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IXX Century Former Smugglers Headquarter on the Spanish Border

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Last updated: 05/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

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.

Owner

Member since: 2011

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/07/2016

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 60 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs and cats are allowed with previous confirmation. No extra cost....moreless

  • Smoking Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    From the balcony of apartment 'Spain' you got a beautiful view of the medieval castel of Marvao. Apartment 'Portugal' overlooks the natural park 'Serra de Sao Mamede'....moreless

  • Rural:

    Right from the doorstep you walk out into the natural park Serra de São Mamede in the Alto Alentejo a truly unspoilt countryside beautiful view, wild romantic streams and rivers between rolling hills....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Converter Air Conditioning serves for heating as well...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided:

    bedding and towels provided, changed once a week...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    The apartment has a private washing machine...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi internet connection available in the apartment...moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    good quality fire wood provided...moreless

  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    We serve meals on request, also vegetarian, for 20.- Euros per Person...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Wood-burner and plenty of good fire-wood available without extra charges ...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    small pool open in season April - October...moreless

 

Reviews

Write a review 4.8
from 4 traveler reviews
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$63
$443

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest


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Fees:


Notes:

Breakfast at 8.- and 3 course dinners at 20.- € per person


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.


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Location

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    Spanish-Portuguese border View on map

    Not surprisingly, the strategic position of casa Salto del Caballo 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 de la duda” – a house in no-man’s land. Ultimately the Spanish ended the confusion by incorporating the whole property officially into Spain.

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200 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Lisbon, Portugal
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Galegos, Portugal
500 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Santander, Spain
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Caceres, Spain
100 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Caceres
70 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Via Ruta de la Plata, Caceres
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
El Convento, San Pedro, Spain
200 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Comporta, Portugal

Car: Necessary

Donkey trekking, Cultural tourism, Megalithic sights, Roman remains, Gotic towns, bird watching, boat trips on the Tagus, horse tours.

 

Owner info

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 Valencia de Alcántara, Cáceres, Spain:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/07/2016

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Photos

  • double bedroom with balcony

    double bedroom with balcony

  • modern, fully equipped kitchen in the apartment "Spain"

    modern, fully equipped kitchen in the apartment "Spain"

  • relax and enjoy the garden and pool

    relax and enjoy the garden and pool

  • nearby medieval village of Marvao

    nearby medieval village of Marvao

  • romantic allee on the way to Castel de Vide

    romantic allee on the way to Castel de Vide

  • a paradise for bird watchers

    a paradise for bird watchers

  • Romantic terrace between Spain and Portugal

    Romantic terrace between Spain and Portugal

  • double bedroom with balcony and view of Marvao Castle

    double bedroom with balcony and view of Marvao Castle

  • Kitchen and dining-area in the apartment "Portugal"

    Kitchen and dining-area in the apartment "Portugal"

  • TV room and lounge with little library and souvenir shop

    TV room and lounge with little library and souvenir shop

  • A dip in the pool in the middle of nature

    A dip in the pool in the middle of nature

  • market town Castelo de Vide a 10 minute drive away

    market town Castelo de Vide a 10 minute drive away

  • Rural Portugal nature reserve Serra de Sao Mamede

    Rural Portugal nature reserve Serra de Sao Mamede

  • We organise donkey trekking tours in the natural park for you and your children

    We organise donkey trekking tours in the natural park for you and your children

VRBO #373815

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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