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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, Catalan

Restored farmhouse, Mountain Views, Pool, Large grounds, Tranquil & lush setting - Holly

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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La Garrocha Apartment Rental Photos and Description

3 tastefully designed rural apartments perfect for families, groups & couples

Can Cruanyes has been recently restored and renovated into 3 individually styled apartments (1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom). The preservation of characteristic stone walls and vaulted ceilings allow the blending of old world charm with modern comfort and convenience.

Can Cruanyes extends over 20 acres of woodland and paddocks which also host the spacious non overlooked swimming pool. Here you can swim or sunbathe surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountain peaks and forests. The child friendly garden with swings, sandpit, football goal, swing ball and table tennis are great fun for both the young and the young at heart!

Each apartment has its own private terrace where you can dine alfresco while enjoying a glass of local wine under the stars. The BBQ and picnic area enjoy views from all sides, whether up to the mountain peaks above, down to the valley or across to the charming stone house.


Steps for Booking :

1. Enquire to check with us for availability and your desire to book formally

2. Once received we will reserve these dates for you

3. We aim to respond either immediately or within 2 hours with final arrangements of booking. We accept both credit card and bank transfer.

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Details for Holly 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathrooms

Holly can accommodate up to 4 people. The living area and kitchen area are open planned and have a very homely feel. Leading off the main living room there is a large bedroom and a smaller bedroom. The living area boasts a large window which gives a tranquil location to relax and look upon the woods adjacent to the farmhouse. Directly outside the apartment there is a seating area which gives a view of the higher mountains and the surrounding verdant forest areas around Can Cruanyes.
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Donny (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, Catalan

About Donny

I am Irish and moved to Spain 5 years ago with my partner. I have gone from a career in IT to a career in hospitality with no regrets!

Donny purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Donny chose La Garrocha

Well it was actually my father who spotted and restored the house originally. After running it for a number of years and feeling like Catalonia was our new home, we purchased it from him.

What makes this apartment unique

The setting is idyllic with some nice mountain views. The large gardens give the place great scope for doing various projects that appeal to everyone from couples to the kids.


based on 16 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews

Delightfully tranquil and comfortable home from home mountain retreat...

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to be welcomed warmly by Donny, who is a charming and friendly guy. He and his wife Sibhan have created a great mountain retreat in the ideal location to explore the Pyrennees and surrounding countryside. The area is fantastic for walking and cycling (if you are pretty fit!), but is equally beautiful to explore by car. We also made a trip to the coast and found a delightful (uncommercial) beach, as advised in the house's file of useful information. It took us well under an hour to get there on very easy speedy roads. Also, the local medieval towns and villages offer great places to eat, drink and explore.

We stayed in 'Holly' - my husband and I with our 12 year old son. It was very comfortable for the three of us. The beds were comfortable and the house was well kitted out with everything we needed for our 5 night stay. I would suggest if you can, stop en route at the Spar Supermarket in Besalu to get provisions. We enjoyed time on the terrace each evening with a bottle of wine, which does get some sun through the day, and could just see the beautiful mountains from the very slightly over enclosed small terrace (I do understand why the fence has been put up, to give more privacy). We spent a good deal of time by the pool, which is a beautiful place to sit and take a dip in what was apparently unusually hot weather at over 37 degrees c.

A great trip, and we would definitely recommend and will definitely return! Thank you Donny and Sibhan x

PS We envy your lifestyle :)

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great time in Can Cruanyes

  • 5 of 5

The location is perfect to visit many point of interest (Garotxa Volcanic Zone, Olot, Besalu, Figueres/Cadaqués, etc.)

The Catalan farmhouse is really charming and the appartment is well-maintained and very functionnal with lots of equipment for cooking.

The large swimming pool is clean and there is a lot of space for kids to play outside.

Our host Donny spent time with us to provide precious advices for visiting the area.

We would not hesitate recommending this place to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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A great week

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Can Cruanyes, in a beautiful setting with the Pyrenees to look out on when we sat out for meals. Everything we needed was there. The weather was extremely hot during our week and there is no air conditioning, but Donny provided fans, so it was fine. The good size pool was very welcome!

Donny was extremely helpful whenever we asked anything and there was a lot of useful information about the area in the property. It was quite hot to do much sight-seeing, but there were some beautiful surrounding villages and towns which we enjoyed visiting. The kids also enjoyed doing some cycling with the mountain bikes provided.

Many thanks, Donny, we hope to return one day!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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An excellent place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

The property appears quite suddenly at the end of a rough track and is really attractive, as the pictures suggest.

We were made to feel really welcome by both Donny and Siobhan, the owners, although their presence during the week could not have been less obtrusive - they were marvellous and responded to questions regarding the area really positively and with a keen desire to help.

Lovely little personal touches, such as the fresh ivy leaves decorating our towels and wild flowers left in little pots, added to the charm of the apartment. Very clean and simply furnished, the 2-bed apartment met our family's needs perfectly.

The good-sized pool is set to the side of a beautiful lawned meadow area, where we played football and table tennis, as well as just having space to run around.

Peaceful and quiet - the Pyrenees form an awesome backdrop to the immediate surroundings. The local village (Tortella) is quaint and great for meat, bread and cheap vino! Only a short hop to Figueres and Orlot, which are both lovely towns to spend some time.

Definitely recommended and we shall return!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Owner's Response: Hi Guys. Thanks for coming and see you soon again!
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A holiday which thirsts for more

  • 4 of 5

We spent a lovely fortnight in this cosy farmhouse, where we quite immediately felt at ease. The spaciousness of the property, combined with the tranquility of the location, made us feel 'coming home' after the various day trips we did. Can Cruanyes, situated a little bit off road, on the slopes of a mountain, in the woods, was the perfect starting point for our excursions (hiking into the mountains, visiting medieval villages and larger city's the North East of Catalonia). We also enjoyed nearby Tortella, with it's down to earth daily life (market place, bakery, butcher, cafe's, ...) or just staying 'at home' and having a chat with the other guests, make use of the swimming pool, the BBQ or the large lawns to play soccer, (table-)tennis or petanque. The owners, Donny and Siobhan, are very kind and ready to give you some touristic advise or fix some small problems in your appartement.

We certainly go back. We still have a lot to see and to 'experience'.

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Owner's Response: Thanks. Yes we are always on hand if you have any issues or need help.
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  • 5 of 5

great location and surroundings. very close to Besalu, Figueres, just 40 min from beautiful beaches. Stunning view from the terrace.

The apartment was very clean and practical! We definitely fell in love with the garrotxa region!! Hope to come again some day

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Restaurant Curia Reial SL.
"Serving Garrotxa specialist food Curia Reial is one of the upper end restaurants in Besalu. ..."
Bridge of Besalú
"Old Pituresque Medieval Bridge"
Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Girona Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Tortella (local village)
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Torremirona Golf
Nearest Train
45 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Sant Pere de Pescador
Car: necessary

Strategically located in the Garrotxa National Park and secluded in twenty acres of peaceful woodland and paddocks, this Catalan farmhouse is a perfect destination for a relaxing or activity driven holiday.

The local area surrounding Can Cruanyes is steeped in medieval history and atmosphere. It is littered with villages boasting rambling narrow streets, beautiful churches and various bars and restaurants.

Must see places of interest and highlights are :

• Besalu (10 mins) - Pituresque twelfth century fortified bridge

• Figueres (25mins) - Dali Museum

• Costa Brava (40 mins) - Beaches

• Banyoles (15 mins) - Pituresque lake used for Olympics

• Olot (20 mins) - Volcanic region

• Girona City (40 mins) - Relaxed city with beautiful medeival architecture

• France (25 mins) - Vine yards and beautiful coastal villages

• Barcelona (90 mins) - Stunning architecture

Local to Can Cruanyes itself you will find some fantastic rock pools set within gorges for cooling down on those hot summer days. If you like to take a long hike or short walks in a beautiful setting, both can be done from Can Cruanyes also.


Rates & Availability

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Aug 27 2016 - Sep 30 2016
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2 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Children under 2 come for free.

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La Garrocha Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 51 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Can be converted into twin bed arrangement
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Both rooms look out onto a forested area that is verdant green all year around. Both bedrooms also have original vaulted white washed ceilings. One of the bedrooms is king-size with a visco memory foam mattress providing extra comfort.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Sand Box
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis

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