Our rural home is near a reservoir & wooded area forty-five minutes from Madrid.

Our rural home is near a reservoir & wooded area forty-five minutes from Madrid.

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms
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Our home

Our home was built in the 1970's by its former owner on a 1600 square meter lot. We have added a swimming pool and a spacious, open living/dining room that overlooks the Valmayor Reservoir and the three kilometers of wooded area behind our house. The grounds have established trees, shrubs and garden areas with an automatic watering system. The house has two bedrooms and a study that could be used as an additional bedroom. The full kitchen combines a TV viewing area.

Property features

Who we are

  1. My wife, Diantha, and I work at the American School of Madrid as middle school teacher (Science, Mountaineering and Drama) and lower school librarian, respectively. Although we orignally hail from Vermont and Tennesse in the United States, we have lived in Spain for nearly thirty years and have Spanish nationality. We are both 62 and have no children, though we have always had cats and tend to pamper them considerably. We don't smoke and never have. Until recently, we have done a lot of hiking in the Guadarrama and can make available all sorts of guides, maps, backpacks, and gear for your outings. We also have a hard shell kayak and an inflatable kayak (with life vests and gear) that we have used on the reservoir. As you will gather from the pictures, we have two middle-aged neutered female cats, Rocky and Maggie, who will be staying with the house. They stay indoors all the time (have never been out, in fact) but require minimum care (water, food, cleaning of the litter box and the ocasional cuddle or lap to sit on). If you are a cat-lover, they will add a homey touch to your stay.

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Our development, El Paraiso, has about 300 homes and is located two kilometers from the village of Valdemorillo, where shopping, banking, restaurants and medical clinics are available. There is bus service to the village (where buses connect to Madrid and nearby El Escorial) but having a car is preferable. The Valmayor reservoir is several hundred meters from the house. We kayak there, and the marina on the reservoir offers sailing and wind surfing. The wooded area behind the house is ideal for walks and picnics along the shore. The Guadarrama Mountains and La Pedriza are fifty minutes away. They offer many hiking and rock climbing opportunities. Madrid city and its vast cultural riches are a fifty minute drive and San Lorenzo de El Escorial, with its famous monastery, is only ten minutes away. Day trips to the walled city of Avila, to the Roman aquaduct of Segovia, or the Imperial City of Toledo are all about an hour away.

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