House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
Located just 400 metres from the centre of the charming historic village of La Palme, this 200 year old house has recently been completely renovated and modernised. It's modest facade belies the extensive accommodation within.
Entering into a large Hallway you will see a fully fitted modern Kitchen with a large bright window overlooking the street. The kitchen has a large Fridge Freezer, Electric Oven, Gas Hob, Dishwasher, Microwave Oven and even a Gaggia Espresso Maker. Particularly well equipped with Cooking Utensils and all manner of kitchen gadgets.
Also off the entrance hall is found a large bathroom with double size shower, ideal for showering off after a long day on the nearby beach. Next to the Bathroom is a separate Laundry with washing machine and laundry sink.
A set of Double doors lead to the very large Lounge /Dining area which has a large Dining Table, Comfortable Sofas a 46" Flat Panel TV, UK Satellite Television, DVD Player and a good library of english language books and maps.
Two Sets of double doors lead to a large terrace equipped with a large Dining Table, Chairs and Parasol. To one side of the terrace is a built in barbecue and a wood burning Pizza Oven.
From the Lower Terrace a wide staircase leads up to the garden which has a 10m x 5m Swimming Pool with Roman Steps, a Pool House with tables and chairs and a sheltered pergola to escape the intensity of the mid day sun. Sun Loungers and Cushions are also provided for the pool terrace.
Going back inside, a wide staircase leads to the first floor which has four large double bedrooms. The main bedroom at the back of the house overlooks the pool and has an En-suite with separate shower and bath
The second large bedroom also overlooks the pool and had a large double and single bed
Bedrooms Three and Four are to the front of the house and are each equipped with two single beds.
The final room on this floor is the family bathroom.
All bed linen is provided as are Beach Towels and Bath Towels.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||La Palme 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 20 km, Nearest railway: Port La Nouvelle 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
With its long, sandy beaches, rugged mountain peaks and medieval hilltop villages, the Languedoc-Roussillon boasts one of France's most diverse landscapes. Officially the sunniest region in the country, over 300 days of sunshine a year, it is also France's wine growing capital and the largest wine-growing area in the world. ?
Few French regions are more steeped in history than the Languedoc, home of the heretical Cathars. The walled city of Carcassonne, the largest fortress in Europe, and the towering ramparts of Aigues Mortes, recall the area's crusading past.
??Languedoc Roussillon boasts exceptional plant and wildlife and has 200 kilometres of coastline filled with long sandy beaches, small coves, mediaeval villages and fishing ports where you can still buy fish straight off the boats. It is also a bird watching paradise where it is possible to see Golden Eagles soaring over the mountains and there are frequently flamingoes on the etang (Seawater lakes).??
Watersports including wind/kite surfing, sailing, paddle boarding, canoeing, diving and water skiing can be found on the coast whilst activities such as cannyoning, mountain biking, rock climbing, horse riding, white water rafting, hiking and golf are also available nearby. ?
The ski resorts of the Pyrenees mountains are just a 90 minute drive away.??
The local area offers lots of family activities and days out such as the underground caves at Ville-Franche (40mins), the little yellow train that travels up the Pyrenees mountains (40 mins), a fantastic African safari park with over 3000 animals (10 mins) as well as a whole host of adventure and water parks (20 mins).?
The region is littered with historical monuments, abbeys and castles and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Pont du Gard, the Canal du Midi, the medieval walled city at Carcassonne and the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, which take in the abbey of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert and the abbey church of Saint-Gilles.
A short trip over the border in to Spain will take you to Figueres where you can visit the famous Dail museum and the region is famous for it's great painters like Matisse and Picasso who once found inspiration in the beauty and light of ports such as Collioure, Banyuls, Port-Vendres and Cerbère.
Perpignan, with it's strong Catalan influence is a 25 minute drive away where you will find a maze of chiq boutiques and busy pavement bars, cafés and restaurants. The local culture is brought to life in carnivals and festivals, such as the traditional celebrations of the bull in the nearby Catalan towns and villages, the fishermen's festivals at Gruissan, Sète and Bouzigues; and traditional maritime jousting tournaments at Sète and Mèze. During July and August music festivals are held in most towns and villages
Port La Nouvelle
La Palme is situated on the Etang de La Palme, a shallow sea lagoon on the Mediterranean coast between Narbonne and Perpignan. The lagoon is famous for it's Pink Flamingos and as a premier KiteSurfing and windsurfing Destination. There are several Kite Surfing and Wind Surfing Schools in the area.
The village is well served with shops including several bakeries, Mini Market, Grocery, Pharmacy, Hairdressers, Newsagent/Tabac, a Pizzeria and lively Bar and Restaurant. Larger Supermarkets are located in Sigean (8km) and Port La Nouvelle (8 km).
The Garrigue (wilderness scrubland) around La Palme provides magnificent walking. The low hills provide just enough challenge and the abundance of marked paths mean you never have to retrace your steps. The views from the hilltops are spectacular as is the heady scent of Wild Thyme and Rosemary.
La Palme has it's own safe sandy beach just 1 km from the town. To take your car to the beach you have to drive 4 km! Your reward for driving is the ability to take your car right on to the beach. Indeed in the summertime you can drive to Port La Nouvelle via the beach. La Palme beach is never very busy as it is so vast. Towards Port La Nouvelle there is a naturist beach and at Port La Nouvelle the beach has a lifeguard service.
La Palme is one of the villages of AOC Fitou, the oldest appelation in France. The cultivated landscape around the town is 100% vines. and most people in La Palme work with vines. There are many opportunities to taste and buy the local wines including Muscat de Rivesaltes, Grenache, in summer Rosé as well as the Fat Juicy Fitou Reds.
Excursions from La Palme include the following.
Collioure - a beautiful fishing port where Picasso and Matisse stayed and painted. Visit the Bar du Templiers where these painters paid for their stay with paintings which still hang on the walls. Explore the small cobbled streets to find wonderful little cafes and restaurants and unusual shops or just soak up the atmosphere in the small harbour.
The Cathar castles of Queribus and Peyreperteuse perched on impossible cliff tops. Well worth the death defying drive through the mountains and the effort of the climb, the views are breathtaking.
The Gorge of Galamus near St Paul de Fenouillet. A spectacular, if narrow road through the gorge.
The Little Yellow Train that travels through the Pyrenees. Take the trip starting at Villefranche de Conflent to Mont Louis-the station just before the highest point-this is the most popular trip. Be prepared to be rattled and thrown around corners as if on a fair ground ride-we were amazed at the speed it travels at, but a truly memorable journey with every bend delivering a new breathtaking view.
The Fortress of Salse. A masterpiece of military architecture and work of Francisco Ramirez, Spanish Minister of War, was built at the request of King Ferdinand d'Aragon at the end of the fifteenth century. Built as a garrison and remains in wonderful condition-well worth a guided tour.
Carcassonne is probably the most famous city in the area and definitely a huge tourist attraction. It contains all the usual tourist gift shops you would expect but also many delightful small cafes, restaurants and quiet streets. In the summer months they hold jousting competitions exactly as they were held in mediaeval time with magnificent horses, costumes and much drama. Even if you don't speak French you can still enjoy the pageantry and follow what is happening. In the summer many famous international acts play under the cite during the music festival.
Agde on the Basin de Thau is worth driving to to see the water jousting in the summer months - full of excitement and many wet jousters! Some of the buildings in the town have outstanding wall paintings - trompe-l'oeil at its best.
The Spanish Border is only 30 minutes drive from the house. Why not take a trip to Dali museum at Figueres, Spain. Only a 40 minute drive over the mountains will let you visit a museum housing the extraordinary art work of Salvador Dali. The museum itself is a fascinating piece of architecture. In the summer months it is extremely busy and you may have to queue for several hours to get in. To help with this the museum has a late night opening at about midnight. Alternatively you can visit the white washed village of Cadaques where Dali painted many of his best known works.
Closer to Home there is a world class safari park at Sigean (8 km) where you can see exotic animals and a certain opportunity to see the local Flamingos. Terra Vinea in Portel (8km) is an underground wine storage facility where they welcome visitors with a Son et Lumiere experience. This is a trip best saved for a really hot day as the temperature 70m below ground is always 15 degrees