Cal Pep is more than a rental villa, it's an experience. With obvious great care, the owners have rebuilt/restored the house in a contemporary style internally while carefully preserving the traditional feel and architectural detail. It's a really special place to spend a week or two.
The house is quality-built and outfitted with all the modern amenities, and is very comfortable. The downstairs has a sunny semi-open plan with a well-appointed kitchen and a nice indoor/outdoor flow. Upstairs, the beds and linens were of a very nice quality and, as we were staying with a mix of family and friends, we especially appreciated the en-suite baths. We also enjoyed the many special touches such as a thriving herb garden. As other reviewers have pointed out, the place is every bit as fabulous as it looks in the photos.
La Nou itself is a charming little hillside village with a thousand years of history, and Cal Pep commands a privileged location right in its historic center. The view from the expansive terraces looks northwest over a valley quilted with vineyards and olive groves and there is a network of walking/biking paths, accessible just down the hill from the house, that meander through this beautiful landscape. It's just a quick hop by car to Torredembarra and only slightly longer to Tarragona, and believe me even after visiting these spectacular places you will look forward to winding your way back to Cal Pep to relax and enjoy the house. Overall, Cal Pep and its pastoral setting represent a real value compared to a beach house rental of similar quality in the area, and we could not have been happier with the choice to stay there.
Finally, Maggie (owner) was wonderful to deal with, and the local couple who helped us with check-in/check-out couldn't have been nicer.
Visited on "April - 2013
Cal Pep is a beautiful place to stay. The house is just as impressive as it appears on the website, perhaps more so on arrival (we walked from room to room just saying wow for a good 10 minutes...) The kitchen is extremely well equipped and everything works! The bedrooms are all spacious and ensuite. There are spectacular views from all of the windows.
We found the owners a pleasure to deal with and very helpful. La Nou de Gaia itself is a delight- neat and tidy with facilities including a well-stocked shop and a baker's within walking distance. There is enough to do and see nearby and a day trip to Barcelona is relatively easy on the train. Thoroughly recommended.
Visited on "August - 2012
This house is quite stunning! A fabulous place to stay with lots of home comforts. The description of the property is very accurate and there was no problem collecting the keys. The owner was extremely accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. The property has lots of space with a spectacular position in the small village of La Nou. The village is ideally located for getting about this part of Spain, whether that is to the superb beach of Torredembarra, the vibrant city of Barcelona, the Port Aventura theme park and much, much more. Plenty of choice on your doorstep or enjoy the quiet village life. In case you miss having a swimming pool, then there is an excellent public swimming pool in the next village.
All in all if you go here, you will not be disappointed.
Visited on "July - 2012
What a fabulous way to spend a holiday. Cal Pep is a wonderful modern house which still retains its Catalan features on the outside, thus making it a wonderful place to spend a holiday. The loal restaurants (and those further afield) serve delicious food, and the house is near enough to the sea to enjoy seaside strolls and swims and sunbathing in the warmer weather
The views from the terraces are superb and the village has its own baker, fresh cooked croissants and squeezed orange juice for breakfast, what a perfect way to start the day!
I would recommend this to anyone for a short break or a longer stay. The beautiful historic cities of Tarragona and Barcelona are only a short distance away.
Visited on "March - 2012