Maison Anis - Marquixanes
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Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Situated in a tranquil village close to the vibrant market town of Prades, this comfortable and newly renovated house has great views towards Mount Canigou from it's private terrace.
Sleeping 6 comfortably, it is fully heated so is suitable for both Winter and Summer breaks. Within walking distance of the local bakery, grocers and café and is a 5 minute drive to the thriving market town of Prades, it offers the best of both worlds.
The top floor is the living area with open plan, kitchen, dining and sitting area. The kitchen is equipped with all you could need to prepare simple breakfasts to sumptuous meals. The crockery and table ware were chosen to make eating a pleasure. The sitting area has satellite some English speaking TV. Just off the kitchen is a small utility room with washing machine. You can walk out from the living area to the terrace with views over the roof tops of Marquixanes (pronounced marki shan) to Mount Canigou.
The terrace has a table and chairs so that all meals can be taken alfresco. There is also a gas grill so that you can cook out on the terrace and make the most of the beautiful views and sunny weather. We have also supplied two reclining chairs for those who want to spend the day sunning themselves or just relaxing with a good book.
The middle floor contains two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with twin beds. These two bedrooms share a bathroom and WC.
The ground floor has a large master bedroom (situated on the ground floor as it is cooler in summer). The master bedroom has an ensuite shower ans separate WC.
All the bedrooms have good storage and comfortable beds.
A quiet location, on the church square, yet with easy access for all the shops, cafe'sand attractions. It also has the great benefit of it's own train station which means you don't even need to have a car to tour the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinca Lake 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 42 km, Nearest railway: Marquixanes 700 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Accommodation in the house is arranged over three floors with the ground floor containing a hallway leading to the large master bedroom (Double) with en-suite shower room and separate WC, and also the stairs up to the 1st floor.
The 1st floor has two further bedrooms (one twin and one double) sharing a family bathroom with WC, stairs leading to the second floor. Worth noting is the fact that all bedrooms have plenty of storage space which is unusual in many village properties this makes it ideal for those wishing to stay for a longer period.
On the top floor, the space is devoted to an open plan living area which incorporates kitchen and dining room along with a sitting area leading onto the terrace. This is a wonderful, bright, airy space and having the terrace it allows you to immerse yourself in the mountains themselves.
A small utility room leads off the kitchen area, where the washing machine and dishwasher are conveniently housed. We also provide a travel cot for babies up to 2 years old (no linen).
Marquixanes is a fabulous village, quiet and tranquil but also with great amenities, such as a Post Office, corner shop/tabac/café and a tapas bar, people come from miles around to get their patisseries from the village boulangerie/café. There is also a local wine shop with free tasting. For the young at heart..there is an adventure park at the river where you can climb on ropes up in the trees over the river, with zip wires and cargo nets, you can also indulge in canyoning, kayaking and all sorts of other adventurous activities.
This house has been very tastefully decorated and furnished. The terrace on the top floor gives incredible views over the area, and even has a fantastic view of the the "Pic du Canigou" - the most famous landmark of the area - the peak of the sacred mountain of the Catalans. Unusually for a village house, there is plenty of storage - each bedroom has fitted wardrobes. There is en suite shower room with separate w.c. in the largest of the three bedroom, a family shower-room with WC serves the other two bedrooms.
|Further details outdoors|
The view from the terrace is amazing across the mountains and surrounding hills......you have to see it to believe it!
For eating outdoors on the terrace an electric grill and rustic wooden table and chairs are provided.
Prices include all utilities (gas, electric, oil and water).
Bedding and towels can be supplied on request for a small additional charge (£15 per double bed, £7.50 per single bed).
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Languedoc-Roussillon is perfectly positioned between the Mediterranean to the east where the beautiful sandy beaches provide long days by the sea, and the Pyrenees to the west, which offer a wealth of walking and cycling opportunities, not to mention skiing in the winter!
This region is a delight; the Conflent valley provides lush green scenery, with Mount Canigou dominating the skyline and the Pyrenees visible in the distance. You can be swimming in the sea in the morning, and hiking in the mountains in the afternoon. There are even thermal hot springs, so if you would like to combine the two activities we can suggest a hike AND a swim in the mountains! It really does offer you everything!
There is a lake in the local town of Vinca, with beaches, from which you can swim, sail or wind-surf, or you could just visit the popular open air swimming pool in Prades or nearby Ille sur Têt..
Weather: We benefit from being in the sunniest region of France, and enjoy warm, sunny weather from March all the way through to October. November and December are cooler but still with sunshine. January, February and March are great skiing months (45 minute drive to the ski resorts).
Marquixanes is a fabulous village, quiet and tranquil but also with great amenities. For the young at heart there is an adventure park at the river, where you can indulge in canyoning, kayaking, rope adventure, with zip wires, cargo nets up in the tree tops and all sorts of other adventurous activities in the summer there is also a Tapas Bar.
The nearest main town, just a few kilometres away, is Prades. A thriving market town, Prades has many great shops and restaurants as well as a lively market on both Tuesday and Saturday mornings, where you can buy local produce such as the peaches and cherries that are grown in abundance here, fresh vegetables, wonderful cheeses…. and of course the excellent wine!
There are events and festivals throughout the year. the world famous Spanish cellist Pablo Casals fled to Prades during the Spanish civil war, stayed and established the festival that now bears his name. The Catalan summer school takes over the town for two weeks in August, and there is dancing in the square every night during this period.
Places of Interest: For touring the area, Marquixanes offers an excellent base. Just a few of the sites of interest within easy driving distance are listed below:
* Villefranche de Conflent, a fine example of a medieval walled town
* Little Yellow Train, catch this train from Villefranche and enjoy the specatular mountain views right into the Pyrenees.
* Grottes de Canalettes, magnificent renowned caves with an incredible light and sound show
* St Martin du Canigou, 9th century abbey perched impressively high on the hillside with fantastic scenery and walks.
* St Michel de Cuxa, 6th century abbey that hosts concerts during the Pablo Casals festival but is also open for viewing most of the year.
* St Thomas les Bains, outstanding natural thermal hot springs in wonderful outdoor mountain setting.
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22 Aug 2013
"Very good base in lovely area."
House clean and tidy with all required for a good holiday. Supermarkets are easily accessible just 4-5km away.The adventure park at the bottom of the road was enjoyed by teenagers in our party.Nearby … More
Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased you found some of our favourite attractions. August is our hottest month, the secret is to keep the shutters closed all day and open all night.
28 Nov 2012
"A super gite in great location"
This 3 storey old town house was the perfect base for exploring the delightful area of Rousillon. The views from the balcony are really rather special and as we awoke one morning half way through our vacation to find the first snow had fallen over night on the mountains - breathtaking!
The house was very comfortable, modern, equipped with everything we could possibly have wanted and relaxing - a real home from home which was perfect on the couple of very wet mornings we had.
My son and I had the most fun at the Adventure Park located just at the bottom of the village across the road in the direction of Eus. The weather had picked up and was 20 degrees, perfect for climbing and zip-wiring through the woods - it was a real adrenalin rush!
We packed a lot of sight seeing into our stay and can highly recommend Collioure on the coast, Castlenou, Eus, Villefranche and the caves just outside Villefranche are worth a visit too. A beautiful drive to Amelie les Bains for the hot springs but disappointing to find that it wasn't outdoors, was only open to those who had made a prior booking and they didn't admit children :(
Would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to chill out for a few days. Great for those interested in walking and hiking, although we weren't equipped to do any ourselves, except the daily trip to the local boulangerie at the bottom of the village for the obligatory croisssants and pain au chocolate that my son was hooked on.
16 Apr 2012
"Gorgeous setting, lovely terrace, and clean, well kept house"
The town of Marquixanes is a 1000+ year old, lovely little town atop a small hill with narrow, winding streets and old stone houses throughout. It was important to us to stay in a small, quaint town, and Julie was a life-saver that made it happen for us Easter weekend. Many other owners/managers said they couldn't do anything this time of year and on short notice. She responded to my inquiry the day before our flight and had everything set up within a few hours. In other words, fantastic customer service that led to a perfect vacation.
The house itself was spotless. When we arrived very late at night (we landed in Girona, decided to eat and explore that city, and didn't leave for Marquixanes until after midnight), the key was easily accessible for us in the combination lock-box and there were snacks and wine for us on the kitchen table. Wonderful start to the trip! The terrace overlooks Mont Canigou, a tall, snow capped beauty to once side, and beautiful stone and tile buildings with mountains beyond to the other side. The house is relaxing, quiet, and feels like you might just be a resident of the Languedoc region. It has a lot of stairs, so that may be a consideration for some.
The house is very old and charming. It is well kept and well appointed. The only complaint was having to pay separately for linens. If the price had just included those items, it wouldn't have annoyed me to pay the same rate. It felt a little like nickel and diming, but it seems to be the way rental houses work in this area. Also, WIFI would be nice as mobile service was weak in this area. We didn't need it much, but it is nice to be able to look up a town to visit and check email.
We did the following and recommend all:
-Walked to nearby Eus - one of the most lovely villages we'd ever been to
Explored the gorgeous Villefranche-de-conflent then took the Petit Train Jaune over to Mont Lois (both UNESCO sites for military architecture) - the ride was breath-taking and Mont Lois was pretty as well
-Drove to Castelnou, ate, drank, and explored the castle. It is another lovely hilltop village that used to be the seat of power in most of the Catalan region
-Drove to Collioure to see a charming seaside town at the foot of the Pyrenees.
All in all, fantastic holiday, all enjoyed while staying in this lovely village home.
Thank you for the lovely review, perhaps if you come back again you can try out our house in Castelnou. It's a stones throw from the Castle.
7 Nov 2011
"Superb house in a great location"
We had a brilliant week in this property in October 2011. It is very well equipped, in fact the best self-catering accommodation we have ever experienced. The views from the balcony are fantastic and the location has a wonderful homely french feel about it and the weather was just the icing on the cake.
14 Aug 2011
"Well-equipped cottage in beautiful area"
We have just returned from Marquixanes where we spent 9 nights. The cottage is in the centre of the village and is extremely clean, well furnished and decorated, with all the facilities we wanted. It is a great base for the surrounding area which is beautiful. The booking process and afterwards, the return of the deposit, was speedy and faultless. We really enjoyed our stay and would be very happy to return
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