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The Olive House is set in the mature gardens of 'Le Mas'. It is a relaxing timber building which sleeps four.
It has a fully equipped kitchen (including, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, handblender large fridgefreezer).
The lounge has UK Sat TV.
The bathrrom has a brght and spacious shower, with basin and WC.
The outside decking has a BBQ and is a great place to sit and soak up the lovely surroundings.
There is a Free WiFi hotspot close to the main building.
Babysitting is available on request.
Hot welcome meal available on request. (Charged).
'Mas Des Fleurs' is a secluded haven amongst vineyards, fruit orchards and vegetable farms. It's a glorious setting with extensive gardens and a large spring water filled swimming pool, yet is walking distance to the historic and colourful city of Perpignan and only 10 minutes by car to the Mediterranean's long, sweeping beaches.
'Mas Des Fleurs' comprises 3 gites. It can be rented as an individual holiday home or as part of the cluster which is ideal for a large family group holiday - total accommodation sleeps up to 14 guests in 3 gites plus 3 babies in cots.
- 10 minutes from km's of unspoilt beaches
- 2 mins to the City Centre whilst retaining a very rural feel
- 2 mins from the local Bakery which is open every day from 8am-8pm (Sunday 8am -1pm)
- Close to huge amounts of outdoor activities including Sigean Wildlife Park, Gorges, Yellow Train, Collioure, Leucate, Palais de Rois Majorque
- 15 mins from Perpignan Airport
- Heated enclosed pool - 16m
- Free Bicycles to use x 4
'Mas Des Fleurs' itself is bordered by an Apricot orchard, Olive grove and vine and palm tree nurseries, and is situated in the centre of a unique conservation area of fruit and vegetable farms called Les Jardins des St. Jacques. There is a lovely restaurant in walking distance from the farmhouse and 'Les Jardins SJ' is also home to a historic and picturesque village (Chateau Roussillon) and two first class vineyards. Plus, the beautiful city of Perpignan, with fabulous shopping, pavement cafes and historic sites is only a short bike ride or two minute car journey from the farmhouse. Throughout the year there are many festivals in the palm-tree lined city, while the old quarter is home to several multi-cultural food markets and full of fascinating Catalan architecture.
It's a truly superb region for any type of holiday at any time of year, with windsurfing, kitesurfing, walking , climbing, skiing, tennis, and golf all within easy reach. From exploring The Pyrenees and Spain to soaking up the sun of The Med or touring the vineyards of the Roussillon region, there's a new activity in every direction. Roussillon is the sunniest part of France with approximately 320 sunshine days a year. Autumn is a real treat with balmy temperatures providing a welcome break from colder parts of Europe. The Med resorts of Canet, Barcares, St.Cyprien and Argeles, all with expansive golden beaches, are just minutes away. The famous and beautiful Collioure, Ceret and Figueres in Spain are loaded with artistic history. All around are views of the majestic Pyrenees while the lush surrounding countryside is quite simply carpeted with sun baked vineyards. If all that was not enough, the lovely Costa Brava of Spain is Roussillon's southern neighbour.
We are an English couple from London and Stoke who moved to France with our two young children (now three!) in 2010 in search of a better quality of life for our family. James' background is in Global Software Marketing and Ilona has a background in horticulture. Together we manage our business here in France and our landscape gardening business in London. We are thriving in the local area with its diverse attractions and activities.
James Waller purchased this cottage in 2010
Additional costs include -60 Euros/property/week - cleaning and linen
250 Euro breakage deposit (refundable)
Mid week changeover possible 200 Euro surcharge
Staying at Mas De Fleur was fabulous, it was a great base to embrace as little or much as you want. The travel distance from Perpignan airport was 20 minutes, straight into a very welcoming arrival with everything you need. The accommodation was clean and well equipped. We really enjoyed lazing by the pool and enjoying the tranquil surrounding gardens and landscape.
There was lots to do! We enjoyed taking our kids aged 11, 16 and 17 to the beaches within 20 mins drive and had a great day up in the mountains on an amazing high wire rope course across a huge river within stunning landscapes. We were also fortunate enough to coincide with one of the biggest ever mobile fun fairs in Perpignan and enjoyed a great day out by driving to Barcelona. So much to see and so much to do. The outdoor Market was great fun with lots of interesting things to buy. The list goes on!
What I loved the most about this holiday is that you could just chill by the pool with some really good wine or you could go out for the day for some excitement.
Great Holiday in a great place!
Great facilities with masses of space for children to play. Excellent large secure pool. Near to fabulous beaches and places of interest.
Definitely a good family holiday location.
Love this place ! 3 years coming and still want more . Great for families that want a bit of everything , excellent location , fantastic pool , lovely hosts that create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere . Accomadation compact but clean comfortable and all you need, we have always rented villas in the past but ourselves and our children would now always choose to come back here for a relaxing beach orientated holiday . Grounds are spacious and well maintained ,Perpignan city centre is within walking distance and it is a short drive to the beach . Excellent .
We stayed for 2 weeks as a couple with an 8 month old baby in the Olive House and had a wonderful holiday. James and Ilona are unobtrusive but incredibly helpful hosts and provided a highchair, travel cot, buggy and a big box of toys so we didn't have to bring lots of items from the UK.
There were some lovely little helpful gestures which we appreciated, such as returning to find a marrow, courgettes and aubergines from the vegetable patch outside our door.
The fantastic outdoor swimming pool, lots of garden space and the children's play area makes this an ideal place for travelling with children of all ages but I also think we would have had an equally wonderful time had we travelled on our own.
We enjoyed walking to the local bakery for breakfast items (the baby looked decidedly upset when we got back to England and served him porridge!) and had great day trips to Carcassonne, Collioure and to the local beach at Canet. Perpignan is worth a visit if only to get an ice-cream and have a nice lunch. We also visited a local winery which was fun. There are many more destinations which we couldn't get to, such as narrow-gauge trains into the Pyrenees which would have been an ideal day out if we had an older child.
The Olive House itself is well equipped and the wi-fi worked flawlessly. The weather was hot and with one fan in the property this may put some people off staying in the very hot months of the year. We would also recommend taking mosquito coils and insect repellant as there were quite a few biting insects in the garden after rain.
Overall this property comes very highly recommended.
We visited Mas des Fleurs for a two week stay in August this year. This was the first time we had stayed here and our time was spent in the Olive House. In essence, we really enjoyed our time here. The ambience, the tranquillity and the beautiful garden and pool were just lovely and such a change from the busy pace of life we normally enjoy in the UK.
The garden was fully enclosed and very secure which is a bonus with families. The swimming pool was very clean with comfortable loungers etc. We were also able to benefit from produce from James and Ilona’s veggie patch for which we were grateful. The Olive House (which is essentially like a large log cabin) itself was well equipped, cosy and had a more rustic feel than the other two apartments on offer. The real benefit of the Olive House is that being located in the garden means that if you have particularly young children you can sit on the terrace, enjoy a glass of wine and keep a watchful eye.
In terms of the area, we visited Perpignan. To walk from the farmhouse would be a bit of a trek, however, you can drive halfway and then walk and be in the centre within 15 minutes. We also went to the beach at Canet and enjoyed the mini golf at St Cyprien which was great fun. We would also recommend going to Collioure by train (because parking is a nightmare) and Villefranche de Conflent (a beautiful village with lots of shops) by car and taking the Yellow tourist train up into the Pyrenees.
Overall, we had a lovely holiday and we left knowing that we had still far more to see and do. I would have loved to have stayed another week if I could. James and Ilona are great hosts and of course the gorgeous Woody and Mocha, my favourite chocolate Labradors, who are so gentle and friendly, cannot go without mention.
I’m sure that we will return another year.
We have just had a great stay at Le Mas spending one week in the Olive house with our teenage son and 8 year old daughter. From the moment we landed till the day we left we really thoroughly enjoyed ourselves ! We had great fun playing table tennis on the grounds and both children gained confidence swimming because the pool was never over crowded . They also LOVED the two adorable Labrador dogs. The setting is really beautiful with a lovely shaded area to read a book , a vegetable patch which produced some fab vegetables kindly given to us by James and a pool that is the cleanest I have ever been in !! There was a lovely mix of feeling we were being left to ourselves to enjoy the garden and pool etc but yet there was always someone there if we needed something. James and Ilona have created a wonderful place to stay and we will definitely be back. Perpignan is not my favourite town in France but The beach and Resort in Canet ( which is 15 mins by car ) is a great spot for meals, street markets and buzz during the day or at night. Thanks so much James and Illona !!