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Holiday villa with swimming pool in Laroque des Alberes – Home 215005 Villa

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Holiday villa with swimming pool in Laroque des Alberes – Home 215005

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  • Villa
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Villa / 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 11 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

This stunning Catalan villa is set in the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees and it has wonderful views down a wooded valley towards the Mediterranean. It is set in a National Park and has a private pool, 4 bedrooms and is perfect for a truly relaxing holiday.

The villa is the highest villa in Domaine des Alberes which is a private collection of villas that sits above the medieval village of Laroque des Alberes. The location means it is very quiet and very relaxing as it has no passing traffic at all. The elevation of the villa also means that in mid-summer it tends to be a little cooler than the villas down below on plain of Roussillon.

The villa is managed by a local agent who ensures that the property is prepared for any guests and can help guests enjoy their time in Languedoc. She has been there for many years and can provide advice on the local attractions. All linen and bath towels are included in the price.

Even though it is a very quiet villa, in 5 minutes

This stunning Catalan villa is set in the beautiful foothills of the Pyrenees and it has wonderful views down a wooded valley towards the Mediterranean. It is set in a National Park and has a private pool, 4 bedrooms and is perfect for a truly relaxing holiday.

The villa is the highest villa in Domaine des Alberes which is a private collection of villas that sits above the medieval village of Laroque des Alberes. The location means it is very quiet and very relaxing as it has no passing traffic at all. The elevation of the villa also means that in mid-summer it tends to be a little cooler than the villas down below on plain of Roussillon.

The villa is managed by a local agent who ensures that the property is prepared for any guests and can help guests enjoy their time in Languedoc. She has been there for many years and can provide advice on the local attractions. All linen and bath towels are included in the price.

Even though it is a very quiet villa, in 5 minutes however you can be in Laroque which is now one of the most popular villages in the region. Laroque is certainly the most picturesque village in the area but it is also now one best places to go and eat as there are now several excellent restaurants and more seem to open every year.

In about 20 minutes you can be in Collioure which is one of the most well-known towns on the whole of the Mediterranean coast. It is a beautiful Catalan port town which is the centre for artists for the region and has an excellent market on Saturday. There are also many restaurants there and even several beaches if you feel like a quick swim before dining.

Nearby there are also several very long and sandy beaches and in fact North Argeles beach was recently voted one of the best beaches in the whole of France. It has the mountains in the background and never gets too crowded.

This is a very comfortable villa, in an amazing setting and in a very interesting and relaxing area of France.

Location description from owner

The Occitanie region

This is French Catalonia and therefore has had a very interesting past and in fact was part of Spain once upon a time. Catalans are very proud people with long memories and see themselves as an independent race with distinct customs, cuisine, language and a way of life. The countryside is peppered with medieval fortresses which are just stunning and hark back to the turbulent past.

The two key attractions here are the beautiful Pyrenees and the unbelievable beaches. The Pyrenees just go on and on and what is wonderful is that the more you go into them the more you will encounter these ancient villages perched atop Pyrenean peaks. They are often shrouded in clouds and are just magical. The beaches in this area of France are one of the best kept secrets in France. They are very, very long and always relatively empty, which cannot be said for the Cote d'Azur where you have to pay for a square meter.

This is real France and much cheaper than other areas. It offers a rustic view of life yet there are some of the best restaurants in the whole of France. It has to be mentioned as well that this is largest wine producing area in the world. It used to produce the “plonk” that wine drinkers used to tolerate in the 1980s but now has gone much more upmarket and produces some of the best wines in France. They have moved towards organic wine now and even use the lunar cycles to decide when to pick the grapes of the vines.

Another key thing to mention here is that Spain is just on your doorstep. You can even walk into Spain if you have strong legs! The coastal area in Spain is lovely with the highlight being El Bulli restaurant (voted the best restaurant in the world) and the stunning Cadaqués, where Salavador Dali used to live. You can also do a day trip to Barcelona which is around 3 hours away.

So much to do in the area whether you are active and what to walk in the mountains or simply want to relax on the beach or in one of the fine restaurants. A perfect family holiday

Laroque des Alberes

The nearest town is Laroque des Alberes which is now the most popular town in this area as it is simply the most beautiful. It has retained its medieval charm and has become a bit of a gastronomes paradise with many fine restaurants. In fact there is now even a Michelin starred restaurant which is pretty incredible for a small town like Laroque. Recently they have spent a lot of money restoring the old castle at the centre of the town and it just looks fabulous now. The residents of Laroque are very proud of their town and take a lot of care over it. Just outside Laroque there is also a Carrefour supermarket which is also very useful for buying those essential items.

Down on the coast (about 15 minutes away) there are two major towns that differ massively. The first is the very sophisticated Collioure with all the artisans and posh restaurants. It is one of the main attractions of the region as Picasso and Matisse used to live there and it is a world heritage site. It has several very nice beaches within the town itself and is a great place just to wander about and sit by the sea with a glass of wine. The second nearby coastal town is Argeles Sur Mer. This is tourism on steroids with endless bars, cafes, shops and a huge beach. They seem to permanently be holding events down at Argeles and generally it is loud and fun. My children love it there and never want to leave.

If you go in the other direction and head up into the mountains the first town you will come across is Ceret. This is a very old town with many very beautiful ancient churches and, slightly bizarrely, has a modern art museum with the largest collection of Picasso pottery in the world. If you continue you will come across some of the loveliest scenery in France as the Pyrenees get higher and higher and lovely towns with old monasteries. Eventually you may get to the stunning castle of Montségur which sits precipitously on top of a very steep mountain and was apparently the home of the Knights of the Templar at one time.

As you travel westwards you will get to Perpignan which is a bustling city but with plenty to do and the go along the coast through all the resorts such as Canet and Narbonne to eventually get to Montpellier.

There is so much to do in this area that it is literally impossible to list them all but there is something for everyone and hence this area is becoming one of the most popular summer destinations in the whole of France.

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • 2 Double Beds, 1 Sofa Bed, 4 Single Beds, 2 Cots available
  • 2 Shower rooms

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
Yes, smoking allowed
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Oliver R
Response rate:
47%
Calendar updated::
17 Jan 2017
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


This Villa has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 19 Dec 2013. Located in Pyrenees-Orientales, it has 2 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £1200 to £1880.

The Owner has a response rate of 47% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 17 Jan 2017.

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“Lovely house, great location, well managed”

Reviewed 23 Dec 2013

We stayed for a week last year and I have to say it was just perfect. To begin with Oliver responded to all our questions about the villa and local area very quickly and even recommended which car hire firm we should use and so the preparations was perfect. He really helped us plan our trip and therefore we knew what to do once we got there. We got there and I have to say that the location of this property is simply stunning. You feel as though you are on top of the world with just amazing views down the valley. I spent many a happy afternoon just floating in the swimming pool, staring down the valley and watching the wonderful birdlife of the Alberes. The villa has everything you need for a comfortable stay and Elaine is just so fantastic. We had a problem with the pool and she was up that evening and we had the problem solved very quickly. She is so friendly. I also loved the new kitchen, very modern and with all the mod-cons. Useful when we do not feel like barbecuing. The area is stunning and a little bit undiscovered as there are not the huge amounts of tourists in other areas so I would recommend this place to people who want to chill out a little and like good food and love the mountains and long sandy beaches. Collioure is just amazing and a little bit glamorous with a huge range of high quality restaurants. Argeles has the best beach (actually Le Racou was our favourite) and is great for kids. Have already booked my next trip and I can highly recommend this villa.

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