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La Vieille Rose - Finestret

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed


This traditional village farmhouse has accommodation on two floors. The first floor is reached via stone steps which rise from the rear courtyard. The spacious sitting room has an original beamed ceiling and an antique fireplace with a woodburner . (Overhead fans keep the house cool in the summer). The television has been adapted to receive Sky News in addition to French TV. Other UK channels can be received via WiFi connection.

The sitting room opens out onto a large private terrace with a magnificent view of the village church and mountain peaks (Mt Canigou 2784m).

The kitchen/ dining room has just been refurbished to a high standard and has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave,dishwasher and a new fridge/freezer.

On the second floor, there are 3 bedrooms, one double with en-suite shower / WC, a second double and one twin bedroom. The main bathroom is spacious and has a roll-top bath washbasin and WC.

In the basement of the house, adjacent to the attractive courtyard , there is a new laundry room fitted with a washing machine, iron and ironing board and a sink. There is also a separate WC.

Finestret is a small picturesque medieval village with 180 inhabitants. The little town of Vinca is 4 kms away. It has shops, restaurants , a bank, tennis courts and a lake with a beach for swimming, wind-surfing, sailing and fishing.

Prades is a vibrant market town 8 kms from Finestret. It has a spectrum of facilities including a busy market (on Tuesday mornings) several restaurants and an excellent tourist office. Prades also hosts the Pablo Casals Music Festival every August.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Vinca lake 4kms / Canet plage 40km 4 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 4 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: PERPIGNAN 32 km, Nearest railway: VINCA via PERPIGNAN 4 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
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, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Climate: Summer is dry and hot but light breezes create a comfortable atmosphere. Perpignan boasts the highest average daytime summer temperatures in France (28'C). This region is also the sunniest in France with over 300 days of sunshine each year.

History: The region has a dramatic history. There are Roman remains and Cathar castles (like the one at Queribus) which cling to the rocky foothills of the Pyrenees. The medieval town of Carcassone was the strategic defensive sanctuary for the Cathars during the 13th century sieges, an event referred to in the recent best selling novel, The Labyrinth.

Nearby places of Interest: There are numerous fortified towns which are steeped in history and where Catalan culture is very evident. Sites of special interest include the fortress town of Villefranche de Conflent, Vernet-les-Bains with its spas and thermal baths, the abbeys of St Michel-de-Cuxa and St Martin-du-Canigou and the artistic village of Eus.

Don't miss the "Little Yellow Train" will take you on a spectacular journey up the steep inclines to the high Pyrenees plateau and the mountains beyond. This unique trip, from Villfranche de Conflent to Mont Louis (a stronghold built by Vauban) and the onwards to the mountain resort of Font Romeu, offers magnificent views.


Finestret is a small medieval village with around 130 inhabitants. It is set in the foothills of the Pyrenees and there is a river running through the village with deep clean pools where you can bathe in summer. The little town of Vinca is only 5 km away and has a number of bars and restaurants as well as a small supermarket. There is also a lake (with a beach) where one can swim and windsurf. Finestret is 40 mins drive from Collioure and other Mediterranean coastal resorts. It is also only 45 mins drive from the Pyrenees ski resorts of Font Romeu and Les Angles.

The vibrant town of Prades is only 8 kms away and offers a variety of facilities: banks, supermarkets, excellent restaurants, cafes, cinema and a hospital. There is a colourful street market every Tuesday. Prades also hosts the Pablo Casals Music Festival every August.

Local activities include historical sightseeing, hill-walking, climbing, golf, tennis, swimming, wind-surfing, sailing and fishing. Both alpine and cross-country skiing are available in the winter.

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Review 1-9 of 9

6 Oct 2014


"Rural location with good access to mountains and coast"

We had a week long trip using Finestret as a base to walk in the Pyrenees. The house suited us very well, on the whole very comfortable and well resourced. The balcony is where we spent our time with … More

Thank you very much for your review and kind comments about our house in Finestret. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. We offer our returning visitors a discounted rate.

With best wishes

Robert and Caroline Forber

5 Oct 2014


"Great location, well appointed apartment"

Lovely apartment with terrace overlooking Canigou. Our party of five stayed here, cooking in (well equipped, modern kitchen), and eating on the private terrace. Bedrooms comfortable and cool enough. B… More

Thank you very much for your review and kind comments about our house in Finestret. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you will visit us again in the future. We offer returning visitors a discounted rate.

Best wishes
Robert and Caroline.

21 Jun 2014


"Stunning Location"

Lovely old house , spacious,comfortable and very well equipped. Large balcony with a magnificent view. Freshwater lake at Vinca only 5 mins by car with safe sandy beach and swimming. Lots of good walk… More

19 May 2014


"A lovely family friendly and relaxing place."

We were in need of relaxation and rest and we certainly enjoyed it here. A beautiful old house with lots of history and character but with all mod cons. Situated in a pretty village close to many plac… More

7 Sep 2013


"A peaceful retreat with stunning views."

La Vielle Rose is a truly wonderful place to relax and unwind. The house is charming , comfortable, spacious and superbly equipped. It is perfectly situated , tucked away in sleepy Finestret, offeri… More

3 Sep 2013


"Lovely family holiday"

What a wonderful break the house was fabulour with all the comforts of home .lovely surrounding of the mountain and beautiful swimming lakes. a short drive the perpignan and the beach there is lovely.… More

Thank you for your lovely comments, I am always happy to help. Please remember that we offer a discount for returning guests.

28 Jun 2013


"If only for three days this is the perfect place to relax and recuperate!"

Quite simply a little gem for a couple or a small family. Plenty of space in the house with a substantial balcony for sitting and reading, eating and drinking- all with the beautiful view over the mountains. The quiet village of Finestret is a pleasure to explore. Within an easy drive is all manner of French village and country life to experience- almost as if time has stopped still.The market on Tuesdays at Prades is worthwhile to stock up on fruit and veg and gifts to take home as is a mountain drive to the spa & thermal bath at Vernet-Les-BainsBains

3 Apr 2013


"A lovely relaxing place to stay."

A lovely relaxing place to spend a fortnight.
The house is charming and very authentically French, with all the amenities one could hope for and very clean. There are lots of things to do in the area throughout the year, particularly for the outdoor enthusiast, with the mountains close by for hiking, skiing and white water rafting. The coast is within easy reach for trips to the beach, although the lake in Vinca has a great beach and safe swimming for something close to home.

18 Sep 2012


"The property is well equipped and in an excellent location."

Booking the property was easy and we had a lovely welcome on our arrival. Thereafter our two week stay was a delight. Finestret is very peaceful and perfectly situated to sample almost everything the region has to offer. The property is comfortable and well equipped. The needs of our four children (aged 9-15) were easily met and the local swimming lake was within easy reach to burn of any excess energy at the end of the day!

I would recommend the property and region - you wont be disappointed.

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  • 9 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:03 Nov 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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