Stone House + Fig Tree, Patio ,Wide Terrace, Superb Sea View
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- Minimum stay:2-15 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
In town -- Wonderful location: ; -- 5 mins from sea, 5 mins from town centre, 15 mins to Salvador Dali house, 15 min drive to Cap de Creus/ or an hour on foot, beautiful and wild mountain and seaside walks 5 mins in every direction, 50 mins drive to golf in near by Perelada, 30 mins drive to water-sports theme centre/ go karts for kids in Rosas. 5 min walk to the restaurant Compartir with its El Bulli trained chef/ owner
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR AND JANUARY 6th THREE KINGS: Cadaques is beautiful in the winter too! Catalan fireplace burns brightly with pine cone kindling gathered on mountain walks! The three kings arrive by boat bearing gifts for all Cadaquesenc children! Cannelonis and langoustine for dinner Christmas night and witches dangle as Christmas ornaments from the rafters of Catalan houses! Cap de Creus offers jazz evenings over New Year in the old restaurnat. Cremat lights blue at the Maritim bar when you go at ten for a late night saunter.
The house was originally an inn for shepherds. It has thick stone walls, the old chimney and bread oven and a beautiful stone arch opening up the ground floor to be a large ktichen/reception.
Back in the seventies, my parents restored it as a Catalan stone house; simply roofed, white-washed, the second floor made whole again using old tiles when possible etc. -- and the house is still simply restored and not a villa.
Friends tell me it has the charm of an old vicarage. Others have dubbed it Casa Secreta. Lots of space/ upstairs with crystal chandeliers which came from a maharajah's palace/ lots of privacy to all staying there. Big wide open reception rooms/ bedrooms with high ceilings.
The patio is entered from the second floor level and has a slate breakfast table on a wrought iron base with flagstone bench. From the patio ascend steps which take one up to the terrace. The wide terrace has a long bar/marble topped, a half roof traditionally thatched, a plain dinner table also marble which can seat ten, bar-b-q, sink, two deck chairs in which to sit sipping an evening drink looking out on a spectacular view of the church and the sea. House also is a treasure trove of artwork ( Rajestani and French hanging tapestries, oil paintings from many Cadaques artists as well as English, American and Indian painters. And books, books, books. (English I am afraid) And In September the fig tree in the patio yields delicious figs.
Wonderful person! Renee -- who looks after the house, is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Swedish. She is also knowledgeable about Cadaques; its mountains walks, its music ferstival, its local ecology and can even organise you time with a Czech homeopathic doctor in Cadaques!
In summer the house's thick stone walls mean it is cool. In winter there is the downstairs fireplace and central heaters which together serves also to keep upstairs warm enough as the upstairs floors stay warm. Its snug and comfotable.
Re location -- one is instantly in the centre of the town walking round by the sea wall. Or a five minute walk to a tiny sandy beach near where Salvador Dali swam as a child ( remember the painting of a child peeling back the sea and there, is a dog) beyond this -- about a ten minute walk is a place for swimming off rocks and where many people ( not all) enjoy swimming as nature made them. Beyond this is the longish walk, along a rocky path heartened by lavender and rosemary, to the cebolla beach and the lighthouse opposite Cap de Creus.
Re rental - can rent per night but prefer to rent by the week and will always give priority to a weekly rental.
Re cleaning: Cleaning is included in rent. But in addition there is 10 euros per person to hire sheets and six euros for a towel set ( but you are free to bring your own)
Re wood for the fire; Wood is provided but depending on your use it will be from 50 -150 euros for winter and spring rentals.
Re parking -- there is off-street parking which you can count on in winter and spring and in the summer is there sometimes. Always in summer you can find parking above the house and from there it is a short walk down the stairs. You can always park briefly in front of the house to unload suitcases or shopping.
Renee can help advise you throughout your stay -- can ( for an added fee which you can arrange with her directly) pick you up at the airport in Girona or Perpignan or the train station in Figueras. Or even Barcelona.
Train -- Almost direct train via the chunnel from London to Barcelona --( train to Paris Gare de Nord and transfer to Gare de Lyon where train to nearest station stop Figueras - Vilafant ) Bus to Cadaques or by direct arrangement with ( and for a fee ) Renee could meet you.
Girona-Barcelona is 55 miles/ 75 min drive. Perpignan is nearly the same. Barcelona main airport is 80 miles / there is a direct bus from Barcelona airport to Cadaques in summer (it leaves from 11 in morning only) Otherwise there is a direct bus from Barcelona to Cadaques which leaves all year long at about 5.30 from Estacion Norte by tube station arco de triomfo. From Girona airport there is a shuttle to the Girona train station and from there one can get a direct bus to Cadaques. Sarfa is the company.
Ryanair is flying from late March having come to an understanding with the Catalan government. Easyjet flies to Barcelona.
PLEASE NOTE : --academic monthly rentals considered -- Academic monthly rentals considered ; 2000 Euros for months of march - end May or 3000 for September or October. If the academic rental is for six months then rent would be 1800 per month and would cover electricity and water. Re Winter: winter is cold in Cadaques! The house is an old house with a big fireplace but comfortable and warm because of central heaters downstairs. Spring can be cold but it is more variable and can be very sunny and mild. Summer, of course, is summer.
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- 2200 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Children Welcome:
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (1) Am not sure of its exact size but it is two single beds with one gigantic mattress which fits both and one head-board that spans both. , Double Beds (1) downstairs -- can be a single bed as one bed can be pushed down and under the other one. usually used as a double bed. , Twin or Single Beds (1) two single beds which can be pushed together to make a double bed if need be. , Baby Cribs (1) there is one which folds up -- meant for travel. You must ask Renee for it. ...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Theme Parks
- Water Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Golf Course Front:
- Monument View:
- Mountain View:
- Ocean View:
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Dining is possible on terrace where table seats eight, on the patio where table is good for breakfast for two , and downstairs around large marble topped table (6 - 8) or by window the round table...moreless
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Clothes Dryer:
- Covered Parking:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine:
- Wood Fireplace:
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2015
2 night min stay
New Year's eve
Dec 27 - Jan 3, 2016
3 night min stay
New Year/ 3 Kings
Dec 28 - Jan 11, 2016
15 night min stay
Jan 4 - Jan 11, 2016
3 night min stay
Jan 16 - Mar 4, 2016
3 night min stay
Mar 5 - Jun 25, 2016
4 night min stay
Jun 26 - Jul 30, 2016
6 night min stay
Jul 31 - Aug 27, 2016
7 night min stay
Aug 28 - Oct 29, 2016
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
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Car: Not Necessary
Several Art Galleries and a Music Festival in August -- places of interest to drive: Above Cadaques the ruins of San Pere de la Roda, Greek ruins in Ampurias, Girona has Arab baths and small ancient Jewish quarter, Bisbal and pottery shops, Ceret in France with the Picasso museum, Barcelona with Gaudi, the volcanic hills of Catalunya - Besalu, Pals, Peretellada, Oix -- and many other places including Perelada and the wine tasting area of Ampurdan
Year Purchased: 1969
About the owner: I am a playwright. The house is where i grew up from the age of 14 -- my father a retired diplomat and second world war correspondent for NBC. I go to Cadaques at least once every summer. But no house likes being empty so try to rent the house through the rest of the summer and sometimes thru the winter
Why the Owner Chose Costa Brava:
Years ago -- in 1969 -- my parents decided they wanted to retire to Europe. We rented a car and drove from Madrid to Barcelona then along the med coast all the way to what was then Yugoslavia but failed to find anything which was either unspoiled or within my parents range of possibility to purchase. We came back to Spain along the coast road very late at night and in fog. My parents were unhappy driving as we could scarcely see and what we did see was the cliff way down to the SEA. A sign emerged stating Rosas 7, Cadaques 5. So we took the 5. And went to the most expensive hotel for one night. We awoke in paradise -- the unspoiled fishing village of my parent's dreams. It turns out to have been the childhood home of Salvador Dali and was famous then because of him and populated by a lot of both good and wannabe artists. We down-sized by the day in hotels till we came to rest with a lovely Cadaques family who adopted us. With equal luck we met a contractor who was tinged by madness and had once sailed round Cap de Creus in a super-sized paella pan and he took us round to a selection of ruins. My parents bought one. my mother was left to restore it. My father and I went back to East pakistan and not long after East pakistan became bangladesh and we were evacuated and a Spanish civil War -torn Cadaques family -- those who had adopted us -- greeted us with open arms and said ' We thought you were dead'. We had come to Cadaques for good. And the connection between Bangladesh and Spain never really left my heart.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
The house has changed in that much has been renewed -- namely the plumbing and electrics but the charm of the way houses were in the 70's has stayed and I find i miss that elsewhere in Cadaques. It was loved by my parents. And it has been loved by many of my friends who have stayed there since and given me the pleasure of entertaining in a beautiful place where I know many lovely people and have seen the changes which occur in a still quiet corner of the world -- something my peripatetic childhood never gave me but which has returned via my childhood now -- late in life -- the pleasure of being anchored in a place that has always welcomed strangers and made them part of its soul.
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Terrace sea showing both views -- church and sea
Looking out on patio garden
View from upstairs bedroom
ours with one window -- seen from the town
Terrace with washing out
Upstairs living reception
House viewed from the street and looking toward town
vVew of church -- along the walk out to lighthouse
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015
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