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Gorgeous fisherman's cottage with private roof Terrace, internet, 50m from sea

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine

Overview

About the property

Five shower townhouse in Cadaques Old Town. Sleeps 8. Close to beach/town centre. Full Of Character

Beautifully converted 'fisher's cottage' situated centrally within the charming and picturesque "Casc antic" - the original Old Town Quarter of Cadaques. Two minutes walk from the sea.

Re modelled in 2004 with all traditional materials, the house combines all the charm of an original cottage with modern comfort, convenience and a beautiful coastal interior. Free wi-fi throughout, five seperate showers, 3 toilets, a service lift, and zone controlled underfloor heating. Fully equipped, modern kitchen with espresso machine, Nutri Bullet, Miele appliances and solid teak units

Beyond the imposing oak door entrance lies a large living/dining area leading into a ludicrously well-equipped kitchen

Two twin and 2 double bedrooms are found on first and second floors - each with it's owns shower facilities

The top floor opens on to the main living area with a well-stuffed corner sofa, leather armchair, ottoman/coffee table and a DVD player with over 200 recent film releases.

Bi-fold glazed doors lead to the sunny, private roof terrace with table, benches, seating and deck-level lighting

Situated in the heart of the most picturesque part of the village with access to the best local food shops, art galleries, restaurants and with a clear view of the nearby 16th century church bell tower.

Just a few metres down the cobbled lane, the sea and the whole bay of Cadaques opens up in all it's bustling glory

Exceptionally well appointed in a contemporary coastal style. Plantation shutters, teak doors, antique furniture and artifacts from around the world. Great beds and beautiful linens!

More Details
Registration Number : HUTG-014124

Owner
Chris Morley
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2017

About Chris Morley

I first set eyes on the bay of Cadaques from the mountain road that winds high above the town. I was having a 'life/work balance' moment - touring the Pyrenees (rather slowly) on a classic vintage motorcycle.

Perhaps it was the weather and crystal clear sea - but for me the village of Cadaques was a case of love at first sight!

Having totally fallen for both the village and the surrounding area I couldn't believe my luck a year later when I returned and found a charming house for sale right in the historic heart of the village!

Since then, working to improve the house; bringing everything up to International standards - making it a proper home - has become an on-going labour of love!

I certainly cherish my time there - and friends generally seem to agree.

It is a very special place. CM.

Chris Morley purchased this house in 2004

Why Chris Morley chose Cabo de Creus

Cadaques succeeded where many other villages on this coast failed. It remains charming and unspoilt in spite of being home to Salvador Dali and in spite of being located on the busy Costa Brava. Access was the first reason. The approach road from Rosas around the Peni mountain is similar to that of a ski resort. Just one road in and the same road out.

Dali, and his considerable influence was the second. In his lifetime he managed to block any major housing development Today Cadaques remains a picturesque town in naturally beautiful surroundings. Full of history, charm and character.

The sea is crystal clear here. There are many restaurants and bars serving wonderful food all over town and, just beyond it's narrow cobbled lanes, lies the Cap de Crues Natural Park, home to some of the most spectacular, unspoilt scenery in NE Spain. Travel - especially from the UK - is easy via Girona Airport and yet, for most, Cadaques remains a 'secret spot'.

What makes this house unique

The house lies right at the heart of the once walled, historic old town (or 'Casc Antique' )halfway between the 16th Century church and the sea. Visitors feel part of a traditional village way of life - buying daily fresh bread and fruit from local storekeepers within 50m of the house

These steeply cobbled lanes with their bouganvillia clad houses create a charming and picturesque atmosphere below which the clear waters of the bay, filled with little boats and surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops are just a matter of minutes from the front door.

There, a faded plaque on the quayside identifies a house once occupied by Picasso.

Salvador Dali's home and workshop - 15 minutes walk away at Port Lligat - is where he and many other 20th century artists came to enjoy the extraordinary light quality and rugged natural beauty of the area.

Very few properties in the old town are available for visitors to rent.

Finding another as well appointed and with such character and charm is almost impossible.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Chris

The house was perfect and cadaques fabulous

We absolutely loved it

A rare treat to stay in a house that had everything you could want

We hope to stay again soon
Aug 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Girona/Barcelona
Nearest Ferry
50 Metres
Cadaques/Rosas/cap de Crues
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Figueres (TGV)
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
AP-7
Nearest Restaurant
40 Metres
La Sirena
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Bay of Cadaques
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

A PADI dive school operates most days in the bay of Cadaques. Look for Sotamar Cadaques

Sailboats and motor powered RIBS are for hire close to the house.

Empuriabrava is renowned for it's world-class sky diving/parachuting centre.

Several hiking trails are accessible from the house.

Coast/Beach:

Two minutes walk (75m) to main Cadaques beach. Many other secluded bays and beaches are a short walk in either direction. Beautiful scenic trails rise above the coastline - easily accessible from the house - providing wonderful views of Cadaques and the dramatic local seascape. Many more rocky bathing areas are dotted along the coastline. On most days the sea around Cadaques is extraordinarily clean and absolutely gin clear!

Travel:

Girona Airport 55 miles / 75 minutes drive. Also Perpignon - both served by Ryanair. Barcelona main airport 80 miles. Served by Easyjet and National carriers.

SARFA bus services to / from Barcelona centre also main Barcelona airport. Taxi or bus from Girona Airport.

Five and a half hours by TGV train from Paris Gare du Lyon to Figueres

650 mls by car from St. Malo cross channel ferry port (10 hour drive) - connecting with Portsmouth in the UK

38 miles by car to the French border.

Distances:

Port Lligat (site of the spectacular Dali studio/house) is a 20 minute walk from the house.

Cap de Crues National Park and light house is 15 mins by car.

Figueres (Dali Theatre Museum) 20 miles by car.

Roses 40 minutes by ferry.

Barcelona 80 miles by bus or car.

Girona (airport and city) 50 miles.

Greek/Roman ruins of Empurias 15 miles

The monastery of St. Pierre de Rosas about 10 miles.

Further Details:

Most public interest in Cadaques stems from it's links with the surrealist Catalan artist Salvador Dali - born in nearby Figueres - who spent many summers here. But Dali was not the only artist to visit the village. Pablo Picasso spent the summer of 1910 at a house on the harbour. Joan Miro was a regular visitor. Marcel Duchamp created a cobble-stone star in one of the historic lanes - and played chess with local fishermen at The Meliton bar on the square. In his 20's, Dali brought college friend Federico Garcia Lorca to stay with his parents at a house on the opposite side of town from Port Lligat (marked by a small monument to Lorca, killed during the civil war) Man Rey was a regular visitor along with various stars of music and film in the 1960's and 70's.

Yet Cadaques remains a very real,unspoilt and rather Bohemian fishing village - regarded by those who cherish it's charm as the best kept secret of the Costa Brava! For more detailed information and maps see 'visitcadaques.org' - official site of the local tourist office

As for the house itself, great care has been taken to provide fun as well as home comforts - from high quality furniture and fittings to plenty of wardrobe space ( lots of proper wooden hangers) powerful showers, cupboards for toiletries etc etc

In the kitchen,those who enjoy cooking at home as well as eating out will find everything they need here. From Raymond Blanc saucepans to a full set of Chef's knives - and a stick blender for making soup!

All local shops, banks, restaurants, bars, boat hire, bike or scooter hire, supermarkets and ATM's are within short walking distances. We have Cadaques' best butcher, baker and greengrocer all within 20m of the house!

The town still supports many local artists whose work can be found tucked away in galleries all along the narrow lanes.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Cadaqués in Cadaqués

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathrooms with hand basin and walk-in shower to both double bedrooms. Shower enclosure and large basin in both twin-bedded rooms. Additional guest shower/drying room with w.c. on ground floor. 2 further separate w.c.'s (on floors 1 and 2).
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • First (double room) - 1 Large Double Bed , Four poster bed and french windows
    Second (twin room) - 2 Single Bed
    Third (double room) - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Fourth (twin room) - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 in 4 Bedrooms All rooms feature en suite shower and basin
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: My advice to anyone thinking of renting property anywhere is to first read independent reviews from those who've recently stayed there

Reviews

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Gorgeous fisherman's cottage with private roof Terrace, internet, 50m from sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
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Charming house in the middle of the village

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable and decorated with extremely good taste, with all the amenities you can think of (beautiful crookery, stylish fans, comfortable sofa, etc). The fact that tea, coffee is provided on arrival is a very nice touch.

Our highlight was to have our breakfast on the terrace and to have our lunch downstairs with the door opened on the street as it was the coolest place to be in the heat of the day. We felt we were really part of the village and loved the atmosphere of the street (some of us were very fond of the cats). The fact that the lift was not working on this particular occasion was not really a problem (the previous tenants broke it) after all as it was good for our gluts to practice the stairs.

In a nutshell, we loved it and would be very happy to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! Thank you for your understanding re the service lift Those three musketeers (cats) in the lane charm everyone who stays at the house - and as a result are quite well fed! (white ham is one of their favourites)
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Best Property Of Its Type

  • 5 of 5

The previous reviews about this house are very accurate. It is easily the best rental property of this type in which we have stayed. It is very comfortable and well equipped with plenty of space. The location couldn't be better but be aware that the steep coupled streets would be tricky for the less able bodied and similarly the stairs in the house are awkward.

We plan to return at some stage in the future and have no hesitation in recommending this property to others. The fact that Chris was swift and helpful in his responses was a bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Loved both the house and Cadaques, full of character. Totally lived up to my expectations and beyond

  • 5 of 5

Myself, family and friends had a wonderful time. The house has everything and more. Full of character but also convenience, including the small internal lift, much food food and drink travelled by this method, to be enjoyed on the terrace.The main door was photographed so many times by passers by, after they had photographed the 3 laziest cats ever. Felt very fortunate to be staying there. We had lovely meals at the round table on the ground floor. The friends that we invited had a great time and loved the house as did we, such a treat. The town is also beautiful with everything near by that you could wish for. Excellent choice of restaurants and bars, including the very chilled Brown Sugar. Sad to leave but I know it will be talked about often and fondly amongst us.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Neil - and thank you for looking after the house so well and leaving everything immaculate! All best Chris
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Beautiful village house

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay in this lovely house. It is perfectly situated right in the heart of the village, just a few steps from the sea, restaurants and bars. The house is comfortable, stylish and equipped to the highest standard. And Cadaques is such a special place - civilised and beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Claudia, you're very kind! Chris
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Beautifully restored cottage in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Cadaques is a beautiful seaside village with old cobbled streets and many fantastic restaurants. It is the perfect place for a special holiday. The cottage has been beautifully restored with much attention to detail. The kitchen is fully equipped with high spec equipment and lots of really nice touches. The bedrooms are very comfortable and beautifully decorated, and on the top is a terrace with a fantastic view. It is perfectly positioned, close enough to the car park for a day out (cars not really feasible in the cobbled, steep and narrow streets - though you can take the car close enough to drop off luggage) and also close to the beaches and all the restaurants and icecream shops close by. Chris went to a great deal of trouble to ensure that our stay was successful, even leaving a bottle of bubbly as a welcome gift! He answered many emails with questions prior to our visit, and there is a visitors book with lots of info too. There is also a lift to carry luggage/drinks/people who don't want to climb stairs etc up to the higher floors. (Parents with children younger than 6 might find this a bit nerve wracking as it is quite a drop to the bottom, with waist high gates). Overall thoroughly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jo for your very kind and generous comments! We refer to the cats next door as the three musketeers. They don't belong to anyone as such but always seem well fed It's impossible to go up or down the lane without stroking at least one of them under the chin ! With best regards Chris
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Wonderful happy stay!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and a friend took our 5 children to Cadaques to stay in this wonderful house. The age ranges were 4 - 16 and the house was well catered for everyone's needs and ours! We didn't want for anything - everything was there which just made everything so easy. The kitchen was really well equipped and aesthetically the house could not have been more lovely - even the bed linen was tasteful! Location was ideal - nestled amongst the pretty streets of Cadaques. Prior to our visit we asked Chris many, many questions and he was always very quick to answer always with helpful advice. We ate well, swam well, walked, hired boats for day trips and slept well and everyone was happy! Thank you so much just wish we had booked the house for 2 weeks and not 1 - it was just as we imagined it be be and better! Many thanks Clare Blum/ Maria O'Neal and 5 children!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Cadaqués, Alt Emporda

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
24 Mar 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
£867
for 4 nights
£1,517
 
 
Shoulder
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,784
for 7 nights
£1,784
 
 
High
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,230
for 7 nights
£2,230
 
 
Autumn
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
£867
for 4 nights
£1,517
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £0.40 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 15 years.

Booking Notes:
After confirming availability and rental costs for requested dates, a deposit is required in order to secure the booking. The deposit amount will depend upon nearness to rental period but is generally 30% of the rental price
In the event of a cancellation, 50% of deposit will be refunded for a cancellation within 4-8 weeks of rental period, 25% refunded within 2-4 weeks No refund can be given inside 2 weeks of rental period.
Cleaning fees
During the season, our housekeeper Angela has her work cut out to turn the house around between guests leaving an those arriving
For rentals of 7 nights or more I do not charge for her services but for less than 7 nights I feel it is fair to ask guests for a contribution of €60

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred changeover day in high season. Keys can be collected from a local agent in the afternoon of your arrival and returned on the morning of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros. All other periods on request. Short lets (2 or 3 days, weekends) can sometimes be arranged in low season but are very difficult during July/August as they block full rental weeks in what are the most highly demanded months
May, June and September are beautiful months in Cadaques. The weather is lovely and yet it's quieter than high season. I have priced these months to encourage guests to try 'shoulder season'

In order to secure a booking a deposit of 30% is required
The balance is paid on arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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