The 50 acre estate runs into the Gavarres National Park through unfallowed meadows providing stunning views and uninterrupted peace.
While we are close to the pretty and very tranquil, medieval village of Sant Marti Vell, the house is surrounded by huge pine trees and you will not be disturbed by a soul.
Our mother planted a delightful garden and with out bias we can honestly say it is definitely the prettiest in the area reflecting her fun, colourful and passionate nature.
Buzzed in by intercom, as you pass through the electric gates, you are welcomed by iconic Cyprus tress lining the driveway up to the houses.
The houses themselves are covered in bright wisteria, climbing vines and sweet honeysuckle. A large palm tree welcomes you to a well kept, large and fertile lawn while lemon, orange, walnut, plum, apple, fig, olive and pomegranate saplings add their fruitiness. There is even a magical wood where fairies leave treasure for well behaved children.
In spring white and pink blossom is in abundance and the surrounding meadows are full of poppies. Roses bloom in the garden through out the summer and the countryside is a blur of yellow sunflowers. In Autumn the surrounding trees are ablaze in stunning orange and reds. Evergreens keep us happy on blue sky, winter days.
Rudolfa the donkey guards over you and is partial to the odd carrot. There is a ping pong table, badminton, boule or just sit back and read a book by the pool. The pool has 10 sun loungers to tan on and you can also recline on benches in the shade.
There are great al fresco eating areas for long leisurely lunches.
An outside barbeque by Casa Nova is next to the shaded dining area that can seat upto 20 and overlooks the pool. La Masia’s open air dining has both barbeque and wood burning oven and is fully shaded in the afternoon for late lunches.
The sunsets are incredible over the national park especially in autumn and winter and you can enjoy both them and the night's star studded skies from the comfort of two upper terraces.
If you leave the back gate and hike throught the National Park, up to the Santuario del Angels, there are panoramic views of both the snow capped Pyrenees and the sparkling waters of the Costa Brava.
Wander the other way and you will walk onto the cobbled stones of charming Sant Marti Vell. A picturesque medieval town that is still residential. A sleepy place with a small produce market on Saturdays once a month, a town hall where you can pick up some info, a pretty church and town square. You dont find many unspoilt historical villages like this. Suddenly for one night of the year at Fiesta time (each village has a summer fiesta) the village comes alive with laughter and dancing.
Both the restaurants that sit on the outside of the village are fantastic and offer amazingly reasonable 3 course lunch menus in the week that include wine and coffees.
It is the the most heavenly situation.