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Traditional Catalan country estate with 7 cottages, pool, tennis, bbq. Family/pet friendly - Casa Picasso 3 bed cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



Casa Picasso 3 bed cottage

Casa Picasso is a large, light and sunny 3 bedroom cottage. It is spacious inside and out, with a large, private, Mediterranean garden and terrace. Situated at the southern end of a row of five cottages, its open aspect and large dimensions give complete privacy, yet it is near the swimming pool, play area for small children and all facilities.

Special features -the south/west position provides sunshine throughout the day, all year round

The cast iron wood burning stove in the living room, and radiators in the bedrooms and bathroom give a cosy warmth during the winter evenings.

Casa Picasso is popular with families & groups who want to eat/socialise together.

Suitable for pets (by prior arrangement)


Large, fenced, private garden and terrace with outdoor table and six chairs and barbecue.

The mature trees in the garden provide natural shade for barbecues and eating al fresco with friends and family

Lots of space for relaxing in the sun

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About the property

Country house - 2-35 people

Mas Sant Nicolau is a hidden paradise located between the Pyrenees and the sea, with a 12th century church at the gate. Used for weddings, celebrations, family get togethers, yoga retreats, walking and cycling and painting holidays. A family run, traditional Catalan country estate with seven comfortable fully equipped holiday cottages, each with private garden with barbecue, set in extensive Mediterranean grounds with communal swimming pool, table tennis, boules, barbecues, free WiFi, children's play area and large sunny events/activity room and communal kitchen. Ideal for , families and small groups. Sleeps 35, events area for 100 people. Ideal for DIY celebrations, help with events planning, professional services if required.

Mas Sant Nicolau is a hidden paradise surrounded by woods & gentle hills yet with easy access to all local attractions. Sant Nicolau is a tranquil, safe and natural environment in the countryside with extensive facilities. Just 30 minutes from Girona, the Pyrenees and unspoiled coves and beaches. You really can enjoy the mountains and beaches all on the same day! Tranquil, rural location. Set in extensive Mediterranean gardens with a medieval church at the gate. Facilities including swimming pool, tennis court, table tennis, boules, barbecues, children's play area and pets corner.

Popular for weddings, celebrations, workshops, courses and family events, with experienced hosts for help with event planning and management.

Set in just under a hectare (4 acres) of quiet countryside and clear starry night skies, surrounded by woods & gentle hills yet only 15 minutes from major communications and public transport links, Gerona Airport 30 minutes, Barcelona 90 minutes,Perpignan (France) 60 minutes. A tranquil, safe, natural environment. Large indoor and outdoor group space for every kind of event, every season. Easy access and central, 30 minutes west of the unspoilt Costa Brava coastline in the Alt Empordà region - famous for its culture, gastronomy, wines, diverse natural landscapes and superb climate. You really can enjoy mountains and beaches in the same day.

Ideal for a unique, informal country celebration with meeting space for up to 100 people, accommodation for 35 and an excellent selection of local services for catering, music, etc.. Additional accommodation available in local village by arrangement.

Excellent communal facilities: Indoor events room (100m2), outdoor terraces and gardens with sun and shade, separate kitchen for catering, barbecue area, swimming pool, tennis, petanque, table tennis, pets corner, horses. Gentle atmosphere. Knowledgeable, experienced owners with on site help available for planning events, excursions, booking restaurants and activities. Plus the amazing places to visit that aren't in the guide books.

The property consists of a large Catalan masia and outbuildings, part of which is retained by the family and part of which is tastefully converted into 2-4 bedroom apartments and cottages, each with comfortable furnishings, well equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and Mediterranean gardens and terraces for outdoor dining and relaxation. (Four are listed individually on this site as well - see top of this page to view information.) Cottages available to rent individually or in combination. Pets welcome by arrangement. Please ask for our personal recommendations of the property to suit your party size and requirements. And a tailor made quote for your group. As owners who live here too, we take care to ensure that we help you have the best holiday experience and we are discreetly available to help with information and suggestions.

It is ideal for quiet retreats, family gatherings and celebrations. It is also used by artists, musicians and for holistic workshops/holidays.

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Registration Number : ATG 000019

About Us

Helen Weir
Mas Sant Nicolau, Camì d'Espinavessa
17772 Ordis
Tourism Licence, ATG 000019
Generalitat de Catalunya. AopartamentosTuristicos
VAT Reg No

Helen Weir
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Helen Weir

Wooed by the idea of living in paradise, we upped sticks from the UK to settle in the Alt Empordà, famed for its diverse landscapes, natural beauty, proximity between rural villages, the coast and cosmopolitan towns like Figueres, Girona and Barcelona, and of course, incredible sunshine for more than 300 days a year.

With our professional lives being spent in helping people and organisations to realise their potential, and living in old houses that needed a lot of work and care, changing hats has not been so different in the skills we use - but the way we live has definitely been a transformation. Now we help people to share our experience of living the dream, through fantastic, memorable holidays and celebrations in this little corner of paradise in the Costa Brava.

We're often asked, would we go back? The answer - yes - to visit! It's so easy and inexpensive to get here from all over Europe by air, rail and road, that a weekend trip or longer stay is a real option.

What do we miss? - Not the weather, we have all the seasons here, but very little rain or wind, warm and sunny days throughout the year with incredibly balmy evenings from May to October. And a real outdoor life - from water sports, to walking, cycling, skiing and snowboarding.,

Fruit and vegetables , flowers and trees - it's a gardeners' paradise. We do ask family and friends to bring us tea bags and ginger biscuits, and the odd pack of crumpets doesn't go amiss!

Like many people, we didn't realise that Catalonia has its own language, which we now understand very well, though we're still more comfortable speaking spanish. For me, since I grew up in South Wales,. I find it really easy to relate to being in a mixed cultural environment, which enriches our experience of living on the Costa Brava.

Helen Weir purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Helen Weir chose Ordis

Like many things in life, a happy accident. We wanted an old farmhouse on the edge of a small but busy village in a quiet, beautiful, eco friendly location, yet very central and easy to get to. Mas Sant Nicolau is that very special place. Stunning location, the Pyrenees as a backdrop, rolling countryside with woods and fields all around, and the sea just a short drive away. A traditional catalan country house (records go back to the 1800's) which was a working family farm until the early 1990's, with an 11th century romanesque country church at the gate,

The first thing that greets you is the overwhelming sense of calm - maybe from the thick stone walls of the church and house, maybe because of the extensive gardens, and some say because of ancient lay lines. The moment you enter from the small country lane through woods and fields, you leave behind the cosmopolitan world and relax into a gentler way of being.

The outbuildings and part of the main house were sympathetically converted into 7 family sized holiday cottages with private gardens (to sleep up to 35 people) and the surrounding landscape transformed into stunning Mediterranean gardens, with events room, pool and tennis court, and vistas of the surrounding countryside all around.

The transition from working farm to country estate has been achieved through careful planting of the extensive gardens, which are bordered by mature mediterranean pines (a great place for your hammock), palms and Eucalyptus, with fragrant borders filled with lavander, roses, thyme and other sun loving plants with the aim of providing colour, scent, open space and privacy for our guests.

We're in the heart of the countryside, completely tranquil, birdsong all around (nightingales from spring), the faint chimes of the village clock and distant cow bells wafting from across the valley. At night a clear star filled sky (there's no air or light pollution here. And yet, a stone's throw away from Figueres. A dream come true

What makes this cottage unique

Excellent facilities - full size tennis court, large swimming pool (10x5 meters) with fence and gate, children's play area, petanque, badminton, table tennis, 100m2 events room with wonderful views, social areas with barbecues.

Central - just 30 minutes to: the coast with a wide range of beaches, activities and unspoiled coastline to suit every taste, Gerona city and airport the volcanic zone in Garrotxa, wildlife/nature parks at Aiguamolls and Cap de Creus, stylish shopping in Figueres - world famous for the Dalí museum, and near enough to visit Barcelona for the day (high speed train journey 45 minutes).

Helpful and knowledgeable hosts, who are discreetly on hand if needed to help with information, bookings for restaurants and activities.

Free Must Do guide - compiled with recommendations from our guests, so you see at a glance the huge choice and some best kept secrets that are not featured in the guide books.

Pets welcome in selected cottages by prior arrangement - we are careful to ensure that we limit the number of pets at any one time, and our very responsible pet owners ensure that their four legged friends stay away from our communal facilities - there are lost of walks and open space for pets to be exercised from the gate.

Ideal base for mountain biking (BTT centre in the next village, waymarked routes from our gate and free route maps), walking, running, horse riding, birdwatching and wildlife watching (wild boar, deer, native squirrels, badgers and foxes are regular visitors in the surrounding fields and woods).

Favourite wedding/celebration location for people looking to plan their own unique event and ideal for writers, artists (amazing light here), yoga and qigong practitioners to unwind and connect with the environment and their creativity (ask about our short courses).

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Accommodation and facilities for Casa Picasso 3 bed cottagein Ordis in L'Alt Empordà

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor shower is situated at the communal swimming pool
  • Family sized bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • South west facing m with double bed, traditional furniture. The double opening window looks out over the mature private garden towards the swimming pool and communal gardens.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Free Must Do guide - compiled from local knowledge with our guests' recommendations so you can make the most of your holiday right from the start. Day passes to Torremirona Golf, Spa and Fitness Centre (15 minutes) available. Special last minute booking rates - please ask. New Pets Corner for summer 2014. Horses, dogs and cats (well managed) on the property. Help with booking riding lessons and pony trecking at local centres. Mountain bike/hiking routes from the gate. BTT centre in next village, Navata. Selection of visitor guides and tourist information available on site. Local restaurant recommendations and bookings service


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average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews

Perfecte ligging

  • 4 of 5

Wij hadden een goede tijd in mas sant nicolau.

Hele aardige en behulpzame eigenaren. De ligging is perfect om naar de steden Fiqueres, Girona of Barcelona te gaan. Deze laatste twee steden zijn gemakkelijk met de trein te bereiken. Maar ook om naar het strand te gaan of om te wandelen is de ligging goed.

Het terrein zelf is heel aangenaam en groot zodat je iik rustig een dag thuis kunt blijven.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everyone - we are so pleased that you had a great holiday. It was real pleasure to meet you and thank you for caring beautifully for our our holiday home. Helen.
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Perfect Catalonian location. Wonderful Hosts. Excellent holiday all round!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and our 4 children aged between 24 and 8) spent 2 weeks here in Early August 2016. A multitude of beaches to choose from, just 25 minutes from the house. Girona, Barcelona, Figueres, Cadaques, all easily day trip-able. The pyrenees and France also great day trips if you fancy it! And don't miss the Albania river swimming. We had an amazing time. Great meals out and fully equiped kitchens for great meals in as well (or BBQ's if you are so inclined. We were!).

But we also stayed 'home' and hung out at the pool. Played evening tennis and petanque, made lots of friends in the other guests and with Helen and Francis who we loved! The children had a great time feeding the animals. I slept like a baby. It was wonderful. And really good value for money. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cal Fusta, village bar/shop, fresh bread daily
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Torremirona Golf, Spa and Fitness, Navata
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Figueres/Vilafant (high speed train), Figueres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
AP 7, N2, N260
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
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Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
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Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
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Car: recommended

Idyllic, tranquil country location set in the Alt Empordà region of Catalonia, often compared to Tuscany. Favoured by artists and holiday visitors for the pure air, clear skies, Mediterranean sunshine and sea, mountains, lakes and countryside within easy reach. Mas Sant Nicolau is surrounded by nature, yet just 15 minutes from the nearest motorway and high speed train links. Extensive network of walk, cycle routes from the door, Costa Brava coast and selection of beaches and water sports within 30 minutes. Markets and shopping in Figueres and Girona. Inland countryside and the Pyrenees. Lakes, ponds, streams, nature reserves famous for migratory birds within 30 minutes. Ski resort 60 minutes. Rich selection of quality local food and wine, village shops, restaurants and markets. Soak up the atmosphere of old Girona, Figueres with style, famous for the Dalí museums and shopping. medieval monasteries, castles, stunning coastal Greco-Roman ruins near Escala. Fishing villages, rugged sea coves, picturesque canals and bays of Cadaques, Roses and L'Estartit. Take river trips, boats, sea taxis, restaurant boats! Low cost mountain biking and water sports nearby centers offer dives accompanied youth and beginners. parachuting, ballooning, horseback riding, karting, quads within 30 minutes and a series of extreme sports. divers paradise Medes Islands (40 minutes), farther, but are able to do-, Barcelona, ??Port Aventura (Spain Disneyland) Andorra and the ski resort in the Pyrenees. Pop to France for lunch (Le Boulou 25 minutes) or visit famous Carcassonne, Cathar Castles peoples, Perpignan and spas.

Help with custom itineraries, holiday planning, booking of activities and events. Early booking is recommended for perRich in culture and history with medieval cities and villages of Gerona, Barcelonamajor and every activity and landscape just 15 minutes from the AP7 motorway and h. Output 4, south of Figueres. Gerona Airport 30 minutes from Barcelona airport 90 minutes. Off a quiet country lane with easy access. Welcome pack and visitor guide. Own transport adviseable.