CB 1100 Mas Grau - 8 bedrooms

Posted on TripAdvisor, June 3, after a 14-21 May, 2016 stay.

adele

Portland, Oregon

Mas Grau could be a destination in itself

Left on Jun 3, 2016 for a stay in May 2016

Mas Grau is a great place to stay, especially with a larger group. We are 8 women (members of a Portland, Oregon book club) who traveled together for one week in Spain - Catalunya - and one week in Provence, France. Mas Grau is an amazing, gorgeous stone villa, quite large, with many bedrooms and bathrooms. The grounds are beautiful. We made day-trips from Mas Grau to close-by towns that are totally worth a visit, including Besalu, Girona, Figueres (Dali Museum), Epicuries (ancient Greek and Roman ruins), Cadaques, and the Montserrat Abbey. And it's only about an hour's drive from Barcelona. At the end of each day we'd return to the fabulous Mas Grau and have a dip in the pool, or maybe some hot-tub and sauna/steamroom time. We had such a good time. The caretakers are only about a kilometer away and couldn't be nicer or more helpful. You do need a car.

De: Tanya Pace
Enviado el: viernes, 14 de agosto de 2015 13:56
Para: Charlie Villasbarcelona
Asunto: Re: Mas Grau, 26/7 to 9/8, 2015

Hola Charlie,

I hope that you are well.

I just wanted to thank you for a lovely holiday,and give you some feed back on Mas Grau.



I have attached a few pictures that you may want to use for your website.



We had a great time, it is a lovely house, and Josep was fantastic and very helpful.



Everything was perfect, and we are thinking of booking again for next year. Just waiting for the flights to be released.



The house was amazing and had everything we needed for a great holiday. The pool table was a bonus, and all enjoyed playing pool..

Overall we had a fantasic time, and looking forward to returning.



I am in the process of setting up a new Travel Agency business in the UK, so maybe able to work with you for some bookings.



Can you pencil in 13-27 August 2016 for me please.



Kind Regards



Tanya

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De: Князев Павел
Enviado el: viernes, 11 de julio de 2014 10:47
Para: Charlie Villasbarcelona
Asunto: Mas Grau, 21/6-5/7, 2014

Hello, Charlie!

A week has passed since our return from Mas Grau. We are still under the impression from your dream vacation in this villa.

One can not imagine a better place to rest our big company (4 families with children). Everything was great with our very soon, thanks to the warm and welcoming reception from Conchita! During all the time of our holiday all our problems (small and insignificant) solved it instantly and at the highest level. Her own handmade Paella - just a fairy tale! Nothing was no inconvenience. The villa itself is so well equipped that nothing even further wish. Each member of our very specific group has always been my private space where no one bothered to each other and, at the same time, there was always a place for the general collection and a fun evening.

Its surroundings and stunning views can not be forgotten.

It was our first holiday in Spain and we are sure, will come again and again and will be recommending your suggestions, your website and your invaluable service to all my friends and acquaintances.

With thanks and best regards,

Pavel and his friends,

Russia, Moscow

De: Ben Lewalski
Enviado el: jueves, 28 de noviembre de 2013 15:05
Para: Charlie Villasbarcelona
Asunto: Re: Can we rent El Cosme in 2014?

Dear Charlie,

We wish to thank you and Conxita for a wonderfull holliday at Mas Grau in July 2013. All the rooms at the Mas are exceptionally large and there are more then enough bathrooms (which is a big plus, if you travel with kids and babies) to accomodate our group. The kitchen was well equipped and the extra refrigerators were very welcome.

We spent most of our time at the Mas relaxing at the pool (with a lovely view) or at the inner courtyard where we had our outdoor meals. The courtyard was so charming, we only went inside to escape the heath or the occasional thunderstorm.

The welcome and the help we recieved from Conxita couldn't possibly be any better!

Our group was also very enthusiastic about the Girona region.Mas Grau seems so “away from it all" but It took us only about 15mins to drive to the beautifull historic centre of Girona where we had lunch, visited the historic buildings and went shopping.

Other highlights of our visit were a bikeride to the coast for a refreshing dive in the Mediteranean,a wonderfull daytrip in the national parc, a boattrip exploring the mediteranean andwatching a lightning storm over the mountains from the pool.

We plan on exploring another part of Catalunya next year and villasbarcelona will be our first (and only) stop in search for a holliday Home !

We wish you, Conxita and all the people at Mas Grau the very best!

Ben Lewalski (+ family and friends)

Ps : it was a bit difficult to find a straight stretch of lawn around Mas Grau where we or the kids could run around barefooted, kick around a football and enjoy a game of badminton or Viking Kubb.

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From: Dave Bannon
To: villasbarcelona
Sent: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:55 PM
Subject: Re: rental

Charlie: Mas Grau was one of the nicest vacations we have ever had. We would like to live there. The weather was perfect, the restaurants exceptionsl and we couldn't have had a nicer time. I have forwarded your email to the others on the trip and I'm sure they will respond in a similar fashion.


Dave Bannon

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From: John Foster
To: villasbarcelona
Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 2:58 PM
Subject: RE: Mas Grau, 24/6-2/7, 2012

Thanks Charlie.


We had a blast (and Conxi was great to us)!

Will definitely be recommending Mas Grau and Villas Barcelona to others.

Best regards,
John Foster Braintree, MA 02184

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From: Jenny Tyrrell
To: charlie@villasbarcelona.com
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:50 PM
Subject: Mas Grau

Hi Charlie


I hope you are well.

We are having an absolutely fabulous time at Mas Grau, it is everything we expected and more. In fact, we like it so much that we would like to come back next year - which is why I am emailing. Is the house available from Saturday 28th July 2013 for two weeks?

Best wishes
Jenny

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From: "David Green"
To: "villasbarcelona"
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 12:23 AM
Subject: Mas Grau - David Green - Australia

Hi Charlie


We had a great time at Mas Grau - I kept saying that we were going out when we should be enjoying the place! My teenage son, who isn't interested in much beyond computers, seems to really like Spain. The kids loved sleeping in the tower. Local restaurant did a great meal for 10 and the waitress a heroic effort dealing with us.

Keys were left with the gardener.

all the best
David=

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From: orla cartner
To: villasbarcelona
Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 8:25 PM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau

HI Charlie,


Just a quick email to say we are back from a wonderful holiday at Mas Grau. All of the 15 in our group loved it ! Conxita was so friendly and helpful and we just loved the house the views everything.....

We intend over the next week or so to get around to post some reviews and also to send you on a few photos.

Many Thanks
Orla.

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From: Sabia Morrison
To: Charlie Villas Barcelona
Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2011 4:14 PM
Subject: RE: directions to Mas Grau for those flying in to Girona airport

Hi Charlie


We have just arrived back from a wonderful 12 days at Mas Grau - the house was amazing and we were all truly blown away with the stunning property and setting. We all thought that, actually, your website pictures and description did not do it justice and it far exceeded our expectations. Conxita was also wonderful - charming and friendly. She even cooked a stunning paella for us one evening, as well as popping round with homemade tortilla and gazpacho another night. Yesterday, as there were no incoming guests she also kindly let us stay on in the house for the day as our flights were not until later in the day - please send her our enormous thanks for her fantastic hospitality.

With best wishes
Sabia Morrison

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From: "Rob Oubridge"
To: "villasbarcelona"
Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 3:11 AM
Subject: RE: Mas Grau

Hi Charlie


Just wanted to say that we had a great time at Mas Grau and Conxita was incredibly welcoming and helpful. We visited her restaurant 'El Batlle' and it was absolutely first class - I can't think why you don't give it a plug in your emails and guide! Thank you for all your help with our booking and our trip, we will certainly be recommended you and the property to our friends. Does Conxita have an email? We didn't see her on our leaving day and called her but no reply - we'd like to pass on our thanks.

kind regards
Rob Oubridge
Managing Director-
Aqueduct

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From: ROBERT BROWN
To: villasbarcelona
Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 9:31 PM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau - The Browns

Hi Charlie,


Our family had a terrific time in Catelonia, with Mas Grau as our base. Our group, originally to be twelve, ended up at eight as my youngest son and family were not able to come at the last moment. Needless to say, we had more than enough space for eight (or twelve for that matter)! The house is amazing - many rooms, many places to eat (kitchen, TV room, dining room, outside terrace), a beautiful pool, a short walk (relatively) to town. The location, in the countryside but close to larger cities such as Girona and to the sea, was perfect. The local grocery with a real butcher fit the bill - we never did get to the larger grocery stores. We toured in every direction from Mas Grau. Our interest in art was filled with Dali, our interest in food was filled at a number of really good restaurants and at home on the BBQ, our interest in scenery was filled everywhere, our interest in relaxation was filled at a number of beaches. We had two weeks of perfect weather - in the mid-20s to the low 30s. We were fortunate to see the Tour de France as it went past St. Feliu at an amazing speed.

I hope this email finds you well. Please say "hi" to Conxita and her sister.
Cheers! Bob
P.S. You can use this email as you wish.

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From: Scott Kollins
To: villasbarcelona
Sent: Sunday, March 16, 2008 1:34 PM
Subject: Mas Grau comments

Hi Charlie-


We are back from our vacation at Mas Grau and I wanted to write with some comments. Overall, it was absolutely fantastic. We were travelling with 4 couples, one of which had a 7-month old infant. With this size group, we were all able to have our own room and bath. Everyone found the house to be charming and more than adequate for our needs. The house itself and the property are so interesting and lovely, a lot of us spent time just walking around and admiring the scenery. Six of our 8 adults were also there to do some cycling and Mas Grau was an excellent starting point for a number of good rides.

One of the highlights of the trip was the food prepared by Lee Pennington. Charlie, thanks so much for this recommendation. Lee cooked for us for 5 of our 6 nights and the food was incredible. He spoiled us and we were already saying that when e go to Italy next year, we may need to get Lee his own room so he can stay and cook for us. His services are worth far more than what he charges.

All in all, it was a splendid vacation and I appreciate how easy you made everything. Aside from my cell phone not working very well, things went incredibly smoothly. Mas Grau will hold a special place in our hearts.

Best,
Scott Kollins
North Carolina, USA

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From: "Myrna Sayers"
To: "villasbarcelona"
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2008 3:19 PM
Subject: Mas Grau

Hi Charlie - we got back, from nearly 5 weeks away, on Monday evening. Thank you for the information that you sent to me on 11th July.


The house was very well equipped with nice linen and towels - and a generous supply of both. Conxita told us to make ourselves completely at home and use everything. All the beds had been made up - more than we needed - but as you know, there were thirteen of us and it was good to have such flexibility.

I haven't asked my family if they have any comments to add - we all had such a great time. I know that one huge plus - with small children around (we had four aged between 2 and 4) was the big, secure courtyard.

We are seeing some friends this evening who are very interested in renting Mas Grau next year - so I will show them your website.

Let me know if you want any further input - it will only be good! Regards - Myrna

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From: "ClaireHenderson"
To:
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 12:48 PM
Subject: feedback

Hi Charlie,


Just to let you know we had a super time in Mas Grau and Conxita was so helpful. Hertz had provided a car with no petrol so she kindly led us to the petrol station on the first day. That could have been tricky!

The house was wonderful and we really enjoyed the sense of history. If I had any suggestions, it would be a large electric kettle and teapot. Well, we are English!!!! The quality of the sheets and towels was great.

One restaurant I would really recommend is Restaurant Bonay in Peratallada where we had excellent Pollastre amb samfaina, and Vedella amb bolets. We took your information with us everywhere and it became known as Charlie's bible. When we were planning an outing someone would say 'What does Charlie say about it?' It was much appreciated.

All in all, a lovely holiday. Thank you very much. I hope Conxita's father is recovering.

Regards,
Claire Henderson

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From: Joan Wright
To: 'villasbarcelona'
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 12:40 AM
Subject: RE: Wright reservations for Mas Grau September 29 through October 8

Charlie,


We had a wonderful time at the villa.
There was enough room for all 5 couples to relax and enjoy ourselves.
We met Conxita and she was charming.
Lee Pennington was wonderful.
He cooked fabulous meals and he was very helpful about the area and great restaurants.
The area is lovely and we took many daytrips.
Your book was very helpful.
Especially with directions into Barcelona.
Thanks for all your help.
Regards,
Joan Wright

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From: Paul Daly
To: charlie@tourismcatalonia.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2005 6:30 PM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau July 30 to Aug 20, 2005

Hi Charlie


Everything is great at Mas Grau. No problems whatsoever. What is the booking situation for the equivalent weeks next year?

I will check my e mails next week or you can give me a call please on ...
Thanks
Paul

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From: HOPE RAYMOND
To: charlie@villasbarcelona.com
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2005 6:37 AM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau - June 30 to July 14, 2005 - how was it?

Hi, Charlie,


How nice to hear from you!

We all loved Mas Grau--everything about it! Even my grandkids, who might have seen it as "too old" thought it was "really cool". And, as I had expected, they made good use of the beautiful pool for hours every day. In fact, they loved being there so much, it was hard to get them organized to go sightseeing.

One thing that especially impressed me--and which I had not heard from other visitors there--was how magnificently the house is laid out for fifteen people. And the rooms were all tastefully and appropriately decorated for the age and style of the home. Privacy was never a problem, nor was the noise level (even with 8 busy grandchildren). The only time I was ever aware of how many of us there were was at dinnertime when we all ate together in the dining room. But even then there was space at one of the tables for everyone, so it didn't feel crowded.

Something that bothered my children (more than me) was the laundry facilities. Though they were certainly adequate under ordinary circumstances, we had lots of children's clothes to be washed, so at least one load of laundry was always waiting to be washed.

The one drawback was that Mas Grau set such a high standard, I will never be able to rent another vacation home that will match up!

Best to you!
Hope Raymond

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From: Katrin Komm
To: 'Charles Williams'
Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 1:03 AM
Subject: RE: Mas Grau - how was it?

Hello Charlie,


We had an absolute wonderful and unforgettable stay at Mas Grau. This place truly is a dream come true and it would be the ideal backdrop for the adaptation of some romantic novel. It has been one of the most wonderful and relaxing vacations ever. The house itself with its thick walls has so much charme and character, it really takes you back in time. The surrounding landscape is a feast for your eyes. Just sitting outside and letting your eyes wonder was a treat. The view was just as spectacular during the night with a starfilled sky. We also tried the restaurant in the village a couple of times and enjoyed the food quite a bit. One of our most favorite places in the area was Begur. It is so charming. Our favorite beach was La Fosca, we went there many times. A walk (in both directions along the coast) presents you with some wonderful views. Attached two of my favorite fotos of this truly stunning place.

Best wishes
The Komm Family

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From: clarke family
To: Charles Williams
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:14 PM
Subject: Mas Grau August 2004

Hi Charlie,


I can tell you we had a SUPERB time at Mas Grau. We had a truly international group of English,Irish,American and Canadians and all loved the villa. It's location and views and peace were wonderful. One needn't have strayed away from the villa,gardens and pool for the whole 2 weeks but of course we wanted to explore the area. We had an entertaining evening in the Hostal D'Estaniol where the proprietor was very welcoming and accommodating and " mimed " the menu for us as none of our group spoke Spanish well. (We talked French to Conxita's Father as he had no English and we only poor Spanish!).

The teenagers fought over the attic room and with fans and the windows and drapes closed during the day it was more than comfortable. The villa acommodated our, at 1 time , group of 15 more than easily! My brother and his family of 4 did not want to move on after the first week as they were having such a good time!

We found the coast too crowded for the time of year but loved the inland areas such as Besalu and Pals but didn't venture as far as the Pyrennees. We were just too happy at Mas Grau!

One gripe however was that the kitchen was not well served for a large group. The oven was temperamental and only 2 of the 4 stove rings worked and the kettle did not work. The Bar-B-Q was lovely though.

All in all I would wholeheartedly recommend Mas Grau as a great holiday destination.
(sorry for rambling on)
Oonagh Clarke

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From: elliedunn
To: Charles Williams
Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 2004 10:09 PM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau

Hi Charlie--We had a grand time at Mas Grau--Yes, we did meet up with Colleen, family and friends--They came to Mas Gras for a wonderful dinner prepared by Jools. Memorable----- We enjoyed dinners at the restaurant behind the church--and several restaurants in Gerona--Many thanks for your help


--Sincerely,
Ellie Dunn

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From: Sherry
To: tourism@catalonia.net
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 2:29 AM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau, how was it?

Dear Charlie:


I am sorry that I didn't write to you sooner, because I wanted to tell you how much we loved the house and the location. Conxita was a fabulous hostess..staying around just long enough to give us a thorough introduction to the house and responding immediately to our every need and request, but otherwise leaving us with the run of the property. There was ample room, the pool was spotless with a beautiful view, and the house has been beautifully restored. Our only minor complaint was the heat at night, but we bought several additional fans and that helped enormously. There is no longer a garden at the house, so you should delete that from your information on Mas Grau. Everything else lived up to and surpassed our highest expectations.

A few things that I haven't seen mentioned in your packet (which was extremely helpful, by the way) or in the other comments....we like to run and walk for exercise, and there is a beautiful bike/walking trail through Bescano. One can walk all the way to Banyoles and beyond! We never went that far, but the trail takes you through quaint farmland, by a lovely stream and through beautiful groves of trees. There is a brand new supermarket in Bescano, and we found that very helpful for stocking up on staples.

On my niece's birtrhday, we staged an elaborate scavenger hunt through the house and into Bescano. The townspeople were so cooperative and fun, and we involved everyone from the woman at the heladeria to the people in the bar on the plaza to the woman who owns the candy shop.

Do NOT try the riding stables on the way into Bescano. The horses were a bit wild, and the owner just sent out children off on steep, narrow paths with no helmets and no guidance. In other words, this is only for the strong hearted, experienced rider.

We would all love to go back to Mas Grau. We had many a wonderful family dinner around the big dining room table, and the sunsets in the afternoon were unforgettable.

Thank you so much for helping us to rent this wonderful place!
Sherry
(P.S. It is absolutely fine to use whatever portion of my comments you wish on the website)

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From: Dan Gattis
To: Charles Williams
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 5:06 PM
Subject: Mas Grau Stay

Hi, Charlie. Sorry to be so late with comments on our trip to Mas Grau in late July/early August...the midst of the heat wave. What a great place to stay!


The house was most comfortable for our group. Friends from Atlanta had the ground floor suite; my kids had the two front rooms on the 1st floor and shared the bath off the east room; my suegra had the small en suite room in the rear off the stairs; Val and I had the master across the way. The dark room in the rear and the upstairs attic were unused since our friends from London had to miss the trip. That's an especially dark room and, with the heat, it was way too hot due to lack of windows and circulation. Just as well they had to cancel. The rest of the house was reasonably comfortable for the rest of us since we're all from the South. We're used to heat and humidity so it wasn't a big deal. We did have to go out and purchase additional fans which we left as a gift to the house. With the fans and adequate mosquito repellant, we were just fine after the sun went down and the house cooled. Sr. Feliu came up to the house a couple of times to check in on us and his daughter and son-in-law were up from Barcelona the middle weekend. I enjoyed meeting the "Don" and chatting with him on a range of topic including his view of driving regulations. Didn't know he was a race driver in his youth. Quite a guy. He also kept apologizing for the heat wave as though it were something he could control.
Charlie adds (making excuses): the summmer of 2003 was the hottest on record just about everywhere in Europe!

We moved the dining room table out to the "patio" since we were a party of 11 and spent our midday, cocktail hour, and dinner (when we ate in) outside. The grape vine over the patio provided protection from the sun and a lovely setting. We used the outdoor grill a couple of times and stocked the laundry room 'fridge with the overflow of beverages. The swimming pool was most welcome given the heat, although one had to go early or late as midday was insufferable. I ran each day in the early morning, as did Val and my daughter Rayme and her friend Pam, past Sr. Feliu's house, out to the main road, and right up over the hill toward Anglés for a total of about 14 km. It was important to start early and the trip back downhill was the best part. We played tennis a couple of times, but there always seemed to be other things to do. All in all, I'd go back to Mas Grau in a heartbeat.

We did get into Girona a couple of times for some sightseeing and meals, but we left that mainly to the kids (I say "kids" but they're in their 30s) who went in several times including evenings to some dance clubs. We did find the Supermercado in Anglés the best place to buy food (also open on Sunday) and table wine. There's also a bike shop that had some necessary repair equipment for Val's bike.

One question...I noticed a couple of modern looking houses on the right as you go up over the hill to intesect the road to Anglés. Are they for rent?

Tried to rent a plane at the Girona airport, but the rental Cessna 172's owner was on holiday. Too bad. It looked like it would have been fun to see the area from a couple thousand meters.

We spent most of our time in the immediate environs. We ate at the Hostal de Estanyol in town a couple of times...handy, but nothing special,except for the escargot they served our first night. We did especially enjoy a leisurly Sunday lunch at Mas Casilda in Bescanó. A couple of others were Cal Ros in Girona and Hostal Can Xabanet in Banyoles. Also had a delightful lunch at Les Ostres in Barcelona just down the block from the Hotel Claris where we spent the night before our departure. Had dinner atop the hotel and found it a lovely venue with OK food. One note for American martini drinkers...order a "Vodkatini" if you want Vodka. Saying Vodka martini doesn't seem to get it even in BCN.

Most money spent was in Cadaqués where my wife and daughter found an especially compelling ladies dress shop..Boutique Pepa. They had a sale in progress and we came away with what the ladies described as "incredible bargins." I suppose it depends one's perspective. It was a beautiful location and an enjoyable drive from the Mas. The kids went to Sant Feliu de Guíxols (I think) a couple of times and we went over to join them for lunch and a little beach time. It was the town at the end of that spectacular drive you recommended that hugs the coast for about 40 km.

Your guidebook was a godsend. My kids and mother-in-law would pore over the guide each day and plan their travels for the next. Your restaurant suggestions were very helpful and we appreciated your candor in noting the not-so-good places to go and things to do. My mother-in-law kept a detailed diary of each day that I look forward to reading when she's here for Christmas.

Trust you've adjusted to fatherhood and are getting a bit of sleep these days. Hope your family is well and happy. I look forward to working with you again. Perhaps next time we can meet in person.

Best regards....Dan
Daniel Gattis
Chief Executive Officer
The Richard Harrington Company

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From: Pete Schueller
To: Charles Williams
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 11:44 AM
Subject: Fabulous time at Mas Grau!

Hi Charlie,


Just a quick note to THANK YOU so very much for helping us arrange our vacation in Spain. The fact that we could trust a person and a website over the internet says a lot for trust in mankind, as we traveled 13 hours by car from Belgium and the rest of the family arrived by plane from the US, all based on a dozen email exchanges. I have already countlessly recommended your website & guide book info to many friends around the world. (Do you have a site like this for Italy, too???) Mas Grau was the most amazing and magical place we have seen so far. Very rustic in the heart of Spanish countryside, yet equipped with all the comforts of home - 3 ovens, stovetop - gas & elec, microwave, dishwasher, washer & dryer, what else could we need?. We grilled over the wood fire several nights and sat around it almost every night. We felt quite safe after we would "batten down the hatches" at night. The pool was quite chilly for the weather we had, but would have been perfect on a really scorching day.

Please give our regards to Conxita. She's a lovely person and said some wonderfully profound words to us... something to the effect that "we are all here for a brief time. "Some parts of thishouse have been around for 900 years, long before us, and will be here long after we are gone." She welcomed us back in the future and hoped that one day our children may someday return to this house.

A huge thanks also to Jo G. for helping the guys arrange everything for golf! They had spectacular views on the Mediterranean and some amazing golf at PGA Catalunya. He was so kind to meet us in Barcelona to give a map of directions and some other recommendations.

Thank you again,

The Schueller Family from near and far.

Attached is a picture of us all sitting around the fire on the terrace at Mas Grau.

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From: O'Loghlin, Peter
To: 'Charles Williams'
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 5:33 PM
Subject: RE: Reservation Request

Charlie,


How are you keeping ....great to hear from you. ( a man indeed not too far from my thoughts at present on next years holidays...see below. ).

I must confess to being greatly embarassed by your mail..no - not your request ( delighted to assist )...but for the fact that there is a faded post-it note on my desk since I came home, simply titled ' mail to Charlie Williams ' !!!! Well now I have the opportunity. Give me a couple of days and I'll get a reply to you. I can honestly tell you it was one of the best holidays that we had and I would heartily recommend both your site and the location. We met with Conxita on the day we left and she gave us the tour of Mas Roca and it too is breautiful ( had not realised she owned both....handy catch there for some fella what !!! )

On another matter ...we are considering returning next year....

Sincere best wishes
Peter

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From: Phil George
To: Charles K. Williams
Sent: Tuesday, September 03, 2002 9:44 PM
Subject: Mas Grau

Hi Charlie


I hope you had an enjoyable time in Galicia. Just a quick line to say how much we loved Mas Grau. The house was a delight, the setting idyllic and yet beautifully positioned for Girona (which is fast becoming one of my favourite places in the World.)

So thanks so much for pointing me in the direction of this lovely home. I have referred and recommended a couple of colleagues to you. Mark Anderson who I believe is interested in Can Cunill and Liz and Bob Ogilvie. Mark may already be in touch. Liz will shortly.

As for us I am not sure what our plans hold for next year. I would dearly love to return but am not sure who we will be vacationing with. Jacqui and I are seriously contemplating maybe buying a property in the area (Not, unfortunately on the scale of Mas Grau) so who knows?

All the very best
Phil

From: Tom Wolden

To: ckwilliams
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 3:57 PM
Subject: Next summer

Hi Charles


I'm sorry I haven't sent you some comments to our stay in Mas Grau last year. But I can assure you that we all enjoyed the stay very much. It was exactly what we were after, the silence during the evenings, BBQ under the grapes with some good sea food, the atmosphere of the area and the house and the climate. We also appreciate your help and the fact that everything went so smoothly from our first contact with you, until departure.

We (the same people as went to Mas Grau) would like to go to Spain again next summer and again I would like you to look into the possibilities for us.

Number of people: 6 adults and 7 kids (8 - 15years)
Period: July, first half preferably. 14 days.
Area: the house and the surroundings plus swimming pool plays a major role. Short distance to a small picturesque village with some good food available would be a plus. Distance to the sea is secondary, but not more that 30min. (Unless you have some good deals)
Best Regards
Tom Wolden

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From: Marie Allan
To: Charles Keith Williams
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2002 11:16 PM
Subject: Mas Grau

Hello Charlie


Finally got round to letting you know how the holiday went!

First of all I was totally unprepared for how lovely the surrounding countryside is and the house is just amazing. Conxita told me some of its history which made my day.

Mas Grau is a wonderful house in a most beautiful setting with superb views to the mountains. Everyone was extremely comfortable and enjoyed the total privacy and the peace and quiet. The pool area was very popular but my favourite place was sitting in the courtyard under the vine. I could have sat there for another month at least. The parking area for two cars became the boules court and the kids all found loads of places to play Hide and Seek and ball games in the evenings. We all loved it.

I've attached a letter which I shall be grateful if you will pass to Conxita and I've mentioned that we thought we could have done with some more outside seating and/or sun loungers. We folk from the northern climes of Scotland (why did she think we came from Manchester?) love to sit outside at the slightest hint of sunshine! In fact, we were only indoors to eat and sleep and during the spectacular thunder and lightning on our last night when we lost the electricity.

We never did find the vegetable garden nor the shop in Estanyol but nobody cared anyway.

This was a fantastic holiday made even more enjoyable by your own care and attention before the event and by the relaxed and friendly attitude of Conxita especially and her father. The services of Catalan Tourism Net is absolutely first class and will be recommended to all my friends. Thank you all so much and I look forward to doing business with you again soon.

I leave you to edit this as you see fit.

Best regards and thank you again.
Marie

----- Original Message -----

From: Ian James
To: tourism@catalonia.net
Sent: Sunday, July 21, 2002 11:08 PM
Subject: Mas Grau, June 3 to 10, 2002

Hi Charlie,


We all had a fabulous time and the villa was superb. We may be back again one day...

The only thing I'd say is that the directions for getting to Mas Grau could possibly be better - we had several confused conversations with some locals (our Spanish was worse than their English) as a result :-)

We would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking of going.

Thanks and all the best
Ian James.

----- Original Message -----

From: dnr harris
To: ckwilliams@nexo.es
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2001 2:05 AM
Subject: Mas Grau (17 Sept to 18 Oct, 2001) Dear Charlie, We returned safely to the USA, and now that we've unpacked, well, sort of...we want you to hear our happy feedback.

Mas Grau surpassed our pre-trip expectations, which were high to begin with. "Spacious", "comfortable", clean", "beautifully laid out and furnished", and "commanding a lovely vista of the rural countryside" are some of the descriptors that come to mind. We also learned that this lovely old fortified farmhouse is strategically located so as to enable us to explore Catalunya from sea to mountains in comfortably doable day trips.


We fell in love with Mas Grau from the first time we spied it from St. Andreu's in the little village of Estanyol. Our month's stay was pure joy. Our only sadness was saying goodbye to Mas Grau as we drove down the dirt road through the little grove of cork trees on our last day.

A large part of our joy there was getting to know Conxita, who has made "landlady" one of the most beautiful words in the English language, and her charming "Papa", Don Manuel. They took us into their home and their hearts with unsurpassed warmth and generosity.

We must also cite here another "Charlie"---"Charlie El Gato" (not your namesake, we've been assured), Senior Cendra's acrobatic cat. (You must ask Don Manuel to put Charlie through his paces, if you've never seen Charlie's big act.) What's more, Charlie can count,...well, at least to tres.

And speaking of numbers, for the record there are 4 not 5 bathrooms at Mas Grau. This proved no inconvenience to us as things turned out. Only 5 of the people we had invited showed up. Illness stopped some; others were gripped by an icy fear of travel after the disaster of September 11th. Those who managed to get there loved Mas Grau and Catalunya.

Your guidebook was a huge help. I had resolved to edit and update it for you, but was having so much fun, I never got around to it. Rest assured, any of my suggestions for changes would have been small.

Thank you for all you did to make our stay so pleasant.

Anyone looking for a magnificent vacation rental in the heart of Catalunya will find Mas Grau just the place.

Consider this letter an unqualified and enthusiastic endorsement of Mas Grau. You may quote us as you wish.

Sincerely,
David and Ruth Harris

----- Original Message -----

From: Cait McCarthy
To: tourism@catalonia.net
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 7:29 PM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau, 26/8 - 2/9/01

Dear Mr. Williams,


Thank you for your recent e-mail.I am happy to tell you our week in Mas Grau is one my daughters and I will long remember. As we approached the house we wondered if that could possibly the one for us, and we were absolutely delighted to discover it was indeed. The house is really lovely, so spacious and everything one could wish for.

We dined out in the restaurants you mentioned and had no complaints. The house is in such a lovely setting I was happy to sit and relax, but the younger folk were on the move. We toured quite a lot but would have needed more time to see more of the area.

I wish to mention in particular our last night there when two local women came in to cook our supper, and it was a splendid meal. Cooked with such good humour and under difficult conditions as there was a thunderstorm which left us in the dark for quite a while.Their attention to detail was superb, and we all enjoyed the meal very much.
We could recommend them to anyone.

Thanking you for making the hol. possible, and wishing you continued success in the future.
Cait McCarthy
Dublin
Ireland

----- Original Message -----

From: Elebert
To: Charles K. Williams
Sent: Sunday, October 14, 2001 3:35 AM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau, 26/8 - 2/9/01

Hi Charlie. My name is Catherine & I was there with the Vaughan party this Aug. I'm sorry but I had no idea that there was a comment book. otherwise I would have written about how wonderful the house was. I traveled over from Ireland to be with my cousin Patricia Vaughan, who organised the whole thing. I have just a few things to say about Mas Grau. It was just wonderful, a very beautiful setting, very clean, & so full of character, that I really didn't want to leave. I have spoken to many people about it since I came home & have already passed on the web site address to them. One friend in particular is organising for a group to go there next Sep. So as for my opinion "It was wonderful, a must for a family gathering. I really hope to return there very soon"


Yours Catherine Elebert

----- Original Message -----

From: Douglas Mitchell
To: Charles K. Williams
Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2001 5:42 PM
Subject: Re: Mas Grau

Charles -


Thanks for reminding me to comment. I intended to send a note weeks ago, and forgot.

Mas Grau was great! Our group of 11 adults liked instantly the 'feel' of the ancient and massive stone construction, and appreciated the space and privacy afforded by the layout of the villa. The kitchen, dining room, and vine-shaded 'courtyard' at the main entrance served us well at the beginning and end of each day.

The location was perfect: a marvelous view over the countryside, and very easy access to Girona, Barcelona, medieval towns and sites, seaside villages of the Costa Brava, the lower Pyrenees. I don't believe we have ever had a better location from which to enjoy such disparate daily interests. We put a lot of kms on the autos, yet were never far from Mas Grau.

Our only disappointment was that the week passed far too quickly; we should have booked a two-week stay. We don't often return to the same place for our villa rentals; we think, however, Mas Grau will be the perfect site for a family reunion in a couple of years.

The restaurant Hostal d'Estanyol was fine. There we had a first-night group dinner, with the owners selecting the menu, from appetizers through dessert. It was priced very moderately and a great start for our holiday.

Charles, I have a favor to ask, regarding Hostal d'Estanyol. I paid 34,875 ESP with a credit card. However, I have never seen the billing come through on the credit card statement. Therefore, it appears Hostal d'Estanyol was never paid by the credit card company. If true, I want to get payment to them. When you have the opportunity, please check with Hostal d'Estanyol, and advise me. (Date was 28 May. Billed amount = 31,875. Added 3,000 tip.)

Best regards,

Doug Mitchell

----- Original Message -----

From: paul+jayne
To: charlie williams
Sent: Monday, September 18, 2000 1:43 PM
Subject: Thank you

Dear Mr. Williams,
This is just a short note to say thank you for all of your help and to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Mas Grau. We have included an attachment which we hope you will pass onto Conxita and her father.
Once again thank you, and if you collect guest comments we would wholeheartedly recommend Mas Grau as a beautiful and peaceful place to stay, whilst being close to so many places of interest and beauty.

Yours Paul and Jayne Kennedy.

-----Original Message-----

De: Spiegler, Howard N. and Jayne Cohen of New York (her cookbook published by Scribner)
Para: 'Charles Williams'
Fecha: martes 14 de septiembre de 1999 0:28
Asunto: Mas Grau

Sorry I haven't written sooner but things were a bit hectic after we got back. I just wanted to let you know that Mas Grau was wonderful as was Conxita. It was the nicest house we have ever rented anywhere in the world! The area was terrific, especially Girona and one of the small beaches you recommended on the Costa Brava. Your guidebook is extremely detailed and was very helpful. My wife studied it more carefully than I and has a few comments that I will pass on soon.

... thanks for everything. I've already started recommending you to friends. And I hope we will back in Catalonia very soon.
Howard Spiegler and Jayne Cohen

----- Original Message -----

From: Sadler & Whitehead Architects
To: Charles Williams
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2000 1:12 AM
Subject: Re: Mailing address for Mas Grau?

Dear Charlie


This is a quick note to you to say what a wonderful time we had at Mas Grau. We could not have been happier. The house was perfect for us. The pleasure of seeing and chatting with Sr. Cendra (or is he addressed as Sr. Feliu de Cendra?) every day was a rich pleasure. The fresh lettuce filled our nightly salads.

Your guide book doesn't mention either the Hostal d'Estanyol or the Mas Casilda (in Bescano, just over the hill from Mas Grau), but both provided excellent meals at very reasonable prices. Once we got to know Alphonz (at Hostal d'Estanyol) he arranged for my daughter to get her hair dyed in Girona and he took us to tour the stables of Andalusian stallions where his horse is trained. Sr. Cendra took us on a tour of the Modernista house in Angles where he and his children were born. He also arranged for a house call from a local family physician when my son was laid low with the flu (I haven't had a house call from a doctor in 40 years....and I'm 45). His hospitality was extraordinary.

I'm sorry we didn't have a chance to meet you. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in stopping by the Mas Grau (we were visiting Barcelona; staying in Conxita's hotel). Having your guidebook for the last few days was very helpful AND entertaining. The menu descriptions were especially useful. We'd like you to know that the Fortress in Hostalric is closed on Tuesdays (rats!!).

We hope we will be returning (if possible) to Mas Grau either next summer or the following summer; we can't conceive of not staying there again. I look forward to contacting you to secure those future reservations. I hope all is going well with your business and that you are prospering during the height of the summer season.

Gratefully yours,
Mimi & Camden

-----Original Message-----

De: Dagfinn Nygaard (Norway)
Para: Charles Williams
Fecha: miércoles 4 de agosto de 1999 19:37
Asunto: Grateful for Mas Grau

Charles!

We had a marvellous stay at Mas Grau, it was indeed a nice place to stay! Great house, bedrooms, living rooms and all + nice restaurant(s) next door (almost), decent distance to sea and everything else, what more could you ask than for nice weather and that is safe thing in Spain - when it not rains on the plain.
We also all appreciated the warm welcom of Conxitha and "Papa" - we found them both very nice. Conxitha asked her to visit, but you know 2 weeks passes too fast. We also had hoped to say a proper good bye to Papa, but left early in the morning and did not get around to do that. Would you give them both our best regards?
I was also sorry not meet you, when you came by. Thanks for the loan of your guide book, I trust that Papa has returned that to you.
At some point of time, we will return
Dagfinn N.

-----Original Message-----

De: Robert Ballantyne (U.K.)
Para: Charles Williams
Fecha: lunes 16 de agosto de 1999 0:30
Asunto: Re: Mas Grau

Just a quick note to say that we thought Mas Grau was great - amazing building in a superb position. We really enjoyed our time there. Conxita and her father were very pleasant and helpful - thanks to them.

We were sorry to leave and hope to return someday.
Yes got the guidebook - found it very useful.
regards
Rob

-----Original Message-----

De: Kwa, BooTion (Hong Kong)
Para: 'tourism@catalonia.net'
Fecha: martes 31 de agosto de 1999 6:26
Asunto: Thanks for Mas Grau

Just a short note to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mas Grau in July. The owners were charming and the property was wonderful, albeit a little large for us. Still, it was nice to be away from the crowds and to have the little village below with its excellent restaurant. We plan to come back next year, and would like to look for a similar type farmhouse--though one smaller and thus easier to keep clean. Many thanks for your help. We'll look up your website later to try to book something much further in advance than we actually managed to do this year.

Cheers,
Tion Kwa

-----Original Message-----

De: Erik Aapkes (Dutch living in Canary Islands)
Para: tourism@catalonia.net
Fecha: viernes 13 de noviembre de 1998 20:47

Dear Charles,

First of all my apologies for reacting that late. Hope your doing well, we still remember with pleasure the beautiful days we´ve spent in Mas Grau. No problem if you give your contact my E-mail adress and I´ll give them positive information about your services. You can bet on it.
With kind regards,
Erik

-----Original Message-----

De: Keim, Jennifer (Atlanta, GA.)
Para: 'Charlie'
Fecha: lunes 5 de abril de 1999 16:38
Asunto: Moltes gracies!

Charlie -- we made it! Sorry we missed your call on Thursday. We were wandering the streets around the Cathedral & got back to the room at 10:15. We really enjoyed Mas Grau. The landscapes are beautiful (much greener than here at this time of year). I was surprised to find Girona so hilly! ... Here's an abreviated outline (excuse the butchered spelling & improper puctuation!):


Friday - Arrived in Barcelona -- Drove to Mas Grau Saturday - Explored grounds around Mas Grau; Roger's family came & prepared dinar (paella with black rice); Explored "old Girona" (Jewish Ghetto; Cathedral)
Sunday - Visited family farm in Sant Marti Sacalm (spectacular views)
Monday - Drove to France (to say we did it) -- Palau dels Reis de Mallorca; Back to San Pere de Roda (closed); climbed to Castelle de San Salvador (nerve wracking with a 4 year old who has no fear); visited El Port de la Salva (found a playground on the beach for the kids)
Tuesday - Visited Empuries, then L'Escala, Begur & Peratallaba
Wednesday - Lunch at Castell Follit de la Roca; then Olat & Volca Santa Margarita; watched Els Manaies in Girona
Thursday - Shopping & lunch in Girona; drove to Barcelona (no problem finding the Gutenburg, however it took 20 minutes to get our big, American van down the ramp & into the underground parking garage!)
Friday - Barcelona - Sagrada Familia, Casa Ballo, Casa Mila, Cathedral, Placa del Rei, Placa de Sant Felip Neri, Las Rambles
Saturday - Departure (only took 10 minutes to get the van out of the parking garage!)
Overall, we were impressed by how old everything is (nothing here is more than 300 years old), and I missed my Diet Coke (I don't drink coffee, I'm a Diet Coke for breakfast girl!). I guess the fat-free, low-calorie obsession isn't the same there.

I would definitely go back (without kids?). Although we appreciated the location of the Gutenburg (walking-distance to many things & a Metro stop right outside), we wished we had been able to stay at Mas Grau the entire time. The kids needed a "decompression" day -- we kept them going for too long. They just wanted to "hang out" & play but we didn't have time. By the time we got to Barcelona, neither of them wanted to walk anymore. And we did find some "colorful" people at the little grocery store around the corner from the hotel, but it just reminded us of the Tender Loin district in San Francisco.

I'm anxious to do more research on-line (now that I have some small basis of knowledge).

Gracies per la seva ajuda. Li estic molt agrait.