Villa near El Vendrell, Taragona, Costa Dorada, Spain - Golden Beaches, A Cafe Culture And Traditional Culture Only 15 Mins Away
This delightful villa is set on the side of a rosemary covered hill and offers a perfect base to explore the surrounding area and everything it has to offer. A short drive from Barcelona and only minutes from glorious sandy beaches and captivating sights, sounds and tastes of the Costa Dorada, it’s easy to see why the rugged hills of the Baix Penedes wine region around El Vendrell (a typical Spanish market town) became the perfect spot for many city dwellers to build holiday villas. Be as active or as relaxed as you wish: spend a day in Barcelona or Tarragona or on 1 of the 22 blue flag beaches, visit the water-parks/themeparks, take in some culture by visiting Montserrat or 1 of the many Roman sites, visit Freixenet and Torres cellars or follow the Cava trail (it is even possible to take a wine tasting tour by horse and cart, from the equestrian centre in nearby Rodonya) and if all that is too much just chill out by the pool with a glass of wine and enjoy the view.
Top Traveller Review
Lovely villa, would recommend to others
About the Owner
Barry is Head Gardener on a private estate and I am an infant teacher in a tiny rural school. Our 3 children have almost flown the nest! When we met and married 31yrs ago in S.Devon, old-fashioned estate-life gave us an idyllic lifestyle but modern life caught up and change became inevitable. The Midlands offered a little more prosperity and we decided it was time to own a property. Friends moved to Spain, plumping for the Barcelona area after much research. Soon after, we visited and were also smitten - our property search began. We wanted to immerse ourselves in a new language and culture and create a home for the future; we were looking for a real Spanish lifestyle and found it in El Vendrell.
Guestbook comments from the manager
What a fantastic holiday!I think the view from the villa will be etched in my mind for ever. I don’t think I've had a more enjoyable & relaxing holiday for many years, the kids really enjoyed the pool & sunbathing on the terrace as well as our frequent trips to Comaruga beach. I don’t think I will ever tire of the view from the poolside veranda. It’s not just the cava, the beaches, the people, the history, the hills, the sea air, the food! I think it is the memories the place instills. They will live with you for a lifetime.
We have already shown photos to anyone & everyone we can & keep talking about all the things that we didn’t do & will have to do next time. Once again thank you for the use of your villa & making the organisation beforehand so easy & straightforward.
The veranda was beautiful. All in all we have had a fantastic week & have had a lovely holiday. The children (all 5!) wanted to comment on the character of the villa, liking all the different levels & areas.
1 holidaymaker review
Lovely villa, would recommend to others
Had a lovely time here. Nice villa, Pool cleaner and villa cleaner are very helpful. Even the neighbours are nice and helped us with the language barrier as we dont speak Spanish. We would recommend to friends and family and would even visit again.
From the Owner
“In the winter of 2002/3 Barry made 2 visits to El Vendrell, alone, & on the 2nd he bought our villa – without me seeing it! As soon as I saw it I loved it too. It was obvious what had attracted him to it: the pool, barbecue area, mulberry tree, terraced garden, fruit trees and wonderful views made it a perfect relaxing holiday destination, and its distance from the town & coast would mean only a short drive to shops, beaches & many other places of interest, all set against a backdrop of olive trees & vines. We absolutely love our Villa, for its views and tranquility and everything the area has to offer. Inexpensive flights to Barcelona and Reus airports, both less than an hour's drive from the Villa, adds to its desirability.”
Activity and Interests
The region of El Vendrell runs from the sea to the mountains. The ‘Blue Flag’ beaches of Comaruga, San Salvador and El Francàs (on the Costa Dorada, a coast of 7km) are located 3.5km. from the town and 15 minutes by car from the Villa. The beaches are wide and long along the Mediterranean. They are peaceful and the water is clear and warm with a high iodine content – particularly healthy! The beaches offer an exceptional place to enjoy the sun and practice water sports.
A hire car is a must.
Airports - Barcelona El Prat 55 mins by car. Reus 45 mins by car. Gerona 2 hours 30 mins away. El Vendrell 15 mins by car.
By car: El Vendrell/shops 15 min. Coma Ruga 1 of 22 blueflag beches on the glorious Costa Dorada 20 mins stroll along palm-lined seafronts, explore shops and restaurants, play volleyball. Drive no more than 30 mins for wine tasting, ancient fishing village seafronts, castles, small bays. Try the short coastal train ride from ComaRuga to Tarragona, famous for its Roman amphitheatre or keep going to PortAventura water park 1 hour by car.
El Vendrell has a great covered market open each morn. Each Tues am there are extra stalls. Fri am there's a lge street market. There are supermarkets, banks, excellent chemists and lots of interesting shops, bars and restaurants lining the narrow streets, plus great free parking. The Spanish daily routine is different to ours and getting up late, pottering about, then deciding to amble down to the shops does not work - they'll be shut! Its the same in all surrounding towns. Morn shopping 9-1pm tends to revolve around practical needs ie food, plus time for a coffee and pastry in e.g. Jaquelines (our fav. cafe) or a cooling drink on the Rambla (main street of bars and trees). Lunch is between 1pm and 3.30ish, there are notes in the villa about the menus, bars & restaurants & our favourites. Then it's siesta time - by the pool or on a shady terrace, snoozing, reading or chatting, or down to a beach. The shops reopen between 5pm and 8.30pm (Barcelona included)- another opp. for a drink on the Rambla or seafront! Some shops in places such as Sitges stay open until much later. The Spanish eat late (9pm on) and stay up late! Sitges is a fab place to visit, day and night. It has excellent beaches, restaurants and boutique shops; walking along the seafront and up to the old church and exploring the shops, at night is a wonderful experience-can't keep us away. The Fiesta Mayor firewk display, end of Aug, is amazing. There is a regular train service to and from Barcelona-we always use the train. We also take the train from Comaruga to Tarragona. All the beaches have lovely bars and restaurants, not all have shops. We regularly visit Calafell and our uni aged children have enjoyed the nightclubs and kareoke there. Near the house is a bar with pool table and table football-rather too far to walk (30mins) although our teenagers have enjoyed the challenge! Waterparks-Port Aventura along the coast & Aqualeon along the road-both great-look for ticket offers on Net or with Ryanair.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
We require a non-returnable deposit of £250 per week which will reserve your booking. The outstanding balance plus a £250 refundable damage deposit is to be paid 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. (You will lose your reserved week/s and deposit if this final payment is not received in that time.) The damage deposit is to cover breakages or damages & the cost of any excessive cleaning required after your departure. It will be returned to you, less any necessary deductions.
Saturday is our preferred changeover day. In at 4pm. Out at 10am.
Notes on prices:
Easter period & May bank holiday week £1050 per week.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The drive from Barcelona and Reus airports is easy & once at the Villa there is plenty of parking. The private pool, cool mountain breezes, possibility of finding fresh lemons, figs & grapes in the garden & the ability for everyone to find their own private chill-out spot, may make ‘going out’ less appealing but only a 20 mins drive away are activities to suit all tastes from a waterpark, to the Pau Casals (cellist) museum, to pony trekking, to beaches & much more. Leave the car in El Vendrell and take the train to Barcelona or visit the market & buy fresh local fish & shellfish & olives (the tiny ones), visit the wine cellars & taste & buy wine & Cava then, return to the Villa for a barbecue & while away the evening on the terraces watching the sun set behind the hills.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- pets considered
- near the sea
- live theatre
- theme parks
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- Bathroom with shower and WC. Bathroom (separate from main villa) with shower and WC.
- 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Bedroom 5
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 twin beds. Bedroom 4 twin beds. Bedroom 5 (seperate from main villa) twin beds.
- Golf ...
- Outside: Outside is spacious. There is a garden with many terraces, both in and out of the sun, with tables, chairs and sun loungers. Around the private pool it is sunny and hot and ideal for those who want to top up their tan after a good swim. If shade is preferred a beautiful spot to while away the hours with a good book is under the Mulberry, where you may also be lucky enough to find the grapes, or perhaps you and your friends would prefer to sit and chat in the large shady terrace beneath the main part of the villa. The BBQ area offers another lovely shady spot for al fresco dining and as all the areas have lighting, the outdoors can be enjoyed well into the cool of the night. Many of our visitors express their delight at sitting out on the terrace with a bottle of local cava, watching the sun go down behind the hills. Lower down the terraces are the olive trees, fig trees, nispro trees, almond trees, young orange trees, a walnut tree and of course the all important lemon tree. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cushions for outdoor furniture, fold-up chairs for around barbecue table, beach umbrellas, various pool and beach toys -which, rather like biros, appear and disappear throughout the season! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels for use in the Villa are included.