|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Escape civilization in Plana Novella. Enjoy stunning views of the mountains and peace and tranquillity rarely found along the Spanish coast. Located in a secluded neighbourhood in the middle of a national park, only 6 miles to popular coast and 8 miles to the beautiful town and beaches of Sitges. Swimming pool, child-friendly 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms; tile and slate floors throughout, a large (40m2) master bedroom with en-suite bathroom overlooking the property, open living and dining rooms with 2 way fireplace, modern kitchen, second living-room/chill-out room with massive fireplace on the ground floor, several terraces around the property for privacy, petanque/bocce court for leisurely afternoon fun. Completed to the highest standard in 2013, it is fully equipped w/ broadband internet, WIFI, Wii video game console, sat TV, stereo, A/C, heating, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, induction stove, convection oven, microwave, 2 fridges, and a family-sized Weber BBQ. Plana Novella is also home to the famous Buddhist Temple. The region is well known for its wine & cava production. Surrounded by vineyards, visits to local bodegas and wineries are possible. Come celebrate any holiday in Garraf!
Garraf region: Garraf is Catalunya's second smallest comarca but packs a lot into its 184 square kilometers. Situated on the Costa Garraf, just south of Barcelona, the region's beautiful coastline includes 25 kilometres of large sandy beaches and tiny secluded bays almost hidden beneath rocky cliffs.
The Parc Natural de Garraf in the east covers 13,000 hectares. The low limestone peaks of the Garraf massif create a wild landscape and habitat for a number of rare and protected species like the European fan palm, Mediterranean tortoise, wild boar, and red fox.
The Parc Natural de Garraf is full of paths for walking and cycling, as well as many caves just waiting to be explored; Jafra Natura based in Olivella runs guided activities at weekends. Other activities on offer in the park include group workshops and courses in astronomy at the Observatori Astronòmic del Parc del Garraf.
The region's historical monuments include seven castles that date from the 10th to 17th centuries.
Things to see - Sitges: Just down the coast is the old fishing town of Sitges. When Modernista artist Santiago Rusiñol moved there in the late 19th century he was instrumental in putting the town on the artistic and cultural map, by hosting festes modernised in his home and studio, Cau Ferrat, which is now a museum and gallery. Cau Ferrat is situated in a lovely old quarter, Racó de la Calma (literally, ‘quiet corner'), just along from another important cultural site, the Museu de Maricel, housed in the Palau of the same name built in the early 20th century for an American millionaire. The museum also encompasses Rusiñol's friend and fellow artist Ramon Casas's house, and has collections of art and sculpture spanning many centuries and styles, as well as an interesting exhibition of maritime artefacts.
Sitges continues to be a magnet for creative minds and one of the favourite subjects for artists is the 17th-century Baroque church of Sant Bartomeu i Santa Tecla.
Things to see - Vilanova i la Geltrú : Vilanova i la Geltrú is the comarca's capital, situated in the southwest of the region. It is one of Catalunya's principal fishing ports and became known as ‘Havana Xica' because of the number of buildings from the ‘Americanos' period. The main town centre is concentrated around the Rambla Principal which is lined with café terraces, all the main shopping chains and the occasional Modernista building. Slightly further north is the arched Plaça de Vila, which leads off through narrow back streets and small squares to the old town centre of la Geltrú and its medieval castle. The Barri Marítim has many attractions such as Ibero-Roman ruins, a defence tower, a lighthouse and a fishermen's market and harbour, where visitors can join locals to greet the fishermen as they return from their day at sea. The town also has 5 beaches and if you are looking for somewhere to cool off there are some pleasant parks and gardens such as the Jardins del Parc Gumà i Ferran with waterfalls, and shady trees.
There are two golf clubs in Garraf: Club de Golf Terramar in Sitges is an 18-hole par 72 course situated on the coast with large practice areas, as well as tennis courts and a swimming pool, while Escola de Golf Portal del Roc in Vilanova has a par 54 pitch-and-putt course.
Our family stayed at the property for one week this summer and loved it so much that we just booked it for next year. The house itself is elegant, perfectly decorated, comfortable, quiet, and with a great garden. Richard, the owner and host, made it even more wonderful by giving useful recommendations, arranging a private chef, and going out of his way to make us feel at home. We travel quite a bit and this was one of the best vacations we ever had. Thanks Richard! See you next year.
Spent a week with two other families at this very comfortable home. Everything we needed for a relaxing week was nearby. The house was very nicely equipped with all the necessary kitchen tools as we prepared many meals there. We walked through the national park and picked herbs (thyme, rosemary, etc) for the chef in our group. Pool was kid-friendly and there were plenty of toys to keep them happy. The owner was very attentive to all our needs. Thanks for a great week.
I can't say enough about this home. Our family has stayed in a number of vacation villas over the years and this was by far the best. The house is beautifully decorated, the surrounding countryside is breathtaking, and the garden/pool area are all exceptional. The kitchen and grill area are well-equipped with all the cooking essentials.
We were 4 adults + 7 kids and there was plenty of space around the house and garden for us to hang out together or chill out on our own. It is the ideal rental for a group looking to stay along the Barcelona coast and visit the surrounding beaches and villages, or just take in the sun and a good book.
I highly recommended it and will be looking for an excuse to return again soon.
We were more than happy with the beautiful surroundings and high standards of the villa. Our families traveled as a large group and the villa was spacious enough for all 6 adults and 5 children. Its location is close enough to the beach but we spent most days by the pool.
The garden was lovely and self-contained making it safe for the younger children to run around in. The villa is stylishly decorated to a high standard and Richard the owner was more than accommodating and attentive to any needs we had.
I would happily recommend this villa and would love to stay again.
Tim and family
We spent a week in April at this getaway and are already booking our return this summer! The owners were very helpful from the moment we inquired until after we left (mailing us a personal item we left behind). They treated us like friends and showed us the best spots around the area. The garden was an adventure for the kids to explore while we relaxed by the fireplace. Kudos!
A warm spacious villa with exotic garden. The attention to detail and styling of the home was wonderful. The property is close to Barcelona and the coast but a world away. We found it ideal as a base to explore the area's culture, wineries, beaches. We enjoyed the quiet surroundings and relaxing evenings in the garden. As a nice bonus, the owner provided lots of toys to keep our kids entertained. Thanks for a memorable stay.
Near the beautiful town of Sitges and its beaches. Sitges, an old fishing village, has become the hip town south of Barcelona. The annual film festival and year-around fiestas attract the fabulous crowd to this resort by the sea.
Wine producing region of Vilafranca Del Penedes filled with vineyards, beautiful country roads, and medieval villages and towns.
Close to beaches of Castelldefels and Sitges with surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, yachting, sailing, horseback riding, ponies, go-carts.
Located in the heart of Parc Natural del Garraf. Mountain region with plenty of fresh air, bird-watching, wildlife (wild boar, foxes, quail, bunnies, tortoises, etc), mountain-climbing, mountain-biking, cave exploration.
Next to Buddhist temple of Palau Novella.
Unspoiled views and surroundings which is unusual for Spanish coastal area. Peaceful getaway at the end of the world yet close to everything.
15 minutes from several large shopping malls.
25 minutes from Barcelona El Prat airport.
30 minutes from Barcelona, with its covered markets such as La Boqueria, Las Ramblas walking street, Olympic stadiums, famous zoo, aquarium, Champions League Barcelona Barca football team, vibrant nightlife, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia cathedral and more!
Other Activities: trekking, cave exploring, bird watching, hiking, sailing
Golf: There are two golf clubs in Garraf: Club de Golf Terramar in Sitges is an 18-hole par 72 course situated on the coast with large practice areas, as well as tennis courts and a swimming pool, while Escola de Golf Portal del Roc in Vilanova has a par 54 pitch-and-putt course.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
*Please Note: The owner accepts other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.
Security deposit of 600EUR/700USD/500GBP is required when receiving the keys, and additional 150€/week for cleaning service.
For reservation, an initial payment of 25% is required.
Full payment is due 10 weeks before the beginning of the rental.
Water and electricity are charged at cost based on consumption. Rates in Spain are higher than in US/UK/FR.