Our group of Florida friends that travel together keeps going strong! When our children were little we rented beach condos next to each other. Now our trips are more elaborate. We found just what we were looking for by renting an ancient manor in Spain. Masia Victoria is a 15th Century Catalan manor in the village of Sant Pere de Ribes, near Sitges on the east coast of Spain. Renovated with modern comforts, the original character and beauty have been preserved. It was an awesome experience!
Let me give you a tour of the place!
It sleeps up to 28+ guests and could accommodate our large group. Which is good for a family reunion, wedding or another special occasion.
We were lucky to be able to go in July as there was a calm between Covid surges. We needed proof of vaccination to enter Spain and a negative covid test to get back into the U.S.
Renting An Ancient Manor in Sitges, Spain
We felt like we were stepping back in time the minute we entered the home.
Foyer At Night
Main Living Room
This is the large living room but there are several smaller living rooms throughout the house if you want a quiet place to read or relax.
For example, here is one of the smaller living rooms. Lots of antiques in the mix.
Main Dining Room
This is a pretty room that we didn’t use much since we mostly ate outside…the weather was so nice.
Outside Dining Area
Most dinners we had the caterers come with a different menu each night. Here is the chef making an appearance!
One night the guys cooked…it was amazing with grilled meats and vegetables.
The night the ladies cooked we had a Spanish seafood stew, vegetable/bean soup, and lots of salads. I’m going to share the appetizer and specialty cocktail recipes that we served next Sunday.
Ana Rose and I set the table. I was very excited about finding a lot of cheap candles at the grocery store! Tory used playing cards as place settings…she gave you a card and you had to look for its match to know where to sit. It mixes up the group. Clever 🙂
Here is the “Honeymoon Suite” tucked under the rafters.
And here is where Howard and I stayed.
The upstairs bedrooms offer views of the hills and vineyards surrounding the village. But you should know that to get to the top floor, there is a steep, sort of precarious staircase.
There is an interesting two-story room with murals where we played cards and the younger generation played beer pong.
Weird that that lady sort of resembles me.
There were lots more rooms to the home but I am worried you are nodding off (dreaming about your vacation in Spain :).
Let me leave you with the ladies on…
That’s my post about Renting An Ancient Manor in Spain. You may also enjoy these group trips we’ve loved (and many thanks to my husband for planning):
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Susan Kelley says
The the tile on the stair risers,Spanish details. There were lots of those in the mediterranian houses in Coral Gables where I grew up.Clever idea for an empty space! Looks like it was a fun trip and unforgetable experience!
Mary Ann, I don’t know how you do it, but your travels with your Florida friends are always out of this world. What an amazing home and it looked like you had the time of your life. You have so many memories of wonderful times with some very special friends and family. Bravo!
And, I was hoping for more pics because no way could I nod off!
Karen B. says
We have only rented a house for a group of friends (for a wedding in St. Helena, CA) once and it remains one of my favorite memories. This home is amazing and it looks and sounds like you have the time of a lifetime.
Patricia Huber says
The manor is beautiful Mary Ann. How fun!
Mary Ann Pickett says
It was FUN, Pat!
Wowie, just exquisite everywhere you look. I love, love, love this “ancient manor in Spain.” Your Hubby has excellent taste.
The ladies on the steps all look just beautiful, and I did spot you too. It’s so nice you have kept the connection
with your friends in Florida.
Thank you for sharing. I am not able to travel anymore so I have so appreciated you sharing so much of your trip with us. I can tell you know how to create treasured memories.
Mary Ann Pickett says
Thanks so much for your kind comments, Katherine.
Janet Arden says
Wow! This is really gorgeous! And how lucky you are to have such a great group of friends to travel with.
Mary Ann Pickett says
I feel lucky, Janet!!