11 Nov
Barcelona in winter

Why December is a great time to visit Barcelona

Barcelona is a bustling, exciting and exotic city to visit all year round, but with twinkling lights hung on the trees and cosy festive chalets and stalls lining the streets, there is something about December and the run-up to Christmas that makes the city that extra bit special! If you’re thinking about visiting Barcelona this December, then you won’t be disappointed – check out the following reasons why the year’s final month is a great time to visit the Catalan capital.


 

22 Jun
Casa Susana

Casa Susana: An impressive family villa, a stone’s throw from the beach of Pals

If you’re looking for spacious accommodation for a large party of holidaymakers that’s close to the beach on the stunning Costa Brava, then look no further than Casa Susana. This recent addition to our Catalan programme of properties boasts six bedrooms and three bathrooms, sleeping up to eight guests in the main house and a further four in a joining annexe.


 


 

16 Feb

A secluded country retreat in Catalunya – Nostra Pau

Nostra Pau is a charming traditional rustic finca located in one of the most expensive and sought-after parts of coastal Spain. Two kilometres of private driveway lead to this secluded country house.

Being amidst pine woods and rolling hills yet a mere 20 minute drive from the Costa Brava with all of its rugged scenery, bustling towns and classy resorts, Nostra Pau provides something for everyone.

This three bedroom stone house is temptingly isolated giving the holidaymaker true peace and tranquillity. The old walls probably have a story or two to tell and the whole of the property has been unpretentiously renovated – the materials used probably as they would have been over a hundred years ago.

Take the floor within the house for example. The tiles are similar to English quarry tiles but with an oblong shape. These tiles are old and antique and it is heartening that the owners have kept them in the house. The beamed ceilings are distinctively authentic, making a refreshing change to the temptation to use the concrete “vigas”. Concrete vegas make roofing much easier and as a consequence are used in most modern Spanish building. They don’t however have the same character as wooden beams.

With the furniture built into the walls and is then upholstered, Nostra Pau’s sitting room is quirky and distinct. The platforms besides the open fire are made from brick and then rendered and painted, another typically Spanish design trait. The kitchen too has units made from brick which are rendered white, all of which adds to the quaintness and appeal of this rustic Costa Bravan abode.

The upper floor of the property is galleried, which always escalates deliberate idiosyncrasy of a house. To be able to look down onto the living room below adds another dimension to the interior vista. There are two bedrooms upstairs, a double and a twin, which has access to an upper outside covered terrace. With views of the pool, framed by lush emerald countryside, the terrace is a spellbinding spot to drink in the views as you sip your morning coffee or evening vino blanco

Meandering in Nostra Pau’s exterior is as mesmerising as musing its interior. With private parking, a barbecue area and a 8m x 4 m swimming pool, all is surrounded by woods of pine, cork and eucalyptus trees, you can smell the fragrance air as you park, swim or wine and dine.

For wining and dining away from this classy Spanish finca, the nearby picturesque village of Romanya is plentiful of restaurants and bars. The livelier town of Colongne is a little further away in the direction of the fishing town of Palamos. There are a many great restaurants in and around Palamos. El Mirador lies above the steps over the road from the large car park on the sea front. The Menu del Dia in El Mirador is great value for money, giving you three courses of quality food with wine for little more than £10 per head. Even cheaper is La Vostra, which lies in a small square just behind the huge seafront apartment blocks, which line Palamos’ promenade.

As mentioned above, a stay at Nostra Pau will provide you with a little of everything – peace and tranquillity in the most stunning of Catalan countryside, great value food, classy fishing villages and plenty of Costa Bravan action if you seek it. For more information on Nostra Pau, click HERE.