Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Nestled off one of the town's squares, La Petite Maison offers a charming, light filled retreat for your holiday. Reached through a short stone passage, the unique location of this Maison de Village combines the tranquility and beautiful rural views of the countryside with immediate access to all the amenities of the lovely town of Ceret.
The house sleeps four people comfortably in two double bedrooms -- both with a balcony and wonderful views of the Albere hills.
The property has undergone major renovation and now provides a fully equipped kitchen and separate large salon. The garden can be accessed from the kitchen and from the salon via the terrace. The terrace has both an outside dining suite for four as well as low comfortable seating and coffee table – all shaded by a roll-out awning.
The south facing garden has bougainvillea, lavender, herbs, olive and citrus trees, views of the hills and space to sunbathe, eat and barbeque.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Argeles Sur Mer 20 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 30 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
La Petite Maison is accessed through a door off one of the town's main squares. This gives onto the passage way which leads to your front door. In this bright and airy house all rooms have tiled floors and the decoration is simple and fresh. There are ceiling fans in each room plus two portable fans for the heat of summer. For chilly nights there are wall mounted heaters in each room, a wood burning stove in the main room and underfloor heating in the kitchen.
The front door opens into the kitchen. Totally re-fitted over the winter of 2013 with white cabinets and a stone worktop, the kitchen offers excellent cooking facilities, storage options and table with chairs for four. Off the kitchen is a new utility room with a washing machine, shelving and a lavatory. The double aspect french windows provide access to steps leading up to the garden and terrace.
From the kitchen curving stairs lead up to the living room. This has a wood-burning stove, large L shaped sofa, chaise longue and an easy chair. There is also a dining suite for four, a flat screen TV with integral DVD player and IPOD docking station. DVDs are provided and secure WIFI is accessible throughout the house.
The two windows and triple doors which which open on to the south facing terrace ensure this room is always bright and airy, an unusual feature for most village houses.
Stairs lead from the dining area up to the second floor landing where there is a built in wardrobe.
Walk in shower with wide shower door. The fully tiled bathroom is modern and has a bathroom cabinet, wall mirror and heated towel rail. Next door is a separate toilet.
Double bed, chest of drawers, bedside tables and lamps, french doors to the balcony, with views over the garden and to the hills.
Double bed (can be divided into two 90 cm single beds on request) bedside tables and lamps, chest of drawers and french doors to the balcony, with views over the garden and to the hills.
|Further details outdoors||
The garden can be accessed from the ground floor and the first floor. It is south facing and offers an ideal place to relax and enjoy one of the 300 days of sunshine that southern France offers.
The first floor has a terrace which stretches across the back of the house.
There is an awning which can be lowered to provide shade. To the right-hand side of the terrace the wooden table and four chairs allow for alfresco dining.
To the left-hand side of the terrace four comfortable chairs and a coffee table allow you to enjoy a quiet read in the afternoon or enjoy star gazing on a clear night.
From the garden the Albere hills provide a beautiful backdrop for you to enjoy this delightful, sunny haven.
Storage for additional garden furniture (sun loungers, parasol etc) is found in the garden room which is fronted by a shady grape arbour and is located at the end of the garden.
Parking is immediately outside of the entrance passage, in the square or close by in Le Tins car park.
It is possible to stay here without a car, as you are right in the centre of Ceret with all the shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance.
There is a local bus service and it is easy to catch buses between Perpignan other local towns and Ceret.
Please note that changeover day in on FRIDAY. This is in part because the Ceret market is held on Saturday morning -- a great opportunity to buy fresh local produce at the very start of your holiday.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
If you want the coast, mountains , vineyards, or gentle rolling hills this region has it all plus 300 days of sunshine every year!
For most of its life, the Pyrenees-Orientales region (formerly called Roussillon) of Languedoc was Spanish, only reverting to France in 1659. Since then it has retained a distinctively Catalan flavour, with Catalan spoken widely, and the Sardana dance, Bullfights and Paschal rituals still performed. The food too has a Spanish flavour, with spicy chorizzo and paella popular.
The landscape of the Pyrenees-Orientales is perhaps the most dramatic in Languedoc, dominated by the towering Pyrenees, the foothills of which hold some of Languedoc Roussillon's most interesting sightseeing.
As the plain nears the coast, huge etangs appear (inland lakes), home to fishermen and wind surfers alike. The coast is mostly flat, but suddenly (thanks to the Pyrenees) starts to undulate at Collioure, creating picturesque bays and headlands (more like Provence). Collioure is particularly pretty with chic restaurants and cafes looking out over the battlements and pastel-coloured houses.
The mountains of Languedoc's Pyrenees-Orientales give way to huge river valleys of the Tet and Tech rivers, where fruit farms abound growing apricots, apples, almonds and much of France's early vegetables.
Céret is the pretty and charming centre of the Vallespir region. It is famous for its Musée d'Art Moderne (Museum of Modern Art), which has numerous Picasso paintings, sculptures and ceramics, including the famous bull fighting bowl series. The museum also features paintings by Chagall, Matisse, Herbin, Soutine, lots of Fauves and a few Impressionists. The top floor of the Museum hosts touring exhibitions. The museum is open 364 days of the year.
The Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge) is a single arch stone bridge built between 1321 and 1341. With a single span of 45.45 m, it was at the time of its construction the world's largest arch bridge in terms of span length.
There are many cafes, restaurants and bars in the centre plus a local post office, tourism office ( very helpful and well stocked), butchers , bakers, supermarkets etc
Travel further up the valley and you are going into the heart of the Vallespir with breathtaking views and pretty spa towns.
Leaving Ceret and just 10 minutes down the road are the lakes at St Jean Pla De Corts , where you can swim, have lunch and the kids can play in the small adventure park ( zip wire over the lake and tree walks), bouncy castles and lots of shade and a gentle breeze so you can cool off during the heat of the summer .
25 minutes away you are at the coast: Long sandy beach at Argeles Sur Mer, beautiful harbour at Collioure and get away from the crowds at Racou.