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John Gush

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
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GROUND FLOOR APT

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

Overview

Figueres area Apartment Rental Photos and Description

First floor apt sleeps 4 (max 5) , Ground floor apt sleeps 4 (max 5)

Two self-catering, fully independent apartments in the Catalan village of Rabós, tastefully converted with cottage-style bedrooms, comfortable beds, modern bathrooms and fully equipped kitchenettes (gas cooking). Linen and towels provided, but not beach towels.

The ground floor has a secluded private patio; the first floor apartment has a spacious terrace with views; both have charcoal barbecues.

We, the owners will be here to meet you and be of assistence.

The village is still rural, unspoilt, romantic. The church clock tolls the hour. There is no through traffic: for one thing, the streets are far too narrow; for another, vineyards and terraced olive groves begin on the outskirts and peaceful walks (ambles to rambles) lead towards the mountains. Yet the beaches - and there are plenty of them - are only 20 minutes away by car and range from long stretches of sand, with safe bathing and full amenities, to isolated rocky coves and perfect seclusion. The climate is dry, sunny. March to November.

Beaches: Our region has little in common with the congested, package holiday resorts further south. Our beaches are legion and not so crowded. Twenty minutes from our village, the small fishing port-yacht marina of Llançá is flanked by small sandy beaches with safe bathing and all the usual amenities: parking, showers, cafés, tapas bars and shops. Further north, more secluded, more romantic beaches can be found - even a nudist beach.

In the nearby town of Roses (20 mins) there are extensive sandy beaches with shallow water and safe bathing for children. Further south, three kms from the quiet town of San Pere de Pescador there are two or three kilometers of sandy beaches, so extenisive that even in August they are not crowded. In the Cap de Creus peninsular (30 to 40 mins by car), there are many secluded rocky coves, for many of which access is on foot. At the far end of the white-washed waterfront of El Port de la Selva there is rock bathing with parking and stairways down to the coves.

.Activities - enlarged on : Walking, cycling and mountain biking are available on our doorstep. The surrounding countryside, with cork oaks, umbrella pines, shrubs and wild flowers, is charming. At Llançá and Roses, both 20 mins by car, wind surfing, boat hire, snorkelling fishing trips, coastal boat excurions, kayaking and diving are available.

Every town has its weekly street market with an abundant display of local produce, fresh from the farms and orchards: local wines, locally made olive oil, honey, cheese, olives, dried fruit, herbs, spices, cured ham and sausages are on dislay at modest prices. Good places to stock up.

Ten minutes away, the fortified town of Perelada has a summer music festival, is famous for cava (sparkling white wine - the twin of champagne), has a five-star 18 hole golf course and and in the grounds of the castle a thriving casino - don't all casinos thrive?

Barcelona is two hours away by car - a full day excusion.

For children - a turtle conservation farm (2 kms) with turtles big and small.

Salvador Dali: Teatre-Museu Dalí is situated in Figueres, just off the Ramblas and is immediately recognisable by the ramparts of the famous eggs on the roof and, by contrast, the sylph-like statuettes in gold.

Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres in 1904, was a child prodigy and held his first public exhibition when he was 14. He later studied in Madrid and returned to Figueres in 1923, but subsequently split from his family and moved to the United States, from where he returned in 1948, not only famous but affluent.

His work is complex and not easy to understand. It has been described as a reflection of his spiritual torments and obsessions.

In 1960, he offered to set up a museum of his work and private collection of objects, to be funded by the state and donated to the town hall of Figueres. The theatre at that time was a burnt-out ruin. Dali worked tirelessly on the project for over a decade. He created a Dalinian world - which has endured and bought prosperity to the region.

He died on 23 Januay 1989

More Details

Details for Ground floor apt 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

The ground floor apartment sleeps four, max five, and has its own front door onto a very quiet street, and its own 200 year-old secluded patio with table, chairs and charcoal barbecue, with flowering bougainvillea, jasmin and plumbago on the walls. It consists of living room/dining room with kitchenette in what was formerly a wine cellar, now fully renovated, with two spacious divan beds off the living area. The adjoining bedroom has single bunks beds, sleeps two, maximum three (ideal for young people). Both the living room and bedroom open onto the patio. The few steps to the bathrrom are under cover and lit. The dining area seats six comfortably; the tiled kitchenette is fully equipped (fridge, freezer, four-burner hob (gas), coffee maker, toaster, crockery, utensils, hot water,etc). The bathroom has sunken bath, shower, toilet, towels, hair dryer and soft spring water H & C. This is a secluded apartment in a romantic setting, ideal for family barbecues and get- togethers.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Gush (Owner)
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Reviews

4.8
based on 12 traveler reviews

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Ground floor apt
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
business
Ground floor apt
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p64742
-+34 972563816
Figueres area Alt Emporda
3

Lovely part of the world

  • 3 of 5
We really liked the area, great places to visit and beautiful scenery. The village is quaint and pretty although we didn't find the majority of the people to be particularly friendly.. eventually we stopped saying hello as several people totally ignored us when we spoke to them. This was a total contrast to other rural villages we have stayed at and was quite disappointing. However, Jack and Liella we very nice and told us to knock their door if we needed anything.
The building itself was pretty and picturesque..we stayed in the ground floor accommodation which was a converted wine cellar. It was nice but very dark and needed the lights on all day..it also has the smell of a wine cellar about it still and needs airing. It was well equipped and what needed was there. From choice we would have preferred the 1st floor apartment as it appeared lighter and brighter with a terrace with views. We were the only people there for the 1st week and it was very quiet and peaceful..for the last 3 days (when people rented the upstairs apartment) it was quite noisy and not secluded really. We found it uncomfortable to have to go outside to use the bathroom when the open doors to the upstairs apartment are in full view.
To be fair we were out and about most of the time we were there and only spent the mornings in the apartment...we did have a great holiday but felt it a little over-priced.
  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have been successfully renting these holiday apartments for the last five years and so far in our previous reviews and in our guest book have received nothing but almost flattering praise. So this review comes as a total surprise and we take it seriously.

We pride ourselves on making absolutely certain that our guests will be comfortable, relaxed, and very happy here. We work hard at this and take pains with the details.

It is true that the main living area of the patio apartment was once quite a substantial wine cellar - probably until about 50 years ago! It has since been tastefully and attractively renovated; this was the work of an German designer experienced in these matters. The lighting was increased this winter, especially in the kitchen area and over the front door.

The apartment is always delightfully cool in the hot summe days and warmish in the winter - wine in storage needs a constant temperature and dry air.

Most people enjoy the patio. It is secluded, looks on to a very quiet street and has bougainvillea, jasmine and plumbago climbing the walls. Guests frequently enjoy evening barbecues here.

This is an unspoilt region: we do not have busy motorways, nor high-rise blocks nor shopping malls.The village nestles in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The streets are narrow; there is no through-traffic. Where the village ends, tracks and trails leads to the high mountains. A glimmer of the Mediterranean sea glimmers in the distance; down there, 15 to 20 mins away there are seventeen small beaches.

On the other side we are surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Both only survive in a dry atmosphere.

The villagers and their familes have lived here for centuries. In the past, there were difficult periods, including one or two dire poverty, much more harsh than our present, so-called economic crisis. Some of the elderly are a little behind the times;.they only speak Catalan, and speak it proudly; they sometimes look on foreigners as coming from another planet. But, if you succeed in breaking the ice, you find they are family orientated, warm hearted and have a mischevious sense of humour.

There is one complaint in the review that we will be fixing - today. We will put up a screen so that guests in the first floor apartment do not look down on the stairs to the bathroom of the patio apartment.

We are always interested in constructive suggestions. Thank you.

Jack and Lella
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Ground floor apt
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p64742
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Figueres area Alt Emporda
5

Incredible hosts in a charming village

  • 5 of 5
Jack and Lella are wonderful hosts! They are knowledgeable about the area and of the world. We had scheduled 10 days for hiking in the area, as it is located at the base of the Pyrenees and just 15 minutes from the northern coastline. It is also 15 minutes away from the French border. A beautiful setting that is very quiet and relaxing. I was very ill when I arrived and Jack and Lella were beyond helpful and reassuring. They contacted a pharmacist from a nearby village and provided us with everything that we could possibly need. The small store was steps away and proved most convenient. We stayed on the upper level that had a patio that overlooked the village and the surrounding hills and valley. I could sit in the sun and heal. The apartment was well equipped and very comfortable. Though we enjoyed the coast, it was always lovely to come home to this special place. It took months to recover, but I know that I couldn't have done it without this haven and these lovely people. When we left, Jack guided us through the less traveled back roads through vineyards and across the Pyrenees into France. That drive alone will be a memory that we will cherish forever. Thank you Jack and Lella for everything! (Sorry it took so long to review--it really took a long time to recover and get the wind back in my sails!) Linda and Joel Depper
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lella and I are delighted to receive this review and learn that Linda has finally recovered from the illness that she contacted last year, just before she came to us. Unfortunately, she was very poorly during her stay. It is good to learn from her review that the peacefulness of our small village helped her on the first steps of her long recovery back home.

It quite often happens that our guests become our friends. We are always very pleased when it does. It means that they have enjoyed their stay as our neighbours and that we may see them again, either here or elsewhere. It means that like us they enjoy our surroundings, here in the foothills of the Pyrenees, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, with the blue Mediterranean only 15 mins away along lanes and quiet roads. Here, it is so very different from the bustle of the outside world, so much more peaceful, so much more in harmony with the mountains, the sea and the sky.

I am not altogether surprised that Linda began to feel better here - began to "feel the wind in her sails".

Also it was very kind of them to lavish such praise on us as hosts, pehaps more than we deserve. We do our very best, but I am not quite sure we are that good - yet.
business
Ground floor apt
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p64742
-+34 972563816
Figueres area Alt Emporda
Lynnfield, MA USA
5

A relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5
Having delivered my wife to the airport in Barcelona (she had to go home early), my two adult sons (age 21 and 27) and I set off for our 4 night stay in the village of Rabos. After traveling all around Spain and walking, walking, walking, mostly in cities, we relished out stay in this small town (population approx. 70 people) The apartment was very comfortable, open and fully stocked. We barbequed two of our four nights there and it was wonderful. We got fish right off the boat in Llanca, which is a nearby seaport, and grilled it on our patio. Fantastic! The owners, Jack and Lella, live above this apartment but you'd never know it. They have learned the art of being helpful and knowing when they're needed. A very nice couple with some great stories. Jack, I never did find out how you two ended up in Rabos, though. You told me it was a long story. I had such a great time with my sons and Rabos and this apartment in particular was a great find! We took a day trip over the border into France which was also great. The beaches were very good. Thank you Jack and Lella! I hope to return with my wife someday. Your apartment was just right.
  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you Bob for your five-star review. Lella and I are always enormously pleased when our guests have enjoyed our rural village, so close to the sea, as you have. We are glad you found the apartment comfortable, enjoyed the beaches and bought fish from the fishing boats and barbecued it that evening on the terrace. Perhaps you forgot to mention the excellent local wines, so very inexpensive, but produced by local wineries with centuries of experience - the whites are particularly good with seafood.

We do hope we see you again - I'll finish the story then, of how we got here - and hope you will bring Barbara next time.

Thanks, Jack
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Ground floor apt
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p64742
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Figueres area Alt Emporda
Richmond, London, UK
5

A place of calm, a place for time out

  • 5 of 5
I had a wonderful stay in Jack and Lella's lovely first floor apartment at the end of a little quiet no-through lane in this rural mountain village. The decor of rustic fabrics and exposed stone walls and tiled floors are combined perfectly with stylish bathrooms and modern comforts. A large terrace overlooking the valley and distant hills provided a perfect spot to spend the cooling late afternoon into early evening, as we sipped a beer and watched the light give way to night.
The village itself is a lovely place for an amble - through alleyways, down steep stone steps, small cobbled squares and out onto country roads. I was there in spring and there were wisterias in bloom and wild fig trees coming into leaf. There are walking paths signposted from the edge of the village, and as we lingered on the bridge to look down at the basking turtles on the rocky banks of the river below, lycra clad cyclists also stopped for a break - so plenty on the doorstep for the more energetic.
This is an unpretentious, tranquil spot, where home owners and visitors from many countries live comfortably alongside locals in a rural working Spanish village. After many years living elsewhere in Spain, followed by life afloat for almost as long, Jack and Lella have settled here and take a lively interest in their village and its surrounding area, with its easy access to mountains, sea, France and the cities of Girona and Barcelona. They are attentive and charming hosts, but sensitive to the desire of their guests for peace and privacy.
Thanks for a great and memorable stay - I shall be back!
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: I think that in her review Bronwen has said it all. She has done more than that: she has caught the mood of our small village and the people.

Anyone planning to come to stay with us would do well to read it - and perhas to read it again. She has exactly described the pace of rural life and the attractions of the coast and the countryside in this little-known corner of NE Spain.

Jack and Lella
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Ground floor apt
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p64742
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Figueres area Alt Emporda
new york
5

Our Spain Vacation...

  • 5 of 5
We have many wonderful memories of our Spanish Holiday mostly because of the beautiful home we rented in Rabos a little town of friendly people,. It was the perfect spot that was close to all the best sight seeing, beaches and markets. Jack and Lella home had everything we'd ever need and they had the most interesting stories of thier sailing adventures. I'd go back in a heartbeat...thank you !!!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Ground floor apt
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p64742
-+34 972563816
Figueres area Alt Emporda
Shropshire
5

Great stay!!!

  • 5 of 5
I really enjoyed this holiday and really miss the homely place! I enjoyed the culture and John and Lella and especily the shop keeper next door. has she moved away to Africa (is that where she wanted to go)? It was my first christmas away and i loved it, just me, my brother and sister and mum and dad! i would recomend this to any body!!!! P.S it wouldn't let me put the date i came so ill give you it in this comment
Date i came: 19/12/06 (ruffly)
  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2009
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Fashiongirl 1247,

Thank you for sending in your review. As it is now some time since you were here, it shows that you still have fond memories of us and of the village and the surroundings.
Your review might well encourage other families to come and other young people like yourself to be able to enjoy it all as much as you have done.
So, it is a very worthwhile review and, again, thank you very much. Jack and Lella

Map

Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Girona
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Can Tomas
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Perelada
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Figueras
Nearest Motorway
26 Kilometres
A7 Exit 4 Empordá
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Can Tomas
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Llançá
Car: necessary

The village is located between the high peaks of the Pyrenees and the broad fertile plain of Empordá, which borders the extensive, thinly-populated sandy beaches of the Gulf of Roses (20 mins by car).

It is a region that is less developed than the coast further south and still offers endless possibilities for exploration, ranging from the Teatre-Museu Dalí in nearby Figueres, with its comprehenisve exhibition of the surrealist painter's work (1904-1989), to the historic city of Girona with its cafés, bars, restaurants and fashionable shops in ancient, arcaded streets; to the art-centre, fishing village of Cadaques (where Picsso painted) and to the Cap de Creus National Park with its rocky coves, wild scenery and acres of wild flowers. Short excursions lead to castles, monastries, outstanding Greek and Roman remains, art galleries, village fiestas, wine cooperatives, museums, delicatessen and the wetlands bird sanctuary at Aiguamolls - to mention only a few!

The spring is sunny and peaceful - the summer crowds have not arrived, the beaches are uncrowded and the queues for the Salvador Dali museum are shorter or non-existent. Villages have cheese festivals, olive oil festivals and wine festivals.

Other Activities: Main activity here is relaxing!

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Rates & Availability

Figueres area Apartment Rental Rates

Notes

  • Prices are all inclusive - no extras. We provide linen and towels, but not beach towels. Apartment sleeps four, extra bunk bed €60 per week. 10% reduction on stays of three weeks.

    20 % deposit to confirm booking by bank transfer or via PayPal, returnable in the case of cancellations made six weeks before arrival date.
  • My wife and I live on the premises and will be here to meet you and pleased to be of assistance during your stay, if required.

    We send clear directions by road to the village and meeting arrangements on arrival (after 2.0pm).

    Local information on excursions, shopping, fiestas, walks, best beaches, local street markets and other activities provided in each apartment with photos.
  • Local shop, open mornings only, provides all basic daily needs - bread, milk, honey, croissants, eggs, bacon, sausages, cheese, beer, wine and fresh fruit and vegetables from local farms and orchards. Very fair prices.
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Amenities

Figueres area Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The fully renovated, tiled bathroom has sunken bath, telephone shower, toilet, hair dryer, iron and is separate from the apartment by a short flight of covered steps with lighting and handrail.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , beds in living room
  • The ground floor apartment has two spacious divan beds in the living room, a dining room that seats six and a kitchenette with fridge/freezer and a full range of crockery, utensils and cutlery. This living room-dining room with kitchenette is always cool in summer, even on the hottest days, and relatively warm in winter. The adjoining bedroom sleeps two in single beds. The living room and bedroom open onto the shady patio.
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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