Apartment in Montbolo, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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

Relaxing Mountainside Location With Forest Trails On The Doorstep And In A Fabulous Holiday Region!

Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom)

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£390 - £600WEEKLY
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  • Property type:Apartment
  • Sleeps:2 (1 bedroom)
  • Bathrooms/Toilets:1
  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Pets accepted

Location:

Property description

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.

Accommodation description

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.

Bathrooms:
Wet-room style shower and toilet with thermostatic shower head, heated towel rail and lighted mirror over the sink.

Kitchen:
Kitchen with fitted cupboards, two electric hot plates, a combination microwave and oven, a fridge-freezer, a 1 1/2 basin sink with drainer, a kettle, filter coffee maker, toaster and plenty of cooking utensils. Dining table with four chairs.

Utility Room:
Washing machine

Living Rooms:
The living room area has internet tv connecting to all of the major UK channels. The tv has a dvd player and there is a separate cd player. There is a low chair, a leather sofa and a coffee table.

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

Amenities/Facilities:
Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.

Fridge/Freezer, Hob/Stove, Iron, Microwave, Oven, Washing Machine.

Central Heating, Internet Access, Room Fans, TV.

Location Type:
Mountain, Village.

Accessibility
Much of the charm of the property is in how it is set on the terraced mountain side. Sadly this also means that the apartment is unsuitable for people with reduced mobility.

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.

Important 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.
No smoking in the apartment please.

Rates

Prices

Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
1 May 2014 - 30 May 2014 £ 390.00 5
31 May 2014 - 27 June 2014 £ 450.00 7
28 June 2014 - 29 August 2014 £ 600.00 7
30 August 2014 - 3 October 2014 £ 450.00 5
1 May 2015 - 29 May 2015 £ 390.00 5
30 May 2015 - 26 June 2015 £ 450.00 7
27 June 2015 - 28 August 2015 £ 600.00 7
29 August 2015 - 3 October 2015 £ 450.00 5

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)

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.)

Location

Apartment in Montbolo, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

About the area

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.

How to get there
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.

Guest reviews

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4/5

Reviewed by: Madame Baguette, France

Reviewed: 22 July 2014

Date of stay: May 2014

"A Haven of Peace and Tranquility"

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.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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Reviewed by: Sarah, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 22 July 2014

Date of stay: July 2014

"Relaxing with Stunning Views"

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.

Recommended for: Sightseeing and romantic getaway

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5/5

Reviewed by: MattandJayne, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 13 July 2014

Date of stay: July 2014

"Our holiday"

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.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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4/5

Reviewed by: Chris, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 29 June 2014

Date of stay: May 2014

"Amazing views"

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.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing, families with young children and romantic getaway

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Reviewed by: Tiger, United Kingdom

Reviewed: 29 June 2014

Date of stay: June 2014

"Montbolo Heaven"

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.

Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, adventure seekers, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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Apartment in Montbolo, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Languages spoken: English, French.


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