Benvinguts a La Font Vella
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This quirky village house is in the beautiful mountain village of Molitg les Bains in the Pyrénées Orientales, South of France. Molitg les Bains is positioned on a sunny plateau in a magnificent valley with a stupendous view of the highest mountain of the Pyrénées Orientales, Mount Canigou.
The village is about 45 minutes from Perpignan and just a couple of hours away from Andorra, it is a spa village famous for it's therapeutic thermal waters. In the village there are several excellent restaurants.
The house is a stone 'maison de village' on 3 floors with a roof terrace at the back providing an excellent view of mount Canigou. The terrace is sheltered so you can even sit on it when the Catalan Tramontana wind is blowing. The house sleeps comfortably up to 6 people in one twin bedroom with en suite, a double bedroom with en suite and a large double bedroom with an extra pull out bed.
The house includes a living/dining room with a log fire for the winter months, a bread oven in the kitchen and a chalet style top floor with plenty of room for children to play, or for group events.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinça (mediterranean beaches under an hour) 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan Airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Prades - Molitg les Bains 15 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|
|General||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
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 "gorges de la Castellane" 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 pools in Prades and Vernet les Bains.
Weather: This area benefits from being in the sunniest region of France, and enjoys warm, sunny weather from March all the way through to October (more than 300 days of sunshine) . November and December are cooler but still with sunshine. January, February and March are great skiing months (45 mins drive to the ski resorts).
The Pyrenees Orientales has much to offer art lovers : the world famous Pablo Casals music festival is held in and around Prades (only 10 minutes drive away) during the summer and is attended by world famous musicians. Perpignan hosts “Jazzebre” an international jazz festival in October. This area has also been the home to many famous artists including Picasso, Matisse, Chagall and surrealist artist Salvador Dali who declared Perpignan railway station “the centre of the univers”. You can see examples of their work on show in Ceret, Perpignan and the picturesque seaside resort of Collioure.
In north Catalonia, the town of Molitg les bains is in a privileged location halfway between the Mediterranean shores of the Languedoc Roussillon region the Cerdagne and Capcir's high snowy peaks that rise up to heights of nearly 3000m.
The village covers two magnificent sites:
• the spa nestled in the heart of the "gorge de la Castellane" at the foot of the medieval fortress of Paracoll's ruins.
• The old town, 800 meters from the thermal baths and 600 meters above sea level on a hilly plateau that enjoys sunshine for more than 300 days a year, facing the mount Canigou.
In the village you will find restaurants to suit all pockets.
Molitg les Bains is situated within 5 minutes of the local market town of Prades where you will find everything from supermarkets to a large, busy traditional square with bars and restaurants. Prades hosts a bustling market on Tuesday mornings and a smaller farmers market every Saturday morning.
For music lovers, Prades boasts the internationally famous Pablo Casals music festivals with concerts staged in various venues including the impressive Baroque church at the center of the town (which itself boasts the largest baroque altar in France).
The walks in the area are many, varied and well marked, stroll around the village or take a hike following some of the most beautiful trails in France. Visit the Tourist information for free leaflets on local walks.
For touring the area Molitg les Bains is ideally situated and offers an excellent base. Just a few sites of interest within easy driving distance are listed below:
* Villefranche de Conflent, a fine example of a medieval walled town (5 minutes drive from Ria).
* Little Yellow Train, catch this train from Villefranche and enjoy the spectacular mountain views right into the Pyrenees towards the Spanish border.
* St Thomas les Bains, outstanding natural thermal hot springs in wonderful outdoor mountain setting.
*Animal Park, Casteil, lovely day out for the children, lots of animals to see and feed, in a beautiful mountain park, the walk around the park is 2-3 km.
* 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. Both this abbey and St Martin are considered to be the finest architecture of their period in France.
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