Living local is a great chance to make a real difference using "Responsible Tourism" which are supporting the local Catalan farmers as it aids maintaining traditional ways of living. Renovating the beautiful country homes, with a high degree of respect, stops the areas of mass tourism to grow larger and preserve the stunning scenery, wildlife and glory in Catalonia's historic buildings and precious heritage.
Number of rooms: 4 Single rooms: 0 Double rooms: 4 Triple rooms: 0 4 person rooms: 0
Property number: 01-61215 Size (m²): 280
Single beds: 2 Double beds: 3 Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms ensuite: 0 Price per week (€): 1.297 - 1.860
Nearest town (8km):
This 13th century property, La Molina Soterres, is situated in the most southern part of Catalonia between the Ebro river and the borders to the provinces of Valéncia and Aragón. In a unbelievably natural spot, you find this amazing antique watermill, situated in the mountains, 7 km. from the village Horta de Sant Joan. known because the painter Picasso lived here in two periods.
Remotely situated, accessible by a 4,5 km. forest track, you find this stunning location, with the waterfall right next to the house, so you can swim right under it, and enjoy its beauty from the terraces or the bedrooms of the house.
The owners Pilar and Jordi have done a fantastic job, carefully reforming the watermill, and furnishing it with tasteful furniture, preserving the authencity. The building has several floors and is constructed right on the side of a rock, which actually serve as one of the walls of the house.
As it is watermill, the water passes under the building, and in the lowest part, the machinery is still there. Here, there is also a toilet and a small kitchen, a barbecue and a long table has been installed, as an alternative to eating outside or in the dining room.
The house has several levels and most rooms face the waterfall. Below the main floor dedicated to dining room, kitchen and sofa corner, you find two bedrooms and a bathroom. Directly from the kitchen, you have access to the cosy sunny “morning terrace”, with the gorgeous view to the waterfall.
At the upper floor, you find two more bedrooms with panoramic view and another bathroom. At the top, there is loft, which sometimes are used for children, as there two extra beds.
The outside atmosphere is hard to describe in words, as the location is very special. The waterfall gives a freshness and the surrounding rocks giving many shady corners and a feeling of being one with nature. The channel systems used to direct the water to create the power for the water mill, has been intelligently led to a swimming pool, where this clean water, right from the spring few kilometres from the house is led through the 45 meter long swimming pool, and then on to the river again in the other end. You can also swim under the waterfall and different places in the river.
In the house, you find a lot of information about walking routes from the house, as it is an excellent place for this. The house is also perfect as base for exploring all the sights (wineyards, Ebro delta, Tortosa and beaches) of this southern part of Catalonia.
The house is sustainable with solar panels and generator, and to protect the micro-environment, there is no washing machine. Instead, the owners pick up your laundry every second day, and have it washed in the village.
4 double bedrooms (3 double beds, 2 single beds) + a loft with room for 2 children
Dining area with dining table
Sofa corner with fireplace, TV (Satellite) and DVD
Well-equipped kitchen with microwave, toaster, stove, fridge, freezer
3 different terraces and the indoor terrace with barbecue
Pool area with sun loungers and the natural swimming pool of45 meters!
Bicycle rental nearby
Trip to Barcelona or rent a holiday apartment before or after
During your stay in Catalonia, it is obvious to make a trip to the metropolis Barcelona. From most houses there is only 1-1½ hours to drive in to the Catalan capita,l known for Gaudi, Miró, The Ramblas, the Gothic neighbourhood, F.C. Barcelona, the beach and many other things. The previous summers, many of our guests have chosen to rent a holiday apartment in Barcelona before or after their stay in the beautiful Catalan countryside.
Activities: Golf possible (70 km), Internet and computer, Playground or swings, Television, Stereo, DVD-player
Interior: High chair, Cot
Garden: Private garden, Private outdoor swimming
pool (180 (4 x 45) m2) , BBQ, Terrace
Distance to (km):
Public transportation: 7
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(for each guest is one for the bath and one for the hands - please bring towels for the pool and beach -
there is a washing machine in the house)
COT NORMALLY AVAILABLE AND INCLUDED. PLEASE REQUEST INFORMATION
HIGH CHAIR SOMETIMES AVAILABLE AND INCLUDED. PLEASE REQUEST INFORMATION
DOMESTIC ANIMALS/PETS PERMISSION AND SUPPLEMENT MUST BE REQUESTED IN ADVANCE, AS NOT ALL HOLIDAY HOMES ALLOW PETS
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HEATING ( WINTER) INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
40 % must be paid within 8 days to secure the booking.
By cancellation more than 2 months before arrival, half of the deposit will be refunded.
By cancellation less than 2 months before arrival, the deposit is not refunded.
For this house, the remaining payment must be transferred 1 month before arrival.
The price does not include Catalan tourist tax: € 0,5/adult (+16) per night. You maximum pay for 7 nights (even though you stay 2 0r 3 weeks).
Security deposit: By rental of this house, an additional deposit is paid by arrival and refunded by departure, if the house is left in same condition as by arrival.
At Catalan holidays in low- and medium season supplements may apply. Please consult us.
Description of the region :
TERRES DE L'EBRE In the southernmost and warmest part of Catalonia, the coast turns east and forms a giant spit. This peak has the estuary of Spain's largest river, the Ebro, and where the freshwater meets into the salt water and creates a unique natural area - so special and rich in species, it was added to UNESCO's list of biosphere reserves. The whole area, also in the country and up in the beautiful mountains, are in Catalan called Terres de l'Ebre. It is a diverse, natural and activity rich area, which currently has not been "taken over" by mass tourism. There is thus a more relaxed and authentic atmosphere in the smaller villages, where you have a good opportunity to experience the Catalan culture at eye level.
VISIT THE COASTLINE The coastline is certainly worth a visit. Especially the towns close to the water, including L'Ametlla de Mar and L'Ampolla, has a cozy atmosphere and there are a huge amount of restaurants serving fresh fish and shellfish - caught just outside the harbor. In the northern direction, there are many isolated coves - surrounded rock structures and spruce forests in the back. To the south, there are great beaches with fine sand and shallow, clear water - just ready to throw the towel on the sand and out and jump into the refreshing seawater. Look for the beaches with blue flags - this is a symbol of good water quality, secure conditions and that there are lifeguards present. Examples of these are Platja de Pixavaques (at L'Ametlla de Mar), Platja de Cap Roig (L'Ampolla) and Platja de Garbí (Sant Carles de la Rápita). In the different harbors, it is possible to go on some guided tours. For example, one from L'Ampolla get out and see where the restaurants awarded the coveted blue mussels and oysters and get delicious samples and Cava or white wine.
WATER ACTIVITIES The region is made for water activities – here, there is many opportunities to get some unforgettable experiences on the water. Firstly, there is plenty of opportunity for kayak trips on the Ebro and it is for all ages and fitness conditions. For those seeking action and fast water there are plenty of white water opportunities where you can get your skills tested in the kayak along with an experienced instructor. If the family should go altogether, if there any elderly or very young, there is a stretch with only minimal current in the water. Here, you set the pace yourself, and there is plenty of time to enjoy the nature from the water - and it is a completely different experience than standing on the shore. See a short video from the beautiful trip here.
WORLD CLASS FISHERY The Ebro is known for its fantastic fishing for giant catfish and carp (do not worry - they are completely harmless to humans). Here, if you are up for it, you can go out with an experienced guide and try to catch one of the several meter long catfish or a heavy, thick carp. The picture above is the writer with a catfish of 160 cm – and this is not one of the big ones! Right at the mouth of the river, in the small town of Riumar, there is a team of experienced fishing guides - they specialize in fishing trips at sea. The family can go for a cozy fishing for species like mackerel, small tuna, bonito and other fish that do not require great fishing experience - an ideal day trip on a wonderful boat, where you have the opportunity to catch dinner and enjoy the fresh sea air. If you want to go all the way, you can also bet it all on the giant bluefin tuna, which is one of the world's strongest species – if you hook one, you will certainly get a hard battle, and if you manage to get in the boat, it is an experience for life.
DIVE WITH TUNA If you would rather watch a giant tuna instead of fighting with it, there is actually the opportunity to dive with them. It takes place in some tuna pools 4-5km from shore - here bluefin tuna are bred, which allows you to see them at close range. You sail out in a large catamaran, get a snorkel (and wet suit, if it is cold) and then the crew feeds the tuna to get the huge fish to the surface. You get the opportunity to swim in the pool and observe the huge fish that can reach a weight of around 250 kg. Do not worry - they are completely harmless and keeps an appropriate at a few meters to humans. There is also a professional diver in the water during the whole process. On the way back, you have the opportunity to taste the tuna sashimi and Cava prepared by the crew. Watch a short video about the trip here.
The large, majestic Ebro-river winds down through the wooded and bare plains and has great significance for the local community - many people depends on this river. This applies for instance to the hydroelectric power plant, but also for the wildlife that is truly unique. In the river, everything from huge catfish to big zander swims. In Sebes Natural Reserve, you can observe many birds (including several rare ones), and they have 12 storks with their nests. The river runs as a green line through the countryside, as the water is a breeding ground for a lot of lush nature.
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