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Tranquil country property, events room, gardens,church for celebrations. Family/pet friendly - Mas Sant Nicolau

Bedrooms 13
Space 7,534 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights



Mas Sant Nicolau

Large country property comprising seven independent cottages, each with private, fenced garden with barbecue and outdoor table and chairs, set in a finca with extensive grounds, events room (100m2), tennis court, swimming pool, historic 12th century church at the gate. Ideal for couples,families and groups (max 35 people) looking for a quiet country property with good shared facilities (pool, barbecues, tennis, ping pong) in a rural yet accessible and central location.

About the property

Mas Sant Nicolau

Mas Sant Nicolau is a hidden paradise located between the Pyrenees and the sea. Tranquil, rural location. A family run, traditional Catalan country house and large grounds with seven comfortable self-contained cottages, events room and outdoor space for groups ( sleeping up to 35 people). Set in extensive Mediterranean gardens with a medieval church at the gate. Facilities including swimming pool, tennis court, table tennis, boules, barbecues, children's play area and pets corner.

Popular for weddings, celebrations, workshops, courses and family events, with experienced hosts for help with event planning and management.

Set in just under a hectare (4 acres) of quiet countryside and clear starry night skies, surrounded by woods & gentle hills yet only 15 minutes from major communications and public transport links, Gerona Airport 30 minutes, Barcelona 90 minutes,Perpignan (France) 60 minutes. A tranquil, safe, natural environment. Large indoor and outdoor group space for every kind of event, every season. Easy access and central, 30 minutes west of the unspoilt Costa Brava coastline in the Alt Empordà region - famous for its culture, gastronomy, wines, diverse natural landscapes and superb climate. You really can enjoy mountains and beaches in the same day.

Ideal for a unique, informal country celebration with meeting space for up to 100 people, accommodation for 35 and an excellent selection of local services for catering, music, etc.. Additional accommodation available in local village by arrangement.

Excellent communal facilities: Indoor events room (100m2), outdoor terraces and gardens with sun and shade, separate kitchen for catering, barbecue area, swimming pool, tennis, petanque, table tennis, pets corner, horses. Gentle atmosphere. Knowledgeable, experienced owners with on site help available for planning events, excursions, booking restaurants and activities. Plus the amazing places to visit that aren't in the guide books.

The property consists of a large Catalan masia and outbuildings, part of which is retained by the family and part of which is tastefully converted into 2-4 bedroom apartments and cottages, each with comfortable furnishings, well equipped kitchen, bathroom with shower and Mediterranean gardens and terraces for outdoor dining and relaxation. (Four are listed individually on this site as well - see top of this page to view information.) Cottages available to rent individually or in combination. Pets welcome by arrangement. Please ask for our personal recommendations of the property to suit your party size and requirements. And a tailor made quote for your group. As owners who live here too, we take care to ensure that we help you have the best holiday experience and we are discreetly available to help with information and suggestions.

It is ideal for quiet retreats, family gatherings and celebrations. It is also used by artists, musicians and for holistic workshops/holidays.

More Details

Helen Weir
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, Catalan
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2017

About Helen Weir

Wooed by the idea of living in paradise, we upped sticks from the UK to settle in the Alt Empordà, famed for its diverse landscapes, natural beauty, proximity between rural villages, the coast and cosmopolitan towns like Figueres, Girona and Barcelona, and of course, incredible sunshine for more than 300 days a year.

With our professional lives being spent in helping people and organisations to realise their potential, and living in old houses that needed a lot of work and care, changing hats has not been so different in the skills we use - but the way we live has definitely been a transformation. Now we help people to share our experience of living the dream, through fantastic, memorable holidays and celebrations in this little corner of paradise in the Costa Brava.

We're often asked, would we go back? The answer - yes - to visit! It's so easy and inexpensive to get here from all over Europe by air, rail and road, that a weekend trip or longer stay is a real option.

What do we miss? - Not the weather, we have all the seasons here, but very little rain or wind, warm and sunny days throughout the year with incredibly balmy evenings from May to October. And a real outdoor life - from water sports, to walking, cycling, skiing and snowboarding.,

Fruit and vegetables , flowers and trees - it's a gardeners' paradise. We do ask family and friends to bring us tea bags and ginger biscuits, and the odd pack of crumpets doesn't go amiss!

Like many people, we didn't realise that Catalonia has its own language, which we now understand very well, though we're still more comfortable speaking spanish. For me, since I grew up in South Wales,. I find it really easy to relate to being in a mixed cultural environment, which enriches our experience of living on the Costa Brava.

Helen Weir purchased this chateau / country house in 2003

Why Helen Weir chose Alt Emporda

Like many things in life, a happy accident. We wanted an old farmhouse on the edge of a small but busy village in a quiet, beautiful, eco friendly location, yet very central and easy to get to. Mas Sant Nicolau is that very special place. Stunning location, the Pyrenees as a backdrop, rolling countryside with woods and fields all around, and the sea just a short drive away. A traditional catalan country house (records go back to the 1800's) which was a working family farm until the early 1990's, with an 11th century romanesque country church at the gate,

The first thing that greets you is the overwhelming sense of calm - maybe from the thick stone walls of the church and house, maybe because of the extensive gardens, and some say because of ancient lay lines. The moment you enter from the small country lane through woods and fields, you leave behind the cosmopolitan world and relax into a gentler way of being.

The outbuildings and part of the main house were sympathetically converted into 7 family sized holiday cottages with private gardens (to sleep up to 35 people) and the surrounding landscape transformed into stunning Mediterranean gardens, with events room, pool and tennis court, and vistas of the surrounding countryside all around.

The transition from working farm to country estate has been achieved through careful planting of the extensive gardens, which are bordered by mature mediterranean pines (a great place for your hammock), palms and Eucalyptus, with fragrant borders filled with lavander, roses, thyme and other sun loving plants with the aim of providing colour, scent, open space and privacy for our guests.

We're in the heart of the countryside, completely tranquil, birdsong all around (nightingales from spring), the faint chimes of the village clock and distant cow bells wafting from across the valley. At night a clear star filled sky (there's no air or light pollution here. And yet, a stone's throw away from Figueres. A dream come true

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Excellent facilities - full size tennis court, large swimming pool (10x5 meters) with fence and gate, children's play area, petanque, badminton, table tennis, 100m2 events room with wonderful views, social areas with barbecues.

Central - just 30 minutes to: the coast with a wide range of beaches, activities and unspoiled coastline to suit every taste, Gerona city and airport the volcanic zone in Garrotxa, wildlife/nature parks at Aiguamolls and Cap de Creus, stylish shopping in Figueres - world famous for the Dalí museum, and near enough to visit Barcelona for the day (high speed train journey 45 minutes).

Helpful and knowledgeable hosts, who are discreetly on hand if needed to help with information, bookings for restaurants and activities.

Free Must Do guide - compiled with recommendations from our guests, so you see at a glance the huge choice and some best kept secrets that are not featured in the guide books.

Pets welcome in selected cottages by prior arrangement - we are careful to ensure that we limit the number of pets at any one time, and our very responsible pet owners ensure that their four legged friends stay away from our communal facilities - there are lost of walks and open space for pets to be exercised from the gate.

Ideal base for mountain biking (BTT centre in the next village, waymarked routes from our gate and free route maps), walking, running, horse riding, birdwatching and wildlife watching (wild boar, deer, native squirrels, badgers and foxes are regular visitors in the surrounding fields and woods).

Favourite wedding/celebration location for people looking to plan their own unique event and ideal for writers, artists (amazing light here), yoga and qigong practitioners to unwind and connect with the environment and their creativity (ask about our short courses).

Available Rentals

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Add 10 pounds per person per night for more than 2 people. Discounts for last minute/group bookings/long stay - ask for a quote. Rate includes bedding and final cleaning. Towels available for rent. Deposit requested. Key pick up with owner. Pets allowed only by prior arrangement.


Ordis Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 7534 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 35
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fan
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linen Rental Possible
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Lorca - toilet , combination tub/shower , Outdoor shower is situated at the communal swimming pool
    Bathroom Dalí - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Picasso - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Miro - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Gaudi - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Chagall - toilet , shower
    Bathroom Buñuel - toilet , shower
  • 13 Bedrooms, Sleeps 35
  • Family bedroom - 3 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Extra bed available on request. Large room.
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Antique bedroom furniture, light and airy, with views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double
    Bedroom 8 - 1 double
    Bedroom 9 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 10 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 11 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 12 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 13 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Canoe
  • Communal Tennis Court
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Parasol
  • Pétanque Court ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Free Must Do guide - compiled from local knowledge with our guests' recommendations so you can make the most of your holiday right from the start. Day passes to Torremirona Golf, Spa and Fitness Centre (15 minutes) available. Special last minute booking rates - please ask. New Pets Corner under construction. Horses and ponies on the property. Help with booking riding lessons and pony trecking at local centres. Mountain bike/hiking routes from the gate. BTT centre in next village, Navata. Selection of visitor guides and tourist information available on site. Local restaurant recommendations and bookings service


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Mas Sant Nicolau
average rating of 4.76 based on 25 reviews

Wonderful, relaxing, charming

  • 5 of 5

For us and our three sons, this was perfect - plenty of room to run around and explore, hammocks, a pool, the apartment was nicely done in a relaxed manner. Everything you need, not too fussy.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great feedback, thank you so much for selecting Mas Sant Nicolau for your summer holiday. Best wishes, Helen and Francis.
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Nice property and place. Basics need attention

  • 3 of 5

Nice, private apartment in an old 'Mas'. Helen and Francis are very welcoming and helpful and gave us lots of suggestions for things te see and do. Very nice! Our apartment was private and had a big tree that gave shade. General maintenance and some basic things need some attention though. Our mattress didn't fit into the bed, the shower didn't work properly the first days en my suggestion would be to make a paved terrace in the garden so that it's less dusty (or muddy for the occasional rain shower).

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Like a good tapas dish, so tasty you want more!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived (3 couples) Helen & Francis gave the impression we were their focus and could not have 'pitched' the attentiveness better.

Accommodation is Gite style, and the grounds rambling too, the surroundings are conducive to lounging or long, lazy, relaxed picking at the excellent food you pick up on your travels to the nearby supermarket or Ordis itself.

We left all too soon, family affairs, sadly, but with a promise to return soon.



Nigel & Sandra

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take real pleasure in helping our guests to make the most of their holiday - it is wonderful to meet many different people - everyone with a common need - to relax, unwind and have a really good holiday. Sant Nicolau is a tranquil base with great facilities, and being central, ideally situated for visits to the coast, mountains, cities and medieval villages and markets. There are two things we haven't got right yet - our guests tell us that Sant Nicolau is much bigger than they imagined - only seven holiday homes but with very extensive grounds, so you have a huge amount of space and never feel crowded - we need to take some photos that show this. And the fact that there is so much to do - people come back because they have discovered a paradise and need more time to explore - so we need to give more information about that too. And related to tapas - there are some truly excellent restaurants nearby, which use fresh, local produce and imaginative ways of preparing some of the best meals tht you might ever experience. See our Must Do Guide for more information. Thankyou Nigel and Sandra for taking the time to comment on your stay. It will help other people decide from a renter's viewpoint, if Sant Nicolau is the place for them. We hope so!
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Easter 2014

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with Helen and Francis with our daughters 12 and 9 over Easter ( 5 days in total). We can highly recommend Mas St Nicolau. It is a charming place, full of character and for those who love peace and tranquility this is the place to be, but for those who favor a little action may indulge in a little tennis, a nice long walk or a dip in the pool. Both Helen and Francis were a delight, perfect hosts, and always accommodating. One could not wish for better. We loved our time there and look forward to returning. Thanks a million once again for everything.

Julia and Thomas (and the girls)

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Springtime at Mas Sant Nicolau is a tremendous time in which to discover this diverse and unspoilt corner of Catalunya's Costa Brava. Thank you so much Jules for sharing your experience with our enquirers. It was wonderful to see you take full advantage of the tennis court and ping pong. You were lucky enough to be our first Homeaway guests to meet our two new baby pygmy goats (thankyou girls for suggesting names for them), and we have just been given an adorable, housetrained small black piglet, who will join our new pets corner. We look forward to seeing you again next year and in the meantime, we will put some pictures of the animals on our website, so you can see their progress. Helen.
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We had a very nice stay i...

  • 4 of 5

We had a very nice stay in Saint Nicolau. The house is well organised, nice kitchen, spacy bedrooms. The outside is quit, with a small but nice pool, tenniscourt, table tennis etc. Big grass land to relax on.

The supermarket is 15 minutes away by car, so if you want fresh bread in the morning you have to accept that it takes a little to get it.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Wonderfully spacious and...

  • 5 of 5

"Wonderfully spacious and tranquil. with attractive woodland on the doorstep and mountains and sea within easy reach. The clear night skies and birdsong enhance the allure. The owners couldn’t have been kinder or more helpful. We've been twice now and are looking forward to third visit."

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Cal Fusta, village bar/shop, fresh bread daily
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Torremirona Golf, Spa and Fitness, Navata
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Figueres/Vilafant (high speed train), Figueres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
AP 7, N2, N260
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Mas Pla in Borrassa, Carles Antoner in Lladò
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Vallter 2000 (90 minutes by car), La Molina.
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Sant Marti d'Empuries, Escala, Roses, Cadaques
Car: recommended

Idyllic, tranquil country location set in the Alt Empordà region of Catalonia, often compared to Tuscany. Favoured by artists and holiday visitors for the pure air, clear skies, mediterranean sunshine all year round and diversity of landscape and activities within easy reach. Mas Sant Nicolau is surrounded by nature, yet just 15 minutes from the nearest motorway and high speed train links, within easy reach of the coast, lakes and mountains. Extensive network of walk, cycle routes in the door, however, easy access to the Costa Brava coast stations, shopping in the city with style in Figueres and Girona, in the beautiful inland countryside and the Pyrenees. Lakes, ponds, streams, nature reserves famous for migratory birds within 30 minutes. Ski resort 60 minutes. Rich selection of quality local food and wine, village shops, restaurants and markets. Soak up the atmosphere of old Girona, Figueres with style, famous for the Dalí museums and shopping. medieval monasteries, castles, stunning coastal Greco-Roman ruins near Escala. Fishing villages, rugged sea coves, picturesque canals and bays of Cadaques, Roses and L'Estartit. Take river trips, boats, sea taxis, restaurant boats! Low cost mountain biking and water sports nearby centers offer dives accompanied youth and beginners. parachuting, ballooning, horseback riding, karting, quads within 30 minutes and a series of extreme sports. divers paradise Medes Islands (40 minutes), farther, but are able to do-, Barcelona, ??Port Aventura (Spain Disneyland) Andorra and the ski resort in the Pyrenees. Pop to France for lunch (Le Boulou 25 minutes) or visit famous Carcassonne, Cathar Castles peoples, Perpignan and spas.

Help with custom itineraries, holiday planning, booking of activities and events. Early booking is recommended for perRich in culture and history with medieval cities and villages of Gerona, Barcelonamajor and every activity and landscape just 15 minutes from the AP7 motorway and h. Output 4, south of Figueres. Gerona Airport 30 minutes from Barcelona airport 90 minutes. Off a quiet country lane with easy access. Detailed instructions available. A car is recommended.


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