Cortal del Baille is a centuries old stone barn which has been tastefully converted to provide a very comfortable home from home for 8 people. It nestles at the top of a hill from which you look out on to the Spanish border. The barn is surrounded by wilderness, woods and meadow and you can simply walk into the surrounding hills. There is a private pool in the meadow behind the barn with tremendous views all around. A truly wonderful place to experience nature, peace and quiet in the sun. There are several local restaurants within 3 miles. The original farmhouse and another barn are adjacent to Cortal del Baille and are uninhabited. Amazing star gazing beside the Cork Oaks. Good bird watching. Great walks - actually on the GR7 - cross Pyrenean Walk. Discover the artists who worked in this area - Picasso, Dufy, Dali, C. Rennie McIntosh, Malliol or pop down to the beaches in France or Spain. The sun shines here an average of 6 days out of 7 all year round.
Barn (Mas) near Ceret, Pyrenees Orientales, France - Wilderness Location, 5 Minutes Walk to Spain
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 12, 2019
Martin and Caitriana have lived in this part of France since 2005 and they LOVE it! Waking up every morning to glorious views, eating seasonally from our potager and the fantastic local markets, the quality of life here is simply outstanding. There are so many things to do and places to explore - it really is simple pleasures all the way.
Caitriana purchased this Barn in 2004
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
A very relaxing holiday
The property is spacious and comfortable and set in beautiful surroundings. It is comprehensibly equipped with all that is needed for a home from home. The weather was warm and sunny throughout our stay, so we had no need to avail ourselves of the huge selection of books and videos on offer.
Set in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the property is splendidly private, we would sit out in the evenings with a glass of wine and watch the bats, and later on, the stars, which are magnificent in that part of the world.
We enjoyed many lovely meals in the restaurants of Ceret, Argeles sur Mer, Collioure and Roses. The €17.9 menu at the restaurant at the El Sol supermarket in La Jonquera is great value, we had moules mariniere, gilled sea bass with vegetables and fries, followed by creme Catalan with what seemed like half a bottle of wine each.
Our dog Muttley was free to roam as far as he wanted to his hearts content, and in the evenings he would hold long in depth conversations with the hound pack located a mile or so away. Luckily there were no neighbours for him to upset!
All in all a very enjoyable holiday.
Steve and Jo Eastman.
Wonderful beaches of the Cote Vermeille in France and the Costa Brava in Spain can be reached in a 45 min drive.
There is a beach to suit everyone's taste - wild secluded coves of the Cap de Creus National Park, pretty old fishing villages, wide sandy bays, sophisticated Spanish getaways and also Water Parks for the young at heart. Collioure, Cadaques and Port Vendres are famed for their artistic connections. Inland it is fun to swim and boat at the lakes at Boadella and St Jean Pla de Corts.
We have Sunday changeovers, so that you can go to the Saturday morning markets in Ceret and Figueres. Use of a car is essential - normal hire cars are fine . The nearest airports are Girona - 1 hours drive, Barcelona El Prat - 2 and a half hours, Perpignan - 1 hours drive and Beziers - 1 and a half hours drive. Ryanair fly to all 3 airports. The nearest train stations are Perpignan 1 hours drive and Figueres 35 mins drive,trains run from Barcelona to Figueres.
On the Spanish side we have La Vajol (nearest Spanish village) 4 km/10 mins, Agullana 15 km/ 20 mins. Figueres 30km/ 35 mins, Cadaques 60 km/ 1hr (beach), Roses 40 km/ 40 mins(beach), Girona 70 km/ 1 hr and Barcelona a 170 km/ 2 hrs drive away. Whilst on the French side, Ceret is 15 km/ 30 mins, Le Boulou is 20 km/ 30 mins, Collioure 30 km/ 40 mins (beach), Perpignan 70 km/ 1 hr drive away.
The whole of Catalonia is renowned for it's thermal springs and Spa's- there are some at Le Boulou, just 30 mins away, but also many others to choose from in both France and Spain. Catalonia is a gastronomic delight. Spanish Catalonia boasts 4 of Spain's' 7 Michelin 3 Star restaurants. In Spain, eating out is much cheaper than in France and so you can really go to town and team excellent food with the local wines. We can give you details of great restaurants hidden away in the hills that only the locals know about. The local markets are definitely a "must do" and are very vibrant with lots of local producers selling their cheeses, salamis, honeys and fruits. Anchovies are still caught off the coast and all types of shellfish, oysters and very fresh fish are for sale. Cafe society is vibrant in Ceret, focusing on Bar Pablo (Picasso), where it is wonderful to sit under the centuries old plane trees, with the locals and have a beer or coffee and watch the world go by. The area is also famous for it's wines - Fitou, Banyuls, Maury, Muscat de Rivesaltes, Collioure, Alt Emporda and Penedes. There are lots of wine caves to visit and taste. The area is also a haven for wildlife and especially birds like pink flamingos in the coastal etangs, eagles, owls, woodpeckers and hoopoes in the garden. The coastal strip is great for migrating birds of all sorts. The area has fantastic walks - in the hills, along the coastal paths, around lakes, past prehistoric dolmens, roman churches and through vineyards. The area is known for it's special light which has attracted many artists over the years, Ceret houses Picasso's in it's Museum of Modern Art and Dali's Museum in Figueres. Collioure has it's Artist's Trail, so that you can follow in the footsteps of Matisse, Dufy, CR MacIntosh and others. Horse riding, paragliding, mountain biking and parachuting are all locally available.
Rates & Availability
Booking Notes: Your booking is confirmed, when we confirm to you that we have received your deposit of 20% of the total amount (which comprises the rental amount plus the cleaning and damage deposit) together with details of the dates you wish to visit the house. The remaining 80% is payable 12 weeks before the start of your holiday. We hope that smoker's will only smoke on the terrace to the front of the Barn, and not in the rest of the garden, because of the danger of starting a fire. Changeover Day: Generally, our changeover day is a Sunday, but we may be flexible. We wish guests to leave the house in a clean and tidy condition by 9.30am to allow us time to clean before our next guests arrive after 4pm. All bedding and towels must be left downstairs.