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James & Caroline Postlethwaite

Speaks French, German, English, A little French spoken. All booking forms English.
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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James & Caroline Postlethwaite

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APARTMENT APARTMENT RIVIERE: 2 BEDROOMS, SLEEPS 4

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Sorede

4 bedroom villa & 2 bedroom apartment, only 15 mins drive to sandy beaches

The villa & apartment make the most of breathtaking views over the tumbling stream, whilst the terraced gardens offers both sun & shade. They are planted with palms, yuccas & Mediterranean plants. Each property has it's own private area outside. The shared gate leads to the stream & natural pool great for swimming, fishing & exploring nature. The sound of running water & birds chirping help get you strait into the holiday mood. This is a place where you can really relax & unwind, yet is close to so much.

THE VILLA: Inside 9 rooms including 4 bedrooms offer plenty of space. French doors let in plenty of sun & allow you to enjoy the amazing views. From the sitting room a balcony overlooks the stream. Upstairs the 3 & 4th bedroom leads too a large private roof terrace.

APARTMENT RIVIERE: Outside large patios & terraced gardens lead via a private entrance to the two bedroom apartment also offering magical private views over the cascading stream & gardens.

Each has it's own ping pong.

Natural swimming pool & ping pong: Children or adults alike can while away hours looking for fish (bring a net or buy one locally) swimming or just enjoying a BBQ surrounded by blissful natural sounds. If you are the sort of person who enjoys being in a really natural environment & prefers the idea of pure mountain water to chlorine, but likes to be close to the action, this is for you. The Edge of the pool shelves gently, so it is a good place for children to practice swimming under supervision. The waterfall cascading into the pool is a constant pleasure to watch & ensures the water remains clean. Older children & adults love to jump in from the rocks above! Click on our website for more photos.

In winter spring & autumn the stream often surges after rain which is quite thrilling, in summer it continues to flow more quietly.

There is a gate separating the properties from the stream to keep children safe, but obviously you must use prudence especially with young children.

Ping ping is also available to the villa.

Near to everything: The villages of Sorede & Laroque Des Alberes are only 5 minutes by car & offers a full range of shops & restaurants. The roads are very easy & though the villa is in nature, there are houses round about, so it is by no means cut off from civilization. This is a wonderful place in summer to escape the crowds & is a welcome few degrees cooler with good air. In spring & Autumn everything is green & flowering so it is also a wonderful time to come.

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Space & comfort, great weather, walks & WIFI: The villa especially, is very spacious with large rooms. The sofa & chairs are very comfortable & the furniture good quality, offering a touch of luxury. For rainy days there is English sky free to view TV & WIFI but with an average 300 days of sun a year & warm micro climate there are not many of these!! This area offers one of the best climates in France which is why the French have holidayed here for years.

Walking is a great pleasure here especially off season when it is cooler. There are a huge array to choose from, whether you are a casual walker or up for long hikes. Many are possible strait from the villa & apartment.

There is of course also the possibility of renting both the villa & the apartment if you are a larger group.

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Details for holiday apartment Apartment Riviere, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This apartment is suitable for up to 4 people. Outside several private patio areas offer a choice of sun & shade. The terraced gardens planted with a variety of palms, citrus trees, roses & Mediterranean herbs make this is a wonderful place to relax & chill. Just outside the gate of the property, the stream rushes past gushing in spring, more gentle in the summer. The large naturally formed swimming pool is a great place to swim. Children will love trying to catch fish. If you'd rather swim in naturally pure water than chlorine, this is for you. Inside the apartment is newly renovated to a high standard with wooden floors throughout. The entrance leads to the bedroom with double bed. Off this, the living room offers a brand new kitchen with full size oven & hob & fridge freeze, sofa & dining area. The bathroom is also brand new with separate shower & bath. The 2nd bedroom includes 2 double beds. Throughout the apartment large windows offer wonderful private unobstructed views.
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

James & Caroline Postlethwaite

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2006
Speaks French, German, English, A little French spoken. All booking forms English.
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Trust & Security
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Reviews

4.3
based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

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Apartment Riviere
average rating of 4.3 based on 10 reviews
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Apartment Riviere
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422500?uni_id=1022331
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
5

IDYLLIC LOCATION, LOVELY APARTMENT

  • 5 out of 5
I would highly recommend these villas for anyone wishing to enjoy a quiet, tranquil and rejuvenating holiday. The location is beautiful, set directly besides the gorgeous stream and rock pool which feels very much like an extension of the private garden. It is quiet and very peaceful, with lush green hills on the near horizon. The perfect getaway spot! and just a short drive to the beach!
I stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which was clean and well equipped with kitchen appliances, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, wifi, TV, etc. It also had a nice, friendly feel with idyllic private views over to the rocky stream. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here.
Owners Caroline and James are extremely welcoming, helpful and kind. Two very lovely people who cared very much to ensure that I had everything I needed throughout my stay.
Highly recommended, and I hope to be back again soon!
  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It is so lovely to see our guests enjoy, relax & unwind during their stay in these beautiful surroundings.We enjoy that you enjoy. You matter to us.
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Apartment Riviere
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422500?uni_id=1022331
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
5

MAGICAL

  • 5 out of 5
Having seen the pictures of the apartment we felt we had some idea of what our holiday would be like. However the reality was far far more. What we experienced was an oasis of calm and tranquility, days spent away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The first night we arrived I slept so soundly to the backdrop of cascading water. I felt both mesmerized and totally refreshed. The air so clear and clean we felt invigorated by all those wonderful negative ions. In the morning when I awoke I felt as though I had slept all night long in a forest. In the evening with the sun penetrating the leaves of the trees and dancing on the water I felt enchanted by this world within a world.
You would need a car to be able to visit this region. We ventured into Spain to visit the Salvador Dali museum in Figuras, well worth a visit to get a glimpse of Dali's innovative imaginings. We mainly stayed within 20 km of our apartment as I did not want to spend too much time away from Sorede. . How wonderful is it to wake in the morning and to have a dip in the natural pool at the end of the garden? We ate our meals on the terrace listening to the gentle wind in the trees and soaking up the sun.
We spent many afternoons at the beach in Argeles sur mer, where we swam and walked along the promenade and hired bikes to cycle around the town. What we loved especially about where we stayed is that we could leave behind the commercial tourism of Argeles and escape back into the mountains and forests of Sorede. Sorede itself is quite a charming village where we ventured into some nights to relax in the square.
For us this was more than just a holiday as it was also a retreat. For anyone who wants to relax and unwind , for those who want to be recharged and inspired then this is the place to visit.
The hosts Caroline and James were always there to answer any of our queries. They made sure that the apartment contained everything that people need on holiday. We spent many evenings playing table tennis and developing skills we never thought possible!!
Now back at home in Ireland I try to capture the smells and sounds of the Vallee Heureuse. The smell I recall is Mimosa , the sound is that of the water lapping onto the rocks and the feeling is peace. Wherever we go we take some of that energy which for us was healing and energizing.
I would recommend this holiday for anyone who wants to get away from it all, for those who love the outdoors and treking and swimming.
  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. Your description is wonderful & in truth I cannot even capture how beautiful it is with my photos.You do a better job of that! It is a honour to share it & provide this little piece of paradise for you & all our guests. To see people really able to let go of their normal stresses is a joy. I know how important holidays are to us all!
Retreats here is something we intend to do more & more of too. They will include, yoga, dance & sharing from the heart.
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Apartment Riviere
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422500?uni_id=1022331
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
Germany
5

APARTMENT RIVIERE

  • 5 out of 5
Wir, eine Familie mit zwei Kindern (11 + 13), verbrachten im Oktober 2010 eine Woche im "Happy Valley". Das Haus war sauber und sehr gut für Selbstverpfleger ausgestattet, genügend Geschirr, gutes Besteck und ordentliche Töpfe. Die Vermieter sind sehr liebenswert und geben gute Tipps zu Ausflügen und Restaurants. Der kleine Wasserfall direkt am Haus ist natürlich ein Spielparadies für Kinder.

Die schöne Lage direkt in den Bergen und doch nahe genug am Meer bietet unzählige Freizeitmöglichkeiten. Ganz in der Nähe vom Haus befindet sich eine nette Schildkrötenfarm, die auf jeden Fall ein Besuch Wert ist. Es gibt Burgruinen und alte Klöster, die direkt vom Haus aus erwandert (erklimmt) werden können. In der weiteren Umgebung gibt es herrliche Rockpools, noch mehr Wanderstrecken und einige Ziele für Geocacher ;-). Mit dem PKW ist man in wenigen Minuten am Mittelmeer und findet dort wunderschöne Dörfer mit katalanischem Touch. Ein Tagesausflug nach Spanien ließen wir uns auch nicht entgehen.

Rundum, ein schöner Urlaub, wenn auch viel zu kurz!

We highly recommend it and hope to make a return visit in the future.
  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank. Thank you very much. We hope you return.
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Apartment Riviere
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422500?uni_id=1022331
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
Swindon, UK
5

APARTMENT RIVIERE, MID SEPTEMBER 2010

  • 5 out of 5
My girlfriend and I (both 27) were pleasantly surprised with the apartment, both by its modernity and location. Many thanks to James and Caroline the owners for their care and attention.

The apartment is actually in La Vallee Heureuse, which is an easy but windy (whine-dee not blustery!) 3k drive up from Sorede and which is densely tree covered but with some navigable paths in the hills for short and long walks. The apartment was clean and spacious with a fantastic terraced area overlooking a small river to the rear which though that maybe a bit dangerous for young children (slippery and some high rocks) it is a constant reminder of the rural area you are in aided by the cow bells in the hills.

The advertised natural pool is just that, not too deep and with some small fish to try and catch and the gentle, continuous flow soon becomes un-noticeable, though at first you think you might not be able to sleep with the constant gushing. The only downside is the limited sun due to the steepness of the valley and hills to the south, we only saw the sun after 8.30am and not after 5.30pm though this didn't make it cold, in mid September the lowest daytime temperature we saw was 26c dropping to only 18c at night.

With regards to the ease of access to the surrounding area, once away from La Vallee Heureuse, the roads are superb, smooth and uncongested even during the traditional ‘rush hours’, and previously unknown gems of towns are within striking distance, notably Collioure and its towers and forts. Sandy beaches are only accessible from St Cyprien and north and are stony nearer the hills and until you reach Roses in Spain.

Getting into Spain on the Col de Banyuls requires concentration but is worth the drive once you get to the Cap de Crues and Cadaques. Going west from the village, the road toward Prats De Mollo has some nice attractions such as Le Gorges de Fou and Prats De Mollo itself but again is a drive requiring concentration. If you can get onto the Grand Randonee routes then the Canigou Massif has some nice forest and meadow walks with spectacular views.

In summary this was a perfect rural hideaway for couples or young families and the retired in a spectacular area and with an ‘un-touristy’ feel. Highly recommended and 5* as such.
  • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2010
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Apartment Riviere
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422500?uni_id=1022331
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
Hampshire, England
5

PEACE AND RELAXATION

  • 5 out of 5
This spacious apartment is up the peaceful green Happy Valley a few miles above Sorede. We have now stayed in two of Caroline and James' properties, we know it will be clean, recently decorated and we will have a well equipped modern kitchen and bathroom, and external terrace. The owners are kind and friendly and will come up from Sorede if needed. Having WiFi was helpful as mobile reception can be poor up there. There are steps down to two terraces for meals outside, BBQ, sunbathing and through a gate a cooling stream rushes down among the trees with a soothing sound.. Under the apartment, along an awkward narrow path, is the washing machine area. The overhang from Villa Heureuse above keeps the temperature indoors equable in hot weather.
We used the apartment to explore more of the Roussillon region. There are many sandy beaches within striking distance, pretty Collioure, historic Elne and Perpignan, prehistoric Tautavel. We also did a trip into Spain.
Many winemakers in the region are now highly regarded and offer tastings. In season the local apricots and cherries are delicious.
Sorede has most shops, weekly market, good greengrocer, Post Office and restaurants and there's the hypermarket at Argeles. There's a Michelin starred restaurant in the next village, Laroque des Alberes
  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you we try our best to ensure any problems are sorted as fast as possible. This apartment is our most recently renovated & each time we try to improve!
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Apartment Riviere
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p422500?uni_id=1022331
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
Cologne
5

PERFECT PLACE

  • 5 out of 5
We have spent our Easter holiday at Apartment Riviere and enjoyed it very much!Especially the lovely setting close to the river, the garden, the peace and quiteness.
It is a perfect place to relax, go to the beach, walking in the hills, eating crépes at the mountain créperie, visiting a colourful market at Céret or doing sightseeing at Perpignan.
We will definitely come back and our daughter Emma still talks about having her own river right behind the house.
Thank you very much Caroline and James for being our hosts,
Christine, Stefan and Emma
  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2010
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much it was a pleasure to have you staying.We hope to see you again. It is really nice too that I can combine running the gites & doing an Osteopathic massages.
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
perpignan
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Port Vendres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Argeles
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Le Boulou
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
beach
Car: recommended

Sorede is an undiscovered gem nestling in the foothills of the Alberes part of the Pyrenees, yet only 10 mins from the sandy Mediterranean beaches & sparkling sea. This enchanting village has several good restaurants & all the necessary amenities & shops including: boulangeries, bank, post office, children’s playground & tourist information office. It's attractions include a twice weekly market, turtle zoo & riding stables.

Sorede is very authentic & friendly. A thriving local population means it is open for business all year round.

From Sorede you are well situated to visit many other interesting places including vibrant Ceret Market (overflowing with local produce) & museum of modern art. Perpignan 20 minutes drive. Beautiful Colliure, a romantic seaside village is a must.

Spain's Costa Brava, Girona & Barcelona are in day trip range.

Mountains, thermal bathes & ski slopes are all accessible.

This is a great base for sun, sea & sites either for a family or a couple.

Other Activities: hiking & all water sports

Golf: 20 mins drive to Golf Course.

Ski: Skiing is possible in 1.30 mins drive.

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday apartment in Sorede, Alberes

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Rate 5
12 Jul 2014 - 22 Aug 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€690
for 7 nights
€690
 
 
Rate 6
23 Aug 2014 - 5 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€600
for 7 nights
€600
 
 
Rate 7
6 Sep 2014 - 24 Oct 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€450
for 7 nights
€450
 
 
Rate 8
25 Oct 2014 - 12 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€300
for 7 nights
€300
 
 
Rate 9
13 Dec 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
€150
for 7 nights
€150
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit €200
Notes We require a 200€/£ security deposit paid with the final balance & returned within 2 weeks if all is in order when you leave.
Linen is available to hire for £6/ 7.50€ per person per week.
Cleaning is available for 15€ per hour.
User website is www.dreamrentalsfrance.com
Osteopathic Massage available

Prices in 2nd column are for 2 people.
We require 30% payment on booking in Euros by euro

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for Apartment Rivierein Sorede in Alberes

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Sunbed
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Brand now shower cubicle, bath & sink beautifully decorated.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The entrance leads into the first bedroom which in turn leads to the sitting room.
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
Outside:
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Brand new bathroom & kitchen, all totally modernized making the most of the space.

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