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House of the rising sun! Paradise villa, wow factor garanteed !

Karen Zbinden - Surace

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, Catalan
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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House of the rising sun! Paradise villa, wow factor garanteed !

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


El Grecs Villa Rental Photos and Description

'It's just like paradise' with 3 large, modern and elegant suites.

This breathtaking property offers its guests pleanty of open living space.

Set on a large plot with landscaped gardens with no attached neighbours, you will be guaranteed absolute privacy and peace.

The house has been totally renovated to the highest possible standard, it has been tastefully furnished and fitted out with attention to detail. We are constantly updating and improving our fascility in oder to make your stay,one that will never be forgotten.

It is also perfect for guests confined to a wheelchair.

The 3 massive bedrooms all with double beds and all with ensuites , have direct access to the pool.

The pool and terrace with jacuzzi wich is not overlooked have sweeping views of the bay of roses and the distant Pyrenees mountains, which are snowcaped in winter and assure you of a fantastic sunset every evening. There are several separate seating areas and the terrace also has a giant tiled chess board with lovely hand carved chess pieces. The wrought iron pergola with it's retractable awning, and large tiled table, can seat up to 12 people.

The kitchen is large ,modern and functional, with a central island for preparation, 2 wash basins, induction hob, grill, hot plate,oven,steamer oven, microwave , wine fridge and coffee machine just to mention a few of its special features

it ajoins the dinning area with a large solid table and seating for 8 people a childs high chair is also available.

A large double sidded fireplace separates the dinning and living area.

The entertainment area includes a Hi-Fi , 42' LCD Flat screen TV, PlayStation 3, ipod docking stations in all bedrooms.

Alarm and security cameras with conection to security service are in operation.

There is pleanty of off streat parking.

The pool is serviced twice weekly, the jacuzzi is cleaned and refilled after every changeover.

House keeping is offered daily

The owner is available and happy to assist at all times.

We offer many extra services including bookings and reservations for excursions and restaurants and in house massage from a fully qualified massage therapist , babysitting and shopping service just to name a few.

ALT EMPORDA: This region is situated at the Northeastern most corner of the Iberian Peninsula, where the Costa Brava begins, with small coastal towns like Portbou and Colera. The capital, Figueres, is known world-wide for being the site of the Dalí Theatre Museum, one of Spain's most frequently visited museums, which houses a great deal of the painter's works. From here, one can embark on a journey covering the life of Salvador Dalí, including a visit to the Púbol castle (in the Baix Empordà region) and to his home in Portlligat, in Cadaqués.

The Alt Empordà region also boasts natural areas of great environmental interest. The Aiguamolls de I'Empordà Natural Park, situated between the towns of Castelló d'Empúries, Empuriabrava (a residential area that provides a wide range of leisure offerings and where the Mediterranean's biggest residential marina is located) and Sant Pere Pescador, concentrates a large number of autochthonous flora and fauna species.

SITUATED ON THE BORDER OF THE PARK: Cap de Creus Natural Park, which occupies a surface area of 10,787 hectares on land and another 3,073 hectares of sea, encompasses the coastal towns of Cadaqués, El Port de la Selva, Llançà and Roses, and the inland towns of La Selva de Mar, Palau -saverdera, Pau and Vilajuïga. You will enjoy pleasant walking tours, usually with a lot of wind, along the paths that take you to the Cap. This is your chance of seeing more that 250 bird species.

“Cap de Creus” is the first marine and terrestrial park in Catalonia. The “Cap de Creus” peninsula is the last spur of the Pyrenees and the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula.

The combination of both marine and inland environments makes Cap de Creus Natural Park the first of its kind in Catalonia.

THE NEARBY RUINS D'EMPORDA: Empuries has a very nice beach, which is dwarfed by the most important archaeological site in Spain, like the ruins of the Greek Paleopolis at Sant Marti d´Empuries, with the Neopolis, necropolis and the Roman Ruins as well as the museum of the excavations. The foundation of Empuries is ascribed to the Greeks who had settled at Marsseille in 550BC. A visit to the ruins shows the market, the agora, the holy area where the temples stood and the main one dedicated to Jupiter. Among a group of altars, the statue of Aesculapius was found, a reproduction of which can be seen. The museum shows reproductions of the most valuable finds, which are kept in Barcelona and Girona. The ruins of a Christian basilica and Visigoth sarcophagi are found in the harbour area. Of the Roman town, the southern wall, the amphitheatre and the arena are preserved as well as the ruins of a Roman villa.

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Karen Zbinden - Surace (Property Manager)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, german, spanish, Catalan
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Why Karen Zbinden - Surace chose El Grecs

The reason why I love spending time at this property is because of the forever changing and fantastic views high over the bay and facing the western mountain ranges.

In winter the snow capped peaks and clear blue skies that are often dotted in the distance with brightly coloured hot air balloons .

In summer the constant movement of the seacraft on the bay and the constant drop of parachutists slowly descending back to the airfield at opposite side of the bay in Empuriabrava which is the busiest of its kind in Europe, and then the most interesting cloud formations that capture the imagination.

In spring you can enjoy the view of migrating birds including Storks heading further north or to the nearby Aiguamolls wildlife sanctuary.

In Autumn we enjoy the most spectacular sunsets also some great storms and the electrical storms that can be viewed from hundreds of kilometers away.

I have chosen to remain as gardner at the house, not only because as a passionate gardner this garden has become one of the biggest challenges of my life , a constant struggle with the elements,hot summers ,low rainfall,high wind periods and occaisionally some very cold winters but because of the last mentioned changing views, this work is allways an absolute pleasure!

And when the weather turns on us and one need to retreat to the sanctuary of the house the views are still their from every window

large panoramic grey frames , chosen exspecially to frame and form living artworks that change depending on the angle and time of day that one has chosen to enjoy and view them.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Karen

Thank you from Bob and myself for the chance to stay in your beautiful home - everything you could ever need hor a wonderful relaxing holiday!

Affectionately Pauline x


May 2014
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average rating of 4.8 based on 12 reviews

Bike ride

  • 5 of 5

Sorry for the delay in writing this review Karen, we really enjoyed staying in your beautiful villa and we especially enjoyed the vineyard bike ride which was great fun. Wonderfull way to see great views of the area around Roses and try the local vin, we highly recommend this villa. Thank you for a great holiday Karen.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway

Everything that you need for an idyllic stay

  • 5 of 5

Karen has thought of everything and the house does not disappoint. The views are stunning and facilities offered in it are second to none. It is a great base for visiting the Dali museum at Figueres or the old fishing of Cadaques which is a nearby drive. I only wished we had booked a longer stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Knoxville, TN

This is the whole package!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our 26-year old son, and I just completed a six-day stay at this wonderful house in Roses, high on a hill overlooking the harbor. The view is spectacular from almost every room. We loved the walks from the back of the house on ancient paths through the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. The paths are lined with old stone walls, several stone shepherd's huts, and scenic vistas. The hiking paths were an unexpected bonus, also wildflowers were in abundance. Karen, the owner, met us at the house with a light lunch and checked with us consistently to make sure our needs were met. In addition to renting a car, with Karen's recommendation, we hired Steve an English-speaking driver who was delightful. He drove us on short excursions to France, Cadequez, Perlada, Figueres, Girona, as well as to and from Barcelona at the beginning and end of our stay. We felt well taken care of during our stay and would love to do it again.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

la Maison du soleil levant (Karen's House)

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful house! We feel as at home. It is a very well held house. We'll not forget the kindness, the help and Karen's availability.

We spent a very great time.

Mireille & Arthur

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 4 of 5

Les vacances à la Casa de l'albada ont été formidable. Le site est vraiment magnifique, plein d'histoire. C'est à faire. La propriétaire toujours disponible pour nous rendre les vacances encore plus agréables. Allez-y ça vaut vraiment le déplacement.


  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Peralada / Castello d'empuries ( Pitch & Putt )
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Figueres/ Figueres Vilafant
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Valters 2000 / La Mollina
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Roses is an essentially Mediterranean town, that is well known for it's tourism, and as well for it's very close ties to the sea port and beach. Nestled in a unique natural setting in the northern Costa Brava, less than 30 kilometres away from the French border, 65 km from Girona and 160 km from Barcelona.

Also well known as the 'Dali Triangle' for those wishing to explore more closely the world according to Salvador Dalí.

The town's origins date back to the eighth pre-Christian century. When at that time, the Rhodes set down the foundation of the Greek city. And it's this historical background and that amicable coexistence of different peoples and civilizations, which fill us with pride and satisfaction then became a sign of a modern, culturally active and generous town.

We invite you to a journey through a city full of surprises and new sensations, as has more than 3,000 years ago did the first settlers of our country, a city in which the experience of nature, culture and traditions is a privilege to which everyone has access.

Golf: The golf resort town of Peralada is only a twenty minute drive away, another very well known club the Torremollina is also only 35 minutes away.

The nearby town of Empuria Brava offers also a small course with driving range.



Rates & Availability

From €500 Per night

El Grecs Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 1 2015 - Jun 13 2015
3 night minimum stay
Jun 14 2015 - Sep 20 2015
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €1,000
Notes Please take note that during low season periods we also take bookings for couples only !! The cost of one week rental, wich includes exclusive use of the entire house is only 2'000 euros, these rates include all extras as listed below.
We are also able to offer a taxi and resevation service to all local Restaurants
If needed we will be happy to offer you a transfer service to our regional airport
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El Grecs Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 190 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Stone bath in bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • The master bedroom has a en suite bathroom and walk in robe area with underfloor heating for the winter months, the light and airy space features a double 2 m long shower with rain shower fittings so one won't need to shower alone. Only top quality designer fittings have been used, a double wash basin bidet and toilet complete the fantasy. This bathroom is also capable of adapting to movement impaired guests. A beautiful stone composite bath has been newly fitted ( the dream setting is complete)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 20 M2 + en suite 12 M2
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 27 M2 + en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 20 M2 + en suite
  • The master bedroom is tastefully decorated in a romantic , modern mix, newly renovated an absolute dream. Antique and modern lighting alternatives have been fitted.. From the comfort of your 180cm x 200cm bed you can enjoy views of the sea and have direct access to the pool and terrace a absolute dream retreat. The second bedroom with A/C and its impressive, modern wood, four poster bed will also take your breath away. Again this room has wonderful views of the sea, and is also light and very airy. A large purpose built wardrobe which includes a built in refrigerator holds everything that one may need. A very large sofa that can also serve as a comfortable singe bed has also been fitted in this very large 27M2 room. This room also has direct access to the pool and terrace. The third bedroom also romantically furnished with a Italian design iron bed has also great views and access to the terrace.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Smoking allowed in open areas only. Pets considered but must be included in rental agreement , arriving with a non registered pet could amount to a refusal of entry and non refund of total rent paid. The house is very well designed to offer access to most areas in a wheelchair. Extra house keeping , child minding and help with elderly or invalid can be arranged. The garden also has a large vegetable garden, fresh seasonal veggies and herbs are also available on request. The 27sqm 2nd bedroom has air conditioning. The off street parking area partially sun shaded offers parking for up to 4 cars. The salt water swimming pool 10 m x 5 m - approx 1.40 m - 1.70 m deep is not overlooked.

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