IXX Century Former Smugglers Headquarter on the Spanish Border
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Caceres Province apartment description
Casa Salto del Caballo, situated in the small village of La Fontañera, offers stunning views towards the Natural Park Serra de São Mamede and the Castle of Marvão in the Alto Alentejo of Portugal. For this is a historic building dated from the late `19th century with the added bonus of having some unique characteristics: Firstly, it is slap bang on the Spanish Portuguese border. You can literally come in from the Spanish side and walk out through the other doors onto the magnificent São Mamede Natural Park in Portugal.
Not surprisingly, this strategic position has lent it a past always connected to the smuggling trade between Portugal and Spain.Up until 1992, when the borders opened mainly coffee and leather boots, but also bread, garlic or whatever was wanted on the other side was smuggled. As the front entrance is in Spain and the backdoor opens onto Portugal, it was a “casa dela duda” – a house in no-man’s land. Ultimately the Spanish ended the confusion by incorporating the whole property officially into Spain.
For your holiday in two countries, our family-run guesthouse offers a self-catering apartment or B&B.
You can book accommodation at a reduced rate for 2 people or, if you prefer not to self-cater, book as a B&B bedroom. You can book an evening meal, are very welcome to eat in our communal dining-/breakfast room or on the terrace. I would be happy to cook whatever you like, vegetarian, traditional or Spanish.
Enjoy your holiday in an authentically rural place. Family-run, family-friendly and you will be welcomed all year round, pets as well without extra charge.. A small library and satellite TV as well as ADSL internet is available in our communal TV-room.
The patio formed by the two main buildings, provides several shady or sunny sitting-areas. There are sun lounges around the pool and a barbecue available.
Keywords: A trip into Europe's past right on the border, where the Spanish Extremadura meets the Alentejo in Portugal.
Finca-holiday, B&B or self-catering apartment.
- 60 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Smoking Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Cooking Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dishes & Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Towels Provided
- Wood Stove
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Outdoor Grill
- Deck / Patio
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Mountain Biking
- Freshwater Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scenic Drives
- Winery Tours
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Eco Tourism
ReviewsWrite a review
My husband and myself, along with our son and his wife had a very enjoyable stay at Salto Del Caballo. We felt like we had truly gotten away from it all at this tranquil place. There is no business of any kind in La Fontanera - the closest town with groceries or restaurants is about 10km away. Everyday we enjoyed nice walks through the Spanish or Portugese countryside. The kitchen in our Espana apartment had everything we needed to cook meals and we also did a lot of cooking on the grill outside our door. There is no microwave in the kitchen. Having a washing machine in the apartment was a big plus and there is a nice long line to hang clothes behind the property. The wi-fi at this property is excellent. This property is well-taken care of and it was a true pleasure to sit outside among all the plants. Eva was an excellent hostess full of good information about the surroundings and events in the area. Eva made sure we had clean towels every few days. A visit to Marvao, which is visible on top of big hill in the distance, is a place to definitely visit while staying here. We would definitely come back to Salto del Caballo again! Thank you again, Eva for a wonderful stay!
- Guest Vicki (San Antonio)
- Date of stay 07/22/12
- Review Submitted 08/07/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
After spending time in Madrid, and a week at a resort in the Algarve, we were ready to get away. This place is the PERFECT get away. This is a quiet, beautiful, well kept, off the beaten path place to go. I wish we have had more time to spend there. The fire place was so nice to have in the evening, and especially on the cool mornings. The pool would be perfect when the weather heats up, to cool down after all the the great hiking trails that are right out your front door. Our hostess, Eva was what made PERFECT, even better. What a great lady. Thank you
- Guest Scott (Pace, FL)
- Date of stay 05/04/12
- Review Submitted 05/09/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Perfect Country Hideaway
Perfect Country Hideaway
My husband and I, along with our 2 dogs spent an amazingly relaxing week at Salto de Caballo. Eva was a wonderful host- so knowledgeable about the area, anticipating our needs, and always available should we need anything. The apartment was clean, charmingly decorated, and had everything we needed. There is enough in the area to fill your days with trips and hiking, but to be honest, we were very lazy. The weather was so nice for February that we spent most of our days sitting in in the garden reading and dreaming of what to cook on the wood grill. For city people, the quiet is priceless. We did manage to go to Marvao, the Eagle's Castle in Portugal, which is highly impressive. We would definitely come back and have already recommended Salto de Caballo to several friends. Eva, thanks so much for a memorable vacation!
- Guest Doan Trang N.
- Date of stay 02/18/12
- Review Submitted 03/21/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Guest comment entered by owner
"Very nice, special and atmospheric house, with the most friendly owner, who helps with every possible means to make your stay unforgettable! Quiet and private, beautiful with a sea of plants and a small pool. The area is wonderful: Spain as well as Portugal. To be recommended!!!" Barbara and family, Brussels
- Guest Barbara
- Date of stay 08/07/11
- Review Submitted 08/13/11
Guest comment entered by owner
Perfect Bliss" "My Husband and our 14 year old daughter and her 16 year old friend and I just returned from a blissful week at Casa Salto Del Caballo. We stayed in the Portugal apartment which was fully equipped with all the comforts of home. The kitchen is lovely and new and the bedrooms and bathrooms are fully appointed and more than comfortable. Eva, our host, is absolutely lovely and we took full advantage of her knowledge of the area to enhance our stay. The area itself is perfect, quiet, serene with pleasant people in the village of La Fontanera. We would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone. The pool was welcome refreshment and a relaxing escape at the end of a long day of sightseeing all the beauty this area of Spain/Portugal has to offer and the patio and barbeques are a great place to spend your evening. Thank you so very much Eva, Nigel and Leon for all your hospitality. We hope to see you very soon. Denise and Family Ontario, Canada"
- Guest Denise
- Date of stay 07/14/11
- Review Submitted 08/12/11
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1 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest
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Breakfast at 8.- and 3 course dinners at 20.- € per person
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Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: Dear holidaymaker, I live with my family since 1997 just a 'stone's throw' or better a 'Salto del Caballo' away from the property, but in Portugal, and really love this beautiful area.
Why the Owner Chose Caceres Province:
I'm sure you will like my 'Casa Salto del Caballo' as much as I do. I first saw it on a holiday myself and fell in love with the old historic building, that holds so many stories and secrets. At first it was just a dream to create a beautiful guest-house in this fantastic location and 10 years ago became reality. With a lot of experience by now, I will welcome you and your family and your pets exactly as I would like to be welcomed on my holiday.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The house is perfect for a short break in the B&B or a holiday in the apartment, enjoying a holiday in two countries. Discover the unknown Extremadura in Spain and meet rural Portugal in the natural park Serra de Sao Mamede. I provide maps of the area and lots of information on walks, trips and sights. I am happy to cook for you, lunch or dinner, 3 courses, traditional, Spanish or vegetarian meals, as you wish. You will also find everything that makes a family - holiday pleasant, lots of toys, books, cot, highchair, tricycle, a little swimming pool and all that in an extremely child-friendly country, sorry, countries.
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Welcome to Casa Salto del Caballo
double bedroom with balcony
modern, fully equipped kitchen in the apartment "Spain"
Big double bedroom ap. 'Portugal' with beautiful views over the Natural Park
A dip in the pool in the middle of nature
nearby medieval village of Marvao
romantic allee on the way to Castel de Vide
beautiful sign posted walks from the doorstep
We organise donkey trekking tours in the natural park for you and your children
Romantic terrace between Spain and Portugal
double bedroom with balcony and view of Marvao Castle
Kitchen and dining-area in the apartment "Portugal"
TV room and lounge with little library and souvenir shop
relax and enjoy the garden and pool
market town Castelo de Vide a 10 minute drive away
Rural Portugal nature reserve Serra de Sao Mamede
a paradise for bird watchers
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Date last modified - Thursday, November 28, 2013
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