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5 Bedroomed House With Pool, Orchard, Garden and Magnificent Mountain Views

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Fuilla, Nr. Prades, Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location. Large Secure Garden. Fine Mountain Walking With Historic Churches And Towns

The house looks out to the red roofs of Upper Fuilla and to Canigou and the mountains all around. The accommodation is comfortable at any time of year, with an open fire and electric heating in the colder months. In the summer the many windows and the tiled floors provide welcome cool and shade. The main living room is furnished with 2 very comfortable, large 3 seater white sofas, and two arm chairs. The dining area has a handsome 8 seater table with dining chairs to match. There is a large custom-made book-case filled with books, board games and CDs, all of which visitors are welcome to use. Leading out of the living room there is a sun room which has a table and chairs to sit 8, together with a couple of sun loungers. (All of these can easily be moved out into the garden during the summer months.) There are buckets full of Lego and other children's toys.

2 of the 4 bedrooms in the house have views of Canigou, and the others look out to a range of hills. There is one bedroom in the out-house in the garden which also has wonderful views of Canigou. There is ample storage, and each of the bedrooms has overhead reading lights except the out-house bedroom which has a lantern.

There is also a large circular wine cellar, accessible from the garage, and numerous swimming aids and toys in the garage. The garden is one of the delights of Les Lucioles. Firstly it is about an acre in size and is completely secure, (when the gates to the house drive have been closed). The swimming pool is oval and surrounded by a grassed area inside a security rail fence. This fence is partially covered with climbing roses. In the orchard there is a swing and some ladders creating a couple of tree houses. If you are in residence at the appropriate time the orchard is pretty fruitful in plums and apples and a large cherry. You are welcome to eat the fruit. There are also specimen trees planted in other parts of the garden which provide shade even on the hottest of days. There is ample room for games of kickabout football, for making dens, and for games of hide and seek.

Les Lucioles is in Fuilla du Haut, (upper Fuilla) which leads to Sahorre with its boulangerie and grocers and butchers shops. Above Sahorre on the road to Py and Mantet there are some wonderful swimming pools in the river. Py is a pretty village on the GR10 with a choice of walks radiating from it The road then climbs sharply via a wonderful switch back road to the Col de Mantet, and thence down to the village of Mantet, the last village in France, (and a renowned staging point for escaping servicemen in the Second World War). From Mantet there is a magnificent but strenuous walk up to the Spanish border. (In Les Lucioles we have left instructions as to many of these walks as well as a list of 10 things that you must do while staying there). Indeed the walking in this part of the Pyrenees, (including many walks from the house) is spectacular and very rewarding.

There are also some ‘must see’ historic sites in the neighbourhood such as St Michel de Cuxha (a beautiful Romanesque church with a cloister and atmospheric crypt), Villefranhe de Conflent, (a World Hertitage Site, walled stone 17th century town) and St Martin de Canigou (only accessible by walking and a site of particular symbolic significance to the Catalan people). The most attractive sea-side resort is Collioure, about an hour and a quarter's drive away, although in high summer this can be crowded. Other outings to the hot springs at St Thomas les Bains, the Gorges de Caranca and the great Crusader castles of Peypetreuse and Queribus are well worth a visit. But on hot sumer days the garden, the pool and the house provide complete relaxation. An evening drink or meal at Vernet les Bains or at Villefranche de Conflent is a pleasant way of rounding off the day. We hope that you will enjoy Les Lucioles as much as we have in the past, and intend to continue to in the years ahead. This is emphatically a family home rather than a commercial operation.

It is a world away from glitz or clubbing or crowded beaches. But for a memorable and relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting it might be hard to beat.

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Trish Barnes
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Trish Barnes

We, our four children and their families and friends have enjoyed the house hugely. The house was originally owned by Trish's mother who had the good sense not to build on the adjacent plot but to leave it as an orchard to the house.

Our principal home is in Greenwich and we are a retired lawyer and web site designer. Our principal interests are walking, reading,visiting historic towns and churches and relaxing. Les Lucioles is ideal for all of them.

Trish Barnes purchased this villa in 2003

Why Trish Barnes chose Fuilla

Les Lucioles has great views of the mountains and wonderful walking all around. The garden and swimming pool are great attractions. The house is eminently comfortable and welcoming. But it is not remote and you can access Viilefranche and Vernet within 15 minutes. There are no crowds anywhere around; the main visitors to the garden, (and a bit of a menace!) are moles and badgers.

What makes this villa unique

The house is about 50 years old and so does not have the problems which sometimes occur in old houses. Things work, and if they do not, then Philippe who lives across the road and has a garden maintenance contract, will usually be able to help. About 5 minutes is required to clear the living room after the ravages of children during the day.

The sun room and the pool, together with the ladders and tree houses in the orchard are features which may not be found everywhere.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is the first time we have let the house.The visitors book at Les Lucioles contains numerous entries as to the enjoyment of the holidays of those concerned
Jan 2015
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Fuilla Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom contains bidet, bath and shower and twin wash basins. In the garage/basement there is a separate shower room. Separate wcs in the main house and in the garage.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 double bed, looking to Canigou. Desk/dressing table, Wardrobe Bedroom 2 double bed, looking to Canigou, desk/dressing table Hanging rails Bedroom 3 twin beds, wardrobe, looking to hills Bedroom 4 twin beds, chest of drawers looking to hills
  • Books
  • Games
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation throughout the house is very comfortable. None of the rooms are cramped. All windows have external and closing wooden shutters. There are hooks in the hall for hats and coats and racks form does and mountain boots Outside: The pool is oval in shape and about 30 feet long by 10 feet wide. It is only for the use of Les Luicoles. There is a mechanical hoover which cleans the pool. The furniture in the sun room is used in the garden Utility Room: The garage has washing and drying machines as well as a further fridge. The hall contains a cupboard with brushes, dustbins, cleaning materials, extra light bulbs etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. Maid service will have cleaned and made up the beds before each new set of visitors Other: Sun room with full length opening windows leading out into the garden. Garden bothy with large rug and a double bed. Windows opening to garden


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5 Bedroomed House With Pool, Orchard, Garden and Magnificent Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A lovely holiday in the perfect family home in fantastic scenery

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely couple of weeks at Les Lucioles. It was perfect for a family such as ours that made full use of the pool, had lovely mountain walks, and enjoyed the many sights and tastes of the region. The way the house is set up made us feel at home very quickly and being outside in the evening was a particular pleasure, with birds swooping into the pool for a drink as dusk settled. We found Villefranche to be a lovely place for an evening meal and also enjoyed visiting Prades on market day to buy meal, cheese, etc. Road connections are also good, making it easy to drive up into the mountains in one direction, and connecting to Perpignan and the Coast in the other.

Much recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed and appreciated so much the house and garden and all the outdoor activities that the region offers. Thank you very much for your enthusiastic review!
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Delightful property in great location

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults and 2 children, 13 & 11yrs) stayed at this property for 1 week in August 2016 and had a fantastic time. The views from the property towards Mt Canigou are stunning and the house is perfectly located for those who wish to enjoy this wonderful area. We enjoyed several walks high up in the mountains (and even over the Spanish border) as well as some less strenuous walks in the foothills starting at the back gate... There are a wide variety of beautiful/historic villages and monasteries to visit locally as well as many other sites (e.g Cathar castles) that are only just over 1hr drive. On the more relaxing days we stayed in the house and enjoyed the garden, the views and the great swimming pool. The property is spacious and well equipped (best of all there is no TV! But don't worry, the WiFi will keep the children happy!) This is obviously a well-loved and well-used family property, the interior is slightly dated in places, but everything was clean and in good working order. There was also great information provided on things to do locally, as well as detailed descriptions of walks and a great library. The owners were extremely helpful in all aspects of the arrangements. We would happily return to enjoy this great location.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your holiday so much and appreciated both the house, garden and swimming pool as well as all the area has to offer.
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Agréables vacances

  • 5 of 5

La maison est grande et agréable. Elle est bien située pour visiter la région avec vue sur le Canigou. La piscine et le jardin sont agréables et bien sécurisés. Seul point négatif, les rangements surtout dans la cuisine sont trop encombrés. Le classeur d'accueil mériterait une traduction en français. Nous avons passé une très bonne semaine de vacances en famille.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour votre critique. Il nous a donné plaisir que vous avez apprécié la maison, le jardin, la piscine et la belle vue. Cet année, nous ferons un traduction du classeur d'accueil pour rendre plus facile l'opération du maison pour les français.
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Superbe séjour dans cette maison si bien située et au jardin si agréable !

  • 5 of 5

Très beau séjour à Fuilla : la maison est située à proximité de nombreux centres d'intérêt et points de départ de randonnée et le vaste jardin dispose d'une très agréable piscine et d'une vue imprenable sur le Canigou : on y reviendra avec plaisir !

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour votre appréciation. Il nous donne beaucoup de plaisir que vous aimez bien notre maison et jardin dans le très beau localité Tim et Trish
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  • 5 of 5

« Patricia est disponible pour apporter toutes les informations utiles;

La maison est remarquablement équipée et accueillante

Très bien chauffée; spacieuse, confortable, lumineuse et beaucoup d'espaces de rangement;

Une grande partie extérieure permet d'y pratiquer de nombreuses activités;

Point de départ de nombreuses randonnées tant à pied, VTT ou vélo;

A proximité de petits commerces ruraux qui fournissent des produits agricoles de qualité et accessible;

Et puis un décorum exceptionnel, le Canigou au lever du soleil, montagne vallonnée et torrent à proximité;

Un climat avec du soleil en permanence, pas ou peu de vent et puis une piscine qui permet les baignades avec le Canigou en spectacle;

Maison adapté à toutes formes de tourisme, courte ou longue période, famille nombreuse, ou groupes d'amis, pour toutes activités de loisirs et sportives, cyclotourisme, VTT, randonnées, marche, pêche, canyoning, canoë kayak ou tout genre de pratique pour les petits que les grands;

Patricia, merci encore pour ce séjour remarquable;

Guy et groupe d'amis »

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup, Guy, pour votre réponse enthousiaste avec beaucoup de détailes. C'est un grand plaisir pour nous que vous avez eu les vacances mémorables et avez apprécié tous que le région et le propriété peut offrir. Patricia
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Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The Prades Festival at the end of July/beginning of August is world renowned and is in honour of Pablo Casals who lived in the town during the Spanish Civil War. Concerts of a high standard take place in a variety of historic locations.

There are some walking/painting/cookery courses within easy reach but we have not accessed them.


Collioure is about an hours drive. It is an historic small port favoured by the Fauviste artists and relatively unspoilt.


45 minutes drive from Perpignan Airport. 2 hours from Carcassonne and Barcelona. Car hire available at all these airports.


Villefranche de Conflet 10 minutes drive.

Vernet les Bains ( historic spa town) 10 minutes drive

Prades 15 minutes drive

Further Details:

Major supermarket, Super U in Prades. Splendid street market in Prades every Tuesday. Cash dispensers in Villelfranche, bank, doctor and other essentials in Prades. Alfresco pizza restaurant on the square at Vernet.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $131.16

Booking Notes:
I would propose 25% of the cost of the holiday is payable on confirmation of your booking, with the balance payable not less than 14 days before the holiday commences. Arrival would be after 4pm on the first day, with departures before 10am on the last day, (to allow for cleaning)

Changeover Day:
Flexible as to change over days. Arrival and departure times, see above.

Notes on prices:
We would consider bookings, (particularly outside the main season) for less than a week, but of not less than 3 nights.
The pool is only open in the summer and will not be open until May or June depending on the weather.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.