|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Holiday rental for family and friends. The property is an old country house in Ampurdan, La Costa Brava. It has a pool and horses.
5 minutes walk from the farm is a magnificent medieval castle , Castell Emporda, that a few years ago was restored to become hotel-restaurant,
It's located 30min from Gerona airport. It's 1h 30min by car or 1h 15min by train from Barcelona.
5min walking from a 4 star hotel. Near beaches and golf fields. 3min driving from the village of La Bisbal, capital of the region. This village is famous because of its ceramics (there is a really famous ceramic school).
The property is situated 30 min far from Figueres where is Dali's most famous museum.
For golf enthusiasts, Catalonia boasts 30 golf courses. With 7 excellent golf courses and a year-round playing season,
Only in Playa the Pals visitors can enjoy three golf courses within 10 miles. Les Serres golf club, Emporda golf club and Paltja de Pals golf club.
Easy access to water sports with windsurfing on a sandy beach with a length of about 3 km .Diving centers are located at a distance of 20 km in Estartit and Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc.
Easy access to sports like Cycling and mountain biking, water sports, walking and hiking, scuba diving, fishing .
Catalonia offers visitors a tremendous range of opportunities to enjoy culture. Medieval Villages , Castles and Cathedrals in a maximum distance of 45 Km. (Peratallada Castle. Empordà Castle ,Girona Cathedral, and the royal palace Palau lo Mirador in Torroella de Montgri) .
The Gotic representation is also at a maximum distance of 45 Km (Church of Sant Feliu in Girona, Church of Torroella de Montgrí, Basilica of Santa Maria in Castelló d’Empúries ).
In summer there is an important selection of music festivals with different musics programmes in settings of outstanding beauty as castles, churches and monasteries.
Festival de Músiques Religioses del Món in Girona (Costa Brava).Religious music
Festival Internacional de Música Castell de Peralada (Costa Brava).
Festival Internacional de Músiques de Torroella de Montgrí (Costa Brava). ? Baroque, classical and Romantic music.
Festival de Cadaqués (Costa Brava).
Festival Jardins de Cap Roig in Calella de Palafrugell (Costa Brava).
Taste the gastronomy of the country with the seafood route : Prawns from Palamós, sea urchins from Palafrugell, anchovies from L’Escala and rockfish from Begur. F
There are Fish auctions in Sant Feliu de Guíxols, L’Estartit and Palamós starting at 4:30 in the afternoon . Fish markets in Palafrugell and Torroella de Montgri.
Pals, Situated atop a hill named above Mont-Aspre, surrounded by ponds and marshes, is made up of 3 cores (Pals, Pals Masos i Playa de Pals). One of the most interesting cities in the region from the standpoint of natural and historical, for the variety of its landscape and the richness of its heritage, which offers visitors a wide range of possibilities: One of the more gothic venues known and better served in the area, a beach of 3.5 km. ideal for any type of water sport, a natural environment of wetlands and paddy fields to hiking biking i, a quality tourist hotels, camping, apartments, hostels, pensions, rooms, rural tourism, golf, tennis, etc., and a variety of typical restaurants and shops.
In its favor the fact that the core of Pals is about 3 km. of the beach which has remained preserved urban speculations. The area extends to the beach (Els Massos, La Pineda, or Sant Fruitós and Caseria d'en Vinyoles) if it is dotted with houses and vilas in general friendly environment, as well as several hotels category. ?Pals beach itself extends from south to north to desemcocadura ter of practice, ie, about 3 km. sandy beach.
The Begur coast enjoys a shoreline of unparalleled beauty, whose cliffs and pines, the crystal waters of its hidden coves and its abrupt coastline, make this area one of the most characteristic of the Costa Brava. Begur has eight coves and beaches, located to the north, east and south of the town, with different characters and completely different kinds of natural beauty. The first beach from the north is Platja del Racó, found near the neighboring town of Pals. It is the widest beach of Begur and offers a beautiful view of the Medes Islands.
Following the coast south-west is the Illa Roja beach, internationally renowned nudist beach. This beautiful beach, one of the most emblematic begur coast, is characterized by a chaired by a reddish rocky islet that gives its name to the cove.
Also to the north lies the village of Sa Riera beach, one of the Begur largest and nearest town with an excellent location, then the right is the sheltered cove port from Port d'es Pi, and the left, the Cala del Rei. Sa Riera, which gets its name from a river that divides the beach into two halves, retains its traditional character and also offers various sports activities and tourism services.
Located in the east cove of Aiguafreda small cove sheltered by the Puig Rodó hill. There are a small pier for boats and a pleasant picnic area.
The next cove east also, Sa Tuna is characteristic for its sheltered location, access and tortuous. This beach offers a nice bath in clean and transparent waters, and nice walks along the coastal path.
In the southern coast of Begur Platja Fonda are the unique, located at the foot of the majestic Cape of Begur. This natural hide, with thick sand and dark, has managed to remain untouched and preserved a primitive purity rarely found in other parts of the Costa Brava.
The most attractive area of the coast is the small area around Palafrugell which stretches from Pals and Begur in the north, south through Fornells, Aiguablava, Tamariu, Llafranc, to Calella de Palafrugell. This dramatic coastline abounds with beautiful bays, coves and headlands, with sandy beaches washed by sparkling seas, and interspersed by glistening white villages, each very different, the perfect locations for relaxing holidays.?
The countryside has some wonderful timeless villages like Peratallada and Ullastret set against a distant backdrop of the ever present Pyrenees. Visit Pals, the walled medieval city; Bisbal famed for its production of ceramics; Torroella de Montgri with its Gothic palaces, courtyards and narrow streets nestling beneath the Castell de Montgri, and the spectacular gardens of Cap Roig. There are various markets to explore, vineyards to visit and slightly further away the Dali Museum in Figueres; whilst the vibrant city of Barcelona is less than 2 hours away.
FLIGHTS : GIRONA-Costa Brava airport is approximately 45 kms from the resort of Playa de Pals and is served by a number of airlines from the UK and Europe. The following web site will afford you further information - www.barcelona-girona-airport.com. Both BARCELONA (www.barcelona-airport.com) and PERPIGNAN (www.perpignanairport.net), just across the border in France, are also within easy reach.
CAR HIRE : All major car hire companies are represented at Girona, Barcelona and Perpignan .
TRANSFERS : Car hire is advised, although we can arrange transfers; please ask us for details and prices. There is also a bus service from Girona to nearby Palafrugell run by Sarfa Bus – www.sarfa.com and a bus service from the Girona and Barcelona airports connecting the airports between themselves and with the town centers. www.barcelonabus.com
BY CAR : This area of Catalunya is easily accessible by car; the best route is over the French border at La Jonquera or by ferry to Santander. Car parking for several cars is available at the villa.
TRAINS. The next station is in Flaça about 25 km away. For information on prices and timetables please consult the website: www.renfe.es.
As the station is very small Flaça only get times to and from the previous station or the next which are those of Figueres and Girona.
A practical guide to organise a visit to Barcelona :
Golf: For golf enthusiasts, Catalonia boasts 30 golf courses. With 7 excellent golf courses and a year-round playing season,
Only in Playa the Pals visitors can enjoy three golf courses within 4 miles. Following we describe de distances to the accessible golf courses in the Costa Brava area: Golf Platja de Pals - 1.500 m; Golf Les Serres de Pals - 1,8 Km; Emporda Golf Club 7 Km; Club de Golf d´Aro 25 Km; Club de Golf Costa Brava 35 Km; Club de Golf Peralada 50 Km; Torremirona Golf Club 60 Km; PGA Golf de Catalunya 50 Km; Club de golf Girona 50 KM; Experience the golf breaks, we can organise your own private tours off-season; Including accommodation.
Cita Slow - Slow City lifestyle -Medieval villages: Turn your holidays into a gourmet adventure, taste the Mediterranean-style diet while playing in any of the Costa Brava golf courses, as much for health reasons as for its varied range of delicious dishes. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Begur is a lovely medieval hill town with its fortress at the peak where you can enjoy fabulous views. Pals and Paratallada both old medieval villages are 5 to 10 minutes driving. Monells is a special example of well restored medieval village and recommend visiting and sitting in the square, 20 minutes driving.
15 minutes drive to old Pals and 10 minutes to Paratallada (both old medieval towns). 45 minutes drive to Girona. 45 minutes drive to Figueres (Salvador Dali - museum). 1.5 hours drive to Barcelona.
My wife and I, with son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren (ages 7 and 9) enjoyed a wonderful week at the Mas. There is little to add to other reviews....our son and daughter-in-law, both of whom live strenuous lives, said that there stay was the most relaxing time they've had in years, while the grandchildren loved to retire to the loft to read, when they weren't in the pool or talking to the donkey (!) while we found it a perfect place to be with family. The location couldn't be better, with proximity to all of the cultural amenities mentioned in other reviews as well as great beaches and restaurants. Theo took good care of us in an unobtrusive way. Highly recommended for a family or group of friends - good value for parties of six or more.
This 400-year-old Catalonian farmhouse is beautiful, and very well maintained. The rooms are huge, there are several bedrooms with large bathrooms, a library containing many books, art throughout, a piano, a children's room with hundreds of toys in it, a dining area in the kitchen with table to seat 24, plus a smaller dining area attached, an absolutely spectacular, comfortable, modern sitting room complete with massive fireplace, bar, and television. There is also wifi.
Bathrooms are completely modernized, and the kitchen/pantry area includes a dishwasher, clothes-washer and dryer, along with excellent cooking facilities. The updating has not detracted from the old farmhouse atmosphere in any way. Family photos are everywhere, giving the feeling of a loved and well-used home.
The large, beautiful garden with exquisitely tiled pool, is replete with flowers, trees, and shrubs as well as an outdoor eating area, and large play space for children.
There are three horses and a donkey living in an adjacent field, all of which enjoyed the carrots, lettuce and apples we took to them on a daily basis. For dog-lovers, there is a large, friendly one who is great with children (but only if you want him around. Otherwise he is taken off by his owner.)
Miguel and Theo are family retainers living on the property and both are available and willing to take care of any needs in an unobtrusive way. Members of the family who own the place also dropped by to make sure we were comfortable, and declared themselves available, should we need assistance.
The location is excellent, with beautiful beaches, and restaurants nearby, as well as the Dali Museum in Figueres, two first-class archaeological sites at Emporion and Ullastret, the delightful city of Girona, an interesting little medieval town nearby called Pals,, and—very close--La Bisbal, a centre for artisanal pottery that is hard to resist. Barcelona is not far away and can easily be reached via motorway.
Our family, including the grandchildren, all had a great holiday in this a beautiful, historic house, and we would recommend it without hesitation to anyone thinking of coming to the Catalonian area of Spain.
Dr. and Mrs. James Anderson
This was a grand and amazing house to rent. We were a group of 7, with two kids. The grounds were wonderful, with a lovely sitting area, great playing space, and a temperate and refreshing pool. The house itself is a marvel. It clearly was home to a family with great tastes in art and literature. There are wonderful historical books to browse through, interesting nick nacks, paintings and art objects in all rooms. The bathrooms are modern, as is much of the decor in the living area. There is a great bar for entertaining, the cable TV and wifi worked perfectly.
Perhaps the best part of the stay was the unobtrusive but incredibly helpful staff at the place -- Miguel, who greeted us, and Theo who takes care of day to day maintenance. They both live in other buildings on the property, but are very respectful of your space. At the same time, they are generous with their time and have a typically Spanish willingness to drop everything and help you with anything that comes up.
For kids this place is a joy. The kids' room contains many games and toys from when the children of the family were growing up. These must also have been updated (perhaps with grandkids?) as some of the games and toys there were much more recent. The house is old, but very well maintained, with a well appointed kitchen and chef quality stove, cooking utensils and servings for many, many people. As the main cook, I loved preparing fresh local produce in the kitchen there.
The local attractions are abundant, from ancient ruins to lively beaches.
We had a wonderful time at the farm house. It was beautiful and so serene and pastoral - exactly what we were looking for in a vacation. The kids enjoyed playing in the pool and long peaceful walks. The house was also close to the beach so it was a quick drive (though frankly the house was so great we never wanted to leave). We met the family that owned the house, and they could not have been more gracious and lovely. We would recommend this house to all our friends and family.
The listing description is accurate and the property was more opulent than the pictures were able to portray. The property was clean and well-maintained. The owner provided excellent customer service. The dedicated staff was genuinely concerned that our stay was positively memorable. The catering we requested was exceptionally well prepared on site. We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives. The location is private and peaceful but very convenient to the beaches, museums, shops and restaurants. The property owner was a gracious host. We hope to return again soon.
This property on a rural area is just below the little medieval village ( with a 4 star hotel) of Castell d´Empordá and is part of La Bisbal, capital of the region Baix Empordá.
It is close to the coast, Costa Brava, know for its little and wild beaches ( Sa Riera, Sa Tuna, Tamariu, Castell, La Fosca, Calella, LLafranch, ... 20-30minutes drive from the house). Palamós is an important port, also La Escala and Estartit are know for its facilities.
Not far from Figueres, where there is Museo Dali and the beautiful area of Cadaqués.
Gerona, the capital of the province is a very interesting town with an important cathedral and a unique Jewish quarter.
Other Activities: ski-diving (45 minutes drive), antiques search.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Possible daily cleaning available on command and extra charge.
Possible catering service, to be discussed, depending on the time period rent.
Please contact owner for prize details.