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Kay Davidson

Member since: 2004
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Speaks English, Spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in La Ribera El Borne - The Essence of a Place

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6

This stunning apartment is located in the beautiful El Born district of Barcelona’s Historic Centre known as Ciutat Vella.

It is on the doorstep of the Chocolate Museum, the City Park and the magnificent Picasso Museum. It is a 5-minute walk from the beautiful palm-fringed marina and the cathedral, a 10 minute walk from the Ramblas, and just 15 minutes on foot from the beaches that led to Barcelona being crowned Nº1 Beach City in the World 2013 - 2014 by National Geographic Magazine.

The apartment has a floor area of 90m2 and provides real home from home comfort and every luxury to make your holiday accommodation extra special with high speed fibre optic internet at 100mbps, duck down duvets in winter, a Nespresso coffee machine and a home cinema system.

It is spacious with open plan areas in the living room & kitchen/dining room. It has high vaulted ceilings with exposed wooden beams and French windows leading out onto little wrought iron balconies.

It has a telephone, an IPOD docking station, a breakfast bar, a split-level bathroom with glass wall partitions and a separate walk-in shower. It even has a secret door!

The apartment was recently featured on a Spanish TV documentary series about Barcelona interiors. Flick through the photographs to the end and click on play to watch the full 6-minute report.

'We selected the apartment based on the description and reviews and everything exceeded expectation'. Lorraine R. 2013.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kay Davidson (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
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Speaks English, Spanish
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Calendar last updated:
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About Kay Davidson

Hello there! The first thing I should probably tell you is that I came here on holiday for 2 weeks in 1988 and stayed! I guess the sun, the cuisine, the cultural variety and outdoor lifestyle all had something to do with it. The fact is I’ve never stopped savouring the things I love here. I moved from Valencia to Barcelona in 2000 and have worked throughout that time as a teacher and translator as well as a property manager now too of course! My life is busy and diverse and also involves making regular trips back to Scotland, where I was born. I think I’m really lucky to live between two such beautiful places and I guess I love the contrast and diversity of my lifestyle. Nevertheless, be warned! If my own experience is anything to go by and you do decide to come here on holiday, you may end up staying longer than you bargained for!!

Kay Davidson purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Kay Davidson chose La Ribera El Borne

Quite simply – it was love at first sight and the first and last apartment I looked at. I often walk through the gorgeous winding alleyways of the Born with their myriad boutiques and terrace cafés bathed in sunlight before heading back to the apartment and sitting in the peace and quiet of the living room, soaking up the beauty of it all and thinking - yes - this is the essence of what I love here! The Born has become even more charming and beautiful since I bought the apartment in 2003 and if I could come back to Barcelona now and see it all again as if it were the first time, I think it's exactly this apartment in this part of town that I would hope to find.

What makes this apartment unique

Firstly I would say it's the location. It’s right in the middle of the most historic, beautiful and happening area of the city with the benefit of being nestled in a quiet pedestrian-only side street, which is a 15 minute walk from the beach. Then, the apartment itself has the perfect contrast that’s so distinctive to Barcelona of seamlessly blending the old with the new; design without compromising on comfort. Having the award-winning Hoffman bakery and café (best croissants I have ever tasted) just around the corner may also have something to do with it though! Or it might be the proximity to Cal Pep (delicious seafood) or Bar Pla (delicious everything)! Most likely though it's a combination of all of these things but the best thing of all is coming in through the front door after a day out, closing it behind you and experiencing the exquisite dichotomy of feeling at home in a foreign land.

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Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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average rating of 4.974359 based on 40 reviews
Nice, France

Great Location - Great Value - Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

As a family four, we enjoyed a long weekend in this Barcelona apartment.

We highly recommend this location for anyone who wishes to explore Barcelona on foot without having to worry about a car or parking: we found all the main attractions (Sagrada Familia, Casa Batilo, Casa Mila, the beach, various restaurants, etc., etc.,) within easy walking distance.

The apartment was just as described in the text and photos.

It was very cool to be staying in the small streets in the center of the old city.

Most importantly, the owner Kay and her property manager Alina, were friendly, efficient, helpful and super accommodating.

Barcelona is an incredible city. We hope to visit again soon, and will gladly return to this property. Many thanks, Kay and Alina.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Great location and very helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

My wife and two teenage children rented this wonderfully appointed apartment in the Born district of Barcelona. We loved the quiet convenient location and the apartment was clean, bright, and roomy. The manager was incredibly patient in showing us the apartment and even had the fridge stocked with staples. Loved this neighborhood and hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
scotland uk

Who needs Harry Potter?

  • 5 of 5

Who needs Harry Potter?

If you would like a little magic in your life, forget Harry Potter, and discover your very own platform 93/4 at this magical holiday apartment.

The apartment itself is cool, modern and beautifully appointed. So far so perfect, but it's when you step out through the front door into Calle Cirrera, that the magic happens.

With just a little imagination, the sights, sounds and smells you meet as you walk along the ancient paved alley, will transport you back to medieval Spain.

The ancient narrow streets, with towering cliffs of house on either side have remained the same for hundreds of years. All that has changed is that the little shops which once housed Apothecaries and Swordsmiths are now home to award winning cake makers and independent boutiques where Jack Nicholson and friends come to buy their 'espadrilles'.

Most travel guides agree that El Born is the perfect base for discovering Barcelona. And this apartment is the perfect base for discovering El Born.

The apartments owners Kay and Rafa make sure that from the very first enquiry everything goes as smoothly and as sweetly as the chocolate they make at the factory next door. Yes, a chocolate factory next door..not just Harry Potter, but Willie Wonka too!

If you are unlucky enough to only be able to visit Barcelona once in your life, make sure you stay here. You won't regret it.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Picture this. You have spent the day moving house. You have a slowly protruding Hannah Barbara style egg on your forehead. Your thumb is stitched around its base after an encounter with a malicious door knob when you wearily place the last box down and reach for your phone to check the mail. One message announces in red - 'Owner Review Notification'. As I read through it, the strains of the day fall away and happiness comes bursting through, like light streaming through stained glass windows at the Sagrada Familia onto kaleidoscope eyes. WHO WROTE THIS? I ask aloud, breaking the monotony of the slog and causing others to turn. I read to the end but there is no name. So, I look at the date of entry and my smile broadens as a second question forms. Just how many talents can one man have?

Quaint stay in El Born!!

  • 5 of 5

Met with the manager upon arrival, all of my requests were met!! Thanks, Alina!! We had an amazing stay in this quaint apartment located just off the Passage el Born which is a great location to explore the city. Yet is off the beaten path, along a side street with the feel of the old world architecture surrounding you. The apartment was extremely home like with very comfortable beds. We are so happy that we decided to stay in this location in Barcelona as we had options to stay in others. Fit the 3 of us perfectly!!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot for your review Blake. I was sorry not to be able to meet you myself but I knew Alina would take good care of you. Great to hear your feedback and I'm glad the apartment and its location lived up to expectations! Hope you might be back sometime. Thanks again. Kay.

Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time to Barcelona and the location was perfect for exploring many parts of the city and beach area. Within a few blocks there were dozens of good restaurants and cafes as well as shops. The Born district was artsy, with an old world charm. We found locals helpful and welcoming.

The apartment itself was very comfortable on a small side street with only foot traffic. This made it quiet and relaxing. One of the city's best pastry shops was a few doors away which was perfect for a morning or afternoon snack.

Kay and Raphael were very nice and made our stay easy as they were available for questions and helped navigate any situation!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your great review of the apartment and the surrounding area. Your description of the Born is spot on - artsy with an old world charm! Glad to hear you were happy with your choice and found the apartment peaceful and relaxing to come home to in the evenings. Hope to see you again. Kay.

Perfect apartment and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Rafael and Kay met us when we arrived in Barcelona. The apartment was lovely. Clean and comfortable. Everything that we could have wanted or needed for our stay was available.

We were welcomed with a bottle of champagne and the yummiest birthday cake ever. (Thanks a lot Kay it was so kind of you).

I think the apartment is great and is in an ideal location. We could easily walk to wherever we wanted to go. Lots of shops, bars, restaurants, museums, park , beach all within easy walking distance.

Rafael and Kay were very helpful throughout , from initial booking until we left Barcelona.

When I come back to Barcelona I will definitely be trying to book this apartment again. We loved our stay and cant wait to come back. thanks for making our stay so great.

I would recommend this apartment to anyone that wants a good location close to tourist attractions but in a neighbourhood that feels more local.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Barcelona Airport
Nearest Barpub
Many in the surrounding area
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Port of Barcelona
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Sant Cugat Golf Course
Nearest Train
100 Metres
Estación de Francia
Nearest Motorway
1 Metres
Ronda Litoral - exit 22
Nearest Restaurant
Lots to choose from on your doorstep.
Nearest Ski
300 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: not necessary

The entire area surrounding the apartment building is encased in enchanting medieval streets and alleyways. Bustling with life, these little streets house cafés, speciality food shops, small commercial and public galleries, design boutiques and a wide selection of excellent restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.

Buy your fresh food at the Santa Catarina food market with its famous undulating multi-coloured roof designed by the Catalan architect Enric Miralles. A 2-minute walk away. Open Mon - Sat from 8.00am to 15.00pm.

Wander down to the marina and enjoy a cool drink in the sun as you watch the sail boats come and go. A 5-minute walk away.

The front door of the Picasso Museum is less than a minute's walk away. Go early to avoid the long queues but without having to get up early!

Walk round to the Chocolate Museum to watch the confectioners at work, see the chocolate sculptures and have 'merienda' of sponge fingers (melindros) dipped in hot chocolate in the museum café. A 2-minute walk away.

A 30-second walk down Calle Flassaders will take you to the Hoffman Café which is located in what was built as the City Mint in medieval times. Breakfast outside listening to gentle jazz.

Have a wander through the Ciutadella park - it's just a few minutes walk away or hire one of their canopied cycles for families, or a paddle boat or visit the city zoo which is accessed through the park.

The City Aquarium is a 5-minute walk away and a great way to spend a rainy afternoon - not that we get many of these.

Just beyond the Aquarium you can take a cable car ride across the marinas and up to the top of the Montjuic Hill where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city. Before you come back down you might like to visit the Joan Miró Museum or the Pueblo Español.

A 15-minute walk will take you to Barcelona's award-winning beaches. You might want to hire a beach recliner for the day, enjoy the 5 kilometre-long beachfront promenade - perfect for cycling, jogging, rollerblading, skateboarding or just about anything else on wheels (!) - or sit in one of the 'chiringuitos' (open beach café bars) down on the sands and watch the people go by.

While you're at the beach, you might like to have paella for lunch in Pez Vela. Why? Well, because it's excellent! The restaurant is open to the beach so I suggest you book a table out on the decked terrace where you can gaze up the beaches and wonder whether this was the view that made National Geographic Magazine vote Barcelona 'Best Beach City in the World' in 2013.

Sign up to use the private Nova Icària Sports Club during your stay. Gym, Swimming Pool etc.

Don't miss the Santa Catarina Church - 50 meters from your front door. It's considered to be the best example of Gothic Architecture in Catalonia.

Take a leisurely 10-minute stroll along Carrer Jaume I, past the seat of the Catalan government (the Palau de la Generalitat) in San Jaume Square to the famous Ramblas and the Boqueria Food Market - the largest food market in Europe.

Have a good old rake around the Vila Viniteca - a specialist wine shop a couple of minutes' walk from the apartment - where you can find all the best Riojas, Ribera del Dueros as well as Priorat and Montsant wines (great value for money). Their sister shop next door has a wonderful selection of cheeses and they supply many of Barcelona's best restaurants. Don't miss La Botifarra on your way there or back - the sausage specialist's.

Book a tour of Barcelona's Modernist Palau de la Música - the most beautiful music hall I have ever seen. Even better - go to a concert. A 15 minute walk away.

You can walk to most of the sights but public transport is excellent and the San Jaume and Barceloneta metro stops are about 300 metres away. It's also well connected to the city bus network.

Step back in time by taking the lift down through the ages at the MUHBA Museum in the Plaza del Rei to visit the streets and alleyways of Roman times hidden away beneath the existing city. A fascinating visit for anyone interested in history and learning about life in Roman times. About a 5 minute walk from the apartment.

Visit the recently completed 'Born Cultural Centre' which tells the more recent historical event of how Catalonia was defeated by the Spanish army in 1714. A story sensitively told just a minute's walk away.

There are bicycles for hire in the area, Segway tours of the Historic Centre, walking tours or you can hire go-cars.

Sign up for a cookery course. Go shopping to the Santa Catarina food market with your guide and then go back to the kitchen to cook some Spanish food before sitting down to enjoy your efforts. Less than a minute's walk from the apartment.

Don't miss the Arabian Baths in the Paseo Picasso - a minute's walk away. You can have a massage here too.

Oh - or the Mammoth Museum!

Many scenes from Woody Allen's film 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' were filmed in the streets around the apartment.


Prices & Availability

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Prices for this holiday apartment in La Ribera El Borne, Ciutat Vella

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Standard rate 2015
9 Mar 2015 - 20 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit €200.00
Cleaning fee €75.00
Stay tax €0.65 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.
Notes 7 night minimum applies over Easter weekend
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in La Ribera El Borne in Ciutat Vella

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Built on 3 levels. Separate WC, bath and shower enclosure.
  • The bathroom is on three levels creating different areas which are separated by glass wall partitions. There is a separate walk-in shower with teak flooring, and a bath tub too. The bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer and we have provided a box of emergency toiletries just in case you should discover that you've forgotten something late at night and the shops are closed.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Green Apple - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Push the 2 single beds together or apart as required.
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Everyone tells us how comfortable it is! Sleeps 2.
    Red Apple - 1 Large Double Bed , Large double bed, double wardrobe and full length mirror.
  • 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 double sofa bed, 1 cot
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The apartment also has an IPOD sound docking station to allow you to listen to your own music collection and an Italian central battery charging system for recharging all your batteries at the one hub. We also provide a wall safe and home alarm. The apartment also has over 20 guide books to Barcelona and Catalonia for you to use during your stay.

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