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Tranquil villa with large pool - Pyrenees Orientale: 30 min Med/Spain

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Secluded, 3 double bedroom villa, sleeps 7, extensive garden & orchard

Magrana is Catalan for Pomegranate, which grow in the large tropical garden. The Villa built in 1975 has white rendered walls, tiled floors and a pan tile roof with an extensive balcony. Many rooms have french windows but all have a view of the beautiful countryside. Mas Magrana is in a peaceful rural location, surrounded by Orchards with little passing traffic. There is a large garden with an orchard, an old vineyard and a vegetable garden. The grounds are a haven for a huge variety of wildlife. It is an ideal self-catering rental for a relaxing summer holiday with friends or family. Chill out by the large 12.5m pool or use it as a base to explore the Pyrenees or visit the beaches of the Mediterranean at Colliure or Argeles. Despite the tranquil setting Mas Magrana is conveniently situated only a 5min drive away from the small town of Ceret, and accessible to a range of airports; Perpignan 40min, Gerona 45min, Barcelona 90 min.

Please see reviews.

In 2012 we installed a new pool house, ambient LED pool lighting and a new chill out area next to the pool; making it the focal point of your day should you decide to stay in and around the house.

Alternatively in the winter the Skiing & Kite Surfing: Skiing -Good cross country, downhill & snow boarding available in the winter season, in France (Les Angles/ La Llagonne) , Spain (La Molina) and Andorra (Soldeu / Arinsal).

Snow kiting -This new winter sport can be undertaken at La Llagonne close to Font Romeu in the Pyrenees; ask us for web link.

The area is ideal for cycling & walking, with mountain paths ideal for exploring on foot or by mountain bike. There is a huge variety of wildlife around the house and in recent weeks Golden Orioles, Nightingales, Night Jars and Short Toed Eagles all being seen or heard within 100 yards of the house! For keen nature lovers a pair of binoculars is useful.

Sky Diving: Only 40 minutes from Ceret in Spain on the Costa Brava one can find the town of Empuriabrava. In the 70’s they drained the marshy land to create a network of houses and villas all with their own water access. The architecture is not to everybody’s taste but it is home to one of Europe’s foremost Sky diving centres or dropzones, attracting the very best Sky divers from around the world. The sport can be sampled by doing a ‘tandem’. Should you just wish to watch, we suggest visiting in the evening; site on the terrace of the club house enjoy a drink and watch the spectacle. Aim to be there by about 7.30pm, go earlier if you wish to sample the thrill. Booking required at weekends. Please ask us for websites addresses.

Swimming and adventure playground: Apart from swimming in the sea, there are numerous freshwater lakes on both sides of the border that are great for swimming.

The closest is in St Jean Plat de Cours, but Darnius over the border in Spain is great too.

At St Jean there is also an adventure play ground with death slide children - Les Aventuriers de Saint Jean, Tel : 06 71 60 37 44.

More Details

About Us

Chris Bown
28 Chippendale House, Churchill Gardens
SW1V 3BU London
VAT Reg No

Owner
Chris Bown
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
20 July, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

September 2006 – Beatrix Smith and Dr Jennifer Horgan, Wales

We spent a week in Ceret in the middle of September. Our time coincided with the Festa Major de Sant Ferreol and an associated 20km or 5km running race, Le Ronde Ceretane. There are festivities lasting the whole weekend based at St Ferreol (well worth a visit via the path up the hill ) and the town itself. The fireworks on the Saturday were amazing with people dressed as devils and pushing fire breathing bulls were running round the ( cordoned off) streets holding fireworks in their hands. There were also communal meals that you need to book in advance and special menus in the restaurants. There was a great atmosphere for the race with different bands playing on every corner. If you like walking the tourist office has a great leaflet on local walks with varying degrees of difficulty. Instructions for the St Ferreol one are in it. We had a great time and I intend returning with some friends to take place in the 20K race.
Nov 2007
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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bath and separate shower in the same room
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Optional Cot bed available if advance warning given
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Add single bed (i.e 4 people total) if advance warning given
  • Rooms are simply furnished with tile floors, two have French windows onto a balcony that runs the length of the property, all rooms have shutters. All bedrooms have double beds, one v. large room can accommodate an additional single. In summer it's nice to sleep with the window open, and not that we have many, but all bedrooms have mosquito nets on the windows. 1 No Cot bed is available, if advance warning is given.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Children - For infants we have the following available:- High Chair, play pen and some toys - on request. Pool - Various pool toys available. LED Pool lights

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Tranquil villa with large pool - Pyrenees Orientale: 30 min Med/Spain
average rating of 4.625 based on 9 reviews
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Lovely villa with all you need

  • 5 of 5

We've spent a lovely holiday at Certes. In the countryside but everything nearby. Quiet, no noise, a wonderful house with it's swimmingpool ( could stay there all time). We where there for a week, me my husband and my mother and also my two dogs.

Relaxing for everybody, could just go out of the garden to walk the dogs by the canal. And if you want further a hole lot of possibilities. Chris is very servil and correct, he'll do anything for you.

You'll have everything you need in this place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Beautiful peacefull location

  • 5 of 5

Céret - Al Fresco

We booked at the last minute but we need not have worried. Mas Magrana is

delightful, the large garden particularly is full of magnificent trees.

The biggest pull is the huge pool which it was difficult to drag ourselves

away from even at night, when the colour changing lights are magical. So

lovely to lie on your back under the stars.

The balcony too has spectacular views of the Pyrenees, which are best

enjoyed at sunset with a beer in hand.

The small market town of Céret is lovely, and on Saturday morning the market

is well worth a visit, full of gorgeous local produce. Both the numerous Al

Fresco bars and for a bit of culture the Céret Art Gallery is worth making

time for.

We were recommended to visit the lakes at St Jean where there is a 'G0 APE'

style aerial walkway and death slide over the lake. An adjacent lake has a

cable wake boarding and water skiing park was really cool.

The kitchen was well equipped with brand new dishwasher and washing machine.

The living room has a large TV monitor with a massive DVD collection, and

the faint smell of fresh paint confirmed what was clearly a lot of work to

strip the beams and paint the ceiling, which made the room much lighter and

brighter than the photos on the website. That said we spent more time eating

outside on the patio, (using some of the owners (Chris) delicious organic

tomatoes picked from the veg patch), whilst supping the excellent local

Rose. What more could you ask for.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Great holiday in Mas Magrana

  • 4 of 5

We had a great vacation in Mas Magrana. The Landlord is a great guy! Very reliable and helpful. The house is spacious enough for 6 to max 7 people. The pool is excellent! The location of the villa makes it an excellent location for cultural trips (Barcalona, Perpignan, Céret, Collioure, the Pyrenées etc) and for just relaxing. Driving to town is just 5 minutes which is great for shopping or just for a drink under the tries in Céret. We even got fresh vegetables from the garden! There is no traffic around and you'll hear the birds all day long!

The only thing that could need improvement/repair is the mosquito nets in front of the sleeping room windows.

Although there is a satellite dish on the roof the house doesn't have a TV connection, nor WiFi but you can enjoy the great movie collection of the owner... or enjoy the tranquility around the house.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Niels, I am really pleased you and your family had a great time. Your feedback appreciated. The pool gets universal approval (especially now we have the colour changing LED lights for magical night swim) and adults particularly love the wrap around balcony. We are always striving to improve the experience ; and although we don't have many mosquitos I appreciate your note about the fly screen. We plan to replace the screens on the only two rooms that don't have them. We hope to see you next year. Kind regards Chris.
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Great location on outskirts of Ceret

  • 4 of 5

Ceret a lively town with plenty of shops bars and cafes an impressive art gallery. Villa is a very short drive (or a longer walk) into the town. Good size pool and plenty of shady spots in the garden to eat / read. You can walk up into the hills and woods nearby - and cool off swimming in the waterfall. Beach at Argeles an easy drive away and lake beach even nearer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Clare, Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review, I am glad you had a good holiday and enjoyed the pool and the new lights. I am constantly working to improve the place, and I have taken on board your comments and we will get an additional sun bed for next year. Thx Chris
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Peaceful location and close to Ceret

  • 5 of 5

Mas Magrana is wonderfully situated and we loved the views across the trees and the hills in the distance, especially in the evenings on the balcony, listening to the last songs of the birds.

The pool is fabulous - very large and even in early June gets really warm when you use the cover.

Fruit and vegetables may be available in the garden depending on the time of year.

It’s just a short drive to Ceret, which is a lovely old town with a number of cafes and restaurants, a variety of small shops, and a fine modern art gallery as well as several smaller private galleries. It hasn’t yet been spoiled by tourism.

If you want to visit the beach, there are a number to choose from. Argeles-sur-Mer is about half an hour away and has something for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
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A Catalan Idyll

  • 5 of 5

We have visited several times and have always enjoyed the Mas Magrana experience. The villa is delightful and offers a quiet rural idyll. We appreciate the lovely spacious garden and swimming pool. It is also a very good base for getting to know this spectacular Catalan area.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
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Location

Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Perpignan
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Grand Cafe
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Port Vendres to Tangiers
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
Golf du Domaine de Falgos - www.falgos.com
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Figures
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Le Boulou J43 A9
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
L'Atelier de Fred
Nearest Ski
70 Miles
Les Angles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Le Racou
Car: recommended

The area has been popular with artists since the 30's and the beautiful countryside and old town has been the inspiration for many of artists work displayed in world renowned modern art gallery including Picasso and Chagall. Don’t miss the Saturday market where there is good range of produce most of it local. It's a great opportunity to people watch as are the numerous festivals and summer music events. The biggest of these is the Feria on or around the 14th July with a massive range of entertainment including concerts, exhibitions and bull fighting! If you can drag yourself away from the pool, alternative suggestions include visiting the local vineyards - the wines of Rousillon are fantastic value; or the beaches and water parks of Argeles & St.Cyprien; or the picturesque harbours of Collioure, Banjuls & Port Vendres (excellent fish market). Cross the border into Spain and visit the Costa Brava. Figures is half an hour away and home of the Dali museum, Barcelona only 90 min!

Other Activities: Sky Diving.

Golf: There are a number of excellent golf courses in the area, on both sides of the border - these are just a few of them:

PGA Catalunya Golf Course

Details: 18 holes. Length 7160yds. Par 72.

Location: Caldes de Malavella, 17455 Girona.

Torremirona Golf Club, Catalonia Pyrenees.

Location: Ctra. N-260, Km. 46. Navata-Figueres, 17744 Girona, Catalonia Pyrenees.

Club de Golf Camprodon Bac de Sant Antoni, s/n.Camprodon, 17867

Girona?Telf.: (+34) 972130125.

Golf Fontanals de Cerdanya Soriguerola, s/n,Fontanals de Cerdanya, 17538 Girona

Tel: (+34) 972144374

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Special Offer High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,212
for 7 nights
£1,212
£4,488
 
 
High Season
29 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,616
for 7 nights
£1,616
£5,170
 
 
High Season
19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,526
for 7 nights
£1,526
£4,883
 
 
Bank Hol weekend
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,257
for 7 nights
£1,257
£4,937
 
 
End High Season
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,301
for 7 nights
£1,301
£3,590
 
 
Mid Season
16 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£808
for 7 nights
£808
£2,693
 
 
Low Season
4 Nov 2017 - 4 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
£583
for 7 nights
£583
£1,346
 
 
Mid Season
5 May 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£898
for 7 nights
£898
£2,693
 
 
Early High Season
9 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,257
for 7 nights
£1,257
£5,206
 
 
Early Peak Season
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,481
for 7 nights
£1,481
£4,937
 
 
Peak Season Feria
14 Jul 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,885
for 7 nights
£1,885
£5,655
 
 
Peak Season
21 Jul 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,616
for 7 nights
£1,616
£5,385
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £538.54

The rates quoted include cleaning, laundry changes & weekly pool cleaning & maintenance (pool not in operation from October until June each year).

We reward early bookings with a small discount. i.e made the previous year - subject to deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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