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Mas with converted barn & cottage, unique pool,paradise found! - Le Cerisier (The Cherry Tree)

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights



Le Cerisier (The Cherry Tree)

Le Cerisier is a charming stone cottage, renovated by ourselves. Situated across the courtyard past the ancient olive tree. Lovely sunny decking area with table & chairs, large french doors opening on to lounge containing comfy seating , log burner in traditional style fireplace , (logs available for colder evenings Nov to Mar), TV, DVD, WiFi. The open plan kitchen/ diner consists of fitted cupboards, electric induction hob and oven, extractor fan, fridge/freezer & dishwasher. Fully equipped from the humble corkscrew to serving dishes, farmhouse dresser, table & chairs, decor is country style with exposed beams & rafters.

Spiral staircase (maybe unsuitable for the infirm or very young) leads to landing with 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Bedroom 1 has large double bed, wardrobe/drawers, bedroom 2 has 2 full size singles & wardrobe. Bathroom consists of glass panelled walk in shower , toilet and sink unit.

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About the property

Mas Mimosa

Set in just under an acre, Mas Mimosa benefits from being in the rural outskirts of Perpignan but only a 20 min walk through the pretty park to the beautiful & historic city, with all its delightful bars and restaurants to sample. Just a 10 minute drive are the glorious sandy beaches by the safe non-tidal Mediterranean sea.

The Old Barn and Le Cerisier are gites attached to our 150 year old Catalan Mas. They are stone built and have exposed beams & rafters. Open plan lounge/dining room areas with fireplaces, comfy sofas, TV, DVD stereo/cd player. Fully equipped kitchens to cater for your every need.

Why not rent both and bring extended families, total capacity would be 12 plus a baby.

Outside there is private terrace space for each, with hand built traditional Catalan BBQ, table,chairs and parasol.. Beautiful mature gardens with swings/slide/seesaw, & a giant Jenga, safe & secluded from the road. Tables & chairs are provided here & there amid the trees for you to chill out. The terraces and gardens are lit up at night for al fresco dining in the warm evenings.

Shady peaceful summer kitchen with double french doors opening to poolside, with BBQ, fridge, & utility room with sink, shower, toilet & washing machine for use of all guests.

The stunning secluded 13.5m x 6m pool, private for occupants of the Mas, is family orientated, with perimeter overflow & roman steps. The segregated toddler pool is only 40cm deep and enables little ones to get in & out on their own, encouraging confidence in the water. Huge relaxing decking area with sunbeds, parasols, tables & chairs , security gate & fence. We use a salt disinfection system, kind to skin and eyes, no chlorine smell or taste. Red squirrels & birds come & drink from the pool. The peaceful secluded gardens are a haven to many species of birds, including exotic Hoopoes from Africa.

Mas Mimosa is a wonderful base to explore the Languedoc Roussillon region with all it has to offer. Stunning chateaux with vineyards & wine-tasting. Towns steeped in history with wonderful architecture, Carcassonne, Castelnou, & Ceret to name a few, Ceret has a wonderful market on Saturday morning.

There are markets most days in the numerous squares; we have a flea market every Sunday on the outskirts of Perpignan either a 15 walk or a 2 minute drive. They sell an eclectic mix of clothes, antiques & some wonderful fabrics & curtains. In Place Cassanyes in another part of the city, about a 20 minute walk, every day is an Arab market; the best day to visit is a Sunday morning when the stalls spill out over the streets. They also sell an eclectic mix but this includes food, wine, herbs & spices, all which smell wonderful. Treat yourself to spit roast chicken or home-made couscous, paella or a local speciality ‘boles du picolat’ (meatballs in sauce).

In July & August Perpignan hosts 'Les Jeudis' free Thursday evening festivals, street theatre , dance & acrobats, whereby the city is filled with people meandering around in the warm night air.

Perpignan is full of shops,restaurants & cafes, Canet plage 10 mins drive, has many bars & restaurants, & in the summer beach bars are set up.

Many nearby towns were visited and painted by famous artists, such as Picasso, Dali & Matisse. Perpignan Ceret & Collioure both have museums & art galleries. The Cathar castles are fascinating to visit.

Perpignan was declared ' the centre of the universe' by Dali, after whom the train station is named.

Spain with its border of duty free shops is 25 mins away, Figueres with the Dali museum , an hour,

Barcelona with the amazing Sagrada Familia is 2 hours away.

In the peak season Ryanair has flights into Perpignan airport every day, this changes to Sun Mon Wed & Fri in mid season. They also serve Carcassonne & Bezier airports. Girona (Barcelona) airport 1 hour drive from Perpignan , is served by Ryanair & Easyjet all year round. From here there is a link to Perpignan via a bus service. The rail network links Perpignan to Girona , Figueres and Barcelona.

other airlines are flybe fly from Southampton, bmibaby -Manchester. Aer Lingus - Dublin

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Sue Wisdom
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Sue Wisdom

Originally from Essex we are a mature couple who are both parents & grandparents.

We pride ourselves in providing you with a truly lovely setting to enable you to have a memorable holiday .

The Old Barn video clip

Sue Wisdom purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Sue Wisdom chose Perpignan

After spending several years holidaying in the region , circumstances became right for us to move permanently. After seeing lots of unsuitable properties our friends here heard about this farmhouse and took us to see it . Well it was pretty run down but ticked all the boxes to use a well worn cliche. So began our journey into DIY heaven and hell . Looking back on the photos of the renovation we may have been slightly bonkers, but now our labours, we think , have produced a wonderful home for holiday makers.

What makes this cottage unique

Here you will have the benefits of rural surroundings, but 10 minutes walk from the traditional boulangerie, and 20 minutes walk into the city. We have always felt life was close by but yet we are in a tranquil private paradise of our own making. We have tried to make both gites homely, welcoming and well equipped. The same for the pool and gardens , beautiful salt water pool surrounded by plants and trees. Lots of places to sit whichever takes your mood. Parents chill while the children safely play .....which means a holiday for all .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Alex A. said...



23 Chemin de la Riviere, Les Jardins St.Jacques Nord, Perpignan, 66000, France (448055)

Date of Stay

11 June 2016

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Having just returned from a lovely holiday in SW France I feel compelled to write a review about this property. The English owners have made an amazing job of converting the Barn and the smaller cottage, every detail has been considered to ensure that you have a wonderful relaxing stay. the pool area is exquisite and safe for children.

The walk to the local supermarket is along a lane which is OK and takes about 10 minutes. Another 10 minute walk further into Perpignan brings you to the local market where you can buy fresh fruit and veg everyday and on a Saturday the market spills out into the streets. there is also a boulangerie here and I must admit that the bread and croissants far exceed the local shop. Worth the walk.

the English owners are extremely knowledgeable about the local area and are friendly without being intrusive. I feel that we have made new friends and will definitely return.
Jun 2016
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The property rental rate includes cleaning before & after. n.b. we do not come in and clean or make beds during your stay. A weekly change of bed linen & towels is included, these towels are not allowed at the pool or beach
Beach/pool towels are available to hire @ 5 Euros pppw, high quality speedo towels for the adults & for the younger children there are character towels with a carry bag

for the winter months heating is included , and logs provided for the wood burner


Perpignan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is spacious, fully tiled floor and walls , matching sink unit and mirror, beautiful glass panelled walk in shower enclosure , heated towel rail. Exposed beams and rafters
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , full size singles
  • Both rooms have exposed beams & rafters, and are tastefully furnished with ample storage, the double bedroom has a safe fitted in the wall, Fans supplied
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The outside space for the cottage is private with barbecue and seating. Across the courtyard is the summer kitchen, and utility room with washing machine, from where french doors open out to the amazing pool area, which is for sharing with all guests of Mas Mimosa, plenty of room and sunbeds for everyone. Lots of beautiful plants, shrubs and tubs to look at whilst relaxing in the sun, or the shade whichever you prefer. The french doors are lockable and the pool has security fencing and gate on the garden side for peace of mind with the little ones and the pool has a special shallow end for them to gain confidence in the water.


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Le Cerisier (The Cherry Tree)
average rating of 4.9 based on 22 reviews

Exactly as it was described in the blurb

  • 5 of 5

Sue and Steve were very welcoming and friendly hosts, who respected our privacy too. The accommodation was extremely comfortable. We stayed in Le Cerisier and it was perfect for the two of us. Sue and Steve have considered everything that is required for a comfortable holiday experience.

We wanted a relaxing holiday doing very little and that's what we achieved. We were car free, so walked in and out of Perpignan when we could tear ourselves away from the sun loungers. It's an easy walk. We used public transport and explored both coast and mountains - all very accessible, convenient and inexpensive.

We were very spoiled as we were the only people staying at the Mas at the time, so had the pool area all to ourselves. However, there is plenty of space for all if there are people staying in the other accommodation. We had a peak into The Barn, which is beautifully presented. If we can gather the family together in one place, then we would consider booking the two cottages.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Fantastic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Sue and Steve's property. The cottage is lovely, comfortable and well-equipped. It is decorated to a very high standard and has everything in it that you would need for your stay. It was also spotlessly clean when we arrived.

The pool area is beautiful and is a great bonus to staying there. The photos don't do justice to how lovely it is. It is a relaxing and peaceful place to swim or sunbathe and, just like the cottage, was always spotless.

Sue and Steve are great hosts. They were friendly and helpful and really nice people.

They have created a lovely place to stay. The location is really good, we liked the fact we weren't right in the city centre, but that we were close enough to walk to it/to walk to the supermarket or get out and about to places without having to get a car.

We would definitely recommend staying here!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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A wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Steve and Sue have lovingly restored this farmhouse to an exceptionally high standard. With tasteful décor, beautiful gardens, a tranquil pool, and very well-equipped and comfortable accommodation, they really have thought of everything. Located within easy reach of Perpignan centre, the beach, and the local bakery and supermarket, it was very convenient for everything we needed but nevertheless a secluded and quiet spot. Our children loved playing in the pool all day long, and we enjoyed several barbecues in the private terraced area outside. For cooking, guests are welcome to help themselves to the herbs growing in the garden and we were even lucky enough to try some of Sue's home grown produce. (We would recommend Sue's homemade jam from the fruit trees!) Thank you Steve and Sue for a wonderfully relaxing week!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Fantastic gite friendly and welcoming hosts

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location, peaceful rural setting but only 20 minutes from Perpignan. 10 minutes from beach and great for exploring the Pyrenees and the coast around the old town of Perpignan.

The gite is well appointed with everything you need including a fantastic outdoor eating and barbecue area.

The pool is the best we've had in all our years of this kind of holiday.

Sue and Steve couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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A delightful 'home-from-home' near Perpignan!

  • 5 of 5

We've just spent a week at Le Cerisier, the smaller of the two delightful holiday properties on the site, and can truly say, this was the best we have ever stayed in. The charming owners, Sue and Steve, have put so much care and thought into ensuring that the gite is exceptionally well equipped and beautifully presented. The inside is very comfortable and absolutely immaculate, and the plant-clad, decked area attached at the front of the property is the perfect place to enjoy a meal or a glass of wine (or two!) on a summer's evening. Each of the two properties has its own secluded barbecue area, again immaculately maintained, and pretty garden lighting makes the whole area quite magical when it gets dark. We didn't use the pool, but again, it was beautifully set up, with plenty of nice seating areas thoughtfully spaced around the outside. Our hosts Sue and Steve were friendly and helpful and made us feel so welcome - it was like staying with good friends. They have put an immense amount of work into renovating their properties and making them welcoming and comfortable - and they've created a dream. We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Great family holiday in lovely accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was to a higher standard than i expected with real attention to detail put into the finish of the property. The pool was amazing and the surrounding gardens offer a great place to relax whilst also having facilities for kids. The location is perfect, 15 min drive from the airport, 20 min walk to Perpignan centre,10 min drive to the beach, 40 min drive into the Pyrenees. Sue & Steve are excellent hosts, very good company and couldn't do enough to help us which is invaluable if its your first time to the area. A very relaxing holiday, will definatly be returning!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Perpignan Rivesaltes
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Perpignan city centre
Nearest Ferry
727 Miles
Nearest Golf
6.7 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
A9 junction 41 Perpignan Nord
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Auberge St.Vincent
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Canet Plage
Car: recommended

The Mas,attached barn and land are set amid the farming and market garden conservation area of the Jardins St.Jacques.The land used to be tended by the monks of St.Jacques to feed the local population. Perpignan; most southerly city of France boasts 300 sunny days a year,we enjoy long summers. This colourful and vibrant city is very proud of its Catalan culture. It has art galleries & museums,a plethora of cafes & restaurants, ideal to sit & watch the world go by.The shops are interesting,from the beautiful to the quirky, both designer & unique,some within a labyrinth of tiny lanes a joy to explore. The beautiful & safe beaches by the Med surrounded by the Pyrenees at Canet Sud or Toreilles with nothing to do but let the kids enjoy them or Canet Plage with its beach bars, rides and activities,There are vineyards, Cathar castles, old walled villages, Collioure & other towns along the coast which inspired many artists. Nearby is Aqualand water park, an aquarium, & an African Reserve.

Golf: There is an 18 hole golf course at St.Cyprien, about 20 mins drive, and several courses over the border in Spain.

Ski: Font Romeu and other towns in the Pyrenees are an hours drive away.