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

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Description

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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Owner
Sue Wisdom
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

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 .

Sue Wisdom purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Sue Wisdom chose Perpignan area

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...

27-Jun-2016



Fantastic

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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Notes

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


Amenities

Perpignan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Child's Swing
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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 4.882353 based on 19 reviews
5

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: Jun 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: Jun 2017
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5

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: Jun 2017
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Beautiful accommodation in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Sue & Steve had thoughtfully provided everything we needed for a great stay. They were very welcoming and the property was of a high standard.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Wonderfully peaceful place

  • 5 of 5

We traveled to France wanting a few days of peace and quiet and Le Cerisier was absolutely perfect for that. The cottage was immaculate with everything you could possibly need and the swimming pool area was definitely a highlight - it even has underwater lights for those midnight dips! We barbecued every night on our own private terrace where the lights come on automatically as it gets dark - perfect!

Sue and Steve really have thought of everything and are great hosts and have made a really beautiful place to stay in Perpignan.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Kleines Paradies

  • 5 of 5

Ein wunderschöner Ort! Wir waren mit unsere Kindern (11 und 13) für eine Woche bei Sue und Steve zu Gast. Unsere Ferienwohnung – eher: Ferienhaus – war wunderschön, vor allem die Küche war mit allem ausgestattet, was man so braucht. Auch, wenn sich noch ein weiteres Appartment auf dem Gelände befindet und auch die Eigentümer hier wohnen, hat man doch seine Privatsphäre, wenn man das möchte. Allerdings sind die beiden Gastgeber wirklich herzlich und sympathisch, so dass man sich eher freut, wenn man sie sieht. Der Knaller ist der riesige Pool, der ohne Chlor gereinigt wird (Salzwasser-Pool) – ganz toll für Haut und Augen. Perpignan ist wirklich schön, im Sommer unbedingt donnerstags am Abend in die Stadt gehen, wenn auf allen Plätzen Live-Musik gespielt wird. Der große Strand von Canet ist vielleicht nicht der allerspannendste, für Familien aber wunderbar geeignet, wenngleich man in der Hochsaison am Wochenende etwas Geduld bei der Anfahrt und der Parkplatzsuche mitbringen muss. Das Hinterland war für uns (Rennradfahrer) ein hervorragendes Revier. Von uns die Bestnote, Wiederkehr keinesfalls ausgeschlossen!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Perpignan Rivesaltes
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Perpignan city centre
Nearest Ferry
727 Miles
Calais!!
Nearest Golf
6.7 Miles
St.Cyprien
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Perpignan
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.

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