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Casa Lorca is in the oldest part of Mas Sant Nicolau and was originally a small barn adjoining the main house. It is a sunny, atmospheric rustic cottage with an ample garden and which looks out onto the hermitage and mature Mediterranean gardens of Sant Nicolau. Casa Lorca has an authentic feel with original stone walls, pine beams, terracotta tiles and some period furniture. Outside,
a sunny, fenced garden and terrace, outdoor table, six chairs and barbecue. A mix of sun and natural shade provided by mature trees and climbers for barbecues and eating al fresco with friends and family. Special features. Lorca is comfortably cool in summer and easy to heat in winter with its thick natural stone walls. A cast iron wood burning stove and radiators provide heating for year round use. Casa Miro is popular with guests who want a medium sized, traditional cottage with open views of the hermitage and gardens. The entrance is covered with fragrant purple wisteria in Spring
Mas Sant Nicolau is a hidden paradise located between the Pyrenees and the sea. Tranquil, rural location. A family run, traditional Catalan country house and large grounds with seven comfortable self-contained cottages, events room and outdoor space for groups ( sleeping up to 35 people). 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.
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
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
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).
Wonderful Hosts. Excellent holiday :
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 Albanya river swimming. We had an amazing time. Great meals out and fully equipped 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. Long lazy evenings with a glass of wine in the Garden whilst the children swam and played and generally amused themselves. Bliss! We'll be back!
Had a few issues with insect bites, but probably perfectly normal for the region. I wouldn't let it put me off!
Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed ( we will inform you if there are any changes, so that you know exactly how much your holiday will cost before booking).
Optional towels rental 5eur per person for shower and handtowel, 5 euros per person for beach towel.
Welcome pack service available including local organic fruit and vegetables (please order in advance).
We had a wonderful week staying at Casa Lorca. The farm house is in a beautiful, peaceful location with great facilities (pool, tennis court, barbecue areas, petanque, table tennis and hammocks). Helen and Francis make everyone feel welcome and at home and are able to provide great ideas for days out beyond the beach which our kids loved. We hope to be back next year!