming pool cover can be opened and closed to suit the season, the way even radiators and fridge-freezers are decorated to blend into the their surroundings.

The villa has four, spacious bedrooms for eight people. Their en suite facilities include hydromassage and a hairdryer each. Tall windows allow for plenty of natural light as well as views over the green countryside –and the beds are very comfortable.

One of the bedrooms is ground floor and is suitable for guests who have reduced mobility, the others are on the first floor.

A generous use of wood in fixtures and fittings is complemented by a natural colour scheme of earth and tan in decoration and quality fabrics, giving an overall impression of great taste and rustic modernity. The grand downstairs main room is furnished impressively, comfortably, and with a very complete array of equipment between living and dining facilities, including a PC connected to internet and an iPod dock. There's also WiFi.

French windows open to the gardens and the emphasis is on natural light through tall windows, although evening illumination is well chosen also.

Meals can be taken at the long dining table or, more informally, outside at the pub-style wooden table under the broad porch.

The lawned garden is very well maintained, as is the irresistible heated swimming pool. The glassed roof is designed so that it can either be completely enclosed, part open, or opened to the wide, blue sky. You can also leave the lowest glass panels in place to act as a child-proof barrier.

Solar panels warm the water. If the sun is hidden by clouds, then there’s both an oil-fired heating system and a thermal blanket, so that the pool remains open all year round. The sunloungers arranged by the poolside can also be taken to the lawn.

If you book the villa for winter swims, you have full central heating throughout the house, with radiators that can be adjusted to a temperature to suit in individual bedrooms, as well as a cast iron stove for log fires downstairs.

The house is built on a hill from where the panorama takes in hills, pine forest, the mountain range of the Sierra del Cadí and, far in the distance, the famed Pyrenean peak of Pedraforça. Although the gardens are fenced round for child-safety (and added security, not that it’s an issue at this peaceful location), the property extends out over a full 50 acres, including local woodland.

The local town of Cardona (population 5,500) can be reached by a 20-minute walk along a pleasant path, or a 3-minute drive. It has good restaurants that we will be pleased to recommend to you and a Sunday street market. There's a medieval centre and a hangman's tower. In addition to supplying all normal requirements relating to shopping, banking and eating out, it has two major landmarks that people come from afar to visit.

The 9th century Romanesque castle that presides over Cardona was the last bastion of the Catalonian people to hold out against King Phillip V in 1714, when he won the War of the Spanish Succession. Its citadel later improved impregnable to Napoleon. Today, you can visit it and even stay in its hotel, although the reputedly haunted Room 712 is never normally given to guests!

Equally intriguing is the natural phenomenon which the castle once defended: the Salt Mountain. Until recently a major European salt mine, it is open to tourist visits.

Visitors are driven in special vehicles down to the salt valley, where they can view the incredible geological formation of the Salt Mountain. Following this, they are given mining helmets to walk through the 500 metres of galleries and see the amazing stalactites and stalagmites, as well as different salt seams: sodium, potassium and magnesium.

If we describe this region as a lakeland, it is first for the picnics and natural swims to be had at beautiful lake of Sant Pons, surrounded by forest, just 20 minutes from the villa; and secondly for La Llosa del Cavall, a stunning lake 45 minutes distant (see photos), where canoeing is possible.

For more dramatic, and this time mountainous, landscapes, don't miss Berga, 40 minutes away.

If small, historic destinations attract you, then we recommend historic Solsona nearby, a lovely place to simply stroll around; but if the big city is your thing, then the drive to the centre of superlatively cosmopolitan Barcelona takes little more than an hour.

Entrance to the villa is along a drive lined with olive trees, to private parking. The only neighbouring property is villa CA25, a similar holiday home to the rear which faces away, so that your privacy is in no way impinged upon.

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Location

Setting

Pretty countryside by the Salt Mountain Natural Park. Pyrenees in distant view.

Location

Access via rural track in good condition. 20 mins walk or 3 mins drive from the small town of Cardona.

Cardona 20 mins walk
Most facilities, castle, Salt Mountain
Solsona 20 mins
Old, pretty village
Santa Pons 20 mins
Forested lake
La Llosa del Caball 40 mins
Cliffed lake
Berga 40 mins
Dramatic landscapes
Barcelona 1 hr 15 mins
 
airport Nearest Airports
Barcelona (BCN) 1 hr 15 mins
Girona (GRO) 1 hr 45 mins
Lleida (ILD) 1 hr 45 mins
Reus (REU) 1 hr 45 mins

Prices

Rustical Travel charges Euros. All prices are fully inclusive, no hidden costs, no surcharges.

Sleeps 8 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,980
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€2,740
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
€1,980
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
info€2,430
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 28 Jul 201728/07/2017
info€2,580
29 Jul 201729/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
info€2,780
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€1,980
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
€2,740
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 8 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
€1,980
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€2,740
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
€1,980
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
info€2,430
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 28 Jul 201728/07/2017
info€2,580
29 Jul 201729/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
info€2,780
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€1,980
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
€2,740
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 8 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
£1,714
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£2,372
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
£1,714
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
info£2,104
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 28 Jul 201728/07/2017
info£2,234
29 Jul 201729/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
info£2,407
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
£1,714
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
£2,372
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 8 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
$1,927
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$2,667
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
$1,927
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
info$2,365
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 28 Jul 201728/07/2017
info$2,511
29 Jul 201729/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
info$2,706
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
$1,927
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
$2,667
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 8 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
AU$2,884
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$3,991
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
AU$2,884
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
infoAU$3,540
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 28 Jul 201728/07/2017
infoAU$3,758
29 Jul 201729/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
infoAU$4,049
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
AU$2,884
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
AU$3,991
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 8 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -10
03 Jan 201703/01/2017 07 Apr 201707/04/2017
CAD$4,344
08 Apr 201708/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$6,011
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 23 Jun 201723/06/2017
CAD$4,344
24 Jun 201724/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
infoCAD$5,331
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 28 Jul 201728/07/2017
infoCAD$5,660
29 Jul 201729/07/2017 25 Aug 201725/08/2017
infoCAD$6,099
26 Aug 201726/08/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
CAD$4,344
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 06 Jan 201806/01/2018
CAD$6,011
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction

Booking information for CA24

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

  • The swimming pool is open all year but please note it is only heated from September 1st to June 23rd.

  • A refundable security deposit of 250 euros applies to this property. This sum is payable to the keyholder on arrival and subject to deductions for breakages/damage, unpaid local charges (when applicable) or exceptional cleaning.

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

Changeover day for CA24

  • Changeover day is normally Saturday in July and August, and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Johannes | August | 2016

We are totally satisfied about the service of Rustic Travel as well as about the quality off the house and the service off the owners. So: nothing to complain about and no need for improving this or that: just keep going on as you did till now."

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Eugene | August | 2014

We had a thoroughly enjoyable week in Cardona. The villa was extremely comfortable for our family of six and the entertaining space, suitable for bigger numbers, was very useful as we had family living nearby who came for a BBQ. A lot of thought had been given to the equipment, layout and interior design of this wonderful character house. Pool towels would have been useful. The seal on the oven door was broken and one of the fridges was not working effectively but it was the last week of the season, which may explain this. During our stay we visited the salt mine in Cardona, which was very interesting and the tour is available in English, if you enquire when these specific guides are available. We also had dinner in the Parador hotel (Cardona Castle) and the set price, three course meal was exceptionally good value at 30 euro per person. The setting is impressive and the service good. The walk into Cardona is enjoyable and does only take 20 minutes. It would be helpful to have a little map in the villa showing where to find this walk as it took us a few days to work it out! The food we pre ordered, for our first night's supper was really good quality and delicious and good value for money. A great idea to make life easy on arrival."

Rustical Update

Pool towels are now available for all guests: simply ask Pilar for them.

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Kevin | July | 2014

The photos do not do this property justice - it is exceptionally equipped and very comfortable. We have been away with many companies on our family self catering trips, but Rustical Travel are simply the best we have experienced - the attention to detail before the trip was outstanding and their properties are clearly very well looked after. Many, many thanks - we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay"

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