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

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

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 long double beds , one with 2 single beds. 2 Cots 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 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. Help yourselves to rice, lentils, pasta : whatever is left behind for you. 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.

TODDLERS

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 play.

More Details

Owner
Clare Bywater
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2017

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.

Location

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
St.Cyprien
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Perpignan
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Junction 43 on A9 Narbonne/Carcassonne /Barcelona
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Argeles
Car: recommended

Just 20 miles from the Mediterranean, this cottage is on the edge of the small 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, Spain, (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. White water rafting and caving not too far away.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Utility - Toilet , Wash basin/washing machine
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wash basin. Shower is extra large.
  • 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).
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , 5'6" x 6'6' (2m long)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 3'9" x 6', 3' x 6'
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 5' x 6'6' (2 m 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. 2 cots can be available on request, they 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).
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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Pretty stone cottage, in small town in Pyrenees. Pool, child friendly garden
average rating of 4.647059 based on 17 reviews
5

A Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

The hidden gem

One week in Ceret is not long enough and yet it is ample to really get to savour and enjoy this pretty much unknown corner of SW France.

The cottage is just out of the town centre in an easily accessible quiet area. Perfect for jaunts into town or nearby countryside – which we did both regularly or for quality time in the cottage and garden.

Ceret is known for its world class modern art gallery, with an absurd abundance of Picasso pottery, and also for its excellent Saturday Market selling superb food and local oddities and trinkets. We enjoyed both. This attracts a small well heeled niche tourism sector who are well served with good restaurants and street cafes. Perfect to people watch or rest weary feet from wandering the many old streets and squares of old houses and shops in the town centre. It’s all photogenic and fun. Ceret is vibrant and active with visitors and locals. It has the atmosphere and grandeur of a larger town but in reality is really a village

A medium sized Carrefour supermarket was adequate for most needs but actually the bread shop and small grocery shop (both 70m from the cottage – but in opposite directions) meant there was no shortage of supplies or fresh baguettes and croissant (cheap and yummy) and made breakfast a feast. Fresh sliced meats from the butchers next door to the baker made lunches easy

Wander 80m from the cottage down to the petang/boule pitch – we rarely saw anybody there but played most days and then walk onto the disused railway bridge and look in awe past the modern bridge to the famous single span old stone bridge (Pont du Diable) with its imagination inspiring houses tucked on the hillside beside the river. We stopped and picked up a bottle of wine and some cheese to be consumed in the pretty and private garden. A perfect way to enjoy the end of the day.

The Cottage has serious French charm and grace. It was perfect for our needs and wants. The living room with the kitchen was big enough for the needs of 4 adults and 2 children. The kitchen had a few supplies already there. We used some and left others we had bought but not used. We even cooked a BBQ outside one evening which worked great.

I think a hire car is pretty much essential if you want to get out and explore the surrounding countryside (as we did) unless you really just want peace and serenity and desire to close the world out at the front gate and revel and relax in the cottage and garden. A great place to rea

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you all had such a good time. It really is a special place.
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5

Delightful tranquil haven in stunning town

  • 5 of 5

This is our third time returning to this beautiful house in the wonderful town of Céret though this was our first time visiting with our 1 and 3 year old children. We found the house improved even further since our earlier visits with everything we could possibly need provided. From the practicalities of a cot and high chair for our smallest to everything we could possibly need to look after us all.

Céret remains a fantastic place with so much to see and do in the town and surrounding countryside and villages. Returning from the beach in 20 minutes or so, it was a delight to return through the gate to the shady garden and pool, providing welcome cool relief from the blazing sunshine.

One welcome addition since our last visit is the 'De Profil' cocktail/tapas/finger food bar restaurant opposite the boulodrome, near the bridges, just a five minute walk from the house. This is a newly opened establishment with very friendly owners/staff who speak French, English and possibly other languages. They are very knowledgeable about their carefully selected and prepared dishes and drinks and must be a regular haunt for visitors to Céret!

We cannot recommend this wonderful house highly enough and look forward to our next visit in 2018.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

In a word - BLISS!

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful beautiful house! Its in a great location within walking distance from the town (and the worlds greatest take away pizza truck!). The house itself has enormous charm - which is helped by the lovely notes that are around it from its owners about how to operate/use different things. It is well maintained and immaculately clean, with 3 spacious bedrooms, a garden, terrace and swimming pool (as a mom of 2 smallies under 5 it was brilliant that the pool was gated out of reach of tiny hands so meant we were always with them in the pool area) We created a whole host of new memories in Ceret, many of which centered around this amazing property which really did become our home from home while we were away. Now...........if I can just get back there minus the smallies above - heaven :)

Cannot recommend this property enough - for couples/families alike - it certainly brings that joie de vie!!!!

Bliss :)

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Any time you want to return on your own, or just with a couple of adult friends, it's a great place for a lazy adult holiday too.
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5

Just Right

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I loved our time at this house .It was cool in the days and warm at night and the pool was a delight.We took stunning photographs in Ceret and can't wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: September-October and May-June are a good time to come to the South of France if you want to avoid the hotter high summer days. Delighted you discovered the picturesque town. Pleased to see you again any time.
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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

ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL

  • 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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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£456
for 3 nights
From
£152
£800
 
 
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£180
for 3 nights
From
£60
£750
 
 
Winter 2017-2018
1 Dec 2017 - 16 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
£600
 
 
Spring 2018
17 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£110
£700
 
 
Early Summer 2018
1 May 2018 - 15 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£825
 
 
Summer 2018
16 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
High Summer
14 Jul 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,250
for 7 nights
£1,250
 
 
Late Summer 2018
18 Aug 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£800
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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 our femme de menage, ( housekeeper) who can be called 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!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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