Mas Mascaró

Costa Brava

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Billiard/sitting room.
  • First floor: Dining room. Kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, open fireplace). Living room (TV, DVD, open fireplace) with doors to covered dining terrace. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Master double bedroom suite with en suite bathroom (also accessed from dining room). Bathroom. Utility area (washing machine).  WiFi.
  • Second floor: Reading/sitting room (accessed via stairs off kitchen).
  • Outside: Walled courtyard. Covered dining terrace. Covered and open terraces. Covered barbecue area. Covered barn (open on one side) with goal posts for indoor football. Grassed fields and woodland. Private parking.
  • Private fenced swimming pool with Roman steps (8m x 4m).

Serene and majestic with oodles of old world charm, this superb medieval manor house stands like an elderly country gentleman amidst soaring walnut trees and grassy meadows. Its tall wooden gates lead the way into a delightful walled courtyard where the original open sided stable has been converted into a spacious covered barbecue area.

Behind this imposing façade lies a fascinating interior. Timber beams, low doorways, arched and vaulted ceilings, stone window seats and a traditional Catalan kitchen with large canopied fireplace are just some of the many ancient and charming features that showcase the different architectural elements that from the late 14th Century through to the Renaissance have bestowed upon this property the charming character it enjoys today.

Occupying the ground floor in what was once the ‘bodega’ is an atmospheric billiard/ sitting room and from the adjacent entrance hall stone steps provide access to an impressive dining room. Exuding grandeur with its solid wood cross beams and long oak dining table, this magnificent hall acts as central hub for the rest of the house with doors leading off it to the bedrooms, kitchen and living rooms.

The interior décor very much reflects the rich heritage of Mas Mascaró with period furniture, original oil paintings and rustic memorabilia creating an enticing, historical ambience to be relished by all who stay within its ancient stone walls.

Appealing and attractive, the outdoor areas are sure to be the focal point of your holiday. As well as the courtyard barbecue area the house also boasts a covered outdoor dining terrace which is conveniently located close to the kitchen and enjoys splendid views across grassland and a wooded copse towards the gated private pool area beyond.

Although tucked away in a truly rural setting surrounded by forests of cork oak, walnut, wild broom and rosemary, a 10 minute drive will take you to the bustling pottery town of La Bisbal (4.5 km) which enjoys all amenities, a colourful Friday market and a selection of excellent restaurants. The wonderful, unspoilt beaches and coves of Llafranc, Tamariu and Aigua Blava are just a 20 minute drive away or alternatively the delightful Platja del Convent beach adjacent to the picturesque village of Sant Marti d'Empúries is a similar distance.

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Great Things to Do Near Mas Mascaró

Enjoy a guided walking tour around some of the sights of the Baix Empordà

Among those on offer are tours of La Bisbal d'Emporda, to include a visit to the Ceramics Museum, tour of the Romanesque monasteries, Besalú or Figueres to include the Dalí Museum. www.nikduserm.com or Nik@nikduserm.com.

Visit the wine cellar 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.

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.

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: 626 00 27 26.

Go for a day trip to Figueres and visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres

and 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

Take a stroll beneath the archways 'Voltes'

along the main high street in La Bisbal. Pop into the renowned cake shop 'Sans' and buy one of its famous delicious 'Bisbalenc' cakes.

Visit the Castle and Museum of Perelada

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

Take a day out and visit Besalú,

which is the provincial capital of the Garrotxa and has some beautifully restored buildings as well as the famous Romanesque bridge, which was built in the 12th Century but restored in 1965.

Take a drive around 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.

Explore the various country beaches along the Bay of Roses,

ranging from small coves, which are ideal for snorkelling, to long stretches of fine sand. Sailing and windsurfing are very popular on the Bay. In fact, the World Windsurfing championships have been held here!

Spend some time exploring the Gala Dalí Castle in the nearby village of Púbol

latterly the home of the painter's wife. On display inside are the paintings and drawings that Salvador Dalí gave to Gala, along with a collection of her haute couture dresses. The garden is decorated with a series of sculptures and elephants! Open daily, from June to September, from 10.00 to 18.00, but closed on Mondays outside of these dates. Tel: (00 34) 972 488 655.

Visit the spectacular Greek and Roman settlement of Empuries.

Enjoy a lunch of fresh anchovies from L'Escala - a local speciality. On the way back, visit the pre-roman Iberian settlement of Ullastret and see how life was 2,500 years ago compared to today's world!

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!

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

especially along the banks of the river Daro. Bikes can be hired from the Tourist office in La Bisbal: C/L'Aigueta, 17. Tel: 972 645 500. They also have information on the local cycle tracks.

Play a round of golf!

Go Quad biking in the village of Gualta or maybe enjoy a round of golf instead. Tel: (00 34) 972 76 04 50. www.empordagolf.es.

Pack a pic-nic and visit Banyoles,

which has the largest natural lake in Catalunya. Here you can swim, fish or go on a boat trip around the lake itself. You can hire rowing boats or book tickets for a boat trip from Bar Aquàrium, Pg Darder s/n, Banyoles. Tel: 972 58 09 23.

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 Pyrénées.

Visit the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig

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

Visit the Anchovy and Salt Museum at L'Escala

The town is famous for salting anchovies and the museum is the ideal place to learn about this industry, which has been practised since the 16th Century to the present day, a heritage which is unique to the Catalan coast. Open daily. Avinguda Lluis Companys, 1, 17130 L'Escala. Tel: (00 34) 972 77 68 15. www.anxova-sal.cat.

Catch the train from nearby Flaça 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.

Nearby

Towns

Corça 5 mins
La Bisbal 10 mins
Girona 40 mins

Beaches

Platja de Pals 30 mins
Platja Llafranc 30 mins
Platja Moll Grec 35 mins
El Castell 35 mins

Airports

Girona 40 mins
Barcelona 120 mins
Times are approximate

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