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Fun, Spacious Stone Home in Medieval Village 15 min Beaches

Sleeps13
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms4
Space 3,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 3 Baths (Sleeps 10 to 13) Bonus Stone Cottage for 3

Spacious, stone house with a tower from the 13th Century, updated kitchens and bathrooms, close to Barcelona, but in a different world. Next to (1 mile from) La Bisbal in a tiny medieval village with lush scenery, best beaches (15 km/9 miles away), quiet village living.

With 4 bedrooms plus bonus dormitory room/family room with an adjoining deck looking out on the countryside. Comfortably sleeps 8 plus. It has three baths, and a remodeled kitchen. It also has a large stone vaulted sitting room off the kitchen. It also has a spectacular view from the town's original 13th century watch tower and inviting terrace. Spacious and quiet enough for yoga practitioners, insulated enough for boisterous parties, and medieval enough that many of our young guests have called it "Hogwarts."

There is an additional stone cottage adjoining to accommodate groups of 13 for a surcharge.

This home is perfect for the budget conscious traveler or group who enjoys authenticity and village life, but proximity to world class dining, beaches and cultural offerings.

For the more active traveler, Girona is a center for cycling, both road and mountain. Hiking trails have been well developed in the area. There is world class golfing in Pals. The house and area are ideal for any time of year, since there is radiant heat in the home and the year round beauty of the country side. We've had guests stay for a weekend, weeks, or even months. IDEAL FOR A BARCELONA DWELLER or family to escape the city for the quiet to work, hike, relax, and regroup. Can Torre is also an ideal home base for other European travel, since it is close to the French Border and 20 to the Girona airport which has cheap flights to destinations all over Europe.

More Details

Owner
Kristen Sparrow
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 17, 2017

About Kristen Sparrow

We're a San Francisco family. Two of our (grown) children live in town and are making a go of it, while one is in Los Angeles on the road to stardom. Kevin is from DC, Kristen from Berkeley. We lived in Spain during a boom time in Spain from 1995 to1998. We were so lucky to have lived in Barcelona. It is the best of the best, though, or course that might hurt San Francisco's feelings. But Barcelona has the size, history, and depth that warrants the accolades.

Kristen Sparrow purchased this house in 1998

Why Kristen Sparrow chose Baix Emporda

We bought this house at the tail end of a 3 year stay in Barcelona in 1998. Against all the naysayers in Spain , we managed to refurbish and renovate the house and have used it ever since. The old stone houses never lose their charm and resilience. We've had family to the tune of 17 strong in the house, and it didn't even wince, nor did the town. And the beaches, the countryside and the medieval towns are what bring us back. We never get tired of it.

What makes this house unique

The thing about this house/village/Costa Brava is the peaceful beauty, the range of beaches, and yet world class amenities in a country environment. This is why the cognoscenti from all over Europe come to the Alt and Baix Empordan.

Amenities

Cruïlles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Entry level Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Ensuite Bath - toilet , shower
    Blue Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Cottage Adjoining Bathroom
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom with ensuite bath - 1 double
    Master - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , spacious with sofa, room for children
    Twin room - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , Small writing table with view
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Dormitory/Loft/Terrace room
    Tower Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Room at the foot of the tower with tower views
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , Cottage Adjoining House bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single , Cottage Adjoining House Loft
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Fun, Spacious Stone Home in Medieval Village 15 min Beaches
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White Rock BC. Canada
5

Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED this house! We were looking for a place in Girona but this house came up on the website and we couldn't resist, and we are so glad we stayed here. It was a lovely quiet refuge after a day of sight seeing and crowds. It is such a bucolic setting we really felt like we were in a little refuge. The house itself is great! Tons of room and had everything we needed plus plenty of ambiance. Kristen and Bas were very helpful when we made a last minute booking and made it very simple and had lots of suggestions about where to eat and visit.

We had a terrific dinner at a restaurant called El Pati in the magical medieval town called Peratellada. Do not miss this town!

I would definitely recommend this house and the village. Beautiful!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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University Place, WA, a suburb of Tacoma, WA
5

Best rental ever!

  • 5 of 5

What fun it was to stay at this rental! Walking in was like stepping back in time with the stone interior, vaulted ceilings, etc. The whole village is like that! The place was very well equipped, in the kitchen, the linens, everything. The beds were comfortable. The grandkids loved living in a stone house, especially with the tower at the top. Some of the best time was spent just walking around the village, taking in the sights and sounds. I loved hearing the old clock tower chiming out the time. The countryside was beautiful and we got to explore many other medieval villages around the area. There wasn't one place we looked that wasn't picturesque. And locals are very friendly. We were welcomed everywhere we went and had no trouble communicating with anyone. Prior to our trip the owners were incredible, filling us in on the history of the place and making suggestions on things to do and places to go. We did it all! We started out in Barcelona. Once we left there for Costa Brava we found to our delight that Spain is more than beaches, cathedrals and Salvador Dali. There are a lot of cyclists in training in the countryside and bicycles available for you to use. And the management company was awesome! They were quick to respond to all questions and requests. Very helpful, friendly and we were well supported. I just loved these guys! You can tell from all the exclamation points I'm using that I'm sincere when I say that I would return again and again to Cruilles. For a unique experience, I recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yay! It's great that these guests tried all of our suggestions. There is so much to see and do in the Costa Brava for all interests.
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5

Beautiful house in a charming village

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults and 6 children and there was more than enough room for all of us. The kids loved the house, they thought they were staying in a castle. The town of Cruilles is a charming little town conveniently located only a few kilometres from La Bisbal. It was nice to be able to walk around the entire town without worrying about traffic, although there were quite a few cyclists who come through. We enjoyed shopping in Bisbal, visited Torroella de Montgri and went to the beach in L'Estartit. I wish we could have stayed longer as there is so much to do and see in the area.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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SLC, UT
5

Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Great stay, beautiful. Many things to explore. I highly recommend this as a cyclist's dream rental. Road biking in this area is amazing, top class. Also there is great, actually amazing, food to be found. And wine of course. Visit this area. Stay here. Enjoy. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad that this reviewer chose to highlight the cycling in this area. I can't emphasize enough the opportunities for road biking but plenty of trail and safe, casual treks also . Super fun.
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5

Enjoyable stay in an medieval town wonderful rural settings but close to beaches

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 families with children from 8 to 15 years of age, 9 people in total. The house very very much enjoyed by both adults as well as teenagers and children. There were plenty of room for everybody, several bathrooms and bedrooms. The chiming of the village church bell every 15 minutes took some getting used to but eventually added to the nice experience. We had rented cars which is a must have when living on the countryside. But this enabled us to explore the region, different beaches and cities and sights. In La Bisbal 2 kms away you can buy groceries, buy nice pieces of ceramics and as we discovered they have some really nice restaurants as well ex La Cantonada.

Arrangemants before the trip and information from the owners also added to the positive experience.

Thank you Kristen for all the effort you put in, we´re already talking about the event of another visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the Cantonada restaurant also. Great food and good value. Along the river there are some fun places also. We offer a 15% discount for returning guests, so keep that in mind! It's funny about the church bells, vacationers seem to notice them at first and then they just become a part of the life in town.
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Midcoast Maine, United States
5

Super location near coastal, historical, recreational, and cultural sites, just 2 km from La Bisbal

  • 5 of 5

This location is exactly as described and was more than comfortable for the four of us (two couples). We cooked-in each evening and had delicious coffee and breakfast each morning. The only thing we missed was more "outdoor" space in which to relax as the terrace has no "view" for those who are seated, and "garden" and front dooryard are very public. There are plenty of well furnished indoor "lounge" areas -- 3rd floor parlor and ground floor entryway were our two favorites. Beds were of good quality and comfortable. Visitors to this property will be totally surrounded by Spanish town life, including the sounds of school children and church bells and the smells of livestock. This immersion is part of why we enjoyed our stay so much. We would recommend this medieval tower home to adventurous travelers and families eager to explore the region. Owners provided a wealth of wonderful, accurate information about the area. A car is a must for this property. Definitely explore the restaurants of nearby Monells and for a great coastal hike, head for Sa Tuna! Also, Friday is market day in La Bisbal -- don't miss it!

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2012
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The trick to the terrace is that you need to have the table and chairs to the far east of the terrace. I was despondent when the terrace was first built, but it turns out that if you sit to the far end of the terrace you have a great view. The garden is, yes, in the middle of the town. We put up screening on all the walls. But, frankly, some people love and live in the garden, and then others don't. But, note to self, need to advise people about moving the table on the terrace!
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Barcelona
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Bar Jovell
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Pals
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Flaca
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Bar Jovell
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Pals
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Cruïlles House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Early Summer two
Jun 26 2017 - Jul 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$129
From
$153
Fri,Sat
$885
$2,299
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer July
Jul 10 2017 - Jul 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
$993
$2,973
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer August
Jul 31 2017 - Sep 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,123
$3,900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$129
From
$153
Fri,Sat
$770
$2,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
House cleaning $145

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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