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James & Caroline Postlethwaite

Member since: 2006
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Speaks English, French, German, A little French spoken.

Detached villa & flat in stunning streamside location near the sea - Apartment Riviere

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Alberes - Villa Heureuse & Apt Riviere

4 bedroom villa & 2 bedroom apartment,WIFI 15 mins drive to sandy beaches

The villa & apartment make the most of breathtaking views over the tumbling stream, whilst the terraced gardens offers both sun & shade. They are planted with palms, yuccas & Mediterranean plants. Each property has it's own private area outside. The shared gate leads to the stream & natural pool great for swimming, fishing & exploring nature. The sound of running water & birds chirping help get you strait into the holiday mood. This is a place where you can really relax & unwind, yet is close to so much.

THE VILLA: Inside 9 rooms including 4 bedrooms offer plenty of space. French doors let in plenty of sun & allow you to enjoy the amazing views. From the sitting room a balcony overlooks the stream. Upstairs the 3 & 4th bedroom are joined or separated by a sliding door. They lead too a large private roof terrace.

APARTMENT RIVIERE: Outside large patios & terraced gardens lead via a private entrance to the two bedroom apartment also offering magical private views over the cascading stream & gardens.

Each has it's own ping pong table.

Natural swimming pool & ping pong: Children or adults alike can while away hours looking for fish (bring a net or buy one locally) swimming or just enjoying a BBQ surrounded by blissful natural sounds. If you are the sort of person who enjoys being in a really natural environment & prefers the idea of pure mountain water to chlorine, but likes to be close to the action, this is for you. The Edge of the pool shelves gently, so it is a good place for children to practice swimming under supervision. The waterfall cascading into the pool is a constant pleasure to watch & ensures the water remains clean. Older children & adults love to jump in from the rocks above! Click on our website for more photos.

In winter spring & autumn the stream often surges after rain which is quite thrilling, in summer it continues to flow more quietly.It NEVER dries out.

There is a gate separating the properties from the stream to keep children safe, but obviously you must use prudence especially with young children.

Ping ping is also available to the villa.

Near to everything: The villages of Sorede & Laroque Des Alberes are only 5 minutes by car & offers a full range of shops & restaurants. The roads are very easy & though the villa is in nature, there are houses round about, so it is by no means cut off from civilization. This is a wonderful place in summer to escape the crowds & is a welcome few degrees cooler with good air. In spring & Autumn everything is green & flowering so it is also a wonderful time to come.

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Space & comfort, great weather, walks & WIFI: The villa especially, is very spacious with large rooms. The sofa & chairs are comfortable & the furniture good quality, offering a touch of luxury. For rainy days there is TV & WIFI but with an average 300 days of sun a year & warm micro climate there are not many of these!! This area offers one of the best climates in France which is why the French have holidayed here for years.

Walking is a great pleasure here especially off season when it is cooler. There are a huge array to choose from, whether you are a casual walker or up for long hikes. Many are possible strait from the villa & apartment.Great for bird watchers also.

There is of course also the possibility of renting both the villa & the apartment if you are a larger group.

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Details for holiday apartment Apartment Riviere, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This apartment is suitable for up to 4 people. Outside several private patio areas offer a choice of sun & shade. The terraced gardens planted with a variety of palms, citrus trees, roses & Mediterranean herbs make this is a wonderful place to relax & chill. Just outside the gate of the property, the stream rushes past gushing in spring, more gentle in the summer. The large naturally formed swimming pool is a great place to swim. Children will love trying to catch fish. If you'd rather swim in naturally pure water than chlorine, this is for you. Inside the apartment is newly renovated to a high standard with wooden floors throughout. The entrance leads to the bedroom with double bed. Off this, the living room offers a brand new kitchen with full size oven & hob & fridge freeze, sofa & dining area. The bathroom is also brand new with separate shower & bath. The 2nd bedroom includes 2 single beds. Throughout the apartment large windows offer wonderful private unobstructed views.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James & Caroline Postlethwaite (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, A little French spoken.

About James & Caroline Postlethwaite

We are an English family living in France. I trained in England as an Osteopath & Naturopath & James as a Medical Herbalist & yoga Teacher & writer.

Now my interest is in sharing in & discovering & opening to the deeper truth of ourselves, so that we can let go of limiting beliefs & flower into our infinite potential & be true to our hearts & souls.

So many of us have got caught up in living life on survival level only & living according to others expectations. Yet as we turn inwards again we discover who we really are on a deeper level. We can again discover our true centre, our authentic self & live from joy. Anyone for whom this resonates is welcome to speak to me about this.

Why James & Caroline Postlethwaite chose Alberes

I love the situation here. To be honest James & I completely fell in love with it. It has been a restoration project of love which we continue to upgrade. I just feel so grateful to be able to share this with you.

What makes this apartment unique

The views & situation are so unique. To have a natural pool to swim in right outside the property is just amazing. I love to swim in nature myself & feel so much joy giving you this opportunity also. Children love it, as do adults, so it's really win win.

Being close to many other pretty villages sea & shops is also a bonus. It is though useful to have a car as Sorede is about 40 mins walk & uphill on the way back.It is though a beautiful walk much of it possible along the river. Also a great spot for keen cyclists or bird watching.


based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Apartment Riviere
average rating of 4.3125 based on 16 reviews

Lovely secluded spot in beautiful scenery, close to mountains and sea.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect for our needs. Spacious and comfortable for 2. Lovely space outside leading down to the stream. Only shame was the water was too cold in April to swim in the plunge pool. The apartment is up a valley surrounded by mountains, with opportunities for hiking direct from the house. Five minutes drive to quiet village of Sorede for local shops and a few restaurants. Spectacular views over the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Also only a short drive to the coast and interesting towns on the Cote Vermeille, and within reach of the higher valleys of the Pyrenees.

We'll have to come back when it's warmer to enjoy the plunge pool!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you . It is true in April the water is cool. Sometimes people come with wet suits for swimming in the spring, which is a great idea if you are keen to swim in spring or Autumn!!! The spring here is great for walking & exploring as you mentioned. Actually it's my favorite time of year here as the wild flowers spring up everywhere & it's lovely & green. You were a joy to host & we welcome you back any time.
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agréable séjour

  • 3 of 5

Ma femme et moi avons passé une semaine à l'appartement Rivière. Le site est magnifique et l'appartement très agréable, joliment meublé et bien équipé. Mais Il faut savoir que l'appartement est situé en-dessous d'une autre partie de la location ce qui entraîne certains désagréments sonores.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Yes sometimes one can hear people above. We have now put down some rugs above to reduce this. Actually it is the first time anyone has mentioned this but we always do our best to respond & do what we can.
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Wow! Idyllic location,

  • 4 of 5

You won't find a better location for a peaceful, quiet beautiful retreat. There are not many properties that can boast such a tranquil setting with the soothing sound of running water and the rustling of trees 24/7.

Our hosts Caroline and James were a delight to meet,. On the first evening the temperature dropped after a hot spell, and they bought round a quilt the next day which was a thoughtful touch.

This idyllic location means that you are approx 3.5 km from the centre of Sorede so a walk to visit to the bolangerie ( excellent artisan bread) or to one of the Restaurants means you are reliant on a car, the road leading up the valley to the apartment is rugged in places, however after a few journeys it becomes easy to navigate around the potholes.

The apartment was as described, with a well equipped modern kitchen having all the necessary utensils for your holiday needs,. The sofa, the bed and linen are adequate.

I would recommend this property for anyone who wants a retreat in a beautiful unique location, enjoys a natural environment and doesn't mind being reliant on a car..

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Yes it is true, a car is necessary for this location. It is about 40 mins to walk into Sorede. However everything is very close to visit. Being a little away from the centre it is quiet. It was a joy to host you.
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Location, location, location

  • 4 of 5

Staying in the appartment under Villa Heureuse we were impressed with the location. Took a bit of finding on arrival I Sorede but once there we were delighted. Swimming and paddling in the river and pool was a joy, and is clearly the reason for staying here. All our friends were very envious as we posted photos on Facebook!

Lots of interesting places to visit in the locality. Couriere is fantastic, and Carcossonne worth every minute of the drive there.

Future guests should be aware that the front door leads straight into the double bedroom through which you have to go each time to exit the property. For a family this is probably not a problem, but it is a little more problematic if you have two couples in each room, as if the occupants of the double room want a siesta others have to quietly creep pass them to exit the building. But perhaps that only applies to us in our more senior years who enjoy an afternoon nap!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. It will be helpful for future guests.
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A wonderful escape from stress

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly paradise. Idyllic and peaceful. The apartment was well equipped and the views magnificent. The most relaxing holiday we have ever had! The beautiful stream gives off a soothing sound and is great for cooling off on hot days. The various terraces offer both sun and shade with pretty and colourful plants and flowers everywhere. Caroline and James were very welcoming and you always felt they were at hand yet never intrusive. The sleepy village of Sorede is a great place to spend an afternoon sitting in the cafe in the square and Argeles Sur Mer has a lovely beach and is excellent for shopping in the market, which is lively and very typically French. Will definitely be returning to this place next time we need to re-charge our batteries!

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow that is wonderful to hear. Thank you. We welcome you back with open arms !!!! It is a joy to see you really enjoy yourselves & relax.
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lovely apartment in peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and well -equipped - but, most importantly, the views of the river and rock pool from the windows were breathtaking. Soothed to sleep by the sounds of the babbling river each night. Great location to have a very varied stay - beaches one day and mountains the next. We loved Collioure especially!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Port Vendres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Le Boulou
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Sorede is an undiscovered gem nestling in the foothills of the Alberes part of the Pyrenees, yet only 10 mins from the sandy Mediterranean beaches & sparkling sea. This enchanting village has several good restaurants & all the necessary amenities & shops including: boulangeries, bank, post office, children’s playground & tourist information office. It's attractions include a twice weekly market, turtle zoo & riding stables.

Sorede is very authentic & friendly. A thriving local population means it is open for business all year round.

From Sorede you are well situated to visit many other interesting places including vibrant Ceret Market (overflowing with local produce) & museum of modern art. Perpignan 20 minutes drive. Beautiful Colliure, a romantic seaside village is a must.

Spain's Costa Brava, Girona & Barcelona are in day trip range.

Mountains, thermal bathes & ski slopes are all accessible.

This is a great base for sun, sea & sites either for a family or a couple.

Other Activities: hiking & all water sports

Golf: 20 mins drive to Golf Course.

Ski: Skiing is possible in 1.30 mins drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sorede, Alberes

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
23 Apr 2016 - 17 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early summer
18 Jun 2016 - 8 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Jul 2016 - 19 Aug 2016
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
Late summer
20 Aug 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Winter 2016/17
22 Oct 2016 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £152

We require a 200€/£ security deposit paid with the final balance & returned within 2 weeks if all is in order when you leave.
Linen is available to hire for £6/ 7.50€ per person per week.
Cleaning is available for 15€ per hour.We ask you leave our property clean & tidy at the end of your stay or you can pay 30€ for cleaning by arrangement.
User website is www.dreamrentalsfrance.com
Osteopathic Massage available

Prices in 2nd column are for 2 people.
We require 30% payment on booking & 70% 8 weeks before your stay.

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Accommodation and facilities for Apartment Rivierein Alberes in Pyrenees-Orientales

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Brand now shower cubicle, bath & sink beautifully decorated.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The entrance leads into the first bedroom which in turn leads to the sitting room.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Brand new bathroom & kitchen, all totally modernized making the most of the space.

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