Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Long Term Winter Rates available *** All Prices Reduced in 2014***Sirach Apartment is a spacious luxurious apartment (860 sq ft) comprising a large double bedroom , modern bathroom, large sitting room, separate kitchen / diner and terrace.with magnificent views over the village of Ria and the river Tet.
The apartment has been completely refurbished.
The bedroom is spectacular with a huge window overlooking the countryside. Double doors open off it onto the terrace which boasts a comfortable suite of garden furniture, the ideal spot to enjoy your breakfast or to sip a romantic cocktail at night. The large double bed has an extremely comfortable matress and is left fully made up with freshly laundered sheets and bed covers. Other features include large fitted wardrobes with loads of shelving and hanging room for your clothes.
The bathroom is fitted out with all creature comforts possible.This includes a large jacuzzi bath, WC, wash hand basin and a massage power shower cubicle. Unusually in the bathroom you can see one of the original fittings of the house - the lift mechanism of the dumb waiter. Toilet rolls, a selection of toiletries and freshly laundered towels are all provided. Hot water is heated with a large 300L tank ensuring loads of hot water for bathing and showering.
The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen including fridge freezer, oven and hob, microwave, built in coffee maker, kettle, toaster, washing machine and dishwasher. The kitchen is fully stocked with cutlery, dining sets, glassware, kitchen implements and cookware for 4 people. It even includes mugs, teapot, and tea bags! Basic items such as salt, pepper, dish-washing liquid, bin-bags, toilet rolls , dish-washing tablets, washing powder, hand soap, tea, coffee, sugar and cleaning products are all supplied saving you the hassle and expense of buying large packs of these items. We even throw in a welcome pack which include wine, bakery products, milk, flowers and seasonal fruit. This ensures that even if you arrive in the middle of the night you have something in the larder.
Often-times in the summer Chantel and Serge, who sometimes look after the property and live next door will provide you with seasonal fruit and vegetables from their expansive garden.
The kitchen area has a first aid kit, fire blanket and the apartment is fitted with both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The dining area consists of table and chairs for four people.
The sitting room is large and comfortable. It has a wood burning fire set into the original marble fireplace. (Logs for the fire are included in winter). The room has two couches one of which can be converted into a double bed. The room is filled with light and catches the sun for most of the day. All windows are curtained and shuttered which allows for privacy and together with really thick walls allows you to keep the house cool in the heat of the summer. It now has newly fitted air conditioning in the lounge.. The lounge comes equipped with a large flat screen TV, UK satellite receiver and a DVD player. The TV has both French channels and also all your favourite UK television and radio stations. Located downstairs in the house you will find a library of DVDs which you are welcome to use. Also there is a video player you can borrow with over a hundred videos, including loads of kids favourite movies.
Within minutes of the property is the local bakery, restaurant and corner shop. The main town of Prades (2km) hosts a bustling Tuesday market and is famous for its summer classical musical festival. Beautiful views make the area ideal for walking/ painting holidays.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinca lake beach 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 45 km, Nearest railway: Ria Sirach 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The house is situated in the village of Ria Sirach minutes from Prades and Villefranche de Conflent. This village is a beautiful example of a fully walled town and has recently obtained UNESCO world heritage status. It is packed full of restaurants, craft and pottery shops and is well worth a visit. Nearby is the hillside village of Eus which holds the claim as the sunniest spot in all of France. it is home to many craftsmen and artists. Ria Sirach is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees and has a host of beautiful hikes. The property is close to the Route Nationale giving easy access to the Pyrenees, Andorra and the Med.
Ria Sirach is a twin village boasting the ruins of an ancient castle and two beautiful churches. It considers itself firstly to be part of the ancient country of Catalonia and proudly flies the Catelonian flag. The list of things to do in the area is endless but we'll give you a few ideas. Casteil (15 mins)boast a beautiful wildlife park / zoo. Vernet Les Bains (8 mins) has a casino and a beautiful park, ideal for picnics. Queen Victoria used to holiday here. Go and see the splendid ruins of her holiday hotel.
Nearby Marquixanes (10 mins), has an adventure park with white water rafting, canoeing, parcours etc. Vinca ( 10 mins) has a lake for swimming and also horseriding. Public outdoor swimming pool in Prades. Near Villefranche (5 mins) are numerous cave systems to be explored. Prades (5 mins) has a bustling Tuesday market. It also boasts a world famous classical musical festival. Spend a day in Perpignan shopping and exploring the sights - its only €1 on the local bus.
Take a trip up the Pyrenees where many of the ski lifts are open for summer exploring and hill walking. Visit the solar oven in Mount Louis. Take a ride on the picturesque yellow train that winds its way through the mountains from Villefranche. Pack a picnic and head for the lakes at Millas (30 mins) or the Mediterranean just 45 minutes away.
Take a drive over the border into Spain and visit the world famous Dali museum just an hour away.Or just relax by the house. Listen to the flow of the river Tet with a glass of wine in hand and just CHILL!
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29 May 2013
"A relaxing place to stay with a wonderful welcome"
This one bedroom apartment is beautifully furnished and has a very comfy bed. The river runs parallel to your bedroom window, and the views across the valley are spectacular. Catherine and Patrick are… More
10 Mar 2013
"Feels Like Our Second Home"
This is the second year in succession that we have stayed for an extended period at The Ria Sirach Apartments, staying for at least 6 weeks each time. We have stayed in both of the upstairs apartments, last year in the 2 bedroomed Ria Apartment and this year in the one bedroomed Sirach Apartment. This review is equally applicable to both apartments.
As the title states, this really does feel like our second home! The apartments have been tastefully restored in a fantastic old building with enormous history, being a former engineer's residence and part of the Ria Sirach Hydroelectric. As with all old buildings maintenance is on-going, but if anything goes wrong in the apartment, Patrick, the property owner, is always prompt and ready to repair anything - proved by our toilet cistern.
The apartments are well furnished, comfortable and extremely well equipped. The kitchen provides plenty of space, storage and cooking facilities to accomodate us for a 6 week stay.
A large flat screen TV in the lounge has both UK satelite channels and French TV and there are plenty of DVD's/videos available from the downstairs games room. We spent many an evening curled up on the sofa in front of the TV with the log burner lit - not something we ever get the opportunity to do at home.
From the bedroom(s), at the back of the building furthest from the road, the views across the village and down the valley are stunning. With nothing but the sound of the river running by below, a comfortable, peaceful night's sleep is almost guaranteed.
As I have stated we have stayed here in the winter enjoying local walking and skiing and returning at the end of the day to light the log burner, which provides enough heat to warm the entire apartment, including the bathroom and bedrooms. There are also electric heaters if you need them. Since our first stay double glazing has been installed adding to the warmth but also virtually excluding any road noise.
Finally, a special mention for Patrick and his wife, Catherine, genuine hosts. From first booking to arriving, staying and eventually departing, nothing is too much trouble, always with time for a chat, to compare new places to visit or share a cup of tea sitting out in the sunshine. We hope to return next winter.
2 Oct 2012
"Nice place, but very noisy."
The apartment was very clean, modern and well-maintained. But a main highway runs past the front of the house - about 10 meters away from the front windows - and the traffic noise is non-stop and really annoying. As it was hot, I had to have the windows open in the living room and the kitchen and not only was there constant noise, the whole place stunk of diesel fumes. The bedroom and terrace were on the other side and were relatively peaceful. I would say only rent this place if you are not adverse to lots of road traffic.
Thank you Denise for your feedback - As I am sure you are aware we try and do everything possible to make the apartments as comfortable as possible. For this reason we have decided to add secondary glazing to the front windows to minimize any road noise. We are also in the process of getting quotes for air conditioning for the apartment. This should be fitted for next summer. Once again thank you for your stay and I hope you will consider us again in the future.
5 Jul 2012
"A true gem"
We loved our stay in Ria-Sirach, Patrick had great local tips and was fun for a chat and drink. The apartment was really comfortable, clean, has history and a nice chillaxed vibe. I just couldn't get enough of the view from the private balcony with the view of Ria, the mountains and the sounds of the cool waters of the Têt flowing right below you.
Definitely coming here again!
21 Aug 2011
Our stay in this Pyreneean idyll was a delightful experience. The apartment is very comfortable, spacious and well equipped. We found the owner friendly, very sociable and helpful. The property is situated adjacent to a main route and public transport operates frequently during the day. However in the evening the immediate area does not have a good choice of amenities/bars/restaurants, but around 3km in either direction at Villefranche or Prades there are many facilities. We would highly recommend this apartment to anyone wishing to visit the area.
13 Jul 2011
"Stunning location and interior"
Certainly peaceful and with lots of places to visit within a day. The flat is really lovely with a wonderful balcony / terrace overlooking the river and mountain. Spent many peaceful hours there. We also looked into the other, bigger flats and they were absoluteley beautiful. Full marks to Patrick on his renovation. The view from the balcony and bedroom windows of the mountain village of Ria was stunning and Eus was also visible in the background. Both worth a walk around. Don't let the adjacent road put you off, not even aware of it and with a sufficient gap from the driveway that there was very little traffic noise. Do visit the caves 10 mins away, a very overwhelming experience. Hope to return in the future.
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