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Spacious family-friendly stone house with fabulous views, large grounds and pool

Bedrooms 6
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

6 bedroom, 4 bathroom house sleeping 12/13 plus baby. Ideal for families sharing or groups.

Our house is in the heart of rural Spain, 3kms from the village of Guisando on the southern slopes of the Gredos mountains. The house, which is in the protected environment of the Sierra de Gredos Regional Park, was built in 2010 on the site of an old farm. The house is on two floors. The ground floor has a large open plan living area, with well-equipped kitchen, dining room table to seat 12/14, and living area with comfortable sofas and a wood-burning stove. There is also a cloakroom. From the living room, French windows open onto a covered balcony with table and chairs. From the balcony you can see up to 50 miles away towards Toledo and the valley of the River Tagus. The ground floor also has four bedrooms and two bathrooms linked to the living area by a covered verandah. Each pair of bedrooms, one with double bed and one with twin beds, share a bathroom, making the property ideal for families sharing. On the lower ground floor, there are two additional bedrooms, one with double bed, child bed and en suite bathroom and the other with two single beds and adjacent bathroom. All the bedrooms open onto the secluded walled garden and sun terrace. The garden is gated and is therefore very safe for small children.

The property is set in 15 acres of orchards and pine woods. The fruit trees, mainly cherries, but also apples, pears, peaches and figs produce abundant fruit which guests are welcome to pick. Our manager, Juan, will bring you eggs from our chickens and seasonal vegetables from the garden.

The 10m X 5m pool, which is securely fenced,is about 30m from the house, and is visible from the balcony. The pool is not heated but has a cover and the average summer temperature of the water is about 24 degrees.

More Details

Margaret Pedder
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Margaret Pedder

As a family, we have always loved Spain, but preferred the peace and stunning scenery of the interior to the more built-up coastline. One of our daughters studied in Salamanca and it was whilst visiting her, that the idea of owning our own house in Spain first took shape.

Margaret Pedder purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Margaret Pedder chose Guisando

We started looking for a house in rural Spain about twelve years ago. Eventually, we found a ruined farmhouse and farm buildings near Guisando in the Sierra de Gredos Regional Park. Building in the park is very tightly controlled and it took us over four years to obtain planning permission to rebuild. The house is situated at about 900 metres above sea level on the southern slope of the mountains. The road to the farm is concreted, but as it ends just beyond us, there is very little traffic. The peace and tranquillity are amazing, and the views up to the peaks, which are snow-capped between December and May as well as down across the valleys of the rivers Tietar and Tagus, make it an unforgettable place to stay.

What makes this farmhouse unique

We are working hard to make both the house and farm as green and self-sufficient as possible. Electricity comes from solar panels, although we do have a back-up generator which will come on automatically on a cloudy day, and water is pumped from our own well.

We have a small flock of sheep to help keep the grass down, and Juan, our manager, tends a vegetable garden and provides seasonal vegetables for the guests. He also brings up bread for breakfast from the village each day. Bread and vegetable scraps are then fed to the hens who produce masses of for the guests to eat.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Beautiful House in One of the Most Stunning Locations I Have Ever Been To!"

"Perfect for unwinding"

"A Little Bit Of Heaven"
Apr 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Guisando in El Barco de Ávila - Piedrahíta (Alto Tormes y Valle del Corneja)

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • There are two bathrooms on the ground floor-one with bath and shower, the other a wet room adapted for the disabled. They are arranged so that so that one double and one twin each share a bathroom. On the lower ground floor, bedroom 5 has an ensuite shower room. Bedroom 6 has an adjacent bathroom with bath and shower.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12/13 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with large double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds Bedroom 3 with double bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds. Bedroom 5 with double bed and child bed Bedroom 6 with twin beds Cot and additional child bed available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The house is built around the old farmyard, with a covered gallery linking the four bedrooms-two doubles and two twins- to the main living area. The other two bedrooms arr beneath the elevated living room, with their own covered terrace, enjoying the same views as the main house. Outside: Both the house and the apartment open onto a gated, walled garden with a lawn and a large south facing terrace with garden furniture. French windows from the living area lead out onto a large covered balcony from which you can see over 60 miles. The balcony has a wooden table and chairs for outdoor eating. The farm comprises terraces of mainly cherry, fig and chestnut trees with the swimming pool sited below the house on the terraces. The 10m X 5m pool is for the sole use of guests. There is ample space for sun-bathing. Loungers are provided, but guests should bring their own swimming towels. Guests are free to explore the grounds and pick and eat the fruit, which is grown without the use of chemicals. There is a golf practice net on site, and clubs are available. There is also a table tennis table, and a badminton net and racquets. Utility Room: Washing machine, sink, drying rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding and bath and hand towels are provided. Cot and high chair available. Other: Separate cloakroom with WC


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Spacious family-friendly stone house with fabulous views, large grounds and pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Fabulous seclusion!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday. The house was lovely and homely, the grounds and views were amazing. We were two families of four and there was plenty of space everywhere for us all. It was so peaceful (until our children started running around causing chaos!). Juan was excellent - he took the children to collect the eggs on the first day and meet the animals (which was then a feature of each day following!), was incredibly helpful when we had any queries, were planning little walking trips or going out on bikes etc. - he really helped enhance our holiday experience.

The pool, table tennis, badminton and golf facilities meant there was plenty of outdoor fun to keep us all entertained. The bikes were great for a trip into Guisando. Picking and eating cherries straight from the trees was a big highlight of my trip!

The surrounding area was beautiful for little walks through the

pine forests in the mountains.

All in all we had a brilliant time, loved the house and the surrounding area and were sad to be leaving!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Barajas airport, Madrid
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
In the village
Nearest Ferry
450 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Talavera de la Reina
Nearest Motorway
40 Kilometres
A5 Madrid-Lisbon
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
In the village
Car: necessary

There is a swimming pool, table tennis and badminton on site.

Barajas airport in Madrid is an easy two hour drive from the house. Apart from the major airlines, Easyjet flies from Gatwick and Luton and Ryanair from Stansted. The port of Santander (served by Brittany Ferries) is five and a half hours away. Use of a car is essential.


Guisando, the nearest village, is 2km from the house. The small town of Arenas de San Pedro, is 5km away in the valley. The world heritage sites of Toledo and Avila are 75 mins drive and Madrid and Segovia are about two hours away. Salamanca, Trujillo and Merida are within day-trip distance. There are many pretty villages in the immediate area, including Candeleda, which has recently renamed one of its streets, Avenida de John Major, after the former prime minister, who is a frequent visitor.

Further Details:

Guisando has local shops, a number of bars, and two restaurants. Arenas de San Pedro has full shopping and restaurant facilities, several banks and an internet cafe. Our recommendations for restaurants are available at the house. The best walking weather is in spring and autumn. There are beautiful walks on cooler days in the valley of the river Tietar, where the variety of bird-life is astounding. Other walks take you up into the mountains where it is not unusual to see eagles and other birds of prey, and also the cabra, wild goats that were almost hunted to extinction before the area was given environmental protection. There are maps and walking guides in the house. During the spring and summer wild flowers are everywhere, attracting many unusual butterflies. Mountain-bikes are available for hire, together with suggested routes. Rock-climbing, horse-riding, canoeing, tennis and a wonderful tree-top adventure playground with zip-wires are all available locally.Pets are not allowed except by prior arrangement. Juan, our manager, keeps chickens and a small flock of sheep on the farm, and is happy to take children to collect the eggs or to look at new born lambs.

Electricity is provided by solar panels, backed up by a generator.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Guisando, Avila Province

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per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jun 2018 - 28 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
29 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £87.84

if the booking is cancelled more than 28 days before the start date of the rental, the deposit will be forfeit unless the property can be re-let on the same terms. No money will be refunded following cancellation once the final payment has been made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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