Les Volets Vermeils
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Gite | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Les Volets Vermeilles is a sunny, bright and welcoming village house, with completely secluded pool and garden, in the tranquil heart of Codalet, a small village on the outskirts of Prades in the lush Conflent valley of the Pyrenees Orientales.
Our lovely three-bedroom gite comfortably sleeps six people in one double room and two spacious twin rooms, all with wonderful views. We have an iPod docking station and wifi internet available at no extra cost, and each room is equipped with everything you'd need for a relaxing holiday.
The private, walled garden with pool (3.5m x 3.5m) and shady patio is equipped with dining table, chairs and sun-loungers.
40 minutes' drive to the Mediterranean beaches, 40 minutes from the Pyrenean ski resorts (by car, train or bus) and just a 10-minute stroll into Prades itself, Les Volets Vermeilles is a perfect base to cater for all your holiday plans.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Vinça 10 km|
|Will consider||House swap|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 40 km, Nearest railway: Prades 1.5 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Bicycles available|
|Further details outdoors|
There is ample free parking in the village within sight of the house. Guests are welcome to use our bicycle, but the house is so close to Prades that the stroll is just as pleasant. The terrace from the living room looks onto the village square, and boasts a perfect view of the Canigou mountain beyond.
The garden is set in the walls of the old barn with a raised decking area, garden and shady patio. The plunge pool is available from May - September and is heated naturally by the sun.
Changeover days are Saturdays but this is flexible outside the high season of July and August.
Linen & cleaning:
Linen and bathroom towels are provided and laundered at no extra cost.
The house is cleaned after each let, but we do ask guests to leave the property as they found it.
Children & elderly guests:
As there is a balcony on the third floor, we believe the house is unsuitable for young children. One of the staircases is quite steep, and, as the house is arranged over 4 floors, would be unsuitable for people who have difficulty climbing stairs. Children must be supervised at all times in the walled garden/pool area.
Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
There is something for everyone in this area of France. The climate is the warmest in the country, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, mild winters and glorious summers. Water from the mountains irrigates the valley, so despite the low rainfall it never looks parched and dry.
The area is peppered with Cathar castles, vineyards, historic towns and spas. Whether you're looking for sports activities, relaxation, pampering or history, the area around Codalet is full of ideas to inspire your holiday. The region is well served by public transport, where every bus and train journey costs just 1EUR. Take the 'Petit Train Jaune' up into the mountains for an unforgettable journey and bathe in the hot springs at St Thomas les Bains, or head for the coast and the long white beaches of the Mediterranean.
The historic city of Perpignan is just half an hour away; spend a day at the beach in Spain; visit Barcelona or Girona for an afternoon or hire a car and discover the art towns of Ceret and Figeras, the charming fishing town of Collioure or the Cathar castles of Queribus or Fontpeydrouse.
The charming village of Codalet is perfectly placed at the edge of the market town of Prades with the Canigou and surrounding countryside on its doorstep. Cycling trails start here up into the foothills of the mountains and ramblers will love the many signposted walks which criss-cross the region. A bread van delivers 6 days a week and a deli-van visits every Thursday. It's a quiet village with the huge benefit of (now) being a suburb of Prades, a short 10 minute walk away (1km).
Prades itself is a pretty, bustling town with plenty to occupy visitors. There is a great range of local shops, cafes and restaurants. The square hosts a farmer's market twice a week featuring local food and crafts, and festivals are celebrated here like they are in Spain: often!
Just one kilometre out of the village of Codalet you'll find the beautiful Abbaye de Saint Michel-de-Cuxa which hosts numerous musical recitals during the summer months as part of the Pablo Casals Festival. Every July the village of Codalet holds a festival which lasts 3 days, featuring music, food and plenty of Sardane dancing. It's hard to miss this as our house boasts the best view of the square!
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9 May 2014
"A wonderful wine-down from a hectic life"
We had a wonderful long weekend staying in Codalet in May. Great location to be in a quiet mountain village but just 10 mins from the shops and restaurants in Prades. Loved sitting on the balcony watc… More
7 May 2014
"Felt like home away from home!! WONDERFUL Stay!"
I can not put into words how cosy and lovely this house is, you actually feel at home the moment you walk through the door. The house has an excellent location with superb views from the snowy mountai… More
4 Oct 2013
"Ended up in a hotel."
Very damaged interior. Lots of keeping needed. Uncomfortable reach to the lounge placed at the top of the house. Bathroom at ground floor and bedrooms in first and second floors. Swimming pool in bad … More
Thank you for your review. The issue of the layout of the house was never raised when you let us know you were going to stay at a local 5* hotel. It was our understanding you were looking for somewhere which offered garage facilities, which we clearly state we don't. However I'm glad your husband enjoyed his stay in our home, and that he and the guests either side of your booking happily didn't share your experience. This 18th century historic house is described in detail on this and our own website but we would encourage anyone considering a stay at Les Volets Vermeils to get in contact to discuss any specific car parking or room arrangement needs.
30 Sep 2013
"Beautiful and confortable old house with fascinating history"
Les Volets Vermeilles is a delightfully renovated old town house, tall and narrow on four floors, so has lots of staircases and pretty views from all windows. It is a gem and is a lovely combination of ancient and modern with a pretty courtyard garden and sun trap deck and pool. The area is wonderful for walkers and to enjoy the locality fully, a car is probably a food idea.
9 Sep 2013
"Amazing home away from home"
My family and I spent two wonderful months (mid June - mid August 2013) at this lovely home with our two children (ages 6 and 10). Olivia was very responsive to our questions before booking and made s… More
19 Aug 2013
"A delightful gite, very well equipped, and thoughtfully renovated to retain its charming character ."
We had an excellent holiday in Les Volets Vermeils, the owner is very helpful and offers good advice about travel arrangements and outings. The pre-booked food parcel which awaited us was invaluable, as was the pick-up and drop-off from Perpignan (at considerably less cost than using a local taxi).
The property is situated in a small village, and it's a 10 minute walk to the local town which has excellent services: bus and train station, wide range of shops, amazing market (Tuesday and Saturday) and cafe's. The views are great - to Mount Canigou in the distance, or closer, over the village square, and from the back of the property over rooftops to rolling countryside. We arrived in the dark, so opening the shutters the next morning to such views was a real treat.
The house itself is a charming mix of contemporary and traditional style - original fixtures and fitting have been retained which adds greatly to the homely and relaxed atmosphere. The kitchen is very well equipped, the bathroom has a first class shower, the bedrooms have plenty of storage and crisp bedlinen, the lounge also has a covered balcony which looks out over the village and to the mountains in the distance. The wi-fi was great to let our 3 children (aged 17, 14 and 12) stay connected to their various social lives, and for us to cache maps which we could then use when we were out and about.
Outside, the garden is completely enclosed and private (no worries about anyone overlooking a rather self-conscious forty-something wearing a bikini for the first time in nearly 30 years!), the pool was a huge success with the children, and it was also very pleasant to sit outside at the table and chairs in the shade. One of our first meals was local new potatoes, boiled then tossed in olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary from the garden - utterly delicious!
We stayed for a week, but could easily have stayed longer, as there is plenty to do in the near vicinity. and there is a folder of information leaflets as well as an 'activities journal' left by previous occupants. We made good use of the 1 euro buses and trains to reach other localities.
We will be recommending this property to our friends, it's just brilliant.
6 Aug 2012
"Lovely house - superb location"
We spent a week here in July 2012, and enjoyed every minute! The house is very well equipped and the children particularly enjoyed the interesting layout as well as the lovely pool. The views from t… More
25 Sep 2011
"The perfect getaway"
We spent a wonderfully relaxing week at the house in July 2011 and cannot recommend it highly enough.It's very well situated, 45 minutes from Perpignan. We got the TGV (around 5 hours from Paris… More
18 Sep 2011
"A lovely relaxing place for R&R"
Booked as a last minute get-away, we were delighted with this authentic French gite. Split over four floors, there was masses of space (for two people) but maybe a bit of a squeeze for 6, especially a… More
9 Aug 2011
"Lovely House in a Gorgeous Setting"
We a a mature married couple that stayed for 2 weeks in July at Les Volets, and had a wonderful time! So much to do and explore in this region, there was still lots we were unable to do in 2 weeks!
Amazing views from both sides of the house, and a lovely garden, but so many places to explore - absolutely brilliant if you have a car, though not essential for many places.
Whether you like beautiful walks, climbing mountains, going to the beach, or after a bit of history (eg: cathar castles recommended), its all here.
Prades itself has a beautiful market square and a nice little buzz about it. We were lucky enough to visit on Bastille Day, when it really came to life!!! Amazing for a town with just 7,000 people! Codalet itself and the setting of the house it really something special, but very sleepy and historic - if thats what you like then this is the place! Lots of easy little walks into Prades - 15 mins max.
So many of the "most beautiful villages in France" around here such as Eus and Villefranche (like a mini Carcassonne) all worth a visit. You can climb Mount Canigou if you like (9,000ft), or visit the Cathar castles (Queribus I partic liked).
If you have a car, then a day trip to Collioure on the coast near spanish border is a must - gorgeous! (1 hours drive) - what a perfect day trip.
We would definately come back.
Simon and Jen
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