Villa in St Cyprien, Languedoc Russilon. - The Long Sandy Beaches Of St Cyprien Are Within 5 Minutes Drive
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About Niamh Fynes
My husband & I live in Dublin Ireland with our three teenage children. We have been holidaying in France for the last 20 years, initially in the Britanny/Vendee region. However having spent a wonderful holiday here in St. Cyprien,and enjoyed the almost guaranteed sun and long lazy days at the beach, we decided to buy our villa here in 2007. We have shared many happy holidays here with family and friends and look forward to plenty in the future.
Niamh Fynes purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Niamh Fynes chose Saint-Cyprien
We bought the villa in St. Cyprien because of its location. We love to walk and there is a park nearby with a lake with swans and ducks. There are always plenty of joggers and cyclists and rollerbladers around. We love the fact that we have long sunny summers. We also enjoy skiing in winter and the nearest ski station is only 90 minutes drive, so we have the best of both worlds. Even in off peak periods the local restaurants remain open, and the village is lovely to have a wander around.
What makes this Villa unique
Our villa is detached and on one level so is very suitable for elderly and young children with no stairs to negotiate. It is also safe as the pool can be covered by an abri when not in use or when there is no adult supervision. We also have roller gates which give added security when closed. The villa can accommodate two families wishing to holiday together and the beds can be interchanged between rooms to suit as necessary. We also have a manager who lives locally who will meet and greet and hand over keys etc.
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A perfect family villa with all the kit of your own home. We literally wanted for nothing which is a holiday rarity and a real joy....! Rooms and space perfect, a plethora of books DVDs for kids and adults.....brilliant. Pool lovely and very well maintained. Lots of outside sunbeds and chairs, good space, different areas and shade plus a garden lovely. Great agents who popped round gave info and help with any maintenance.
amenities close by, walkable to get croissants in the morning and local very friendly bars and beautiful walkable ancient French village. You could do without a car but I would advise as there are great markets to explore a fab beach and lots to see and do. Kids were delighted with the snorkeling and variety. Can't rate it highly enough.....!!
Kirsty- lovely to hear you enjoyed our villa and had a great family holiday. Damian & Wendy our local representatives are indeed always very helpful. Niamh
Well appointed spacious villa.
This villa, whilst a little tricky to find was really well located and convenient for both the village and the beach although a car is definitely required.
The villa itself is fully air conditioned, very spacious and comfortably furnished with everything we needed.
The pool and outdoor seating and eating areas are lovely.
We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend this accommodation to others.
Delighted you and your family enjoyed your holiday and found our villa spacious comfortable, well located and enjoyed the pool & patio area for BBQ's and outdoor eating. Thanks Niamh
chouette séjour !
Beau séjour, soleil au rendez vous, nous avons pleinement profité de cette maison et de sa piscine où les enfants se sont éclatées la préférant à la plage !! disponibilité et gentillesse des accueillants, Collioure, toujours aussi magnifique très proche, séance d'acrobranche à proximité et farniente !!!
Nous sommes heureux que vous et votre famille aient passé de bonnes vacances dans notre maison, vous avez bien accueilli et apprécié les activités à proximité. Niamh
a nice house in the south of France
The house is very practical and well displayed with a large living/dining room perfect for a large group. The outside space with the barbecue and large table was perfect for dinner and even lunch as it is perfectly under the shadow. The house is perfect for family with young kids. + had many DVD's and some toys for kids which was a blessing. The pool is a very decent size.
to note that one of the bedroom is done as an extension of the house hence no aircon / not much natural light
We are delighted you found the villa practical, well laid out & enjoyed the outdoor facilities. We have plans to install air con in the fourth bedroom for next season.
Perfect Property, Perfect Location
This one is a gem - the house was spotlessly clean when we arrived and is deceptively spacious. The kitchen area is big, has all the plates, pans and kitchen utensils you'll ever need and has an enormous fridge/freezer (good for storing those big boxes of Rose wine that you'll buy). The bedrooms are also large and well laid out with plenty of storage for clothes and all your holiday bits and pieces, plus there is a utility room with even more storage.
The outside area is great for kids and adults alike, nice lawns to the front and rear, a long washing line - which will get wet from the overnight sprinklers so remember to bring your stuff in at night - and a fantastic covered BBQ area that has a sink and a flat-top plancha for easy cooking and cleaning. Good parking space too - we had two cars but you could get a third in there too. However, the best thing about the outside is the pool. It is big and great for leaping in on a hot day but also has steps and shallow areas for kids or just for dipping your feet in. Never too cold, never too hot and it has a cover if you are worried about little ones running around near it.
In terms of location it couldn't be better really. You can walk into the village (good little pub there and a restaurant that is HUGE inside) and it's five minutes drive to the huge beaches and the marina where there are loads of shops and more restaurants. On the way to the beach is a golf course and a sailing lake which you can fish on too. If you are into fishing there are rocky areas on the beach from which to either launch a beachcaster, or follow the locals and use a light rod for the smaller fish closer in.
As a base, we went to Ceret (lots of original Picasso and Maillot there), took maybe 20 minutes by car, and Perpignan but you could easily get further out if you want to explore the Pyrenees more. There are some lovely little villages up and down the coastline which are good for a day's visit. Everywhere you go there are the mountains in the background and they are absolutely beautiful.
In summary: perfect location and a great villa to stay. The only thing I would say is that this is a more modern part of France so expect tourists (mostly French though) and newer property estates rather than lots of big old rambling gite-type houses. We loved it and would go back in a heartbeat, very highly recommended.
So happy to hear you had a wonderful holiday in a great location, and you found our house well equipped. We would be delighted to welcome you back in the future - there are so many beautiful places to explore in this sunny area of France. Niamh
Fantastic holiday! We'll definitely be back!
I stayed in the villa for 10 days with my partner, our 6 month old son, and another couple with their three small children.
The place was spotlessly clean when we arrived, and the couple looking after the villa on the owners' behalf were really helpful.
The bedrooms in the villa are spacious and there are few nice touches, like the jacuzzi in one of the showers, a barbecue, an outdoor sheltered dining area for our lunches al fresco and nights in.
The shops are really close (10 minutes walk) and so is the nearest restaurant, which was really handy, especially because we were there with children.
We didn't have to bring towels or bedsheets as they were all provided by the owners, which came in handy since we had more room for our baby stuff in the luggage.
I have to say that the villa has everything you need: all sorts of kitchen utensils, fast Wifi, a big selection of books, DVDs, TV, air conditioning (which was very handy), dishwasher and washing machine. It really is a home away from home.
We used the private pool every day and our friends' kids had a great time in the pool. The place has sun beds, and we were sunbathing while we could watch our baby in the shade under the trestle.
The marina is 5-10 minutes drive away where are lovely shops, bars and restaurants.
After our lovely time spent in the villa, I would highly recommend staying in the place and we will definitely be returning next year!
Delighted your two family groups enjoyed your stay in our villa and that you found it comfortable. We would be delighted to welcome you back again next year. Niamh
The nearest sandy beach which is blue flag, is about a five minute drive away. However the beaches stretch in either directions for miles so even in the height of summer it's always possible to find a good spot. There are many beach bars and restaurants where you can hire sun loungers & umbrellas and enjoy a lunch of 'moules Frites' washed down with a glass of rose or a cool beer.
There is plenty of opportunity for water sports from jet ski hire to sailing and wind surfing.
Car: Calais 850km, Roscoff/Cherbourg 1100km - possible Spanish border 40min drive. Air: Ryanair/AerLingus from UK & Ireland: Perpignan (25 min), Beziers (1hr), Gerona (1hr 20min), Carcassonne (1hr 20min), Nimes (2 hr), Montpellier (2hr), Barcelona (2hr), Toulouse (2h 15min), Rodez (3hr20 min). Train at Elne & Argeles sur Mer. Local €1! buses to Perpignan, Collioure & other coastal villages
St Cyprien Village which is a few minutes walk from the villa has 4 restaurants, 2 bars, 2 supermarkets, butchers, bakers, hair dressers, florists, 2 banks with ATM, internet cafe, indoor swimming pool, hotel and a market which is held on Thursdays. The church dates back to 13 century.
The marina which has many restaurants, bars, night clubs is a few minutes’ drive or you can catch the bus in season. The beach bar/restaurants have the most spectacular views of the mountains, sea and sunset.
Information is provided in the villa in our boooklet. Also see St Cyprien Tourism office. There is a market in the village square on Thursday and a large market on Tuesdays and Friday mornings at the beach. (Give yourself a couple of hours to look around) Local attractions include: Aqualand waterpark – 2km. Le Grandstade sports stadium – 3km. St Cyprien Golf club – 2km. Great area for water sports/diving/snorkelling/wind surfing/kite surfing. Le Jardins des Plantes – 4km. Nearby Collioure – picturesque village and port with shops and restaurants and a wonderful market on a Sunday - 20 mins. Coastal boat trips available from St Cyprien port to nearby ports and Spain. Elne – historic cloisters - 10mins. Perpignan – once home of the kings of Majorca – 20 mins. Ceret - modern art museum - Picasso - 35mins. Amelie-les-Bains - beautiful Roman spa town nestled in Pyrenees foothills. Spanish border – 30 mins away, duty free shopping at Le Perthus. Figueres, Salvador Dali museum, excellent shopping, restaurants – 40 mins. Cadaques – picturesque fishing village frequented by Salvador Dali. Many vineyards nearby, Chateau Valmy Great local wine! Beautiful medieval garrison town of Villefranche de Conflent - 1hr. Pic de Canigou - Holy mountain of the Cathars 1hr10. Odeillo – solar furnace/visitor centre 1h30. Skiing – Font Romeu, Pyrennees 2000 – 1 hr 30, Andorra – 2 hr 30. Beautiful coastal drive, passing through many picturesque villages and ports. Carcassonne medieval walled city – 1hr 20. Sigean African animal park - 1hr30. Joacasino Discotheque & Casino, St Cyprien Port – 10mins.
The “Petit Train Jaune de la Cerdagne" runs along a 63km route, climbing steeply from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Bolquère and then crossing the plateau of the Cerdagne to Latour-de-Carol. Bolquere is the highest station in France at 1593m.