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Private sunny villa with heated pool and river access.

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Spacious detached villa built on the site of an historic mill in a tranquil location right by the river Tech yet close to the region's many attractions. With cream tiled floors, open beams and freshly decorated throughout, the villa offers spacious accommodation for up to 10 people. It has a private entrance and driveway.

The house is comfortable and spacious and very well laid out. As you open the gates on to the pool area you immediately feel like you are on holiday.

There are 5 very spacious bedrooms, all designed to a very high specification. The en-suite shower rooms have large head power showers. The bath sheets are fluffy. The beds are extremely comfortable with lovely crisply ironed white linen. We provide plump feather pillows. Every effort has been made to make the rooms feel welcoming and relaxing.

In this region a lot of life is lived outside. There is somewhere to sit all day long to make the most of the sun or to find shade. Breakfast can be taken on the large balcony overlooking the river. Lunch is perfect in the shaded pergola in the garden. Around the pools there are wooden recliners so you can soak up the sun. The large ceramic tiled pool is a particular highlight.

The beautiful charming town of Ceret with its artistic heritage and spectacular Saturday market is just 5 minutes away. There are cafes on every corner, restaurants in every square; and frequent music and dancing in the streets.

There are plenty of local walks at different levels of effort. They offer wonderful views across the valley to the Mediterranean or up to the Canigou and Pyrenees beyond.

The villa is 10 minutes from the Spanish border, 30 minutes from the Mediterranean(Collioure, Argeles, Banyuls etc.) and 90 minutes from Barcelona. Skiing in winter is 90 minutes away. The region offers endless cultural and recreational facilities and the sun shines nearly every day of the year.

Fly to Perpignan (35 minutes away), Girona(50) or Barcelona(90).

More Details

Stephen Hill
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Stephen Hill

Stephen and Sarah Hill own the property. They have lovingly restored it over the last 10 years and created a home they feel very proud to own.

They like their home to feel comfortable and a pleasure to stay in and this is very much what you will experience when you stay at Mill House

In the UK they live in Marlow Bucks. Stephen is a consultant to small business owners, and Sarah has her own training company. They have 3 grown up children. They love to be at the house together as a family, and their children are always keen to book a week at Mill House with their friends.

Stephen Hill purchased this villa in 2003

Why Stephen Hill chose Céret

Mill House is a home where you immediately feel on holiday. Everything about the house has been created with this in mind.

The house and gardens are very well maintained and the house, spotlessly clean.

The house backs on to a fast-flowing river which sounds wonderful from the house and gardens. It is sufficiently far from the house to be safe for young children.

What makes this villa unique

The house is looked after by a local french family who are friends of the owners. They treat the house as their own when Sarah and Stephen are not there. They take care of their guests and take much pride in ensuring that you have everything you need when you arrive and throughout your stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you, we had a wonderful holiday. We found the villa very comfortable, spacious and welcoming and the surroundings are lovely. We enjoyed the pool and garden but the woods and river were something special.

Although our children are technically adults now they had a great time messing about down by the river and that was probably their favourite thing. I loved the peacefulness, no traffic noise and just the sound of the river at night, yet with a supermarket and fresh bread just round the corner! We appreciated the range of maps and booklets in the house and used these for several trips and local walks. We tried out the bus to Perpignan which proved to be comfortable and on time- it does indeed cost just 1Euro and goes all the way to Perpignan station, so I guess if anyone wanted an 'eco' visit, not using plane or car, they could get a train from England and then a bus almost to the door.

Flore and Charly were very helpful and responsive

We found Ceret very friendly and loved the Saturday market. The first weekend we were there it was the local Festival, which seemed to be a massive 3-day street party, and the second weekend was the Sardarna festival with more dancing in the streets.

We would definitely recommend the villa for a family holiday - it is spacious enough for extended family, children of all ages will love the garden, woods and river, and the surrounding countryside is lovely.
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Céret in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • All the rooms have luxury ensuite facilities. Three of the rooms have en suite Italian shower rooms, with very high specifications. The master bedroom has a double sink, large shower, and beautifull mountain views. Large Fluffy Bathtowes are provided. Shower Gel and soaps are included.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite Bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ensuite Bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Ensuite Shower room
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , Ensuite Shower room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Ensuite Shower room
  • An additional guest can be accommodated on a rollaway bed. The rooms are all newly decorated to a very high standard. Crisp freshly ironed sheets, feather pillows and fluffy towels in all rooms. All the rooms are spacious and each one has its own en suite. The master bedroom has double aspect french windows with views to the mountain and the river.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Conservatory
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The back of the house leads you through private gardens to the river. There is a small beach area, and swimming is possible.


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Private sunny villa with heated pool and river access.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews

Perfect villa for a family holiday

  • 4 of 5

The villa is very spacious and has every comfort you could want for a family holiday from the beautiful pool to the table tennis table. There is a lovely garden with many places to sit and relax in the sunshine. The nearest supermarket is two minutes walk away, very convenient. There are lovely beaches within easy reach and for cyclists the routes into the local hills are to be recommended. The owners and their local representatives were friendly, efficient and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had a good holiday.
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Everything you could want

  • 5 of 5

This villa has everything a family would want for a most enjoyable holiday.

It is extremely well equipped in a superb location,we particularly enjoyed the wide variety of outdoor sitting and eating areas all based around a central pool area.

We were a party of 9 with 3 generations ranging from 5 to 75 and all enjoyed themselves immensely.

The accommodation was clean and well maintained and everything was explained on arrival by a most pleasant housekeeper.

A bonus was a good supermarket within a short walk, ideal for fresh bread each morning and everything you would need for the rest of the day.

A short drive to the coast although our younger members much preferred the superb pool.

Definitely one to go back to.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday. Stephen & Sarah
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We had a lovely time!

  • 4 of 5

We were a three generations family and had a wonderful week there. The area is stunning, and we made the most of it, visiting beautiful Ceret, the lovely beaches, and other attractions that are within a short-ish drive, including the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres and the fabulous aquapark.

The house itself is well equipped and maintained. The swimming pool is clean and the garden beautifully looked after. The river at the back of the house, is also a great attraction. The reason why a star was lost in this review, is because we were there early July and had temperatures of over 30 deg C, and the house became uncomfortably hot. There is no air con and not enough fans. When the temperature fell to the mid to high 20s it was fine, but I understand that these high temperatures are quite frequent these days! Other than that, it is full marks!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review, Claudia. We will upgrade our fans so that very hot days and nights like those you experienced are more comfortable for future guests. Thank you again. Stephen
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A fabulous two weeks

  • 4 of 5

Ten of us of three generations (including four children, aged 8 to 12) spent a wonderful fortnight at this villa. The property was exactly as described, with loads of space and extremely well equipped. The booking process was very smooth and all the people who looked after the villa-the housekeeper/cleaners, gardener and pool cleaner were great. The area was excellent for the kids-with the beach at Argeles, the nearby swimming lake and a harbour-side dinner in Collioure being particular highlights. If we had a gripe, it would have had been great to have access to at least the garden of the the villa slightly earlier-the flight to Perpignan gets in VERY early- and the walk to Ceret was rather longer than advertised, at least with the kids!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. We are always delighted to hear that our guests are happy with our house, and all that it offers. We fully appreciate the difficulty of not being able to obtain access to the house until 3.30 p.m, particularly, when you have an exceptionally early landing time. It really does take our team all of the time that they have to prepare the house to the high standards we expect after the previous guests have left that morning. Thank you again. Stephen and Sarah
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Four couples at the beautiful villa in Ceret

  • 5 of 5

Our group of friends loved the villa and found it to be exactly as described in the listing. It is beautifully maintained and was very clean, with a well-equipped kitchen, several sunny places outdoors to enjoy meals, comfortable bedrooms, and excellent

advice and help whenever needed by the owner. We loved exploring Ceret and surrounding villages, especially Collioure.

We found great restaurants in Ceret, such as Le Chat Qui Rit,

in walking distance of the villa, Le Bisbe and its terrasse, Can Jordi, and Le Quattrocentro, a great pizza place. The art museum is a must with works by many famous painters who

lived at times in Ceret. It has Picassos, Dufys, Chagalls and more. The Catalan history of the area is so interesting, and we

learned more about that in our explorations. We recommend

this property very highly to friends and anyone who is looking

for a delightful place for a vacation home.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect for a large family.

  • 5 of 5

The family reunion of six adults, one toddler and one newborn stayed for an idyllic week. The location[Private, secure, walking distance into town, access to private beach on the river], the amenities [beautiful pool, loads of outdoor furniture, Toys, Grill, etc.], the "everything you could possibly need" in the house [games, books, movies, adapters, maps, fully stocked and equipped kitchen even with staples like salt n pepper, cooking oil and spices, bbq charcoal etc.], and the warm lived in feeling was quite unlike any other rental we have ever experienced.

The house, linens, gardens were all immaculate on arrival.

Everything listed by Stephen and promised, was 100% delivered........ We really felt as though someone was sharing their primary home with us, and not selling a rental property for a week or so.

100% impressed and satisfied, highly recommend this property.

Jeff and Joanna.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for you very generous comments. It is always so nice to hear that people have enjoyed the house as much as we do. It is indeed our home much of the year, and we love to hear that others feel as we do about it. Sarah and Stephen
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Junction 43 of the A9
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Le Chat qui Rit
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Le Racou
Car: recommended

The villa is situated in a magnificent part of the world where the sun shines almost every day.

The house is about 5 minutes drive from Ceret and there is a supermarket just three minutes walk from the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £100
Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

These rates are fully inclusive of linen and towels ( not beach towels).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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