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Ceret House

Our house is in the beautiful market village of Ceret, close to the Spanish border and the Mediterranean Sea.

Front of house

Property number: 0461

France / Roussillon / French Catalonia

from £500.00

Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4

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

Ellen or Wally Morgan

Telephone: 44(0)207 609 0541

Mobile: 07952569947

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Description

Our house is located in a bustling village in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Just 200 metres from the village centre, the four-storey house has a garage, a small courtyard garden at the back and a beautiful roof terrace with magnificent mountain views. Ceret is known for its wonderful Modern Art Museum and its charming Saturday market. Over time, it has been home to artists such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Chagall, Soutine and many others. The village is ideally situated for visits to Spain, the Pyrenees, and the Mediterranean, all of which are within a 1/2 hour drive. The village itself is steeped in history and has a beautiful old walled area, as well as all modern conveniences, including bakeries, food shops, a library, banks, and a medical clinic. There is an open air swimming pool two blocks from our house, and a beautiful lake about 10 minutes drive away. There is something for everyone, from magical walks to more sedentary activities like sitting sipping coffee or wine in one of the many cafes.

There are year-round activities and things to do in Ceret, but the village is most alive in the summer, when there is everything from bull fights to wonderful local Catalan dancing in the streets (the Sardane festival occurs annually in July.) In addition there is often jazz or classical music either free in the streets and squares, or concerts in the medieval church.

Photos

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  • Main living room looking toward entrance
  • Kitchenette in top studio
  • Festival of the Sardane, Ceret
  • Living Room-a different view
  • View from front bedroom
  • Studio at top of house
  • View from the roof terrace
  • Kitchen
  • Front of house

Bedrooms

The ground floor has a room with 2 single beds which children might enjoy, as it leads out to the garden. On the second floor, there are 3 double bedrooms and a small study and the possibility of sleeping on a comfortable sofa bed that opens to a double bed. The top floor is a self-contained studio flat with a sofa bed, shower room and kitchenette and access to the roof terrace. Although it is possible to sleep up to 12 people comfortably, we prefer to restrict lettings to groups of up to eight people.

Bathrooms

There is a proper WC with hand basin in the garden, which is convenient when watching TV or using the laundry facilities on the ground floor.

On the first floor, there is a brand new, modern bathroom, with WC, bath and shower attachment. The second floor has a shower room with a double sink and there’s a separate WC with hand basin adjacent to the shower room.
The top (third) floor has a modern shower room, with basin and loo.

Living room

At the back of the house is a large living room with a leather sofa, comfortable chairs and bookshelves containing lots of books, maps and guides of the local areas. There is an electronic keyboard, and a CD-player along with a collection of CDs. There is an exposed stone wall, and large windows with lovely views.

Kitchen

The kitchen is a large family-sized day room divided in two by a granite topped kitchen island. One side of the room is the dining area, with a large oak table and six chairs (but the table extends to seat up to 12 people and there are additional chairs available.)

The kitchen has an induction hob, a built in ‘Teppanyaki’ grill and an eye-level electric oven with a rotisserie. There is also a waist high dishwasher adjacent to the sink and a built-in, full size larder fridge. In a small extension ‘pantry’ there is a side-by-side American style fridge-freezer, and shelves for storing food.

At the front of the kitchen are glass-panelled doors leading to a wall of windows looking out on a mountain view of houses and fields. This area is a suntrap and a pleasant place to sit and read a book.

Other rooms

There is a laundry room on the ground floor at the back of the garage. This is equipped with a modern washing machine and condenser dryer (though we usually prefer ‘sundried clothes’ hung on the retractable line in the garden.) The garden room has a TV which receives British TV stations via satellite. There is also a DVD player.

Each of the two front double bedrooms on the 2nd floor has a small balcony that overlooks a beautiful view. The back master bedroom has an exposed stone wall and, along with the study, has lovely views of the Pyrennean foothills.

The top floor has a self contained studio flat with exposed stone walls, a large Velux window and double doors onto the large roof terrace, which has marble tables that can easily accommodate 8 people. There is also a gas barbecue on the terrace, and a microwave, kettle, sink, fridge and dishwasher in the studio’s kitchenette.

Description of amenities

The house is fully equipped with linens, towels and beach towels. There are plenty of dishes, glasses, bowls and kitchen equipment, both in the main kitchen and in the upstairs kitchen (both of which have dishwashers), so that it is possible to organise meals in either area.

A local woman will clean the house before and after guests leave; the cleaning charge (see pricing below) is NOT included in the rent, and we ask guests to leave this on the kitchen table.

Suitability

The house has three flights of stairs and is therefore not suited for very young children or people with mobility problems.

We request that people do not smoke in the house, but there is a garden and roof terrace where smoking is permitted.

No pets are permitted.

Local activities

There is a public outdoor swimming pool and children’s playground two blocks from the house. It’s easy to find dozens of local walks ranging from simple to taxing. Diagonally across the street is a wonderful patisserie for morning croissants and delicious bread. There is also a bike shop where it is possible to rent bicycles or motor scooters. The nearby village of St Jean pla da Corts (10 minute drive) has a beautiful swimming and leisure lake and delightful beaches of the Mediterranean are reached by car in 20-30 minutes.

Ceret itself has many local shops and restaurants, a few excellent pizza restaurants, a mediatheque/library and a host of galleries along with the Modern Art Museum with a remarkable permanent collection and excellent temporary exhibitions. There are also many activities and events taking place all year round, but particularly in the summer months.

Price information

Rental period Price per week
Low season prices from £500

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

High Season: (June 1 to September 30): Minimum £600/week for up to 4 adults. Each extra adult: £150 per person per week; Extra days: £25 per person per day

Low Season: (October 1 to May 31): Minimum £500/week for up to 4 adults. Each extra adult: £125 per person per week; Extra days: £20 per person per day

Children from 5-18: Half Price; Pre-school children: Free

Security Deposit of £250 requested against any damage to property.

Cleaning NOT included. Guests are asked to contact cleaner and leave 60 Euros for her.

£50 deposit required with reservation

Telephone, gas and electricity all included; Wi-fi available

Cleaning NOT included; guests are requested to leave money on kitchen table for cleaning: 60 Euros for up to 4 people; 70 Euros for 6 people and 80 Euros for 8 people

Getting there

Nearest airport is Perpignan (1/2 hour away), but Girona Airport in Spain is just over an hour away and has cheap car hire. Other airports that we use from time to time are Carcassonne, Montpellier and Nimes. Cheap flights to Beziers airport begin in summer 2009. Return train fares from Kings Cross to Perpignan (change platform at Lille) start at around £129 (checked 1.4.09.)

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Bath
  • Blender
  • Car Parking
  • CD Player
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Heating
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Drying Rack
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Gas/Electric Hob
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heater
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Kettle
  • Local Supermarkets
  • Microwave
  • Off Road Car Parking
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Satellite TV
  • Shaver Socket
  • Shower
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Toaster
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Line
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet Access

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