About the home
Set in the foothills of the Pyrenees overlooking the medieval village of Arles Sur Tec, La Paloma is the ideal venue for family reunions, celebrations or two family holidays. The two-story layout of the property lends itself to large gatherings. In addition to sleeping 12 people in the bedrooms there are three sofa beds to accommodate a further 6 people.
With two kitchens, three bathrooms and three reception rooms there is plenty of room for party members to find their own space. The various outside terraces and seating areas mean that you can be together when you want to and can separate into smaller groups when required. In the evenings party members can find their own favourite spots to group together and enjoy a quite drink and meal or to play music and chat the night away.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Beach, 40km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 500m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access|
|General:||Central heating, CD player, Safe, Wi-fi available|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 2 shower rooms|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (3), Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
There is plenty of space for indoor and outdoor living here at La Paloma. In 1956 a local chiropractor and his wife chose the site to create a villa to live in and a separate suite of rooms for them to practice from.
When my wife and I bought the house in 2003 we converted the practice rooms into extra living accommodation, installed a swimming pool and created extra terraces. La Paloma now offers sleeping accommodation for up to 12 people.
We have installed a second kitchen on the lower floor which is often used when two families come to stay, or when the lower floor is used as a 'granny/nanny flat' or a teenagers (or parents!) retreat.
La Paloma is the ideal venue for a family reunion, celebrations or two family holidays. The two-story layout of the property lends itself to large gatherings. In addition to sleeping 12 people in the bedrooms there are three sofa beds to accommodate a further 6 people.
There is room for 12 in the living room and 12 in the dining room. The open fire can be used to create a comfortable atmosphere. To prepare food you will find a cooker, an oven, a microwave, a fridge, a freezer, a kettle. You will also find a dish washer, a washing machine, a clothes drier, an iron and ironing board. The owner has also provided cutlery, crockery, glassware, cooking utensils.
One of the most important reasons for us buying a house in France was our love of food and wine. The main kitchen at La Paloma usually becomes the main gathering place we are there with our friends and family.
The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons and some interesting traditional French features. It has a table that will comfortably sit eight people, an American fridge with ice maker and modern gas cooker along with all the utensils and equipment required for the most ambitious cook.
A small library of cookbooks includes books from Elizabeth David though to Rick Stein should you be stuck for inspiration.
La Paloma now comprises the following accommodation:
Family room with 1 double & 1 single bed and en-suite bathroom
Family bathroom with shower & WC
Large lounge with two sofa beds
Large dining room
Family room with 1 double & 1 single bed and vanity unit
Double room with vanity unit
Lounge diner with one sofa bed
With this combination the house can provide beds for twelve people with option to use the sofa beds for a further 6 people. Cots available on request.
Further details outdoors:
There is a private south facing swimming pool, a south facing garden, a south facing patio area, a south facing balcony, panoramic views, interesting views, a barbeque.
The pool is 9mx4.5m with Roman Steps at one end and surrounded by a large terrace and grass area. There are many sunbathing areas and we have a high level of privacy due to the location of the pool terrace.
Built in an old vineyard, La Paloma is surrounded by wonderful grounds with extensive terracing and seating areas for outdoor dining. Gardens on all sides, old vineyard behind, various terraces, balcony, barbecue, private gated drive and plenty of parking, 18 garden chairs, 10 beach chairs and various tables.
The house has games equipment for badminton and boules as well as a full size table tennis table. The music system will play cassettes, cds, radio.
If you are driving there is private parking with the outside areas of the house having external lighting.
The villa is in a quiet area but you may hear occasional noise.
Children welcome, wheelchair inaccessible, long term renters welcome, unsuitable for elderly or infirm, pets considered, this is a non smoking villa.
Bed linen and towels are included for all members of your party. You can order a mid-stay linen change.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Pyrenees-Orientales region
The prefecture of Ceret, famous for its annual cherry festival and museum of modern art is a short drive away. Beyond Ceret the old Roman road leads to the picturesque Côte Vermeille with the artists’ enclave at Collioure and seafood lovers paradise of Port-Vendres once the home of René Mackintosh.
The regional city of Perpignan is a thirty-minute drive away with its bustling shops, ancient canal network and fascinating Arabic quarter. Further up the coast you can reach Montpelier in one and a half hours and the historic Cather city of Carcassonne in less then two. For lovers of walking Arles is a great access point to the famous GR10 footpath.
We don’t pretend that La Paloma is a perfect ski location, but in the winter there are a number of ski areas within an hour or two’s drive. This works well if only some of your party are keen skiers and others prefer the village life and mild temperatures around La Paloma. The nearest resort is at Vallter 2000, about 1.5 hours away in Spain. This is good resort for beginners. For more advanced skiing the resorts around the plateau at the top of the neighbouring Tet Valley provide lots of choice. It will take you a couple of hours to drive there and we can recommend hotels if decide to make it an overnight trip. It is a good idea to carry snow chains if you plan to visit either of there events. The roads are normally cleared each day, but you can get caught out by a sudden heavy dump of snow. We have a selection of chains to fit most vehicles - so just ask.
The Arles sur Tech area
La Paloma in on the edge of the tiny medieval village of Arles sur Tech, 30 miles inland from Perpignan in South West France. Located in the Languedoc region of South West France in the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees in the Valispire, Arles sur Tech is a short drive from the beaches at Collioure on the Mediterranean coast. The border with Spain is close by with easy access to Roses and Girona.
Arles which is one of the most southerly villages in France and is just a few miles from the Spanish frontier where you can access Figures, famous for it’s Salvador Dali connection and the historic Catalan city of Girona. The valley itself is a beautiful place used by ‘Lance Armstrong' as he trained for the Tour de France.
We are gradually putting together our own 'villa holiday blog' where we sharing some tips about our favourite restaurants and places to visit. These all have Google maps included so it's well worth making a note before you set off.
Coll Frers, the village butcher has a fabulous selection of meat, poultry, and charcutery and the local Spar has fresh supplies of vegetables each day and a fresh fish stall outside each Friday. A short drive away, the towns of Amile les Bains and Ceret offer a wider range of shopping, daily markets and well stocked supermarkets.
Less than 15 minutes away:
Fishing, climbing, golf, tennis, a sports centre, a theatre/cinema and bird watching.
Less than 45 minutes away:
Beach, sailing, water skiing, boat hire, wind surfing, flying, skiing/snow boarding, scuba diving, a zoo and a theme-park.
How to get there
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There are some great deals to be had from both Ryanair to Perpignan or Girona. And Easyjet To Barcelona.
* 45 minutes from Perpignan airport
* 60 minutes from Girona Airport
* 120 minutes from Barcelona Airport
* 45 minutes from the nearest Beach
* 90 minutes from the nearest Ski Slope.
Activities near Arles sur Tech
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 12|
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|24 Feb 12||1 Mar 12||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Mar 12||1 Apr 12||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Apr 12||1 May 12||£ 1495||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 May 12||1 Jun 12||£ 1495||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Jun 12||1 Jul 12||£ 1495||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Jul 12||1 Aug 12||£ 1995||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Aug 12||1 Sep 12||£ 1995||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Sep 12||1 Oct 12||£ 935||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Oct 12||1 Nov 12||£ 935||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Nov 12||1 Dec 12||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|1 Dec 12||22 Dec 12||£ 795||-||-||3 Nights|
|22 Dec 12||1 Jan 13||£ 1495||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
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