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Superb Catalan Villa with Private Swimming Pool and Stunning Views

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Set in the Alberes, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Mountains and sea

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Last updated: 04/20/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

This stunning Catalan villa is set in the beautiful Alberes Pyrenean foothills.

These are the foothills of the Pyrenees that meet the Mediterranean. It has magnificent views across the Alberes, a private (8.5m x 4m) pool and is set in 5 acres of wooded hillside. The villa has 4 bedrooms across three floors and is positioned in Domaine des Alberes which sits above the picturesque Catalan town of Laroque des Alberes.

This is a beautiful medieval Catalan town that is famous in the area for being very attractive and having a fantastic setting.

The property has a spacious high beamed living room with large Catalan fireplace complete with wood burning stove. It has three bathrooms, two fully equipped kitchens, barbecue terrace, access to a tennis court, access to a very large shared pool, a large balcony with unbelievable views and very comfortable living areas.

This property is very peaceful as it is the highest property in the Alberes and therefore has no passing traffic at all. Very relaxing but at the same time you can be on one of the best beaches in France in 15 minutes.

This is the kind of villa for those who want the peace and quiet of a villa that is situated up the mountain a little but still want to have access to all the beaches and the many lovely towns and villages of the region.

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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 180 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Children Welcome:

    There are high chairs and cots for young children...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Dogs love this house as there are hundreds of acres of wooded walks just minutes from the back door...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Two single beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Two single beds...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • The top floor has one double room with with a double bed and a a double room with two single beds. Between these bedrooms is a bathroom with a shower, sink and loo. These bedrooms look upon the mountains behind the villa. The middle floor also has two double bedrooms. One with a double bed and the other with two single beds. There is a new bathroom with shower, sink and loo on this floor as well. The downstairs, annexed flat has two bedrooms. With a double bed in each. This flat has it's own bathroom and kitchen and therefore can offer some privacy from the rest of the villa. The bathroom on this floor has a shower and a bath. This is available to use although I do not include it in the available rooms as it is in slight need of refurbishment. For most people it is fine and you are free to use it if you want. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Top Floor Bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    Middle Floor Bathroom...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Lower Floor Bathroom...moreless

Other Amenities

  • The property offers a spacious, comfortable holiday experience in an very scenic setting. Swimming pool has a lockable childproof self closing security gate and an alarm in accordance with French safety laws. The pool is managed over the course of the stay with the manager doing the pool maintenance every Tuesday morning. The property is quiet but is not isolated and there is no passing traffic noise. The key is that this is the kind of property for those who want a bit of peace and quiet but also wish to have access to the beautiful beaches, mountains and wonderful medieval villages in the area....moreless

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Many, many books from a variety of genres. This comes from 7 years of rentals!!...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    UK Channels available...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Two stereos, both with iPod docking stations. The first in the middle floor (has great speakers) and a wall mounted stereo downstairs...moreless

  • Television:

    Two televisions, both Sky. The first in the middle floor and another in the downstairs flat...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Skiing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    There is an interior area to eat with superb views down the valley to Mediterranean. Also there is a lovely dining area by the barbecue at the rear of the property with equally as good views ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace:

    Lovely and you can collect free wood from the forest...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    Can be arranged at no cost...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Free of charge...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Maps

Kitchen

  • Freezer:

    Two freezers in main and secondary kitchen...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    There are two kitchens in this property. The one on the middle floor was upgraded in Jan 2014 and is brand new with all mod cons. There is another in the lower flat which is a bit more basic....moreless

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave:

    Two microwaves...moreless

  • Oven:

    One large oven in the main kitchen...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Two refrigerators. One in main kitchen on the first floor and another in the kitchen in the lower apartment. Both large....moreless

  • Stove:

    One set of six gas hobs in the main kitchen and another 4 gas hobs in the lower kitchen...moreless

  • Toaster:

    Two, upstairs and downstairs...moreless

Outside

  • Balcony:

    This has sofas, chairs, dining table and has wonderful views....moreless

  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio:

    At the rear is lovely terrace with barbecuing area and views to the Alberes mountains in the rear. Large, glass topped table underneath a pergola for shade....moreless

  • Golf:

    There are plenty of golf course nearby - St Cyprien is the best one I hear....moreless

  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden:

    The property is located in the Alberes Foret Nationale which is hundreds of acres of biosphere. The villa has about 3 hectares of wooded land with it as well with a front lawn....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    At the rear but still with views...moreless

  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis:

    Free tennis available. The court is next to the communal pool and is on a first come first serve basis...moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    This is a large pool down the mountain a little and is available for guests of this villa at no charge...moreless

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    With the villa is a stunning private pool with wonderful views and not overlooked in any way. Very private...moreless

Property Descriptor

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer 2015
Apr 25 - Jun 26, 2015
7 night min stay

£1,200
High Season 2015
Jun 27 - Sep 4, 2015
7 night min stay

£1,600
Late Season
Sep 5 - Jan 8, 2016
2 night min stay
£200
£1,200
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
£200 £200
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
£1,340

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit £200
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

The renter is expected to pay a 25% deposit


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 04/20/2015
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Location

20 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Perpignan
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Laroque
900 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
St Malo
12 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Golf Saint-Cyprien
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Argèles sur Mer
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Le Boulou
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Michelin Starred, Los Palmiers, Laroque des Albere
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Argeles - huge sanded beach with many areas

Car: Necessary

This villa sits in the magnificent Alberes mountain range. These are the foothills of the Pyrenees that meet the Mediterranean. It is pretty much the highest property in the Alberes and therefore it is very quiet and has no passing traffic noise at all. It also has the most incredible views towards the Med and you can just sit and gaze at the wonderful views from the private pool, the balcony or the dining terrace.

There is immediate access directly from the property to mountain walks in the Alberes. This is a Foret Nationale and is a protected biosphere with interesting wildlife - even wild boars are seen quite frequently and there are the wild goats that eat my roses. A little bit annoying but they are very friendly.

Even though the property feels remote, within 5 minutes you can be in Laroque des Alberes. This is a charming Catalan medieval town with a lovely circular fort at the centre of it. There are a few great restaurants (one has a Michelin star) and it has all the cafes, boulangeries, patisseries that you would expect from a French village. It also has a Carrefour supermarket for all those essentials, an English speaking chemist and the best pizzeria in the whole of France.

This area has some of the best beaches in France. The nearest is around 15 minutes away and it was recently voted as being one of the best beaches in France. It is a very long sandy beach with the mountains as the backdrop and they never get too crowded, not even in the middle of summer. They are “blue flag” beaches meaning that they are monitored for cleanliness and there are always life guards in attendance.

The beautiful town of Collioure is around 15 min from the property and is just stunning. It is well known for being one of the most beautiful towns on the Med and is famous as it is seen as the home of the fauvist art movement. Matisse, Picasso and Derain all lived there and they all painted Collioure. They said it had perfect light and in fact if you go to the Modern Art museum in Ceret there is the largest collection of Picasso pottery anywhere in the world. Ceret also has some stunning medieval squares and churches and fantastic market on Saturday.

There are many interesting historical towns nearby including Perpignan, Amelie les Bains, Carcassone which all have weekly markets and are well worth a visit.

Spain is only 30 minutes away and the famous Dali museum is only 40 min away in Figueras. Additionally the famous Cathar fortresses such as Montesequr are around 1.5 hours away and are an incredible day trip.

Barcelona is also accessible from this villa for a day trip as it is about 2.5 hours away and has many museums and the wonderful Sagrada Familia as well.

If you drive towards the central Pyrenees along the N116 you will see the so many lovely medieval towns such as Villefranche-de-Conflent and it is truly a lovely drive with so many things to stop and see. A fantastic drive with history all around you and those stunning Cathar fortresses.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2006

About the owner: I lived in France for many years in my youth and grew to love the interesting, varied and beautiful country. Have been running this property for 7 years now and have really developed efficient systems for ensuring guests have a great holiday and enjoy all the benefits of the Languedoc region

Why the Owner Chose Maureillas:
The key to this property is the sheer beauty of the location. It sits in the Alberes and is quite high up into these small mountains. The views seem to follow you around as they are present in so many areas of the villa. There is a lovely private pool with the villa with the aforementioned views and the villa has a total of six comfortable bedrooms and is really perfect for large groups wishing to explore and enjoy this wonderful region of France. It has castles, beaches, endless vineyards, medieval villages, Barcelona and some of the best restaurants in France. You will never be bored in Languedoc.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
It has 5 bedrooms and a private pool which is not overlooked in any way. The villa has 3 bathrooms and on the lower floor there is a annexed apartment with it private kitchen, bathroom and living areas with Sky TV and so on. There is a lovely balcony at the property with stunning views and a barbecue area on the rear terrace with lovely views down to the Mediterranean in the distance. As the property is quite high it is also cooler in the summer months and seem to escape that oppressive summer heat you get on the plain of Rousillon. During the evening you get the 'tramontanes' as the cooler wind from the mountain tops rolls down the mountain side and these can be very refreshing after a hit day at the beach. All in all this is a lovely, well managed property in a very interesting and beautiful area of France.


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Photos

  • Set in the Alberes, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Mountains and sea

    Set in the Alberes, where the Pyrenees meet the Mediterranean. Mountains and sea

  • Breathtaking views from the pool

    Breathtaking views from the pool

  • Just relax by the pool

    Just relax by the pool

  • Table by the barbecue on the rear terrace

    Table by the barbecue on the rear terrace

  • The barbecue view to the Med

    The barbecue view to the Med

  • You can also dine on the balcony

    You can also dine on the balcony

  • Relax and watch Sky TV

    Relax and watch Sky TV

  • This is the second kitchen in the lower flat with another dining area

    This is the second kitchen in the lower flat with another dining area

  • The Pink Bedroom. My mother designed this one. Still not sure about it.

    The Pink Bedroom. My mother designed this one. Still not sure about it.

  • The other bedroom with two singles

    The other bedroom with two singles

  • The bathroom in the downstairs flat

    The bathroom in the downstairs flat

  • Play tennis whenever you want at no charge

    Play tennis whenever you want at no charge

  • The villa is set on the mountain side overlooking the Rousillon Plain

    The villa is set on the mountain side overlooking the Rousillon Plain

  • Stunning scenery of The Alberes to the rear. A Foret Nationale

    Stunning scenery of The Alberes to the rear. A Foret Nationale

  • Or on the beach - 15 minutes to 15 miles of beach!

    Or on the beach - 15 minutes to 15 miles of beach!

  • The barbecue area with a pergola for shade

    The barbecue area with a pergola for shade

  • Dining inside

    Dining inside

  • Just relax with the view on the balcony sofa

    Just relax with the view on the balcony sofa

  • Brand new kitchen with all mod cons

    Brand new kitchen with all mod cons

  • Lovely, bright bedrooms with large cupboards and all have fans

    Lovely, bright bedrooms with large cupboards and all have fans

  • Upstairs bedroom with single beds. Great for kids or kidults

    Upstairs bedroom with single beds. Great for kids or kidults

  • Bedroom in lower flat. Great views again

    Bedroom in lower flat. Great views again

  • Modern bathrooms with walk-in showers

    Modern bathrooms with walk-in showers

  • The mountains  change throughout the day. Sometimes moody, sometimes happy

    The mountains change throughout the day. Sometimes moody, sometimes happy

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Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
    3
  • Property type
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Owner
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
  • Response time Within 2 days
  • Response rate 80%
  • Calendar last updated 04/20/2015
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