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Country House with Beautiful Garden And Pool In Spectacular Setting - Mas Calvo

Bedrooms 10
Space 4,843 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Mas Calvo

The Mas Calvo estate has two houses, La Masia (6 beds) and Casa Nova (4 beds).Casa Nova can be rented separately.

La Masia has a master bed with ensuite bathroom, 2 double rooms that share a family bathroom and a twin with an ensuite bathroom. The top floor is has two rooms that adjoin with 2 small double beds and 3 spare single beds with a shower room. A great base for kids.

Casa Nova has 4 bedrooms, (2 adjoin) and two mosaic bathrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room.

There are multiple reception rooms with gorgeous fireplaces, 2 outside terraces with stunning views. 2 outside dining areas (one with a large wood oven) and 2 BBQs. Modern/fully equipped kitchens, stores and utility rooms, and a grand inside dining room.

A great 2 acre garden, with a 12m swimming pool is surrounded by a beautiful national park, aside a medieval village. There are fantastic local restaurants/shops, hiking, biking, horse riding, kayaking/sky diving, golf, skiining

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About the property


The estate comprises of 2 houses next to each other LA MASIA (6 bedroom) and CASA NOVA 4 bedrooms.

The house is a renovated, traditional (16th Masia. (A beautiful stone manor house unique to the area) with vaulted ceilings, terracotta tiles and exposed beams.

If you rent Casa Nova (4 bed) house on its own you will still have total peace and tranquility and sole use of the garden and pool (which you overlook) in June / July and August. (Out of high summer season the garden and pool are shared with the owner, if at home)


Converting the barn was one of the current owners, first grand designs. It has been lovingly restored, with high ceilings and an open plan living area. Here you will discover treasures designed by local artists and some that she has brought back from her travels. A beautiful wrought iron balcony depicts sunflowers and penguins, and encircles the large space. There are two gorgeously mosaicked bathrooms and some hand painted tiles. Shelves are full of local pottery, Moroccan lamps hang from ceilings and framed Indian tapestries colour the walls. All melt into a light and happy ambiance that crafts its magical charm.

The two double bedrooms downstairs are light and airy and imbue the calmness of Mediterranean simplicity. They share one of the delightfully tiled bathrooms with a bath and power shower. Upstairs, the large, master bedroom has an en suite, both a fire and a ceiling fan and a door that leads out onto the upper terrace. There is an adjoining twin room down a small staircase and this is a combination that could be perfect for families with children. Please note these rooms are adjoining.

The upstairs terrace has dreamy views of the national park with an Ibizan style lounge bed and a built in backgammon table providing a fabulous place to watch the epic sunsets. The upstairs sitting room has a sofa bed arranged in front of an open fire, screen with DVDs, (please note TV only has DVD facilities) and floor to ceiling bookcases. All the bedroom have standing fans.

The modern kitchen has a brand new cooker and oven, large fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher and separate larder. It leads onto a patio that can seat 8-20 for shaded, alfresco dining with its own barbeque. All is decorated by the blues of the pool, greens of the lawn and the grace of an ancient olive tree. Inside you can move freely between the open plan kitchen and the 8 seated dining area which also has a fire place. Fantastic as well in winter the whole house has under floor heating. The house has a small utility room with a washing machine and outdoor clothesline. There is wifi. A travel cot and highchair can be left at request.


This C16th century manor house still boasts traditional vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and stone work and terracotta tiled roofs, while including most modern comforts; (5 hob cooker, large oven, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, washing machine, dryer, Wifi and apple TV with DVD player).

The house, built to be fantastically cool in summer with its thick stone walls, has white, clean rooms filled with antique French furniture and some colourful 70s tiling in some of the bathrooms which lends the house its quirk and charm.

The downstairs is cool, cosy and cavernous. There is a small snug, lined with bookcases, where you can watch apple TV, which has a lovely guarded fire. A fully equipped kitchen leads onto a castle-esque, stone dining room which can seat up to 24 for majestic suppers. The kitchen's north end opens out onto a raised garden terrace with both a barbeque and a wood burning oven, fantastic for pizzas and roasts. The teak dining table seats 12 and is surrounded by herbs, lavender, bay and walnut trees and an old roman well. There is a downstairs loo, cold shower and ample space for outdoor clothes in a large cloakroom by the utility cupboard.

The upstairs sitting room is magnificent. A massive, vaulted ceiling houses 3 sofas around a large open fire. The atmosphere is warm and appealing. An outside terrace, with shaded seating, looks south onto the tiled roofs of the barn and over into the donkey’s meadow. A great night's sleep can be enjoyed in all the comfortable rooms; the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, two double bedrooms share a bathroom and a twin bedroom also has an en suite bathroom. Again the décor is light and discerning.

In the spacious attic, two adjoining rooms have 2 small doubles and 3 single beds and share a shower and loo.

All the bedrooms have standing fans.

La Masia can be rented the whole year round but must be rented with Casa Nova. Together they can sleep a maximum of 23.


The 100 acre estate runs into the Gavarres national park through un fallowed meadows providing stunning views and and uninterrupted peace. While we are close to the pretty and very tranquil, medieval village of Sant Marti Vell the house is surrounded by huge pine trees and you have wonderful peace and quiet.

Our mother planted a delightful garden reflecting her fun, colourful and passionate nature.

As you pass through the electric gates, you are welcomed by iconic Cyprus tress lining the driveway up to the houses.

The houses themselves are covered in bright wisteria and sweet honeysuckle. A palm tree welcomes you to discover a well kept, large and fertile lawn while lemon, orange, walnut, plum, apple, fig, olive and pomegranate saplings add their fruitiness. There is even a magical wood where fairies leave treasure for well behaved children.

In spring white and pink blossom is in abundance and the surrounding meadows are full of poppies. Roses bloom in the garden through out the summer and the countryside is a blur of yellow sunflowers. In Autumn the surrounding trees are ablaze in stunning orange and reds.

You can pet the donkey or there is a ping pong table, badminton and boule to amuse yourself with or just sit back and read a book by the pool. The pool has 12 sun loungers to tan on and you can also recline on benches in the shade.

The two outside barbeques, shaded dining area for 20 and the open air dining area with a wood burning oven make great al fresco eating areas for long leisurely lunches.

The sunsets are incredible over the national park and you can enjoy both them and the nights 3D, star studded skies from the comfort of two upper terraces. There is even a telescope to star gaze.

Situated within the stunning national park of Les Gavarres, the property boasts breathtaking views and spectacular walks. 420m below a famous monastery from which there are views of both the Sea and Pyrenees.

A medieval village is in short walking distance with 2 fantastic restaurants and is just one of many such historical villages in an area renowned for its gastronomical prowess.

Ideal for families or groups of friends who want to relax in the summer sun with its terraces, outdoor BBQs, large 12m pool and garden. It is only 15mins from a stunning coastline and watersports.

Magical in winter with fires and underfloor heating in the Villa, it is only 1 1/2 hours drive from the ski slopes, 20mins from Girona with its shops, restaurants, historic buildings and international airport and 1 hour from Barcelona.

TO PREVENT PHISHING/FRAUD please do not book/pay anything from any email correspondence until you have spoken to us. Our policy is to speak to everyone. before they stay.

WE DO NOT ALLOW EVENTS or cater for weddings.

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Registration Number : HUTG-021204

Rosy and Pablo
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2018

About Rosy and Pablo

The family moved here in the 1960s having found what they believed to be the most magical place in Spain.

Their grown children have adopted the house as their permanent home and are happy to help you with all your preliminary enquires and to plan your stay in order to make it as comfortable as possible.

While you are in residence you will have soul use of the private houses, gardens and grounds if you rent both houses. If you rent the smaller house, Casa Nova you will also have sole use of the garden and pool in June / July and August. In low season you would share the garden and pool with the owners if they are at home.

The house is cleaned by a reputable company every change over day and new linen provided. Bacari tends to the garden and the pool during your stay and a daily cleaner can be arranged at your cost and convenience. The owners are at the end of the phone if you need them.

The houses can be fully catered by a professional and charming chef with personally designed menus full of local flare and flavour if you so require.

Rosy and Pablo purchased this chateau / country house in 1974

Why Rosy and Pablo chose Sant Martí Vell

This is a countryside haven within easy reach of the glittering Costa Brava, Girona, Barcelona and the Pyrenees with all their attractions. It is in the most beautiful and fertile area of Spain.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The house is uniquely situated for while by a beautiful medieval village and within walking distance of 2 fantastic restaurants you are also surround by the peace and tranquility of the Gavarres National Park.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Just wanted to say what a wonderful time we had at your house in Sant Marti Vell, we all loved it. The tranquility, the diving board, the books, the fresh figs, the style, the decor; the box set of Bond, everything about it really. Just perfect."

Jane, UK, Sept 2012

"I can't believe how stunning this area is and how many adventures I could go on. Even from the doorstep the hike up to the Sanctuary for a fantastic lunch and amazing view of the Pyrenees made my holiday."

Rosy, Kenya, Oct 2013

"What a gorgeous house with everything we needed to make us totally comfortable and relaxed in such unassuming style. To be honest we hardly moved from the beautiful pool and garden with its fantastic setting. The night out at La Riera restaurant was a gastronomic treat."

John, UK, July 2013

"The kids went horse riding everyday at the fantastic, local riding school and we just flopped, ate and re charged in heaven, with out a care in the world. Brilliant."

Kate, UK, 2012
Apr 2012
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We have a strict no refund cancellation policy
We require guest to pay us directly by bank transfer a 700Euro damage deposit 6 weeks prior to arriving.
The Catalan tourist authorities also require a tourist tax of 0.90 euros per adult (over 16) each night. We require this payment with the damage deposit.
We require all guests to pay any/all transaction fees that are incurred.
We require guests to sign and email back the private contract with the owner in order for booking to be confirmed
Saturday is change over day. We ask that clients leave the property no later than 11am and do not arrive before 4pm.
Please note cleaners will arrive at 10am and will need access.
Our gardener will need access through out the week to tend to the pool and garden.
No smoking
No events or weddings. 23 people max on property at any times.
We require guest to leave the property in the good condition they found it. With all tidying up done.

Notes on prices:
Inquiries and booking by e-mail. Initial payment of 50% to secure reservation and contract signed. Balance to be paid not less than 6 weeks prior to arrival with damage deposit and tourist tax. For shorter or longer stays please feel free to contact the owner.


Sant Martí Vell Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4843 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 23
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No events. Max 23 people on property at any time. Rental agreement to be completed 700 Euro refundable damage deposit to be paid to owner before
  • House and garden to be left in condition you found it No loud music outside Catalan tourist tax to be paid to owner with damage deposit
  • Arrival time not before 4pm Check out 11am (cleaners arrive at 10am and must be allowed access) Gardener must be allowed access any time
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet , shower , This is a downstairs loo with a cold shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Beds can be pushed together or separate. Ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double , 4 poster bed.
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , This room adjoins bedroom 6.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , This room adjoins bedroom 5. Double bed is small 52 inch
    Bedroom 7 - 1 king , This huge room adjoins bed 8. Has Ensuite
    Bedroom 8 - 2 twin/ single , Adjoins bed 7. Door and stairs to it through bed 7.
    Bedroom 9 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 10 - 2 twin/ single , Beds are close together
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Please ask us before bringing pets No events or weddings. Preserve tranquility. Outside: Set in a beautiful 2 acre garden, with a small orchard and large lawn area surrounded by trees, plants and wildflowers; apple, cherry, peach, olive, pear, fig, pine, bay, olive, sloes, wisteria, jasmine, magnolia, walnut, to name a few. The large, 12m pool has a diving board and sun loungers. Both houses have top terraces with comfortable seating areas and beautiful views. Both house have large outside dinning tables. The Villa's outside dining is shaded from the sun and has a BBQ while the Main House's has an alfresco, traditional wood oven. Within the National Park of Les Gavarres, the property boasts breathtaking views and spectacular walks. It lies below the famous hermitage of "Mare de Déu dels Àngels" from which there are views of both the Sea and Pyrenees. A wonderful, riding school is 5 minutes away. The shimmering Costa Brava coast, a 15 minute drive and skiing in the Pyreneese 1 1/2hours.


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average rating of 4.888889 based on 10 reviews

Beautiful houses, big swimming pool, wonderful surroundings!!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the 2 houses with a group of 12 adults and 10 kids... the parc, houses... were the perfect set up we were looking for..

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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One of my favourite places

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over Easter and it was warm enough to sit by the pool and swim everyday. Lovely walks to local restaurants which are excellent and lots of merrymaking with friends and family. Breakfast on the terrace every morning too. Girona also has great restaurants and a circus which the kids loved. The beach at Llafranc is as good as any you can find. Definitely recommended.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2017
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Catalan idyll

  • 5 of 5

I have been going to Mas Calvo for many years and hope to carry on doing so. It is perfect at every level. If you want seclusion you can stay within the grounds or walk in the valley and nearby hills. Or you can venture to the beautiful village (great restaurant) in a few minutes on foot or drive to any number of spectacular destinations - Girona, the Costa Brava etc. A perfect start to whatever holiday you want.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2017
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The very best of spain

  • 5 of 5

We have been to.this completely charming manor house twice in the last year and have nothing but good things to say. The house itself is extremely comfortable with everything you need and very spacious. The thick walls and shutters mean it stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Sitting on the terrace in the sunshine, over looking the beautiful gardens, there is nowhere I would rather be. The swimming pool is a decent size and there's also table tennis to keep the children amused . It's a short walk from two excellent restaurants and a short drive to Girona with its magnificent cathedral, shops and restaurants.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2017
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magnificent country villa filled with antiques

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful and spacious villa, fun pool and lots of outdoor dining space for our family of 18. Kitchens could use more supplies but adequate. Ideally located.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Highly Reccomended . Only 20 min from Gerona. Set in the hills with wonderful garden and traditional stone house. Everything you need from a holiday including an inviting swimming pool. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
120 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Golf de Girona
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Restaurnate Sant Marit Vell
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Playas de Begur
Car: necessary

20 mins from the dazzling Costa Brava, its stunning coastline, sandy beaches, beautiful villages and water sports. Enjoy the coast in a countryside haven away from the crowds.

Living in the Gavarras National Park you have stunning hikes and mountain biking on your doorstep. Forage for mushrooms or hunt wild boar. There is a riding school next door and even Armstrong moved to our area for the best cycling roads in the world.


20 mins from the dazzling Costa Brava, its stunning coastline, sandy beaches, beautiful villages and water sports. Enjoy the coast in a countryside haven away from the crowds.

The numerous, excellent beaches of the Costa Brava are within a 15 minutes drive. You can choose from large, sandy open beaches with a wide selection of watersports along the coast or smaller more intimate bays and stunning, coastal towns such as Tamariu, LLafrank or Begur.

In nearby Estartit you will find the Medas Islands which were declared a protected area in 1983 and are now becoming one of the more important marine reserves in the Western Mediterranean and hosts the largest dive center in the Mediterranean.


Venture inland to the beautiful lake of Banyoles, historical city of Besalu or hike in the spectacular, volcanic Gavarres National Park.


Do you like art? The Dali triangle is fantastic. The amazing house he bought for his wife is in the next door village and his museum at Figueres and residence at Cadaques are only an hour away for a great day out.

Then an hour and half away by car or train Barcelona's streets just drip with the awe inspiring architecture of Gaudi.

The area has been known for its ceramics since roman times and one can visit the nearby town of La Bisbal for ceramic shopping and the Friday morning outside food market.


Surrounded by beautiful medieval villages such as Pals and Peretallada, you can spend a lovely morning at markets and cafes or go back further in time and view the excellent roman ruins at Empurias.


In July and August there are local fiestas every weekend with traditional Catalan dancing, food, fireworks, flowers, funfairs and music.


The largest town in this province is the charming city of Girona which is 10km away and which is known for its restaurants, shopping/nightlife, Gothic Cathedral, old town/fortifications.


There are various Michelin starred restaurants and many wonderful off the beaten track, local, authentic, affordable eateries.

Hosting, Cella Can Roca, the Number 1 restaurant in the world, Girona is a gastronomic adventure and 2 of the top countryside restaurants are in our village. Having owned a restaurant ourselves we can advise you on the best places to eat at the coast as well and arrange a fantastic chef to come in and cook for you at home.

Foraging in our national park in is especially good for mushrooms and wild asparagus.


Come in winter, its so easy. Large open fires, (under-floor heating in the 8 bed villa) with the ski slopes are only 1 1/2 drive away. Christmas shopping is magical in Gerona 20mins and Barcelona is just 1 1/2 away.


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