The Casa de Olivos is a modern so-called Casa Rural - a country estate that gives visitors a taste of real Spanish country life. Since 2022, Claire and Ed have been welcoming their guests with great warmth to their house in the middle of their olive grove.
The terraced plot of land between the traditional towns of Traiguera and Sant Jordi offers beautiful views across the valley to the mountains in the distance and towards the Orange Blossom Coast. The house was extensively expanded and converted in 2018 according to ecological criteria and has been completely self-sufficient in terms of water and electricity generation since then. The two holiday apartments with pool or garden view are for two or four people and can be booked exclusively. The spacious rooms with a modern, Mediterranean interior are comfortably furnished. Tasteful design elements, floral wallpaper and natural materials ensure a relaxed atmosphere.
Tranquility and relaxation in nature is the focus here - there are numerous areas on the premises to sit and relax, to enjoy the peace, meditate or read a book. And if you want even more closeness to nature, a four-poster bed with a mosquito net can be placed under the glowing starry sky. Even movie nights in the open air are possible here.
The saltwater pool with sun loungers and umbrellas is wonderfully refreshing. Casa de Olivos is embedded in the countryside, the surrounding villages have their cultural identity and overall life is slower here. The three farm dogs are also totally relaxed and friendly - everyone can really enjoy life here.
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ArchitectureThe materials used in the construction of the gardens (paving stones, gravel, plants, etc.) were sourced locally whenever possible and were only transported a few kilometers. Much of the renovation of the house has been carried out using local and regional products, made in Spain. Pottery and wood come from the nearby towns of Benicarló, Traiguera and Vinaròs. Some furniture and fixtures have been upcycled where possible.
FoodOrganic olive oil is produced on the premises and guests are provided with it free of charge for cooking. The olives are pressed at the local mill, just 2 km away.
Claire and Edward are active members of Protectora El Cau, a non-profit Dog Protection Association near Vinaros. Since 1999 they have been rescuing dogs from abandonment and mistreatment, to offer them a second chance through adoption. They are sponsoring Nina, a five-year old female with a lovely face and soft nature. She has been with El Cau since August 2020. As a big dog she will sadly be hard to home, as so many families come looking for puppies, younger dogs, and smaller sizes. Additionally, Claire is volunteering at El Cau and helps out one morning a week to clean out the pens and make sure the dogs are comfortable and cared for. And they have adopted a lovely young stray who proved irresistible from the very first time they set foot on the premises!
EnvironmentThe house is independent from the mains for water and electricity. 100% of the electricity is produced with our own photovoltaic solar system. The main water source is rainwater, which is collected from the roofs of houses and stored in a 50,000 litre tank. Then it is cleaned and filtered using the so-called UV-C disinfection by the solar system. Each drop is then drinkable without the addition of chemicals. Gray water from showers, sinks and dishwashers is collected to water ornamental garden plants. That is why only organic products are used and made available to guests. The rubbish is of course separated and, if possible, recycled or reused as compost in the garden. As members of Life Terra, on behalf of the hosts, three trees are planted each month in Spain where it matters most. In the garden, they themselves pay attention to biodiversity and constantly plant new plants. All guests are welcomed personally and aspects of environmental protection are pointed out.
Well-BeingThere is a king-size four-poster bed hidden in the poolside gardens to spend the night under the stars. Stresses ebb away and contemplate the vastness of the night sky. Or you can enjoy a 60 minute relaxation and sports massage from José Luis Vacquero Gallench, a local masseur. Yoga mats are available and there is a yoga space to do the practice. And of course you can always take a swim in the saltwater pool.
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Since the Casa de Olivos is not easy to reach by public transport, it is advisable to have your own vehicle for excursions in the area. It takes about 2 hours to drive from Valencia to Casa de Olivos (164 km). From Tarragona it takes just under 1.5 hours (128 km) and from Barcelona it is around 2.5 hours (218 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
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