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This is a spacious and pretty villa which is located in a tranquil location surrounded by pine-clad Pyrénéean mountains, vineyards and cherry orchards. There is a lovely, large, Mediterranean-style, secluded garden with a private, heated, safety-fenced pool surrounded by a its own pretty, landscaped tiled area. The living accommodation leads out to a sweeping sunny terrace at the back where you can sunbathe all day if you like and eat and drink under a fairy-lit gazebo in the evenings.
The living area is open plan covering a large area providing airy and spacious accommodation. The living room is comfortably and stylishly furnished with ample seating and has a large, flat-screen television with internet connection to all major channels, both British and other major language programmes brought to the villa by internet. There are patio doors from the living room leading out onto the wide garden terrace which is shaded by sun parasols for sunbathing in both summer and a warm winter's day (happens!). There is a large fitted and modern kitchen with a modern eating area and which is well stocked with every appliance you will need for cooking if you want to that is... French doors lead out from this area on to a sheltered, fairy- lit gazebo for outdoor eating and drinking at lunchtime and in the long balmy summer evenings.
There is a gas bbq unit with burners and a gas-powered plancha directly opposite this terrace eating area, with an extra marble table, sink and tiled flooring for easy, outdoor cooking and serving. An extra fridge with small freezer area is inside the garden shed beside the bbq area for extra food/drink storage. Off the kitchen is a utility area housing the large fridge/freezer with ice machine, a washing machine and a tumble drier and a shower room with rain-forest shower head, basin and toilet.
The terrace runs all along the full length of the back of the house right up to the safety-fenced off pool terrace which sits along the side of the house in its own area. Both the garden and pool terrace are blessed with sun all day into the evening when you can enjoy a welcome aperitif catching the last of the warm rays beside the pool. The pool is large and heated and has a stepped end leading to a depth of 5 metres. There is an outside solar powered shower. The poolside terrace is equipped with sun loungers, table and chairs and parasols. There are mountain views all around and it is wonderful to watch the changing light of the wide, Mediterranean sky. The pool is kept in perfect order by Franck, the guardian of the house who passes by to clean it often during the week though he will always respect your privacy. The large garden encircles the whole house and is filled with flowering bushes and fruit trees - an ideal place for maximum peace and relaxation where you can watch the swallows swoop down to drink in the pool and sit and listen to the lovely birdsong. It is truly magical.
The bedroom area is reached by a middle passage-way to the other side of the house tucked well away from the living area. There are three double bedrooms, one with a king size bed, one with a double bed, and one with twin beds, all pleasantly and comfortably furnished with fitted wardrobes and drawers. There are two adult sized folding beds with mattresses available also. The main bedroom has French doors leading out on to the garden terrace so you can get up in the morning and jump straight into the pool for a wake-up swim. The other two bedrooms have large, double windows looking out over the pool at the side and the garden at the front. A modern, stylish bathroom with a double basin unit and walk-in shower. Next to it is a separate toilet. The whole of the house is beautifully tiled throughout with colourful rugs and pictures in every room.
The whole house is adorned with pictures, wall-lights and soft lighting, silk flowers and ornaments to provide a homely feel. There are overhead fans and standing fans in every room of the house though the house stays cool in summer as it is incredibly well insulated so it is cool in the summer and lovely and warm in the winter. The house is centrally heated and very snug in the winter when the nights can get very cold, although the days can be pleasantly warm, even allowing some outdoor eating at lunchtime.
Sheets and towels are provided, as well as beach towels. We can assure you that you will have a wonderfully comfortable stay as we have tried to cater for your every need as we have for ours! The house has a lovely, welcoming feel as we have made it our home and we would like to feel that you will feel also 'at home' there.
LOCAL AND REGIONAL INFORMATION:
The Cote Vermeille (Vermillion Coast) is half an hour's drive away with sweeping sandy beaches and lively resorts such as Argeles and St. Cyprien. North lies Bacares with long swathes of sandy beaches leading to the nature reserve of St. Sigean.Heading south the coastline gets craggier with beautiful little bays.
The ancient harbour town of Collioure, a magnet for artists, is only 40 mins away and the breathtaking coastline hairpin drive towards Spain affords other lovely resorts.
Care hire is essential.
Perpignan airport 1/2 hr drive
,Girona airport 1hr,
Carcassone airport 90 mins.
Barcelona airport 2 hrs.
Montpellier airport 90 mins.
Béziers airport approx 1 hr
Toulouse airport 2 hours.
TGV available from Paris/Perpignan.
If driving down, an overnight stopover is recommended though some brave souls have done the whole journey non-stop. We can give you the 3 routes available to get down there - the Eastern, Middle (cheapest re tolls) and Western routes with recommended stopover hotels.
10 mins walk/1 min drive to Maureillas
5 mins drive to village St Jean Pla de Corts with further amenities, plus 2 large lakes for picnics/swimming with kids' adventure park, teleski facilities, café and restaurant, pedalos, etc.
5 mins drive to Céret.
Half hour drive to the Mediterranean
1/2 hr drive to Perpignan,
15 mins to Spanish border on motorway over spectacular viaduct and 30 minutes on the old , windy, picturesque Girona Road through the mountains
30 mins drive to Dali Museum in Figueres
40 mins drive to Costa Brava.
1.5 hrs drive Barcelona Town but half an hour on TGV from Perpignan but recommend parking at Figueres (cheaper and more accessible) and getting the TGV from there to Barcelona
The proudly Catalan village of Maureillas is a short walk away and affords all amenities such as grocery stores, a Boulangerie, La Poste, cash machine, a pharmacy, bars, restaurants ,one gourmand (check out reviews www.66survins.com) and one typically Catalan but great value. The leisure area in Maureillas hosts several fiestas on Friday and Saturday evenings in high season with cheap, good food and wine available and free live music and discos. The village square restaurants invite local musicians to provide live music in the summer months. Maureillas is a surprisingly lively village with a strong sense of community and a historic backdrop all of which bring visitors back time and time again. There are two large lakes nearby in the neighbouring village of St. Jean Pla de Corts - 5 minutes drive away - where an adventure area has been created with picnic facilities, cafés, tree climbing, zip wire, canoeing, swimming and pedaloes. Great to walk around too.
Horse riding facilities, biking (hire available locally), tennis facilities, walking and hiking in the Pyrenees are on your doorstep. The Pyrenees are a joy to explore with hamlets, villages and spa towns along the mountain roads selling local organic produce. There are gorges and historic buildings to discover along the spectacular winding mountain roads.
Céret is a beautiful, stylish and sophisticated Catalan town with a maze-like medieval centre enclosed within ramparts and a splendid central square with a beautiful fountain. 3 restaurants grace the main square within the ramparts where there is often live music. Céret market is legendary and stretches through the town every Saturday morning and is bustling even in the winter when the town comes alive with live music (market also on Tues nights in high season) Céret is famous for its affiliation with Picasso and has a large modern art museum and streets lined with street cafés, restaurants and bars as well as art dealers, craft shops and boutiques. There are also banks, pharmacies, clinics, schools, supermarkets and all normal amenities.
Le Boulou is a thriving, working town just 5 minutes up the road towards Perignan. It has been prettily renovated and has weekly markets and all amenities, plus a large retail area just outside the town centre with modern supermarkets and outlet stores.
Collioure, a painter's dream hence its attraction for Matisse, Chagall and other famous painters, is a lovely medieval coastal resort half an hour's drive away, ideal for Sunday lunch by the sea after a visit to the Sunday or Wednesday morning markets. Its little cobbled streets are lined with craft shops and boutiques, cafés and restaurants. The beach is safe and enclosed.
Perpignan is a stylish Medieval city with large cobbled squares ideal for watching the world go by and narrow Medieval streets to wander through, its famous Castillet, plus stylish boutiques, Catalan restaurants, bars and cafés.
Just north is pure France and historic jewels such as Carcassonne and Narbonne, as well as Cathar Castles, prehistoric sites and old forts in the Corbières and Fenouillades which demonstrate its varied history throughout the ages.
Spain is close by with easy access to Figueres (Dali Museum, a big Thursday morning market and great boutiques), the Costa Brava (Cadaques, Rosas, etc), Medieval towns such as Besalu with its perfectly preserved Roman bridge, Girona (gorgeous castle and extensive ramparts and beautiful Plaza Major) and fabulous Barcelona - so the best of both worlds.
Skiing facilities are 90 minutes' drive up the Pyrénées.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
A 30% non-refundable deposit is taken to reserve your booking. Balance + Security Deposit of £300 to be paid 8 weeks before your departure. The £300 security deposit is fully refundable within 2 weeks of your departure should there be no damage to house or contents.