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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.
We spent ahugely enjoyable and relaxing 2.5 weeks here in July/August 2013 as part of a 7 month tour of Spain. This was the largest and best equipped particularly the kitchen!) of all of the places we stayed (20+). The apartment is owned by a local family and Begona, who manages the place, could not have been more welcoming or helpful even going so far as to have a present waiting for our baby daughter in her cot when we arrived. Again of all the places we rented none of the owners were friendlier or kinder than Begona.
The apartment is in a tiny hamlet amid rolling hills and farmland about 5km north of Monterroso, and is as peaceful a place as you will find. The neighbours were all incredibly welcoming to us as well even and made us feel right at home. Monterroso itself has a couple of supermarkets, plenty of bars/cafés with a weekly market and other shops you could need. In addition, from July - September there is a beautiful swimming pool/river swimming complex that is completely free, with a bar/restaurant and plenty of shade. Days could easily be passed there!
The apartment is the lower floor of a traditional farmhouse, complete with metre thick walls that keep the place cool in summer. The apartment is very well located for visiting inland Galicia, just over 30 minutes from Lugo with its stunning city walls, and an hour from Santiago and Ourense.
This is rural holidaying at its best and most relaxing, run by locals, and far from the crowds that descend on coastal Galicia in the summer. If you are interested in exploring inland Galicia or just want a break away from it all Begona's apartment comes highly recommended.