Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
Mas Soubiranne is a rustic, stone Catalan villa, recently re-furbished to high standards, with marble tiled bathrooms, Catalan antiques, a bread oven and original artwork. Arrive via a winding mountain road (15-20 min/5 miles from Ceret), past deep ravines and ravishing views. The Mas nestles among old stone terraces, meadows, and oak and sweet chestnut forests, part of a small estate of 3 houses previously owned by a 19th c bishop. Rare serenity with close proximity to Ceret.
The Mas has a new, fitted kitchen and master bedroom on level 1. An artisan-designed spiral staircase leads to a spacious 'sejour' with fireplace and double bedroom. Level 3 is a mezzanine with 3/4 beds - ideal for children. The outdoor terrace is planted with figs and vines. A brief uphill walk leads to a landscaped stone terrace and 6 x 12m heated infinity pool. A new pool house with kitchen facilitates spellbinding poolside dining as the sun sets behind Mount Canigou. Mountain walks straight from the breakfast table! Ceret is a very popular, traditional, and sophisticated artists' town with the major contemporary art museum in Langudoc. It is full of tradition, festivals, markets and galleries. Surrounded by Roman walls and connected by an 11th c bridge, it is home to a cherry festival, bull fighting, traditional Sardane dance festivals, art markets and other events.
There are many wonderful and historic places to visit in the area, including the Cathar castles, Dali's home and museum, Barcelona, the Mediterranean and many great restaurants and wines. There are many outdoor activities at your doorstep, including canyoning, sailing, biking and hiking, ping pong in the barn, or just sit by the pool and enjoy the view.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Various; 40 km 40 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan or Girona 60 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan, France or Figueras, Spain 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 1 with freestanding bath and walk-in shower, tumbled marble tiles throughout; WC separate. En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 2 with walk-in shower, tumbled marble tiles, WC separate.
Stainless steel kitchen with wood counters, full sized fridge/freezer, double oven and stove, dishwasher, rustic bread oven, coffee maker, blender and toaster.
Open plan, double height living room with stone fireplace, two linen-covered sofas, books and games and antiques, original artwork from widely exhibited local artist. Open study area with antique Catalan desk, TV and DVD, speakers and CD player.
|Further details outdoors||
Utility area with washer dryer and games such as garden chess. Outdoor games include giant chess, volleyball and croquet.Large daybed under a tree, Terrace outside of house is planted with rose bushes and lavender as well as vines and fig trees. Infinity pool, 6 X 12 meters, heated by solar cover, is built into a 30 meter stone-tiled terrace with pool house located a short uphill walk above the house.
Pool furniture, poolside dining, barbecue area. Next to the house is an old barn awaiting renovation. This is a lost and rural landscape; 2 horses graze in nearby meadows. These are owned by our only neighbour in our small 4 bilding hamlet. Mountain terrain is steep and lush, with mature chestnut and oak trees, also cherry, walnut, apple, and plum orchards bloom and yield fruit. Wild herbs and blackberries abound. Grounds trimmed by local gardeners. Mountain walks throughout 50 acres; mushrooming, hiking, canyoning, biking. Great hike down to Ceret, 1.5 hours. Southwest views of Mt Canigou, highest mountain in the eastern Pyrenees. Spectacular sunsets, can be windy; please note grounds are rustic, not suburban! Outdoor games include giant chess, volleyball and croquet.Large daybed under a tree, Mature gardens and large oak and chestnut trees; cherry, walnut, fig and apple trees. Barn with ping pong. Tree house and ladder. There is also a large barn with a ping pong table available to guests, a volley ball net, and a tree fort with rope ladder and swing.
This is a 150 year old farmhouse with original features; kids are fine but there is a spiral staircase. House is well insulated with stone walls and new roof; it has no air conditioning but remains cool in summer and retains heat in colder months. Heating is electric - the wood fire is also toasty. Water is supplied from our new well, and there is a back-up spring fed hydraulic system. Please see more photos of the Mas and the area, as well as things to do and recommendations from past visitors, on our facebook site, under the name 'Mas Soubiranne'.Towels, including pool towels, and linen included; weekly change of linen and towels, property must be left tidy and is cleaned weekly, pool cleaned twice a week.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Ceret is 15 minutes or 7km downhill, 1.5 hours hiking. The nearest beaches are 40 min. In less than 2 hours drive you can visit Barcelona, the Costa Brava and other parts of Spanish Catalonia. On the French side you can reach Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse in 2 hours or less, Perpignan in 40 minutes and also Collioure, Argeles and Canet Plage in under an hour. Ryanair and EasyJet fly to Perpignan (45 min) and Girona airport (1 hour 15 min away). The Roussillon coastline boasts kilometre after kilometre of golden beaches, rocky hideaways, azure lagoons.... a day at the beach is so much more than a bucket and spade experience, surrounded by the surrounding scenery of the Albères mountains with the sacred Canigou rising majestic in the distance. The Côte Vermeille (vermilion coast) stretches from Argelès-sur-Mer to Cerbère via Collioure, Port Vendres and Banyuls-sur-Mer.
Céret is a popular but relaxed Catalan town with a colourful history of legends, traditions, music and art. Full of leafy cafes, once frequented by Picasso, it boasts a colourful market on Saturday mornings; an impressive modern art gallery, with works by Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Chagal; and ancient legends surrounding the 'Pont du Diable' and the fountain in the 'Place de neuf jets'. Céret is part of the premier cherry growing area in France and is known for its cherry festival, held at the end of May/early June. This is followed by the Feria 'Céret de Toros' in early July in which bulls are run through the streets by skilled horsemen followed by street music. A festival celebrating the complex, circular 'Sardane' dance is held mid July. The surrounding countryside is of exceptional beauty, ranging from the 'Pic du Canigou', sacred mountain of the Catalans, down the ancient, forested foothills of the Pyrenees, across the vineyard and orchard-covered plains of Roussillon, to the beautiful sandy beaches and coves of the Mediterranean Sea. Glorious walks start from the front door. Easy access to French and Spanish beaches and coves; picturesque villages; castles and monastaries steeped in history; festivals; grottos; a Mecca for artists; world famous prehistoric sites; opera in Perpignan; modern night clubs; and a freshwater lake with a tree canopy walk for kids. Treat yourself to the local wines and delicacies found in superb 'dégustations' and restaurants - and don't forget Spain! El Buli is not too far away for true foodies, about 90 min by car. Ceret is an excellent base for travelling to the medieval cities of Carcassonne, Montpellier, and Perpignan; the Cathar castle towns and the lively Catalan centres of Girona and Barcelona.