Villa Marta

Costa Brava

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance hall. Shower room. Open plan living/dining room (fireplace, TV, DVD, ceiling fan). Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave, fireplace). Utility room (washing machine). Walk-in pantry. Ironing room.
  • First floor: Master double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom. All bedrooms have doors leading to shared covered terrace.
  • Outside: Established two tiered garden with lawned area on lower level. Large partially covered dining terrace with steps down to pool area. Large covered terrace on first floor. Private parking for three cars. Poolside sun room on lower level comprising sitting room (CD), shower room and WC. Outdoor shower. Barbecue.  Table tennis.
  • Private swimming pool with Roman steps (15m x 4m)

Oozing charm and character, this wonderful Renaissance-style villa enjoys a unique and privileged location in Aigua Blava, one of the most unspoilt, scenic and exclusive enclaves along this dramatic coastline. Situated just a 10 minute walk from the tiny harbour of Fornells and the virgin beach of Platja Fonda, Villa Marta is set in very private, manicured grounds with palm trees, soaring cypress trees and beds of scented lavender.  Shading the poolside pergola a magnificent bougainvillea, bursting with colour, cascades down from the ceramic balustrades adding the final touch to what is a truly classical Mediterranean garden.

This stunningly picturesque stretch of coastline is renowned for the individuality and exclusivity of its properties and Villa Marta is a fine example that will not fail to impress. Its exquisite interior exudes quality and elegance through a pleasing mix of antiques, hand painted furniture, subtle pastel shades and carefully chosen paintings.  A sweeping staircase leads the way to a landing with a dainty minstrel gallery from which the bedrooms are accessed. Furnished and decorated with the same impeccable taste that features throughout the rest of the house, each room opens onto a beamed covered terrace that runs the length of the house and offers magnificent vistas across the bay to the sandy cove beyond.

Downstairs, a series of arched patio doors allow light to flood into the warm and inviting living/dining area from where guests can absorb uninterrupted views of the vivid turquoise waters of the sea below. They also provide access to the outdoor terrace that flanks the property's impressive 15m pool, alongside which a spacious sunroom comes complete with armchairs, sofa and CD player and is the perfect spot to relax with a favourite book or simply pause and appreciate the lovely surroundings.

It is Villa Marta's close proximity to such a pretty coastline that makes its location so stunning. At the bottom of the garden, amidst lush shrubbery, a small wrought iron gate opens out onto a secluded lane from where a walk of just 10 minutes reveals the unspoilt beach of Platja Fonda in one direction and in the other, the charming harbour of Fornells, a short distance behind which three smart restaurants can be found within the graceful surroundings of the Aigua Blava hotel. The adjacent coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats are perfect for snorkelling.

With beaches and rocky inlets so close to hand and a choice of excellent restaurants just a few minutes away, you may feel no need to venture further. However, a drive of just 5 minutes takes you to Begur, a charming bustling town crowned with an impressive hilltop castle, whilst Aigua Blava beach is just 1.5km away and is the ideal place to relax at the waters edge whilst enjoying grilled fresh fish accompanied with a glass of chilled white wine.

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Great Things to Do Near Villa Marta

Position your sun bed under the pretty bougainvillea-clad pergola,

a glass of chilled Castell Perelada white wine to hand and gaze out over the sparkling Mediterranean at the views down the coast as far as the eye can see. The ever changing seacape will hold your fascination for many a long hour.

Swimming enthusiasts will delight in the 15 metre pool

which beckons invitingly and is ideal for working up an appetite for an al fresco breakfast on the terrace whilst watching the sailing boats and power cruisers heading out to sea from their moorings in the bay below.

The early birds might enjoy

opening the shutters and sitting in bed and watching the sun rise slowly and majestically over the sea at the start of another hot day. As the sun rises in the sky the Mediterranean starts to sparkle as the shades of blue deepen as the day unfolds.

As you wander around Begur

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.

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.'

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.

The experience of the so called 'Dalinian Triangle'

for lovers of art and culture is a 'must'. The three parts to visit are his home in Cadaqués (pre-booking necessary), the Teatre-Museu in Figueres and the Gala-Dalí Castle in Pubol. This will be a long day excursion but very informative and entertaining!www.salvador-dali.org

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

Take a leisurely stroll

from the bottom of the garden, down the lane and via steps which lead to the beach of Platja Fonda which remains largely undiscovered, apart from those in the know.

For snorkelling enthusiasts

there are excellent opportunities awaiting in the little coves of Malaret and Port de ses Orats which are just downhill from the house. Legend says that Port de ses Orats is the very place from which the coastline was christened with the name The Costa Brava.

The golden sandy beach at Aigua Blava

is a very short drive away. 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.

For that special dinner

to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, try the famous Grill Room at the Hotel Aiguablava. Tel; (00 34) 972 62 45 62.

Drive to nearby 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.

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.

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.

Go karting!

There is an excellent track at nearby Regenços, (Tel: 670 27 41 05).Adults might enjoy a Quad bike experience at The Quad Track, Calonge. (Tel: 626 20 27 28)

Vist the pottery town of La Bisbal

and purchase some handmade ceramics to take back home. Friday is a good day to visit as there is a colourful market - or perhaps explore some of the numerous antique 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!

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.

Explore Begur in the evening...

Enjoy dinner in one of the many fine restaurants in the old quarter and stroll around the many stalls selling jewellery and handicrafts. Sit amongst the locals with a digestif and enjoy the atmosphere.

Nearby

Towns

Begur 5 mins
Palafrugell 10 mins
Girona 60 mins
Barcelona 105 mins

Beaches

Aiguablava 5 mins
Sa Riera 10 mins
Platja de Tamariu 10 mins
Platja Fonda 10 mins
Platja Llafranc 15 mins

Airports

Girona 70 mins
Barcelona 120 mins
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