Home from home, this stunningly located mountain farmhouse 20 min from the beach. Offers spacious accommodation, a beautiful free-form pool and plenty of places to relax in the shade or sun. Casa Pio can be rented together with The Little House, (see property no, 1201975) If, what you are looking for is a taste of real Catalan life, reading a book by the pool, gazing at the glorious mountain views, BBQ in the lovely outside kitchen or snoozing on the daybed in the shade then look no further. You can even have a massage or pop up the road each day for a yoga session in the early morning sun.
Your host this year are Paul and Alex, who live nearby. Pool cleaning and all other duties will be organised by them and last year's vistor book comments give us total confidence that they will care for you as well as we could.
We have installed full oil-fired central heating for your comfort in the two cold months of the year - January and February.
BEACHES AND OTHER THINGS TO DO:
The area of coastline near to the house is a stretch of coast that has been happily missed by mass tourism. There are many small beaches and coves and it is easy to find quieter ones even in the height of summer. The area around the Ebro valley played an important role in the civil war and there are many castles, ruined villages and museums around the area that testify to its past.
If you really feel like doing something fun and for all the family there is always Port Aventura and the waterpark Costa Caribe (Universal Studios theme Park) which is only a 40 minute drive away.
This is the most interesting area and there is so much to do (or not). Walks are on your doorstep, natural parks with gorges and waterfalls and so much more.
MORE LOCAL INFORMATION:
The local village of Rasquera is a small agricultural village where it often feels that time has stood still. Old men chat under the trees in the square and horses and carts are still used. It does however have a small range of shops and would provide all you needed if you didn't want to venture out of this lovely valley.
El Perello, at the other end of the valley is a little more lively and has internet cafes and a good market on a Saturday.
MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE TIME OF YEAR:
It is such a shame that so many people think of Spain as a summer destination only as other times of year can offer so much more.....May and June are fantastic, no so hot , greener and of course less busy. September is also a lovely month, still plenty of sunshine usually 9 although it can rain bringing, what the locals refer to as, the second spring. Casa Pio makes a perfect base for say 3 couples to explore the area and works out an absolute bargain if shared between 3 lots of friends!!
As with the rest of Spain the Catalans love their festivals and Rasqueras fiesta major is during the first week of august when the village goes into party mode and firework wielding devils chase children through the streets and a wild time is had by old and young alike. However, if you miss this then you are never very far from some sort of fiesta, whether it is underwater fireworks on the beach or cava flowing from the village fountain. More information will be given on request.
If you hadn't noticed my reference before then I would like to remind you that there is a cottage- Casita Pio (the Little House Property ref:1201975)- attached to the main house (Casa Pio), . This has 2 bedrooms and its own private space, and can be rented together or separately, so perfect for that extended family holiday.
.Please can you note that Casa Pio and the Little House are 'off grid'. This means that you can feel good about not using too much of the earth's resources as all our electricity comes from the solar panels and the wind turbine. This will in no way inconvenience you as although hairdryers, hair straighteners and other things with a heating element are discouraged they can still be used at certain times of the day.
There is also free wifi.