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A traditional Catalan house with exclusive use of south facing swimming pool

People8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms1
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

House between mountains and sea, sleeps 8 with terraces and swimming pool

A traditional Catalan house with exclusive use of south facing swimming pool and terraces with stunning views in a picturesque village in the most southerly French valley. Le Tech is located at in the foothills of the Pyrenees, between the mountains and sea. Visitors can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Vallespir and spectacular mountain scenery, but still have easy access to a range of Mediterranean beaches and resorts, and swimming lakes.The village has a post office, area for boules and table tennis, and municipal tennis court, all within 3 minutes walk of the house. The border with Spain is so close visitors can enjoy the delights of the best of France and Spain - fantastic scenery, castles, unspoilt lakes and beaches, picuresque coastel towns and medieval mountain towns, and wonderful catalan food.

The house has been renovated and refurbished while keeping many original features. A swimming pool has recently been installed in the garden for exclusive use by those renting the house. With four bedrooms (one with sofa bed) it can easily sleep up to 8 people. The spacious and comfortable accommodation is spread over three floors, and is located in the small Catalan village of Le Tech, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, approximately 50 minutes from the Mediterranean coast. The south facing house is situated in a terrace of traditional houses extending up a hill out of the village, with stunning views of the mountains.

GROUND FLOOR

Tiled hallway, toilet and ground floor second sitting room/fourth bedroom with double sofa bed

SECOND FLOOR

Large open plan living room/dining room pleasantly furnished with beautiful views over the village, river and mountains. Equipped with 2 sofas, dining table and chairs seating 8, DVD, CD player, Iphone/I pod docket and wood burning stove.

Kitchen: Fully fitted, well-equipped tiled modern kitchen with fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher, electric oven (4 rings and grill), microwave and kettle, but retaining traditional beams and original fireplace.

THIRD FLOOR

Three bedrooms, each with their own character, and a bathroom with toilet are on the third floor. All bedrooms are equipped with wardrobe and chest of drawers.

Master bedroom: Double bed, views over village, river and mountains with all day sun.

Bedroom 2: Double bed with southerly aspect and similar views as above.

Bedroom 3: Located at rear of house, with bunk bed with 2 windows.

Bathroom: Tiled modern bathroom with shower, toilet and basin.

GARDENS AND SWIMMING POOL

A fascinating aspect to the property are four south facing terraces immediately to the rear of the property rising up from roof level. The first terrace includes a large patio area with stunning views over the river, village and mountains. This secluded area benefits from all day sun and is equipped with garden lights for evening use, sun loungers, outside table seating 8 and flower beds. An iron staircase from terrace two to terrace three leads to another large sun terrace with steps up to the swimming pool. The view over the valley and mountains from the terrace and pool is spectacular. The pool is an above ground oval pool with internal dimensions of 5m x 3m and 1.2m deep.

There is space for one car outside the house and other free parking in the centre of the village 1 minute walk away.

The Village

Le Tech is situated in the most southerly valley in France, where visitors can enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Vallespir and spectacular mountain scenery, but still have easy access to the Mediterranean beaches. The village lies at the confluence of two mountain rivers, the Tech and the Coumalade, around 550 metres above sea level, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is only 6 km from the border with Spain, and within easy reach of the famous cities of Perpignan (France 1 hr), Figueres (Spain 1 hr), Girona (1.30 hrs) and Barcelona (Spain, 2.15 hrs).

The village is very friendly, with a number of activities organised throughout the year, such as the August paella fete with dancing, the Autumn bulb fair, and the Christmas bingo with prizes of ducks, chickens and legs of serrano ham! (All prepared!). Village residents like to sit in the square waiting for the daily bread van, and chat.

There are open air pools at Prats De Mollo (6km), and Montferrer (10km), the latter overlookng a lovely view of the mountains. For the more adventerous there are natural rock pools and a water chute 10 mins drive away. On going down the valley take the first right to Serralongue, park by the wood yard on the right, and take the small track winding gently up to the right behind the wood yard. About 10 mins walk brings you to the rock pools. Be warned it is quite a steep slope down at the end, and ignore the private signs, as all the locals do.

Vallespir and Rousillon

The Tech valley of Vallespir is in the Roussillon area of France, and with the Mediterranean beaches, Pyrenees and proximity to Spain, it is a superb region for any type of holiday at any time of year. Roussillon is the sunniest part of France with approximately 320 sunshine days a year, and the region is proud of its miles of uninterrupted beaches, beautiful towns and villages in the Pyrenean valleys with many historical gems, its link with famous artists (including Dali and Picasso), and the wealth of activities on offer. Inland from the Mediterranean the Tech valley passes through vineyards and olive groves, then hills with chestnuts, pine and oak forests, gorges and rockpools, and is renowned for producing the first cherries each year in France.

From Le Tech the valley runs up to the lovely medieval walled town of Prats De Mollo (6 km). Here there are bakeries, shops, a small supermarket, an outdoor swimming pool and a number of restaurants. The hilltop Fort Lagarde, with its daily summer enactments and riding displays, overlooks the town. The artistic town of Ceret, with its small but well known art gallery, shops, supermarket, restaurants and well known Saturday morning market, is a 30 minute drive down the valley. On the way is the famous Gorge de Fou, the narrowest canyon in the world, and the historic town of Arles Sur Tech. Moving south from Le Tech and along a spectacular drive towards Spain is the lovely town of St Laurent de Cerdans (20 minute drive), famous for its hand made espadrill factory and horse riding.

The Mediterranean beach resorts of Argeles (1 hour), Canet and St Cyprien (1.15 hrs), together with the picturesque old fishing port of Collioure (1 hr) are all within an easy drive of the house, and have a wide range of family activities. For a small, but never crowded, family beach choose La Racou, just to the south of Argeles.

There is a lovely swimming lake down the valley at St Jean Plan de la Corts - Follow signs to Plan d'Leau. There is a large family soft play zone, as well as water sports. Alternatively, take the pass into Spain via Coustouges, follow signs to Darnius and then Lake Boedella. This lake is surrounded by hills, and also good for swimming. Both lakes have cafes in the summer.

There are many fantastic walks either from the house, or in the surrounding area. Mount Canigou stands majestic to the north (3 days treck from the house), or there are many day or half day walks. The G10 and G11 are both close by.

The house also has 5 (basic) mountain bikes with helmets for use by guests. There is an off road bike track running from Arles Sur Tech to La Jonquera, and many quiet mountain roads to lovely villages.

For those who love castles, there are numerous Cathar Castles within 1 to 1.5 hrs drive, along the valley on route to Foix. These are based on rocky outcrops in truly stunning scenery, and there are many walking routes in this area too

The colourful and exotic city of Perpignan is one hour’s drive away, or there is a bus service from Le Tech. The City is full of shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and music clubs. There are many interesting festivals, and the old quarter has some fascinating Catalan architecture, multi-cultural shops and food markets. Other towns and cities that can be reached are Figueres (Spain, 1 hr), with its famous and unique Dali museum, the medieval town of Girona (Spain, 1.30 hrs), and the wonderful cosmopolitan city of Barcelona (Spain, 2.15 hrs) with its harbour, medieval quarters, Gaudi architecture, parks and fabulous cafés and restaurants.

Other delights in Spain is the coast around Roses and Cadeques, and the strange but stunning Cap de Creus, with rock forms which inspired many a Dali painting. On route to Roses are many wonderful old medieval towns, such as Peralalda, and some fantastic restaurants.

More Details

Owner
Mick Feloy & Fiona Scapens
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 July, 2017

About Mick Feloy & Fiona Scapens

We are a family of four, who live in the Devon area of the UK. Our children are now grown up, but we enjoyed many a family holiday in the house, and the children still love to come with us! We fell for this area of France the first time we visited it - it has an unspoilt beauty, and with both mountains and sea, there is so much to see and do. We enjoy travelling, walking, biking, swimming, exploring, eating and generally having adventures!

Mick Feloy & Fiona Scapens purchased this house in 2003

Why Mick Feloy & Fiona Scapens chose Le Tech

We loved this property the minute we walked into it. It is a traditional old Catalan house, made of enormous river bolders, and as a consequence never gets too hot. It is very charming, and very unique to that area. It has traditional old shutters, cottage type rooms with beams, a wooden winding staircase, and large attics. The views out the front windows are stunning. The garden terraces are amazing - accessed from stairs out of the attic - and stretch out at the back of the house over the roof line. The views of the village and surrounding mountains are spectacular. A botle of wine and the sound of the river are all you need to unwind.

The house is set in a row of old houses stretching out of the village, all of which were built in a slightly different way, different sizes, with different colours walls and shutters. It is a very picturesque village, and very French catalan, many of the older folk still speak catalan, and everyone is very friendly.

What makes this house unique

The property and village are charming, and the house is uniqely situated to take advantage of the best of this area of France and Spain. If you like wildlife and an unspoilt environment, you are surrounded by it! Sit in the garden and watch the wonderful birds and butterflies flying past, and the little lizards playing. Eagles often fly around the surrounding hill tops.

The possibilities for days of fun are endless, whatever you enjoy doing! Swimming is possible in nearby lakes, pools and the mediteranean beaches. There are many local walks and bike routes to suit all ages and abilities. You can city sightsee in wonderful old towns such as Perpignan, Figueres or Girona, none of which are very far away. If historic buildings are your interest the Cathar Castles are worth visiting. For art lovers the gallery at Ceret, or Dali musuem at Figueres, or Picasso's Cadaques are great places. If you want to chill, the sunbeds by the house pool are pretty good, or hop down to the beach at the coast. For foodies, we can recommend good and reasonably priced restaurants.

Location

Nearest Airport
61 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Le Tech
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Golf de Falgos
Nearest Train
55 Kilometres
Perpignan
Nearest Motorway
33 Kilometres
Le Bolou (A9)
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Le Tech
Nearest Ski
62 Kilometres
Vallter2000
Nearest Beach
51 Kilometres
Argeles-sur-mer
Car: recommended

The area offers a huge range of outdoor pursuits. There is a tremendous range of walking options for all abilities either directly from the village, or from a number of nearby marked Pyrenean routes. Those more adventurous can make use of a number of mountain refuges and routes up to higher peaks such as Mount Canigou (2,800 m), which from a distance can be seen rising majestically over the valley. There is easy access to the GR10 footpath, which runs the entire length of the Pyrenees, 700km from coast to coast. This begins at Argeles sur Mer on the Mediterranean, and ends up at Hendaye-Plage on the Atlantic shore. The tougher trail of the Haute Randonnee Pyreneene (HRP) runs roughly parallel to the GR10, but takes in much more rugged alpine territory.

There is also a large range of biking options, from small mountain roads and tracks to more adventurous mountain routes. Local tourist offices at Amelie-les-Bains, and St Laurans de Cerdans offer information on trails, but it is easy to make up your own routes too.

For visitors who like to add some skiing to their itinery, there is the small and friendly Spanish family resort of Vallter 2000 (1.15 mins drive) where all equipment can be hired. There is also the larger French resort of Font Romeu, which has a wide range of different slopes, equipment hire and lessons (2.30 mins drive).

The Mediterranean coast is less than one hour’s drive away, with sandy beaches stretching for many kilometres from St Cyprien, through Argeles Sur Mer, then south across the Spanish border into the Cote d’Azur. The coastline slopes gently into the water making it perfect for families. Both Argeles and St Cyprien have many family activities including mini-golf, water parks, mini fairgrounds, boat trips, pedaloes for hire and numerous restaurants catering for all tastes. The Mediterranean towns of Port-Vendres and Collioure are truly photogenic – the former is a working fishing port with fine fresh fish shops, and the latter a beautiful old harbour town and popular ‘artistic’ venue.

For golf lovers there are also a number of possibilities. St Cyprien (1hr) has an 18 and 9 hole course. There are 9 hole courses at Amelie Les Bain (30 mins) and Camprodon. Over the border into Spain the Torremirona Golf Club has 18 holes, and the Peralada Golf Club has both an 18 and 9 hole course. However the most famous local golf course, is probably the Falgos Golf and Spa Resort at St Laurant de Cerdans (20 mins), with 18 taxing holes in dramatic scenery.

In addition to the swimming pool at the house, there are numerous local swimming options, with open air swimming pools at Prats de Mollo and Montferrer, and an indoor pool at Amelie Les Bains. Alternatively there is a fabulous natural swimming hole 10 minutes drive from the house and a lovely outdoor lake 30 minutes down the valley at St. Jean Pla de Corts.

Other activities include:

Horse riding – there are riding stables in St Laurans de Cerdans offering hirelings and guided tours through the mountains

Fishing – the local trout fishing is reportedly excellent. Passes can be bought very cheaply at the Tabac’s in Prats-de-Mollo, Arles sur Tech or Amelie-Les-Bains.

Thermal spa’s – there are spa’s at Boulou, Amelie-Les-Bains and Prats-de-Mollo.

Catalan Culture – There are a huge number of festivals and fetes throughout the year, celebrated with music and dancing, especially the famous Catalan ‘Dance of Freedom’ or La Sardane. Catalan crafts, fabrics and espadrilles can all be seen on a daily basis, and the unique Bear Fete or Feast Of Bears that occurs every year in February is a truly extraordinary occasion. The April mountain car race that includes the village of Le Tech in its route, is also a popular occasion.

Family days out – There are too many to mention them all. However, of note is the Little Yellow Train, accessed from the valley to the north of Le Tech, running from Villefranche-de-Conflent right up onto the Cerdagne plain, near Andorra, at Font Romeu. It is a narrow gauge cog railway running along a spectacular route through the mountains, taking about 90 mins. Timetables can be checked at Amelie or Arles. If it is gardens you enjoy, the Tropical Garden at Ponteilla, just outside Perpignan, is delightful. The owners have tried to make it an educational experience to show children bananas, coffee and chocolate plants, as well as providing a treat for horticulturalists. Families will also enjoy the wild animal park near St Cyprien.

Situated between the mountains and sea, the Vallespir is a year round holiday destination. Whatever you enjoy, Vallespir is a region of breathtaking scenery, activities to cater for all tastes, and fabulous gastronomy unlike anywhere else in France.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Le Tech in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is a seperate toilet on the ground floor
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • All bedrooms have wardrobe, chest of drawers, reading lights, mirror and rugs. Bedroom 1 and 2 face south with mountain views. The sofa bed is a double.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Le Tech, Pyrenees-Orientales

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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£506
for 7 nights
£506
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£644
for 7 nights
£644
 
 
winter
6 Jan 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Spring
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Summer
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
Sept
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Autumn
29 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Christmas
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 

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Refundable Damage Deposit £300

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