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Apartment / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8 Home 72590
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Apartment / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 8
This luxurious and spacious apartment accommodates up to 8 people. It is to be found in the heart of the medieval village, just across the road from the traditional Catalan bakery. Oozing character and charm, it is newly refurbished in such a way as to retain original features such as marble and polished wooden floors and traditional wooden beams. Featuring an eclectic mix of antique and classical furnishings, combined with modern fittings, it is designed to provide comfortable and yet authentic accommodation.
Set in the beautiful department of Languedoc-Roussillon, which lays claim to 134 miles of beaches, and over 300 sunny days a year, the medieval fortified village of Villefranche is: 50 minutes from the Mediterranean coast, 50 minutes from the ski slopes, 1 hour 10 minutes from the Spanish border and 1 hour 50 minutes from Andorra.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||Vinca 18 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Perpignan 55 km, Nearest railway: Villefranche-de-Conflent|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
CADY comprises three double bedrooms (one of which offers a four-poster bed, with a second offering a traditional ¾ bed and a single bed, both fashioned from brass and cast iron), two shower-rooms/WC, and a salon comprising kitchen/sitting room/dining room. This apartment also benefits from a fully-enclosed terrace area which backs onto the medieval city walls. It has a completely enclosed, and so safe, terrace area, and so the apartment is suitable for young children. It should nevertheless be noted that whilst the gite is well-equipped, with 2 shower-rooms, it does not have a bath. A baby bath is however available.
A second apartment accommodating the same number is also available.
A welcome pack is provided for all arrivals and the owners live within 5 minutes drive from the village, and so are on hand to deal with any queries.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Set in the beautiful department of Languedoc-Roussillon, which lays claim to 134 miles of beaches, and over 300 sunny days a year.
The village occupies a prized location at the confluence of the Cady and Tet Rivers and lies at the base of three mountains, one of these being the sacred mountain of the Catalans, Mount Canigou. As you approach the village, you see only its ramparts and fortifications, which, founded in 1092, have remained untouched by subsequent development. Its civic architecture, (22 thirteenth- and fourteenth century facades are registered as historical monuments), is as well preserved as its military ramparts. Within its walls, the village comprises a series of medieval lanes with beautiful wrought iron signs identifying the numerous shops and restaurants.
DAYS OUT IN VILLEFRANCHE
Built into the mountainside high above the village, FORT LIBERIA was designed by the military engineer Vauban in the seventeenth century to protect the valuable position of Villefranche after the 1659 Treaty of the Pyrenees established the new Franco-Spanish border close by. The fort can be accessed by the four-wheel drive Landrover which does trips throughout the day, by walking around the mountain, or via a subterranean stairway comprising 742 steps. From Villefranche you can catch the charming PETIT TRAIN JAUNE, through the Pyrenees. With open-air carriages in the summer,spectacular views of plunging mountainsides and steep gorges, the train passes through the highest station in France (5,000ft above sea level). Estimated at between 30 and 400 million years old, spectacular CAVES, just outside the village walls, have amazing stalactites and stalagmites, and run sound and light shows every evening during July and August. The CITY WALLS are great fun for kids. MUSHROOM MUSEUM
DAYS OUT WITHIN 5 MILES OF THE VILLAGE
The 7 acre CASTEIL ANIMAL PARK boasts many animals including lions, bears, wolves, monkeys and wallabies, amongst others. Described as the Paradise of the Pyrenees, VERNET LES BAINS is a chocolate box picture of a village. A thermal spa resort, it is officially designated as a centre for green tourism. Enjoying a micro-climate, it has the first Village Arboretum in France, with over 1,500 trees planted throughout the village including some 200 different species. The village also has a geological museum with a fine collection of specimens including remarkable crystals and marine fossils. For families there is an open-air swimming pool which is open throughout the summer months, tennis courts and the grand total of four lovely playparks. Ramblers and mountain bilkers will find many superb tracks signposted around the village, and for mountaineers, the imposing Mount Canigou beckons! PRADES is the nearest sizeable town to Villefranche, and holds a large weekly market.
The world famous ST MARTIN OF CANIGOU is easil accessed from Villefranche. There is a SWIMMING LAKE at Vinca, about 15 minutes drive from the village, with pedaloes and bouncy castle during the summer months. Miles of beautiful sandy BEACHES are to be found within 50 minutes drive of the village. At St. Thomas-Les-Bains, about half an hour's drive away, incredible outdoor THERMAL POOLS in a wonderful mountain setting are accessible to all for the princely sum of 5 Euros!! For ladies, a comprehensive range of massage and beauty treatments are also on offer here. The “Neiges Catalan” incorporate a number of SKIING resorts within 1 hour’s drive of Villefranche, and comprise: • 110 ski lifts • 190 runs • 278km of ski slopes • 1320 snow cannons • 348km of cross-country The larger resorts include Les Angles, Pyrenees 2000, Formigueres, and Font Romeu. At Font Romeu lift passes are free for children under the age of 6, representing a significant saving on a family holiday. It is also possible to have an independent ski holiday here without a car, as the Petit Train Jaune goes to Font Romeu every day, and a new ski bus service will stop at Villefranche going to Les Angles on 3 days a week. The resorts are already open for the 2008 winter season, and the long term snow forecast is good.
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Calendar last updated:10 Aug 2013
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