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Castel d'Escales - history with modern serenity

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The Costa Brava enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny weather almost year round
The castle feels timeless with all modern amenities; decor is unique, warm and fuss-free
Large front terrace is perfect for entertaining with lovely gardens and view of a nature reserve
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7 bedrooms
8 bathrooms
14 guests
7 nights minimum
Castle
Enjoy your own private castle with an intimate, inviting atmosphere and laid-back way of living. Castel d'Escales is ideal for group gatherings and special get-together celebrations and is perfectly suited to travelers wanting to spark their imagination with a sense of place and contact with locals. Adjacent to a nature reserve with lush rolling green hills yet walking distance to an authentic Catalan village and only 8km to the beautiful, medieval walled city of Girona and some of the area's top destinations for extraordinary food and wine. Award-winning, family-friendly beaches, gorgeous Mediterranean coastline with hidden coves (think the Côte d'Azur at a fraction of the price), and Spain's #1 rated golf course with Stadium layout are 30mins away. A listed historic monument in Spai...Enjoy your own private castle with an intimate, inviting atmosphere and laid-back way of living. Castel d'Escales is ideal for group gatherings and special get-together celebrations and is perfectly suited to travelers wanting to spark their imagination with a sense of place and contact with locals. Adjacent to a nature reserve with lush rolling green hills yet walking distance to an authentic Catalan village and only 8km to the beautiful, medieval walled city of Girona and some of the area's top destinations for extraordinary food and wine. Award-winning, family-friendly beaches, gorgeous Mediterranean coastline with hidden coves (think the Côte d'Azur at a fraction of the price), and Spain's #1 rated golf course with Stadium layout are 30mins away. A listed historic monument in Spain and Catalonia dating from the 10th-century, the unique architectural elements of the castle's original structure have been beautifully blended with a contemporary, fuss-free aesthetic tailored for your comfort and enjoyment. The castle is a self-catering, private luxury retreat with all modern amenities and is attractively decorated with comfortable, original furnishings. The property is unique in that, while self-catering, we have a local English-speaking host / concierge to help your group settle in, answer questions, and provide insider tips to the very best of the area. Catered meals can be arranged with traditional seasonal or bespoke menus - the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. Property Highlights: completely private, rural setting yet only 10mins to Girona and 30mins to the coast's prettiest beaches; fully catered meals available; circular stone tower's sweeping panoramic view to the Pyrenees; Wi-Fi throughout; private pool with bar and lounge area; well-stocked kitchen with updated appliances and induction cooktop; large terrace and dining areas perfect for entertaining; stocked wine cellar available on an honor system; beautiful and comfortable decor. Architectural Features: 10th-century circular tower squared by 14th-century original stone walls; wood-beamed and stone vault ceilings; medieval courting seats; arched doorways and windows; castle arrow loop windows. Located in Spain's region of Catalonia, midway between Barcelona and the French border, Castel d'Escales is 10mins to Girona and 30mins to the most picturesque and unspoiled part of the Mediterranean's Costa Brava with small secluded coves fringed with pristine golden sand beaches, clear turquoise water, and traditional fishing villages. Castel d'Escales provides a peaceful and intimate haven convenient to everything this inspiring and spectacular part of Spain has to offer. Extraordinary restaurants are only 15mins from the castle including two buzzy Girona destinations for foodies: the Roca brothers' El Celler de Can Roca, 10 years in the World's Top 5 Restaurants, and Rocambolesc Gelateria, Jordi Roca's unique Willy Wonka-inspired ice cream shop. Memorable Musts: Try the hot ice cream-filled brioche bun or 'Anna Rocks' Cava popsicle with bubbles at Rocambolesc. Enjoy a glass of wine and some tapas at a sidewalk café surrounding Girona's elegant Plaça de la Independència. Explore the coast and savor freshly caught seafood, superb in its simplicity, at a restaurant that's nestled on the beach in a secluded cove. Bookings are for a ONE WEEK MINIMUM stay MAY thru OCTOBER for groups of up to 14 guests. Children are welcome. This site provides a calculation on a per night cost which is not what we provide. The castle cannot be booked on a nightly room-by-room basis. The rental fee reflects the price of booking the ENTIRE property for a ONE WEEK MINIMUM. You do not share the castle with anyone else during your stay. We look forward to hosting you here in Catalonia. COVID-19: All current mandated COVID-19 protocols for Spain and Catalonia, including enhanced cleaning, are followed by our Host/Concierge and Caretaker. Any mandated national and/or regional protocols that may be in place during the time of your stay will apply to your group. VIRTUAL HOSTING is available if you prefer (in-person hosting outlined below). Our Host/Concierge loves to share her passion for the area and can always be available to offer recommendations via WhatsApp and video calls.. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: HUTG-025486More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Self-catering property: your group is responsible for garbage removal, bottle recycling, dish washing, and any desired mid-week laundry for bed/bath linen. INCLUDED IN THE RENTAL PRICE: The castle is so large we include up to 6 hours/week of general tidying up in main living areas Final clean included Weekly bed/bath linen change included IF your stay is longer than 1 week Host + Concierge warmly welcomes your group and provides superb tips and info to help make your stay special and memorable
Bathrooms
6 Attached (ensuite), 2 Half baths
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Meet the host
William H
Hosting since June 2009
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French
Response Rate: 75%
Response Time: Within a day
Interaction with guestsOur local English-speaking Host/Concierge will welcome you at the castle and give you keys, a tour of the property, and help your group feel completely at home. She will be available at specific times during your stay to answer questions and will happily give you insider tips including excellent restaurant recommendations. She can assist with reservations and you will be able to call her at any time during your stay. The castle also has an on-site Caretaker who lives in a separate apartment on the property. The Owners are always available to answer questions about the castle or the area, and provide a detailed 'Activities List' with information and suggestions of a wide range of things your group might like to see or do.
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Reviews (5)
Monika J
Monika J
Pittsburgh, PA4 contributions
Words and pictures can’t describe what a wonderful experience we had staying in this castle. We had a blast!!!! We were group of 6 and it was more than plenty of room for us. Laura(host/concierge) was amazing. She was in contact with us on regular basis prior to our arrival and had a ton of suggestions. She even did some shopping for us prior to our arrival. The castle has gorgeous outdoor patios. We found ourselves eating breakfast and having coffee each morning on the patio. We also took advantage of booking Xavier (recommended chef) to take us to the the market, buy groceries followed by cooking with us. What an experience!!!! I would strongly recommend it!!! Evenings we spent on the rooftop of the castle watching sunset. During the day we stopped at a monastery (Laura’s suggestion - thank you Laura) or go to the beach or the lake. There is also wonderful hiking nearby. The Castle was the perfect hub for us!!! 25 minutes from Costa Brava, 15 minutes from the Banyoles Lake, few minutes away and you are on the train to Barcelona, 10 minutes from great winery, and 15 to 30 minutes from wonderful medieval towns. We only spent a week there and wished we had more time. What an amazing experience!!! Thank you William and Sheila for such memorable experience!!
Visited July 2022
Written August 3, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

25Carolynn
25Carolynn
London, Canada1 contribution
Castel d'Escales is a must vacation rental! The Castle has been lovingly restored, perfectly decorated, and filled with wonderful history. We were a group of 8. The castle is so spacious, we could easily lose anyone! The location was perfect to scoot to Girona for a fabulous dinner or shopping. Our group loved to cycle and couldn't be happier with the location to some great rides. The Castle has a lovely pool to cool off in or have a game of volleyball! William and Sheila provided us with buckets of information and travel guides prior to our stay and couldn't do enough for us to make our trip as easy as possible. Jools, the resident caretaker, chef and artist is a gem! Jools kindly saved us from starvationb y by providing us with some grocery essentials until the stores opened - Sunday at 4 PM not a great day to plan to shop!! Jools was always available for valuable information, restaurant reservations, and a nice chat! But best of all, she will spoil you with her amazing culinary talents! Finally, I must mention Bessie, Jools' sweet little dog. We all fell in love with her!! Hint - bring Jools some Maple Syrup!! you'll be a star!
Visited July 2016 Traveled with family
Written August 3, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay296604
Stay296604
Carolynn - It was a pleasure to host your group! We’re delighted you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed both the castle and surrounding area. We fell in love with the castle at first sight and it’s a real treat for us to welcome guests and share the property’s unique charm and history. You discovered Jools (and Bessie) are the icing on our cake and provide a special quality that makes your stay more comfortable and helps everyone really savor their experience. It adds another dimension when you’re “in the know” and can really connect with a place and join in its culinary adventure. Our desire is for every group’s stay to be as relaxing, fun and delicious as possible and we’re very happy to know you returned home carrying fabulous memories that will last. Best wishes, William & Sheila
Written August 6, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MRE555
MRE555
Vancouver, Canada32 contributions
I spent 6 weeks in the castle, with friends and family coming and going. It was lovely to see the castle afresh with each new arrival; the M.C. Escher like quality of the repurposed fortress was charming. The many nooks and crannies served very well to anyone who wanted to get away from the madding crowd and curl up with a book (of which there were many in the tower library). There were ample and varied spaces to gather and a fabulous dining room. The kitchen and other rooms were very well-equipped and the furniture was comfortable. The cook top was infuriating and the the sound system inadquate. The pool area was rather scruffy. I had hesitated to rent somewhere with a caretaker onsite. However Jools and her dog Bessie were an enormous plus, welcoming and informative, pleasant and just the right amount of engaging. And Jools is a brillliant cook. The view from the large patio to the forested hills is intensely pleasant, and we were all amused by the wild boars creeping out into the field at dusk, a safe distance below. The neighbours were too proximate and their noise sometimes intrusive. Celra is a varied little town a short walk away, with its own train station, and a variety of good little shops. Forays were made into the hills to climb to a nearby castle and to forage for figs. It was a 15 minute drive to Girona and 35 to the coast, with much of interest between. My range of international guests were impressed with the lushness and diversity of the area. The castle is well-positioned to access the best there is in this area of Catalunya. And did I mention it was a CASTLE?
Visited August 2015 Traveled with friends
Written October 15, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Stay296604
Stay296604
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay. We discovered the castle on our honeymoon and it has always seemed magical to us so it’s lovely to hear you and your guests felt that special quality, too. Jools (and Bessie) are our Super Secret Sauce - you can’t believe how good it is until you’ve tried it! We all truly care about our guests and are constantly seeking to make their castle experience as relaxing, memorable and delicious as possible. Some of the improvements we’ll be making include upgrading the cooktop to something simpler and more practical. The current halogen European-style cooktop looks good in a showroom but is not so easy to use when cooking. The outside space around the pool and bar will be landscaped to conserve water and provide shade to make the entire pool area as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. Thank you again for your valuable suggestions and feedback which can only make our future guests even more comfortable as a result! Best Wishes, William
Written October 16, 2015. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andrew S
Andrew S
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
It's pretty hard to put into words how great this place is. We were a large group of friends, mostly couples but there were a few young kids as well. It's an exhilarating feeling to be living in a castle that's about a thousand years old (literally) and you think that it might be a bit awkward - particularly with such a large group - but it has been so well restored it works perfectly. There was oodles of room for everyone and a place for everything; whether you wanted a corner in the mezzanine lounge room for peace and quiet, or to all get together for a loud boozy dinner party in the dungeon dining room downstairs. The views from the tower were amazing and siestas next to the pool in the hammock were key. The surrounding area was awesome for day trips too; we spent a few days lying on the beach, got a culture fix at the Dali museum in Figueres and went on a winery tour for the day - all 30 mins away from the castle. We shopped at the local farmers markets and cooked up a feast every night, either in the kitchen or on the BBQ outside. The caretaker Jools was super relaxed and full of good suggestions, and the owner was really helpful in answering all my questions about the place before we got there. Also, all things considered it's pretty damn cheap to live in a castle. Who would have thought? Easily one of the best holidays I've had in my life. NB: It's a castle. You live in a castle. (I wish I could be using italics right now...)
Visited June 2014
Written July 15, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Maureen V
Maureen V
1 contribution
Our party included 10 adults, two teenagers and three children. We had plenty of room to spread out during the day and the dining room was large enough to accommodate sit-down family dinners. We had three meals cook by Jools the castle caretaker. They were superb. She was also an invaluable source of information about the area. The village, which is only a few minutes walking distance, has a good bakery, butcher and greengrocer. There is also a supermarket. Girona with its larger supermarkets is only a ten-minute drive away. The location is excellent with the coast, France and Barcelona all within easy driving distance We had a memorable holiday and we would gladly return.
Visited August 2011 Traveled with family
Written October 17, 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
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Highchair
Housekeeping Included
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Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
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Staffed Property
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Fishing Nearby
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
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About the neighborhood
Celrà is a traditional working-class village walking distance to the castle with bakeries, butcher, fishmonger (fresh local meat and fish), small grocer, church, sports bar that serves good tapas, and a weekly open-air market on Friday. Each day of the week a different village or town throughout the area holds an open-air market; many are exceptional with a fine selection of almost everything you can imagine. Girona's ancient, picturesque Old Town is enchanting with more than 1,000 years of architectural and cultural history mixed in with stylish one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, and museums. Its pedestrian-only, cobblestone streets are perfect for leisurely wandering and the Gothic Cathedral, Arab baths, and important medieval Jewish quarter are all definitely worth a visit. You can als...
Getting around
The best way to explore the area is by car but you also have the option of learning more about your specific interests with a local guide. A wide range of tours are available including private, customized options that are specially designed for your group. A professional driver with minibus can be arranged. Visit a small, family-owned winery and learn about local wine making traditions dating to the 16th-century; explore hidden coves and beaches by sailboat; discover the area's world class culinary delights and rich cultural history. You can also experience a traditional, hands-on cooking course at the castle with local Catalan chef. Seasonal or bespoke 3-course menu available. Tours/courses are in English.
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  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
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Castel d'Escales - history with modern serenity is able to accommodate up to 14 guests. See all property details.

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