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Our home, Casa Golmarmar, is located in a protected and unspoiled natural area. From its privileged location at the very end of the hamlet of Golmar, Casa Golmarmar enjoys possibly one of the best views over the Atlantic, stretching over 90 km of sea and sheer coastline, and enabling you to look down across green fields and cliffs to the spectacular colours of the sea and rocks.
Built in 2005 in an area known as Tras da Eira Vella (“beyond the old wheat field” in Galician), the house combines the very best of traditional local materials, including wood and stone, with huge panoramic windows at the front and a modern open interior design, with all the comforts you may need. The house is fully equipped for up to 6 people, including towels, sheets, duvets, kitchen appliances and utensils, garden furniture, tea and coffee sets, wine and champagne glasses, cleaning products, etc.
The downstairs area, accessed by a split wooden farmhouse door, features an open plan design with spacious sitting and dining areas. The sitting area has an HD TV, DVD and video collection and there is a large enclosed fireplace dressed in green stone. There is also a library with a selection of English and Spanish books and guide books. Among the family heirlooms, we have an oak dining table which has been in our family for generations and seats six to eight people. In the dining area there is a Hi-Fi system with an iPod dock. The fully equipped kitchen includes all the appliances and utensils you may need for traditional cooking. There is also a downstairs toilet.
A finely finished wooden staircase takes you up to the landing off which there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite) fully equipped to sleep 6 people comfortably. The crafted wooden ceilings in each room add that extra touch. All bedrooms have phone and TV sockets and of course, spectacular views.
A long shaded porch at the entrance is an ideal place to enjoy lunch, a barbecue, a drink, or a siesta in the afternoon and where you will be mesmerized every evening with the colours of the sunset over the sea. The beautiful garden with a wide variety of flowers and shrubs is laid out in three levels and there is a drive up to the garage behind the house. There are two bicycles available and more can be rented if needed. Anyone who loves nature will be delighted by the location of the house, the unspoiled area, genuine rural people and abundant wildlife. It is not unusual to find wild horses while walking to the lighthouse, deer, foxes or wild boars at dusk.
We are an English and Spanish couple, and we have two grown-up children. Part of our family is originally from Galicia so we have very strong links with this region. Galicia for us is the perfect place to get away from everything, for peace, with genuine people and that slow pace of life that makes it so special. Both of us have always loved its rugged coastlines, smooth green valleys, beautiful forests and rivers.
Lola Melero purchased this house in 2005
We fell in love with this particular corner of Galicia for its natural beauty, for its spectacular views, for the colours over the sea, for the silence, for the changing light and sudden mist... Here we found a place for peace and inspiration where in the evening, nothing compares to the magic of sitting down on the porch watching the sunset over the sea while enjoying a nice glass of chilled Albariño. On a quiet clear night, the Milky Way stands out like a diffused splash across the firmament. Our occasional visitors — wild horses, foxes, and boars — only reinforce the feeling of being at one with nature.
This is a lovely house in a very peaceful village. We are a family of 5, and had all the space we needed, along with a beautiful view of the sea. The village sits on a hill above the town of Cedeira, so you have peace and quiet with all necessary amenities close at hand.
Desmond was there to meet us when we arrived after a long drive, and was extremely helpful. We spent a week relaxing and taking trips to Santiago and the beautiful beaches that dot the coast. There are plenty of walks around the house that allow you to take in that fantastic view, and the house itself was very comfortable and well stocked with all the necessary amenities.
This was our first trip to Galicia, but we will be coming back!
A first class holiday home. Really comfortable with the most spectacular views - and surrounded by great beaches. Super advice and service from Lola. Thanks.
Beautiful scenery, a home lovingly put together, friendly neighbours, plenty of information in house plus use of some beautiful books.
We had a very relaxing and positive stay here, the town of Cedeira itself just a short beautiful drive away has all the amenities you need and the shop keepers are very helpful and friendly.
We have stayed in self catering accomodation in several countries and must compliment the owners on the standard of equipment and provisioning they have provided. Importantly, the website pictures are accurate! The views are impressive and the secluded location in a little hamlet makes relaxing very easy. Our dealings with the owners were stress free, efficient and meeting Lola when checking in added to the relaxed feel. Additionally, the many tips and recommendations helped us to explore the local region.
This is an fabulous property in very quiet and peaceful surroundings with amazing views of the sea from the front of the property and the hills and woodland at the side and the rear.
We spent two very relaxing weeks here at the beginning of August. The weather was a bit of a mixture - we had some lovely warm sunny days and some cooler and cloudy but only really two days of rain. There are plenty of opportunities for walks in the local area and there are some great beaches not too far away. Santiago de Compostela is approximately and hour and a half drive and well worth a visit to the old town area. The nearby town of Cedeira has all the amenities that you need - restaurants, bars, cafes, supermarkets etc.
The house itself has everything that you need for a really comfortable and enjoyable holiday. Everywhere was very well presented and immaculate and Lola and Desmond made us very welcome when we arrived after a long journey on the Sunday evening. The garden was a lovely place to relax in the sun on some of our lazier days.
This was easily one of the best holidays homes that we have ever stayed in and we would not hesitate to recommend it especially if you are looking for peaceful and quiet surroundings.
We spent 3 enjoyable and pleasant weeks at Casa Golmarmar – Galicia at its best with a great landscape in a rural area.
The weather was fine, hardly any rain and never too hot – and during most of the time a fresh wind. This was the ideal weather for several longer hikes and photo-tours along the coast line for example in the vicinity of the Faro de Candiera, watching the wild ponies and goats, the ever changings lights and waves and the “rolling clouds” over the heights of the Sierra de la Capelada.
Other interesting hikes were the ones along the banks of the Rio Sor in a secluded area south of O Viceido, which is quite strenuous though, an easier hike to the Bellele waterfall (attention: hardly any information signs along the road!) and in the Fragas do Eume (beware of ticks and mosquitos!) with the impressive and almost hidden Mosteiro de Caaveiro and its broken mill in the deep and quiet forest.
On a more relaxing day we made a two-way train trip from Cerdido station to Viveiro with impressive views into the valley of the river Meira.
A definite highlight was a two day trip to the Isla de Ons (including a several hour stop in Santiago de Compostela) taking a ferry from Bueu. The island is a nature reserve with spectacular views along the coastline and a nice little beach to swim and refresh (we clearly deserved it before leaving!) close to the small harbor.
And on the ways to all these activities different nice beaches (our favorite ones close to the lighthouse on the Punta Frouxeira to relax, amaze the waves and rocks and refresh – although the water was still cool (believing the net between 16° and 18° C only!)
For all these activities the Casa Golmarmar was an ideal and very quiet place to recover and to enjoy the gorgeous and – and with the changing lights ever spectacular – views down to the sea. The house itself as well as the housekeeping was perfectly prepared and organized. In nearby Cedeira we found all necessary facilities as well as a friendly and helpful Tourist Information, where we were supported to book the ferry to the Isla de Ons in advance (important, the number of visitors to both the Isla de Ons as well as the Isla de Cies is limited!).
So many thanks for these relaxing days in this truly cozy and comfortable home.
R & H from Berlin/Germany
Galicia at its best
From Casa Golmarmar there are many walks through the forest, the coastline and down through the nearby valley of Regua. One can take the paved road to the lighthouse, or head across the country through the protected natural park of La Capelada (with the highest cliffs in Europe) to the legendary shrine of San Andrés de Teixido. Nearer to home is the small chapel of San Antonio de Curbeiro with an adjacent picnic area which is on the coastal road down to Cedeira.
The fishing town of Cedeira is 4 kilometres from Golmar. There are two connecting roads, one by the coast and another more direct route through the forest. Set around a protected double-u-shaped bay, Cedeira boasts two main family beaches, A Madalena and Vilarrube, and other small beaches, accessible depending on the tide, like the hidden As Sonreiras for experienced swimmers behind the castle. The nearby beach of Pantin is a haven for surfers and it hosts one of the qualifying series for the World Surfing Championship. Cedeira is well-supplied with a variety of shops, banks, supermarkets, tapa-bars and restaurants, and enjoys a distinct and unhurried way of life. Good quality food at very reasonable prices, fresh fish and some of the best meat in Spain, superb shellfish and local grown vegetables, particularly potatoes, all cooked in the local style and served in big portions together with some of the best Spanish white wines made in Galicia, Albariño and Ribeiro.
From Cedeira, there are a multitude of walks designed for all ages, from gentle to energetic. It is also worth exploring further afield by car. Driving north-east, you will be delighted by the picturesque fishing villages of Ortigueira, Estaca de Bares, O Barqueiro and Viveiro. Estaca de Bares has a protected bird sanctuary. In the interior, don't miss the fully restored castle of Moeche and one of the best gastronomic restaurants in the area nearby.
On the main road to A Coruña, a must is the ancient and unspoiled forest of As Fragas do Eume, one of the best-preserved riverside Atlantic forests in Europe. This natural area is an ideal place for walking and reflection, for nature photographers and artists who will love the picturesque and romantic ruins of an old Monastery. The historic naval port of El Ferrol and the Castle of San Felipe is well worth a visit. Famous for its octopus (“pulpo”, which is masterly cooked in Galicia as nowhere else in the world) is the protected bay of Mugardos, accessible by road from Ferrol or as a special treat, by river ferry.
The elegant Atlantic city of A Coruña is worth a day with its shopping, art museums, beaches and one of the oldest lighthouses, the Torre de Hércules, dating back to Roman times, still in service. Further afield but easily reached by motorway is the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO World Heritage City, pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages. The spectacular cathedral in Plaza del Obradoiro, houses the tomb of St. James Apostle. The historical city centre is home to the university (one of the oldest in Spain) and numerous churches and restaurants.
For train lovers, there is a delightful narrow gauge railway which comes all the way from the French border in Hendaya and finishes in Ferrol. The nearer station to us is Cerdido, about 20 kms. It is worth taking this small train as a day-trip to Viveiro. The tiny train curves through verdant forest and spectacular inlets. Viveiro has a beautiful medieval city centre, with restaurants and tapa bars, great for fresh fish and shellfish lovers.
We are in Spain's north western corner, the legendary ancient Finisterre, the end of the known world, where people have been heading west, guided by the stars, from Neolithic times in search of the setting sun. The weather is very mild all year round without extremes in winter or summer. The rain and the mist form part of the landscape, as do glorious sunny days when colours are brighter and more vivid than ever.
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