5 Bedroom (Sleeps 10) House in Finestret

Village House with pool - Pyrénées-Orientales - Sleeps 10
At a glance: Child Friendly, Wifi, Parking, Private Pool, Garden.
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Owner: Jonathan Crofts
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Overview

  • Property Type: House
  • Location: Finestret
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Bedrooms: 5 Bedroom
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Minimum nights stay: 3
  • Low season price per week: £650
  • High season price per week: £1300
  • Average price per week:£900
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability

Description

Village House & pool, garden, roof terrace & views of river & Pyrenean foothills

Well equipped stone house on the edge of a quiet medieval village, overlooking a little river. Beautiful views of the Pyrenean foothills around Mont Canigou from the large roof terrace - ideal for al fresco dining or sunbathing. Pool, terrace and vine-covered pergola, garden with annexe bedroom and bathroom, plus garage with sofas and Ping-Pong table.
Within 5 minutes' walk is a series of natural swimming pools and waterfalls, where the valley narrows into a dramatic gorge. Great walking into the hills or cycling from the village, surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Finestret lies between Vinca, with its swimming lake and beach, and Prades, home to local markets and the renowned Pablo Casals music festival.
Reach Perpignan and the Mediterranean within 45 minutes, and the Côte Vermeille towns and beaches, such as historic Collioure or Spain and the Costa Brava, in an hour. Alternatively, head inland for the mountain ski resorts and walks around Font Romeu, by road or the Petit Train Jaune - the little open-topped train which winds its way up into the Pyrenees.
Cheap flights via Girona, Perpignan, Beziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier and other airports including Barcelona and Toulouse.
Finestret is on the GR36 - Grande Randonnee 36 - the walking / hiking trail that runs from Ouistreham in the north of France to Bourg-Madame in the southern Pyrenees, nearly into Spain.
Enjoy street music and entertainment in August in Perpignan, plus local museums including the Picasso Museum in Ceret and the Salvador Dali houses and museums just over the border in Spain.
There are plenty of river and other sports for children (and adults!) locally, and for adults the local wines are now amongst the best in France - to be drunk with local Catalan cuisine in a variety of town or rural restaurants, or sipped by the pool with a barbecue of fresh local meats or fish.
Short breaks start at £300 (€360) - BY ARRANGEMENT.

The property has five bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and a choice of dining tables in the house, on the roof terrace, or down by the pool. PLEASE NOTE 1 DOUBLE BEDROOM & BATHROOM ARE IN THE ANNEXE BY THE POOL.
THERE IS A £50 (€60) REDUCTION PER WEEK FOR GROUPS OF 5 OR LESS.
Payment by online bank transfer, or can be made by credit card via Paypal, which incurs a 3% surcharge (5% for bookings from outside the UK).
Not suitable for guests with a walking disability due to steps and slopes.
(Regrettably no pets).

The house itself has 2 double rooms & 2 twins, & 2 bathrooms. 1 bathroom & double bedroom are on the ground floor. A 5th bedroom & extra bathroom are in the annexe.
Access to the house is from the courtyard by a short exterior staircase to the first floor - or by French windows at ground-floor level.
The séjour (kitchen, dining room and sitting room) occupies the first floor, with a wood-burning stove for winter nights. It has sofas/armchairs and a wooden seat, plus a dining table which seats 8 (10 at a squeeze). French windows open towards the river.
The kitchen is equipped with an electric oven (with grill), fridge (with freezer compartment), microwave, kettle, coffee machine, toaster, and dishwasher. There is also a CD / radio. There is a second fridge (with freezer compartment) on the ground floor, together with a washing machine and tumble dryer, and ironing board and iron.

From the séjour a staircase leads you up to the second floor, with 2 double bedrooms and a bathroom; then up to the third floor, with another double bedroom/sitting room and French windows onto the sun terrace. The terrace is open on two sides, ideal for eating or sunbathing, and has wonderful views over the river, the little valley and towards the hills and Mont Canigou. It has a large table, chairs for 10, sun loungers, and umbrellas.

The annexe - with 5th (double) bedroom - is down a short alleyway and by the pool, next to the garden and garage. The pool has furniture by it, and there is table tennis in the garage: old sofas make the garage an extra recreational space. There is also an indoors 'summer kitchen' for whatever is needed to supplement the barbecue.

The courtyard by the house has a bench which can be supplemented by a small garden table and chairs. There is also a barbecue available, usually down at the pool.

For small children: the house has a (travel) cot and bedding, a high chair, a portable child’s bed side, and baby alarm. There is also a portable stair gate.

Games and books: there is a set of boules, and various other outdoor games, plus board games. There are guide books, maps and other local information, cookery books and novels.

Linen is provided and if you stay more than one week the linen can be changed on request. Central heating (in winter) and hot water are provided 24 hours a day. Bedrooms without central heating have electric radiators.

River and more swimming: the short alleyway from the house leads down to the river, with a public area for ad hoc picnics. You can walk (about 5 minutes) upstream to the waterfall on this side of the river. In the summer months (when the river is lower) there is a beautiful natural swimming pool there, and a series of waterfalls and swimming pools if you clamber further up the gorge. Otherwise, there is swimming (and a beach) at the lake in Vinca - and of course in the Mediterranean (try Le Racou).

Walking: the Grande Randonnee 36, coming from Vinca, passes the village. For less ambitious walking, follow some of the alleyways uphill from the central part of the village, and you can stroll through vineyards and fruit trees round the upper side of the village.

Shops & Services: a baker’s van calls near the house 6 days per week. Closest shops, post office and bank, cafes and restaurant are available in Vinca - less than 10 minutes drive. Otherwise, Marquixanes and the towns of Prades and Ille-sur-Tet also have facilities.
If you are walking on the GR36, we can advise on local transport, car hire etc.

2032 PRICES: £650 (€780) - £1300 (€1560) per week, including wifi, linen, cleaning and services (and pool in the summer months). There is a reduction of £50 (€60) per week for groups of 5 or less. Prices also include central heating (in winter).

SHORT BREAKS CAN BE MADE BY ARRANGEMENT. These range from £300 (€360) - £600 (€720), depending on the number of nights (more in the summer, high season). Minimum booking for these is 3 nights - maximum is 5 nights: please contact us for details.

Payments are usually in £ sterling. If you wish to pay in Euros, please contact us directly. For credit cards, we can take a Paypal payment (there is a 3% surcharge for this, or 5% if the booking originates outside the UK).

In the event of cancellation, the booking fee is refundable up to 3 months ahead of the start of the booking. We recommend that you take out holiday insurance for any such eventuality.

We would ask you to report and pay for any breakages or other damage that occur as soon as you return, plus giving any other feedback.

The house is well served by air, rail and road links. Perpignan is the nearest airport (approx. 40 minutes), Girona (just over the Spanish border) and Beziers are about an hour and a half, and Carcassone and Montpellier are about 2 hours. Barcelona and Toulouse are about two and a half hours away.
Ryanair usually flies to Perpignan and Girona, Beziers, Carcassonne, & Montpellier.
Easyjet usually flies to Montpellier, Toulouse & Barcelona.
Flybe flies to some of these destinations as well.
Or try British Airways/Air France for offers on flights to Barcelona, Toulouse and others.

Vinça is the nearest railway station - the intercity line is at Perpignan, which has a high-speed link to Paris and Barcelona. Car (motorrail) services usually run to Narbonne, about an hour away.

The A9 autoroute (Perpignan south exit, signed for Andorre) is the nearest motorway - about 30 minutes' drive.

Finestret, the village, is on the GR36 - Grande Randonnee 36 - the walking / hiking trail that runs from Ouistreham in the north of France to Bourg-Madame in the southern Pyrenees, nearly into Spain. Autumn, winter, spring are great seasons for walking in the south - cooler than the summer months, and still beautiful and sunny most days of the year. A few hours' walk takes you to the Chalet des Cortalets, a beautiful resting place on Mont Canigou, and refuge of the French Resistance in the Second World War.

ORCHARDS & VINEYARDS: The main valley contains vineyards, but is also well known for its fruit - and the autumn colours are magnificent. The region's wines are excellent - from the Muscat and Banyuls apéritif/pudding wines to some fine local reds and rosés.

THE LITTLE YELLOW TRAIN & SKIING: One highlight close by is the medieval fortified town of Villefranche-en-Conflent, and its grottes (cave complexes) with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. From Villefranche you can take the Petit Train Jaune (Little Yellow Train) which winds up into the Pyrenees at a leisurely pace, dropping walkers in picturesque villages or skiers higher up in the ski resorts. Mont Louis is another fine fortified town on the train route. The ski resorts are from about 50 minutes' drive away from the house.

BEACHES, THE COAST, CASTLES AND SPAIN: Languedoc-Roussillon offers not only wide, sandy beaches and mountains, but also the stunning Cathar castles and vineyards of the Corbières hills, within an hour's drive to the north. The region is dotted with Cathar castles, museums, vineyards and orchards, churches and monasteries, and feels truly Catalan.

Towards the coast, you can reach Perpignan, capital of Roussillon, in 30 minutes, and the Mediterranean within 45 minutes. Head south to the little fishing towns and beaches of the Côte Vermeille - Collioure is a beautiful old small town with fortified harbour and château, and Le Racou is a pretty seaside village with a good sandy beach.

The Spanish coast (the Costa Brava) with its little coves and villages is a little further. The border is reached within an hour, and the beautiful towns of Cadaques and Figueres beyond. Barcelona itself is only a couple of hours' motorway drive away.

Location:
Finestret is 4 km from the village of Vinça, with its fresh water swimming lake and beach, and cafes, restaurants, shops, bank and pharmacy. The small town of Prades, home to the renowned Pablo Casals music festival is 10 km away, with weekly markets, supermarkets and other facilities. 5 km further on is the medieval fortified town of Villefranche, from where the Petit Train Jaune offers you a spectacular open top service to the mountains and ski resorts around Font Romeu.

The light has attracted many painters – the Fauvists, Picasso, Dali – and their work can be found in the museums and galleries. Alternatively, simply enjoy the excellent local wines and fruits, and regional cuisine.

Activities nearby:
You can walk or cycle from the village, reaching Mont Canigou on foot or by 4x4. The area as a whole also offers skiing, swimming, tennis, canyoning, and canoeing. There is an adventure park on the river Tet in the nearby village of Marquixanes - ideal for children and adults - where you can cross the river by high wire, or take rubber tyre boats on the river itself.

The Star boulanger - you pass on the way to the house:
Every region of France has its star boulanger. In the Pyrénées Orientales to the west of Perpignan, Henri Poch is the local hero. Working in his Boulangerie du Couvent, a former convent just off the RN116 main road leading from Perpignan to the Pyrenees, he produces bread and patisserie which people drive from miles around to enjoy. His offerings include the Catalan specialities and "pains de tradition française, pains spéciaux aux fermentations multiples, pains sans gluten de blé, spécialités catalanes, viennoiseries, pâtisseries et chocolats... Tout un monde de gourmandises !"

Boulangerie du Couvent, 100, route Nationale, 66130 Ille-sur-Têt www.boulangerie-lecouvent.com

Wines:
Languedoc-Roussillon benefits from over 300 days of sunshine per year, and has been France's volume wine producer for years. Its wines have been steadily improving in recent years as new wine producers and techniques have entered the region. Here are some favourites:

sieurdarques.com - some great Methode Champenoise sparkling wines (Aimery is found in Prades' local supermarkets and very drinkable and good value, but many more are available). The Methode Champenoise was actually developed here - earlier than in Champagne - by monks, in 1531 (the name of some of the wine). Limoux Chardonnays are also excellent. Limoux (south of Carcassonne) is about 1.5 hours' drive from Finestret.

terrassous.com - produces some excellent whites, roses and reds: L'Original is a wise choice as an everyday wine of any colour. Terrassous wines include Muscat, the naturally sweet white drunk locally as an aperitif, but can equally be consumed as a digestif. The Ambre version is more golden and slightly less sweet. Terrats, south of Thuir, is about 35 minutes' drive from Finestret.

terresdestempliers.fr - particularly known for its sweet reds, drunk as aperitifs or digestifs, the grands vins of Banyuls and Collioure also include excellent reds, and some rose and white. Banyuls is about 60 minutes' drive from Finestret, Collioure slightly closer.

vigneronsdemaury.com - less well known than Banyuls, but worth mentioning also are the vineyards around Maury, in the Agly valley north of Finestret's main Tet valley. Maury produces a notable sweet red, but also variations on Muscat, including the Ambre version and an even darker Tuile. Also some good reds, and rose and white.

The region is dotted with vignerons, and the better wines are largely found to the north and east of Finestret, the countryside in other directions becoming more mountainous and/or better suited to fruit production or other agriculture. (Sadly competition from Spain and elsewhere means the fruit producers are diminishing, overall.) The Muscat de Rivesaltes sweet wines are well known. Local rose is slightly darker in colour than rose from other parts of France, but much drunk in the hot summer months.

GUEST REVIEWS since the house was first rented in 2003:

"Wow, what a holiday!! All we can say is thank you, we have completely fallen in love with the house and the area. We have spent two weeks swimming in the Mediterranean, climbing waterfalls and swimming in the lake, going on the adventure lake and walking around all the beautiful towns, lazing by the pool or watching shooting stars while playing cards.
We are all so very sorry to leave. Thank you for letting us share your beautiful home. We will be back if you will have us. Again, thank you."

"We feel so privileged to have stayed in your lovely home. We enjoyed your books ... The pool is great as are the wonderful freshwater pools up the river ... We have had a wonderful week in your home. Thanks for sharing. We'd all love to come back."

"...our wonderful holiday in your house. We loved the house and pool set in the foothills of Canigou. We ended up as a party of 8 and the house and region provided something for everyone to enjoy. We had a beach day on the coast down at Collioure. Visited lots of villages, the market in Prades, went canyoning and had a lovely tapas meal in Eus in a small family run restaurant with spectacular views across the valley and Canigou. We did fish the lake at Vinca and whilst there are some big fish in it, sadly we didn’t catch any. The house is beautiful and very well equipped."

"A very belated thank you for a wonderful holiday in the Pyrenees in May - the gite was absolutely fantastic, and so stress-free as so baby-friendly!
Will recommend to our friends, and would definitely go there again if we were in the area.
Thanks again"

"Thank you for the use of your house for two weeks. We all had a great time. The area is very nice. We did an awful lot in the time we were there from going up into the Pyrenees themselves, out to the beach a few times, across the hills to see some castles and gorges. Of course the markets are great too. It was nice at the end of the day to let the boys unwind either by the river … or the lake in Vinca.
… Anyway thank you very much for a good break, back to work now, Grrrrrrr!"

"Had a lovely holiday due in no small part to the position and amenities of the house. My daughter found the most wonderful recipe in one of your cook books and cooked it. We then ate it on the roof terrace (as we did a lot of our meals). The stars coming out during the meal adding the final touch. …Everything seemed to work beautifully.
Hope you and your family continue to enjoy your house. We really love the Pyrenees too."

"Only on the last night did we eat up on the terrace...but we spent beautiful tropical evenings up there watching the housemartin nests and the adults feeding the young...We all enjoyed staying cool in the river, but especially at Vinca lake which has been a real hit and an almost daily outing. Walking has been lovely - we enjoyed walking along the irrigation channels...up to higher up the gorge, for a swim and a paint and a read, and we've done any number of late evening walks around the nectarine farms and above the village. Watching the range of butterflies, birds and insects has been fab...I've enjoyed painting and sketching (badly!) around the village - and would very much like a return journey. Thank you for an authentic French holiday!"

"The hottest the temperature was was a massive 37. The house was a great chance to relax. We all very enjoyed it. A beautiful lake five minutes away was perfect for jumping and swimming as far as you can see."
Harry aged 12

"Second time in Finestret: a wonderful place to relax. First evening spontaneous aperitif at the fontaine with our friends and their neighbours. On Sunday some climbing in the river/ gorge (very refreshing) and dinner on the wonderful terrace. What a view!...Tomorrow's our last day and we will just relax! Already longing to come back! We will miss our morning trips up to Pic Marbet. Thanks a lot for being able to rent this wonderful house!"

"Our first family holiday with our baby, 9 months. We couldn't have asked for a lovelier house to stay in. So family friendly, comfortable, clean and welcoming...Beach you recommended (Le Racou) was superb. We've done lots of walking and chatting and we have had a simply wonderful + memorable time. Thank you so much. We hope we can come back sometime soon."

"For me the great joy was gazing up at my beloved “Canigou”. I had not realised that you could see the ridge from your upper terrace where I spent many hours our first week, just reading and sewing... Funnily enough it was a kind of heaven."

"We just wanted to get in touch to say how much we enjoyed your house in Finestret. We had a great time as a family and especially enjoyed spending time at the pool and eating dinner on the roof terrace with amazing views. We loved the peaceful village and hearing the church bells. We hope to return another year."

"Just a note to let you know we had a wonderful holiday at Finestret - we found the house very well equipped, thank you. The weather was glorious the whole time and whilst our friends simply enjoyed local walks and relaxing by the pool, we visited many of the local places of interest and walks further afield... Once again, many thanks for the use of the house."

"We really enjoyed the stay. Lovely location, great looking up the valley to snow covered peaks, with snow getting less each day. The terrace was excellent particularly in the early evening with a glass of wine. I enjoyed some great bird watching from it in a morning with black redstarts, wrynecks, green woodpeckers and some of the first swallows and martins I had seen this year. House was great plenty of space, well equipped with everything we needed. My boys had quite a few games of table tennis, I imagine in summer the pool would be a real asset. Weather was great, temperatures around 25 C. Bought some wood for fire on first day but did not use it. ... I would recommend the trip and your place to anyone who likes breath taking scenery and a place for some rest and relaxation." [April holiday]

"We really like the house, the pool area and upper outdoor dining area are good assets. It works well for 2 families. The proximity to the river and the surrounding area are good value... All things being equal we would like to return again next year."

"We had a wonderful week, we spent most of our time in the pool, on the terrace or out and about exploring. We didn’t want for anything as the house was well equipped with everything we needed. We loved getting our fresh bread every morning from right outside the window... it worked well for us and we wished we’d booked 2 weeks.

"We all finished our last day exploring the river and waterfalls, which the kids thought a real adventure. Such a beautiful location."

"We all had an amazing holiday and your house was perfect. All very clean and lots of games/activities to keep us occupied which was great. Also your neighbours were very helpful as we had a bit of trouble trying to get the car down to the car park space and they saved us. And also one day gave us some homemade jam as a gift. Your detailed instructions were so helpful for finding the nearby villages, towns and supermarkets etc and all details to do with the house. The only one we struggled with slightly was finding the piece of land you had. We played cricket and rounders on a large piece of land but not sure whether that was yours or not! Anyway, all in all a really great holiday and although we will not be coming back this year, we’d love to come and stay sometimes in the future."

"Just returned back in the real world after a really super holiday in your lovely holiday (second) home... I did not appreciate before we left that Conflent and its surrounding areas was such a beautiful part of France or indeed that the Catalan culture was so pronounced in this area. Many thanks for providing us with the opportunity to experience the area in a real home from home."


Prices

18/09/21 - 01/10/21 Autumn Season £850 per week
02/10/21 - 20/05/22 Winter Season £600 per week
21/05/22 - 01/07/22 Mid Season £850 per week
02/07/22 - 02/09/22 High Season £1250 per week
03/09/22 - 30/09/22 Autumn Season £850 per week
01/10/22 - 19/05/23 Winter Season £650 per week
20/05/23 - 30/06/23 Mid Season £900 per week
01/07/23 - 01/09/23 High Season £1300 per week
02/09/23 - 29/09/23 Autumn Season £900 per week
30/09/23 - 18/05/24 Winter Season £650 per week

Location

Suitability

Children Welcome

Facilities

Refrigerator
Hob
Oven
Microwave
Dishwasher
Pantry Items
Coffee Maker
Toaster
Dining Seats
Dining Room
Internet
Wood stove
Heating
Linens Provided
Washing Machine
Tumble Dryer
Parking
Garage
Living Room
Hairdryer
Ironing Board
Games
Books
Games Room
Table Tennis
Private Pool
Balcony
Garden

Theme

Away from it all
Family
Historic
Sports activities
Tourist attractions