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French Catalan holiday home

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Overview
3 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
6 guests
7 nights minimum 
Located in the sunniest and southern most part of France, in the friendly village of Sorede which is only twenty minutes from the Spanish border in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this comfortable family home allows you to enjoy two countries and cultures at the same time. This increasingly popular Catalan region, with it's rich culture and passion for food, wine and rugby is renowned as the sunniest place in France, with the village of Sorede known as 'The Jewel of the Alberes'. Only 7 kilometres from the beach, with a choice of village shops, bars and restaurants, you can enjoy everything village life, the mountains and the beaches have to offer. This is ideal walking and cycling country, with year round sunshine, and typical Mediterranean night-life for teenagers just 15 minutes aw...Located in the sunniest and southern most part of France, in the friendly village of Sorede which is only twenty minutes from the Spanish border in the foothills of the Pyrenees, this comfortable family home allows you to enjoy two countries and cultures at the same time. This increasingly popular Catalan region, with it's rich culture and passion for food, wine and rugby is renowned as the sunniest place in France, with the village of Sorede known as 'The Jewel of the Alberes'. Only 7 kilometres from the beach, with a choice of village shops, bars and restaurants, you can enjoy everything village life, the mountains and the beaches have to offer. This is ideal walking and cycling country, with year round sunshine, and typical Mediterranean night-life for teenagers just 15 minutes away on the coast. The house is fully air-conditioned, and has been recently furnished as a fresh, comfortable family holiday retreat, sleeping six adults plus child up to 10 years, with three bedrooms, one double, one twin and one triple room (two single plus french style day bed for child), TV/lounge area seating eight people with French cable television, DVD player and apple tv for guests access to their own Netflix and iTunes accounts, 2 bathrooms, fitted kitchen and an adjoining seating/dining sun room. Outside, there is a covered terrace for entertaining and dining for 10/12 people, BBQ and a large private pool (8m x 4m), with sun decks, parasol and loungers, all in a safe enclosed garden. By arrangement, a local English speaking cook and housekeeper will cater for your family, shopping, preparing meals for your return at the end of the day, with additional cleaning if required, personal laundry and babysitting. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: 2366433018415
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
Not suitable for young non-swimmers
Bedrooms
1 Double4 Singles
Bathrooms
2 Full baths

Meet the host
Simon Fraser E
Hosting since February 2010
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 82%
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (21)
209938Alexandra2011
209938Alexandra2011
Newry, United Kingdom21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Superb holiday home with a fantastic pool
This is a French style family home which has a lovely garden and pool area. It has every modern facility including quiet air conditioning upstairs & down plus extra fans.We were there during the heatwave wirh 35 degree temperatures & had no bother sleeping. Our 7 and 9 year old grandsons just loved the pool. The pool & area around it are bigger than the photos show. In fact everything exceeded our expectations- cooking facilities. dining areasI and spacious comfortable lounge. It is about a 15 min drive to the beach of Racou & less than 10 min to nearest large supermarket. There is also a boulangerie, small grocer's & couple of bars & restaurants (and football pitch - we were there at 7am !!) in the village. We loved the French ambience of this small residential area and the nearby villages. Great recommendations from Liz in Welcome file. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this holiday home for a relaxing family holiday. There are lits of activities in the area but it was so hot we didnt venture too far. Took the boat from the port to Coullioure for the day- that was a big hit! Come prepared to battle mosquitoes- but that's just France especially this year!"Liz is a welcoming and generous host.
Visited July 2022
Written 29 July 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Cecilia W
Cecilia W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Idyllic house & garden with pool in lazy French village with countless excursions & activities to do in the vicinity.
Fabulous stay! We loved the house, the pool area, the long and unhurried breakfasts in the outdoor dining room. Clean, tidy and well-equipped, the house was perfect on all levels and it felt like a home. Liz & Simon were truly great and always helpful.
Visited July 2021
Written 18 July 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stay795654
Stay795654
Juillac, France3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Calme et apaisant
Jardin magnifique calme et apaisant, des vacances comme à la maison! Second séjour dans cette maison et toujours aussi ravi!
Visited August 2020
Written 1 September 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Caroline T
Caroline T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous accommodation in a small French town- real France
We are just back from the most fatastic stay in this beautiful villa. From the very beginning everything was great. Simon and Liz were very patient as we sorted flights etc. Once the booking was complete they continued to help with little pieces of information including a top ten of things to do with teenagers. Cheap Ryanair flights to Girona meant that we were in the accommodation 7 hours after we left home in Scotland! The location of the house was great. There are 2 retaurants, a pizza place and a bar/restaurant, 2 boulangeries, a chemist, a butcher and a wee general store all in easy walking distance. Beaches etc are about a 15 minute drive. The house is fantastic but what is even better is the outdoor space. The photos really don't do it justice. The pool is a great size and there is plenty of seating both in the sun and the shade. There's also plenty space to eat outside too. There are pool type toys for all the family there too. We enjoyed visits to Le Racou beach, Collouire. Argeles and also explored further down the coast towards Spain. Highlights of our trip included walking part of the Sentier Littoral from Racou to Collouire and back, taking the ferry from Port Argeles to Colloiure, the little tourist train in Collouire and watching the fireworks in Port Argeles on Bastille Day. The only negative we found was that the air conditioning was only in the sitting room/ outside the upstairs bedrooms and you had to leave the bedroom doors open to take advantage of it. It ws particularly hot when we stayed and it took a while for the airconditioning to reach the downstairs bedroom. Probably wouldn't have been a problem if it hadn't been quite so hot though! All in all couldn't recommend this place highly enough.
Visited July 2019
Written 19 July 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gillian O
Gillian O
Carrickmacross, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A lovely place to come home to after exploring all this region has to offer
A very comfortable house with a fabulous pool and outdoor space. It was so clean and fresh on arrival and we got off to a good start. We loved eating outside and relaxing by the pool with the mountains as a stunning backdrop. It is a wonderful location for exploring the pretty coastal towns, beaches and mountains nearby and we also took a trip to Spain. There are five bikes in the garage if you're feeling fit. Our three older teenage boys even found a gym nearby and played basketball in the little public park in Sorede. We especially loved the town of Collioure and Racou beach. We also enjoyed some movie nights with a great selection of dvds. A first class holiday home, many thanks to Simon and Elizabeth who were very pleasant any time we were in touch with them.
Visited June 2019
Written 29 June 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Melonseed
Melonseed
Somerset, United Kingdom1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A superb villa with everything you need for a great holiday
This is a superb villa with everything you need for a great holiday. The villa is very comfortable and well equipped, the garden is lovely and the pool is excellent, with dramatic views of the surrounding mountains. We stayed here for our family holiday at the end of August and both young and old had a fantastic time. Sorede is a nice little French town with shops and restaurants and is close to all the local attractions. Supermarkets and beaches are only a short drive away, as is the beautiful harbour town of Collioure, which is an absolute must to visit. The local property manager Pierre was a wealth of knowledge and couldn't have been more helpful. All in all a great villa in a great location.
Visited August 2018
Written 28 September 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Gudrun H
Gudrun H
Zaandijk, The Netherlands1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect vakantiehuis
Het huis is gelegen in een rustige woonwijk. Het is prachtig verzorgt en goed ingericht. In de hete zomer is de airco een verademing. Het zwembad is groot en goed onderhouden. Het dorpje Sorede is klein maar heeft een antal leuke en lekker restaurants. Le Racou is een prachtig strand dat op niet al te grote afstand ligt. Vanuit het huis kun je mooie wandelingen en fietstochten maken en ook in de omgeving zijn een aantal dorpen zeker het bezoeken waard. De verzorgers van het huis zijn bijzonder vriendelijk en behulpzaam. Ook ls je Liz of Simon een mail stuurt krijg je vrijwel direct een bevredigend antwoord. Wij hebben een heerlijke tijd gehad en komen zeker een keer terug.
Visited July 2018
Written 21 September 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stay795654
Stay795654
Juillac, France3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Superbe sejour
Très agréable séjour Superbe jardin, calme et reposant. Belle piscine Une location où l’on se sent comme à la « maison »!
Visited August 2018
Written 27 August 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stuart D
Stuart D
Maidstone, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Went back for a third visit
We have just returned from staying at the villa for the third time, and it was just as good as the first two, as we'd got to know the area in the last 2 years. Villa is always neat and tidy on arrival thanks to Angie and Pierre, the local agents, who are always helpful and on hand for tips and advice on the surroundings, and leave a welcome basket with some essential bits and pieces in. We love the outside space in the mature garden with the lovely clean pool, lavenders, rosemary, and the lemon and lime trees, and inside is spacious and cool, with a dishwasher, washing machine and two fridge freezers, and of course the air con. Could easily sleep 2 adults and 5 children if needed. We have loved alll our holidays here and you won't be disappointed if you book it.
Visited August 2017
Written 21 August 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Trevor508
Trevor508
Ballymena, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Brilliant and so well equipped!
Excellent villa with everything you could possibly imagine provided. Just a short drive from beautiful beaches and the "not to be missed" town of Collioure with all it's character, atmosphere and great restaurants. The pool area is very well appointed and Pierre keeps an eye on the filter system and keeps it clean. The air conditioning keeps things very comfortable in the warm summer weather Our 4 children also thoroughly enjoyed staying here - plenty of room both inside and out.
Visited July 2017
Written 2 August 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
Indoor amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Nearby
  • Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Garage
  • Patio
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private yard
  • Terrace
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Television

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Map
Getting there
Llabanere Airport
24.5 km

Costa Brava Airport
71.3 km
Restaurants
Restaurant La Table du Roua Argelès Sur Mer
3.9 km

Restaurant L'Amuse Bouche
5.2 km

Restaurant La Quête
5.2 km

Bartavelle
5.1 km
Attractions
Canyoning Park
7.8 kmAmusement & Theme Parks

Tour de la Massane
6.3 kmPoints of Interest & Landmarks

Sentier du Littoral
7.7 kmNature & Wildlife Areas

Promenade du Front de Mer
7.2 kmParks
About the neighbourhood
You will be spoiled for choice for activities and lunch and dinner venues. Golf, tennis, horseriding, fishing, watersports and waterparks are all within minutes of the house. The village is 'buzzing' with activity and offers everything you need without getting in the car. There are six good village restaurants and bars with summer entertainment and Tuesday and Friday morning markets. Shop locally, or buy fresh fish and shellfish straight from the boats at Port Vendres to throw on the BBQ. The old coast road is an absolute treat, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Travel inland to the beautiful mountain village of Ceret with its Spa and Modern Art Gallery, or north, to the vibrant Catalan City of Perpignan (30 minutes), Narbonne(1 hour) or Medieval Carcassonne, which is an hour and twenty minutes away. Twenty minutes to Spain and the historic centre of Gerona is well worth a visit, as is the Dali Museum at Figueres. Visit Barcelona or Dali’s house at Port Ligat and lunch at the delightful fishing town of Cadaques, before heading to the stylish beaches at Begur, Roses and beyond.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
The drive is 12 hours from London, otherwise you can fly to a choice of airports. Fly with Flybe airlines to Perpignan, 30 minutes from the house, or with Ryanair to Gerona, Spain, which is 1 hour from the house. Or you could fly with Easyjet or other major airlines to Barcelona, which is only 2 hours away. Alternatively the TGV train from Paris to Perpignan takes 5 hours. Hertz and Goldcar car hire is recommended. Airport and rail station transfers can be arranged.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 4 pm Check out by 12 pm
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed
Notes from owner
Strictly non smoking. A refundable security deposit of £300 is payable two weeks before arrival. This is returned on completion of inventory/house check within 14 days of departure.

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French Catalan holiday home is able to accommodate up to 6 guests. See all property details.

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