The Yellow House Casa Rural
Apartment with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and private pool in El Boalo, Spain
From £601 per week
Apartment to rent in El Boalo, Spain
Beautiful apartment in the unique surroundings of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, 500 m from the village and 45 min. from Madrid. If you enjoy quality of life this is perfect for a long or short stay.
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Apartment overview - owner's description
THE PROPERTY is situated in Mataelpino a small village which nestles at the foot of the La Maliciosa mountain range and the Pedriza Regional Park. Yet it is only 45 minutes by car to the cultural city of Madrid. There is a direct bus at the end of the road. The area offers a wealth of natural beauty and a variety of activities. Swimming, ski-ing (weather permitting), walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing, fishing, painting, wild flower and mushroom collecting. It is an ideal place to enjoy bird watching, with some rare and interesting species, especially Nightingales, Bee Eaters, Golden Oriels, Storks, Azure Winged Magpies, Eagles, Kites, Vultures and other Raptors. Red Squirrels and numerous butterflies visit the garden. Only a ten minute walk away there are a number of mountain trails. This peaceful natural environment offers spectacular scenery. Take a picnic and enjoy the incredible views. In addition, gastronomical tourism and the week long local fiestas offer a unique opportunity for you to enjoy the flavour of Spain.
The apartment is set in a beautiful typically English garden where you can enjoy the scent of roses whilst swimming, or relaxing by the pool and taking in the views of the mountains. There is also a spacious covered verandah for outdoor dining.
The English owner has lived in Mataelpino for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about the area and its surroundings. She also speaks Spanish, should you need any assistance.
HILL WALKING, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING AND CYCLING: There are a large number of trails from Mataelpino which lead to many points of interest along the mountain ridge, there are some maps and routes available in the apartment.
SKIING: Weather permitting, winter skiing at Valdeski (16 km) or Puerto de Navacerrada (22 km). These slopes are ideal for beginners.
CULTURAL TOURISM: Local Fiestas in Mataelpino and the surrounding villages are held from July to September. The three towns of Mataelpino, Cerceda and El Boalo celebrate their fiestas on three consecutive weeks in August. The fiestas begin with the crowning of two teenagers who become a Prince and Princess for the week. The fiestas are colourful events with music, singing and dancing in the village square every evening. In addition there is a fun fair, and market stalls selling handicrafts line the streets. Each fiesta culminates in an outdoor feast which is held in the town square followed by a light show or a display of fireworks at midnight.
Each village also has a fiesta to celebrate its own saint and these are occasions for both solemnity and merriment. The fiesta of Saint Isidro is held on the 15th May. His effigy is carried in procession through the nearby town of El Boalo, through the surrounding fields and up into the mountain to the small local church where a mass is celebrated. Meanwhile, outside the church in the area at the foot of the mountains, a giant party takes place. Awnings are erected, BBQ’s are lit, and the local inhabitants enjoy a communal picnic. Musicians play, whilst horse riders in local costume canter through the crowds, and children play on the bouncy castle.
GASTRONOMICAL TOURISM: Mataelpino and its environs boast a number of superb restaurants serving excellent Spanish cuisine, such as The Azaya Restaurant which is within walking distance, El Cenador Salvador (Michelin 2 stars) in Moralzarzal (4 km), Don Astuto in Mataelpino and The Taberna in Becerril de la Sierra (4 km) famous for its lobster rice. Every year in March each village organises a Tapas Festival where the owners of the local bars compete for the prize of 'best tapas in the village'.
The larger local towns also host a weekly food market where you can sample some of the best of our produce. You can also buy wonderful home-made bread, cheeses and home cured cold meats and hams at the Artisanal Mediveal Markets.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION AND CLASSES FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS: Take this opportunity to spend time with a fully qualified native English teacher. Practice your English conversation skills, or get help with some of those aspects of grammar that nobody has ever been able to explain properly to you. After many years of teaching English to Spanish people she can provide English which is tailored to your specific requirements. Conversation with morning coffee, or a traditional afternoon tea with dainty sandwiches, scones with cream and jam, cakes and biscuits and other typical English fancies.
PLACES NEARBY: The following areas of interest are within a short distance:
- The Spa at Blue Sense- treat yourself to a spa or a massage (5 minutes walk)
- The Castle at Manzanares el Real - enjoy some history and then a beer or an ice cream in the plaza (10 km)
- The Monastery at San Lorenzo, El Escorial (28 km)
- The Monastery of El Paular (38 km)
- The ancient city of Segovia - with many restaurants for delicious roasted suckling pig (45 km)
- Navacerrada with a flea market (rastro) every Sunday morning - incredibly cheap bargains from the arts and crafts era, as well as all the usual car boot fair curiosities (7 km)
- Puerto de Navacerrada - skiing (16 km)
- Laguna de Peñalara (25 km)
- Puerto de Cotos - the highest point in the area (22 km)
MADRID: The magical city of Madrid has many streets and plazas to explore where you can enjoy a cool beer or a glass of delicious Spanish wine with tapas. In addition, it offers numerous galleries, museums and heritage sites, including the Prado, the Thyssen, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Palace, the Retiro Park (with its book market and boating lake) and the Botanical Gardens. There are also 15,000 bars and restaurants, including El Botin, founded in 1725, which according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the oldest restaurant in the world!
For anyone who enjoys quality of life this is the perfect place for a long or short stay, and somewhere you can come back to time and time again, and still discover new things.
This apartment has 10 verified reviews.
10 out of 10 people recommend staying here
My husband and I have been lucky enough to enjoy holidays in apartments in four of the worlds five continents and have our (for fun) Top Ten list. Our criteria are, we're it is, does it match the given description, and the welcome and hospitality of the owner.
The Yellow House is now in that Top Ten list!
The welcome we were given by Patricia, our owner hostess, was outstanding. She was both charming and helpful throughout our stay she is a special lady.
The apartment is comfortable and has just about everything one needs in terms of equipment and the garden and pool provide a peaceful and relaxed setting. The surrounding area is mountainous, and Madrid is within easy reach even by bus. We had our own car with us and we would recommend the use of a car to other visitors to fully appreciate the many other tourist sites in the area. (Skiing is also possible locally in the winter).
We were very sorry to leave after our stay and hope to return to this little bit of heaven.
This is our second time at The Yellow House, and we can't recommend it highly enough. It is a wonderful taste of Spain in a beautiful area, close to Madrid but cool in the summer. The owner is so helpful and enjoys sharing local knowledge and great suggestions of where to go and what to eat.
it is a great house in a very quiet environment. The pool area and garden are so nice you dont feel to go out!
It is equipped with all you may need as if you were in your own home. Also its full of useful details (bath staff, ironing, washing, express coffe machine ,childrens cutlery...) and its perfect for kids with many toys for them (lego, puzles, games for all ages, water guns, cot linen,...)
The owner runs it excellent and you feel sincerely welcome everytime.
We had a lovely stay at the yellow house. We were a family of four with two young girls and Patricia, the owner, went out of her way to make sure everything was right. The house is situated next to the mountains within a peaceful village with plenty of restaurants and bars a short walk away. Visiting Madrid is easy and theres plenty of sites to see close by. The house had everything and more than we needed and the big garden and pool is great for kids. We would happily come here again. The extra touches Patricia added were the icing on the cake.
The owner Patricia was extremely welcoming without being intrusive. Having a lovely fresh meal prepared for our arrival really helped us relax straight away. She had added lots of little extras that meant we didnt want for anything when we got there either. The location is great for exploring the surrounding mountains as well as central Spain and a handy distance to supermarkets, buses and local town.
Patricia is an animal lover with chickens cats and rabbits making it a very homely destination.
Felt very welcome , relaxed and away from the great London rush. Would visit again !
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Outside this apartment in El Boalo, SpainThis apartment is in the countryside and in a quiet area near the mountains. It has a pool, a balcony, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is not available.
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Updated 8 November 2017
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Changeover days and minimum stays
- 19 November - 8 December 2018: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
- 1 July 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
- 1 September 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
- 26 October - 8 December 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
- 1 July 2020: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
- 1 September 2020: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
- 26 October - 19 November 2020: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
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£30.00 per booking, paid with booking
2 bedrooms, Sleeps 4:
- 1 double bed
- 2 single beds
There is also 1 double sofa bed in in the lounge, 1 cot
Private pool, Size 10m x 5m
DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet / WiFi, TV Languages in English, Local
Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Central heating, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential
Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster
Balcony or terrace, Outside lighting, Private garden
The Yellow House offers a pleasant haven away from the hustle and bustle of the City. Somewhere within easy reach of Madrid - close enough for a short break, but far away enough to enter a different world. Forget about work, forget about battling through busy streets. Enjoy quiet village life, walking in the mountains, cycling, rock climbing, or simply watching, and appreciating the magnificent scenery and the wealth of nature that this area has to offer. Enjoy shopping for our local specialities, meat from the Sierra de Guadarrama and delicious cheeses. The fully fitted kitchen, complete with oils, spices, fresh eggs and herbs from the garden will entice even the most reluctant cook. The apartment is situated in a quiet street with plenty of parking. The garden and pool facilities are shared with the owner.
Private Owner From Mataelpino, Spain Member since Jan 2012
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