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Converted Barn In Pyrenean Foothills with Private Pool and Spectacular Views



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Sleeps 6. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private pool. Mountain views.


Situated in the foothills of Le Canigou, the sacred mountain of the Catalans, and above the valley of the River Têt, this house was once a traditional stone barn, converted earlier this century and with recent improvements by the new owners, and retaining many original features. Whilst having the individual character of a building 350 years old it also has the convenience of a modern house with a bright living area as well as its own private pool. It sits on a tranquil hillside surrounded by bird life, sheltered and secluded from nearby properties. There are panoramic views of the Pyrennean foothills and Rigarda village below.


The property is on the Traverse de Joch on the outskirts of Rigarda village. The village is conveniently located 3 kilometres from the old town of Vinça.


Vinça has 2 bakers, a butchers, a mini-supermarket, cafes, a pharmacy, 2 banks with ATMs and on the outskirts there are farm shops selling local produce in season.

In the town of Prades (15 minutes by car) there are all the facilities you normally need including 2 supermarkets, post office, pharmacy, doctor and dentist.

In the nearby town of Ille-sur-Tet there is a further supermarket.

The major city of Perpignan (30 minutes by car) is the regional centre and very good for shopping. It has an old town and a number of historic buildings.

There are restaurants in all these towns and two excellent markets in the vicinity at Prades (Tuesday) and Thuir (20 minutes by car, Saturday).


The house is an 'upside down' house on two floors. The accommodation is arranged as follows.

Ground Floor:

• Entrance hall – with coat hanging space and stairs to first floor having washing machine in cupboard under.

• Master bedroom – with en suite shower room with power shower, basin and WC and door to walkway with steps down to pool.

• Second double bedroom – with door to walkway with steps down to pool.

• Third bedroom – with two single beds.

• Second Bathroom – with power shower, bath, basin and heated towel rail.

• Separate WC – with basin.

First Floor:

Very light open plan living space extending across the whole floor (approx. 60 square metres) and comprising:

• Living area – with sofas and chairs, sideboard, central wood burning stove, 42" Plasma TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock. There is complimentary wifi for guests.

• Dining area - with dining table that will seat 6.

• Fully equipped kitchen – with oven, hob, microwave, 2 fridges, freezer, dishwasher and double sink.

• East facing fully glazed doors to balcony, with dining table seating 6 and gas barbecue.


• Gravel drive with parking for 2 cars.

• Garden and grounds – terraced on three levels, with shaded dining area. Safety gates to protect small children.

• Swimming pool – 8 metres by 4 metres, fenced and surrounded by decking with pool furniture.

• Separate parking space for 1 car.


The surrounding area provides plenty of opportunities and interest for all kinds of visitors:

• Serious hiking and cycling in the Têt valley but also gentler local walks of which one or two start from very near the house itself.

• Swimming at the lake and beach in Vinça which is safe for all ages having lifeguards present.

• Public tennis courts in Vinça.

• Caves and grottos and a variety of outdoor activities for all ages including rafting and canyoning at the river sports centre at nearby Marquixanes.

• The beautiful old fortified town of Villefranche de Conflent is a few kilometres away.

• A spectacular journey into the high Pyrenees on the Little Yellow Train (Le Petit Train Jaune).

• Music festivals, including the Pablo Casals Festival in July in Prades and the regular Thursday festivals in Perpignan during the summer.

• Perpignan hosts a biennial International Photojournalism Festival - next in 2017

• Mediterranean resorts with good beaches at Canet, St Cyprien and Argelès.

• Spectacular mountain scenery around the valleys of the rivers Têt and Tech.

• The picturesque fishing port of Collioure with its harbour and restaurants.

• Ski resorts at Font Romeu and Les Angles.

• Religious buildings including Romanesque churches two major abbeys at St Martin du Canigou and St Michel de Cuxa and priories at Marcevol and Serrabonne.

• The spectacular Cathar castles of Quéribus, Peyrepetuse, Puilaurens and others.

• Art galleries, including the Musée d’Art Moderne in Céret and the Dali Museum at Figueres in Spain.

• The two solar furnaces (Fours Solaires) at Mont Louis and Font Romeu/Odeillo.

• The Catalan cities of Girona and Barcelona across the border in Spain.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are both retired from professional careers and are now living in Dorset. We have been visiting the eastern Pyrenees together for about 10 years - although Steve has known the area since the 1970s - and we have a friend of long standing, as well as some acquaintances, in Vinca.

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Speaks English, French

7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent location and very well equipped

  • 4 of 5

Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees with excellent views down the valley.The property is well maintained and offers a convenient base from which to tour or simply relax on the terrace.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review and also for the very nice comments which you wrote in our visitors' book. We hope you will consider us for future holidays in France.
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A lovely gite with a view

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at Steve and Fran's property which we found comfortable and well equipped. The weather was very hot but this didn't stop us from going somewhere each day - we were spoilt for choice and enjoyed visits to Villefranche, the impressive Dali museum at Figueres, the spectacular Abbaye St-Martin du Canigou, a trip on the Little Yellow train, the pretty town of Ceret and the Saturday market at Thuirs followed by lunch at Castelnou. It was great to get back for a dip in the pool and to have our meal on the balcony whilst watching the birds and enjoying the wonderful view.

All in all a great place to stay in a lovely area of France.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for such a lovely review showing how varied and interesting the eastern Pyrenees region is. We are most impressed by how much you managed to do in a relatively short period as we know how hot the weather can be in August and early September. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope we can welcome you back in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful two weeks in this lovely house. It was easy to find and certainly impressed on arrival. It is spacious, clean, comfortable and very well equipped.

The house is very private and has several areas to sit outside, in or out of the shade. The pool area was our favourite and we spent much of the time here cooling off and relaxing.

There is much to do in the area locally if you want to potter around some of the villages. The coast is within easy reach and if you're a bit more adventurous, trips down into Spain are easy too.

We didn't really want to leave as we had such a relaxing and wonderful time.

Thank you Mr & Mrs R for sharing you home and being extremely helpful in arranging our dates in the first instance and for your excellent communication throughout. We'd love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We have tried very hard to make the house easy and comfortable for our guests to stay in. We are glad you enjoyed the privacy and the pool area, which we ourselves appreciate! We would be more than happy to welcome you again.
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Peace in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

The directions we received from Steve and Fran were perfect as was everything else. The first impression as we got out of the car and walked up to the door was whoa! Exploring inside and it just got better. The pictures on the site are great but to be there was fantastic.

Looking down the valley from the balcony was source of constant amazement. Farmers in the fields and vineyards, the local residents work in their vegetable gardens and the aerial display of the many species of birds including great birds of


The facilities in the house were so good that we only ate out on one evening. A lovely restaurant at the end of the valley called Le Rabassou. The rest of the time we enjoyed the view from the terrace. Breakfast ,lunch and dinner there was always something to catch your eye. We visited the Cafe de France in Vinca on a number of occasions for drinks and got to meet some of the local residents. It was a good test of our French!

Another great feature of the house was its privacy. We could see out but no one could see in. The pool was sheltered from the breeze which at times can be quite strong.

We had family and friends visit while we where here and they all thought is was very relaxing place. There are many places to visit in the surrounding area and don't be afraid to explore the quiet roads away from the tourist routes. The village of Baillestavy up in the hills behind Rigarda was a treat, a great welcome in the village cafe as I was on my bicycle. On up the valley the views were spectacular and next to no traffic.

I would highly recommend family and friends to come and stay here. Very comfortable beds and nothing has been left out.

A big thank you to Steve and Fran.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. We are so pleased you like our house as much as we do and hope you will come again.
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Converted Barn in the Pyrannees

  • 5 of 5

The owners instructions on finding the property were very helpful

Very pleased with everything, so many thoughtful touches.

Amazing views, walks from the door helped by excellent local maps.

Plenty of hot water and good showers.

Many places outside to follow the sun.

Breakfast on the balcony a special treat.

Only one negative, found reading in the sitting area a bit difficult in places, but put a table lamp on a table to the right of the fireplace.

On the whole not a big problem.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we do agree about breakfast on the balcony! T he nature of the living area means it is not ideal for some lighting purposes but we will look at it and see what can be done.
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Wonderful stay in converted barn, idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this delightful converted barn. The house is well equipped with everything you could need, and the pool will keep you and your children entertained! Gorgeous setting and perfect location for getting out and about. The owners were extremely helpful in facilitating our stay and we will be recommending to our friends.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

In 2012 we were looking to spend our summer holiday in the area and found this house. We were in two minds about it as the advertising material did not do it justice. On arrival however we were enchanted by it. We returned the following year and later found that it was for sale. So we leapt at the chance and bought it. It has needed some improvement and refurbishment but it was one of the best decisions of our lives.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perpignan at 35 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Vinca at 3 Kilometres Nearest Train : Vinca at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A9 near Perpignan at 40 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Vinca at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Les Angles at 60 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Canet Plage at 40 Kilometres Car: necessary

The house lies in an area bounded by the Med, the high Pyrenees, the historic Cathar country and Spanish Catalonia. There should be something for almost everyone.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
22 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
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20 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
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17 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
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High season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Pool towels may be hired for whole stay at £5 per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Situated high above the village of Rigarda but sheltered and secluded from neighbouring properties and having terrific views across the valley of the River Tet its location is one of the best in the area. But it also lies in an area full of interest and bounded by the wide sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, the high Pyrenees, the historic landscape of the Cathar country and the attractions of Spanish Catalonia. As good as it gets really.

Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • forests
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 60 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure, En suite
  • Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Separate toilet adjoins bathroom


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, En suite shower room attached
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, Smaller but better view than bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed


  • Balcony ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Our representatives carry out regular pool maintenance and are available to help with other maintenance problems which may arise but they are not engaged as holiday reps. The property is within easy driving distance of a wide range of places of interest, footpaths, cycle routes and other centres of activity.

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