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Best of all worlds, private pool, stunning views, walk to village, drive to sea - La Paloma House

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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Self catering property, foothills of the Pyrenees close to Mediterranean & Spain

La Paloma is a large residence on the edge of the medieval village of Arles sur Tech in the Languedoc region of South West France.

In 1956 local chiropractor, Mr Boix and his dentist wife chose this prime site on an old vineyard with views over the picturesque village to create a villa to live in and a separate suite of rooms for them to practice in.

When we bought La Paloma in 2003 we converted the practice rooms into a separate apartment, installed a swimming pool and created extra terraces. La Paloma can be rented as a House to sleep 12 or a Villa to sleep 6.

Either option provides:

- Private pool

- Stunning views

- Extensive terraces

- Fully equipped kitchens

- Short walk to shops and restaurants

- Short drive to coast and into Spain

- Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available

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John & Gina Biggs

La Paloma is the ideal venue for a family reunion, celebrations or two family holidays. The two-story layout of the property lends itself to large gatherings. In addition to sleeping 12 people in the bedrooms there are three sofa beds to accommodate a further 6 people. With two kitchens, three bathrooms and three reception rooms there is plenty of room for party members to find their own space.

If your party is smaller you can rent just the villa section for 6 people.

The various outside terraces and seating areas mean that you can be together when you want to and can separate into smaller groups when required. In the evenings party members can find their own favourite spots to group together and enjoy a quite drink and meal or to play music and chat the night away.

One of the most important reasons for us buying a house in France was our love of food and wine. The main kitchen at La Paloma usually becomes the main gathering place when we are there with friends and family. The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons and some interesting traditional French features. It has a table that will comfortably sit eight people, an American fridge with ice maker and modern gas cooker along with all the utensils and equipment required for the most ambitious cook.

A small library of cookbooks includes books from Elizabeth David though to Rick Stein should you be stuck for inspiration. Coll Frers, the village butcher has a fabulous selection of meat, poultry, and charcuterie and the local Spar has fresh supplies of vegetables each day. To see our Blog about how we live at La Paloma see the owner’s website at

Child Friendly – Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available

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Details for La Paloma House 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, 2 Bathrooms, 2 half bathrooms

La Paloma House consists of La Paloma Villa and La Paloma Apartment and can be rented throughout the year. La Paloma Villa can be rented anytime apart from July and August. See tab at top of page to rent La Paloma Villa.

The house is perfect for large parties, family reunions and two family holidays. The villa section provides the main accommodation, reception rooms, kitchen, bathrooms and three bedrooms with beds for six.

The self-contained apartment has its own front door, kitchen, lounge diner, shower room and two further bedrooms with beds for six.

When at La Paloma with a large party we tend to consign the youngsters to the apartment. This leaves us to enjoy the peace and quite afforded by the villa with its large terraces and fantastic views.

The youngsters meanwhile can enjoy themselves; close enough to be safe and far away enough to feel independent.

Meal times are always the highlight of the day at La Paloma. There are several terraces to choose from for lunch providing shade or sun as required. As dinner time approaches party members drift back from the activities of the day and congregate in the large kitchen to share stories and help prepare the meal over a glass of local wine.

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John Biggs
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Spacious and airy villa with a lovely authentic French feel. Very clean and good kitchen features. Private, peaceful balcony with fantastic views over town and mountains. We went in July which although very hot usually got a nice breeze, although some fans would have been ideal for the really days. Great pool for cooling off in the sun and lounging about, which our kids loved. It was difficult to lever them away from it to do other things! Laid back town with a few quiet bars and restaurants. Surrounding towns are well also worth a visit like Ceret. And of course, the food generally is a treat with reasonable prices in most places we visited.
Aug 2006
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La Paloma House
average rating of 4.857143 based on 26 reviews

Spacious house, stunning views in great location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Paloma for 10 days this month. We arrived in the dark - so to wake up to that stunning view in the morning was amazing.

There were 12 of us, 7 adults and 5 children and there more than enough space. Plenty of room for us to sit around all the tables, both in and out. The layout was as listed and clean and well maintained, although the villa is slightly more up to date than the apartment.There are rather a few stairs, which was good exercise after all the lovely local cheese and wine but some may struggle with them. Adults and children loved the pool, so much so that we hardly left the villa - great that the pool had gazeboeetc for some shade. Table tennis and mountain bikes got used well too.

The village, Arles surles tech, was very handy to walk to for the shops - Spar, butchers, bakers etc and the restaurants were good, altough not open very late as we discovered on our first night! Bigger supermarkets were about 20 mins away.

John was very helpful and easily contactable with any queries we did have. We had a great time and would love to go back.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic villa with impressive views and a great location...

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic week at La Paloma - we were 7 adults and 4 children and the house was more than spacious enough. The facilities are as clearly explained, and more than comfortable, with plenty of crockery and cutlery to cater for meals, and the convenience of dishwashers to help with the clean up. The best facility was by far was the pool - separate enough from the house that the kids couldn't accidently fall in - a great feature that was used daily. The BBQ got lots of use, with the dining mostly happening on the main terrace. The house was clean and generally well maintained, although the main villa is better appointed then the apartment downstairs. The only negative was that the TV wasn't getting reception, but that wasn't a significant problem - you're not on holiday to watch TV!

The centre of Arles-sur-Tech is only a few minutes' walk away and offers a small Spar store for the essentials, a couple of restaurants and the expected patisserie, charcuterie amongst others. The Abbaye is worth a visit - very beautiful and peaceful. You need to go a little further for a larger supermarket (we went to the one in Céret - about 20 mins drive).

The owner (John) is quick to answer questions and in general great to deal with - we will be recommending La Paloma to friends and family looking for a spacious house to accommodate a large group of people, in a beautiful setting and offering great value.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Views to die for!!

  • 5 of 5

A great property for a large family as you can hire both levels. We stayed with our family of 3 generations and all really enjoyed the house, pool and garden. There are quite a few steps up to the house which is not ideal for elderly parents and little ones, but the views over the mountains are so amazing that it makes it so worth the climb.

The house is very comfortable and very well equipped - everything seems to have been thought about .

Our 6 children loved the pool, gardens and table tennis table and the board games in the evenings.

The location is fantastic as it is so quiet, but you are only a couple of minutes walk from the village with it's shops and cafes.

John ,the owner was so very helpful and even found us a local vet for our dog.

Overall, a super holiday home in a beautiful area

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words Claire. It was a pleasure to have you here. We look forward to having you (and the dog!) back at La Paloma soon. John
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Great place for autumn break!

  • 5 of 5

We spend really nice two weeks in La Paloma villa in Arles sur Tech. The village and the surroundings are really beautiful. There are a number of places to visit within short drive and you can easily enjoy both of the mountains and the sea in this location. In many ways the area is more orinal and less crowded compared to other coastal regions in southern France. This time of year (october) you can still have really nice weather (we spent many days enjoying the pool) but as the summer season is over the area is really calm.

The villa is really spacious and it has many terraces and balconies to enjoy of sunshine and the marvellous views over the village and surrounding mountains.

John took very good care of us providing information and checking that everything was ok. I am happy to recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Good property in Languedoc-Roussillon

  • 4 of 5

A good possibility for families with children. Good property with excellent pool. Charming town and good possibilities for excursions in the Pyrenees.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
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i love this place!

  • 5 of 5

i have spent some amazing holidays at the house and throughly enjoyed every minuit of it. it has an amazing view from the balcony and is so hard to believe its only 2 hours away from london. with enough space to sleep family and friends! with the amazing french weather , swimming pool and the beautiful sceanery and food what more could you want!

  • Submitted: May 19, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2007
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Perpignan France at 30 Kilometres - Girona Spain
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
In the village
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
In Amélie-les-Bains
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
In the village
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Les Angles
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: recommended

La Paloma is in the beautiful medieval village of Arles sur Tech. Arles is one of the most southerly villages in France and is just a few miles from the Spanish frontier where you can access Figures, famous for it’s Salvador Dali connection and the historic Catalan city of Girona. The prefecture of Ceret, famous for it’s annual cheery festival and museum of modern art is a short drive away. Beyond Ceret the old Roman road leads to the picturesque Côte Vermeille with the artists’ enclave at Collioure and seafood lovers paradise of, Port-Vendres once the home of René Mackintosh. The regional city of Perpignan is a thirty-minute drive away with its bustling shops, ancient canal network and fascinating Arabic quarter. Further up the coast you can reach Montpelier in one and a half hours and the historic Cathar city of Carcassonne in two.Getting here is easy. You can come by Ryanair to Perpignan or Girona, EasyJet to Barcelona, TGV to Perpignan or spend a leisurely day or two driving down from the Channel ports and crossing the spectacular Millau viadu

Other Activities: For full details of other activities in the area see owner’s website at:

Golf: Bahia Mini Golf & Restaurant

La Baillie 66150 Arles sur Tech

33 (0) 468 87 87 01

Great for the family. Cheap and cheerful and good quality too. Turn left just before the bridge into Arles sur Tech, past the basketball centre and follow the signs up the winding road. You can just play a round of mini golf if you like or take a drink in the sunshine and enjoy the views.

Golf de Falgos

Details: 18 holes length 5044m. Par 70. Barcelona 187km. Perpignan 59km

Location St Laurent de Cerdans open 1 March – 30 November

A stunningly located golf course, hotel, restaurant and spa. Spectacular views over the snow capped Canigou to the north and the bay of Roses to the south. Well worth spending a day here for golfers and non golfers alike.

Golf de St Cyprien

Details: 18 Holes length 6480m. Par 73 : 9 holes 2724m par 35. Barcelona 200km Perpignan 20km

Location St Cyprien

PGA de Catalunya

Details: 18 holes. Length 7160yds. Par 72. Barcelona 45min Girona 15mins

location Caldes de Malavella(Girona).

Ski: We don’t pretend that La Paloma is a perfect ski location, but in the winter there are a number of ski areas within an hour or two’s drive. This works well if only some of your party are keen skiers and others prefer the village life and mild temperatures around La Paloma.

The nearest resort is at Vallter 2000, about 1.5 hours away in Spain. This is good resort for beginners.

For more advanced skiing the resorts around the plateau at the top of the neighbouring Tet Valley provide lots of choice.

It will take you a couple of hours to drive there and we can recommend hotels if you decide to make it an overnight trip.

It is a good idea to carry snow chains if you plan to visit either of there events. The roads are normally cleared each day, but you can get caught out by a sudden heavy dump of snow. We have a selection of chains to fit most vehicles, so just ask.


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Arles House Rental Rates

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Sep 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
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Apr 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
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Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
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Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $245

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Arles House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • The house was recently fitted with a high pressure water pump and new water heating system. To celebrate their arrival, and to make maximum use of the benefits they bring we have installed new shower units in the main bathrooms. They have dinner plate size shower roses to drench you in gallons of warm water at the end of day by the pool or to wash away the sand after a day at the beach.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , En-suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Vanity unit
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Vanity unit
  • We know that planning for a big group holiday can be a challenge and that numbers can change at the last minute. That’s why we charge a flat rate for the property and not a price per person. If you find that you have more people than you planned for we can put an extra single bed in the master bedroom and provide linen for the two double sofa beds in the villa lounge and the one in the apartment. For a copy of floor plans showing the location of the beds see our website at:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 18 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
To see an extensive gallery of photos showing the facilities the house offers see the owner’s website at: Child Friendly – Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available

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