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Pretty stone cottage, in small town in Pyrenees. Pool and child friendly garden

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Céret - number 12

3 Bedrooms, sleeps 6, 1 bathroom, 2nd WC, barn sized kitchen / living area

This artist's residence is shaded by huge palm trees in an enclosed garden. In the single storey house the thick stone walls and high beamed ceilings create a spacious interior that is cool in summer (log-burning stove for winter). French windows from 3 rooms open straight into the garden. There are 3 bedrooms : 2 with large double beds , one with 2 single beds. Cot and highchair available.

Situated on the edge of the artistic town of Ceret, it is just 10 miles from Spain. You can escape from the world and sit by the pool, or in the deep shade of the mature palm trees. Nearby discover lovely riverside walks, or its only 12 minutes stroll into the cobbled street town centre, with its pavement cafes, galleries, and restaurants. The local patisserie, the butcher, the supermarket (open late) are three minutes walk, and provide for all immediate needs. A new restaurant has opened ( summer only) by the spectacular bridge, just 300 metres away.

Check flights to PERPIGNAN ( 30 mins), GIRONA (90mins), CARCASSONNE(90 mins) and BARCELONA ( 2 hrs) MONTPELLIER (2hrs)

Arrival days flexible, by arrangement.

Please make yourselves at home. There is a guest book in the house with ideas for places to visit. This location is perfect as a base for exploring Languedoc, whatever your interests. One of the bedrooms has a large selection of books, which guests are free to borrow whilst on holiday, or exchange for those they have just finished reading. We also leave tea , coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and spices in the house at all times. Guests are welcome to use these, but please replace anything that is finished, or leave behind something for the next visitors. Enjoy!

Skiiing is available at Font Romeu, up the next valley, about an hour and a half 's drive, or train from Perpignan. There are two ski lifts. There are other resorts further up the next valley : travel from Perpignan towards Andorra ( rail or car).

The sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are 30 mins drive away at Argeles, with all kinds of beach sports or long open spaces. Visit Port Vendres for the daily morning fish market, and stay for lunch.


There is a small stream of mountain water running through the garden, about 10 inches wide and never more than 3' inches deep. It is usually dry in summer. We have often had 2 year olds staying, and have a 3 year old grandchild who has often stayed. The garden is enclosed, and there is plenty of room to kick a football.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Clare Bywater
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
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15 September, 2016
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About Clare Bywater

This house is shared jointly by me and my artist sister. She lives in Canada, and I live in Ireland. This is where we share time together. She paints, draws, and cooks with the wonderful local vegetables and fruit, and I read, swim, and meet friends in the pavement cafes. We both walk through the forests or up into the mountains. It is a very special place for us.

Clare Bywater purchased this cottage in 2001

Why Clare Bywater chose Vallespir

Everything you could need is available on the block, including small supermarket, butcher, and patisserie. Easy walking distance into this small town, and lovely evening walks from the house along the river where there is no traffic.

The huge palm trees offer unique shade on a hot summer's day, and the pool is just across the garden. Wonderful place to sit in the evening.

What makes this cottage unique

The house is single storey : there are no steps anywhere. The garden is safe, and enclosed by a lockable gate. The pool has a beautiful but impenetrable fence around it ( even by 2 year olds, and my very small grandson spent 2 weeks trying!), with a gate that is difficult for children to open, also lockable.

The enormous palm trees give wonderful shade in summer, and it is an easy garden to relax in, sit out in the evening and watch the bats, and listen to the bamboos rustling.


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Pretty stone cottage, in small town in Pyrenees. Pool and child friendly garden
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 13 reviews

Top holiday!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful converted stone house with tall ceilings and oozing French charm. Loved the wall of mirrors in the bathroom. Shutters kept the house cool when the temperature was in the high 30s. Exceptionally well equipped but beware no wi-fi or television, actually made a refreshing screen-free fortnight!! Wi-if available in the excellent Sybercafe in Ceret (great smoothies too).

Shady garden with outside furniture, including hammock and plenty of sun around the pool which was a delight, surrounded by lush vegetation and a rockery. Pool furniture could do with an upgrade.

Ceret itself has everything you could want, lively bars and restaurants, very interesting Museum of Modern Art, stunning walks from the centre of town and both leisurely flattish cycle tracks and full on hairpin bend 10k ascents into the hills.

Very useful blue folder of activities and restaurant. Gilles and Nicole who hold the key to the property are charming and incredibly helpful and there is a very amiable neighbour whose name escapes me.

All in all would thoroughly recommend the property and would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you had the best holiday. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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  • 5 of 5

our family of 6 (4 years to 77) were thoroughly enchanted by the rustic charm of your stone cottage. The short stroll to the medieval stone bridge and the petanque enabled us to enjoy time with residents. The shop for our provisions was a couple of minutes walk. In the other direction baker with great selection of home baked crusty breads and next door charcuterie for choices of meats to accompany the bread...all so convenient. To cap it all, every time we left the property drivers would stop on the little street and wave us across to our car opposite...such polite consideration only the 77 year old remembered from his childhood!! Would we return...at the drop of the nearest hat. Thanks for making our stay so memorable

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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End of summer paradise.

  • 5 of 5

This studio house and Ceret in late September we just lovely .The house cool and the garden both sunny and shady.We loved our time there rambling through the town and local villages taking gourgeous photographs. We just cant wait to return .

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This couple have stayed with us before, we are delighted to welcome them back
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  • 5 of 5

Ceret is a lovely village at the foot of the Pyrenees. The House is very secluded and private which was just what we wanted. The house was clean and in good order. The pool was great and we all had fun in it either playing ball games, swimming or cooling off. Lots of good placed to eat in Centre Ville about a ten minutes stroll away with live music on most nights. Found a great beach too!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Much more than we expected

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I were immediately seduced by the photos offered on Clara’s website.

It was the dream oasis we were looking for . From the private garden full of shading palms to the intimate internal spaces of the bedrooms and living spaces we were enamored. The village was a short walk away and the people and shops were very friendly. There is much to do in all seasons , it has a real warmth. Most important was our relationship with our host, Clare, who was present every step of the way, answering all our questions. She had books and travel guides in the living room.

You felt at home as soon as you got there.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These two sisters from California and Canada stayed 2 weeks in September, and then stayed on for a third week to use the house as a base to explore the Languedoc region. They really got the best usage of not being in a hurry and enjoying Ceret and the local area.
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Pleasant sojourn in Ceret

  • 5 of 5

This was a delightful house, combining comfort and charm with a secluded garden and pool. It is within easy walking distance of the centre of Ceret, an attractive town with numerous pleasant cafes and restaurants and a vibrant market on Saturdays. Ideally placed for exploring the Pyrenées Orientales and for access to the Med at Argeles and Collioure.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Perpignan / Girona /Carcasson or Barcelona(2 hrs)
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
In town, walking distance - coffee bar 200 metres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Junction 43 on A9 Narbonne/Carcassonne /Barcelona
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Car: recommended

Just 20 miles from the Mediterranean, this cottage is on the edge of the Pyrenean town of Céret, not far from the spectacular bridges over the river. There is a small supermarket, open 7 days a week, a butcher and a bread/patisserie within a few minutes walk. Céret is a small friendly town, where both French and Catalan can be heard in the not-to-be-missed Saturday market. Spend time in the pavement cafés, discover the old medieval streets, the restaurants, the wonderful galleries, and museums; and wander along the lovely Tech valley, which winds up to the highest southern Pyrenees peak of Canigou. Ideally situated for the Cathar castles of Languedoc, the long Mediterranean beaches, forested walks of the Pyrennes (from the town - just walk uphill!); explore the wine tasting in the surrounding vineyards, or lunch in the artistic centres of Collioure ( 30 mins), Figueres (close enough for supper or the Dali Museum), shop in Perpignan, or Barcelona is only 2 hours away. Climb to the castles or explore the beach sports, waterparks, riding, and a famous Prehistoric Park. Something for all ages.

Other Activities: Beach sports(30mins),ski (90),paragliding, quad bikes, guided mountain walks


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Céret, Vallespir

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
17 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
November 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2016-7
1 Dec 2016 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
18 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2017
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017-2018
1 Dec 2017 - 17 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1

Access to the property is from 4.00pm on the day of arrival. Please vacate the property by 10.00am on the day of departure to enable cleaning for next visitors.
Arrival day is flexible, by arrangement, and must not conflict with other bookings.
The agency will add a small percentage fee to each booking. This is payable with the deposit, and I will list it with your initial enquiry.
Linen and towels are provided, please bring your own swimming towels ( or these can be provided €5 per person, payable on arrival)
This is a non-smoking house.
Visitors are advised to take out their own holiday insurance. We do not accept responsibility for accidents in the house or garden, or loss of belongings.
The pool man comes twice a week April - October. He has a key for the garden.
There is a small supermarket at the end of the street, that is open 7 days a week until 7.30pm.
The keys are kept by a neighbour, who is nearby if there is a problem.
CD's, books, games and the pool are there for your enjoyment. There are plenty of cushions in the house for garden chairs, please be comfortable. Enjoy yourselves!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Céret in Pyrenees-Orientales

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wash basin
    Utility - Toilet , Wash basin/washing machine
  • There is a large shower, basin and toilet in the main bathroom, extra toilet and basin in the utility room, where there is also a washing machine for guests. Or you can find a launderette (with driers), and a dry cleaners, in town. There is an iron and a small ironing board in the house, also a hair drier. One towel is provided for each guest. Please bring your own swimming towels ( unless coming from Canada or Australia in which case other arrangements can be made).
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 5' x 6'
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 4'6" x 6'6' (2 m long)
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , 5'6" x 6'6' (2m long)
  • The two larger bedrooms have french windows that open straight into the garden : you can wander straight out and sit under the trees without disturbing anyone, or even take a quick early morning swim in the pool. All beds are provided with linen for visitors, and duvets in the winter. A cot is available on request, it can be moved to either of the large bedrooms. Each bedroom has bedside lamps, and a chest of drawers, and hangers for clothes are provided. The small bedroom has a collection of books for swaps, or just borrow and read during your stay. There are also a few childrens books and games. Each bedroom has an air-conditioning fan for use by guests should the need arise. Towels are provided for showers. Please supply your own swimming towels. (or these can be provided by arrangement, €5 per person).
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
This is a single storey building which opens directly into a large garden. There is another small terrace at the rear of the house, which catches the early morning sun, but is cool and shady by the afternoon. There is a fence and lockable gate surrounding the pool. The garden contains huge shady palm trees, some exotic ferns, and some cacti, lilies and roses. There is also a narrow stream which flows through the garden, dry in summer. In the heat of summer the generous palm-tree shade is invaluable, but for the sun-worshippers there is a sunbathing terrace by the pool, with 2 sunloungers and a selection of garden chairs. there is a hammock under the palm trees. SKIING Nearest skiing ( 2 lifts) is in the next valley at Font Romeu. The house is not normally open at this time of year, but it could be made available on request.

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