Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Prades - Les Volets Vermeils
Sunny, welcoming holiday home with an historic past.
Three bedrooms comfortably sleep six people in one double room and two spacious twin rooms, all with wonderful views, especially from the living room terrace which boasts a perfect view of the Canigou mountain. We have an iPod docking station and wifi internet available at no extra cost, and each room is equipped with everything you'd need for a relaxing holiday.
The garden is set in the walls of the old barn with a raised decking area, garden and shady patio. The plunge pool is 3.5m x 3.5m and the patio is equipped with dining table, chairs and sun-loungers. The pool is available from May - September and is heated naturally by the sun.
There is ample free parking in the village within sight of the house. Guests are welcome to use our bicycle, and we can also arrange to have rented bikes delivered to the house for your stay.
40 minutes’ drive to the Mediterranean beaches, 40 minutes from the Pyrenean ski resorts (by car, train or bus) and just a 10-minute stroll into Prades itself, Les Volets Vermeils is a perfect base to cater for all your holiday plans in this unspoilt region of France.
Please note that the rental is charged by the week (not the night) and changeover day is Saturday.
The house, garden and pool area are entirely at your disposal during your stay, although you may sometimes share the balcony with swallows and the deck with tiny lizards :-)
Our housekeeping team will prepare the house and pool for you and deal with any on-site emergencies. They are also available to take you on excursions or deliver bikes for hire - please ask us for details.
Codalet is a typical sleepy French village but with all the amenities of Prades just a 10 minute walk away. There you'll find shops, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, the railway station, tourist information and a municipal swimming pool.
From the top balcony in our house you get to watch all the goings-on directly below you in the square. There is a daily bread van to buy your morning croissants from and a weekly deli van to save a shopping trip.
For information on the historic importance of the house, see our website (gite prades) for the story of the Jewish family who were hidden in our house during 1941.
Public transport in this area is very good and very cheap. All trains and buses cost just EUR1 (yes, one!) per journey which makes for a very economical way of seeing the region. Car hire is available nearby for longer trips and the TGV from Perpignan takes just 40 minutes to Barcelona.
The house is arranged over four floors which is great for working off the local saucisson and vin rouge, but may not be great for those with limited mobility or very young children. The views are worth it from the sitting room at the top, though, we promise!
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Olivia Robinson
The Robinson siblings bought Les Volets Vermeils as a shell and have spent much time and love renovating it. We have managed to retain many of the original features while bringing it up to date for modern needs (the superb power shower, for example).
Olivia Robinson purchased this house in 2008
Why Olivia Robinson chose Prades
The view of the sacred Canigou mountain dominates the area but this house not only gets to look at it all day long but also gives onto the square, the centre of village life. Knowing that the previous owner of the house had hidden a Jewish family during World War Two just makes this home more important and magical to spend time in.
What makes this house unique
Les Volets Vermeils looks directly onto the village square with a breathtaking view of the Canigou mountain beyond. There is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the balcony watching life go by after a day sunbathing by the pool or shopping in Prades market. A visitor's book full of activities and recommendations awaits you along with maps, books and ideas for excursions.