|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
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This stunning Catalan villa is set in the beautiful Alberes Pyrenean foothills.
These are the foothills of the Pyrenees that meet the Mediterranean. It has magnificent views across the Alberes, a private (8.5m x 4m) pool and is set in 5 acres of wooded hillside. The villa has 4 bedrooms across three floors and is positioned in Domaine des Alberes which sits above the picturesque Catalan town of Laroque des Alberes.
This is a beautiful medieval Catalan town that is famous in the area for being very attractive and having a fantastic setting.
The property has a spacious high beamed living room with large Catalan fireplace complete with wood burning stove. It has three bathrooms, two fully equipped kitchens, barbecue terrace, access to a tennis court, access to a very large shared pool, a large balcony with unbelievable views and very comfortable living areas.
This property is very peaceful as it is the highest property in the Alberes and therefore has no passing traffic at all. Very relaxing but at the same time you can be on one of the best beaches in France in 15 minutes.
This is the kind of villa for those who want the peace and quiet of a villa that is situated up the mountain a little but still want to have access to all the beaches and the many lovely towns and villages of the region.
I lived in France for many years in my youth and grew to love the interesting, varied and beautiful country.
Have been running this property for 7 years now and have really developed efficient systems for ensuring guests have a great holiday and enjoy all the benefits of the Languedoc region
Oliver Ripley purchased this villa in 2006
The key to this property is the sheer beauty of the location. It sits in the Alberes and is quite high up into these small mountains. The views seem to follow you around as they are present in so many areas of the villa.
There is a lovely private pool with the villa with the aforementioned views and the villa has a total of six comfortable bedrooms and is really perfect for large groups wishing to explore and enjoy this wonderful region of France. It has castles, beaches, endless vineyards, medieval villages, Barcelona and some of the best restaurants in France. You will never be bored in Languedoc.
It has 5 bedrooms and a private pool which is not overlooked in any way.
The villa has 3 bathrooms and on the lower floor there is a annexed apartment with it private kitchen, bathroom and living areas with Sky TV and so on.
There is a lovely balcony at the property with stunning views and a barbecue area on the rear terrace with lovely views down to the Mediterranean in the distance.
As the property is quite high it is also cooler in the summer months and seem to escape that oppressive summer heat you get on the plain of Rousillon. During the evening you get the 'tramontanes' as the cooler wind from the mountain tops rolls down the mountain side and these can be very refreshing after a hit day at the beach.
All in all this is a lovely, well managed property in a very interesting and beautiful area of France.
Hello Oliver, just to let you know that we all really enjoyed our holiday,the accommodation was relaxed and comfortable,the view from the Verandah tremendous . The village and the surrounding areas are fantastic. Our only regret was that it was only a week, two weeks or even better a month would have been perfect, so much to see and do. Thank you. Fiona
It was better than I imagined and so well furnished - you obviouly love abstract art!! The pool was just stunning and was perfect for us and our family and we spent many days just lounging around the house itself appreciating the unbelievable views. Thanks for sorting out the vet for us as well. We are coming back. By the way the meal we had in Los Palmiers was magical and Claude was very funny
The view from the terrace is something to die for! Whatever problems we had are more than compensated by the positives:
1. The view, especially the sunrises
2. The pool – size and privacy
3. The modern kitchen
4. The good bed in the master bedroom
These are sufficient to make us want to come back, and to recommend it to others.
But a few negatives should be noted: there was no TV as promised; instructions were lacking for the Wifi connection, which was intermittent; and we needed more information on the use of the oven and washer.
At the very top of the domaine, this very comfortable house has the most amazing views. The balcony, complete with comfy sofas, was a lovely place for a glass of wine and the total peace and quiet was just what we needed.
We loved the village of Laroque des Alberes and ate in nearly all the restaurants with Lily's probably our favourite, closely followed by Cafes des Artistes (run by an Irish couple). Great food, good prices.
If you like total peace, magnificent views and relaxation this is a perfect place and worth the climb to get there. Wouldn't recommend taking the Aston down the house drive tho !!
Our family had a lovely vacation at Olivers' villa. It is a really beautiful house, well kept and clean. The view from the veranda is unbeatable. Lots of things to do in this area, both for kids and grownups. The village is also very nice. Elaine was very helpful throughout our stay. Only "problem" was the weather - it was actually a bit too hot in mid-July.
I've never been less ready to leave a place! This beautiful villa at the top of the mountain has stunning views, great facilities and is very comfortable. With it's own pool we couldn't believe the price. You should go!
Thank you so much, it really was bliss.
The property was very comfortable and relaxed,perfect for a mixed age range from grandparents to toddler. The views from the verandah are fantastic,relax,glass of wine or three,watch the lights coming on below.The pool was toddler proof and the barbecue area a treat.The local village was lovely and friendly, would reccommend the Cafe desArtistes for coffee,snacks, Restaurant La Catalan for first class food. On the coast,good seafood to be had in Colliour and at ArgelesPlage,the latter less expensive,however the beaches have weird sand,very gritty. The large water park near St.Cyprien was enjoyed by the children and younger adults. Further afield VilleFrancheDeConflent is well worth visiting, especially the caves. Our only regret was that we only had a week as their is so much to see in the area.
This villa sits in the magnificent Alberes mountain range. These are the foothills of the Pyrenees that meet the Mediterranean. It is pretty much the highest property in the Alberes and therefore it is very quiet and has no passing traffic noise at all. It also has the most incredible views towards the Med and you can just sit and gaze at the wonderful views from the private pool, the balcony or the dining terrace.
There is immediate access directly from the property to mountain walks in the Alberes. This is a Foret Nationale and is a protected biosphere with interesting wildlife - even wild boars are seen quite frequently and there are the wild goats that eat my roses. A little bit annoying but they are very friendly.
Even though the property feels remote, within 5 minutes you can be in Laroque des Alberes. This is a charming Catalan medieval town with a lovely circular fort at the centre of it. There are a few great restaurants (one has a Michelin star) and it has all the cafes, boulangeries, patisseries that you would expect from a French village. It also has a Carrefour supermarket for all those essentials, an English speaking chemist and the best pizzeria in the whole of France.
This area has some of the best beaches in France. The nearest is around 15 minutes away and it was recently voted as being one of the best beaches in France. It is a very long sandy beach with the mountains as the backdrop and they never get too crowded, not even in the middle of summer. They are “blue flag” beaches meaning that they are monitored for cleanliness and there are always life guards in attendance.
The beautiful town of Collioure is around 15 min from the property and is just stunning. It is well known for being one of the most beautiful towns on the Med and is famous as it is seen as the home of the fauvist art movement. Matisse, Picasso and Derain all lived there and they all painted Collioure. They said it had perfect light and in fact if you go to the Modern Art museum in Ceret there is the largest collection of Picasso pottery anywhere in the world. Ceret also has some stunning medieval squares and churches and fantastic market on Saturday.
There are many interesting historical towns nearby including Perpignan, Amelie les Bains, Carcassone which all have weekly markets and are well worth a visit.
Spain is only 30 minutes away and the famous Dali museum is only 40 min away in Figueras. Additionally the famous Cathar fortresses such as Montesequr are around 1.5 hours away and are an incredible day trip.
Barcelona is also accessible from this villa for a day trip as it is about 2.5 hours away and has many museums and the wonderful Sagrada Familia as well.
If you drive towards the central Pyrenees along the N116 you will see the so many lovely medieval towns such as Villefranche-de-Conflent and it is truly a lovely drive with so many things to stop and see. A fantastic drive with history all around you and those stunning Cathar fortresses.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Peak Season 2016
Jun 26 2016 - Sep 3 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Season 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$264|
The renter is expected to pay a 25% deposit
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.