Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 2
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 25 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan or Girona 30 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 30 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|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 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or 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 30% of total rental (or minimum £150/150€) 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/herbs, washing up liquid, kitchen towels, toilet paper 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.
PLEASE DO READ OUR REVIEWS.
The Languedoc-Roussillon 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.
CERET FETES & FESTIVALS: just some of our wonderful fetes & ferias throughout the year 2014 (for further information and to confirm dates, please see the website for the Office de Tourisme de Ceret: www.ot-ceret.fr
In addition to the events highlighted below, throughout the summer months there is also a lot of live music, animations, sardane dancing etc.freely available to watch and enjoy on the streets of the old village and at the cafe terraces.
Les Pasquetes de Ceret (musique sacree) 5th - 7th April
Fete de Paques/Easter 17th - 20th April
La Nuit des Musees 17th May
Cherry Festival 31st May/1st June
'Havaneres' :(singing/music) 7th June
Fete de la Musique 21st June
Querencias: Music & Flamenco 28/29th June
Feria 12/13/14th July
Fete de la Sardane 18/19/20th July
Festa Major de St. Ferriol 18th September
Ronde Ceretan (Marathon)& St.Ferriol celebrations 20/21st September
Magie Noel et Foire au Gras/Christmas market December
MUSEE D' ART: www.musee-ceret.com for further information
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!
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9 Sep 2013
"Superb Apartment in beautiful Ceret"
I came back for a second stay in this glorious apartment in this beautiful region of France. I was most fortunate with the lovely hot weather and so enjoyed visiting the area again and staying in this most lovely, comfortable, light and airy apartment with it's welcoming terrace. Again my hosts were so charming and helpful and I look forward to returning here again in the future.
24 Jun 2013
"A well equipped property in a perfect location"
Can Pablo is on the first floor of a typical townhouse in the centre of the lovely town of Ceret, and has a very traditional, provincial feel to it. It has wooden and mosaic tiled floors, rustic, fully equipped kitchen, lounge with TV, wifi, music and books, and a small but perfectly adequate shower room. From the warm, cheery welcome to our final farewell, John and Denise could not have been more helpful. There are beautiful walks close by and the Saturday market is excellent. There's a large car park nearby and good shopping and restaurants too. There is one danger though - you have to pass a beautiful (and fairly expensive) shoe shop every time you leave the apartment.....!!
23 Jun 2013
"Superb Character Apartment"
Superb character apartment consisting of whole of first floor of the building. Really well appointed including a huge selection of English books. Comfortable bed. Very welcoming and helpful British owners. Small enclosed terrace at the rear so we were able to eat most of our meals outside. In the evening we were able to sip red wine whilst waiting for the stars to emerge. Situated in generally quiet street very close to the centre of the pretty town of Ceret in Roussillon. Parking, boulangerie's, bars and great restaurants close by. Ceret is a great base for just chilling, visiting the French coast (under 30 minutes away), walking in the surrounding hills, travelling further up into the Pyrenees, or across the border into Spain.
13 May 2013
"Comfortable and convenient"
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
"Lovely apartment in a charming town"
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.
8 Apr 2013
"with an excellent location, and top marks for cleanliness, comfort and kindness of the owners this was a superb choice."
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
20 Oct 2012
J'ai loué l'appartement Can Pablo pour mon séjour à Céret et mon expérience a été fabuleuse. Sa situation, son confort, sa propreté, tout y est! Très bel appartement décoré avec… More
19 Sep 2012
"A real gem"
We spent a wonderful week at Can Pablo from 3-8 September. The apartment is charming and stylish - very quite, comfortable and private - beautifully furnished with everything we needed, including hairdryer, iron etc. It is well located within a couple of minutes from the lovely cafes and galleries of Ceret which is a delightful town whose charms grew on us with each passing day. Denise and John were lovely hosts – warm and friendly with helpful tips on places to visit/shop etc. It is our second time rentiing a property in France rather than staying in a hotel and we were delighted with our choice of Can Pablo as a place to stay - we only wish it could have been for longer.
7 Sep 2012
"The Perfect place to stay"
We spent a wonderful week at this lovely villa as a family of 2 adults and 2 small children.After an initial enquiry we received a prompt reply from the owners (Denise and Jon) who were very accommodating and provided us with all the details we requested. This dialogue continued throughout the lead up to our holiday and after our return. All our dealings with Denise and Jon were excellent, we found them to be efficient and honest.
The appt is in a fantastic position, very close to the center of Ceret(which is beautiful) and is full of little cafes and small shops.
The apartment has everything that you need for a vacation,the kitchen is big and the bedrooms are clean and cosy.
Ceret is close to a nice little lake(15 min) and the beach is about 30 min,also from there
we went to Figueres ,a nice city in Spain with a very nice museum(Salvador Dali paintings) which is about 45 min.
Thank you Denisse and John for all the tips and help that you gave us in our stay in Ceret,ope to come back one day.
15 Aug 2012
"Lovely apartment, full of character in a great location"
The location of this first floor apartment is hard to beat - right in the centre of Ceret, a stone's through away from all facilities, cafes and restaurants. The apartment is full of french charm and character as well as clean and well equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. It even boasts a small but charming terrace great for eating outside and watching the stars with a glass of wine. Denise and John's hosptility was exceptionaland and they are always on hand with help/advice if needed. We have already booked another stay at Can Pablo.
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