Ferrando - 9 ensuite bedrooms
Farmhouse | 9 bedrooms | sleeps 20
This exceptional villa offers lots of space, both indoors and out, and lots of bedrooms, each with a private bathroom - all for very little money. With an incredibly beautiful garden (the owner´s own a garden center and are experts) situated just 1km from an agreeable village 8 kms south of Girona and 15 kms to beaches, this villa is proving to be very popular with those in need of a big house, with a big 12 x 6m swimming pool, a spa area with sauna (€5=2hours) & a large jacuzzi (€5=1h)... and again, plenty of bathrooms. 1.2km to commuter train to Barcelona and near the major mountain to sea bike routes & so very popular with groups of cyclists. Impeccable, excellent feedback, lots of extras. Book early. Normally a 2 week minimum in high-season. Free PC & internet & Canal+TV.
|Size||Sleeps up to 20, 9 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sant Feliu, Begur, Palafrugell, etc 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona, and the house is not affected by noise fro 15 km, Nearest railway: Fornells de la Selva 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 9 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (7), Cots (2), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 24|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The main door opens onto the central hallway distributing traffic to the different parts of the house. Straight ahead you have the wide staircase leading up to the 8 bedrooms upstairs. Next to the staircase is the one and only ground floor bedroom, in a separate wing of the house, with double bed and private full bath and direct access to the back garden through a sliding door. This is the bedroom my elderly mother uses so as not to have to climb stairs.
On the right of the central entry hall is the kitchen and dining room. The dining room is in fact a new addition to the house, a wooden consevatory (it cost a fortune to build) with two long planked tables in the middle seating around 24 guests. There are windows going all around the dining room and a door leading out to the garden and it is a very attractive room in which to have meals indoors, although in the summer months we have most meals outdoors!
The open-plan kitchen has the usual: large fridge (there is another frigde in the pantry), electric over, 4 burner gas hob, extractor, dishwasher, double sink, as well as toaster, juicer, mixer, etc. etc. & there is a nice decorative element, the ancient bread oven.
On the other side of the entry hall are the two living rooms, the pantry/laundry room, and the downstairs toilet, a 10th shared bathroom so that you don't have to go up to your room to go! The small living room is like a study, with a nice reading chair and lamp and the PC you are welcome to use. The wifi internet signal also emits from this room, the signal taken from the village church spire 700 meters away!
You'll pass the laundry room on the way to the large living room, the laundry room has a washer and a dryer, a sink for hand wash, and extra large fridge to catch the overflow from the kitchen fridge, and there are a collections of fans stored in here for use during the hots summer months.
The large living room is really quite pleasant, and has plenty of natural light from the two windows and 3 double French doors allowing direct access to the outdoor floor-tiled and high wooden-beamed veranda, looking out over the garden, BBQ, and pool area. The living room has several sitting areas, two sets of sofa and two lazy chairs, a card table, CD/radio/cassette player, satellite TV, a large fireplace, potted plants, and a mish-mash of decorative items.
The 1st floor is split into two levels with a total of 7 bedrooms, each with private bath. One wing, set around a large central room with a small table and chairs, has five rooms in total, 4 rooms with king-size double beds and 1 room with two single beds. The other wing has two rooms, one with double bed and the other with two single beds. There are also two cots for babies and two high-chairs. On the top floor there is a large suite with a private anteroom with a sofabed, and there are 8 windows up here, each affording lovely views in all directions. This is the room my wife and I always use, and there are nice old twisted ceiling beams, a TV, and I can always opt for the comfy sofabed in the anteroom if I need to snore heavily.
The house has a lot of character, the feel of the place is rustic, maybe a bit funky-but-chic. There are some antiques, the floors are mostly terra cotta tiles, all windows have excellent wooden shuttles that really keep the light out in the mornings, and all windows have good modern mosquito netting. There are potted plants thoughtout the living spaces, a truly unusual feature at a rental property that gives the house a lot of life and color.
|Further details outdoors|
The owners of Casanova de Ferrando also own the regions largest and most successful garden center, which you can pick up anything from seeds to hundred-year old olive trees. The garden here is a testiment to their professional green thumbs, from the rows and rows of tall, thin poplar trees guarding the hundred or so meters of garden between the lawnspace and the little transited road out from Fornells, to the magnificent wisteria and wild jazmin dripping pergolas in the garden... there is even a lillypond, and I won't even try to describe the new spa area of somewhat zen buddha inspiration.
I have taken three short movies of the garden here that I would be happy to share with you. Just let me know.
the garden includes:
- Sauna and jacuzzi for 4-5 people, but we had 11 kids in it last December!
- Private fenced-in 12x6 meter pool with plenty of lounge chairs and parasols for shade.
- Beautiful landscaped 6,000 metres squared garden.
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 owners who live in Girona, 8 kms away).
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
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!
Casanova is a couple of kilometers outside of Fornells, a sleepy agricultural town with a pharmacy, a tobacconist, two butchers, one of which prepares take delicious take-away dishes like a French traiteur. there is a new terraced restaurant that guests are raving about, and I forgot to mention the Civic Centre, which also has good menus for 7 Euros.... but you get the idea. It is a small town with a beautiful old church...)
The house is set between a small pitch and putt golf course and a few farms, so the wide views of distant mountain ranges around the house are unobstructed. The owners of Casanova own one of Spain´s most important tree and plant nurseries, so they have practically gone overboard in landscaping a beautiful garden of every imaginable sort of flora in different mediums (I´m not an expert but there are rows of pines and birch, flowerbeds of roses and cyclamens and such, a lilly pond, trellises of climbing plants and ivy, bamboo and citrus, etc., as well as a beautifully kept lawn).
There is a large outdoor veranda made of thick tree trunks near the barbecue, and another covered wooden-beamed veranda affixed to the house just outside the living room. This is a house that invites you to spend a lot of time out of doors.
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24 Jan 2013
"It was a fantastic holiday"
The house is a perfect place for families and friends. The garden is very big, so there is space for playing ball games. It`s a bit out of town, so nobody fells disturbed by the noise of screeming children.
If you need shade at the pool you have to ask the owner for parasols!!!
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