La Vieille Rose - Finestret
About the home
The house has accommodation on two floors. The first floor is reached via stone steps which rise from the rear courtyard. The spacious sitting room has an original beamed ceiling and an antique fireplace with a woodburner . (Overhead fans keep the house cool in the summer) The television has been adapted to receive a selection of UK channels in addition to French TV. The sitting room opens out onto a large private terrace with a magnificent view of the village and mountain peaks (Mt Canigou 2784m). The kitchen/ dining room has just been refurbished to a high standard and has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave,dishwasher and a fridge/freezer. On the second floor, there are 3 bedrooms(one double with en-suite shower / WC, a second double and one twin bedroom) The main bathroom is spacious and has a roll-top bath washbasin and WC.
In the basement of the house, adjacent to the attractive courtyard , there is a new laundry room fitted with a washing machine, iron and ironing board and a sink.
Finestret is a small picturesque medieval village with 180 inhabitants. The little town of Vinca is 4 kms away. It has shops, restaurants , a bank, tennis courts and a lake with a beach for swimming, wind-surfing, sailing and fishing.
Prades is a vibrant market town 8 kms from Finestret. It has a spectrum of facilities including a busy market (on Tuesday mornings) several restaurants and an excellent tourist office. Prades also hosts the Pablo Casals Music Festival every August.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Vinca lake 4kms / Canet plage 40km, 4km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 4km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, DVD player|
|General:||TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
Further details indoors:
Visitors will be provided with towels and bed linen on request at a charge of £10 (12 euros) per person per visit.
Further details outdoors:
There is ample car parking available 50 metres from the house.
Local swimming is available either in the nearby river which has deep pools or in the lake at Vinca (4kms) which has a beach and excellent bathing facilities. Windsurfing and sailing takes place on the lake.
Vinca has a bank, several restaurants, cafes, bars, childrens playground and tennis courts. There are also shops and a new supermarket.
Prades (8 Kms) has many shops, a hypermarket, a large weekly street market, banks, a cinema and good restaurants.
There are numerous Mediterranean beach resorts less than 40 kms away with a range of seaside activities
No smokers please and no pets.
25% of the letting fee (non-returnable) should be paid for confirmation of booking. The residual charges should be paid at least 4 weeks prior to arrival. We also ask for a £200 security deposit, this will be returned providing the house is left is a good condition.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Pyrenees-Orientales region
Climate: Summer is dry and hot but light breezes create a comfortable atmosphere. Perpignan boasts the highest average daytime summer temperatures in France (28'C).
History: The region has a dramatic history. There are Roman remains and Cathar castles (like the one at Queribus) which cling to the rocky foothills of the Pyrenees. The medieval town of Carcassone was the strategic defensive sanctuary for the Cathars during the 13th century seiges, an event referred to in the recent best selling novel, The Labyrinth.
Nearby places of Interest: There are numerous fortified towns which are steeped in history and where Catalan culture is very evident. Sites of special interest include the fortress town of Villefranche de Conflent, Vernet-les-Bains with its spas and thermal baths, the abbeys of St Michel-de-Cuxa and St Martin-du-Canigou and the artistic village of Eus.
Don't miss the "Little Yellow Train" will take you on a spectacular journey up the steep inclines to the high Pyrenees plateau and the mountains beyond. This unique trip, from Villfranche de Conflent to Mont Louis (a stronghold built by Vauban) and the onwards to the mountain resort of Font Romeu, offers magnificent views.
The Prades / Finestret area
Finestret is a small medieval village with around 130 inhabitants. It is set in the foothills of the Pyrenees and there is a river running through the village with deep clean pools where you can bathe in summer. The little town of Vinca is only 5 km away and has a number of bars and restaurants as well as a small supermarket. There is also a lake (with a beach) where one can swim and windsurf. Finestret is 40 mins drive from Collioure and other Mediterranean coastal resorts. It is also only 45 mins drive from the Pyrenees ski resorts of Font Romeu and Les Angles.
The vibrant town of Prades is only 8 kms away and offers a variety of facilities: banks, supermarkets, excellent restaurants, cafes, cinema and a hospital. There is a colourful street market every Tuesday. Prades also hosts the Pablo Casals Music Festival every August.
Local activities include historical sightseeing, hill-walking, climbing, golf, tennis, swimming, wind-surfing, sailing and fishing. Both alpine and cross-country skiing are available in the winter.
How to get there
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Fly to Perpignan or Gerona airport. Cheap flights with Ryanair (Stanstead / Perpignan and Liverpool/Gerona) or Flybe(Birmingham/Perpignan or Southampton/ Perpignan) or Easy Jet ( to Barcelona from Liverpool, Bristol, Luton, Gatwick and Newcastle) for further information regarding flights please ask.
Train - Eurostar to Lille or Paris, TGV to Perpignan and then change for local train to Vinca (4kms from house) or Prades(8kms)
Car Hire available at all airports and Perpignan railway station (hertz,europcar, alamo, avis etc)
Drive from Perpignan on RN 116 (direction Andorre)- Turn left at Vinca and follow signs to Finestret
House (37 Carrer Major) is on right as one descends hill into main part of village.
Activities near Prades
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
03 Apr 2013
A lovely relaxing place to spend a fortnight.
The house is charming and very authentically French, with all the amenities one could hope for and very clean. There are lots of things to do in the area throughout the year, particularly for the outdoor enthusiast, with the mountains close by for hiking, skiing and white water rafting. The coast is within easy reach for trips to the beach, although the lake in Vinca has a great beach and safe swimming for something close to home.
18 Sep 2012
Booking the property was easy and we had a lovely welcome on our arrival. Thereafter our two week stay was a delight. Finestret is very peaceful and perfectly situated to sample almost everything the region has to offer. The property is comfortable and well equipped. The needs of our four children (aged 9-15) were easily met and the local swimming lake was within easy reach to burn of any excess energy at the end of the day!
I would recommend the property and region - you wont be disappointed.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Easter||30 Mar 13||13 Apr 13||£ 510||£ 75||-||3 Nights|
|Spring||13 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 390||£ 60||-||3 Nights|
|Spring Bank and June||25 May 13||1 Jul 13||£ 510||£ 75||-||3 Nights|
|July & August||1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 590||£ 90||-||3 Nights|
|September||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 510||£ 75||-||3 Nights|
|Autumn||1 Oct 13||21 Dec 13||£ 390||£ 60||-||3 Nights|
|Christmas/New Year||21 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 510||£ 75||-||3 Nights|
|Ski season||4 Jan 14||29 Mar 14||£ 390||£ 60||-||3 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Weekly rates are quoted in Pounds Sterling stays. Midweek arrivals and short stays may be negotiated by private arrangement.
Bed linen and towels can be provided at a cost of £10 (12€) per person per visit.
Bookings must be confirmed by payment of a 25% non-refundable deposit. The remainder of the payment must be paid four weeks prior to arrival. In addition £250 (300 Euros) returnable deposit should be paid with the final payment.Enquire now
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