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Catalunya Casas: Cozy rural villa in Arbrells for 6 guests, just 25km from Barcelona!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 3, Bathrooms 1, Sleeps 6

This rustic mountain Catalunya Casas villa in a quaint village with a private pool is located just 25km from Barcelona!

This villa sits 800m above sea level in the traditional Catalan village of El Balco (Castellar del Valles) and overlooks Sant Llorenc de Munt National Park. A surface area of 110sm on a garden plot of 800sm offers complete privacy and unrivalled countryside and mountain views.

The villa boasts three bedrooms, a dining room and living area, a large outdoor area, activity room, a private and secured swimming pool, and a garden with abundant Mediterranean plants.

The swimming pool is 7 meters long x 3.5 meters wide, with a minimum depth of 1.15m and a maximum depth of 1.75m, and there is a gate that separates this area from the house.

Catalunya Casas specialises in family villa rentals (with pools and gardens!) that are close enough to Barcelona to enjoy all the benefits the city has to offer, yet far enough ‘off the beaten track’ where our guests have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the real Catalonia/Spain.

Please note that we offer a variety of optional services for your convenience and vacation enjoyment. Below are just a few options that can be booked after your reservation is confirmed:

In-villa catering (paella, tapas, Spanish BBQ)

Flamenco lessons

In-villa taste testings of locals cheeses, wines, cavas, chocolate, deli meats.

Airport transfer

Car rental

Towels and linens (these are not included in your reservation fee)



Horse riding

Air conditioning/Heating (if available)

Please feel free to ask for more information on any of the above!

Departure cleaning & pool/garden maintenance charge: 90 EUR.

Department of tourism registration number: HUTB-005302

*Pets are allowed with prior authorisation and for an additional fee per pet. Please inquire for more information.

*This property does allow groups under 25 years of age.

More Details
Registration Number : HUTCC-000062

Property Manager
Catalunya Casas
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within a day
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

WE stayed here in July 2011 and have a lovely relaxing time. The villa is very peaceful and is located at the top of a mountain. The views are excellent of a natural park. We like hiking so there were plenty of trails for us. The villa was very clean and comfortable beds. The best part is that it was very safe for our toddler daughter - the whamming pool has security gates and the villa is one level so no stairs. We didn't have to worry about her getting hurt. The TV was very small but we didn't really watch it so it didn't bother us.
Jul 2011
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Castellar del Vallès Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Tennis
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
Ask for our extra services: Bedlinen (includes top and bottom sheets, pillow case) = 10 Euros per person Towels (includes one hand towel and one bath towel) = 5 Euros per person


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
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Catalunya Casas: Cozy rural villa in Arbrells for 6 guests, just 25km from Barcelona!
average rating of 4.1 based on 11 reviews

We would definitely repeat our experience, given the amenities and price (late May, early June)!

  • 4 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hola Lyle! Thank you for your kind words and comments. As an agency that specialises in family villa rentals (with gardens and private pools!) in Catalonia (Barcelona, Costa Brava and Costa Dorada) we take your feedback and suggestions very seriously and continually aim to improve our services. We have replaced all living room furniture as a result of your comments. There is hot water but it needs to run for about a minute before it heats up. We have not previously had problems with mosquitos in this area, but we will review further. Regardless, in all of our properties there are electric mosquito prevention devices. There is WIFI in this property so we are confused as to why you were unable to access the internet. All the internet connection details are in the house instruction manual, which we provide to our clients before arrival.   Each of our vacation rentals is hand chosen and selected based on strict standards of quality.   We look forward to welcoming you again soon to this beautiful area!   Kind regards,     The Catalunya Casas Team!
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Spring holiday

  • 4 of 5

we (family: age 49, 47, 18, 14, 8) spent a lovely 2 week holiday: the view from the garden onto the surrounding mountainside is stunning. Castellar del Valles is a perfect starting point for hiking in the beautiful Sant Llorenç de Munt Nationalparc (we recommend to take a tour to la Mola). We also spent lots of time sightseeing in Barcelona and went to Sitges (very nice seaside town with a beautiful beach) for a visit to the seaside. Janet has been a welcoming host ready to help with anything: information, finding the way and even helping us find our stuff again :-)

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brilliant familly vacation

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location. Janet was wonderful and welcoming and attended to all of our needs. She provided on call assistance available to settle our needs at any time of the day or night. The house was clean and all of our accommodations were met. The only complaint was occasionally slow internet but the problem was immediately resolved. We would certainly return to this location.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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very quite place

  • 5 of 5

If you look for silence it's the good place.We spent a very quite place.

The description was accurate, the house is clean and the swimming pool securited,so we didn't worry for the childrens.From the house we have a beautiful view of the natural park.The owner is very good and availble.It was a very good experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at this villa. Very peaceful and as described.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Area for Hiking

  • 5 of 5

I am an avid walker and this area is great for mountain hiking. The owner is very helpful and some great restaurants in the area. BArcelona is close and so is Costa Brava so I enjoyed the location.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2011
  • Stayed: July 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments and I am pleased you enjoyed your stay. Yes, there is indeed plenty of nature in the area and it is a very central location to explore all of Catalunya! I look forward to welcoming you again!
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Nearest Golf
7.6 Kilometres
Real Club de Golf El Prat
Nearest Beach
28.1 Kilometres
Nova Mar Bella Beach
Other Activities:

Casa Lleo i Morera

This rustic villa with pool is located in the perfect location for nature lovers, hikers (there are an abundance of hiking trails literally outside the doorstep) and biking (situated on the edge and overlooking the stunning Sant Llorenc de Munt Natural Park), mountain climbing, tennis, horse riding enthusiasts (there are numerous stables and horse riding excursions in the area and golf (Real Club de Golf El Prat - one of the best and most prestigious golf courses in Catalonia). All of the benefits of a peaceful and tranquil Catalonian mountain getaway, yet only a short drive to the bustle and culture of Barcelona and world famous Montserrat Monastery. Ideally situated between Barcelona and Girona, meaning that beaches are only a half hour drive away as well. Should natural hot springs entice you, the famous village of Caldes de Montbui is a 15 minute drive. Outlet shopping is nearby at La Roca Village.

Golf: Real Club de Golf El Prat is the most prestigious and well known course in Catalonia, and is only a 10km drive away. With 45 holes it is one of the more challenging Greg Norman designs that you can play: lots of bunkers, rolling fairways in the middle of a mature forest and very fast greens. It is open year round, has a putting and pitching green, restaurant, dressing room, ball, club and buggy rentals.

Camp de Golf de Matadepera is also close for the more casual golfer. The Club has all the services as does Golf El Prat and provides classes/lessons for all levels and is surrounded by stunning scenery of the Sant Llorenc de Munt National Park.

Ski: Masella ski resort is located in La Cerdanya, a tourist area in the middle of the Pyrenees. In Masella, skiers will be surprised by fantastic and impressive landscapes. Masella has up to 54 main trails and 19 variations that represent 65 skiable kilometres, with well over 800m of vertical. 80% of the ski slopes are in the middle of the forest, which guarantees the quality and quantity of snow and trees are also a perfect protection against storms. The other 20% of the trails are located at the top of the mountain, with splendid views of the wonderful valley of La Cerdanya.

La Molina is well-situated, surrounded by mountains of more than 2500 metres. La Molina is the nearest ski resort to the main cities of Catalunya and large parts of Spain. It is readily accessible by car, bus, or train. After nearly one hundred years of operation, La Molina has the experience to maintain its position as one of the premier ski resorts of Spain offering the newest technology and services.





  • A 25% booking deposit is required upon reservation, with the remaining charges to be paid before arrival or in cash on day or arrival. A 500 Euro damage deposit is required as well upon arrival at the villa, which will be returned within 7 days of departure.

    Changeover day variable outside of summer months.