Rue de l'Eglise
Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The property is a traditional Catalan village house, recently renovated and updated, but retaining its original charm. Its position is superb, offering the best of village life (shops within 2 minutes' walk) but also close to the vineyards, Mediterranean forest and mountains.
Walking and hiking, mountain biking, swimming (either at the nearby lake or at the beautiful sandy beaches 30 minutes drive away), tennis, water sports, skiing and many other attractions are within easy reach. The nearest town, Ceret, boasts a renowned museum of modern art, a lively Saturday market and street festivals all year round.
The house is a mere 5km to the Spanish border, with Girona and Barcelona easily accessible by car or train. Local ski resorts are just 90 minutes away. Perfect for summer stays, and is also lovely in the autumn and winter. Longterm lets considered.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Argeles 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 45 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The 3-storey townhouse has charm, views and all mod cons. On the ground floor there is a sunny open-plan sitting room with French windows looking out onto a balcony and glorious mountain views. The adjoining kitchen/dining area is fully-equipped with all cooking facilities and a dishwasher, and there is a large dining table and chairs. The connecting utility room has a washing machine. The sitting room has a flat-screen TV which receives UK and French channels, and there is a DVD player.
On the first floor there is a double room, a twin bedroom, a modern bathroom with shower and a separate WC. The top floor has a large airy attic room with a double sofa-bed, a DVD player and various children's toys and books. Wi-fi internet access is available, and a high chair and cot are also available on demand.
The house keeps cool in summer, and in winter is very cozy with radiators in every room and electric blankets on the beds.
There is free parking throughout the village, very close to the house.
|Further details outdoors|
The ground floor sitting room opens onto a balcony with a table and 2 chairs, which overlooks a delightfully leafy church square.
The square has benches which overlook the glorious view of the fields, vineyards and mountains. There is a children's playground within 5 minutes' walk of the house, and there are sporting facilities in the village (tennis, football, basketball, skateboarding).
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
Babysitting services available on request.
Maps and guides supplied.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Pyrenees-Orientales region is one of France's best-kept secrets. It has a dramatically varied landscape, a rich history of invasion and rebellion, a wonderful climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year, and a fascinating combination of French and Catalan cultures.
There are huge sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, dramatic castles, sleepy villages, bustling markets and some superb wines and food. Seasons and festivals are recognised and celebrated, people have time to stop and chat, and visitors are always made welcome. Places within easy reach of Maureillas are:
Argeles and Le Racou - Beautiful big sandy beaches and warm seas
Collioure - Fascinating fishing village with a strong artistic past
Cathar castles - Incredible castles from the 12th and 13th centuries clinging to the tops of mountains
Ceret - Very popular town with superb Saturday market and renowned museum of modern art
Mount Canigou - Highest mountain in the area, and with a strong link to the Catalan culture
The Little Yellow Train - Open-air train which winds up the valley with amazing views
Spain - Only a few minutes away, with the delights of Figueres (Dali museum), the Costa Blanca, Girona and Barcelona within easy reach
Maureillas is a lively village in the summer, with festivals every weekend in July and August.
Ceret has strong associations with artists such as Picasso and Dufy, and its Museum of Modern Art draws visitors all year round. It also has an excellent Saturday market, interesting shops and a variety of good restaurants.
St Jean-Pla-de-Corts is a pretty nearby town with a superb swimming lake where there are water activities, boat hire and a delightful lakeside restaurant.
The famous GR10 walking route (coast to coast) comes near to Maureillas. This region is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities.
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22 Jul 2014
"a perfect choice"
This is a beautiful house in a glorious part of France. The house is very well equipped and the owner, Penny, is a pleasure to deal with.
This was one of the nicest holidays we have had and we will seriously consider returning to Rue de l'eglise.
The location in the mountains and close to the Med is excellent.
Ceret is a must to visit, as is wakeboarding (at the lake 3km away), the little yellow train...
Thank you for your lovely review. Do come again! Penny
20 Apr 2014
"Excellent compact property with glorious views"
We spent 8 days here in mostly glorious spring weather - blossom on trees, wildflowers and butterflies galore, etc. The property is in a convenient village location, with wonderful views of the mountains (esp of Canigou, if you sit in the right place!). It's well appointed, with everything you might need. Bedrooms are a little tight for space. Top floor would be ideal for losing the children, if you had them with you - but we didn't have cause to test that theory. Internet TV is a plus for those who don't carry web-enabled devices around with them on holiday. A friendly village, with better facilities than most. In particular, two boulangeries which it was impossible to choose between, an excellent restaurant, and a bar. Plenty of walking options direct from the property - or within a few km if you want to take the car out.
18 Apr 2014
"A perfect escape"
Our second visit. The first was in the height of the midsummer season last year. Then there were 3 generations of our family, this time only the seniors! The house remains as we expected, simple, comfortable, warm and containing all we could need. We were welcomed back by the Maureillas community who remembered us! We now look forward to the next multigeneration visit this August.
11 Oct 2013
"Outstandingly comfortable, very well-equipped house, in lovely village"
This was my third visit to this welcoming house in the centre of Maureillas. I have never stayed in a better equipped house - the owners, Penny and Dominic - seem to have thought of everything.The … More
29 Sep 2013
"Perfect house in perfect setting - superb for all ages (6-seventy plus for us!)"
Rue De l'Eglise, set in picture postcard perfect village of Maureillas las Illas was, quite simply, perfect.
We drove from Devon - via Dover - to get there. An arduous 3 day journey which involved two under 10s, two mid-40s and two 70-ishes (won't give away specifics)! We were tired and hot and a bit fractious by the time we swung into the village, but the site of the beautiful square (complete with two restaurants, butchers, and driving school), and the almost medieval lane down which the house lay, was enough to lift all our spirits. Ooos and ahhs from all of us - youngest to oldest.
The house itself not only was suitably picturesque, it was ridiculously thoughtfully presented. Everything from a box of Lego in the kids attic room (we NEVER saw them - :)) to picnic baskets, beach umbrellas, a bottle of superb wine, more glasses, plates and bowls than you could need, a visitors book full of useful info, fans in each room, games to play, CDs, even ENGLISH TELLY (great for a father who hates to miss the news!) and more were provided. Penny the owner could not do more for us and really has thought of it all.
(NB- there is no garden, or pool, but believe me we have outdoor-mad girls aged 6 and 9 and this did not bother them AT ALL).
The view from the balcony, the Pyrenees beckoning us, was stunning and enhanced on our first Sunday morning by a local mountain choir coming down to sing in the church after which the street was named. A magical welcome which had all of us entranced. To be honest, Maureillas is crammed with such moments (make sure you check out local brass band practice - if you are in the square you can't miss it!).
The village has all you need and more to survive! A brilliant local in El Tap, a fine dining option in Vins 66 (cold cucumber soup - who knew it could be so bonkersly good - AND the wonderful Sabrina gave us the recipe), exceptional butcher, local shop, two bakeries, a pizzeria, tabac, even a helpful and welcoming pharmacy.
Nearby there is so much to do. Ceret is magical, the mountain drives breath-taking, the beaches all you expect from the med, the local lake had us there every day and was a firm fav with the children. We even ventured into Spain to Figures and the coast road home... long, windy but spectacular. And that only touches the surface of what is on offer.
We stayed for two, superb weeks. We feel we made firm friends, lots of kisses and "a l'annee prochaines' on our departure, and we booked the house again (for TWO more stays) before we left. We liked it, and Maureillas, THAT much, and we still have so much more to explore.
All of us - from the youngest to the the oldest - cannot wait to return and what can be a better review than that?
The Norrises (x4) and G-Gs (x2).
Thanks so much for your glowing review. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2014! Penny
22 Jun 2013
"Excellent facilities made it feel like home from home"
We found Rue de l'Eglise a particularly comfortable rental property which was very well equipped and we loved the friendly village of Maureillas with its general store and its boulangeries providing everything for breakfast. There was plenty of information about places to visit and offers of help from the owner. We fell in love with the mountain view which was an added bonus.
5 Nov 2012
"Cool Catalan Village Apartment"
Stunning view of Pyrenees in this cool village pad. Great base for exploring beaches of the Vermilion Coast and Costa Brava.
3 bedroom, though one a kids attic retreat (with separate Tv) in great little mountain village. Short stroll through narrow medieval lane ways takes you to restaurant and town bar. Great pizza place down another lane. For a taste of Catalan village life this place can't be beat.
5 min from Ceret with its epic weekend market, funky art gallery, rugby team and tree lined streets.
Owner Penny is v helpful and full of local tips. We stayed 2 weeks in the off season and loads to do.
Thanks for your great comments, glad you all had a good time. Penny
18 Oct 2012
"My second visit this year"
This was my second stay this year in this delightful house.
I found it even better equippped this time - just small improvements but the owners seem to have thought of everything. The house is so central that it is only 2 mins' walk to the shops and wonderful buses for which one pays just one euro for two hours' travel. I even reached Vernet-les-Bains for one euro!
I found the neighbours particularly friendly and found it hard to drag myself away from this super litle house in a region that has everything - mountains, sea, vineyards and excellent small shops. I plan to return early next year ... No 11 is a real home from home.
Thanks so much for your lovely review. We look forward to seeing you for your next visit to Maureillas!
7 Sep 2012
"Lovely location and village"
Thank you very much Penny & family. We really enjoyed staying in your property. We arrived tired and weary after driving from Paris. Penny had provided a welcome pack and popped by to make sure we w… More
Many thanks, Lucy. Glad you all enjoyed your stay! Penny
18 Jul 2012
"Great location, friendly village and charming host"
The gite was well and thoughtfully equipped, cosy and overlooked a small, quiet church square. The small balcony, accessed from the sitting area, was perfect for standing in and admiring the view towards Canigou. Maureillas itself was a very friendly village totally unspoilt by tourism. It had an excellent restaurant and a bar on the other side of the square, the restaurant was so good that we ate out most evenings. I would certainly recommended it to anyone looking for a holiday rental near the Spanish border.
Many thanks for your lovely review. I hope you see you in this area again! Penny
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