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This is one of two houses for rent on this enormous property, consisting of five edifices: the ancient mill and its restored granary, the restored stables (Capsec de la Vila), a ruined barn, and the fortified 12C baronial mansion where the blue-blooded descendants of the original owners now live. Situated in the Bianya valley, perennial favorite of Barcelonan nature lovers, this areas offers an endless variety of outdoor activities, and the possibility of a great many day trips to lovely towns and monuments of special interest: Beget, Monastery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Ripoll, and the high Pyrenees. The French border at the stunning Coll d'Ares pass, with views of the Pyrenees to the sea, is only 33 km away.
El Molí (the Mill)
A movie I took at El Molí de la Vila
I've often been told that El Moli is one of those best-kept secrets sort-of houses. No video can hope to show the romantic beauty of this spot, of the gorgeous old stone millhouse, like something from a fairytale. But I stood by the natural swimming pool backing the house and did a 360º turnabout with my digital camera, Ana, the owner, hiding behind some bushes so as not to be filmed, and voilá ...!
Of the two houses on this vast property, its the ancient mill that really caught my fancy. This is the quintessential dream house for romantics. To reach the front door, you must drive across a shallow stream (or walk across a rickety footbridge). The mill is backed by a large reservoir where you can swim or lounge around on floating chairs, the pool constantly fed by cool spring water straight from a virgin source just uphill from here. The thick stone walls envelop an interior almost entirely fashioned of dark-stained cherry wood. Each of the three floors measures approximately 50m2. The main floor has a cozy sitting area with two sofas around a large fireplace, TV, and nearby, a fully equipped small kitchen and dining table.
An uneven wooden-planked staircase leads upstairs to a hallway lined with closets and a large bedroom under sloping wooden beamed ceiling with a king-size 2x2m bed and an elegant full bath. The views from the double-glazed windows from this second floor suite are fantastic, especially at dawn, when the sun rises over the misty valley to the east. To the south, you look out over the curved shore of the reservoir and the forest beyond some grassy knolls, and to the west you look out (and hear the trickle) of the stream which surrounds three-quarter of the house.
Here are two more photos of the owner´s award-winning designer shared pool 200 meters from El Molí de la Vila:
This sign indicates that the Catalan Tourism Authorities regularly inspect and license the property. We have also visited and recommend all the properties we have selected for our listings.
and some very old photos