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Detached villa & flat in stunning streamside location near the sea - Villa Heureuse

Overview

Property

Updated: 03-Dec-2016
4 bedroom villa & 2 bedroom apartment,WIFI 15 mins drive to sandy beaches

The villa & apartment make the most of breathtaking views over the tumbling stream, whilst the terraced gardens offers both sun & shade. They are planted with palms, yuccas & Mediterranean plants. Each property has it's own private area outside. The shared gate leads to the stream & natural pool great for swimming, fishing & exploring nature. The sound of running water & birds chirping help get you strait into the holiday mood. This is a place where you can really relax & unwind, yet is close to so much.

THE VILLA: Inside 9 rooms including 4 bedrooms offer plenty of space. French doors let in plenty of sun & allow you to enjoy the amazing views. From the sitting room a balcony overlooks the stream. Upstairs the 3 & 4th bedroom are joined or separated by a sliding door. They lead too a large private roof terrace.

APARTMENT RIVIERE: Outside large patios & terraced gardens lead via a private entrance to the two bedroom apartment also offering magical private views over the cascading stream & gardens.

Each has it's own ping pong table.

Natural swimming pool & ping pong: Children or adults alike can while away hours looking for fish (bring a net or buy one locally) swimming or just enjoying a BBQ surrounded by blissful natural sounds. If you are the sort of person who enjoys being in a really natural environment & prefers the idea of pure mountain water to chlorine, but likes to be close to the action, this is for you. The Edge of the pool shelves gently, so it is a good place for children to practice swimming under supervision. The waterfall cascading into the pool is a constant pleasure to watch & ensures the water remains clean. Older children & adults love to jump in from the rocks above! Click on our website for more photos.

In winter spring & autumn the stream often surges after rain which is quite thrilling, in summer it continues to flow more quietly.It NEVER dries out.

There is a gate separating the properties from the stream to keep children safe, but obviously you must use prudence especially with young children.

Ping ping is also available to the villa.

Near to everything: The villages of Sorede & Laroque Des Alberes are only 5 minutes by car & offers a full range of shops & restaurants. The roads are very easy & though the villa is in nature, there are houses round about, so it is by no means cut off from civilization. This is a wonderful place in summer to escape the crowds & is a welcome few degrees cooler with good air. In spring & Autumn everything is green & flowering so it is also a wonderful time to come.

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Space & comfort, great weather, walks & WIFI: The villa especially, is very spacious with large rooms. The sofa & chairs are comfortable & the furniture good quality, offering a touch of luxury. For rainy days there is TV & WIFI but with an average 300 days of sun a year & warm micro climate there are not many of these!! This area offers one of the best climates in France which is why the French have holidayed here for years.

Walking is a great pleasure here especially off season when it is cooler. There are a huge array to choose from, whether you are a casual walker or up for long hikes. Many are possible strait from the villa & apartment.Great for bird watchers also.

There is of course also the possibility of renting both the villa & the apartment if you are a larger group.

More Details

Details for holiday villa Villa Heureuse, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms

This villa is suitable for up to 8 people . A really comfortable spacious villa which has been newly renovated to a high standard. In front of the property a large Romanesque courtyard leads to the private entrance. For younger children this area can be closed off. There are a whole host of terraces to choose from for sunbathing, reading a good book, or eating or drinking 'En Dehors' The shared gate leads to the stream where you will also find a large natural swimming pool which has formed as part of the stream.

Inside the hallway leads to 2 double bedroom with en-suite bathrooms, family bathroom, Separate W.C & ,large sitting room/dining room & kitchen area leading to a large balcony overlooking the stream. Most rooms have French windows, plenty of sun & doors to the terraces outside. A spiral stairway leads upstairs to the 3nd & 4th bedroom which can be joined or separated. A large private roof terrace offers plenty of sun & magnificent views.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are an English family living in France. I trained in England as an Osteopath & Naturopath & James as a Medical Herbalist & yoga Teacher & writer.

Now my interest is in sharing in & discovering & opening to the deeper truth of ourselves, so that we can let go of limiting beliefs & flower into our infinite potential & be true to our hearts & souls.

So many of us have got caught up in living life on survival level only & living according to others expectations. Yet as we turn inwards again we discover who we really are on a deeper level. We can again discover our true centre, our authentic self & live from joy. Anyone for whom this resonates is welcome to speak to me about this.

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Speaks English, French, German, A little French spoken.

27 Reviews

4.5
based on 27 holidaymaker reviews

Norwich, England
5

Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful fortnight in the villa with 2 teenage boys and our lively 4 year old daughter. We had a fantastic time and the children had alot of fun playing and swimming in the rock pools every day. It can get very hot during the day in August and this was a perfect way to relax and to cool down. It was very special and magical to barbecue on the rocks in the evening and watch the bats diving into the water. The close proximity to Spain makes it an ideal place for a two centre holiday - we drove onto Barcelona for the final weekend of our holiday. Thank you for introducing us to this region of France!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Chlidren & adults never tire of observing nature a having fun here.
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5

Lovely Property, Great space for a family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for just over 2 weeks at Caroline and James' lovely property. The back garden provided plenty of exploring opportunities for our sons, and most days were spend down on the rocks fishing, or floating in the natural pool. There was lots of space for the 4 of us (including two teenagers) and Caroline and James could not have been more welcoming and friendly. They went out of their way to make sure that we had everything we needed and helped with every aspect of our stay. We were not planning on visiting this part of France again before staying here, but we definitely be back! We only scratched the surface of the amenities nearby but we loved the tortoise sanctuary and the beach at Argeles was wonderful. Easy to get to everything and Sorede was a great little town with a bakery we visited often! Thank you Caroline and James for everything x

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It was a real joy to host you & meet you all.
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5

a truly beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

We, a family of four with two small boys (2 and 5) spent a lovely week in the Villa heureuse. The house is spacious and the veranda very nice to sit on in the evenings and listen to the stream rustling and to see the bats skipping in and out of the trees. The kids simply loved the stream, played forever in the rock pools, looked for frogs, dragonflys, fish... Nature is very beautiful and there are lovely short and long walks to take in the mountains nearby. Plenty to see and do in the area as well, and Sorède is a friendly place with a great boulangerie. :) We´d love to be back sometime!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It was a joy to meet you & so glad you enjoyed your stay.
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5

A quiet, peaceful and idyllic holiday location

  • 5 of 5

I came to Apartment Riviere on my own because I lost my wife recently, and over several years we had stayed in property owned by the Postlethwaites, but never this one. We had experienced the outstanding service and support that they offered, and my stay here was no exception. The apartment was well equipped, clean and everything worked. Caroline and James were very supportive during my stay, and obviously conscious of my situation. I would recommend this property without reservation to anyone who appreciated a lovely location, plenty of walks around, and who thrived on peace and quiet. A minor disadvantage is that you need a car to get around. The village of Sorede is just over a mile away, a lovely walk to get there, but uphill to get back! Small price to pay for these surroundings.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback. It is always a joy to host you & we always welcome back.
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Dorset UK
5

Great location, comfortable house.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here April 2016. The house is in a very peaceful location and the river/stream runs just behind the house with natural pools for swimming and a fabulous balcony overlooking the river which has the sun all day. The house was warm had good Wi-Fi and everything was as described. We only had one minor complaint which was accepted by James and Caroline and that was a slight lack of hanging space, this however would not detract from us returning if in the area again. Sorede is close by as is the lovely village of Laroque des Alberes, we would recommend the latter for an evening stroll and a beer or coffee, this village also has a few shops as well as bars/restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was an absolute joy to have you all staying.Thank you for your helpful feedback. What you said about the hanging space is true & we have now added a wardrobe to address this issue.We always do our best to respond to feedback ASAP.
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4

Wonderful Family Stay

  • 4 of 5

We stayed one week with four kids in the Villa Heureuse. It has a stunning location behind a natural river and a natural pond. They are public but you can use them like as if they were private. Our kids really loved them. You can sit the whole day on your sunny balcony and watch the kids play. The house itself is ok with some minor peculiarities/insufficiencies. The landlady was very helpful and friendly, we certainly will try to come back,

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We always listen to feedback & keep improving & updating in response as it's important to us.
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Location

From the Owner

I love the situation here. To be honest James & I completely fell in love with it. It has been a restoration project of love which we continue to upgrade. I just feel so grateful to be able to share this with you.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perpignan at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Sorede at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Port Vendres at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Argeles at 4 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Le Boulou at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Sorede at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 7 Kilometres Car: recommended

Sorede is an undiscovered gem nestling in the foothills of the Alberes part of the Pyrenees, yet only 10 mins from the sandy Mediterranean beaches & sparkling sea. This enchanting village has several good restaurants & all the necessary amenities & shops including: boulangeries, bank, post office, children’s playground & tourist information office. It's attractions include a twice weekly market, turtle zoo & riding stables.

Sorede is very authentic & friendly. A thriving local population means it is open for business all year round.

From Sorede you are well situated to visit many other interesting places including vibrant Ceret Market (overflowing with local produce) & museum of modern art. Perpignan 20 minutes drive. Beautiful Colliure, a romantic seaside village is a must.

Spain's Costa Brava, Girona & Barcelona are in day trip range.

Mountains, thermal bathes & ski slopes are all accessible.

This is a great base for sun, sea & sites either for a family or a couple.

Other Activities: hiking & all water sports

Golf: 20 mins drive to Golf Course.

Ski: Skiing is possible in 1.30 mins drive.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Early Winter 16
26 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£336
for 7 nights
£336
£1,177
 
 
Christmas & New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
Winter 17
7 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£336
for 7 nights
£336
£1,177
 
 
Spring 17
18 Mar 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
£1,345
 
 
Late Spring 17
15 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
£1,682
 
 
Early Summer 17
17 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£925
for 7 nights
£925
 
 
Summer 17
8 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
14 night minimum stay
£2,523
for 14 nights
£1,261
 
 
Late Summer 17
19 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£925
for 7 nights
£925
 
 
Early Autumn 17
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
£1,682
 
 
Autumn 17
21 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£336
for 7 nights
£336
£1,177
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£252
for 7 nights
£252
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168

Linen is available to hire for £6/ 7.50€ per person per week.
Cleaning is available for 15€ per hour.
For July minimum 2 week booking.
Reductions for couples possible. Please ask.

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Facilities

From the Owner

The views & situation are so unique. To have a natural pool to swim in right outside the property is just amazing. I love to swim in nature myself & feel so much joy giving you this opportunity also. Children love it, as do adults, so it's really win win. Being close to many other pretty villages sea & shops is also a bonus. It is though useful to have a car as Sorede is about 40 mins walk & uphill on the way back.It is though a beautiful walk much of it possible along the river. Also a great spot for keen cyclists or bird watching.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Massage

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 120 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, The WC is separate
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom comes with full size bath & separate walk in shower. The other bathrooms has a modern walk in shower. All newly installed in 2011

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, A travel cot is available
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • The upstairs bedrooms can be joined or separated as required.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Just outside the property the stream has a large natural swimming pool. TV sun chairs & garden furniture are supplied as are fans. The villa & apartments have central heating for the cooler periods.

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