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Romance And Exciting Day Trips

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6)

Stay in this comfortable modern home overlooking the tiled roofs of the village of Maureillas with spectacular views of the Pyrenees. Set in its own garden, with terraces surrounding the private swimming pool, it enjoys a 180 degree view of the Canigou mountains.

Villa Chiapella resides in a quiet neighborhood with plenty of parking. Walk to the village shops and markets, 15 KM to Collioure and the Mediterranean, 5 minutes to Ceret and the Modern Art Museum, 2 KM to the Spanish Border, 45 minutes to the best skiing in the Pyrenees.

Near the Villa: Only a short drive to traditional markets, such as at Romanesque Elne and medieval Castelnou, but especially good Saturday markets and cultural activities at Ceret and Thuir. Le Boulou has a swimming pool with beautiful mountain backdrop, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, river walk and bars. St Jean Plas de Corts’ lake is good for swimming, picnics, walking, jogging and horse riding. 20 minutes away is cosmopolitan Perpignan with its Catalan culture, evening street entertainment, restaurants, shopping and ambience. Wine caves nearby at Passa, Fourques and hilltop village Banyuls des Aspres.

Beaches, Coves and Harbours: St Cyprian and Argeles are closest at 30 minutes. There is golf, go-carting and an aqua-park at St Cyprian, whilst lively Argeles has festivals, restaurants, art galleries and a picturesque harbour, for fishing and boat trips. Closer to Spain are the fishing towns of Collioure, Port Vendres, Banyuls sur Mer and Corbere. Collioure is famed for the birth of Fauvanist art (Picasso/Matisse), its seafood restaurants and it's sheltered coves. Port Vendres is a working fishing town, whilst Banyuls is famous for its aperitifs. Further along this spectacular coast road you enter Spain for the resorts of Portbou and Rosas.

Along the Tech and Tet Valley Roads: The Tech valley takes you through Ceret to spa town Arles sur Tech, to the spectacular George de la Fou for walking, climbing and hiking. Further along are the medieval Prats de Mollo (golf), and Andorra at the Spanish frontier. To the North, the Tet valley takes you through Romanesque Serrabone, Prades (Pablo Casels) and Villefranche de Conflent for caves, petit train jaune and mountain walking. Further along the Gorges de de Caranca, hot springs, lakes, and ski resorts Les Angles and Font Romeu. Also the Capcir woodlands for hiking and Mont Louis the highest part of the Tet, near its source.

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Beverly Wileman-Pratt
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
19 February, 2017

About Beverly Wileman-Pratt

My husband James and I love to travel. Europe is one of our favorite areas as one can experience different cultures within a short period of time. Since the late 1990's we were always on vacation looking for a home to buy for when we retire and we finally found it. We live and work in the United States and look forward to the day we can spend three months at a time there.

Beverly Wileman-Pratt purchased this house in 2003

Why Beverly Wileman-Pratt chose Vallespir

This is a solidly built home that sits above the village with commanding views of the Pyrenees. It is a modern home and just the right size for the two of us and guests. It is a five-minute walk into the village which has all the amenities and now our friends. Of course, the fact that it came with a pool to enjoy the hot summer afternoons was a plus.

What makes this house unique

There are several airports close by that are serviced by both the International and budget airlines. We are nestled between the mountains with skiing and the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean. One can enjoy day trips and a wonderful lunch in either Spain or France and the village has everything you need including a pharmacy, dentist, doctor, butcher, bakeries and a veggie shop.


5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)


Ideal home from home

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday at villa Chiapella. The location is excellent for many great trips out, although just staying at the house was my favourite thing! There are a couple of places in the village to have a drink or meal, and a Spar shop for basics within easy walking distance, but less than ten minutes in the car and there are plenty of options. There is also a good vet in Le Boulou if you bring your dog. The villa had everything we wanted for a holiday, a great pool, and the views from the terrace are fantastic! We are already planning our next visit, and we've never stayed in the same place twice before!! Bob was great to deal with and put us at ease straight away, and was at the end of the phone if needed. All in all, a really great place for a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very well situated in quiet area on edge of village with wonderful views. Well equipped easy to find

  • 5 of 5

We much enjoyed our stay in this property. It is only a 30-minute or so drive from Perpignan and finding the property on arrival was easy. The house is well equipped and maintained though more suited to four than six people (had we been a party of six we would have given a four-star rating).. The terrace has wonderful, far reaching views over the Pyrenees and we much enjoyed the decent sized pool. As described, the shops in the village are only a few minutes walk - small Spa 'supermarket', good baker, butcher, chemist and the restaurant 10 sur vins was much appreciated. The owner was helpful in providing additional information in advance and Bob, who looks after the property was friendly and helpful.

It was good to be close to the smallish towns of Le Boulou and Ceret only ten minutes drive away. Both have very large supermarkets. Ceret is a very relaxed place to spend time wandering the old narrow streets, enjoying the cafes and restaurants. Its small Museum of Modern Art is not to be missed. We also enjoyed taking the Train Jaune from Villefranche up through the mountains to Montlouis (about an hour's drive) and visiting the Grottes in Villefranche.

We had the quiet and relaxing holiday we hoped for though with Spain nearby as well as the coast it would be easy to keep busy every day.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A true home away from home in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week in Villa Chiapella. The villa is a stylish, comfortable, and well equipped and maintained home, located in a quiet residential area of a charming village. The amenities are exactly as described, and for a family of four, it offered everything that we needed for a superb, memorable holiday. And even though our stay was at a time when we couldn’t take advantage of the outdoor pool, the place offered a fantastic combination of relaxing time and daily trips that everyone enjoyed. It also proved ideal for our son to spend some time preparing for his A level exams, in beautiful, peaceful and comfortable environment, away from the distractions at home.

The location is an excellent base from which to explore beautiful parts of France and Spain. If you are willing to spend a little time in the car, the possibilities are endless.

The short guide of the area provided by the owners was particularly useful to us. With so much to see and do, especially for people who had not been in that part of the world before, those one day trip suggestions saved a lot of research time and contributed to a wonderful experience. We particularly enjoyed Ceret with its restaurants, museums and Saturday market, the picturesque historic town of Collioure, and the towns and villages along the valley of the Tech.

The local agent was very friendly, helpful and accommodating, a pleasure to deal with.

We highly recommend the property as a wonderful, homely family villa in a great location.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Fall 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £171

Linens are provided at £6 per person.

Winter long term lets are available.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Maureillas-las-Illas in Pyrenees-Orientales

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • WC - Toilet
    Full Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Shower and Sink - Shower Enclosure
  • The primary bathroom has a tub and shower, sink and toilet, a shower is located down the hall as well as a separate WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 Double Bed
    Sofa Bed in Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen sofa bed in the lounge with door to close for privacy.
    2nd Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
  • Master bedroom with double bed, with built in wardrobes, bedside tables, reading lamps and view of the Pyrenees Twin bedroom with built in wardrobes, bedside tables and reading lamps. The beds can be used separately or together as a double bed, depending on your requirements Private living room with a convertible couch is an extra queen bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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