Casa Nova D'en Borra (Masia).
House | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Welcome to Casa Nova d'en Borra, a Catalan masia ideally situated just south of Girona, with easy access to Barcelona, the Costa Brava and France. Here we invite you to relax, unwind and to explore at your leisure - days can be as active or as lazy as you wish. We don't promise you anything but a fabulous house in a beautiful location and the chance to spend quality time with family and friends, to re-charge your batteries, to soak up the charm of Catalan life; a taste of the Mediterranean.
This renovated masia is a true home from home: traditional character; modern comfort; light and space; well decorated; well appointed. It has 6 comfortable bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a seperate ground floor toilet and generous living areas. Ideal for both small and large groups, whole house rental. Toddler and family friendly. WIFI. IPOD /MP4 docking station. UK Sky Freesat TV. ES and CAT TV.
One of the true pleasures of Casa Nova d'en Borra is the large outside living space, the roofed porch with traditional barbecue, used all year round - it is the perfect area to relax, to enjoy summer living, a delicious barbecue, balmy nights, a long, lazy winter lunch.
The masia faces south, with open views across the fields to our cork wood and hazelnut grove. The walled garden and pool enjoy the sun all day long; a true suntrap and the pool area is fenced so that you can relax whilst your children play. Outwith the masia garden are many additional areas in which to explore, to cycle, play, the challenge of a game of boules.
The masia is set within a private estate, secluded yet not isolated, a true rural escape. Situated between two villages, and only a 15 minute drive into the charm of Girona city centre. Our nearest restaurants are in Sant Dalmai village, 2km, and at Brunyola, 3km. There are many restaurants and bars in the area: good food, great value "menú diaris", very welcoming and some with children's play areas. There is a large variety of supermarkets, local shops, weekly markets, organic shop, cafes, restaurants and bars all within a 10 minute drive of the masia.
We have the advantage of being close to Girona airport, 1o minute drive, but with no noise and little awareness of airplanes. There is good access to the AP-7 road and to the coast - our closest beaches are Platja d'Aro and S'Agaro, an easy 25 minute drive.
Casa Nova D'en Borra, a private house, is owned and managed by Chris and Gill Colverson, previously of Le Cafe St. Honore restaurant in Edinburgh, Scotland. We take great pride in providing a comfortable, private house for you to enjoy. Owner managed, book with confidence. Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Platja D'Aro 30 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona Airport. 8 km, Nearest railway: Girona & Caldes de Malavella 15 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, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 4 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (6), Cots (3), Dining seats for 26, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Casa Nova D'en Borra has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a seperate downstairs toilet.
There is 1 bedroom on the ground floor, 4 on the first floor and 1 on the second floor.
For smaller groups, just shut the door to the downstairs bedroom and/or the stairs door to the second floor bedroom and enjoy the house.
BEDROOM 1 - Sleeps 3, ground floor - Double bed and single bed; en suite shower room.
BEDROOM 2 - Sleeps 2, first floor - Double bed; en suite bathroom - bath with shower.
BEDROOM 3 - Sleeps 2, first floor - Double bed; shared shower room.
BEDROOM 4 - Sleeps 3, first floor - Bunk bed, with double bed on bottom & single bed on top, shared shower room.
BEDROOM 5 - Sleeps 5, first floor - Family suite, with double bed, single bed, small double sofa bed; en suite with bath
and seperate shower.
BEDROOM 6, - Sleeps 4, second floor - Double bed, single bed, single fold down chair bed; en suite shower room.
There are 2 additional fold down single beds and a single blow up mattress - ideal for a children.
Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a shower room. It is between the two rooms with connecting doors.
Bedroom 5 has a dressing area, with curtained doorway & a window. It has a small double sofa bed, ideal for children.
The first floor terrace is accessed from bedroom 4.
Three cots are available - a wooden rigid cot and 2 travelling cots.
There are three hairdryers for your use in the masia.
Chris and Gill have digital scales for weighing suitcases - please ask to borrow them - particularly useful with Ryanair flights.
RESTRICTED MOBILITY / DISABLED / WHEELCHAIR - Casa Nova D'en Borra has one ground floor bedroom en suite with shower, which may suit someone with restricted mobility, or who prefers not to use the stairs. Though there are no specific aids in the bedroom and bathroom, other than a shower stool and shower mat, there is reasonable access and we are happy to discuss any necessary equipment with you. One of our relatives uses a stick and wheelchair and they find the bedroom ideal when they visit.
Each outside door has one step up into the masia; the front door and inner door have double doors; once in the house the ground floor of the masia is all on one level; there is grass and crazy paving in the garden and porch areas and a slight slope from the double iron entry gates to the masia front door.
TODDLER FRIENDLY - Baby and toddler equipment available - 2 high chairs, 1 booster seat with food tray, 2 changing mats, monitor, steriliser, 2 potties, 2 baby baths, hand blender etc - to allow you to travel with minimum luggage. The second floor bedroom, bedroom 6, has a stairgate at the top and a door at the bottom of it's stairs, and a fixed gate at the balcony for safety. There are top and bottom stairgates on the main stairs.
CYCLISTS / GOLFING GROUPS - The masia is available to rent for groups of cyclists or golfers. Whole house rental, self catering, partly catered or fully catered. The La Selva region of Catalunya is ideal cycling country. PGA Catalunya and Girona Golf are within easy distance.
THE MASIA - The sitting room has comfortable sofas, a wood burning stove and windows on three sides; fantastic for lounging after dinner or for children to watch the television out of the heat of the sun. The dining room has extendable tables, fantastic for winter dining.
The large dining kitchen is very well appointed. It has a Smeg double oven with five gas burners, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, toaster, stove top kettle, electric kettle, hand blender, ample crockery, cutlery and glassware, a small filter coffee machine, various stove top coffee pots and cafetieres. The kitchen has a table - perfect for enjoying winter breakfasts with the sun pouring through the window, or for children dining seperatly to the adults.
The utility room houses the washing machine and dryer and is equipped with storage shelving and a laundry sink. The utility is well stocked with dishes, pans etc including large paella pans.
WIFI access is available, or plug directly into the modem. Please bring your laptop, ipad or tablet.
TELEVISION - Spanish and Catalan tv channels. UK Sky Freesat tv channels, including children's channels.
MUSIC - ipod and MP3 portable docking station.
DVD player, and some dvds.
WINTER WARMTH - the masia has central heating and a wood burning stove.
SUMMER HEAT - the masia has great thick walls to keep out the heat ( or to keep it in in winter ), shuttered windows, blinds, tiled and wooden floors with ceiling fans and/or floor fans in all bedrooms including the hall. The masia does remain cool in the summer - walk into the hall and feel the cool air - and we recommend that you shut all shutters to the front of the masia and the front door during daylight hours - it really does make a difference and keeps the masia superbly cool. Open shutters and windows at night to let the cooler evening air in. Use the side porch door for easy access from the masia and kitchen to the porch.
UTILITIES - There is constant hot water. Electricity, gasoil and gas bottles are included in the rental price. There is wood for the stove and bbq - and guests are welcome to collect additional cones and fallen branches from our wood for the bbq.
|Further details outdoors|
The masia garden is walled to the front and fenced at the back with gates; a very private and secure area. The garden is lit by lights at night, and has ample cascading plants, trees, herbs, palms and shrubs. The area is a mix of grass and crazy paving. When in season, you can pick strawberries; early summer is the best time to pick mint for your mojito; sage, rosemary and thyme grow in abundance and Chris is delighted to supply you with fresh tomatoes, courgettes and other fabulous vegetables from his garden as they come into season.
The roofed porch faces south out to the pool and the hazelnut grove, and to the west and the sunset. There is a large traditional bbq, extendable wooden tables with ceiling fan above, a fridge, sink, dining chairs, sun loungers, easy chairs and parasols. Porch lights or enjoy dusky evenings by candlelight. There is a side door from the roofed porch área directly into the masia.
Outwith the walled masia garden there are great areas to play and to explore, or just to get away for a quiet moment or two - walk through the small fruit orchard, hazelnut grove, cork wood.
A selection of bats, balls, toys, games, books etc are available - and any pool accessories left by other guests. There are currently four bicycles available for your use. We also have a set of boules and a set of golf clubs if you wish to play one of the many golf courses in the area - please do ask.
There is a full information pack in the house regarding the masia and it's workings, activities in the area, festivals and markets, maps and guide books. We supply maps with local supermarket and shop information, where they are, opening times and what there is. There are also maps of our local restaurants and bars with a book of menus, prices and location "tried and tested", and we welcome your input and discoveries whilst visiting.
COST OF LVING -.
Some key elements here are much cheaper allowing you to get away, to enjoy the area without breaking the bank - a really good bottle of wine for 3 to 5 euros, or great quaffing wine from the bodega at 95 cents per litre. Vegetables, particularly from the local shops are great value, we have an organic shop locally, and we have a good choice of fish and meat at good prices. Foods here tend to be seasonal, people buy on a daily basis and there is a good choice of small shops, markets and larger supermarkets.
EATING OUT -
You can dine here as cheaply or as expensively as you wish, a simple sandwich to a celebratory meal, with many well known and recommended restaurants. Popular tourist areas can be more expensive, but eating locally is enjoyable and great value. Girona has a great choice of restaurants for all budgets and palates - El Celler de Can Roca, Casa Marieta, Txalaka Tapas restaurant, Italien restaurants, Creperies, cafes, sushi, fabulous pastry and ice cream shops.
Try a traditional lunchtime "Menu Diari" (Menu del Dia) - three courses with wine and water for 9 to 12 euros per person.
We enjoyed a menu diari with friends the other day. Three courses, wine and water were included in the 11 euro per person price. Coffees were extra. Total bill for 5 people - 60 euros. Well fed, delicious, busy restaurant - 2 minutes from the masia.
It is possible to eat well when out and about as a vegetarian in Catalonia. Barcelona has a large choice of vegetarian restaurants. We find that our local restaurants tend to be very helpful and starters can be turned into main courses, or meat left out of some of the dishes, though meat is a intrical part of many traditional fayre. Dishes include spinach cannelloni, some bean dishes, various salads, grilled asparagus, grilled vegetable platters, gazpacho, tortilla, Arros Cubana, ( rice, tomato sauce, poached or fried egg), coca ( Catalan pizza ), a traditional ratatouille, and various seasonal specialities. Tapas is a great source of vegetarian options and most bars and cafes serve a good selection of sandwiches at any time of day.
Restaurants are very children friendly and welcoming.
Dogs are usually welcome on outside terraces, and sometimes inside.
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
A fantastic destination with something for everybody - for those that wish to travel and to explore, to discover the world of Salvador Dali, the charm of Girona, cosmopolitan buzz of Barcelona, medieval villages, culture, water parks, karting, pitch and putt, golf, local cuisine, open beaches, craggy coves or just to relax at the masia. Our location allows you to take a day trip, to experience Catalunya, and to return to the masia to enjoy a delicious barbecue.
Catalonia is a region of varied landscape - the rugged Costa Brava coast, hilltop towns, Pyrenees in the distance, volcanic Garrotxa, flat open verdant plains, undulating green landscape dotted with fruit trees, sunflowers, delightful villages. A fabulous region to visit.
Girona Province enjoys all the seasons, yet has a climate which makes it ideal as an all year round destination.
Some people call it "the sunny side of the Pyrenees" and we certainly have many many days of sunshine from summer through winter.
Please see our blog for more information and a temperature guide as we have experienced it - www.casanovagirona.blogspot.com "A handful of Hazelnuts".
SPRING - a time of fruit blossom and poppies, sun and warmth.
SUMMER - Fabulous summer heat, but not the intense, prolonged heat of the south and interior; a dry heat away from the coast.
AUTUMN - September brings fresher air, but still ideal for sunbathing and enjoying the pool. In October, nights do start to become chillier and usually in mid October shorts are discarded at night for long trousers and socks.
WINTER - In general mild, sunny days and blue, blue skies - real feel-good weather. Nights are chilly, and we have occasional beautiful frosty mornings, which warm up quickly in the sun. We experience a greater variation in winter temperatures from chilly nights, as low as minus 3 to sunny 12 to 18 degrees during the day. The sun really does make the difference. So, big jumpers at night and t-shirts during the day.
As with any country in the world, Catalunya can experience changeable weather, occasional cloudy days and some rain, but these grey days don't last, rain tends to fall in a fairly short downpour, and the province has, in general, superb weather with lots of sunshine, without the extreme heat or cold of the south and interior, nor the rain of the northern side of the Pyrenees.
The pool can easily be used from April through October. It is south facing, soaks up the sun all day and is sheltered by the garden wall. Covered in the winter, so you can take a dip if you wish !
Casa Nova D'en Borra is situated in the La Selva region of Girona Province, to the south of Girona and is superbly located for guests to enjoy all aspects of the province.
A SELECTION OF ANNUAL DATES AND ACTIVITIES -
Wednesday, 5th January - The Three Kings Parade.
February 2012 - Jueves Lardero - Fatty Thursday. Carnaval starts, ending on Ash Wednesday.
Easter Friday - Manaies procession, Girona - www.manaies.girona.com
23rd April - Diada de Sant Jordi - St. George's Day. "Book and Rose" day.
May - "Temps de Flor" - Girona's annual flower festival. www.gironatempsdeflor.net
May - Espana F1 Grand Priz - Circuit de Catalunya, Montmelo. www.formula1.com. 40 minutes south of the masia.
June - Corpus Christi. Famous flower carpets of Tossa de Mar and Sitges.
23rd June - Nit de Sant Joan - summer solstice festivals.
July / August - Cap Roig Garden summer concerts - www.caproig.cat
Summer - various markets, festivals, habaneras concerts etc.
September - Alt Emporda Wine Show, Figueras.
September - Troubadours & Medieval Festival. Castello d'Empuries. www.castellodempuries.net
September - Pirates & Corsairs Festival, L'Estartit. www.visitestartit.com
October - Girona Jazz Festival.
Late October - Annual Sant Narcis Fairs, Festival & Markets to the 1st November. Girona's Patron Saint. www.girona.cat
29th October - Habaneras Recital - traditional sea chanties, Cathedral Steps, Girona. 20.00h.
November - Ratafia Fair, Santa Coloma de Farners. www.scolomafarners.org
November - Firatast, Girona. Tasting Fair. ww.incatis.cat
From the 30th November to the 5th January - Christmas markets, festivals, ice ring, Girona. www.ajuntament.gi
December - various markets, fairs etc - www.olot.org www.infotossa.com www.forallac.com www.besalu.cat
December - Christmas Race / Regatta, Palamos. www.christmasrace.org
From 19th December to 9th January - various "living nativity scenes", including Brunyola village.
Information regarding activities, restaurants, local information, festivals and markets will be provided in the masia, but please find enclosed below some websites, correct at time of writing -
Golf - www.en.costabrava.org. www.barcelonagolf.com www.catalunya.org.uk
- Nearest golf course - PGA Catalunya, Caldes de Malavella. www.pgacatalunya.com
- Pitch & Putt, Franciac - www.golffranciac.com
Ski Resorts - www.pyreneesguide.com
- La Molina is 2 hours from the masia, 125 km. www.lamolina.cat
- Vallter 2000 - Setcases, Ripolles. www.vallter2000.com
- Vall de Nuria - Querallos, Rilpolles. www.valldenuria.cat
- Massella - Alp, Cerdanya. www.massella.com
- Guils Fontanera - Guils de Cerdanya. www.guils.com
Formula 1 - www.formula1.com Circuit de Catalunya is approx 45 minutes away. www.circuitcat.com
Tour de France - www.letour.fr - Girona was a stage town on the 9th July 2009.
Walking / Horse Riding / Cycling / Mountain biking - www.viasverdes.com www.cicloturisme.com
Adventure Parks - www.fangaventura.com www.selvaaventura.com
Boat trips - www.en.costabrava.org
Water Parks - Water World, Lloret de Mar. www.waterworld.es ( Approx 30 mins from masia ).
- Aquadiver, Platja d'Aro. www.aquadiver.com ( Approx 30 mins from masia ).
- Aqua Brava, Roses. www.aquabrava.com
Marine Land, Palafolls - www.marineland.es
Banyoles Lake - 38 km from masia - www.banyoles.cat
Karting - Multipistes, Circuit de Sils. www.multipistes.com
Spa -Thermal Leisure Spa - Santa Coloma de Farners, 10 minutes from masia - www.magma-cat.com
GIRONA AND SURROUNDINGS -
- www.ajuntament.gi www.pedresdegirona.gi www.girona.cat www.en.costabrava.org
La Selva - La Selva Tourism - www. selvaturisme.com www.turismerural-laselva.com
Brunyola - www.brunyola.cat
Santa Coloma de Farners - www.scolomafarners.org
Monday - Santa Coloma de Farners. Morning to 13.30. Ten to fifteen minutes south of the masia.
Tuesday - Girona - La Devesa. Morning. www.girona.cat
- Vic. Morning to 14.00. 40 minute drive to the west of the masia.
Wednesday - Banyoles.
Thursday - Figueras.
Friday - Blanes.
Saturday - Santa Coloma de Farners. Morning.
- Girona - La Devesa. Morning.
- C/ Jaume Pons Marti, Crafts & Collectibles - 1st & 2nd Saturday of the month.
- Rambla Llibertat, Flowers. Morning.
- Rambla L'Argentoria, 1st Saturday of the month.
- Figueras - Antiques and Bric-a-Brac - 3rd Saturday of the month.
Sunday - Girona - Placa Catalunya, 09.00 to 13.00. Collectibles.
FESTIVALS AND FAIRS -
- www.ajuntament.gi www.fiestas.net www.firesifestes.com www.baixemporda-costabrava.org
MUSEUMS, CULTURAL, GARDENS ETC -
Museums - www.giromus.cat
Car Museum - Sils. www.museuautomobilsclaret.com
Salvador Dali - www.salvador-dali.org
Botanic Garden - www.jbotanicmarimurtra.org
Mona Primate Sanctuary - www.fundacionmona.org
Concerts - www.festival.caproig.cat www.ajpalafrugell.org www.auditorigirona.org
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23 Jun 2013
Just returned from a 7 night stay at this wonderful masia. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We travelled as four couples with six kids - 3 toddlers at 10 months old, a 3 year old, 4 year o… More
21 Sep 2011
"Chilling in Catalonia"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Case Nova D'en Borra. The house is well located - easy access to Girona airport but set in attractive wooded countryside. The house itself has been carefully renovated and the attention to detail was noted; it was very comfortable and felt like home (if only we had the space!). There are lots of things to do nearby - the coast, interesting pottery shops, lots of walking or Girona/Barcelona, or you can chill on the terrace. This is an excellent base for a holiday with family or a group of friends and the owners are very friendly and are nearby if required. We have recommended a great holiday destination to many friends since returning and hope to go before too long! J&R, UK
19 Sep 2011
"We had a wonderful holiday in a lovely tranquil location with lots to see and do"
After a warm welcome from the owners Gill and Chris we were shown to our lovely bedrooms in the spacious and beautiful Masia that is in a wonderful tranquil location close to Girona airport. We spent the first few days relaxing by the pool, walking and cycling in the surrounding woodlands and hazel groves. We had several evening meals that were magnificent, cooked by Chris using the best of local produce some produced in his own garden. Gill and Chris were very helpful and provided excellent recommendations on places to visit which all added to our superb holiday experience. The house and surrounding gardens are very spacious so next time we will be bringing some friends. This is definitely somewhere to stay if you are looking for some peace and quiet in beautiful countryside.
15 Sep 2011
"Top Quality with Character"
Our extended family of 10 have just spent a most enjoyable week as the guests of Gill and Chris at the Casa D'en Borra. We cannot speak too highly of the warm, friendly welcome they extended when… More
25 Jul 2011
"excellent huge peaceful bolt hole in north spain"
we went with friends. great welcome from the owners. huge masia with plenty of space. the cycle tracks nearby provided miles of exercise. the pool was clean and well cared for. the site is isolated … More
16 Jul 2011
"A perfect weekend"
We stayed for a weekend in January to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was a surprise my husband organised and I knew nothing about it until we arrived. Over the course of the Friday night more and more… More
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