House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Our home is a tall, old town house slotted into the bend of a quiet side street. No two walls are at right angles, so modernising the interior was a challenge. What we haven’t done is change the character of the house. What we have done is made it really comfortable, put in three new bathrooms and given you a great base for your holiday.
The house is in Prades, an attractive small market town in the south west of France. It is located between the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean and the peaks of the Pyrenees, and has something to offer visitors in all seasons of the year. It's a great base if you enjoy walking, trekking or riding in the valleys and mountains.
We have had some big parties of friends and family here—the house takes 10 easily (12 if you are good friends), but we have also been really comfy as a couple too. There is a large dining room and two very different sitting rooms as well as a private courtyard and terrace. There are full details of the house and area on our website, see below for link.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Canet-Plage 50 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 45 km, Nearest railway: Prades 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The ground floor has a studio room that can be used as a bedroom or as a second sitting room. There is large, old and unusual bathroom, a separate WC, and access to the courtyard.
The first floor has a sunny south facing sitting room. The dining room has a working log fireplace and its original moulded plaster ceiling. This room leads directly into the kitchen, which is fully equipped.
The second floor consists of a suite of double bedroom, dressing room and en suite shower room and WC. Across the landing there is a south facing double bedroom with en suite shower room and WC.
The third floor has a large attic bedroom with en suite shower room and WC. There is a double bed and two singles in this room. Across the landing is the sun terrace.
|Further details outdoors|
At the back of the house is a completely private walled courtyard. It has a wisteria and mature pepper tree that provides shade in the heat of the day. There is garden furniture including chairs and a table. The courtyard is the perfect place to relax in summer. It is cool and the sunlight is dappled by the tree.
On the south side of the third floor is a large open sun terrace. The terrace has excellent views on all sides which are dominated on the south side by the Canigou mountain. The terrace has two olive trees which fruit in summer, a barbecue, a large table and chairs. The terrace catches sun throughout the day, even in winter it gets hot!
There is ample free parking 100m away from the front door. Prades has a good outdoor swimming pool 5 minutes walk from the house. The house is on a quiet street less than 2 minutes walk from the old town square, where there are restaurants, cafes and shops.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Prades lies in at the heart of the Conflent valleys. The confluence of a number of rivers, the region is exceptionally green and fertile. The local produce is varied and tasty - summer peaches are a particular treat. There are hot springs, caves, beautiful woods and mountains.
This landscape offers numerous opportunities for walking, hiking, riding, cycling, climbing, caving and bird watching.
Prades is also in French Catalonia. There are many fortified towns, coastal watchtowers and castles throughout the area. Many of our guests keep coming back because there is so much to do and see.
Prades is a pretty French town with a big and colourful market on Tuesday mornings. The Romanesque church has the largest baroque Reredos in France. There are cafes, brasseries and restaurants as well as a good range of shops all around the town square.
There are events and festivals throughout the year. Spanish cellist Pablo Casals fled to Prades during the Spanish civil war, stayed and established the festival that now bears his name. The Catalan summer school takes over the town for two weeks in August, and there is dancing in the square every night.
Mediterranean beaches are 30 minutes away. There is some great walking, as well as fishing, windsurfing, climbing and other outdoor activities available nearby. In winter the nearest ski resorts are just 45km away. There are pretty towns and villages, castles, abbeys and lots of museums.
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8 Oct 2014
"Relaxing stay in provincial-style French town house with period charm"
The owners of the property were extremely pleasant and helpful during our phone and e-mail dealings, and we were met on arrival by the housekeeper, who spoke perfect English. Prades is a small but bus… More
26 Jul 2014
We were a party of 8 adults and stayed for a week in this house. The house itself has authentic old-world charm including a roof-top terrace and spiral staircase that connects four floors. It was plen… More
22 Jun 2014
"Wonderful holiday house; feel like a local"
Just returned from two weeks in Prades. We'd agree with almost all of the previous reviewers' comments. We were blessed with lovely weather and ate every meal on the roof terrace except mayb… More
28 Sep 2013
"Good base for touring the area"
This is an interesting house but would challenge anyone with mobility problems as stairs are quite steep & there are 4 floors. We loved the roof terrace with its fabulous views and ate up there often… More
It certainly is an interesting house! It is, and always will be, a work in progress for us. The kitchen was the very first thing we worked on over ten years ago now. Last year we spent a large amount of money restoring the whole facade of the house, a major job for us. And you are quite right, now the kitchen needs revisiting. Over winter we are replacing the cooker and making sure the equipment is up to scratch for 2014. We're sorry it was difficult for you to cook as you wished. We hope you'll visit again and be impressed by the kitchen facilities.
13 Sep 2013
"Lovely house - great area."
We loved this cool shabby chic house with four floors and a fabulous view from the roof terrace - where we spent each evening absorbed with our very own mountain. It is so very french feeling with it… More
23 Jun 2012
"An interesting house in an interesting small town"
The owner has renovated a old house near the centre of the town. It provides an interesting and rewarding experience of life in a small French/Catalan town. Convenient to shops and away from the tou… More
12 Apr 2012
"A Magical House in a Tiny, Cute Catalan Market Town"
I have been holidaying in Prades for years now, and a single visit will make it abundantly clear why! Prades' amazing year-round sunshine (320+ days a year!) and untouristy location guarantee rel… More
19 Mar 2012
"Spacious and Stylish"
This house was the perfect base for the three weeks my husband and I spent exploring the Pyrenees by car and by foot. Prades is a small, friendly market town ringed by Cathar castles. In August the a… More
19 Mar 2012
"Apricot Jam Making and Mountain Meadow Walking"
Great place to unwind and relax - with a fantastic rooftop patio to watch the swallows dive while enjoying a glass in the evening. Simple with a rustic feel - bare feet and lazy afternoons kind of pl… More
31 Aug 2011
We had a fantastic couple of weeks in Prades with our two children (7 and 4). It's an attractive and friendly town and the surrounding area is stunning. The mountains and gorges are amazing, and the reservoir about 5 miles away at Vinca has a great beach and is an ideal place for safe swimming for children. The local swimming pools in Prades and up the Road at Vernet le Bains are also fantastic for kids and adults.
The house itself is comfortable, spacious, beautifully decorated and very well equipped – the kitchen for example has everything you need to cook properly and goes far beyond what you'd expect in a holiday home. The best bit is the roof terrace – the views of the mountain are amazing and sitting on the roof with a glass of Rose at the end of the day was great!
Would thoroughly recommend and we will definitely be back.
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