Sleeps 4-5, one large bedroom plus mezzanine, air conditioning, internet,
Gareth and Irene Lewis
- English, French, Spanish
About Gareth and Irene Lewis
We are a British couple, living in France, in a small country town just south of Paris. We've been there for the last 38 years, having come over here to work. Before that we lived in London.
Gareth and Irene Lewis purchased this House in 2009
Why Gareth and Irene Lewis chose Port-Vendres
We had visited this area of the Côte Vermeille, squeezed between between the sea and the Pyrenees, so we knew it well. We finally chose to buy here because it's beautiful, the weather is excellent, often when it's cold or raining everywhere else in France. It has good wine and food. And Port Vendres is a real community outside its tourist activity, a working port.
What makes this House unique
The house is in a very quiet neighbourhood but in only 2 minutes you are on the waterfront. Go down before breakfast for fresh bread and croissants, and a bit later to see what the local fishermen have caught, or just a stroll along the waterfront, or the rue du Soleil to look at scenes painted by Charles Rennie Mackintosh who spent his last years at Port-Vendres. Watch the boats carrying fruit and vegetables from North Africa unloading opposite. All usual services are within a short distance, butcher and delicatessen, wine-merchant, greengrocer, chemist, bank, post office and plenty of restaurants serving fish and Catalan food. The house itself is roomy, comfortable and light, with fine views over the church and opposite headland.
Max guests:5 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Very convenient, tidy, comfortable, traditional, small but perfectly formed house.
Port -Vendres is an attractive working port and, as such, has plenty to see and do without being too touristy. The house is set up above the harbour but it is a quick walk down the steps to reach bars, restaurants, shops and fresh fish outlets. The view from the small balcony is charming and allows you to enjoy the sun in the morning, the lights of the harbour and church at night, and spectacular lightning displays when there is a storm! The small front garden means lunch outside in the sun as it creeps up over the surrounding buildings. The neighbours couldn't be kinder or more helpful and the local semi-feral cats appreciate feeding and distant companionship. If you enjoy catering for yourself the kitchen is small but adequate though there could be a larger pasta saucepan and a tin opener, but maybe we couldn't find it. The owners are very helpful and provide literature to help you decide your excursions and days out. It is very easy to travel around as there is a regular 1€ bus that takes you up to Perpignan and the villages on the way. It is an easy walk to Coullioure, a must, and a slightly longer walk or bus to the beach of Paulilles, another must visit. With a car there are plenty of places to visit; up and down the coast and inland. Spain is within easy reach with Girona, Figueres and the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes high above the Costa Brava. We were very lucky with the weather in October, a very pleasant 22-25 degrees, no rain, though locals were desperate for it so when a spectacular lightning storm with torrential rain arrived the night before we departed it was a welcomed event for them. There is so much to recommend this area and this accommodation, particularly in the quieter later part of the year. Check that attractions are open as the season is pretty much over but, be assured, if you are looking for something comfortable, homely and practical then you will be happy in this place. The upstairs mezzanine bedroom ceiling is very low and, when we were there, the lack of working air conditioning given the temperatures meant that it was hot to sleep. Beds were comfortable and everything was very clean and well presented. The arrangements and directions were clear and the deposit returned very promptly. Wifi would have been wonderful but the local restaurants and bars are very happy to provide you with access to theirs. If we went back to this area we woul definitely stay there again. Thank you for sharing it with us.
We were unfortunately caught out by the breakdown of the air conditioning but it is being totally replaced (and improved) at this moment. We're delighted you had a good time and look forward to you coming again.
Fishermans House, Port Vendres
This was a delightful property and just how we had imagined it to be! Perfect location with a private little area for enjoying our breakfast after collecting the croissants from the near by boulangerie.
Would definitely recommend it as it was perfect in every way!
Everything we could think of there, ready for us
Spacious, light, wonderful views,peaceful, except for the cats! Port Vendres is definitely for cat lovers, which we are. Great holiday base for researching C R Mackintosh views, and painting some of our own. What took us so long?
agreable appartement conforme à la description, tres calme, propre et lumineux.
vacances tres agréables.
nous reviendrons avec plaisir et conseillerai cette adresse a mes amis
Un séjour agréable !
La maison est très bien située dans Port-Vendres, la plage de l'Oli est seulement quelques centaines de mètres. La climatisation nous a permis de passer un agréable séjour alors qu'il faisait près de 40° dehors.
Tout pour passer un bon séjour !
The location is great, closed from Oli beach and from harbor, restaurants and shops. The air conditioning let us spend a great journey whereas it was 40°c outside.
All to enjoy great days !
A perfect spring break
This is the second time we've stayed in this pretty little house in early spring. It's simple, but warm and comfortable, and everything is very convenient, with excellent bakers, butcher, greengrocers and fish just down the (many!) steps to the quayside. We are keen walkers, and the flowers on the coast path and the hills behind Port Vendres are stunning in spring. It's a good time for bird migration too- the pallid harrier was a hghlight!
The owners recommend a car, but we haven't found this necessary: we've travelled by Eurostar and TGV from Britain, and then got around by bus-1 euro per journey! As well as being a great centre for walking, Port Vendres is very well connected, and as well as local trips, we've travelled into the lower Pyrenees and Spain by train and bus- easy and cheap.
A half hour walk and you arrive in beautiful, fauvist Collioure (Braque, Dufy, Matisse). Take another direction and you are high above the sea and town amid the vines and the cork-oaks. There are beautiful beaches close by, especially on the bay of Paulilles.
It is convenient to have a car at Port-Vendres, and necessary for certain visits, but we quite often come without it. The bus and train cover the whole coast, though careful planning is needed to use these to explore inland.
As well as the French coastal and hill towns being easily assessible by car, northern Spanish Catalonia is only 30 km away : with the spectacular Costa Brava, the Salvador Dali sights, Cadaques and the Theatre-Museum of Figueres, the abbey of St Père de Roses, and bird watching in the Aiguamolls Natural Park.
Whilest July and August are the most popular months, we love spring and autumn for exploring the region. And we have had some really good holidays in December and January, with clear blue skies (though the Tramontana blows cold and there may also be impressive storms).