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Spacious & comfortable villa in quiet Catalan village

Montesquieu is in the Alberes hills and has wonderful views of both the Pyrenees and the blue of the Mediterranean sea.

Property number: 0405

France / Languedoc-Roussillon / Montesquieu des Alberes

from £550.00

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

  • Disabled access: Yes
  • Pets allowed: No
  • Child friendly: Yes
  • Smoking: No

Ann and Doug
00 44 (0)1799 521934

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Very comfortable and spacious villa on the edge of a sleepy, small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It’s a 15 minute drive to a wide range of fabulous beaches and if you want a complete change of scene the Spanish border is just 15 minutes away where you’ll have the opportunity to explore fascinating Spanish Catalonia and the Costa Brava as well.


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Bedroom 1 on the first floor has double bed, beautiful new en suite bathroom and separate shower room. View of Canigou from the shower room is stunning. The bedroom is air-conditioned and has French doors which open on to a large balcony with views of the garden, pool, the Alberes hills and Mount Canigou in the Pyrenees. Chairs and table on the balcony make a wonderful spot to watch the sun go down and sip a cool glass of wine.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds and en suite shower/wash basin. Bedroom 3 has double bed. Bedroom 4 has twin beds. All have plenty of wardrobe and drawer space.


1st floor en suite bathroom. Bath, WC and washbasin. Shower room with shower cubicle and washbasin.
Ground floor.
Bathroom with bath and shower over. Washbasin, WC and bidet.
Bedroom 2 has shower cubicle and washbasin.
Separate WC in the hall.

Living room

Large room with open log fire, comfortable seating for 8, satellite TV, DVD/CD players and a selection of DVDs and CDs. Board games and books. French doors lead to front garden.

Dining room with large table and chairs for 8. 2 sets of French doors lead to terrace and pool.


Recently refitted kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. French doors lead to terrace and barbeque.

Other rooms

1st floor. Second sitting room/study. PC with broadband internet access. TV and DVD player. Windows giving superb views of Mount Canigou and the Roussillon plain.

Large basement with table tennis table, washing machine.

Description of amenities

Bed linen, bath and pool towels included in the price.


Main part of the house is on one level but there are 2 steps up to the front door.

Local activities

Although Montesquieu is very, very quiet all the necessities of life can be found in St Genis des Fontaines just a couple of miles away, supermarket (open on a Sunday morning), boulangeries, tabac, bars, restaurants, market. We are particularly fond of La Tramontane which is a bar/restaurant. Huge portions of well cooked food. Child friendly.
There are many other superb restaurants in the area from reasonably priced every day grub to Michelin stars.
The area is wonderful for walking and you can walk straight into the hills from the village. The more adventurous can try the GR 10 which runs along the top of the ridge above the village.
The villa makes an ideal base for relaxing, sampling local food and wine and exploring the old towns and countryside of both French and Spanish Catalonia or enjoying the many local activities. Swimming, tennis, walking, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, mountain biking or more leisurely cycling, fishing, horse riding, golf, wind-surfing, kite surfing, and go-karting.

The house is also great for just lazing by the pool and taking the occasional dip to keep cool. The silence still amazes us and we’ve found many guests just stay around the pool for most of their holiday. If you prefer to try the beach Sandy beaches at Argeles and Le Racou are only 15 minutes away.

Price information

Rental period Price per week
2.10.10 - 23.10.10 £550

Prices may be subject to change at the owner’s discretion

Getting there

Nearest airport is Perpignan which is about 25 minutes from the house. Next choice is Girona in Northern Spain which is about 45 minutes from the house. Other airports which are suitable but a little further away are Carcassonne (1 hour 20 mins.) Bezier Cap D’Agde (1hr 20m), Montpelier (2 hours). More detail on the airlines which fly these routes and from where can be found on our website

Montesquieu is just 10 minutes from the last motorway (A9) exit in France at Le Boulou. It takes about 12 hours to drive from Calais if you decide to come down in one day. We prefer to make an overnight stop and then take a more leisurely drive on the 2nd day.

Taking the train
Eurostar to Paris or Lille and then TGV to Perpignan. Eurostar tends to be the expensive bit £51 single but the TGV can be surprisingly good value. Have recently booked first class ticket Paris – Perpignan (one way) for 24 Euros.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bath
  • Bidet
  • Car Parking
  • CD Player
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Heating
  • Children's High Chair
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Drying Rack
  • DVD Player
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Gas/Electric Hob
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heated Pool
  • Heater
  • Hifi
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Open Fire
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Private Pool
  • Satellite TV
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Washing Line
  • Washing Machine


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