|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
These lovely apartments are situated in a wide-built 19th C 'maison de maitre' (lawyer's house) shaded by towering plane trees within the heart of this sunny southern town with its narrow lanes and pretty squares. Great care has been given to make sure that both flats are well provided, comfortable and attractive. And, although so central, the house is situated in a quiet area only a few moments away from good bakeries, small shops, cafes, restaurants and charming bars - some open till the small hours. Saturday mornings sees the bustle of the colourful local market in the streets around. Stunning country walks just a couple of minutes away and a local lake for swimming a few minutes by car, with the sandy beaches of the Med about a half hour further. Find out more about the town, please see the Ceret Tourist Information website: most helpful and well illustrated.
CERET DIARY 2013 : Musee d'art moderne permanant collection plus exhibition date 'TBC * Every Saturday morning local market in centre of town * 30 June to 25 August Tuesday evening market * Cherry Festival date 01/02 JUne * Dog Show date TBC * @Quérencias'music date TBC * Ceret de Toros Feria (one big party with fireworks, lots of music, bull fights and running of bulls through streets - fun, but noisy!) 12 - 14 July * 22 - 24 July Festival de Sardanes (wonderful local dancing contest) * July and August music in Catalonia Festival *July & August: most Wednesday evenings locals really do dance the Sardane in the streets * Town picnics up high on the hill at Fontfrede date TBC * Ronde Ceret (27th Round Ceret run with many serious runners alongside locals) Sep TBC. Local autumn classical music festival date TBC.
SPAIN: The Spanish border is about 15 minutes motorway drive from Ceret, and just over it lies the border town of La Jonquera - the spot where truck drivers stop to have amazing lunches for next to nothing (and its the place to stock up on food at Spanish prices!). Between the border and Barcelona (about 2 hours away) stretches the Costa Brava, with many charming small bays, as well as the larger well known (and less attractive!) resorts. Particularly of note is Dali's home in the fishing village of Cadeques, and Empuries with its Greek and Roman archaeological sites and the prettiest little beaches imaginable. Inland, Girona is a lovely town with a beautiful old quarter and good shopping. Besalu is a stunning medieval jewel of a town with an amzing bridge spanning a ravine. Figueres has the fantastic Dali museum. Spanish wine, tapas, and of course, endless pottery!
Walking: Wonderful guided walks all year round organised by an experienced, charming and informative local guide will take you to places you may never get to on your own - into the mountains, by the sea or over the border into Spain. Some are half-day, and are graded from easy to 'sportif'. There are also full day walks, and even one to see the sun rise from the top of Canigou (local mountain). The weather is usually fabulous for walking through autumn, winter and spring, and, in summer, the heat is avoided by walking high in the mountains.
For those who prefer to plan their own walks, the area is outstanding and the local tourist office has a good guide leaflet for local walks!
I am Londoner, a semi-retired professional property manager and lettings agent, with a grown up family and 4 small grandchildren.
Wendy Wilmot purchased this apartment in 2002
Having traveled extensively through France during various vacations,and being a Francophile, I happened upon Ceret one summer and loved the place. Having done all the wrong things: i.e. no research, no checking other properties,etc, I bought the 1st floor flat in a matter of weeks and I bought the ground floor (a total wreck that needed much work ) not long afterwards. I loved being near the mountains (but not in them), being a short drive from the Med and having Spain on my doorstep in one direction and the rest of France in the other. I enjoyed the market on Saturdays right outside the door and the relaxed, friendly feel of this little Midi town. And, for a Londoner, I loved the feeling of space - a big sky and wild walks just a few paces away.
The 1st floor flat has lovely proportions and a really 'French' feel. I love standing by the French windows (3 sets with decorative balconies overlooking the road) watching the passers by, or, in spring and autumn particularly, sitting in a pool of sunlight with a book! The 1st floor balcony across the back of the house catches the last rays of the day and is a peaceful place for a drink.
The ground floor flat, which is more contemporary, is cool in summer and snug in winter. It also has a great kitchen with nearly everything needed for serious cooking. The garden (ground floor flat only) with its shady terrace is a huge asset in the summer.
This apartment is perfect. Much more generously equipped and furnished than most rentals. With lots of books and maps and guides it is more like a home. It's spacious with lots of light and a terrace to enjoy the sun setting over the rooftops. Ceret is a lovely place. We ate well, visited the sea and the mountains and thoroughly enjoyed on of Wendy's recommended walks. A great holiday. Thank you.
We spent an enjoyable month in this boho apartment in the older part of Ceret. The apartment was well enough equipped for a long stay, especially the kitchen. The lounge seating wasn't too good for cosy evenings by the fire but in all other aspects our stay was great. The weekly cleaner was pleasant and thorough.
The background notes were informative and most welcome. it was fun being in the middle of the Saturday market and the barbequed chicken stall was especially good as was the singing swimming costume vendor.
All in all, a good choice, good value for money and we would book again.
This is a beautiful apartment very near the centre of Ceret but it is a quiet and relaxing place to stay. On Saturdays however the morning market happens right outside the front door so be prepared for the bustle and energy of a typical French town market. Lots of superb produce on offer - especially cheese and vegetables. The apartment is clean and well appointed - the owner has gone to a lot of trouble to anticipate every need, especially in the kitchen equipment department. Local attractions are a local swimming lake, the sea, Spain(!), mountains, a local waterfall, Cathar castles, wonderful views from the surrounding hills. In summer there are regular 'Sardanes' dances in which the locals of all ages participate, accompanied by the town band. The music is an acquired taste but it is certainly different from anything you'd hear in Britain. Ceret is a great centre for a relaxing and interesting holiday. Highly recommended.
This is our third visit to Wendy's delightful first floor apartment in the beautiful Pyrennean town of Ceret, having been unable to book on two other occassions as the property was booked! I know it is a cliche but the apartment is really like a home from home.The living room is spacious and very cool, especially in the hotter months. It is a great place to relax, after exploring the area. The flat is ideally located for all the amenities required for a self catering family holiday.There are plenty of places locally to lunch, dine or just have a coffee! The Saturday market on your door step is an experience not to be missed! The outdoor swimming pool is 5 minutes walk away, very cheap and perfect for a morning or afternoon swim, which is a hit with the kids. The Mediterranean is an easy 25 minutes drive away and it is a 50 minutes drive to the beautiful beaches in Northern Spain. Barcelona can be visited by train from Girona which is less then an hours drive away.
This year we drove to Ceret and brought a road bike with us and found the hills ranged from manageable to steeper but the views were worth the effort. A perfect location to use as a base to explore by bike or car.
Thank you Wendy as always for ensuring our holiday apartment was perfect for us each returning year and we look forward to the coming years visits.
S L Rooth
Wir (zwei Erwachsene mit sechsjährigem Sohn) waren jetzt zum zweiten Mal in dieser schönen Altbauwohnung, um das gemächliche Leben in einem südfranzösischen Städtchen zu genießen.
Die Wohnung liegt mitten in Ceret im 1. Stock und sie entspricht den Beschreibungen. Sie ist angenehm und persönlich eingerichtet, sauber und komfortabel. Der Kontakt mit der Vermieterin und die Betreuung vor Ort sind sehr freundlich und korrekt.
Man fährt etwa eine halbe Stunde bis zum Meer und wir haben viele Ausflüge zu Zielen gemacht, die auch für Kinder spannend sind (Ritterburgen, Schluchten). Obwohl wir in der Hauptsaison dort waren, war es weder in Ceret noch am Meer überfüllt.
Wir würden die Wohnung jedem empfehlen, der den Charme von ronovierten Altbauwohnungen und das geruhsame kleinstädtische Leben zu schätzen weiß.
We spent a week in June 2011 in this extremely well equipped apartment. I can't praise the owner, Wendy highly enough, she seems to have thought about everything you could possibly need. The description is accurate and there is plenty of good information/ideas for your days out. There was even a book on butterflies so we could identify the ones we had seen on our travels.
Travelling into Spain was so easy, we spent three of our days there, one in Girona, one at the Dali Museum and another at the Greek\Roman ruins of Empuries. There is just so much to do in the area a week will barely scratch the surface, so I guess we will have to return.
The only thing we really struggled with was the opening hours. Coming from London we really are used to a 24hr culture so to find things closed between noon and 2.00pm was a bit of a shock for us.
We have already recommended this apartment to several friends, although we need to be careful as we don't want it fully booked and find ourselves unable to visit again!
We would also say the apartment is exceptional value for money. We went on to another (considerably more expensive) property near Carcasonne, who didn't even supply a cool box and neglected to say anything about the property being on an extremely busy road. I hasten to add it wasn't a property from this site.
To anyone considering this property, I really don't think you'll be disappointed. I know I felt sad when it came to leave and I wished I had booked us here for at least 2 weeks.
Thank you once again Wendy.
Anne & Mike
This area is marvellous for walking or painting: autumn colour breathtaking, February mimosa is stunning and then wild flowers and cherries take over. Winter blue skies and Canigou dominate the horizon, dusted with snow 2/3 of the year. Summers are warm, languid and sunny. Together with the clarity of light, this must have given inspiration to Picasso, Dufy, Braque and many more when they lived and painted here. Ceret is a small country town of real charm and great trees; very relaxed, but with many 'fiestas' all year and there is nearly always music. There are good restaurants and cafe/bars. Saturdays see the fabulous street market, with an additional craft market on Tuesday evenings in summer. The Musee d'Arte Moderne in Ceret is a must. Stunning Colioure and the Med beaches only 1/2 hour drive and there are castles, fortified towns and archaeological sites to explore. Toulouse and Montpellier are 2 hours away, Carcassonne even less. Spanish Catalonia is on your doorstep with its enchanting bays. And Barcelona is temptingly only 2 hours away.
Other Activities: Painting. Bird watching. Castles to visit. Fabulous spas in the area.
Golf: The nearest golf course is a small 9-hole course at Amelie-les-Bains, about 15 mins drive down the valley. However, there is a much more impressive course, Falgos, about 45 minutes drive,which is a magnificent place perched high up with wonderful scenery and full spa facilities for those who do not wish to play. Please check out the Falgos website, ask us for link. Nearby golf courses just over the border in Spain.
Ski: Just two hours’ drive to the Cerdagne pistes: ideal for a day’s skiing.
North-facing Cambre d’Aze is perfect for beginners, with wide slopes and easy forest trails while for experienced skiers there are well-groomed challenges. A good cross-country trail runs between Cambre d’Aze and its sister resort St Pierre del Forcats.
Try Puigmal for a good variety of runs with stunning views to north and west. On the other side of the valley, sunny Font Romeu and Pyrénées 2000 at Bolquère link to give 54km of pistes, backed by 500 snow-cannons.
For Les Angles (making its name among boarders) and Formiguères, head north at Mont Louis, the highest fortified town in France. There’s another good cross-country trail down by the pretty lake.
Take another half hour to cross the Spanish border for La Molina (40 pistes/50km) or head towards Andorra (four hours from Céret) to Puymorens: 40km of pistes plus cross-country trails.
Prefer golf to skiing? Go try Snow Golf at Font Romeu!
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Sep 13 2014 - May 15 2015
7 night minimum stay
May 16 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 11 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||£200|
Rates for Easter and Christmas may vary from the standard off season rate. Please enquire.
Security deposit of 200€ or £200 per flat.
Rates do not include electricity.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.