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Maria Garriga

Member since: 2005
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Speaks english, french, german, spanish, italian

Ancient stone manor with 8 bedrooms, 5 baths, fenced pool, garden, BBQ & SPA.

1 Review
Bedrooms 8
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights


Photos and Description of this Bescanó holiday chateau / country house

House and Garden renewed 2016 and SPA (sauna, jacuzzi & steam) build in

Mas Grau is one of the nicest independent vacation villas available in Catalonia (and I've been told by frequent renters of holiday villas that, all considered - especially pricewise - it is probably one of the nicest vacation houses in Europe). Set in on a wooded hillside in an area of farmlands only 8 km SE of Girona's provincial capital - a fascinating historical city - this venerable fortified farmhouse occupies it´s hillside position surrounded playing fields and fruit trees and woods, and offers marvelous views of the tiny medieval hamlet of Estanyol, 500 meters away, and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.

One guest once called me to say that she thought there were only views like those found at Mas Grau in the most idyllic parts of Normandy!

Mas Grau was built in the 12th century and was the fortress of local chieftain: the Viscount of Cabrera, whose family coat of arms adorns the main entryway. It is one of the better examples of a fine Catalan masia, or farmhouse. The thick stone and wooden-beamed house is articulated around a walled-in and vine-covered patio with outdoor seating for BBQs, with an artesian well (covered for safety) and a utility room with washer/dryer and clothes lines and an extra refrigerator to handle overflow from the kitchen´s fridge if you make a big shopping.

The main entryway opens on to the large central receiving room from which all the downstairs rooms are articulated. To the right, the two-tiered dining room, with two tables seating 14 or so guests. Beyond and also accessible from the main living room is the kitchen, not very large, quite old fashioned, but well appointed with a refrigerator, gas stove, electric oven, extractor, toaster, juicer, mixer, several coffee makers, and even an antique wood-burning bread oven that looks like it could still be used.

Staying with the downstairs part of the house: at the far end of the entry hall is the large living room with an impressive barrel-vaulted stone ceiling and divided into two parts: to the right, the fireplace area with wooden benches and cushions, and to the left, the main sitting area, with 2 sofas and 2 lounge chairs and what I have heard referred to as the entertainment system, in this case consisting of a radio/cassette/CD player, and a TV & DVD player.

The two parts of the living room are separated by a piano (undoubtedly out of tune since Geraldine Chaplin had it tuned some years ago). The Spa is immediately to the left upon entering the large main hallway. It consists of a Jacuzzi seating up to 4 or 5 adults, a couple stationary bicycles and other work out equipment, and a bathroom with shower. The owner has put an electric counter on the Jacuzzi so that electricity for the Jacuzzi will be paid for apart, thereby avoiding situations where guests leave the thing on 24/7 as they don´t have to pay for it...

Now, here is a detailed description of the layout of the house with respect to bedrooms & bed sizes & bathrooms. In the description below I will number the rooms from 1 to 8:

Bedroom 1) downstairs and just down a hallway from the dining room is a bedroom with a double bed (150x190cm) and bathroom with shower at the end of the hall, 3 meters away. This bathroom could be for the occupants of that room only as there is now the other downstairs bathroom in the spa room.

Bedroom 2) is just to the right of the main entrance on the way to the spa area and consists of 3 single beds under an impressive barrel-vaulted stone ceiling, and this room has a 42" flat sceen TV and a bathroom across the hall with shower

Upstairs there are three more bathrooms and 5 or 6 bedrooms, depending on whether you intend to use the attic room or not. Working our way around the upstairs 1st floor atrium and sitting area:

bedroom 3) one room has two single beds (90x190cm) and a private bathroom with sunken bathtub.

In the hallway you’ll find the larges central green-tiled bathroom with two sinks, a separate water closet and bidet separated by a wall, and a full bathtub. The upstairs central sitting room has a sofa and a couple of lounge chairs, a reading lamp and a card table.

bedrooms 4) & 5) next come 2 bedrooms with 150x190cm double beds. One of these rooms is enormous (35m2) and has a very nice terrace under a huge arched wooden beams and fantastic views, although for some reason the owner send me a photo of this room taken at night! - see the third picture next to this text. This room has a single bed off in a corner if you need it.

bedroom 6) out across the terrace above the central patio, which you can clearly see in the photos, there is a another very large bedroom (40m2) with two smaller double beds, the old continental size of 135x190cm, and a 90x190cm single bed, and a full en suite bathroom with bathtub

bedroom 7) going around the atrium the next room is the one with the vaulted-stone ceiling, with 3 single beds (90x190cm) very similar to bedroom 2 downstairs, and with a door leading out to the patio shared with bedroom 6, and...

bedroom 8) from bedroom 7 there's an old wooden staircase leading up to the attic bedroom, which has 2 single beds (90x190cm) - a 7th room I could only envision children wanting to sleep up there as a sort of slumber party room far away from the parents.

So the house sleeps easily 18 guests. We try to keep the number of guests at about 16 or so, but more is fine especially if you have babies or very young children.

Outdoors there is covered shed with room for two cars. The property is immense, and includes woods as well as plowed fields, and the area is crisscrossed with all sorts of well-marked hiking trails and maps of these are available at local tourism offices. The wooded areas of pine and Holm oak yield all sorts of fresh mushrooms, especially in Autumn. By the way the owners sell the cork from the oaks to some of the major cava wine producers in Catalonia.

All told, this is a magnificent house. This house and the use of my 94-page Insider´s Guide to the Costa Brava makes for a great holiday. Please take a moment to read some of the Comments from Past Visitors in the link above. People have been sending in rave reviews on Mas Grau since 1998! Oh, and I almost forgot. There is a nice terraced restaurant/café a short walk away with 2 clay tennis courts free to use for the guest of Mas Grau. Remind me to send you the link to this place.

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  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Maria Garriga (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Call Manager
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, italian

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Why Maria Garriga chose Girones

Mas Grau is set on a hillside only 8 km SE of Girona's provincial capital. This fortified farmhouse occupies a hillside position surrounded by playing fields and fruit trees and woods, and offers marvellous views of the medieval village below (Estanyol), and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.

The thick stone and wooden-beamed house is articulated around a walled-in and vine-covered patio, with an artesian well (barbecue nearby), and a utility room. The main entryway opens on to the central receiving room from which all the downstairs rooms are articulated. To the right, the dining room seating a total of 15+ guests. Beyond is the kitchen, well appointed, and at the far end is the large living room with fireplace and the main sitting area. Off to right of the dining room there is a hallway leading to 1 downstairs bedroom followed by the downstairs bathroom, with half-bath.

A wide stone stairwell leads to an upstairs central sitting room, around which the 4 first-floor rooms and 3 baths are distributed.

Around the stairwell, there are 2 rooms with double beds, 1 room with two single beds, and 1 room slightly set apart, which consists of a bedroom with two single beds and a stairway up to the attic, which in turn has two single beds and a fold-away. So if you count the attic room, there are 5 rooms around the stairwell.

In addition, a door leads across an outdoor covered gallery (just above the patio) to a large and very private master bedroom with full bath, and two double beds. The house has a little SPA with Jacuzzi, bicycles and shower.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

- huge independent fortified masia measuring over 800m2 on a 115 hectare private wooded property.

- sleeps 16+ in a total of 7 bedrooms and 5 with bathrooms.

- central heating, WIFI internet, dishwasher, washer & dryer, satellite TV, DVD, CD/radio/cassette, 2 fridges, etc.

- exercise room with jacuzzi and static bicycles & private bathroom with shower.

- altitude: 120 m, 25 km to sea 1/2 km from little hamlet, 2 km to shopping, 100 km to Barcelona, 8 km to Girona.

- private fenced-in pool (10x6m) + 10 lounge chairs + shady parasols.

- gorgeous outdoor bbq area under ancient vines in the patio, seating for all guests, lit at night.

- 4 mountain bikes on offer (8 Euros each per week maintenance fee).


1 traveller review

Ancient stone manor with 8 bedrooms, 5 baths, fenced pool, garden, BBQ & SPA.
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews

Vacaciones inolvidables en Mas Grau

  • 5 of 5

Nos hemos alojado 11 personas (dos familias con siete niños) en Mas Grau. La estancia ha sido excelente. La propietaria es una persona encantadora y cercana. Nos informó detalladamente de todo lo referente a la casa, y se puso a nuestra disposición para facilitarnos todo lo que necesitáramos. La casa en sí es una maravilla. Se trata de una masía histórica que dispone de todas las comodidades y accesorios para una estancia de gran nivel. Las camas son muy cómodas. La cocina cuenta con todos los electródomésticos y utensilios que uno pueda necesitar. Los espacios de día (comedor, salón, recibidor, etc...) son amplios y acogedores. Además de todo eso, su ubicación es inmejorable, ya que se encuentra a 10 minutos en coche de Girona. En el pueblo de Aiguaviva, a 5 minutos, hay un supermercado y tiendas.

Por sus características y su localización, la casa puede adaptarse de manera perfecta tanto a quienes quieran una estancia relajada, para descansar, dar paseos o disfrutar de la casa; o a quienes -como fue nuestro caso- quieran conocer en profundidad la maravillosa provincia de Girona.

En verano debe ser estupendo disfrutar de la piscina o las comidas y cenas al aire libre, pero en esta época, después de un día completo de paseos y visitas culturales, ha sido una delicia darnos un baño relajante en el jacuzzi antes de cenar...

En resumen, en todos los aspectos, un 10 para la casa y para su propietaria. Repetiremos seguro.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Girona Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Restaurant L'Estanc Nou
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Sant Feliu de Guixols
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
PGA Catalunya Resort at Caldes de Malavella
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Fornells de la Selva
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Highway AP-7, exit 8 next to Girona Airport
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Restaurant L'Estanc Nou
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Vallter 2000, Vallter
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
LLoret de Mar or Sant Feliu de Guixols
Car: necessary

110 Kms to Barcelona;

20 Kms to Girona airport;

40 Kms to the boarder with France on the AP-7 highway.

Services available at Mas Grau:

- transport to and from airport

- cooks and catering

- cleaning

- shopping

High quality 100% cotton linen and towels.

House cleaning and linen change weekly included;

Free firewood (oak);

Electricity for Jacuzzi is payed for apart;

8 km to Girona;

3 km to riding club;

500 meters to excellent tennis courts and terraced café restaurant, L'Estanc Nou

a short drive to half a dozen quality golf courses;


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Bescanó, Spain

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
23 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
Basse Saison
8 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Moyenne Basse
8 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay
Moyenne Saison
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
Haute Saison
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
14 night minimum stay
Moyenne Basse
2 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Jour d'entrée flexible. 2 semaines minimum de location en haute et moyenne saison.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Bescanó, Spain

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 900 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm System
  • Coin Cabine
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mezzanine
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , With private shower room.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed , With private bathroom.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 single bed , With private Bathroom.
    - 2 double bed
    Bedroom 7 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 single bed
  • From bedroom 6 there's an old wooden staircase leading up to the attic bedroom 7, which has 2 single beds (90x190cm) - a 7th room I could only envision children wanting to sleep up there as a sort of slumber party room far away from the parents.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Loggia
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Parasol
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • tennis