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Self Catering Apartments on Private Lakeside Estate - Studios 1/3 (1 Bedroom, Sleep 4)



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Darnius, Alt Emporda, Costa Brava - Quiet and Rural, Short Drive to Figueras and Coast

Finca Paraiso is a spacious wooded estate on the border of the Darnius reservoir in the heart of the interior of the Costa Brava. The lake is uncrowded even in August and highly suitable for swimming, fishing and rowing. The surrounding area is excellent for walking, riding and other outdoor sports and the scenery with the backdrop of the Pyrenees, spectacular. Quaint stone built villages dot the surrounding area and the beautiful coves of the Alt Empordà seaside villages are within a 45 minute car drive. The town of Figueres with its Dalí museum, Thursday market and old town pedestrian shopping area is just 20 minutes by car and France is also easily accessible through the main La Jonquera frontier or the less travelled mountain passes. The loudest sound is the wind in the trees.

Details for holiday apartment Studios 1/3 (1 Bedroom, Sleep 4), 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

These are twin bedded studio apartments approximately 30sq.m with fairly spacious shower bathrooms. They include a fully equipped kitchen area containing a sink, ceramic hob, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee machine and kettle. A washing machine is also available in a separate building and the studios have an ironing board and iron. There is a dining area and a sofa bed which converts into a 135cm double bed. There is TV and DVD, central heating, air-conditioning. All linen is provided. The studio apartments are at ground level and open onto a terrace and garden area, provided with garden furniture and sunbeds.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am English, but came to live in Catalonia in 1970, initially in Barcelona, but since we have been retired, we have moved to Finca Paraiso in Darnius in the Alt Empordà, about 150 kms. north of Barcelona.

I live in this beautiful place with my husband, Antonio and our labrador, Molly. We have three children between us and at the moment four grandchildren. We have plenty of visits from them all and from friends, so often have a full house.

We let apartments, here in Finca Paraiso (S5274)*, but also have a flat in Llançà (S16872)*on the Costa Brava, so if you are looking for a combination of beach and countryside, that can easily be arranged.

*Owners Direct reference number

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Catalan

Guestbook comments from the manager

"We very much enjoyed our stay at Finca Paraiso. It is a lovely place to holiday and, indeed, to live in"

"Your place is simply out of this world, but what was even better was your kindness and help whenever we needed it"
Sep 2006
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Magical Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

The studios at Finca Paraiso are perfect with a sofa and comfortable beds They are very well equipped - induction hobs making for easy and quick cooking, air conditioning, mosquito nets, tv (only Spanish) but a dvd player. There is a very short walk to the lake, with wonderful walks as well as swimming and kayaking. We had our two dogs with us and they had an amazing time - this is the original dog heaven and many of the studios had dogs with them and they all played well together in the grounds. Patricia is a warm and excellent host - she made sure we knew the way the the Finca and how to access our studio. She was very informative host and gave us great advice on where to go. Please go to the local butcher - wonderful meat and other produce and great service.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review .... and thank you also for making it so positive. I am really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hopefully, look forward to welcoming you again on another occasion.
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Aptly named!

  • 5 of 5

Finca Paraiso is aptly named - it is in a beautiful, peaceful location. If you like nature, you can enjoy the bird and animal life without having to move from the comfort of the terrace; the lake is literally, at the end of the garden. The studio is well appointed and well maintained with good cooking facilities and the dishwasher was particularly appreciated. It was also helpful to have access to a washing machine. The property is convenient for exploring the mountains and also, for Figueres and the coast by car.

Finally, we could not have received a warmer welcome from the owner Patricia, who made us feel relaxed and very much at home - we hope we get the opportunity to return in the not too distant future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for posting this review. It is good to know that you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to meet you. I do hope we will be able to welcome you again to Finca Paraiso in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

La finca y el entorno preciosos y muy tranquilos.

Patricia, la propietaria afable, discreta, atenta... un abrazo muy fuerte Patricia!

El trato a los huéspedes perrunos, un 10: armonía, tranquilidad, convivencia combinadas con libertad ... y cerca, agua, mucha agua, sin molestar a nadie. Los que estáis enamorados de vuestra mascota sabréis lo que significa...

Las instalaciones del apartamento muy correctas.

Y al menos en nuestra estancia, el resto de huéspedes, humanos ;·)), también geniales.

Deseando volver!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

In my opinion, this is one of the most privileged spots to live in Europe. The climate is ideal, the scenery, stunning and we are very close to the beautiful, and reasonably unspoiled beaches of the Northern Costa Brava which are situated within a National Park. The French frontier is a stone's throw away as is the town of Figueres with its weekly market, shops, theatre and cinemas. We are surrounded by charming stone built villages with local fiestas, particularly in the summer. The musical festival of Perelada in the summer attracts the very best artists. We are both retired and I couldn't think of a more wonderful place to live. We are truly lucky.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Gerona at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Darnius Reservoir at 500 Metres Nearest Train : Figueres at 25 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Figueres at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Darnius Reservoir at 500 Metres Nearest Beach : Llançà at 45 Kilometres Car: necessary


The coastal villages of Port Bou, Llançà, Port de la Selva, Cadaques and Roses are at about 40 to 50 minutes drive. The first four villages are fairly small, get very crowed in July and August, but are quite delightful and are full of beautiful small coves and bays. Roses is a much bigger tourist town with a large wide sandy beach and plenty of night life.


Gerona is the nearest Spanish airport at 60 kms (45 mins by car), but Perpignan, in France, is probably a bit closer. A car is essential for a stay at Finca Paraiso.


Darnius - 2 kms.

Figueres - 25 kms.

Roses - 40 kms.

La Jonquera - 15 kms.

Perpignan - 45 kms.

Further Details:

Most basic supplies are available from Darnius and shops are open from 08.00-13.00 and 17.00-20.00 Monday to Saturday and from 08.00-13.30 on Sundays. There is a wide selection of restaurants close by offering local Catalan cuisine. Tourist information centres are in Figueres and Massanet de Cabrenys (10 kms. from Darnius).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Please note that the prices for units 1 and 2 are slightly higher if used by more than 2 people. These prices are available on request.
Also the high season rates are applicable over the Easter holiday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 18-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We live in the main house on the property and rent out the Studios, two bedroomed house and a small cabin. Our home is on the border of a beautiful reservoir, which is lovely for swimming and walking. The village of Darnius, with shops for all basic provisions is about 2kms away.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 30 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1


  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The Tower apartment has a circular staircase with banister but small children should be careful. The rest of the apartments are very safe with no steps and there is plenty of garden/fields and woods for children to play safely. Dogs are welcome. Cars can be parked close to the apartments and there is plenty of space for keeping bicycles, motor bikes, boats, etc. Outside: Finca Paraiso is a country estate of 35,000 m2 consisting of the main residence of the owners and the accommodation described above, surrounded by open fields, cork tree woods, gardens and orchards. It borders the Darnius reservoir which is highly suitable for swimming and sunbathing. The reservoir area provides a restaurant, aquatic sports facilities (kayaks, pedalos). The nearest village, Darnius, is a 10 minute walk from Finca Paraiso where all basic supplies can be purchased.

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