Mas Noguer

Costa Brava

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  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall leading to further hall with doors to covered terrace. Cloakroom. Living room (fireplace) with elevator to first floor double bedroom. Dining room. Sitting room (TV, DVD, WiFi). Traditional country kitchen/breakfast room (dishwasher, oven, microwave, fireplace).
  • First Floor: Landing/library with door to open terrace overlooking pool area. Double bedroom (TV, DVD, CD, i-pod dock) with en suite bathroom and separate shower. Double bedroom with en suite shower room. Double bedroom (elevator to living room). Twin bedroom. Shower room.
  • Outside: Mature lawned grounds. Covered and open terraces. Barbecue. Outhouse (washing machine). Parking.
  • Private fenced swimming pool (11.5m x 6m) with corner Roman steps.

Sitting amidst picturesque countryside on the outskirts of the medieval village of La Pera, just a 250m walk from the local restaurant and shop, this attractive 18th Century residence is a superb example of a lovingly restored Catalan ‘masia’.

Charm and character can be found in abundance within its ancient walls. Exposed timber beams, sloping ceilings, low doorways and battened clay under-roofing are just some of the many traditional features that combine so pleasingly with the welcoming details and creature comforts of what has for many years been a much loved family home.

The one-time manger is now an eye-catching dining room with a glorious vaulted ceiling whilst the kitchen retains a rustic country charm with its traditional open fireplace and original terracotta floor tiles. Outside, shaded dining/ sitting areas, spacious sun terraces and a lush established garden and lawn surround a larger than average private swimming pool which has been thoughtfully fenced to give added peace of mind to parents with younger children.

This beautiful corner of Catalunya is widely recognised for its peace and rural ambience whilst at the same time being temptingly close to the stunning unspoilt coastline. It is easy to see why it has been such a haven for artists since the far-reaching views from Mas Noguer encompass the most scenic of landscapes. Look out across the garden and you will see the picturesque hamlet of Púbol and the 11th Century castle that Salvador Dalí bought and restored in 1969. Now home to a quirky museum, it offers a fascinating insight into the life and times of Dalí and his wife Gala.

An evening stroll along country lanes provides a perfect opportunity to admire the gently rolling pastures of the Baix Empordà. Delightful stone villages such as Rupiá and Madremanya dot the area and share a selection of excellent restaurants that pride themselves on the quality of their local cuisine. Just 10km away is the famous pottery town of La Bisbal whilst the wonderful sandy beaches of Aigua Blava, Tamariu and Llafranc are all within a 25 – 30 minute drive. Just inland, the cobbled stone alleyways, old Jewish quarter and Michelin starred restaurant of historic Girona are well worth a visit.

We mention out of courtesy that the housekeepers live in adjacent quarters accessed via a completely independent entrance.  With the exception of the parking area they do not use any of the facilities of Mas Noguer and your privacy is completely assured.

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Great Things to Do Near Mas Noguer

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.

Take a drive around the villages in this part of the Baix Empordá

which range from unassuming farming villages to the carefully preserved and restored medieval hamlets. Worthy of a visit is Foixá where the magnificent castle of the Counts of Empuriés dominates the skyline. Follow this with an excellent value lunch at Can Quel, which is a favourite of both the local Catalan community and visitors from France, who like to pop over the border to sample the cuisine.

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.

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!

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!

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 your budding Lewis Hamilton’s go-karting!

There is a track on the road GI632 between L’Escala and Torroella de Montgri. Tel: (00 34) 972 77 19 57 or (00 34) 639 76 94 60. Info: kartlescala@kartlescala.com.

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

. Among those on offer are tours of the 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.

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!

Walk amongst all the different exotic Mediterranean flora and fauna

at the Botanical Gardens of Cap Roig, Calella de Palafrugell, where you get magnificent panoramic views of the coastline that stretches from Calella to the cliffs of Cap Roig.

Dalí by night – an evening with a difference

Only possible during the month of August, the Teatre-Museu Dalí opens between 10pm and 1am. The entrance fee includes a glass of cava and, weather permitting, an audiovisual show in one of the inner terraces. After your visit enjoy a nightcap at one of the many outdoor bars and soak up the atmosphere of Figueres, which comes alive at night as the locals congregate to exchange news with each other in the warm summer air.

For the motor sport enthusiasts visit the Circuit de Catalunya,

just off Exit 13 of the AP7. Guided tours are available to include entry to the paddock, the control tower, the podium, for example. www.circuitcat.com. Maybe the ladies could indulge in some retail therapy at the same time at the nearby outlet shopping centre La Roca Village. www.LaRocaVillage.com

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. As a treat, try the Wine Spa at the Hotel Golf Perelada. Tel: (00 34) 972 53 88 30

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 delicious “Bisbalenc” cakes.

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 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.

The Empordá Marshes National Park

is nearby and is the home of many interesting species of plants and animals and a haven for migrating birds. These marshes are all that remain of the old lakes which were drained in the 18th and 19th centuries to make way for crops and cattle. They are situated in the bay of Roses between Castelló and Sant Pere Pescador. Hide in one of the camouflaged cabins and count the numerous species of birds.

Drive across to the majestic bay of Llafranc

and then spend the day relaxing on this gorgeous beach. Perhaps rent a kayak or try snorkelling off the rocks at the side of the bay. Before returning home enjoy a cooling drink on the promenade and do some ‘people watching.’

Explore the local countryside and visit the many 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

Nearby

Towns

La Pera 5 mins
Corça 15 mins
La Bisbal 20 mins
Girona 35 mins

Beaches

Platja Moll Grec 30 mins
Platja de Pals 30 mins
El Castell 40 mins
Platja Llafranc 40 mins

Airports

Girona 35 mins
Barcelona 90 mins
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