Spain is full of holiday properties, but if you’re looking for somewhere special, somewhere characterful and luxurious that offers breath-taking views and rural tranquillity, then look no further than the beautiful Castel d’Escales. Set in a small village in Catalonia, rustic and yet just 30 minutes from the beaches of the Mediterranean, this private residence (actually listed on Spain’s register of historic monuments) is definitely a holiday house with a difference.
For a start, it is hugely atmospheric. The barrel vaulted dining room, 14th century furniture and winding stone staircase that leads up into the medieval tower all speak volumes of the castle’s history and it’s quite something to be able to say that you have stayed in the house that was once home to the Bishop of Barcelona! And yet, the current owners have clearly put a great deal of care and attention into updating the things that matter – so you can expect highly luxurious accommodation, organic toiletries in the bathrooms, and up-to-date technology in the living areas.
Outside the walls of the castle is where this place really comes to life. There are lavender-scented terraces where you can read, sunbathe and marvel at the panoramic views, there is a gorgeous swimming pool which you can lie beside and dip in and out of, and there is a hammock suspended between the pine trees where you can take an afternoon siesta. The 360 degree views really are something to write home about. And nestled within the countryside around you, you will find criss-crossed walking and cycling paths, picturesque villages with open-air markets, the superb Cavarres Nature Reserve and the medieval city of Girona with its upmarket boutiques and restaurants.
Nothing is too much trouble when you stay at Castel d’Escales. Your English host, Jules, is a gourmet cook who provides delicious, fresh meals which former guests have raved about. And with a private chef on demand and a mouth-watering selection of local wines and sherries at your disposal, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. And you’d be hard pressed to find a more idyllic place to do that than here!
For more info on this and other unique castle properties, see http://www.oneoffplaces.co.uk/Europe/Spain/Catalonia/Castel-dEscales.aspx or http://www.oneoffplaces.co.uk/find/property-type/castle-chateau.aspx