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Castel d'Escales - history with modern serenity

from £578 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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from £578 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

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Castel d'Escales combines its 1,000-year-old history with contemporary beauty and serenity

Castle / 7 bedrooms / sleeps 14

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Castle / 7 bedrooms / sleeps 14

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 38 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Enjoy your own private castle with an inviting and relaxed way of living. Adjacent to a nature reserve yet within walking distance to an authentic Catalan village; only 8 km to the charming, medieval walled city of Girona and incredible restaurants. Award-winning beaches and golf courses are 30mins away. Listed as a Spanish and Catalan historic monument dating from the 10th-century, the unique architectural elements of the castle's original structure have been beautifully blended with a relaxed, contemporary aesthetic tailored for your comfort and enjoyment. The castle is a self-catering, private luxury retreat with comfortable, original furnishings and all modern amenities for groups of up to 14 guests. The property is unique in that, while self-catering, we have a resident English host available to help your group settle in and provide insider tips to the very best of the area. Professional gourmet cook also available.

NB: THIS SITE PROVIDES AN ARTIFICIAL CALCULATION ON A PER NIGHT COST, WHICH IS NOT WHAT WE PROVIDE. WE RENT THE CASTLE BY THE ONE WEEK MINIMUM FOR THE ENTIRE PROPERTY. YOU DON'T SHARE THE CASTLE WITH ANYONE ELSE. IT IS YOURS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK.

Located in Spain's region of Catalonia, midway between Barcelona and the French border, Castel d'Escales is 10mins to Girona and 30mins to the most picturesque and unspoilt part of the Mediterranean's Costa Brava, with its small secluded coves fringed with golden sand beaches, turquoise water, and traditional fishing villages. Castel d'Escales provides a peaceful and intimate haven convenient to everything this spectacular part of Spain has to offer.

Bookings are for a one week minimum stay during the months of May through October.

Size Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms
Check in time: 16:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Palamos 38 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Girona 8 km, Nearest railway: Girona 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites
Furniture Double beds (5), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 14
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Unique architectural elements of stone archways, wood-beamed and vaulted ceilings, medieval courting seats and the historic 1,000-year-old circular stone tower are complemented by an attractive mix of original artwork and furnishings. Moroccan and antique Suzani textiles, comfortable and cozy bedrooms, and modern amenities all combine to make the spirit of the castle feel timeless. The property is self-catering with a resident English host, stocked wine cellar, 10th-century circular tower library and lookout, 14th-century stone barrel-vaulted dining room that seats 20, terraces for outdoor dining, private pool and lovely gardens. Attention is paid to detail throughout the property to create calming spaces for a casual and relaxed experience for your group to savor.

While the property is self-catering, your wonderful English host is a professionally trained gourmet cook and can provide delicious meals tailor-made to your preferences if desired. Private cooking classes and personalized wine tastings are also available. All meals, wine and classes are extra and not included in the rental price.

The owners discovered the castle while on their honeymoon and have always loved the special romantic charm and energy surrounding the history of the property. Small wedding receptions are considered as a special request. We'll be happy to answer any questions so please contact us. For more information you can visit our website.

Further details outdoors

Private, enclosed grounds and pool along with beautiful gardens encourage your group to fully enjoy being outside. Large flagstone terraces, pool bar with fridge and gas BBQ plus other idyllic outdoor areas are perfect for alfresco meals with seating for 14.

360-degree panoramic view from the top of the ancient stone tower of the nature reserve on one side with sweeping views as far as the Pyrenees on the other. Pool area has separate changing and shower rooms, bar with fridge, gas BBQ, paved dining terrace, sun loungers and hammock for laid-back lounging. Signposted hiking trails are located behind the castle in the adjacent nature reserve's wooded, rolling green hills. The castle offers a serene, picturesque setting yet is walking distance to the authentic village of Celrà, only 8 km from Girona, and 30-mins to award-winning golf courses and the most picturesque beaches and coves on the coast.

On confirming your booking we provide you with detailed information about your castle stay and a diverse list of area activities including sport/adventure, nature parks, beaches and coves, museums, spas, open-air markets, superb restaurant recommendations and custom winery tours to small boutique producers in the area.

Further details

The castle is a unique self-catering property with an English host who has lived in the castle's caretaker residence for over 12 years. Your host is on hand during your stay to help your group settle in, answer any questions, and make excellent recommendations for activities and the best restaurants. From the prettiest beaches to championship golf courses to vibrant foodie destinations, you receive insider tips only a local would know, guiding you to the very best this dynamic and spectacular area has to offer for a truly memorable and delicious experience.

Available supplemental services you can request: gourmet meals prepared according to your desires by a professionally trained cook; the fridge can be stocked with food for your arrival; requests for specific wines and cavas (if available); private wine tasting at the castle with our local wine expert; extra housekeeping and laundry services can be arranged during your stay. Custom-tailored, guided tours varying from wine tastings at local vineyards to culinary/gastronomy tours to museum and shopping trips or private cooking classes are also available. Tours are organized around your preferences so can be as off-the-beaten-track as you like. Living like a local brings you a unique and memorable blend of the best flavours and sensations of Catalonia!

All supplemental services - meals, wine, groceries, extra housekeeping/laundry, tours and classes - are in addition to the rental price.

The Catalunia region

Castel d'Escales is 8 km from the medieval, picturesque small city of Girona (frequently named one of the loveliest towns in Spain) and 30mins to the Costa Brava's best golden-sand beaches, idyllic secluded coves, and authentic fishing villages.

The castle is 90mins north of the Catalan capital city of Barcelona with its vibrant modernist architecture and Gaudi masterpieces, 30mins to the world-famous Salvador Dali museum at Figueras, and less than one hour from the French border.

Local favourites include botanical gardens perched on cliffs overlooking the sea with exceptional views of the rugged coastline, archaeological Greco-Roman ruins at Empuries, and the beautiful, historic village of Besalù with its 12th century Romanesque bridge.

Recommended: Linger with a glass of cava and some tapas at a cafe on Girona's Plaça Major, watch the turquoise Mediterranean while savoring a relaxed yet elegant lunch of fish freshly caught that morning, forage for fresh, intensely flavored local ingredients, produce and other treasures at open-air markets, and taste pure passion in a bottle at a family-owned winery steeped in ancient wine-making traditions dating from the 14th century.

Celra

Celrà is an authentic working-class village within walking distance to the castle with bakeries, butcher, fishmonger (fresh local meat and fish), small grocer, church, sports bar/tabac that serves good tapas, and a weekly open-air market on Friday. Each day of the week a different village or town throughout the area holds an open-air market; many are exceptional.

Girona's ancient, picturesque Old Town is captivating with more than 1,000 years of architectural and cultural history mixed in with stylish and interesting shops, cafes, and museums. Its pedestrian-only, cobblestone streets are perfect for leisurely strolls and the gothic Cathedral, Arab baths, and important medieval Jewish quarter are all well worth a visit. You can also walk around the crenellated walls surrounding the historic center. They've withstood more than 30 sieges over 800 years and offer stunning views outside the city as well as quiet gardens and cloisters inside the fortress walls.

Superb restaurants are only 15mins from the castle including two top destinations for foodies in Girona: the Roca brothers' El Celler de Can Roca, named Best Restaurant in the World 2015 and 2013, and Rocambolesc Gelateria, Jordi Roca's Willy Wonka-inspired ice cream shop (try the hot ice cream-filled brioche bun). Or savor excellent freshly caught seafood and shellfish at a restaurant on the beach. Our gourmet cook is on hand to recommend the best restaurants in the area and assist with making reservations.

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    William H.

    • 6 Years listed

    85% Response rate

    Calendar last updated:03 Sep 2015

    Based in United States

    Languages spoken
    • English
    • Spanish
    Landline
    +1 76030 15151

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