About the home
Cuatro Vientos is an exclusive, detached, open plan style, 4 bedroom villa, with private pool and mature gardens of half an acre. The villa is surrounded by a pine and eucalyptus wood in a setting that can only be described as idyllic.
The villa was recently refurbished, yet retains its original layout having been designed for use by either one or two families. The house is based across one level. In the centre is large open plan lounge, dining and well appointed kitchen area. Doors lead from the open plan area left and right to two identical sleeping areas. The doors, one on each side lead to a vestibule with cloakroom space and these in-turn lead to two bedrooms and a bathroom for each side. This layout makes the house ideal for two families to holiday together, yet still retain the sleeping and washing areas as private.
Large Patio doors and panoramic windows in the lounge area open out over the fabulous south east orientated, extremely private gardens of over half an acre, which are an oasis of peace and tranqulity.
This privileged property is situated on a private road running behind the Greek and Roman ruins of Empuires and is only a short walk from some of the Costa Brava´s most beautiful beaches at Empuries. The villa and gardens are orientated to the south east making the villa bright, yet true to it´s name ´Cuatro Vientos' (four winds), there is always a cooling breeze, making the house pleasant during even the hottest of summer weather.
Whether you are looking for a quiet location for a relaxed beach holiday or an action packed adventure, the area of St. Marti d´Empuries and L´Escala really do have so much to offer, from scuba diving to horse riding, sailing lessons to coastal walks, golf to gastronomy or simply relaxing on a sun lounger with a good book!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||St. Marti D´Empuries, 500m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 1.5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 10|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The house is a near mirror image left to right, meaning the bedroom sections left and right are nearly identical. The bedrooms are nearly all identical in size, each contain, a wardrobe and a dressing table. Bedrooms 1 & 3 have side windows plus patio doors overlooking the gardens to the front (bedroom 1 contains a double bed, bedroom 3 contains twin beds). Berdooms 3 and 4 have dual aspect windows and both contain twin beds.
The villa has oil fired central heating, making it a perfect holiday base all year long.
Further details outdoors:
The gardens are approximately 3/4 of an acre in size and are extremely private and not overlooked. There are also three covered terrace areas, two are located to the front of the building. The third is located to the rear and has a 10 seat dining table and is perfect for dining alfresco located next to the terrace is a brick built BBQ and a further fridge for storing cold drinks. Steps lead from the dining terrace up to the ´Roof Solarium' which has views that can only be described as stunning, Eastwards is the village of St Marti and the bay of Roses. To the west is the richly fertile plain ´El Emporda' with its dramatic back drop of the Pyrenees Mountains which are snow topped throughout winter and springtime.
The swimming pool is 14m x 7m and as well as two outdoor shower areas
During peak season Saturday to Saturday arrivals only. Off peak please enquire, weekend and short term breaks charged at minimum 4 nights stay (only available outside July and August).
please note we do not accept bookings from Hen or Stag parties
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
The Catalan coast ´Costa Brava' is well known for its wonderful beaches. Many are pretty little jewels, small and hidden away amongst beautiful rocky coves, while others like the golden sands in the bay of Roses on the north side of L´Escala stretch for mile after golden mile. The ´Costa Brava' runs along the coast of the Catalan region of Girona. The capital, Girona, is a beautiful lively city of approximately 100,000 inhabitants. The city boasts some lovely architecture and has been called the little Venice of Spain with its pretty bridges and painted terraced town houses overlooking the river Onya. The city boasts a lot of history including Arabic baths and a Jewish quarter. A great panoramic view of the city can be gained by walking the top of the ancient defensive surrounding wall.
Culturally, the works of the artist Salvador Dalí are probably best known, and a visit to the museum of his work in Figueres, his home in Cadaques and his wife's castle in Puból are a must. The region has many other museums, festivals and exhibitions that are also well worth a visit.
Although the beaches may take much of the attention, Girona province possesses incredible diversity, friendly people and great food to offer. There are natural parks in the pre-Pyrenees, 40 minutes' drive from the coast, where you can walk to the top of a volcano in less than 30 minutes, or incredibly well preserved medieval towns which still host ´medieval markets' with the vendors dressed in traditional Catalan costume, selling locally produced artisan goods.
The area surrounding L´Escala the Emporda has been described as being like Tuscany; pretty towns with medieval centres built atop of hillocks looking out over a huge fertile plain covered with orchards, olive and lemon groves and vinyards. The Emporda provides a fantastic place for cycling with well marked routes through quiet village where local restaurants and cafes serve ´Cuine Casolana´ or real homemade food.
On the subject of restaurants, don't forget that Catalunya was until recently the area with the most Michelin stars in the world, Girona was home to two of the worlds top 5 restaurants El Bulli which was voted best restaurant in the world 3 times before becoming a centre for Gastronomic excellence and El Celler De Can Roca which is now vying for the top spot. Many people come to the Girona region just to take advantage of the gastronomy but whether Michelin stars are in your budget or not there are fabulous restaurants to suit everyone's pocket.
A visit to Catalunya and the Costa Brava really is recommended and remember with temperatures around 25 degrees Celcius; April, May, June, September and October can be much more pleasant than the hot summer. Even the winter months are generally mild. Spring and Autumn are also a great time for golfers to take advantage of lower season green fees, many at a fraction of the equivalent UK courses fees to incredible venues like the Catalan PGA (40mins drive), Emporda (20mins), Pals beach (25mins), etc.
The L'Escala / St. Marti D'Empuries area
L´Escala is a small fishing town (famous for the best anchovies in the Mediteranian) to the north east of Catalunya on the southern edge of the Bay of Rosas, surrounded by sandy beaches. The Greeks and Romans both created their first settlements on the Spanish peninsula here in L´Escala at Empuries and for that reason the Olympic flame was landed here during the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Casa Quatre Vents is located just behind the site of the Roman Ruins and just a short walk from the medieval village of St. Marti d´Empuries.
Nowadays the area is a place the middle class Catalans would really like to keep as a secret for themselves, but independent holiday makers are starting to discover its charm. St. Marti d´Empuries is truly a wonderful place to stay with countless beautiful family friendly sandy beaches, shallow water and areas of craggy rocks providing lots of interesting places to explore and inlets to snorkel. From Casa Qautre vents you have the option of taking one of two pathways to the beach, each being about a five minute walk.
During your stay you will also find there is a huge amount you can do including watersports for all levels, golf, cycling both on and off road, horse riding along the beach, diving etc, or for those wanting to delve into Catalan culture there are lots of museums and places of interest locally including the Greek and Roman ´Ruins D´Empuries´, the museum of Salt, and not forgetting Salvador Dali´s ´Teatre-Museu' and his house which is now itself a fabulous museum.
How to get there
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L´Escala is easily accessed from all over Europe by Plane, Train and Car. There are 3 airports within 1hr 45mins drive, the nearest being Girona (45mins drive), which is now a key Ryanair hub serving the whole of Europe. Perpignan airport (1hr 15mins drive) also being served by Ryanair and Air France, not forgetting Barcelona airport (1hr 45mins) which is served by most of the large airlines including BA, Easyjet, Iberia, British Midland, Lufthansa, KLM, Air Berlin etc.
The nearest Train station is Flaça (25mins drive) which is situated on the main line between Barcelona and Cervere (the French border) making high speed train travel from Paris, London, Brussels etc. simple.
L´Escala is located 20km from the AP7 motorway (the motorway connecting Barcelona to France) and is well signposted making self-drive very straightforward. Tthe driving time to Calais / Brussels is approximately 13-14hrs. A car is advised for this location; however, however there are a number of very good restaurants and a very good wine merchant within a 5 minute walk from the house. During summer months a tourist road train (carrilet) runs from St Marti D´Empuries to Montgo at the other end of L´Escala (6km).
Activities near L'Escala
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|25 May 13||22 Jun 13||€ 1149||-||-||1 Week|
|22 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||€ 1890||-||-||1 Week|
|6 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||€ 2450||-||-||1 Week|
|31 Aug 13||21 Sep 13||€ 1149||-||-||1 Week|
|21 Sep 13||12 Oct 13||€ 875||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Not included in price: Bed linen & towels - supplementary €10 per person.
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