Ria-Sirach: entre mer et montagne
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Oh, lazy days! Our home is a two-storey light-filled house on the edge of Sirach, a hamlet in the hills 3k beyond Prades, the local market town. The house is encircled by garden, where you can wine and dine on the patio under the grapevines or relax in a hammock in the shade of the kiwi trees.
Downstairs you will find one large twin bedroom, a toilet, a utility room and a living-room with French doors opening onto the patio. This room has a ceiling fan and provides a cooler alternative to the patio when necessary.
The main living room (also with a ceiling fan) is upstairs and has two balconies providing a wonderful view of Mt. Canigou. Also upstairs is a well-equipped kitchen, two bedrooms (both doubles) and a separate toilet and bathroom (bath and shower).
The garden is grassy, and shade is provided by our passion fruit, apricot, cherry and kiwi trees, the fruit of which are available to our guests in season. Garden furniture and a barbeque allow our guests to take full advantage of the summer weather, while a blazing log fire heats the living room during ski season.
On-road parking is readily available outside the house, which is situated at the entry to the village.
Sirach is a small village within walking distance of bus and rail links (all of which cost €1 per journey, subsidised by regional council). It is a 10 minute walk down an old footpath (La Traverse) to the local shops at Ria (or 3 minutes by car), and the local market town, Prades, is a further 3k, as is the medieval walled village of Villefranche, a UNESCO heritage site.
Two major festivals occur locally in summer; the Pablo (Pau) Casals festival of chamber music (26/7/15 - 13/8/15) and the Universitat Catalana d'Estiu (mid-late August 2015, dates to follow)) promoting and advancing Catalan language and culture.
Our home is in the ' Parc naturel régional des Pyrénées Catalanes', with many nature reserves and sites, and an exceptional historic and cultural heritage.
We are pleased to share our knowledge of the area with our guests, and particularly recommend it to families and lovers of the great outdoors.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinca lake beach 10 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan (40k), Girona (150k), Carcassonne (150k), Nearest railway: Perpignan> Ria|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Travel by navette to the car-free nature reserve of the Bouillouse Lake, where horses roam free in the mountains. Go walking using summer chairlifts which are open in the ski resorts (40 mins drive). Other hiking highlights are the Caranca Gorge and Mt Canigou, a much-loved symbol of Catalan unity. If you are in the mood, take part in the annual race up the mountain on 2 August, 2015, which will be the 110th anniversary of the 'championnat' . Alternatively, use a jeep taxi to within easier walking distance of the summit!
We supply lots of information and walking guides to the area for your use as our guests.
When the Mediterranean beckons, it's 40 mins drive to the beach at Canet-Plage. Other must-see Mediterranean destinations are Collioure, Banyuls and the little known ex-dynamite factory founded by Alfred Nobel at Anse de Peyrefite. It's now a visitor centre and a secluded beach... you will need to bring your own picnic.
Visit Perpignan (1/2 hour) or indeed Barcelona (2 hrs). Andorra is about 1 1/2 hrs away and the Dalí Museum at Figueres can be taken in on a visit to Girona or Barcelona.
Travel north into the Agly valley, and you can follow the Cathar castle trail.... The list of possibilities is endless.
There is an abundance of things to do in the locality.
Visit and admire 5 of the 'Plus beaux villages de France' in the immediate vicinity.
See the medieval village of Villefranche (a UNESCO World Heritage site),as is Vauban's fortified Fort Libéria above it. Walk the ramparts or climb to the fortress on the hilltop. Take a day trip from the station on the 'Little Yellow Train' (petit train jaune) and see the best of the Catalan Pyrenees from an open carriage in spectacular surroundings.
Visit any of the 7 nature reserves in the area varying from mountain strolls to a waymarked underwater interpretive trail.
When you just want to swim NOW, it's only 20 mins drive to swimming on the reservoir at Vinca beach, or visit either of our 2 super local swimming pools at Prades and Vernet-les-Bains (which also has a high diving board, and water-slides for the kids). Both pools have a shallow baby pool and a waist deep pool where children can play safely.
There are many beautiful Romanesque abbeys in the area , including St Martin de Canigou on the mountainside, St Michel de Cuxa (where the monks produce their own wine), Serrabonne and Marcevol, wonderful sites which host cultural events during the summer.
For food and wine lovers, the area abounds in good local restaurants and many wonderful local wines can be sampled by visiting the local caves (wine cellars) and vineyards.
River-rafting, ropeways through the treetops, horseriding, fishing... all, and more are available locally.
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26 Aug 2014
"A lovely house, well located for mountains, trips to the coast... and wine"
My wife and I spent a week in this well-appointed house and had a great time. It is very well located for trips into the high mountains, for the lower foothills of the Pyrenees, for Canigou, for Prade… More
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