Villa Des Mines - Bel Horizon
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Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Comfortable, very well equipped apartment with superb views over the ancient spa village of Vernet Les Bains and Mount Canigou.
Centrally heated, 3 bedroom apartment, sleeps 6. Two Terraces, one sunny (with built-in BBQ) and one covered.
Patio & Gardens/Meadow.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Argeles 60 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||700 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 50 km, Nearest railway: Ville-Franche-de-Confluent 6 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
Bed linen and towels available at low rental cost.
The Village swimming poool is just a few minutes walk down the hil. It is very clean and recently modernised. Quite a social hub for the children in summer !
The outdoor BBQ is large and serves as an outdoor fire. Great fun in Autumn and Spring evenings.
there is a table football game.
There are books, toys and board games freely available but for use at Parents' discretion.
Bicycle can be hired in the village.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This area, with its warm sunny microclimate, enjoys some of the mildest weather in France, making it ideal for holidays throughout the year.
Water and Beaches - There is a sizeable fresh water beach with lake swimming at Vinca, some 15-20 minutes drive from Vernet. Natural rock pools in the Rotja river near Sahorre (known locally as Sahorre beach), provide another scenic bathing area and you can swim by the waterfalls - Cascades des Anglais (these are significantly cooler!), just above Vernet. There are several thermal spas in the area, of which a particular favourite is the open air, naturally warm, St. Thomas Les Bains. Also there is a Water Theme Park at Err which opens during the summer months. The glorious sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are less than an hour away by car - St.Cyprien and Argeles and a little further along the coast, the picturesque port towns of Collioure and Banyuls.
Sightseeing - The picturesque medieval walled settlement of Villefranche de Conflent is just 5 mins drive away. Within the fortified walls, you will find narrow streets containing a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. Le Petit Train Jaune (Little Yellow Train), one of Europe's most scenic railways starts it's journey from here. With open carriages in the summer months, you can really appreciate the stunning scenery. Perched on a hillside above Villefranche is the 17th century Fort Liberia built by Vauban in 1681 and reinforced during the time of Napoleon III.
Also just outside the town are the Prehistoric Grotte Grandes Canalettes (underground caves), which have spectacular illuminated rock formations. During July and August there are the ‘son et lumiere’ shows.
The abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou is situated some 3 km south of Vernet. Built in the 11th century on a narrow rocky outcrop at a height of 1055 metres. Located deep in the forest, its setting and stunning Romanesque architecture inspire in its visitors a great sense of tranquillity and reflection. It is particularly atmospheric when viewed from above through low cloud.
Visitors can reach the abbey on foot from Casteil, after a climb lasting about 45 minutes. Or travel there by 4X4 vehicle (book in Vernet).
The abbey of Saint-Michel-de-Cuixa is another magnificent Romanesque building. Situated at the foot of the Canigou mountain, it is one of the most outstanding and important of all the Catalan historic monuments.
You will discover here a remarkable ensemble of architectural treasures: a huge pre-Romanesque church dating from the tenth century, a bell-tower of Lombardy design, a crypt of remarkable proportions dating from the eleventh century, and the remains of a Romanesque cloister which is the largest in the Pyrenees and which was the first to be constructed in the Catalan territories.
Casteil's animal park. A small but delightful zoological garden is to be found close to the village of Casteil, which is located 2 km up the Cady valley from Vernet. Established by a local family, the park is home to lions, bears, monkeys, a llama, deer, and several species of bird.
Prades (some 9 kms away) is best known for its annual music festival, the Pablo Casals Festival. Held in July, this festival attracts musicians from around the world. Prades has an attractive tree (and cafe / restaurant!) lined square.
Walking - With about 250 kms of marked footpaths and stunning scenery, this is one of the best walking areas in Europe. From the village, a 10 minute walk to Belvedere provides spectacular views, an hour and a half from the village you have the waterfalls, Cascades des Anglais, a 3-hour walk and you can visit the famous monastery St. Martin du Canigou (also reachable by car and 45 minutes walk), and the long trek to the summit of the Canigou (2785 metres/about 9,000 ft). There are several routes to the summit (some more demanding than others - allow 8 - 10 hours depending on route and experience). Alternatively you can reach the chalet at Cortalets (2150 metres altitude) by jeep and walk the last two hours to the top.
We have the guide: "Pyrenees Orientales Circuits Pedestres" by Alain Borg which contains details of local walks together with maps (available for your use, in the apartment). The village shop contains many more excellent guides and maps for the serious mountain walker. From the Tourist Office you can obtain an illustrated guide to 13 way-marked circular walks.
Shopping - The village contains a good range of shops: grocery, newsagents, patisseries, vintners, hairdressers, electrical and banks. There are several cafes and restaurants to suite all tastes and pockets. Many of the shops and cafes surround a central area which hosts a lively market three mornings a week. On the outskirts is an Intermarche supermarket.
Prades (some 9 kms away), has more extensive shopping, a market on Tuesday and a large Super-U supermarket.
For duty-free shopping, Andorra is an easy day excursion.
Vernet Les Bains is an attractive mountain spa village with many amenities. Situated at 650 m, at the foot of Mt. Canigou, it is surrounded by the peaks of the Eastern Pyrenees.
Vernet has 3 outdoor pools (a deep pool with diving board, a children's pool and a paddling pool for the very young), an indoor pool, Municipal Park & children's play areas. Clean spring water is used for the pools, which are just a five minute walk down the road from Villa des Mines.
Other sporting facilities within the village include tennis courts, an equestrian centre & boules.
In addition to the naturally occurring volcanic hot springs and treatments of the Spa Centre there is an aqua gym, sauna, Jacuzzi etc. Vernet Les Bains has a special status as an Arboretum Village, with over 200 species of tree spread around the village.
Look out for the Kipling connections and the fete de Belle Epoque.
Come and see the fires of the fete de St Jean. Come and run (or walk) the Canigou in a race or just for leisure.
Gamble or dance in the art-deco Casino.
Indulge in the Spa. Horse-riding, Tennis, Swimming, Cycling, Fishing....
Three mornings a week there is a bustling market, held in the village centre, where you can buy local produce. There is a wide range of shops, 3 café-bars & several restaurants, with many more in neighbouring villages
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