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!
Top Traveller Review
Wonderful, stunning views
About the Owner
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.
4.9 based on 33 holidaymaker reviews
Wonderful, stunning views
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.
One of my favorite places in the entire world
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!
An outstanding peaceful house of great character
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.
Last undiscovered gem in southern Europe
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...
You will fall in love with this house.
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.
Wonderful spot to get away from it all
For almost two weeks in September 2103, we enjoyed the wonderful location and atmosphere of Golmar 13. The house itself offered us everything we were looking for; loads of rural character, big rooms on both floors, good beds, fully equipped kitchen and, above all, fantastic views of the sea and coastline. The weather was very good to us, so we spent several days in the garden, reading, relaxing and enjoying the very quiet and peaceful setting.
The location is perfect for day trips; we went to A Cornuna, Bares (the northernmost point in Spain), and, of course, Santiago de Compostela. All are with easy driving distance, as is the little town of Cedeira, where you'll find lots of bars and small restaurants and some shops and supermarkets. Being able to speak some basic Spanish helps a lot in this region, because mass tourism hasn't been invented here yet, and let's hope it stays that way. The remote location (don't stay here without a car) will probably see to that.
For anyone looking to experience real and rural Spain, a wonderful house on a perfect spot, look no further.
Activity and Interests
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.
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
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Broadband Access
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Sofa Bed
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
- Books for Kids
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
- Games for Kids
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
- autumn foliage
- rain forests
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- pier fishing
- bay fishing
- surf fishing
- water skiing
- 350 m²
- 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
- 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.
- Deck Chairs
- Bicycles ...
- Barbecue ...
- 12 garden chairs
- 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).