Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
*** Long Term Winter Rates***
The Ria Apartment is a bright, modern, newly refurbished 1100 sq. foot apartment with its own private terrace. The accommodation consists of a huge open plan dining / kitchen / living area, two large bedrooms and a family bathroom. Also there is a large entrance hall with loads of storage and a spectacularly sited terrace boasting views over the River Tet and the village of Ria. At a distance can be seen the picturesque village of Eus.
The bedrooms are large one has a double bed and the second has a small double and a single. Both are tastefully decorated with loads of wardrobe space.
The bathroom is fitted out with power a shower, WC, wash hand basin and bath. Toilet rolls, a selection of toiletries and freshly laundered towels are all provided. The large 300L tank ensures loads of hot water for bathing and showering.
The apartment has a fully equipped kitchen including american fridge freezer, oven and hob, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, washing machine and dishwasher. The kitchen is fully stocked with cutlery, dining sets, glassware, kitchen implements and cookware for 6 people. It even includes mugs, teapot, and tea bags! Basic items such as salt, pepper, dishwashing liquid, bin-bags, toilet rolls , dishwashing tablets, washing powder, hand soap, tea, coffee, sugar and cleaning products are all supplied saving you the hassle and expense of buying large packs of these items. We even throw in a welcome pack which include wine, bakery products, milk, flowers and seasonal fruit. This ensures that even if you arrive in the middle of the night you have something in the larder.
Oftentimes in the summer Chantel and Serge, who sometimes look after the property and live next door will provide you with seasonal fruit and vegetables from their expansive garden.
The kitchen area has a first aid kit, fire blanket and the apartment is fitted with both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
The dining area consists of table and chairs for six people.
The sitting area is large and comfortable. It has a wood burning stove (Logs for the fire are included in winter). The room has two couches one of which can be converted into a double bed. The room is filled with light and catches the sun for most of the day. All windows are curtained and shuttered which allows for privacy and together with really thick walls allows you to keep the house cool in the heat of the summer. The lounge comes equipped with a large 42 inch flat screen TV, UK satellite receiver and a DVD player. The TV has both French channels and also all your favourite UK television and radio stations. Located downstairs in the house you will find a library of DVDs which you are welcome to use. Also there is a video player you can borrow with over a hundred videos, including loads of kids favourite movies.
Within minutes of the property is the local bakery, restaurant and corner shop. The main town of Prades (2km) hosts a bustling Tuesday market and is famous for its summer classical musical festival. Beautiful views make the area ideal for walking/ painting holidays.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinca lake beach 10 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 45 km, Nearest railway: Ria Sirach 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The house includes a magnificent 40 foot long games room, originally known as the Jardin D'Hiver ( The Winter Garden). One complete wall is glazed and overlooks the village and the river. The room has a beautiful floor of local marble. In the room you will find a large library of English DVDs, Videos, Books and Games for your use. All we ask is for you to treat them with care and return when finished. in the room you will also find other things for you to borrow to make your holiday more comfortable such as cool-boxes, ice packs, backpacks, walking sticks, some ski gear ( for winter holidays), two bicycles and even umbrellas which have never been used! The room has comfortable seating to allow you to relax and read. It even has an easel for those of you with an artistic leaning. Paints and canvases can be purchased cheaply in the local GIFI store. On display on the the walls you can see some of the canvases painted and kindly left in the house by previous guests.
We are exploring the possibility of offering art lessons and creative writing classes this coming Autumn so please let us know if you would be interested.
The house is steeped in history, formally being the residence of the chief engineer of a mining company. It even had a dumb waiter for bringing the food up from the basement kitchen. On display in the house you will see the magnificent account books used to keep the household records from the mid 1800's The empty pages of the final record book (dated August1947) now serve as the Guest comment Book.
Finally the games room has a table tennis table for the more sporting of you. There is plenty of bats and ping pong balls ideal for keeping the kids amused. Also there is a badminton net and racquets which we normally set up in the drive in front of the house.
|Further details outdoors|
.The house is situated on a private road shared only with the two neighbours. It is accessed through large double gates which are closed at night providing secure car parking. To the front of the house you will also find some other seating and dining areas. The house is near the national route N116 giving easy access to the Pyrenees, Andorra and the Mediterranean coast.
Midweek cleaning / fresh towels and pre arrival shopping all possible at a nominal charge.
Any special requests will be catered for if at all possible.
Also available is a babysitting service.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The house is situated in the village of Ria Sirach minutes from Prades and Villefranche de Conflent. This village is a beautiful example of a fully walled town and has recently obtained UNESCO world heritage status. It is packed full of restaurants, craft and pottery shops and is well worth a visit. Nearby is the hillside village of Eus which holds the claim as the sunniest spot in all of France. it is home to many craftsmen and artists. Ria Sirach is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees and has a host of beautiful hikes.
Ria Sirach is a twin village boasting the ruins of an ancient castle and two beautiful churches. It considers itself firstly to be part of the ancient country of Catalonia and proudly flies the Catelonian flag. The list of things to do in the area is endless but we'll give you a few ideas. Casteil (15 mins)boast a beautiful wildlife park / zoo. Vernet Les Bains (8 mins) has a casino and a beautiful park, ideal for picnics. Queen Victoria used to holiday here. Go and see the splendid ruins of her holiday hotel.
Nearby Marquixanes (10 mins), has an adventure park with white water rafting, canoeing, parcours etc. Vinca ( 10 mins) has a lake for swimming and also horseriding. Public outdoor swimming pool in Prades. Near Villefranche (5 mins) are numerous cave systems to be explored. Prades (5 mins) has a bustling Tuesday market. It also boasts a world famous classical musical festival. Spend a day in Perpignan shopping and exploring the sights - its only €1 on the local bus.
Take a trip up the Pyrenees where many of the ski lifts are open for summer exploring and hill walking. Visit the solar oven in Mount Louis. Take a ride on the picturesque yellow train that winds its way through the mountains from Villefranche. Pack a picnic and head for the lakes at Millas (30 mins) or the Mediterranean just 45 minutes away.
Take a drive over the border into Spain and visit the world famous Dali museum just an hour away.Or just relax by the house. Listen to the flow of the river Tet with a glass of wine in hand and just CHILL!
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7 Nov 2013
"Exceptional. Best all round self-catering experience."
Padraig and Catherine have gone out of their way to ensure their extremely spacious and lovingly restored accommodation in the foothills of the Pyrenees is not only comfortable and pleasant, but also … More
16 Aug 2013
"A wonderful family holiday"
We travelled from the west country (U.K) by car, then ferry and continued driving down through France. The journey was very long, (13 hours with stops)but the further south we drove, the mountains sta… More
22 Nov 2012
"Great home from home apartment in very good location"
We stayed in this apartment for few weeks and really loved it. Its clean, very spacious, modern, with all you might need for a comfortable stay. We have visited many places in South of France but this… More
22 Sep 2012
"Spotless, spacious apartment in foothills of Pyrenees."
Our party of four stayed in this apartment in early July. The apartment is very large, with plenty of room for all of us. It is in an older building, but has been lovingly restored and decorated, and… More
6 Oct 2011
"Location great for walking"
This is the second time we have stayed here. The location is great for anyone who is into walking (or skiing in the winter months)
The apartment is well appointed with all you need for a comfortable stay. The lounge, dining area and kitchen have everything you need. There are 2 good size bedrooms and a bathroom with seperate bath and shower.
The location is about 30 minutes from Perpignan, so access to the city for shopping or going to a rugby (League or Union) match is fine.
We arranged a 4x4 from Villefranche de Confluent to the refuge on Canogou so we can walk up to the top of Canigou. Recomended.
The Lac du Boullouse is about 1 hour away but has lots of walks around some stunning lakes and mountains.. Perhaps we will get up Mt Carlit next year.
Mont Louis has a small display of a Solar Furnace (Four Solaire) which is very interesting but Odeilo has a much larger Solar furnace you can visit .
We also went to the Catalan fortification of Perypertuse. Fantastic ruin high on a cliff.
Just a note: If you are walking check your insurance as it may not cover you over 2000m and lots of the walks are over this height.
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