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Spacious 3 bedroom villa in quiet residential area with private pool and gardens

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Well maintained villa, south facing with full sun all day.

Gardenia is situated in a quiet residential area, ideal for families or couples seeking relaxation. Our 3 bedroom villa with private pool is set in secluded gardens, gated and secure for children with off road parking. Gardenia has a comfortable lounge/diner with doors that lead to the front patio, pool and terrace, with satellite TV and free WI-fi. A modern fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom a second double bedroom, a third bedroom with twin beds and a family bathroom compliments our villa. The south facing aspect of our villa allows for full sun all day with beautiful sunsets whilst relaxing on the terraces or in the swimming pool on summer days or evenings.

More Details

Susan & Peter Avenell
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Susan & Peter Avenell

We currently live in the UK, but try to visit our villa in Spain as often as we can with our family and friends. It is our idea of a perfect holiday! If you would like any more information on our villa or the local area please just ask when booking, we will be more than happy to assist.

Susan & Peter Avenell purchased this villa in 1990

Why Susan & Peter Avenell chose Alt Emporda

We had our villa built to our own specifications and have done many improvements since. We love the Costa Brava for its many sandy beaches, ease of access, the fantastic climate, scenery, mountain and coastal views. Paradise on earth!

Guestbook comments from the owner

It's lovely to come back after two years and find everything as perfect as we remember. We spent many a lazy day on the numerous beaches around the area and hours of snorkelling in the crystal ocean. Trisa, Mike and family..August 2014

We've had a lovely relaxing break here in L'Escala. The villa is great, everything we needed. Daniel would like to take the pool home with him. Alison Simon and family..May 2014

Thank you for letting us use your lovely villa for our holiday. We had a brilliant time and hopefully will be back next year! The villa was perfect for everything we needed and the pool was a bonus in the lovely weather Jenny, Ben and family..July 2014

On behalf of my family I am writing this to let you know we have had a wonderful week here in villa Gardenia. The villa is lovely and very well equipped. Going home with some wonderful memories and will return one day. Steve and family...September 2014
Feb 2004
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L'Escala Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom is fully tiled with heated towel rail, a bath, shower and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms have black out roller blinds at the windows.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have a helpful English couple living nearby who look after our villa, with their local knowledge of best places to go, to help you enjoy your holiday. The pool is maintained weekly. The villa is cleaned for your arrival with fresh bed linen and house towels.


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Spacious 3 bedroom villa in quiet residential area with private pool and gardens
average rating of 4.142857 based on 8 reviews

Lovely stay at L'Escala

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely relaxing stay in L'Escala. The Villa itself was immaculate with everything there we needed. The pool was fabulous it was cleaned and well maintained. The local beaches were great our favourite beach was San Marti. L'Escala was just a short distance away by car and their was lots of nice resturants there. We would recommend this villa and look forward to visiting again. Going home with some wonderful memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Pretty property in quiet area, sechluded, private with small pool.

  • 3 of 5

The property is pretty, clean and in a quiet area, walled off so completely private. A walk of about 25 minutes to the nearest shops and half and hour to nearest beach. The pool is well tended, with someone coming in each day, however it is very small, only 7 strokes from end to end. The picture makes it look bigger. There is a caretaker you can call, who is extremely kind and helpful. The Sky tv hadn't been paid for, so we could only get a few free channels like the news. The house very much needs several things to be renewed. The fridge was iced up, with a massive block of ice at the back, it didn't work properly and has needed replacing for some time. Likewise the bedlinen which is rough and old, the mattresses, where you can feel the springs in one of them and the cooker, which only has one working shelf. The other one falls down with anything heavier than bread, but when we put bread on it to bake, it burnt the underside black after a few minutes. The gas barbeque is corroded where the flames come out, so the flames burn the food at the centre and don't cook it at the outer areas. I hate to say anything negative, the owners were very efficient and helpful when we booked, but didn't give any sense that they would replace the fridge, once we said it wasn't working, even when we said we didn't think it was safe and may not keep our food cold in the heat. A maintenance man came to mend the loo seat, which was broken when we arrived, a bolt was missing, so it swung to one side dangerously when sat on and he said the fridge was broken, the gas couldn't circulate and it should be replaced. He had to order the bolt, so it never got fixed in the 2 weeks we were there. I would recommend the property as long as these things were rectified first. I've given it 3 stars on the understanding that things got replaced that were past their best, or broken.

We hired kayaks at L'Estartit and kayaked to some islands where we snorkelled, walked up a small mountain to castell montgri, amazing views, had a day at waterworld, amazing, book online it's cheaper and has special offers, go-Karting at L'escala, great fun, all the beaches are great. Hire bikes at tourist info and cycle on the bike tracks along the coast. Had tapas on the coast in the Old Town, bought and tasted wine at a wine shop in the old town too. Tourist info very helpful

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: After such glowing previous reviews, I was surprised to read your review. Regarding the bed we have found a previous guest had turned the mattress over and the memory foam was underneath. All the linen has been replaced. It is not possible to obtain UK TV channels via a satellite dish in many parts of Spain now, including L' Escala. We will steam uk tv channels via the internet for next season. The fridge was not a frost free type, hence the frost at the back, but as the health and safety of our guest's is paramount, we have replaced the fridge. Our previous guest broke the toilet seat but that was fixed before you left. Not many guest bake cakes while on holiday in August but we will look and replace the oven and BBQ where necessary. The pool size for the patio area and garden we feel is correct with dimensions given on the website. Many thanks for your comments.
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Fabulous villa with pool; quietly situated.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in August at Villa Gardenia and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.

The pool was fantastic and as we have 2 young children (3 and 6) it was the perfect size for us to splash about in - much needed when the mercury is pushing 33 degrees.

It's worth having a rental car as you are situated a short car journey from the beach at Riels.

There are tons of places to visit nearby. One big recommendation is to take a trip inland to Banyoles and have a swim in the lake. Fabulous.

All in all I would highly recommend Villa Gardenia.

Chris Alavoine.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sizeable well stocked and furnished villa with a lovely pool in a very pleasant area

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need for a lovely holiday is provided with the property, the pool is cleaned and maintained most mornings, clean bed linen and towels are provided and there is a washing machine if you need to refresh them, there is sky TV (although we didn't use it) and a dvd player which we did use to keep the kids amused in the evenings. There is constant hot water and the shower is very good, the kitchen is well stocked with all that you need to cook and eat in if you want, the beaches are lovely, night life in L'escala is excellent, loads of restaurants, bars and shopping, what more can I say? we had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend staying here, the only down side for us was, because the daily temperature never got below 35 degrees we never wanted to walk far so, it was a drive to everywhere we went, shopping, the beach, a bar or restaurant, none are in easy walking distance in the heat, but it never spoiled our holiday

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon Trip May 2016

  • 4 of 5

The villi is perfect for a stay in L'escala it is a little way from the beach area so is nice and quiet.

Fully fitted kitchen and everything you need be it a couple on holiday or a family. Fred the guy who meets you with the keys is friendly helpful and punctual.

Would love to come back and stay again have given a 4 star rating but if you replace the mattresses/beds we would give 5 stars no problem - mattresses are a little soft for us

Cannot fault anything else pool is great and the chap who cleans it comes before you are even thinking about getting out of bed so doesn't disturb your holiday at all.

Jo and Doug

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write a review. Yes it is nice and quiet where our villa is, yet not too far from the beach. We particularly ask that the pool is maintained early in the day (usually when you are in bed a sleep) so as not to disturb your privacy whilst on holiday. Regarding the softness or the hardness of the beds, this is always a difficult one to address as it so much depends on what guest's are used to at home. We will look at the bed's and we will replace if required as we aim to give our guest the best possible holiday experience. Many thanks Kind regards Peter and Susan
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A Lovely Family Holiday, July 2015

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week at the end of July, there were 6 of us, 2 teenagers, 2 40 somethings & 2 grandparents! The Villa is as described, very clean & well maintained, everything we needed for a family holiday. The pool is a great asset, we were in Spain during a heat wave, so spent a lot of time in the pool. The location is in a very quiet residential area, but only a 20 min walk to the seafront. We hired a car from Girona airport & found the drive to L'Escala very easy. We visited the Dali museum in Figures, definitely worth a visit, as is Girona. Lots of beautiful beaches within easy reach, we also took a boat trip to the Medes Islands, so much to do a week was not long enough. Lots of very good restaurants in the old town & at Riells. Looking forward to staying again

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your lovely review, we are so pleased that you and your family had a great holiday enjoying the local area and beyond which has so much to offer. We look forward to welcoming you and your family again.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
140 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Sant Miguel de Fluvia
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Villa Gardenia is nearby to the famous ruins of Empuriés along the coast , two complete towns, one Greek, one Roman, where you can wander through ancient times. The beautiful beaches below the ruins are a perfect place to relax after a morning exploration. You could also walk along the board walk to the tiny medieval hamlet Sañt Marti for lunch in the square over looking the sea. Visit Figueres where the Dali Museum is located, Barcelona the capital of Catalonia, and Geroña the medieval walled city is a worthy day trip from our villa. As an antidote to cultural overload, why not visit the Aqua Brava water park on the outskirts of Roses. On our visits we have found it clean and a carefully landscaped theme park with plenty to do throughout the day for all age groups. Another suggestion, spend a day on the Dali Trail driving along breathtaking mountain roads, through the pretty town of Cadaques and on to the coast road around the artist former home at Port Lligat all within easy reach from our villa. There are many hidden coves and much more to enjoy, all of this information will be gladly shared with you.


Rates & Availability

L'Escala Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July first weeks
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 15 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
August last weeks
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $255.67

We accept HomeAway's online bookings and payments, so if it's convenient for you to use the HomeAway system to book and pay for your stay by VISA then by all means do so. Please note that if you choose to use HomeAway's online bookings and payments, HomeAway will charge you a 'Traveller Service Fee'. This fee is added to our rental rate when you request a quote/book, and is payable to HomeAway (to cover their marketing, service, and 'Book With Confidence Guarantee'). This additional fee will be between 6% and 8% of the total rental. Alternatively feel free to contact us using the 'Enquire Now' blue hyperlink to the right under 'Request to Book' link.
Included in the price, the pool is maintained weekly and our villa is cleaned for your arrival, together with fresh bed linen and house towels, with no additional costs.
A discount of 5% will apply off advertised rates for a party of 2 persons.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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