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Private heated pool, stunning views, close to village. - La Paloma House

Arles, Occitanie, France
  • House
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths2
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

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 heated 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 heated 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


John Biggs

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About John Biggs

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

Why John Biggs chose Arles

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.

What makes this House unique

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


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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


      • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, bidet
      • Bathroom 3
      • Bathroom 4
      • Bathroom 5
      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Backpack
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Fireplace
                    • Firewood
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • 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


                        • Grill
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Grinder
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Blender
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Heated pool for your exclusive use.


                                                • nude beach
                                                • arboretum
                                                • caves
                                                • churches
                                                • duty free shops
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • 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

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • 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: www.lapaloma.info Child Friendly – Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  11 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  A fantastic base for cyclists!

                                                                  Peter H.

                                                                  La Paloma is a wonderful location for cycling breaks. The scenery and roads around La Paloma are perfect for creating some truly memorable rides. We went out every day on rides organised and guided by John Biggs. The variation in the rides, and some of the views from the mountains made every day an adventure. La Paloma has it all..hill rides, flats, coastal rides. This resort is highly recommended for any keen cycling groups. We will never forget our stay there.

                                                                  The resort itself is perfect for evening recoveries after a day on the saddle..thank you, John for your hospitality and organisation.

                                                                  Spacious house, stunning views in great location

                                                                  Sarah E.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for your feedback Sarah.

                                                                  I am glad that you enjoyed the table tennis and the bikes.

                                                                  We are very lucky to be in a secluded spot with great views yet within a few moments of the shops and restaurants in the village.

                                                                  We agree that La Paloma is great for large parties. We often have our children and grandchildren here. Having enough space for us all to spread out and do our own thing, yet come back together for meals is a real bonus.

                                                                  Come back soon …!

                                                                  Fantastic villa with impressive views and a great location...

                                                                  Nick W.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for your feedback Nick.

                                                                  We enjoyed having you at La Paloma. We only added the BBQ for the 2016 season so are delighted that is was a success.

                                                                  We totally agree with your views about TV on holiday, but are happy to report it is now working well and even has a Google Chromecast so you can access Netflix on it!

                                                                  We look forward to seeing you, and/or your friends and family back at La Paloma soon.

                                                                  Views to die for!!

                                                                  clare l.

                                                                  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

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Great place for autumn break!

                                                                  Petri p.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks Petri

                                                                  You are so right about being at La Paloma out of the main season. It is still warm and the views from the house are even more stunning. We hope to install a pool heater for 2017 so that we can extend the season even further. We have often had Christmas lunch on the terrace, having a pool at 28 degrees for a quick dip before lunch will be a real bonus.

                                                                  Good property in Languedoc-Roussillon

                                                                  HegnThisted, Denmark

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

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Hegn

                                                                  We are pleased that you enjoyed being in the Pyrenees. We really do believe it offers the best of all worlds. Charming villages, stunning scenery, wonderful coastline and skiing in the winter. People still ask us, why France, why here ….


                                                                  Arles, Occitanie, France

                                                                  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.

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                                                                  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

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