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Domed Underground Property In A Secluded Peaceful Location

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Underground House in Tivenys, near L'Ampolla / Tortosa, Costa Dorada - Tranquil Situation In Own Olive Grove, 10 Minutes Drive To The Stunning River Ebro

This sustainably built underground property takes strength and beauty from its unique domed shape. Its exterior disappears seemlessly into the sorrounding landscape. An ancient olive shades the front entrance and terrace to give it a real sense of location, you really are amongst the olive groves here. Through the leaf dappled light the land beyond can be seen stepping down, amphitheatre-like below. The majestic mountain scape beyond as the backdrop to a truly restful holiday home. Come and experience the natural cool of this property which has a unique and quirky style, upcycled salvaged materials and bespoke fittings throughout ensure a stay that you won´t forget. Enjoy the real Catalonia, with good local restaurants, lively fiestas and beaches just a 35 minute drive away. Explore the limestone mountain scapes and find a cool swimming hole seemingly made just for you. A great base in which to explore the Ebro Valley and beyond or to just hide yourself away for a while.

Registration Number : HUTTE01781

Eve James
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

About Eve James

Hello, My name is Eve. My partner and I built this unique property . We arrived in the area in 2005 and completely fell in love with it´s beauty and slow pace of life. Since then we have been using ecological and innovative building techniques to make sure we offer the best accomodation we can to those travellers savvy enough to discover us. During the olive picking season you will find us out on the land hand picking the beautiful oil filled drupes to deliver to the local mill where we press our single estate extra virgin olive oil. We have made a life for ourselves here on this patch of paradise with our two young children and we would very much like to share it. I hope to make you very welcome at some point in the future!

Eve James purchased this house in 2006

Why Eve James chose Tivenys

We bought in this area for it's magnificent scenery. Both being keen walkers we couldn't resist the vast tracks of mountain walking and the year round blue skies. The area is little known for it's natural treasures outside of its locale which makes it ideal for exploration with out fighting the crowds, and getting a real taste of the culture with out stamping it out. Coming from the hectic tiring cityscape we found the spaciousness and tranquil pace of life too good to miss out on.

What makes this house unique

Our property is completely self sufficient. It is powered by solar energy, using photovoltaic panels. Water is collected in a large stone cistern. If you want to tread lightly on the planet whilst enjoying all the comforts of a modern home then this is the place for you. If you love innovative architecture you will want to have a closer look! Truly get away from it all, breath fresh air fragranced with wild herbs and watch the eagles soar above. A tranquil haven to blow away the stresses of a modern hectic lifestyle and enjoy a slower pace in the sun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kaitlyn Baptist from Toronto Canada:

We spent 10 days living together in a house built into the mountain side in Catalunya, Spain. That's right, a cave.There are not many ways to get closer to nature, than to literally penetrate it. Sleep in it. Sleep ON it. Sleep with it and literally feel its heart beating alongside your own. WIthout a soul for miles we danced our way through a week of meditation, yoga, silliness, culinary explorations and deep, subtle personal transformation.

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Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tivenys in El Baix Ebre

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Wireless Internet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shared bathroom with large "pepper pot" shower cubicle. Washing machine in floor to ceiling hidden cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds (that can be made into a double.)
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The house runs completely from solar energy meaning no bills! Fans are provided to keep you cool for that all important siesta. The house is designed to keep cool as naturally as possible using the bed rock it sits on and lots of insulation and shading strategies. Unfortunately high consumption appliances can not be used here, so it's a holiday for those hair straighteners too! We have a low watt travel hairdryer available for guests. Outside: 9 acres of ancient terraced olive grove, organically farmed to allow the native plants to abound, including Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Fennel, Sage, Juniper and seasonal bulbs including Asphodelus, Alpine Daffodils and wild Gladioli. The terrace is populated with a profusion of potted succulents, yuccas and geraniums, as well as basil, coriander and parsley. There are two hammocks and lounge seating on the front terrace as well as a dining table seating 4. A BBQ kitchen area for those all important al fresco meals at anytime of year. Utility Room: Utility cupboard houses the washing machine, and drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. All towels and linen changed every 7 days, and house cleaned to a professional standard. A 50 Euro extra cleaning charge will be taken on shorter stays of 2-3 nights. Other: The shaded front terrace is an opportunity to feel connected to nature, a giant olive tree makes for a living sculpture. Seating and dining outside for 4 people with a covered bbq kitchen area.


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Domed Underground Property In A Secluded Peaceful Location
average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews

Fabulous rural retreat! Stunning views and proper relaxation at this uber cool cave house.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Cova Blanca was as described on the website, but more breathtaking in reality. So peaceful and quiet, surrounded by nature, just blending into the olive trees, but an amazing piece of design inside. Driving instructions were perfect, with useful advice on where to stop for provisions in Tortosa. The accommodation was very comfortable with everything we needed for the week of eco friendly living.

With our 5 and 8 year old daughters, we walked the hillside, discovered the secret tree house, swam in the municipal pool in Tivenys and ventured further afield to local towns and beaches.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the house, and if you missed any of the many adventures you know where to stay next time!
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Tranquility and peace in Spanish cave house

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most beautiful and relaxing places we have ever stayed. It was everything we were promised on the Owner's Direct website and more. Great place to chill out with a family. Our 6 and 4 year olds played in the rocks walls and all around the beautiful hillsides letting their imaginations run wild. Our winter escape was such a treat with the open fire and outdoor oven put to great use. Everything you need is here and we so appreciated the thoughtful design and self-sustaining feel of the house. We made beautiful food from fresh local markets, read books, listened to music, explored the local villages and towns in the area and thoroughly enjoyed our five night stay. A week is not enough! We will be back. Thank you so much for creating this lovely place and opening it up for travellers like us to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Feb-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Most beautiful cave we have ever seen, right in the middle of a olive groove.

  • 5 of 5

The way to the cave was really adventurous and we couldn't find the cave in the beginning. It was already getting dark.

But when we discovered the cave it was the best place ever.

Total tranquility, no neighbours for miles and a very clean place, with all the comfort you'll need.

We were welcomed by a bottle of wine, a bottle of olive oil and lots of fresh tangerines and oranges from neigbouring citrus grooves.

Futhermore the contact with the owner was perfect. Eve thank you very much, it was great staying at your place.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Secluded underground haven

  • 4 of 5

An unusual, beautiful, stylish and well maintained property in the heart of an olive grove. Peaceful, if that's what you desire, but also great for accessing nearby historic Tortosa, the Via Verde, Ebro Delta and the unspoilt beaches of the Costa Dourada. We also had a fab day trip to Tarragona and would love to return to this lovely place armed with better insect repellents. Exeter Littles

  • Review Submitted: 12-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3 August 2014

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here - such a beautiful property in the most stunning and peaceful area. We were only here for a week, but could easily have stayed longer as there is so much to do in the local area - walking, swimming, plenty of excursions etc. we could have eaten at local restaurants, but chose to eat on the terrace at the property - really couldn't beat the setting and the view and seeing the sun go down. Also, my son wanted to say that it is an incredible place to look at the stars, the milky way, satellites and shooting stars!

The property was exactly as described, beautifully designed, spotlessly clean, and had everything you need for self-catering ie cooking meals from scratch. It absolutely met our expectations and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to get away from it all (we also spent a week in Barcelona, which we loved, and this was the perfect retreat afterwards).

Finally, the owner was great to deal with from booking onwards - she answered emails and questions very promptly, sent detailed instructions for finding the property (and we had no trouble finding it armed with these) and was very helpful when we had a couple of queries while at the property.

Really couldn't fault it. Perfect place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We highly recommend it!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent 8 wonderful months living in Casa Cova Blanca. The home is incredible. It really is a work of art! And very well equipped with everything you’d need for a comfortable stay. We loved our time there, and relished the quiet serenity of the mountains. We felt in compete harmony with nature, which was a welcomed retreat from our busy lives in downtown Toronto. We had many visitors over the months, ranging from my 1-year-old niece to 70-year-old father. The house really suits all age groups and all of our guests loved the unique experience and the beautifully designed home.

With the nearby beaches, hiking trails, medieval castles and quaint Spanish towns, there is lots to do in the surrounding area. In fact, my husband and I love it so much that we have decided to spend another 3 months in the area ?

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85.2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Bar Rosi
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Brasserie del Riu
Nearest Beach
37 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Fishing: Of course, the Ebro River is famous for its gigantic catfish and carp fishing. There are a number of local companies offering day trips and more. Cycling: The greenway or Via Verde, follows old disused railway tracks for a stunning cycle stretching from Tortosa, 54km up into the Terra Alta ending at Lledò. Bikes for hire, and shorter day excursions are a popular way of getting a closer look at the magnificent scenery at your own pace. Kayaking: “Beniemocions” is a local company that offers a selection of different canoeing and kayaking routes along the river for you to make the most of the Ebro. They provide all the equipment as well as expert tuition. For keen walkers you can join guided walks up into the Ports mountains or follow trails mapped for you from the house in our visitor guide book. To ensure availability we can prearrange guided fishing, kayaking, hiking and cycling reservations for you.


The beach town of L'Ampolla is 35km away, where you can find both large open stretches of sand or cove beaches such as Cap Roig where you can hire pedalos and snorkel around the rocky outcrops, the town is renown for it´s great fresh fish restaurants. San Carles de la Rapita is 40.4km away, at the south of the Ebro Delta with many bars and restaurants serving the daily catch. The beach itself is a large sandy stretch with pedalos for hire and a raft to swim out to.


Reus Airport: 100km (1hr20min drive) serviced by Ryanair,Thompson, Thomas Cook, Jet2 and Blue Air. Valencia Airport: 209km (2Hrs11min drive) Serviced by Ryanair. Easyjet, Jet2, Vueling, and Transavia. Barcelona: 183km (2Hr5min drive) Serviced by Easyjet, Iberia, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, BMIBaby, Monarch, Jet2, Transavia and Vueling. Girona: 273km (2Hr47min drive) Serviced by Ryanair, BMI and Transavia. Castellon de la Plana: 139km (1hr40min drive)Iberia, British Airways (BA), Air France, Ryanair. The Ferry Ports of Bilbao and SanSebastian are 5hrs5-40min drive. Car essential.


Tivenys (nearest village): 5km (Local bars, Restaurant, Grocer, Butcher, Convenience Stores, Bank, Open Air Pool open June 21st till September 10th).

River Ebro Tivenys Weir swimming area and fishing/BBQ spot: 5km.

Coves de Benifallet: 10km.

Miravet Castle: 26km.

Fontcalda Balneario and rock pools: 41.8km.

Els Ports Natural Park: 22km.

Ebro Delta Nature Park: 21.4km.

Balneari de Cardó: 31.8km.

Historic Medieval Town of Tortosa: 12km.

Further Details:

If you are new to this area of Spain and you are a nature lover you are in luck! From the sandy beaches of the Costa Dorada to the vine groves of the Terra Alta the Terres D`L'Ebre have so much to offer visitors with a passion for the great outdoors. From picturesque cycle paths on the Via Verde to mountain walking in the Els Ports mountains, a home to some of Europe's biggest Eagles. Pink flamingos are just the start of the wildlife in the Ebro Delta with a massive 300 different bird species to be found. Find yourself a rock pool swimming hole in a limestone gorge in The Ports de Beceite, go Cat fish fishing on the Ebro, take a PADI diving course on the med, there is something for everyone here. The lively village fiestas and fantastic locally grown produce and proud cooking tradition, not to mention the Cava will have you coming time and again! With Tortosa´s largest European medieval fiesta in July, you will be overwhelmed with the abundance of culture past and present! Come and see for yourself!


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day: Saturday during High/ Peak Season
Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am. This is a guide and anything we can do to make your journey as stress free as possible can be arranged with enough prior warning. Late arrival is not a problem, keys can be picked up at any time.
All linens, towels, taxes and cleaning included in the price. Cot and high chair available upon request at no extra cost.

Notes on prices:
Christmas and Easter holidays will be charged at the high summer rate. Discounts on longer stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.