Residence Les Lavandieres
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The apartment is located a 2 minute walk from the village centre and market square, with its cafes, restaurants, shops and market 3 times a week. The apartment has a balcony with mountain views and is large and well-equipped, sleeping 2 - 4 people.
Vernet-Les-Bains is a beautiful, bustling village in the foothills of the Pyrenees with natural hot spring baths and walks in the mountains. Within an hour's drive there are also white sandy beaches and ski resorts in winter. The local area (15 minute drive) also offers a variety of other attractions including prehistoric caves, a citadel/ fortified town with artisan shops and a narrow-gauge railway to the mountains & lakes.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Canet-plage 50 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 50 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
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Well-equipped one-bedroom apartment on the first floor of a two-storey block, with a street level access into the village centre. Large balcony with mountain views, table and chairs. Boule set and equipment for the beach/sun (eg cool box, parasol, beach mats etc).
|Further details outdoors|
Easily accessible parking space.
Within a 5 minute walk of the apartment, there are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, thermal baths, a casino, park with boule area, tennis courts, children's play area and a trout river.
There are many walks direct from the apartment offering gentle strolls through to strenuous ascents of the local mountains. If you would like to climb Canigou (3,000 metres) but not spend all day achieving that goal there are several 4x4 trips from Vernet up to the Refuge Cortalets from where you can make the ascent in approximately 2.5 hours
We have found no need for air conditioning/fans - the thick walls keep the apartment cool even in July/August.
There are radiators in each room for the winter period.
Large open air and indoor swimming pools, 5 minute walk from the apartment.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Vernet-les-Bains is located 2,000 feet up the slopes of Canigou, one of the highest mountains in the French Pyrenees. The area offers a variety of activities including walking, horse riding and skiing. It also has numerous attractions such as prehistoric caves, thermal baths, the 'Little Yellow Train' taking people up to the ski resorts and mountain walks and Villefranche-de-Conflent, a fortified town with great artisan shops.
As the official French Tourist Board site quotes about Langeudoc, the area offers :
"Miles of fine sandy beaches, a hinterland rising up the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is a land full of character, stretched out under almost permanent sunshine".
The area shares a border with Spain and is strongly Catalan in culture, albeit with a French influence. The Mediterranean coastline comprises long sandy beaches and large lagoons, providing a wide range of water sports, as well as flocks of flamingos!
On average, the area enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year. On the wide plains leading down to the sea, a variety of fruit and vegetables are grown, including vines (Fitou, Corbieres, Minervois etc), peaches and apples.
Vernet les Bains
Vernet-Les-Bains is a beautiful village described by Rudyard Kipling as 'the paradise of the Pyrenees'. It is an ideal base for walking holidays in the mountains surrounding the village. There are also several indoor and outdoor thermal baths and swimming pools in the village, and you can reach the beach or ski resorts within an hour by car.
There are many events and attractions during the summer held in the village square, including Catalan music, dancing and wine tasting.
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28 Feb 2014
"Great location, relaxing holiday"
We went on holiday with two of our kids and found Vernet les Bains to be picturesque, quiet and very sunny. The flat is conveniently located, well equipped, clean and good value for money. If you want… More
18 Oct 2013
die Wohnung ist liebevoll eingerichtet und alles was man braucht ist da und hat funktioniert. Sehr schön war die Morgensonne auf dem Balkon beim Frühstück. Der Balkon ist geräumig und der Blick au… More
26 Sep 2013
"A lovely apartment in a wonderful location"
This apartment is very comfortable and ideally situated for exploring the local area. It is close enough to both the mountains and sea to enable you to visit both within a short journey. The area is e… More
22 Aug 2013
"The apartment was situated perfectly in the town for all amenaties"
Everything you needed the apartment had to make your holiday enjoyable. In the morning you had the sun on the balcony so you could sit and have breakfast and do a bit of sunbathing if you wanted. It had restaurants, bars a few shops for essensials and nice walks. Villefranche de Conflent is a must so are the caves. Font Romeu was worth a trip and you could go on the little Yellow Train which we will do next time. You can travel to the coast and into Spain which we did or Andorra but not in the summer holiday, its very busy. There are lots of interesting places to visit and a perfect spot to do it from.
3 Aug 2013
"Lovely little place in great location"
We stayed for 13 nights on honeymoon and were not disappointed. It's in a fantastic location for exploring this part of France (car definitely needed!). Vernet les Bains has some excellent walks and is a charming little village.
The apartment itself is spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The owners had even left us a bottle of bubbly and flowers as it was our honeymoon which was a lovely touch. There is no air con but is fairly cool in the heat and you can pull down the shutters during the day. Very good value for money all round!
23 Apr 2013
"Good value, well-situated property in lovely village"
My husband and I needed somewhere to stay to visit family without paying over the odds. This is the fourth time we have come to Vernet so know the area quite well and this property enabled us to leave our car in a quiet car park and walk to wherever we needed in the village.
The property is comfortable and quiet, though we found the lights from the Princess Hotel next door a little irritating at night and had to have the security shutters down but this may be because we are used to more darkness at home. Cooking facilities are a little basic (a two-ring hob and a mini grill/oven) but as I didn't intend making three-course meals this didn't worry me. The view from the balcony is lovely and it made a great place to have breakfast especially as the weather was beautiful.
This was a good reasonable getaway for a couple wanting to stay in Vernet; I would definitely consider booking it again.
The 'security shutters' in the bedroom are standard shutters that most French properties in the area have. They are intended to be used to shut out light at night and are easy to roll up and down when required.
11 Apr 2013
"Great Location to explore from"
We wanted somewhere as a base to explore the local Pyrenees as keen mountain hikers. This apartment is very centrally located so local bakery etc are just a short stroll away and made a very comfortable base with good facilities for self catering. The price represents very good value and matched our expectations.
There are a wealth of walks to explore right on your doorstep with Le Canigou a spectacular backdrop to all the scenery. If you like to get out amongst nature this is a great place to do it.
26 Sep 2012
"Affordable property in idyllic location"
We stayed here for one week in September 2012. The location of Vernet Les Bains is ideal for walking in the foothills of the Pyrenees, scenic drives in France, northern Spain and Andorra and the surrounding areas also offer a wide range of activities for all ages. The property itself is perfect for an affordable trip and has all the facilities one would need for a to comfortable self-catered holiday. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone wishing to explore this area of south-west France. Simon & Charlotte, London
23 Aug 2012
"Peaceful, central, home from home"
I loved this apartment, it had a lovely feel about it and was a real "home from home". Owned by a lovely English couple and looked after by a lovely English lady locally, it is situated in the beautiful village of Vernet les Bains, situated under one of the largest mountains in the Pyrenees, Le Canigou. It's a peaceful location with a quirky village clock that has a delightful chime and a charming will of its own and the apartment is situated very centrally, just 2 minutes walk into the main La Place (square) where the Tourist Office can be found. There are a couple of cafes and restaurants locally, a local newsagent that sells English newspapers, a grocery shop, a bakery, an electrical shop and some other small boutiques and a nearby larger supermarket. There is also a market on Saturdays and Mondays that sells fresh fish and veg as well as other items.
The apartment is tastefully furnished and comfortable. It has a small kitchenette with all the cooking utensils and facilities you need, a lovely balcony, a large lounge with a sofa bed and a separate bedroom that is comfortable. The owners have thought about everything you need. It does get hot in August so I would recommend buying a fan out there or keeping the shutters down all day to keep the flat cool.
The apartment block itself is clean and the residents friendly and surprisingly very quiet. The town itself is also quiet and the locals very friendly. I played Petanque nearby with some local French and the atmosphere was lovely.
There is a newly refurbished swimming complex in Vernet with a fun slide for families and lots of nearby walks. There is a Petanque area and a delightful park with a lake situated near the Casino which was built around the time of Rudyard Kipling's stay at Vernet.
Although there is a regular bus service to and from Vernet les Bains and the fantastic spa facilities there, I would say that a car is necessary to really explore the area as there are so many wonderful things to see and the apartment is ideally situated, with its own car parking space, to allow you to do that.
I will definitely book this apartment again and have recommended it to my friends and family. It's a little gem at a very reasonable price in a peaceful and quiet setting. Ideal for ski trips and walking holidays. Nearby airports include Perpignan (Flybe) (1 hour drive), Carcassonne (Ryanair) (2 hour drive) and Girona, Spain (Ryanair) (1.45 hr drive).
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