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WELCOME TO PARADISE

La Bruguera de Púbol is our stunning country estate in the Catalan countryside. Formerly the home of Catalan artist Casademont “Le Vieux” and his family, it consists of 9 acres of oak and pine forest and gardens, a large villa, an events space, a forest treatment room, a separate apartment, and a heated pool, nestled in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Baix Empordà.

Sustainability is important to us, and we have renovated the estate’s infrastructure such that electricity is provided from solar panels, heat and hot water from heat pumps or log boilers, and water from on-site wells. Our guests can focus on their self-improvement, knowing it comes at no cost to the environment.

Villa

Studio Space

Gardens

Location

The VillA

The Villa at La Bruguera de Púbol consists of 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, over 3 floors.  It was built in the early 1980s, by Francesc D’Assis Casademont and Maria Angels Mercader Camps, as a place of reflection, family enjoyment, and creativity.  Casademont “Le Vieux”, as he was known in art circles, painted his commercially successful Catalan landscape paintings, in large format, here, over several decades, and was insipired by the Modernist buildings of Le Corbusier, the renowned Swiss architect. The result is a unique blend of stark modernist features, such as exposed concrete columns,  huge corner windows, and floor-to-ceiling glazing, with the softer, more tonal features of historic mediterranean architecture, such as terra cotta tiles, ochre renders, and a tiled 10m swimming pool.

Visit today, and you will not only recognise the incredible sunsets, forest views, and mountain landscapes found in Casademont’s paintings and visible from here, but you will sense how this place was instrumental in helping him find the inspiration needed to produce such a large canon of work.  Creativity, focus, and instant calm – these are all the kinds of feelings our visitors speak of, once through the gates.

While working on the villa in 2015 and 2016, we left the aforementioned charm untouched, but added a host of modern amenities. From air conditioning & heating in the villa, renewable energy from solar panels, salt-water & heat for the swimming pool, to high-speed internet and boosted mobile phone coverage, we’ve made it possible to bask in the calming vintage glow of La Bruguera, whilst maintaining one’s 21st century life.

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The GARDENS

The gardens at La Bruguera de Púbol have been carved from a mature forest of Holme Oak and several species of Pine native to the Mediterranean.  The villa rests near the top of a gentle slope, and the forest has been sensitively cut away around the house to reveal beautiful southern and eastern views out over the massive trees towards the Gavarres hills, and nearby olive groves.

Water is a recurring feature, with five ponds in various locations throughout the nine acre forest, some with fish, many with other aquatic life such as frogs, and a small stream which flows from the uppermost to the lowest, several times a day.

Over our first year living here, we developed a feel for the forest, and its “rooms”.  Working with the natural layout of the slope and the trees, we have created several sheltered, enclosed areas in the forest, which are suited for gatherings, lectures, yoga, calm reflection, meditation, stretching, or alone time.

The forest garden boasts a large kitchen garden, from which we produce an abundance of fresh, delicious produce each year, a significant number of fruit trees yielding peaches, mandarins, avocados, oranges, nisperos and figs, as well as a canopy of  grape vines from which we make table wine.

The Casademonts loved to gift each other follies on significant family dates – visit, and you can walk the forest trails to discover a fountain in the style of Gaudí, a vintage Spanish telephone box, and a number of other quirks dotted throughout the landscape.

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CLIENT REVIEWS

  • It has been a privilege to be the first guests at this villa. The owners have done a remarkable job in creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

    - The Kavanaugh Family (UK, 2014) -
  • 'Thank You' is too small an appreciative phrase for what has been created here. The owners and the others who look after La Bruguera bring and maintain magic, atmosphere, warmth, peace, creativity and abundant beauty.

    - Barbara & Kieron (UK, 2014) -
  • We had a great time during our stay at La Bruguera de Púbol. It is a fantastic place to rest and relax. We also loved exploring Catalunya, which is beautiful and very atmospheric. We will be back next year!

    - The Smietanski Family (Poland, June 2016) -
  • Scrupulously clean, spacious villa with beautiful, well-maintained gardens. Exceptional hosts! And of course the fresh vegetables from the La Bruguera vegetable patch! The pool and the house are GORGEOUS. The wifi is AMAZING. We loved that the property is ecological – made us feel good.

    - The Adam Family (UK, 2016) -
  • La Bruguera is a great place, full of history that in all is rather inspiring. Left for home fully relaxed and full of ideas.

    - Renner Family (UK, 2016) -
  • Thank you for a great time, we have had a wonderful week with our family at La Bruguera. What a beautiful villa - so relaxing and tranquil. This is an incredible area, with much to see and do!

    - Alistair & Denise Mackay (UK, 2016) -
  • A truly unique and enchanting property, perfect for serious chilling intermingled with some varied exploring. Our hosts were immensely helpful with recommendations for eating out, trains, & beaches!

    - McCarthy Family (UK, 2016) -
  • A real gem - beautiful setting, fab gardens, many gorgeous places to sit in the grounds and a brilliant pool! Mike was especially handy in helping our blokes 'escape' on bikes! We would all like to take your home produce back too!

    - Miller Family (UK, 2016) -
  • We have had a fantastic 2 weeks at La Bruguera. The villa is unique and the grounds are very beautiful. This is a great area with lovely beaches and some of the finest food we have eaten in 12 years of holidaying in Costa Brava.

    - Oughton and Roberts Families (UK, 2016) -
  • Our stay at La Bruguera was FANTASTIC! Mike and Michelle were great hosts. We loved the grounds and spent many hours relaxing by the pool in the heat. The house was wonderful - everything we needed. We loved the secluded location, yet it is so close to groceries and restaurants. The oranges, lemons, lettuces and acergas from the garden were delicious and much appreciated. Mike and Michelle responded to all our queries promptly, and gave us great recommendations of places to visit! Thank you!!

    - The Kirwan Family (UK, April 2017) -
  • Our stay at La Bruguera has been wonderful! We spent it chilling by the pool in the heat. The villa is so spacious and beautiful and it's in an outstanding location. The villa and its grounds are so unique! The Costa Brava is full of beautiful beaches! There is also tons of fabulous food. (Written by Evie, age 9)

    - The Flockhart Family (UK, May 2017) -
  • What a brilliant place to spend a week catching up with our kids and our new grand-daughters, who are scattered all over the planet. We all loved it and will remember the place and our time here... and treasure it! Thanks very much Mike and Michelle for your help and hospitality. PS - Already talking of a return visit!

    - The Chapman Family (UK, July 2017) -

EVENT SPACE

We’ve taken the Casademont Art Gallery space to a new level, adding glazed walls to link it visually to our ornamental fish pond and cloister, adding a sprung wood floor for yoga, dance, or gym work, and adding underfloor heating as well as modern audiovisual capabilities.  We’ve used the event space for large meals, seating 30+ guests, indoor physical training sessions, movie screenings, yoga retreats, studio art classes, and meditation sessions.

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LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION

It really doesn’t get much better than the Baix Empordà region of Girona, in Catalunya. La Bruguera sits 20 minutes from 30+ different beaches, we have direct access to hilly forest trails in the Gavarres Hills, are 25 miuntes from the Volcanic Garottxa mountains, and less than an hour’s drive to the “proper” mountains, the Pyrenees.  Mar i Muntanya, as they say in Catalan.

The weather is clement year-round, allowing for longer seasons for the many active pursuits we enjoy here:  Cycling, hiking, paddle-boarding, kite or wind surfing, wild swimming, climbing, visiting ancient villages, outdoor yoga or simply sitting poolside enjoying the local tipple (the acclaimed D.O. Empordà).

Such good weather gives longer and often double seasons for local produce, allowing us plenty of time to grow our own delicious, organic vegetables and fruit on the estate, as well as making preserves and wines, if we can drag ourselves away from the enjoying the landscape long enough. Our on site culinary team make great use of this bounty, as do the local restaurants. We have a Michelin star in the nearest village, the world’s 2nd best restaurant, and Girona is in fact the region with the most stars per capita, on earth!

Culturally, the area is as rich as they come.  From Iberian settlements over 8000 years old, to the arrival of the Greeks and subsequently Romans around 2000 years ago, there are many opportunities to visit some incredibly old yet well-preserved sites.  More recent resident populations have left their marks in significant and stunning ways, visible in places such as the many fascinating Jewish quarters in villages and cities in the area.

In the 20th century, this part of Catalunya was the birthplace and subsequent global hub for the Surrealist and Dadaism movements.  The Empordà’s native son Salvador Dalí still attracts millions of visitors to the Costa Brava each year, to visit the three Dalí museums, one of which, the Gala Dalí Castle and Museum, is within walking distance of La Bruguera. Fast forward to the recent past, and it is no surprise that the area has become location of choice as a film set for top historical fiction series’ like “Game of Thrones”.

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Gastronomy

Baix Empordà & Costa Brava

Garrotxa & Pyrenees

Active Pursuits & Culture

BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES

Does La Bruguera look too good to pass up?  Use the form below to enquire about visiting, or click here for our full contact details.  We look forward to welcoming you to our little corner of paradise.

Want to book the villa directly? In the high season we manage this through Vintage Travel. You can book directly here.