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Recently built cottage with small pool and mountain views

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near L'Ametlla de Mar, Costa Dorada - Secluded private location with peaceful atmosphere.

New cottage situated in country setting amongst almond and olive groves with stunning views of surrounding mountains yet is only 3kms from the town and beaches. Set in own grounds it includes a superb wooded BBQ area and small 3.5m x 3.5m pool. The cottage has 1 double bedroom, 1 triple bedroom, living room/dining room, kitchen area and bathroom. There is a large sofa bed in the living room that could be used to sleep another 2 people. The cottage has free WiFi. The location is great for walking, cycling and there are a number of secluded beaches and fishing villages within 5km. Nearby is the River Ebro and its delta, and the historic city of Tarragona. There are also river fishing options or local horse back riding.

The cottage is fully approved and registered with the Catalonia Tourist Board as now required for all holiday locations. Make sure that any property you consider has this recognition as there is good chance that non compliant properties will have to be removed in the near future.

There is full 24 hour support on hand if you have any problems.

We also have a selection of mountain bikes available for hire at a rate that is about half other local rates.

More Details
Registration Number : HUTTE001244

About Us

Malcolm Hughes
APDO Correos 184, l'Ametlla de Mar
43860 Tarragona
HUTTE 001244
VAT Reg NoX7342475R

Malcolm Hughes
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Catalan
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Malcolm Hughes


I am a Brit who gave up the 'real' job 6 years ago to follow a different lifestyle in Spain before it was too late! I now run a small yacht charter and sailing school in Tarragona.

Malcolm Hughes purchased this villa in 2005

Why Malcolm Hughes chose L'Ametlla de Mar

This area of Catalonia has managed to avoid the over commercialisation that has affected other parts of Spain. Our own house and the cottage are loacted in real countryside but in easy reach of civilisation.

Country properties in Spain offer a very good deal as surprisingly most Spanish people dream of living in towns and in appartments.

What makes this villa unique

The cottage is ideally situated in real countryside yet just a short drive to the local towns. It is a great base for exploring mountains, a beautiful coastline, the river Ebro and the historic cities of Barcelona and Tarragona.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Compact cottage in the hills. Easy to find. Within easy reach of 2 main roads so lots of day trips possible. Lovely private pool and picnic area.

The location is absolutely super and so peaceful - away from everything.

We had everything we needed and really didn't need to leave the cottage - we could just sit by the pool, barbecue, read ... but we were also able to go for some lovely walks in the surrounding hills.

Some days we went to the beach and to see some of the sights around
Aug 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in L'Ametlla de Mar in El Baix Ebre

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over, washbasin and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with bunk beds and additional single bed. Double sofa bed in the lounge.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • forests
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: The cottage has air conditioning and full heating. Outside: Immediately outside the cottage there is a semi covered patio with table and benches. Also within the grounds available to the cottage residents there is a 3.5 metre by 3.5 metre pool and near to this is an additional picnic table, sunbeds, chairs and a bbq area all of which is for the exclusive use of the cottage residents so there is no sharing! BBQ, wooded area with exclusive use of pool (3.5 x 3.5m). Table and chairs, plus sun loungers, by pool. Own garden area and secure parking. Washing line. The outside area is for the exclusive use of cottage guests and is approximately half an acre in area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included, but not beach towels. Towels and linen changed weekly. Property cleaned on changeover day.


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Recently built cottage with small pool and mountain views
average rating of 4.375 based on 9 reviews

un petit coin tranquille...

  • 4 of 5

8 jours très sympathiques dans ce petit coin reculé au milieu des oliviers (un très beau cadre !), à mi chemin entre El Perello et l'Ametlla de Mar. Réservation de dernière minute (2 jours avant notre arrivée), que nous ne regrettons pas. Les propriétaires habitent à côté du gîte, ils sont très sympathiques, réactifs, accueillants, et discrets. La petite piscine est également appréciable. L'endroit est idéalement situé, tout se trouve à proximité (plages, commerces à 5 - 10 minutes grand maximum de l’hébergement). Tout cela nous a permis de passer un très bon séjour à 4 en famille ! Suite à notre départ, une de nos filles a oublié un objet, le propriétaire a eu la gentillesse de nous l'envoyer par courrier. Merci et peut-être à bientôt !

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Helene and Jerome and their family were the perfect guests and we enjoyed hosting them. It is a shame that all guests are not like them :-)
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Enjoyable stay: wonderfully peaceful surroundings

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at Casa Sotavento. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. They managed to hit the perfect balance between being attentive and on hand for every query, while not invading your space. (They even shared their harvest of delicious local figs which were - as accurated advised by Malcolm - amazing with goats cheese and ham.) I appreciated their relaxed attitude - as some rental owners can be overly strict with arrival/leaving times and rules.

The property was well suited for our requirements and kitted out with everything we needed. The outside pool area, and table bench outside the property, were great places to relax and take in the views.

It's well positioned for activities and places of interest. There was plenty to do in the area and would recommend trying a few of the local beaches, plus Tarragona and Miravet.

Mossies can be a pain in such rural locations and, if you have young children/babies, I'd suggest taking a mosquito net to pop over the cot. We didn't have one (a failing on our part!) and despite our best attempts with sprays etc our 15 month-old daughter was bitten each night. Although they didn't seem to cause her any discomfort.

In the run-up to the holiday, Malcolm provided all the maps and directions that we needed to find the property, which were super useful (and spot on!). He also promptly answered any queries that we emailed to him.

All in all - a very enjoyable stay in wonderfully peaceful surroundings!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family holiday in Spain.

  • 4 of 5

A lovely little cottage set off the beaten track in a quiet peaceful location. The owners were really helpful giving useful tips and places to visit nearby. The children loved cooling off in the pool while we could relax on the patio. The seaside town of L' Ametlla de Mar was close by offering lovely resturants, and shops. A lovely first trip to Spain.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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what a wonderful and special place !

  • 5 of 5

Just back from having spent a week at the cottage, what a gem ! We loved the peaceful and beautiful landscape surrounding the cottage, the little walk through the trees to the pool, sitting out watching the magical sunsets, the warm and friendly welcome and assistence we received from Malcolm and Suzanne, the lovely well equipped little cottage, I could go on and on ! Also we stayed there

without a car, walked into the village and used taxis and trains. A visit to Tarragona is a must. Thank you Malcolm and Suzanne for everything.

Mary and Raphael, Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Mountain tranquility

  • 4 of 5

When we were looking for a rental property in the area, we decided we wanted to be away from the towns, for two weeks of peace and quiet. We also wanted easy access to the Ebro Delta and the Zaragoza Steps for our birdwatching sorties and we chose well. We were close enough to the N340 to be able to access everywhere we wanted to visit, yet far enough from civilisation to be able to completely relax without distractions. The property was ideal for the three of us and the garden and veranda were perfect for chilling out after a busy day out and about.

We had no trouble filling two weeks with plenty to do within a car journey. As well as our birding trips, we visited many local town and villages (both on the coast and inland). Miravet, Els Ports National Park and Tarragona are al must and I would recommend a 45 minute train journey from L'Amettla de Mar for the latter. If you are a thrill seeker, Port Adventura is 45 minutes drive away, although there is also a dedicated railway station, which you call also access from L'Amettla de Mar. If the beach is more your thing, there are many isolated coves and larger beachs both North and South of L'Amettla de Mar, all easily reached within 20 to 25 minutes.

Our hosts Malcolm and Suzanne were very attentive, without crowding us in any way and their visits were always well timed and entertaining and their local knowledge was invaluable.

In summary, this is great value for money let which we would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What more could you want......

  • 5 of 5

Its our 2nd time staying at the Cottage. Firstly, October 2012 then June this year. The cottage is set in a tranquil peaceful position and has everything you could possibly need for a lovely relaxing holiday.

Local beaches are great and there's plenty of restaurants if you like eating out. We were happy to stay put most evenings and used the BBQ several times.

We're just waiting for next years flights to be published and then will book again.

You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Debbie, Thank you for the kind words. In answer to what more we could want and that would be guests like you who appreciate what we have on offer here :-) Looking forward to seeing you both again. Malcolm
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Reus (Tarragona) and Barcelona
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Many bars & restaurants el Perelló & l'Ametlla
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
There is a main line station in l'Ametlla de Mar
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Kilometres
The 2 Mediterranean highways are the AP7 & N340
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
There are numerous secluded private beaches.

Special interest holidays:

We are also able to provide sailing trips and courses.


The Costa Dorada is 4km away by car, with long sandy beaches in the towns and villages. There are numerous small secluded beaches and coves, sand and stones, within 5km, accessible by car or bike.


Nearest airport is Reus, 40km away.

Barcelona is another alternative, 150km.

There is a fast and efficient train service from Barcelona and Tarrgona, stopping at L'Ametlla de Mar.

Car essential.

Car hire available at airports or Tarragona or Barcelona stations.


L'Ametlla de Mar is a small fishing village with shops, supermarkets, restaurants and bars, 4kms from the cottage. Inland, 2kms away is a typical Catalan village, El Perello, again with all amenities. Tarragona and Barcelona are a short train ride away, and Port Aventura is half an hour along the motorway. The River Ebro delta is about 10kms away.

Further Details:

All shops, restaurants and banks are easily reached by car. There are many places of historical interest in the locality as the region has a remarkable Roman and Medieval legacy. The Ebro Delta is famous for its fishing and birdwatching, and the El Ports natural mountain park offers suberb walking or biking opportunities. Sailing trips can be locally arranged, as can horseback riding in the local countryside. Port Aventura and the Caribe Aquatic Park will keep the young at heart happy, whilst those preferring more tranquil activities may enjoy a guided tour of the famous local vineyards (including tasting) or a walk along the Cistercian monastic route.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in L'Ametlla de Mar, Costa Dorada

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2018
24 Mar 2018 - 4 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early summer 2018
5 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High season
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.30 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 17 years.

Booking Notes:

We have 2 ways tp pay:

Either a 10% non refundable deposit secures the booking.
Balance due 6 weeks before the start of the holiday.

Or a 30% deposit with the balance due on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Saturday, but may be flexible.
Arrival time after 15.00 on start date. Departure time before 10.30 on final day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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