5 Impasse de la Sardane
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House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The property is an imposing detached house, sited down a small cul-de-sac, which has been extensively refurbished and modernised in the past year. The accommodation comprises the ground floor of the house forming a self contained 2 bedroomed apartment- sleeping 6. The celings are slightly low (76inches)
Sofa bed and two armchairs, wooden table and 6 chairs, electric heaters, hifi system, satelite TV (Freeview), DVD and WiFi. Rear door gives direct access to a patio, barbecue, garden and swimming pool.
Doors off lead too:
Kitchen: modern and recently installed There is plenty of cupboard space, microwave, electric oven & hob and fridge freezer. Fully equipped with everything to serve. Window onto patio and garden
newly installed stand alone shower and wash basin tiled
Very Large double bedroom:
built in wardrobe, views of the garden, bedside tables and lights, double bed, radiator
Twin bedded bedroom :
twin beds views of the garden, bedside tables and lights (currently contains washing machine)
At the front there is sheltered parking for 1 car and enough room for another car on the drive. . The property has accesss to a patio area, with barbecue, sun loungers, table and chairs and garden with an 8 x 4m heated swimming pool and sorrounding patio area. The accomodation is all on one level, no steps or staircases involved.
The house is situated in Pyrenees-Orintales, Langeudoc-Roussillion. The house is situated on the edge of the small spa town of Amelie les Bains (10-15 min walk) in the valley of the River Tech (5mins walk away), sorrounded by wooded hills and with fantastic views of the Pyrenees and in particular Mt Canigou, the sacred mountain of the Catalans. The historic market town of Ceret, with its famous Museum of Modern Art is a short 10 minute drive away. The area is in the foothills of the Pyrenees, very good walking and cycling area. The house is about a 40mins drive from the Med and the fantastic beaches around Argeles sur Mer and the picturesque fishing village of Collioure
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||argeles sur Mer 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: perpignan and girona 45 km, Nearest railway: perpignan 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The house is situated on the edge of Amelie les Bains and is in Vallespir, a district of Northern Catalonia, in the French department of Pyrenees-Orientales, is an area of and unspoilt natural beauty as well as having a rich culture and history. It is a land in which kings resided, Knights Templar built their fortresses, and artists even unto the present time, flock to.
The region has a Mediterranean Climate with hot dry summers, moderate springs and autumns and short winters with 300 days of sunshine a year. It produces more wine than Bordeaux and more than the whole of the USA -with over 700,000 hectares laid down to vines. The Languedoc-Rousillon area borders the Mediterranean Sea to the east and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south.
It has lots of wildlife and spectacular coast line with some of the best beaches in France. The area has lots to offer such as mountains, rivers and lakes, ancient cities, abbeys & cathedrals, chateau's, Cathar Castles and Spa towns with their thermal springs and treatments.
The Pyrenees- Orientales region sits next to Spain and is rich in Catalan history with Perpignan as the Capital. Perpignan just 40 minutes away is a large vibrant Catalan city proud of its Rugby clubs, union and league, and rich heritage and strong Catalan traditions, festivals, culture & food.
There are plenty of vineyards in the area and wine tasting is readily available. Sports available from a wide range of watersports, golf, cycling, skiing, canyoning, fishing & walking.
A region of flat land between the dominating Aspres Mountains and the rocky Frausa range, Vallespir is a dramatic scenic destination, laden with steep valleys, productive vineyards and colourful orchards.
Throughout the foothills, footpaths, bridle paths and cycle routes carve through evergreen woodlands and mountain plateaux, creating the perfect terrain for walking, cycling and riding holidays. All the facilities, guides and maps needed for a full exploration of the mountains are available from the Amelie tourist information.!
The 18 hole Domaine de Falgos golf course is located right on the border to Spain, with spectacular views over both the mountains and the glorious Bay of Roses in Spain. The course is defiantly undulating, and there are some very testing greens to find, providing a challenge for even the most experienced golfer. There is also a local 9 hole courses close to the house. The ski resorts of the Pyrenees are all within an hour. The River Tech, upon whose banks the village stands, is a favourite asset for those wishing to swim or fish from a property in Arles-sur-Tech, and on Sundays, locals gather on the banks for a hugely social event with live music, dancing and food, which presents a magnificent opportunity to get to meet the locals.
This area is marvellous for walking or painting: autumn colour is breathtaking, February mimosa is stunning and then wild flowers and cherries take over. Winter blue skies and Canigou dominates the horizon, dusted with snow for 2/3rds of the year. Summers are warm, and sunny.
The capital of Vallespir, Ceret, is a maze of narrow streets and gurgling streams which give the town a pleasant laid back character. Ceret is a small country town of great charm and great trees, very relaxed, but with many 'fiestas' all year, and there is nearly always music. There are great restaurants and bars. Saturdays see the fabulous street market. Del Besbe, which is situated opposite Bar Picasso is the best and is Michelin star standard
Amélie-les-Bains is a beautiful Roman spa town nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees. At 240 metres above sea level and is well known for its long sunny periods, purity of air and relaxed way of life. This town combines the old and the new with a mix of narrow cobbled streets and modern accommodation.
The whole valley and mountainous landscape in which Amélie-les-Bains is situated has become 'station verte de vacances.' This accolade is only awarded in France to preservation areas of outstanding, unspoiled natural beauty that boast in addition a natural attraction, in this case the numerous sulphuric thermal springs (62 degrees at source) rumoured to have magical curative properties. There are two spas open in Amélie; the thermal baths of Mondony and the Roman thermal baths. As well as providing medicinal benefits for a whole host of complaints the thermal centres offer relaxation packages and individual treatments at very reasonable prices.
The lovely River Tech flows through the heart of the village and many community gatherings and fetes take place here throughout the summertime. This area is a paradise for walkers and hikers, bikers and fishermen alike. Indeed, so plentiful is the river that Amélie hosted the 6th World Trout Fishing Championship in 1998. There are horse riding facilities in Amélie-les-Bains.
This spa town is part of Catalonia and so visitors may enjoy the vibrant and generous nature of the Catalan culture and cuisine; enjoy a tipple in the street bars, or a delectable meal in one of the restaurants of Amélie or have a little flutter at the casino. There is also a daily market in Amélie-les-Bains and many evening concerts and performances. Experts and novices alike can sample quality wines direct from the vineyards and have a fun day out into the bargain.
This area is famed for the quality of light which makes it ideal for artists and photographers as well as those nature lovers just wishing to get away from it all and relax in the stunning surroundings.
It also has it's own Tourist Office which has a range of activities available in the areas and a calendar of local events, festivals and markets.
Arles sur Tech, which is less than 5 minutes away is a traditional French village and the Abbey Sainte Marie is the focal point and dates back to the eighth century.
The village has all the essential amenities 4-5 restaurants and takeaway pizzeria, a number of bakers and butchers and a number of cafes/bars and other shops along with a Spar/mini market which provides most provisions needed.
Lac St Jean Place de Corts is a lake situated 20 minutes away where can you walk or cycle along trails, Adventure Park with zipwires on land and over water. The lake also has a restaurant where you can have a drink or meal with a view of the mountains in the background whilst sat at the edge of the lake.
Just a few minute's drive south from the house you will arrive at the Gorges de la Fou which is described as the narrowest canyon in the world. There is a small entrance fee (it is very popular in the summer, so arrive early) and parking can be tight, but worth a visit! 20 minutes drive north from the house and you will arrive at the stunning medieval town of Prats de Mollo the last town before Spain where there are lots of walking trails and in the winter cross country skiing.
The capital of Vallespir, Ceret, and Ceret is a beautiful medieval market town with narrow streets and squares with shops and numerous cafes and restaurants to sit and have a drink and soak up the atmosphere. There is a market every Saturday morning with local food, pottery and paintings. The Musee d'Art Moderne is also a must see with a collection of art from famous artists such as Matisse and Picasso. Ceret is famous for its fetes such as The Fete de Cerise (cherry) which is celebrated in April/May and in July The Feria de Ceret when the town celebrates bullfights and a bull runs through the town and La Sardane the traditional Catalan dance festival. Of the many restaurants Del Besbe, which is situated opposite Bar Picasso (behind a hotel)is the best and is Michelin star standard
Argeles-sur Mer has 7 kilometres of sandy beach and the beautiful mountain views are the perfect place to spend a day at the beach and only a 40 minutes drive. There are plenty of childrens clubs, water sports, billiards, bowling, mini car circuit and a forest adventure play area. There are various market stalls and shops along with restaurants and cafes and also there is an evening market. Argeles port is a lovely place to relax for a meal and drink after a day at the beach or for a leisurely lunch. You will also find evening disco's and ballroom dancing and a small fun fair.
Collioure the prettiest town on the Cote Vermeille is where the mountains merge with the sea with beautiful bays and rocky headlands. Collioure inspired artist such as Picasso & Matisse and you can follow the 'Chemin de Fauvism' this is a path that takes you round the town with reproductions of famous painting by Matisse and Derain at the spots where they set up their easel. Collioure has a medieval castle which hosts local art exhibitions and concerts and sits between two pretty bays. The old quarter of town sits behind the beach front and climbs steeply with brightly coloured houses, shops and cafes.
Spain is just a 20 minute drive with cosmopolitan Barcelona only a 2 hour drive or train trip and the lively town of Girona can be reached in 1 hour. Figueres is where you will find the Salvador Dali Museum which is just a 40 minute drive.
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31 Oct 2013
"Beautiful heated pool, walking distance to town, pretty area."
The heated and lit pool is a major attraction to this property. It is close enough to Amelie to walk daily for bread, one way being along the river through a park. There are several places to visit … More
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