Mas Grau, a huge stone mansion
Manor House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 18
Mas Grau is one of the nicest independent vacation homes available in Catalonia (and I've been told by frequent rentors of holiday properties that it is probably one of the nicest vacation houses in Europe - see our Comments or Testimonials page). Set in lush farmlands only 7 km SE of Girona's provincial capital - a fascinating historical city - this venerable fortified farmhouse occupies an priviledged hillside position surrounded by fruit trees and woods, offering marvellous views of the Medieval village below (Estanyol), and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. Mas Grau was built in the 12th century and was the fortress of the Viscount of Cabrera. This entire area is renowned for its pristine Medieval villages, the beauty of its countryside, and the area's gastronomy - whether you eat out at a restaurant or buy local produce from nearby markets - is now rated top-notch, with four 3-star Michelin restaurants within a short drive from Mas Grau.
This magnificent fortified stone mansion, once aptly described by an 8 year old friend of my daughter's as a "museum house", is set in an spot overlooking the hamlet of Estanyol, near Girona on the Costa Brava, a safe (25 km) distance inland from the (often crowded) coast. Set on a huge private estate of over 110 hectaires, with great views out over the coastal plain, the house measures well over 1000m2, with 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, a private fenced-in 10x5 meter pool, outdoor BBQ dining area seating 15+ under old vines in the patio, & an exercise room with jacuzzi for 4.
My wife and I at villasbarcelona.com have been offering this house in exclusivity since 1998, and it has a perfect track record. The owner, Conxita, ran a luxury hotel in Barcelona for many years and understands about quality hospitality. She is the perfect hostess, on call 24/7 for anything guests need, and providing excellent amenities, least of which are the top-quality 100% cotton sheets. Conxita lives 8 kms away in Girona and it takes her about 10 minutes to reach the house.
Here is the detailed bedroom layout:
1) Lavendar bedroom: double bed (150x190cm) with private bathroom next door
2) Mimosa bedroom, double bed (150x190cm) with private bathroom
3) Margarita bedroom: double bed (150x190cm)
4) Sunflower bedroom: huge room, 45m2, with double bed (150x190cm) + with private terrace (2 single beds (80x180cm) can be installed in the separate alcove preceding this room).
5) Lilac bedroom: 3 single beds on first floor and upstairs the
6) Attic room: 2 single beds
Across the large terrace:
7) Iris bedroom: 2 double beds (130x190cm) + 1 additonal bed* for kids + a private full bathroom
* the additional beds can be moved and there are 3 cots and 3 high chairs for babies
So you see, there are in fact beds for 20 guests in 7 bedrooms, not counting the cots!
The confusion about the number of bedrooms is due to the fact that we didn´t count the upstairs attic or tower room at first, but people seem to love that room and we are now including it in the total count of bedrooms.
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Costa Brava 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Barcelona Airport 67 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (9), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The rooms are spacious and set far apart from one another, with plenty of common rooms on each floor, two rooms with private terrace, and outside there are different outdoor sitting areas, BBQ and poolside lounge chairs.
All windows have mosquito screens.
All rooms have closet and cupboard space for your clothes, and lighting for reading, at double beds, on both sides of the bed.
When you email your request, I will send you a detailed description of each room and bathroom.
|Further details outdoors|
Next to the old artisian well is the permanent barbecue grill, very easy to use, with three levels for the grill.
Outdoor patio seating for 18+ under vines, lit up for al fresco meals at night.
The unspoiled views are magnificient, and there are no houses in the immediate area surrounding Mas Grau. The owners live in a similar mansion on the other side of the hill, and are on hand if you need them.
I would be glad to send you the Google Earth link for this villa. It gives you a good idea of how huge and gorgeous this property really is! and the distances to villages and access to major roads in the area.
Please read Testimonials and Comments from Past Guests since 1998 in our website.
One house cleaning and sheet, towel and linen change per week included in the rental fee.
Swimming pool is maintained year-round, and is fenced in for child safety, but there is no life-guard.
There is an electricity counter on the jacuzzi and guests are kindly requested to pay for the electricity used for the jacuzzi apart. This is to avoid situations whereby guests leave on the jacuzzi 24 hours a day during their stay. It only takes minutes for the jacuzzi to warm up.
Other than that, there are no hidden of extra charges of any kind. To the contrary, we can arrange extra services for you, for example, such as having a food shopping at the house and ready for you upon arrival....
The once prosperous wool and ice-producing town of Castellterçol has now become a quiet village for well-to-do Barcelonans to keep their quite sumptuous holiday residences. You can tell from the art-nouveau and modernist villas that there´s money in them there hills. (An opera singing friend told me he once gave classes to Vittorio de Sica's grandchildren here, as that famous Italian director's wife was from here...) Castellterçol town center has some nice old buildings, a shopping street with everything you need on a small old-world scale, from a smattering of stores: small supermarket, butchershop, fishmonger, terraced cafés, restaurants, tapas bars, and even a tennis club and a nice municipal pool.
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