Can Cunill, 10 bdrm, luxury
Villa | 10 bedrooms | sleeps 23
Originally dating from 1583, and lovingly restored in the late 90's, Can Cunill is just about perfect for larger groups looking for a high-quality house with lots of character. This is a very comfortable house with lots of old-world charm. The 10 air condtioned bedrooms are all attractive and generously proportioned, but what really sets this house apartment is the quality of the shared living spaces: including the two living rooms, the double kitchen, with 2 sinks, 2 stoves, 2 hobs, 2 dishwashers, indoor bbq, etc.. Outdoors you have 2 very large swimming pools set in a gorgeous garden dripping with wisteria and a beautiful mix of Cedar and Palm trees and plenty of lawn space to play on. Poolside you also have the outdoor kitchen and BBQ area seating 50+, and the 2 outdoor bathrooms.
The fact is that Can Cunill is exceptionally well-planned out as a vacation home. In so many ways, Can Cunill offers comfort on a scale unrivaled by any other property. Can Cunill even offers internet, satelite pay TV, indoor and outdoor bbq, including an American-style bubble bbq on wheels, extra iceboxes and coolers, ping pong, badminton and other games. Can Cunill is where practicality and good taste go hand in hand.
Can Cunill also offers the possibility of hiring staff for cooking and cleaning, and in the off-season gatherings such as weddings are welcome, and local staff can take care of catering - see below.
|Size||Sleeps up to 23, 10 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lloret or Blanes 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona 25 km, Nearest railway: Sils 4 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||10 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (16), Double beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 22|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The main house, a fortified masia, was originally built in 1583. Although totally renovated and adapted to a high standard of modern comfort, many fine details of the original structure have been conserved. The furniture and decoration is also in keeping with traditional Catalan masias, though windows have been enlarged to allow in more natural light. Balconies and covered terraces have also been added.
There are several convenient entrances on all four sides of the house. The main entrance opens onto the main central living room (65m2) with a fireplace, several sofas, and large bay windows overlooking the garden. There are several other sitting rooms, including a sunny reading room (also with TV and another large fireplace) with 2 sofas and wide french doors opening onto the garden.
Adjacent to the living room is a large dining room (45m2) with three tables seating about 24 and equipped with 3 full sets of silverware and plates and all kinds of glasses. The kitchen is very well-equipped: and includes a large fridge, an additional freezer, 2 large dishwashers, 2 stovetops, 2 separate sinks, and all the nice extras. On the other side of the dining room from the kitchen is a covered outdoor dining area close to the kitchen, ideal for al fresco breakfasts.
All bedrooms are exterior and air conditioned, and all have nice closet space, night tables with reading lights and a washbasin and mirror (except room 10). There are three additional single beds (real beds - not fold outs) stored in a utility closet just in case. All single beds mesure 190x90 cm.
On the ground floor there are 3 bedrooms separated by a hallway. Facing the round pool is a bedroom (1) with 2x2 meter double bed and private bathroom with walk-in shower. Facing the larger rectangular pool are rooms (2) and (3), one room with double bed, and the other with two single beds. The bathroom for these two rooms is across the nice flagstone hallway and has a full bathtub. A door separates these two rooms, and you have to go through room (2) to get to room (3), except that room 3 has direct access to the garden.
Going up the wide staircase six bedrooms are distributed around the first floor stairway. At your left at the top of the stairs there is hallway door leading in to a large two bedroom suite consisting of a large room (4) with 2x2 meter double bed and a private large terrace, and across the suite's private hallway, another bedroom (5) overlooking the round pool with three single beds. These two rooms in this private family suite are separated by a large bathroom which has both a shower stall and a full bathtub and a long double sink, and both bedrooms have sinks in the room.
Working your way around the stairway to the right, the next room (6) has two single beds. Then there is the hall bathroom with a shower stall. Then comes another bedroom (7) with two single beds. At the far end of the hall and behind another hallway door, there is another two bedroom suite, (8) and (9), both with two single beds, and one room with a balcony looking out over the big pool.
Upstairs on the second floor, is a sort of slumber party room (10) with three single beds and a low-window overlooking the pool. This room is popular with kids as it is all alone up here on the top floor.
|Further details outdoors|
But by far the most extraordinary aspect of this house is the garden, which measures 8,000 square meters, and is tended by a full-time gardener year-round. On one side of the house is the shallow kiddy pool measuring 10 meters round, and on the other side of the house a large pool measuring 12.5 x 7, with maximum depth of 2.5 meters.
Near the poolside is a very impressive covered barbecue area, with indoor or outdoor sitting for over 50 guests. Along with the barbecue, there is also an oven, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and of course a double sink. Nearby is a little building with a two showers and two bathrooms so that you don't have to go indoors. Around the garden there are several places to sit and enjoy the peaceful and beautifully landscaped surroundings, and there are some games such as a badminton and a ping-pong table.
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 Corniche between Tossa and San Feliu is one of our favourite stretches of coastline. Once out of Tossa the coastal road (G682) climbs steeply and for the next 22 km runs high above the red cliffs, twisting and turning through luxuriant groves of pine and cork oak, with sudden views of jutting headlands and small calas, the water changing in colour from emerald green to cobalt. Make a point of stopping at the miradors, the little parking lots from which you can take in the scenery. At intervals, the road swoops down to circle an inlet and you will see abrupt turn-offs that lead to little calas which you can drive or walk down to, some with restaurants or a chiringuito, (a makeshift snack-bar, sometimes with a busy barbecue). Tucked away in these little calas are beaches for all tastes. There's an expensive and highly rated camp-ground located on the beautiful Cala Pola. (Park outside the campgrounds and walk to the beach through the grounds.) Nearby Cala Bona is also beautiful. On the next cala, called Giverola, the Swiss have built an ugly high-tech resort of boxed bungalows. So as not to feel homesick, they also installed a typically Alpine yellow funicular to freight tennis-players to the astroturf courts on the beach below.
Seven km into the drive, just after passing the cala de Salions, there's a left turn to the Sanctuary of Sant Grau, which twists 5km uphill, offering splendid views. To the right you have a splendid panorama of Tossa del Mar. Turn around and you have one of the most ruggedly beautiful stretches of the Costa Brava. In 1908 the journalist Ferrán Agulló, inspired from the view up here, was the first to name this coastline la Costa Brava, brava meaning rugged, savage, or wild. The existing Sanctuary is of the nineteenth century, although evidence of the ancient Romanesque building remains. It's a charming spot for a stroll, with numerous paths through the typical Mediterranean forest. On the way down, see if you can spot the curious rock formations at La Roca del Rei.
Can Cunill is a magnificent estate located south of Girona, 22 kilometers inland from the beach resorts of the southern Costa Brava, including Blanes, Lloret de Mar, and Tossa de Mar. Situated amidst fields and pine woods 4 kilometers from a small village, Riudarenes, with plenty of shopping and good restaurants, the house is set at the end of a 150-meter long private driveway and a remote control gate. While offering a sense of privacy and even seclusion, the house is also within 10 kilometers of the Province's main traffic arteries (the AP-7, the N-II north/south and the C-63 and the C-35 going east/west from mountain to the beaches).
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2 Feb 2014
"Good, comfortable villa"
Excellent villa, with plenty of room (our party was 14 adults, 2 children, but used a few rooms as singles) two decent pools and the added benefit of air conditioning. The house is not new, an neither is the furniture, but all in decent shape and much better to live in than the speculative new builds near the coast, which can feel the heat terribly, but this was orinally built to deal with the climate. Very private location, with no noticeable neighbours. Renter was very helpful, too. Flies can be a problem.
I like the area (I've been before, but at different villas/hotels) as good for exploring inland, but it is a distance from the beach, if that's what you want. However, very close to the main motorway and only about 8 miles from Girona airport, making access good for practically anywhere in Catalunya (try Vic for a day out). The real bonus of staying around here is that the restaurants are so much better and cheaper than on the coast. All of them excellent and really good value. Good choice of supermarkets too.
Tip, Try the Bodega Matias at La Bisbal for wine. Quite a distance from the villa, but worth the trip. Honest wine at good prices.
15 Oct 2013
Super maison et endroit de rêve.Maison très agréable, un peu vintage au niveau de la décoration. Elle est bien située. Elle possède 2 piscines, le bonheur pour les adolescents qui avaient une p… More
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