About the home
The apartment is on the ground floor of a detached villa in the picturesque Catalan village of Laroque des Albères, which nestles in the foothills of the eastern Pyrenees about 10km from the Mediterranean. (The owner uses the top floor but never when the ground floor is occupied, so you will have private use os the pool and garden).
You will find it very spacious, with 2 large bedrooms (both en suite), a well-equipped kitchen/dining room, and a small sitting room with satellite TV and DVD. A secluded Mediterranean-style garden with mature trees and shrubs surrounds the house providing both sunny and shaded patio areas and a swimming pool for your exclusive use.
It only takes 5 minutes to walk to the bakers or the weekly market, as well as other shops and restaurants in the village. Beaches at Argelès-sur-Mer, St Cyprien and Collioure are 15-20 mins away. Nearby, fascinating old towns (Céret, Collioure, Elne) have historic centres, narrow streets and quiet squares, local shops and weekly markets, restaurants and art galleries. And Spanish 'Catalunya' and the northern Costa Brava are just across the border!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Argelès sur Mer, 10km|
Nearest amenities: 300m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 en suites and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
There are 2 spacious bedrooms, the master bedroom has en suite bathroom with corner bath, shower and WC. The second bedroom has twin beds and and en suite shower room. There is also a utility room which contains another shower and WC.
The kitchen dining room has a table large enough to seat 6. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything you could expect for creating a quick snack to a gourmet meal.
If you want to keep in touch with the rest of the world we have a satellite TV with all the free to view UK channels, BBC, ITV Channel 4 etc. There is also a DVD player with a selection of DVDs to choose from.
Further details outdoors:
We called the house "Les Mimosas" because there are two mature mimosa trees in the garden, with masses of bright yellow flowers in January and February.
The house is divided into two self-contained apartments, each being about 80m2 in floor area, with separate entrances. The upper apartment is used by the owners. The ground-floor apartment is available for rent by the week. (The owners do not occupy the upper apartment when the lower one is being used).
The villa is set in a mature 900m2garden, laid out in a Mediterranean style, with areas of open sunny terrace, shady patio, raised beds and borders, areas planted with shrubs and shade trees, and hedges. Apart from the mimosas, the garden contains about ten other tree species, over 40 different bush and shrub species, and a variety of perennial flowering plants.
The tiled patio outside the front door is partly shaded by bougainvillea and flowering climbers, and by a grape vine that produces bunches of sweet white grapes in late summer. (Feel free to help yourselves). It's an ideal spot for outside dining.
Garden furniture includes a wooden table and 6 chairs, as well as 4 sun-loungers and a wooden bench. We have a charcoal barbecue for al fresco cooking.
Our small swimming pool is usable from early June until late September. The pool is cleaned and the water quality checked twice a week. Its size is 5.6m by 2.4m, and as it is 1.3m (4 feet 4 in) deep throughout, it is not suitable for the small non-swimmer. To conform with French swimming pool safety laws, it is fenced to French national (NF) standard. Use of the pool is entirely at your own risk.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Pyrenees-Orientales region
The Mediterranean coast: The Cote Radieuse, with its sweeping golden sandy beaches backed by the busy resorts of Canet-Plage, St Cyprien and Argelès-sur-Mer, changes at Le Racou into the rugged and picturesque Cote Vermeille. Here, the beautiful old port of Collioure sits beneath ancient fortifications and vineyard-covered hills around a calm enclosed bay with several safe swimming beaches. In the early 20th century, Collioure was home to the Fauve movement (Matisse, Derain). It now has art galleries and craft shops, a thriving market (Wednesday and Sunday mornings), and a wide choice of restaurants by the water’s edge. The local delicacy, fresh anchovies, features extensively on the menus. Further south, Port Vendres is a fishing and commercial port that was once the home of the Scottish artist and architect Charles Rennie Macintosh, and Banyuls is a bustling seaside town. Along the coast there are a number of small coves and pretty bays with accessible beaches.
Roussillon: The countryside around Laroque is dotted with interesting old villages and small towns. The lovely old town of Céret has a marvelous museum of modern art and the best local market around; it is also famous for the cherries that grow in the surrounding countryside. Elne has a perfectly preserved 12th century cloister beside the cathedral at the top of its quiet, ancient village centre. By contrast, Perpignan buzzes and bustles with activity; great for shopping, dining, or just sitting in a pavement café and watching the world go by. Two local destinations are completely different again: Aqualand at St Cyprien is a theme park, while Tautavel is a prehistoric site that was occupied by modern man’s ancestors around half a million years ago.
The mountains: The Albères rise to 1,256m at Pic Neulos, which can be reached on foot from the apartment — a strenuous whole-day hike. To the west, Pic du Canigou (2,785m) dominates the entire Roussillon plain; its base is about one hour’s drive. You can take a 4-wheel drive excursion from Vernet les Bains to within 700m of the summit, after which it’s a couple more hours on foot to the summit. Beyond, the valley of the Tet rises from the Roussillon plain through valleys and gorges to the open alpine meadows of the Cerdagne, with excellent walking opportunities all along the way.
Spain: Spain can be approached either along the beautiful but slow coast road past Cap Cerbère, or much more rapidly by the toll motorway which takes an inland route. On the coast, the small port of Cadaqués is the prettiest seaside village on the Costa Brava. 1km beyond is Dali’s incredible house at Port Lligat. Inland, Figueres with the Dali museum and Girona are both attractive commercial centres.
The Laroque des Alberes area
Laroque is a Catalan village in the far south of France, originally built on a small hill below the Massif des Albères, the easternmost block of the Pyrenees. The fortifications on the hill date back to the 9th century, though the tower now standing dates from the mid-13th century.
Laroque is an excellent centre for a holiday, being only 10km from the Mediterranean at Argelès-sur-Mer, close to northern Spain (on foot the border is only 4km away, though it is almost 1km up as well!!), within easy reach of much of the eastern Pyrenees, surrounded by the beautiful plains and hills of Roussillon, and with good access by air, rail and motorway. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot summers, mild winters, and around 300 sunny days per year.
The village has several bars and restaurants including one with a Michelin star. Within walking distance you will find two bakers, a butcher, a small general store, a newsagent, the post office, a pharmacy, and two hairdressers. A Carrefour supermarket is 2km north of the village. Every Wednesday morning there is a market.
Both the village itself and its immediate surroundings provide ample opportunity for gentle walking, while the network of quiet country roads in the neighbourhood are ideal for cycling. The village has an excellent tourist office.
How to get there
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FLY - to Perpignan via the low-cost airlines, Ryanair and Flybe or by Air France and Aer Lingus, Laroque des Alberes is just 30 minutes from the airport.
Alternatively, fly to (in order of closeness) Girona (Spain, Carcassonne, Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Barcelona, or Toulouse, using airlines, Ryanair, Flybe, Aer Lingus, Easy Jet, Vueling, Jet 2, Monarch, British Airways/Iberia.
Major car rental agencies have a desk at all the airports.
Drive from Perpignan Airport and pick up signs for Le Boulou, from Le Boulou take the D616 towards Argeles, exit at St Genis and follow signs for Laroque.
All buses in the area are only 1€ per journey and now also some trains!!!
Activities near Laroque des Alberes
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
16 Sep 2012
A lovely flat in a house with large and beautiful gardens but on the main road which was loud with traffic. The village is fantastic with all amenities within a short walk. The pool is small but nice and we enjoyed use of the inflatable baby pool.
Wi-fi was advertised but broke on the second day, which was disappointing. The floors hadn't been cleaned before we arrived and there were cobwebs everywhere. Also, dish sponges and hand soap were not provided.
We are very pleased that you enjoyed the apartment, pool and garden. The wifi had functioned satisfactorily ever since its installation several years ago so we apologise for the unexpected failure; we offered you compensation but you declined it. We are of course sorry that the apartment did not meet your expectations in other respects. In nine years of summer renting, yours is the first ever complaint about cleanliness, and we can assure you that the apartment and its floors are always cleaned between rentals.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Late Spring||1 Mar 13||1 Jun 13||£ 325||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
|Early Summer||1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||£ 450||£ 75||£ 75||1 Week|
|High Summer||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 600||£ 100||£ 100||1 Week|
|Late Summer||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 450||£ 75||£ 75||1 Week|
|Autumn||1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 325||£ 60||£ 60||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
We can accept payment direct to our UK bank in Sterling or direct to our French Bank in Euros. We can also accept cheques.
Payment using PayPal can be made in Sterling or Euros or other currencies, using your credit or debit card, we can send you a PayPal invoice to facilitate payment. (Charges apply).
We ask for a deposit of 25% to secure your holiday, then 8 weeks before your arrival the balance becomes due along with a security deposit of £150. this is refunded providing the house is left in a good condition.
Longer rentals at negotiable rates, and no fixed changeover day, in autumn, winter and spring. Enquire for winter rates.
Swimming pool is open from June to September.Enquire now
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