Superlative private villa with play gardens in Catalonia mountains

Early Pyrenees, Barcelona, Catalonia Property Ref: CA31
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    8 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
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High standards in accommodation are matched by wonderful play opportunities for children inside and out. Enjoy views across to Montserrat and Montseny from an exciting natural setting of mountains and forests in the early Pyrenees. Barcelona is 1 hr 15 mins. Sleeps 17 plus 2 children.

Booking information for CA31

  • Normal check-in time: 4:30 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • Catalonia tourist tax is not included on the price and must be paid separately on arrival: 50 cents per person per night.

  • A security deposit of 400 euros applies; this sum is deposited in cash on arrival and returned in full on departure, subject to any deductions for breakages or damage.

  • The swimming pool is open all year but not heated; the usual swimming season is mid-June to mid-September.

Changeover day for CA31

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and there may be some flexibility on request at other times.

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Summary

High standards in accommodation are matched by wonderful play opportunities for children inside and out. Enjoy views across to Montserrat and Montseny from an exciting natural setting of mountains and forests in the early Pyrenees. Barcelona is 1 hr 15 mins. Sleeps 17 plus 2 children.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    8 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    8 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 17/19

Enjoyment
Satellite TV in main dining room; Spanish TV in downstairs apartment; DVD projector with USB port for external drives in lounge; WiFi internet; 2 CD/radios; Terrace furniture for dining; Covered, furnished barbecue area (firewood provided); Swimming pool (10 m x 5 m;  0.60 – 1.70 m deep), salt-filtered, with steps, ladder and night lighting; 10 sunloungers; 2 sunshades; Pool terrace & shower.

Self-catering
Main kitchen: 3-ring vitroceramic hob & electric oven; Microwave; Espresso coffee machine & Additional filter and capsule coffee makers; Kettle; Toaster; Juicer; Blender; Sandwich maker; Dishwasher; Large Fagor fridge-freezer.
Ground floor (apartment) kitchen: 3-ring vitroceramic hob; Microwave; Coffee maker; Blender; Dishwasher; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Hairdryer in each bedroom; Cot, highchair & baby bath (on request); Central heating; Open fireplace in main dining room (firewood included); All bedding and towels provided (including pool towels); Safety fencing in garden; Lockable pool gate; Private parking for several cars; Nightlighting.

Notes on Facilities
Bedrooms have curtains and mosquito netting. 
Double beds are 1.50 m x 2 m; Single beds are 0.90 m x 2 m.
Additional outdoor areas below the villa, with more animals for children to visit, is the next project here

Layout

Ground floor
Lobby; children’s play room; self-contained apartment with lounge, kitchen, patio and two bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed, en suite shower room/WC, all very spacious; Bedroom 2: Twin beds, en suite shower room/WC.

First floor
Kitchen; Dining room; Dining terrace; WC; Bedroom 3: Three individual beds, en suite shower room/WC; Bedroom 4: Twin beds in very spacious room, en suite shower room/WC.

Second floor
Lounge; Furnished viewing terrace; Bedroom 5: Twin beds, en suite shower/WC; Bedroom 6: Double bed, en suite shower room/WC & view; Bedroom 7: Double & single beds, en suite shower room/WC; Bedroom 8: Double bed, superior en suite shower room/WC & view.

Exterior
Swimming pool & terrace; Barbecue patio; Games room; Gardens; Football pitch; Volleyball net; Play hut with sand; Swings & slide; Private parking.

Notes on layout
Three of the bedrooms can accommodate three guests, making a total capacity of 19 people.

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Overview

Outstanding self-catering holiday accommodation is what we found at this private estate in rural Catalonia.

Here is quality, spaciousness and intelligent design for a large group of friends of family. Children will love what it has to offer.

The villa is easy of access along good roads leading to a deep seclusion within Barcelona province, where views, walks and motoring are through spectacular mountain scenery, decked out by the pine and oak forests of the rising Pyrenees.

The only downside we pinpointed was slow or indifferent mobile signal. Not that the owners are unhelpful in this respect, but simply that the nature of the remote high mountain terrain and its sparse population mean that phone companies make little effort to reach out to here.

Ten minutes along a winding but easy-to-follow road from Berga, your local town for shopping, restaurants and other facilities, the villa occupies a considerable private estate.

When you draw up at gravel parking for several cars, a vast green lawn rolls out to a football pitch (complete with goals), volleyball, swings with a view, and a fenced Wendy house/playhut.

The wooden perimeter barrier skirting the garden has hurricane fencing so that little ones cannot squeeze through.

Look across the way and you’ll see the two horses and donkey that are your nearest neighbours.

The swimming pool is also fenced and the gate is lockable. The water is salt-filtered: kinder on the eyes than chlorine. Illuminated night swims are also possible.

There are no other houses overlooking the property, just a chapel, a sleepy cemetery, and the rockface rising above Scots pine and oaks.

Sporty guests will be pleased to find, directly behind the roofed barbecue patio (where firewood is supplied), a large independent room set up with a pool table, table tennis and table football. There’s also a badminton and pétanque. Racquets and balls are provided, as is a fridge-freezer to keep cold drinks and barbecue foods.

Other activities in the area are horseriding and paragliding, and a simple local municipal sports facility is often open for tennis and basketball.

It’s a lovely location outside summer months, too. The entire property has rapid central heating and never falls below 15⁰C.When we first visited in late October (enjoying an unusual 25⁰C, even if the pool water was too chilly), leaves in the forests were turning autumnal russet and yellow, and we were sorry we hadn't time to put walking boots on, because there are walks up the mountains from the doorstep.

Now we’ve had a good look around outside, let’s go inside the very impressive CA31:

On the ground floor, a glass-doored lobby branches off to a games room for small children (mini-furniture and a blackboard), or to a complete self-contained flat with a comfy lounge, immaculate stone walls and two bedrooms. 

There’s a kitchen, so even if you’re getting together upstairs at main meal times, you can still make breakfasts here. It leads out to a small patio, which doubles as a clothes-drying space.

The staircases between floors have banisters and gates at the top. It’s very much a children-friendly place, this!

On the first floor, a large, fully equipped kitchen with a black marble prepping surface combines with two dining areas. It may not be the most important feature of a rural holiday villa, but we do murmur approval when doors and drawers open and close smoothly, as they do here. 

Overall, the villa is well-deserving of its luxury label: a splendid example of complete renovation and refurbishment in great taste and style.The indoor dining table is massive: solid oak and stretching most of the length of the beamed room. At the far end, anyone not involved in the kitchen in chilly months can sit and toast their feet at a log fire in the great stone hearth.

The covered outdoor dining terrace also seats 16 people comfortably. It’s invariably the preferred spot for meals, accompanied by views far and wide. Across the plains you can make out the famed mountainous Natural Parks of Montserrat and Montseny, beckoning you to visit at some point during your stay. Two bedrooms lead off. Both bedrooms look out to the football pitch and gardens.

Deep sofas are ranged around the lounge on the second floor, under an arched wood ceiling set with recessed lights. If the WiFi is on go-slow, treat yourselves to a cinematic evening, watching your favourite movie or series on the pull-down wall screen. Four more bedrooms complete the sleeping arrangements.

The villa and its lounge culminate very pleasingly at an intimate furnished terrace, from where the best views are to be had.

The oceans of green lawns and safe play areas make the property a fabulous choice for children whose parents want to relax on holiday, while adults will appreciate the quality and comfort on offer. 

The estate lies within a rugged landscape carved into the mountains, bounded by forests and a broad plain. It’s a healthy environment and a secluded one, but you’re not cut off from “civilization.” Berga is a fairly straightforward 10 km drive and at the entrance to the town are large supermarkets. For specific restaurant recommendations we can advise you before you travel.

In the locality are two very simple country restaurants, which we wouldn’t get too excited about. The cheap set lunches serve fare that locals but not everyone is used to, such as soused pig’s face. One of them sells fresh eggs, honey and salami if you’re low on supplies one day.

The options for exploring on foot and by car, scenic views and activities are simply fantastic. This is Berguedà: go hiking here and you’ll come home with a zip in your step, cleaner lungs and some extraordinary photos.

A drive north brings you to the Pyrenees. Continue (1 hr 30 mins from CA31) and you’ll find yourselves in Andorra. A slightly shorter drive takes you to the stimulating culture and architecture of Barcelona.

Holidays at this destination generally start out with arrival from Barcelona or Girona Airport, both no more than 1 hr 30 mins away by car, or the interesting drive down from France.

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Location

Setting

Bergueda region: wooded hills, mountains and meadows of the early Pyrenees.

Location

Private estate up a short paved road, 10 km from Berga

Simple bar-restaurant 1 km
Buy also eggs, honey
Berga 10 mins
Restaurants, all facilities
La Cerdanya 40 mins
Pyrenees, mountain sports
Puigcerdà 1 hr
French border
Andorra 1 hr 30 mins
Shopping, Pyrennees
airport Nearest Airports
Barcelona (BCN) 1 hr 20 mins
Girona (GRO) 1 hr 30 mins
Reus (REU) 1 hr 45 mins
Perpignan (PGF) 2 hrs 40 mins

Prices

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Sleeps 17 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -19
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 06 Apr 201706/04/2017
€2,840
07 Apr 201707/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€3,140
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 15 Jun 201715/06/2017
€2,980
16 Jun 201716/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
€3,140
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 19 Aug 201719/08/2017
info€3,260
20 Aug 201720/08/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
€3,140
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€2,980
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€2,840
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 08 Jan 201808/01/2018
€3,140
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 17 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -19
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 06 Apr 201706/04/2017
€2,840
07 Apr 201707/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
€3,140
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 15 Jun 201715/06/2017
€2,980
16 Jun 201716/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
€3,140
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 19 Aug 201719/08/2017
info€3,260
20 Aug 201720/08/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
€3,140
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
€2,980
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
€2,840
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 08 Jan 201808/01/2018
€3,140
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 17 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -19
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 06 Apr 201706/04/2017
£2,449
07 Apr 201707/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
£2,708
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 15 Jun 201715/06/2017
£2,570
16 Jun 201716/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
£2,708
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 19 Aug 201719/08/2017
info£2,811
20 Aug 201720/08/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
£2,708
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
£2,570
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
£2,449
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 08 Jan 201808/01/2018
£2,708
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 17 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -19
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 06 Apr 201706/04/2017
$2,639
07 Apr 201707/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
$2,918
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 15 Jun 201715/06/2017
$2,770
16 Jun 201716/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
$2,918
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 19 Aug 201719/08/2017
info$3,030
20 Aug 201720/08/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
$2,918
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
$2,770
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
$2,639
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 08 Jan 201808/01/2018
$2,918
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 17 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -19
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 06 Apr 201706/04/2017
AU$3,725
07 Apr 201707/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
AU$4,119
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 15 Jun 201715/06/2017
AU$3,909
16 Jun 201716/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
AU$4,119
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 19 Aug 201719/08/2017
infoAU$4,276
20 Aug 201720/08/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
AU$4,119
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
AU$3,909
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
AU$3,725
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 08 Jan 201808/01/2018
AU$4,119
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction
Sleeps 17 plus 2 children 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -19
10 Jan 201710/01/2017 06 Apr 201706/04/2017
CAD$5,353
07 Apr 201707/04/2017 21 Apr 201721/04/2017
CAD$5,919
22 Apr 201722/04/2017 15 Jun 201715/06/2017
CAD$5,617
16 Jun 201716/06/2017 14 Jul 201714/07/2017
CAD$5,919
15 Jul 201715/07/2017 19 Aug 201719/08/2017
infoCAD$6,145
20 Aug 201720/08/2017 02 Sep 201702/09/2017
CAD$5,919
03 Sep 201703/09/2017 30 Sep 201730/09/2017
CAD$5,617
01 Oct 201701/10/2017 22 Dec 201722/12/2017
CAD$5,353
23 Dec 201723/12/2017 08 Jan 201808/01/2018
CAD$5,919
Offer legend Special offer: click to view price reduction

Booking information for CA31

  • Normal check-in time: 4:30 pm – 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am.

  • Catalonia tourist tax is not included on the price and must be paid separately on arrival: 50 cents per person per night.

  • A security deposit of 400 euros applies; this sum is deposited in cash on arrival and returned in full on departure, subject to any deductions for breakages or damage.

  • The swimming pool is open all year but not heated; the usual swimming season is mid-June to mid-September.

Changeover day for CA31

  • The changeover day is Saturday during the main summer season and there may be some flexibility on request at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Guido | July | 2016

In a nutshell: we 're all very satisfied about our stay. Comfortable accomodation and friendly service.Very helpful Cristina. We surely will come back. Thanks."

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Karen | July | 2016

Our family stayed here end of July 2016 and we were very impressed by the quality of the villa and the surrounding land. There were 16 of us and it did not feel overcrowded at all. The facilities eg:swimming pool, games room, childrens play areas, football pitch are excellent, the views from the balconies, stunning. The beds are comfortable, bathrooms lovely, and the family areas very spacious. Christina, the owner, was very helpful, she even called taxis for us as our spanish is limited. We received a basket of homegrown vegetables, which were delightful, and a lovely welcome gift as well. The children in the group enjoyed themselves immensely, plenty of things to keep them occupied. Berga is a nice town, and Lidl is only 10 minutes away for groceries etc.Overall, we would definitely recommend this villa, and will definitely be back again!"

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Carrie | June | 2015

Our family had a truly wonderful stay at Cal Macia at the end of June. We found the accomodation to be of an exceptional standard and all the facilities superb. In particular the thoughtful provision for children's amusement were very much appreciated. The hosts were very helpful and attentive and responded very quickly to our queries and requests and the provision of wonderful fresh vegetables from the garden was greatly enjoyed. The temperatures were unusually high during our stay and we needed fans to enable the children to sleep in the upstairs rooms. These were provided but there is no doubt that air conditioning would be desirable as would some fly swats!!! Overall we had a wonderful week and would certainly consider returning. Many thanks , Carrie Jain"

Rustical Update

High temperatures at this Pyrenees spot are unusual and especially at night a light jumper is often needed.

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Emma | August | 2014

This is a fantastic villa in a beautiful location. A party of 13 of us - three families (six adults, seven kids) - stayed there for a week in August and it suited us perfectly. It could easily have fit another family. It is well equipped with everything you could think of, child friendly and safe. The pool is lovely, the outdoor kitchen and games room a great addition and all in all we had a lovely week. The staff who showed us in were friendly and welcoming. We couldn't find anything to fault it, it felt very luxurious. We went for a walk up the hill behind the house a couple of times which took a couple of hours and gave great views. The nearby town is easy to get to for shopping. I would definitely go back to Catalonia and to this villa if I had a large enough party."

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