|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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
Make an instant reservation at our own website at: www.lapaloma.info
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 www.lapaloma.info
Child Friendly – Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available
All my life I have ran my own small business in retailing, manufacturing and lately in the education sector running programs helping young people to achieve their dreams.
I am now semi-retired and split my time between our cottage on a farm near Epsom in the UK and La Paloma.
We are crucially aware that when guests chose to spend their holidays at La Paloma they are trusting us to ensure that all goes well.
When we don’t have guests at La Paloma we work hard maintaining and improving the property to ensure that we meet, or indeed exceed, their expectations.
When guests arrive we love showing them round La Paloma and sharing details of the local area.
John Biggs purchased this house in 2003
When I was a young boy my parents drove our family from the UK to the South of France on our first overseas holiday.
We camped on the beach close to St Tropez, ate in local restaurants, brought bread from local bakers, cooked in the open air, swan in the Mediterranean and fell deeply in love with France.
From that first trip I’d dreamed of living in France and re-living the experiences that made that first visit so special.
In 2003 on a trip to the South France we stumbled across La Paloma and the dream became a reality.
This often forgotten corner of France enjoys more sunshine than the rest of the country. It’s close to the Spanish boarder and just a few miles from the Mediterranean.
La Paloma offers the best of all worlds, stunning views across the valley with plenty of space and privacy but just a few moments’ walk from the village.
Having the house full of friends and family has given us some of our best memories of this extraordinary place.
Breakfast on the front terrace overlooking the village, lazy lunches by the pool and long dinners on the back terrace mark the passing of our days here.
The sun popping up over the mountain and burning off the early morning mist
Blue sky against the lush green mountain vegetation
Views across the terracotta roofs of the village from the terrace
An early morning dip in the pool
A French lesson from the bakers wife
A sneaky coffee in the village after an early morning run
Catching a glimpse of the pool from the kitchen window
A hard cycle up the valley for breakfast at Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste
A fast cycle down the valley for a long lunch in Céret
Fresh salmon steamed with lemon and glass of crisp white wine
A drive to the coast and a day on the beach
A walk up to the old mine and a picnic lunch
A sing-song round the piano
A drive over the hill to Spain for tapas and white Rioja
Twisting by the pool
Candle lit dinner on the back terrace
Stunning thunderstorms rolling down the valley
Neighbours popping in for a chat and an aperitif
Billy, the mystery cat who comes and goes
The laughter of children, and their children coming across from the pool
A visit to the vineyard to catch up with the grower and fill up the boot
A gin & tonic at sundown
The chatter of the crickets as the day comes to an end
A night sky with stars like diamonds scattered on velvet
The abbey bells marking the time that passes far too quickly
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.
Getting here – see the owner’s website for details of travel options to this property: www.lapaloma.info
Local information – see the owner’s website for things to see and do in this part of France: www.lapaloma.info
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.
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.
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
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.
A good possibility for families with children. Good property with excellent pool. Charming town and good possibilities for excursions in the Pyrenees.
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!
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: www.lapaloma.info
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.