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This is another one of those best-value sort of places, with 7 bedrooms, all with private bath, and a very nice pool and 4,700m2 fenced-in garden area, large covered BBQ dining area, good location and great views.... all for under 30 Euros per night per person in the high-season. Located a few kms off the AP-7 highway between France and Barcelona, 22 kms inland from the lower Costa Brava resorts, this part of the hilly coastal plain is best known for its good restaurants and food markets, a half a dozen spa towns, and the PGA golf course 7 kms away in Caldes de Malavella. 6 kms from Cal Micos in Sils town is the commuter train into Barcelona city center, every hour from 7 am to 11pm, and the trip on the express train takes 50 minutes.
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2 short movies of Cal Micos
I talk a lot about the panoramic views at Cal Micos, and I am very happy to finally have these two short movies that give an idea of what I mean! The views are splendid, the well-kept garden and pool most inviting, and now the new outdoor bbq dining room shed, set right outside from the kitchen, is just icing on the cake
Cal Micos is a house that has been gaining in attractiveness ever since I first visited the house back in April of 2000. The owner, Carmen (who is much liked by past guests) has plowed back a good portion of rental fees into household improvements, and now the area around the pool is all grassy lawn under new shade trees, and she has put in a large covered verandah for outdoor barbecue dining, with a convenient sink for food prep and lighting for nighttime meals.
Location: This house is situated a kilometer unpaved but not rugged road from the main C-63 road just outside Riudarenes, 22 kms from the coast, a village with a bakery, fishmonger, butchershop, and a couple of good restaurants - see my quite detailed travel info on this area in the above link. As I have mentioned before, this is an area known for its concentration of good restaurants, and Santa Coloma has an important Spa, the Magma, with very reasonable fees for day-guests, where you pay an entrance fee and then extra for the spa treatments you choose. The dirt track to the house is in good condition and can be taken quite fast. The house is surrounded by kilometers and kilometers of hilly fields and the wide sweep of the views of distant mountains on three sides is very impressive. The drive leads to the front of the house, where there is plenty of parking space. Directly in front of the house there is an old functional well with a little fish pond, and on the other side of that, some gardens, the pool area, and a small vegetable patch. Around the right side of the house is a little apartment the owner keeps for herself and uses when the house is not rented, now that her children are grown up, and she divides her time between Barcelona and Cal Micos, the house in which four generations of her family grew up.
Let´s start with the living room, which measures well over 45m2, and has three sofas, and dining or game table for 10 or 12, a small cast-iron chimney, a TV with DVD player, and a good-sized radio/cassette/CD player. The sloping ceiling is high, and to the large windows, the room is very bright as well as spacious. Across the vestibule from the living room and on your way to the kitchen there is a small room with a small round dining table (the one with the fireplace in the photos) - maybe a good separate game room for or from the kids. From this room there is a hallway to the three downstairs bedrooms, each with a small private bathroom: two rooms with two single beds and one room with a double bed.
Next down the hall on the right is the kitchen, a large modern chrome restaurant-style kitchen, a feature I though I might get complaints about, but as it turns out guests have written in to praise lavishly. I guess you can get good results cooking in a professional kitchen! Just beyond the kitchen is the indoor dining room with three tables with six chairs each, and just beyong that to your left, another sitting area with wicker chairs and a TV. There is direct access to the garden with sliding front doors - very convenient! So, so far we have encounter four different indoor sitting areas: the living room, the small round card table, the 18-seat dining room, and this second TV room with the wicker seating. Not bad as far as distribution.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, two on each side of the landing: each room with two single beds and small private bathroom with one of those small half-bathtubs that are really to only to use for showers. The rooms are somewhat sparely decorated with not much closet space, but at least the rooms are of a good size, and the views from the upstairs rooms is delightful.
All told, this house has a great deal going for it. A great location, plenty of room indoors and out, a very nice pool and garden, and perhaps most especially, a very reasonable rental rate for what you get. Of course no house is perfect, so if I had to find something to criticise, it would have to be the somewhat spartan decoration of the bedrooms and bathrooms, but then again I doubt guests will be spending much time in their rooms.
I have a lot of fond memories and anecdotes about the work I do, and one of them is a rental we had a few years ago with a group of cyclists who rented this house. Carmen, the owner, went to pick up the guests at the Girona airport, and the 12 cyclists followed Carmen´s car from the airport to Cal Micos, taking only back roads for safety, trailing Carmen´s car for 15 kilometers like baby ducklings. Carmen and the guests got along fine after that and Carmen offered to prepare them a traditional meal of paella and roast meats with garlic alioli, and a huge feast was enjoyed by all.... Sometimes my work is fun and this house is a pleasure to work with!
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