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James & Caroline Postlethwaite

Speaks english, french, german, A little French spoken. All booking forms English.
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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights
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Sorede Apartment Rental Photos and Description

4 bedroom villa & 2 bedroom apartment, only 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 leads 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.

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.

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 very comfortable & the furniture good quality, offering a touch of luxury. For rainy days there is English sky free to view 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.

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

More Details

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 double beds. Throughout the apartment large windows offer wonderful private unobstructed views.
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome

James & Caroline Postlethwaite

This advertiser has been with since 2006
Speaks english, french, german, A little French spoken. All booking forms English.
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Property Reviews

Apartment Riviere
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews
Apartment Riviere
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes


  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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.
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.
Helpful votes: 2/3
Apartment Riviere
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes

Apartment Riviere

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank. Thank you very much. We hope you return.
Helpful votes: 3/5
Apartment Riviere
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
Swindon, UK

Apartment Riviere, mid September 2010

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 7/9
Apartment Riviere
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes
Hampshire, England

Peace and relaxation

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
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
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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!
Helpful votes: 3/6
Apartment Riviere
+33 0468982204
Sorede Alberes

perfect place

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Mar 2010
We have spent our Easter holiday at Apartment Riviere and enjoyed it very much!Especially the lovely setting close to the river, the garden, the peace and quiteness.
It is a perfect place to relax, go to the beach, walking in the hills, eating crépes at the mountain créperie, visiting a colourful market at Céret or doing sightseeing at Perpignan.
We will definitely come back and our daughter Emma still talks about having her own river right behind the house.
Thank you very much Caroline and James for being our hosts,
Christine, Stefan and Emma
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much it was a pleasure to have you staying.We hope to see you again. It is really nice too that I can combine running the gites & doing an Osteopathic massages.
Helpful votes: 3/6


Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Port Vendres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Le Boulou
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.


Availability & Rates

Sorede Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Mar 22 2014 - Apr 25 2014
7 nights
Apr 26 2014 - Jun 20 2014
7 nights
Jun 21 2014 - Jul 11 2014
14 nights
Jul 12 2014 - Aug 22 2014
14 nights
Aug 23 2014 - Sep 5 2014
7 nights
Sep 6 2014 - Oct 24 2014
7 nights
Oct 25 2014 - Dec 12 2014
7 nights
Dec 13 2014 - Dec 19 2014
7 nights


  • 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.
    Babysitting is available for 5€ per hour.
    User website is
    Yoga Osteopathic Massage available

    Prices in 2nd column are for 2 people.
  • We require 30% payment on booking in Euros by eurovir directly to our French bank account or pounds sterling into our UK account. From outside Europe we require payment by PayPal & 3.5% must be added to the rental price to cover costs. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. If booking within 8 weeks we will require payment in full.

    For longer stays all year: 5% off bookings for 3rd & all subsequent weeks
    Long winter rents available from 250€ PW
  • FOR COUPLES WE OFFER A 5% DISCOUNT outside July/Aug .
    Yoga classes or massage available on request.
    Our website for more information


Sorede Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet
  • Sunbed
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking
  • Wireless Internet
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • 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
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
Brand new bathroom & kitchen, all totally modernized making the most of the space.