A four bedroomed , three bathroom character house with a private walled garden and swimming pool, yet conveniently located within 5 minutes of the town square, with a variety of bars and restaurants all in close proximity. Several supermarkets are also only a short walk (5-10 mins) away.
The house provides modern accommodation but retains its individual character and charm.
On the ground floor, there is a large and airy lounge / dining area which opens up into an inner courtyard with fully retractable glazed doors. This courtyard area provides a cool and shady space, perfect for outside dining and the BBQ is located here.
A fully equipped modern kitchen has retractable doors and also leads out into the courtyard.
In addition, the ground floor has a utility room and downstairs cloakroom, as well as an office area (that could be used as an overflow sleeping area with a 'click-clack' sofa).
On the first floor there are two double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The bedroom to the front has a dual aspect balcony with glazed doors looking out over the swimming pool and the majestic 2780m Canigou mountain. The rear bedroom has large glazed doors looking down into the courtyard.
On the second floor, there are two additional bedrooms and a bathroom (with the largest bedroom containing both a double and a single bed).
This arrangement could make it ideal for either one large family, or two families sharing.
Outside there is a salt system swimming pool (no nasty chlorine smells, easy on the skin and eyes). The garden is fully walled and landscaped with plenty of patio space for sunbathing and a small sunny decked area, perfect for that late evening aperitif. There is parking for a large vehicle within the house grounds, with free parking on the road outside and nearby carparks.
The house is situated in the conservation area of Prades, a bustling market town at the base of the Pyrennees, and is ideally located to easily access all the local facilities. The location has year-round sunshine and is officially one of the sunniest regions of France (with over 300 days of sunshine per year), with many activities available all year round. These include:
Hiking, gorge walking, mountain biking, rafting, canyoning, caving, swimming, fishing, hydrotherapy, skiing and numerous beach activities on the Med or nearby lakes.
We are within:
45 minutes to the sandy beaches of the western med.
30 minutes to Perpignan ( accessible by one euro train or bus)
10 minutes to UNESCO World Heritage site of Villefranche-de-Confluent
40 minutes to ski stations of Les Angles, Formeguires, Font-Romeu and Puyvalador, with Andorra just another 45mins up the mountain
45 minutes to the Spanish border
Other attractions within easy reach :
Beautiful historic mountain villages of Eus, Joch, and Evol
Little Yellow Train which takes you on a wonderful journey up the mountain through the amazing scenery of the Pyrennees
Thermal Spas of St. Thomas- Les- Bains and Molitj- les- Bains
Vinca swimming lake
Prades is accessible from a number of regional airports:
Perpignan - 30 minutes
Beziers - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Girona (Spain) - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Carcassonne - 2 hours
Barcelona - 2 hours and 30 minutes