About the property
- Cottage1076 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
3 Bedrooms, sleeps 6, 1 bathroom, 2nd WC, barn sized kitchen / living area
This artist's residence is shaded by huge palm trees in an enclosed garden. In the single storey house the thick stone walls and high beamed ceilings create a spacious interior that is cool in summer (log-burning stove for winter). French windows from 3 rooms open straight into the garden. There are 3 bedrooms : 2 with long double beds , one with 2 single beds. 2 Cots and highchair available.
Situated on the edge of the artistic town of Ceret, it is just 10 miles from Spain. You can escape from the world and sit by the pool, or in the deep shade of the mature palm trees. Nearby discover lovely riverside walks, or its only 12 minutes stroll into the cobbled street town centre, with its pavement cafes, galleries, and restaurants. The local patisserie, the butcher, the supermarket (open late) are three minutes walk, and provide for all immediate needs. A new restaurant has opened by the spectacular bridge, just 300 metres away.
Check flights to PERPIGNAN ( 30 mins), GIRONA (90mins), CARCASSONNE(90 mins) and BARCELONA ( 2 hrs) MONTPELLIER (2hrs)
Arrival days flexible, by arrangement.
Please make yourselves at home. There is a guest book in the house with ideas for places to visit. This location is perfect as a base for exploring Languedoc, whatever your interests. One of the bedrooms has a large selection of books, which guests are free to borrow whilst on holiday, or exchange for those they have just finished reading. We also leave tea , coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and spices in the house at all times. Help yourselves to rice, lentils, pasta : whatever is left behind for you. Guests are welcome to use these, but please replace anything that is finished, or leave behind something for the next visitors. Enjoy!
Skiiing is available at Font Romeu, up the next valley, about an hour and a half 's drive, or train from Perpignan. There are two ski lifts. There are other resorts further up the next valley : travel from Perpignan towards Andorra ( rail or car).
The sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are 30 mins drive away at Argeles, with all kinds of beach sports or long open spaces. Visit Port Vendres for the daily morning fish market, and stay for lunch.
There is a small stream of mountain water running through the garden, about 10 inches wide and never more than 3' inches deep. It is usually dry in summer. We have often had 2 year olds staying, and have a 3 year old grandchild who has often stayed. The garden is enclosed, and there is plenty of room to play.
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- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 20, 2018
About Clare Bywater
This house is shared jointly by me and my artist sister. She lives in Canada, and I live in Ireland. This is where we share time together. She paints, draws, and cooks with the wonderful local vegetables and fruit, and I read, swim, and meet friends in the pavement cafes. We both walk through the forests or up into the mountains. It is a very special place for us.
Clare Bywater purchased this Cottage in 2001
Why Clare Bywater chose Céret
Everything you could need is available on the block, including small supermarket, butcher, and patisserie. Easy walking distance into this small town, and lovely evening walks from the house along the river where there is no traffic. The huge palm trees offer unique shade on a hot summer's day, and the pool is just across the garden. Wonderful place to sit in the evening.
What makes this Cottage unique
The house is single storey : there are no steps anywhere. The garden is safe, and enclosed by a lockable gate. The pool has a beautiful but impenetrable fence around it ( even by 2 year olds, and my very small grandson spent 2 weeks trying!), with a gate that is difficult for children to open, also lockable. The enormous palm trees give wonderful shade in summer, and it is an easy garden to relax in, sit out in the evening and watch the bats, and listen to the bamboos rustling.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
A Hidden Gem
The hidden gem
One week in Ceret is not long enough and yet it is ample to really get to savour and enjoy this pretty much unknown corner of SW France.
The cottage is just out of the town centre in an easily accessible quiet area. Perfect for jaunts into town or nearby countryside – which we did both regularly or for quality time in the cottage and garden.
Ceret is known for its world class modern art gallery, with an absurd abundance of Picasso pottery, and also for its excellent Saturday Market selling superb food and local oddities and trinkets. We enjoyed both. This attracts a small well heeled niche tourism sector who are well served with good restaurants and street cafes. Perfect to people watch or rest weary feet from wandering the many old streets and squares of old houses and shops in the town centre. It’s all photogenic and fun. Ceret is vibrant and active with visitors and locals. It has the atmosphere and grandeur of a larger town but in reality is really a village
A medium sized Carrefour supermarket was adequate for most needs but actually the bread shop and small grocery shop (both 70m from the cottage – but in opposite directions) meant there was no shortage of supplies or fresh baguettes and croissant (cheap and yummy) and made breakfast a feast. Fresh sliced meats from the butchers next door to the baker made lunches easy
Wander 80m from the cottage down to the petang/boule pitch – we rarely saw anybody there but played most days and then walk onto the disused railway bridge and look in awe past the modern bridge to the famous single span old stone bridge (Pont du Diable) with its imagination inspiring houses tucked on the hillside beside the river. We stopped and picked up a bottle of wine and some cheese to be consumed in the pretty and private garden. A perfect way to enjoy the end of the day.
The Cottage has serious French charm and grace. It was perfect for our needs and wants. The living room with the kitchen was big enough for the needs of 4 adults and 2 children. The kitchen had a few supplies already there. We used some and left others we had bought but not used. We even cooked a BBQ outside one evening which worked great.
I think a hire car is pretty much essential if you want to get out and explore the surrounding countryside (as we did) unless you really just want peace and serenity and desire to close the world out at the front gate and revel and relax in the cottage and garden. A great place to rea
So pleased you all had such a good time. It really is a special place.
Great location, lovely house
Ceret is a lively small town, friendly people, and plenty to do. I went to 2 lovely concerts in Salled'Union and in the church. There was a childrens lantern procession from outside the Mairie, and I went to an exhibition opening in one of the many galleries. whatever time of year I come there is always something interesting to join in.
Delightful tranquil haven in stunning town
This is our third time returning to this beautiful house in the wonderful town of Céret though this was our first time visiting with our 1 and 3 year old children. We found the house improved even further since our earlier visits with everything we could possibly need provided. From the practicalities of a cot and high chair for our smallest to everything we could possibly need to look after us all.
Céret remains a fantastic place with so much to see and do in the town and surrounding countryside and villages. Returning from the beach in 20 minutes or so, it was a delight to return through the gate to the shady garden and pool, providing welcome cool relief from the blazing sunshine.
One welcome addition since our last visit is the 'De Profil' cocktail/tapas/finger food bar restaurant opposite the boulodrome, near the bridges, just a five minute walk from the house. This is a newly opened establishment with very friendly owners/staff who speak French, English and possibly other languages. They are very knowledgeable about their carefully selected and prepared dishes and drinks and must be a regular haunt for visitors to Céret!
We cannot recommend this wonderful house highly enough and look forward to our next visit in 2018.
In a word - BLISS!
What a beautiful beautiful house! Its in a great location within walking distance from the town (and the worlds greatest take away pizza truck!). The house itself has enormous charm - which is helped by the lovely notes that are around it from its owners about how to operate/use different things. It is well maintained and immaculately clean, with 3 spacious bedrooms, a garden, terrace and swimming pool (as a mom of 2 smallies under 5 it was brilliant that the pool was gated out of reach of tiny hands so meant we were always with them in the pool area) We created a whole host of new memories in Ceret, many of which centered around this amazing property which really did become our home from home while we were away. Now...........if I can just get back there minus the smallies above - heaven :)
Cannot recommend this property enough - for couples/families alike - it certainly brings that joie de vie!!!!
Any time you want to return on your own, or just with a couple of adult friends, it's a great place for a lazy adult holiday too.
My wife and I loved our time at this house .It was cool in the days and warm at night and the pool was a delight.We took stunning photographs in Ceret and can't wait to return.
September-October and May-June are a good time to come to the South of France if you want to avoid the hotter high summer days. Delighted you discovered the picturesque town. Pleased to see you again any time.
Beautiful converted stone house with tall ceilings and oozing French charm. Loved the wall of mirrors in the bathroom. Shutters kept the house cool when the temperature was in the high 30s. Exceptionally well equipped but beware no wi-fi or television, actually made a refreshing screen-free fortnight!! Wi-if available in the excellent Sybercafe in Ceret (great smoothies too).
Shady garden with outside furniture, including hammock and plenty of sun around the pool which was a delight, surrounded by lush vegetation and a rockery. Pool furniture could do with an upgrade.
Ceret itself has everything you could want, lively bars and restaurants, very interesting Museum of Modern Art, stunning walks from the centre of town and both leisurely flattish cycle tracks and full on hairpin bend 10k ascents into the hills.
Very useful blue folder of activities and restaurant. Gilles and Nicole who hold the key to the property are charming and incredibly helpful and there is a very amiable neighbour whose name escapes me.
All in all would thoroughly recommend the property and would definitely return.
So pleased you had the best holiday. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Just 20 miles from the Mediterranean, this cottage is on the edge of the small Pyrenean town of Céret, not far from the spectacular bridges over the river. There is a small supermarket, open 7 days a week, a butcher and a bread/patisserie within a few minutes walk. Céret is a small friendly town, where both French and Catalan can be heard in the not-to-be-missed Saturday market. Spend time in the pavement cafés, discover the old medieval streets, the restaurants, the wonderful galleries, and museums; and wander along the lovely Tech valley, which winds up to the highest southern Pyrenees peak of Canigou. Ideally situated for the Cathar castles of Languedoc, the long Mediterranean beaches, forested walks of the Pyrennes (from the town - just walk uphill!); explore the wine tasting in the surrounding vineyards, or lunch in the artistic centres of Collioure ( 30 mins), Figueres, Spain, (close enough for supper or the Dali Museum), shop in Perpignan; or Barcelona is only 2 hours away. Climb to the castles or explore the beach sports, waterparks, riding, and a famous Prehistoric Park. Something for all ages.
Other Activities: Beach sports(30mins),ski (90),paragliding, quad bikes, guided mountain walks. White water rafting and caving not too far away.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Access to the property is from 4.00pm on the day of arrival. Please vacate the property by 10.00am on the day of departure to enable cleaning for next visitors. Arrival day is flexible, by arrangement, and must not conflict with other bookings. The agency will add a small percentage fee to each booking. This is payable with the deposit, and I will list it with your initial enquiry. Linen and towels are provided, please bring your own swimming towels ( or these can be provided €5 per person, payable on arrival) This is a non-smoking house. Visitors are advised to take out their own holiday insurance. We do not accept responsibility for accidents in the house or garden, or loss of belongings. The pool man comes twice a week April - October. He has a key for the garden. There is a small supermarket at the end of the street, that is open 7 days a week until 7.30pm. The keys are kept by our femme de menage, ( housekeeper) who can be called if there is a problem. CD's, books, games and the pool are there for your enjoyment. There are plenty of cushions in the house for garden chairs, please be comfortable. Enjoy yourselves!