Vinca - Maison de Cerise
About the home
Prices held for 2013. Situated in the vibrant small market town of Vinca, this beautiful Maison de Village, is just 40m from the heart of the historic medieval village. Tucked away down a quiet street so as soon as you arrive you'll just have to relax! The large rooftop terrace has spectacular views of the village rooftops and mountains beyond and is equipped with sun loungers and dining table and chairs for 6, so it's an ideal place to entertain friends on warm summer evenings.
The living areas within the house are arranged over two floors. The lower floor is devoted to a cozy sitting / dining area with a fantastic wood-burner for those winter and spring evenings. Slightly raised above this area is the kitchen area so it's a great place to prepare your meals and chat to friends at the same time. The property has the added bonus of satellite television so you can keep up with what's going on at home or amuse the children while you relax and enjoy your holiday.
Moving up to the next floor, the two bedrooms and bathroom can be found. Both bedrooms have windows overlooking the narrow street below and have plenty of storage space for all your holiday needs. One bedroom has a king size bed whilst the other has been equipped with two single beds, (one bed slides out from under the other so the room can be for one or two people) . The bathroom is shared between the two bedrooms and has the benefit of having a shower cabin to relax , cool off and unwind at the end of the day.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Vinca Lake, 700m|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||TV, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 4|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
Further details indoors:
The second bedroom is equipped with a single bed with a pull out single if required.
Further details outdoors:
The exterior of the property is all rooftop ! With the whole roof devoted to the terrace, you will never be short of space. The views across the village towards the church and surrounding hills are a great backdrop to al fresco eating.
Two adult cycles are available at the house for you to use during your stay. Making exploring the area even more fun.
Prices include all utilities (gas, electric, oil and water).
Bedding and towels can be supplied on request for a small additional charge (£15 per double bed, £7.50 per single bed).
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Pyrenees-Orientales 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 Conflent valley 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!
For swimming, there is a lake in the village, with beaches, from which you can swim, sail or wind-surf, or you could just visit the popular open air swimming pool in Prades.
Weather: We benefit from being in the sunniest region of France, and enjoy warm, sunny weather from March all the way through to October. November and December are cooler but still with sunshine. January, February and March are great skiing months (65 minute drive to the ski resorts).
The Prades / Vinca area
Nestled beneath Mount Canigou and on the edge of a large mountain water lake with beautiful soft sanded beachfront (used for swimming and sailing), Vinca is a charming market town that combines the charm of a French village with the convenience of having restaurants, shops, bars and cafés. It is extremely convenient for all the main towns and visitor attractions of the region and in addition to this it is only 20 minutes from the historic Catalan capital of Perpignan, 30 minutes from the coast (Canet Plage & St. Cyprien) and 50 minutes from the main ski resorts (Font Romeu & Les Angles).
It also has the great advantage that it has a train station just a few minute walk from the centre of the village, which means that it is an ideal place to just arrive by train, relax and unwind.
Sites of interest in the surrounding area:
Villefranche-de-Conflent (Walled medieval town)
Grottes-des-Canalettes (Magnificent caves)
Geology Museum at Vernet-les-Bains (Incredible collection of over 10,000 fossils and minerals)
St.Martin-du-Canigou (an Abbey dating back to the 9th Century).
Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa Benedictine monks have been here since 578. The Abbey is pre-Romanesque and the cloister (in pink marble) Romanesque. Concerts during the festival Pablo Casals at nearby Prades.
Prieuré de Serrabona (literally, the Priory of the Good Mountain) Consecrated in 1151 and classified as a Monument Historique in 1838. Famous for its beautiful capitals in the cloister.
Popular activities in the surrounding area:
The little yellow train (Petit Train Jaune)… a fantastic train journey through and up into the Pyrenees.
Wintersports (Skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, cross-country skiing etc.)
Golf at Marcevol (15 mins drive)
Thermal spa’s at Vernet les Bains, St. Thomas les Bains and Molitg les Bains
Adult and children's adventure park at Marquixanes
Watersports & sunbathing at Vinca Lake / beach
Indoor swimming at Ille-sur-Tet & Prades
Canyoning at the Gorges du Llech
Walking trails throughout the region (marked trails)
Mountain and road cycling throughout the region
Wine tasting at the various chateaux and caves.
Watersports at the coastal resorts and marina’s.
How to get there
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Fly to Perpignan via the low-cost airlines - Ryanair, Flybe, BMIbaby, or Air France - Vinca is just 30 minutes from the airport.
Alternatively fly to (in order of closeness) Girona 80 mins (Spain), Carcassonne 90 mins, Montpellier 2 hrs, Nimes 2 hrs 20 mins, Barcelona 2.5 hrs or Toulouse 2.5 hrs using low cost airlines Ryanair, Easyjet, FlyBe, Jet 2 or British Airways and Air France.
All major car rental agencies have a desk at all the airports.
Drive from Perpignan on RN 116 (direction Andorre), head for Prades. Pass Ille-sur-Têt and then about 8 km further you will reach Vinca.
All buses in the area are only 1 euro per journey!
There is a low cost bus service from Perpignan airport to the city rail station and from there Vinca is a 25 minute train ride away.
Activities near Prades
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
09 Aug 2011
My wife and I loved this property, it was an ideal location for us visiting family, it was very clean, and tidy, the property had all the comforts of home, but the icing on the cake is the roof terrace, where I have to say has the most amazing views over the village, it has everything you would need for a relaxing break, books, games, local information leaflets, bicycles, the local bar / cafe, shops, chemist are all but a two minute walk from the property, I cannot rate this property highly enough, I would stay there anytime.
the only negative point for the property is the narrow stair leading to roof terrace, but when there, wow!
01 Aug 2011
I can not fault this house! Booking was a doddle, Julie is so helpful! The area the house is in is beautiful so old and friendly, everyone saying bonjour as you walk the narrow streets. The house... more
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|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Low||20 Jan 13||30 Mar 13||£ 195||£ 43||£ 43||1 Night|
|Easter/Early Spring||30 Mar 13||25 May 13||£ 250||£ 50||£ 50||1 Night|
|Spring Bank Holiday||25 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 320||£ 61||£ 61||1 Night|
|Early Summer||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||£ 285||£ 56||£ 56||1 Night|
|Summer||29 Jun 13||13 Jul 13||£ 320||£ 61||£ 61||1 Night|
|High Summer||13 Jul 13||31 Aug 13||£ 380||£ 69||£ 69||1 Night|
|Summer||31 Aug 13||14 Sep 13||£ 320||£ 61||£ 61||1 Night|
|Late Summer||14 Sep 13||28 Sep 13||£ 285||£ 56||£ 56||1 Night|
|Autumn||28 Sep 13||19 Oct 13||£ 195||£ 43||£ 43||1 Night|
|Autumn School Holiday||19 Oct 13||2 Nov 13||£ 250||£ 50||£ 50||1 Night|
|Late Autumn||2 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 195||£ 43||£ 43||1 Night|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 285||£ 56||£ 56||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Prices held for 2012
Bookings must be confirmed by payment of a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment should be paid four weeks prior to arrival.
Payments can be made direct to our English or French accounts in euros or sterling. We also accept Paypal which allows secure payment by credit or debit card. Other payment methods can be accepted.
For information about short stays at this property, please contact us by using the link to the owner’s web-site below. Midweek arrivals are possible and reductions are available for longer term stays of greater than 2 weeks. Why not take advantage of the Budget Airlines inexpensive mid week flights?
For information about short stays at this property, please contact us by using the link to the owner’s web-site below. Midweek arrivals are possible and reductions are available for longer term stays of greater than 2 weeks.Enquire now
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