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Peace & tranquility a lovely village house just 7 Km from the beach

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 2,798 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6/8 - Stunning views over valley from every window and terrace

Cal Pep is situated in the heart of the historic centre of La Nou de Gaia with its winding streets it is always peaceful and yet within a short drive you can be on a glorious sandy beach or eating in one of the outstanding local restaurants. La Nou is not a resort so you will experience 'real' Spain, but still able to enjoy the lively coastal towns of Torredembarra and Altafulla, where many Spanish families choose to spend their holidays, just ten minutes drive away.

The house has recently been rebuilt on the site of a ruined cottage to create a light, airy and spacious home. The entrance hall is large and cool and in the style of many Catalan village houses, this all changes as you go through to the main living area. An enormous kitchen dining area opens onto a large terrace with wonderful views. The living room with fireplace, large sofas and chairs opens onto a covered terrace.

The main bedroom has a small balcony and the attic study/bedroom 4 has two sunny terraces, and all the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms. Every window in the house has a fabulous view. Overlooking the living room is a gallery area with additional seating providing a quiet and cool place to read and enjoy the views.

In the basement is a games room with a table tennis table.

We do not have a swimming pool but there is a very nice public pool in the next village with bar and restaurant and children's play area. An excellent place to spend a day and recommended by our previous guests.

Cal Pep has been inspected by Sawdays and is included in their Special Places to Stay. We are also listed with Simply Owners for easier contact. There is more information on our own website, which can be accessed through Simply Owners or Sawdays and where you will find more reviews.

More Details
Registration Number : HUTT 014622

Maggie Russell
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2018

About Maggie Russell

We live in Hampshire but have had a long association with this part of Catalonia, having worked in the area for several years and making many lasting friendships in and around the village of La Nou.

Maggie Russell purchased this house in 2004

Why Maggie Russell chose La Nou de Gaià

Having had a long association with this area my husband and I decided to buy this house when it was just a ruin. We spent several years planning, designing and then looking for right builder. Its location made the project a challenge, but the end result has been more than worthwhile. La Nou is a charming old village with a lively community, and easy access to the coast, Barcelona and Tarragona and yet it seems to be a world away from holiday crowds.

What makes this house unique

The location is unique, in the ancient part of La Nou de Gaia. We have beautiful views towards the mountains of Montsant, and a wonderful feeling of space and tranquility. Features that have been rescued from the old cottage have been incorporated into the new house, to give our home a character sometimes lacking in new buildings. There is nothing nicer than having friends over, barbecuing on the terrace and enjoying the unbelievably beautiful sunsets over the fruit and olive groves below.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were delighted with the house & location. The design & layout of the house works extremely well. It is very comprehensively equipped & very tastefully decorated & was spotless when we arrived. The views from the balconies are delightful at any time of day. We enjoyed watching the grape-pickers over breakfast almost as much as the spectacular sunsets. The whole house has clearly been designed & fitted out with a great deal of thought. We would love to return at some point.
Aug 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the La Nou de Gaià around the El Tarragonès

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2798 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
  • All the bedrooms have their own shower rooms. The main bathroom in the master suite has a jacuzzi bath and large walk in shower. There is ground floor w.c. just off the entrance hall.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 2 terraces
  • All the bedrooms have en-suite facilities. The attic studio has its own bathroom and is used as an occasional extra bedroom or as space to read, write or paint. It has two outside terraces with views over farmland on one side and the village and sea on the other. The main bedroom has a small balcony which catches the morning sun and gives a view over the village to the sea. Freshly laundered bed linen and bathroom towels are supplied at the start of your stay.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
There are room fans available for all the bedrooms for the hot summer months. The underfloor heating makes this a very comfortable home to stay in during the cooler winter months. A small charge is made to cover winter heating costs. Whilst families are welcome the property is not suitable for small children, please get in touch with us if you would like more information. There are local facilities for horse riding, trekking and lessons. There is a public swimming pool in the next village which has been enjoyed by many of our guests - or the wonderful beaches of Altafulla and Torredembarra are just a short drive away, where there is free parking. Please ask us for more information.


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Peace & tranquility a lovely village house just 7 Km from the beach
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 14 reviews

Lovely House in peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a family of 4 in July ’16 for 10 nights and cannot recommend it highly enough. We wanted somewhere away from the tourist areas as a relaxing base to explore Costa Dorada, Barcelona and Port Adventura, it didn't let us down. The owner was very helpful throughout the whole process and picking up the keys was seamless.

The house itself is perfect and very well equipped with everything you would need, especially the kitchen (serving dishes, blenders, lemon squeezers, cool bag for beach etc), we also made use of the very well designed BBQ on one of the terraces. The lounge is large and comfortable and having 3 en-suites was also a real positive for us as it meant we all had a bathroom and no arguments!

The village is lovely and we found the locals were very nice to us even though our Spanish was rusty, although we did try! The bar was friendly we didn’t feel unwelcome even when it was full of local people, they even served us a complimentary bar snack or tapas with our drinks.

As locations go we hit it spot on, the scenery from the house is beautiful and the drive to the various beaches, theme park and supermarket were all short, our longest trip was to Barcelona which was still less than an hour away.

I would definitely come back again - thank you Maggie.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review - it is always good to know the house has been enjoyed! We look forward to your visiting again.
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An amazing holiday rental

  • 5 of 5

The information & photos are very accurate but you are still surprised at the space & views of this rental. Everything is of good quality & so well designed. Maggie, the owner, was very helpful & communication was easy .

The kitchen is well equipped , there are efficient fans in the bedrooms if it gets too hot & there is even a tv with English channels if you decide to leave the terrace with its views of wonderful sunsets!

There are plenty of leaflets to help you organise visits as the area is so interesting & varied, ( car hire needed).

Cal Pep is an amazing place , one of the best we have stayed in over 30 years of renting abroad.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay!
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  • 5 of 5

Cal Pep is an extraordinary house. Sympathetically rebuilt so that the exterior fits with the traditional Catalan village of La Nou de Gaia, its modern, light interior lifts your spirits as soon as you enter its impressive wooden doors. It is hard to capture in photos or words the feeling of delight we had staying there. Cal Pep's owners have stylishly designed and furnished the house and making arrangements to stay there was easy, efficient and pleasurable. There is an abundance of space and comfort - our three teenagers were thrilled with their en-suite accommodation and opportunity to lounge in the sun. Huge windows and large terraces look over hills and vineyards (where we spotted a family of wild boar!). We took several very pleasant walks straight from the front door as well as driving the short distance to beaches in the lively resorts of Torredembarra, Altafulla and Tamarit. Inland, picturesque mountains and rivers are within a two hour drive and definitely worth visiting. We particularly enjoyed the medieval monastery of Poblet and walled market town of Montblanc in the Prades mountains. A swimming pool would have would have made it ridiculously perfect, but we did take advantage of a lovely pool (and nearby restaurant) in the neighbouring village of El Catllar. If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay, then look no further.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house with outstanding views

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful, well equipped and spacious house with outstanding views. The town is very small and quiet so a car I feel is a must. The area is wonderful, full of lovely beaches, restaurants, culture and things to do for any age. My family had a lovely holiday here and we hope to return one day. Communication was great with Maggie who owns this house, she was quick to answer any emails and gave us lots of valuable information regarding the house and area.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Incredibly Amazing

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not do enough justice to how beautiful the house, views and village are. We were truly taken by surprise as to how wonderful the place was.

Maggy has taken a huge amount of trouble to ensure that everything one requires to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable time in Cal Pep are there. We ended up spending most evenings cooking in their fully equipped kitchen.

Everything is only 10 – 15 minutes drive away, so although you are in a quaint little village, you are still close enough to Torredembarra .

Absolutely loved our stay, and would definitely return for a longer stay

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect holiday in a beautifull house !

  • 5 of 5

The house was big and really confortable, everything according with the pictures on the site (no bad surprises). The decoration was elegant and nice: we feel as if we were at home. The terrasse give an unic view on the landscape, really great for the breakfast !!

In the house, there is a lot of informations about the place and some advices about what to see in the area (Taragone for exemple which is a wonderfull city) , where to eat and where to make some shopping.

The village is quiet and typical and the beach near (10 min with a car).

Whatsmore, the owner of the house is really nice and always disponible to help you or give you some informations if you need it.

We love this place, and hope we will return soon !!!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Barcelona (or Reus 20 kms)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
In the village
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Junction 32 on AP7
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Local Bar
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Altafulla or Torredembarra
Car: necessary

La Nou de Gaia is situated 7 Km inland and just a short drive from the wide sandy beaches of Torredembarra and Altafulla.

La Nou is a lively village with a bar serving good inexpensive midday meals, there is also a small village store, hairdresser, pharmacy and bodega selling wonderful Priorat wines, as well as wines and cavas by local growers.

The house is located in the 'casco antiguo' and with no through traffic it is very peaceful. Visitors have the opportunity to experience Catalan village life with the benefit of beautiful beaches and good restaurants close at hand.

The old Roman capital city of Tarragona is less than 20 minutes drive away and has a wealth of Roman remains to explore as well as a wonderful cathedral. The Cistercian monasteries of Poblet, Santes Creus and Montserrat are all within an hour's drive.

For younger visitors the Port Aventura Theme Park is less than half an hour away.

Inland there is wonderful scenery and fascinating villages to be discovered. We recommend La Siurana, Miravet and Prades and the Ebro Valley.

We are close to the wine making Priorat region and wine tasting tours can be arranged.

Further down the coast is the fishing town of Cambrils where you will find two Michelin Star restaurants as well as many other excellent sea food restaurants. Going North towards Barcelona you can enjoy a day out in the atmospheric town of Sitges.

And it is very easy to have a day out in Barcelona, a 50 minute drive, or just an hour on the train from Torredembarra, where there is free parking at the station. Return fares are approximately Euros 12.00.

Although the house does not have a pool, there is a very pleasant quiet swimming pool in the nearby village of El Catllar if you want to have a change from the glorious local beaches. We recommend the beaches at Torredembarra and Altafulla and Torre de la Mora, free parking at all these locations, and all within 10 minutes drive of the house.

In cooler weather, or early mornings there are plenty of lovely walks to explore in the valley below the house. You will find lots of local information in the pack at the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the La Nou de Gaià,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2019 - 15 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £100 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Cleaning charge per let £85

Prices shown are for 6 people. An additional 2 people can be accommodated only by agreement with owners at an extra charge of £100 each per week.

A charge of £85.00 per let is made to contribute towards the cost of providing bed linen and bath towels and final cleaning.

A deposit of £250 is required to secure a booking and this then converts to the security deposit, held against safe return of keys and damages. It is returned at the end of the stay.
Winter lets are subject to an extra charge to cover heating costs.

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.
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