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The Yellow House Casa Rural

Apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and shared pool in El Boalo, Spain

From £871 per week

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Lovely self contained apartment close to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, 5 min to village, 45 min to Madrid. If you enjoy quality of life this is perfect for a long or short stay at any time of year.


The Yellow House Casa Rural now offers new and improved rooms and facilities for guests to enjoy. It has one double bedroom with an en suite bathroom, and a second bedroom also with a double, and a second bathroom. The large fully equipped kitchen has views of the Maliciosa mountain range. An extra large lounge with a fire place provides the perfect place to relax in the evenings. A large balcony which overlooks the garden provides outdoor dining and loungers for relaxation. Please note that children are not permitted.

THE PROPERTY is situated in Mataelpino a small village which nestles at the foot of the La Maliciosa mountain range and the Pedriza Regional Park. Yet it is only 45 minutes by car to the cultural city of Madrid. There is a direct bus at the end of the road. The area offers a wealth of natural beauty and a variety of activities all year round. Swimming, ski-ing (weather permitting), walking, cycling, horse riding, climbing, fishing, painting, wild flower and mushroom collecting. It is an ideal place to enjoy bird watching, with some rare and interesting species, especially Nightingales, Bee Eaters, Golden Oriels, Storks, Azure Winged Magpies, Eagles, Kites, Vultures and other Raptors. Numerous bird and species of butterflies visit the garden. Only a ten minute walk away there are a number of mountain trails.

This peaceful natural environment offers spectacular scenery. Take a picnic, a camera, and some binoculars and enjoy the incredible views. In addition, gastronomical tourism and the week long local fiestas in Mataelpino and the surrounding villages offer a unique opportunity for you to enjoy the real 'flavour' of Spain.

The self contained apartment is on the first floor of the house. The owner lives on the ground floor and shares the garden and the pool. The apartment has access to the beautiful typically English garden where you can enjoy the scent of roses whilst swimming, or relax by the pool and taking in the views of the mountains. There is also a spacious balcony for outdoor dining or relaxing on the sun loungers.

The English owner has lived in Mataelpino for many years and has a wealth of knowledge about the area and its surroundings. She also speaks Spanish, should you need any assistance.

HILL WALKING, MOUNTAIN CLIMBING AND CYCLING: There are a large number of trails from Mataelpino which lead to many points of interest along the mountain ridge, there are some maps and routes available in the apartment.

SKIING: Weather permitting, winter skiing at Valdeski (16 km) or Puerto de Navacerrada (22 km). These slopes are ideal for beginners.

CULTURAL TOURISM: Local Fiestas in Mataelpino and the surrounding villages are held from July to September. The three towns of Mataelpino, Cerceda and El Boalo celebrate their fiestas on three consecutive weeks in August. The fiestas begin with the crowning of two teenagers who become a Prince and Princess for the week. The fiestas are colourful events with music, singing and dancing in the village square every evening. In addition there is a fun fair, and market stalls selling handicrafts line the streets. Each fiesta culminates in a communal dinner outside in the town square followed by a light show or a display of fireworks at midnight.

Each village also has a fiesta to celebrate its own patron saint and these are occasions for both solemnity and merriment. The fiesta of Saint Sebastian, the patron of El Boalo is on the 18th January. Mataelpino's patron, Saint Agueda is celebrated on the 5th February. Our villagers carry her on their shoulders through the village to the main square where they enjoy a glass of vermouth. Afterwards the women share lunch or dinner together in a local restaurant. The fiesta of Saint Isidro is held on the 15th May. San Isidro is particularly interesting and lots of fun. His effigy is carried in procession through the nearby town of El Boalo, through the surrounding fields and up into the mountain to the small local church where a mass is celebrated. Meanwhile, outside the church in the area at the foot of the mountains, a giant party takes place. Awnings are erected, BBQ’s are lit, and the local inhabitants enjoy a communal picnic. Musicians play, whilst horse riders in local costume canter through the crowds, and children play on the bouncy castle.

GASTRONOMICAL TOURISM: Mataelpino and its environs boast a number of superb restaurants serving excellent Spanish cuisine, such as The Azaya Restaurant which is within walking distance, El Cenador Salvador (Michelin 2 stars) in Moralzarzal (4 km), Don Astuto in Mataelpino and The Taberna in Becerril de la Sierra (4 km) famous for its lobster rice. Also in Becerril is Las Terrazas which serves a traditional home cooked food and has a reasonably priced set menu during weekdays. You can also order a fabulous paella here to take away. La Morada also in Moralzarzal is great for lunch, serving novel and interesting dishes based on typical Spanish cuisine.

Breakfast is an institution in Spain and can consist of anything from deep fried sugary sticks (churros) dunked in thick hot chocolate, to the more traditional toasted bread served with mashed tomatoes, garlic and olive oil, or croissants flavoured with azahar (orange blossom) and coffee. Dom Ca Pastelleria in Becerril (4 km) is a must for breakfast foodies.

Our local wine bar, whose owner Jose grows his own grapes, and makes his own wine, is a wonderful place to sample some excellent Spanish wine and tapas.

Every year in March each village organises a Tapas Festival where the owners of the local bars compete for the prize of 'best tapas in the village'.

The larger local towns also host a weekly food market where you can sample some of the best of our produce. You can also buy wonderful home-made bread, cheeses and home cured cold meats and hams at the Artisanal Medieval Markets.

For anyone who enjoys quality of life this is the perfect place for a long or short stay, and somewhere you can come back to time and time again, and still discover new things.

PLACES NEARBY: The following areas of interest are within a short distance:

  • The Castle at Manzanares el Real - enjoy some history and then a beer or an ice cream in the plaza (10 km)
  • The Monastery at San Lorenzo, El Escorial (28 km)
  • The Monastery of El Paular (38 km)
  • The ancient city of Segovia - with many restaurants serving delicious roasted suckling pig (45 km)
  • Navacerrada with a flea market (rastro) every Sunday morning - incredibly cheap bargains from the arts and crafts era, as well as all the usual car boot fair curiosities. Navacerrada also has a classic car meeting on the first Sunday of the month. (7 km)
  • Puerto de Navacerrada - skiing (16 km)
  • Laguna de Peñalara (25 km)
  • Puerto de Cotos - the highest point in the area (22 km)

MADRID: The magical city of Madrid has many streets and plazas to explore where you can enjoy a cool beer or a glass of delicious Spanish wine with tapas. In addition, it offers numerous galleries, museums and heritage sites, including the Prado, the Thyssen, the Royal Opera House, the Royal Palace, the Retiro Park (with its book market and boating lake) and the Botanical Gardens. There are also 15,000 bars and restaurants, including El Botin, founded in 1725, which according to the Guinness Book of Records, is the oldest restaurant in the world!

For anyone who enjoys quality of life this is the perfect place for a long or short stay, and somewhere you can come back to time and time again, and still discover new things.


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Family from Jacksdale, United Kingdom Aug 2017

Patricia is a wonderful host and is very welcoming. She kindly cooked for us when we arrived late from our flight from barajas. The house is easy to get to with very detailed instructions and both hosts are really genuine and kind people. The house is the best furnished I have ever been to and has everything you could wish for to cook at home. The village is small but cute and doesn't lack for bars or fresh bread in the morning. Being close to Madrid meant the holiday was both cultural and shoppeRd delight with an easy bus service close to the house. We really enjoyed our stay and are looking forward to going back next year, if Patricia let's us!


Couple from Stafford, United Kingdom Sep 2016

My husband and I have been lucky enough to enjoy holidays in apartments in four of the worlds five continents and have our (for fun) Top Ten list. Our criteria are, we're it is, does it match the given description, and the welcome and hospitality of the owner.
The Yellow House is now in that Top Ten list!
The welcome we were given by Patricia, our owner hostess, was outstanding. She was both charming and helpful throughout our stay she is a special lady.
The apartment is comfortable and has just about everything one needs in terms of equipment and the garden and pool provide a peaceful and relaxed setting. The surrounding area is mountainous, and Madrid is within easy reach even by bus. We had our own car with us and we would recommend the use of a car to other visitors to fully appreciate the many other tourist sites in the area. (Skiing is also possible locally in the winter).
We were very sorry to leave after our stay and hope to return to this little bit of heaven.

Regards Joan


Family from Coventry, United Kingdom Jul 2015

This is our second time at The Yellow House, and we can't recommend it highly enough. It is a wonderful taste of Spain in a beautiful area, close to Madrid but cool in the summer. The owner is so helpful and enjoys sharing local knowledge and great suggestions of where to go and what to eat.


Family from Madrid, Spain Sep 2014

it is a great house in a very quiet environment. The pool area and garden are so nice you dont feel to go out!
It is equipped with all you may need as if you were in your own home. Also its full of useful details (bath staff, ironing, washing, express coffe machine ,childrens cutlery...) and its perfect for kids with many toys for them (lego, puzles, games for all ages, water guns, cot linen,...)
The owner runs it excellent and you feel sincerely welcome everytime.
Good choice!!


Family from Baldock, United Kingdom May 2014

We had a lovely stay at the yellow house. We were a family of four with two young girls and Patricia, the owner, went out of her way to make sure everything was right. The house is situated next to the mountains within a peaceful village with plenty of restaurants and bars a short walk away. Visiting Madrid is easy and theres plenty of sites to see close by. The house had everything and more than we needed and the big garden and pool is great for kids. We would happily come here again. The extra touches Patricia added were the icing on the cake.


Family from South Mimms, United Kingdom Aug 2013

The owner Patricia was extremely welcoming without being intrusive. Having a lovely fresh meal prepared for our arrival really helped us relax straight away. She had added lots of little extras that meant we didnt want for anything when we got there either. The location is great for exploring the surrounding mountains as well as central Spain and a handy distance to supermarkets, buses and local town.
Patricia is an animal lover with chickens cats and rabbits making it a very homely destination.
Felt very welcome , relaxed and away from the great London rush. Would visit again !

5 other reviews

The apartment exceeded our expectations, it was amazing. The beautiful lawns, flowers and trees create such a relaxing and private atmosphere that I have never experienced before. The swimming pool, so lucky to have it all to ourselves. The seating and dining facilities allow you to enjoy the apartment from different perspectives. The BBQ was fantastic. The kitchen facilities were amazing enabling us to cook delicious food and sit out on the spacious terrace and enjoy the warm evenings. Ten out of ten, would definitely recommend the apartment. Adam and Lizzie 19th - 25th August 2014.

A really lovely apartment, clean and comfortable. The small village within walking distance has some lovely bars and restaurants, and the people are really friendly too. We enjoyed walking in the mountains and visiting Segovia. Our only regret - not enough time. So, we will be coming back to discover more....

We spent a lovely peaceful weekend here, away from the big city with only the birds singing, watching the chickens scratching around and the kittens playing. The apartment was clean and comfortable with everything we needed. We are definitely coming back!

Reply from Patricia

I am so happy that you enjoyed your stay. I look forward to welcoming you again.

We spent a lovely peaceful weekend here, away from the big city with only the birds singing, watching the chickens scratching around and the kittens playing. The apartment was clean and comfortable with everything we needed. We are definitely coming back!

A wonderful countryside location with easy access to central Madrid (45 minutes by bus). Well-equipped and comfortable accommodation. The gardens and pool are beautiful, and theres a village nearby for shops, bars and cafes. We like to combine a city break with outdoor activities and so this place is ideal. Will be returning.

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Distances to locations

Nearest bar 1km Nearest restaurant 1km Nearest ski lift 16km Nearest supermarket 1km Madrid Barajas Airport 53km Moncloa Bus Station 50km Plaza Castilla Bus Station 50km Villalba Train Station 20km

Local activities

Climbing 10km Cycling 10km Fishing 15km Horse riding 5km Mountain biking 10km Skiing 15km Sports center 7km Tennis 15km Walking 1km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 5km Shopping 1km Theatre 5km Cinema 5km

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Updated 9 August 2021

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 10 June - 31 August 2023: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 September - 30 November 2023: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 December 2023 - 5 April 2024: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 6 April - 30 April 2024: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 May - 31 August 2024: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 September - 30 November 2024: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 December 2024 - 5 April 2025: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 6 April - 30 April 2025: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 May - 31 August 2025: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 1 September - 30 November 2025: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 December 2025 - 5 April 2026: the minimum stay is 2 nights.
  • 6 April - 30 April 2026: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 May - 1 June 2026: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Compulsory extras

  • End of stay cleaning

    £30.00 per booking, paid with booking



2 bedrooms, Sleeps 4:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed


2 bathrooms including 1 en suite

Swimming pool

Shared pool


DVD/Blu-ray player, WiFi / WiFi, TV, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 4, Dining area seats 4, Central heating, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Shared garden

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Extra information

The Yellow House offers a pleasant haven away from the hustle and bustle of the City. Somewhere within easy reach of Madrid - close enough for a short break, but far away enough to enter a different world. Forget about work, forget about battling through busy streets. Enjoy quiet village life, walking in the mountains, cycling, rock climbing, or simply watching, and appreciating the magnificent scenery and the wealth of nature that this area has to offer. Enjoy shopping for our local specialities, meat from the Sierra de Guadarrama and delicious cheeses. The fully fitted kitchen, complete with oils, spices, fresh eggs and herbs from the garden will entice even the most reluctant cook. The apartment is situated in a quiet street with plenty of parking. The garden and pool facilities are shared with the owner.


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Private Owner From Mataelpino, Spain Member since Jan 2012

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