Tranquil, comfortable & spacious 3 bed villa sleeps 8, loved by all who stay
- english, french, german
About Vanessa Rogers
Hi everyone. We are Keith and Vanessa and we live permanently in Wokingham which is a lovely market town in Berkshire. We have four grown up children who have flown the nest so we try to get down to our lovely house in France when there is availability as we love it so much down there. It is such a beautiful region. We just feel so privileged to have houses in such beautiful parts of the world. We know you'll love it too.
Vanessa Rogers purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Vanessa Rogers chose Maureillas-las-Illas
The region of the Languedoc Roussillon has so much variety to offer. Our house is right down nearly on the Spanish border and is situated within the old country of 'Catalunya' of which the locals are fiercely proud - so it has a Catalan flavour in its culture, customs and food. We love the spicy food though, of course, you can always get traditional French fare. That's the essence of this area, the best of both worlds. You can drive north and be 'lost in France' amongst the beautiful vineyards of Cahors and Corbières, visit the nearby Cathar castles perched on mountain tops, the gorges and the grottos, have a typical French meal in a brasserie in Narbonne or Pézenas (birth place of Molière) just up the motorway or a fish meal in Sète. . Or you can enjoy the Catalan flavour of the region and take advantage of the various fiestas and watch the locals dance the traditional Sardane. And then real Spain is on your doorstep with all its wonders. Also just on your doorstep: Lively village within easy walking distance with cafes, restaurants and regular entertainment Horse riding hire Tennis club Walking & hiking
What makes this Villa unique
The villa offers total privacy, tranquiity and relaxation. It's truly magical to sit in the garden and see the beautiful surrounding Pyrénées and gaze at the magnificent towering 'Canigou' - the highest mountain in the Pyrenees which is supposed to have magical properties - or having breakfast on the terrace listening to the birdsong, or enjoying a lovely cooling swim in the pool or just dozing on the loungers in the sun are some of the joys of just 'being' there. And in the Winter, you can walk along the sea shore in the warmth of the sun, eat oysters outside in the cafes of Collioure one day and then have a romp in the snow in the mountains the next and then come back to a lovely cosy and comfortable house. The house is very well insulated and the central heating works a treat so however cold it can get outside, the house is always warm inside. The insulation works well in the summer also and keeps the house cool on the hot days of summer. Although the South of France is thought of mostly as a summer destination because of its wonderful long, hot summers, the off-season months are also a joy as the Mediterranean climate is so healthy - chilly and dry in the Winter though often and regularly interspersed with lovely days when you can eat outside in the surprisingly warm sunshine, mild and pleasant in the Spring and often very warm in the Autumn when the Med is at its highest temperature, the fierce heat is over leaving a pleasant temperature and the crowds have gone. The off-season times are the best for hiking and exploring. There's something about the rosy light there which is so therapeutic and clear during all the seasons (ask the artists!) but especially noticeable and delightful on an escape from the long and dark northern Winters. Quote from a guest having to cancel a Caribbean holiday and make a last minute booking to our villa 03.10.16: 'it's not Barbados but it is paradise. So glad we found you..' Denise
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 8
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Very comfortable, clean, cosy, complete property surrounded by mountains, peace and tranquility.
The property was in very good condition. The heating was very good and it made the place very comfortable to stay in winter. Lovely villages nearby and close also to Spain. House very well equipped. Host very nice and providing lots of information of the area.
Thank you, Jeff, for your great review which is very helpful as you are our first winter booking. We have had bookings in March/April before where we have recommended having the heating as the evenings can be chilly early on in the season, however, we have never had a mid-winter booking before - simply because people tend to want to come to the South of France/Med for the summer sun and the pool which is only open from beginning May - end October (which is normal for our neck of the woods). However, winter in the Med is also wonderful with often warm sunny days and the bonus of extra hours of daylight as opposed to the dark early evenings in the north. We hope you will come back and look forward very much to welcoming you any time - it was great to have you to stay!
Great house perfect locstion
Two week stay in a house perfect for our needs, loads of info prior to stay. Great pool, kitchen full of equipment to make easy meals (local big supermarkets easily reached by car) Lovely outdoor seating areas for breakfast and late evening meals. Wide choice of TV channels and WiFi for the teenager. Local area - we didn't get a chance to see everything, but Great Lake up the road where we all did water inflatables and swam in the lake. The beach at Argeles is perfect. We also visited other swimming lakes and the Waterpark at St Cyprian. Market in Ceret on a Saturday was amazing, we stayed all day! My husband and I are keen cyclists and loads of beautiful routes if you don't mind hills! We spent lots of time just sitting round the pool, a truely relaxing holiday. Thank you Vanessa , we hope to return again in the future.
Thank you so much Emma and the Flin family for the lovely review and for listing some of the many things this wonderful region has to offer . We look forward to welcoming you and the family back soon to see all the other things you didn't get round to seeing !
Keith and Vanessa
Beautiful villa, we would not stay anywhere else.
We have just returned from our third holiday in the villa, having been as a couple, a family of three and a family of four - we love it here!
The villa is exactly as described and equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay. The garden area is secure, with a dining table, loungers and BBQ and the pool area is completely fenced off - ideal with young children.
Perfect location, close to the beach & lovely restaurants.
We are already planning our next trip!
Comfortable, relaxing, well equipped, great pool
Lovely, clean, well equipped house for our family of 6. The heated pool was perfect for anytime of the day and into the evening. Attractive well established gardens with a lovely sheltered terrace to eat on and bbq which we used a lot! Space for an evening game of pétanque too. Local village is a short walk away with good bakeries, butchers, sports bar, couple of restaurants etc. Great location for visiting Spain, we drove to the centre of Barcelona in just under 2 hours. Close to the med, lovely market in Coillure on a Wednesday, well worth a visit. The owners were very friendly and informative and Franck was on hand should we need anything.
Thank you very much for that lovely review! We are always so delighted when people enjoy staying in our villa in Maureillas - thank you again ! X
Wonderful Villa - Beautiful Area.
We have visited this area several times and this villa has been the most comfortable one we have stayed in - a real home from home. The owners of the villa made booking very easy and provided loads of info and very good travel directions. The property is clean and well maintained. The kitchen is large and has all the facilities that you could expect.The lounge and dining area are also large with very comfortable furniture. If you do have the odd rain storm then the TV with it's multitude of channels is great. The three bedrooms are comfortable with loads of wardrobe space etc and the new shower room is beautiful.
Outside the Al-Fresco dining area is very good as is the BBQ area, sitting under the fairy lights in the evening with a glass of wine as the sun goes down is magical.
The gardens are well maintained just wish I was there when the grapes are ripe. The heated swimming pool was fantastic, early morning and late evening swims are a must.
The area is quiet which is ideal for a relaxing day by the pool. There are very good restaurants in Ceret and Maureillas and Ceret has large supermarkets and is a wonderful town to stroll in the evening. The med is only 20 min drive away and the port of Collioure is a beautiful place to visit. Spain is only 7km away and there are a number of small fishing ports and hidden coves and beaches all within easy reach.
We are a party of 6 adults and a 7 month old infant, we had a fantastic time and all felt at home in this super place, we will be back in the not to distant future.
Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful review Steve which is heartwarming. Glad you loved our villa and this beautiful area- we are so looking forward to welcoming you again . You were perfect guests
Beautiful villa in a wonderful location
A lovely house, well equipped with all you need for the perfect stay including towels, bedding and a very well equipped kitchen. We are four adults (one British and three Americans) and we loved it! We used the house to explore this beautiful part of France and also Northern Spain. The nearby village of Maureillas is within walking distance with cafes and restaurants and I recommend 'El Tap' in the village square. We enjoyed visiting the nearby towns of Ceret and the harbour town of Collioure, both only a short drive away.. We also explored further afield to Carcassonne, Barcelona and Figureres. The Spanish border is only 20 minutes drive away. Although we travelled a lot it was great to get back the villa and an evening barbecue on the beautifully lit terrace and a swim in the heated pool. We will be booking again and hopefully spend more time in this wonderful area.
The Cote Vermeille (Vermillion Coast) is half an hour's drive away with sweeping sandy beaches and lively resorts such as Argeles and St. Cyprien. North lies Bacares with long swathes of sandy beaches leading to the nature reserve of St. Sigean.Heading south the coastline gets craggier with beautiful little bays.
The ancient harbour town of Collioure, a magnet for artists, is only 40 mins away and the breathtaking coastline hairpin drive towards Spain affords other lovely resorts.
Care hire is essential.
Perpignan airport 1/2 hr drive
,Girona airport 1hr,
Carcassone airport 90 mins.
Barcelona airport 2 hrs.
Montpellier airport 90 mins.
Béziers airport approx 1 hr
Toulouse airport 2 hours.
TGV available from Paris/Perpignan.
If driving down, an overnight stopover is recommended though some brave souls have done the whole journey non-stop. We can give you the 3 routes available to get down there - the Eastern, Middle (cheapest re tolls) and Western routes with recommended stopover hotels.
10 mins walk/1 min drive to local village of Maureillas with local amenities/bars and 2 restaurants.
5 mins drive to village St Jean Pla de Corts with further amenities, plus 2 large lakes for picnics/swimming with kids' adventure park, teleski facilities, café and restaurant, pedalos, c etc.
5 mins drive to town of Ceret with supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cafes and a magnificent market.
Half hour drive to the Mediterranean
1/2 hr drive to Perpignan,
15 mins to Spanish border on motorway over spectacular viaduct and 30 minutes on the old , windy, picturesque Gerona Road through the mountains
30 mins drive to Dali Museum in Figueres
40 mins drive to Costa Brava.
1.5 hrs drive Barcelona Town but half an hour on TGV from Perpignan but recommend parking at Figueres (cheaper and more accessible) and getting the TGV from there to Barcelona
The proudly Catalan village of Maureillas is a short walk away and affords all amenities such as grocery stores, a Boulangerie, La Poste, cash machine, a pharmacy, bars, restaurants ,one gourmand (check out reviews www.66survins.com) and one typically Catalan but great value. The leisure area in Maureillas hosts several fiestas on Friday and Saturday evenings in high season with cheap, good food and wine available and free live music and discos. The village square restaurants invite local musicians to provide live music in the summer months. Maureillas is a surprisingly lively village with a strong sense of community and a historic backdrop all of which bring visitors back time and time again.
Horse riding facilities, biking (hire available locally), walking and hiking in the Pyrenees are on your doorstep. The Pyrenees are a joy to explore with hamlets, villages and spa towns along the mountain roads selling local organic produce. There are gorges and historic buildings to discover along the spectacular winding mountain roads.
Céret is a beautiful, stylish and sophisticated Catalan town with a maze-like medieval centre enclosed within ramparts and a splendid central square with a beautiful fountain. 3 restaurants grace the square where there is often live music. Céret market is legendary and stretches through the town every Saturday morning and is bustling even in the winter when the town comes alive with live music (market also on Tues nights in high season) Céret is famous for its affiliation with Picasso and has a large modern art museum and streets lined with street cafés, restaurants and bars as well as art dealers, craft shops and boutiques. There are also banks, pharmacies, clinics, schools, supermarkets and all normal amenities.
Le Boulou is a thriving, working town just 5 minutes up the road towards Perignan. It has been prettily renovated and has weekly markets and all amenities, plus a large retail area with modern supermarkets and outlet stores.
Collioure, a painter's dream hence its attraction for Matisse, Chagall and other famous painters, is a lovely medieval coastal resort half an hour's drive away, ideal for Sunday lunch by the sea after a visit to the Sunday or Wednesday morning markets. Its little cobbled streets are lined with craft shops and boutiques, cafés and restaurants.
Perpignan is a stylish Medieval city with large cobbled squares ideal for watching the world go by and narrow Medieval streets to wander through, its famous Castillet, plus stylish boutiques, Catalan restaurants, bars and cafés.
Just north is pure France and historic jewels such as Carcassonne and Narbonne, as well as Cathar Castles, prehistoric sites and old forts in the Corbières and Fenouillades which demonstrate its varied history throughout the ages.
Spain is close by with easy access to Figueres (Dali Museum, a big Thursday morning market and great boutiques), the Costa Brava ,Girona (gorgeous castle and extensive ramparts, and beautiful Plaza Major) and fabulous Barcelona - so the best of both worlds