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The House


Casa Salto del Caballo is situated in the small village of La Fontañera, just a few kilometers from Valencia de Alcántara. It is the last house in Spain, located directly on the border to Portugal. You can literally come in from the Spanish side and walk out through the other doors onto the magnificent São Mamede Natural Park in Portugal.
From here you can enjoy stunning views towards the Natural Park Serra de São Mamede and the Castle of Marvão in the Alto Alentejo of Portugal. The buildings date back to the late 19th century, and the location is historically significant. The strategic position of the house has lent it a past always connected to the smuggling trade between Portugal and Spain.
Up until 1992, when the borders opened, mainly coffee and leather boots, but also bread, garlic or whatever else was wanted on the other side was smuggled. As the front entrance is in Spain and the backdoor opens onto Portugal, it was a “casa de la duda” – a house in no-man’s land. Ultimately the Spanish ended the confusion by officially incorporating the entire property into Spain.
For your holiday in two countries, our family-run guesthouse offers two self-catering apartments, whose names reflect the history of the house: apartment “Portugal” and apartment “España”.
Each apartment features a fully-equipped kitchen, a dining and living area complete with a wood burner for the colder season and air conditioning for the warmer months, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available on the premises. The patio is formed by the two main buildings, the pool and several shady or sunny sitting areas. There are sun lounges around the pool and a barbecue is available.
Enjoy your holiday in an authentically rural setting. The casa rural is family-run, family-friendly and open year-round. Since we already have a dog, Oskar, as well as numerous cats, pets cannot be accommodated. Oskar, however, loves accompanying our guests on walks and protects the premises well.
As of spring 2019, we will also be home to “El Cafecito”, a small café in the downstairs front part of the house. It will have a few tables and a reading lounge inside, as well as a small patio out front. Breakfast will be available for guests during the week (upon request), and to guests and the public on weekends. The café will also serve lunch in the afternoon to guests and the public from Tuesday to Sunday.