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Can Jan Catalonian Farmhouse Comprehensively Restored Decorated To High Standard

Bedrooms 12
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay nights

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Photos and Description of this 12 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Besalú - Can Jan

Farmhouse, 12 Bedrooms,12 Bathrooms,sleeps 24 People

Nestled in the Catalonian foothills of the Pyrenees, in the centre of a stunning, forested valley, lies Can Jan. Down a long private, rustic drive, with not another building in sight, Can Jan offers a unique experience of luxury accommodation for up to 24 people.

Here you can relax in complete serenity, or party as hard as you like within 500 acres of private woodland.

As well as having a huge outdoor swimming pool and pool house, the indoor sauna is sure to ease the stresses of modern life. Generous and airy reception rooms, verandas, terraces and sitting rooms abound, allowing guests their own space while being able to enjoy the large communal areas on offer.

Whether it’s mountain biking, bird-watching, hiking, canoing, horse riding or golf, Can Jan is the perfect base. See the sights of the charming, medieval town of Besalú only 10 minutes away, or simply relax by the pool.

Can Jan is ideal for celebrations, our staff can organise any catering, any time of the day to the guests requirement. From regular meals to special occasions.

Can Jan is an ancient Catalonian farmhouse that has been comprehensively restored and decorated to a high standard.

Positioned within a private valley, Can Jan’s grounds include an olive grove, fruit trees, pool area and lawns, all surrounded by more than 500 acres of private woodland at the foot of the Pyrenees.

The house sleeps up to 24 people and comprises the following:

12 total bedrooms (5 also have private balconies)

4 en-suite double bedrooms

4 en-suite double/twin rooms

2 en-suite twin rooms

1 ground floor en-suite double/twin bedroom, suitable for wheelchair access.

1 double bedroom including an extra mezzanine sleeping area perfect for kids (separate bathroom)

Gas central heating with individually controlled thermostats in all bedrooms

Indoor and outdoor dining areas

3 separate reception/living rooms

Several indoor and outdoor seating areas, including balconies and terraces overlooking fabulous valley views

TV room with satellite TV and Broadband Wi-Fi internet access

Sauna and steam room with separate shower area

Laundry room with 2 Bosch washing machines and 2 Bosch tumble dryers

Large (10x15m) outdoor pool with pool house including luxurious large sunbeds,wood fired BBQ, eating area, table tennis, toilet room, sink and fridge/freezer

1 guest kitchen and 1 professional chef’s kitchen.

Services that are included in your booking:

From 9:00 am till 3:00 pm a house keeper will clean 2 bedrooms per day on a rota basis, and clean all common parts. This will be done 6 days per week

Gardener & pool man will work the same hours & days as above

All linen & towels, including pool towels



Services that can be arranged at an extra cost:



Extra cleaner

With appropriate notice, we can arrange any catering, any time of day to the guest’s requirement; regular meals or one-off special occasions.

Main Hall

The Main Entrance to Can Jan. Includes a staircase up to the West Hall, access to the dining room, professional kitchen, sauna and bedroom one.

Dining Room

The Dining Room adjoins the Main Hall and Family Kitchen. It has adequate seating for 24.

Sitting Room Snug

The Snug adjoins the Dining Room and has comfortable seating for 6.

Family Kitchen

The Family Kitchen features all modern conveniences for catering for your group and a small dining table for informal eating.

Professional Kitchen

This fully-equipped kitchen is for those larger groups that will require a professional chef.

Sauna and Steam room

A great way to relax those tired muscles and freshen up the soul, here you will find a Sauna, Steam room and Showers.

Room One

An East facing, ground floor, wheelchair accessible twin room with shower.

Outside Dining Area

A wisteria canopied patio – just outside the guest kitchen.

Room Five

A West facing double or twin room with balcony, shower and two sinks.

West Hall

The West hall contains the staircase up to the Second Floor West and down to the Main Hall as well as outside access to the staff quarters and grounds.

First Floor Sitting Room

This large sitting room comfortably seats 8 with a fireplace and southern views. Outside is a large balcony with panoramic views of the grounds and surrounding mountains. The sitting room adjoins the West Hall and the Television room.

TV Room

The only television in the house is in this secluded room.

Room Two

A double room with East facing balcony and shower room.

Room Three

Two single beds and South facing balcony with shower over bath.

Room Four

Double or twin room with West facing balcony and wet room.

East Hall

Staircase to the Second Floor East and a North facing balcony.

East Landing

East Landing with small sofa, staircase to East Hall and access to Rooms six and seven.

Room Six

West facing double room with shower.

Room Seven

South facing double room with antique bed and shower room.

West Landing

This landing contains the staircase to the West Hall and access to a communal bathroom.

Open Air Sitting Room

This room has an open log fire and stunning panoramic views of the valley. Bedrooms 8 and 12 adjoin this room.

Room Eight

A South-West facing double or twin room with shower.

Room Nine

A double room with West facing balcony and shower.

Room Ten

North facing double bedroom including an extra mezzanine sleeping area perfect for kids. This is the only non en-suite bedroom, however, the West Hall Bathroom is just next door.

West Hall Bathroom

The bathroom for Room 10 can be accessed from the West Hall. Shower over bath.

Room Eleven

North facing twin room with 2 single beds and shower room.

Room Twelve

A South facing double or twin room accessed from the Open Air Sitting Room with shower and two sinks.

The Pool

The large (10x15m) and deep (1.5-3m) pool is a short stroll across the lawn from the house. The pool area contains sun loungers and al-fresco showers.

The pool house includes a wood fired BBQ, eating area, table tennis, toilet room, sink and fridge/freezer and a day bed.

Safety Notice

No Lifeguard on Duty.

Persons using pool do so at their own risk.

Children under the age of 14 should not use pool without an adult in attendance.

More Details
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Owner - Portia Kennaway, Agent - Sue Morris
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 July, 2016
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About Owner - Portia Kennaway, Agent - Sue Morris

Owner owns an organic farm in North Wales.

Owner - Portia Kennaway, Agent - Sue Morris purchased this farmhouse in 2002

Why Owner - Portia Kennaway, Agent - Sue Morris chose La Garrocha

The owner is a keen conservationist and a passion for unique remote places in stunning landscapes.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Its in 500 acres of stunning private grounds, it has an extraordinary habitat, full of birds including nightingales and several birds of prey. Hundreds of butterflies, months,amphibians,reptiles,wild Boar,Deer,Lynx, Polecats, Weasels and wild Mink.



Nearest Airport
45.2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4.9 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
19.3 Kilometres
Torremirona Golf club
Nearest Train
45.2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3.1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4.9 Kilometres
Pont Vell restaurant in Besalu, highly recommend.
Nearest Beach
49 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Things To Do

The vast range of sports in the area may surprise you, from Bird Watching, Walking, Cycling, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Rock-Climbing, Golf, Fishing and Horse Riding.

The Grounds

Can Jan is situated in over 500 acres of private woodland including a great many hiking trails to explore on foot or two wheels, and these adjoin the extensive La Garroxta National Park.


This beautiful Medieval town is 10 minutes from Can Jan. More information is available here.

Banyoles Lake

Lake Banyoles is the largest lake in Catalunya and is about 1.5 miles long and only 10km from Can Jan. Boat trips are available and rowing boats can be hired or you may prefer to walk or cycle around it. This lake was used for the Barcelona Olympic Rowing events. An information centre is located beside the lake.


The ancient city of Gerona is a 30 minute drive from Can Jan. The small city is easy to explore on foot and contains a wealth of historical architecture, museums, restaurants and fashionable cafes.


The second largest city in Spain can be easily reached by Train. It’s stunning architecture, parks and beaches make it a unique day out.

Bird Watching

The Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, is a short drive away. Here you can take your binoculars and observe 329 species of bird.

Running and Walking

A selection of Running and Walking Trails can be found in the Can Jan grounds or around Besalu.

Mountain Biking and Cycling

The grounds of Can Jan are perfect for Mountain Biking and Cycling, or a more extensive 24 mile route can be found starting from Besalu. Bikes can be delivered to the house, prices can be found here.

Golf Courses

Nearby golf courses include TorreMirona, just 15 minutes away, Girona Golf Course, 25 minutes away and Camprodon 40 minutes to the North.

Rock Climbing

Just 20 minutes away is the area of Beuda, which features some stunning climbing routes for many different skill levels.

Hot Air Balloning

The terrace at Can Jan is large enough to launch a hot air balloon to explore La Garroxta National Park. Please contact us for more details and pricing.


Besalú is situated 10 minutes from Can Jan in the area of La Garrotxa at the point where two rivers, the Fluvia and the Capellades meet.

The town features arcaded streets and squares and also a restored mikveh, a ritual Jewish bath dating from the eleventh or twelfth century, as well as the remains of a medieval synagogue, located in the lower town near the river. Besalú also hosts the Museum of miniatures created by jeweler and art collector Lluís Carreras.

In 1966 the village was declared a monumental centre giving protection to its historical buildings and preserving its beauty for the local inhabitants and the many visitors it receives each year.

The town is host to a great many shops, restaurants and cafes.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Besalú, La Garrocha

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £446

Please understand the price advertised is for 8 people for 1 whole week. We can accommodate from 8-24 people. Can Jan can also accommodate weekends, long weekends and 10 day bookings.
please contact the owner directly for availability.
The swimming pool will have a secure fence built around it before the summer high season 2015.
Arrival time after 4 pm. Departure time before 10 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Besalú in Costa Brava - Girona

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 24 people
  • 12 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Pool house toilet room - Toilet
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 9 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    West Hall Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 11 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 12 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 12 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Room One - 2 Single Bed
    Room Two - 1 Double Bed
    Room Three - 2 Single Bed
    Room Four - 2 Single Bed
    Room Five - 2 Single Bed
    Room Six - 1 Double Bed
    Room Seven - 1 Double Bed
    Room Eight - 2 Single Bed
    Room Nine - 1 Double Bed
    Room Ten - 1 Double Bed
    Room Eleven - 2 Single Bed
    Room Twelve - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house has its own fully equipped professional kitchen. You can bring your own chef or at an extra cost we can organize a chef for your full holiday or just for a special occasion. Our house-keeper Sally who is an excellent cook, has just won 1st prize in the town of Besalu with her meat paella.She can also make a superb fish or a vegetarian paella.We highly recommend you book sally,she will need 24 hours notice.

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