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“Fabulous family friendly villa in authentic Spain”
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Very good
15 reviews
View of the pool
Panoramic view of pool and surrounding scenery
Upper garden
Outside dining area
Second floor double bedroom with King Size bed
First floor double bedroom with doors onto balcony
Double bedroom on the first floor
First floor bedroom with bunk beds
Second floor triple bedroom
Single bedroom on the first floor
Ground floor bathroom
First floor bathroom
Two bathrooms
Living room with three sofas
Living room, view of televison
Dining room
Dining room with direct access to kitchen
Kitchen
Barbecue
Top garden with view out over the lower garden
View from the first floor balcony
View from second floor windows
Lower garden
View of upper garden
The villa
A view of the villa from the top garden
Views from the villa
Stairs to the pool with gate at the top
15 m pool
Pool view from the villa
Pool and villa
Pool side with lounge chairs and eating area
Ping pong table
Terrace area and view of barbecue
Sunset from the top terrace
View from the villa, direction Montseny Natural Park
Taken at the top of 'Turó del Homme' - the highest mountain around
Woodland and rivers in the Park
River for swimming in the summer
Up in the Natural Park
Montseny Natural Park
Local walks
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Villa -
6 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Sant Celoni, Catalonia

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Very good - based on 15 reviews
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Jane D
Ko Samui, Thailand
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Fabulous family friendly villa in authentic Spain”
Reviewed 9 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Just returned from a great week in Villa Palau. If you are looking for comfortable villa, with a lovely pool, suitable for large families then this is the place. Even with 8 adults, 4 children plus a baby we never felt crowded, The pool is lovely, kept very clean and a good depth for both children and adults, The villa is particularly well equipped, with a lot of attention to detail, ensuring everything we needed was at hand. Set in a residential area on the edge of a large village it has a very rural feel, as the house and garden face a green landscape. We tried some of the restaurants in the village and enjoyed the atmosphere of a drink in the village square in the evening, There are many great restaurants in the area, especially if you have a car; catering I think for visitors to Monseny National Park only a few miles away, where there is lots of wildlife and hiking trails, We didn't see the deer, but we know they are there, as one of them chewed our groundsheet outside our camper van the night before we went to the villa. It is very easy to travel to the villa from Barcelona airport, by train for only €5 one way, from the terminal to Sant Celoni 4km away, or by hire car. The area is not touristy, and we felt we had more of a Spanish experience than on the Costas, local people were helpful and friendly. Take your Catalan phrasebook with you to break the ice, Spanish is useful but you will get by anyway. Set between mountains and the sea, with Barcelona very accessible, it is a good location to base yourself. Although we mostly just relaxed, did nothing and enjoyed the sun and being together.

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Liked best: Pool and garden
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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bilk2005
North East
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Much better than we expected”
Reviewed 20 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

From the description we were expecting a "nice villa" with a good pool, what we got was a good villa with a GREAT pool. The villa is on three levels and although there were 10 of us it never felt crowded. There are good fans in all the rooms and as there was a bit of a heat wave while we were there they were on all of the time. While the villa itself is lovely (you wont be disappointed) it is the outside area that was the real surprise, this was much better than the photos and description lead us to believe. The dinning area and bbq were great but it was the pool that blew us away, i have stayed in hotels we smaller pools than this, it is massive and deep enough at one end to dive into, kids and adults alike had a blast!

I would recommend this villa to all

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: heat wave but that is no ones fault
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Sep 2015
Just recently we’ve updated our photos to try and show more clearly the reality of our villa’s beauty and size. We love watching our guests arrive though, seeing their faces light up with enthusiasm. As you say, it’s hard for photos to capture the expanse of nature that greets you outside the villa or the spaciousness of the premises. We’re glad that the surprise was so favorable and that you had such an enjoyable stay!
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ErikaRigg
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great house, pool and gardens”
Reviewed 14 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had a lovely week here, the house is a great size with perfect room lay-out for our party or 3 couples & 6 kids between us.
The pool is fantastic and we spent a lot of time there but also ventured to the coast and some lovely beaches.
The garden is beautiful, very green, with a great eating area and lovely views. All well maintained by the owners who were very welcoming when we arrived.
A great house for families, would highly recommend it.

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Travelling group: Large Group
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Large groups
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Management Response
6 Sep 2015
Thank you for taking the time to share your holiday experience with us. We appreciate your high recommendation. It’s wonderful when guests come with young children, especially when, within a week, they have learned to feel confident in water and respectful of it’s dangers.
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Christine...
Towcester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed 15 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We have just returned from our holiday at this villa and I can't stop talking about it! We were a group of 7 which included teenagers and a toddler and everyone enjoyed themselves. The villa was big enough for everybody to have their own space, the bedrooms were great with plenty of wardrobes, the beds were very comfortable - although I didn't try all of them, my holiday was not long enough. There were plenty of toys for the children to play with and although it doesn't say it in the listing the pool was gated so the children couldn't access it without an adult which was a major plus for us.
The villa is situated in a great position for days out to the beach, Barcelona and the mountains. The local town has every shop you could want and plenty of places to eat and drink. You could manage without a car if you were happy to just stay by the pool and do your shopping in the local town but if you want to go places you would need a car.
Caroline and Alex were great and were there to meet us and even had treats in the fridge!
If you are looking for a villa in this area I would recommend this one and I would not hesitate in returning.
We had a great time, thank you Caroline & Alex for letting us stay in your home - hopefully we will see you again.

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Liked best: The swimming pool
Liked least: No wifi
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
6 Sep 2015
Nothing makes us happier than reading that our guests have had a perfect holiday in our villa. For us, great holidays are all about relaxing and enjoying life to the full. It is our aim to give guests a home away from home, a place that offers all them the opportunity to unwind and at the same time, have fun. We look forward to welcoming you back next year!
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Nicole P
St Austell, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely scenery, lots to do.”
Reviewed 30 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012

We had a fantastic holiday. Ideal for visiting cities and beaches both to the north and south. Montseny National Park provided a welcome change of scenery, very stunning! The pool was great and the beds very comfortable. We especially enjoyed the evening meals outside.

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Liked best: Eating outside on the terrace in the evenings
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
10 Nov 2012
Wonderful that you explored the area and discovered the beauty of Catalonia. I've lived in this country for 23 years now but still feel like I'm on holiday! Thank you for the recommendations you left for future guests, and for your enthusiastic comments.
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helena a
awre
1 review
“Weve made this our holiday home”
Reviewed 24 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Once again a fantastic holiday here at this amazing place. We loved it so much that we came back for a second visit this year and have received the same wonderfully high standards again. The house and gardens are kept immaculate and provide everything we could need for families of all ages. Caroline and Alex could not be more helpful and so once again a huge thank you to them and their team. See you next year!

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Liked best: The pool and the gardens
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
10 Nov 2012
Once again, it's been a pleasure to have you and your lovely family visit. We're so glad you love the house as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back next year!
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emilyjane...
london
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Hidden costs...”
Reviewed 2 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012

We have stayed in various villas in Spain and Portugal as a family over the years. Ten of our family (including babies) stayed here for a week in August. The outside space and pool were great. The house however was lacking in many areas. Upon arrival not even a pint of milk awaited us which for the cost of this villa we found a little odd. Getting into bed at night to find none of the beds made was very strange and slightly annoying when all you wanted to do was collapse. At night the rooms were incredibly hot with weak fans and no mini air con units. The house itself was basic. On the plus side there were lots of toys that the children were allowed to play with however the highchairs that were provided for the babies were filthy and had to be cleaned by us before we could use them.
We were asked to strip beds upon leaving (which we did). We also did a basic clean before leaving (obviously not deep cleaning the fridge etc.. but a general before leaving wipe down, tidy….). However, sadly fifty euros of our deposit was kept back - this was reasoned as the villa owners felt they needed to hire extra cleaners to clean the villa in the four hours they had before the next visitors arrived after we left. Despite the fact we pointed out that their responsibility is to initially hire enough cleaners after people leave their villa, this contact was ignored. There were ten people staying in the villa. We found it very odd that they did not consider how many cleaners they would need after we left. In addition, money was kept back for towels which had apparent stains on (this although slightly sad could be understood – kind of - surely some wear and tear happens when you rent out a property?). All incredibly strange and such as shame, we did have a lovely holiday, but it's very sad to finish your holiday with such a bitter taste in your mouth.

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Liked best: The swimming pool
Liked least: My full deposit not being returned when nothing was broken.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
18 Sep 2012
Thank you for all your useful comments. We’ll certainly invest in some more powerful fans and provide some refreshment for guests on their arrival. It’s true that your stay coincided with the hottest week on record in the last 50 years. As not everyone likes to sleep on a plastic bed sheet and we cannot know in advance where the young children in each party will sleep, we leave that choice to our guests. Our two cleaners are usually very thorough but are, after all, human, we are sorry they overlooked the highchairs. We do leave hygiene tips for our holiday makers so they can keep the insects outside, but once ignored a more than thorough cleaning of the villa is required.
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