4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10
About Deiniol Kearley-Heywood
We live in the UK, not far from London, and we travel out to the house every year for our own holiday. We love renting it out, because people love going there. The enjoy the house and area as much as we do!
Deiniol Kearley-Heywood purchased this House in 2004
Why Deiniol Kearley-Heywood chose Prades
We bought the house from a well-known local artist when he retired. He had kept so many of the original features that most houses of this age have lost. We realised we wanted a house that was a great base for exploring the beautiful countryside, but we also wanted to be able to walk to the bar or a restaurant at the end of the day. We arrived in Prades on market day. It took us ages to find somewhere to park, but we fell in love with the market and knew we wanted somewhere that allowed us to walk to and from the market laden down with wine and food. Oh--and the view form the terrace, of course. That nailed it!
What makes this House unique
The view form the terrace, the cool refreshing courtyard, the high moulded ceilings, the central stairwell, the original doors and full-length French windows, the wisteria, the amazing aspidistras (to large to be removed), the quirky shape of the house... you'll get why we like it if you stay.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Beautiful house in Prades
This is a lovely house, in which my wife and I were lucky enough to spend 4 months. The view of the Canigou from the terrace is sublime; the rooms are comfortable and the kitchen is excellent; the location could not be better. If you are considering different places to stay in France, Prades is a great choice, with regional markets twice a week, surrounded by the beauty of the Conflent.
Deiniol is a perfect host -- we never had a problem with communication or any arrangements. I recommend 18 Rue de l'Hospice very highly and hope to return soon.
We hope you'll come back soon! We're finishing off the ground floor works so there will be a lovely new courtyard bedroom as well as a new bathroom, as well as a fresh utility room.
A lovely old house in the heart of Prades
Very comfortable with lots of space. The roof terrace is brilliant for bird watching. Our 3 year old loved the toys and the road has very little traffic. The Pablo Casals museum at the end of the street is a great introduction to going to a cello festival concert.
We're pleased you had a good time and enjoyed the house.
Relaxed stay at 18 rue de l'hospice
The house is very comfortable to stay in. The kitchen is well equipped with all you can need for hassle free cooking: fridge, freezer, microwave, diswasher and a new cooker. A nice touch were the already provided essentials.. washing up liquid, dish washer tablets, loo rolls so we didn't have to stock up on large packets of everything. We were a family of four and had a pick of bedrooms. The bathrooms accompanying them were also very good - great showers!
We enjoyed the character of the house. The terrace was a great sun trap and had lovely views, the ritual of closing and opening the shutters felt very french and the floor to ceiling windows that opened inwards meant we caught catches of the french conversations passing by. The children also found it a great place for hide and seek.
The house is the perfect spot for relaxing and getting away from it all - there's no TV, no internet and escapism is easy. (There's quite a few books to borrow if you read more than you expect too!)
There is also plenty of free parking very close to the house.
Prades itself was a good place to be in. The market was great and very friendly with plenty of opportunities to taste before you buy. We particularly recommend the Pyrennean rotisserie chicken. The Bio Co-op had everything I needed for a gluten free diet. The Spar was open at convenient times and was very friendly. The butcher up Rue Arago had good delicatesan dishes to go with the meats on offer. There was a choice of
boulangeries for our morning expeditions for croissants and pain au chocolats. (The town was also reassuringly quiet so I could send our 11 year old off by himself come the end of the week for this purchase.) We also enjoyed going to the patisserie just up from the Spar and choosing a treat which came boxed up tied with a ribbon even if you chose only a single eclair. Also on Rue Arago (just round the corner from the house) was a good pizza take away. Very fresh pizzas enjoyed by all.
We also tried out some of the cafe's for coffee and people watching or after tea for a glass of something and an ice cream for the children. El Rider 66 was particularly welcoming for the children.
The tourist information centre in Prades was surprisingly big for the size of the town. We found lots of things to do, worked out we were close to the train station but in the end were more than happy to stay round Prades and relax.
Glad you had a great time! We'll have to play hide and seek next time we go.
Cool house, lovely area.
This is am amazing house that goes up and up. We loved the cool shabby chic decor and the view from the roof terrace is amazing. We spent each evening staring at the mountain, watching the swifts zip around catching their supper.
There was lots to do round and about (we have two boys aged 6 and 9) from swimming in the lake at Vinca, visting the pool at Vernet le Bain, relaxing at the hot springs, and there are lots of fantastic walks not to mention caves and forts to visit. We thought we would travel further afield to explore but in reality we stayed pretty local as there was plenty to do.
Would love to go back.
Fantastic French Townhouse
We had a fantastic couple of weeks in Prades with our two children (7 and 4). It’s an attractive and friendly town and the surrounding area is stunning. The mountains and gorges are amazing, and the reservoir about 5 miles away at Vinca has a great beach and is an ideal place for safe swimming for children. The local swimming pools in Prades and up the Road at Vernet le Bains are also fantastic for kids and adults.
The house itself is comfortable, spacious, beautifully decorated and very well equipped – the kitchen for example has everything you need to cook properly and goes far beyond what you’d expect in a holiday home. The best bit is the roof terrace – the views of the mountain are amazing and sitting on the roof with a glass of Rose at the end of the day was great!
Would thoroughly recommend and we will definitely be back.
Thanks for staying at the house!
In Praise of 18 Rue De L'Hospice
An excellent property. Stunning views. Spacious. Unique and atmospheric rooms based around a fabulous spiral staircase (easy and safe access, our children loved it). Can't think of anything we needed that wasn't already in the property - which was clean and well-maintained.
Prades is a gem. All necessary amenities within walking distance (and yet everything is so peaceful!). A wonderfully relaxing and calm market town with a rustic and charming feel. Easy to walk out of the town and into the hills.
The area is quite simply beautiful. In every direction you are rewarded with incredible scenery and a plethora of activities and historic, cultural sites. The sea is within easy reach, so too the natural hot springs in the mountains.
We have visited this property three times with three small children and have every intention of returning - it's perfect!
Prades is a pretty French town with a big and colourful market on Tuesday mornings. The Romanesque church has the largest baroque Reredos in France. There are cafes, brasseries and restaurants as well as a good range of shops all around the town square. There are events and festivals throughout the year. Spanish cellist Pablo Casals fled to Prades during the Spanish civil war, stayed and established the festival that now bears his name. The Catalan summer school takes over the town for two weeks in August, and there is dancing in the square every night.
The town lies in at the heart of the Conflent valleys. The confluence of a number of rivers, the region is exceptionally green and fertile. The local produce is varied and tasty - summer peaches are a particular treat. There are hot springs, caves, beautiful woods and mountains.
Prades is also in French Catalonia. There are many pretty villages, fortified towns, coastal watchtowers, castles, abbeys and museums throughout the area.
Other Activities: Canoeing, White water rafting, Skiing 45 minutes drive