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Something different—town house with south-facing roof terrace

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10

More interesting than the average holiday home, our house is a tall, 300 year old town house slotted into the bend of a quiet side street. No two walls are at right angles, so modernising the interior was a challenge. What we haven’t done is change the character of the house. What we have done is provide modern facilities, make it really comfortable and give you a great base for your holiday.

We have had some big parties of friends and family here - the house takes 10 easily (12 if you are good friends), but we have also been really comfy as a couple too. The bedrooms provide flexible sleeping accommodation with 7 beds (plus 1 pull-out bed and 2 sofa-beds). There are three modern en-suite shower rooms; a large, old bathroom and an additional separate WC. There is a large dining room and two very different sitting rooms as well as a private courtyard and a large, south-facing terrace.

The Area: Prades is a pretty French market town of about 4000 people. The big and colourful market is 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.

From Carcassonne to the Vermillion coast the Rousillion is packed with interest. Notable vineyards include Limoux, Rivesaltes and Banyuls.

Catalonia has been part of the Kingdom of Majorca, Aragon, France and Spain. Its history is visible in the fortified towns, coastal watchtowers and castles throughout the area. Prades is a centre of French Catalan heritage and culture. 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. Local food is influenced too.

Things to do: There is so much to do in the region that all we can do is give you a taste. There are impressive hills, lakes and rivers around Prades with a wide variety sports and activities. In winter the nearest ski resorts are just 45km away.

Canet Plage is 30 minutes drive from the house. It has long, sandy Mediterranean beaches, restaurants and lively nightlife. You can get to Canet by public transport.

There is a variety of other beaches and coastal resorts close by including Sainte-Marie-Plage, Saint-Cyprien-Plage, Port Barcares, Argeles-sur-Mer and the pretty fishing town of Colluire.

The Petit Train Jaune, the most scenic SNCF service, climbs 1200m up the Tet valley from the walled town of Villefranche via some spectacular viaducts.

There are pretty towns and villages, castles, abbeys and lots of museums in the Conflent. Prades has an excellent, English speaking tourist office to help you plan your trips. Many of our guests keep coming back because there is so much to do and see.

Eating Out: As you would expect, good restaurants are plentiful and you will be hard pressed to eat badly. The set menus are good value and a way to sample local specialties. Try Escalivade-roast vegetable salad, Bourride-delicious fish soup, anything with anchovies, Paella, Boules de Picolat-Catalonian meatballs, and Crepes Forestiere-wild mushroom pancakes. The ice-cream liegeois are excellent and Creme Catalane is the local dessert.

The local wine, best ordered by the pichet, is excellent and cheap. The vin rose goes well with virtually everything. Other drinks popular with the locals are Banyuls and Rivesaltes as aperitifs and dessert wines, Kir, Sangria, and demi-peche lager with peach syrup.

More Details

Deiniol Kearley-Heywood
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
4 August, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

There was plenty of space in the house to get away from each other when we needed to - always important when living with a big group! Each bedroom having a bathroom was also a big plus.
Sep 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Prades in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • The Old Bathroom - Bath with Shower , Bidet , Large and unusual room. seperate WC on same floor.
    Atelier en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Green room en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Attic en-suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All 3 en-suite shower-rooms were installed in 2003. On the second floor, there is a suite comprised of the blue room, the green room and an en-suite shower room. They can be used as a double with dressing room, as a family suite with a room for a child, or as two bedrooms sharing a bathroom. The Old Bathroom, on the ground floor, is such a crazy room, we had to leave it as it was. Crumbling plaster, fantastic colours, and a lovely view into the courtyard over the old pink marble sink. A great place to take a bath. You will either love it or hate it - we love it. There is also a washing machine, tumble dryer and boiler in here, plus a separate WC on this floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Atelier Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , South facing, mountain view, en suite
    Green Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Four poster bed, balcony, en suite
    Blue Room - 1 Single Bed , french window, forms a suite with green room
    Attic - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , suitable as group or family room, en suite
    Sitting Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , walk-in cupboard for storage
    Studio - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa bed and single day bed with pull-out under
  • Cot available is a travel cot for which linen is not provided. It is possible to move the cot to another room. The second floor consists of a suite of double bedroom, dressing room and en-suite shower room and WC. Across the landing there is a south facing double bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC. The third floor has a large attic bedroom with en-suite shower room and WC. There is a double bed and two singles in this room. Across the landing is the sun terrace.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The ground floor has a studio room that can be used as a bedroom or as a second sitting room. There is large, old and unusual bathroom, a separate WC, and access to a completely private walled courtyard. It has a wisteria and mature pepper tree that provides shade in the heat of the day. There is garden furniture including chairs and a table. The courtyard is the perfect place to relax in summer. It is cool and the sunlight is dappled by the tree. The first floor has a sunny south facing sitting room. The dining room has a working log fireplace and its original moulded plaster ceiling. This room leads directly into the kitchen, which is fully equipped. On the south side of the third floor is a large open sun terrace. It faces due south and has excellent views on all sides. The view is dominated by the Canigou mountain. There are a number of plants on the terrace including cactuses and two olive trees. The terrace catches sun throughout the day, even in winter it gets hot.


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Something different—town house with south-facing roof terrace
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A lovely old house in the heart of Prades

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxed stay at 18 rue de l'hospice

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time! We'll have to play hide and seek next time we go.
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Cool house, lovely area.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Salisbury, Wiltshire

Fantastic French Townhouse

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at the house!
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In Praise of 18 Rue De L'Hospice

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2011
  • Date of Stay: April 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic French Townhouse

  • 5 of 5

This is an outstanding French townhouse, right in the heart of sleepy Prades and with stunning views from the rooftop terrace which somehow catches the sun all year round.

All the rooms are large and beautifully furnished, with most en-suite. The Kitchen is v. large and perfect for large family or group meals, with an additional separate lounge. Even with 10 people there, there is enough space to have your own inidividual space for peace and quiet and large enough rooms to enjoy group gatherings too.

Nearby you have excellent ski-ing and beaches and fascinating Ville Franche and the garottes (sp?) a short drive away. Prades itself is a pretty market town well worth exploring with phenomenal walks on your doorstep. It really feels like France too.

Outstanding value, I really cannot recommend this place enough and hope to return soon

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2009
  • Date of Stay: December 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
47 Kilometres
A9 Junction 42
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales

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1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
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1 Sep 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £35.71
Refundable Damage Deposit £178.57

These numbers are based on up to six people sharing, please ask for a quote for a larger group. There is often a discount for 1 couple (the low season couple rate is €430) and parties are eligible for a 20% discount for booking of subsequent weeks. Please enquire for a personal quote for your party. Christmas and Easter rates are available on request.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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