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French Country Villa With Private Pool And Mountain Views with apartment

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Updated: 19-Jan-2017
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Villa in Vives, Nr. Ceret , Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Tranquil Rural Location for 4 to 8 persons.

Vives Villa is situated in a superb location above the village of Vives with stunning views of Mount Canigou and the Pyrenees. A comfortable family villa with two bedrooms, one bathroom, newly fitted kitchen/diner and extended comfortable lounge with French windows leading to a sunny terrace and BBQ. Utility room and balcony views wrap around the villa. The adjoining apartment with two bedrooms, shower room, lounge with kitchenette. French doors to pool area. Suitable for two families holidaying together or larger families with mixed age range. The apartment is included in the summer rental rate but can be booked additionally at other times of the year. It is never rented independently.

The private pool is fenced for security, sunny all day long and unoverlooked.

An ideal location for family holidays to Southern France, on the Mediterranean and close to the Spanish border. Or just get away from it all and relax, take in the views and enjoy.

The region has so much to offer with a wide choice of activities from wine tasting, horse riding, diving, white water rafting, hiking, cycling; to name just a few activities. More can be seen on their website www.villa-vives.com

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About the Owner

Carole James
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 January, 2017

2 Reviews

4.5/5 -
(2 traveller reviews)


Villa Vives

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our holiday at Villa Vives - the house was extremely comfortable and well equipped, with a pretty garden and beautiful pool. The owners were very helpful and responsive to any queries or problems. With a wonderful view of the Pyrenees, there is a great variety of landscape. We spent a lot of time exploring the area - cycling, running, swimming, visiting Spain which is a short drive away, enjoying the beaches all along the coast (including the Spanish Costa Brava) and visiting local villages, towns and markets. We are returning for a second visit this year.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Villa Vives

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed twice at Villa Vives, which in itself is testament to how good we thought it was. The Villa itself is spacious, especially with the apartment included (accessible through an internal door) and comfortably handled my wife and I and 3 adult sons. I guess it could handle up to 7 or 8 people depending on sleeping arrangements.

We particularly liked the proximity of the excellent pool and outdoor eating and barbecue area to the main living room/kitchen. The facilities were very good, especially with the remodeled bathroom, and the bedrooms are very comfortable.

A notable aspect of the villa is the views in both directions. On one side, the view is of rolling hills all the way to Mt Canigou (which you can also see lying in bed in the main bedroom!), and on the other is down over the village of Vives. The road outside the villa is a nice walk along a raised ridge. The drive up to the villa is quite steep, but perfectly achievable.

Vives itself is not at all lively, but the villa is close to (5-10 minutes drive) facilities at St Jean plas de Cort, including the large lake, and 15 minutes drive from Ceret, with it's lovely streets, cafes, art gallery and Saturday market. Perpignan is not far, and the Spanish border is 20 minutes away. The nearest large(ish) supermarket is about 10 minutes drive from the villa.

We love the area and have stayed in a number of villas over the years, but Villa Vives is right up there with the best.

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you all appreciated the hard work Maggie and Mike have put into the villa. They put in all modern shower rooms last year, and this year the lounge benefits from an extension, a wood burner and views over the other side of the village. With a new fitted modern kitchen, it makes it a perfect holiday home. Very comfortable and for small groups out of season and larger extended families in July and August. We hope to see you in Vives.
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Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Walking clubs and tours are available but you can walk directly from the villa into the mountains along the paths and tracks around the village and vineyards. Bike hire from Ceret.

Wine tasting tours around the entire region.

Artists in all the surrounding towns and villages have exhibitions and run short courses in a range or skills from drawing, painting, screen printing etc. Collioure and Ceret were particular favourite places for Matisse, Dali, Rennie Mackintosh, Picasso.


Argeles beach and port just 30 mins drive. St. Cyprien beach 40 mins drive. All beaches are wide flat and safe with coast guards and emergency facilities. Smaller coves can be explored along the winding coastline into Spain. From Argeles Port there is a boat service taking tourists along the French Cote Vermeille Coastline.


Perpginan 40 mins. Girona (Spain) 70 mins. Barcelona (Spain), Carcasonne, Montpelier all 2 hours drive. TGV to Perpginan from London via Lille or Paris. Boat/train with the car to Narbonne station (1 hour distance).


Nearest village - Vives - Auberge only 5 mins walk.

St. Jean Pla de Corts - 10 mins drive with small shops, bars, activity lakes and restaurants.

Ceret or Le Boulou are both just 15 mins drive with all shops, banks, restaurants, weekly local markets, doctor, clinic, art gallery etc. Argeles ville is 25 mins drive.

Further Details:

Ceret is well known for its Saturday Catalan Market & Tuesday summer night market. The nearest village is Vives, then St. Jean Pla de Corts, with the fabulous lakes great views, wine bar, restaurant, bakery, pharmacy. Vives has a Catalan Auberge which serves local fayre fit for every hungry walker and cyclist. Banks, shops, bars, restaurants, newsagents and supermarkets at the local towns just 15 mins in either direction - Le Boulou, St. Jean pla de Corts or Ceret.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 28 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer 167
29 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 17
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn 17
26 Aug 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Rates shown include apartment during High Season. Other dates show the rental for the villa only. The apartment is booked additionally at €350 per week at other times. A non refundable deposit of 20% is required to secure the booking. Balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Security deposit of 300 euros required - returned with 7 days of departure after checks by House Keeper
Kindly leave the Villa and apartment as found on arrival.

Changeover Day:
High Season rental includes apartment, for all other dates this is optional. Saturday changeovers during July and August. Arrival dates flexible at all other times and 5 to 10 days stays, plus longer lets discounted over winter. Please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Rates in High season include the apartment. Other dates shown for villa only (up to 5 persons) but the apartment can be included at other times for €350 per week for a further 4 persons.
20% non refundable deposit due on reservation. Full balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival date. €400 security cheque held and returned up to 14 days after departure depending on checks.
Discounts only available for long lets or late bookings (7 to 10 days) at discretion of the owner. Dogs accepted on request.
Please contact us directly by phone to confirm all rates. Special rates out of season considered. We do prefer to talk to you to ensure that villa Vives is the best holiday home for you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


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


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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Modern newly fitted shower rooms with two wash basins and a toilet in villa and similar modern shower with basin and toilet in the apartment.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, wardrobe, chair, French doors with great views. Bedroom 2 with double bed, 1 single bed, wardrobe. Bedroom 3 in apartment with double bed. Bedroom 4 in apartment with twin beds.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Pets may be accepted but not in July or August Ideal family villa for 5 or two families sharing for up to 9 persons. The villa has been refurbished and updated to a high standard over the last two years. We like to talk to all our guests prior to booking forms being s Outside: Pool 8 x 4m with security fence & gate. Wrap around sunny terraces for all day sunshine. Brick BBQ, sun chairs, table chairs, parasols. Views over the surrounding plains & mountains. All Maintained regularly. Utility Room: Washing machine, freezer, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, clothes airer. Drying terrace overlooking the Village. Linen is provided & included. One bath and one hand towel per person, changed weekly. Please bring pool and beach towels. Apartment has spacious open plan lounge/newly fitted kitchen/diner and two bedrooms (one double, one twin) with modern shower room with toilet and basin. Included in High Season let but additional on request at €350 per week but NOT let separately.

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