Villa Mas Mateu: Tilt at Windmills in True Style

 

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So you want a vacation in Spain, in Catalonia. You want to be near the action of Costa Brava and to a town full of history and fine dining, like Girona. But you also want a secluded inland location, on its own forested estate, nestled amid olive groves, with views of the snowcapped Pyrenees. You want to immerse yourself in the ambience of a centuries-old private home but have all the amenities and comforts of a dazzling modern design.

A tall order? No, what you want is Villa Mas Mateu.

PabellonVerano_21This 400-year-old Catalan masia was completely restored to its former glory by a handpicked team of interior designers, architects and landscape planners. Earthy Spanish antiques are found under the same roof as the impressive art of Catalan painter Ricard Opisso, a contemporary of Salvador Dali.

A 12-seat state-of-the-art cinema is found near the masia’s original three-story staircase, lovingly restored with slabs sourced to match the original stonework. Wooden ceiling beams with carved faces contrast the floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides, providing breathtaking views of the property and beyond.

This Spanish luxury villa offers grandeur both in terms of style and space. Its principal home of 15,900 square feet, with an additional separate living space of 15,900 square feet, offers 10 bedrooms (five with private terraces or balconies), each decorated in unique Catalan style, and 12 full bathrooms, hosting up to 22 guests.

Outdoors the infinity pool has sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, including the Torroella de Montri Castle and the medieval town of Peratallada. You can also unwind in the estate’s sauna or hot tub, or get active in the gym or on the soccer field, basketball court or paddle-tennis court.

If you have a well-thumbed copy of Don Quixote, then you can tilt at windmills on a steed that far surpasses poor TerrazaGavarres_01_Mabelswaybacked Rocinante. This Catalonia villa offers access to Southern Europe’s leading equestrian facilities, which have played host Spain’s highly regarded dressage team. Private riding lessons are of course available. (Lance work must be learned on your own.)

Besides the hot beaches and beautiful throngs of Costa Brava, and skiing in the Pyrenees, you have within striking distance picturesque medieval towns and some of Spain’s finest restaurants, including El Bulli and El Cellar con Roca.

 

 

 

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