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is a 13th-century farmhouse reformed in 2010, located in Cruïlles,
next to La Bisbal d’Empordà, at the foot of the Gavarres Hills (declared
an Area of Natural Interest).
The ground floor of Mas Masaller
still displays all of its original layout of stables. The wine barrels
are integrated into the dining-room located in the part renovated in 2010.
Outside the house, in what was formerly the vegetable garden, there is
now a garden of some 500 m², fully enclosed by a stone wall and containing
the house’s well and plant nursery.
|The garden of Mas Masaller
includes a pool with protected access for children, a playground, a relaxation
area with hammocks under the cool shade of mulberry trees, and a barbecue.
The first floor of Mas Masaller
is the part that has been reformed to be enjoyed for rural tourism. The
hay loft is now the main lounge of the house, with a communal TV, a fireplace,
a games area and free Wi-Fi connection with 3 MB capacity. The rest
of the house contains the dining room and the 6 bedrooms with en suite
bathrooms, free Wi-Fi connection with 3 MB capacity, heating/fan and TV
with USB port. In the outdoor part of the first floor there is a
large solarium terrace (where dinner is served in the summer) and a relaxing
porch with views over the garden of Mas Masaller.
||Mas Masaller has
a variety of spaces designed for every member of the family:
A large main lounge (formerly
the hay loft) with a fireplace, a children’s area, a large, varied library,
and a TV and DVD player with a collection of films on DVD.
A smaller lounge for relaxing
in front of the fireplace.
A large dining room with an
“apostolic” table 5 metres long in one single piece, ideal for sharing
a hearty meal, entertaining stories and recommendations of the guests of
A porch with magnificent views
over the garden of the house, where lunchtime conversations can be continued
and it is permitted to smoke. And outside the house, a large garden
of some 500 m², containing a pool with protected access, an area with
hammocks under the shade of mulberry trees, a playground, a Ping-Pong table
and a large terrace ideal for serving dinner in the cool of a summer evening.
Mas Masaller offers a half-board
service (bed, breakfast and dinner). Our Empordanese cuisine is all home-made
and based on seasonal products.
Have your breakfast in peace
between 9.00 and 10.30. Breakfast is served buffet-style with ‘country’
products like cold meats, fresh fruit, home-made jams, three types of cereals,
pastries and home-made sweets, all accompanied by a variety of juices,
infusions and coffee.
We serve dinner at 21.00,
with everyone together at the same table. You will find the day’s menu
written on the “hen slate”: if there is anything you don’t like or can’t
eat due to an allergy or a special diet, we will be happy to offer you
an alternative menu.
We also make special menus
for celiacs and vegetarians. Mas Masaller offers the maximum facilities
for families with young children to keep food in the fridge or freezer
and to cook or heat them up. We can even offer you, free of charge, our
‘Babycook’ service, warm up your baby bottles or even prepare your vegetable
purées for you. And for your day trips, if you ask us in advance,
we can prepare you a PICNIC.
Mas Masaller has 6 bedrooms
(doubles, triples and quadruples) with a total capacity for 15 guests.
In keeping with the general
style of Mas Masaller, the decoration of the bedrooms is sober and elegant,
with a predominance of the old furniture of the house, suitably restored
and updated. All the bedrooms of Mas Masaller are equipped with en-suite
bathroom, TV with USB port, heating and fan and free Wi-Fi connection with
capacity 3 MB.
Surrounded by fields and
pastureland and close to a sheep fold, Mas Masaller stands at the foot
of the Gavarres Hills, declared an Area of Natural Interest in 1992.
Between the Gavarres and
the plain of the Empordà, from Mas Masaller you can enjoy a wide
variety of activities, such as BTT routes (routes 21 to 23), walking on
the local trails, hot-air balloon flights, horse-riding routes (the house
has plenty of space for horses) …
And in the autumn it is a
great area for searching for wild mushrooms such as saffron milk-caps,
milky agarics, scotch bonnets and purple-red wax-caps, among others.
From Mas Masaller you can
take mountain bike routes (the routes closest to the house are 21, 22 and
23, which you can combine with other longer ones), and you can also enjoy
walks along the local trails close to the house.
Towns and beaches on the
Monells, Pals, Ullastret and many other medieval villages, some very well-known
and others much less visited, are located very near to Mas Masaller, as
are the prettiest beaches of the Costa Brava (the coves of Begur, Platja
de Pals, Calella de Palafrugell, Tamariu, Cala Salguer and many more).
For enthusiasts of industrial
tourism, Mas Masaller lies 12 km from Palafrugell, the centre of the local
cork industry, where you will find the Cork Museum (www.museudelsuro.cat)
and just 2 km from La Bisbal d’Empordà, the capital of the Catalan
Mas Masaller is a good spot
for visiting the ‘Salvador Dalí Triangle’: it is 10 km from Púbol
(with its castle that was a gift from Dalí to his wife Gala), 30
km from Figueres, the home of the Dalí Museum, and 60 km from Cadaqués,
where you can visit Dalí’s house (www.salvador-dali.org)
Parks and bird-watching
Lovers of bird-watching will
be pleased to know that we are only 18 km from the Montgrí Hills
and 40 km from the Empordà Marshes (and we can offer you a picnic
And if you want to enjoy
a day in the countryside, you have three Nature Parks to choose from: the
Garrotxa Volcanic Area at 60 km, the Albera Hills at 45 km, and the Cap
de Creus headland at 40 km – not to mention the Gavarres Hills just a stone’s
throw from the house.
Water sports in Costa
Apart from spending a relaxing
day on the beach in one of the loveliest coves of the Costa Brava (Cala
Castell, Cala Estreta, Illa Roja, Sa Riera, Sa Tuna…), you can also enjoy
all the thrills offered by this coast: kayaking, water-skiing, wakeboarding,
windsurfing, kitesurfing, sea cruises, glass-bottom boats, boat hire, snorkelling
Balloon flight in Costa
We can also help you organise
a hot-air balloon flight.
To reach Mas Masaller from
the AP-7 motorway, take exit 6 (Girona Nord) and then the C-66 road towards
La Bisbal and Palamós. On reaching La Bisbal, follow the indication
“Palamós–Calonge per rondes” and continue straight on to the traffic
lights, then turn right towards Calonge (DON’T take the road to the centre
of the village Cruïlles, we are on the outskirts). Leaving La Bisbal
by the Gi-660 road, after 2.3 km you will reach the turning for Mas Masaller,
then you just have to follow the signs to the house (the last section of
300 m is a track).
If you want to discover a
section of the old Catalonia–Costa Brava Rally route, leave the AP-7 motorway
at exit 8 (Aeroport–Cassà de la Selva) and take the direction of
Riudellots de la Selva and then Cassà. In the centre of Cassà
you come to a T-junction where you turn left for La Bisbal. This road has
lots of bends but provides some splendid panoramas. We suggest a stop at
Santa Pellaia, just outside Cassà, to enjoy the view.
Coordinates: 41.94201 E ;
We absolutely and genuinely
enjoyed our short stay there and have recommended it to several of our
repeat guests who come across each year from NZ. In fact we are trying
to see if we can return to them again next year - we love the Emporada
Region and we love that place. Very good value, comfortable bed in
big bedroom and extremely likeable and patient hosts.
The food was excellent and
our only regret was that we couldn't extend our stay.
We have no hesitation in
recommending it to anyone and will do so. A real gem of a place.
All in all it was a pleasure
dealing through you and the hosts.
John & Julia Bishop
17 July 2011
Why not enjoy a holiday
in our maison du village in Languedoc-France.
go to www.theolivegrove.co.nz
Rates per person and night
in a double room in half board (bed, breakfast and dinner), including VAT:
50% discount for children
aged 2 to 12 sharing a room with two persons paying the normal rate.
Low season: 49,50€
High season: 56,00€
from 21.04.11 to 24.04.11 and
from 16.07.11 to 31.08.11, Christmas and New Year 30.12.11 to 01.01.12)
No charge for babies, and
we offer a free cot service (according to availability).
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