Completed in 2012 this five family bed villa was designed and built by an award winning architect for his own family.
The villa is located on the edge of Ceret and commands views across the Vallespir to the north and Le Canigou to the west. Located in a quiet area it is a fifteen minute walk to the shops, bars and pavement cafés of Ceret. Immediately above the private rear garden to the south you are in the countryside. Find the path, “le balcon de Ceret”, it winds its way through the edge of the forest: west to the waterfalls (ten minutes) and east to the village of Maureillas (about two hours). The forest continues beyond the frontier to Spain: nothing in between.
The main part of the villa is open plan: large Kitchen, breakfast island unit, dining and living area, the latter opening onto the terrace next to the swimming pool. The kitchen has a large island unit which is ideal to accomodate extra quests, particularly children. Out of season the Kitchen is used as the venue for a cookery course.
The living area, where in the Summer months the fig tree and the oak trees shade the huge glazed wall which extends the length of the whole space and rises literally from the top of the pool, you will enjoy the calm atmosphere created by the dappled light reflected on the ceiling from the pool where the water laps almost up to the glass along the whole length of the room and beyond. You may compare this atmosphere to that in Ceret where the canopies of the huge plane trees filter the sunlight leaving an unforgettable atmosphere of calm and tranquillity, an oasis offering shelter from the burning dry heat of summer.
Above the open plan living space are located two bedrooms with between, a Jack and Gill type shared shower room. There is no lock on these two doors so you may consider the two bedrooms unsuitable for other than membres of the same family. Downstairs, on almost the same level as the living spaces is a large bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area. This bedroom is almost two storeys high and has a fully glazed gable wall facing south-east with views of the wooded hillside. Below are located two more double bedrooms that share a shower room. With five double bedrooms ten guests can easily be accommodated.
The pool, located to the south of the villa, extends the length of the house, providing excellent surveillance of the children from within. Measuring 12m by 3m and just over 1m deep, it was designed for serious swimming but it has also proved perfect for volley ball and other such pool games, especially for the children who are comfortable playing in a relatively shallow depth of water. A terrace is located to both ends, the one to the west, accessed direct off the living area, is for dining. Here there is also a table tennis table.