Garrotxa holiday cottage with pool & gardens by the Spanish Pyrenees

Garrotxa, Girona, Catalonia Property Ref: CA26
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    3 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 6
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  • Property Ref: CA26

Rustic décor and privacy in Catalonia's prime natural location. Sleeps 4 to 6.

Booking information for CA26

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

  • We do not consider this property to be suitable for young children as there are drops by the natural pool beside the property and the upper staircase in the cottage is quite steep.

  • There is no extra charge for the Casita annexe.

  • The swimming pool is open May to end of September, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA26

  • The changeover day is Saturday in July and August and flexible at other times.

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Summary

Rustic décor and privacy in Catalonia's prime natural location. Sleeps 4 to 6.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    3 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    3 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 6

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet (not high-powered broadband but OK for normal browsing); TV, DVD; CD/radio; Huge private natural pool (not filtered and unfenced, very deep: 1 m to 4 m); Large shared, filtered swimming pool (10 m x 10 m, sloping from 0 to 1.40 m deep); Barbecue; Bench seating and outdoor table; Sunloungers & garden furniture; Tree shade.

Self-catering
4-ring hob; Oven; Dishwasher; Microwave; Electric coffee maker; Kettle; Toaster; Juicer (manual); Blender; Fridge-freezer.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Oil-fired central heating; Open fire (firewood included); Cot and highchair (on request); All linen provided.

Notes on Facilities
During vegetable seasons, clients are invited to help themselves from the garden produce to make meals.

Layout

Ground floor
Open plan kitchen - dining room - lounge. Steep wooden steps to:

First floor
Bedroom 1: Double bed (1.60 m x 1.90 m) with en suite bathroom/WC (shower over bathtub).

Lower floor
Bedroom 2: Double bed (1.35 m x 1.90 m) with en suite bathroom/WC (walk-in shower, no tub); Direct access to gardens.

Casita annexe (included at no extra charge)
Independent accommodation with Bedroom 3: Double bed & bathroom/WC (shower over bathtub) with wood stove and kitchenette; Furnished, covered porch.

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Overview

We recommend this cottage for being both rustically enchanting and also very well situated in La Garrotxa. If you want to get to know this exceptional area of northern Catalonia near the Pyrenees, and like genuine country décor, this might well be the place for you. 

It also comes with an independent casita, more or less an extra little studio cottage in itself, that gives you a third bedroom at no additional cost.

We liked this old house, full of character (complete with the occasional creaky floorboard), presented in traditional local style. It's ideal for enjoying the many-splendoured options of La Garrotxa from a home base of perfect peace and quiet.

You really feel secluded here by the forest, surrounded by gardens that blend into profuse natural woods of beech and oak. Secluded but not isolated: you have (pretty reliable) WiFi Internet for investigating the area and keeping in touch with home. And the owners' house is in the same estate, although well distanced.

The owners, who are extremely charming and helpful hosts, will leave you to your own complete intimacy or can assist in directing you to La Garrotxa’s attractions. They also invite you to help yourselves to vegetables from the garden for meals in, although there are excellent restaurants nearby if you prefer to eat out (much cheaper than their coastal equivalents, a previous holidaymaker here told us).

Although visitors to this rich, once volcanic region of Girona will invariably want to get out and about and walk the hills, explore down the lanes, or immerse themselves in history, driving around to the medieval villages, heading to Dali’s castle museum in Figueres, or beautiful coastal Cadaqués and the first class beaches at Emporda, the cottage’s location represents a delightful opportunity to relax on lazy days off.

The property is reached down a slightly idyllic driveway which opens to plenty of privacy within large gardens. A wooden bridge crosses a stream. There's a pool of mountain water (for natural swims) and deeply serene hillside all around.

The cottage is built on three floors with two entrances from ground and lower ground levels. There are two spacious double bedrooms and all the facilities you need for rural holiday comfort.

The main entrance leads directly into a lovely rustic kitchen and living quarters: a stone-walled, wood-beamed living and dining room. It accommodates four people very comfortably and extra chairs can be provided to allow everyone to eat together if one or more of you is staying in the casita bedroom.

The living area feels very cosy, the thick original wood floor, decorative prints and soft illumination all elements of the vintage character of the accommodation.

The lower ground floor can be accessed from an internal staircase or its own garden entrance. It comprises a double bedroom converted from a mill room and a state-of-the-art shower room: the stone and wood of one century are juxtaposed with the chrome and electronics of another. The shower wall is one large window onto the forest (totally private, we assure you!). The bedroom floor is of smooth terracotta and there’s a two-seater sofa.

Up a steepish staircase from the living room is another double bedroom, also wood-floored.

The casita – a detached annexe constructed from the same local stone – provides the option of an additional double bedroom and bathroom, at no additional charge. It has a furnished porch looking out onto the garden and its own simple kitchenette.

While the accommodation is very satisfactory, it’s the impressive natural surroundings that dominate here and time spent outdoors. Although it’s difficult to convey in the photographs, this is no leafy suburbia but a terrific area of forest and hills and streams, one of which feeds the alberca pool outside: this is well looked after and has proven to be very popular with guests, although you also have the option to enjoy swims in the filtered, chlorinated swimming pool at the other end of the gardens.

The filtered swimming pool, shared with the owners’ family, won an award for its design. It’s very large, slopes from shallow to deep, and is tastefully integrated into the garden. Bear in mind that it’s situated by the owners' house, 3 mins walk away.

What else is of interest here?

• For eating in, local shops including a top notch butcher’s and there is seasonal garden produce you can pick at the property.
• For meals out, there are restaurants ranging from the highest quality to very good set meal establishments (with children’s meals also).
• The fabulous old villages of Santa Pau (hot air balloon rides available), Sant Joan de les Abadesses; Besalu (town with a medieval centre).
• Olot town (for museums and bicycle hire).
• Hike up to St Michael's Mount.
• Tour and hike the extinct volcanoes of La Garrotxa, now furred with forest.
• Visit the unique beech forest here of Fageda Jorda and follow signposted walks.
• Discover waterfalls and opportunities for wild swimming and the beautiful scenery of the high Pyrenees mountains.
• Excursions further afield will take you to Salvador Dali’s home town of Figueres and the castle museum dedicated to him, or to the splendid beaches of Emporda.

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Location

Setting

In the heart of Girona's Garrotxa region. An area of rich nature with thick forests, well preserved villages and dormant volcanoes.

Location

In gardens by a stream in a private corner of a large estate amidst forest seclusion.

L´Hostalnou de Bianya 3 mins
Supermarket and restaurant
Castellfollit de la Roca 12 mins
Village built on lava flow
Olot 15 mins
All facilities
Fageda d'en Jorda 20 mins
Magic forest by volcanoe
Besalu 25 mins
Medieval town
Santa Pau 25 mins
Medieval village
Camprodón 25 mins
Pyrenees
Roses & Emporda 1 hr
Beaches
airport Nearest Airports
Girona (GRO) 1 hr
Perpignan (PGF) 1 hr 30 mins
Barcelona (BCN) 2 hrs
Reus (REU) 2 hrs 30 mins

Prices

Rustical Travel charges Euros. All prices are fully inclusive, no hidden costs, no surcharges.

Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
€1,280
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,580
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€1,280
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
€1,280
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
€1,580
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€1,280
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
£1,071
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
£1,322
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
£1,071
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
$1,149
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
$1,418
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
$1,149
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
AU$1,634
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
AU$2,017
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
AU$1,634
Sleeps up to 6 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax1 -6
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Jul 201731/07/2017
CAD$2,366
01 Aug 201701/08/2017 31 Aug 201731/08/2017
CAD$2,920
01 Sep 201701/09/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
CAD$2,366

Booking information for CA26

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

  • We do not consider this property to be suitable for young children as there are drops by the natural pool beside the property and the upper staircase in the cottage is quite steep.

  • There is no extra charge for the Casita annexe.

  • The swimming pool is open May to end of September, weather permitting.

  • Pets may be permitted on request. Please ask.

Changeover day for CA26

  • The changeover day is Saturday in July and August and flexible at other times.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Andrew | July | 2015

We had a lovely time at Garrotxa, and were made very welcome by our hosts, who were delightful. A charming summer house, an old water mill, surrounded by wooded hills and with plenty to see. The rooms were tastefully decorated and we were very grateful for the mosquito netting over the windows. We swam in the mill pond every day, which was very in keeping with the property. In a constructive way, I hope, I offer three observations. We were fortunate to be staying at the mill when it was hot, both during the day and at night. Because the master bedroom is immediately beneath the roof, it was roasting hot at night and quite uncomfortable. Our hosts gave us a fan for our last couple of days and that made a significant difference to our comfort. I mentioned the mill pond, which we swam in - well, it would have been useful to have had a pool net to remove leaves etc We didn't mind that much but not everyone will feel the same. Finally, the cook extractor fan and cupboard are so low, it is difficult to stand over the cook when preparing a meal. It's not a big deal, but that's the feedback. We had a lovely time and really appreciated the warmth of our welcome."

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Steve | July | 2015

The accommodation was excellent, everything was as described on your website and we really enjoyed our stay. The area was good and we found lots of interesting things to do. The only feedback which I would offer which might be of benefit to future guests is that it would be helpful to have more information about things to do in the area. Maybe a visitors book where people could leave information about places to eat etc. We discovered a number of good restaurants, went hot air ballooning and found wild swimming within a few miles of the property. Please don't take this feedback as a criticism, just information which we hope will be useful. The service we received from Rustical Travel was efficient, professional and courteous throughout. We would certainly use you again and have already recommended you to a number of friends."

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We send a local guide with things to do and places to visit in the area to clients that rent this property.

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Donna | May | 2015

I had every intention of contacting you with comments on the villa CA26. Our 3 wk. vacation on Spain just came to an end and we absolutely loved this most beautiful villa. I personally wished we stayed longer. The whole family felt very warm and comfortable. Please give our best regards to Anna and Joaquim- very nice people!"

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Chris | June | 2014

Just to say thanks for a great holiday. Anna and Joaquim were helpful and friendly and we were delighted to find that the house was just as beautiful as adverised! The fresh water pool is probably a bit cold for people from Mediterranean countries, but it was fine for us. We loved the house and the area and had a fantastic time."

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Jenny | June | 2014

The property is gorgeously situated and my family (with 2 young daughters 9 and 7 years old) had a spectacular time. It was a perfect vacation. Although quietly situated (and a slight trek out), there are many towns (large and little, including major sites) that are within easy reach by driving. In terms of its position in the country side, the property is divine! It is extremely spacious. The owners are extremely sweet who took great personal care of us. I would recommend this property, without question, for those looking for an off the beaten track holiday."

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Margaret | June | 2014

The property was wonderful and the owners were lovely and extremely helpful."

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Cath | May | 2014

Another lovely trip from Rustical Travel! The property was in a very tranquil and secluded location, yet the owners Ana & Joaquim were only a walk away if we needed anything. The mill and the casita were very traditional but comfortable and the setting and pools were idyllic. My two teenage boys loved it - despite the lack of sun and some rain, it was great to spend so much time outdoors.... We ate out in the evenings and found plenty of local food - beware though that mainly Catalan is spoken in this area, so ordinary Spanish was sometimes not understood! There were no English tourists whatsoever - heaven! My younger son had a particularly good trip, as his dream came true - Joaquim owns an old American military Jeep and he kindly let my husband drive it round the farm with the boys. It made his holiday! I would definitely recommend this property - it was a big shame that the weather was not good for us - I understand that normally at this time of year it is hot and sunny. We would love to return to this area! Thanks for our third trip with Rustical Travel - we are still impressed with you all!"

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Simon | August | 2013

We really enjoyed our stay in the "molina". A great setting for a family holiday, wonderful natural pool, pick your veg and fruit in the garden and lots of interesting excursions from this base into pyrenees, volcanic region, Olot, Banyoles etc. It was a nice change from spending another week at the beach - and the restuarants were superb and less than half cost of costal equivalents. The children enjoyed discovering toads, fish, horses, lizards etc and loved the family dogs."

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