CB 1600 Casadevall Villa - 6 bedrooms
Casadevall enjoys a great outdoor pool area under pines
At Casadevall the pines provide shade and breeze
Aerial picture of Casadevall and its surroundings
Great solarium with deck chairs and parasols at your disposal
Covered BBQ and outside dining area under pines
Covered porch with comfy chairs to chillax
At Casadevall you can light up the pool at nights for a late dip
One of the nicest pool & gardens on the Costa Brava, this is the private independent villa of a local architect, this 6 bedroom property just outside of Sils, 15 km inland from the southern Costa Brava beaches has a gorgeous garden and pool area with lots of sofas and chairs for maximum comfort outdoors, including an excellent covered outdoor BBQ dining area just off the kitchen and a exercise room. Modern, practical, efficient, and close to town and commuter train into Barcelona, this house was a huge hit when I brought some friends here in July 2009. I have a couple AVI movies I took of the house and garden. Just let me know and I´ll send them to you.
Location: this house a short walk outside of Sils, a town 15 kms inland from Blanes and Lloret de Mar and the southern resorts of the Costa Brava, just off the N-2 and AP-7 motorways, just under an hour's drive from Barcelona (though I would recommend you leave the car in the free parking at Sils station and make your way around by commuter train: 55 minutes & €6 into Barcelona, 15 to Girona, 30 to Figueres, etc. The Sils train station is about 1.2 kilometers from the house, a nice walk through field and a couple old farmhouses, and train´s are every hour from 7 am to 11 pm. I won´t spend much time on the description of the area here. I offer so many villas in this area (Can Cunill, Can Salarichs, Can Girones, Cal Micos) that this ground has been covered and of course I could just send you my 4 pages of area info. In a word, Sils village itself is not so attractive but very serviceable for its excellent location vis á vis the main sights & beaches, with plenty of shopping, excellent restaurants, daily markets, PGA golf, municipal tennis for €5/hour, spas, etc.
The house: Villa Casadevall was built by a well-known local architect about 15 years ago. The layout is quite logical and easy to explain. The building itself consists of a two one-storey wings flanking a central two-storey oval-shaped living room/office, with the pool and garden in front, and the parking lot and driveway to the remote control gate behind. The north wing has five bedrooms: at the end of the hall:
• bedroom 1) an en suite bedroom with a 150x200cm bed, private full bathroom with a separate toilet room, and access directly to the garden/pool area
• bedroom 2) another en suite bedroom with 150x200cm bed and private full bathroom and also direct access to the pool area
• bedrooms 3) and 4) two bedrooms with 135x180cm bedroom facing the driveway side of the house
• bedroom 5) a sort of kiddy bedroom with lots of toys and children´s decoration and with one double bed of 135x180cm and a bunk bed with two 90-190cm beds. This room also has direct access to the garden - see the photo where you see the babyfoot table just outside the room. • These bedrooms share a full bathroom with bathtub and a shower in the hallway.
On the south wing of the house there is:
• bedroom 6) with two single 90x180cm beds and the bathroom across the hall has a shower stall and the 4-man sauna. This bedroom might have originally been intended as the maid´s room as it is over on the kitchen side of the house and doesn´t have nice built-in closets like the other bedrooms, but it is a good room for kids, has extra space for a mattress or two on the floor, and situated far away from the other rooms. I often take this room for myself.
• upstairs there is a 40m2 office space/sitting room with two built-in sofas each with a single mattress, so two more guests can sleep up here, but there is no bathroom on this floor so groups of more than 12 often place these mattresses in the bedrooms below…
Beyond the kitchen there is a doorway to the gymnasium with weightlifting and static bicycles and other exercise equipment, and then the very large 4-car garage. The caretaker has installed a electric counter to charge for the electricity you use for the sauna as an extra ever since some guests have left the sauna on for the entire two weeks of their stay. The owner and caretaker here are very relaxed and I don't think they have charged anyone anything extra for the sauna in years.
The split-level living room is bright, spacious and comfortable, set around a large fireplace on one side and TV on wheels on the other. There are two large white sofas and two large poufs and a card table an other assorted chairs, all behind large window panes offering lots of natural light and great views of the pool and pine forest. The lighting is especially nice at night time, with lots of halogen spotlights in the slanting ceiling as well as some free-standing lamps. There is also an old HIFI system that still works and a curiously eclectic collection of old cassettes that I really enjoyed exploring... from Brahms to Willie Nelson! The TV has local digital channels, many of them in original language, so you can always find something in English, and for the kids there are 4 24-hour kiddy channels, including Disney & Clan & Boing & the Catalan TV3.
Between the living room and the kitchen is the dining table backed by some handsome cabinets where it seems the owners has decided to leave some of his better wine and cognac glasses, but when I stayed there in July 2009 we had all our meals at the fantastic BBQ dining area just outdoors from the kitchen. For a quick snack, in the kitchen itself, there is a table for 4 or so. We even had one picnic meal on the grass near the pool.
The kitchen area at Casadevall villa is divided into three rooms, the kitchen, a pantry, and a washroom: The kitchen, which measures about 20m2 or so, is relatively small for such a large house, but has a nice food prep island in the middle and a small table with seating for four. You´ll find the usual double sink, a 4 burner stovetop, oven and extractor, a normal sized dishwasher, a normal 1.8m sized fridge, microwave, toaster, stick mixer, electric drip coffee-maker, stick mixer, juicer, and tea kettle. We did most of our food prep outdoors, and most of our cooking at the bbq. In the pantry you´ll find a large top-loading freezer and plenty of shelving to store your shopping. In the washroom there is a washing machine, a sink for hand washing, and an iron and ironing board.
Taken all together, this makes for around 40 or 45m2 of kitchen space, so maybe I shouldn´t complain about the size of the kitchen, especially given the better than average covered BBQ dining area just outside. This is where most guests will happily enjoy most meals practically year-round, day and night, overlooking the pool and garden.
Undoubtedly the nicest part of the house is the pool and garden area, including a nice covered poolside porch with lots of wicker sofas and lounge chairs. The garden is above average, and the illuminated pool and garden lights at night makes for a very attractive ensemble. There is a little building near the pool housing the outdoor full bathroom with shower, so you don't have to go into the house to go. For off-season rentals the sauna indoors makes for a fun and somewhat exotic feature, especially for Spain...
So, while I personally might prefer restored 1000 year old stone farmhouse, the question I always have to ask myself when visiting a new property is: "would I enjoy bringing my family and friends on holiday for a week or two to this house?" The answer to that was clear once I saw Casadevall's pool and garden area, and since I writing this I have been back with family and friends on many long weekends and the property never fails to impress. We always have such a good time here! So yes, Casadevall Villa gets a good thumbs up from me, for its excellent central location and in a private woods near town, (see the Google Earth shot in the carrousel presentation above), and for the very pleasant pool and garden area under pines. The house is also very well cared for by Miquel, the pleasant caretaker (who takes great care of the salt & chlorine pool cleaning) and even offers to bring you fresh breakfast bread and croissants and even fix breakfast for you if you like. I can't wait to go back to Casadevall, the sooner the better!