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Traditional town house located in the centre of Prades

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

1 double and 1 twin bedroom to sleep 4, in town centre location.

This is a traditional French town house, the accommodation being on the first and second floors.

The first floor living area consists of a large lounge with ample seating, a dining room and a typical French kitchen. On the second floor bedroom 1 has a double (135 cm) bed and bedroom 2 has twin (90cm) beds. There is ample storage in both bedrooms with individual hanging spaces for each on the landing. On this floor is the bathroom with hand basin, WC and a thermostatically controlled 'rain' shower.

Electricity, Gas, and Linen (not beach towels) are provided in the rental cost.

There is ample free parking at three nearby car parks.

Located in the centre of town means you can stroll to a choice of boulangerie for your fresh baked croissant or baguette in the morning, and cafes, bars and other amenities are 'just around the corner’.

The town has a full range of artisan shops and there is a small supermarket in the centre, and two large ones within walking distance.

Tuesdays is the main regular social event of the week with the large street market, selling fresh local food produce and almost anything else you may want. Talking of food; the Tet valley microclimate, with over 300 days of sunshine, allows the predominantly organic farmers to produce some of the best fruit and vegetables available anywhere.

Prades is the administrative centre of this unique area - the Conflent. Set at the foot of 'Le Canigu' - the sacred mountain of the Catalans - the town prides itself on its Catalan associations whilst remaining very French. Throughout the summer months there are festivals galore, the most important being the world famous ‘Festival Pablo Casals’ which is held this year from 26th July to 13th August. Begun by the exiled Catalan chellist, this extensive series of concerts, held in wonderful locations in and around Prades (some of them free), attracts some of the foremost chamber music performers in the world. In the last week of the festival students from the master classes perform free concerts in local Romanesque churches, an experience you would never forget. The Tourist Office (again 'just around the corner') has a wealth of information about what is going on in the town and the immediate area.

More Details

Owner
Roger Oxenham
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
6 July, 2017

About Roger Oxenham

My wife and I live in St Ives, Cornwall, England and are now both retired. As a family we travelled extensively around Britain and France and always had the dream of perhaps owning a place, maybe to retire to. We stay in Prades for long periods in the winter when we can take advantage of the nearby ski slopes, and the weather, which is incomparable to even the far west of England. The rest of the year we are either here in Cornwall or visiting our family, who are living in southern England, so can let others experience the joys of Prades and the Tet valley.

Roger Oxenham purchased this house in 2005

Why Roger Oxenham chose Conflent

This valley first appealed to us because of it's closeness to both sea and snow. The house itself had that immediate, inexplicable feeling of being friendly and weloming, despite needing a lot of renovation work. Over the years that feeling has never left, and whenever we arrive it really does feel like home.

The house has plenty of room, even without the ground floor (yet to be renovated) and the layout is a combination of open plan and distinct rooms thanks to opening doorways and open arches. The décor is simple, as befits an ancient town house, yet is equipped for a comfortable stay. We love the town which is typically French, yet has an unmistakable Catalan edge. It must be remembered that this part of France was Spanish until the 17th century, and had a large influx of exiles during the Spanish civil war (the new memorial museum in Rivesaltes is worth a visit). We always find the local people open, warm, friendly and willing to welcome visitors - especially if you make the slightest attempt to speak French (they don't expect you to speak Catalan).

What makes this house unique

Since we have had the house we have appreciated just how convenient Prades is as a holiday location. There is enough to please anyone in the area, and everything is within easy reach. Prades itself is a vibrant working town so there is always something happening. It is not unknown for staging to appear one morning in the square, and for a free dance with a live band to take place in the evening. Sometimes you are treated to a Sardane (the Catalan folk dance) and the more brave and extrovert of you are welcomed to try your hand.

Undoubtedly one of the greatest recent benefits of this part of France has been the introduction of the regional 1 Euro bus routes. If you have no car, or perhaps want to leave the driving out for a while, you can take advantage of this fantastic service. With the aim of cutting car travel journeys and pollution this departmentally subsidised service is available to all. The comfortable coaches will whisk you into Perpignan (as does the 1 Euro train) or up the mountains to Font Romeau and beyond. At Perpignan you can connect to other 1 Euro bus routes which cover the whole of the P.O. as far as Quillan or Cerbere. It really is a great way of seeing the area in a ridiculously affordable way. If you want a different experience and like to travel at a slower pace the narrow gauge, 'little yellow train' goes from Villefranche de Conflent, up the mountain gorge past Mont Louis and Odiello, terminating at Bourg Madame - just 1km from Spain.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Prades in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom has washbasin, WC, Shower enclosure with thermostatically controlled 'rain' shower, and rail heater.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 has Double (135cm) bed, shelved wall cupboard, bedside units and lights. view to Rue Voltaire. Bedroom 2 has twin (90cm) beds, large drawer unit, a bedside unit and light.
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

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Traditional town house located in the centre of Prades
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
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Maison agréable et bien située

  • 4 of 5

Maison confortable et bien tenue. Accueil chaleureux et grande disponibilité de l'hôte sur place. Parking à proximité.

Idées de visite : Train jaune, Grottes des Canalettes, Four solaire Odeillo, Remparts de Villefranche de Conflent, Musée de Tautavel,

Les Orgues naturelles d'Ille sur têt. Très belle région à conseiller.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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5

super

  • 5 of 5

wir haben uns dort in der wahrlich schönen und sehr gemütlichen wohnung extra wohlgefühlt

es war alles vorhanden von der mülltüte bis zur einkaufstasche

das einzige ,was für den kaffeegeniesser, fehlte , war eine kaffemaschine

der empfang war herzlich und das dorf richtig angenehm

die wohnung bzw.das haus liegt mitten im dorf echt schön

wir würden wieder hinfahren

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Eine Stadtwohnung zum Entspannen

  • 5 of 5

Die Wohnung ist sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet, vieles alt belassen, z.B. die knarrenden Dielen im Obergeschoss (das Bad ist aber sauber renoviert :-)). Ich habe mich sofort sehr wohl gefühlt. Man hat genug Platz. Obwohl wir heiße Tage hatten, war es in der Wohnung immer angenehm.

Parkplatz gratis in der Nähe kein Problem (2. August-Woche). Zu Fuß die schmale Gasse entlang, in 2 Minuten am Marktplatz bei Kirche, Cafè, Restaurants, Boulangerie und Office de Tourisme. Von wo jedoch kein Lärm mehr die Wohnung erreicht - außer den schwatzenden Fußgängern auf dem Heimweg.

Unser Betreuer vor Ort verdient auch 5 Sterne.

Den Fernseher habe ich absolut nicht vermisst, wohl aber WLAN.

Der Abschied musste sein, wünsche ein Wiedersehen.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
46 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Barpub
Town Square
Nearest Train
Prades
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
N116
Nearest Restaurant
Town Square
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Vinca
Car: recommended

There are many historic places to visit including Villefranche de Conflent, St Michael de Cuxa, St Martin de Canigou, Chateau Castelnau and Mont Louis.

There is a prehistory museum at Balesta. and the Pau Casals museum in Prades.

Many of the local churches are renowned for their architecture (mostly Romanesque) or treasures - Prades has the biggest and arguably the finest Baroque wooden altarpiece in France and a fine treasury.

The local vineyards are Cote de Roussilon and Roussillon Villages, and boast some very prestigious cru, including Caramany and Maury, alongside some notable Chateau including Caladroy, Pezilla, Baixas and Castelnau. Of course there are also local co operatives and the supermarkets sell extensive ranges of local (and not so local) French wines.

For the energetic there are numerous cycle route opportunities on the small roads that abound in the area. Off roaders can take advantage of the fire tracks in the hills or go to Font Romeau in the mountains for a range of marked routes through the forests.

At Marquixanes there is water adventure with zip wires, canoes etc. At Vinca there is a freshwater lake for swimming or sunbathing on the beach, and the outdoor swimming pool in Prades is superb.

Walkers can find routes south from the town either up towards Le Canigou, or through the woods and forests that abound on the slopes and valleys. There are also marked routes north on the rather more rugged and open hills. For the more adventurous the forests of Font Romeau has many marked routes as well as river banks an lakes to swim in. The Lac des Bouillouses is well worth the final trek from the dam. A shuttle bus (1 Euro) takes you there from Mont Louis, or there is a large car park within a couple of hours walking distance of the lakes.

If you fancy a pamper, there are thermal baths at Vernet, Molitg and St Thomas le Bain.

As well as the Prades markets all of the other towns in the valley hold weekly street markets an of course there are frequent Attic sales, with antique and pottery markets for good measure.

There a so many places to see in the immediate vicinity that you may not need to venture out of the Tet valley. However if you are new to the Department some popular excursions are Collioure and Banyols - Ceret, Amelie le Bain and Prats de Mollo - Perpignan and Elne - and the Agly Valley with its famous vineyards and Cather Castles. Details of all the possibilities are ready available at the Prades Tourist Centre (excellent English spoken).

The 1 Euro bus routes run throughout the P.O. so you can explore the area even without a car.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£350
for 7 nights
£350
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£300
for 7 nights
£300
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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