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El Caracol: Wild Swim Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

3 Bedroom 3 Bathroom Modern Family Home On Edge Of Mountainous Nature Park

The house built partly underground uses a domed concrete shell technique. The face of the house is glazed, a huge cantilevered aperture at its centre ventilates the whole house.

The upper floor floats within the dome on a steel and wooden structure. The steel supports help to break the spaces on the ground floor into Kitchen/Bar, Dining area, Living with TV and Stereo. The ground floor covers 100m2. Entrance hall and pantry plus ground floor bathroom with washing machine complete the plan.

The first floor is divided into 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have en suite bathrooms. The central bedroom space is ideal for children with 2 single beds. The double bedrooms have king size beds one of which can be divided into 80cm singles easily. More sleeping accommodation (2 people) can be provided using a double sofa bed in the ground floor living room. The house can accommodate 8 people max.

A shaded steel structure, continuing the dome shape provides an indoor/outdoor space that glows after dark. Outdoor furniture plus built in BBQ make it the perfect place to gather, eat and relax.

A circular 6 meter diameter pool is underway to provide our guests in 2017 with a private swimming experience. Enjoy the infinity views and shaded seating, out the front of the house so all occupants can enjoy the scene.

If you like modern living and surprising architecture you will enjoy your stay here.

The house is built and designed by the owners.

More Details

Robert Collyer
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
16 January, 2018

About Robert Collyer

I purchased this piece of land to build our family home on.

I am a designer and builder and this is the third home I have built. I strive to make homes that function in harmony with the elements, that use the least amount of material and heat and cool themselves naturally.

Robert Collyer purchased this house in 2013

Why Robert Collyer chose Horta de Sant Joan

After much searching, a piece of land that had water frontage, southerly views, and access to the Green Way cycle track became available. We have spent the last three years making our dream house, now we look forward to renovating the land to support us and as much local wildlife as possible.

What makes this house unique

First and foremost this property benefits from its proximity to the mountains. Thanks to them the nights here are cool and crisp. The heat is drier and very manageable. The two mountain rivers provide plenty of fresh water swim opportunities. The views across to the Rocas de Benet and the Nature Park beyond are astounding. The inspiring landscape makes for a heady back drop to a uniquely designed holiday home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Horta de Sant Joan in La Terra Alta

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite. Polycarbonate dividing wall from bedroom.
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , En suite. Polycarbonate dividing wall frm bedroom.
  • Polished concrete floor wet rooms. Two of which are ensuite, the third on the ground floor. All fitted with removable shower heads.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Travel Cot can be provided
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Double bed can convert to 2 single beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Open mezzanine bedroom suitable for children
  • Bedroom 1. Floor to ceiling glass room, double bed of 160cm x 200cm or 2 singles of 80cm x 200cm, fitted wardrobe, en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2. Glass fronted room with interior plant pot filled Balcon, fitted wardrobe, double bed of 160cm x 200cm, en suite bathroom. Bedroom 3. Open airy room, balustrade looks onto living area below. 2 single beds with clothing storage beneath. Curtain to provide privacy from stairway.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
We will be staying 10 mins away on neighbouring land, though the holiday house is completely private it means we can be on call should you want any help or advice during your stay. We can arrange pick ups, massage, hair dressing, private chef, fresh free range eggs, guided nature walks and horse trekking on request. We advise that you do not bring a low profile vehicle, normal clearance is needed for use on the dirt tracks of the area.


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El Caracol: Wild Swim Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Amazing house in brilliant location. Recommended!

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Rob and Evie for a wonderful holiday.

The house is an amazing structure and the views are breathtaking. The whole area is stunning and the hosts provide a list of tips of places to visit for wild swimming or cycling. We spent the week visiting different river gorges, waterfalls and canyons for unforgettable swimming experiences with plenty of wildlife spotting along the way. The house is directly next to the Via Verde cycle route which is created from a disused railway, so is completely traffic free and - beat this! - slopes very gradually down hill all the way (if you pick the most sensible direction of course!). Local cycle hire companies kit you up then pick up you at the end of the day and drive you back home. Perfect for families. Montsport in Horta were fantastic and we did this day out twice.

The world doesn't seem to have discovered this part of Spain yet, though there were in the know Spanish tourists around we met only one other foreigner. The place was wonderfully quiet and completely fit the bill for what we were looking for - a holiday to relax and swim but not on crowded summer beaches.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
108 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Arnes, Lo Casal
Nearest Ferry
466 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
196 Kilometres
Alcalá de la Selva
Nearest Train
42 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
42.9 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2.4 Kilometres
Lledò, Restaurant Brenchat
Nearest Ski
201 Kilometres
Nieve de Teruel
Nearest Beach
66.1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The house sits on 8 acres of mediterranean pine forest and orchard, terraced with limestone walls down to the meeting of two rivers. Their sources so close to one another but their differing journeys giving them their own unique character: one is refreshingly cool, perfect for a high summer dip the other warm enough for young children to enjoy it's shallows. It is fun to explore up and down the river, over smoothed rocks and along deeper tracts of water. The river is lined with fig trees, dragonflies and frogs are your neighbours, you may even have the pleasure of spotting a pair of otters!

A typical leisurely day out here usually goes like this: take kids on bikes during the cool of the morning on a gentle down hill ride on the Via Verde cycle way to Balneario de Font Calda, a limestone gorge with deep natural swimming pools. Have lunch at the Restaurant situated on the site of the Monastery, swim, sun bathe in the afternoon, arrange pick up from the local bike hire tour company to take you back to nearby Horta de San Joan. Drink in the square to soak up the evening atmosphere, toodle back home on the bikes (10-15 mins). Pick some fresh toms from the veggie garden, throw together a salad and relax into the view. Quite honestly it doesn't get better than that for me!

The neighbouring unspoilt ancient hilltop villages (4 of which are under 10km away) provide you with a window into bygone rural Spanish life. The sandstone facades dating back as far as the 12th century in places, feel so far removed from modern life you can immerse yourself in their history. Each village throws a party during the summer months inviting everyone to enjoy music, traditional dance and dress, bull runs, bouncy castles and trampolines as well as locally made produce, market stalls and more. Don't miss out during your stay, ask me whats on! Kids will love a day out at any of the local municipal pools, for a small entry fee you can enjoy open air swimming in one of these large modern pools with shade and a summertime bar providing light snacks and refreshments.

Historically the area had been known as a zone for top quality olive oil, nowadays the area makes some great wine. Our nearest village of Lledò will welcome you in with a tasting at Bodegas Crial. If Vinitourism is your fancy, don't miss the opportunity to witness the "Cathedral of Wine" in Pinell de Brai, built in the Modernismo style with soaring brick arches, a worthy homage to Spain's favourite beverage.

Thanks to the areas relative "undiscovered" title it allows for sightseeing and exploration without the crowds. You can ride horses along hundreds of kilometers of maintained trails in the Els Ports Nature Park. The park itself occupies 400 square meters of territory at the meeting of three borders: Catalonia, Valencia and Aragon. The northern face that we look across at, is valued during the summer months for its spring water filled gorges that provide seemingly endless opportunities to swim. Through narrow gorges, under waterfalls and for the brave; jump into from the polished rocks above. The proximity to the mountains of the Els Ports Nature Park provide walking, climbing, caving and pot-holing, not to mention bird watching and Ibex sightings all close at hand. Local companies provide guided tours and group activities for all skill levels to help you get to know the terrain. We also supply maps and walking trail routes for guests who like to go their own way.

We searched all over Spain to find a location we could build our family home on, one that would inspire, excite and fulfill our thirst for nature: and this is it. Come and share it!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Horta de Sant Joan, Terres de l'Ebre

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 May 2018 - 16 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
17 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak season
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

All prices are inclusive of cleaning, and local taxes. Towels, linens and store cupboard essentials provided. Changeover day: Saturday. Check in from 4pm. Check out before 10.30 am.

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