Comfort, Great Views 110kms from Barcelona on Route of the Cisters(0 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Farmhouse
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
Completely modernized farmhouse situated by historical mountain-top village
In the lounge you will find a scrap-book, full of information on places to see and visit, a walk or a short car ride away.
The house is equipped with solar-heated hot water, which has electric back-up in case the sun doesn't shine in more than 2 days, which is extremely rare. There are either summer or winter duvets on all the beds. The windows are fitted with anti-fly screens, and there are virtually no mosquitos in the whole village. Each guest is provided with a hand and shower towel, which are checked before departure, as is the kitchen equipment. The flushes in the 4 separate WC's and the water taps are fitted with water-saving devices, and the central heating is a special low-consumption electric system. There is a big satellite dish, so in the visitor lounge, (shared by the 4 double bedrooms) the TV receiver gives all the Spanish channels and most of the British ones, BBC 1+ 2, ITV 1,2,3 +4 and Channel 4. In case of any difference of what to watch, by default it gets fixed on BBC1.
The great advantage of staying up in our village and not down in the humid sweltering heat of the coast in summer, is that although it may be as hot outside as the coast on a very sunny day, in the evening there is a delicious freshness, when one can open the windows and let the cool into the house, keeping them closed during the day, as the very thick s stone walls of the house keep a steady temperature of 23-23ºC in summer and with the heating on the rest of the year at a steady 18-20º.
This being a mountain-top village, there are unparallelled views over the wide valley of the Conca de Barberà right the way down to the sea 50kms away, and from behind the village we see the whole long chain of the Pyrenees, covered in snow except in summer.
So apart from a walk up to the top part of the village for the views and to visit the 1000-year-old Romanic church and wander round the old village, or taking a walk in the local countryside to visit the ancient spring or to pick aromatic plants, there many interesting visits to be made locally.
Our place is in the lower part of the village, which avoids being shrouded in clouds as is the top part when it's cloudy, but just as cool in summer, and is at more or less the same altitude as several local places that can be cycled to (we have 2 adult +1 child's bike we can hire you very cheaply) along the tracks improved by the windmill installers. The windmills provide great wondering for younger visitors, and although initially their presence scared off most of our local eagle population, recently we have been noticing the return of soaring great birds of prey in the skies over the Conca..
We are very lucky to have a few minutes drive away the brand-new 5-star thermal spring establishment of Rocallaura, extremely well-equipped and guaranteed to make you feel a new person in two hours. We have multi-ticket entries which reduce the price from 23 to 15€ all-in. We have also installed a foot-massage and steam sauna therapy cabin on the ground floor next to the yoga room; afterwards you feel 50 times better than taking a shower. Cost 5€ per session.
With the village strategically situated on the Route of the Cisters, and the public rambling route GR Saint James' Track passing in front of the house, giving easy access to the 3 famous historic monasteries, Santes Creus, historically fascinating, Vallbona de les Monges, quaint and still functionning, and Poblet, beautiful and much-appreciated. 50 km. away from Tarragona and its wonderful beaches. 115km from Barcelona.
There are two ways to have an interesting and pleasant stay with us: being accompanied, or under your own steam. So, unless you come in your own car, you will be met at the airport (Reus the nearest) and helped with accepting a hire car (best booked previously), and we will show you which routes to take. Or, being accompanied, when we will meet you at Reus airport with our 9-seater VW, and once lodged, we will take you to visit nice places in the afternoons. In the mornings you can take walks nearby or round the village, or stay and rest or study in the relaxing atmosphere of the house.
Apart from visits to the Cistercian monasteries, which get many emotional, there are spectacular caves in Espluga of Francoli, an equestrian center for horse-riding, 20min drive., the Museum of Rural Life, in several villages there are modernist cellars, with well-known wines of origin; at 6km is a luxury thalassotherapy center (15 € / 2h), 15 km the Toy Museum, A historical area, beautiful natural spots for bike rides and walking, and especially the excellent local cuisine, not expensive at midday during the week (10 - 13 €) with the beautiful beaches of Tarragona at 50km.
Member since: 2014
- 200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Limited Accessibility
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
Pool / Spa
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 1 guests; add $24 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $84.91
Deposit required before arrival of 20% total, 80€ minimum, payable via Paypal, address given on reserving.
Cleaning charge of 30€ on leaving will be waived if you leave accomodation reasonably clean. (if more than 2 hours cleaning needed, then cleaning lady called in which costs 30€)
Deposit refundable if all ok within 48hours of leaving via Paypal
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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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Although we purchased in 2007, it took me until 2012 renovating this old stone farmhouse before it was ready to receive guests. We paid particular attention to detail, and everything is as eco-logical as possible; the electricity is made from nearby widmills, the hot-water is solar-heated, and we have water-saving devices. Having spent half of my life travelling all over, it's time to settle in one place, and receive guests instead of always being the guest.
Why the Owner Chose Forès, Tarragona, Spain:
Being very well strategically situated, in an area of great cultural wealth (Route of the Cisters), not far from the beautiful beaches of Tarragona and near the foothills of the Pyrenees, this classic-style construction of the Catalán 'más' or farmhouse, is very solid and insulates agianst cold in winter and keeps cool in summer. We chose this village because of its historic famous references and its impressive views, as it's known as the Look-out Point 'el Mirador de la Conca', looking out over the vast valley of the Conca de Barberà, full of interesting places to visit, and with views from the yachts on the sea near Tarragona, to the skiers on the ski-slopes of the Pyrenees, on a clear day.
The Unique Benefits at this Farmhouse:
Useful as a base to visit the monasteries of the Cister, the unique museum of Modern Art in Verdù, the spectacular caves in Espluga de Francoli,, the famous Art-Nouveau bodegas in nearby villages, the Gaudi centre in Reus, the mediaeval villages, or the beautiful beaches of Tarragona and Salou (Port Aventura)
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Our house, next to the pond (with no mosquitos) in the lower part of the village
This listing was first published here in 2014.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 19, 2017
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