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Villa w/Easy Access To Spain, The Pyrenees, The Sea, Private Garden/Heated Pool

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Sep-2016
Villa in Fourques, Nr. Thuir / Ceret, Languedoc Roussillon - Peaceful Location, 2 Minutes Walk To Local Shops In A Village Situated Between Ceret And Thuir

L'Andalouse sits in a quiet lane opposite vineyards just two or three minutes' walk from the village centre with a range of local shops, including butcher, an excellent boulangerie, a general store, a post office with ATM, several wineries and a chemist.

The single storey house has south facing patio doors which give onto the shaded outdoor dining area, heated 8m x 4m pool and the summer kitchen which provides an additional and fully shaded dining area, fridge-freezer and BBQ. Mature pines provide shade for the table tennis table. The large garden is enclosed by walls and hedges, and is a safe space for children to play in. There are cherry, apricot, kiwi fruit, plum, pear, olive and fig trees in the garden, as well as mature cypresses, firs and pines.

The house is equipped to a high standard, with all modern conveniences. There is a TV with all UK Freeview channels and catch-up facility, WiFi throughout the house, a well stocked library, and a wide range of CDs and DVDs.

The village of Fourques is dominated by the impressive Mt Canigou, (2785m), whose peak is just visible from the garden. There are local walks in the vineyards which provide superb views of the mountains and the sea. Thuir, the nearest town, is an attractive provincial centre with two supermarkets, restaurants and bars, and a typical local market on Saturdays. The pretty town of Ceret with its more touristic Saturday market and Modern Art Museum is just 20 minutes' drive, and the nearest beaches are around 25 to 30 minutes' drive.

This area attracted many famous artists, drawn to wonderful scenery and amazing colours. The Pyrenees and the Costa Brava are less than an hour's drive, and Barcelona and Montpellier are around 2 hours away.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a retired couple with two grown up children and 4 grandchildren. We have lived and worked in Scotland, England, West Africa and Hong Kong, but have spent many holidays in France as well as the US, Canada, and Europe. We came househunting in this area in November 2005 and immediately fell in love with L'Andalouse. It had gone on the market the previous day, and we were the first viewers. We lived here for the whole of 2006, redecorating and making improvements before moving back to Scotland for family reasons. We now try to spend as much time as possible in France and have left many of our pictures, books and games to make the house a home from home. We aim to make improvements every year, some big, some small, making the house and garden more comfortable and convenient for ourselves and our guests.

We have exchanged our house in Scotland each year for over 20 years, and have had some memorable holidays in the USA and Canada, France, Spain, Holland and Italy. We always appreciated the effort our swappers made to prepare their house for us and to introduce us to their home and their local area, and we made every effort to prepare our own house equally well. We hope we have brought some of that 'esprit' into our preparation of L'Andalouse for our guests. In addition, we try to make sure they have all the information and support they need to have a truly relaxing and enjoyable holiday. The fact that some have returned several times suggests we are some way towards getting things right!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been letting L'Andalouse for 7 years, and throughout that time the feedback from guests has been very positive. Please look at our reviews to see how previous guests have found the house and the area. Typically, guests comment on the exceptional level of home comfort, the standard of equipment and facilities, attention to detail, the layout of the house and the peace and privacy. Several of our guests have indicated they plan to return in the future, and some have done so, three times! Several guests have said they have been holidaying in France for years and this was the best house they had ever stayed in. All have commented favourably on the convenience of the house for the range of local attractions, beaches and towns.

We previously exchanged our house in Edinburgh for many years and enjoyed not only the experience of being 'at home' in foreign countries, but of preparing our own house for our foreign guests. We hope we have taken some of that 'esprit' in helping guests in Fourques to maximise their enjoyment of their holiday in this lovely part of France.

Our visitors' book is available in the house for guests to leave comments and recommendations to future guests, and we welcome reviews on the Owners Direct website.
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18 Reviews

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Exceptional property just s described

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this terrific bungalow for 3 weeks, everything was there from spices etc in the cupboard to beach towels & loungers by the pool. The pool was heated to about 29 degrees & was just wonderful to get into & relax. The temperature during the day was an average 26-28 degrees & we only had one day of rain. Simon who looked after the pool twice a week also gave us some very good advice when we asked about having an overnight trip to Spain. He suggested going to Gerona first, we visited the old town as advised & thoroughly enjoyed it. We can certainly recommend this property, the area surrounding it was superb with fantastic views. You do need a car but as we had driven there that was no problem. Castelnou is a definite must for a visit.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous villa and location

  • 5 of 5

All facilities were very clean and the layout of the villa was excellent. We were two families of four and had a wing each. Lovely open feel to the main living area with good access to the patio where the main attraction is the superb heated pool with enough room to play water polo with four each side (we took our own net). There is also enough room for a badminton net around the front and a great surface for boules. The long warm evenings were just perfect for sitting outside with a glass or two of local wine, especially with the outdoor lighting and the pool lighting. We frequently used the summer kitchen which was excellent. There is a lovely local walk from the property through the nearby vineyards, but a car is required to reach the coastal beaches and nearby hills with great views of the Pyrenees. Andrew and Celia have been very attentive throughout the booking process and keen to make sure we had everything we needed. Simon who looked after the pool was very friendly and helpful with good local knowledge. We would highly recommend this villa for a great relaxing time. Thanks again Andrew and Celia.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing week at this villa

  • 5 of 5

What more could you ask for. This charming villa had absolutely everything you could possibly want on holiday. Wonderful pool and outdoor eating with BBQ (always in the shade, which is a godsend when the temp. is high). Easy access to the coast and beautiful villages and towns close by. The villa is well stocked with games, music and books. This is the best villa we've rented and we look forward to coming again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for "home from home" then look no further. This property has everything you could possibly wish for in order to make your stay a truly happy and memorable one. It is clean, spacious, very comfortable and so well equipped. There are beach towels that you can borrow, along with toys and inflatables to use in the pool. The summer kitchen is a real bonus having a separate fridge and freezer to store your food for use on the barbecue. The pool is regularly cleaned by Simon who is very friendly and helpful and most knowledgeable of the locality.

The villa is in a great location, being near to beaches and places of interest, yet set in a very peaceful, quiet typical French village. You will find the local village shops are just a stroll away and a good selection of supermarkets in nearby towns. The owners, Andrew and Celia are very helpful. If you have any queries at any stage they are quick to respond. We so enjoyed our stay that we we would like to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Simply Superb!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is superb. Great private/quiet location and easy to find. Just a 5 minute walk for croissants in the morning. The grounds offer perfect facilities; a pool surrounded by two outdoor dinning areas including a BBQ and additional fridge/freezer. The interior of the property caters for all your needs - well stocked kitchen and dresser. Very comfortable beds and spacious open plan living area. The owners, Andrew & Ceila clearly care for the property and from booking to departure offered great communication and service. Thank you, the Lyall family

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The standard to which others should aspire

  • 5 of 5

I'm sure we all know the feeling...you've booked a holiday based on the excellent reviews, but there's always a nagging doubt that it won't live up to expectations.

Well stop worrying because in this case, the superlatives are all justified.

We (a couple) stayed for a week in early June and frankly, we've been kicking ourselves since we got home for not staying longer. The villa, the garden and the pool are all beautiful and absolutely immaculately maintained.

As others have said, the accommodation's layout would be ideal for two couples or families and, as well as being very private and quiet, the villa is also very secure.

The owners have thought of, and provided, everything so that you can enjoy your break.

To illustrate this point, the owners ask for a quick text or email when you arrive to confirm that everything is in order. We sent the email as requested and said that having been at the villa for about an hour, we were trying to think of something that hadn't been provided. A week later, we were still trying. The attention to detail is amazing.

The only disappointing thing about our stay was having to leave at the end of it!

This really is a very beautiful and perfect villa in a very perfect and beautiful corner of France.

Gary & Joanna

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

We had a holiday in this area in 2003 and loved the variety of scenery, the proximity to the hills and the sea, and to Spain. We returned to house hunt in this area in 2005 when we retired. It is very accessible from most of the UK through cheap flights to local airports and is well served by the motorway network. There is so much to do in this region whatever your interests. We enjoy walking in the local countryside - there is a pretty circular walk we often do from the house through vineyards and cork oak woods, with great views of Mt Canigou, les Alberes and glimpses of the sea. There are also serious walks in the hills and along the coast. There are ancient churches and Cathar castles, towns like medieval Castelnou and pretty Ceret with its avenues of plane trees, narrow streets and little squares. The house itself is very convenient, all on one level, with the two private corridors, each containing two bedrooms and a shower or bathroom and toilet. This makes it a very suitable house two families to have their own private space, or for grandparents to share the holiday with their children and grandchildren, but have their own private area of the house. The terrace and garden are also on the levelt, which makes it suitable for those with very young children or older people with minor mobility issues. It is sadly not suitable for wheelchair users, however, as some of the doorways would be too narrow. We are on the edge of the village, yet part of it, in a quiet cul-de-sac, with neighbours but plenty of privacy. The house required redecoration and some internal upgrading when we bought it, and we have had the benefit of watching it emerge, as we have chosen improvements that make a real difference to how the house feels and to the experience of living in it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Perpignan, at 24 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Boulangerie at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Calais at 1150 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Montescot at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Perpignan at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A9 Autoroute at 13 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : La Costelle at 8 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Les Angles, Pyrenees at 87 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Le Racou Plage at 30 Kilometres Car: recommended

Several of our guests have enjoyed spotting the wildlife in our garden and beyond. Among the many sightings are hoopoe, swift, swallow, cirl bunting, golden oriole, goldfinch, black redstart, scops owl, little owl, bee-eater, nightingale, hen harrier, short-toed eagle, tree-creeper, jay, cuckoo, gecko lizard, stick insect, praying mantis. We often see bats at dusk. Recent guests (2015) watched a pine martin being chased by two magpies in the garden, and in 2016 we have had a red squirrel in the garden on several occasions.

The nearest coast is around 25 kms away, and takes less than half an hour. There is a great choice of beaches, from the long sandy beaches north of Perpignan to the rocky coves that start at Collioure and stretch south towards the Costa Brava. We like Le Racou Plage, just north of Collioure as it has parking right by the beach, and a mix of sandy and rocky coast. It can get busy in high season, when the quietest spots are on the D81A north of Perpignan. There is excellent snorkelling and scuba around Banyuls, and the best beaches for young children are between Canet Plage and Leucate where the fine sand shelves gently.

The nearest airport is Perpignan, about 30 minutes' drive. Other possible airports are at Girona, Carcassonne and Beziers (90 minutes) and Barcelona, Toulouse and Montpellier (around 2 hours).

Use of a car is recommended, although the local shops can supply most basic needs within easy walking distance. The village is 15 minutes from the A9 motorway which connects with Montpellier, Toulouse and Spain.

Thuir (6kms) has a wide choice of supermarkets, banks and restaurants, and a typical provincial Saturday market.

Perpignan (15kms) has many tourist attractions, as well as stores, boutiques, cinema and restaurants.

Ceret (20kms) is a very pretty town with a large Saturday market and the famous Museum of Modern Art.

Collioure (25kms) is a picture postcard pretty seaside town, but very busy in high season.

Spain (25kms) is not far away and there are great things to do and see just over the border in Figueras, Cadaques, and the Costa Brava.

A welcome pack is provided to help guests on their arrival. It includes information about the house, the pool and the local area. A starter pack of basic foodstuffs can be provided on request for guests arriving late. A supply of cleaning materials, condiments, oils and herbs will be left in the house at the start of the season, and guests are asked to replace these as required. We will be also be available at the end of a phone to answer any questions and to provide further advice if required.

Most supermarkets now open on Sunday mornings, and those shops that do open usually close at lunch time. In the village we have a baker, a paper shop (all open Sunday mornings), a chemist, a hairdresser, and a general store selling various basic foodstuffs as well as fruit and vegetables. The butcher has recently moved to nearby Llupia, where you can buy a range of cooked dishes, and on Sunday mornings, freshly cooked chickens. In Fourques there is also a post office, an ATM, a garage and of course the cave cooperative where you can buy local wines of various quality.

Village life revolves around the vineyards which surround the village and at different seasons you can watch the planting, pruning, and harvesting of the grapes. In September the gutters literally run with grape juice.

There is a tennis club in the village, and guests who are interested can join for a small fee.

We have a large collection of guide books and maps of the local area for the use of guests.

There are many interesting local festivals, some of which reflect the Spanish influence on this part of France. In early February there are ancient Fetes de l'Ours in several towns to mark the time the bears come out of hibernation. In Perpignan the Penitents' Procession takes place at Easter.

There are medieval towns and Cathar castles within a short drive of the house, and some beautiful churches and cloisters.

Ceret has bullrunning in July, when young men try to leap onto bulls which run through the town.

There is a large Christmas market in Perpignan, and elaborate Nativity scenes with a Catalan twist.

Of course, many guests just like to relax by the pool with a glass of something.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Late Spring
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Early summer
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
High summer
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
14 night minimum stay
£3,600
for 14 nights
£1,800
 
 
Late summer
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Early autumn
16 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£800
for 7 nights
£800
 
 
Autumn
14 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Contact the owner by phone or email for availability. A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking, and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to the start of the holiday, including a £250 security and cleaning deposit which will be refunded provided the house has been left clean and undamaged, with all breakages replaced. Any additional cleaning will be charged at £20 per hour.

Changeover Day:
Our normal changeover day is Saturday, but we may be able to be more flexible out of the high season. Arrival is 4pm, departure at 10am. A shaded area near the pool can be used for guests arriving before the house has been prepared.

Cancellation Policy
Please read the cancellation policy in our Booking Conditions. We advise guests should ensure they have travel insurance at the point of booking.to cover the cost of cancellation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

We wanted a detached house with a pool and privacy in a traditional village where we could walk to the shops in the morning and buy a baguette and a local paper. L'Andalouse provides just that, and is a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the coastal resorts in summer. We can hear the church bells and the birds and precious little else. The night skies are fantastic - a real feature. Our neighbours are friendly and helpful but not intrusive. There are several good restaurants nearby, in Terrats, Thuir as well as in the local countryside. We can get to so many interesting places with an hour, and a little further afield are Carcassonne, Montpellier, Girona and Barcelona. We especially like the choice of beaches, with some super snorkeling in the rocky coves on both sides of the Spanish border. Our location opens up possibility of visiting the Pyrenees, Catalonia, Andorra, and the Costa Brava, as well as the attraction of living in a well equipped house in a typical wine-producing village.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Family

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 102 m²

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, The bath is three-quarter size with shower and screen.
  • Two bathrooms and two separate toilets each serving the two bedrooms on either side of the house. Bathroom 1 has a shower and washbasin and vanity unit. Bathroom 2 has a three quarter bath with a shower over the bath and a washbasin with vanity unit.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, The single beds connected together create a king size bed.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Overlooks the pool and pine trees.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Overlooks the pool and terrace.
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Two full size singles, chest of drawers and bedside cabinet.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 in 4 Bedrooms (2 Double, 2 Twin) Notes on bedrooms: On the west side of the lounge, a double bedroom with a view over the pool, chest of drawers and built in wardrobe with shelves; and a twin bedded room with a chest of drawers and bedside cabinets. On the east side, a double bedroom with views over the pool, chest of drawers and built in wardrobe; and a twin bedroom (which can be converted to a king size).with fitted wardrobe with shelves and bedside cabinets.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The house sits in the centre of a large garden with both mature and young trees, including fruit trees. The garden is private and not overlooked. The design of the house makes it very suitable for a large family or two families sharing, as each of the two bedroom corridors (situated at either end of the large living room) is private and has 2 bedrooms with shared toilet and bath/shower room. There are fans and wall mounted electric heaters in each room. All windows are double glazed, with roller shutters for privacy and ventilation. There are ample sockets, and the house has a good supply of UK adaptors. The pool is easily supervised as it is directly outside the sitting room, and is overlooked by the covered terrace and the summer kitchen. There is a wide selection of local maps and guides, board games, jigsaws, playing cards, CDs and DVDs.. The house is equipped, decorated and furnished to a high standard. There is also an extensive library of books for all tastes. Outside: A gravel drive leads into the garden through wrought iron gates. The garden is completely enclosed by walls, hedges, and fences. It has a range of mature and young trees and shrubs, and a front lawn with raised flower bed. The pool sits in the centre of the property, surrounded by a large paved patio and flanked by the house and the summer kitchen. The pool is 8m x 4m, and is 1.5 m deep throughout and is heated to provide comfort throughout the letting season. The covered patio area outside the sitting room is where meals are eaten in summer, overlooking the pool and the mature pines. The patio is illuminated, and the pool has underwater lighting, so evenings can be spent round the outdoor table enjoying a drink and watching the amazing stars. The summer kitchen also provides welcome shade for barbeques and dining. There is a drying area behind the house, away from the pool and its surrounds. The garden is irrigated by an automatic sprinkler system which is controlled by timers. Utility Room: Washing machine and tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels and linen included. Guests are requested to wash the beach towels before leaving, and to leave the house clean and tidy. The house is thoroughly checked and cleaned before each arrival. Additional cleaning is chargeable. Other: The covered terrace outside the sitting room has a garden table and chairs for 8 people. The summer kitchen has a BBQ, fridge-freezer, outdoor table and chairs. There are six sun loungers on the patio and a table tennis table in the shade close to the pool.

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