Property spotlight / Spain

    Mas Tapiolas - Solius Valley - Costa Brava

    This 13th-century Catalan farmhouse has recently come on to our radar and we think will perfectly suit families wanting to explore the Costa Brava and anyone that is seeking a peaceful retreat to facilitate some switch off time.

    Catalonian coastal escape

    Mas Tapiolas is located a little inland, surrounded by large gardens and the stunning landscape of the Solius Valley, yet just minutes from the sandy coves and quaint fishing villages that make up Spain’s wild coast.

    The lowdown

    • Combine with

      Mas Tapiolas combines perfectly with Barcelona and also works well at the start or end of more extensive fly-drive itineraries.

    • Need to know

      Car hire is essential for exploring the local area and getting to the beach, the nearest of which is a 10 minute drive away.

    • Be sure to try

      The guided wine tours accompanied by a tasting of local cheeses and olive oils.

    Built in 1235, Mas Tapiolas has been renovated and extended to offer 53 rooms and suites that complement the heritage of the original building. Whether you opt for a terrace or private garden the spacious rooms offer all the mod cons to ensure you feel suitably spoilt. Families benefit from dedicated rooms that will comfortably sleep up to 4.

    When it comes to facilities the property has something for everyone. Adults can tackle the pitch-and-putt and make use of the excellent spa that offers a wide range of treatments. Meanwhile children can make use of the outdoor playground and there’s a children’s room complete with toys and a wide range of games.

    Everyone will like the outdoor pool and there are mountain bikes to borrow to explore the Solius Valley’s ruined castles on easy circuits. But we urge you to get out and explore: all along the coast you’ll find hidden coves between quaint fishing villages such as Calella de Palafrugell and Tamariu. Inland hide picturesque Catalonian hilltop towns like Begur, where a crumbling medieval castle peers over narrow lanes, and historical Girona: a great city for foodies courtesy of the feted El Celler de Can Roca restaurant.

    And if it is food you are interested in then you will be sated at Mas Tapiolas. Located in the original farmhouse, its restaurant maintains an authentic charm and experienced chef Josep Ayats is passionate about serving up flavours reflective of the traditional Catalan and Empordà cuisine, using produce sourced from the excellent local markets.

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