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Stylish villa, 13m private pool, tranquil garden, close to village amenities

Maureillas-las-Illas, France
  • Villa
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps10
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, mountains and sea, close to Spain, perfect for families and groups of friends

This detached villa with beautiful pool is our home in the south of France. Book it as your base, and come and explore this area around Maureillas and Ceret in the Languedoc-Roussillon, one of the lesser known regions of France. There is so much to see and do, or just relax with a glass of wine round the pool, at the beach...

The villa is centred on 1/2 an acre of gardens with a large swimming pool big enough to play in, and with a proper deep end (1.8m). Parking is available for several cars on the drive.

The layout is mostly open plan with the kitchen giving onto two separate dining areas, and two lounge areas. Most rooms, including three of the bedrooms, have double doors onto an outside terrace giving a light and airy feel to the place. There is also the outside 'room', with table and parasol seating 10, and Dancook coal barbecue for entertaining alfresco on those long summer days. The property is equally attractive in winter with TV/selection of DVDs, log burning fire, books, board games and jigsaws.

There are 2 double bedrooms and 3 twins, which makes the house ideal for 2 families wishing to holiday together or a group of couples or friends enjoying a house party together.The master double has a spacious en suite shower room featuring a large 'wet room' shower, wash hand basin and toilet. The second double and one of the twins share the family bathroom, featuring bath, separate shower, his 'n hers basins, bidet and wc. Up a timber spiral staircase you will find 2 twin bedrooms sharing a shower room with shower, basin and wc.

Access to the property is via an attractive external staircase to reach the upper terrace and front door. It is therefore not appropriate for anyone requiring disabled access. The property nestles in the foothills of the Pyrenees and is built into the side of the hill, so what is ground floor level at the rear of the property is first floor at the front. This can be seen upon careful examination of the photographs.

Owner

Michael Cutteridge

Member Since 2011
Response time:
within a few days
Speaks:
english, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 12, 2018
About Michael Cutteridge

I bought Villa Les Aygals in 2002 when my children were still young and it has been, and continues to be a much loved family home. We all live in London and have busy lives, which makes it difficult to get there as often as we would like, so we decided to share it with you. I originally thought about buying a second home in the UK and checked out Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. It quickly became apparent that I could never be a week-ender due to the horrendous traffic and started to set my sights further afield. We can leave London, drive to Stansted, and arrive at the house in France in the same time it would have taken to drive to Cornwall on a good run!! I have never regretted my decision to buy in France. My children and I enjoy a wonderful property with a swimming pool, sunny days all year round, a different culture, the stunning mountains and proximity to the sea. And now it's available to share with you! I hope you choose to stay and come to love the area as we do.

Michael Cutteridge purchased this Villa in 2002

Why Michael Cutteridge chose Maureillas-las-Illas

I chose to buy in a village with proximity to local amenities as I didn't see myself as the sort of person (with teenagers) who would want to be stuck half way up a mountainside with an hour's drive to the nearest pint of milk! We love being a part of this French community and employ a local french gardener and 3 ex-pat English people to help us look after the property. During your stay you may get to meet Debra our housekeeper, Bernie the pool man, Don our handyman or Franck the gardener. Our time in France generally starts with dinner in either El Tap or 66/20, both closeby in the village, to say hello to Jean-Louis or Sabrina who are your hosts, and to meet our feeding requirements before we get to the shops. We are discovering the area all the time. New places open up and there are always our favourite haunts to go back to.

What makes this Villa unique

Villa Les Ayglas straddles 3 cultures. It is in France, but has a strong Catalan influence, you are in Catalonia after all! It is just 15 minutes drive over the border into Spain with its Costa Brava and the wonderful cities of Girona, Figueres and Barcelona. This area is an art lovers paradise. All the greats painted here Matisse, Picasso to name just two, and their presence can be felt as you explore the local area....such as the modern art museum in Ceret and in the bars of Collioure; over the border it is Salvador Dali at his museum in Figueres. You are also in a most scenic environment with the beautiful Pyrenees, wonderful beaches and the picture postcard Ceret with its famous Saturday market. And lets not forget our lovely village of Maureillas which puts on entertainment most week-ends through out the summer months at its Parc de Loisir...... come and see the locals dancing their local dance The Sardanes, or enjoy the Paella and Mechoi evenings with music.......there is so much to do and so little time to do it!!!

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib
      • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master double bedroom with ceiling fan and en-suite shower room. Guest double bedroom with ceiling fan. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and ceiling fan. Bedrooms 4 and 5 each with twin beds and air-conditioning.

      Bathrooms

      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, shower, bidet
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, tub, shower, bidet
      • Shower room 1
        shower
      • Toilet 1
        toilet
      • En-suite shower room to master bedroom with large shower, basin, bidet and wc. Family bathroom with bath, separate shower, "his and hers" basins, bidet and wc. Shower room for bedrooms 4 & 5 including shower, basin and wc. Separate wc/cloakroom with basin

      Location Type

        • Mountain
        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village

          Theme

            • Adventure
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions

              Meals

                • Guests provide their own meals

                  General

                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      There are air conditioning units in the top 2 bedrooms. The 3 bedrooms on the lower floor have ceiling fans.
                    • Garage
                      There is a garage, which houses several bicycles for varying ages, including adults.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      There is wifi available at the house and also in the local café, El Tap, located in the village square.
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Informal dining has a glass table and chairs that seats 6. Formal dining area has a traditional oak table and chairs seating 10. Lounge area, centred around log burning fire, has 2 sofas, an armchair and CD player. Lounge area 2 is centred on HD TV & DVD.
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                      House towels are included. Swimming towels can also be provided for a small service fee.
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wood Stove
                      A wood burning stove provides a focal point to the sitting areas and is a cosy place to sit around on those colder days/evenings.

                      Kitchen

                        • Coffee Maker
                          There are cafétieres of 2 different sizes, large and small.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          There are plenty of dishes and utensils. The house is well equipped to cater for 10 people, there being 12 of most things.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Full size dishwasher.
                        • Freezer
                          American style fridge/freezer with ice/cold water dispenser
                        • Kitchen
                          The kitchen is well-equipped including a 4 ring gas hob, built-in electric oven with extractor hood, twin sinks, American style fridge/freezer with ice/cold water dispenser, dishwasher plus a selection of other electric gadgets (eg juicer, jug blender).
                        • Oven
                          Electric oven
                        • Refrigerator
                          American style fridge freezer with water and ice dispenser.
                        • Stove
                          The hob works from bottled gas in the cupboard beneath and has four rings.
                        • Toaster

                          Dining

                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              There are 3 dining areas. The informal breakfast area houses a glass table seating 6 people. The formal dining area seats 10 easily, and the external dining area also seats 10.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people

                              Entertainment

                                • Books
                                  There are many novels at the property for that holiday reading.
                                • DVD Player
                                  It is a Blueray player.
                                • Game Room
                                • Games
                                  Monopoly, New York Monopoly, Articulate, Scrabble, Chess, Draughts, Back Gammon, Pick-up-sticks, Matching pairs, Cards, many jigsaws, Jigsaw board.....and those are the ones I can remember! :-)
                                • Music Library
                                  There is a sizeable range of CDs for your enjoyment.
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Stereo
                                  There is a CD player and an iPod docking station available for your use.
                                • Television
                                  The television has been set up to watch DVDs only.
                                • Video Library
                                  There is an extensive range of DVDs at the property to suit all tastes, even children.

                                  Outside

                                    • Balcony
                                    • Bicycles
                                      See photographs!
                                    • Boat
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      The dining terrace has outside table and seating for 10 people, plus Dancook coal barbecue
                                    • Golf
                                      Villa Les Aygals is within easy reach of two golf courses. The first, located on the coast at St Cyprien, is approximately 20 mins away. It has 2 courses - an 18 hole Championship course and a 9 hole course. Both feature water hazards and offer a challenge to experienced and inexperienced players alike. This St Cyprien Golf Club is also home to the Patrick Lacroix Golf School. Le Domaine de Falgos, near St Laurent de Cerdans, is a 650 hectare estate situated in the mountains close to the border with Spain. The par 70 golf course is a mountain course with some natural obstacles but designed for players of all abilities. Both group and individual lessons are available. The course is approx 45 mins drive.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Dancook coal barbecue
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Skiing is available in the next valley up, on the road towards Andorra. Resorts include Les Angles, Font Romeu, Pyrenees 2000 and Formigueres. It is an ambitious day out with a 2 hour drive each way, but one that we have enjoyed several times over the years. Ski hire is available by the day.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Table Tennis

                                      Suitability

                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool

                                              Attractions

                                                • museums
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • churches
                                                • cinemas
                                                • duty free shops
                                                • forests
                                                • marina
                                                • caves
                                                • nude beach
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • gambling casinos
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              Notes

                                                                • Notes on accommodation: This property is ideal for families, groups of couples or friends. Amenities include Ipod docking station, CD player, HD television with blueray DVD player, books, board games, jigsaws and table tennis room. A grocery welcome pack can be provided upon request. No smoking is allowed at the premises. Pets are not allowed. Outside: The garden naturally divides itself into 5 areas-entrance/drive with parking for several cars; 'meadow' with large oak tree at centre with swinging hammock; sun terrace around 13m x 4m (max) kidney shaped private swimming pool; rear terrace with table (with parasol) and chairs seating 10, Dancook coal barbecue, swinging hammock and external lighting; and orchard area with long benches with cushions, where you can lie out under the stars. Utility Room: The utility room is on the lower ground floor and includes washing machine, ironing board, iron and clothes airer. There is also a retractable washing line fixed to an outside wall and pegs for outside drying. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and house towels are provided. Beach/swimming pool towels can be supplied for a small extra charge. The property is cleaned before your arrival and again at the end. If extra cleaning is required during your stay please enquire. Other: The lower ground floor comprises a large games room with table tennis table. Double doors out of this room give onto the swimming pool area. Pool inflatables and sun lounger cushions are also stored here.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  7 Reviews

                                                                  Exceptional5/5

                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Property was amazing I would recommend it to anyone. It is huge

                                                                  Stuart C.

                                                                  Owners are extremely helpful. If you have any issues they are sorted immediately with the friendly staff that help out there. We are going back next year because we had such a fantastic time. There is something for everyone with the outstanding views and walks, to aqua parks and local lake which has so many activities offered for the family.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Really glad you had a great time.Best M.

                                                                  A fantastic villa and location

                                                                  mary s.Manchester

                                                                  The villa was very impressive, even better than the pictures on the website.

                                                                  Very spacious, even for a large group.

                                                                  The swimming pool was substantial and shallow at one end for children, deep enough to take a lovely swim at the other end. Different areas of the villa to relax in- terrace, balcony at the front, pool area.

                                                                  Very well equipped with plenty of dining areas, large kitchen, barbecue area.

                                                                  Thoughtful extras such as large towels, table tennis, badminton, bikes

                                                                  The local village was very friendly and easily accessible

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Really glad you had a lovely time at our villa home in France.

                                                                  Lovely villa with lots of great activities locally

                                                                  James M.

                                                                  Ive stayed at the villa during the last 2 summers. Two years ago I went out there to train for an ironman triathlon. There were fantastic mountains for cycling with unbelievable views, Great Lakes and quiet beaches for swimming. There was also a local triathlon club that were really friendly and let me train a couple of sessions with them when I was out there. I had such a great experience that I returned the following summer for a holiday to chill by the pool and check out some of the beaches and bars.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We were delighted you were able to train and enjoy a holiday at the same time!

                                                                  Great Villa with lots of fun of activities nearby

                                                                  James M.

                                                                  Ive stayed at the villa during the last 2 summers. Two years ago I went out there to train for an ironman triathlon. There were fantastic mountains for cycling with unbelievable views, Great Lakes and quiet beaches for swimming. There was also a local triathlon club that were really friendly and let me train a couple of sessions with them when I was out there. I had such a great experience that I returned the following summer for a holiday to chill by the pool and check out some of the beaches and bars

                                                                  Lovely villa in beautiful part of France

                                                                  Karen P.Plymouth, Devon, UK

                                                                  This villa is very spacious and situated in a beautiful area. Property was clean and towels provided, we also opted to rent the pool towels. Pool was huge and lovely and warm, the pool area is a real suntrap. Views from the terrace are lovely. Table tennis was a huge hit with the teenagers and the grandparents! Easy walk down to the local village for bread from one of the two boulangeries or any forgotten items from the local shop. Le Clerc at Le Boulou and Lidl at Ceret are both great for shopping and open Sunday mornings. We ate at El Tap one night and had a great meal, booking may be advised as was very busy on the night we visited. Bike trails in the area are great.

                                                                  A must is a visit to the lovely town of Ceret, we ate at the Hotel Vidal on a Tues night which is also market night and the atmosphere in the town was wonderful, great jazz band playing. Members of our party visited Carcassonne and thoroughly enjoyed it, might be best to visit late afternoon/early evening though as very hot. The roads in the coastal areas are extremely busy due to the high number of camp sites nearby, by trial and error we discovered a quiet area of the beach north of Argeles opp the La Marende camping site with huge parking area and with use of the satnav found an easy route via the 'Taxo de la Mer' road to the beach. Didn't reach Coullioure as road was too busy! Did however have several trips to Spain and found a lovely beach nr Llanca (Grifeu) and then took the coast road back into France. Also trip to Barcelona which was very easy, parked near La Sagrera metro station for free then caught the metro into centre, Nou Camp stadium was a big hit with my son! A9 and D900 can be very busy though around the border area, you can cut out some of the queues by using the D71B which comes into Le Perthus by the car park. Trips into the mountain towns were a lot quieter. If you want a trip on the 'Little Yellow Train' you will need to book at the SNCF station in Ceret.

                                                                  Villa was in a great location and easily accommodated the eight members of our party, plenty of different areas to sit and chill. A small table and chairs on the front balcony would be welcome to enable you to make the most of the mountain views as they are gorgeous and maybe a microwave would be useful. Apart from this I thoroughly recommend this property which is in a beautiful part of France.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thank you for your lovely review. Lots of tips for future guests :-) We are delighted you had such a happy time. The main roads certainly become busy once the whole of Europe mobilises on its summer holidays, but there are always sneaky routes around the back! It is on our "to do" list to put furniture on the front terrace to make the most of the evening sun and the wonderful views of the mountains, so thank you for the nudge :-)

                                                                  Update 04/05/2016 It is done. Brand new furniture for the front terrace has been delivered today. If you follow the link on this website to our own website, you will see links to our Facebook page where you can see photos. We are delighted with the result, and think they look fab :-)

                                                                  Wow

                                                                  Sue H.

                                                                  This property did not disappoint the pictures do not do it justice. It was like borrowing a house from a friend so many lovely pictures and homely items it was like home from home.

                                                                  The house was roomy enough for the 9 of us (4 adults 5 kids aged 6-12) to each find some hideaway space, and set over the 3 levels gave the house real character.

                                                                  We all enjoyed the table tennis and pool was outstanding beautifully maintained by Bernie the pool man.

                                                                  We visited the local area which was lovely and also went to Carcosonne although our favourite place had to be Collioure well worth a visit.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are glad you had a lovely time in our home :-)

                                                                  Location

                                                                  Maureillas-las-Illas, France

                                                                  Villa Les Aygals is well situated to enjoy the Côte Vermeille and its beaches along the Mediterranean coast, Hiking, Horseriding, Mountain Biking, Diving, the beautiful Pyrenees and proximity to Spain. Coast/Beach: Welcome to the Côte Vermeille There are several coastal resorts within 20-40 minutes drive of the house, depending on which ones you chose. Enjoy the beautiful old fishing port with restaurants and shopping at Collioure; miles of sandy EEC blue flag beaches at Argeles-sur-mer, plus boat trips, diving and boat hire from the marina; wine tasting, aquarium or sailing at Banyuls-sur-mer; Aqualand or golf at St. Cyprien; or fresh fish can be bought from the quayside at the active fishing port at Port Vendres. Travel: The nearest airports are at Perpignan (30mins) and Girona (45mins). Within a 2 hour drive you can fly into Beziers, Nimes, Montpelier, Carcassonne and Barcelona. Car hire is recommended to make the most of the area. Driving from Calais can be comfortably undertaken in 2 days. The new TGV train is now running from Paris or Lille to Perpignan taking approx. 5 hours, connecting with Eurostar from the UK. Distances: Towns/cities accessible for a day trip include Barcelona (2 hours). medieval fortress town of Carcassonne (90mins). Perpignan (30mins). the picturesque old fishing port at Collioure (20mins). renowned market town with modern art museum at Ceret (5mins). Aqualand (30mins). wine tasting in Banyuls (30 mins). Figueres and the The Salvador Dali Theatre museum (40mins). Further Details: Villa Les Aygals is a short walk from the village centre where you will find 2 boulangeries, a butcher, a pharmacy, a mini supermarket, a post office, a bar/tabac, in the square a bar/restaurant El Tap, and restaurant 66/20, and a Credit Agricole cash dispenser. Local supermarkets can be found 10 mins away at Ceret and Le Boulou. In the summer months the local community put on paella/moules, frites/mechoi soirees with discoteque on the open space at the bottom of the village. There is an excellent market in Ceret every Saturday morning throughout the year, and a smaller arts and crafts one on Tuesday evenings during the summer season. A little further afield, drive over the border into Spain where you can enjoy the Rosas peninsula on the Costa Brava, Salvador Dali museums at Figueres and Port Lligat, or day trips to Barcelona and Gerona.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Booking Notes: If departure date is less than 2 months from booking then the full amount is payable at time of booking. For full terms and conditions please refer to our website. A link is included in this listing. Changeover Day: Our preferred changeover day in high season (July and August) is Saturday. We will, however, try to be flexible wherever possible. The villa is available from 4pm on day of arrival, and must be vacated by 10am on day of departure. Notes on prices: The prices above are worked out assuming a Saturday changeover. These may vary slightly if we are able to accommodate a different changeover day. We offer a 10% discount for bookings of 2 weeks or more outside of July and August. Electricity is charged as extra between 1 October and 1 May.

                                                                  $245avg/night
                                                                  7 Reviews
                                                                  Exceptional 5/5
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