Castle | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Enjoy your own private castle with an inviting and relaxed way of living. Adjacent to a nature reserve yet within walking distance to an authentic Catalan village and only 8 km to the charming, medieval walled city of Girona. Perfect for groups of up to 14 people and our resident English-speaking host provides insider tips to the very best of the area. Professional gourmet cook available.
Listed as a Spanish and Catalan historic monument dating from the 10th-century, the unique architectural elements of the castle's original structure have been beautifully blended with a relaxed, modern aesthetic tailored for your comfort and enjoyment.
Located in Spain's region of Catalunya, midway between Barcelona and the French border, Castel d'Escales is 10mins to Girona and 30mins to the most picturesque and unspoilt part of the Mediterranean's Costa Brava, with its small secluded coves fringed with golden sand beaches, turquoise water, and traditional fishing villages.
The castle is a beautiful private luxury retreat with comfortable, original furnishings and all modern amenities. High-season rates from 70Eu a night per person for a group of 14 guests with on-site English-speaking hosting included.
Castel d'Escales provides a peaceful and intimate haven convenient to everything this spectacular part of Spain has to offer. Bookings are for a one week minimum stay during the months of May through October.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Palamos 38 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona 8 km, Nearest railway: Girona 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
Unique architectural elements of stone archways, wood-beamed and vaulted ceilings, medieval courting seats and the historic 1,000-year-old circular stone tower are complemented by an attractive mix of original artwork and furnishings, Moroccan and antique Suzani textiles, comfortable and cozy bedrooms, and modern amenities all contributing to make the spirit of the castle feel timeless.
Resident host and professionally-trained gourmet cook, stocked wine cellar, 10th-century circular tower library and lookout, 14th-century stone barrel-vaulted dining room that seats 20, fantastic outdoor dining areas, private pool and lovely gardens. Attention is paid to detail throughout the property to create calming spaces for a casual and relaxed experience for your group to savor.
While the property is self-catering, your wonderful English-speaking host is a professional cook and will provide delicious meals tailor-made to your preferences if desired. Private cooking classes and personalized wine tastings are also available (meals, wine and classes are extra and not included in the rental price).
The owners discovered the castle while on their honeymoon and have always loved the special romantic charm and energy surrounding the history of the property. Small weddings are considered as a special request.
We'll be happy to answer any questions so please contact us. For more information you can visit our website.
|Further details outdoors||
Private, enclosed grounds and pool along with beautiful gardens encourage your group to fully enjoy being outside.
Large flagstone terraces, pool bar with fridge and BBQ plus other idyllic outdoor areas are perfect for alfresco meals with seating for 14.
360-degree panoramic view from the top of the ancient stone tower of the nature reserve on one side with sweeping views as far as the Pyrenees on the other.
Pool area has separate changing and shower rooms, bar with fridge, BBQ, paved dining terrace, sun loungers and hammock for laid-back lounging.
Signposted hiking trails are located behind the castle in the adjacent nature reserve's wooded, rolling green hills. The castle offers a serene, picturesque setting yet is walking distance to the authentic village of Celrà, only 8 km from Girona, and 30-mins to award-winning golf courses and the most picturesque beaches and coves on the coast.
On confirming your booking we provide you with detailed information about your castle stay and a diverse list of area activities ranging from sport/adventure, nature parks, beaches and coves, museums, spas, open-air markets, superb restaurant recommendations and custom winery tours to small boutique producers in the area.
Our English-speaking host has lived in the castle's caretaker residence for over 10 years and is on hand during your stay to help your group settle in, answer any questions, and make excellent recommendations for activities and restaurants.
From the prettiest beaches to championship golf courses to top food destinations, you receive insider tips that only a local would know, guiding you to the very best this dynamic and spectacular area has to offer for a truly memorable and delicious experience.
Custom-tailored, guided tours can be arranged varying from wine tastings at local vineyards to culinary/gastronomy tours to museum and shopping trips. Private cooking classes are also available. Tours are organized around your preferences so can be as off-the-beaten-track as you like.
Living like a local brings you a unique and memorable blend of the best flavours and sensations of Catalunya!
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
Castel d'Escales is 8 km from the medieval, picturesque small city of Girona and is within easy reach of the Costa Brava's remaining pristine and idyllic beaches, secluded coves, and authentic fishing villages. It is a 1.5 hour drive from the Catalan capital city of Barcelona with its vibrant modernist architecture, and 30min to Figueras and the world-famous Salvador Dali museum.
Local favourites include renowned botanical gardens perched on cliffs overlooking the sea that offer exceptional views of the rugged coastline, archaeological Greco-Roman ruins at Empuries, and the beautiful, historic village of Besalù with its 12th century Romanesque bridge.
Celrà is a small, authentic working-class village within walking distance to the castle with bakeries, butcher, fishmonger (fresh local meat and fish), small grocer, church, sports bar/tabac that serves good tapas, and a weekly open-air market on Friday.
Each day of the week a different village or town throughout the area holds an open-air market; many are exceptional.
Girona's ancient, picturesque Old Town is captivating with more than 1,000 years of architectural and cultural history mixed in with stylish and interesting shops, cafes, and museums. Its pedestrian-only, cobblestone streets are perfect for leisurely strolls. The gothic Cathedral, Arab baths, and important medieval Jewish quarter are well worth a visit.
You can also walk around the crenellated walls surrounding the historic center. They've withstood more than 30 sieges over 800 years and offer stunning views outside the city as well as quiet gardens and cloisters inside the walls.
Superb restaurants are 15mins from the castle including the Roca brothers' El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, named Best Restaurant in the World 2013. Our resident gourmet cook is on hand to recommend the best restaurants and assist with making reservations.