“In 2015 we have swapped with Carmen and Alberto. They are the nicessed of people, we were welcomed with a wonderful prepared dinner. The house is fantastic, four large bedrooms, two bathrooms and a well equipped kitchen and on top off It all, a very large garden where the dog was allowed to run about. We have enjoyed our stay very much, there are so many cities, abbies, castles and palaces to visit, it seems you hardly have enough time. And then there is Madrid, that is fantastic too. Madrid is an absolute 'must see'! We thank Carmen and Alberto for this house swap!”
Carmen's reviewsAs a host (6)
“Nous avons passé une semaine passionnante en Castille Leon. La région ne manque pas d'intérêt avec des paysages grandioses et des villes qui ont marqué l'histoire de l'Espagne. La propriété de Carmen & Alberto est très bien équipée, calme et décorée avec beaucoup de gout. Le climat de la région est tempéré par l'altitude. L'accueil de nos hôtes fut parfait. Merci Carmen & Alberto”
“Carmen y Alberto son una pareja encantadora,de trato amable y familiar que se esfuerzan al límite para conseguir que sus amigos de intercambio se sientan cómodos y cuidados al máximo. La propiedad que intercambian es una segunda residencia, pero tiene todas las comodidades y confort de una primera residencia para cualquier estación del año , incluso la decoración y complementos están muy cuidados y elegidos con muy buen gusto. La urbanización es muy tranquila y su parcela tiene encinas centenarias y espacio para hacer vida tranquila en la naturaleza para quien lo desee. La casa esta situada de forma ideal para poder visitar, sin grandes desplazamientos, ciudades castellanas tan interesantes como: Madrid,Salamanca, Segovia, Valladolid y Avila, tambien una serie de pequeños enclaves de interes arqueológico de los primitivos pobladores Bettones. Estas ciudades ofrecen adelitem de su interés histórico artístico una interesante oferta de productos gastronómicos de primer orden. ¡Sin duda muy recomendable!”
“Great people, great company. Accommodating, generous in every way. Interesting on everything, open-minded and carefree. We've become friends even after our exchange. They even helped us pay our speeding ticket in Spain. A great exchange and experience with this wonderful couple. That's about all we can say about Carmen and Alberto.”
“We spent a wonderful week at Carmen and Alberto's lovely, comfortable house in Velayos, near Ávila. The house is perfect for a restful stay and in just the right spot to visit all the towns west of Madrid. Carmen was a real help with everything, the house was perfect and we found our house in tip top condition when we returned. We highly recommend a swap with this fantastic house and family. Thanks so much!”
“We have spent almost two weeks in Carmen and Alberto's house on the Castillian plains. It has been a ultimately relaxing experience. We would love to spend the rest of our lives on that porch! Not only because of the beautiful house and the magnificent 'dehesa-garden' with stunning trees. We also we're welcomed by the utmost friendly and warm Alberto and Carmen. We are very much acquinted with Spain, it's landscapes and people. But Carmen and Alberto and their lovely Velayos-house provided us with a super-Spain-experience that equals the best Spain-trips we had.”
Where is it?
Cottage is Castile, an extensive region which forms the central portion of Spain. The origin of the name is a matter dispute, but it is more than probably derived from the fortified castles (Castillos), built first by the Romans, and afterwards by the Christians to defend the northern regions which they had conquered from the Moors. Only in Castile there are about 2000 castles. The house is situated twenty Km. drive from Ávila and near some other important Castilian towns like Segovia, Salamanca (these three towns are named World Heritage cities by UNESCO) and some villages with tourist interest as for example Medina del Campo, Arévalo etc. advisable for people interested in art, culture and Castilian landscape. At a distance of 50 Km. we can find the peaks of sierra de Gredos or Guadarrama appropriated to hiking and enjoying the nature.
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