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18th century farmhouse, idyllic rural setting, spectacular views (90km of coast)

People12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 3,767 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Big rooms, stone & chestnut, biomass heating, fire, broadband, ping-pong & bikes

Rated on of the 'Top-50 European Villas' by the Sunday Times in 2013, Golmar 13 sits in a tiny hamlet 200m above sea level, looking down over green fields, black cliffs, and 90km of coast. Original features combine with thoughtful comfort (modern farmhouse kitchen, state-of-the-art green boiler, huge claw-foot bath, ping pong, mountain bikes, sat TV, broadband), to make this a place you won’t want to leave! But there is much to explore on Spain’s northern tip: stunning walks & rides from the door, an endless choice of breathtaking beaches, Europe’s highest sea cliffs, fishing villages, castles, (details below). If all this sounds too much, just stay at home, leave the kids in the separate games room or splendid garden with majestic chestnut tree, & choose between the two huge drawing rooms in which to read, listen to music, or just keep gazing at that view & the boats way below (with our telescope and maps at hand). And then the sunset, each day a different spectacle

The immediate vicinity: Golmar 13 sits in a mature garden on various levels, so there is always a quiet corner to be found! A substantial lawn in front of the house is ideal for games and there is a perfect chestnut tree for climbing (or hanging the two hammocks provided!) There is a protected eating area shaded by an apple tree with a large outdoor dining table and bbq. Hydrangeas, rhododendrons, bougainvilleas, and azaleas abound.

Less than 50 years ago, the hamlet of Golmar was a thriving community, home to several families living off the land. The same families remain, but the numbers and activity are now greatly reduced. Walking around the hamlet today, you are likely to bump into some of the elderly neighbours by day and wild horses, foxes, deer, or boar by night! This is deepest Galicia: enjoy a night sky now difficult to find in Europe and listen to the sound of the surf pounding the cliffs 300 metres below!

Activities/excursions: Santiago was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985, and is a must! Ferrol is not Spain's most attractive city, but the Castle of San Felipe at the mouth of the bay is well worth a visit. La Coruña is also worth a trip: aquarium for youngsters and superb eating and clothes shopping (home to many of Spain's great designers) for parents. However, if it is physical activity you are after, the options are endless: hiking, biking, sea kayaking, surfing, wind and kitesurfing, sea and river fishing, bird watching, sailing, and horse riding. The owner can help organise all these for you. Route maps & bikes provided, so you can hike and bike from the front door; watch honey buzzards circling from the comfort of your armchair or take a guide on a converted trawler to see migratory seabirds; paddle a sea kayak off Spain's northernmost point; surf at a World Cup beach; learn to sail in the estuary; or try to outwit trout or sea bass on some of the most beautiful rivers you have ever seen!

The local town (eating and beaches): 4km to fishing village of Cedeira, where you have supermarkets and a variety of other shops, restaurants, bars, and a couple of nightclubs. The rocky coast and clear water are the perfect environment for Spain’s most sought-after shellfish (on all the menus or, better still, cook them at home!) The most highly-prized seafood, percebes (goose barnacles!), grow at the base of Cedeira’s cliffs: don’t miss them, or the Russian roulette with mini green peppers (pimientos de padrón). This is also the land of the potato, so also paradise for chip lovers!

Spain's best beaches are along this stretch of coast (and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!) Carpark-trembling surf beaches and secret coves, lined by chestnuts and oaks shading seabass while they have their siestas. There is a very protected beach in Cedeira itself, or drive (or kayak) to the other side of the estuary to Vilarrube where two rivers are separated by a stretch of sand that can surely claim to be the perfect beach!

More Details

Property Manager
DosXtremos
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
15 September, 2017

About DosXtremos

We are a husband-wife team that left Madrid for Spain’s deep south and a change of ...well, virtually everything really! We came up with the idea of Dos Xtremos in 2006, the catalyst being the need to increase the number of people renting our own properties, one in La Coruña and the other in Cadiz (Atlantic Spain’s two wonderful extremes). And since then, even though the business has grown (we now manage a number of properties for other owners), our goal has always been the same: “these are two wonderful and relatively undeveloped areas of Spain that have brought us enormous happiness; so let’s try and tell other people about them!” For this reason, the website has a heavy focus on regional information and includes details on the activities that we enjoy, both individually and as a family with young children.

All our houses are in the provinces of La Coruña and Cadiz, although there is a significant bias towards Cadiz, because that is where we live! Each house has been chosen because it has something special to offer, and we have tried to ensure that the mix meets a variety of tastes and requirements. In the case of the Cadiz properties, we live close by, meaning we are on-hand for problem solving and making recommendations. You may prefer to lounge by the pool (all our pools are very tempting), but if you do want to explore, we have suggestions to fill a lot more than two weeks! As for La Coruña, we personally are a long way away, but the properties are well looked after and our list of recommendations is even longer (to offset the less predictable weather!) We have a close and productive working relationship with all our owners, and we believe this shows in the way our properties are maintained.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Just returned from one week at Golmar 13 in Galicia. A stunning house with a view to die for. And, as if this wasn't fabulous enough, the area around the house is magnificent. Spoilt for surfing beaches, hills cascading to the ocean and lovely and reasonable restaurants. What's not to like. Thank you again.
Aug 2014
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Location

Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
La Coruña /Santiago
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Ferrol
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Ferrol
Car: recommended

There are many claimants to the title of 'unspoilt Spain', but perhaps none as legitimate as this stretch of coastline where wild Atlantic beaches alternate with secret coves fringed with chestnuts and oaks. Continental Europe's highest sea cliffs are a 20-minute drive, as is World Cup surf beach, Pantín. A 5-minute drive (40 min walk) brings you to the fishing village of Cedeira with its protected beaches and famous tapas bars. The hamlet of Golmar sits in an area protected under the EU's Natura 2000 network, and you are likely to see deer, wild horses, and boar. There are spectacular walking and biking routes from the front door (down to the cliffs, through the forest, or on to the pilgrim shrine at San Andrés de Teixido), and, situated close to Spain's northernmost point at Estaca de Bares, this is an area rich in bird life (both resident and migratory). Santiago (World Heritage Site) is an 80 minute drive, as is La Coruña. Ferrol (castle and shopping centres) is 30 minutes away.

Other Activities: bird watching & kayaking.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cedeira in Ortegal

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3767 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En suite bed 2
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite bed 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Split level with claw-foot bath on upper level
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 4 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 is not the largest bedroom in the house but it has the best sea view (it shares a bathroom with bedroom 4) Bedroom 2 is the most luxurious bedroom: split-level distribution includes a bathroom (with large claw-foot bath) on the mezzanine. Bedroom 3 is downstairs and has its own bathroom with large (easy access) walk-in shower. Bedroom 4 is huge and works well as a children's dormitory (4 singles with comfort). It shares a bathroom with bedroom 1 There is a brand new large sofa bed in the upstairs drawing room.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
During the restoration of the house the original structure was maintained, which means there are large rooms and very high ceilings. There are two sitting rooms: a more formal one downstairs, with the open fire; and a less formal space upstairs, where you will find the TV and music system. Both rooms have a massive window looking out over the spectacular view. There is an annex, which is used as a games room (with table tennis, darts, and other games).

Reviews

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18th century farmhouse, idyllic rural setting, spectacular views (90km of coast)
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5

I have found my second home.

  • 5 of 5

I have now spent three summers in Golmar 13, and I can not imagine a summer in any other place. We are all different, and all we are looking for different characteristics of an accommodation. With that said, I would still say that this is a house that everyone would enjoy. It is one of the most beautiful and personal houses I stayed at, and it feels like a second home to me.

The house itself is large and can accommodate many people. My friends and I usually spend 6 weeks in this house during the summer months, and it is held 12 people without any problem. The bedrooms are large, airy and have good natural light. The day can not be bad after waking up in these bedrooms. The beds are also large and comfortable.

The house has two large living rooms, and these are perfect for a group to sit and hang out at. The rooms are large and have comfortable sofas, and one in the living room has a wide window overlooking the Atlantic. The second living room has a large fireplace, and here we have spent many wonderful evenings by the fireplace, playing cards and drinking tea.

The kitchen is large and spacious, and the surfaces are good for cooking. There are also tables and chairs in the kitchen, so you can hang out there while cooking. There is also a lovely dining room where you can enjoy long dinners.

And then it is the nature that surrounds the house. There is not much that beats it. The garden is really amazingly beautiful, and I love to spend long days in the shade under one of the trees in the garden. It is surrounded by green nature and eucalyptus trees, and dramatic cliffs along the coast. The view is spectacular, and the sunsets here are incredibly beautiful. Birds chirping day long, and you can really find a peace of mind when you're there.

For families, this is a perfect destination to travel to. Because the house is so protected from major roads and traffic so the kids can run free and play. There is also much to do, and my friends and I usually spend several hours a day surfing on one of the beaches nearby. The waves are usually right size and good for beginners to learn on. The water is cold, but it's no problem if you acquire a good wetsuit.

I've also got a very good picture of the wonderful host Andrew. He will always help if something is needed or has gone wrong. It feels safe to have him as a host.

I can recommend this house with all of my heart. I hope for your sake that you go there.

/ Johanna

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful, stunning views

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful retreat in an idyllic hamlet. Stunning views, great local walks, sea cliffs, swimming and surfing beaches,towns and seafood. The home is large, comfortable and beautifully furnished. The owners provided lots of helpful local information and were great to liaise with. Our two families had one of the best holidays ever.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

One of my favorite places in the entire world

  • 5 of 5

I've been returning to Galicia every year since 2013. One of the reasons is the amazing and magical place, Golmar.

Arriving from France, after a beautiful drive along the coastline of northern Spain, there's always a peculiar feeling entering the curvy roads in the Galician woods which are filled with impenetrable Eucalyptus. Suddenly, you get out from the trees and there it is, Golmar, overlooking the massive Atlantic ocean. The feeling is really in-explainable, but it stays with you the entire journey and in your memories when you've gotten home.

The property is a well-maintained and modernized stone house made in typical Galician style. It is a very comfortable place to relax after a day of adventure - both inside the house and outside in the garden. The owner, Andrew, has always been very helpful to me and my friends during our stay. And so have the neighbors! If there was anything we needed help with when Andrew was not there we always asked them, with whom we've now become good friends.

What I like about this part of Galicia is that it feels untouched. The general tourism is minimal. I mostly go surfing during the day (in uncrowded waves), but there are a lot of other things to experience and see around the area, for example the Herbeira Cliffs!

I'm looking forward to coming this summer again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

An outstanding peaceful house of great character

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled when we arrived to find Golmar13 not only In a fantastic position on the cliff top with a magnificent coastal view but a house furnished and equipped to a considerably higher standard than an average holiday letting. Exceptionally comfortable with bonus of 2 very large sitting rooms with space for everyone to 'do their own thing'. Kitchen was fully equipped with separate dining room. 3 excellent bathrooms. Plenty of garden furniture. Cedeira is a fun village with lots of tapas bars and small restaurants. Good range of beaches (car essential) with acres of sand and fine surfing, and endless walks from the house. Altogether an exceptional find which we hope to return to soon.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Last undiscovered gem in southern Europe

  • 5 of 5

Golmar 13 is simply the most peaceful and spectacular getaway you can find in southern Europe. Tucked away in the little saga-like village of Transmonte but only a short drive from Cedeira and the beaches. The villa itself has an aura of total harmony, a carefully restored farmhouse. And the views are spectacular and second to none. Will be back next summer and the summer after that...

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
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5

You will fall in love with this house.

  • 5 of 5

Perched high on the cliffs, with breathtaking views of the Galician coastline, Golmar 13 is more than just a 'home from home'. This beautifully restored house oozes charm and character. From the moment you enter the property you feel a sense of calm and relaxation. Wood burning fire, large comfortable furniture, tasteful decor, books galore and large comfortable bedrooms.

You sense that the owners truly love this house and it is certainly not one of those 'holiday lets' that serve to supplement the owners income. You really do feel privileged to be sharing their home.

The facilities are superb, the kitchen is equipped with all the modern appliances, there is high speed internet, satellite television, with the option to change languages if Spanish is not you first, board games and as I've already mentioned plenty of books.

This house is all about the great outdoors. We walked for miles along the cliff tops, through forests and along deserted beaches. We ate tapas is traditional bars and enjoyed the local wines, returning each day to a warm (very efficient central heating in winter) house and enjoying fabulous sun sets over the ocean.

As a well seasoned traveler, I have had the pleasure & displeasure to stay in many places all around the world. This is more than a five star hotel, this is a rare treat. This house is all you can wish for.

I came away from my week in the house feeling totally refreshed and wishing I had booked a second week. We can all associate ourselves with post holiday blues but Golmar doesn't just give you the blues, it makes you think long and hard about what is important in life and I still can't stop thinking about that wonderful week.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cedeira, La Coruna Province

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer 5
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,187
for 7 nights
£1,187
 
 
Autumn 1
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,055
for 7 nights
£1,055
 
 
Autumn 2
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£967
for 7 nights
£967
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,583
for 7 nights
£1,583
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Breakages deposit to be discussed with owner
Cleaning supplement of €60 required for stays of 2 nights

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