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We went with a group of friends to enjoy the country side in Segovia mountains. The house was perfect for 4 couples and a dog to relax on the weekend, visiting small and beautiful villages, do trekking and cook together. There is a big living room with comfy couch and armchairs with a big TV but also ideal to just chat or play boardgames. The kitchen was nice and very well-equipped. Beds are big, pillows were really good quality. As an extra, the spa had great views to the mountains and the stars during a night bath. The roast lamb from Turegano is a must! Highly recommendable for families or group of friends!
You rent a property primarily for the house; the surrounding acreage, the siting, sure, many factors influence a decision, but mainly you’re drawn to the residence, the place where you’ll hang your hat. At El Molino de Penarrubias, you step inside a former mill (and stable and farmhouse) that has been transformed into an immense and fascinating rental. How the owners took a mill in ruins and turned it into a beautifully appointed experience for travelers new to north-central Spain is a feat of ingenuity, vision and endurance.
The kitchen sits above the rushing mill channel, a huge space perfect for gathering while dinner comes together. We took full advantage, cooking about half our meals there. The main room (and former barn) is easily one of the largest spaces I’ve inhabited, punctuated by a freestanding fireplace. The early-autumn evenings had enough of a bite to them to justify building fires in September. Plus, gathering kindling gives you the perfect excuse to wander the property, situated on the Rio Piron, with a working (albeit quiet) farm and its adjoining fields behind the house and the lush green ribbon of the small river valley before it. The water was too cold for us to take advantage of the swimming hole a short walk away, but the property is threaded with trails leading along the river to another mill, in the state of ruin El Molino must have been in when the owners first came across it, and a network of paths and roads leading to abandoned farms and small hill towns. On the way back from Torreiglesias, we broke off onto the trail running along the Piron and came right to our back porch. Perfection.
The proprietor, Carla, is the rarest of owners, much more than that, rather an extraordinary guide, resource and emissary. Without being asked, over the week she served as concierge, translator, even personal assistant when we experienced car-rental problems. It was good luck that normally independent travelers crossed paths with the right person when it came time to explain tire-pressure and front-sensor problems to a mechanic.
El Molino sits at the heart of what proved to be a perfect week. For adventurous travelers, for those in search of the unique, for those convening a good-sized group or in search of the perfect family-reunion site, this is a true find, a magical rental, and a rare opportunity to stay in a sprawling, beautifully converted and furnished millhouse and on a working Spanish farm.