Les Volets Vermeilles is a sunny, bright and welcoming village house, with completely secluded pool and garden, in the tranquil heart of Codalet, a small village on the outskirts of Prades in the lush Conflent valley of the Pyrenees Orientales.
Our lovely three-bedroom gite comfortably sleeps six people in one double room and two spacious twin rooms, all with wonderful views. We have an iPod docking station and wifi internet available at no extra cost, and each room is equipped with everything you'd need for a relaxing holiday.
The private, walled garden with pool (3.5m x 3.5m) and shady patio is equipped with dining table, chairs and sun-loungers.
40 minutes' drive to the Mediterranean beaches, 40 minutes from the Pyrenean ski resorts (by car, train or bus) and just a 10-minute stroll into Prades itself, Les Volets Vermeilles is a perfect base to cater for all your holiday plans.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Vinça 10 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 40 km, Nearest railway: Prades 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Further details outdoors|
There is ample free parking in the village within sight of the house. Guests are welcome to use our bicycle, but the house is so close to Prades that the stroll is just as pleasant. The terrace from the living room looks onto the village square, and boasts a perfect view of the Canigou mountain beyond.
The garden is set in the walls of the old barn with a raised decking area, garden and shady patio. The plunge pool is available from May - September and is heated naturally by the sun.
Changeover days are Saturdays but this is flexible outside the high season of July and August.
Linen & cleaning:
Linen and bathroom towels are provided and laundered at no extra cost.
The house is cleaned after each let, but we do ask guests to leave the property as they found it.
Children & elderly guests:
As there is a balcony on the third floor, we believe the house is unsuitable for young children. One of the staircases is quite steep, and, as the house is arranged over 4 floors, would be unsuitable for people who have difficulty climbing stairs. Children must be supervised at all times in the walled garden/pool area.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house.
There is something for everyone in this area of France. The climate is the warmest in the country, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, mild winters and glorious summers. Water from the mountains irrigates the valley, so despite the low rainfall it never looks parched and dry.
The area is peppered with Cathar castles, vineyards, historic towns and spas. Whether you're looking for sports activities, relaxation, pampering or history, the area around Codalet is full of ideas to inspire your holiday. The region is well served by public transport, where every bus and train journey costs just 1EUR. Take the 'Petit Train Jaune' up into the mountains for an unforgettable journey and bathe in the hot springs at St Thomas les Bains, or head for the coast and the long white beaches of the Mediterranean.
The historic city of Perpignan is just half an hour away; spend a day at the beach in Spain; visit Barcelona or Girona for an afternoon or hire a car and discover the art towns of Ceret and Figeras, the charming fishing town of Collioure or the Cathar castles of Queribus or Fontpeydrouse.
The charming village of Codalet is perfectly placed at the edge of the market town of Prades with the Canigou and surrounding countryside on its doorstep. Cycling trails start here up into the foothills of the mountains and ramblers will love the many signposted walks which criss-cross the region. A bread van delivers 6 days a week and a deli-van visits every Thursday. It's a quiet village with the huge benefit of (now) being a suburb of Prades, a short 10 minute walk away (1km).
Prades itself is a pretty, bustling town with plenty to occupy visitors. There is a great range of local shops, cafes and restaurants. The square hosts a farmer's market twice a week featuring local food and crafts, and festivals are celebrated here like they are in Spain: often!
Just one kilometre out of the village of Codalet you'll find the beautiful Abbaye de Saint Michel-de-Cuxa which hosts numerous musical recitals during the summer months as part of the Pablo Casals Festival. Every July the village of Codalet holds a festival which lasts 3 days, featuring music, food and plenty of Sardane dancing. It's hard to miss this as our house boasts the best view of the square!