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Old town centre house; wine bar & cafes 50m, sea 30mins Pyrenees close

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bedrooms 2 bathrooms sleeps 6 in historic centre of lively town

We bought our town house in old Céret because we wanted French café culture and access to mountains, sea and Spain. The street outside the house is pedestrianised and there’s a wine bar, a beautiful square with a fountain and a belting wood fire pizzeria and two other restaurants close by. Within a 5 min walk there are 8 other cafes and restaurants, a night bar, bakeries, an old church, chic little shops, a newsagent and a Netto. Barcelona is a 2hr drive; medieval Girona a 1hr drive. The nearest beach is only 30mins by car. Old Céret has narrow cobbled streets and wide boulevards lined with towering plane trees. It is an utterly charming place. The market on Saturday morning buzzes!

Ground floor – dining area and fully equipped kitchen. A spiral staircase leads to the top of the house. 1st floor double bedroom and bathroom. 2nd floor double bedroom and a 3rd bedroom with single beds. Shower and toilet. 3rd floor is a large airy living room with French and velux windows.

More about Ceret: Céret has a warm and sunny climate, but in summer it can be extremely hot. The town, however, is the perfect place to shelter from the midday heat, as it is lined with plane trees which create a cool and pleasant atmosphere. The shops, cafes and bars along with the weekly Saturday market make up the life of Céret. There are communal dances, where people dance in a ring known as the Sardane. The dance looks deceptively slow and easy but the intricate footwork belies this. The Sardane festival is normally held in mid July. Céret also holds an annual bullfight weekend known as Ceret de Toros or Feria. There are bands and street bars (bodegas) and a party atmosphere. Young bulls are also run through the streets. The Feria will probably be held from 9-11 July in 2010. The region around Céret is a major fruit producer, and in particular is famed for its cherries. Céret hosts a cherry festival each year (early May) with such oddities as cherry beer and a cherry stone spitting competition

More about local activities: In the early 20th century a cluster of painters, sculptors and ceramicists came to live and work in the area. Matisse and Modigliani visited. Pablo Picasso lived in Céret for a time and Café Pablo in the town is dedicated to him. Chaim Soutine, the Russian emigre painter, also lived in Céret and painted many landscapes of the village and its surrounds. Eventually this resulted in the establishment of a small but delightful Museum of Modern Art. Many donated some of their works to the Museum giving it a kick-start into the realm of great little art museums of Europe.

Piste skiing can found after a 2 hour car drive up the Tet valley and into the Cerdagne. There is a famous golf course at an altitude of 3500ft, near St Laurent de Cerdans and about 45mins away by car. There are spas at Amelie-les-Bains and Le Boulou (15 mins). Céret Sportive play rugby union on Sundays at an impressive local stadium (10 mins walk). And the walking opportunities are endless!

Our free starter pack: I’ll tell you what annoys me when I rent a holiday home. It’s finding 1 roll of paper per toilet, 2 dish washer tablets and 1 bin liner etc “to get the renter started”. Don’t know about you, but I don’t go on holiday to waste time shopping for such trivia. At our house you’ll find enough of the basics eg bin liners, detergents, toilet rolls etc for the whole week. We’ll leave you to buy the food and wine!

For adults there are music and film CDs, fiction books and board games including chess and scrabble. There is also a small collection of my walking guides and maps. I don’t care if you walk off with the fiction, but please respect my maps and walking guides! There is an ipod connection on the music centre so bring your own music then you won’t have to listen to our bizarre tastes.

Lastly, about kids. There is a baby gate to avoid accidents on the spiral staircase, cot, highchair, changing mat, some toys and books, and a cuddly pink pig that snores and vibrates when you press it.

More Details

Owner
Sam and Maggi Saunders
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 October, 2017

About Sam and Maggi Saunders

That's us, sitting outside our favourite cheap (typical menu €14) restaurant (La Fontaine) in the square very close to our house. We spend about 3-4 months every year in Ceret and probably too much of that time in one of the 27 (at the last count) restaurants the town has! We have 8 grandkids (also at the last count), and many friends and other interests still in the UK, so we spend the rest of the year in Sheffield.

Sam and Maggi Saunders purchased this house in 2004

Why Sam and Maggi Saunders chose Céret

We are outdoor people and wanted a house in France close to both the sea and montains. We wanted too buy in a small town with a market, plenty of boulangeries and restaurants and cafes and atmosphere. That meant Provence (too expensive), or the Atlantic or Mediterranean side of the Pyrenees. We visited the Mediterranean side first, found the little gem that is Ceret and the rest is history.

What makes this house unique

Good WiFi, free calls to landlines (not mobiles) worldwide. Plus our mission statement is to leave the house equipped with the boring necessities of life. Who wants to go on holiday and have to buy toilet rolls, bin liners etc. Who wants a self-catering house where the owners offer a 'starter pack' of 2 dish-washer tablets and one bin-liner? Wouldn't you rather go to a house and find that the owner has left milk and a bottle of chilled rose in the fridge and enough bin liners to last a lifetime?

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thank you for a pleasant stay here in Ceret and in your lovely house. Our daughter was very happy for all the toys and her own room upstairs. We felt very much like home here and maybe we will come back to Ceret some day. (Denmark)
Sep 2009
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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • town
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The first floor bathroom has a corner bath with shower surround. The second floor bathroom is small and has a shower, toilet and wash basin
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , (child beds are bunk beds)
  • Bedroom 3 contains 2 single beds although the room is small. There is also a cot. So our house will sleep 6 or 7 with a baby. The comfortable beds have a range of summer through winter bedding. There is an ironing board, electric iron and a hair-drier.
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There are 47 steps up the spiral staircase to the 3rd floor living room! Here, you’ll find a small fridge for wine and beer and a baby belling cooker. We also keep glasses upstairs, but there is no sink. In hot weather we often cook simple meals and eat up there, with the 3 sets of French windows and the roof windows all open. There is a small dining table and chairs for this purpose. You can of course cook downstairs and then warm the food up later in the sejour. Alternatively, walk out through the front door, turn R and in 20 seconds you can be sitting outside in 'La Place des neuf Jets' a beautiful little square where the fountain dates back to 1473. There are no cars so the kids can run around safely, play with the fountain and make a noise, while you eat a thin bake, wood fired pizza and drink cold sangria . Alternatively there are two other restaurants in the square offering proper French food. Sit outside the wine bar with a glass of Sauvignon blanc while you decide!

Reviews

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Old town centre house; wine bar & cafes 50m, sea 30mins Pyrenees close
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
5

Fantastic family holiday - enjoyed Ceret lifestyle and house is great

  • 5 of 5

The house was an attraction in itself with many people taking photos - very pretty with flowering climbers and flowers at the windowsill. The house is equipped with everything you should need including much needed fans at night, every kitchen/dining utensil, Netflix which was great for the kids for films some evenings and a fab newly decorated bathroom and very easy to feel at home. It has 2 Boulangeries within a mins walk. We loved exploring the town in the evening and sampling beers and sangria in the local bars while listening to various live music. The house is in the centre of it all but down an alleyway that means it is quieter apart from when there is music in the bar opposite. A good excuse to try their tapas and beers! Our 3 children, aged 12, 14 and 18 enjoyed the pedalos at the lake at St Jean, the beach at Racou. We had a day trip to Gerona and collioure. The highlights were "easy" canyoning at Gorges de Galamus with Action Aventure and swimming at Duilhac sous Peyrepeteuse and an overnight stay in Carcassonne on our way back to Toulouse. Thankyou for a fab holiday and all the thought you gave with your recommendations and accommodating us with changing travel arrangements. We hope to be back some day.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words! We love our Ceret home (we stay there for about 4 months of the year) and enjoy sharing our favourite places in and around the town with our guests. You will be welcome back!
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5

Had a great time

  • 5 of 5

Had a terrific time in Ceret. Sam and Maggie were in town so we got lots of good tips. There was a big festival on so the town was very lively. The house was spotless and the starter pack was much appreciated. Great location and lots to do and see. We will be back hopefully.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Delightful, comfortable house in old Ceret

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect house for a relaxing holiday. It's conveniently located in the old part of Céret, close to good restaurants and a wonderful museum of modern art, and with free parking a few minutes' walk away. There was plenty of room for three adults and two children and, in addition to all the essential facilities, it was well stocked with books, maps and children's toys. It was clean, comfortable and welcoming, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a base from which to explore this wonderful part of France.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Chattanooga, TN
5

Charming, comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

This townhouse in Ceret was a perfect lodging for 2 couples over the course of 2 weeks. The owners gave us detailed and complete information, and were in touch with us while we were staying at the house as well. Well-equipped kitchen, Wi-Fi!!!, bedrooms and bathrooms are just fine. And the top floor is a great room for relaxing, reading, eating, enjoying. This was our first experience with renting a place (instead of a hotel), and we will certainly use HomeAway in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Livingston, Scotland
5

PERFECT is not a strong enough word.

  • 5 of 5

The owners of this Villa are what holidays rentals are all about and we can not thank them enough.

The communication before hand is polite, friendly & factual whilst helping to easily to book.

The listing on this site conveys only 1% of the facilities in the house & how useful everything is.

Upon arrival we were tired & hot & the house was an oasis. Beautiful flowers & bushes around the door & an old world feeling. Inside the descriptions came alive.

The kitchen & dining room are open, well equipped & laid out for comfort. The washing machine was used instantly & there was everything ( I mean Everything) you need to stay.

The milk for tea was in the fridge along with a much thanked for bottle of CAVA (thanks Sam, he knew we were driving some distance)

The bedrooms are gorgeous, the twin perfect for 2 kids & our 15 year old son found it to be big enough for him & all his mess.

The 2 doubles are comfortable, well laid out & so clean. Crisp linen on all beds.

Both bathrooms are great & give that extra space for a family. The smaller is not a hassle, it is great.

The sejour is magnificent! Has everything needed & some damn comfortable seats (I drifted off several times glass in hand).

Safety is everywhere & the individual bits & pieces are a god send i.e. A cherry stone remover, a glass of coins for shrapnel, beach towels ( less to carry), brochures everywhere. Magazines & books (so many).

To top this all off the phone call from Sam to remind me to move my car before the market on Saturday was a nice touch, much appreciated.

I have to mention that I had to call my parents quickly & the inclusive phone call to find out how my ill Aunty was helped (thanks again).

I would suggest you stay here, the house is amazing. I have nothing bad to say about it. The music drifting in daily from the square, the comfort and tranquillity & the obvious attention to the renters from the owners is apparent.

I have to commend them & their agents in the town, our stay was made MAJESTIC by them.

So sorry to leave.

Seton Steele

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, D.C.
5

The Flavor of Genuine Catalan Village Life

  • 5 of 5

Every Easter my husband and I join another couple for a week in Europe, but nowhere have we had a more authentic and memorable experience than in Ceret. And this house was the perfect place to enjoy it.

Sam could not have been more helpful in considering things to do in the area, from hikes to scenic train rides to explorations of Cathar castles, but because he is English I had the impression that Ceret might be one more French village deserted by the natives and full of English and German ex pats. Au contraire!

In our initial stroll through the town we discovered local residents shopping, friends relaxing at the cafes, and even a choir singing the traditional "Goigs del Ous," stopping in front of every shop in town to collect food for the needy. And to our great delight, we heard not a word of English!

The next morning we took the five-minute walk to the main square and witnessed a glorious celebration. It seemed like the whole town turned out to see a parade from the church, featuring statues of Mary and Jesus carried aloft on platforms bedecked with flowers. After the joyous service under a canopy of trees in brilliant sunshine, we followed the parade back to the church and then settled in at a cafe back near the square, unaware that in a few minutes a professional band would set up and half the town would begin dancing the Sardanes. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. If my holiday had ended there I would have been satisfied.

It's hard to add more details to the other reviews of this charming house. I would echo that it is lovely, comfortable, well stocked, incredibly thoughtfully equipped, and perfectly positioned. We easily parked our car half a block from the house; there's a boulangerie across the road (and several more within a two-minute walk); the best wood-fired pizza we've ever had is around the corner; the art museum and lots of shops are a five-minute walk from the house; and the fantastic Saturday market is steps away. And don't miss hiking the hills over Ceret!

For some people it may be tiring climbing to the fourth floor living space with its tall windows and toasty wood-fired stove, but we didn't mind. One of the bathrooms is rather small but quite serviceable, and from its window you can say hello to the scruffy dog across the road, who spends much of his day on a second-story rooftop.

All of Sam's descriptions of distances to area attractions are accurate; I just wish I'd had another week to explore them all.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Perpignan 30 mins or Girona 1 hr
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Wine bar and Tapas bar
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
le Boulou A9
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
3 restaurants in Place des Neuf Jets
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Argeles sur Mer
Car: recommended

There are many sandy beaches within an easy car drive. Argeles, the nearest, is 30min away. There are lakes within 10 min where you can swim, use a pedalo or a bungee trampoline, picnic or buy lunch at an inexpensive lakeside cafe. There is large water fun park (Aqualand) near St Cyprien.

You can buy fish straight from the boats in St Cyprian and Port Vendres. Visit Collioure - a coastal village that inspired many impressionists.

Perpignan has a medieval centre, good shopping and the Palace of the Kings of Majorca.

If you enjoyed the ‘Da Vinci Code visit a Cathar castle. The one at Carcassonne is only 90mins by car.

There are many outdoor activities such as walking in the local hills (Les Alberes) or further afield (Mt Canigou). Windsurfing, Paragliding and canyon descending are possible.

In N Spain there are sandy beaches along the Gulf of Roses, coastal walks along the Cap de Creus, beautiful medieval Girona and of course Barcelona.

Other Activities: Cathar history trail, routes des vins,

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
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4 night minimum stay
£303
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£482
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £31.23

Electricity is included in the price from Easter to October, but is extra for lets outside this time. Each room has an electric convector heater. For winter lets, two butane cubes are provided for the gas heater on the ground floor. These will normally last about 3 days each. Sufficient logs for about 3 days are also provided for winter lets. Replacement gas cubes or log sacks cost about €15.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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