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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


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:
24 June, 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 Vallespir

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Céret in Pyrenees-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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


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: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Jun 4, 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: May 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family break to Ceret

  • 5 of 5

The property is amazing - very well equipped and plenty of room for a family of 5. Our favorite spot was the pool and the pool area. You can happily while away most of a day there. The pool is generous in size so plenty of room for three children to be jumping in and out of and the views from the terrace are quite simply breathtaking.

It takes a good 20 minutes to drive down the mountain to Ceret which is a lovely town with lots of character and a trip to the coast takes just under an hour to reach.

A very relaxing holiday and a beautiful spot in the world.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for letting us know you liked the property. We built it for our family and it is such a pleasure to know that other families have enjoyed it as we have.
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An exquisite and unique holiday home

  • 5 of 5

An exquisite and unique holiday home - which gave us an unforgettable week in the sun - a beautiful and exciting farmhouse conversion of grand proportions, with extraordinarily attentive owners, plus a manager in the local town of Ceret, close at hand for local knowledge and help. The location is astonishingly beautiful. Wonderful walks. Delicious fruits for plucking. Altogether, great for the spirit, for the family and for the health. Couldn't ask for more. Refreshingly far from the madding crowds - peace to enjoy the mountains, air and delicious foods of the region. A rare gem. As for the salt water infinity pool - how will any other pool compare? What luxury! Best kept a secret!.....

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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On se ressource !

  • 3 of 5

Nous avons passé 1 semaine dans ce joli coin, mais nous aurions aimé savoir à l'avance que nous serions coupés de tout : Le téléphone, internet et la télévision. Le téléphone parce que trop près de l'Espagne, nous avions basculé sur le réseau espagnol. Internet car limités à 1/2 h sur la semaine (par satellite ce n'est pas en illimité). Et la télévision (en pleine semaine de jeux olympiques!) parce que nous n'avions accès à aucune chaîne. Dommage...

Par ailleurs, le coin est superbe. Une vue à couper le souffle ! tout particulièrement au niveau de la piscine (la propriété est sur 3 niveaux, de même que la maison). Les couchers de soleil y sont superbes. La maison n'est pas très pratique du fait de ses 3 niveaux d'habitation, mais très bien aménagée et équipée.

Concernant l'environnement, l'accès par la route n'est pas aisé et les 7 kms qui nous séparent de Céret semblent bien longs à parcourir.

Pour les amateurs de randonnée, il y en a de nombreuses aux alentours et également au départ de la maison en montant vers le col de Fontfrède.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that you enjoyed the house, pool, views and surrounding area. We are sorry that your French phone plans did not work well - that is not normally the case, as there is a telecoms towers on the mountain peak above the property. We have clearly written about the television channels available and as you know, we provided 20 extra GW of WIFI upon your request. This would not have been enough to stream your channels for the entire week. Finally we apologise that you could not find the ping pong balls. We were in touch throughout the week and would have been happy to tell you that they can be found with the other sports equipment in the cellar.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
20 Aug 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
27 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

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

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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