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Quality apartment quietly situated in old centre of Ceret - Ground Floor Flat

Bedrooms 2
Space 753 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Ground Floor Flat

This apartment with its high ceilings has been lovingly restored. We have kept the mood of the old building, with hand-made window frames (local craftsman, who also sells great honey!). And every wire and pipe is new - so everything works. The open plan contemporary style reception room with tiled floor has a large comfy L-shaped sofa, so you can relax in comfort with windows and French windows opening onto the garden. The well-equipped kitchen is open plan but in its own space with plenty of room to cook on its rose granite work surface. Both bedrooms (one with en suite bathroom and other with en suite shower room) are a cool off-white with full length curtains and wood floors. Air conditioning heats or cools the reception room and in the bedrooms electric heaters do the trick in winter or standing electric fans if summer gets too hot. The garden with beautiful 10' (3m) high stone walls is well planted and is provided with a dining area and reclining chairs for sunbathing.

About the property

Maison de Maitre Appartements

These lovely apartments are situated in a wide-built 19th C 'maison de maitre' (lawyer's house) shaded by towering plane trees within the heart of this sunny southern town with its narrow lanes and pretty squares. Great care has been given to make sure that both flats are well provided, comfortable and attractive. And, although so central, the house is situated in a quiet area only a few moments away from good bakeries, small shops, cafes, restaurants and charming bars - some open till the small hours. Saturday mornings sees the bustle of the colourful local market in the streets around. Stunning country walks just a couple of minutes away and a local lake for swimming a few minutes by car, with the sandy beaches of the Med about a half hour further. Find out more about the town, please see the Ceret Tourist Information website: most helpful and well illustrated.

CERET DIARY 2013 : Musee d'art moderne permanant collection plus exhibition date 'TBC * Every Saturday morning local market in centre of town * 30 June to 25 August Tuesday evening market * Cherry Festival date 01/02 JUne * Dog Show date TBC * @Quérencias'music date TBC * Ceret de Toros Feria (one big party with fireworks, lots of music, bull fights and running of bulls through streets - fun, but noisy!) 12 - 14 July * 22 - 24 July Festival de Sardanes (wonderful local dancing contest) * July and August music in Catalonia Festival *July & August: most Wednesday evenings locals really do dance the Sardane in the streets * Town picnics up high on the hill at Fontfrede date TBC * Ronde Ceret (27th Round Ceret run with many serious runners alongside locals) Sep TBC. Local autumn classical music festival date TBC.

SPAIN: The Spanish border is about 15 minutes motorway drive from Ceret, and just over it lies the border town of La Jonquera - the spot where truck drivers stop to have amazing lunches for next to nothing (and its the place to stock up on food at Spanish prices!). Between the border and Barcelona (about 2 hours away) stretches the Costa Brava, with many charming small bays, as well as the larger well known (and less attractive!) resorts. Particularly of note is Dali's home in the fishing village of Cadeques, and Empuries with its Greek and Roman archaeological sites and the prettiest little beaches imaginable. Inland, Girona is a lovely town with a beautiful old quarter and good shopping. Besalu is a stunning medieval jewel of a town with an amzing bridge spanning a ravine. Figueres has the fantastic Dali museum. Spanish wine, tapas, and of course, endless pottery!

Walking: Wonderful guided walks all year round organised by an experienced, charming and informative local guide will take you to places you may never get to on your own - into the mountains, by the sea or over the border into Spain. Some are half-day, and are graded from easy to 'sportif'. There are also full day walks, and even one to see the sun rise from the top of Canigou (local mountain). The weather is usually fabulous for walking through autumn, winter and spring, and, in summer, the heat is avoided by walking high in the mountains.

For those who prefer to plan their own walks, the area is outstanding and the local tourist office has a good guide leaflet for local walks!

More Details

Wendy Wilmot
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, german, czech
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2017

About Wendy Wilmot

I am a Londoner, a semi-retired professional property manager and lettings agent, with a grown up family and 4 small grandchildren.

Wendy Wilmot purchased this apartment in 2002

Why Wendy Wilmot chose Vallespir

Having traveled extensively through France during various vacations,and being a Francophile, I happened upon Ceret one summer and loved the place. Having done all the wrong things: i.e. no research, no checking other properties,etc, I bought the 1st floor flat in a matter of weeks and I bought the ground floor (a total wreck that needed much work ) not long afterwards. I loved being near the mountains (but not in them), being a short drive from the Med and having Spain on my doorstep in one direction and the rest of France in the other. I enjoyed the market on Saturdays right outside the door and the relaxed, friendly feel of this little Midi town. And, for a Londoner, I loved the feeling of space - a big sky and wild walks just a few paces away.

What makes this apartment unique

The 1st floor flat has lovely proportions and a really 'French' feel. I love standing by the French windows (3 sets with decorative balconies overlooking the road) watching the passers by, or, in spring and autumn particularly, sitting in a pool of sunlight with a book! The 1st floor balcony across the back of the house catches the last rays of the day and is a peaceful place for a drink.

The ground floor flat, which is more contemporary, is cool in summer and snug in winter. It also has a great kitchen with nearly everything needed for serious cooking. The garden (ground floor flat only) with its shady terrace is a huge asset in the summer.

Available Rentals

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Rates for Easter and Christmas may vary from the standard off-season rate - please enquire.
Rates do not include electricity used during your stay. The electricity meter will be read at the beginning and end of your stay and you will be asked to settle up just before you leave please.
Ground floor studio room with double bed and en suite shower room available - please ask about the rate.


Céret Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 753 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite with double bedroom
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , En suite with twin bedded room
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Separate studio with shower room on request at extra cost
  • Double bedroom with en suite bathroom. Twin bedroom with en suite shower room. Good quality mattresses. All bedlinen either white or cream. Bath and hand towels provided. Beach towels also available. Cot (travel type) can be provided. Optional ground floor studio (kettle, mini oven and studio fridge) with en suite shower room and double bed is available on request, at extra cost. Thereby the apartment could sleep 6.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This apartment is wonderful for anyone with mobility problems as there are no steps within the flat, and only one on entering and two into the garden. NB: Wheelchair access okay into the flat itself and to the garden, but regrettably the doors to the bedrooms and bathrooms are not wide enough for wheelchair access. Being situated in a quiet area of the old town, it is within a couple of minutes walk to restaurants, shops, etc. Parking in town is plentiful and free, and it is mostly possible to park in the adjoining square. There is a large car park less than 5 minutes walk away. Smoking requested in garden or balcony only please. Outdoor pool a short walk away, and, even better, a wonderful warm lake a few minutes drive away at St Jean-Pla-des-Corts. Tennis courts a few minutes walk. Cycle hire available just down the road. Horse riding available locally. Golf courses in Spain and in France within 45 mins drive.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Ground Floor Flat
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews

Super flat in Céret

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay in Céret as the flat is very central, extremely well equipped, pretty spacious and has a lovely little garden. Should we return to Céret we would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. I'm a bit disappointed that I only received 4 stars but that may reflect that unfortunately my property manager did not turn the heating on far enough in advance for you to arrive to fully warm flat! For which I do apologize and will ensure that it does not happen again. Also, I have taken on board your suggestion re installing a log burner - which was very much on my mind anyway. It will have to wait for next year to be worthwhile and I will get that sorted during the early summer. You told to me that you would very much like to return, so I appreciate that you enjoyed your stay. So I hope to welcome you back - maybe next year.
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  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay in Wendy's excellent flat, and we hope it won't be our last. We have been coming to Ceret for 35 years on and off and have stayed in a wide variety of places. Wendy's flat is definitely our favourite. It is comfortable, efficient and extremely well equipped. The location is perfect; in the old town, but quiet and calm; (even when the wonderful market is set up right outside the door all is quiet within the flat!) We can highly recommend everything about the flat and Ceret itself and are looking forward already to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's such a pleasure to receive a review from returning visitors - especially such an enthusiastic one! Thank you. As an owner who doesn't get here enough, I'm ever surprised by the places I've yet to visit or that I'd like to return to. I hope you'll be back to enjoy the area that you already know and then to explore the surprises that still await!
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Suitable accommodation for a young family.

  • 3 of 5

Close to all amenities within walking distance . Restaurants give good value. Owners notes on the area very useful.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. But I have to say that I'm most concerned and rather upset to receive a 3 star one. I don't think I've had less then 5 stars in the 15 years I have rented out the apartment. I would very much appreciate your sending me a short email to let me know where you feel there have been shortcomings as your review does not actually mention any details. I care deeply about the quality of what I'm offering and genuinely welcome any constructive comments so I can keep up the quality of a real holiday home from home.
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Comfortable apartment in lovely French town

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, roomy and well-equipped apartment. Just a short walk to all the amenities of the town. Surprisingly quiet for the centre of Ceret. Very pleasant outdoor area for sitting and dining. We know Ceret well and love this interesting, bustling and friendly town with so much going on - which is why we keep coming back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Peche, Quebec, Canada

Amazing ground apartment, town and surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We don't have enough words to express how wonderful our visit in Céret was.

The apartment is a dream come true; its architecture is very beautiful, it has been decorated with good taste,it has lots of space, a great kitchen and the beds are very comfortable.

Highly recommend this flat if you have small kids. The garden is amazing. We spend a lot of time in there.

The town not only is beautiful but full of surprises, you can find anything and everything you need around the corner and there are a lot of artists. Also great coffee shops, bakeries, butchers and so on.

Very friendly place to walk with kids, spectacular sightseeing, biking and very friendly locals.

The manager and owner are very nice, friendly and helpful persons.

Thanks for making our stay in Céret perfect ;)

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. What a review! Great for me but also for the town and area, which are both so special. There are always more places to explore, however many times one visits. And I try really hard to keep up the standards - so, great to see that recognised too!
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent an enjoyable ten days in September at Wendy’s ground floor flat. The place was well-equipped and spacious. It was ideally located in the center of Ceret, yet it always was quiet, even during the weekly market immediately outside the flat.

The L-shaped kitchen was extremely well-equipped, and a large, circular dining table with chairs was nearby. The main room, which includes the living area as well as the kitchen and circular table, was spacious. The beds were comfortable. Storage for clothing was ample.

Wendy and her local representative, Jay, were friendly and helpful on every occasion.

We had many pleasurable experiences in Ceret …. strolling through the narrow streets, eating at outside cafes, touring the Museum of Modern Art, consuming good meals at the restaurants, and most importantly, encountering friendly people everywhere. We made enjoyable day trips to Castelnou, Collioure and Argeles sur Mer, as well.

Bottom line: A great place to stay! We definitely will recommend it to our friends.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A 9
Nearest Restaurant
Several within a couple of minutes' walk
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: recommended

This area is marvellous for walking or painting: autumn colour breathtaking, February mimosa is stunning and then wild flowers and cherries take over. Winter blue skies and Canigou dominate the horizon, dusted with snow 2/3 of the year. Summers are warm, languid and sunny. Together with the clarity of light, this must have given inspiration to Picasso, Dufy, Braque and many more when they lived and painted here. Ceret is a small country town of real charm and great trees; very relaxed, but with many 'fiestas' all year and there is nearly always music. There are good restaurants and cafe/bars. Saturdays see the fabulous street market, with an additional craft market on Tuesday evenings in summer. The Musee d'Arte Moderne in Ceret is a must. Stunning Colioure and the Med beaches only 1/2 hour drive and there are castles, fortified towns and archaeological sites to explore. Toulouse and Montpellier are 2 hours away, Carcassonne even less. Spanish Catalonia is on your doorstep with its enchanting bays. And Barcelona is temptingly only 2 hours away.

Other Activities: Painting. Bird watching. Castles to visit. Fabulous spas in the area.

Golf: The nearest golf course is a small 9-hole course at Amelie-les-Bains, about 15 mins drive down the valley. However, there is a much more impressive course, Falgos, about 45 minutes drive,which is a magnificent place perched high up with wonderful scenery and full spa facilities for those who do not wish to play. Please check out the Falgos website, ask us for link. Nearby golf courses just over the border in Spain.

Ski: Just two hours’ drive to the Cerdagne pistes: ideal for a day’s skiing.

North-facing Cambre d’Aze is perfect for beginners, with wide slopes and easy forest trails while for experienced skiers there are well-groomed challenges. A good cross-country trail runs between Cambre d’Aze and its sister resort St Pierre del Forcats.

Try Puigmal for a good variety of runs with stunning views to north and west. On the other side of the valley, sunny Font Romeu and Pyrénées 2000 at Bolquère link to give 54km of pistes, backed by 500 snow-cannons.

For Les Angles (making its name among boarders) and Formiguères, head north at Mont Louis, the highest fortified town in France. There’s another good cross-country trail down by the pretty lake.

Take another half hour to cross the Spanish border for La Molina (40 pistes/50km) or head towards Andorra (four hours from Céret) to Puymorens: 40km of pistes plus cross-country trails.

Prefer golf to skiing? Go try Snow Golf at Font Romeu!


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