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Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea

Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea

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Property

Updated: 19-May-2015
Apartment in Montbolo, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Relaxing Mountainside Location With Forest Trails On The Doorstep And In A Fabulous Holiday Region!

This is a lovely apartment on the ground floor of an old farmhouse built directly onto the mountainside. At 600m above sea level, it has truly stunning views of the valley of the River Tech from the mountains all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea. The private terrace leads directly onto the swimming pool area and beyond that there is plenty of garden for secluded picnics or just quiet relaxation. The split level kitchen/living room is cut directly into the rock and was originally the farmer’s wine cellar. His small wine press is still in its’ original place! While all of the ceilings have exposed beams and the walls are traditionally lime mortar rendered, the renovation is thoroughly up-to-date and to a high standard. The outside space beyond the private terrace is shared only with the owners who are on hand to offer help and advice to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

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Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063141
+33 -468852799
Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda Vallespir
5

Pyrenees holiday

  • 5 out of 5
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Pyrenees with fabulous views from outside and a lovely pool to swim in. Derek and Jacky were helpful and very welcoming hosts as were the dogs! We loved the area even though we had some unseasonal weather and would definitely recommend this property. The views certainly sell the property! The gorges du fou is worth a visit as are many other suggestions in the information book. We are certainly missing the mountains and warmth now back home!
  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
business
Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063141
+33 -468852799
Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda Vallespir
Arnac La Poste
4

A Haven of Peace and Tranquility

  • 4 out of 5
The apartment is in beautiful location, with wonderful views to the sea in the distance. It is compact, but, well-appointed, well-maintained and lived up to expectation. The owners were very welcoming to us and our dog. They gave us lots of information about places to visit, walks from the village, their favourite vineyard and also invited us to join in the village picnic.
The area is very diverse and in every direction the scenery is wonderful. It is possible to be in the mountains one day and the coast on another. The Spanish border is close by and we made a day trip to the pretty village of Cadaques. The highlight for us was the Gorge de Fou, which is the world's narrowest gorge and is quite extraordinary.
We would be more than happy to stay here again and, therefore, would certainly recommend to a friend.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063141
+33 -468852799
Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda Vallespir
Kent
5

Relaxing with Stunning Views

  • 5 out of 5
We had a super-relaxing week here, much-needed after 9 months of renovating our house 24-7! The pool area and views are so incredible, you won't want to move for a few days at least - stock up on beer, wine, food and books before you get there so you don't need to leave! The apartment was lovely - clean, tidy, had everything we needed and felt like home straight away. Good facilities too with wifi and UK TV channels. It is very quiet and peaceful - we slept very well every night. The owners were great - they had the perfect balance of leaving you to it if you wanted privacy but also welcoming you at their table for a cup of tea if you wanted a chat. Excellent gite owners! There is a bar and restaurant within a minute's walk and supermarket 5 mins away. Plenty of small villages and coastline nearby to explore if you can tear yourself away from the pool and views! Lovely holiday, thank you.
  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063141
+33 -468852799
Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda Vallespir
Machen
5

Our holiday

  • 5 out of 5
A well equipped lovely apartment with stunning views and in a very pretty mountain town. Jacky and Derek were wonderful kind hosts and nothing was too much trouble. You won't go far wrong selecting this gite.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063141
+33 -468852799
Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda Vallespir
Bedfordshire
4

Amazing views

  • 4 out of 5
Lovely place to stay with incredible views!!
The owners, Jacky & Derek , are lovely people who are there to help and to give advice on the best places to see and visit in the area.
I thoroughly recommend staying here.
  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Lovely Apartment With Large Pool And Stunning Views All The Way Down To The Sea
http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/accommodation/p8063141
+33 -468852799
Amelie-les-Bains-Palalda Vallespir
Dudley, west Midlands
4

Montbolo Heaven

  • 4 out of 5
Our first experience of a Gite holiday, and what an absolutely stunning place to start.The views are to die for, the accommodation first rate, and the owners both helpful and friendly.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway

Location

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Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

We are near enough to the glorious Mediterranean coast for you to savour it as often as you wish. But we are also far enough away to be clear of the hustle and bustle, particularly during July and August. Argeles with its' long, golden beaches, lovely promenade and busy yachting harbour is 26 miles away or just over 50 minutes by car. Collioure, famous for its' medieval harbour and for the anchovies caught around it, is 28 miles away.

Travel:

Our two nearest airports are: Perpignan airport; 31 miles or about 53 minutes by car; Girona airport, 64 miles or 1hr 20 minutes by car.

The two airlines serving these airports are RyanAir (the biggest) and FlyBe. Many more people than we ever imagined, drive down here from the UK, usually breaking the journey with an overnight stay and taking the opportunity to sample another area of France in the process.

Distances:

Amelie-Les Baines: nearest shops, popular spa town, 4 miles. Ceret: cherry capital of France, Saturday morning market, 9m. Le Perthus: frontier town with Spain, low tax goods, 17m. Figueres: Spain, Dali museum, 33m. Gorges Fou: our Grand Canyon but much narrower, 8m. Villefranche: walled town, vintage railway, great caves, 38m. Perpignan: Department capital, Palace of the Kings of Majorca, 28m. To find us copy this grid ref in the ‘flyto’ box on Google Earth or Maps 42 29'02.23"N 2 39'15.07"E.

Further Details:

We are in the heart of the Vallespir, essentially the valley of the River Tech before it spills onto the plain of Roussillon. Both the Vallespir and Roussillon were comarques, or counties, of former Catalonia. The rich mix of Catalan and French culture in a landscape which still owes much to ancient Rome, makes this one of the most appealing areas of France. In addition, of course, we have a great climate and beautiful scenery.

The purity of the light has attracted artists for centuries and the area became particularly famous from the early 20th century on, with the likes of Chagall, Matisse and Picasso all setting up base here. Collioure was immortalised by these artists and Céret was a particular favourite of Picasso.

Local specialties of course include some terrific local wines but there are also some lovely goat and sheep cheeses. Additionally the area is a major soft fruit producer , excelling in peaches , nectarines and cherries. (Céret is the cherry capital of France!)

Our village, Montbolo, nestles at 600 metres on the southern slopes of the Massif of Canigou. Mount Canigou, once thought to be the highest mountain in the region, is sacred to all Catalan people . It is visible as far away as Barcelona and is a symbol of solidity, strength and unity for a cross-border nation profoundly attached to the ancestral traditions which have forged Catalan identity.

Montbolo sits on the mountainside above the pretty thermal spa town of Amelie-les-Baines. It is amongst the four most important health spa sites in the country and is part of a much larger network that the French guard as an essential part of their health-care system. For a large part of the year the population of Amelie is swollen by people here to "take the cure". The result is that Amelie is a true holiday town with that almost tangible sense of optimism in the air that you get with lots of happy people thronging the pavement bars and cafés and market.

Availability

From £390 Weekly

Rental rates

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Rental Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
1 May 2015 - 29 May 2015
5 night minimum stay
£390
 
 
30 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
£450
 
 
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
£600
 
 
29 Aug 2015 - 3 Oct 2015
5 night minimum stay
£450
 
 
30 Apr 2016 - 27 May 2016
5 night minimum stay
£390
 
 
28 May 2016 - 1 Jul 2016
7 night minimum stay
£450
 
 
2 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
7 night minimum stay
£600
 
 
3 Sep 2016 - 1 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
£450
 

Notes

  • Booking Notes:
    Reservations will be secured on receipt of 25% of the total rental
    There is a £150 returnable CASH deposit against breakages and extra cleaning(*), payable on arrival. (*We do hope that you will leave the apartment as you find it.)

    Changeover Day:
    We are aware that flight days and times will often be the deciding factor in when you can get here (and when you have to leave!) so we will always try to be as flexible as possible.
    Arrival is from 4pm onwards up until 7,(or later by arrangement)

    Notes on prices:
    Our prices remain unchanged since 2012.
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Facilities

Property Type

  • apartment

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village

Bathrooms

  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Wet-room style shower and toilet with thermostatic shower head, heated towel rail and lighted mirror over the sink.

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Double bed (140cm), built-in wardrobe, reading lamps and remote-control fan. The bedroom has French windows opening onto the swimming pool terrace with a view over the pool, the surrounding mountains and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.

Outside

  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: There is plenty of parking space. The kitchen will be stocked with a small selection of essentials to tide you over on arrival. WiFi access is included. For 2015 we have enlarged and upgraded our satellite dish to give full access to the UK Freesat TV service. (This had been lost in 2014 with the launch of the two new Astra satellites. We tried internet provided TV but the quality and reliability are not good enough.) No smoking in the apartment please. Outside: The Apartment's good size private terrace is south facing, overlooking the thermal spa town of Amélie-les-Baines and the steep wooded mountain slopes to the Spanish border. There is a hardwood table with four chairs, a parasol and a barbecue. The pool has an area of 41sq.m and a constant depth of 1.1 m making it great for swimming whilst being safe for non swimmers. The water temperature is supplemented by large solar panels. There are sun loungers on the deck, a solar heated shower, parasols and a bistro table and chairs. The small pool house has a w.c. and hand wash basin. Utility Room: Washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are included and are changed each week. There is no maid service but there is adequate cleaning equipment in the apartment. Electricity and hot water are also included

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