Mas Gras

Costa Brava

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  • Ground floor: Vaulted entrance hall. Dining room (fireplace). Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Utility room (washing machine). Wine store. Twin bedroom with en suite bathroom. Central heating throughout the house.
  • First floor: Landing. Shower room. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Landing/living room (WiFi, fireplace). Living room (TV,DVD, telephone) with door to terrace. Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (half bath) and sofa bed. Double bedroom with en suite shower room and doors to outer terrace. Single bedroom with en suite shower room. Library (fireplace,TV, sofa bed) with a door to terrace and spiral wooden staircase to twin bedroom with en suite shower room
  • Outside: Summer room (A/C) off front terrace. Twin changing rooms (fridge, shower, basin, WC). Barbecue. Table tennis. Open and covered terraces. Extensive mature grounds. Private woodland. Pond. Covered private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (20m x 10m).

This classic stone built 'masía', dating from 1801 is a real gem. Sitting proudly in over 70 acres of immaculately kept grounds, just outside the medieval village of Cruïlles, and a country home to several generations of the same Catalan family, it has been lovingly preserved and maintained through the years.

Great care has been taken to retain vaulted ceilings, open fireplaces, ancient beams and original stone floors, to name but a handful of the distinctive features. Fine antique furnishings span several eras including pieces from the French empire and gothic époques. Large rooms offer ample space and there is a seemingly endless choice of quiet corners and shaded terraces to seek out with a drink and a good book. The summer living room, with its air conditioning and plate glass windows, looks out across the shaded front courtyard, providing an ideal spot in which to relax after an al fresco dinner under the trees.

A huge swimming pool awaits you. On a raised hidden section of garden behind mature olive and mimosa trees you have the added convenience of two changing rooms and even an additional fridge for cooling poolside drinks!

In addition to the manicured lawns, mature trees and shrubs that grace the surrounding gardens, there are extensive woodlands providing dappled shade for cool walks and extensive views across hillsides of holm oaks to the rolling landscape of Les Gavarres.

Cruïlles itself is one of several beautifully restored medieval villages which also include nearby Monells, Peratallada, Palau Sator and Pals. La Bisbal, the local market town, just 5km away, offers excellent shopping facilities and several reputable restaurants. As the centre of the ceramics industry, La Bisbal's main street is a long line of interesting shops displaying a unique range of brightly coloured pottery.

A 30 minute drive brings you to the idyllic horseshoe cove bays of Tamariu and Aigua Blava. Here a dramatic rocky landscape slopes gently down into crystal clear waters. Just alongside, Llafranc and Calella de Palafrugell have further sandy beaches backed by promenades lined with renowned restaurants. The nearby, dune-backed Platja de Pals stretches for miles towards the marshlands at the estuary of the River Ter and offers excellent facilities for windsurfing, wake boarding and sailing.

  • The housekeepers live in adjacent quarters with their own independent entrance. They do not use any of the house facilities.

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Great Things to Do Near Mas Gras

Drive around visiting the neighbouring ancient stone villages

that make up what is 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

Visit the colourful Friday market in La Bisbal

and afterwards check out the numerous antique shops. La Bisbal is the centre of the ceramics industry in Catalunya and there are numerous shops selling a dazzling array of brighly coloured wares.

Take a stroll beneath the archways Voltes

situated along the main high street of La Bisbal and visit the renowned cake shop Sans and buy one of its famous deliciousBisbalenccakes.

Visit the wine cellar of Mas Oller

(on the outskirts of Torrent) for a wine tasting. Take your purchases back and sit in the shade of the tree in the courtyard and enjoy a glass of chilled white!

Climb up to the medieval castle of Montgri

(just outside Torroella de Montgri) and enjoy the spectacular views that stretch from the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees. For lunch go up to L'Escala and try fresh anchovies - they are a local speciality.

Visit the pre-roman Iberian settlement of Ullastret

and see how life was 2,500 years ago.

Drive down to the coast and enjoy lunch

in one of the many fine seafront fish restaurants to be found in unspoilt fishing villages such as Tamariu, Sa Riera and Sa Tuna or have a special meal at the famous Hotel Aiguablava.

Take one of the cycle tours around the countryside of La Bisbal,

especially along the banks of the river Daro.

Learn to windsurf or rent a catamaran at Pals beach.

If you are up for a challenge, have a go at kitesurfing - a new sport where a small kite is attached to a surfboard allowing spectacular pirouettes and high speeds.

Visit the Sunday morning Market at Palafrugell

and soak up the atmosphere with a drink in the main square. Later visit the magnificent wine store of Jordi Grau and enjoy a glass of wine with a tapa

Go horse riding

in the nearby village of Canapost, Cavalls de Forallac - tel: 649 43 14 80, or excursions on horseback from Excursions Torrents: Tel: 62600 27 26.

Visit the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig

(Calella de Palafrugell) and walk amongst all kinds of exotic Mediterranean flora where you get magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig.

Pay a visit to the coastal town of Palamós

and visit the Museum dedicated to fishing at then watch the fishing fleet come in at 5pm when the fish auction commences. Why not round off the evening with a night cruise under the stars on a traditional Latin rigged Catalan fishing boat?

Take the children and spend a day at the Aquadiver water park in Platja d'Aro.

Afterwards go into the town and enjoy an ice cream from one of the Italian ice cream parlours

Visit the Sobrestany Wildlife Park

and drive through and feed the many different animals that include llamas, deer, goats etc.

Play a round of Golf!

There are several excellent courses nearby including Gualta (972 76 04 50), Golf Playa de Pals, (Tel: 972 66 77 39),Golf Serres de Pals (972 63 73 75). www.empordagolf.es.

Visit the Peralada Castle Museum

and see how cava is traditionally made. Sample this or the delicious red or white wines which are equally famous.

Visit the fabulous city of Girona and

take in the Jewish Quarter, the Arab baths, the cathedral and the museums. Recharge your batteries in the famous chocolate shop, Cacao Sampaka, C/Santa Clara, 45 and sample some of their delights and then hit some of the great shops to indulge in retail therapy.

Take the train from Flaça and go to Barcelona

for at least one day. Take the tourist bus around the city and hop on and off at the different sights. This exciting and vibrant city has so much to offer that you might wish to return at least once more!

Relax at the villa

and try your hand at preparing your own tapas by following the local recipes you will find in theFOOD AND DRINK section of your house book.

Nearby

Towns

Cruilles 5 mins
La Bisbal 10 mins
Girona 45 mins
Barcelona 105 mins

Beaches

El Castell 30 mins
Platja de Tamariu 30 mins
Platja de Pals 30 mins
Platja Llafranc 30 mins

Airports

Girona 45 mins
Barcelona 105 mins
Times are approximate

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