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The White House

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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
4 nights minimum
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The White House, built in 1843, is in a narrow street in Rasquera, a typical Catalan farming village, 150 kilometres south of Barcelona, in the foothills of the Sierra Cardó, two kilometres from the Ebro, Spain's longest river and 30 kms inland from Tortosa. The house has been renovated to provide three bedroom accommodation. The first and second storeys comprise a lounge, kitchen-dining room, double bedroom, two single bedrooms and a bathroom. British satellite television is available. There is a small roof terrace, with sunbeds and chairs. Although the house has been fully restored and contains all modern amenities, it should be noted that it is not a modern hotel or beachside apartment. This is a genuine village house, furnished in a simple manner. It is a place for those seeking the...The White House, built in 1843, is in a narrow street in Rasquera, a typical Catalan farming village, 150 kilometres south of Barcelona, in the foothills of the Sierra Cardó, two kilometres from the Ebro, Spain's longest river and 30 kms inland from Tortosa. The house has been renovated to provide three bedroom accommodation. The first and second storeys comprise a lounge, kitchen-dining room, double bedroom, two single bedrooms and a bathroom. British satellite television is available. There is a small roof terrace, with sunbeds and chairs. Although the house has been fully restored and contains all modern amenities, it should be noted that it is not a modern hotel or beachside apartment. This is a genuine village house, furnished in a simple manner. It is a place for those seeking the tranquility of an authentic Catalan village and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Rasquera is an ancient village, situated 150 metres above the Ebro Valley, in the foothills of the Serra de Cardó, In the hilly old quarter, the streets wind round like a corkscrew, very narrow, with alleys, stone steps and arches; some houses are very photogenic, others are in need of renovation, but most are at least 150 years old. There is a small supermarket, a corner shop, a pharmacy, a bank, a fishmongers and a butchers. There are three bakers, producing not only fresh bread, but also 'Pastissets de Rasquera', a local speciality ( a pastry usually filled with fruit, or with chocolate or cream ), which is exported to other parts of Spain. There are also craft basket-weavers, a very small street market on Fridays. Good local wine can also be purchased. There are three bars, all very 'local.· Bar Marti, in the main street, offers WiFi. There is also a restaurant in the main street and two small cafés/patisseries. There is a fine village swimming-pool ( open July to mid-September only. ) It is fully supervised, and entrance costs only two or three euros per day. There are two fiestas each year. The 'Fira,' in early May, is the 'goat festival', celebrating the days when Rasquera held the regional goat market. Local producers of wine, cheese, honey and crafts also display their produce. 'Festes Majors' in early August is the main celebration. Within 30 kilometres of Rasquera there are unspoilt beaches at l'Ametlla de Mar, a fishing town with plenty of small shops and restaurants, a picture-postcard harbour and a many small coves, and at Ampolla, which has an impressive marina and a long beach looking out towards the Ebro Delta. There are several good restaurants overlooking the marina. On the other side of the River Ebro is Miravet ( 6 kms by ferry ) which features a Templar castle overlooking the river. A tortuous drive into the mountains on that side of the Ebro will take you to the old town of Horta de Sant Joan, where there is a Picasso museum and several bodegas selling the local 'Terra Alta' wine at a euro a litre. However, Falset, on the road to Reus, is the centre for “Priorat,” one of Spain's most prestigious ( and expensive ) wine denominations. Also visit Corbera d'Ebre, near Gandesa, whose older, higher part, along with the church, was destroyed in the Civil War and left untouched, as a monument to the Battle of the Ebro. There is an excellent new Civil War Museum at Corbera, with another at Gandesa. The Ebro Delta, some 30 kilometres from Rasquera, in Spain's main rice-growing area, is a birdwatcher's paradise. There is a huge system of hides, with maps and information available from a number of Tourist Offices. The beaches stretch for miles and river cruises, with lunch, are available. Tortosa ( 30 kms) is the main town in the area, with a castle, historic cathedral and good shopping. Tarragona ( 70 kms ) is another historic city and also boasts Port Aventura,' Spain´s best-known theme park. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: HUTTE-002654More
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Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Cooker
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
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Fishing Nearby
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Date of stay: July 2018
About the Owner
Peter W
Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2013
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About the neighbourhood
Rasquera is a typical Catalan farming village about thirty kilometres inland from the unspoilt southern Costa Daurada and just four kilometres from the River Ebro. It has about 900 inhabitants. The village is 150 metres above the Ebro Valley, in the foothills of the Serra de Cardó, which reaches 941 metres at its highest. A walk up to the Sant Domingo Hermitage, which overlooks Rasquera, will reveal that there are two Rasqueras : the hilly old quarter, whose streets wind round like a corkscrew, very narrow, with alleys, stone steps and arches; some houses are very photogenic, others are in need of renovation, but most are at least 150 years old. The newer part ( post Spanish Civil War ), has wider streets on a criss-cross pattern. And, yes, the church clock does strike the hour twice. ...
How to get there
The drive from Reus Airport is straightforward ( and scenic.) It is also possible to fly to Barcelona, but this involves a more complicated 150 kilometre drive.
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