This apartment is suitable for up to 4 people. Outside several private patio areas offer a choice of sun & shade. The terraced gardens planted with a variety of palms, citrus trees, roses & Mediterranean herbs make this is a wonderful place to relax & chill.
Just outside the gate of the property, the stream rushes past gushing in spring, more gentle in the summer. The large naturally formed swimming pool is a great place to swim. Children will love trying to catch fish. If you'd rather swim in naturally pure water than chlorine, this is for you.
Inside the apartment is newly renovated to a high standard with wooden floors throughout. The entrance leads to the bedroom with double bed. Off this, the living room offers a brand new kitchen with full size oven & hob & fridge freeze, sofa & dining area. The bathroom is also brand new with separate shower & bath. The 2nd bedroom includes 2 single beds.
Throughout the apartment large windows offer wonderful private unobstructed views.
Villa Heureuse & Apt Riviere
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.
On entering there & a double bedroom which leads to fully fitted kitchen/dining/sitting room. From here you will find a bathroom with walk in shower, bath & WC & the 2nd bedroom with 2 single beds. It's all on one floor. The main bedroom & sitting room area have large floor to ceiling windows.
The villa & apartment 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 & video.
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.
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 in the area 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. In winter it's also popular with guests who are looking for low rates & central heating.
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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. We are always updating, improving & listening to guest feedback.
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 secretly holidayed here for years.
Walking is a great pleasure 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.
For those interested we also offer craniosacral massages for 40€
Top Traveller Review
Every thing we needed from our holiday
About the Owner
About James & Caroline Postlethwaite
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 heart center, our authentic self & live from joy. Anyone for whom this resonates is welcome to speak to me about this. I am also happy to offer healing massages.
Why James & Caroline Postlethwaite chose Alberes
I am in awe of the situation here & the power & beauty of the river & wildlife. It's so healing & reinvigorating. To be honest James & I completely fell in love with it as we could see it's potential, even though when we bought it, it had been quite neglected. It has been an ongoing project of love which we continue to upgrade & improve. I feel so grateful to be able to share this with you. It's a real joy to see our visitors unwind & relax on holiday here.
What makes this apartment unique
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 happy to give 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 a beautiful walk much of it possible along the river. Also a great spot for keen cyclists or bird watching.
We require a 200€/£ security deposit paid with the final balance & returned within 2 weeks if all is in order when you leave.
Linen is available to hire for £6/ 7.50€ per person per week.
Cleaning is available for 15€ per hour.We ask you leave our property clean & tidy at the end of your stay or you can pay 30€ for cleaning by arrangement.
User website is www.dreamrentalsfrance.com
Osteopathic Massage available
May be 5% discount for 2 people or less.
We require 30% payment on booking & 70% 8 weeks before your stay.
(21 traveller reviews)
Every thing we needed from our holiday
We were near mountains and the sea. We had a river to swim in at the botton of the garden. We desperately needed a total rest. The bed was comfy. The whole atmosphere of the apartment and garden was calm and peaceful. We popped over to Spain for the day. We enjoyed the market at Ceret so much we went twice. Laroque-des-Alberes only about 5 mins drive away is a lovely place to have a drink in the evening with some beautiful views from the medieval tower in the middle. James and Caroline are great host. We had some great chats putting the world to right. We would recommend this place to stay and would Love to return if we have a chance. Thank you
Pleasant location with fantastic natural pool
We spent a very relaxing week at the Apartment Riviere in Sorede. The apartment is ideal as a base for all kinds of outdoor acrivities, with the wonderful natural rock pool right out front. It´s about 2.5 km away from Sorede centre with all the restaurants and shops, and we could also reach nearby St. Andre or Laroque sur Alberes by bike. It was also conveniently located for trips to the sea or into the Pyrenees.
Great stay in a perfectly sized apartment
Had a great week at the apartment with our two young (7 & 10 yr old) daughters. Swimming in the rock pool was great, and there were plenty of nearby attractions! The apartment is well laid out, with separate rooms for the kids and the adults, making for easy sharing and different bed times.
A good spot!!
We are a family of 3 and spent two weeks in the apartment. It is well located - 15 minutes from Paulille and other nice places (without the hustle and bustle of Argeles). The only weak point is the hard mattress bed (but I guess it depends on what you like!). James and Caroline are trustworthy people.
Delphine, Ludo and Jo.
Extraordinary property set in stunning location
This property is set in a wonderful and rare location, with its own extensive outside areas, that included a system of waterfalls that run in two a large pool where you can swim.
Lazy afternoons can be spent playing in the water, swimming, building dams, relaxing to the sound of running water and enjoying the vibrancy of the natural environment. A nature lovers paradise with a huge variety of special wildlife around, including rare birds and water creatures. The surrounding mountain landscape is stunning. A perfect space in which to unwind from the pressure of modern living and enter a calm and relaxed state of being.
The location is ideal, very close to the beaches by car. Sorede and the villages around are unspoilt, the locals of friendly and the natural environment is gorgeous. This is area seams to be a well kept secret! The area around the property itself is very calm but does not feel isolated.
The apartment was very clean and user friendly, with everything you need. I spend a lot of time outside on the variously seating area, well placed in different spots of natural beauty. The gardens were very well thought out and beautiful. The owners Caroline and James could not have been more welcoming and supportive of our successful stay. Highly recommended.
Lovely secluded spot in beautiful scenery, close to mountains and sea.
The apartment was perfect for our needs. Spacious and comfortable for 2. Lovely space outside leading down to the stream. Only shame was the water was too cold in April to swim in the plunge pool. The apartment is up a valley surrounded by mountains, with opportunities for hiking direct from the house. Five minutes drive to quiet village of Sorede for local shops and a few restaurants. Spectacular views over the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. Also only a short drive to the coast and interesting towns on the Cote Vermeille, and within reach of the higher valleys of the Pyrenees.
We'll have to come back when it's warmer to enjoy the plunge pool!
From the Owner
“I am in awe of the situation here & the power & beauty of the river & wildlife. It's so healing & reinvigorating. To be honest James & I completely fell in love with it as we could see it's potential, even though when we bought it, it had been quite neglected. It has been an ongoing project of love which we continue to upgrade & improve. I feel so grateful to be able to share this with you. It's a real joy to see our visitors unwind & relax on holiday here.”
Activity and Interests
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 which is blue flag rated & clean.
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, cycling & all water sports
Golf: 20 mins drive to Golf Course.
Ski: Skiing is possible in 1.30 mins drive.
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 happy to give 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 a beautiful walk much of it possible along the river. Also a great spot for keen cyclists or bird watching.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Games for Kids
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool ...
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- not suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- naturist beach
- recreation centre
- theme parks
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- jet skiing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- water skiing
- 50 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Walk in shower
- Brand new walk in shower , bath & sink beautifully decorated.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
- The entrance leads into the first bedroom which in turn leads to the sitting room.
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Tennis ...
- 2 bicycles
- 4 garden chairs
- 2 deck chairs
- Brand new bathroom & kitchen, all totally modernized making the most of the space.