Hillside house with stunning sea views from all rooms, just outside the magical town of Begur in the Costa Brava. The spacious family home is available to rent year round. Situated in a quiet, secluded neighbourhood with scattered luxury villas on a forested hill. No high-rise hotels nearby. Begur, a beautifully preserved mediaeval town, is 90 minutes north of Barcelona, and 45 minutes from Gerona, in the unspoilt portion of the Spanish coast. The three-story house sleeps six comfortably, and has two balconies and four sunny patios. The garden area includes a private pool and a jacuzzi (particularly welcome during off season lets). Sea views from the balconies are superb. Five secluded beaches are accessible by car, with the closest five minutes away. Five excellent golf courses nearby, playable all year round. Begur, with its charming hilltop castle, is within walking distance and has fantastic restaurants and boutiques along its narrow, ancient streets.
- Villa1614 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay3 - 7 nights
Villa in Begur, Costa Brava - Pool, Jacuzzi, Incredible Views from All Rooms and Terraces
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- 25 Aug 2018
About Gerard DeGroot
We live in the magical Scottish town of St Andrews where Jerry is a history professor and a freelance journalist and Sharon runs her own media relations business, with clients in the oil, high tech and tourist industries. We have two children, aged 20 and 23. We love St Andrews because of its tranquility and charm, not to mention the fact that we hardly need a car. Our home in Begur is essentially a Spanish translation of what we have in Scotland, namely a comfortable, cozy hideaway in a quiet neighbourhood, near a town that combines cutting edge classiness with intoxicating historical charm. We love travel, great food and fine wine, interests which influenced our choice when we came to buy a house in Spain. The only thing wrong with our life is that we don't get to Spain often enough.
Gerard DeGroot purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Gerard DeGroot chose Begur
We had been planning to buy a house in Marbella, but were put off by the fact that it didn't seem 'real', but instead something manufactured for wealthy tourists. We happened upon Begur entirely by accident when Jerry booked a golfing holiday in Spain and had his accommodation changed at the last minute, ending up at the Hotel Aigua Blava, about 10 minutes from Begur. On the first morning, he was sitting in the charming square enjoying a coffee and phoned home to say: 'This is where we have to buy a house.' A month later the whole family came out to look for a house to buy. We were scheduled to see eight properties on the first day. Casa Buena Vista was the fifth. When we got inside and saw the stunning views, we quit looking. We had found everything we wanted.
What makes this Villa unique
Every time we go to our house, we love it more and congratulate ourselves on buying it. We love the fact that we can enjoy all the benefits of one of the loveliest towns in Catalan Spain, but are still conveniently distanced from the town itself in a quiet neighbourhood walking distance away. The same goes with the beaches - they are gorgeous, but it is nice being that short distance away, especially in the summer. We love our house because, the minute we walk in the door, we get that wonderful feeling of decompression and calm. We slow down, breathe deeper, and feel no pressure to do anything other than relax. One of the nicest things about the place is being able to sit in the jacuzzi, watch the moon reflected on the Med, and just let that warm feeling of contentment engulf us.
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Best holiday rental ever
We like to stay in holiday homes rather than hotels, so we have a lot of experience renting. I can honestly say that this was the most pleasant experience we have had with renting. The enquiry process went incredibly smoothly, thanks entirely to Jerry's lightning quick and very informative responses. We always have a lot of questions, yet Jerry answered them all with politeness and patience. Then, when we got to the house, we found it spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The furnishings are simple but tasteful, with some nicely quirky prints, posters, and paintings on the wall to add a bit of splash. I was surprised at how well stocked the kitchen was -- far nicer than any rental I've stayed in. The pool and jacuzzi were both perfection. And, of course, the view from all parts of the house is superb.
We wanted to do some cycling while we were in Begur and asked Jerry for information on where bikes might be rented. He didn't just give us the name of a shop but instead arranged for bikes to be delivered to the house so that they were there when we arrived and were picked up when we departed. He also provided information on nice places to cycle to -- and places to avoid.
So, all in all, it was a superb trip. Houses in Begur can be very expensive, but, comparing prices and facilities, we found that Casa Buenavista was a bargain. We will definitely return and tell our friends about our wonderful holiday.
Thanks so much for the lovely review; it's means so much to us that guest enjoy our house as we put a lot of attention into making it nice. I'm also glad you appreciated the bikes: it is a great place to cycle, though not for the faint-hearted!
Beautiful location but villa needs work
The view from the villa is stunning, it is very spacious, the size of a family home. The pool and pool area were also lovely, a fairly new addition which was much used by our children. The villa itself however would definitely benefit from some investment. The old boiler stopped working on day 2 although this was resolved by the agents quickly by bypassing the switch. There was a constant smell of damp, especially in the kitchen, there were instructions to keep dehumidifiers on constantly in the bathrooms. We had to abandon using the main bathroom shower because it completely flooded the floor. There is a built in shower platform made of concrete or similar and the angle is off so the water floods out of the shower all over the floor. The only way to resolve this is to replace it which is why we didn’t report it. There was another shower over a bath that we all used instead. The villa isn’t easily walkable to bars/restaurants/beaches but there are plenty of all of these things within a very short drive. Begur is a lovely, buzzing, characterful town and really comes alive at night, a great atmosphere. There are so many beaches it’s a case of trying and finding the one you like best. We had a fabulous two weeks.
Well equipped villa in nicest area of the Costa Brava
A comfortable villa with all modern conveniences (except wifi). A lovely pool and spa and excellent local restaurants make for an appealing holiday.
Great views. Awesome location
We enjoyed our stay here very much. Weather during our week in Oct 15-19 was excellent. So many beaches and excellent restaurants in the area to experience.
The home was very clean and in great condition for our stay.
High on a hill in the Garden of Eden
This is a wonderful, serene, clean, quiet, and spacious house, framed by a superb location.
As an, admittedly, spoiled American,who is not used to feeling "off the grid", my only suggestions are:
- TV and available wireless within
- Eliminate parking in the street, by creating a concrete/stone ramp accessing the house parking spot, like the neighbors all have, without having to have a jeep.
The owner and his partner, are very sensitive to a traveler's needs, and doing all the correct things to ensure a wonderful, eventful vacation. My wife and I, are, truly, grateful.
Stunning views, very peaceful and relaxing.
Great home, exactly as advertised. Well equipped and comfortable. The views are breathtaking and available throughout the house. Hot tub, fire place & swimming pool in great order and lots of different areas for relaxing with a good book. The kitchen is very well equipped, we really enjoyed our stay
Many lovely coves for swimming and relaxing. Most with a handful of restaurants that offer authentic Spanish cuisine. Not a chip shop in sight! Five minutes drive to several beaches nearby, including Sa Riera, Sa Tuna, Fornells and Aiguablava.
Girona, Spain is closest airport, just 45km to house. Fly cheap on Ryanair from most UK airports. Also EasyJet to Barcelona. Barcelona airport is a 90 mins - 2 hour drive from the house. From USA, Continental has direct flights from Newark, NJ to Barcelona.
One mile drive or walk to centre of Begur. Other villages and towns like medieval Pals are only a 10 min drive. Day trips to Salvador Dali's home and museum are well worth the 1/2 hour drive to Pubol or 1 hour drive to Figueres. Further out on the coast, visit his summer home in Cadaques, a beautiful little fishing village. Girona is a lovely medieval, walled city with a stunning cathedral. Walk the town walls and see the university. Great shopping, restaurants and easy parking that's free!
We have a property manager in Begur who can help with questions about the area or the property. He speaks excellent English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Catalan. In addition, the tourist information office in the town is outstanding. It is recommended that guests hire a car for their entire stay, in order to get the most out of this extraordinarily beautiful area. A few guests have, however, gone without a car and made do with a combination of buses, taxis and walking. During the high season, there is a regular bus every half hour from the town centre to the main beaches at Sa Riera and Aiguablava.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: We strongly encourage you to contact us before booking, as special deals might be available. The property has been inspected and approved by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and the Ajuntament de Begur. The Alta de la Generalitat number is: HUTG-011830 30% deposit to book villa, with balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Changeover Day: Changeover day is flexible, though during the high season we prefer Saturday to Saturday bookings. Notes on prices: We have priced our house to be a bargain in comparison to other places in the area. If you can find a holiday home around Begur with similar facilities for less, we will do our best to match the price.