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Luxurious and private: entire Catalan house or apartment only, with pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment/Whole house Ceret, Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Secluded Location With Superb Views Of Ceret And The Mediterranean, close to Ceret

We rent our 15th century Catalan Mas (farmhouse) as a whole unit or part of it (the apartment). Renovated to the highest standards, the apartment is spacious and comfortable. The other part of the Mas is traditional in style. The whole building is ideal for two or more families or those who wish to entertain guests. Part of the building between apartment and the older part is an ancient wine-making area, renovated to become a banquet hall, with games room above. We have six acres of well-tended gardens, surrounded by the wooded slopes of the Alberes. The swimming pool has total privacy with gardens and superb views of the Roussillon plain and Mediterranean, Canigou and the distant Cevennes. We promote wildlife and often see eagles, wild boar and deer, also having our own sheep and chickens. We are only 3 km from Ceret with its cafes and lively festivals, and a 30 minute drive from beautiful beaches & marine conservation areas. The Costa Brava is only a short drive away. We offer the opportunity to stay in a uniquely private setting, in a beautifully restored building, with total tranquility & privacy, to experience life in an authentic Catalan mas decorated with original art & antiques, and to taste a flavour of easy-going French life in this beautiful part of France. Perfect for weddings, reunions, yoga retreats, conferences and corporate events - contact us for more details

Marian Thornley
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2017

About Marian Thornley

We bought our property, Mas Pallagourdi, as a semi-derelict ancient farmhouse, set within wonderful scenery, in 2007. We have spent five years working hard to renovate the house and gardens, trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible, as well as preserving the unique character of this ancient house. We care very much about the environment, so we installed solar panels and water collection systems, planted trees and flowers to attract birds and butterflies. We have a few Cameroon sheep, and chickens provide us with eggs. We hope we have created a comfortable home from home and that our visitors enjoy our home as much as we do.

Marian Thornley purchased this apartment in 2007

Why Marian Thornley chose Vallespir

We fell in love with Ceret the minute we cycled into it, in the summer of 2007. We were looking for unspoilt nature, wide open spaces, a warm healthy climate, access to walking trails, mountains and sea, and we found all that in this wonderful, unspoilt area. We also found a lively culture with an emphasis on art, music, food, and joie de vivre.

What makes this apartment unique

We offer a unique combination of privacy and seclusion while being only a five minute drive from the charming, warm-hearted town of Ceret. Our views are second to none, and we pride ourselves on the comfort and high standard of our accommodation. We aim to provide a personal service for our guests, with extra cleaning and mountain bikes all available on request.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've had a fantastic week in your lovely house, big thanks to both of you! We especially enjoyed the cherry festival in Ceret. We've really loved the views, the garden and the birds, hope to be back one day!

Wonderful house, wonderful setting....we enjoyed our times outside and in, very well equipped too. We travelled to explore the wider region and attended the local music festival & found good musical entertainment. Thanks Bill and Marian, our friendly and helpful hosts.

The perfect place to chill, recharge the batteries and enjoy beautiful surroundings, we hope to come back!
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Céret in Pyrénées-Orientales

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 15 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En-suite 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    En-suite 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Both bedrooms have an en-suite bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The banqueting hall and games room above make an excellent venue for meetings and social occasions and was used for a wedding in 2015 (60 guests). Whether you rent the apartment or the whole house, you have sole use of these impressive spaces. Note: WE ONLY RENT TO ONE GROUP AT A TIME. During the winter season the farmhouse is stocked with logs & provides snug accommodation for Christmas with a difference. Outside: Lawned areas, flower beds, orchard and woodland. Patio areas fully equipped with outdoor tables and chairs for outdoor dining. Private swimming pool : 10 m x 5 m, with sun loungers and poolside chairs. Heated by solar mats & cleaned daily. The pool area is completely enclosed by gardens and hedging and is private and secluded, with views towards the mystical Catalan mountain of Canigou, the distant Cevennes and the sea. Large gas barbecue. The property is surrounded by gardens, our almond orchard, meadow, vegetable garden and woodland. There are many walks nearby into the forest or along paths down into Ceret. We have Cameroon sheep, a rare breed, as well as chickens. lots of wildlife


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Luxurious and private: entire Catalan house or apartment only, with pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Absolutely magical stay!!

  • 5 of 5

What a delightful and beautiful place! The apartment is huge, and all the rooms have been thoughtfully modernized and are immaculate. Gorgeous views everywhere you look. Marian and Bill are such sweet, fun, helpful people but not at all intrusive. The same can be said for the adorable built-in pets: Frank the cat and Gyp the dog. Wonderful and affectionate if you want to have them around, but disappear if you you would rather not interact with them. It's a quick drive to town, but feels so quiet and isolated on such beautiful grounds. We would stay there again in a heart beat (in fact, stay there forever in a heart beat)! There was just the two of us, but place would be perfect for two couples with room for children as well. If you are looking for a vacation rental anywhere in the area, this place really can't be beat.

Thank you, Marian and Bill, for making this beautiful space available and making our stay so enjoyable!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your kind words. When guests enjoy their stay we feel such pleasure so thank you for your visit and for being great guests!
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Absolutely fabulous! A glorious place to spend some time.

  • 5 of 5

Our mid - September break at Mas Pallagourdi was wonderful. We loved the house- quiet and secluded, just what we were looking for. It was spacious, comfortable and really well equipped. The decor, art works, books and beautiful things all helped to make our stay memorable. Breakfast in the garden, reading on the swinging seat, relaxing by the pool, amazing views- we could wish for nothing better.

Thank you Marion and Bill. We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda and Jon, we hope to see you again soon
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Small village in Dorset UK

Stunning views, and beautiful property!!

  • 5 of 5

Quite possibly the most beautiful holiday property we've ever had (and we are well traveled!). Stunning views, great pool, fantastic weather, local town with everything we needed in terms of shops and restaurants but quiet enough to feel really friendly. this holiday has just re-enforced our plan to live here when we retire (well the area not the house!|). Marian & Bill couldn't have been nicer people and couldn't have done more to make us feel at home from the word go. Honestly can't recommend this property enough. Can we come back please?!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sally, Mark and Naomi for being such lovely guests. We hope to see you again one day.
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Perfect in every way.

  • 5 of 5

We lived near Ceret from September to June the previous year and wanted to find somewhere special we could stay for short return trips. After much research we chose Mas Pallagourdi, which delivered all we could have hoped for.

The 2 bedroomed apartment was so much more than we expected - huge living areas upstairs with stunning views across the valley to the Mediterranean and up to Canigou one way and over the gardens, fields and woods the other way. Downstairs was a beautifully equipped kitchen and large en-suite bedroom (with large, very comfortable bed), with French windows opening onto the beautiful, tranquil garden.

Everywhere was wonderfully clean and smelt fragrant and cared for. Marian and Bill were very discreet, ensuring that we always had privacy, but kind and helpful and a real pleasure to get to know - thank you for the Sunday morning treats! Customer service was second to none.

We would highly recommend Mas Pallagourdi to anyone who wants to fall in love with the area as we have. Staying in April, we had a bit of everything weather wise, but that's how we like it. Even in April or November there will be beach weather in this part of the world!

We are missing the markets and wonderful restaurants in the area, but look forward to returning to Marian and Bill's at some point next year to see how the lambs have grown and spend time with Gyp, who must be the most gorgeous dog in the world!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks, the weather was perfect, our hosts (Marian and Bill) were there if we needed them but never intrusive. The apartment was stunning, spacious, comfortable and was superbly equipped even down to loo rolls and condiments. There was plenty of outside seating wherever we wanted to sit and the swimming pool was perfect for cooling off. Ceret was a 10 min drive down the road and is absolutely gorgeous. There were plenty of places to visit without travelling hundreds of miles and the coast (about half an hour away) was beautiful. We will probably revisit at some time in the future. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: we are happy you enjoyed your stay with us Jim, Jackie and Mim, hope to see you again some time!
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Helen's Bay

An oasis of calm and beauty

  • 5 of 5

This holiday experience surpassed all of our expectations. The apartment is incredibly well-equipped and organised. The bedrooms are spacious and provide plentiful space for hanging and packing away clothes which is very useful because you will not wish to leave. When you do venture out the town of Ceret, (which is minutes away by

car) and its twice weekly markets will enchant you. It has everything including a fantastic art gallery and a selection of great bars and restaurants. As a base this apartment gives you ample opportunities for a great deal of exploring. If you can drag yourself away from the panoramic views and the pool, which is surrounded by aromatic plants. Marion and Bill have thought of everything you will need to completely relax while you are on holiday. Little lavender bags from the garden and White Company bed linen are just two of the additional touches which make this accommodation so perfect. The gracious owners have restored the mas beautifully, I would go back tomorrow.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: what a lovely review, brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much, you were perfect guests and we would love to have you back tomorrow
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Golf de Saint Cyprien
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Atelier de Fred
Nearest Ski
119 Kilometres
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
28 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can advise on wine tours, restaurants and golf courses, please contact us for details.


Argeles and Le Racou, 30 minute drive. Argeles is busier with lots of activities, restaurants and cafes, Le Racou is a small quiet beach off the beaten track. Paulliles provides a small beach and gardens, museum and working boat yard. Collioure is a quaint artists town, 40 minutes drive. Cerbere is part of a marine conservation area with diving and canoeing, and boat trips, 45 minutes drive.


Perpignan 30 minutes, Gerona 45 minutes, Barcelona 2 hours, Bezier 1 hour, Carcassonne 90 minutes, Montpellier 2 hours. A car is essential.


Ceret 3 km, Perpignan 30 km, Gerona 80 km

Further Details:

Ceret has two supermarkets, many banks, restaurants and cafes, as well as the famous Museum of Modern Art housing the bowls of Picasso. L'Atelier de Fred is an excellent, Michelin-starred restaurant in the centre of town. The cherry festival, Sardane dancing and lively Saturday market show this happy town at its best.

For children the lake at St Jean Pla de Corts (5 mins by car) provides swimming, pedaloes, adventure park, trip wire over the lake, and for adults a charming cafe with tea dances and concerts. 30 minutes by car are wonderful beaches, with activities such as diving & kayaking. Horse riding, paragliding and canyoning are all available close by. A short drive brings you to the Cathar castles and monasteries, for example the wonderful Abbey of Fontfroide (amazing rose garden) as well as wine domaines galore.

Perpignan has a historic centre and hosts music nights throughout the summer, and for music lovers the festival at Prades is a must.

Explore the Costa Brava, with Dali's house at Cadaques and museum at Figueres. The beautiful ancient city of Girona and Barcelona are within easy reach by car or train.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Céret, Pyrenees-Orientales

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early autumn2017
26 Aug 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.