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Transatlantic villa at the seafront

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,098 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Overlooking the Mediterranean, with direct access to the sea, unobstructed view

Overlooking the sea and offering an unobstructed view, this semi-attached villa is ideally located at the seafront, near Gerona, in a typical Costa Brava village, Llafranc. It hosts up to 10 people (babies and children included) and has 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, 3 shower rooms, an en-suite bathroom, an equipped kitchen, a living room, a complete set of household appliances, a washing machine, a dishwasher, a television, a telephone, free wireless internet, and so on. For your comfort, we offer a dining room and a summer sitting room, a fresh-water swimming pool and its solarium, and many terraces for relaxing and tanning. The staircase in front of the villa provides direct access to the sea. The garage has an automatic gate. Nearby, there is the beach (500 m away): all the young ones and a little less young ones can descend by themselves, without any danger and with confidence. Llafranc really is a privileged and secure nook, only visited by the Barcelonese and some foreigners, often property owners as well. You can also enjoy 10 international and Olympic golf courses, restaurants, shops, while rocks for climbing are just next to the house.

Services:

The villa boasts 10 sleeps, and sheets are provided, but not table linen nor bath towels. During your stay, a cleaning help will be available (direct arrangement). Telephone is available for you to use, as is the free wireless internet. Linen is also available for rent.

Kitchen kit (3 tea towels + 1 hand towel + oven glove) = €5

Table kit (1 duffel + 1 tablecloth + the number of table-napkins and napkin holders you need) = €5 Toilet kit (1 bath towel + 1 towel + 1 glove) = €3.5 per person

Or even baby kits:

Dodo kit: bed with bedding and 2 sets of bed linen + a potty-chair + a changing mat + bath towels) = €10

Miam kit: a high chair + tableware (plate, glass, bowl, cutlery) for babies + a baby table napkin = €5

Beach kit: a pushchair + a parasol + beach toys = €5

Pool and garden maintenance, as well as the end of stay cleaning are included in rent.

Outdoor facilities:

The 1,350-sq.m ground has a series of stepped terraces, interrupted by cactus gardens or flowerpots. The 50-sq.m swimming pool has a length of 11 metres. It has a depth from 80 to 2.50 m. The small basin, well-away from the large one, is the joy of the little ones. A wooden fence encloses it. The main terrace, opening onto the entrance and living room, can be completely closed for security of the youngest. All of the terraces are fitted for having outdoor meals, chatting or relaxing, with wooden or resin furniture and sun loungers.

The big advantage:

The exception and specificity of this family-oriented villa is the view. While being in the living room, you will believe to be on an ocean liner while seeing nothing but the Mediterranean and its ships in front of you.

The ocean liners:

Friday evening is the moment to admire them, when they return to France. They form a procession, one after another, all of them illuminated for the captain's eve. It looks like a Christmas Wreath at the horizon. One of our tenants wanted to count the ships he saw in one day, beginning with the fishing boats at five o' clock in the morning. "756 ships", he told us, "luxurious yachts, a Catalan boat, a Riva completely built out of shiny teak wood, sailing boats of all sizes with up to 3 masts, outboard or inboard motor boats, windsurfing boards and even the garbage boats that look after the sea during the summer season." Don't doubt and don't forget to bring along your binoculars and a powerful camera for exceptional souvenirs! This summer, we found our tenants passed midnight, seated at the solarium railings. The father was playing the violin while the whole family was watching the lightning of a distant, overseas thunderstorm. It was a magic moment.

More Details
Registration Number : HTUG – 012357 DC 65

Owner
Catherine Halley
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About Catherine Halley

We are the 4th generation of the same family in this house. We try to maintain this atypical villa, so the 6th generation would still be able to enjoy it.

Catherine Halley purchased this villa in 1962

Why Catherine Halley chose Llafranc

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the villa. My parents and grandparents built it; 6 generations of this family have passed and are still passing their holidays in this house. We handle it with great care in order to renovate, maintain, and improve it whenever possible. The house was designed by Barcelonese architect Rodriguez who, while following the construction works, discovered, described and launched Ampurias Bravas as 'The Venice of the Costa Brava'. We cannot do otherwise than maintain this villa, show to others this extraordinary site, and to highlight this so captivating region. And to reveal the village of Llafranc, so typical and well preserved, in this wonderful region.

What makes this villa unique

Some of the tenants have shouted "it's magic" and "this villa is magic!" Its comfort allows all generations to feel well here and to enjoy the passing boats, the swimming pool and the exceptional view from all rooms.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Très belle villa.



cadre exceptionnel , vue imprenable, très bonne situation géographique , proche village , baignade très agréable dans un site superbe; nous reviendrons.



Seul petit bémol , propriétaires charmants mais famille un peu trop présente, mais

vous l’avez compris ce n’était pas un inconvénient majeur ; la preuve nous aimerions revenir.
Aug 2012
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Llafranc around the El Baix Empordà

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2098 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , 2 washbasins
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , With a washbasin
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , With a washbasin
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet
    Bathroom 6 - Outdoor Shower , For the swimming pool
  • The main bedrooms share the very complete main bathroom, which was renovated in 2011. It has two washbasins on railway beams, and both its bathtub and shower have a very large shower head ('alcachofa' in Spanish). The en-suite shower room and its toilet help avoiding bathroom traffic jams. The other 2 bedrooms have a shower and washbasin each, the largest one also has a toilet. And let's not forget about the washroom with its separate toilet / library on ground floor. Of course, there is also the swimming pool shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - Bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 2 bunk beds
  • Ideal for 2 families: the villa hosts up to 2 couples and 6 children in its 4 bedrooms. Or 10 people, or 4 couples. The playing with room capacity is up to you! We call them: - The bridal or lemon tree bedroom - The ocean liner bedroom - The cabin or aquarium bedroom - The high bedroom (with the best views of all)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Pétanque Court ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 17 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Bowling center
  • Disco club
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Naturism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Thalassotherapy
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
If requested, the owners or caretakers can provide, to the extent possible, whatever you need: diving/snorkelling gear, a buoy, beach towels, and so on. Linen can be rented. Bathroom kit: 1 bath towel + 1 towel + 1 washcloth = €3 per person Kitchen kit: 1 hand towel + 4 tea towels + oven gloves = €5 Table kit: 1 tablecloth + a duffel + table napkins + napkin holders = €5 Several baby kits Sheets are provided, but you should calculate €3 for washing and ironing per occupied bed, in case you cannot wash or pass by a launderette before leaving. In short: An exceptional villa with direct access to the Mediterranean, looked after and prepared with love for discovering Spanish Catalonia. Without forgetting the extraordinary cultural richness of the region (Dali, Barcelona, and so on)

Reviews

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Transatlantic villa at the seafront
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5

Peace, quiet and total relaxation. Beautiful setting, fabulous views, fantastic property.

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peu de mots, mais l'essentiel est dit Merci pour cette appréciation qui caractérise la Villa A une prochaine fois, nous l'espèrons
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5

Lovely Villa

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here with 4 grown up kids. In a great position, 10 minute walk into LaFranc, with lots of restaurants. Been in the same family for years and feels like a home rather than a characterless rental. Loads of outdoor space with three private terraces and although the owner shares the pool we hardly saw her.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour cette appréciation, elle explique bien les avantages de la Villa, son caractère familiale et rare, différent d'une location commune. Elle dit aussi que même si la piscine est partagée ce n'est en aucun cas gênant, que les locataires y sont respectés en profitant de la tranquillité du site et que propriétaire comme locataires ne se dérangent aucunement
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5

Idyllic views of the Mediterranean with lovely beach a short walk away

  • 5 of 5

The marvellous unobstructed views of the Mediterranean make the stay at Villa Esmeralda quite wonderful. Truly unique. Llafranc has a lovely sandy cove beach with numerous outside dining options. The newly installed boardwalk just adds to the small town charm. There is a lovely rock outcrop near the house from which the kids loved to jump into the sea. Just bring waterproof sandals or watersocks. Catherine who lives next door ensured a tranquil stay and no impact from her family with the shared pool. It really did feel likely nobody next door. Catherine has ensured the house has all the amenities one could use during a stay. We do recommend the 2 hour boat tour of the local coves which may inspire renting a small boat to explore later on during the week. Multiple years of renting houses in Spain, but Villa Esmeralda has risen to the top of our list. We shall endeavor to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Cette appréciation, décrit bien, les avantages et les points positifs de la Villa Esmeralda Elle explique bien que la mitoyenneté est un plus et que même si la villa est double, ce n'est jamais gênant Elle raconte aussi ce que la proximité de la mer, peut apporter de loisirs, de riche expérience et de découverte Nous espérons à nouveau ces locataires, du monde entier, pour une prochain séjour.
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5

Wonderful place for a holiday

  • 5 of 5

A very enjoyable holiday with a young adult family. Plenty of space for everyone and a great location for card games and dinner. Swimming in the sea below the house was a high point.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that assessment, which explains that all ages of the family can end up in the villa and enjoy the terraces, the sea, the sun and shared moments of conviviality
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5

Private, Authentic Villa in Superb location

  • 5 of 5

Our family's 3rd time to stay at Villa Esmeralda in Llafranc and everybody hopes it wont be our last. The Villa has unbelievably fantastic views from any of the multiple private terraces, a good pool and everything you need to make the most of those terraces during the day and into evenings - for eating as a family, catching the sun or relaxing in the shade.

Unique for this location are the steps down to a rocky cove right outside the front gate for some sheltered sea swims. It feels like a private facility as it is typically shared only by local fishermen during evenings and early mornings.

The Villa is very well kept and has all you need for a self-catering holiday and honestly once you arrive you will not want to go out to restaurants to eat every night as they cannot beat the view and relaxed feeling of being here. It certainly can sleep 10 people for 2 families, would be comfortable for 8 grown up people but the space was luxurious for just the 5 of us.

Mme Halley, the propitiator, is very efficient in the business of rental, justifiably proud of this family villa and is very welcoming and helpful. The Villa is divided into 2 residences and Mme Halley lives in one side with it's separate terrace. However this does not affect the feeling of privacy and feeling of comfort with the villa. Most of the time you are not aware that you are in a 'half' villa, the only signs being the occasional visit of the small, friendly and extremely well behaved pet dog.

Llafranc is small and beautiful. The Villa is just outside the town along the coast - no more than a 2 minutes drive - and is a very quiet location with only the sound of boats passing. It is a relatively steep climb so if walking - about 15 minutes and recommended - be prepared for steps and hills.

Great Location, Great Villa. Please keep it that way for our next visit !

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci ,merci pour cette gentille appréciation Quand le travail dans la villa est trop dure, et que nous nous décourageons devant l’ampleur des rénovations, votre gentillesse nous remonte le moral et nous donne envie de continuer à maintenir cette villa de famille A très bientot
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5

Great for a family get away

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at the house. The place is well kept and the view is amazing. We were 6 adults and 2 small children and had plenty of space.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci pour ces 5 étoiles qui nous encouragent à continuer la rénovation et l'amélioration de la villa
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Gerona
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
La Caletta
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Barcelona
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Pals
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Figueres Vilafant TGV train station
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Gerona North
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
La Sirena
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
La Molina
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Llafranc
Car: not necessary

Overlooking the sea, which is directly accessible by a staircase, Villa Esmeralda offers a sweeping 180-degree view of the Mediterranean. Only the sound of the waves and the chant of the birds breach the quietness and your relaxation. The villa is located 100 km away from the French border (Le Perthus) and 120 km north of Barcelona, above the Costa Brava coves, in between Tamariu and Callela, in the famous pink rocks. The house is located 500 m away from both beach and village (a typical, former fishermen’s village). For 6 generations, one same family is doing its very best to maintain this exceptional house and to share the love they feel for this beautiful region. Its name is 'chalet' in Catalan, and it was built to marry the cliff, enjoying solid support on the rock. The winter storms leave it unconcerned, the house just faces them up until the highest terraces. Built at the borders of the public maritime domain, its staircase allows for descending directly into the inlet it overlooks. Thanks to the 195 sq.m of liveable space, the property can easily welcome 10 people in its 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. It is fully equipped, from a kettle to a sewing box, not to mention the microwave.

Other activities:

All nautical sports are available, as are rock climbing on the surrounding cliffs, or fishing from a boat or on the rocks below the villa. Do not miss out on the cultural activities: this region offers an exceptional archaeological heritage with, also in the surroundings, medieval villages and museums that are open to visitors. Golf: There are about 10 golf courses around the villa, all of them less than 20 km away. This large number of premier-quality golf courses turns Catalonia into one of Europe's most attractive zones for playing golf.

Catalonia is situated in the east of Spain, at the Mediterranean coast. A mild climate and imposing landscapes turn it into an ideal place for relaxing and enjoying activities all year long. Located in the Calanques or Pink Rocks of the Costa Brava, the villa allows for playing golf as well as undertaking cultural excursions. All of the nautical sports are available, and even hikes over het coastal paths or rock climbing at the rocks next to the villa ara possible. Ten international golf courses surround the villa, and its tennis club is one of Spain's most rated. Girona and Cadaquès,the fishermen's village of Dalí and its well-known Figuéras Museum, are only 30 min away. Barcelona is a 1-hour drive away; there, you can enjoy the wonderful city (Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia) and its very particular atmosphere. I won't even mention its well-known football ground, nor the fame of its team. Numerous medieval towns surround Llafranc. In them, you can discover and explore the ancient alleyways and typical restaurants. Ampurias Brava, the historic city, will reveil a chain of ruins of a Greco-Roman and Iberic city. And above all: you can practice all nautical sports you ever dreamed of, or even take the children with you to the water park while you go shopping at Playa des Aro, the Miami of the Costa Brava. Since 2014, the villa is officialy a "Touristic Property", registered by the Catalan Tourism Office, with number HTUG - 012357 DC 65

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Llafranc,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
basse saison
16 Sep 2018 - 5 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,953
for 7 nights
£1,953
 
 
Paques 2019
13 Apr 2019 - 4 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,219
for 7 nights
£2,219
 
 
mai 2019
5 May 2019 - 8 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,042
for 7 nights
£2,042
 
 
juin 2019
9 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,219
for 7 nights
£2,219
 
 
fin juin 2019
23 Jun 2019 - 6 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,840
for 7 nights
£2,840
 
 
très haute saison 2019
7 Jul 2019 - 17 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£3,373
for 7 nights
£3,373
 
 
haute saison 2019
18 Aug 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£3,107
for 7 nights
£3,107
 
 
septembre 2019
1 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,219
for 7 nights
£2,219
 
 
basse saison 2019
15 Sep 2019 - 3 Nov 2019
7 night minimum stay
£2,042
for 7 nights
£2,042
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.80 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Attention, important, les tarifs proposés sont nets, c'est à dire que le propriétaire doit toucher le montant exact demandé. Les frais de virement ou autres frais de change sont à la charge du locataire
Une caution de 800 € par virement est demandé à l'arrivée et rendu à réception de la facture détaillée du téléphone et après remise en état de la maison

Une taxe de séjour est demandé par la Generalidad de Catalogne de 0,90€ par personne, entre 16 ans et 65 ans,et par jour pour les 7 premiers jours.

Il est demandé 3 € par lit occupé, pour la totalité du séjour, pour le lavage et le repassage des draps, si vous ne pouvez les laver et les repasser vous même, ou les donner à une laverie
La location va du samedi au samedi exception possible en basse saison après accord avec le propriétaire

Attention importantly, the proposed rates are net , ie that the owner must receive the exact amount requested. Foreign currency transfer fees or other costs are the tenant
A city tax is requested by the Generalitat of Catalonia 0.90 € per person between 16 and 65 per day for the first 7 days .
A deposit of € 800 by transfer is required on arrival and returned upon receipt of the detailed invoice of the telephone and after restoration of the house
It is requested € 3 per occupied bed for the entire stay , washing and ironing sheets, so you can wash and iron them yourself, or give them to laundry facilities

Babies are included in the 10-people capacity of the villa. However, they have, upon request, baby kits available for rent.- Dodo kit: a baby cot with bedding and 2 sets of sheets + a changing mat + a potty-chair + bath towels = €10- Miam kit: a high chair + complete baby crockery (plates, bowls, glasses, spoons) + a napkin = €5- Beach kit: a pushchair + a parasol + beach toys = €5

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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