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This apartment with its high ceilings has been lovingly restored. We have kept the mood of the old building, with hand-made window frames (local craftsman, who also sells great honey!). And every wire and pipe is new - so everything works. The open plan contemporary style reception room with tiled floor has a large comfy L-shaped sofa, so you can relax in comfort with windows and French windows opening onto the garden. The well-equipped kitchen is open plan but in its own space with plenty of room to cook on its rose granite work surface. Both bedrooms (one with en suite bathroom and other with en suite shower room) are a cool off-white with full length curtains and wood floors. Air conditioning heats or cools the reception room and in the bedrooms electric heaters do the trick in winter or standing electric fans if summer gets too hot. The garden with beautiful 10' (3m) high stone walls is well planted and is provided with a dining area and reclining chairs for sunbathing.
These lovely apartments are situated in a wide-built 19th C 'maison de maitre' (lawyer's house) shaded by towering plane trees within the heart of this sunny southern town with its narrow lanes and pretty squares. Great care has been given to make sure that both flats are well provided, comfortable and attractive. And, although so central, the house is situated in a quiet area only a few moments away from good bakeries, small shops, cafes, restaurants and charming bars - some open till the small hours. Saturday mornings sees the bustle of the colourful local market in the streets around. Stunning country walks just a couple of minutes away and a local lake for swimming a few minutes by car, with the sandy beaches of the Med about a half hour further. Find out more about the town, please see the Ceret Tourist Information website: most helpful and well illustrated.
CERET DIARY 2013 : Musee d'art moderne permanant collection plus exhibition date 'TBC * Every Saturday morning local market in centre of town * 30 June to 25 August Tuesday evening market * Cherry Festival date 01/02 JUne * Dog Show date TBC * @Quérencias'music date TBC * Ceret de Toros Feria (one big party with fireworks, lots of music, bull fights and running of bulls through streets - fun, but noisy!) 12 - 14 July * 22 - 24 July Festival de Sardanes (wonderful local dancing contest) * July and August music in Catalonia Festival *July & August: most Wednesday evenings locals really do dance the Sardane in the streets * Town picnics up high on the hill at Fontfrede date TBC * Ronde Ceret (27th Round Ceret run with many serious runners alongside locals) Sep TBC. Local autumn classical music festival date TBC.
SPAIN: The Spanish border is about 15 minutes motorway drive from Ceret, and just over it lies the border town of La Jonquera - the spot where truck drivers stop to have amazing lunches for next to nothing (and its the place to stock up on food at Spanish prices!). Between the border and Barcelona (about 2 hours away) stretches the Costa Brava, with many charming small bays, as well as the larger well known (and less attractive!) resorts. Particularly of note is Dali's home in the fishing village of Cadeques, and Empuries with its Greek and Roman archaeological sites and the prettiest little beaches imaginable. Inland, Girona is a lovely town with a beautiful old quarter and good shopping. Besalu is a stunning medieval jewel of a town with an amzing bridge spanning a ravine. Figueres has the fantastic Dali museum. Spanish wine, tapas, and of course, endless pottery!
Walking: Wonderful guided walks all year round organised by an experienced, charming and informative local guide will take you to places you may never get to on your own - into the mountains, by the sea or over the border into Spain. Some are half-day, and are graded from easy to 'sportif'. There are also full day walks, and even one to see the sun rise from the top of Canigou (local mountain). The weather is usually fabulous for walking through autumn, winter and spring, and, in summer, the heat is avoided by walking high in the mountains.
For those who prefer to plan their own walks, the area is outstanding and the local tourist office has a good guide leaflet for local walks!
I am Londoner, a semi-retired professional property manager and lettings agent, with a grown up family and 4 small grandchildren.
Wendy Wilmot purchased this apartment in 2002
Having traveled extensively through France during various vacations,and being a Francophile, I happened upon Ceret one summer and loved the place. Having done all the wrong things: i.e. no research, no checking other properties,etc, I bought the 1st floor flat in a matter of weeks and I bought the ground floor (a total wreck that needed much work ) not long afterwards. I loved being near the mountains (but not in them), being a short drive from the Med and having Spain on my doorstep in one direction and the rest of France in the other. I enjoyed the market on Saturdays right outside the door and the relaxed, friendly feel of this little Midi town. And, for a Londoner, I loved the feeling of space - a big sky and wild walks just a few paces away.
The 1st floor flat has lovely proportions and a really 'French' feel. I love standing by the French windows (3 sets with decorative balconies overlooking the road) watching the passers by, or, in spring and autumn particularly, sitting in a pool of sunlight with a book! The 1st floor balcony across the back of the house catches the last rays of the day and is a peaceful place for a drink.
The ground floor flat, which is more contemporary, is cool in summer and snug in winter. It also has a great kitchen with nearly everything needed for serious cooking. The garden (ground floor flat only) with its shady terrace is a huge asset in the summer.
Great place to stay in Céret as the flat is very central, extremely well equipped, pretty spacious and has a lovely little garden. Should we return to Céret we would definitely stay there again.
This was our third stay in Wendy's excellent flat, and we hope it won't be our last. We have been coming to Ceret for 35 years on and off and have stayed in a wide variety of places. Wendy's flat is definitely our favourite. It is comfortable, efficient and extremely well equipped. The location is perfect; in the old town, but quiet and calm; (even when the wonderful market is set up right outside the door all is quiet within the flat!) We can highly recommend everything about the flat and Ceret itself and are looking forward already to our next visit.
Close to all amenities within walking distance . Restaurants give good value. Owners notes on the area very useful.
Comfortable, roomy and well-equipped apartment. Just a short walk to all the amenities of the town. Surprisingly quiet for the centre of Ceret. Very pleasant outdoor area for sitting and dining. We know Ceret well and love this interesting, bustling and friendly town with so much going on - which is why we keep coming back!
We don't have enough words to express how wonderful our visit in Céret was.
The apartment is a dream come true; its architecture is very beautiful, it has been decorated with good taste,it has lots of space, a great kitchen and the beds are very comfortable.
Highly recommend this flat if you have small kids. The garden is amazing. We spend a lot of time in there.
The town not only is beautiful but full of surprises, you can find anything and everything you need around the corner and there are a lot of artists. Also great coffee shops, bakeries, butchers and so on.
Very friendly place to walk with kids, spectacular sightseeing, biking and very friendly locals.
The manager and owner are very nice, friendly and helpful persons.
Thanks for making our stay in Céret perfect ;)
My wife and I spent an enjoyable ten days in September at Wendy’s ground floor flat. The place was well-equipped and spacious. It was ideally located in the center of Ceret, yet it always was quiet, even during the weekly market immediately outside the flat.
The L-shaped kitchen was extremely well-equipped, and a large, circular dining table with chairs was nearby. The main room, which includes the living area as well as the kitchen and circular table, was spacious. The beds were comfortable. Storage for clothing was ample.
Wendy and her local representative, Jay, were friendly and helpful on every occasion.
We had many pleasurable experiences in Ceret …. strolling through the narrow streets, eating at outside cafes, touring the Museum of Modern Art, consuming good meals at the restaurants, and most importantly, encountering friendly people everywhere. We made enjoyable day trips to Castelnou, Collioure and Argeles sur Mer, as well.
Bottom line: A great place to stay! We definitely will recommend it to our friends.
This area is marvellous for walking or painting: autumn colour breathtaking, February mimosa is stunning and then wild flowers and cherries take over. Winter blue skies and Canigou dominate the horizon, dusted with snow 2/3 of the year. Summers are warm, languid and sunny. Together with the clarity of light, this must have given inspiration to Picasso, Dufy, Braque and many more when they lived and painted here. Ceret is a small country town of real charm and great trees; very relaxed, but with many 'fiestas' all year and there is nearly always music. There are good restaurants and cafe/bars. Saturdays see the fabulous street market, with an additional craft market on Tuesday evenings in summer. The Musee d'Arte Moderne in Ceret is a must. Stunning Colioure and the Med beaches only 1/2 hour drive and there are castles, fortified towns and archaeological sites to explore. Toulouse and Montpellier are 2 hours away, Carcassonne even less. Spanish Catalonia is on your doorstep with its enchanting bays. And Barcelona is temptingly only 2 hours away.
Other Activities: Painting. Bird watching. Castles to visit. Fabulous spas in the area.
Golf: The nearest golf course is a small 9-hole course at Amelie-les-Bains, about 15 mins drive down the valley. However, there is a much more impressive course, Falgos, about 45 minutes drive,which is a magnificent place perched high up with wonderful scenery and full spa facilities for those who do not wish to play. Please check out the Falgos website, ask us for link. Nearby golf courses just over the border in Spain.
Ski: Just two hours’ drive to the Cerdagne pistes: ideal for a day’s skiing.
North-facing Cambre d’Aze is perfect for beginners, with wide slopes and easy forest trails while for experienced skiers there are well-groomed challenges. A good cross-country trail runs between Cambre d’Aze and its sister resort St Pierre del Forcats.
Try Puigmal for a good variety of runs with stunning views to north and west. On the other side of the valley, sunny Font Romeu and Pyrénées 2000 at Bolquère link to give 54km of pistes, backed by 500 snow-cannons.
For Les Angles (making its name among boarders) and Formiguères, head north at Mont Louis, the highest fortified town in France. There’s another good cross-country trail down by the pretty lake.
Take another half hour to cross the Spanish border for La Molina (40 pistes/50km) or head towards Andorra (four hours from Céret) to Puymorens: 40km of pistes plus cross-country trails.
Prefer golf to skiing? Go try Snow Golf at Font Romeu!