About the home
FIRST FLOOR MAISON DE VILLE : DELIGHTFUL SPACIOUS FRENCH STYLE APARTMENT WITH PRIVATE SUNNY PATIO IN OLD HISTORIC CENTRE OF STUNNING CATALAN MARKET TOWN, SITUATED IN A NARROW COBBLED STREET, MINUTES FROM LIVELY CERET'S NUMEROUS CAFES, RESTAURANTS, CHIC SHOPS, ART MUSEUM, BUSTLING SATURDAY MARKET AND A SHORT WALK FROM THE SURROUNDING BEAUTIFUL GREEN ROLLING HILLS.
First impressions of Ceret are stunning, a tangle of narrow streets lined with 100 year old plane trees giving shade to a series of cobbled squares in which traces of the old mediaeval ramparts can still be seen. We came here to visit the renowned Museum of Art and were seduced by Ceret's breathtaking charm and fascinated by its historic and artistic importance. Everywhere you wander in Ceret, your eye falls on something of beauty, be it the charming old buildings, wide leafy boulevards, picture postcard distant views of the surrounding hills or its maze of tiny medieaval cobbled lanes and squares.
Can Pablo is a spacious, bright, comfortable, typically French style self-contained first floor apartment, within our 19th century maison de ville, with its own private south-facing sunny patio ideal for al fresco wining and dining. The lounge overlooks the narrow cobbled street at the front and it is less than a minute's walk from here to the Place de la Republique, one of Ceret's most elegant squares with the 13th century Porte de France and adjoining old water fountain enclosed by fine period buildings.
One step further and you are right in the old centre, where you'll find a marvellous array of cafes, restaurants, enticing little shops, bakeries, Maison de la Presse, supermarket - you'll be totally spoilt for choice and more so when you browse the buzzing Saturday market where rows of stalls jam the squares and boulevards, selling jars of homemade cassoulet, foie gras, magret steaks of duck, saucisson, fresh herbs, olives, fruit and vegetables, creamy cheeses, crusty bread, sumptuous pastries, mouthwatering rotisserie chicken - your taste buds will be overwhelmed by the aromas.
The impressive Museum of Art, containing many fine works by artists such as Picasso, Braque and Dufy, is a couple of minutes walk from Can Pablo, as is the largest Baroque church in France, St. Pierre situated in the heart of the old centre. Yet it takes only a few minutes to stroll out of town and find yourself in the countryside with a choice of many walks to suit all levels, where you can glance back and enjoy the gorgeous views of Ceret or immerse yourself in the pleasures of the surrounding countryside. The flora and fauna are delightful, the scent of wild herbs intoxicating and the peace will only be broken by the birdsong or tinkling of goats' bells.
Can Pablo consists of a lounge, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms, shower room and a passageway/library leads from the kitchen to a long, shuttered door out to the patio. There is everything here to make your stay enjoyable. We have tried to preserve the charm of the ancient by retaining features such as the old tiled floors, traditional wooden shutters on the windows, an old marble kitchen sink, old chimney/fireplace, attractive internal windows and double glass doors but have modernised where necessary to make your stay here comfortable and practical. The shower is modern, the kitchen is well-equipped and there is town gas for cooking and central heating.
The kitchen has everything you may need for a self-catering holiday ( including those first essentials like tea, milk, fruit juice, wine, butter, cheese, oil, vinegar, seasonings,washing up liquid, kitchen towels, loo rolls etc. which we include for you as a welcome pack) , and you will certainly want to enjoy your meals outside on the patio. When you feel like a break from cooking, though, you need only walk a few minutes to make your choice of al fresco cafe or restaurant. Choose our nearest one, Cafe France, and you will feel as if you're on the set of a Jean Renoir movie. During the long, warm summer evenings the streets are very lively, the cafes and restaurants overflowing, impromptu music and sardane dancing abound and the atmosphere is intoxicating. Sit outside the Grand cafe sipping a pastis and imagine Picasso at the next table not so very long ago......
Can Pablo is perfect for couples or for one or two single people sharing. There is a double bed in the bedroom just next to the patio at the rear and the 2nd bedroom has a 3/4 size period French walnut bed which is like a small double size bed. The bedrooms have separate entrances from the passageway but are interconnected. Couples can use this 2nd bedroom as a dressing room. There are plenty of books filling the shelves and bookcases in the passageway which you are most welcome to read and enjoy.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 2, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Le Racou/Argeles, 25km|
|Family friendly?||Not suitable for children|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace|
Further details indoors:
Self-contained first floor apartment within 19th century maison de ville.
Old period features retained - old tiled floors, chimney/fireplace and marble sink in kitchen, shuttered windows, unusual internal windows
Bedroom with 3/4 French wooden bed
Patio with outdoor dining
Further details outdoors:
The apartment benefits from a pretty tiled Spanish style private, south-facing patio which enjoys the sun from midmorning until evening, offering al fresco wining and dining. It is equipped with an outdoor table and chairs and a selection of potted plants and flowers.
There is ample free parking within a couple of minutes walk from Can Pablo in the large Les Tins centre-ville parking.
A deposit of £100/€150 is required to reserve your booking. We accept payment by sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank (incurring no charges) or by Paypal where an extra 5% will be payable to cover their charges.
A refundable deposit of £100/€150 against breakages will be payable on arrival and refunded on departure.
Bed & bath linen provided. Tea towels provided. Beach towels available for use.
The welcome pack includes fruit juice, tea, milk, cheese, butter, wine, oil, vinegar, seasonings, washing up liquid, kitchen towels etc. so you can begin your holiday right away.
The apartment will be clean when you arrive and we ask you please to leave it in the same condition on your departure.
However, cleaning can be arranged upon request at the end of your stay for a reasonable local rate.
Perfect for couples or two single travellers.
We regret it is not suitable for children.
Minimum stay 5 nights but will consider shorter stays depending on the time of the year.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Pyrenees-Orientales region
Look at a map of France and you'll see that the Pyrenees-Orientales region in the Languedoc-Roussillon is geographically the most southerly area of France - the true 'South of France' in the opinion of many of us who live here!
Think of the region of Pyrenees-Orientales and think 'mer et montagnes' , sea and mountains, the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees with the majestic Canigou.. Add to this, pretty 'wine route' villages full of old stone terracotta tiled houses, ancient monasteries, monuments and churches, tree-lined avenues, wonderful markets, good inexpensive regional wines, enticing local restaurants, over 300 days of sunshine a year, the fascinating and attractive small city of Perpignan, fetes and ferias, stunning landscapes, the proximity to Spain for an enriching change of culture........what more could you ask for?
There is so much to do and see in this beautiful area of France and likewise just across the border in Spain. This is why visitors return year after year. We are certain you will be captivated by our beautiful town and the wonderful area it is situated in.
The Ceret area
CERET FETES & FESTIVALS: just some of our wonderful fetes & ferias throughout the year 2013
Ceret de Bandas 18/19th May
La Nuit des Musees 18th May
Cherry Festival 1/2nd June
'Havaneres' :(singing/music) 8th June
Fete de la Musique 21st June
Querencias: Music & Flamenco 28/29th June
Feria 12/13/14th July
Fete de la Sardane 19/20/21st July
Ronde Ceretan (Marathon)& St.Ferriol celebrations 15th September
Foire au Gras/Christmas market 21/22nd December
MUSEE D' ART: AUGUSTE HERBIN RETROSPECTIVE 2nd March - 26th May
MAJOR SUMMER EXHIBITION JUNE - OCTOBER
Ceret lies at the heart of the Vallespir, less than half an hour from Perpignan and about 20 minutes from the Spanish border. There is an abundance of fetes and ferias throughout the year, kicking off with Carnival in spring, the incredible Feria weekend in mid July and ending with the Christmas market in December. In between are numerous others including the Fete de la Musique, Querencias flamenco weekend and the Sardane Festival. ........to find out more about any of these and many, many others, please visit www.ot-ceret.fr. There's the lively weekly market on Saturdays, the nocturnal summer evening market on Tuesdays, live music and sardane dancing on the streets throughout the summer months, the impressive and important Museum of Modern Art, St. Pierre church, the hermitage of St. Ferriol, close by lakes for swimming at St. Jean Pla de Corts, nearby atrractive small city of Perpignan.....numerous seaside resorts with gorgeous beaches, water sports, nature trails, the hills and mountains to walk, hike or climb ......how active do you want to be?
Or maybe you just prefer chilling out in the sun with a cold drink and a good book? The choice is yours but it is all on offer here in Ceret and the surroundings . Come for as long as you can - you will love it!
How to get there
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Perpignan 30 km (30 minutes) Ryanair
Girona 40 km (1 hour) Ryanair
Perpignan rail station (the 'centre of the universe' according to Salvador Dali) - trains from St. Pancras, London.
There are many car hire companies at both airports and at the train station.
Frog Bus service running from both airports which takes you to/from Le Boulou www.frogbus.com.
Buses from Perpignan airport to centre of Perpignan and the bus station.
Direct bus from Perpignan bus station to Ceret.
Taxi rank at Perpignan airport and at the train station.
Activities near Ceret
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
13 May 2013
Situated right in the centre of Céret, close to the Cafe de France, Atelier de Fred (restaurant) and the main free parking (Les Tins), this is a great place to be to take in all that Céret has to offer. The boulangeries, boucheries and market are all close by.
John and Denise are lovely, friendly hosts (living above the apartment), and the welcome pack ensures that the holiday starts well. The small terrace is a little sun trap with enough space for 2 to dine al fresco.
26 Apr 2013
We've rented many apartments and this was the best equipped we have ever found. Great location, easy free parking, charming town, and delightful hosts. You can walk to many restaurants from this spacious and light apartment. Ceret's Saturday market day is exceptional. We will definitely come back again.
08 Apr 2013
John and Denise were very helpful even before I arrived, warning me about the Saturday market day parking craziness. their directions were flawless and indeed their location is so perfect for visiting Ceret. The apartment was sweet,homey, clean and had lots of character. The kitchen is well supplied with whatever one requires to prepare meals but of course, the town has many inviting spots to eat. I would not hesitate to recommend Can Pablo to anyone..Nancy from Toronto
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 2|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||30 Mar 13||30 Jun 13||£ 340||£ 49||£ 49||5 Nights|
|Summer||30 Jun 13||29 Sep 13||£ 375||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||29 Sep 13||1 Nov 13||£ 340||£ 49||£ 49||5 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Minimum stay: 5 nights (depending on the time of year)
Welcome pack of kitchen essentials included.
A deposit of €100/£100 is required to secure your booking, deductable from the total balance payable.
A security deposit of €150/£100 is payable on arrival and will be refunded on departure.
Final balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival or at time of booking if less than this period to arrival date.
Payment may be made:
by a sterling cheque drawn on a UK bank (at no extra charge)
by a euro cheque drawn on a French bank (at no extra charge)
by secure Paypal (incurs a 5% charge which we will have to ask you to add to your payments)Enquire now
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