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Masia Jaume Coll
Spring is fast approaching and what better way to enjoy its simple pleasures than to escape the madding crowd and head for a revitalising weekend in one of Catalunya’s characterful masias. Although the accommodation standards vary, these old stone farms typically offer authentic local hospitality with the emphasis on comfort rather than sophistication. Expect beautiful surroundings, clean, simple rooms, hearty Catalan cuisine and a cosy fireplace to relax by in the evening.
Masia Jaume Coll
Dating from the 15th century and set among green pastures and woodlands, this family-run masia was recently renovated and exudes country warmth. Spend the day walking in the stunning Ripollès countryside, then cosy up with a good book in the snug reading room or in an armchair by the fire. The restaurant offers Catalan cuisine with lots of locally-sourced products. If you’re taking the kids along, there’s an outside playground and plenty of animals.
Mas Comangau is located just ten minutes walk from the centre of Begur, in the heart of the Empordà, one of the Costa Brava’s loveliest areas. This 18th-century farmhouse has been lovingly renovated and offers simple, fresh and stylish accommodation. During the day you can explore the 20 kilometres of coastal paths that link picturesque coves and offer spectacular views of the rocky coastline. In the evening, cosy up with an aperitif in the chill out room, then settle down for dinner by the open fire and enjoy Mediterranean cuisine based on local products.
Very popular with families, Cansala Montornès has the additional benefit of being just 20 minutes from Barcelona, so no long, tortuous car journey with the kids. Located near Montmeló, in the Parc de la Serralada Litoral, there’s plenty to keep the family happy here. Star of the show is the farm with goats, pigs, horses and a few exotic creatures too. Children are welcome to feed the animals. They can also take pony rides around the farm and there’s plenty of room for bike riding. The masia has seven rooms, including a triple and a quadruple.
You’re likely to hardly see your kids all weekend at Mas Fuselles as there’s so much for them to do. Outside are wooden playgrounds, inflatables, a climbing wall, a small football pitch and farm animals. For rainy days, there’s an indoor soft play area and a games room with lots of games and puzzles. On Saturdays, special children’s activities are organised, including a tour of the farm and, for the brave, an after-dinner goblin hunt in the forest with flashlights. Located in Cornellà del Terri near Girona, Mas Fuselles was renovated by the current owners in 1999. It has eight bedrooms in converted barns that all have direct access to the garden.
Mas del Silenci
The perfect romantic hideaway, all of Mas del Silenci’s six bedrooms have four poster beds with mountain views and are caringly decorated with pretty linens and attention to detail. Just as its name suggests, tranquility and silence abound here. The house offers several cosy lounge areas and on sunny days you can relax in a hammock in the beautiful gardens. The restaurant serves gourmet food and fine local wines. Just 35 minutes from Vic, the surroundings offer spectacular walking and lots of day trips.
This beautifully restored farmhouse offers peace and tranquility just 25 minutes from Barcelona, in Lliça d’Amunt. Friendly and inviting, with exquisite attention to detail, Can Caponet is a wonderful destination for absolutely anyone, with homely food, chillout zones, an outdoor pool and jacuzzi and wonderful walks from the garden. Lovers looking for a special place can take advantage of their two-night “romantic pack” that includes an intimate dinner, a massage and sauna. Choose from one of the four bedrooms in the main house or from the two wood cabins in the garden.
Set in 660 acres of farmland near Figueres, this 13th-century masia offers a number of activities that can be arranged when you book your stay. These include horse riding, cycling, ballooning, wine tasting and beekeeping. There are also walking trails all around the farm. The five bedrooms have a warm and rustic feel with spectacular views of the Alt Empordà and Pyrennees. Meals are slow-food inspired with local products.
As you wind your way through the mountains, you may think you’ll never get there. This renovated 11th-century farmhouse nestles high in the lush, green hills of the Garrotxa, offering spectacular views all around. Although this is a beautiful place to just come and relax, its main focus is horseriding, and people come from far around to enjoy the excellent facilities. Experienced riders can sign up for a five-day trail, riding all day and sleeping in farmhouses at night. For weekenders, there’s something for every level, from beginner treks to serious riding. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial with simple bedrooms and dinner eaten around a large communal table.
Do it yourself country weekends
Catalunya is packed with country houses and masias to rent by the weekend or week. These are ideal for a budget or self-catering holiday or for big groups. Check out these sites for extensive lists and links to the houses.