L'Andalouse sits in a quiet lane opposite vineyards just two or three minutes' walk from the village centre with a range of local shops, including butcher, an excellent boulangerie, a general store, a post office with ATM, several wineries and a chemist.
The single storey house has south facing patio doors which give onto the shaded outdoor dining area, heated 8m x 4m pool and the summer kitchen which provides an additional and fully shaded dining area, with its own fridge-freezer, microwave and gas BBQ. There is a large terraced area around the pool for the sun loungers. Mature pines provide shade for games of boules (provided) and the folding table tennis table (bats and balls also provided). The large gated garden, with parking for 3 or more cars, is enclosed by walls and hedges, and is a safe space for children to play in. There are cherry, apricot, kiwi, plum, apple, pear, olive and fig trees in the garden, as well as mature cypresses, firs and pines.
The house is equipped to a high standard, with all modern conveniences. There is a TV with all French, German and UK Freeview channels and catch-up facility, WiFi throughout the house, a well stocked library, and a wide range of CDs and DVDs. The furnishings and decoration are tastefully chosen and well maintained.
Guests have commented on how suitable the villa is for families with children and for older people, as it is all on the same level with easy access from the parking area. There are two bedrooms in each of the separate wings off the spacious main living area, a double and a twin. Each wing has its own toilet and bath/shower room. This provides privacy for parties of two families or three generations. There is a small but well equipped kitchen off the living room, with a gas cooker, electric oven, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, and ample storage space. The window overlooks the pool and terrace.
The house is double glazed and insulated to a high standard, providing a cool retreat from the summer heat. There are fans in every room.
The village of Fourques is dominated by the impressive Mt Canigou, (2785m), whose peak is just visible from the garden. There are local walks in the vineyards which provide superb views of the mountains and the sea.
Thuir, the nearest town, is an attractive provincial centre with several supermarkets, including Intermarché, SuperU and Lidl, a good choice of restaurants and bars, and a typical local market on Saturdays.
The pretty town of Ceret with its more touristic Saturday market and Modern Art Museum is just 20 minutes' drive, and the nearest beaches, at Canet Plage and Argeles Sur Mer are around 30 minutes' drive. There is an Aqualand in Argeles Sur Mer.
This area attracted many famous artists, drawn to wonderful scenery and amazing colours. The Pyrenees and the Costa Brava are less than an hour's drive, and Barcelona and Montpellier are around 2 hours away.
For more information and comments, please read the reviews from previous guests over the past five or six years. We encourage guests to leave a note of activities they and their families have enjoyed in the guest book in the house, which provides a useful source of tips on how to make the best use of your time in this interesting area.