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Mas Mateu

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Girona | Bedrooms: 16 | Sleeps: 18 + 17

Rates: from £34,381 per week

Previously voted the 'Best Residence in Europe' at the International Property Awards, Mas Mateu has since been hosting the most elite and discerning clients from all over the world and is steadily growing with each successful season. Situated within an expansive 18th century Spanish estate, the villa is the perfect example of classic combining with contemporary to produce a match made in heaven. Steeped in Catalan history, the house is set amongst the undulating Gavarran Mountains with uninterrupted views of the Pyrenees in the far distance, yet still only 15 km from the rugged delights of the Costa Brava. Lovingly restored to its former exquisite grandeur, Mas Mateu offers family and friends the opportunity and excuse to escape to the heart of Catalonia. The various staff members, including two chefs, a sommelier, butler and concierge, will make sure every one of your needs and wishes is catered for.

The main house sleeps 18 adults in seven suites and two guest rooms as well as up to six children in two separate bedrooms. There are also two further residences on the estate (of lower quality than the main house), making Mas Mateu an ideal getaway for families, group of friends or corporate gatherings. Upon arrival at Mas Mateu the property’s vast classical wealth is immediately apparent. You are greeted by an entrance hall dressed from top to toe in Catalan traditions; from the ceramic flooring to the vaulted ceilings. Off the entrance hall are a host of inviting lounges and living areas that will satisfy all needs; whether you are looking to recline into a deep state of relaxation in either the Spa or private cinema after a long 18-holes at the nearby golf course or whether you wish to grab some exercise in the well equipped gym after an exhausting day lounging by the exquisite infinity pool, all are possible within Mas Mateu’s resplendent walls. Each bedroom of the main house is uniquely decorated in delicate tones, accompanied by locally sourced rugs, unique family heirlooms and individual fireplaces. Many enjoy far-reaching views of the Costa Brava from their own private terrace. Dining is a truly Catalan experience at Mas Mateu. Enjoy a Spanish banquet, freshly prepared by the in-house chefs, under the stars on one of the many open terraces or eat in the elegant dining room, both perfect locations to ponder over a bottle of Rioja from the fully stocked wine cellar what the morning will bring; a day’s cycling in the glorious surrounding Gavarres National Park. Or perhaps a game of Padel - a traditional Spanish form of tennis? On the rare occasion that you need to venture outside of the estate, the surrounding region houses an abundance of gastronomic delights, including over 10 Michelin star restaurants in less than an hour’s drive, and local vineyards producing fine wine recognized by the reputed critic Robert Parker.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION

Main House - Ground Floor:

  • Grand entrance Hall.
  • Oak panelled office area & reading room with fire place.
  • Spacious lounge with panoramic views over countryside and stylish dining area.
  • Lounge with fireplace, library, cards table and billiards table.
  • Small sitting room with fireplace.
  • Private Cinema room (seats 8).
  • Fully equipped kitchen and wine room.
  • 2 downstairs W.C.'s.
  • Elevators or staircase to further floors.

First Floor

  • Suite Peratallada: with 1.80m bed, TV, fireplace and en suite bathroom with bath and shower attachment (35.36m2).
  • Suite Mediterraneo: with 1.60m bed, TV, sitting area and en suite shower room (28.47m2).
  • Suite Mas Mateu: Master Suite with 1.60m bed and large separate living area (89.49m2) with TV. En suite bathroom with free standing oval bath tub and separate shower. Private terrace.
  • Guest Bedrooms 1 & 2: with 1.60m double beds and TVs (23.36m2 & 18.24m2) and with two adjacent rest rooms. One with jacuzzi bath and shower and the other just a shower. Access to shared terrace.
  • Children's Bedroom: Four single beds suitable for children. Please note that this room doesn't have an own A/C unit but can benefit from that of the other two adjoining rooms.
  • Separate children’s room with three single beds. No own bathroom and no A/C.

Second Floor

  • Suite Les Gavarres: Master Suite with 1.80m bed, TV, library and living area (51.63m2). En suite bathroom with bath and shower attachment. Private terrace.
  • Suite Los Olivos: with 1.80m bed, TV, fireplace and en suite bathroom with bath and shower (39.59m2). Private terrace.
  • Suite Pyrinee: Smaller in size and with 1.80m bed and en suite shower room (31.59m2).
  • Suite Costa Brava: with 1.80m bed and an additional single bed on mezzanine level, TV, fireplace and en suite bathroom with bath and shower attachment (27.25m2).
  • Gymnasium with treadmill, exercise bikes and weights.
  • Spa Area with Jacuzzi, sauna, sun and massage beds.

DIRECTOR'S HOUSE - sleeps 6 guests:

  • Living & Dining area with TV, DVD player, IPod dock, fireplace and dining table (seats 6). Access to spacious lounge terrace.
  • Kitchen with dining facilities.
  • Master Suite: with 1.80m bed and en suite bathroom with bath and shower. A/C and TV.
  • Suite 1: Twin/Double bed with en suite shower room. A/C and TV.
  • Suite 2: Twin/Double bed with en suite shower room. A/C and TV.
  • While benefitting from the same excellent services, we would like to make you aware that the interior of the Director's House has been designed in a light and contemporary style as opposed to the sophisticated elegance and historic charm of the main house. The house is a short walk away from the main house (approx. 2-3 minutes).
     

GUARD HOUSE - sleeps 4, suitable for additional staff:

  • Living & Dining area with TV, DVD player, IPod dock, fireplace and dining table.
  • Well-equipped kitchen with dining facility.
  • Master Bedroom: King-size bed and lounge area with TV and A/C.
  • Bedroom 2: Twin beds with TV.
  • Both rooms share a separate bathroom with bath and tub.
  • The interior of the Guard House is of traditional rustic decor and not air-conditioned (fans available), hence most suited to additional staff members.The building is located within 50m from the main house.

GROUNDS (63 hectars):

  • Sweeping lawn areas and olive grove.
  • 18x8m infinity pool with shallow kids area. Spacious pool house with sitting and lounge area, TV, fridge and dining table. Two showers and W.C.
  • Summer kitchen with pizza oven.
  • Paddle court with rackets and balls (paddle is a mix between tennis and squash).
  • Soccer field and Basketball pitch. Facilities for beachvolley ball, rugby, badminton, boules/botcha, archery, quad biking, cycling, horse riding, etc.
  • There is also a private equastrian centre on the grounds including 5-7 horses and ponies (not for guests to ride).
  • Various meeting rooms and facilities.

KINDLY NOTE:

  • A Food & Beverage deposit of EUR 8000 is due with the balance payment upfront.

Suggested General Activities in Catalonia

Wine Tasting – discover the Tarragona wine region
Costa Dorada – the “Golden Coast” in the south of Catalonia provides terrific beaches, charming villages and intriguing history and culture
Wellness – enjoy a relaxing day in the Arab Baths in Girona
Montserrat – take the railway up the mountain of Montserrat, which is known as the holiest place in the region of Catalonia. Montserrat also offers climbing possibilities
Swimming – find beautiful beaches around Tarragona and Barcelona
Golf - five award-winning golf courses - golf in Catalonia is considered to be exceptional
Windsurfing/ Kitesurfing – there are many beaches around Barcelona, Tarragona and other provinces of Catalonia
Climbing – the best place to go climbing is Montserrat
Sailing – Playa de la Bogatell is the best beach in Barcelona to practice aquatic sports
Hiking – Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona all have pleasant places to go hiking
Scuba diving – schools can be found around Barcelona, Sitges and Tarragona
Kayaking – schools can be found around Barcelona
Horse Riding - Can Jou (near Girona) offers beautiful scenery to ride through
Barcelona, Park Güell
Barcelona, National Museum of Art of Catalonia – open all year round
Barcelona, The Fundació Joan Miró – open all year round
Barcelona, Picasso Museum – open all year round
Barcelona, Zoo – open all year round
Barcelona, Wax Museum (Museu de Cera) – open all year round
Tarragona, Amphitheatre
Tarragona, The Archaeological Museum (Museo Nacional Arqueologic)
Tarragona, Museu Necr
Tarragona, Parque de Camp de Mart Tarragona, Cathedral Girona, Sant Pere de Galligants Archeological Museum – open all year round
Girona, Museo de Arte – open all year round
Girona, Museo del Cine – open all year round
Girona, Parque Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa

Suggested Sporting Activities in Catalonia

Swimming – find beautiful beaches around Tarragona and Barcelona
Golf - five award-winning golf courses - golf in Catalonia is considered to be exceptional
Windsurfing/ Kitesurfing – there are many beaches around Barcelona, Tarragona and other provinces of Catalonia
Climbing – the best place to go climbing is Montserrat
Sailing – Playa de la Bogatell is the best beach in Barcelona to practice aquatic sports
Hiking – Barcelona, Girona and Tarragona all have pleasant places to go hiking
Scuba diving – schools can be found around Barcelona, Sitges and Tarragona
Kayaking – schools can be found around Barcelona
Horse Riding - Can Jou (near Girona) offers beautiful scenery to ride through

Suggested Local Attractions in Catalonia

Barcelona, Park Güell
Barcelona, National Museum of Art of Catalonia – open all year round
Barcelona, The Fundació Joan Miró – open all year round
Barcelona, Picasso Museum – open all year round
Barcelona, Zoo – open all year round
Barcelona, Wax Museum (Museu de Cera) – open all year round
Tarragona, Amphitheatre
Tarragona, The Archaeological Museum (Museo Nacional Arqueologic)
Tarragona, Museu Necr
Tarragona, Parque de Camp de Mart
Tarragona, Cathedral
Girona, Sant Pere de Galligants Archeological Museum – open all year round
Girona, Museo de Arte – open all year round
Girona, Museo del Cine – open all year round
Girona, Parque Natural de la Zona Volcanica de la Garrotxa

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

Catalan & Spanish 

Currency Information

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Spain. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping Suggestions

The Spaniards are fairly relaxed about tipping etiquette. However service is not usually included in restaurants and it is common practice to leave the spare change, or up to 10% of the total in a smarter restaurant. Taxi drivers and bartenders may be tipped less. Many petrol stations are not self service, however it is not usual to tip the station attendant.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
Weather

The climate of Catalonia is typically Mediterranean. Therefore you will find many hours of sunshine, mild winters and warm summers. The Pyrenees and the neighbouring areas have a high-altitude climate, with minimum temperatures below 0ºC, annual rainfall above 1000 mm and abundant snow during the winter. Along the coast, the climate is very mild with temperatures increasing from north to south, while the rain behaves the opposite way. The area far from the sea has a continental Mediterranean climate, with cold winters and very hot days in summer.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity

Electrical service in Spain is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz – a converter/adaptor may be required.

Driving/Parking Info
  • No right-hand turn on a red light
  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time
  • National speed limit is 50km (31mph) in towns, 90km (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways (carretera secundaria), 100km (62mph) on dual carriageways (carretera/autovia), 120km (75mph) on motorways (autopista).; Speeding fines: 30 – 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (autopista) it is often necessary to pay a toll before access. Prices vary and are calculated by the distance of the journey. 
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0,05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police. 
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.

VILLA LOCATION

Mas Mateu is located in the Golden Triangle, amidst the beautiful nature reserve Les Gavarres and surrounded by culture and history, plenty of well-preserved medieval villages and the spirit of famous artist Salvador Dali. The area is also famous for its world-class gastronomy including various award-winning restaurants such as El Celler de Can Roca.

  • Approx. 45 minutes from Girona Airport (55km) or approx. 5 minutes by helicopter (helipad on villa grounds)
  • Approx. 1.5-hour drive from Barcelona Airport (150 km)
  • Approx. 5-min drive to nearest town, grocery store, restaurants, etc.
  • Approx. 8 minutes to golf course
  • The nearest beach is approx. 12-minute drive away. Within 30 minutes you are at several of Costa Brava’s finest beaches, including Calella del Palafrugell, Aiguablava, L’Escala

*Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and/or alternative arrival days are available at some villas during Low and Mid seasons.
     
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • Above rates are inclusive of VAT.
     
  • Please enquire with your A&K Villas Consultant if you wish to book the Director's House and/ or the Guard's House in addition to the main house. The weekly price for the Director's House (up to six guests) is EUR 9,625, while the weekly rate for the Guard House (up to four guests, e.g. staff) is EUR 6,380.
  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs – simply complete the quick ‘Make an Enquiry’ form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • STAFF MEMBERS:
  • The rental of Mas Mateu includes the following staff:
  • The services of a knowledgeable villa concierge.
  • A personal Butler who is also sommelier. For a group of 18 guests and more, there will be a second butler plus waiter.
  • Private chef department including a pastry chef and waiters. Please note that a food deposit of EUR 8000/week is due upfront (payable with the villa balance).
  • For your arrival the Head chef and Butler will have prepared a selection of traditional canapés accompanied by fine local wines, soft drinks and juices.
  • The daily cleaning is provided by the maids department who work in shifts. Turndown service is also available at 9pm.
  • Massage therapist offering one hour of in-house massage service every day of your stay.
  • A personal trainer/ activities coordinator. 

  • OTHER VILLA SERVICES & FACILITIES:
  • Private swimming pool (18x8m) with shallow children's area.
  • Air-conditioning in all rooms (except for the children's bedroom).
  • Central Heating.
  • Wi-Fi internet connection.
  • Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity.
  • Final Cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Pool heating available at additional cost from EUR 250 for the first day and from EUR 140 for every following day (exact cost subject to weather conditions).
  • Laundry service at EUR 40 per person per week.
  • Your A&K Villas Pre-arrival Concierge as well as your local Concierge are happy to assist with booking services including personal trainer, private transfers with chauffeur, luxury car rentals, personal shopping trips, excursions, yacht charter, golf sessions, horse riding, wine tasting, events, cooperate meetings, etc.

  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • A Food & Beverage deposit of EUR 8000/week is due with the balance payment upfront.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)

  • Air Conditioning
  • Archery
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Basketball Court
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Bicycles
  • Business Centre
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Children's Toys
  • Cinema
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Computer for Client's Use
  • DVD Player
  • Elevator
  • Fans Available
  • Gym Equipment
  • Helipad
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Included)
  • Jacuzzi (Private)
  • Music Sound System
  • Phone
  • Pool / Billiards Table
  • Recreation (Petanque/Boccia/Boules)
  • Safe
  • Sauna
  • Soccer Field
  • Swimming Pool (Heating Available)
  • Table Tennis
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Wine Cellar

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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