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As one of the past guests mentioned in the comments page, don´t be put off by the somewhat Spartan appearance of Can Pou in these photographs of the exterior. Can Pou is a bit fortress-like at first, but keep in mind that most of these photos date from 2001, and the garden has grown in nicely, with plenty of shade trees, and the owners have constructed a nice wooden porch in the back of the house, which I should have photos of very soon.
Location: Can Pou is just outside of the beautiful residential hamlet of Sagàs, about 1km off the secondary road between the two market towns of Gironella and Prats de Llucanes on the road to historic Vic. Sagás has no stores, but nearby Gironella has a wonderful shopping street and weekly market, and just down the road there is one of the area´s best restaurants, a 10 to 15 minute walk from the house. The house is perched on a stone outcropping like a ship plowing through fields, and the panoramic views are extraordinary, from Montserrat to the south to the pre-Pyrenees to the north. Just up the road is a fantastic ruined monastery providing an ideal picnic area.
The house: Can Pou was orginally designed to be rented in two parts. The owners thought is would be too difficult to find large groups to occupy the entire house, so they divided the living quarters into two independent self-contained halfs, connected by a central hallway, each a complete house in every way, with it´s own separate entrances. On the northwestern side of the house, there is a large and atmospheric downstairs gameroom, some of the floor and staircase is carved right out of the living bedrock, the remnants of a trough, with a babyfoot table, and wooden picnic table, and lots of play room. See the photos of this basement playroom below.
Up a flight of flagstone steps and the door opens onto a large living/dining room and kitchen measuring about 55 m2. The living room has two sofas and two lounge chairs set around a low table and TV facing the fireplace. The long wooden planked dining table can probably seat up to 20 guests. The kitchen is fully equipped, (dishwasher, washing machine, range stove, electric oven, extractor, mirowave, toaster, stick mixer, large fridge...) and this main central room is full of interesting decorative details, such as the stonework around the doors, ancient built-in wall closets, terra cotta floors and wooden ceiling beams throughout.
Around three sides of this main room are the five bedrooms, on three different wings, affording privacy to each wing:- one wing with two rooms with double bed (all beds are 150x200cms!) each and sharing a hallway bathroom with large bathtub (70x170cm)
- another wing with a triple bedroom (three single beds, all 90x200cms) and a room with double bed and sharing hallway bathroom with smaller bathtub 40x170cm)
- and a master bedroom with double bed and private shower
Two steps down and about three meters of hallway separate the two parts of the houses, each side has its door so that the two sides can be completely closed off like two apartments withing the same building.
This hallway opens onto a kitchen/dining room, about 30m2, with attractive exposed stonework and arched windows, and a table with individual chairs seating 8 guests. The kitchen is fully equipped (washing machine, range stove, electric oven, extractor, mirowave, toaster, stick mixer, medium-sized fridge...)
Beyond the kitchen/dining room is the living room, measuring about 40m2, also with nice ceiling beams, terra cotta floors, and plenty of details to please the eye, such as the engraved stone lintel dating this part of the house originally from 1771. The living room, set around a low table facing the fireplace and TV, has two sofa beds and two easy chairs. There are plenty windows and lots of natural light and great views that include the serrated mountain of Montserrat in the distance.
On two sides of the salon are the three bedrooms:
- one wing has two rooms, one with a double bed the other room with two single beds, and there is a shared bathroom with large bathtub in the hallway
- the other room is a suite with private bathroom with half bath.
From the living room there is a modern iron stairway down to the back patio barbecue area, with picnic benches, and a covered area under the steps with ping pong and a gate leading down to the pool.
(An odd thing happened while I was writing this. I was sitting at the table in the picture just below this paragraph and a woodpecker came slamming in to the window in front of me and just sort of fluttered there stunned for a second or two before flying off. It didn´t seem as though it was hurt and it was a unexpected comic moment!)
There are more photos, both exterior and interior, below.
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