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Hill Top, Old Stone Catalan Mas with Private Pool, Overlooking Spanish Border

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview


Details
Property
barn
People
8
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
4
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Barn (Mas) near Ceret, Pyrenees Orientales, France - Wilderness Location, 5 Minutes Walk to Spain

Cortal del Baille is a centuries old stone barn which has been tastefully converted to provide a very comfortable home from home for 8 people. It nestles at the top of a hill from which you look out on to the Spanish border. The barn is surrounded by wilderness, woods and meadow and you can simply walk into the surrounding hills. There is a private pool in the meadow behind the barn with tremendous views all around. A truly wonderful place to experience nature, peace and quiet in the sun. There are several local restaurants within 3 miles. The original farmhouse and another barn are adjacent to Cortal del Baille and are uninhabited. Amazing star gazing beside the Cork Oaks. Good bird watching. Great walks - actually on the GR7 - cross Pyrenean Walk. Discover the artists who worked in this area - Picasso, Dufy, Dali, C. Rennie McIntosh, Malliol or pop down to the beaches in France or Spain. The sun shines here an average of 6 days out of 7 all year round.


Owner
Caitriana
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 February, 2017

About Caitriana

Martin and Caitriana have lived in this part of France since 2005 and they LOVE it!

Waking up every morning to glorious views, eating seasonally from our potager and the fantastic local markets, the quality of life here is simply outstanding.

There are so many things to do and places to explore - it really is simple pleasures all the way.

Caitriana purchased this barn in 2004

Guestbook comments from the owner

I just want to paint this! - Jim, aged 9, when going into the back garden! We loved enjoying the peace and quiet of picnic's under the old cork oaks, watching the dozens of butterflies supping the wild lavender's nectar. Also hearing the owl hoots in the night were a big thrill, reminding us of our childhoods. Oh, we could never forget the fantastic market in Ceret on Saturday morning and the visit to see the Picasso's in the Museum of Modern Art in Ceret in the afternoon. You really have something special there! - The Woodwards.

The Saturday morning markets in Ceret and Figueres are great, we found loads of local fruit, veg, cheeses, wine, olive oils, bread, salami's, sausages - we didn't stop!! - The Longs
Oct 2009
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Reviews

5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)

5

A very relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

The property is spacious and comfortable and set in beautiful surroundings. It is comprehensibly equipped with all that is needed for a home from home. The weather was warm and sunny throughout our stay, so we had no need to avail ourselves of the huge selection of books and videos on offer.

Set in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the property is splendidly private, we would sit out in the evenings with a glass of wine and watch the bats, and later on, the stars, which are magnificent in that part of the world.

We enjoyed many lovely meals in the restaurants of Ceret, Argeles sur Mer, Collioure and Roses. The €17.9 menu at the restaurant at the El Sol supermarket in La Jonquera is great value, we had moules mariniere, gilled sea bass with vegetables and fries, followed by creme Catalan with what seemed like half a bottle of wine each.

Our dog Muttley was free to roam as far as he wanted to his hearts content, and in the evenings he would hold long in depth conversations with the hound pack located a mile or so away. Luckily there were no neighbours for him to upset!

All in all a very enjoyable holiday.

Steve and Jo Eastman.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Early Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£450
 
 
Spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£550
 
 
Early Sumer 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£750
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,350
for 7 nights
£1,350
 
 
Peak Summer 2017
29 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
Summer Late
26 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 6 nights
£1,400
 
 
Late Summer 2017
3 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
Early Autumn
22 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
From
£100
£450
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Your booking is confirmed, when we confirm to you that we have received your deposit of 20% of the total amount (which comprises the rental amount plus the cleaning and damage deposit) together with details of the dates you wish to visit the house. The remaining 80% is payable 12 weeks before the start of your holiday. We hope that smoker's will only smoke on the terrace to the front of the Barn, and not in the rest of the garden, because of the danger of starting a fire.

Changeover Day:
Generally, our changeover day is a Sunday, but we may be flexible. We wish guests to leave the house in a clean and tidy condition by 9.30am to allow us time to clean before our next guests arrive after 4pm. All bedding and towels must be left downstairs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Las Illas in Pyrenees-Orientales

Property Type:
  • barn
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with shower, toilet and washbasin. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 3 with shower, toilet and washbasin. Bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower, toilet and washbasin, directly across corridor. Downstairs toilet, washbasin, shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , 2 bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms and 4 Bathrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 with 2 bunk beds.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We have a telephone in the house. The house has a WIFI broadband internet connection. All rooms in the house have wonderful views across the hills. All rooms have either central heating, underfloor heating or a wood burning stove. The house has 2 floors, terracotta tiles or wooden floor boards throughout. The living room, kitchen, utility room and a toilet are on the ground floor, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on the first floor. The garden is accessible via the ground and first floors. Outside: Cortal del Baille is extremely peaceful and private, indeed the Barn, pool area and garden are NOT overlooked by any other houses. The garden is extensive and gently merges into the hills. Much of the garden lies behind the Barn, here we have a private outdoor pool. It has steps at the shallow end (3 feet) and is deepest in the middle. The pool has unbelievable 360 degree views stretching for miles, and only one other house in view! Meadow surrounds the pool area, with occasional clumps of cork oaks or evergreens, holly and chestnut. Sun loungers may be placed in full sun or under the shade of the trees or on the new covered decking area by the pool. We have a table, seating 8 on the terrace by the BBQ at the front of the Barn. At Cortal del Baille, as well as the Barn, there is a further barn and the original Mas farmhouse, neither of which are renovated or inhabited - you are the sole occupants of Cortal del Baille. Utility Room: We have a washing machine, iron, ironing board, hoover, cleaning materials, clothes pegs and all other things needed to keep the house. There is a washing line with a wonderful view outside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: One pool, bath and hand towel per person and all bed and kitchen linen is provided and changed weekly. The Barn and outside areas will be clean and tidy on your arrival and should be in the same condition on your departure. Other: Large patio and gravel area with dining table and 8 chairs and a BBQ to the front of the Barn. Another table & 8 chairs under oaks near pool Sun loungers can be placed anywhere in the garden. Free WIFI Satelite link to allow broadband internet connection.

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