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Mountain Retreat Near Ceret On 50 Acres, Private Infinity Pool

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday Home in Ceret, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Serenity & Views, 40 Minutes To Med Beaches

Mas Soubiranne is a rustic Catalan farmhouse, recently re-furbished to high standards, with marble tiled bathrooms, antiques, a bread oven and original artwork. Arrive via a winding mountain road (15-20 min/5 miles from Ceret), past deep ravines and ravishing views. The Mas nestles among old stone terraces, meadows, and oak and sweet chestnut forests, part of a small estate of 3 houses previously owned by a 19th c bishop. Rare serenity with close proximity to Ceret! The Mas has a new, fitted kitchen and master bedroom on level 1. An artisan-designed spiral staircase leads to a spacious 'sejour' with fireplace and double bedroom. Level 3 is a mezzanine with 3/4 beds - ideal for children. The outdoor terrace is planted with figs and vines. A brief uphill walk leads to a landscaped stone terrace and 6 x 12m heated infinity pool. A new pool house with kitchen facilitates spellbinding poolside dining as the sun sets behind Mount Canigou. Mountain walks straight from the breakfast table!

Karen McClellan
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
17 December, 2017

About Karen McClellan

Amidst raising a young family and pursuing two careers as medical doctor and climate change specialist in London, Martin and Karen, a British/American couple, have worked very hard and over many holidays to create a high quality, original, and welcoming property which celebrates local materials and Catalan style. We bought the property in 2004 as a lasting gift to our three children and to family generations to come. We enjoy teaching our children about nature in the wild Pyrenees, much as we do on our sailing vacations. We also love the deeply-rooted local customs and culture in vibrant Ceret and its surrounding landscapes of sea and vineyards. Our French house has become an oasis for us: it is a great pleasure to see that our guests also find the luxury of serenity at Mas Soubiranne.

Karen McClellan purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Karen McClellan chose Céret

We bought the property as a leaky hovel in early 2005. It was a rare chance to buy 50 acres of mountain property, along with its pure well water and rich earth. The mountains and sea offered huge possibility for sports, skiing and exploration, enticing for a young family with boys. The road leading past the Mas travels up over the old route to Spain, & we love taking Alpine walks above the French and Spanish coastline. The terraced farm still produces cherries, apples, apricots, plums, chestnuts, and walnuts; mushrooms abound. We believe that conservation of our land is a serious responsibility, and we will introduce solar power to make it energy self-sufficient. At the same time, we have easy access to the culture and history in the towns and cities below, as well as to London and Europe.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Some of our favorite activities include cultivation and landscaping of the property; hunting enormous beetles and butterflies; picking cherries from our trees - perhaps to be sold in the cherry festival; cooking extravagantly with home grown herbs, mint and lavender; dining at the pool at twilight; visiting our neighbour, a widely exhibited and popular Catalan artist who will show you his work and studio; buying fois gras from the mas below; hiking down the mountain to Ceret; watching Sardanne dancing in the streets; buying anchovies in Collioure; watching the stars come out and listening for owls and wild boar with the kids. Lots of time for reading and swimming in the infinity pool, which some call the best in Ceret!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We had a fantastic time, you have a beautiful retreat. We had some lazy days by the pool and walked up the hill to the ridge. We have some spectacular photos of the mountains. A great Holiday!" 2011

"You are so sensible to have chosen such a beautiful part of the world with that mix of cultures and languages. I am sure the children will come back having enjoyed whatever it is that we end up doing - we barely scratched the surface last time." 2011

"We had an amazing holiday, the weather was sunny and hot most of the time. Mas Soubiranne is truly beautiful and it was a privilege to stay in such a fantastic property in such a spectacular setting. You've done such a great job renovating and furnishing the house, and the pool is incredible. We are grateful that you're prepared to let others share your idyllic retreat." 2011

"...we have just had a fantastic week at your house, it was absolutely beautiful our boys loved the tree house, pool and cooking over wood on the pool BBQ...2
May 2009
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Musée d'Art moderne de Céret
"Beautiful architecture, well-curated standing and temporary exhibits, always fun and interes..."
"The town of Céret is a charming, walled destination village near the Spanish border known fo..."
Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
multiple beaches on the French coast
Car: necessary


The Roussillon coastline boasts kilometre after kilometre of golden beaches, rocky hideaways, azure lagoons.... a day at the beach is so much more than a bucket and spade experience, surrounded by the surrounding scenery of the Albères mountains with the sacred Canigou rising majestic in the distance. The Côte Vermeille (vermilion coast) stretches from Argelès-sur-Mer to Cerbère via Collioure, Port Vendres and Banyuls-sur-Mer.


Ceret is 15 minutes or 7km downhill, 1.5 hours hiking. The nearest beaches are 40 min. In less than 2 hours drive you can visit Barcelona, the Costa Brava and other parts of Spanish Catalonia. On the French side you can reach Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse in 2 hours or less, Perpignan in 40 minutes and also Collioure, Argeles and Canet Plage in under an hour. Ryanair and EasyJet fly to Perpignan (45 min) and Girona airport (1 hour 15 min away).

Further Details:

Céret is a popular but relaxed Catalan town with a colourful history of legends, traditions, music and art. Full of leafy cafes, once frequented by Picasso, it boasts a colourful market on Saturday mornings; an impressive modern art gallery, with works by Picasso, Matisse, Miro, and Chagal; and ancient legends surrounding the 'Pont du Diable' and the fountain in the 'Place de neuf jets'. Céret is part of the premier cherry growing area in France and is known for its cherry festival, held at the end of May/early June. This is followed by the Feria 'Céret de Toros' in early July in which bulls are run through the streets by skilled horsemen followed by street music. A festival celebrating the complex, circular 'Sardane' dance is held mid July. The surrounding countryside is of exceptional beauty, ranging from the 'Pic du Canigou', sacred mountain of the Catalans, down the ancient, forested foothills of the Pyrenees, across the vineyard and orchard-covered plains of Roussillon, to the beautiful sandy beaches and coves of the Mediterranean Sea. Glorious walks start from your front door. Easy access to French and Spanish beaches and coves; picturesque villages; castles and monastaries steeped in history; festivals; grottos; a Mecca for artists; world famous prehistoric sites; opera in Perpignan; modern night clubs; and a freshwater lake with a tree canopy walk for kids. Treat yourself to the local wines and delicacies found in superb 'dégustations' and restaurants - and don't forget Spain! El Buli is not too far away for true foodies, about 90 min by car. Ceret is an excellent base for travelling to the medieval cities of Carcassonne, Montpellier, and Perpignan; the Cathar castle towns and the lively Catalan centres of Girona and Barcelona.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Céret in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • town
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 1 with freestanding bath and walk-in shower, tumbled marble tiles throughout; wc separate. En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 2 with walk-in shower, tumbled marble tiles, wc separate.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , antique French bed with freestanding bath tub and shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, en-suite, antiques, stone floor. Bedroom 2 with double bed, en-suite, high ceiling, great views. Mezzanine overlooking living room with three single beds, cot available.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
Notes on accommodation: This is a 150 year old farmhouse with original features; kids are fine but there is a spiral staircase. House is well insulated with stone walls and new roof; it has no air conditioning but remains cool in summer and retains heat in colder months. Heating is electric - the wood fire is also toasty. Water is supplied from our new well, and there is a back-up spring fed hydraulic system. Please see more photos of the Mas and the area, as well as things to do and recommendations from past visitors, on our facebook site, under the name 'Mas Soubiranne'. Outside: Terrace outside of house is planted with rose bushes and lavender as well as vines and fig trees. Infinity pool, 6 X 12 meters, heated by solar cover, is built into a 30 meter stone-tiled terrace with pool house located a short uphill walk above the house. Pool furniture, poolside dining, barbecue area. Next to the house is an old barn awaiting renovation. This is a lost and rural landscape; 2 horses graze in nearby meadows. Mountain terrain is steep and lush, with mature chestnut and oak trees, also cherry, walnut, apple, and plum orchards bloom and yield fruit. Wild herbs and blackberries abound. Grounds trimmed by local gardeners. Outdoor games include giant chess, volleyball and croquet. Mountain walks throughout 50 acres; mushrooming, hiking, canyoning, biking. Great hike down to Ceret, 1.5 hours. Southwest views of Mt Canigou, highest mountain in the eastern Pyrenees. Spectacular sunsets, can be windy; please note grounds are rustic, not suburban! Utility Room: Washer and dryer, iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included (but not pool towels), weekly cleaning! property must be left tidy and garbage removed. Other: Open study area with antique Catalan desks, Satellite WI FI and TV with SKY channels and DVD, speakers and CD player. There is also a large barn with a ping pong table available to guests, a volley ball net, and a tree fort with rope ladder and swing.


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Gorgeous place to stay

  • 5 of 5

6 of us (4 adults, 2 children aged 6 and 8) visited for a week at the end of August and had a really fantastic time. The property itself is lovely: great, well-equipped kitchen, spacious bedrooms and huge lounge area. We spent a lot of time up by the pool, the views have to be seen to fully-appreciate them, and sitting outside reading. A lovely relaxing place. It's definitely off the beaten track, about a 15 min, at times precipitous, drive from Ceret, a town we all loved (particularly the boys who spent half their time in the crystal shop or camping out at the creperie). We visited Girona (about an hour away) and ventured over to Collioure although it properly hosed it down that day. It's a great base for visiting loads of places and I'd love to return. In the meantime we all have lots of happy memories to remember.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A stunning villa, with breathtaking views over the Pyrenees.

  • 5 of 5

The villa is super comfortable and well equipped with beautiful infinity swimming pool. A great base for exploring French Pyreenes and northern Catalonia. Set 20 minutes up the mountains from Ceret, it is a perfect retreat from city life, but you do need a car that can handle the path up to the house!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house in an magical place

  • 5 of 5

We were two families (total of 7 persons, with children 12-16 years old) staying a week in June. We enjoyed every second of our stay. The house is charming and very well equipped. Everything we needed was there, and more. And everything seemed chosen with love. We had our meals under the pergola outside the kitchen, looking out over the mountains. The pool area is amazing, with stunning views. We planned to do hiking, but it was too hot (july temperatures in June), we took some nice morning walks instead. There are trails just outside the property.

It is a quiet and beautiful place in the middle of the wilderness. And with the nice little town Ceret (don't miss the saturday market!) within 20 minutes drive down the mountain (a bit scary!). The sea is also not far away, and we spent two days exploring the little coastal towns (our favorites: Coulliore and Banyuls) and the nearby beaches (Paulille was our favorite, with two nice restaurants).

We found the listing of Mas Soubiranne accurate. The property was clean and very well maintained. We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives. We hope to come back!

Nina and Co.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house, fantastic location, great pool

  • 5 of 5

great views, great pool, house very easy to live in. Great walks, lots to see nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your family stay! I am so glad you enjoyed the holiday. Karen
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Stunning mountainside house

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a three generation holiday in this beautiful, traditional French farmhouse with its modern but impressively sympathetic interior. The house set up was all that we needed and more besides; a lovely terrace for outside eating and reading with a much higher and more dramatic terrace adjacent to the swimming pool. The pool itself was very cold as it was only opened for the season during our stay but this did not stop the children from spending their time there. The views from the pool over Canigou are stunning and we enjoyed a few sun downers there. The road up to the property is a bit alarming at first but ok if you drive carefully - there are lots of passing spaces and actually not much traffic. We found Ceret difficult to navigate during our first day and got slightly lost finding the property, however, like all places, it was easy to find when you know how! Wifi wasn't functioning, much to the annoyance of the teenaged members of the party..we also found Wifi difficult to access in the town too but there were lots of good things to do in Ceret and some delightful restaurants for lazy lunches. We would happily holiday here again, in fact some of us would quite like to move in permanently!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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gorgeous views from the pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic and very relaxing holiday here. The house is lovely, and well equipped, with comfortable beds, everything you need in the kitchen and great showers. The living room is huge with big sofas and an open fire, which was very welcome when the cloud came down (2014 was a bad summer). It is, as you can see in the photos, close to the house in front, and the neighbours weren't very thrilled when our children played noisily in the small front garden. But the pool - set well behind and above the house - was (seemingly) out of their earshot and we spent fabulous days up there, enjoying the astonishing view. It's a bit of drive into town - the charming Ceret - but that was fine as we didn't feel the need to leave very often. For those that do want to leave, and who have children, I'd recommend the swimming lake just outside Ceret. There's loads of space there; you can swim for free, or pay to whizz across the water on a zipwire.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
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1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
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1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
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1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
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1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
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Additional pricing information

cleaning £100
Pet Fee £40
Refundable Damage Deposit £400

Booking Notes:
25% deposit due on booking, balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival. £400 refundable security deposit to cover damage and breakage.

Changeover Day:
Flexible but prefer to avoid Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Enquire for Christmas or longer holiday rentals. Pool is usually open from end of May through September although September is unpredictable in terms of swimming days as the mountain nights become cooler.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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