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Sun-Filled Apt, Centre Old Ceret, Spectacular Balcony View

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View from our balcony (and from your pillow)

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Last updated: 07/22/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Ceret apartment description

History buffs, culture vultures, and those just seeking R&R will naturally gravitate toward our sleek, sun-filled apartment in centre of this picturesque village (see photo link) above Devil's Bridge in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in the south of France. In the early 20th century, the village served as an artists' mecca for the likes of Picasso, Matisse, Braque, and others. Beach bums might want to look elsewhere, although the Mediterranean is about 30 minutes away for a day at the beach or even a leisurely seaside dinner. Other swimming options include a lovely lake with beach and snack stand about 10 minutes away or the town's swimming pool (beside the public tennis courts). The village has retained its traditional character, with locals gathering on park benches to chat or watch other townsfolk playing boules. At the same time, village squares are surrounded by restaurants offering fine French cuisine and good local wine. Cafes and gift shops are tucked into the narrow lanes leading off the squares. On Saturdays, there is a colourful weekly farmers' and artisans' market. Cultural festivals celebrating the Catalan heritage of the region take place throughout the year -- the cherry festival being one of the highlights. Still largely undiscovered in comparison with nearby Provence, this region is known for its brilliant sun under bright blue skies and its temperate climate.
Our south-facing apartment is on the third floor of a small building with a convenient elevator/lift. In terms of mod cons, it has TV, WIFI, clothes washer and tumble dryer, ipod speakers, and air conditioning. The apartment overlooks a quiet historic square, quiet except for market day on Saturday when you can look down from our bistro table on our patio and watch shoppers linger at the fresh produce and crafts market stalls below. One of our favourite things is to wake up in the morning and gaze from our pillows at our neighbours' tile rooftops against the surrounding foothills, with a bright blue sky capping the scene. We love our 'Appartement Ciel Bleu' and think you will, too.

Keywords: flat, apartment, south-facing windows

Property Type

  • 5 story
  • Apartment
  • On floor 4

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Wheelchair Accessible

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining Area Seats:

            4...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Kitchen
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Microwave
          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 4 people

          Amenities

          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer
          • Iron & Board
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided
          • Washing Machine
          • Air Conditioning

          Other Amenities

              • Third floor south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking quiet historic square and foothills of Pyrenees. Free parking in square. Steps from cafes, restaurants, village ramparts, annual festivals, small modern art museum. English widely spoken but traditional village character intact. Public transportation to Perpignan and points beyond. ...moreless

              Entertainment

              • Satellite / Cable
              • Television
              • DVD Player
              • Stereo
              • Books

              Communications

              • Internet
              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access

              Pool & Spa

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Small patio area with cafe table and two chairs, electric grill....moreless

                  • Balcony
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Theme

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

                  Location & View

                  • Village:

                    In center of historic village on quiet square....moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    Rooftops with Pyrenees foothills as backdrop....moreless

                  • Monument View:

                    Historic monument in square below apartment....moreless

                  Activities

                  • Museums
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Golf
                  • Skiing
                  • Tennis
                  • Hospital
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Rafting
                  • Cycling
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Swimming
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Antiquing
                  • Restaurants
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Playground
                  • Ruins
                  • Cinemas
                  • Shopping
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Fishing
                  • Water Skiing
                   

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  High Season
                  Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2014
                  4 night min stay
                  €71
                  €495
                  Mid season
                  Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2014
                  4 night min stay
                  €65
                  €450

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • Refundable Damage Deposit €200
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Cancellation policy:

                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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                  Last updated: 07/22/2014
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                  Location

                  18.5 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Perpignan
                  16 Miles
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Port Vendres
                  17 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Perpignan, local buses to there and elsewhere
                  1.5 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  A9
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  The nearest beaches of Argelès-sur-Mer
                  Ceret
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Pablos
                  70 Miles
                  Nearest Ski
                  Font Romeu
                  15 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  St Cyprien
                  Ceret
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Plenty

                  Car: Recommended

                  Besides the bright sunshine and clear blue skies, one of the many charming features of this village is that it has a small modern art museum founded in part by Picasso, who donated some of his work when it was created. Picasso, Matisse, and other well-known painters of the era frequented Ceret for inspiration and captured its charm on canvas.

                   

                  Manager info

                  Year Purchased: 2010

                  About: We live in Washington, D.C. This apartment is our little slice of heaven we escape to when our schedules permit.

                  Why Ceret:
                  The village of Ceret is near a major autoroute and has local buses to many destinations and yet it feels far away from the hustle and bustle (see photo link). From a distance, you can see the village set against the foothills of the Pyrenees, with a beloved mountain peak called Canigou presiding over the scene. To enter the village, you cross the River Tech and climb up to the centre ville, where our apartment is located. Even though there is so much to see and do in Ceret itself, vineyards, olive groves, castles, other historic villages further up the valley, and the Mediterranean in the opposite direction are not far away. Frequent buses go to Perpignan and other villages. Ceret's location in the foothills of the Pyrenees, but also close to the Mediterranean and not far from the Spanish border, makes it ideal for either staying put or venturing out.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  We chose this apartment because it is cheerful, sun-filled, and located in a quiet historic square that is just steps from bustling cafes and shops. The apartment itself is in a well-maintained building with an elevator - no schlepping up and down endless flights of stairs with suitcases or groceries - and has a magnificent view of village rooftops and the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains from its sunny south-facing windows with balconies. All the amenities are modern and yet the facade of the building is in keeping with the historic character of the square. No fuss, no muss, just settle in and relax in the apartment, or step out the door to all that a traditional French village has to offer.The apartment is modern with white walls and ceiling and very light and bright. It's well laid out in that the bedroom looks out onto the balcony which has a view of the rooftops and foothills so your first sight when you open your eyes is this amazing view. The living, dining, and kitchen area are open and create a feeling of flow and spaciousness. Each floor to ceiling window has a small step-out balcony where we have placed some lovely French pottery.


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                  Speaks: french, english

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                  Photos

                  • View from our balcony (and from your pillow)

                    View from our balcony (and from your pillow)

                  • Sun-filled lounge area with prints from Ceret's museum of modern art

                    Sun-filled lounge area with prints from Ceret's museum of modern art

                  • Dining area has step-out terrace; balcony in background

                    Dining area has step-out terrace; balcony in background

                  • Comfortable bedroom - glass French doors look onto balcony and foothills beyond

                    Comfortable bedroom - glass French doors look onto balcony and foothills beyond

                  • Modern, open kitchen

                    Modern, open kitchen

                  • Shower room

                    Shower room

                  • View to the right from dining area terrace

                    View to the right from dining area terrace

                  • Gazing down from the balcony at the Saturday market

                    Gazing down from the balcony at the Saturday market

                  • Square with 3 restaurants, around the corner and down a cobblestone street

                    Square with 3 restaurants, around the corner and down a cobblestone street

                  • Ramparts - local library on right

                    Ramparts - local library on right

                  • Town festival in full swing

                    Town festival in full swing

                  • A walk in the foothills above the village

                    A walk in the foothills above the village

                  • View as you enter the apartment.

                    View as you enter the apartment.

                  • View from the lounge

                    View from the lounge

                  • Summer or winter, the balcony beckons!

                    Summer or winter, the balcony beckons!

                  • Laptops, ipads, books welcome

                    Laptops, ipads, books welcome

                  • cozy bar area for chatting with the resident chef (!)

                    cozy bar area for chatting with the resident chef (!)

                  • View from balcony -- shows dining area and lounge area step-out terraces

                    View from balcony -- shows dining area and lounge area step-out terraces

                  • View to the left from the lounge area terrace

                    View to the left from the lounge area terrace

                  • Historic square below apt - sculpture by Manolo - apt building in background

                    Historic square below apt - sculpture by Manolo - apt building in background

                  • Grande Cafe, frequented by Picasso

                    Grande Cafe, frequented by Picasso

                  • Remnant of the days when Ceret was an enclosed medieval village

                    Remnant of the days when Ceret was an enclosed medieval village

                  • View from Devil's Bridge at foot of village

                    View from Devil's Bridge at foot of village

                  • View from the road leading up out of the village

                    View from the road leading up out of the village

                  VRBO #327083

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                  This listing was first published here in 2010.

                  Date last modified - Monday, June 23, 2014

                  €65 - €71 per night (EUR)
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                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

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