Charming Villas Rental – Mas Grevol, Catalonia

Posted August 12, 2014 by in Spain
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Rating

Value
7.0


Location
7.0


Sleep Quality
9.0


Cleanliness
10


Service
9.0


Room
9.0


Total Score
8.5

8.5/ 10

Price: €4500 per week
 
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Pros:

Stunning rural setting and luxurious, comfortable interior with lots of space
 

Cons:

Be prepared for a lot of driving as the villa is a 20-minute drive away from the nearest town
 
Verdict

All in all, renting this villa was an excellent experience and we would definitely do it again. Being able to stay in a private, luxurious place with all the amenities you’d find at home (and even more) definitely made our vacation very comfortable and relaxing. The villas also gave us lots of space and freedom to hang out with our friends, cook, play games and just spend time together.

by Nellie Huang
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On a recent trip to Costa Brava in northeastern Spain, we rented a luxury villa to spend some time with our friends and explore the area. The first villa we stayed at was Mas Grevol, an old farmhouse perched high above the rolling hills of the Emporda. The gorgeous property sprawls across 28 hectares of forest, with vast plains and winelands beneath our feet. There are no other houses in view and no traffic noise in the distance — it almost feels that we’re in deep in the hinterland of Costa Brava, and yet the coast is just a thirty-minute drive away.

INTERIOR

When the owners first chanced upon Mas Grevol, it was simply an abandoned masia that has been reduced to ruins after years of negligence. Within two years, the retired British couple restored it to its original glory, adding a very tasteful and stylish touch to its decor. Behind its traditional Tuscan-style stone exterior is a warm and welcoming interior featuring Mediterranean terracotta tiles, wooden furnishing and arched vaulted ceilings reminiscent of a wine cellar.

The ground floor of the villa is a spacious open-plan room divided up into the living, dining and kitchen areas. French doors and ample windows bring in plenty of natural light to the living area, and open up to the outdoor patio of the house. As foodies who love to cook, the owners created an amazingly well-equipped kitchen with three ovens and more amenities than we know how to handle. The second floor of the villa is divided into four en-suite rooms, two of which are enormous and open up to stunning views of the surrounding greenery. While the house is decked out in rustic design, the owners definitely did not forget to include a few modern gadgets like iPod speakers to cater to new-age travelers like us.

LOCATION

Every morning, we awoke to a stunning view of the verdant green forests in the distance and beautiful lemon trees at our doorstep. Under the sunshine, we had breakfast out on the outdoor patio. It’s one of my favorite spots in the villa , I love watching the birds chirping away above my head, with the smell of red roses and wild basil surrounding us.

In the afternoon, we would head out to explore the nearby towns of Besalu and Figueres (both are around a 15-minute drive away) — there are lots to do in the area, such as hot air ballooning in La Garrotxa volcanic area and canyoning in the Girona region. When we didn’t feel like driving/exploring, we spent our time lounging by the gorgeous pool (that has an even more spectacular view), playing silly water games. Every evening, we cooked up a storm and feasted on home-made food whipped up in the well-equipped kitchen.

CONCLUSION

As budget travelers, we don’t usually choose to stay in villas when we travel on our own; but these villas definitely opened our eyes to new possibilities. Charming Villas usually rent out the villas for €3500-6500 a week; but if there are 10 people sharing the cost, then it’s actually not that expensive to stay in one. If we were traveling in a bigger group of friends, then yes we would definitely go for these villas in future.

The only shortcoming we see in the villa is that you’ll need a car to get here and that you must be used to navigating and driving off-road. We got lost several times and it was rather stressful trying to find our ways to these secluded spots. We would have preferred to stay closer to a town or village but we definitely appreciated the rural location as well. That said, these villas are perfect for those looking for an exclusive, private setting to get away from it all.

All in all, this new form of accommodation was an excellent experience and we would definitely do it again. Being able to stay in a private, luxurious place with all the amenities you’d find at home (and even more) definitely made our vacation very comfortable and relaxing. The villa also gave us lots of space and freedom to hang out with our friends, cook, play games and just spend time together.

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Mas Grevol

Exterior of the villa and swimming pool

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Swimming pool and the view

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Living area on the ground floor

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Our friend Esme working in her temporary outdoor office

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Our breakfast spot

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Sunrise at the villa


About the Author

Nellie Huang

Nellie Huang is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of WildJunket. As a professional travel writer with a special interest in offbeat destinations, she has written for numerous publications including CNN, International Business Times, BBC, Wend, and Lonely Planet. In her quest for adventure, she’s climbed an active volcano in Guatemala, swam with sea lions in the Galapagos, played with lemurs in Madagascar and cruised alongside penguins in Antarctica.

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