We live in San Francisco, have 3 grown kids and do a fair amount of traveling.
We booked the week, but sadly, had to cancel the remainder of our stay very last minute, and Kristen was incredibly helpful and understanding through the whole process. From the beginning, she had great communication, a flexible check in and check out time, and detailed directions so that we would be able to find our way in the dark. As stated by another reviewer, this house is perfect for larger parties who want a little privacy from each other: the house has two wings, separated by a kitchen, breakfast room, dining room and family area, so it really feels like you have an entire wing to yourself. The house is conveniently located off of Warm Springs Rd, and very close to Glen Ellen, while still feeling a world apart. This is an ideal rental for two couples or two families looking for a wine country getaway.
The layout of the house is great. Plenty of common space with 2 wings, 2 bedrooms each for privacy/separation when desired. The kitchen is large, double ovens were great and all amenities were solid, including washing machine & dryer. The outdoor backyard was lovely, really enjoyed the water feature. Be aware cell phone reception is poor and the water is well water, likely much different than what you are used to. It smells and tastes of sulfur and can stain things yellow. We bought bottled water, though there is filtered water from the fridge. Overall it was an enjoyable experience.
The house was as advertised. Great layout for a two couple rental. We liked the outdoor areas as well. There was a problem with the hot water that Kristen resolved immediately. All in all a great home base for a wine country trip.
We had a lovely stay! The two wings of the house (each with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom) made it perfect for our getaway with 2 small families. It was clean, tidy and comfortable and the shared space was just the right size for our group of 7. The pool looked inviting even though the weather meant we did not use it. A couple of minor issues but the owners responded straight away, were very helpful and friendly.
We had a good time! Kristen is very responsive and helpful. Property is spacious, pretty and very comfortable. Some excellent restaurants close by in Glen Ellen.
We had a lovely 8 day break at the house, which has a very warm feeling and lots of space. It is in a beautiful and tiny medieval village but with the bonus of a local shop and playground. It is a very quick drive to a number of fantastic beaches and restaurants and there are decent supermarkets nearby. The house is very well setup and we would recommend it - it could accommodate two families or a group of several adults and a few more as there are plenty of beds!
I booked on behalf of my daughter and my three nephews plus their respective partners. They had a great time and were very pleased with the house. They told me they appreciated the following features (not necessarily listed in order of importance): unique property with a lot of character; well-equipped kitchen; everything was spotless and worked perfectly; plenty of beach and bathroom towels; free wifi; nearby village shop/bar selling fresh bread and croissants as well as basic groceries; two separate sitting areas on different floors.
I would like to add that Carme, the neighbour who let us into the house and showed us around, was very kind and helpful.
All in all, the house was a success and I would recommend it to anybody looking for non-standard accommodation offering something different.
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Le village est calme et authentique, la maison est spacieuse et de caractere le premier abord peut paraitre froid mais on l' apprivoise tres vite et on devient tres vite maitre des lieux.
Elle est plutot centrée et permet de rayonner dans le triangle dalilien ,les alentours sont typiques c'est un vrai depaysement .
Je le conseille vivement !
Great place , well preserved village with good access to surrounding area , sympathetically restored house in sunny setting with views from terrace over surrounding countryside , warm and cosy ( mid winter visit) . Host and local contact very easy to deal with .
This house is perfectly situated within the pristine medieval town of Cruilles, yet is conveniently just a few minutes drive from the more modern town of Bisbal D'Emporda, which contains all amenities - gas station, supermarket, etc. - you might need for an extended stay in this part of Catalonia. It makes an ideal starting point for car or bike exploration of the region, which offers charming old towns and ruins, excellent restaurants (Raku in Cruces was particularly good), and great local wine. It seems like every time you round a bend, another beautiful old building or spectacular mountain view reveals itself!
The house itself is more like a castle - absolutely huge and quite imposing. It has a large kitchen with an excellent stove and big fridge, as well as washer-dryer and dishwasher - in honesty, though, we did less cooking than anticipated as we were drawn into exploring the Catalan cuisine. There are several bedrooms - five or six I think - spread across two floors and then into the tower itself, which is visible from a few kilometers away in most directions. We stayed in the master bedroom which was very comforable and atmospheric. There is a large balcony on the upper floor from which to contemplate the stars at night or enjoy views of the nearby area in the day, and three living rooms, all of which are comfortable, though we spent most of the time in the kitchen-cum-living room as it was the coolest during August. The owner Kristen was very helpful and communicative and provided us with all sorts of tips on places to go and restaurants - I cannot recommend this place enough, both the house and the surrounding area were outstanding, and ideal for anyone (or a group - the place could probably fit 10 comfortably) looking to explore the Emporda region.