Charming Villas Rental – Mas Canyelles, Catalonia

Posted August 13, 2014 by in Spain
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Rating

Value
7.0


Location
8.0


Sleep Quality
9.0


Cleanliness
10


Service
8.0


Room
8.0


Total Score
8.3

8.3/ 10

Price: From €3500 to €6500 per week
 
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Pros:

What we like most about this villa is that it’s only a 20-minute walk from the nearest beach, El Crit. Besides El Crit, there are several other secret coves and quiet beaches nearby that are accessible only by foot and absolutely pristine.
 

Cons:

Even though the closest town is just a ten-minute drive away, you'll still need to drive to get to the nearest supermarket.
 
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 second half of our trip brought us close to the coast, where we stayed at the elegant Mas Canyelles. This villa spreads across more than 14 hectares of gardens, pastures, oak and pine forests. It definitely feels very secluded and tucked away from civilization even though the closest town Mont Ras is just a ten-minute drive away (but the drive is not signposted and it brings you through forests, which can be difficult to navigate).

LOCATION

What we like most about this villa is that it’s only a 20-minute walk from the nearest beach, El Crit. The walk is quite a scenic hike that leads you through the thick pine forests and eventually onto the wild and craggy coastline. Besides El Crit, there are several other secret coves and quiet beaches nearby that are accessible only by foot and absolutely pristine. The popular Platja des Castell is also just 30 minutes away by foot and it’s great for families with children. Hikers would love wandering around Mas Canyelles and exploring the many hiking trails in the area.

INTERIOR

The villa itself is just as spectacular with its designer decor and stylish furnishing: antique teak furniture and off-white sofas create a luxurious yet rustic feel that are brightened up with Moroccan kilim rugs, knitted cushion and upholstery. The feature of the ground floor is the spacious sunken living room that centers on a fireplace and is separated from the outdoor space by ceiling-to-floor windows.

The kitchen is also outstanding in design, featuring rustic wine-cellar-style ceiling and lots of cooking and area (although the oven wasn’t working while we were there), making for lots of fun dining opportunities. Considering every single detail gives off an old-world atmosphere, it comes as quite a surprise that the house itself is newly built (the original masia was too badly damaged and beyond repair). With five rooms in the huge villa, there’s more than enough room for 10 people and makes for an excellent family getaway.

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, it’s actually not that expensive to stay in one. If we were traveling with a bigger group of friends, then yes we would definitely go for these villas in future.

The only shortcoming we see is that you’ll need a car to get to the villa 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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Exterior of Mas Canyelles

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A closer look at the stone house

Beach

A cove near Platja de Castell, 30 minutes away by foot

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Sunken living room with beautiful Kilim rug and cushions

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Lounge area for games

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Huge dining area just off the kitchen

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Stairway that leads up to the second floor

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Gorgeous kitchen that resembles a wine cellar

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Living area upstairs

 

 


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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