La Cougouillade is a highly individual, lovingly restored house situated on a hillside above a small hamlet outside the medieval village of Arles-sur-Tech. Facing south towards the mountains, it is flooded with sunlight throughout the year but with plenty of shade in the summer months thanks to the old linden tree and wisteria covering the lovely terrace. The property is in enclosed grounds with a mature garden and a large pool, with an extensive poolside area that is a real sun trap, enjoying magnificent views over the green Pyrenees. Inside the accommodation is very flexible. The spacious living room (60m2) contains a lounge area, with open fire, and dining area. Off this are a reading lounge and a study which can be used as a 5th bedroom if required. The interior was decorated by a French artist, with every room in a different Provencal-style coloured wash. The medieval town of Arles-sur-Tech with shops, restaurants and the ancient Abbey, is 5 minutes drive or 10 minutes walk along the river, and the spa town of Amelie les Bains with Roman Baths is just 10 minutes drive.The beautiful mountain river, Le Tech, where you can swim in summer, in the cold,clear waters, is just down the road. The location is rich in animal and bird life and there are footpaths to be explored from the house in every direction, making this the ideal setting for a relaxing, varied family holiday.
There are extensive opportunities for trips and visits, including easy drives over the mountains to Spain, with beautiful Catalan towns such as Besalu and some of our favourite restaurants, plus many fascinating monuments to the history of the mountain journeys of the Spanish Civil War and Second World War.
The coast with the beautiful towns of Collioure and Banyuls are within 40 minutes drive, and the spectacular Costa Brava can be reached in just over an hour.
Horse riding, forest adventure, cycling...the possibilities are endless!
Flights: Perpignan (45 minutes ) and Gerona (1hr 15 minutes) are the closest airports to the property, where Ryanair has several flights.
You can also choose from Montpellier (Easyjet), Toulouse (BA) and Barcelona (many airlines).