Esponella Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
Superb Country House In A Lovely Country Setting With Pool and Garden
Can Mademon is a stone country house (masia) it has been restored and furnished to live all year round and so is a very comfortable house.
The floors are all wooden and the installations are all superior quality that one would expect for year round living. All the bedrooms are at least doubles with windows to outside. Downstairs the bedrooms boast stone arch ceilings which means they are lovely and cool in the hot summer months. There are 2 bathrooms, one serving downstairs with a wet room shower installation. The bathroom serving upstairs has a bath and shower.
The huge and well equipped kitchen makes entertaining and food preparation a pleasure, a 5 ringed Bosch Gas large oven and central island, a whirlpool fridge which has an integral water filter and ice maker. Next to the kitchen is the breakfast room with woodburning stove and large farmhouse style table, here Patio doors lead out to a rose covered terrace a lovely place to eat in the morning or relax. Here you can watch the children in the pool.
Elsewhere on the ground floor there is a utility room with washing machine and dryer and an open dining area with dining table leading through an impressive stone arch to another seating area again with woodburing stove and a double height galley style room. Large glass doors open to yet another covered terrace with comfortablke sofas for that essential afternoon siesta, this side of the exterior of the house boasts a kiln oven set in the side of the hill, this historical kiln is listed in a book of architectural interests in the area and is one of only 2 that survive, it is actually the reason the house exists.
The upstairs has a large wooden floor lounge with big comfy sofas, bookshelf, and television and a pool table with windows overlooking the mountain the mare de mount tde lll and canigo mountains.
Again all the bedrooms are very large and comfortable and if the shutters are kept closed in the daytime, keep cool enough to give a good nights sleep to any guest. The red bedroom is huge and its arched window overlooks the upstairs terrace and swimming pool below. The blue room is at the front and its arch window acts like a frame for the beautiful mountains and fields that are infront of the house. The white room has a door that leads on to the upstairs terrace. The house is set up to be a place that guests can enjoy without ever having to leave (but of course we recommend that you at least try and drag yourselves off to experience the wonderful things Catalunya has to offer!) There is a television in the breakfast room which like upstairs has Sky and there are always a selection of videos and books in the library.
The swimming pool is a proper tiled pool and is very large (size) meaning guests can if wish do some serious lengths and work off all those tapas! It has a rustic decking with wooden sunbeds and the natural shade - which always is the best type of shade - of a beautiful willow tree.
Apart from swimming for the kids there is a pool table and table tennis. lovely maintained garden and lawn, and pine forest can climb up the small ledge and sit and drink in magnificent views of pyreeness and countryside. also and footpaths into pine forest or down to river fluvia, up early possible to see wild boar looking for roots in the forest,
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- children welcome
- wheelchair accessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
We are a Spanish English family, I was born in London and after a career in the city moved to this area of Spain to help my uncle who restored country houses and ran a boutique hotel, I love horses and looked after my uncle's who had had several. The riding is spectacular, many times I would be moved to tears by just the sheer beauty of the countryside, the snow capped Canigo mountain, the poppies in spring, sunflowers in summer. One could ride for hours without meeting anything but wild boar, you could ride to the sea and off season gallop along the beach. I just completely fell in love with this part of Spain and stayed. After a while I decided to reignite my career and moved to Barcelona where I met Albert, my husband, Although I had a lot of fun in Barcelona and careerwise it was a very prudent move, it wasn't long before we were looking to buy a property and move back to the countryside to raise children. Joe was born in 2005 and we brought him home to Can Mademon where we really did spend a few idyllic years with our horses and dogs before Albert needed to return to work. In 2008 we married in the garden of Can Mademon by the mayor of the village but in 2011 Albert's job meant he was travelling and when I was pregnant with Lola his job moved to the UK and so it was more practical to live here in the UK (although we came to the horsey Chobham so its nearly countryside!) Can Mademon is so important to us, we didn't want to sell the property and giving other families the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful place would help us keep the house alive, as houses need to be lived in!
Location, Location, Location!! We love the countryside and the wild coasts of the costa Brava with all its brilliant restaurants where you can eat fantastically for 10 - 15 euros if you so wish by choosing the daily menu, The BEST restaurant in the world is a short drive away (EL CELLAR DE CAN ROCA), its an area that is relatively untouched, friendly faces, beautiful scenery and quiet although the costa Brava and its may beaches are a short drive, We love Banyoles and the lake and the fantastic sunsets that this area gives. We love nature and this house just encapsulates that, it is so comfortable with lots of different living space, you can choose where to sit according to your mood, it is a beautiful property for all round living. We just fell in love with it from the start and all the beautiful forest and wonderful nature trails surrounding it where I would spend many hours with my dogs and horses. The walk to the river Fluvia is worthy of a special mention, you can watch the most amazing dragon flys go about their short lives and silver fish jumping out of the river. In Summer families splash about in the river and the small village next to the house has a boat race in the summer where local families must make their own craft and sail a portion of the river, afterwards its back to the village for the summer festival where everyone takes food and all sit down to share. The villagers are very welcoming to tourists.
There are so many things that make Can Mademon special, I loved the massive wooden shutters that open in the winter room where we would sit and enjoy a glass of locally produced wine and watch the flames of the wood burner. I love to drink in the view from the arched windows upstairs or take a snooze in the porch listening to the birds sing me to sleep. My family and I would lie on the decking at night looking up into the clear night sky and counting the stairs or marveling at the milky way. There is so little light pollution that star gazing is just a wonderful thing to do and my son would squeel in delight at the many shooting stars! After riding in summer I would jump in the pool to cool off and then rest in the shade of the willow tree. This property is just so easy and has so many interesting spaces.