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Long Stay Pref. Celebrated Journalist's Private Historical House w/ Terrace

Bedrooms Studio
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Lovely old house with private flowered terrace, Wifi and washing machine

This is the romantic perfect city-break studio apartment -- Mediterranean style! Our accommodation offers not only the peace and tranquility of a tree lined street, but also easy and direct access to the life and bustle of Barcelona, Museums, Gaudi buildings and the Ramblas are all on the direct tube line --a train every few min. The apartment is part of a landmark 1927 villa which has been fully restored into a bright and comfortable home by a celebrate writer and journalist. It has been decorated to high standards, creating a light, and spacious atmosphere, with its own private terrace, and private street entrance, with street parking. This charming studio apartment with two small double beds (one is a fold out) is only ten min on a safe and clean, quick and easy underground line straight to the heart of Barcelona.

Laze on the terrace, pick up organic goodies from the great little shop, eat 'al fresco' on the terrace or at the organic restaurant downstairs, order in pizza from around the corner and enjoy the village-like atmosphere, with Sunday market and open air concerts. Enviable neighbourhood. Fast Wifi. Lots of books and info, and a big open air swimming pool close by.

We prefer to sleep only two.

Around the apartment: The apartment is a few yards/ 50 meters away from the metro station that in 20 min takes you straight to Las Ramblas, in the center of Barcelona, which is the main promenade that goes from Plaza Catalunya to the harbor. There is a big supermarket in the basement of Corte Ingles of Plaza Catalunya. There is also a food market that you shouldn't miss: Mercat de la Boqueria, on Las Ramblas.

In La Floresta itself there are a general store and a good small supermarket, three good local restaurants, including one charming open air rotisserie and a large area of virtually unspoilt countryside, Collserolla National Park, dotted with fine examples of Modernista architecture.

La Floresta is located on a quiet, pine-covered hillside. It was once called 'La Floresta Pearson', after the Canadian engineer who brought mains electricity to Barcelona in 1911, and planned the village. In the 1970s it was Barcelona's hippy haven - legendary 'Fat Freddy's Cat' cartoonist Gilbert Shelton lived here

About the Collserola National Park : The slopes of the Mt. Collserola near Barcelona, incorporate an area of 48.32 square kilometers (slightly less than 30 square miles). It is 124 meters (400 feet) above sea level with a population of 54,623. The municipality includes not only the urban center of Sant Cugat but also the districts of Mira-sol, La Floresta and Las Planes and the district of Valldoreix. There is a large golf course and great shopping. Much of it is part of the Collserola National Park, the closest to Barcelona, the capital city of Catalunya, a state within Spain, where Catalan is the first language and Spanish the second.

The presence of human culture in this area is ancient. Human remains from the Neolithic Period (2000-1500 BC) have been discovered in archaeological findings from the Cave of Torre Negra; and from the Bronze Age (after 1100 BC) in archaeological excavations of Can Fatjo of Aurons. The presence of Iberian culture is evidenced by remains from VI century BC.

More Details

Lulu Botwey
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english, twi
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Lulu Botwey

Im a writer and human rights activict

Lulu Botwey purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Lulu Botwey chose Barcelona

So charming!

Guestbook comments from the owner

La Floresta et le logement de Lili et Lulu sont un enchantement pour qui veut étre au calme à 2 pas du tumulte de Barcelone. Une petite gare , une place de village avec 2 restaurants , 2 alimentations, une pharmacie, des cafés une eglise , la forêt et le charme du folklore catalan. Le logement est quant à lui douillet, très propre et confortable avec tout l équipement nėcessaire pour savourer de bons petits plats sur la terrasse de 20 m2 équipée d un sofa, d une chaise longue, d' une petite table. Nous avons ėté reçues comme des reines par Lulu qui parle espagnol français et anglais et qui est toujours disponible et souriante. Une très belle découverte proche d'une Barcelone majestueuse. On reviendra ici. Foncez-y les yeux fermés. Merci Lulu et Lili. Chez vous c est le Paradis!
Apr 2017
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Horta-Guinardo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • With glassed in shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Studio appart with sofa bed plus another small double in a niche. Two small double beds
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
. There is a large pool only 300 meters away open on a seasonal basis, and great sport massage place very close together with a friendly local super market,a bread shop/cafe, general store and good restaurant. The tube/subway/metro is two min away, Barcelona center is about 15mins on tube. However we cannot accept guest who arrrive before 10 am or after 10 pm


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Long Stay Pref. Celebrated Journalist's Private Historical House w/ Terrace
average rating of 4.2 based on 11 reviews

Small, cozy with nice outdoor space

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay in Lisa's apartment. Great kitchen, and bathroom if needed and excellent links to central Barcelona. The surrounding areas of Floresta is beautiful and gives the impression of being lost in the countryside even though you are 20mins from Barcelona centre. The bed was a little small for two but comfortable and the peace and quite made a big difference from the city centre.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much!😀
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Great place - super close to the train station

  • 4 of 5

Small bedroom, but perfect for us. Very close walk to the train station. Nice kitchen and bathroom. A bit loud at night due to a restaurant open late at night. We really enjoyed our stay. :)

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vacanza Barcellona

  • 5 of 5

Cordialità e disponibilità della proprietaria..... Appartamento pulito comodo e con un bellissimo terrazzo

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Virginia, USA

Wonderful- Would stay again!

  • 4 of 5

This charming spanish villa rental was perfect for our 1 week stay in La Floresta - 20 minutes north of Barcelona. It was perfect to come home from a day in Barcelona to such a nice peaceful place. The apartment is very close to the metro which allows for access to other cities with great ease. The small grocery store provided ample items to sustain cooking at the rental on occassion. To our disappointment - the grill was not available due to fire restricitions . There is not much sitting rooom if you decide to stay in for the day but it stills works! Over all The apartment was clean, well maintained and the rental agent Margo is deliteful and pleasant and provided information to us to enhance our stay! I am so glad we did not choose a hotel! We would recomend this rental to anyone who wants to get a taste of Spain on the neighborhood level !

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paris, France

A great escape!

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect getaway for those who want to enjoy the hustle and bustle of urban Barcelona but also "get away from it all". La floresta has a small village feel and is just a short 15 minute tube ride straight to Plaza Catalunya in the city center. We really enjoyed the best of both worlds, hiking in the forest nearby the apartment and spending afternoons in the city shopping and at the beach. The apartment had everything we needed. Be sure to relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the spacious terrace. We would definitely go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2009
  • Stayed: Mar 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes I think the peace and quiet plus all the extra space and fresh air, that city/park combo is what makes our house special!
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A lovely getaway from a getaway!

  • 4 of 5

My boyfriend and I were looking to spend a couple weeks in Spain for our summer holiday, but we couldn't agree on city vs. countryside. He likes the hussle and bussle of cosmopolitan cities and I prefer peace and quiet, for the most part. When we found this lovely house in the outskirts of Barcelona, we thought, "Fabulous, the perfect compromise!"

The house is located just a short, and scenic, train ride away from the center of Barcelona. The only downside is that the trains only run until about midnight mid-week, but we are not really the late night clubbing type, so it was fine for us. On the weekends the trains run later, until around 2am, so there is plenty of time for an after dinner drink :)

The house is nestled in a very lush, old village - you would have no idea you were even in Barcelona! The house has a special energy about it, it's very peaceful and full of history. The garden is well kept and the decor of the interior is done in good taste.

Margot, who manages the rentals, is extremely helpful and hospitable. She is easy to reach if you need anything,

Overall, our experience at this property, and Barcelona in general, was memorable and just what we were looking for. I hope to make it back there again soon! And definitely recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its a 7 mins. taxi ride from Barcelona if you do end up wanting to stay out all night! Our catch the first metro at 5am...
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Sants Paseo de Gracia
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Tunels de Vallvidrera
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Barcelona- Castelledefels - Gava
Car: not necessary

This sunny, beautifully restored, two double bed studio apartment is situated in the leafy La Floresta area of Barcelona. It is 100 meters from the tube station. And it's eight stops from Plaza Catalunya in the center of Barcelona where all the major underground and bus lines begin -- literally just a few yards away from 'Las Ramblas', Barcelona's most famous street. However please note we cannot accept guests who arrive on their first day before 10 am or after 10 pmTaxi access from the airport is less than twenty minutes. In summer is a 5 min stroll to the local pool!

Other Activities: football /basket ball pitch

Golf: There is a great golf course in Sant Cugat which is 2 stops -- and four min--away by metro (Ferrocariles).


Rates & Availability

Horta-Guinardo Apartment Rental Rates

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Nightly Rate
Sep 29 2017 - Sep 29 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $11.68
cleaning $58.42

Our rates have not gone up since 2002!

The fixed rate includes welcome pack and all linen. However we cannot accept guest who arrive before 10 am or after 10 pm

We do not ever accept more than 3 people; including kids.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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