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Detached villa & flat in stunning streamside location near the sea - Apartment Riviere

James & Caroline Postlethwaite

Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, A little French spoken.
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights

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James & Caroline Postlethwaite

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Detached villa & flat in stunning streamside location near the sea - Apartment Riviere

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


Sorede Apartment Rental Photos and Description

4 bedroom villa & 2 bedroom apartment,WIFI 15 mins drive to sandy beaches

The villa & apartment make the most of breathtaking views over the tumbling stream, whilst the terraced gardens offers both sun & shade. They are planted with palms, yuccas & Mediterranean plants. Each property has it's own private area outside. The shared gate leads to the stream & natural pool great for swimming, fishing & exploring nature. The sound of running water & birds chirping help get you strait into the holiday mood. This is a place where you can really relax & unwind, yet is close to so much.

THE VILLA: Inside 9 rooms including 4 bedrooms offer plenty of space. French doors let in plenty of sun & allow you to enjoy the amazing views. From the sitting room a balcony overlooks the stream. Upstairs the 3 & 4th bedroom are joined or separated by a sliding door. They lead too a large private roof terrace.

APARTMENT RIVIERE: Outside large patios & terraced gardens lead via a private entrance to the two bedroom apartment also offering magical private views over the cascading stream & gardens.

Each has it's own ping pong table.

Natural swimming pool & ping pong: Children or adults alike can while away hours looking for fish (bring a net or buy one locally) swimming or just enjoying a BBQ surrounded by blissful natural sounds. If you are the sort of person who enjoys being in a really natural environment & prefers the idea of pure mountain water to chlorine, but likes to be close to the action, this is for you. The Edge of the pool shelves gently, so it is a good place for children to practice swimming under supervision. The waterfall cascading into the pool is a constant pleasure to watch & ensures the water remains clean. Older children & adults love to jump in from the rocks above! Click on our website for more photos.

In winter spring & autumn the stream often surges after rain which is quite thrilling, in summer it continues to flow more quietly.It NEVER dries out.

There is a gate separating the properties from the stream to keep children safe, but obviously you must use prudence especially with young children.

Ping ping is also available to the villa.

Near to everything: The villages of Sorede & Laroque Des Alberes are only 5 minutes by car & offers a full range of shops & restaurants. The roads are very easy & though the villa is in nature, there are houses round about, so it is by no means cut off from civilization. This is a wonderful place in summer to escape the crowds & is a welcome few degrees cooler with good air. In spring & Autumn everything is green & flowering so it is also a wonderful time to come.

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Space & comfort, great weather, walks & WIFI: The villa especially, is very spacious with large rooms. The sofa & chairs are comfortable & the furniture good quality, offering a touch of luxury. For rainy days there is TV & WIFI but with an average 300 days of sun a year & warm micro climate there are not many of these!! This area offers one of the best climates in France which is why the French have holidayed here for years.

Walking is a great pleasure here especially off season when it is cooler. There are a huge array to choose from, whether you are a casual walker or up for long hikes. Many are possible strait from the villa & apartment.Great for bird watchers also.

There is of course also the possibility of renting both the villa & the apartment if you are a larger group.

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Details for Apartment Riviere 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

This apartment is suitable for up to 4 people. Outside several private patio areas offer a choice of sun & shade. The terraced gardens planted with a variety of palms, citrus trees, roses & Mediterranean herbs make this is a wonderful place to relax & chill. Just outside the gate of the property, the stream rushes past gushing in spring, more gentle in the summer. The large naturally formed swimming pool is a great place to swim. Children will love trying to catch fish. If you'd rather swim in naturally pure water than chlorine, this is for you. Inside the apartment is newly renovated to a high standard with wooden floors throughout. The entrance leads to the bedroom with double bed. Off this, the living room offers a brand new kitchen with full size oven & hob & fridge freeze, sofa & dining area. The bathroom is also brand new with separate shower & bath. The 2nd bedroom includes 2 single beds. Throughout the apartment large windows offer wonderful private unobstructed views.
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
James & Caroline Postlethwaite (Owner)
Member since: 2006
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Speaks: english, french, german, A little French spoken.
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015

About James & Caroline Postlethwaite

We are an English family living in France. I trained in England as an Osteopath & Naturopath & James as a Medical Herbalist & yoga Teacher & writer.

Now my interest is in sharing in & discovering & opening to the deeper truth of ourselves, so that we can let go of limiting beliefs & flower into our infinite potential & be true to our hearts & souls.

So many of us have got caught up in living life on survival level only & living according to others expectations. Yet as we turn inwards again we discover who we really are on a deeper level. We can again discover our true centre, our authentic self & live from joy. Anyone for whom this resonates is welcome to speak to me about this.

Why James & Caroline Postlethwaite chose Sorede

I love the situation here. To be honest James & I completely fell in love with it. It has been a restoration project of love which we continue to upgrade. I just feel so grateful to be able to share this with you.

What makes this apartment unique

The views & situation are so unique. To have a natural pool to swim in right outside the property is just amazing. I love to swim in nature myself & feel so much joy giving you this opportunity also. Children love it, as do adults, so it's really win win.

Being close to many other pretty villages sea & shops is also a bonus. It is though useful to have a car as Sorede is about 40 mins walk & uphill on the way back.It is though a beautiful walk much of it possible along the river. Also a great spot for keen cyclists or bird watching.

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Apartment Riviere
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 11 reviews

lovely apartment in peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and well -equipped - but, most importantly, the views of the river and rock pool from the windows were breathtaking. Soothed to sleep by the sounds of the babbling river each night. Great location to have a very varied stay - beaches one day and mountains the next. We loved Collioure especially!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Idyllic location, lovely apartment

  • 5 of 5

I would highly recommend these villas for anyone wishing to enjoy a quiet, tranquil and rejuvenating holiday. The location is beautiful, set directly besides the gorgeous stream and rock pool which feels very much like an extension of the private garden. It is quiet and very peaceful, with lush green hills on the near horizon. The perfect getaway spot! and just a short drive to the beach!

I stayed in the 2 bedroom apartment which was clean and well equipped with kitchen appliances, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, wifi, TV, etc. It also had a nice, friendly feel with idyllic private views over to the rocky stream. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here.

Owners Caroline and James are extremely welcoming, helpful and kind. Two very lovely people who cared very much to ensure that I had everything I needed throughout my stay.

Highly recommended, and I hope to be back again soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It is so lovely to see our guests enjoy, relax & unwind during their stay in these beautiful surroundings.We enjoy that you enjoy. You matter to us.


  • 5 of 5

Having seen the pictures of the apartment we felt we had some idea of what our holiday would be like. However the reality was far far more. What we experienced was an oasis of calm and tranquility, days spent away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The first night we arrived I slept so soundly to the backdrop of cascading water. I felt both mesmerized and totally refreshed. The air so clear and clean we felt invigorated by all those wonderful negative ions. In the morning when I awoke I felt as though I had slept all night long in a forest. In the evening with the sun penetrating the leaves of the trees and dancing on the water I felt enchanted by this world within a world.

You would need a car to be able to visit this region. We ventured into Spain to visit the Salvador Dali museum in Figuras, well worth a visit to get a glimpse of Dali's innovative imaginings. We mainly stayed within 20 km of our apartment as I did not want to spend too much time away from Sorede. . How wonderful is it to wake in the morning and to have a dip in the natural pool at the end of the garden? We ate our meals on the terrace listening to the gentle wind in the trees and soaking up the sun.

We spent many afternoons at the beach in Argeles sur mer, where we swam and walked along the promenade and hired bikes to cycle around the town. What we loved especially about where we stayed is that we could leave behind the commercial tourism of Argeles and escape back into the mountains and forests of Sorede. Sorede itself is quite a charming village where we ventured into some nights to relax in the square.

For us this was more than just a holiday as it was also a retreat. For anyone who wants to relax and unwind , for those who want to be recharged and inspired then this is the place to visit.

The hosts Caroline and James were always there to answer any of our queries. They made sure that the apartment contained everything that people need on holiday. We spent many evenings playing table tennis and developing skills we never thought possible!!

Now back at home in Ireland I try to capture the smells and sounds of the Vallee Heureuse. The smell I recall is Mimosa , the sound is that of the water lapping onto the rocks and the feeling is peace. Wherever we go we take some of that energy which for us was healing and energizing.

I would recommend this holiday for anyone who wants to get away from it all, for those who love the outdoors and treking and swimming.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. Your description is wonderful & in truth I cannot even capture how beautiful it is with my photos.You do a better job of that! It is a honour to share it & provide this little piece of paradise for you & all our guests. To see people really able to let go of their normal stresses is a joy. I know how important holidays are to us all! Retreats here is something we intend to do more & more of too. They will include, yoga, dance & sharing from the heart.

Apartment Riviere

  • 5 of 5

Wir, eine Familie mit zwei Kindern (11 + 13), verbrachten im Oktober 2010 eine Woche im "Happy Valley". Das Haus war sauber und sehr gut für Selbstverpfleger ausgestattet, genügend Geschirr, gutes Besteck und ordentliche Töpfe. Die Vermieter sind sehr liebenswert und geben gute Tipps zu Ausflügen und Restaurants. Der kleine Wasserfall direkt am Haus ist natürlich ein Spielparadies für Kinder.

Die schöne Lage direkt in den Bergen und doch nahe genug am Meer bietet unzählige Freizeitmöglichkeiten. Ganz in der Nähe vom Haus befindet sich eine nette Schildkrötenfarm, die auf jeden Fall ein Besuch Wert ist. Es gibt Burgruinen und alte Klöster, die direkt vom Haus aus erwandert (erklimmt) werden können. In der weiteren Umgebung gibt es herrliche Rockpools, noch mehr Wanderstrecken und einige Ziele für Geocacher ;-). Mit dem PKW ist man in wenigen Minuten am Mittelmeer und findet dort wunderschöne Dörfer mit katalanischem Touch. Ein Tagesausflug nach Spanien ließen wir uns auch nicht entgehen.

Rundum, ein schöner Urlaub, wenn auch viel zu kurz!

We highly recommend it and hope to make a return visit in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank. Thank you very much. We hope you return.
Swindon, UK

Apartment Riviere, mid September 2010

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I (both 27) were pleasantly surprised with the apartment, both by its modernity and location. Many thanks to James and Caroline the owners for their care and attention.

The apartment is actually in La Vallee Heureuse, which is an easy but windy (whine-dee not blustery!) 3k drive up from Sorede and which is densely tree covered but with some navigable paths in the hills for short and long walks. The apartment was clean and spacious with a fantastic terraced area overlooking a small river to the rear which though that maybe a bit dangerous for young children (slippery and some high rocks) it is a constant reminder of the rural area you are in aided by the cow bells in the hills.

The advertised natural pool is just that, not too deep and with some small fish to try and catch and the gentle, continuous flow soon becomes un-noticeable, though at first you think you might not be able to sleep with the constant gushing. The only downside is the limited sun due to the steepness of the valley and hills to the south, we only saw the sun after 8.30am and not after 5.30pm though this didn't make it cold, in mid September the lowest daytime temperature we saw was 26c dropping to only 18c at night.

With regards to the ease of access to the surrounding area, once away from La Vallee Heureuse, the roads are superb, smooth and uncongested even during the traditional ‘rush hours’, and previously unknown gems of towns are within striking distance, notably Collioure and its towers and forts. Sandy beaches are only accessible from St Cyprien and north and are stony nearer the hills and until you reach Roses in Spain.

Getting into Spain on the Col de Banyuls requires concentration but is worth the drive once you get to the Cap de Crues and Cadaques. Going west from the village, the road toward Prats De Mollo has some nice attractions such as Le Gorges de Fou and Prats De Mollo itself but again is a drive requiring concentration. If you can get onto the Grand Randonee routes then the Canigou Massif has some nice forest and meadow walks with spectacular views.

In summary this was a perfect rural hideaway for couples or young families and the retired in a spectacular area and with an ‘un-touristy’ feel. Highly recommended and 5* as such.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Hampshire, England

Peace and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This spacious apartment is up the peaceful green Happy Valley a few miles above Sorede. We have now stayed in two of Caroline and James' properties, we know it will be clean, recently decorated and we will have a well equipped modern kitchen and bathroom, and external terrace. The owners are kind and friendly and will come up from Sorede if needed. Having WiFi was helpful as mobile reception can be poor up there. There are steps down to two terraces for meals outside, BBQ, sunbathing and through a gate a cooling stream rushes down among the trees with a soothing sound.. Under the apartment, along an awkward narrow path, is the washing machine area. The overhang from Villa Heureuse above keeps the temperature indoors equable in hot weather.

We used the apartment to explore more of the Roussillon region. There are many sandy beaches within striking distance, pretty Collioure, historic Elne and Perpignan, prehistoric Tautavel. We also did a trip into Spain.

Many winemakers in the region are now highly regarded and offer tastings. In season the local apricots and cherries are delicious.

Sorede has most shops, weekly market, good greengrocer, Post Office and restaurants and there's the hypermarket at Argeles. There's a Michelin starred restaurant in the next village, Laroque des Alberes

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you we try our best to ensure any problems are sorted as fast as possible. This apartment is our most recently renovated & each time we try to improve!


Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Port Vendres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Le Boulou
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Sorede is an undiscovered gem nestling in the foothills of the Alberes part of the Pyrenees, yet only 10 mins from the sandy Mediterranean beaches & sparkling sea. This enchanting village has several good restaurants & all the necessary amenities & shops including: boulangeries, bank, post office, children’s playground & tourist information office. It's attractions include a twice weekly market, turtle zoo & riding stables.

Sorede is very authentic & friendly. A thriving local population means it is open for business all year round.

From Sorede you are well situated to visit many other interesting places including vibrant Ceret Market (overflowing with local produce) & museum of modern art. Perpignan 20 minutes drive. Beautiful Colliure, a romantic seaside village is a must.

Spain's Costa Brava, Girona & Barcelona are in day trip range.

Mountains, thermal bathes & ski slopes are all accessible.

This is a great base for sun, sea & sites either for a family or a couple.

Other Activities: hiking & all water sports

Golf: 20 mins drive to Golf Course.

Ski: Skiing is possible in 1.30 mins drive.


Rates & Availability

From €100 Per week

Sorede Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Late Spring
Apr 25 2015 - Jun 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 20 2015 - Jul 10 2015
14 night minimum stay
Jul 11 2015 - Aug 21 2015
14 night minimum stay
Aug 22 2015 - Sep 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 5 2015 - Oct 23 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit €200.00
Notes We require a 200€/£ security deposit paid with the final balance & returned within 2 weeks if all is in order when you leave.
Linen is available to hire for £6/ 7.50€ per person per week.
Cleaning is available for 15€ per hour.
User website is
Osteopathic Massage available

Prices in 2nd column are for 2 people.
We require 30% payment on booking in Euros by euro

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Sorede Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Brand now shower cubicle, bath & sink beautifully decorated.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The entrance leads into the first bedroom which in turn leads to the sitting room.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Brand new bathroom & kitchen, all totally modernized making the most of the space.

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