Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Nestled at the foot of Mount Canigou, the spa and arboretum village of Vernet-les-Bains is a wonderful base to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, or to explore the varied attractions and activities of the Pyrenees Orientales.
This lovely villa is peacefully situated at the end of a lane, only two minutes walk from the local swimming pool complex, tennis courts and playground, and a ten minute stroll from the charming village of Vernet, with its colourful market three times weekly, shops, restaurants, thermal spa and parks.
The spacious villa has a comfortable living/dining area with a woodburning stove in the fireplace. French windows lead onto the south-facing front terrace, pleasantly shaded by mature trees, and also into the back garden where the pool is situated. The kitchen also has doors to the front terrace, perfect for relaxed outdoor dining, while looking at the views of Vernet and Mount Canigou. The villa is well supplied with satellite T.V. , Broadband Internet and laptop, books, games, and DVDs , as well as table tennis, volleyball, badminton, boules, and children’s swings. There is a 10m x 5m private heated swimming pool in the rear garden, with views across the valley. It is fitted with a domed pool cover, which can be fully or partially retracted, kept in place for swimming under on cooler days, or closed for security when left unattended. There is also a solar shower for rinsing off before or after your swim.
There is a host of activities in the local area to suit all ages and tastes. Within a 10 minute drive you will find the Romanesque Fort Liberia, the abbey of St. Martin du Canigou, the fortified village of Villefranche, limestone caves, thermal spas, an animal park, and the Little Yellow Train. Climb Mount Canigou (or take a 4x4 jeep to nearer the summit!), or enjoy gentler walks in the area. There are opportunities for canyoning, white-water rafting, and climbing, as well as horse-riding, mountain-biking, and water-sports on the nearby lake. The area is ideal for bird-watching, painting, photography and fishing. There are also several local markets, a variety of restaurants, a host of festivals and summer entertainments in the village square.
With less than an hour’s drive to the ski slopes around Font Romeu, or towards the beaches, water-parks and golf-courses around Perpignan, you will be spoilt for choice.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinca (lake) 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 40 km, Nearest railway: Villefranche de Conflent 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
A high chair, cot and a children's table and chairs are available for use if required.
There are 3 double bedrooms on the ground floor and a fourth double bedroom upstairs, all newly furnished.
Two of the single beds are daybeds with low rails on three sides, which may be turned around to provide additional safety for younger children.
Four of the beds are single beds without foot-ends, ideal for taller adults, which can be made up as doubles if required. Two single futon beds can be placed in any bedroom as required.
There is a bathroom downstairs with a separate toilet, and an en suite bathroom with the upstairs bedroom.
A wide range of family DVDs and videos for young children is provided.
A variety of store cupboard essentials e.g. salt, pepper, sugar are kept in stock.
A computer is provided (for Internet access only).
Weighing scales are provided to help with packing cases prior to departure!
|Further details outdoors||
There is a private and mature garden of over 1/2 an acre with a variety of trees, shrubs and roses.
Patio furniture for ten people, and sun loungers are provided.
The swing set includes a single swing, a 2 person swing-boat and a trapeze/ring set.
A double garage is available for use on request.
10m x 5m HEATED PRIVATE SWIMMING POOL IN REAR GARDEN- with domed cover which may be left in position, or partially or fully removed. Also a solar shower for use before and after swimming.
Key safe to allow arrival any time after 4pm.
English property manager available if needed.
Linen and bath towels are provided, but please bring extra towels for swimming.
Rental rates ALL INCLUSIVE of bed linen, towels, end of stay cleaning, pool heating (April to October) and central heating (in cooler months).
Reduced rates may be available for smaller groups out of peak season. Check with owner.
£200 breakage deposit required with final balance payment. Refunded after property checked for loss/damage/cleanliness.
Cleaning service E30-50, linen change E30-50.
We can accept payments by cheque or bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
This area of France is famous for its average of 300 days of sunshine a year, an ideal climate for exploring the surrounding villages, valleys and mountains, or taking part in some of the many activities on offer.
5 minutes drive from Vernet-les-Bains is the fortified village of Villefranche de Conflent, with many restaurants serving traditional Catalan cuisine and a variety of craft and gift shops in its narrow streets. Above the town is Fort Liberia, which can be reached by a long, underground staircase going up inside the hill. There are also the limestone caves of Les Grottes de Canalettes, with sound and light shows in the summer months. Villefranche is the starting point for the Little Yellow Train, which takes you on a spectacular journey up the Tet valley to the mountains and ski resorts near the Spanish border.
For art and music lovers, the Pyrenees Orientales has much to offer. Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Chagal all spent time here, and there are modern art museums in Céret, Collioure and Perpignan which have exhibitions throughout the year. The Pablo Casals music festival is held in and around Prades during the summer, which attracts top-class international musicians, and a jazz festival in Perpignan, as well as many smaller music and dance events in local villages.
You can visit the Romanesque abbeys of St. Martin du Canigou and St. Michel de Cuxa, the Perfume Tower in Mosset, or travel a little further to see the Cathar castles of Perypeteuse, Queribus and Carcassonne.
Around an hour's drive away are the wide sandy beaches of St-Cyprien, Argeles, and Canet, where you can swim, wind-surf and scuba-dive, or enjoy water-parks, golf, go-carting and other attractions.
If you wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of the coast , bathing may be enjoyed at the lake in Vinca, local natural rock pools or the thermal spas of St. Thomas-les-Bains. The area has many nature reserves for bird-watching, painting, photography and hiking.
For the more energetic, there is an adventure park 15 minutes drive away in Marquixanes, which has forest aerial rope courses to suit all ages, and which organises canyoning,canoeing and white-water rafting. There are also opportunities for para-gliding, mountain-biking and climbing.
Vernet les Bains
Vernet-les-Bains is an ideal centre for holiday-makers as it has so much to offer that you may not feel the need to leave the local area at all! The village enjoys a wonderful climate, as it is set in a sheltered valley, surrounded by mountains which trap warmer air, yet not over-shadowed by them so it is in the sun all day. Its altitude of 650m means the air stays a pleasant temperature, without the high heat and humidity that may be experienced in the coastal regions.
Vernet has its own thermal spa and fitness centre, offering aquagym, jacuzzis, sauna, steam room, massage and fitness room. Next door there is an imposing casino and its tranquil park. Vernet is also a Village-Arboretum, with over 1,500 trees in the village, of which some 200 species have been identified and listed. There is also a geological museum, with a fine collection of over 10,000 specimens, including crystals and fossils The village is dominated by the restored castle and the church of St. Saturnin, reached through the winding streets of the old village. Guided visits are available in the summer months.
Not only are there boulangeries for your morning croissants, but a wide range of shops and amenities to be found around the squares or tucked away in the narrow, climbing streets of the old village. These include 12 restaurants, 3 cafe-bars, a news-agent, butchers, grocers, delicatessen, chemists, Post Office, gift shops, 2 banks with ATM and a hairdressers. Markets are held three times a week, selling local cheeses, wine, olives, sausages, as well as fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, clothes and jewellery. Anything else may be bought from the supermarket on the edge of the village. In addition, Prades is a 10 minute drive away with 2 further supermarkets and a popular Tuesday market.
Activities in Vernet include the large swimming pool complex with one indoor pool (open in the winter) and three outdoor pools (paddling, children's pool and deep pool with diving board), three tennis courts, boulodrome and children's playground- which are all within a 2 minute walk of the villa. There are horse-riding stables at the bottom of the road, a small football stadium and a discotheque. There is also a mountain zoo 5km up the valley in Casteil , and the popular river pools in the Rotja river near Sahorre. You can walk from the villa to scenic spots such as the waterfalls of the Cascades des Anglais, or the viewpoint at the Tower of Goa, or climb Mount Canigou (4x4 trips can be arranged in the village).
The tourist information office in the village square can provide details of local walks and the busy programme of entertainments in the summer months, including free tuition of the traditional Catalan dance "le Sardane". Local festivals include the "Belle Epoque" festival in May, which recreates the period in the 1840's when Rudyard Kipling and the cream of English society flocked to the spa, casino and hotels of the village, the Festival of the Fires of the Night of St.John (June 23rd), the Canigou mountain race (August 5th), the Festival of Trees (October), and the Festival of St. Saturnin (November).