Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
A large independent restored farmhouse situated near the owners huge baronial mansion, overlooking the new pool (6x15m) they put in in 2004. Its 6 bedrooms and 3 baths are distributed over two floors and a total of about 160m2. In front of the house is a wide lawn with a barbecue and two outdoor seating areas next to the picturesque remnants of a ruined barn. The lovely unspoiled countryside, the good selection of local restaurants, and the numerous stone villages and Romanesque churches make this valley one of Catalonia's premiere mountain retreats.
The main entrance opens on to a sort of ante room followed by the kitchen, with seating on your left, tucked under the stairway heading the main floor and backed by the huge fireplace. The kitchen is well appointed and has four top burner, oven, double sink, dishwasher, microwave, mixer, toaster, juicer, electric coffee machine as well as the typical Spanish twist top expresso, etc.. and plenty of marble counterspace, and a window looking out over the pool area, but still it isn´t a huge kitchen. I would imagine in the summer months most of the cooking and food-prep will take place outdoors.
Just off the kitchen is a hallway leading to the two downstairs bedrooms separated by a full bathroom. One bedroom (1) with double bed looks out back over the pool, while the other bedroom (2) with two single beds looks out over the front of the house. These two rooms and private bath make for a nice little family wing, very separate from the rest of the rooms upstairs.
The main living quarters upstairs is L-shaped with a bathroom with shower at the top of the staircase (the "L's" corner), and a hallway leading into the larger wing consisting of a very large cental sitting room (45m2) with three good-sized and quite elegant white sofas around a large coffee table, and a separate area with a writing desk, along with the usual TV with DVD player, stereo, and small library. Flanking the living room on the pool-side of the house are two good-sized bedrooms (gives you an idea of how big that living room really is) - and one bedroom (3) has a 150x2m double bed, and the other bedroom (4) has three single beds. In the hallway there is a another bedroom (5) with an antique double bed which has no window to the outdoors, just windows to the hallway itself - not ideal. Like at all the properties I offer there are reading lights on the bedside tables for every bed.
The other shorter wing on the L consists a bathroom at the top of the steps with walk-in shower, and across the hall another bedroom (6) with two single beds. After that, there is a nicely decorated utility room with the washing machine, handwash basin, iron and board, and lots of old kniknacks affixed to the wall. At the very end of this wing is the second bathroom, also with a walk-in glass shower.
This old converted barn is a more solid and spacious house than nearby El Molí, perhaps better suited for those travelling with kids. It is a shame most of the ceiling beams on the second floor are covered by a smooth ceiling, but Ana, the owner, has a marked talent for furnishing, painting, and decoration, and the house is full of color and is tastefully done. In front of the house there is a wide lawn with an outdoor seating area with 16 chairs and two tables, more than enough for outdoor meals, and the brick BBQ is just across from the entrance to the kitchen. There is a covered parking space nearby - where remnants of the threshing floor remain - and the ruins of another barn next door, now used as a tool shed, serves as reminder of this now-inactive farm's seven hundred-year history. The owners occasionally keep farm animals such as horses and cows and chickens, but these are at a safe distance so that you don't get the smells or flies.
The pool has about 8 lounge chairs and plenty of rooms to run around, and pleasant walks in unspoilt countryside may be enjoyed from your doorstep. Oh, and there´s a outbuilding converted into a large playroom with ping pong and some toys for the tots.
All in all, a fine house in a very, very lovely corner of the world. The owners, Ana and Joaquim, live in a huge mansion nearby, and will probably use the pool now and then. But they are both very charming and discreet and educated and well-travelled and ... not to be avoided.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sant Pere Pescador 65 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Girona Aerport in Viloví d'Onyar 72 km, Nearest railway: Ripoll 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||TV, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
The Costa Brava/Catalonia/Barcelona region
La Vall de Bianya is a combination of large and small valleys that form a region bursting with meadows, woodland, brooks and streams. The municipality is made up of several small villages spread about the region, most of which are built around Romanesque churches.
Situated in the Bianya valley, perennial favorite of Barcelonan nature lovers, this areas offers an endless variety of outdoor activities, and the possibility of a great many day trips to lovely towns and monuments of special interest: Beget, Monastery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Ripoll, and the high Pyrenees. The French border at the stunning Coll d'Ares pass, with views of the Pyrenees to the sea, is only 33 km away.
This valley has a lot of stories to tell about its historic past, for one thing the Roman way at Capsacosta, a secondary road that joined up with the Via Augusta, which was the main road to Rome, passes through it. We can also find some fifteen Romanesque churches dotted around the valleys, which enrich the beautiful, idyllic scenery with their valuable, cultural heritage.
La Vall de Bianya is situated within the boundaries of the Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park and is embraced by some of the most beautiful landscape in the county. Moreover, two of its hamlets (La Vall del Bac and Castellar de la Muntanya) form part of the Alta Garrotxa (High Garrotxa), a protected area, even richer in wildlife and endowed with spectacular views.
Oak, Holm Oak and Beech woods are some of the attractions in the valley. Their constant variation in colour becomes a living testimony of the changing seasons. Agriculture is also still an important asset that is well preserved in the valley.
Cultivated land in the valley brims with mainly barley, corn and maize, especially in spring and summer. Livestock grazing in meadows is also a common picturesque sight, as there are quite a few dairy farms dotted around the area.