I have rarely seen a rental so well equipped as this house. Sofia had every detail covered, except being there herself to meet us and explain a few things. Her mother did her best, but spoke no English at all, and we didn't have a lot of luck muddling through with Google Translate. For instance, we never did find the village store, even though we searched several times and it is only a tiny village with one main street! We only wanted to buy a very few things, and didn't want to make the scary drive back out to find the grocery store in the next town.
The house was exactly as described, spotlessly clean, with every amenity one could hope, plus many elegant luxurious touches, especially in the bathroom. And once Sofia's mother delivered some local veg to go with a lovely bottle of Mazouco wine that was provided, we were able to muddle through without having to leave to shop.
The only thing I was disappointed with in the listing was a suggestion (perhaps I misunderstood) that there was a view. The house had a walled in property, and really no view at all. That said, we only had to walk a short way at night to see the most spectacular view of the Milky Way that I have seen since I was a child. What a sky!!
The biggest problem was not the fault of the host. The whole country was in a horrible heatwave and drought, and we were stuck inside all day, only venturing out in the evening (to try to find the store!) after the sun went down. Sadly, this is not a pretty village, largely derelict and mostly devoid of colour or vegetation, presumably because of the climate. And the area around is best described as mountain desert. Completely barren. And there is really nothing to do when the weather is roasting. We went out periodically to cool in the pool, but mostly had to keep the house closed up tight, and had to cancel hikes and other plans. We ended up leaving a day early, in desperate pursuit of cool ocean breezes and greenery.
Again, this is not Sofia's fault. We should have done our homework better and understood what we were getting into. Being from Canada the drive did not appear so far, but it really is pretty darn remote. I see why most tourists stick to the coast:-(
We made quite a long trip to reach to this lovely landhouses in the arribes del duero but I must say that it was really worth it. We flew over from frankfurt to madrid and then explored the whole Spanish Inland with a rented car. After two nights in Madrid, we spent two nights in Salmanca and traveled further on to the natural reserve "arribes del duero". In the internet we have found before the lovely landhouses orgullorural. A very special styled landhouse which was really comfortable, clean and well equiped.
The young housekeeper Carmen was very friendly and helpful. My work stressed husband had the chance to relax and we both slept like angels... Don t know to descirbe it but I think that the houses have a perfect Feng Shui and good energy.
The food had good quality and a great realtion of price and quality.
After a long day of sightseeing, every evening we enjoyed the Spa which was great.
I also say thank you to Tonio who gave us really good sightseeing tips and prepared delicous romantic diners.
All in all - a great experience !