La Rajoleria

Costa Brava

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Living/dining room (TV, DVD, WiFi, in-built wood burning stove). Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave). Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Shower room. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds of lawns, terraces and approximately 5000m² of private cork forest. Original stone well. Utility room (washing machine). Poolside pergola for outdoor dining. Barbecue. Covered private parking.
  • Private kidney shaped swimming pool (6m x 3m at widest point, all one depth).

In a delightful location that offers the best of both rural and urban, this charming character property offers that winning combination of a rustic setting and close proximity to all amenities, being situated on the outskirts of the thriving market town of Palafrugell.

Dating back to the 18th Century, La Rajoleria is a wonderful example of a superbly executed stone barn conversion and is located just a 10 minute walk from the centre of town and less than 5km from the delightful coastal beauty spots of Llafranc, Calella and Tamariu. Once a centre for the production of handmade terracotta tiles, evidence of its rich heritage can still be seen in the property’s unique design and characteristic features such as the original brick kiln which is preserved beneath a glass floor off the master bedroom.

The sensitive restoration has respected the charm of the original character whilst ensuring that comfort and convenience is provided throughout. The living/dining room conveniently opens out to a spacious pool area, the south facing aspect of which ensures sunshine throughout the day whilst shade is provided by a long covered pergola.

Due to the vast number of cork oaks that grow in the region, local family run businesses have been supplying the wine industry with cork stoppers for over three centuries. It therefore comes as no surprise that running adjacent to the house is some 5000m² of the property’s own private enclosed cork forest.

The proximity of La Rajoleria to Palafrugell is particularly appealing. A walk of just 500m brings cafés, restaurants and a wide range of shops (not to mention the daily fruit and vegetable market and colourful Sunday market) within easy reach. The town’s main square is a hub of local activity with regular live music and dancing, the perfect spot in which to spend a relaxing, Mediterranean evening dining on one of the many restaurant terraces before strolling home for a nightcap by the pool.

  • The internet connection is delivered by MiFi, which is via a mobile network device.

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Great Things to Do Near La Rajoleria

Horse riding is available at Canapost Cavalls de Forallac

–(tel: 649 43 14 80). Hipica Begur (tel 619 23 60 73) also offer night excursions, carriage rides and for those who do not wish to take to horseback, Kart Cross excursions can be taken from here.

Catch the train and visit Barcelona for the day.

There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city. Take the open topped tour bus and hop on and off at the different sights. After a lunch of delicious tapas save some energy for shopping in the elegant shops.

Take a packed lunch and follow the coastal path

from the beach at Tamariu and heads towards Llafranc. Stop at the hidden cove of La Pedrosa for a swim and a picnic.

Drive a few miles inland

and visit the many ancient stone villages known as the 'Golden Triangle'. Stop for lunch at the Restaurant L'Arc Vell in Peratallada and enjoy a meal in the confines of its peaceful walled courtyard. After lunch visit the fascinating farm museum in the tiny village of Palau Sator.

Take a stroll beneath the arched ‘Voltes’

situated along the front of Port bo beach in Calella de Palafrugell. Enjoy a drink or evening meal at one of the seafront restaurants and watch the twinkling lights of the fishing boats out in the bay and the spectacle of the brightly lit cruise ships gliding silenty across the horizon.

Make the short drive to the well known wine warehouse of Jordi Grau,

where you can browse amongst a mind blowing selection of wines, from the very simplest local wine through to the rarest vintages. There is something here to suit all tastes and pockets. Refresh yourself with a drink and a ‘tapa’ in the bar at the back of the store.

Explore the nearby medieval village of Pals

which can be seen perched on the hillside from miles around. Wander around the old town, El Pedró. One of the main features to see is the magnificent circular Romanesque Tower, the Tower of Hours, which is all that is left of the castle that used to guard the estuary of the river Daro. From the viewpoint you can see the Medes Islands, the Montgrí and Canigó massifs and the Albera mountain ranges.

Visit the nearby sandy cove of Aigua Blava.

The view from the beach across the sparkling blue Mediterranean of the pine covered slopes is a pure delight. Justifiably awarded a coveted Blue Flag, this beach boasts the finest and softest sand in the immediate area. Relax in the restaurant overlooking the bay and enjoy the freshest of grilled fish, accompanied by a glass of chilled white wine.

Play a round of golf!

There are many excellent and renowned golf courses in the area, including Golf Playa de Pals (Tel: 972 66 77 39), Golf Serres de Pals, (972 63 73 75) or Gualta (972 76 04 50), www.empordagolf.es

The protected Marine Reserve of Ses Negres is very close by,

between the bays of Aigua Freda and Sa Riera. From the coastal path there are some ideal spots for fantastic snorkelling.

Visit the wine celler of Mas Oller,

(on the outskirts of Torrent) for a wine tasting. Then pop into the village and visit the Jam Museum on the Plaça Major. Tel: 972 30 47 44.

Scenic greenway between Palamós and Palafrugell

Follow this 6 kilometre stretch of scenic greenway, which is ideal for both walkers and bikers. Mountain bikers will love the many opportunities to deviate into the forest which hugs the spectacular coastline here. Bikes can be hired and delivered to the house, enabling you to take full advantage of this handy location.

Walk into the delightful town of Palafrugell..

and enjoy a drink on the Plaça Major and 'people watch.' This is a popular meeting place and, as it is traffic free, children are able to play while the adults chat and catch up on each other's news.

Drive to the centre of Begur and climb up to the castle

from where there are far reaching views. The most noteworthy are those towards the Medes Islands, long ago a refuge for pirates and smugglers, although today they are famous as a marine nature reserve.

Shop at the Sunday morning market in Palafrugell

and return to the house and prepare some of the delicious tapas, whose recipes are in the house book. Spend a lazy afternoon relaxing in the garden, enjoying a good book and cooling off now and again with a dip in the pool.

Wander around Begur

and take special note of the houses of the 'Indianos', the design of which has been influenced by the young people of Begur who emigrated to the Americas, mainly in search of riches. Those who returned left their stamp on the architecture of the town - one such example overlooks the small car park area near the church.

Explore the nearby Cala del Ruso,

close to Calella de Palafrugell, named after the Russian Colonel Woevowsky, who lived there with his aristocratic English wife, Dorothy Webster. Together they built the Botanical Gardens and small Castle at Cap Roig and used to swim daily at the cala.

Drive up through the pine trees

to the 15th century hermitage and lighthouse of Sant Sebastià which sits above the delightful, majestic bay of Llafranc and enjoy the breathtaking views out across the Mediterranean.

Go for a day trip to Figueres

and visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueresand enjoy the wacky experience, which will appeal to all members of the family. It is a lot of fun and well worth braving the queues! Afterwards, pay a visit to the lesser known Museu del Joguet de Catalunya (toy museum), also in Figueres. Tel: 972 504 585

Visit the fabulous city of Girona for the day

taking in the beautifully restored Jewish Quarter, the Arab Baths, the cathedral, its museums and the many shops. Why not pay a visit to Cacao Sampaka, C/Santa Clara, 45 to indulge in the finest products using chocolate – cakes, drinks, spreads, ice creams to name a few!

Nearby

Towns

Palafrugell 10 mins
Begur 10 mins
Girona 45 mins
Barcelona 105 mins

Beaches

Platja de Tamariu 10 mins
Platja Llafranc 10 mins
El Castell 20 mins

Airports

Girona 60 mins
Barcelona 120 mins
Times are approximate

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