About the property
- Apartment1291 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay4 nights
Apartments in Le Soler, Perpignan, Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Tranquil & private; minutes' walk from local amenities & public transport; easy city & beach access
This maisonette apartment occupies the 1st & 2nd floors of this town house (separate apartment on ground floor). This independent flat boasts: private furnished terrace with bbq; small book and dvd library, 5 bikes (use shared with ground floor apartment), 1 king, 1 twin, and 1 double sofabed . Five mins' walk from a 3x a week market, bar, shops, restaurants, fishing lake, bus stop and train station. Only 20 minutes' drive from the Mediterranean and 60 minutes from the mountains offering summer walking and winter skiing. 80 minutes by TGV to Barcleona from Perpignan and 35 minutes' drive (20 minutes by TGV) to Dali's museum in Figueres, Spain.
All laundry is supplied (incl. beach towels, mats and umbrellas) and the cost of all services included in the rental fee (included unlimited and secure wifi access) - added to which is a complementary bottle of wine to greet you upon your arrival! In the event of any emergencies the services of a local English-speaking agent are available
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- English, French, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 12, 2018
About Pippa John-Cooke
We adore France and one of the great pleasures of Le Soler is that one lives amongst the French with no sound of other strange tongues (apart from the local Catalan!). Being comfortable is important to us and so we have worked hard to make the two apartments as comfy and welcoming as possible. We adore shopping for local produce and then cooking it and eating al fresco on the terrace so you can be assured of two very well equipped kitchens - and a chilled bottle of wine to welcome you (or a warming red in the winter!). Having stayed in many other holiday rental properties - with varying success - we know what we expect and want to ensure that we at least meet our own standards and expectations! It's important to us that we meet yours too so let us be the first to know if we don't!
Pippa John-Cooke purchased this Apartment in 2008
Why Pippa John-Cooke chose Le Soler
We have owned the property since 2008 and have watched Le Soler develop into the beautiful and very comfortable small Catalan town that it is now, offering the visitor a taste of authentic French life. It's great attraction to us is that it is in not a tourist town so you can really immerse yourself in the southern French life here with quick and easy access to the beaches as well as the mountains. We work very hard to make sure that our visitors have as comfortable and enjoyable a stay as possible. We adore buying the wonderful fresh market produce, cooking and eating it outdoors so you can be sure that each kitchen is terrifically well equipped! Another huge pleasure is cycling along the back roads through orchards and vineyards or along the coast so we offer you our bikes: enjoy!
What makes this Apartment unique
All amenities are literally 5 minutes walk away (incl. the best bakery and boucherie in southern France!!) , as is the bus stop for the no. 17 bus into Perpignan. The (unmanned) train station is an 8 minute walk from where one can reach Perpignan in 5 minutes (for €1!) or go in the opposite direction to Villefranche (for €1-2!) - where you can catch the Yellow Train up into the Pyrenees. Le Soler is just off the main road up to Prades and Andorra so an easy get-away either to the mountains and the Cathar castles or the beaches is assured. The lake in Le Soler offers the stroller two bistro-type eateries .... not to mention competition fishing if one so chooses. Just over the road from here is the Tet river which is a wildlife haven. So you see, all is easily available and accessible! We can cater for large(r) groups as both apartments can be rented at the same time !
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very comfortable apartment, well equipped, nothing missing, good location on a quiet street; found on arrival a good bottle of wine, cool soft drinks and chocolates; enough towels, clean bed sheets and good duvets, radiators working perfectly. we highly recommend this rental.
We were so delighted that you enjoyed your winter stay in our apartment and that you were all nice and warm and comfortable! We look forward to welcoming you back whenever you have your next family reunion as you are such a pleasure to host! Thank you so much for your festive visit.
Enjoyable stay in well-equipped and comfortable apartment in an interesting area
Listing description accurate (there was nothing that flat didn't have!). It was excellently maintained and squeaky clean. The information, maps etc were comprehensive and helpful - though maybe a good weed of the folder of sights/eateries etc might be less mind-blowing.
We had the benefit of owners being downstairs while we were there. They couldn't have been more charming or more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble.
We are both over 70 and while fit and energetic had to pace ourselves a bit, especially in temps of 34C. The flat was ideal for doing not-very-much as well as being in an area which allowed us to hunt out good wines; enjoy evening swims when not too windy; explore Cathar Castles and doing the round trip to Font Romeu on the Train Jaune. We only tried one walk, but far too hot and too steep, so we passed on further exercise of that sort.
We were there the first 2 weeks of September, so only one local bistro open - many things were beginning to close down. But there was certainly enough to keep us well entertained.
We would thoroughly recommend the property and the area.
Thank you so much for your visit and your kind words!
We were delighted to meet you and to help in whatever way we could in terms of recommended outings and the like! It was great fun to hear where you had been and to receive your feedback on places visited. Thanks so much for the recommended 'domaine' in Tautavel: we greatly look forward to checking it out!
It was awfully hot during the majority of your stay so we are very pleased that you found the apartment a cool and peaceful refuge in the heat of the day. As you found out, the apartment has been very cleverly deigned to catch whatever movement of air there is just when you need it - though with shutters etc all closed, it is also very snug in the winter!
Lovely flat in an authentic French village/small town
Nice clean well equipped flat with private terrace for eating out in the evenings or nice cool breakfast with fresh coffee and croissants! Easy access to boulangerie, boucherie and small "min-market" within a couple of mins walk (but check French holiday closures/restricted opening during late August - there are alternative boulangeries within 10 mins walk), larger supermarket on edge of town. There is a beautiful lake within a few mins walk with a great play area, and also 5 mins up the road an area for playing football/basketball. Local boys quite happy to join in our kickabout and make a match of it which Sam (9 yrs) appreciated as an avid Liverpool (and Barcelona) fan.
Good bus service into Perpignan plus a less frequent rail connection (no ticket sales at Le Soler but contrary to signs at the station you can buy tickets on the train). We used public transport for the first week (just be sure to check the timetables for connecting services - tend to be large gaps in rail services during the morning), by train you can access a picturesque (busy) beach at Le Collioure, and take train direct to Villefranche le Conflent - a UNESCO world heritage site. You can spend several hours just walking the covered wall walks but also plenty of restaurants/shops with character and a cool cave walk. Travel by train to Barcelona/Carcassone is best booked by TGV in advance to secure a better price. We recommend Narbonne and it's sub terrainian Horreum. Apart from Dad not being able to quaff numerous beers!..it is more flexible to explore the wider area and local beaches by car, which you can hire at Perpignan station.
By car, nearby spectacular fort at Queribus (viewable from window - just ask Granville) was perhaps our best trip so well worth a visit (you can drive and park within 200m and walk up the rest - easy but be mindful of the steep drops so control kids), with fantastic views of the Pyrennees. We also visited beaches at Banyuls ( quiet, pebble beach so take beach shoes), and Le Barcares/Leucate ( uncrowded long sandy beach we enjoyed the most as it was warm water and easy to get into the sea on soft sand - no close facilities but a few restaurants to have a good lunch or just take packed lunch). It was really useful to have Wifi at the flat, and while only French TV, the selection of DVDs was plentiful - son particularly, loved watching Harry Potter over and over! Our thanks to friendly Granville and Pippa - a pleasure to meet them.
Wow, thank you so much for sharing some of the very many things that you did during your two week stay: what a fabulous programme! The Horreum in Narbonne is new to us so will make sure we share it with others (though of course future guests can read about it here!). Queribus is indeed a fascinating place, to which we would add Peyrepertus, which is not far from Queribus, for a future visit. So pleased you were able to make good use of the DVD library and delighted that Harry Potter was such a hit!
Comfortable, clean, airy & spacious. Well equipped kitchen and utilities. Great patio for meals
The flat is in a great location, fantastic boulangerie/patisserie 3 minutes walk. Play park with skate ramps nearby too. We travelled to La Franqui plage for a better shallow beach more suitable children. On windy days we went sailing on the etang at Le Barcares or the beach at Leucate plage. The flat was clean and tidy when we arrived. It's well equipped with everything you'd need and there's a supermarket 5 minutes drive away. It's 15 minutes drive to Perpignan and 30/45 minutes to the beaches.
We had a great holiday and will return the the area next year.
It sounds like you made terrific use of the apartment's location to find activities to suit everyone in the family which is great to hear. We love Leucate town and its nearby beaches, and the nearby town of Fitou, famous for its wines, is of course also worth a visit ... though probably of more interest to the older visitor able to partake in the many wine-tasting opportunities !!
A relaxing 2 weeks in our favourite region of france
After excellent levels of communication and information from Pippa, as well as the previous visitors reviews, we were expecting the apartment in Le Soler to the meet the needs of our family (including two teenage children) and we weren't disappointed.
We have been to this region many times, and Le Soler provides an ideal base being at the foot of the Pyrenees, 20 minutes drive from some gorgeous beaches and just outside of Perpignan , there is something for everyone.
We found the apartment to be exactly as described, clean, well maintained (and with all the all important wi-fi for the kids!) and with the private terrace that provided a tranquil space to enjoy warm evenings eating home cooked local produce with a glass of chilled rosé.
We spent many days at the beaches, visiting some of the regions regular markets and visited Spain for a day (less than 40 minutes drive) to attend the Dali Museum in Figueres. We also spent a relaxing evening at La brasserie du village, enjoying simple authentically French cuisine with a great atmosphere and reasonably priced.
I would certainly recommend this property to my friends and relatives. Thank you Pippa.
We are really delighted that the apartment met your expectations and that the teenagers were happy too (our first guests of that age!). It was a pleasure to liaise with you and to keep in touch regarding all aspects of your booking - which made it easier for us to make sure things were right for you all. So glad your evening at the Brasserie du Village was successful: it is a delightful spot to eat outside and although the food is simple, it is well cooked!
Great property in an lovely french village with all ammenities you could wish for.
second year at this flat ideal for a family of 4 or two couples everything you need close to all amenities Perpignan and the beach's. Owners very helpful and easy to contact should anything go wrong. The flat is comfy and has everything you could need, great for cooking fantastic kitchen and a great patio for entertaining. will be back again.
Kind regards John.
We look forward to welcoming you again, John!
Coast/Beach: The nearest Mediterranean beach to the flats - Canet Plage - is 21km / 20 mins' drive from the house. All beaches are blue flag standard (i.e. very clean) and most offer nearby refreshment facilities. Some, like Port Leucate (35 mins' drive north up the coast) offer beachside amusements / fun fairs. Others, like Argeles (35 mins' drive south) offer sea fishing and sea cruise trips from May - September. The very picturesque coastal town of Collioure is 45 mins' drive south. Travel: Perpignan airport is approx. 12km / 12 mins' drive Beziers airport is approx. 110km / 1hrs' drive / 1 hr by train Carcasonne airport is approx. 127 km / 1hr 10mins' drive / 1.5hrs by train Toulouse airport is approx. 220km / 2hrs' drive / 2.25hrs by train Girona airport is approx. 109 km / 1 hrs' drive / 1.25hrs by train Barcelona airport is approx. 211 km / 2hrs 10mins' drive / 2.5 hrs by train Excellent bus & train services in and out of Le Soler to Perpignan and beyond (for €1-2!). Distances: Perpignan - 8 km Thuir - 8 km Canet beach - 21 km Força Réal - 19 km Saint-Cyprien beach - 28.5 km Querebus cathar castle -32 km Serrabone priory - 33 km Argeles sur mer - 33km Ceret -36 km Collioure -39 km Villefranche-de-Conflent - 42 km Prats de Molló - 65 km Mont Louis - 74 km Abbaye de Fontfroide - 75 km Beziers - 100 km Montpellier - 160 km Figueras, Spain - 61 km Barcelona - 197 km Further Details: Just 5 mins' walk from the flats are all the amenities you would expect to find in a small town such as the market square with its bar, post office, banks, library, newsagent, flower shop as well as bakery, butcher's, small supermarket, greengrocer and chemist. Equally close are several take-away pizzerias, a chinese take away, and several small restaurants. A 10 minute stroll away from the centre of the town is a very pretty lake with two lakeside bistros one of which offers a programe of live music in the summer. A little further on and over the bridge there is access to the Tet river and all its birdlife, great for walking, an explore and/or messing around in the water! If you are interested in visiting a vineyard and doing some wine-tasting, then Chateau Nadal Hainaut is a short 3 km (30 minute walk) from the flats (they produce a particularly easy-to-drink rose wine!). Otherwise, a highly recommended and fascinating half day out would be to Thuir and the Byrrh factory where the aperitif Byrrh has been made since 1866 and where there are railway sidings designed by Eiffel. (The factory also makes Dubonnet and a number of other well-known aperitifs). Another great day out is to take the €2 train to Villefranche-de-Confluent and, from there, to catch the 'Yellow Train' up into the Pyrenees as far as Latour de Carol, a journey described as "... one of the great railway journeys of the world – a historic metre-gauge electric railway in the French Pyrenees, opened in 1909, and still going strong. The line rises through dramatic scenery from an altitude of 427 metres at its lower terminus at Villefranche de Conflent, to a summit at Bolquère Eyne, France’s highest railway station, lying at an altitude of 1592 metres (5226 ft) above sea level. It then drops down to a high Pyrenean valley, to its terminus at Latour de Carol." No pets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmXOq8hq4E8 (top flat) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfyomTrMLAo (bottom flat)
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Booking Notes: Both flats are available to rent together (to sleep max. 8) Rental discounts on each apartment are offered as follows: 2 weeks - 5%; 3 weeks -10% OR laundry change at end of 2nd week; 4 weeks -10% PLUS fresh laundry after 2nd week; 5+ weeks - 15% with negotiated apartment clean and laundry change. NB. 10% discount for a month-long booking is automatically included in the quote. Please note that an initial supply of firewood is made available. Thereafter the tenant is expected to source their own supply ( most large supermarkets sell firewood). €300 damage deposit payable, refunded within 2 weeks of end of stay (subject to damage inspection) 25% booking fee paid immediately , non-refundable for cancellation two calendar months - or less - before rental date Min. 7 days' booking notice needed. Rental balance due no less than 6 weeks before arrival. All bank/Paypal charges are entirely the responsibility of the tenant who alone will have the duty of paying them. Changeover Day: We can be flexible to meet the needs of our potential guests Notes on prices: Top flat prices based on occupancy of up to 4. Additional charges may be made for parties of 5 or 6 people. Payments can be made by electronic bank transfer (preferable). Payments may also be made by Paypal though this option, together with the transfer of funds from a non-Euro country, will carry an additional non-refundable charge to cover Paypal and/or bank charges (as a guide, currently between 5 - 7%* of the rental charge). * this charge, set by Paypal and/or the banks rather than ourselves, is subject to change at any time, the payment of which is the sole responsibility of the tenant. Notes on cleaning: 2.5hrs are allocated within the rental fee for cleaning. Should the apartment be left in a state that necessitates a longer clean, all additional time spent on cleaning will be charged against the security deposit. This charge will be non-negotiable