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Large Farmhouse With Lovely Views, Private Pool and Loads of On-Site Activities



Updated: 13-Sep-2016
Farmhouse in Pontons, Barcelona, Spain - Lovely Views And A Wide Range Of On-Site Activities

A restored farmhouse located high up a valley in the Penedes wine region. The private driveway leads to a shady forecourt with barbecue, vines and a lovely view. The house has a cool, spacious interior with fully equipped kitchen, lounge and games room. Upstairs, there are 5 bedrooms sleeping 11 comfortably, with extra mattresses and a cot available. The 6 acres of surrounding grounds include a private swimming pool with two levels of sundecks overlooking the valley, a petanque court, a large play area with trampoline, climbing frame and swings, and olive and almond groves. There is also an area for table tennis/basket ball/football.

Cal Gimeno is located just 1 hour from the lively and historic cities of Barcelona and Tarragona and 30-40 minutes from the beaches of Sitges, Vilanova and Calafell. The famous vineyards of Torres, Freixenet and Cordoniu are close by, and the theme parks of Port Aventura, Aqualeon, Aquopolis and Costa Caribe are all within an hour's drive.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Tim and Helen moved to Barcelona from London in 1998 and lived in Catalunya for the next 14 years, having 2 lovely daughters along the way. The relaxed way of life, the weather (of course!), the beach and our farmhouse are what kept us there, but the lack of good quality secondary schools led us to return to the UK in 2012. However, Tim still works in Spain and stays at Cal Gimeno most weeks while the rest of the family visit several times a year (always in the autumn for our annual olive harvest). We all love working in the open air, watching the changing of the seasons and learning the annual routine of planting, picking and pruning.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Our children also speak Catalan and some German

Guestbook comments from the owner

Cal Gimeno is beautiful and well appointed, and we really enjoyed ourselves. Overall the place is fabulous!
Aug 2012
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Fantastically relaxing holiday in a beautiful location. We hope to go back some day. Thank you!

  • 5 of 5

The farmhouse is very spacious, in a beautiful rural location and has lots to keep both adults and children entertained. It also benefited from being slightly cooler and less humid than Barcelona, even though the City was within an hour from the Farmhouse. Great holiday, we did not want to leave and therefore very much hope to go back

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Unspoilt location.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house very well equipped for a stay with children. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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From the Owner

Tim is the son of a farmer and has always wanted our children to have the same opportunity to run wild and explore the great outdoors. We spent 2 years searching for a farmhouse but, inevitably, it was a conversation in a pub that finally led us to Cal Gimeno. We have made a fair few changes to bring it up to modern standards, and it has become our family home with everyone relaxing when we stay. Cal Gimeno is only 30 minutes from the coast, but might as well be in a different world. It is so tranquil with no neighbours and lovely views, and so cool and beautiful up in the hills. The area is filled with vineyards and olive groves, and steep tree-covered mountains topped with cliffs.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Barcelon El Prat and Reus Tarragona at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Torrelles del Foix or Pontons at 3 Kilometres Nearest Golf : El Vendrell at 50 Kilometres Nearest Train : Vilafranca del Penedes at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : AP7 / E15 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Torrelles or Pontons at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Pyrennes at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Vilanova i la Geltru and Sitges at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary


Cal Gimeno is located inland, away from the bustle and humidity of the coast. However, the beaches of the Costa Dorada and Costa del Garraf are only a 30-40 minute drive away. These include the pretty and popular old fishing town of Sitges, with its many shops and restaurants, and the long, wide beaches of Vilanova, Calafell and Salou.


The airports of Barcelona and Reus (Tarragona) are one hour away by car. Girona is almost 2 hours. Car hire is essential - details of local companies available on request.


The nearest villages (5 mins drive) are Pontons and Torrelles de Foix with small shops, bakeries and restaurants/cafes. The nearest large supermarkets are in Vilafranca del Penedes (20 mins). Vilafranca also has a hospital, and a local market on a Saturday.

There are many nearby vineyards to visit, including Torres, Freixenet, Cordoniu and Jean Leon. The spectacular monastery of Montserrat and the historic cities of Barcelona and Tarragona (the old Roman capital) are an hour away.

Further Details:

The excellent theme parks of Port Aventura, Costa Caribe, Aqualeon and Aquopolis are all within an hour's drive. Horse riding is possible near Vilafranca. The nearest golf courses are Vendrell or Sitges - both 40 mins. There is also plenty of local walking.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year 16/17
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
11 Feb 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
18 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2016
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
3 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
8 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
During high season, bookings can only be taken from Saturday to Saturday. We can be flexible at other times of year.
We ask for a 20% deposit to confirm a reservation. Any bank fees are for the account of the guest. Ts & Cs available on request.

Changeover Day:
Bookings run Saturday to Saturday during the high summer (July and August). We are more flexible out of season.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in sterling and can be paid by sterling cheque or bank transfer. It is possible for guests from the eurozone to transfer in euros to a Spanish bank account on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 13-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

Cal Gimeno is a classic Catalan masia - a south-facing farmhouse with thick walls to keep out both heat and cold. It looks like a cottage but is amazingly big inside, especially the kitchen and living areas, so it can accommodate three families without feeling crowded. It has been modernised, so no damp and no making-do, and is fully equipped with everything a modern family needs. But perhaps the best thing is the outside space. A private pool with sundecks. Plenty of shady areas around the house for eating and relaxing. A petanque court right below the house. A big playground with trampoline and climbing frame. Table tennis, basketball, table football, football net and plenty more grounds to explore. Great for all ages. Barcelona, Tarragona, theme parks and beaches are all easy to get to, but we find guests tend to stay on site.

Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 250 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Spacious family bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite to bedroom 1
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Downstairs bathroom
  • Family bathroom with large bath, walk-in shower and WC. En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower and WC. Downstairs bathroom with shower and WC.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot, With ensuite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 4 Child Bed, 2 x bunk beds
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Child Bed, plus a spare mattress
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 11+ (5 Bedrooms) plut mattresses/cots Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and ensuite. Bedroom 2 with king size bed. Bedroom 3 with stardard double bed. Bedroom 4 with 2 sets of bunk beds. Bedroom 5 with one single bed.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Accommodation: Stairgate available on request. Extra mattresses and cots available. The pool is heated using solar power. It is not usable in winter or early spring. Outside: Paved forecourt includes barbecue, sofa, tables and chairs, with mulberry trees and vines for shade. Private pool is 7m x 4m approx and has solar heating for spring and autumn. There are two levels of sundecks with loungers, chairs, tables, a shower and a small fridge. We also have a paddling pool for those too young to enjoy the swimming pool. The pool is fenced-off, but the grounds are extensively terraced, so toddlers need close supervision. There is a flat, shady games area to the side of the house with table tennis, swingball, basketball net and football goal. Adjacent garage has a full-size table-football. On the terrace below the house is a petanque court with boules provided. The lower play area has a trampoline, climbing frame with swings and slide. There is also a vegetable patch and a great many fruit trees with tomatoes, plums, figs, peaches, apples, apricots, cherries and grapes to enjoy in season. The rest of the 6 acres consists of olive and almond groves. Utility Room: Separate laundry room with washing machine, dryer and utility sink. Washing line outside. Washing powder and cleaning products provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels (for indoors and pool/beach) are provided. Property is cleaned between rentals. Property can be cleaned and linen changed weekly for longer rentals if requested. Other: Converted wine store now used as a cloakroom. Small bodega with wine rack. Garage with all sorts of sports equipment and some bikes

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