CB 1200 Today's featured property: Mas Roca - 6 bedrooms
Mas Roca is located on the same huge property (115 hectares) as Mas Grau (see the 8 to 10 bedroom historic stone mansion in our listings, ref. CB 1100) about three-quarters of a kilometer away. It is a house of a high standard which is being rented at very competitive rates in order to get many bookings. In 2017 this villa got a complete and very generous make-over and the owners had the pool fenced with nice wooden posts, the full Spa was put in a new wing of the house, the paddle court and playground was constructed, as well as the two new terraces near the barbecue. This house is now undoubtedly the one of the best medium sized villa in terms of price/quality/location.
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Location: Mas Roca is situated a few hundred meters outside of the tiny hamlet of Estanyol, a couple kilometers by car or on the bike path to shopping in Aiguaviva, and 8 km southwest of lovely historic Girona and the many markets and supermarkets there. The house and large grounds are completely private and you have no neighbors nearby. The pool and the padel tennis court are amidst pine and holm oak (the owners sell cork to some of the big Catalan cava producers). The pool and the paddle tennis court and the outdoor terraces are lit at night.
The area is gorgeous, with plenty to do and see, like the nearby volcano del Cross which makes for a nice walk, and the restaurants in the area are amongst the best on the Costa Brava.
In addition to the excellent restaurants in the area, including a one in Estanyol itself, there are plenty of good options for shopping for food and drink. You can choose between shopping in small specialty shops (butcher, baker, etc) in nearby villages or go to the big budget supermarkets outside of Girona, like Carrefour or Lidl or Dia or any of the spanish chains, the best one being the huge El Corte Ingés Hipercor supermarket that has everything. Locals buy meats and breads and veggies and perhaps even wine by the liter in specialty mom n pop shops and only go to the supermarkets to stock up on basics.
The grounds: the villa is tucked just behind a curve in a little transited road between Estanyol and Bescanó. A well-kept dirt path winds around the front of the house, passing the paddle court and play areas and swimming pool on the left, the barbecue terraces on the right, to the large parking area around to the back of the house.
Between the house and the pool are a couple of newly tiled terraces near the barbecue and the kitchen entrance - all very convenient and as always there are lights for outdoor meals at night. In fact the pool and the paddle tennis court are also lit at night. The pool has Roman steps for easy access to the shallow end. The maximum depth is 2.2 meters, and the pool is surrounded by 12 deck chairs and 3 parasols. The garden is made up of a combination of grassy lawns and hedgerows and aromatic plants and fruit trees.
The house: One of the many things I like about Mas Roca is that there are three
entryways into the lower floor: 1) the rather grand wooden-planked main
entrance into the central downstairs hallway 2) another nice old large
doorway enters into the main dining room and kitchen area, and 3) and
there is a back door in from the parking lot to a passageway where the
washer and dryer are kept and a hall leads directly to the Spa and the
rest of the downstairs.
Between the kitchen and the barbecue area is the dining room, with a long wooden planked table and benches seating about 14 right in front of the wood-burning fireplace. It is all very well thought out. Stone walls and wooden beamed ceilings make it rustic and cozy. The kitchen is right next to the dining table but in a separate room. The kitchen is quite spacious, about 25m2, and well equipped with plenty of counterspace lining three of the four walls.
Across the atmospheric downstairs central hallway is the spacious living room, about 50m2, which has four sofas, two easy chairs, more bench-type seating near the Satellite TV (DVD, CD/radio/cassette player), and one of those round card tables. The TV has cable which allows you to watch movies and shows in original version - meaning in most cases English! Perhaps the nicest feature of this living room are the three large double-glazed windows affording nice views out onto the garden and letting in lots of sunlight.
Bedrooms: the large downstairs bedroom 1) is at the end of the downstairs hallway, up three steps (so not a good house for wheelchairs) and this bedroom has a double bed (150x190cm) and a new bunk bed, each bed (90x190cm), and a nice private bathroom 1) which features an lovely walk-in, slate-floored shower. I like these designer showers with no steps or curtains...
Upstairs there is a large central living room distributing to the other five bedrooms, two of which are off on a separate wing, so all the rooms are set somewhat far apart and more private than, say, rooms lined up in a linear hallway.
Bedroom 2) has a lovely private terrace under crooked old wooden beams overlooking the pool and this en suite bedroom with double bed (150x190cm) has a private bathroom 2) with bathtub and shower nozzle.
On the other side of the upstairs central you'll find bedrooms 3 & 4 on either side of a full bathroom 3) with bathtub and shower nozzle. Bedroom 3) has three single beds, and Bedroom 4) has a double bed, 150x190cm.
Across the central room there is a wing going off towards the back of the house with two bedrooms, Bedroom 5) with double bed (150x190cm) and bathroom 4) with shower stall, and then Bedroom 6) which has two single beds of 90x190cm each. The bathroom between the two rooms has two doors, one direct to the bedroom 5) and one to the salon, for easy access for room 6.
All rooms have proper closet space and dessers and all windows are properly mosquito-screened and with wooden shutters for sleeping in late.
One of the things everyone remarks on are the large number of trees and vines surrounding the house walls, offering much needed shade in the summer. The thick stone walls also help in keeping the house cool and airy even during hot summer months. In fact I remember picking ripe lemons from the window of the central hallway upstairs.
So to sum up, Mas Roca has always been a beautiful and comfortable house in a great location. But now that the owners have spent huge sums of money to make this one of the best equipped villas in the area - at the same time keeping the prices very competitive - I think the response to this house will be very positive. Again the area is gorgeous, and you are close to Girona town for a nice stroll around the beautiful medieval quarter, and the beaches are a quick 35 kms away...