Can Girones on PGA golf course
About the home
Can Girones is a spacious house with a large private walled garden and fenced pool in a very priviledged location, just off the fairways of the Caldes de Malavella PGA golf course. Golfers will enjoy the proximity to the club but anyone would enjoy staying at this nicely restored, comfortable and well-situated house, just off the N-II, 10 minutes drive south of Girona.
Aside from the attractive interior, including 2 living rooms and a separate dining room and kitchen, there is a lovely Japanese-inspired landscaped garden and a private fenced-in swimming pool, perfect for young children.
Can Girones is another fantastic villa offered in exclusivity by Charlie and Maria at villasbarcelona since 2002. This house is time-tested and true, and all rentals come with a full copy of our 90-page local Guidebook, so that you get the most from your holiday.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Roses, Sant Feliu, Tossa, Palafrugell, etc, 15km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Hen and stag parties
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 4 family bathrooms and 4 en suites|
|Furniture:||Single beds (9), Cots (2), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 10|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Downstairs around the entrance hall, to your right there is a full equipped kitchen next to a separate dining room sitting 12 and an utility room that leads to the garage. To the left there is a small living room with chimney, a sofa sitting 3, two lazzy chairs, a TV and a card table. Next to it wi'll find the downstairs WC and after this the larger living room with TV, 2 sofas sitting three, card table and stereo.
Upstairs, there are the 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms distributed around a central hall with sofas to relax. There are 3 double bedrooms with ensuit full bathrooms and 1 double bedroom sharing a full bathroom with a single bedroom. Both this bedrooms have direct access to the bathroom and are so connected.
All double bedrooms have two twin beds pulled together.
Further details outdoors:
The area immediately around the villa is a quite sophisticated walled-in garden landscaped with a variety of surfaces, ranging from different colored cork, bark, and volcanic stone and organic paving tiles, with different types of shade trees, the entire perimeter is fenced-in. Also fenced-in, with a picket fence for child safety is the 8x5m Pool.
Around the walled in villa, you have flat fallow land for the children to play in, and beyond that, on one side the golf course in front of the house and behind the house typical Mediterranean woodlands of pine and oak and fragrant shrubs. There are no other dwellings any where near this very private property, although there is a rustic restaurant about 10 minutes away specializing in cheap local fare, especially grilled meats.
All in all, a very nice place, and if you are golfers or just like to be surrounded by greens, this house is very close to paradise. It is also close to the train station at Caldes de Malavella, 4 kms away, and only 12 kms south of Girona capital, and 15 kms inland from the beaches of the central Costa Brava. 75 kms to Barcelona staight down the AP-7 highway, so about 1 hour to city center.
The standard method for making a reservation is by paying a deposit of 25%, usually directly to the owner´s bank account. This deposit is to guard against no-shows, and the amount received is deducted from the total cost of the rental. The remaining 75% is due either prepaid well ahead of your arrival or in cash upon occupying the property (you will be met at the property by the caretaker, Neus, who owns a café in nearby Sils and is a great person to know in the area!).
There are many ways to make the deposit. By far the most common method is by Electronic Bank Transfer, and most of you will simply make a transfer from you online banking account, but in some cases I can make a charge on your VISA or Mastercard or you can send a Certified Bankers Cheque directly to the owners. I describe these methods in detail in email 2 of 3 on deposits. You decide which method is best for you, or feel free to come up with your own method. European Union bank account holders will want to send bank transfers as there are now absolutely free charges and commissions between EMU countries, EU regulation 2,560/2001 which came into effect July 2002.
2) Price all inclusive and changeover times
Rental fees quoted in our website are all-inclusive and there are no extra or hidden charges of any kind. All properties are rented clean, with plenty of clean sheets and towels and kitchen linen, etc., as well as your usual cooking utensils, and in many cases some basic start-up foodstuffs, like salt and pepper and olive oil, vinegar, coffee, etc. is there upon arrival. Some houses offer more generous welcome packages of food and drink. Those who rent for two weeks get a house cleaning and sheet and towel and linen change at the end of the first week included in the rental. Additional maid service is available upon request (usually at about 10 to 12 Euros per hour, minimum 3 hours). You are kindly requested to leave the house pretty much as you found it at the end of your stay.
There is no damage deposit. We trust you to contact me or the owners if something is broken so that we can fix or replace it before the next guests come in.
In the summer high season, most properties try to not to lose a day between rentals, and rentals are back to back, so incoming guests are kindly requested to occupy the house in the afternoon starting as of 5 pm and depart relatively early on the last day, usually before 10 am, so as to give time for a thorough cleaning between rentals. This is standard everywhere in the villa rental business. If you want to show up early, please check with me first. We can try to arrange for you to leave your things somewhere safe in the house and come back later when the cleaning crew has finished. Do not go into the house and please stay out of the way of the cleaners, gardeners, and pool maintenence staff or they might not finish their jobs! I get a lot of complaints from owners about guests who show up early and interrupt the cleaning. If you are arriving late in the day when shops are closed at 21:00h or on a Sunday, or on a holiday, I can arrange to have the owners do a shopping for you.
3) Balance due
The balance due for all rentals must be either prepaid well in advance of your rental (see email 2 of 3) or handed over in Euros cash upon arrival and getting the keys for the property from the owners. Payment at the end of the rental is not acceptable. Owners do not want to be in the position of having to chase after their guests for payment. In fact I advise owners not to hand over the keys until they have full payment.
It is up to you to make sure payment in full is made prior to arrival or be prepared to pay in cash upon arrival. Don´t leave this to the last minute as local ATM machines will not give you more 500 Euros per day, and local banks will not accept more than a few hundred Euros worth of traveller´s cheques due to massive fraud in that sector.
While you are here, house owner´s and/or their caretakers are always on hand in case you need them, as am I (Charlie). I'll be sending you an email asking for all your arrival details. Let's work together to make things go smoothly for all concerned. To a large extent, this sector of the "hospitality industry" depends on mutual trust and respect between owners and their guests. I can always be reached so feel free to call me or have the owners call me with any questions you may have, whether it be ahead of arrival, when you are with the owners, or during your stay. My telephone numbers are in the signature below.
Charlie @ villasbarcelona
Prices are all inclusive. No extra or hidden costs of any kind.
25% deposit required to secure booking.
75% remaining is payable upon arrival.
Weekly cleaning and change of linen included.
Linen and towels included.
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
What can one say about the Costa Brava?
Often considered a blend of the Côte d'Azur & Tuscany but with a Spanish flair for fun, the Costa Brava is rightfully famous as one of Europe's premiere holiday destinations. Why?
From the breathtakingly beautiful coastline, where wide beaches of golden sand and crystal clear waters alternate with rocky promentories and little coves backed by sheer cliffs topped with pine and oak forests, the Costa Brava boasts 150 blue-flag, top notch beaches. The interior of the Costa Brava is every bit as stunning as the coast (and far less touristy, of course!), with pristine medieval villages set in typically Mediterranean landscapes on the coastal plain, looking very much like Tuscany, and quickly ascending to typically Alpine landscapes as you work your way up into the Pyrenees, with trout-filled streams feeding environmentally protected lakes - like the one in Banyoles - offering a welcome alternative to the coastal beaches, yet only half an hour away by car.
There is always plenty to do. My 90-page guidebook describes 10 routes you can take on daytrips throughout the region. From village to village and including historical sites, recommended beaches, local festivities and folklore, restaurants, market towns, etc -- the guidebook in indispensable for gettting the most of your holiday and steering you clear of the worst tourist-traps in the area. Included are info on the 14 golf courses on the Costa Brava, numerous aquaparks & go-carting circuits, and every town seems to have a horseback-riding club & bicycle rental.
... but of course the main reason for coming to this part of the world is for the good weather, the laid back and friendly local atmosphere, and the excellent and very affordable food and drink. My guidebook explains local dishes, recommends restaurants and cafés, markets and specialty shops, and includes a guide to Spanish wines and cavas. By the way, my favorite local prix fix lunch menus cost about 10 Euros for a 3 or 4 course meal, including wine.
While I am being asked to talk about the Costa Brava, most people enjoy a day trip or two to Barcelona, city center is only one hour away by car or local commuter train. Many guests will also make their way to the Port Aventura amusement park, two hours due south, just off the AP-7 highway, just a few kms from the house. Day trips into Southern France are also recommended, the French border is just a 40-minute drive due north.
When you book your rental villa with me, I will send you a copy of the Guidebook as a .pdf file.
To sum up in one quick phrase, the Province of Girona and Costa Brava is often described as "a quintessentially Mediterranean experience". After only 23 years living here, I couldn't agree more!
The Girona / Caldes de Malavella area
Can Girones is just across from the PGA clubhouse and the four-star Melias PGA hotel-golf complex, which has bar/restaurant/terraced café with wifi internet - all of which you can use. The owner of Can Girones sold part of her land to allow the construction of the golf course, and guests at this house are welcome to use the facilities.
Behind the house there is a restaurant within walking distance, a very simple and inexpensive place that specializes in BBQ grilled meats.
2.5 miles away is the locally famous spa town of Caldes de Malavella where there are remnants of Roman baths, a nice old town with plenty of cafés and restaurants, fancy spas like the art nouveau Vichy spa-hotel, and the commuter train to Barcelona (1 hour) and Girona and points north. There is a full range of shopping in Caldes, supermarkets and specialty shops.
How to get there
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Girona Airport at 20 km. Ryanair Airlines.
Activities near Girona
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
21 Aug 2012
Can Girones was a great house for families with small children. With each bedroom having a bathroom, there were no queues to shower or wash, the pool was fenced off and no surrounding houses meant that children could make as much noise as they wanted. Adults in the group appreciated the fact that the nearby hotel offered internet connection - and a very good gin & tonic!
The house, especially the kitchen, could do with updating, but I suspect that golfing parties don't do much cooking. Otherwise the house was provided with everything one could expect, except, in this day and age, internet should be available in the house.
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|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low Season||8 May 13||25 May 13||€ 1650||€ 250||€ 400||2 Nights|
|Mid Season||25 May 13||13 Jul 13||€ 1850||-||-||1 Week|
|High Season||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||€ 2200||-||-||1 Week|
|Mid Season||31 Aug 13||28 Sep 13||€ 1850||-||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||28 Sep 13||21 Dec 13||€ 1650||€ 250||€ 400||2 Nights|
|Christmas||21 Dec 13||7 Jan 14||€ 1850||-||-||1 Week|
|Special Price||7 Jan 14||1 Feb 14||€ 1300||€ 250||€ 400||2 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday and Saturday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices are all inclusive.
No hidden or extra prices of any kind.
Linen and towels included.
Weekly cleaning and linen change for rentals over a week.
Off Season Weekend prices: 800 E Friday to Sunday + 250 E per extra night.Enquire now
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