About the property
- Apartment753 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
2 bedroom (1 double, 1 twin) apartment with optional double studio available.
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!
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- May 19, 2018
About Wendy Wilmot
I am a 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
Why Wendy Wilmot chose Céret
Having traveled extensively through France during various vacation and being a Francophile, I happened upon Céret 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 sunny little Midi town. And, for a Londoner, I loved the feeling of space - a big sky and wild walks just a few paces away. Plus the nearby lake for swimming and the sea with its cliffs and beaches only a short drive away.
What makes this Apartment unique
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 everything needed for serious cooking. The garden (ground floor flat only) with its shady terrace is a huge asset in the summer.
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Lovely apartments conveniently located in a magical town.
We rented both the ground floor and first floor apartments as well as the ground floor studio for the month of March. We're writers who came to write in an inspiring setting, and we had a wonderful time. The apartments are well equipped and very comfortable. They're on a beautiful street lined with giant plane trees, close to the center of everything -- including the amazing Saturday market. What more can we say? We loved it all!
Thank you! I love the idea of your group all working away on your various oeuvres. I do hope Céret and the surrounding spring countryside inspired you all. I love using both flats and the studio to be there with my children and grandchildren - one can be together but also separate. Hopefully, you and your fellow writers might consider returning one day.
A super flat in a good location.
Ceret is well situated to visit the Pyrenees, the Argeles area and the Costa Brava. The flat is situated in the town centre but the street is not noisy, except on market day when those sleeping in the front bedroom get a very early call! Parking is available locally but not in front of the building which has lots of character, housing several flats. We were on the ground floor to the rear of the property with a lovely garden (beware mosquitoes). The flat was very well-equipped with just a couple of problems. The towels provided were well worn and one was stained and the freezer had not been defrosted in months, so was iced-up. Previous tenants had left a considerable amount of food in the cupboards. These were all problems at the local end over which, we appreciate, the owner would have difficulty supervising.
There is no TV or DVD player provided which was not a problem for us but which may be a problem for those who have children.The furniture and equipment were all in excellent condition and I can recommend this accommodation. We had a great holiday.
At home in Céret
Great location. Great space. Great communication. Great caretaker. Great place for an enjoyable long stay, as it feels like "home."
After your stay of 2 whole months you must be real experts on the area. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much. Even you couldn't have exhausted all the beautiful and interesting sights in the area or a little further afield, in Spain or a deeper into France. Wonderful visitors - welcome back any time!
A gorgeous apartment in a fantastic location
Highly recommend staying here for a week or 2. We went as a family with our young children. The flat was very comfortable, and stocked with everything you'd need. The garden is beautiful and well looked after. It's very well positioned - just behind an idyllic local square where the bars and restaurants are. And there is a vibrant French market which runs past the house on a Saturday morning. Plenty to do locally in the way of walks, beaches and lakes. I'd happily stay again, maybe for longer next time!
Super flat in Céret
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.
Thank you for your review. I'm a bit disappointed that I only received 4 stars but that may reflect that unfortunately my property manager did not turn the heating on far enough in advance for you to arrive to fully warm flat! For which I do apologize and will ensure that it does not happen again. Also, I have taken on board your suggestion re installing a log burner - which was very much on my mind anyway. It will have to wait for next year to be worthwhile and I will get that sorted during the early summer. You told to me that you would very much like to return, so I appreciate that you enjoyed your stay. So I hope to welcome you back - maybe next year.
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.
It's such a pleasure to receive a review from returning visitors - especially such an enthusiastic one! Thank you. As an owner who doesn't get here enough, I'm ever surprised by the places I've yet to visit or that I'd like to return to. I hope you'll be back to enjoy the area that you already know and then to explore the surprises that still await!
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!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates for Easter and Christmas may vary from the standard off-season rate - please enquire. Rates do not include electricity used during your stay. The electricity meter will be read at the beginning and end of your stay and you will be asked to settle up just before you leave please. Ground floor studio room with double bed and en suite shower room available - please ask about the rate.