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We had a fantastic time staying in this lovely villa (myself, husband and two teenage boys).We were absolutely bowled over by the scenery in the Sil River Canyon and the house is very well positioned to explore the area - and there is a view of the canyon from the end of the garden. The house was comfortable and well equipped and the pool was an added bonus in the heat. This is a very unspoilt and quiet area so you wake up to the sound of cattle bells in the morning and not much else - pretty idyllic if that’s what you’re after. The house is at the end of a track and while there is one other house nearby and some outbuildings, it feels very undisturbed. We used the outdoor kitchen and barbecue most evenings which was great. The roads are fairly hair-raising in places so be prepared for some white-knuckle but spectacular drives. We would thoroughly recommend Rosa’s villa to anyone wanting to explore the beautiful Ribeira Sacra.
We spent 7 nights in La Casa de los Flores and back home now we really miss the little balcony breakfasts with the cuckoo calling close by. But to give the best impression of what it is really like there in late Spring here are my notes from when we arrived. It’s a delight to sit out on the balcony as supper is cooking and watch the swifts swooping overhead. No planes, no trains, no cars – how different from London. We’ve spent an enjoyable afternoon stocking up on fresh fruit and veg in the local supermarket (Claudio’s) – free Spanish lesson thrown in, then off to the ironmongers (yes really!) for some good local red wine. We wanted to get away from it all and we have. Barbara &Martin have created a great OffGrid* bolt-hole for disillusioned townies needing a complete change. Their lovely upstairs flat for two has all we need for one week’s escapism in Galicia (If you need somewhere bigger talk to our lovely hosts about their newly refurbished Galician house 5 kms away) *I think maybe it’s mains electricity but everything else is impeccably Green – wood pellet stove, well water etc. Thank you Barbara & Martin for being the ideal hosts and making sure we got the maximum out of our stay.