Superb detached villa, brand new private pool, with solar cover, 200m2 sun terrace with sofa, two arm chairs. A swing chair/bed with drapes overlooks the pool on its own raised terrace area. Two outdoor dining areas, the one to the rear of the property which is a south facing sun trap overlooking the beautiful woods, the other is a covered terrace with built-in French BBQ with views of the surrounding countryside. There is a side lawn large enough for a game of badminton, a table tennis table, a herb garden where you can pick some fresh organic mint, thyme, sage, marjoram, bay or Melissa. We have a row of lavender and some beautiful plants that attract the wildlife. This hidden gem provides a very high standard of accommodation in one of the most sought after areas in the region. Boulangerie, pharmacy, take away, three great restaurants - very French, market stall selling local produce, public basket ball, picnic areas plus a beautiful river and streams to play in, which are all within a short walk. Set in total tranquillity, in a secluded valley yet only 2 miles from Ceret, a beautiful town with plenty of art history, bars and excellent restaurants. The property has been fully refurbished to a very high standard with every possible convenience, such as wifi internet access. The pool is closed from October - April, however, the sauna can be used during this period.
- Villa1937 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay7 nights
One of the best Ceret Villas - Peaceful Location, Walking Distance to Restaurants and Shops, 20 Minutes To The Beach
- Calendar last updated:
- 4 Oct 2018
Mike packed in his successful job when Theo (our third child) was a baby. We sold up in the UK, bought a trailer tent and ended up at a camp site on a beach with our three children for the summer, looking and deciding where to live. By September we had chosen a school in an area that we liked, set up our own small business and then proceeded to look for a place to buy whilst we rented. Our three children were by now in the local school. We fell upon this house, it was in quite a state when we bought it, however, now with many years of hard work from all the family, it is now a pretty as a picture and we are very proud of it. We love our French house, we love the people, the lifestyle, the weather – if we had stayed in France any longer we wouldn't have ever come back to the UK.
Susan purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Susan chose Reynès
As we were living in France we wanted somewhere quiet but not remote for the children. It had to be accessible so that we could travel back and to to England easily to see the family and somewhere where we could swim, sail in the summer, with a warm, dry climate and yet go skiing in the winter. Chez nous... Montagne - Mer
What makes this Villa unique
It’s in a very friendly village, set in a wonderful location where you can access/see the mountains or the sea. From the house you can walk along a quiet lane to the school, boulangerie, and a couple of shops/restaurants. The weather is brilliant, the house is in a sheltered spot with its own micro climate so it is usually warm, sunny, still and dry.
Pool / Spa
Very comfortable house, 5 mins from Ceret, lots to do and see in the area.
This property was truly 5 star, even better than the photos. Lovely pool, with 6 luxury brand new sunloungers and cushions in addition to 4 rocking chair beds around the pool plus an additional wicker sofa, 2 armchairs and a coffee table. Two terraces to enjoy plenty of outdoor meals in the shade. An amazing TV with internet access, Netflix and a huge stock of DVDs. All the little extras to make a stay all that bit easier. Fully stocked cupboard with unopened bottles of olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, tea, coffee etc. A lovely welcome pack with cereal, milk, snacks and munchies. There was plenty to do in the area and a week not nearly enough to explore it all. Susan had a number of really good bikes for use and great local bike paths. Colliere definitely worth a visit. Would have loved to take a trip to the ski slopes and the thermal baths but will definitely have to go back to explore the region. Having said all of that it was difficult to leave the poolside and comfort of this really beautiful home!
Thank you very much for your kind review. I can not thank you enough; Mike and I work tirelessly to make sure that all our guests have a super holiday enjoying our house, a review like yours just makes all our hard work worth the while, so thank you once again. Not only that but, your review came in on our wedding anniversary, so your really made our weekend - thank you.
On another note, skiing is brilliant in the region, so don't hesitate to ask us if you ever feel that you want to come back. My kindest regards, Susan
To potential future guests - one of our previous guests this year (2018) said what a wonderful time they had had, and they had actually counted that we have 37 comfortable chairs to sit on! You can see what I think people want to do on their holidays! One guest said ' the house and pool are like a 5 star hotel, they certainly weren't expecting that'. One set of guests spent their time sailing/snorkelling/windsurfing down at the beach for their two week holiday and couldn't believe how beautiful the coast was, plus so easy to drive to and park for free right by the sandy beach. Happy holidays..
Perfect trip, beautiful part of the world, wonderful weather, great house in a fantastic location.
It is unbelievable how uplifting it can be to take a break abroad in September. The weather was just perfect. Warm, sunny and bright. The air smelt fresh, the scenery was absolutely beautiful. We ate alfresco every day, the ambience was majestic. Alfresco dinning at night too. I didn't wear my coat or jumper.We saw beautiful sun sets, with crystal clear evenings and starry nights. We visited the Museum of Art and saw the amazing Dali exhibition. We hired electric bikes and cycled down to the coast one day, perfect, a beautiful lunch followed by a swim in the sea. One day we cycled up towards the mountain and visited a UNESCO site and again ate a beautiful lunch on the way. There is a segregated cycle path right on the door step that takes you from the mountains to the sea - oh la la, we had such fun whizzing down the mountain, we reached 52km! The house was a joy to come back to after our energetic trips out, it was luxury to have a long soak in a very comfortable Jacuzzi bath, then sit outside and see the stars appear, owls hooting, crickets, frogs and there was even a trace of wild boar activity in the garden! Every night we flopped into the extremely comfortable beds, then again, alfresco dinning on the terrace for breakfast, we were lucky enough to see a Golden Oriel fly right past us! The house was very clean, tidy and had everything we needed, plus it was in a great location, quiet, yet on the door step of Ceret, a sheltered sunny spot, right between the mountains and the sea. We will be back...We did actually do a few other amazing trips, but I won't go into detail! And, don't tell anyone, but we did watch the telly one night too - it was like being at the cinema but with the added bonus of slobbing on some very fluffy comfy sofas!
Villa had positives and negatives. Suspect owner originally put work in but has become blasé. Contact with us was all automatic with no personal contact even when we tried to get a response.
Directions to villa are good. On arrival steep steps to door with no rail either side unsuitable for some travellers. We were just 2 couples and they'd obviously decided therefore we only needed 2 bedrooms - others weren't made up. Annoying as one couple preferred separate rooms but no linen (and no discount for smaller party!). Towels were a bit mean too e.g. one tea towel and no replacements in nearly 2 week stay. Decent sized lounge/diner and large TV but unfortunately (despite following instructions) no UK TV etc although we did eventually get Netflix by ignoring instructions. Kitchen minute with just one useable plug socket. Toaster only partly worked but lots of cutlery/china supplied and tabs for washing machine and dishwasher nice touch. Nice table/chair set just outside kitchen door but no outside lighting here limited use. There was a table tennis table too and this was supplied with not only bats but balls too. Smaller terrace/table to front where (when we replaced the 2 bulbs - no spares supplied) there was lighting. The advertised BBQ is in fact just a chimney - you won't get coals to burn on the flat concrete (no system for venting). The pool area is pleasant with extra supplies in the pool room. However don't spend ages looking for the much talked about pool keys (in instructions) as there don't appear to be any. Two gates, one was locked the other open.
We did try to contact the local manager by email, about bedding/towels and TV. No reply although the day before we left we found a carrier bag of towels outside the front door.
All in all, considering the price bracket, we were disappointed with the villa and especially lack of communication and would not consider a return.
Just like the pictures
It was a really lovely property and there is much to do locally, plenty of restaurants.
Only we did not always get the blue skies!! I think we were unlucky.
Thank you very much, we are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday. It is a special part of the world and we try to do our best to make sure people have a nice holiday.
Lots of space, fabulous outside areas, plenty of home comforts. Close to tourist spots.
We spent almost a month in this lovely home for a special occasion. Several groups of family and friends joined us for short breaks. The house was ideal for our needs. There was lots of space to spread out and the outside space was fantastic, especially the pool area. On the few occasions when the weather was less than perfect, the many games, books and TV stations kept us busy. Reynes is very close to some lovely tourist attractions, if you can drag yourselves away from the house. The kitchen was well- equipped for preparing meals and all the beds were comfortable. If you are looking for high spec equipment, marble surfaces, Egyptian cotton sheets and modern decoration, this may not be the place for you; but if you want a home-from- home, it's great! Great value for money! Susan was very accommodating and understanding.
Brilliant property in the best location in the region
We stayed in the property in July 2016 and I have to say that we were absolutely delighted.
The property is of very high quality with the most amazing pool terrace and facilities.
It is just the right distance from the pretty market town of Ceret. It is about a five minute drive - close enough to enjoy everything that is on offer but far enough away to be very tranquil. Just what we were looking for in our holiday.
We also really enjoyed the visiting the coast - both the beaches and the beautiful seaside town of Collioure - both being an easy drive away
The property and pool were immaculately clean and the owners and guardians were very helpful indeed.
The main highlight is the pool and terraces which are large with plenty of loungers and 2 nice tables for al fresco dining.
Both the region and the property were a real delight - highly recommended
Special interest holidays:
This is one of the best places you will find for cycling. Miles and miles of quiet tarmac lanes, plus the most amazing brand new cycle path that goes from the mountains to the sea. You can do short trips in to the local town, or spend the day exploring the area. The brand new cycle path links up several towns/villages is very easily accessed from the house - bring your cycle shorts.We have bikes for those who ask by special request.
There is a beautiful coastline within a short drive of the property. Miles and miles of long golden beaches around Argeles are around 20 minutes drive away. They are blue flag and have been voted some of the best in the world. Plus the beautiful fishing villages such as Collioure on the Vermillion coast are a must to visit.
Perpignan 30 mins. Gerona 50 mins. Carcassonne 60 mins. Beziers 60mins
Toulouse 2 hours. Barcelona 2 hours (1hr 20mins by new super TGV train) . Car hire is recommended, however it is not essential.
Local village of Reynes is less than a mile away. Market town of Ceret with loads to do and see is 2 miles away. Perpignan is half an hour's drive away. Spain is about 20 mins away in the car, with Barcelona about 2 hours. The TGV is scheduled to be complete this year making trips to Barcelona much quicker. Beaches from around 20 mins drive.
You can take a short walk to Reynes village either along a quiet lane or over a small river and down a track, past a small holding farm with goats, donkeys, chickens etc They also provide meditation classes, massage and yoga. In Reynes there is a boulangerie, pharmacy, PO, local farmers selling their produce at the height of summer, an outdoor arena near the river that holds festivals with dancing and 3 restaurants in the village all less than a mile away. Ceret (2 miles), has all the commerce's you may need, including an excellent art gallery and a music school that has some magnificent concerts. The area is in the foothills of the Pyrenees meaning that there is a huge amount to see with wonderful wildlife all around. There are many wonderful places to visit, from thermal spar baths(no holiday is complete without a trip), Cathar castles, flying schools, safari parks, water slide parks, zip wire, butterfly sanctuaries, vineyards and every outdoor pursuit that you could imagine from via ferrate to diving - too many to list here!
I do have to mention that the BBC have moved their satellite in the sky, so we are now unable to get regular British TV, however, we have now connected the TV up to a digi box via the internet, so you can stream - BBC iplayer, iTV player, u tube - can now listen and watch videos on the telly you which is great- plug in memory sticks etc...
Booking Notes: Booking are taken by telephone or e-mail, payment by cheque BACS or on line payment. Deposit of £500 payable at time of booking, the rest of the balance 8 weeks before arrival. Refundable security deposit of £500 payable. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday. Arrival after 3pm - depart before 10am. Contact me if you would prefer a different day out of high season. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Discounts available dependant on the size of party. Discounts are available for long lets or winter lets.