EL MAS – glances the universe with the Astronomical Observatory as a neighbor

Next to the country villa of BIOSCA is EL MAS which is part of “EL VIVER” (the plant nursery), a place to disconnect and a space that is ideal for holding workshops or activities related to both personal and natural growth.

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Ojalá hubieran sido más días!!
Fecha de su estancia: 6/10 a 7/10

Mi pareja y yo quisimos hacer algo diferente para nuestra despedida desolteros y finalmente optamos por celebrarla en la casa rural El Mas



Estamos muy contentos con el resultado de este estupendo fin de semana con nuestros amigos!! Hemos hecho muchas actividades y juegos en grupo. La casa es muy acogedora y está muy limpia. Nos gustó mucho el comedor, muy cuqui, y también la sala de juegos del último piso ( así como la mesa deping pong de abajo!)



Como nota negativa, poca cosa! El domingo echamos de menos un baño en la planta 0. Ya que vino mi abuela (94 años) tuvo que subir las escaleras hasta el primer piso. Menos mal que está fuerte!! 🙂



Por lo demás recomiendo 100% la estancia a familias y grupos que quieran salir de la rutina. La casa tiene wifi pero yo no usé el móvil para nada más que hacer fotos!!!



Ah, y si tenéis suerte como nosotros, y os toca una noche despejada, podréis ver el fantástico cielo estrellado que la gente de ciudad nunca podemos disfrutar!! ESPECTACULAR .. creo que estuvimos una hora entera solo mirando el cielo sin hacer nada...un placer de verdad!!!



Gracias a Desconnect y a las propietarias de la finca. Hemos recibido un trato de 10 en todas nuestras dudas y consultas!

Qué guay! Me alegro mucho que hayáis podido observar las estrellas y hacer actividades en grupo!! Una noche sí es muy poco, ¡ojalà volveréis pronto! Siempre estaréis bienvenidos, ¡muchas gracias!

  • 8 - 16 Persons
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 4 DB 6 SB
  • 3 Craddles
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Heater
  • Pets allowed
  • Barbecue
  • Dishwasher
  • Tents allowed
  • Toys
  • Hanger
  • Nature and Relax
  • No mosquito

Description

The name speaks for itself:

“a plant nursery is a place where all kinds of plants are propagated and grown to usable size”, according to Wikipedia.

And fittingly, you will be greeted by a hundred-year-old oak tree, inviting you to find inspiration under its leaves.

 

5 MAJOR PLUS POINTS

  1. Welcoming, remote and spacious. That’s exactly what you’ll find!
  2. Two rooms with an open fireplace; plenty of room for group events or meetings.
  3. A giant, hundred-year-old oak tree!
  4. Remote location set amidst cultivated terrain and woodland, just an hour and a half drive from Barcelona (90km).
  5. The Observatory of Castelltallat is nearby, where you will find some amazing information about the universe and even contemplate the night skies through their telescopes.

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THE SETTING

When we visited EL VIVER back in the spring of 2015, as soon we turned off the C-25, we immediately embarked on a trail through a varied landscape of woodland and countryside. As the road began to climb, the first houses came into view. A sign to the left saying  “Castelltallat – rural road”  was the first indication that we were about to enter the Sierra de Castelltallat, an area declared of Natural Interest that spans over 50km. Further along the asphalted road, steadily climbing, we were enveloped by an expanse of pine trees and oaks and juniper, followed by farmland dotted with cows and sheep, and even more stunning views. At 850 metres, the vegetation became less dense, the notable effects of the forest fire that raged here in the 90’s.

And then suddenly, just beyond the curve, on the tip of the Sierra de Castelltallat, the BIOSCA farmhouse appeared!

As soon as we got out of the car we understood why, generation after generation, the family has continued to embrace this property: pure air, cherry trees in full bloom, outstanding views of Montserrat… Just incredible!

Sometimes the colloquial name of a place says it all. The nearby town of Sant Mateu de Bages is referred to locally as “MiraBages” (“Bages” is thought to originate from “Bacchus”, so a rough translation of MiraBages would be “View of the Vineyards”). And indeed, from MiraBages there is a perfect view of “Pla de Bages”, the smallest of the wine producing regions of Catalonia to have been granted Protected Designation of Origin with its wonderful views of Montserrat.

Continuing on the same road, right up to the tip of the Sierra de Castelltallat, EL MAS is located on an isolated peak with spectacular views over inland Catalonia.

 

THE FARMHOUSE COTTAGE

The most impressive part of this villa are the communal areas. Built in the seventeenth century, the house has large spaces, both inside and out, to accommodate comfortably up to 14 people:

  1. Outside, there is an spacious old stable area complete with barbecue.
  2. On entering EL MAS, you’ll be enchanted by its country-style ambiance, with its thick stone walls and lighting that draws your attention to the most unique corners of the dwelling. A perfect setting for wine-tasting, right?
  3. On the first floor there is a somewhat majestic reception area, with traditional-style red armchairs and an open fireplace.
  4. The second floor has a games room with different areas prepared for a variety of activities (at the entrance to the house there is also a ping-pong table, hid discreetly behind a door).

 

8 rooms for between 8 and 14-16 people

First floor:

  • 2 double rooms (+ 1 cot)
  • 1 room with 2 single beds
  • 1 single room (can be made into double)
  • 2 bathrooms with shower and toilet facilities
  • 1 large kitchen-dining area with table, microwave and dishwasher.

Second floor:

  • 2 double rooms (+ 2 cots)
  • 
1 room with 2 single beds
  • 
1 single room (can be made into double)
  • 2 bathrooms with bathtub, WC and bidet
  • 1 basic kitchen, smaller than the other.

Pets are welcome!

 

SUSTAINABILITY IN MIND

  • Biomass fuelled heating.
  • Ecological and sustainable farming and agricultural activity.
  • Livestock (cows, sheep, chickens, rabbits). The kids will love it!
  • The family has written a guide with several routes through the land surrounding the property that includes a description of the lives of their ancestors.
  • The owners work with local businesses to sell their organic, home-grown products.

PLACES OF INTEREST


The Observatory of Castelltallat (3 Km).

Castell de Castellar (15 km).

Calaf Market and “cuna de la pesseta” (17 Km).

The capital of the Bages province, Manresa (25 Km).

La Tallada Castle in La Segarra, (35 Km).

Montfalcó Murallat, a town with houses built on a hilltop (37 km).

Cardona Castle, Cardona and the Salt mine (38 Km).

Monastery of Sant Benet de Bages, Fundación Alícia and the Ramon Casas exhibition, (40 Km).

And of course, the emblematic Montserrat (50 Km).

 

‘SLOW’ ACTIVITIES

  • Day and night star gazing.
  • Excursions on traditional horse-drawn carriages
  • Sessions for tasting local produce
  • Sierra de Castelltallat (Area of Natural Interest) provides the perfect setting for hiking (for example, the Biosca to Perebaldes route, that passes through old Barraca de Viña).

 

HOW TO GET THERE BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT

The closest train stations are: Aguilar de Segarra (the closest, but only 3 trains stop daily), Manresa and Calaf (Calaf and Manresa are at the same distance from the house, but trains to Manresa go more frequently).
If you don’t want to come by car, it’s possible to take advantage of a pick up service from the Fons i Duocastella family J They look for you at the train station or get groceries for you.

 

HOLIDAY RENTAL LICENCE

The official Tourism Licence No of the Generalitat de Catalunya is PCC0023

 

Prices to rent EL MAS

Capacity: max. 16 persons

PRICE PER SEASON for 8 personsper night / weekper night / weekendper week
Basic Price190€240€1.285€
Mid Season
– from 8/04 to 7/05 (Spring)
– from 2/09 to 15/09 (Late Summer)
– from 1/12 to 9/01 (Christmas)
270€320€1.600€
High Season
– from 23/06 to 25/08 (Summer)
290€340€1.990€

Price includes:
– towels (only to use in the house)
– bed sheets
– cot and high chairs for a babies
– internet WiFi
– water, electricity, heating
– VAT
– Well educated dogs are welcome and stay for free (please advise in advance!)

Price DOESN’T include:
– final cleaning costs 100€ extra
– towels for the pool and the beach
– tourist tax of 0,45€/night for each person older than 16 years (max. charge 7 nights)

Supplements:
– 20€/ night per every extra person from 9th person on
– please consult extra prices for Spanish/ Catalan bridging days

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Ojalá hubieran sido más días!!
Fecha de su estancia: 6/10 a 7/10

Mi pareja y yo quisimos hacer algo diferente para nuestra despedida desolteros y finalmente optamos por celebrarla en la casa rural El Mas



Estamos muy contentos con el resultado de este estupendo fin de semana con nuestros amigos!! Hemos hecho muchas actividades y juegos en grupo. La casa es muy acogedora y está muy limpia. Nos gustó mucho el comedor, muy cuqui, y también la sala de juegos del último piso ( así como la mesa deping pong de abajo!)



Como nota negativa, poca cosa! El domingo echamos de menos un baño en la planta 0. Ya que vino mi abuela (94 años) tuvo que subir las escaleras hasta el primer piso. Menos mal que está fuerte!! 🙂



Por lo demás recomiendo 100% la estancia a familias y grupos que quieran salir de la rutina. La casa tiene wifi pero yo no usé el móvil para nada más que hacer fotos!!!



Ah, y si tenéis suerte como nosotros, y os toca una noche despejada, podréis ver el fantástico cielo estrellado que la gente de ciudad nunca podemos disfrutar!! ESPECTACULAR .. creo que estuvimos una hora entera solo mirando el cielo sin hacer nada...un placer de verdad!!!



Gracias a Desconnect y a las propietarias de la finca. Hemos recibido un trato de 10 en todas nuestras dudas y consultas!

Qué guay! Me alegro mucho que hayáis podido observar las estrellas y hacer actividades en grupo!! Una noche sí es muy poco, ¡ojalà volveréis pronto! Siempre estaréis bienvenidos, ¡muchas gracias!

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