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L'Avenc de Tavertet - Self-catering cottages in Barcelona

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Mas l’Avenc s, 08511 Tavertet, Barcelona
Catalonia, Spain

Tammy Abey & Mireia Santovety

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+34 938 816159(landline)

In a thrilling mountain landscape made for walkers… a luxurious hotel, 4 eco cottages and some of the most spectacular views in Catalunya

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Egyptian (sic) vultures soar below you, and above. The escarpments rise sheer from the valleys below, a thousand feet into the air like great, green, lost worlds. The views are at least 180 degrees and you are on the High Table above it all, yet deeply rooted in it, for this mediaeval manor-farmhouse has been restored to its greatest glory by the Abey-Parris family, as an act of love. The little self-catering stone cottages alongside have shared in the love and are delightful. Stone, oak, tiles, woodburners, books, shelter from summer heat and winter cold – and a sitting area under a Mulberry tree. Your inspired owners ran amok with a digger and dug out a huge underground car-park, and a vast indoor swimming pool, and then wrapped a superbly designed hotel of 14 rooms around the side of the mountain to go with them. So you can play in the pool, use the hotel for breakfasts, dig in the sand-pit or play the piano in the vast reception areas if the weather turns grim. The whole atmosphere is generous, eco-aware, warm and 'family'. Come for the ineffable peace, walks, countryside, villages – and the coast isn't far away.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Kids of all ages can stay.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Local points of interest from Tammy Abey & Mireia Santovety:

Local points of interest from
Tammy Abey & Mireia Santovety:

  • Rupit and Tavertet , two ancient mountain villages, are both within walking distance. Alternatively you can drive to Figeures to see Dalí's museum, then Roses for an afternoon on the beach, then return to the coolness and quiet of l'Avenc to rest and sleep
  • Vic and its romanesque museum and Saturday market or Olot in the midst of extinct volcanoes are both 40 minutes away by car. See the sunken village of Sau in the reservoir after a 2 hour hike down the cliffs and have an excellent lunch and swim at la Riba.
  • Try out our local gastronomic restaurants: Cal Ignasi in Cantonigròs and Faves Comptades in Tavertet, they will both delight. Experience life at a slower pace on our electric bikes to wiz you there and back guided by owls and the starry, starry night.
  • L'Avenc was saved from ruin back in 1997 when Matthew Parris, part owner walked past the place and fell in love with it. and teamed up with his sister Belinda and brother-in-law Joaquim. Penguin's "Castle in Spain" tells this incredible story.
  • This is the heart of Catalunya. You can see all topografical points from L'Avenc, symbolic of what it means to feel Catalan: spot Montserrat to the west, Canigó to the North , the beautiful Montseny range to the South and see the sun rise behind Girona.
  • Bird-watching at l'Avenc is sitting outside your cottage and just watching...or are those Gryffon and Egytian vultures actually watching you instead? Wallcreepers, woodpeckers, red-beaked choughs..this is a haven for bird enthusiasts.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"An amazing place; the description does not exaggerate. The views are vast and spectacular, the buildings, both old and new, are beautiful, and the underground car park and swimming pool are stunning. A real Grand Design of a place run by helpful, welcoming people. As a family of four we stayed in a spacious, luxurious 'apartment' in the new building comprising a studio and double room joined by a private staircase. With seating inside and out plus a kitchenette, this was ideal for self-catering. Peace, space, views, walks, swimming, table tennis - just watch your car tyres on the bumpy track!"

Penny - Cambridge, United Kingdom

July 2016
"The most inspiring place we've ever stayed in, and trust me, I've been looking for this kind of retreat for dozens of years and in many countries. It enables you to be close to yourself and to nature. The rooms are vast and pampering, We enjoyed 21st century comfort in a place built and restored by loving and caring people. A great base for getting to know hilly Catalonia. The advice you get for trips around is one that can't be found in any guide book. Our three nights there left us haunted (in a good way) and we are already planing our return."

Yehuda - Jerusalem, Israel

May 2016
"L'Avenc is such a special place which offers amazing cliff views and wonderful country walks right outside your doorstep. The apartments were very spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. Our family loved the incredible, unique indoor pool. The nearby local villages of Rupit and Tavertet were very quaint and picturesque. The locals were very friendly, the restaurants and stores were reasonable. The drive to either of these towns were breath taking and extremely scenic. I really enjoyed reading Matthew Parris's book a Castle in Spain! Belinda our host was very welcoming."
June 2015

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  • 4 Cottages for 2 - 4
Price:(i) 706 to958 per week

Singles 15% reduction.

Booking info:

Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


Breakfast available on request, €10-€12. Welcome hamper €45. Restaurants 3km.




Mas l’Avenc s, 08511 Tavertet, Barcelona

Self-catering 2 self-catering cottages
Cottages (x2) ~ 1 double.
Price: (i) 706 to 706 per week
Self-catering 2 self-catering cottages
Cottages (x2) ~ 1 double, 1 twin.
Price: (i) 958 to 958 per week

Tammy Abey & Mireia Santovety

Visit website Check availability

+34 938 816159(landline)