Alemanys 5 - E Badiu
Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
"El Badiu" of "Alemanys 5" is a three double bedroom luxury duplex apartment with marvellous views located in the historical core of Girona, with easy access by car and optional parking place. The apartment is fully equipped with designer furniture and offers plasma TV with satellite channels, stereo with iPod connection and broadband internet access. It is an ideal choice for family vacations, romantic getaways, cultural experts, golfers, cyclists, lovers of charming small towns and people who want to be away from massive tourism destinations but close to pristine beaches, magnificent mountains and unspoiled nature spots. The apartment is located in the property "Alemanys 5", a unique sixteenth century refurbished stone house.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Playa de Aro 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona 15 km, Nearest railway: Girona 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Catalunia region
Less than one hour's drive from the house you can reach the famous Costa Brava coastal region, with plenty of beaches and sailing ports, still offering some "hidden gems" for visitors who seek them out. Small villages like Cadaqués, Begur or LLafranc have attracted artists such as Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró or Pablo Picasso and still inspire many contemporary artists.
Between Girona and the Costa Brava is the Empordà, a region of countryside, with plenty of small charming medieval villages, as well as wheat and sunflower fields that bloom with poppies in spring, creating one of the most beautiful landscapes of Spain.
Girona is well known to professional and amateur golfers. Only 22 kilometres from the city is the PGA Catalunya Resort, which since its opening in 1999 has quickly gained an impeccable international reputation and is currently ranked 2nd in Spain, 3rd in continental Europe and, most recently, among the 100 best golf courses in the world. As well, there are a further eight high-quality 18-hole golf courses available less than one hour's drive from the property.
Girona is also a world famous destination for professional and amateur cyclists. Lance Armstrong lived and trained in Girona while winning seven consecutive “Tour de France”, and his key domestique, also a former US champion, has been a distinguished guest of our property.
Only a few minutes from Alemanys 5 there is also a vast forest with hundreds of signposted off-road mountain-bike routes which can take you all the way to the coast.
Girona is a charming small city located 100 km North of Barcelona and 100 km South of Perpignan (France).
It is one of the richest cities in Spain. Girona has his own International Airport offering regular flights to more than 50 cities around Europe. By the end of 2012 Girona will be a stop of the high-speed train that is to link Barcelona and Paris.
Girona has one of the most important mediaeval quarters in Spain, plenty of interesting historical buildings, one of the best-preserved old Jewish quarters in Europe and a magnificent Cathedral featuring the widest Gothic nave in the world with a breadth of 22 meters.
The city also offers a vibrant shopping district with a combination of traditional goods and renowed international brands. The walking areas include plenty of cozy coffees and restaurants that offer a variety of culinary experiences.
Girona is also well known for its cultural life. As well as a number of museums, the city has the most important autumn festival in Spain, “Temporada Alta”, offering three months of avant-garde international music, dance and theater. In addition, several jazz, classical, rock, flamenco, traditional or world music concerts are programmed during all the year.
Furthermore, the relatively small size of the city and its urban structure means all these activities can be enjoyed without having to take the car.
Girona is also a renowned culinary destination. Home of exquisite “sea and mountain” recipes, the city hosts “El Celler de Can Roca” ranked second best restaurant in the world. Several Michelin starred restaurants are less than one hour's drive from the property.
During wintertime, a good option is to take advantage of the Pyrenees ski resorts that can be reached by car in less than two hours. The Girona area is also renowed as a wellness and spa destination, offering top quality thermal baths, spa and wellness centres.
Last but not least, the city of Barcelona is only at one-hour by road or train from Girona.
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22 Oct 2013
"Eine außergewöhnliche Ferienwohnung (Lage + Architektur)"
Wenn man erstmal die Wohnung gefunden hat, wird man von ihrer Lage und der außergewöhnlichen Architektur beeindruckt.Anfahrt:Der Beschilderung zur Universität folgen, mehrere Einfahrtsverbotsschild… More
23 Sep 2013
This review is a bit overdue, But essentially we loved our stay here.The house is as beautiful in real life, if not more so, as in the pictures. The excitement + awe of spotting the house from its stu… More
22 Sep 2013
"Beautiful apartment in a beautiful town"
Alemanys 5 has been restored and modernised with love and attention to detail by its architect owners. The result is a stunning modern apartment that celebrates natural materials. It has a large balco… More
17 Jun 2013
"lux penthouse with plenty of room"
luxury penthouse, pictures on the web offer an excellent representation of this beautiful home. elegant, charming mix of modern, old and industrial, extremely well appointed, great linen, spotless and has everything you will need, great light and outdoor balcony, shops a short walk to get supplies. location may be a challenge to some as it sits on the top of the hill of the old town which is easily within walking distance but does involve a couple of hundred cobble stone steps each way. penthouse requires the ability to manage stairs inside/ master bath also requires good balance due to interesting layout . may represent a challege to those with significant wieght bearing issues. secure bike storage an asset. concerge is excellent, due to delays we arrived around 2300hrs and hungry.She looked after us with bread/cheese and beer.impecable service.
10 Jun 2013
"Architecturally stunning, aesthetically inspiring, and lovingly crafted."
Stunning apartment in a great location within the old town. Modern, clean, spacious and very luxurious. Perfect for a couple or friends getaway to beautiful Girona.
Alemanys 5's is absolutely stunning because of its crafty engagement with its context. It modernises a Sixteenth century medieval quarter to make a considered and contemporary scheme with breathtakingly calm interiors.
The owners were a delight to deal with and all the booking and general administration was a breeze.
I cannot recommend this property highly enough! Perfect!
3 Feb 2013
"Home away from home in Spain"
From initial contact Juan, Anna and Montse were wonderful hosts who went beyond the call of duty to assist with our needs and requests and for this we were extremely grateful and wish to thank them. The Apartment was exactly as depicted - it has been lovingly and sympathetically renovated to the closest detail and is a real credit to both Anna and Juan. El Badiu offers wonderful living spaces with an enviable ambiance - all needs have been considered and everything is in place to make your stay very special in an amazingly beautiful part of Spain. We are already looking forward to a return visit and hope we can once more experience Alemanys magic.
19 Oct 2012
"experience that appeals to all senses"
We decided to spend our vacation in Girona because of this house which we saw in Dezeen Internet design magazine.
A master peace of architecture the house has exceeded all our expectations.
The architecture of the house is strong and clean, reflects the spirit of the place and combines old and new in a wise, accurate manner.
The house is free of any excessive ornamentalism and it is the architectural solutions that give it warmth and beauty. The outmost attention has been given to each and every detail (including the black soap in the bathrooms…), and the unique integration of all the details and materials creates harmony, peace and a sense that everything is in its exact place, as if it has always been there.
In spite of its great beauty, this is a living house which enables convenient and natural flow.
We soaked up atmosphere of the house for five days, sitting in the amazing balcony overlooking the university, hearing music from the selection of discs on offer, enjoying wonderful breakfasts in the lovely, well equipped kitchen and enjoying every single moment.
We wish to command the kindness and warm attention of the owner, Juan Ribera. Due to family circumstances, we were forced to change the date of our arrival, and he unhesitatingly agreed to find an alternative date for us although it was no longer possible to rent the house to anyone else on the original dates. Upon our arrival a bottle of wine with a Hebrew label awaited us – a small, touching gesture of attention.
The pretty housekeeper, with her red car, followed this very same spirit giving us a warm, homely feeling.
And as food is a must – the NU restaurant, which is located at the center of town, is recommended. Order two dishes – cannelloni with sea fruit and frutti di bosco (mixed berries)and pork chops. Delicious!
Efrat and Calman Shemi
16 Oct 2012
"Peaceful and Beautiful!"
What a fantastic apartment!! We really enjoyed our stay. There was nothing we needed that wasn't provided and everyone was very friendly and helpful to deal with. We will definitely be back!
12 Oct 2012
We had the most incredible stay at Alemanys5. The property is the most beautiful space we've ever stayed in and had a wonderful holiday. Such a well thought out space and we felt completely at home from the moment the exceptionally lovely house-keeper greeted us on our arrival.
We spent so much time at the apartment - cooked beautiful meals, had a fire in the evenings on the balcony - we didn't want to leave. Girona is a lovely old historic town and being right in the heart of the old centre really was position perfect.
Make sure you book to dine at El Celler de Can Roca (many months in advance!) - that was an exceptional experience in itself.
29 Aug 2012
"Ancient and modern"
High up in the old town, just around the corner from the cathedral and close to many of the cultural sites, this simple ancient building is now home to an excellent example of modern design combined with an easy to live in home. Although on the top two floors of a four storey building, if you can cope with the number of steps and stairways in Girona generally, the final climb to the top is straightforward. For shopping and lazier members of the family there is a lift (the non lazy member walks up and calls the lift), while cars can get right to the front door for loading and unloading which is unusual in this part of town. The terrace on the top floor is a wonderful outside space with decent views and with the huge amount of interior space, life with a three year old as well as two teenagers could never feel cramped. Being at the top of town also means that in the summer heat you benefit from any slight breeze. The apartment generally abounds with quality fittings and furnishings, putting any hotel at this price into the shade and if you know anyone to invite, it is superb for entertaining. The apartment on the first floor is owned by the same family and while much more compact, boasts a small garden and plunge pool. For a touch of luxury living in a beautiful city this place is definitely recommended.
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