About the property
- Villa2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
200m2, 4 double bedroom house with infinity pool and double garage
The house has been purpose built by local architects from Barcelona to best capture the stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean, France and the Cap de Creus national park. Each of the bedrooms as well as the en suite bathroom have different and amazing views from floor to ceiling windows that give the impression of being on the deck of a boat while being on the comfort of dry land. The architects, one of whom practically grew up in the village, also designed the house to be as user-friendly as possible as a house to be used rather than simply looked at.
The house has been featured in the New York Times and in Wallpaper.
Access to the house is by a small road in front of the property into a private double garage on street level. You can then walk up to the ground floor past the infinity pool overlooking the sea and enter the house either by the kitchen or the utility room around the back of the house.
The entire ground floor is an open area of around 120m2 divided into different spaces for entertaining, cooking or relaxing. Each separate area has its own view, furniture and role but the open nature of the space means that each area drifts seamlessly into the others and it can mould to how you wish to use it.
The house contains a fully equipped kitchen at one end of the ground floor. It has a built-in oven, fridge freezer which includes a water filter, more cupboard space than you could ever need and a kitchen island which contains an induction hob and also space for eating. There is also a large sink and dishwasher facing the wall with an Italian espresso machine for your use. A built-in microwave, toaster, kettle and kitchen utensils, plates, bowls and cutlery for up to 16 people.
Next to the kitchen and also with its own floor to ceiling view out to the sea is a relaxing area with two lounge chairs to have a relaxing coffee, and afternoon cocktail or to simply sit and read and stare out over the sea to see the tip of the French coast.
To the other side of the ground floor is the large Jean Prouve aluminium dining table overlooking the sea and the edge of the national park. Sitting perpendicular to the floor to ceiling window and 2.5m long, the dining table allows 8 people to comfortably sit and each have a view of the sea over lunch or dinner and can seat up to 12 at a pinch. The black Shanghai Hay chairs surrounding the table are both robust and comfortable.
Round from the dining table is a reading area with a double sofabed which looks out to the centre of the floor and again to the sea and which borders a fireplace hanging from the ceiling which can rotate to direct the heat to different parts of the house. Behind the sofabed are floor to ceiling bookcases containing a wide variety of serious and not so serious books for you to borrow and enjoy. There is also a television which can be hidden away with the revolving bookcase but can also be used for watching any of the movies downloaded onto the Apple TV connected to it or local Spanish television.
Joining the two halves of the ground floor is a large and comfortable lounge area with a large leather sofa facing directly out to the sea, and other single lounge chairs surrounding a large coffee table. Overhanging this area is a wall light which can be rotated easily to wherever you want the light. There is no building directly above the lounge area which means that the room stretches up to about 6m tall which makes it very light and feel even more spacious.
Utility room and toilets
The back of the house is accessed via a utility room which contains a washing machine a dryer and the controls of the house. It is a great place for leaving any shoes, shopping, swimming paraphernalia and has plenty of cupboards for this purpose. You’ll also find beach towels and inflatables for the pool or beach here which you are welcome to use. Just next to the utility room is a toilet with a rainforest shower which is both convenient when using the ground floor or swimming pool and in also is very useful if you are making use of the sofabed downstairs.
Floor and heating
The floor is made of a rendered concrete which is both easy to clean and comfortable to walk on. The underfloor heating means that it stays warm even if you visit early or late in the year.
Above one side of the house is the master bedroom which has an absolutely beautiful view over the sea and the tip of the national park. It has a double bed with built-in drawers, multiple built-in cupboards and wardrobes and space to stow away your bags. The ensuite bathroom has a large bath overlooking the national park and a separate room for the toilet. The master bedroom is accessible either via the side stairs to the front of the house or via a bridge connecting the two halves of the upstairs. It is quiet and private from the rest of the house.
The second bedroom is located above the kitchen area and again contains a double bed with built in drawers, further cupboard space and a further view of the sea and the edge of France.
The third large double bedroom has another view of the sea with floor to ceiling windows and sufficient space for an extra single bed or cot. Again it contains a built-in wardrobe and cupboards. It also has direct access to a private terrace overlooking the sea.
The fourth bedroom at the back of the house has a view over the national park and direct access to the patio at the back of the house. It has two single beds that can easily be joined together as a double bed and storage facilities.
The main bathroom which is very close to all three bedrooms contains a large rainforest shower, a sink and a toilet.
Pool and garden
In front of the house and directly overlooking the sea is an 8m x 4m infinity swimming pool which has steps which lead into the pool and between the two depth levels. In front of the house, easily accessible from the lounge area and kitchen is wooden decking where you can sit and relax on the comfortable outdoor furniture. These chairs can be moved down next to the pool or down to the patio over the garage which also contains a large outdoor table and chairs for your convenience. There is also a built-in bench which can be used for extra seating.
Finally behind the house but with an unrestricted view of the sea there is also a back patio with a built-in bench which provides shelter from the occasional strong winds coming off the sea and greater privacy.
Geoff & Mel
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About Geoff & Mel
We are a British and Australian couple living and working in The Hague with two kids, two dogs and generally lots going on in our lives. We have both travelled a fair bit for work and fun in our lives and although we are settled now in The Hague there is always the chance we will be off again at some point. While we may always have the travelling bug by having Oport1 we can now travel while remaining at home.
Geoff & Mel purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Geoff & Mel chose El Port de la Selva
We have both lived in The Hague for almost a decade and while we enjoy our lives here and especially since we had kids we do miss the great food, sunshine and quality of life that Spain offers. We have been looking for a house that we could use but also rent out and decided that the best way to ensure we get what we want is to design and build our own. We looked around for land in Italy, France and Spain and finally stumbled across the beautiful village of Port de la Selva.
What makes this Villa unique
Very few properties combine the facilities included within the house, the unrestricted sea views that it offers and a location next to a beautiful national park with unspoilt beaches all within walking distance to a charming village. As a family summer holiday, a romantic break, a food and wine tour or even a getaway with a group of friends Oport1 can cater for them all.
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Absolutely stunning views from every room!!
perfect house, wonderful location
this house is highly recommended. we enjoyed to cook, to relax and to have a little bbq at the terrace. the beach is very near and even to go to the shops and the restaurants in the village is possible by feet. the view is stunning at every time night and day, even when its raining you have a great time! we had perfect holidays.
You've seen the house - and you'll love it more each day you spend here.
The area is lovely for sports: run/swim/bike/windsurf.
Port de la Selva has it all, unless partying is your thing.
(We were 2 Norwegian families - kids age 1-10. We will return!)
Location, location, location
Situated on a very quiet road at the edge of town the photos really don't do justice to this very stylish house ...... it's the location that definitely makes this one of the most stunning places to enjoy a holiday ..... and you can only appreciate that by being there. With only a minor road in front running down to a small beach there's no traffic to speak of to disturb you, so days drift by lounging on the terrace gazing at the sea.
There's a lower terrace at the front of the house, where we enjoyed breakfast every morning plus a second terrace at the rear when chasing afternoon sun. The infinity pool at the front of the house provided a welcome chance to cool off most days too.
With huge windows on the front and back of the house there's so much light inside that even on less than sunny days it never felt dull or overcast. The house is very well kitted out; the 'smart' TV was especially useful when checking out local attractions and places to visit; a washing machine with a 20 min cycle is a bonus when you have a limited holiday wardrobe; 3 bathrooms are a godsend when getting ready to go out; two front bedrooms have wonderful views towards Cap de Creus and the sea. Turn right in front of the house and you can start on a wonderful coastal walk through one of the most beautiful natural parks in Spain ...... we did it on our second day saw tuna leaping just off shore.
Although we had a hire car, once at the house we rarely used it, as restaurants and shops in Port de la Selva are only a 10 minute walk away. There's a great choice of places to eat and once a week there's an outdoor market where you can buy cheese, meat and veg; there are also a couple of excellent shops in town selling fresh bread and pastries daily.
The managing Agency, based in Port de la Selva, were very helpful whenever we had questions about the house, needed advice or information about the area.
If you're idea of a holiday is to kick back in a stunning location with wonderful views, fabulous walks from your doorstep yet have restaurants and shops just 10 mins away you should book some time at this iconic house.
Maison fabuleuse. Vue phénoménale. Mer et piscine à nos pieds. Espace intérieur volumineux et pratique. Extérieur plein d îlots isolés et abrités. Alentours très beaux et peu denses. Un conseil ? Inutile d aller perdre une journée dans la cohue de Cadaques !
Tres belle maison. Vue magnifique. Cuisine bien équipée.Il manque la climatisation, le wifi, et un peu plus de ménage avant la remise des clefs.
Port de la Selva is a beautiful traditional Catalan fishing village which still manages to retain its charm while offering many varied tourist activities. It has a pretty main beach and marina on the two sides of the town and is surrounded by vineyards which lead up to the mountains which surround the village and which have protected it from the extensive tourism which has developed other towns and villages along the coast. Up in the mountains overlooking the village is also the monastery of San Pedro de Rodos which is fascinating, has amazing views over the whole area and also contains an excellent and great value restaurant. The village itself contains a wide array of useful stops including an excellent wine store selling many local and regional wines, a fishmonger, two butchers, a bakery selling French and Spanish pastries, several delis selling a variety of locally produced delicacies and a supermarket which sells all the essentials. The village has a wide array of local bars and restaurants from a simple tapas on the beach for a few euros to restaurants in the centre of the village producing excellent 3, 4 or 5 set menus. There are also various cafes on the water and takeaway rotisseries and gelati stores for simple lunches and dinners. Travelling further into Catalonia, you have easy access to the well-known and stunning town of Cadaques, actually the first village past Port de la Selva which is well known for its restaurants and also for its proximity to Port Lligat, just outside of the town, the home of Salvador Dali. Right next to the village and indeed within a few metres of the house is the Parc de Cap de Creus, a gorgeous national park which stretches out along the coast around to Cadaques. Part of the Camino de Santiago the park is a great place for walks an also contains many little private coves which can be easily reached by boat. Driving a little further out of the town you have several traditional Spanish villages which form part of the local wine route and which contain both excellent wines and great food to accompany them. The city of Girona is only around an hour away which boasts one of the best restaurants in the world. Barcelona is also only two hours away by car or can also easily be reached by train from Llanca which is 10 minutes away or by the fast train from Figueres only 25 minutes away from the apartment. When a change of scene is require, the proximity to France and the variety of food, wine and places to visit is very convenient. The village of Collioure is a must-see and can be reached after a spectacular drive all the way along the coastal road. Other cities such as Perpignan are only an hour or so from the village.