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James & Caroline Postlethwaite

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german, A little French spoken.

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

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights

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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
Speaks: english, french, german, A little French spoken.

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 Alberes

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.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Apartment Riviere
average rating of 4.352941 based on 17 reviews

Extraordinary property set in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

This property is set in a wonderful and rare location, with its own extensive outside areas, that included a system of waterfalls that run in two a large pool where you can swim.

Lazy afternoons can be spent playing in the water, swimming, building dams, relaxing to the sound of running water and enjoying the vibrancy of the natural environment. A nature lovers paradise with a huge variety of special wildlife around, including rare birds and water creatures. The surrounding mountain landscape is stunning. A perfect space in which to unwind from the pressure of modern living and enter a calm and relaxed state of being.

The location is ideal, very close to the beaches by car. Sorede and the villages around are unspoilt, the locals of friendly and the natural environment is gorgeous. This is area seams to be a well kept secret! The area around the property itself is very calm but does not feel isolated.

The apartment was very clean and user friendly, with everything you need. I spend a lot of time outside on the variously seating area, well placed in different spots of natural beauty. The gardens were very well thought out and beautiful. The owners Caroline and James could not have been more welcoming and supportive of our successful stay. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you thank you thank you. It was a joy to meet you & marvel in the beauty of nature together!!
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Lovely secluded spot in beautiful scenery, close to mountains and sea.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was perfect for our needs. Spacious and comfortable for 2. Lovely space outside leading down to the stream. Only shame was the water was too cold in April to swim in the plunge pool. The apartment is up a valley surrounded by mountains, with opportunities for hiking direct from the house. Five minutes drive to quiet village of Sorede for local shops and a few restaurants. Spectacular views over the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Also only a short drive to the coast and interesting towns on the Cote Vermeille, and within reach of the higher valleys of the Pyrenees.

We'll have to come back when it's warmer to enjoy the plunge pool!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you . It is true in April the water is cool. Sometimes people come with wet suits for swimming in the spring, which is a great idea if you are keen to swim in spring or Autumn!!! The spring here is great for walking & exploring as you mentioned. Actually it's my favorite time of year here as the wild flowers spring up everywhere & it's lovely & green. You were a joy to host & we welcome you back any time.
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agréable séjour

  • 3 of 5

Ma femme et moi avons passé une semaine à l'appartement Rivière. Le site est magnifique et l'appartement très agréable, joliment meublé et bien équipé. Mais Il faut savoir que l'appartement est situé en-dessous d'une autre partie de la location ce qui entraîne certains désagréments sonores.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Yes sometimes one can hear people above. We have now put down some rugs above to reduce this. Actually it is the first time anyone has mentioned this but we always do our best to respond & do what we can.
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Wow! Idyllic location,

  • 4 of 5

You won't find a better location for a peaceful, quiet beautiful retreat. There are not many properties that can boast such a tranquil setting with the soothing sound of running water and the rustling of trees 24/7.

Our hosts Caroline and James were a delight to meet,. On the first evening the temperature dropped after a hot spell, and they bought round a quilt the next day which was a thoughtful touch.

This idyllic location means that you are approx 3.5 km from the centre of Sorede so a walk to visit to the bolangerie ( excellent artisan bread) or to one of the Restaurants means you are reliant on a car, the road leading up the valley to the apartment is rugged in places, however after a few journeys it becomes easy to navigate around the potholes.

The apartment was as described, with a well equipped modern kitchen having all the necessary utensils for your holiday needs,. The sofa, the bed and linen are adequate.

I would recommend this property for anyone who wants a retreat in a beautiful unique location, enjoys a natural environment and doesn't mind being reliant on a car..

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Yes it is true, a car is necessary for this location. It is about 40 mins to walk into Sorede. However everything is very close to visit. Being a little away from the centre it is quiet. It was a joy to host you.
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Location, location, location

  • 4 of 5

Staying in the appartment under Villa Heureuse we were impressed with the location. Took a bit of finding on arrival I Sorede but once there we were delighted. Swimming and paddling in the river and pool was a joy, and is clearly the reason for staying here. All our friends were very envious as we posted photos on Facebook!

Lots of interesting places to visit in the locality. Couriere is fantastic, and Carcossonne worth every minute of the drive there.

Future guests should be aware that the front door leads straight into the double bedroom through which you have to go each time to exit the property. For a family this is probably not a problem, but it is a little more problematic if you have two couples in each room, as if the occupants of the double room want a siesta others have to quietly creep pass them to exit the building. But perhaps that only applies to us in our more senior years who enjoy an afternoon nap!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. It will be helpful for future guests.
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A wonderful escape from stress

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly paradise. Idyllic and peaceful. The apartment was well equipped and the views magnificent. The most relaxing holiday we have ever had! The beautiful stream gives off a soothing sound and is great for cooling off on hot days. The various terraces offer both sun and shade with pretty and colourful plants and flowers everywhere. Caroline and James were very welcoming and you always felt they were at hand yet never intrusive. The sleepy village of Sorede is a great place to spend an afternoon sitting in the cafe in the square and Argeles Sur Mer has a lovely beach and is excellent for shopping in the market, which is lively and very typically French. Will definitely be returning to this place next time we need to re-charge our batteries!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow that is wonderful to hear. Thank you. We welcome you back with open arms !!!! It is a joy to see you really enjoy yourselves & relax.
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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

Sorede Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 9 2016 - Aug 19 2016
14 night minimum stay
Late summer
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 21 2016
7 night minimum stay
Autumn Winter 2016
Oct 22 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early winter
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 17
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Spring 17
Mar 18 2017 - Apr 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Spring 17
Apr 15 2017 - Jun 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer 17
Jun 17 2017 - Jul 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 17
Jul 8 2017 - Aug 18 2017
14 night minimum stay
Late Summer 17
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 17
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $222

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.We ask you leave our property clean & tidy at the end of your stay or you can pay 30€ for cleaning by arrangement.
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Osteopathic Massage available

Prices in 2nd column are for 2 people.
We require 30% payment on booking & 70% 8 weeks before your stay.

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Alberes 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
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Tumble Dryer
  • 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 ...
  • 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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