Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Mimosas has three comfortable and bright bedrooms, two on the ground floor with separate toilet and shower room, and one on the first floor with toilet and shower room. The house has a large impressive lounge with open log fire, and electric heating throughout, The open plan layout allows direct access to the fully equipped kitchen and separate dining room. Off the dining room is the utility room with washing machine etc. From the terrace and pool spectacular views reach to Perpignan and beyond to the mediterrean and the Corbierres.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Argeles 25 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 30 km, Nearest railway: Perpignan 25 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
In addition to the three double beds there are 3 single foldaway beds which can be used if necessary.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Llauro is set in one of the most delightful, sunny, and southern areas of France just 10 minutes from the pretty tree-lined medieval town of Ceret ,forever associated with artists (including Picasso), narrow cobbled streets, and its delightful cafe life.
The Pyrenee Orientales has more than 300 days of sunshine annually which naturally lend to its also being one of the most prolific wine producing areas in the world. To the west rises Canigou, the peak sacred to the Catalans where the ancient and still inhabited abbey of St Martin de Canigou clings precariously to the craggy side of the mountain. To the east from the village (thirty minutes) the Mediterrean beaches of Argeles, and Collioure mix the old with the modern in beach side entertainment with restaurants to suit all tastes.
A little to the north of Argeles are the modern resorts of St Cyprien (with its Waterworld Park) and Baccarates while further to the south are the pretty coves and medieval towns of Spain's Costa Brava including Figures, Gerona, Pals, and of course Roses, long home to one of the world 's most renown restaurants, El Bulli. And of course at 20 minutes through the vines is Perpignan ,a beautiful old Mediterrean city formerly ruled by the Kings of Majorca. A longer excursion will enable you to visit Andorra for its shopping and special tax rates. Andorra also enjoys terrific sking in the season.
The area is well served by airlines with flights into Perpignan (35 minutes), and Gerona (50 minutes). A little further afield are beautiful Barcelona and the amazing Carcassonne each at approximately two hours, putting their airports (and day-trips) within easy reach.
The village of Llauro is not only surrounded by vineyards but contributed to the wine trade in a more specialist and significant way by producing the cork bark for bottling the finished product. Harvesting the cork (as well as the grapes and cherries) still contributes to the local economy and in nearby Le Boulou (El Volo, in Catalan) you can visit the cork museum to see how the corks have been produced over the last two hundred years.
The bustling Saturday morning market in Ceret is delightful with something for everyone even if its only a coffee or a little wine tasting for the more leisurely. Ceret also hosts a grand Boules competition annually as well as the festival of the Sardane, the magic and complex Catalan dance which incurred the wrath of General Franco. A delightful Catalan restaurant is 3 or 4 minutes drive from the house, while the daily ration of baguettes, croissants, and other essentials are available from the village shop.
Less than 5 minutes from Ceret are the pretty leisure lakes at St. Jean Pla de Corts where there is safe bathing, a good little family run restaurant, boating , fishing and an amazing sky adventure trail for older kids (and those of course who think they are kids! ). A little further is Arles sur Tech with its amazing Gorges de la Feu whose canyon (less than 2 metres wide) can be walked on the metal walkway built immediately above the roaring waters .
Visitors to Thuir (10 minutes) a delight on its own, should not miss a trip to the nearby village of Castlenou, one of the top 100 prettiest villages in France. Other pretty hilltop villages in the area include Palada and Eus.