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Character Cottage with Private Pool and Mountain Views



Updated: 20-Nov-2016
Character Cottage in Marca, Nr. Tarragona, Catalonia - Rural Location in Stunning Wine Growing Region

This characterful 3 bedroom south-west facing house is on the Mother's Garden farm of Maggie Whitman, writer Martin Kirby and their children Ella and Joe Joe, known to millions from the very first NO GOING BACK documentary on Channel 4.

Martin's books, No Going Back - Journey to Mother's Garden and Shaking The Tree, has brought visitors from around the world to Maggie and Martin's door. The farm of vines, olives and almonds is in the beautiful Priorat mountains, south of Barcelona and just 40 minutes from Reus Airport, Tarragona and the beach.

And the location will appeal greatly to food and wine enthusiasts, bird watchers, walkers or anyone seeking a taste of real Spain or simply wanting a holiday with a difference. Children are very welcome indeed - and if needed Universal Studios Porta Aventura is just 40 minutes away.

Our farmhouse is just 50 metres away, and we are on hand to ensure you have a wonderful time, whatever your age.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Maggie Whitman, Martin Kirby and their two children have lived and farmed at Mother's Garden since 2001.

They and their home were featured in the No Going Back television documentaries, and Martin has written two books - NO GOING BACK Journey to Mother's Garden, and SHAKING THE TREE -about their search for time and a life closer to nature.

“More than 1000 people from around the world have made their way to The Garden, for many reasons – peace, culture, birding, walking, food,” said Maggie. “We will continue to offer accommodation at our cottage until 2016. Please come if you are interested in this different way of life.”

Martin and Maggie also run the Mother’s Garden premium extra virgin olive oil business, exporting fresh, award-winning olive oil to the UK.

Speaks English, Spanish, Catalan

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Chill out, relax, wind down, rest, food, wine, sun ...... everything one could possibly want.' DM Scotland

'I had an amazing week of sunbathing, swimming (lots of it!) and visiting all sorts of places.' GD (aged 14) Norfolk, England

'I loved the almond harvesting - it was all good. Thanks for taking us up the mountain Martin.' HD, 15, Norfolk, England

'This visit shines like a diamond within the rest of my experience of this wonderful, friendly country.' LW New Zealand.

'Great for bird watching, especially mountain areas. Fantastic holiday all round.' OR, England
Jun 2007
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


One of the best holidays we had

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at the villa and we will like to say a big thank you to Maggie and Martin for the hospitality and all the help during our stay.

The villa is much better than what you can see on the pictures and it is maintained to a high standard, you feel welcome from the moment you step in, there is plenty to see and visit in the area and the sea is only half an hour drive away.

Once again thank you very much Maggie and Martin from everyone in our company and we will be coming back that is for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything a Spanish rental should be.

  • 5 of 5

A delightful, roomy and sunny property surrounded by wildlife in a quiet location but only a few miles from a pretty village with market (Tuesdays), shops and fuel. Owners care passionately about the area and natural environment and are extremely helpful. A perfect holiday week. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend to friends and family who want a quiet break with nature on the doorstep.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The Priorat is a wine and olive oil mountain region of extraordinary beauty, culture and peace. We call this life time travel and all visitors have appreciated the nature and also how it is also just 40 minutes from the Mediterranean and the historic and bustling cities of Tarragona and Reus. The airport at Reus is 30 minutes away. Barcelona and its airport are 1 hour and 45 minutes away by are or train. There is a rail station in our village.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Reus at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Marca at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Marca-Falset at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Marca at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Montroig at 20 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Wine tours, birdwatching, walking, cycling, angling, horse riding and rural retreats.


Just a 35 min drive from the nearest beach.


Reus Airport is 40 mins by car - car hire recommended for best enjoyment of the area. Barcelona Airport 1 hour and 40 minutes.


Marca (village with shop/bar) 5 mins, Falset (nearest town) 10 mins, 40 mins from Tarragona or Universal Studios Porta Aventura.

Further Details:

Famous for its vineyards, olive groves, scenery and wildlife, the Priorat is perfect for nature and food and wine lovers. There are festivals throughout the year, including a major wine fair in Falset at the beginning of May, a colourful artisan fair in Marçà at the end of May plus the great summer fiestas in all the villages - and a wonderful pace of life all the time. Marçà is just one kilometre away and has small shops, including a bakery, a chemist, two restaurants and a bar. Falset is three kilometres from the farm and has all amenities. The train station with easy links to Tarragona and Barcelona is just one and a half kilometres from the farm.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Nov-Dec 2106
1 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb 1 - March 24, 2017
1 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
April 1 - June 30 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July 1 - August 31 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Sept 1 Oct 31 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nov 1 - Dec 16 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 25% non-refundable deposit and completed booking form are required within 7days of the provisional booking being made by phone or email. If the booking is made within 8 weeks of the start date of the rental then full payment is required immediately. The balance must be received at least 8 weeks before the start date of the rental.

Changeover Day:
Bookings for peak season are Sat to Sat, commencing at 4pm, finishing at 10am. We will be flexible where possible. Arrival and departure days may be variable at other times of the year, minimum stay two nights. Please ask.

Notes on prices:
SIGNIFICANT DISCOUNTS FOR SMALLER GROUPS (one or two bedroom use only, not summer) so please ask. Prices are for the property per week in Euros exclusive of taxes.
During July, August, Easter week and half term holidays booking must minimum one week, Saturday to Saturday. Rest of year, letting may be flexible.
We have low occupancy rates for couples or groups of 5 only using one or two rooms - please email or call for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 20-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

We are on hand - the farmhouse is 50 metres away from the cottage - to do all we can to ensure you have a special time at Mother's Garden. We can guide you to places of outstanding beauty, on mountain walks, to cultural sites, lovely restaurants, the best beaches and lovely wine cellars. Simply, just ask how we can help plan your time when you want to venture from the cottage, pool and farm. Both adults and children love it here.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs bathroom with full size bath/shower, wc, bidet. Downstairs wetroom with shower, wc, sink.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 plus young child Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, single bed or cot and balcony view over the mountain. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and single bed. Bedroom 3 with double bed and pool view.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Outside: Garden/patio area to the rear of the property looks onto the private swimming pool with stone barbeque and outdoor dining area under the pergola. Sit with a meal or a glass of wine in the sun or shade looking across the mountains whilst the children play in the pool. Utility Room: Iron, hairdryer, baby seat, cot all available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided.

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