Luxury 4 bedroom 3 bath villa, private pool, 10 min to stunning sandy beaches
- english, french
About Elizabeth Hopkins
We are a family in love with the south of france! We live near Lewes in Sussex where we run our business, but have been enjoying our second home, Fitou, for over 15 years. Our two boys have grown up enjoying the beautiful beaches of La Franqui and Leucate, crabbing in the salt lakes, learning to windsurf, climbing up precipitous Cathar castles like Peyrepertuse and Quéribus, swimming in the beautiful gorge at Gouleyrous, visiting the African Safari Park, water park ... and then as teenagers, enjoying the beach clubs of La Pulpe, Biquet and Pilotis and the vibrant towns of Narbonne and Perpignan. Chris and I have enjoyed all the above, plus our special passion, wine and food! Fitou and the region is brimming with fantastic wineries to visit and an abundance of restaurants, one of our favourites being then Michelin starred Le Grand Cap near the lighthouse on the cliffs at Leucate.
Elizabeth Hopkins purchased this Villa in 2009
Why Elizabeth Hopkins chose Fitou
We originally owned a big old house in the centre of Fitou village. We were looking for the perfect villa, peaceful and private, spacious and airy, large open pool area, south facing for all-day sun, protected from the winds, not overlooked or cramped in .... and Les Hirondelles was absolutely perfect! On the edge of the village, with open land on 3 sides, near 2 restaurants and the pretty church, short drive to the beach - and it's been our home for over 10 years now. We love sharing it with our guests, many of whom return time and again - and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we all do!
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Perfect holiday with small children
We had a really lovely time at Les Hirondelles. The villa is extremely comfortable and has everything here to make the trip home from home. We especially appreciated the air con on the day when the weather hit 40 degrees Celsius! We were 2 couples with 1 year olds- so we were able to keep in routine at the same time as enjoying our evenings. We also managed a few lunches out and a date night each. Ideal. Weather was gorgeous and local area very pleasant. We found Fitou itself very quiet, but we weren’t in the market for a party, so that suited us. Would certainly recommend.
The villa was everything we were expecting and more. We had a lovely week enjoying the tranquility of the villa and exploring the local region. We will definitely be back.
Thank you! We look forward to welcoming you back soon to lovely Fitou.
Lovely and quiet
Had a very relaxing stay. Lovely local village and great restaurants within a few minutes walk. House is spacious and well kept with all amenities. Pool is clean, inviting and cooling in the hot sun - even in September. Very peaceful spot.
Thank you - September is one of our favourite times to visit - the crowds have gone from the beaches yet it’s stilll blissfully warm and sunny! Best wishes, Lizzie
A great week in Fitou!
We really enjoyed our week at this property in Fitou. The position is excellent, with local restaurants very close and the boulangerie just 5mins walk. The villa itself was large, open and comfortable, the a/c was a blessing. The children loved the pool which was bathed in sunshine all day.
The beaches are a 10min drive away and if you feel a little more adventurous, worth making the journey into Spain.
We will be back!
Thanks for a lovely review Mark, hope to welcome you back to Fitou again soon!
Relaxing stay in beautiful villa
Beautiful villa equipped to the highest standard set in a very sleepy french village. Fantastic walks (bring walking boots!!). Totally relaxed after our stay. Would recommend (if you like a quiet holiday).
So glad you had such a relaxing stay. The walking is indeed magnificent with views across the etang (salt lake) to the sea. The village is very peaceful, but those chasing more of a party atmosphere head down to the 3 beach clubs on Leucate Plage - La Poulpe, Biquet’s and Pilotis for fabulous food, sunbeds and cocktails! Thank you for a great review and we hope to welcome you back again - with your walking boots!
Excellent property in beautiful setting on edge of Fitou village.
We enjoyed a wonderful 10 days at the villa at Easter and would certainly be more than happy to return again in the future.
Special interest holidays:
Plentiful wine tasting in the village in the numerous local 'caves'.
Wesch wind & Kite surf centre for lessons/bar/hang-out on the salt lake at Leucate.
Stunning golden sandy beaches 10 minutes drive at La Franqui and Leucate - plus all the way down to the Spanish border. Beach clubs/restaurants La Pulpe and Biquet from June to September. Plenty of restaurants, windsurfing, kite surfing, sand carting, sailing at Leucate Port. Salt lake (Etang) 5 -10 mins.
Flights: nearest airport Perpignan (20 mins) - then car hire or taxi . Carcassonne (80 mins). Toulouse ( 2 hours) Montpellier (90 mins) and Girona (90 mins) Barcelona (2 hours). Car hire recommended. By train: Alight at Leucate La Franqui, just north of Perpignan. Or Perpignan, then car/taxi. By car: exit off the A9 auto route, signposted to Leucate. Then follow signs to Fitou.
The two best restaurants in the area are right at the end of the drive, Cave d'Agnes and Toit Vert.
5 min walk to village centre, medieval chateau, bar, restaurants and amenities. Free tennis courts and football pitch. Childrens playground. Wine tasting on your doorstep. Narbonne and Perpignan (both 25 mins) for culture and shopping. Ancient forts, caves and vineyards, gorges, Roman remains (Narbonne/Via Domicia), horse riding, fishing, surfing, kite/windsurfing, sailing, boating, white water rafting, cycling, swimming,safari park, water park, adventure park all nearby.
Fitou is very hot on events, brocantes (street markets) occur regularly during the summer, plus wine festivals, Easter and Summer extravaganzas with live music and fireworks. Tennis courts, football pitch and children's playground all free in the village. Water sports, water park, horse riding, fishing all nearby. Golf within 30 mins drive. Fitou is great for walking holidays - miles of 'garrigue' with stunning sea and lake views can be reached literally from the front door of Les Hirondelles. Perfect also for cycling holidays.