This home was more than we expected. We came to see our daughter that plays basketball for a couple of towns over. The location was 10 minutes drive to her location and 30 minutes to Barcelona. The accommodations were almost complete, missing a bathtub for my granddaughter, but she handled the shower just fine. The home was very roomy for the 5 of us. We took advantage of the grounds it was located on. The sauna, pool and walks in the garden. The feeding of the pig and seeing the bunnies and the chickens. Most importantly the playground for our girl.
It is a peaceful place, yet close to the city.
We are so very pleased with the overall rental. Thank you Josep.
Location Pluses: Very quiet neighborhood (98% of the time--see Location Minuses below). Felt at home in the community of El Balco. Yet, close to larger communities and not that far from Barcelona.
Location Minuses: Neighbor two doors down (South) played very loud music a couple of times with heavy beat. Not a show-stopper :).
Indoor Pluses: Just felt like home. Comfortable beds. Had stove plus oven for cooking besides microwave--definitely a positive. Plenty of space for our needs.
Indoor Minuses: WiFi not connected, thus unavailable. Only one small bathroom in house. Only a shower--would have been nice to have a bathtub. Additional bathroom in room adjacent to poolside was used 'for emergencies' :). Hot water for shower started out cold for a couple of minutes, then hot for only 30 seconds, then cold again for a couple of minutes, then stayed hot for a quite adequate time. Took several days of very short (30 second) showers before learning to wait for a second couple of minutes of cold water for it to get hot the second time. No mosquito screens, so be prepared for mosquito bites during the night if you leave the windows open. Living room furniture a bit worn such that it became uncomfortable to sit on the couch or chairs for a lengthy period of time, but not a 'show-stopper' :).
Outdoor Pluses: Very large backyard (two tiers) and well maintained. Pool was great. View is great. Off-street parking space was excellent.
Outdoor Negatives: The driveway gate was a bit inconvenient to unlock to drive in (or drive out), and then lock again. Would be nice if it were automatic. Not a show-stopper :).
Catalunya Casas: Wonderful, wonderful people and organization. Very helpful. Very thankful to them!!!