The apartment is located one block from the medieval centre of Ceret. The apartment has 2 bedrooms, each with its own small balcony and both are equipped with ceiling fans. Each bedroom contains a double bed with a headboard and footboard (190X140cm, US full) The larger bedroom has an old (non-working) fireplace and a small alcove, that can be curtained off and contains a single fold up bed. There is a full bath with a washing machine, a bathroom with a shower and sink and a separate toilet. The living room contains a sofa bed and two easy chairs. A nice place to relax and discus the day's activities. The large kitchen/dining area has a gas range, refrigerator/freezer with everything you need to cook all your meals and a large table that seats 6 (8) . The terrace off the kitchen has a small marble garden table with a lovely view of gardens, and the mountains and Mount Canigou peaks are visible in the distance. It is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset in the evening and a lovely spot for your morning coffee on those hot summer days. It faces west so it is cool in the morning.
For entertainment there is a tv with a built in DVD player and a small library of DVDs. There is no cable or satellite connection at the present time. There is a small stereo system for radio and CDs. There is a land line telephone that can be used to talk to other landlines in Europe and mobiles in France.
There is central heating (gas-fired hot water) that also provides unlimited hot water for washing. Parking is just up the street (100m) in a large, safe, and newly updated public parking area that most residents of the town centre use.
If you always wanted to go and stay at your french grandmother's house this is the place for you. We've tried to keep as much of the original house as possible while updating where necessary for comfort and convenience.
Grand-mère won't be there to cook for you but there is just about everything you'll need to create your own french feasts, especially with all the beautiful shopping options available right up the street. And if you don't cook, Céret has any number of great dining options within easy walking distance of our home. Bon appétit!
Local Activities: Ceret has a great Saturday market, a museum of modern art with a special Picasso collection produced especially for the museum by the artist who spent time here - A bull fighting arena - There is a running of the bulls during their Feria in July. The Mediterranean coast offers everything for water sports. For bicyclists there are many places to ride - Lance Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton both had homes just over the border in Spain. Golfers will enjoy the superb 18 hole club at St Cyprien (20 mins) and another 18 hole course in the mountains above at Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans. There are ranches for horse-riding and lots of hiking in the mountains on well developed local and national paths. Many people escaped the WWII occupation of Europe on foot through Ceret into Spain. There are many castles, Cathar fortresses, medieval abbeys and churches, museums, gorges and caves, interesting villages, and beaches to be visited in both France and Spain. Montpellier, Carcasonne and Barcelona are under 2 hrs driving time. The flat has leaflets explaining local attractions, guidebooks and maps.
How to get there: Ryan Air: Stanstead direct to Perpignan daily in summer or to Barcelona/Girona. Check current schedules as they vary by season.
Car Ferry: (eg Portsmouth-St Malo by Brittany Ferries or P&O or Hoverspeed out of Dover to Calais) and drive 620 miles south on the motorways leaving the A9 Autoroute just south of Perpignan. The simplest route from Calais is via Rheims, Dijon, Lyon and Montpellier to Le Boulou; the last exit in France before Spain.
Train: Rail Europe Direct London-Perpignan.
Many flights from London to Barcelona. 2 hours away(Hint: Less expensive to hire a car in Spain than France).
There is now a high speed train from Barcelona to Perpignan where rental cars are available or make use of the 1 euro bus that can take you to Ceret.