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IXX Century Former Smugglers Headquarter on the Spanish Border

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment



About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

Casa Salto del Caballo, situated in the small village of La Fontañera, offers stunning views towards the Natural Park Serra de São Mamede and the Castle of Marvão in the Alto Alentejo of Portugal. For this is a historic building dated from the late `19th century with the added bonus of having some unique characteristics: Firstly, it is slap bang on the Spanish Portuguese border. You can literally come in from the Spanish side and walk out through the other doors onto the magnificent São Mamede Natural Park in Portugal.

Not surprisingly, this strategic position has lent it a past always connected to the smuggling trade between Portugal and Spain.Up until 1992, when the borders opened mainly coffee and leather boots, but also bread, garlic or whatever was wanted on the other side was smuggled. As the front entrance is in Spain and the backdoor opens onto Portugal, it was a “casa dela duda” – a house in no-man’s land. Ultimately the Spanish ended the confusion by incorporating the whole property officially into Spain.

For your holiday in two countries, our family-run guesthouse offers a self-catering apartment or B&B.

You can book accommodation at a reduced rate for 2 people or, if you prefer not to self-cater, book as a B&B bedroom. You can book an evening meal, are very welcome to eat in our communal dining-/breakfast room or on the terrace. I would be happy to cook whatever you like, vegetarian, traditional or Spanish.

Enjoy your holiday in an authentically rural place. Family-run, family-friendly and you will be welcomed all year round, pets as well without extra charge.. A small library and satellite TV as well as ADSL internet is available in our communal TV-room.

The patio formed by the two main buildings, provides several shady or sunny sitting-areas. There are sun lounges around the pool and a barbecue available.

Keywords: A trip into Europe's past right on the border, where the Spanish Extremadura meets the Alentejo in Portugal.

Finca-holiday, B&B or self-catering apartment.

More Details

Eva Schuster
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 May, 2016

About Eva Schuster

Dear holidaymaker, I live with my family since 1997 just a 'stone's throw' or better a 'Salto del Caballo' away from the property, but in Portugal, and really love this beautiful area.

Eva Schuster purchased this apartment in 1997

Why Eva Schuster chose Sierra de San Pedro

I'm sure you will like my 'Casa Salto del Caballo' as much as I do. I first saw it on a holiday myself and fell in love with the old historic building, that holds so many stories and secrets. At first it was just a dream to create a beautiful guest-house in this fantastic location and 10 years ago became reality. With a lot of experience by now, I will welcome you and your family and your pets exactly as I would like to be welcomed on my holiday.

What makes this apartment unique

The house is perfect for a short break in the B&B or a holiday in the apartment, enjoying a holiday in two countries. Discover the unknown Extremadura in Spain and meet rural Portugal in the natural park Serra de Sao Mamede. I provide maps of the area and lots of information on walks, trips and sights. I am happy to cook for you, lunch or dinner, 3 courses, traditional, Spanish or vegetarian meals, as you wish. You will also find everything that makes a family - holiday pleasant, lots of toys, books, cot, highchair, tricycle, a little swimming pool and all that in an extremely child-friendly country, sorry, countries.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I spent 12 days at Salto del Caballo in the spring of 2013. We loved the entire time we spent there. We toured the entire area, we cooked in our apartment, we ate lunches outside on the beautiful patio and we very much appreciated Eva's great advise and her cooking. The first night we were there Eva was preparing a meal for another group and invited us to be part of the dinner. We were so happy to do so as we had been on the road for two days. The meal was superb and the company made our first night there so delightful. Eva demonstrated throughout our visit a gracious, helpful, and insightful manner that made our time there quite relaxing and pleasant. Our favorite description of this unique property is "We slept in Spain and parked our car in Portugal." It is ideally located for sightseeing in both Portugal and Spain. We hope to bring family and freinds to this property some time in the future.
Apr 2013
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4.8/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)

IXX Century Former Smugglers Headquarter on the Spanish Border
average rating of 4.75 based on 7 reviews

Wonderful stay on the Spain-Portugal border

  • 4 of 5

We (two adult couples) had a wonderful three night stay at Eva's house this month. Some of the highlights were - a warming fire waiting for us when we arrived on a rainy afternoon, food items for us to have for breakfast (so we didn't have to out shopping), a good washing machine and clothesline, and a very friendly hostess. We enjoyed taking walks along nearby lanes in the area (think it must have been Portugal), reading some of the great info about the area we found in our sitting room, and the short trips to Marvao and the nearby Roman bridge. I wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Antonio

Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

My husband and myself, along with our son and his wife had a very enjoyable stay at Salto Del Caballo. We felt like we had truly gotten away from it all at this tranquil place. There is no business of any kind in La Fontanera - the closest town with groceries or restaurants is about 10km away. Everyday we enjoyed nice walks through the Spanish or Portugese countryside. The kitchen in our Espana apartment had everything we needed to cook meals and we also did a lot of cooking on the grill outside our door. There is no microwave in the kitchen. Having a washing machine in the apartment was a big plus and there is a nice long line to hang clothes behind the property. The wi-fi at this property is excellent. This property is well-taken care of and it was a true pleasure to sit outside among all the plants. Eva was an excellent hostess full of good information about the surroundings and events in the area. Eva made sure we had clean towels every few days. A visit to Marvao, which is visible on top of big hill in the distance, is a place to definitely visit while staying here. We would definitely come back to Salto del Caballo again! Thank you again, Eva for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pace, FL


  • 5 of 5

After spending time in Madrid, and a week at a resort in the Algarve, we were ready to get away. This place is the PERFECT get away. This is a quiet, beautiful, well kept, off the beaten path place to go. I wish we have had more time to spend there.

The fire place was so nice to have in the evening, and especially on the cool mornings. The pool would be perfect when the weather heats up, to cool down after all the the great hiking trails that are right out your front door.

Our hostess, Eva was what made PERFECT, even better. What a great lady. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Country Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with our 2 dogs spent an amazingly relaxing week at Salto de Caballo. Eva was a wonderful host- so knowledgeable about the area, anticipating our needs, and always available should we need anything. The apartment was clean, charmingly decorated, and had everything we needed. There is enough in the area to fill your days with trips and hiking, but to be honest, we were very lazy. The weather was so nice for February that we spent most of our days sitting in in the garden reading and dreaming of what to cook on the wood grill. For city people, the quiet is priceless. We did manage to go to Marvao, the Eagle's Castle in Portugal, which is highly impressive. We would definitely come back and have already recommended Salto de Caballo to several friends. Eva, thanks so much for a memorable vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Lisbon, Portugal
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Galegos, Portugal
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Santander, Spain
Nearest Golf
100 Kilometres
Caceres, Spain
Nearest Train
100 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
70 Kilometres
Via Ruta de la Plata, Caceres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
El Convento, San Pedro, Spain
Nearest Beach
200 Kilometres
Comporta, Portugal
Nearest Point of Interest
Spanish-Portuguese border
Car: necessary

Donkey trekking, Cultural tourism, Megalithic sights, Roman remains, Gotic towns, bird watching, boat trips on the Tagus, horse tours.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Valencia de Alcántara, Tierra de Badajoz

Rental Basis:
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Breakfast at 8.- and 3 course dinners at 20.- € per person

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Valencia de Alcántara in Caceres Province

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Double Beds 1.50m (2) Child Beds (1) Extra bed for kids or baby cod without extra cost
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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