Fabulous outdoors under pines
Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
This modern villa was built by a well-known local architect about 15 years ago. The building itself consists of a central two-storey oval-shaped central living part of the villa, fronted by the garden and pool area, and flanked by two curved one-storey wings on each side: the north wing with five bedrooms (2 en suite) and one shared bathroom, and the south wing housing the kitchen, the gym, one bedroom and a bathroom, which also has the sauna, as well as a 4-car garage. But undoubtedly the nicest part of the house is the outsidea covered poolside porch, a gorgeous garden and diamond-shaped pool under fragrant pines affording plenty of shade. A very agreeable and convenient covered BBQ dining area is situated just outside the kitchen. This, along with the large private fenced property, make this one of the most agreeable villas for holiday-makers on the Costa Brava.
I stay at this place often and I have some good movies of this house and garden so just let me know and I'll share them with you.
Again, the garden, pool, and bbq area are absolutely top-rated, second to none!
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lloret de Mar, Blanes, Canyelles, Tossa de Mar 15 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona Airport 15 km, Nearest railway: Sils 1 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, TV, CD player, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The layout of this villa is quite logical. The building itself consists of a two one-storey wings flanking a central two-story oval-shaped living room and office, with the pool and garden in front, and the parking lot and driveway to the remote control gate behind.
The north wing has 5 bedrooms. At the end of the hall, bedroom 1) is an en suite bedroom with a 150x200 cm bed, private full bathroom with a separate toilet room, and access directly to the garden and pool area. 2) Another en suite bedroom with 150x200 cm bed and private full bathroom and also direct access to the pool area. 3) and 4) two bedrooms with 135x180 cm beds facing the driveway side of the house, and 5) a twin bedroom with lots of toys and children´s decoration and two single 90x180 cm beds, and direct access to the pool area (see the photo where you see the babyfoot table just outside the room). These three rooms share a full bathroom with bath and shower in the hallway.
On the south wing of the house there is bedroom 6) with two single 90x180 cm beds and the bathroom across the hall, that has a shower stall. This bedroom might have originally been intended as the maid´s room as it is over on the kitchen side of the house and does not have nice built-in closets like the other bedrooms. Beyond that there is the gym with weightlifting and static bicycles and other exercise equipment, and then the 4-car garage.
The split-level living room is bright, spacious and comfortable, set around a large fireplace on one side and TV on wheels on the other. There are two large white sofas and two large poofs and a card table an other assorted chairs, all behind large window panes offering great views of the pool and the pine forest. The lighting is especially nice at night time, with lots of halogen spotlights in the slanting ceiling as well as some free-standing lamps. There is also an old HIFI system that still works and a curiously eclectic collection of old cassettes that I really enjoyed exploring. The TV has local digital channels, many of them in original language broadcasting, so you can always find something in English, and some channels, like the Disney Channel, are always in English, 24 hours a day.
Between the living room and the kitchen is the dining table backed by some handsome cabinets where it seems the owner has decided to leave some of his better wine and cognac glasses, but when I stayed there in July 2009 we had all our meals in the BBQ dining area outdoors next to the kitchen, or for a quick snack, in the kitchen itself, where there is a table for about 4.
The kitchen area at this villa is divided into 3 rooms, the kitchen, a pantry, and a washroom. The kitchen, which measures about 20m2, is relatively small for such a large house, but has a nice foodprep island in the middle and a small table with seating for four. You´ll find the usual double sink, a 4 burner stovetop, oven and extractor, a normal sized dishwasher, a normal 1,8 m sized fridge, microwave, toaster, stick mixer, electric drip coffee-maker, stick mixer, juicer, and tea kettle. We did most of our food preparation outdoors, and most of our cooking at the BBQ.
In the pantry you´ll find a large top-loading second freezer unit and plenty of shelving to store your shopping.
The washroom has a washing machine, a sink for hand washing, and an iron and ironing board.
The best feature of the kitchen and the two doors with direct access to the garden and outdoor covered BBQ dining area, very elegant, with plenty of counterspace, one large table and two small round ones we used for the kids tables, and this area, like all the garden and even the pool itself, is nicely lit at night. We had all our meals out here, breakfast, lunch & dinner, and even an afternoon picnic in the garden sitting on the grass.
|Further details outdoors|
Undoubtedlly the most elegant part of the house are the outdoor sofas and loungechairs between the livingroom and the pool. There are a number of comfortable sofas, coffeetables, and easychairs for everyone to sit outdoor, not counting the 9 reclining pool loungers set around the pool.
This is a unique feature - several outdoor wicker-type sofas and coffeetables - I have not seen at other properties!
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!
Casadevall Villa is just outside of Sils, a town 15 km inland from Blanes and Lloret de Mar and the southern resorts of the Costa Brava, just off the N-2 and AP-7 motorways, an hour by car from Barcelona (though I would recommend you leave the car in the free parking at Sils station and make your way around by commuter train: 55 minutes into Barcelona, 15 to Girona, 30 to Figueres, etc.. The Sils train station is about 2 kilometers from the house, a 20 minute walk! and train´s are every hour from 7 am to 11 pm.) I won´t spend much time on the description of the area here. In short, Sils is not such an attactive village but very practical for its excellent location vis a vis the main sights, and plenty of shopping, restaurants, markets, PGA golf, tenis, spas, etc.
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