|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Casa Fornells is a huge independent traditional Catalan farmhouse masia (a 500m2 building on a 6,000m2 private landscaped garden) with 9 bedrooms, each with private bathroom, and a private fenced-in 12x6 meter pool set in a gorgeous garden, including a spa area with sauna and a large Jacuzzi. The pool has 12 sun-loungers and a couple of parasols, but the surrounding trees offer plenty of shade…
Casa Fornells is located in an unspoiled rural area 8 km south of Girona in an area full of beautiful old stone farmhouses (masias) and right next to a small pitch and putt golf course, so the wide views of distant mountain ranges around the house are unobstructed.
The garden is set away from the little transited road between Fornells and Llampies and you have a real sense of being away from it all. Outside there are a couple of large pergolas made of thick tree trunks overgrown with climbing vines (wild jasmin and wisteria) offering shade for outdoor meals near the BBQ, and another covered wooden-beamed veranda just outside the living room. The bbq area is lit up for outdoor nighttime mealsThis is a house that invites you to spend a lot of time out of doors.
The front doors open onto a central hallway which distributes traffic throughout the house. On the left is the computer and reading room with PC, Wi-Fi and a couple of lounge chairs under a reading lamp.On the right you have the kitchen and beyond that the large banquet-style dining room, seating 25, with lots of windows and a wide door directly to the garden - see photo. This is a great room for meals, day and night!
Separating the kitchen from the large living room is the wide stairway heading upstairs, and beside that, the downstairs bedroom with king-size double bed and private full bathroom, and a door permitting private direct access to the garden.
Then you have a pantry on the left, with the large second refrigerator and the washing machine and hand wash sink and some extra shelving. Just down four steps the large 70m2 main living room, with fireplace, satellite TV, stereo, lots of different seating areas, card tables, etc., and direct access to the covered terrace between the house and the pool. There are lots of potted plants and flowers everywhere, inside the house and in the extraordinary garden.
The 1st floor is split into two levels with a total of 7 bedrooms, each with private bath. Three steps separate the two wings: one wing, set around a large central room with a small table and chairs, has five rooms in total, 4 rooms with king-size double beds and 1 room with two single beds. The other wing has two rooms, one with double bed and the other with two single beds, each with private
On the top floor there is a large suite with a private anteroom with a TV and sofa and chairs. This top floor measures about 70m2, with old fashioned tile floors under old wooden ceiling beams. The views from up here are great. Ah, another nice thing: all the windows have mosquito nets and wooden shutter that keep out the light for sleeping in late.
This house has been on the rental market since 2003 and it always fills up very nicely from about mid-May to mid-October. We have lots and lots of testimonials we´d be happy to send you. These are original and undoctored Testimonial emails that guests have sent in after their rentals.
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Charlie Williams purchased this villa in 2002
Casanova de Ferrando is practically unique in my listings for having 10 bedrooms, 8 of then en suite with private bathroom, the top floor 2 bedroom suite sharing a bathroom plus one extra bathroom just off the living room. Most houses don't have so many bathrooms. Also setting this house apart in terms of price-quality are the following: a beautiful flowery garden (the owners own a tree nursery) surrounded by tall cypress trees with several attractive vine-covered pergolas for shadded al fresco meals around the nice BBQ. There are plenty of different sitting areas indoors, including a reading/computer room with a PC, a large living rooom, and just off the kitchen a dining room seating well over 20 guests. The location is also notable, in a pleasant rural area a short walk (800m) from a small town with shops & restaurants and on the commuter train route, 70 minutes to Barcelona, 8 kms to Girona, and 23 km to some of the coast's best beaches. In many ways, hard to beat, and now, with new spa area including sauna (€5=2hours and Jacuzzi (€5=1h). These work with tokens and the owner gives you 4 tokens for free upon arrival. Payment for the spa is not to make money. It is to avoid burning out the motors with overuse.
The setting: the house is under 1 km from Fornells de la Selva, a sleepy agricultural town with a pharmacy, a tobacconist, two butchers, one of which prepares take delicious take-away dishes like a French traiteur, and a simple but delicious restaurant where I have gone several times now for great 3-course meals and a bottle of wine for 9 Euros! The house is set in a nice green rural area of beautiful old stone houses and right next to a small pitch and putt golf course, so the wide views of distant mountain ranges around the house are unobstructed. The owners of Casanova own one of Spain´s most important tree and plant nurseries, so they have spared no expense in landscaping the beautiful garden with every imaginable sort of flora in different mediums (I´m not an expert but the outer reaches of the garden are rows of tall cypress trees affording privacy, and there are pines and birch, flowerbeds of roses and cyclamens, a decorative pond with lillypads and goldfish, trellises of climbing plants and ivy, bamboo and citrus, etc., as well as a beautifully kept lawn). There a couple large pergolas made of thick tree trunks overgrown with climbing vines offering shade for outdoor meals near the barbecue, and another covered wooden-beamed veranda affixed to the house just outside the living room. This is a house that invites you to spend a lot of time out of doors.
I should have written before but I am just home, we stayed in Span for a week after the week at Ferrando.
What a perfect week we had. Everything worked even though we were so many, we were 22 (yes we had had an ok from Montserrat) of which 9 were children of all ages.
The place is a gem, the garden, the pool, the dining room, the bedrooms all are fantastic.
We were a little worried about the capacity for food preparation for so many but it worked out beautifully.
Montserrat is a fantastic and lovely hostess, the few minor problems we saw were eliminated at once, please give her our very big THANKS .
Thank you for the fine week we had
We stayed in this masia early July 2010. The owners are really friendly and Charlie who organises the lets is really helpful too.
I visited with friends, so we were 6 adults and 6 children and the place very big for us, but plenty of space to stretch out.
The quality of the lodging is good, it is no 5*penthouse apartment, but it has all the right fixtures and fittings to a good quality, plentiful towels and nice bed linen, everything you could possibly need is there.
The kitchen is well equipped for kids (lots of plastic plates and cups) and adults (lots of wine and beer glasses), from juicers to small blenders to numerous pots and pans and enough to feed I'd say 20+.
The outside areas are great.
- a large lawn area for kids playing
- a pergola area where you can put the trestle table/s for outdoor eating for lunch and evenings
- a BBQ for real wood (free) and charcoal
- a pool area that is great - large pool with easy steps in, good for kids
- finally, there is the spa area - a hot tub, lounge chairs and sauna. We barely used it as it was peak summer, but I'd imagine it would be great in cooler weather - this is new, so the plants etc. aren't so well established
We had a ball here. Great for kids (though lots of stairs for my 13 month old, but it was manageable), great for groups large or small.
Fornells de la Selva is a small village with a lovely church in an excellent location, 8 km south east of Girona city, just off the north-south N-II motorway and the AP-7 toll road from France to Barcelona. The house is near to the C-65 road east to the beach resorts, 12 km away. So this house is very centrally situated and near all the major Costa Brava attractions. The house is 900 meters walk from village centre, with a good selection of shops, restaurants, and even a good caterer that sells prepared meals. Best of all, there is a commuter train station here on the Barcelona-Portbou line with frequent trains to Barcelona (1 hour), Girona, Figueres, and the coast resorts of the northern and southern Costa Brava beaches. The area around the house is very quiet and with nice views of the distance Pyrenees. Next door to the house there is a Pitch and Putt golf course.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Standard price only applies off season.
Off-season weekend 1.400 Euro plus 375 extra night.
Cleaning and linen change included once a week.
Extra cleaning and catering available upon request.
Pool maintained all year round.