|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
See owners website with transport and local area information at www.argeles.villas (link at bottom of Facilities section) or at www.villafailte.com
Beautifully presented family accommodation sleeping 8 with high speed WiFi, air conditioning, private pool and petanque pitch !
Villa Failte is set within a quiet residential area yet only 10 minutes walk into Argeles Village, a traditional and charming location with local shops and restaurants and a twice weekly local market.
The villa is set in self contained grounds with a private gated entrance and benefits from fabulous mountain views. It is south facing and is perfect for a relaxing (or active !) family holiday whether by the pool, at the beach or taking advantage of the many cultural and sporting / outdoor activities on your doorstep (see further details below).
Easy and quick access to main roads allowing easy travel to/from airports (Perpignan, Girona, Carcassonne, Beziers, Toulouse, Montpellier, Barcelona El Prat) as well as nearby towns such as Perpignan, Coillioure, St Cyprien, Banyuls Sur Mer and many other areas throughout Languedoc.
The Villa was acquired in Sep 2014 and benefits from new beds, furniture and appliances, as well as a newly installed solar powered pool cover for children's safety and security. It also benefits from air conditioning in all 4 bedrooms and free high speed wi-fi throughout.
Private driveway with electric security gates - parking for 3 cars
Large garden 1640m2 fully enclosed
10m * 5m pool (115cm shallow end / 170cm deep end) with solar powered security cover and outside shower. The cover is fully retractable but allows swimming throughout April and October as well as the standard May to September season.
Grassed and terraced areas - sun loungers (6), table and chairs
Summer kitchen with sink, barbecue, dining table & 8 chairs
Newly installed (Feb 2016) boules / petanque pitch to rear of villa.
Landscaped garden with palm and olive trees.
Shaded porch area at main entrance with cushioned seat - ideal for a quiet read out of the sun !
Internal (General) :
Free WiFi throughout
Internally redecorated and furnished 2014
Air conditioning in all bedrooms
Small safe provided for valuables, passports, etc
Interior (Ground Floor) :
Bedroom with king size bed and adjoining bathroom with bath, separate shower, twin sinks and toilet. Direct access to garden patio.
Lounge with 55inch smart WiFi TV (access to UK versions of Netflix and Amazon if you have UK memberships + BBC I-Player, ITV Player, etc), DVD Player (huge selection of DVDs), music system with ipod / android device connectors (large selection of CDs). Sliding door access to patio.
Dining area with table and seating for 8. Sliding door access to patio.
Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, etc. Direct access to summer kitchen.
Laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer, ironing equipment
Garage with table tennis table
Internal (Upstairs) :
Bedroom with kingsize bed
Twin bedroom 1 with lovely mountain views
Twin bedroom 2 with lovely mountain views
Shower room with twin sinks
Please see the availability and rates section. Our preferred method of payment is through HomeAway (can pay by credit or debit card) for both your and our security. To minimise the risk of fraudulent enquiries and also to give you peace of mind we WILL NOT take payments by cash, cheque or money transfer.
Donna and Stewart live in Prestwick, Scotland.
Stewart & Donna purchased this villa in 2014
We fell in love with Villa Failte on a visit to the area and intend spending many months living there in future years. It has a lovely cosy family home feel about it and is very tranquil and relaxing. We have 4 children and chose the area because of the extensive outdoor activities available locally, the history of the area (Languedoc / Cathar) and the proximity to Barcelona (2.5 hours drive or direct train from Perpignan), not to mention the scenery and the sun !! We live beside the sea in Prestwick, Scotland and love the easy access to the beaches and sea at Argeles.
The villa and the location offer a bit of everything - whether you are looking for relaxation, culture, outdoor activities, entertainment or all of these. Argeles Sur Mer is part of Catalonia and so benefits from both French and Catalan cultures ... it is only a 25 minute drive to Spain and 2.5 hours to Barcelona. The area is easily accessible from a number of airports (Perpignan, Girona, Carcassone, Beziers, Montpellier, Toulouse, El Prat Barcelona). Have a look at the Argeles tourism website (link supplied) ... and that is just Argeles ... the Languedoc truly does have everything for a perfect holiday.
We spent a fantastic 8 days on our summer holiday at the villa. It had everything you could possibly wish for and it really felt like a true home from home (plus the sun, pool, scenery and fabulous food). The location is perfect and walking distance to the local village with easy access to the beaches and wonderful Marina complex. It is also well connected to the main road access routes to the fabulous locations that we visited.
We all had a fantastic stay at this top of the range villa!
This villa had everything we could have hoped for (and more) as a party of 8 adults, looking for a relaxing stay, in an area of France I have visited a number of times.
It is spacious and well laid out with a good-sized pool, loads of outside space and a fantastic summer kitchen. It's the perfect place for a relaxing family holiday and people of all ages. For example, the table tennis table in the garage provided endless fun.
Stewart and Donna went out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. They replied to queries promptly and during our stay they emailed to check whether we needed any extra blankets because the weather turned a bit colder.
Overall we couldn't have asked for a nicer villa or hosts. We will definitely be visiting again.
We had a fantastic week's holiday at Villa Failte in Argele Sur Mer. I can unreservedly recommend the property and the doing business with the owners. If you have any doubt at all, give them a ring or drop an email - we were stunned at how rapidly we received a response.
The house itself is equipped with very comfortable furnishings and ample room for a family. It has pretty much everything you will need including simple toiletries, towels and bedding. For fun; there was a petainque court out back, a table tennis table in the garage, bikes in the shed and....oh yes, a pool! 10m long and covered to keep it clean and warm - the pictures do it justice - it was great!
We ate outside everyday in the bbq area with food bought from a mixture of the town and the nearby Intermarche (5 mins via the back route). The laundry facilities worked, the fridges and freezers were ample and the air con a welcome respite from the heat come bed time.
In a sentence - excellently well equipped, clean, well maintained and owned by people I was glad to do business with.
Location - The villa is near the town but we preferred to drive if it was to the shops, head to the beach or eat. Nothing to do with the Villa, but Argele traffic in the summer can be a bit busy and is not for the faint hearted on a bike. There is a walking route into town, but we didn't like it much, so used a car on most occassions. A car is highly recommended, but parking in the entire region can be tricky.
The surrounding roads were very quiet, as was the immediate area which is well served by a bus route (though we never used it). It's close to a local train station which will take you to Perpignan or Collioure - both worth a visit.
In a sentence - The villa is well located in an easy to access and quiet area. We would highly recommend a car but it is possible to survive without one. (OK, two sentences).
All in all we had a great time. loved the villa and have no hesitation in recommending the property, the owners or HomeAway.
This is an excellent, well-equipped, thoughtfully presented, comfortable property in a great location. If you're looking for a relaxed, no-effort family holiday location it would take some beating.
We were a family party of 6 adults and 2 young teens and we all enjoyed the villa enormously, each doing our own thing but meeting up by the pool, or for breakfast and supper in the summer-kitchen which (apart from the pool) is the best feature; an attractive and cheery place to hang out, watching the barbecue and sipping a glass of chilled rose. Plenty of room in the pool for us all and masses of room in the spacious interior for us not to be tripping over each other which meant that the children, on the rare moments when they left the pool, could watch a film or chill out on a sofa each - which made for a very relaxing time for the adults.
We were here during a heatwave and under-achieved on sightseeing generally, preferring to do early forays out and spend afternoons and evenings at the Villa. However we can report on the following: Collioure is beautiful but do go early in high season. We arrived for the Weds. market at 8.30 but by midday when we left, it was very busy with a queue of traffic on the coast road to get in. Argeles' beaches are large and lovely; very busy on Sundays but otherwise, even in late August, there's plenty of space for all. Argeles Port is a great spot for an apero and people-watching; motor-boat hire (no licence necessary) was great fun, 'Tropical' mini-golf is well-groomed, attractive and just challenging enough to keep young teenagers interested for a while. We ate out at the 'Amethyste' in the Port: the food was fine though unremarkable but it's a great location and they were friendly and helpful. Port Vendres is a proper fishing port and I imagine you'd get a decent seafood meal at one of it's many speciality restaurants.
The property was spotless when we arrived and the welcome-pack was much-appreciated...nice too that all switches, plugs etc were labelled - thank you! It was a blessing not to have to pack linens and even beach towels were supplied. We didn't even have to pack boules or pool-inflatables...all there. We did make a few sad attempts at table-tennis and should you wish to spend your holiday washing and ironing, then the laundry-room is for you.
The outside space is well-maintained and the mature palms and olive trees provide a lovely-dappled shade for lounger-snoozing.
Altogether a cracking good holiday!
As a family we have been travelling to this area of Southern France for 30 years.
This is by far the best property we have stayed in. Fantastic pool, large well equipped property and excellent location.
Just a 10 minute walk and your in the centre of town, with it's shops, bars and restaurants.
The La Gamate being our favorite, highly recommended. A 30 minute walk to the beach front.
Stuart and Donna have been excellent with their correspondence and communications.
Looking forward to visiting again in the near future.
We have just returned for a fantastic stay at the villa. The villa has everything you could need and more. We enjoyed a week at the property with our two children and will certainly be looking to return again in the future. From the heated pool, to the extensively stocked DVD collection and the beautifully appointed bedrooms and bathrooms this Villa really does have it all - Well done Stewart & Donna on putting together a fantastic villa which really does feel like the perfect home from home. Highly recommended!
We had a great stay at Villa Failte, which could not have been better. The property was very well maintained and had everything we needed. The highlight is the pool, which kept a good temperature so was easy to get in to. The house is within easy walking distance of the boulangeries in the village for breakfasts and very well positioned for trips to lots of the nice beaches nearby. We particularly liked St Bernardi just past Port Vendres.
There is just so much to do and see in and around Argeles Sur Mer and the surrounding areas. The following is just a brief summary ...
Outdoor activities such as :
- hillwalking or mountain biking in the Alberes
- canyoning, white water rafting,kayaking in local rivers and gorges
- sea kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling, diving, sailing, jet-skiing at local beaches (not least the blue flag Argeles beaches considered amongst the best family beaches in France)
- golfing at St Cyprien (15 mins) and othe locations within an hours drive
- 2 local water parks plus a canyoning park !
- skiing in the Pyrenees
Places of Interest :
- Carcassonne (fabulous ancient citadel)
- Collioure (beautiful local town with seafront fortress and home of many famous artists)
- Wine tours and wine trail including Chateau Valmy in Argeles
- Perpignan, the ancient former capital of Catalonia
- the beautiful city of Narbonne
- the many castles, churches and cathar monuments of the region
- the beautiful cliff top walk from Argeles to Collioure
Proximity to Spain :
- Barcelona easily accessibly by car or train
- Salvador Dali museum just across the border (only 25 minutes away)
- Figueres, Girona, the Costa Brava all within an hours drive
Cultural Activities :
- Local cinema in Argeles
- Multi-screen cinema and 10 pin bowling in Perpignan
- Music and art festivals in Argeles
- Local markets twice weekly in Argeles and weekly in many surrounding towns / villages
- Local traditional shops in Argeles
- Hypermarket 4 mins by car
- Retail parks and malls in Perpignan
- Boutiques and galleries in Collioure
- Train station in Argeles
- Major train station in Perpignan (direct trains North and to Barcelona)
- Tourist train / bus serving Argeles and beach areas
- 1 Euro subsidised bus service to all local towns including Perpignan
- Easy access by car to all of above
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
Security deposit paid with final balance (60 days before arrival). Will be repaid once manager has inspected the property and confirmed that OK (within 7 days). Our cleaners clean the villa but please leave it as you find it (clean dishes and empty bins, clean the summer kitchen and outdoor areas (including barbecue). Mid stay laundry change available on request for 2 week + stays. Please ask re rates - we only pass on the cost to us. Full terms and conditions of booking available at www.villafailte.com (see "how to book page"). SORRY BUT ABSOLUTELY NO PETS AND NO SMOKING IN THE VILLA.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.