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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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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property 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.

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Property Type

  • 5 story
  • Apartment
  • On floor 4

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

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

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

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

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

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

Theme

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

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Historic monument in square below apartment....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Rooftops with Pyrenees foothills as backdrop....moreless

  • Village:

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio:

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

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Hign Season
Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

€495
Mid Season
Sep 1 - Nov 30, 2015
4 night min stay
€70
€475
Low Season
Dec 1 - Feb 29, 2016
4 night min stay
€65
€450
Mid Season
Mar 1 - May 31, 2016
4 night min stay
€70
€475

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit €200
  • Taxes Not included

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Location

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

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: english, french

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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

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  • Bathrooms
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Speaks: english, french
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  • Calendar last updated 07/28/2015
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