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Domed Underground Property In A Secluded Peaceful Location

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Underground House in Tivenys, near L'Ampolla / Tortosa, Costa Dorada - Tranquil Situation In Own Olive Grove, 10 Minutes Drive To The Stunning River Ebro

This sustainably built underground property takes strength and beauty from its unique domed shape. Its exterior disappears seemlessly into the sorrounding landscape. An ancient olive shades the front entrance and terrace to give it a real sense of location, you really are amongst the olive groves here. Through the leaf dappled light the land beyond can be seen stepping down, amphitheatre-like below. The majestic mountain scape beyond as the backdrop to a truly restful holiday home. Come and experience the natural cool of this property which has a unique and quirky style, upcycled salvaged materials and bespoke fittings throughout ensure a stay that you won´t forget. Enjoy the real Catalonia, with good local restaurants, lively fiestas and beaches just a 35 minute drive away. Explore the limestone mountain scapes and find a cool swimming hole seemingly made just for you. A great base in which to explore the Ebro Valley and beyond or to just hide yourself away for a while.

Eve James
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

About Eve James

Hello, My name is Eve. My partner and I built this unique property . We arrived in the area in 2005 and completely fell in love with it´s beauty and slow pace of life. Since then we have been using ecological and innovative building techniques to make sure we offer the best accomodation we can to those travellers savvy enough to discover us. During the olive picking season you will find us out on the land hand picking the beautiful oil filled drupes to deliver to the local mill where we press our single estate extra virgin olive oil. We have made a life for ourselves here on this patch of paradise with our two young children and we would very much like to share it. I hope to make you very welcome at some point in the future!

Eve James purchased this house in 2006

Why Eve James chose Baix Ebre

We bought in this area for it's magnificent scenery. Both being keen walkers we couldn't resist the vast tracks of mountain walking and the year round blue skies. The area is little known for it's natural treasures outside of its locale which makes it ideal for exploration with out fighting the crowds, and getting a real taste of the culture with out stamping it out. Coming from the hectic tiring cityscape we found the spaciousness and tranquil pace of life too good to miss out on.

What makes this house unique

Our property is completely self sufficient. It is powered by solar energy, using photovoltaic panels. Water is collected in a large stone cistern. If you want to tread lightly on the planet whilst enjoying all the comforts of a modern home then this is the place for you. If you love innovative architecture you will want to have a closer look! Truly get away from it all, breath fresh air fragranced with wild herbs and watch the eagles soar above. A tranquil haven to blow away the stresses of a modern hectic lifestyle and enjoy a slower pace in the sun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Kaitlyn Baptist from Toronto Canada:

We spent 10 days living together in a house built into the mountain side in Catalunya, Spain. That's right, a cave.There are not many ways to get closer to nature, than to literally penetrate it. Sleep in it. Sleep ON it. Sleep with it and literally feel its heart beating alongside your own. WIthout a soul for miles we danced our way through a week of meditation, yoga, silliness, culinary explorations and deep, subtle personal transformation.

Check out the full post here: http://savageom.blogspot.ca/2014/05/lessons-from-mountains-catalunya-spain.html
Mar 2011
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Fabulous rural retreat! Stunning views and proper relaxation at this uber cool cave house.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Cova Blanca was as described on the website, but more breathtaking in reality. So peaceful and quiet, surrounded by nature, just blending into the olive trees, but an amazing piece of design inside. Driving instructions were perfect, with useful advice on where to stop for provisions in Tortosa. The accommodation was very comfortable with everything we needed for the week of eco friendly living.

With our 5 and 8 year old daughters, we walked the hillside, discovered the secret tree house, swam in the municipal pool in Tivenys and ventured further afield to local towns and beaches.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the house, and if you missed any of the many adventures you know where to stay next time!
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Tranquility and peace in Spanish cave house

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most beautiful and relaxing places we have ever stayed. It was everything we were promised on the Owner's Direct website and more. Great place to chill out with a family. Our 6 and 4 year olds played in the rocks walls and all around the beautiful hillsides letting their imaginations run wild. Our winter escape was such a treat with the open fire and outdoor oven put to great use. Everything you need is here and we so appreciated the thoughtful design and self-sustaining feel of the house. We made beautiful food from fresh local markets, read books, listened to music, explored the local villages and towns in the area and thoroughly enjoyed our five night stay. A week is not enough! We will be back. Thank you so much for creating this lovely place and opening it up for travellers like us to enjoy.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Most beautiful cave we have ever seen, right in the middle of a olive groove.

  • 5 of 5

The way to the cave was really adventurous and we couldn't find the cave in the beginning. It was already getting dark.

But when we discovered the cave it was the best place ever.

Total tranquility, no neighbours for miles and a very clean place, with all the comfort you'll need.

We were welcomed by a bottle of wine, a bottle of olive oil and lots of fresh tangerines and oranges from neigbouring citrus grooves.

Futhermore the contact with the owner was perfect. Eve thank you very much, it was great staying at your place.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Secluded underground haven

  • 4 of 5

An unusual, beautiful, stylish and well maintained property in the heart of an olive grove. Peaceful, if that's what you desire, but also great for accessing nearby historic Tortosa, the Via Verde, Ebro Delta and the unspoilt beaches of the Costa Dourada. We also had a fab day trip to Tarragona and would love to return to this lovely place armed with better insect repellents. Exeter Littles

  • Review Submitted: Dec 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3 August 2014

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here - such a beautiful property in the most stunning and peaceful area. We were only here for a week, but could easily have stayed longer as there is so much to do in the local area - walking, swimming, plenty of excursions etc. we could have eaten at local restaurants, but chose to eat on the terrace at the property - really couldn't beat the setting and the view and seeing the sun go down. Also, my son wanted to say that it is an incredible place to look at the stars, the milky way, satellites and shooting stars!

The property was exactly as described, beautifully designed, spotlessly clean, and had everything you need for self-catering ie cooking meals from scratch. It absolutely met our expectations and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who wants to get away from it all (we also spent a week in Barcelona, which we loved, and this was the perfect retreat afterwards).

Finally, the owner was great to deal with from booking onwards - she answered emails and questions very promptly, sent detailed instructions for finding the property (and we had no trouble finding it armed with these) and was very helpful when we had a couple of queries while at the property.

Really couldn't fault it. Perfect place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We highly recommend it!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just spent 8 wonderful months living in Casa Cova Blanca. The home is incredible. It really is a work of art! And very well equipped with everything you’d need for a comfortable stay. We loved our time there, and relished the quiet serenity of the mountains. We felt in compete harmony with nature, which was a welcomed retreat from our busy lives in downtown Toronto. We had many visitors over the months, ranging from my 1-year-old niece to 70-year-old father. The house really suits all age groups and all of our guests loved the unique experience and the beautifully designed home.

With the nearby beaches, hiking trails, medieval castles and quaint Spanish towns, there is lots to do in the surrounding area. In fact, my husband and I love it so much that we have decided to spend another 3 months in the area ?

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
8 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
9 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
24 Apr 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
10 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season
8 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
3 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day: Saturday during High/ Peak Season
Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am. This is a guide and anything we can do to make your journey as stress free as possible can be arranged with enough prior warning. Late arrival is not a problem, keys can be picked up at any time.
All linens, towels, taxes and cleaning included in the price. Cot and high chair available upon request at no extra cost.

Notes on prices:
Christmas and Easter holidays will be charged at the high summer rate. Discounts on longer stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tivenys in Terres de l'Ebre

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shared bathroom with large "pepper pot" shower cubicle. Washing machine in floor to ceiling hidden cupboard.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds (that can be made into a double.)
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The house runs completely from solar energy meaning no bills! Fans are provided to keep you cool for that all important siesta. The house is designed to keep cool as naturally as possible using the bed rock it sits on and lots of insulation and shading strategies. Unfortunately high consumption appliances can not be used here, so it's a holiday for those hair straighteners too! We have a low watt travel hairdryer available for guests. Outside: 9 acres of ancient terraced olive grove, organically farmed to allow the native plants to abound, including Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender, Fennel, Sage, Juniper and seasonal bulbs including Asphodelus, Alpine Daffodils and wild Gladioli. The terrace is populated with a profusion of potted succulents, yuccas and geraniums, as well as basil, coriander and parsley. There are two hammocks and lounge seating on the front terrace as well as a dining table seating 4. A BBQ kitchen area for those all important al fresco meals at anytime of year. Utility Room: Utility cupboard houses the washing machine, and drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. All towels and linen changed every 7 days, and house cleaned to a professional standard. A 50 Euro extra cleaning charge will be taken on shorter stays of 2-3 nights. Other: The shaded front terrace is an opportunity to feel connected to nature, a giant olive tree makes for a living sculpture. Seating and dining outside for 4 people with a covered bbq kitchen area.

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