Five shower townhouse in Cadaques Old Town. Sleeps 8
- english, french
About Chris Morley
I first set eyes on the bay of Cadaques from the mountain road that winds high above the town. I was having a 'life/work balance' moment - touring the Pyrenees (rather slowly) on a classic vintage motorcycle. Perhaps it was the weather and crystal clear sea - but for me the village of Cadaques was a case of love at first sight! Having totally fallen for both the village and the surrounding area I couldn't believe my luck a year later when I returned and found a charming house for sale right in the historic heart of the village! Since then, working to improve the house; bringing everything up to International standards - making it a proper home - has become an on-going labour of love! I certainly cherish my time there - and friends generally seem to agree. It is a very special place. CM.
Chris Morley purchased this House in 2004
Why Chris Morley chose Cadaqués
Cadaques succeeded where many other villages on this coast failed. It remains charming and unspoilt in spite of being home to Salvador Dali and in spite of being located on the busy Costa Brava. Access was the first reason. The approach road from Rosas around the Peni mountain is similar to that of a ski resort. Just one road in and the same road out. Dali, and his considerable influence was the second. In his lifetime he managed to block any major housing development Today Cadaques remains a picturesque town in naturally beautiful surroundings. Full of history, charm and character. The sea is crystal clear here. There are many restaurants and bars serving wonderful food all over town and, just beyond it's narrow cobbled lanes, lies the Cap de Crues Natural Park, home to some of the most spectacular, unspoilt scenery in NE Spain. Travel - especially from the UK - is easy via Girona Airport and yet, for most, Cadaques remains a 'secret spot'.
What makes this House unique
The house lies right at the heart of the once walled, historic old town (or 'Casc Antique' )halfway between the 16th Century church and the sea. Visitors feel part of a traditional village way of life - buying daily fresh bread and fruit from local storekeepers within 50m of the house These steeply cobbled lanes with their bouganvillia clad houses create a charming and picturesque atmosphere below which the clear waters of the bay, filled with little boats and surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops are just a matter of minutes from the front door. There, a faded plaque on the quayside identifies a house once occupied by Picasso. Salvador Dali's home and workshop - 15 minutes walk away at Port Lligat - is where he and many other 20th century artists came to enjoy the extraordinary light quality and rugged natural beauty of the area. Very few properties in the old town are available for visitors to rent. Finding another as well appointed and with such character and charm is almost impossible.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:10
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wow - beautiful home and awesome location!
We stayed here for two weeks. There was a core group of three of us, and we had other friends come for a few nights. For two nights there were seven of us (all adults) and there was plenty of space for everyone. This house is beautifully decorated, the kitchen has everything you need, and the dumbwaiter to the top floor is perfect for deck dining. Comfy beds and pillows, and a great DVD selection. More importantly, this is in the BEST LOCATION for the beach, shopping, bars, groceries, bakery - even close to the main parking lot. Highly recommend this house and we will stay there again on our next trip to beautiful Cadaques! We also met many of the very sweet neighbors and of course loved the cats. We appreciated the beach blankets, cooler and umbrellas there as well for our beach days. It was a magical vacation.
Everything in abundance - including the stairs.
Very well appointed, in a great location. Spacious, well equipped, high quality, even down to the keen edges on the kitchen knives and scissors. We liked the furnishings too, and will be on the hunt for a similar port hole bathroom mirror.
With the weather being so good, we preferred to eat breakfast and lunch on the third floor roof terrace, rather than the ground floor kitchen and dining room. The lift/dumb waiter was not working, so it was a bit of a trek from bottom to top, with all the food. The sink on the top floor was very handy, a small fridge might be useful too.
The owner was very responsive and helpful both before and during our stay.
We were there to swim the Marnaton, which as Chris Morley advised us, is a long way. Even when you think the end is in sight, there is still a mile to go!
Would definitely stay there again, not so sure about swimming the Marnaton again though.
Thanks for making the accommodation an effortless part of our holiday.
Best Property Of Its Type
The previous reviews about this house are very accurate. It is easily the best rental property of this type in which we have stayed. It is very comfortable and well equipped with plenty of space. The location couldn't be better but be aware that the steep coupled streets would be tricky for the less able bodied and similarly the stairs in the house are awkward.
We plan to return at some stage in the future and have no hesitation in recommending this property to others. The fact that Chris was swift and helpful in his responses was a bonus.
Charming house in the middle of the village
The house is very comfortable and decorated with extremely good taste, with all the amenities you can think of (beautiful crookery, stylish fans, comfortable sofa, etc). The fact that tea, coffee is provided on arrival is a very nice touch.
Our highlight was to have our breakfast on the terrace and to have our lunch downstairs with the door opened on the street as it was the coolest place to be in the heat of the day. We felt we were really part of the village and loved the atmosphere of the street (some of us were very fond of the cats). The fact that the lift was not working on this particular occasion was not really a problem (the previous tenants broke it) after all as it was good for our gluts to practice the stairs.
In a nutshell, we loved it and would be very happy to come back.
So glad you enjoyed your stay!
Thank you for your understanding re the service lift
Those three musketeers (cats) in the lane charm everyone who stays at the house - and as a result are quite well fed!
(white ham is one of their favourites)
Loved both the house and Cadaques, full of character. Totally lived up to my expectations and beyond
Myself, family and friends had a wonderful time. The house has everything and more. Full of character but also convenience, including the small internal lift, much food food and drink travelled by this method, to be enjoyed on the terrace.The main door was photographed so many times by passers by, after they had photographed the 3 laziest cats ever. Felt very fortunate to be staying there. We had lovely meals at the round table on the ground floor. The friends that we invited had a great time and loved the house as did we, such a treat. The town is also beautiful with everything near by that you could wish for. Excellent choice of restaurants and bars, including the very chilled Brown Sugar. Sad to leave but I know it will be talked about often and fondly amongst us.
Thanks Neil - and thank you for looking after the house so well and leaving everything immaculate!
Beautiful village house
Our second stay in this lovely house. It is perfectly situated right in the heart of the village, just a few steps from the sea, restaurants and bars. The house is comfortable, stylish and equipped to the highest standard. And Cadaques is such a special place - civilised and beautiful.
Thank you Claudia, you're very kind!
Special interest holidays:
A PADI dive school operates most days in the bay of Cadaques. Look for Sotamar Cadaques
Sailboats and motor powered RIBS are for hire close to the house.
Empuriabrava is renowned for it's world-class sky diving/parachuting centre.
Several hiking trails are accessible from the house.
Two minutes walk (75m) to main Cadaques beach. Many other secluded bays and beaches are a short walk in either direction. Beautiful scenic trails rise above the coastline - easily accessible from the house - providing wonderful views of Cadaques and the dramatic local seascape. Many more rocky bathing areas are dotted along the coastline. On most days the sea around Cadaques is extraordinarily clean and absolutely gin clear!
Girona Airport 55 miles / 75 minutes drive. Also Perpignon - both served by Ryanair. Barcelona main airport 80 miles. Served by Easyjet and National carriers.
SARFA bus services to / from Barcelona centre also main Barcelona airport. Taxi or bus from Girona Airport.
Five and a half hours by TGV train from Paris Gare du Lyon to Figueres
650 mls by car from St. Malo cross channel ferry port (10 hour drive) - connecting with Portsmouth in the UK
38 miles by car to the French border.
Port Lligat (site of the spectacular Dali studio/house) is a 20 minute walk from the house.
Cap de Crues National Park and light house is 15 mins by car.
Figueres (Dali Theatre Museum) 20 miles by car.
Roses 40 minutes by ferry.
Barcelona 80 miles by bus or car.
Girona (airport and city) 50 miles.
Greek/Roman ruins of Empurias 15 miles
The monastery of St. Pierre de Rosas about 10 miles.
Most public interest in Cadaques stems from it's links with the surrealist Catalan artist Salvador Dali - born in nearby Figueres - who spent many summers here. But Dali was not the only artist to visit the village. Pablo Picasso spent the summer of 1910 at a house on the harbour. Joan Miro was a regular visitor. Marcel Duchamp created a cobble-stone star in one of the historic lanes - and played chess with local fishermen at The Meliton bar on the square. In his 20's, Dali brought college friend Federico Garcia Lorca to stay with his parents at a house on the opposite side of town from Port Lligat (marked by a small monument to Lorca, killed during the civil war) Man Rey was a regular visitor along with various stars of music and film in the 1960's and 70's.
Yet Cadaques remains a very real,unspoilt and rather Bohemian fishing village - regarded by those who cherish it's charm as the best kept secret of the Costa Brava! For more detailed information and maps see 'visitcadaques.org' - official site of the local tourist office
As for the house itself, great care has been taken to provide fun as well as home comforts - from high quality furniture and fittings to plenty of wardrobe space ( lots of proper wooden hangers) powerful showers, cupboards for toiletries etc etc
In the kitchen,those who enjoy cooking at home as well as eating out will find everything they need here. From Raymond Blanc saucepans to a full set of Chef's knives - and a stick blender for making soup!
All local shops, banks, restaurants, bars, boat hire, bike or scooter hire, supermarkets and ATM's are within short walking distances. We have Cadaques' best butcher, baker and greengrocer all within 20m of the house!
The town still supports many local artists whose work can be found tucked away in galleries all along the narrow lanes.