2012

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30th August 2012

We’ve had a lovely few days in Barcelona – a very relaxed city which seems to have everything. Went to the Sagrada Familia on our first day, which was absolutely amazing. Best to book online beforehand to avoid the queues, it’s worth paying the bit extra to go up in the tower.

We saw the fountains at Montjuïc which were lovely and also visited Montjuic Park during the day. The parks there were lovely and we went to the Montjuïc Piscine (open air Barcelona swimming pool). The views over Barcelona were fantastic and the pool itself was nice for swimming in, and but the rest of the facilities (changing rooms and surrounding area) were virtually derelict!

Our children (teenagers) enjoyed swimming in the sea at Barceloneta- balmy Mediterranean Sea but very crowded beach.

The Garden Flat has been so good to come back to each day- a cool haven, and such a beautiful building. Loved the galeria, but it has been too hot to sit in the garden most of the time.

We enjoyed several days of unbroken sunshine, but the rain on the last day was quite welcome.  A tortoise appeared in the garden during the rain.  He hides under the plants during the dry weather.

Thankyou very much Rachel and family,  and Lynda for making our stay so enjoyable.  We’ll recommend it to friends and hope to maybe come back here sometime.

R, T, K, and S. D. Cornwall, UK

Thankyou for the Cava!

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2nd August 2012

We had a wonderful time here in Barcelona. It’s a big beautiful bustling city and the Garden Flat is like a little oasis of calm and tranquillity – great to come back to after a long day’s sightseeing.. We would thoroughly recommend the 2 day bus tour. It’s a great way to see the city and stop off at all the main sites of interest. Speaking of which – the Sagrada Família is a must see. We were blown away by it. Another ‘cathedral’ get to see is Camp Nou, els home of FC Barcelona – that blew us away as well!

Fantastic city. We willI return!

The C’s, Glasgow

 

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13th July 2012

Thankyou for the lovely stay in your beautiful flat. So relaxing and comfortable to come home after a day wandering the streets of Barcelona. Especially loved the galeria and amazing floors, but just felt very at home.

Highlights include Picnic in Park Guell on Sunday- lovely music everywhere. Dancing outside cathedral on Saturday evening, visit for the day to Sitges- very pretty seaside town, 40 mins from Passeig de Gracia station. And birthday meal at Agua Restaurant on the beach. I hope to come back soon. Thanks again.

L. Family

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July 2012

Thankyou for a delightful few days in your beautiful apartment. It was like being in our own home- warm and comforting, comfortable and delicious.

M.S. & Family

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20th June 2012

Today is my son’s birthday and what a lovely place to spend it- a fantastic, interesting city with this gorgeous cool & calm space to come ‘home’ to each day of our visit. The flat is so handy for everything and even though we are ‘country dwellers’, we have had no problems getting around & coping with city life. The beds are really comfy and we all slept well! My favourite thing about the flat is the windos and shutters- they’re wonderful.

Thankyou to your ‘team’ for a lovely place.

J, D & A, Cumbria, UK

P.S. Our favourite places
Barceloneta for paella- we ate at Portonovo. Lovely
All the Gaudi things- Sagrad Familia, Parc Guell & Casa Batllo.

The toursit Night Bus. Lovely way to see the city.

The shops. We have a teenage daughter!
Even looking in the windos of the designer shops on Passeig de Gracia!

But mainly just wandering around the streets of this lovely area- Eixample- felt very safe & there is so much to see.

P.P.S. Thankyou for the cava- much appreciated! xx

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9th-13th April 2012

Just a quick note regarding our stay in Barcelona and the garden apartment last week.

First, we must thank Lynda, who turned out to be a superhero. She had to take a call from us the airport in sheer panic at the fact we were a passport down. She then drove to the apartment and onto the airport with said passport – allowing us all to fly back home. Please convey our heartfelt thanks.

We really really enjoyed our stay in the apartment. We’re a family of six – aged from 2 upwards and the apartment is the perfect spot to relax, play and recharge.

Throughout the week we appreciated more and more its location . Without any knowledge of the city, we found it so handy for food shops, clothes shops for the girls and a great range of restaurants. It was within close range of all the things we wanted to do – trips to las ramblas, nou camp and the zoo  as well as transport to the train station and the airport – but crucially to the metro and the city sightseeing tour which we did over two days. This is highly recommended.

We managed to get brilliant seats to the nou camp (five rows from corner flag). Four of us got to see four goals from Messi and co.

[Note from Rachel- if you want to go and see Barça (les Blaugranas) play, try Spain Ticket Bureau. We haven't used them personally (yet) but they have delivered for a few of our guests.]

Barcelona turned out to be a great family holiday and the city apartment proved to be a key part of this.

We’ve already recommended it to our family and friends in Belfast.

Thanks and regards

J.B

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15-20 March 2012
We chose The Garden Flat for its location round the corner from the apartment and what a lucky find it was.

Delightful in every way it has made the celebrations even more special.

Lynda has been very helpful and made us very welcome. Barcelona is a favourite city of ours, so it always a pleasure to spend time here. Just stroll about and you find something that will make you smile, a balcony, a view, a sunny square, a tasty menu, a tempting shop window. Fabulous.

The S. Family.

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New Year 2011- Jan 5th 2012
This is a well located apartment with more than enough space for our family of 6 (ages from 23 yrs to 80 yrs) and it suited us all very well.
We spent New Years Eve at “La Polpa” which is very close. The food was good (not amazing) and the atmosphere was festive and fun- we had a lovely night culminating in grapes, cava and cheers!
We ate very well out (at the rec’s from this visitors book plus a few others)- go out and joy finding your own eating experience- there’s plenty to be had!
PS Magndia in the Gothic Quarter is amazing value for lunch.
Montserrat is good for fresh mountain air (train 1 hour from Plaza Espanya)
PS- we loved the original windows, doors and shutters. Well done with the restoration.
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November 2011
We had a very pleasant reunion in a convenient location.
Sue & friends
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Oct 22 2011
Greetings from Denmark. We had a pleasant week, everything was as expected or better!
We enjoyed the Moon Cafe for soccer matches and the nearby L Polpa was really a pleasant experience. Also thanks ALOT to Lynda for being so helpful with the logistics!
B, S & Co.
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Oct 15-22 2011
The apartment exceeded expectations. In fact, we found it much more spacious than your pictures suggested – time for you to drag out the wide angle lens! ;-)
And Lynda was so helpful! Give her our best regards.
I will recommend your flat to my travelling friends.
Please quote me if so desired.
best wishes
Sven F.
p.s. Dang! I forgot to unplug the router.
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Oct 7 2011
Our stay was short but enjoyable with much viewing of streetscapes and amazing buildings by Gaudi and others.
The flat was great & quite handy. Well equipped and cool with the shutters open. We will recommend it to our friends for the future.
Off to France tomoorw.
Es, RS, Sydney
The J’s, Isle of Skye.
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Sep 4 2011
What a fantastic city Barcelona is! Enjoyed every minute of it. One week has just given us a taste for more.
There were so many things to keep the kids occupied. We were particularly impressed with CosmoCaixa and the Aqaurium.
We found Barcelona incredibly easy to navigate with the straight forward transport system. It puts London to shame!
Mildly disappointed with Montjuic. It seemed very bleak and under used. Perhaps what London has to look forward to post 2012?
[Note from Rachel- head for the Castle and the cable cars for the most buzz. The Olympic Stadia at the top are pretty quiet].
We have found the apartment very comfortable indeed, with everything we could possibly need and perfectly situated for all the sights, restaurants, shops etc.
Despite warnings of pick pockets etc, I have felt totally at ease around Barcelona and found everyone friendly and welcoming.
Thankyou for a lovely stay
The G’s
P.S.
We ate a lovely meal at l’Olive 47 C/ Balmes (more expensive tahn tapas buut worth it).
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Aug 27 2011
Had a wonderful stay thankyou- the appt is great & even the dog above (on garden roof) is really welcoming!
[Note from Rachel. This is our cute Neighbour- Theo! He is a really shy (+ quiet!) Beagle who sometime sticks his head through the plant pots above on the terraza which you can see from the garden. Just say "hola" and he will cock his head at you, and sneak off again].
The wine was a lovely touch, thankyou.
Would echo the comments about Hansel but Le Fornet is also good. The bar up the road (Balmes/Rossello) is really nice at the end of the day & the Charcuterie opposite is fab- really freindly and lovely food, beer & wine.
Avoid tapas on Rambla de Catalunya as it is really expensive & not that nice. Moon is good if you want to watch a football game (Balmes/Provenca) or the kids are craving hotdogs or burgers- they are very friendly and relaxed in there
The pharmacy just down the block is useful to know as they speak good English. Good jewellery shopping in Chenys C/Hospitas just off the Ramblas and there’s a lovely little pottery/ceramics shop in the road/lane opposite the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Born.
Rufoo Fish Spa in Bari Gotic is great value (card in the drawer) and we loved exploring around here.
We have left a few vouchers but most of them run out in 2 days- enjoy!!
The L. family, Farnham, UK
NB- the fan in middle bedroom doesn’t work, but air con is so effective it doesn’t matter.
[Note from Rachel- thks- we'll get that replaced]
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Aug 21 2011
Great flat in a great location! Thankyou very much.
R, N, E & E.
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Aug 6-8 2011
Dear Rachel
Thanks for sharing the cool grandeur of your apt. with us. Especially loved the tiles and the magnificent doors. Barcelona was nice too haha.
V.R. Family
The Netherlands
Tip- to avoid the queues (hope I spelt that correctly) at Sagrada Familia (and other spectacles) you can buy tickets at www.servicaixa.com – all you need is a credit card, smartphone, iPad or laptop. You can collect your tickets at any ServiCaixa Machine (Balmes, Rambla de Catalunya).
Mind you, there are 2 kinds of machines at ServiCaixa- the ones that issue tickets to Spectacles and the ones that do not. Just take the right machine!)
[Note from Gideon- this is a good tip. ServiCaixa is the brand for the ATM's, Hole in the Walls from La Caixa bank. Yellow branding. Use the bigger machines. There's a branch on Balmes Mallorca. Out of the flat, turn left, 1st junction]
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July 10-14 2011
Have had a great few days in Barcelona. This was our 4th visit, but the first with 3 children (aged 4,5,and 2). Flat lovely, toys great bonus for the children (& therefore us!)
The CosmoCaixa (Science Museum) is absolutely amazing- we spent a whole day here easily. Very impressive!
We also had a day at Barcelona Zoo which we all really enjoyed- lovely grounds & surprisingly large. Definitely recommended if you have younger children. (+ Parc Ciutadella for boats and turtle spotting!)
Also visited the chocolate mumeum & Museum of Inventions & Ideas- again, both great fun. Also Parc Guell (lovely but go later in the day- it was too crowded when we went mid-late morning though you can escape the crowds by climbing higher for the best views- + a small park at the top)
Montjuic also a favourite- cable car expensive but worth it. Castle, playparks, big slides, gardens are all in the hill. We’d do this as a picnic trip next time.
Underground fab for getting around- again all part of the fun. As was the bus, furnicular and Blue Tram!
Best chocolate croissants ever at Hansel & enjoyed Cerveseria Catalunya for a tapas. We are already planning what we’ll do next time.
L., D., M., C. & R.
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June 12-17 2011
This is a perfect flat to enjoy time in Barcelona from! There were 5 of us together, 4 were going to a conference & meetings & myself just tagging along to see Barcelona. It was great that our 3 girls had their own rooms.
The Metro we had just got used to! Provenca (50 yards to the right of the main door) takes you to the top of Las Ramblas in 5 minutes but mainly we used the one that came back to Passeig de Gracia, as there were more stops in Central Barcelona including Barceloneta (the beach & restaurants!)
I loves the area & each day chose to walk down different streets so I could see more of the amazing buildings. I would never tire of looking at these but my husband tired of me saying “wait a minute! I need to take a photo”!
Restaurants
The tapas just right and right again out of the apartment..v.good! We went to many restaurants, but my favourite was “El Tunel del Port”. The last restaurant was in a complex overlooking the sea. If I had known, I would have taken a swimsuit and towel. The sea looked wonderful.
There are many restaurants and they have good fixed menu prices but a long wals, as past the twin towers (+ 3 beaches).
Although we used the Metro, we also recommend taxis as very cheap!
I hope to come back and bring my sons! They will love Barcelona.
The flat is just perfect & thankyou Rachel.
A.H., S.H., Birmingham (UK)
Yeas- same from me. It was the final conference of our 3 year project and we still had a lot of work to do on our presentations. The flat was good for this- better than a hotel- it really worked as a base.
Also enjoyed the Picasso Museum. You need to buy a good street map early on I would say.
S.H.
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May 25-30 2011
The apartment was perfect- close to everything we wanted to do and yet quiet (except for the night of 28 May when Barcelona won a football game :) (soccer for us).
We also crammed many more things in the short days but we loved it all. The food in Barcelona is wonderful!
Tahnks again for a great place to stay, we hope to come back some day.
J.W., D.W, Orlando FL, USA
K.W Washington DC
E.W. Boston, USA
A.G., A.G. Nashville TN, USA
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Sven F.
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