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1 hr from Barcelona, a large holiday home ideal for big groups!

Sleeps 25 :: Prices from £1,723 PW

Property Ref. CB3021M

Full Description:

Can Cunill, originally dating from 1583, is one of our most luxurious, and curiously enough, one of our most popular properties. This is probably because Can Cunill is an excellent property for larger and smaller groups alike and the house and grounds exude a special kind of charm. Can Cunill in fact offers comfort on a scale unrivaled by any other properties I have seen, anywhere. Just two examples why: Can Cunill is the only villa with two very large pools set in a gorgeous garden with great views, and this is the only villa that has truly adequate modern double kitchen (with two of everything) and dining facilities indoors and outdoors (including a great indoor barbecue in the kitchen) for large groups of over 25 guests.

Can Cunill is a magnificent estate located south of Girona, 22 kilometers inland from the beach resorts of the southern Costa Brava, including Blanes, Lloret de Mar, and Tossa de Mar. Situated amidst fields and pine woods 4 kilometers from a small village, Riudarenes, with plenty of shopping and good restaurants, the house is set at the end of a 150-meter long private driveway with access to the walled precinct by remote control gate. While offering a sense of privacy and even seclusion, the house is 1 km from L'Espara hamlet, with a good restaurant, and is also within 10 kilometers of the Province's main traffic arteries (the AP-7, the N-II north/south and the C-63 and the C-35 going east/west from mountain to the beaches).

Staff: Can Cunill's absentee Swiss owner has entrusted his property to a very competent and friendly housekeeper who owns a café and lives in the nearby town of Sils. Her name is Neus, she's in her early 60s, and she offers to prepare meals for guests upon request for about 25 Euros per adult (10 minimum) all included, unless of course you choose for her to prepare something fancy, like lobster or foie gras.... Neus has been known to catering for up to 60 guests for poolside celebrations. If you read the comments from past visitors, you will get some idea of Neus's importance in the scheme of things at Can Cunill. If you read the Comment´s Page you will have have heard about Horst, the owner´s trusted guardian and gardener, who used to live in the second largest house on the property, the one next to the round pool. Well, Horst has moved on and now Can Cunill is 100% private and only for guests, and the ex-guardian's house is now being rented along with the main 10 bedroom house - see info on this below. I repeat: there is no longer a live-in guardian at Can Cunill. Neus comes to pick up the garbage and there's a pool maintenance man and a gardener who come by now and then, but no one other than guests live on the property.

The two rental houses at Can Cunill are never rented separately to different groups!

The main 10 bedroom house, a fortified masia (Catalan farmhouse), was originally built in 1583. Although totally renovated and adapted to a high standard of modern comfort, many fine details of the original structure have been conserved. The furniture and decoration is also in keeping with traditional Catalan masias, though windows have been enlarged to allow in more natural light. Balconies and covered terraces have also been added.

There are several convenient entrances on all four sides of the house. Of the 7 doorways connecting outdoors to indoors, it is hard to say which is the main entrance (I always use the kitchen entrance as I´m always coming in with shopping) but perhaps the main entrance opens onto the large central living room (65m2) with a fireplace, several sofas, and large sliding doors leading out to the back garden where you'll find the large rectangular pool and main garden area. There are several other sitting rooms, including an sunny reading room (also with a huge widescreen TV, fireplace, and the wifi connection) with 2 sofas and wide french doors opening onto the garden.

Adjacent to the living room is a large dining room (45m2) with three tables (one table is circular, one is oval, and one is rectangular) seating about 24 and equipped with 3 full sets of silverware and plates and all kinds of glasses. Everyone who stays here agrees that the kitchen is amazingly well-equipped: and includes a large fridge, an additional freezer, 2 large Miele dishwashers, two stovetops: one burning gas and the other electric (plus oven, plus microwave, and even an indoor barbecue!), not to mention the two separate sinks, and all the nice extras, such as the wide array of coffee making devices: including a real espresso machine that uses individual Nescafé capsules provided for free by the house, an American-style drip coffee machine, and the usual screw-top traditional Spanish expresso maker. Really and truly, this kitchen is unique.

On the other side of the dining room from the kitchen is a covered outdoor terrace with white-painted wrought iron chairs and tables under dripping blue wisteria and facing a venerable old Cedar tree. This outdoor dining area so close to the kitchen is ideal for al fresco breakfasts. In a corner partially blocked off by large potted plants for child safety is the spiral art-nouveau staircase leading up to the 5 or 6 wrung ladder up to the observation tower which affords priceless views of the area, but best of all, excellent views of the property itself! I made a short movie from up here I'd be happy to send you.

Facilities Available:

2 large pools: 12.5m x 6m, and a massive 10m-round kiddy pool
Central heating and three fireplaces

Room information:

12 bedroom property, sleep 25+

The bedrooms: Beyond the TV-reading room is an wide atrium under skylights and a handsome beamed roof and the handsome staircase going to the 7 bedrooms upstairs. Downstairs on the main floor there are 3 bedrooms, so this house is ok for wheelchair and less mobile guests who want to avoid steps:

Bedroom distribution, ground floor:

Beyond the rather spectacular 3-storey atrium, on the ground floor there are three bedrooms separated by a hallway with yet another entrance from outdoors (so this could be a private three bedroom part of the house with its own entrance. Let´s start describing and numbering the rooms:

bedroom 1) with 2x2 meter double bed and private bathroom with walk-in shower, good for older guests
bedrooms 2) and 3) are in a sort of 2 bedroom suite, one bedroom with large double bed 2x2m and the other with two single beds, 90x190cm.
across the beautiful flagstone hallway from bedrooms 2 & 3 there is a large bathroom with a bathtub.
Rooms 2 & 3 need some explaining: this was once a large suite with anteroom or private living room with fireplace. The living room has been turned into a bedroom. A door separates these two rooms, and you have to go through room 2 to get to room 3, except that room 3 has direct access to the garden, so you don´t really have to go through room 2, and the outdoor bathrooms in the gazebo-type building above the pool is just across the walkway 10 steps from this room. I always stay in room 3 and my kids stay in room 2, and I prefer to use the outdoor bathrooms in summer.

First floor: 6 bedrooms are distributed around the 1st floor stairway:

bedrooms 4) and 5) are part of another large two bedroom suite. Bedroom 4) with a large 2x2m double bed and a lovely private terrace with wicker furniture overlooking the pool. Bedroom 5) has two has 3 single beds (90x190cm). These two rooms in this private family suite are separated by a large bathroom which has both a shower stall and a full bathtub and a long double sink, and both bedrooms have sinks in the room. It is important to note that this two bedroom suite has a central hallway with four doors, one to the hallway, one to each of the two bedrooms, and one to the bathroom. This ensures privacy and noise-proofing from the hallway...
bedroom 6), working our way around the hallway, has two single beds (90x180cm) and a wash basin.
Then there is the hall bathroom with a shower stall.
bedroom 7), has 2 single beds (90x190cm) and a wash basin. Both rooms 6 and 7 look out over the back of the house, where there are magnificent cedar trees.
bedrooms 8 and 9), at the far end of the hall and behind another hallway door for privacy and noise proofing, both have 2 single beds (90x190cm) that can be pushed together to make one large double bed. Both rooms have a wash basin and one has a balcony looking out over the big round pool.
Top floor: Upstairs on the second floor, in what used to be the exercise room, under the eaves is a sort of slumber party room:

bedroom 10), with three single beds (90x180cm) and a low windows overlooking the main rectangular pool. This room is popular with kids.

All rooms are exterior, and all rooms except room 10 have a washbasin. Again, all bedrooms have air conditioning with individual thermostat settings, plenty of closet space and night tables with reading lights. There are three additional single beds (real beds - not fold outs) stored in a utility closet just in case. All single beds are 90x190cm, so if pushed together make a good-sized double.

The house is full of little nooks of every description: for example just off the downstairs wash room and 2 or 3 car garage there is a bricolage corner full of all kinds of tools for the handyman. From here, the wavy art-nouveau circular stairway leads perilously up to the small watch tower (see photo) with great views of the property, etc...

The ex-guardian's two bedroom house is just across the driveway at Can Cunill has just been restored and is available for rent along with the main 10 bedroom part of the house for a small supplement, between €65 to €130 per night, depending on the season. NB: we are now offering 50% off for the rental of this house. Check with me for quotes.

Important: this house can never be rented separately or to any group other than those who have rented the big 10 bedroom house. The description of the ex-guardian's 2-bedroom house is as follows:

-The house measures about 120m2 on two floors, with a covered garage for one car next door
-The downstairs bedroom has a 2 x 2 meter double bed (king size, right?) and a single bed. It is a large bedroom
-Next door in the hallway is a full bathroom with separate shower stall and bathtub, along with toilet, sink and bidet.
-Upstairs there is a smaller en suite bedroom with two single beds, the bathroom with shower stall, and direct access to a nice little terrace with table and chairs
-Downstairs the kitchen is fully equipped and there is a table and chairs for in kitchen meals and a door leading out towards the round pool
-The separate living/dining room has an elegant fireplace, some sofa and chairs, a dining room table and chairs and TV. The main entrance hall opens onto this room. There is an extra bed here.
-The entire building is air conditioned in summer and heated in winter
-The décor is quite simple but there are some nice details, like the wooden ceiling beams
Please let me know if you are interested in renting this house for a supplement. If not, it will be empty and locked up during your stay

The garden: by far the most extraordinary aspect of this house is the garden, which measures 8,000 square meters, and the views, which are panoramic and spectacular. On one side of the house is the shallow kiddy pool measuring 10 meters round, and on the other side of the house a large pool measuring 12.5 x 7, with maximum depth of 2.5 meters. Near the poolside is an impressive covered barbecue area, with indoor or outdoor sitting for over 50 guests, and a poolside kitchen, including an oven, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and a double sink. Just above the pool is a little building with two changing rooms and two showers and one bathrooms so that you don't have to go indoors to go. Around the garden there are several places to sit and enjoy the peaceful and beautifully landscaped surroundings, and there are some games such as a badminton and a ping-pong table.

In short, Can Cunill is much more than your typical Catalan farmhouse rental. In fact, it is the only house of its kind that I know of in Catalonia. While comfortable and affordable for a few families and smaller groups, this house can also accommodate far larger groups of 25 or more. The combination of the ideal garden setting and Neus's (the caretaker) organizational skills also make Can Cunill a excellent venue for wedding parties and other gatherings. I should say here that large parties such as weddings are only welcome in the off-season, from October to May. I've even had friends celebrate their weddings here.

What's more, I think Can Cunill is very reasonably priced for what it offers, (e.g. using the peak high-season summer prices, a group of 25 guests pay just over 35 Euros per person per night. In the low-season, 20 guests pay just 17 Euros per person/night! and if you were only half that many, just 10 guests, it still comes to 34 Euros per person/night, and the prices are all-inclusive.

Prices: (use this Currency Converter to work out prices in Euros, Dollars, etc)

Low-season: 5/1-11/4 & 26/9-19/12: €2.420/week - that's just €17 per person per night!

Rates by dates:
11/4-30/5: €3.325/wk.
30/5-20/6: €4.035/wk.
20/6-11/7: €5.520/wk.
11/7- 22/8: €5.950/wk.
22/8-29/8: €5.520/wk.
29/8-26/9: €3.325/wk.

Off-season weekends: €1.500 for 2 nights, plus €400 per extra night.

NB: 5% discount for 2 week bookings!

For more information or to book the villa please contact

Contact Name : Charlie Williams
Phone Number : +34 93 268 2300
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