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Manor House and Villa with Beautiful Garden And Pool In Spectacular Setting - Mas Calvo



Updated: 09-Oct-2016
C16th Manor House and villa in Sant Marti Vell, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain - In The Stunning Gavarres National Park, By A Quiet Medieval Village, 15 Mins To Sea.

The estate comprises of 2 houses next to each other LA MASIA (6 bedroom) and CASA NOVA 4 bedrooms.

The house is a renovated, traditional (16th Masia. (A beautiful stone manor house unique to the area) with vaulted ceilings, terracotta tiles and exposed beams.

If you rent Casa Nova (4 bed) house on its own you will still have total peace and tranquility and sole use of the garden and pool which you overlook.


Converting the barn was one of the current owners, first grand designs. It has been lovingly restored, with high ceilings and an open plan living area. Here you will discover treasures designed by local artists and some that she has brought back from her travels. A beautiful wrought iron balcony depicts sunflowers and penguins, and encircles the large space. There are two gorgeously mosaicked bathrooms and some hand painted tiles. Shelves are full of local pottery, Moroccan lamps hang from ceilings and framed Indian tapestries colour the walls. All melt into a light and happy ambiance that crafts its magical charm.

The two double bedrooms downstairs are light and airy and imbue the calmness of Mediterranean simplicity. They share one of the delightfully tiled bathrooms with a bath and power shower. Upstairs, the large, master bedroom has an en suite, both a fire and a ceiling fan and a door that leads out onto the upper terrace. There is an adjoining twin room down a small staircase and this is a combination that could be perfect for families with children.

The upstairs terrace has dreamy views of the national park with an Ibizan style lounge bed and a built in backgammon table providing a fabulous place to watch the epic sunsets. The upstairs sitting room has a sofa bed arranged in front of an open fire, TV with only DVD facilities and floor to ceiling bookcases.

The excellent, modern kitchen has a brand new cooker and oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher and Nespreso machine and separate larder. It leads onto a patio that can seat 8-23 for shaded, alfresco dining with its own barbeque. All is decorated by the blues of the pool, greens of the lawn and the grace of an ancient olive tree. Inside you can move freely between the open plan kitchen and the 8 seated dining area which also has a fire place. Fantastic as well in winter the whole house has under floor heating. The house has a small utility room with a washing machine and out door clothesline. There is wifi and a modern travel cot and traditional cot.


This beautifully restored C16th century manor house still boasts traditional vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and stone work and terracotta tiled roofs, while including most modern comforts; (5 hob cooker, large oven, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, washing machine, dryer, Wifi and apple TV with DVD player).

The house, built to be fantastically cool in summer with its thick stone walls, has light, clean rooms filled with antique English furniture and some colourful 70s tiling in some of the bathrooms which lends the house its quirk and charm.

The downstairs is cool, cosy and cavernous. There is a small snug, lined with bookcases, where you can watch apple TV, which has a lovely guarded fire. A fully equipped kitchen leads onto a castle-esque, stone dining room which can seat up to 24 for majestic suppers. The kitchen's north end opens out onto a raised garden terrace with both a barbeque and a wood burning oven, fantastic for pizzas and roasts. The teak dining table seats 12 and is surrounded by herbs, lavender, bay and walnut trees and an old roman well. There is a downstairs loo, cold shower and ample space for outdoor clothes and toys in a large cloakroom by the utility cupboard.

The upstairs sitting room is magnificent. A massive, vaulted ceiling houses 3 sofas around a large open fire. The atmosphere is warm and appealing. An outside terrace, with shaded seating, looks south onto the tiled roofs of the barn and over into the donkey’s meadow. A great night's sleep can be enjoyed in all the comfortable rooms; the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, two double bedrooms share a bathroom and a twin bedroom also has an en suite bathroom. Again the décor is light and discerning.

In the spacious attic, two adjoining double rooms have 3 extra, single beds and share a shower and loo. All the bedrooms have standing fans.

La Masia can be rented the whole year round but must be rented with Casa Nova. Together they can sleep a maximum of 23.


The 100 acre estate runs into the Gavarres national park through un fallowed meadows providing stunning views and 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 Bugonvilla, wisteria and sweet honeysuckle. Palm trees play on 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.

You can pick your own vegetables through out the year or take Rudolfa the donkey for a walk. There is a ping pong table, badminton, boule and an artist easel to amuse your self with or just sit back and just 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.

The two outside barbeques, shaded dining area for 24 and the open air dining area with a wood burning oven make great al fresco eating areas for long leisurely lunches.

The sunsets are incredible over the national park and you can enjoy both them and the nights 3D, star studded skies from the comfort of two upper terraces. There is even a telescope to star gaze.

Situated within the stunning national park of Les Gavarres, the property boasts breathtaking views and spectacular walks. 420m below a famous monastery from which there are views of both the Sea and Pyrenees.

A medieval village is in short walking distance with 2 fantastic restaurants and is just one of many such historical villages in an area renowned for its gastronomical prowess.

Ideal for families or groups of friends who want to relax in the summer sun with its terraces, outdoor BBQs, large 12m pool and garden. It is only 15mins from a stunning coastline and watersports.

Magical in winter with fires and underfloor heating in the Villa, it is only 1 1/2 hours drive from the ski slopes, 20mins from Girona with its shops, restaurants, historic buildings and international airport and 1 hour from Barcelona.

TO PREVENT PHISHING/FRAUD please do not book/pay anything from any email correspondence until you have spoken to us. Our policy is to speak to everyone. before they stay.

More Details

Details for holiday chateau / country house Mas Calvo, 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23, 7 Bathrooms

The Mas Calvo estate has two houses, La Masia (6 beds) and Casa Nova (4 beds) beds. The can be rented separately or together.

La Masia has a master bed with ensuite bathroom, 2 double rooms that share a family bathroom and a twin with an ensuite bathroom. The top floor is has two double rooms and 3 spare single beds with a shower room that adjoin each other. A great base for kids.

Casa Nova has 4 bedrooms and two beautiful mosaic bathrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room.

There are multiple reception rooms with gorgeous fireplaces, 2 outside terraces with stunning views. 2 outside dining areas (one with a large wood oven) and 2 BBQs. Modern/fully equipped kitchens, stores and utility rooms, and a grand inside dining room.

A great 2 acre garden, with a 12m swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful national park, aside a medieval village. There are fantastic local restaurants/shops, hiking, biking, horse riding, kayaking/sky diving, golf, skiing.

  • Sleeps 23
  • 10 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

The family moved here in the 1960s having found what they believed to be the most magical place in Spain.

Their grown children have adopted the house as their permanent home and are happy to help you with all your preliminary enquires and to plan your stay in order to make it as comfortable as possible.

While you are in residence you will have soul use of the private houses, gardens and grounds.

Our staff have been with the family for years, Bacari tends to the garden and the pool during your stay and a daily cleaner can be arranged at your cost and convenience. The owners are at the end of the phone if you need them.

The houses can be fully catered by a professional and charming chef with personally designed menus full of local flare and flavour if you so require.

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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian

Guestbook comments from the manager

"Just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had at your house in Sant Marti Vell, we all loved it. The tranquility, the diving board, the books, the fresh figs, the style, the decor; the box set of Bond, everything about it really. Just perfect."

Jane, UK, Sept 2012

"I can't believe how stunning this area is and how many adventures I could go on. Even from the doorstep the hike up to the Sanctuary for a fantastic lunch and amazing view of the Pyrenees made my holiday."

Rosy, Kenya, Oct 2013

"What a gorgeous house with everything we needed to make us totally comfortable and relaxed in such unassuming style. To be honest we hardly moved from the beautiful pool and garden with its fantastic setting. The night out at La Riera restaurant was a gastronomic treat."

John, UK, July 2013

"The kids went horse riding everyday at the fantastic, local riding school and we just flopped, ate and re charged in heaven, with out a care in the world. Brilliant."

Kate, UK, 2012
Apr 2012
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


magnificent country villa filled with antiques

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful and spacious villa, fun pool and lots of outdoor dining space for our family of 18. Kitchens could use more supplies but adequate. Ideally located.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Highly Reccomended . Only 20 min from Gerona. Set in the hills with wonderful garden and traditional stone house. Everything you need from a holiday including an inviting swimming pool. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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a fantastic experience

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully restored home, luxurious but cosy. We have stayed at Mas Calvo In the winter and in the summer, once with friends and once with 2 young children. Both times Pablo and Rosy were amazing hosts, recommending walks, restaurants and day trips. Highly recommended, you wil be charmed! And we will be back again for sure.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Idyllic Spanish house

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful in every way.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Would definitely come back

  • 5 of 5

"We have just got back from a wonderful weeks stay at this delightful country house. We stayed with a group of family and friends and the house was brilliant as we could put the noisy teenagers and us in one house and my elderly mother and a couple with a baby in the other. While there was no pool guard, which was an initial concern for me, but one of the outside dining tables, under shaded arches and an upper terrace over looked the central pool area so we were able to sit back while keeping an eye on the kids. The position is fantastic, in the national park and beautiful village with great restaurant food in walking distance. It was a perfect place to retreat and relax as well as check out the coast and all the brilliant things that the area has to offer. I loved the near by Dali house and walking through the national park every evening undisturbed by a sole. The owners advise and guide to the area and restaurants was invaluable. The owners Rosy and Pablo, arranged for a chef to come in 3 times that week and Xjavier was utterly wonderful and the food fantastic. He runs a cooking school in Girona so i even learnt how to cook a Paella! We also booked a daily cleaner which helped us manage our large group.

The house is a traditional Masia, old with bags of character and while it has fridges and TVs and dishwashers its old school style may not be for everyone but we love this kind of thing. We did have an electrical storm while we were there and it tripped all the fuses and locked the electric gates, so we could not even get out ,but we immediately rang the owners and they helped us fix it straight away. (though i have to say the store room where the fuse box is kept could do with a clean out) The little house is more modern, though still in the style of the Masia and as i mentioned looks over the pool which is great. I may suggest some more seating on the upper terrace but that is just because we all loved the endless views of meadows and trees from up there.

All in all a brilliant stay. Highly recommendable"

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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From the Owner

This is a countryside haven within easy reach of the glittering Costa Brava, Girona, Barcelona and the Pyrenees with all their attractions. It is in the most beautiful and fertile area of Spain.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Girona at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bordils at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Barcelona at 120 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf de Girona at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : Flaca at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : AP7 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Restaurnate Sant Marit Vell at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Valter at 100 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Playas de Begur at 28 Kilometres Car: necessary

20 mins from the dazzling Costa Brava, its stunning coastline, sandy beaches, beautiful villages and water sports. Enjoy the coast in a countryside haven away from the crowds.

Living in the Gavarras National Park you have stunning hikes and mountain biking on your doorstep. Forage for mushrooms or hunt wild boar. There is a riding school next door and even Armstrong moved to our area for the best cycling roads in the world.


20 mins from the dazzling Costa Brava, its stunning coastline, sandy beaches, beautiful villages and water sports. Enjoy the coast in a countryside haven away from the crowds.

The numerous, excellent beaches of the Costa Brava are within a 15 minutes drive. You can choose from large, sandy open beaches with a wide selection of watersports along the coast or smaller more intimate bays and stunning, coastal towns such as Tamariu, LLafrank or Begur.

In nearby Estartit you will find the Medas Islands which were declared a protected area in 1983 and are now becoming one of the more important marine reserves in the Western Mediterranean and hosts the largest dive center in the Mediterranean.


Living in the Gavarras National Park you have stunning hikes and mountain biking on your doorstep. Forage for mushrooms or hunt wild boar. There is a riding school next door and even Armstrong moved to our area for the best cycling roads in the world.

Venture inland to the beautiful lake of Banyoles, historical city of Besalu or hike in the spectacular, volcanic Gavarres National Park.


Do you like art? The Dali triangle is fantastic. The amazing house he bought for his wife is in the next door village and his museum at Figueres and residence at Cadaques are only an hour away for a great day out.

Then an hour and half away by car or train Barcelona's streets just drip with the awe inspiring architecture of Gaudi.

The area has been known for its ceramics since roman times and one can visit the nearby town of La Bisbal for ceramic shopping and the Friday morning outside food market.


Surrounded by beautiful medieval villages such as Pals and Peretallada, you can spend a lovely morning at markets and cafes or go back further in time and view the excellent roman ruins at Empurias.


In July and August there are local fiestas every weekend with traditional Catalan dancing, food, fireworks, flowers, funfairs and music.


The largest town in this province is the charming city of Girona which is 10km away and which is known for its restaurants, shopping/nightlife, Gothic Cathedral, old town/fortifications.


There are various Michelin starred restaurants and many wonderful off the beaten track, local, authentic, affordable eateries.

Hosting, Cella Can Roca, the Number 1 restaurant in the world, Girona is a gastronomic adventure and 2 of the top countryside restaurants are in our village. Having owned a restaurant ourselves we can advise you on the best places to eat at the coast as well and arrange a fantastic chef to come in and cook for you at home.

Foraging in our national park in is especially good for mushrooms and wild asparagus.


Come in winter, its so easy. Large open fires, (under-floor heating in the 8 bed villa) with the ski slopes are only 1 1/2 drive away. Christmas shopping is magical in Gerona 20mins and Barcelona is just 1 1/2 away.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £627

Booking Notes:
We ask clients for a 50% booking fee on reservation and ask that any cancellations (refundable) are carried out up to six weeks before arrival. The remaining 50% needs to be sent six weeks before arrival with a £500 refundable damage deposit.
We require all guests to pay any/all transaction fees that are incurred.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is change over day. We ask that clients leave the property no later than 11am and do not arrive before 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Inquiries and booking by telephone or e-mail. Initial payment of 50% to secure reservation. Balance to be paid not less than 6 weeks prior to arrival. For shorter stays please feel free to contact the owner.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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From the Owner

The house is uniquely situated for while by a beautiful medieval village and within walking distance of 2 fantastic restaurants you are also surround by the peace and tranquility of the Gavarres National Park. TO PREVENT PHISHING/FRAUD please do not book/pay anything from any email correspondence until you have spoken to us. Our policy is to speak to everyone. before they stay.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This is a downstairs loo with a cold shower
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7
  • Bedroom 8
  • Bedroom 9
  • Bedroom 10


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Please ask us before bringing pets Outside: Set in a beautiful 2 acre garden, with a small orchard and large lawn area surrounded by trees, plants and wildflowers; apple, cherry, peach, olive, pear, fig, pine, bay, olive, sloes, wisteria, jasmine, magnolia, walnut, to name a few. The large, 12m pool has a diving board and sun loungers. Both houses have top terraces with comfortable seating areas and beautiful views. Both house have large outside dinning tables. The Villa's outside dining is shaded from the sun and has a BBQ while the Main House's has an alfresco, traditional wood oven. You can pick your own organic vegetables. Within the National Park of Les Gavarres, the property boasts breathtaking views and spectacular walks. It lies below the famous hermitage of "Mare de Déu dels Àngels" from which there are views of both the Sea and Pyrenees. A wonderful, riding school is 5 minutes away. The shimmering Costa Brava coast, a 15 minute drive and skiing in the Pyreneese 1 1/2hours.

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