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Stylish, spacious village house with sunny garden and fabulous views,



Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Large village house in Maureillas-Las-Illas, Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - ideally situated between Mediterranean beaches and Pyrenean mountains.

Our house in the heart of the charming village of Maureillas is an ideal base for a relaxed and stress free holiday.

Whether you prefer to relax under the dappled shade of the olive tree, play on the lawn or soak up the sun on the terraces, the outdoor spaces can cater for everyone.

Restaurants, bakeries and village shops are a short stroll away, larger shops are a five minute drive away in the market town of Ceret.

A swimming lake in the village of St Jean Pla de Corts is less than 10 minutes away, wonderful beaches are 25 minutes away or you can be in the high mountains in half an hour.

Walking, hiking and mountain biking are all on the doorstep with a range of paths and trails through the cork oak forests. Water sports, tennis, skiing and many other attractions are within easy reach.

Perfect for families or small groups at any time of year.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello, I'm Hazel and I have been living in Maureillas for the past 10 years, making the move from Manchester to a sunnier climate.

When the opportunity came up to buy and restore another lovely traditional French village home I jumped at the chance and, after a couple of years hard labour, it’s great to welcome new guests to experience this fantastic place.

I have rented lots of houses for my own holidays, learning loads along the way about what makes a good home for both family vacations and group getaways. I’ve kept all this in mind whilst renovating and I'm really happy with the results, come and see for yourself!

Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Using Hazel's place as a base was a great decision. Hazel is friendly and welcoming, and the house is exactly as advertised. It's a great mix of traditional feel with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. Parking is easy and close and there is, among other shops, a grocer a short walk away. It's an easy drive to the seashore in one direction, or mountain villages and hiking in another. We felt really comfortable here from the very start and relaxed when we left. I'd be happy to be able to return, and absolutely recommend it - whether you're a couple or a group.
May 2016
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

San Francisco, London

large, lovely renovated house with Pyrenees views, very nice owners

  • 5 of 5

This impeccably renovated four-bedroom house located in a village a few kilometers away from the charming town of Céret is a real find. The bedrooms are all capacious and bright, the eat-in kitchen a pleasure to cook in, and it was a treat to breakfast in the big, flower-filled garden, and watch the martins and bats swoop through the twilight from the back terrace , with the outlines of the Pyrenees in the distance (and a glass of the excellent local rosé in hand, naturally). There is even a well-furnished house library--we could have happily continued to read our way through it for another week. It's particularly convenient that the residence offers three and a half baths over three floors, in contrast to many French rental properties, where you can find one loo serving several bedrooms. Parking is easy, wifi reliable, and the area is well served with grocery stores and other amenities. The English-speaking owners, who live next door, were friendly and generous with time and suggestions. This is a lovely part of France, where the mountains meet the coastal plains in lush, orchard-filled foothills, and it's still relatively undiscovered and untrodden, in comparison to Provence. All in all, a first-rate experience--we'd love to return for another stay, which says it all.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Retreat in the Pyrenees

  • 4 of 5

We loved staying in this Maureillas village house! The owners were both helpful throughout the booking process and welcoming when we arrived. It's perfect for a relaxing stay in the foothills of the French Pyrenees and being so close to Perpignan, Collioure and Spanish Costa Brava, there are no shortage of things to do. Of course, you can always put your feet up and admire the mountain views from the lovely back garden, or try one of the village bars/restaurants for some real Catalan hospitality. Please can we come back again?

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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west sussex

Highly recommend this gem

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this gem. Beautiful, spacious, comfortable house situated in a friendly village. Everything has been thought of and catered for. Hazel and Ade are lovely hosts who made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble. High speed WI-FI is a great bonus. The perfect base to explore this pretty region of France or border-hop to Spain. (Barcelona & Girona well worth visits). Lots of things to see and do and we thoroughly enjoyed a village festa night with paella and dancing! Friendly bar at the end of the street serves delicious home-cooked food. Salvador Dali house and museum (at night) makes a great day out. Spectacular views on the 'Little Yellow Train' journey which goes through the Pyrenees. Whether you want to do a lot or a little this is the perfect place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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south coast

A Gem in a beautiful part of France

  • 5 of 5

This house in Maureillas is a real gem. It has been very lovingly refurbishment by the owners to a fantastic standard. We stayed early on in its new life as a holiday house and it will no doubt continue to get even better as work continues to make it a really special place to spend time.

The owners are both artists and that is so apparent in the house itself with lovely little touches everywhere and details that make it an out of the ordinary experience. They could not have been nicer or more helpful, from our initial contact to when we arrived and throughout our stay. They clearly love the house and the village and are really helpful with where to go and what to do, the good restaurants and local tips about getting the most out of your stay.

Maureillas itself is the quintessential Pyrenean village with fabulous old townhouses and a triumphant square with a little bar. There are local shops, boulangerie for fresh bread and goodies every morning and even a cork museum! The museum tells you all about the cork trees you'll see everywhere as you explore the gorgeous countryside.

We did lots of lovely walks into the Pyrenees straight from the front door, and even walked across the mountains into Spain one of the days which was a real thrill. The local town of Ceret is very chic and has nice restaurants and a great market. We went to a swimming lake with zip wires a short drive away and also to the gorgeous beaches on the coast which are about 25 minutes away in the car. If you're prepared to drive for about an hour you can explore the Spanish coast too and even the famous Salvador Dali museum in nearby Figures which we loved.

I would highly recommend stay here :-)

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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From the Owner

Maureillas is a traditional, friendly village with everything we need for day to day living. Ideally situated between the Med and mountains we enjoy an outdoor lifestyle making the most of the reputed 300 days of sunshine a year.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


The Mediterranean coast is a 25 minute drive away where you will find wonderful sandy beaches at Le Racou, Argeles and St Cyprien.

A swimming lake with cafés, pedalo hire, flying fox and giant inflatables is less than a 10 minute drive away.


Our closest airports are in Perpignan, 40 minutes away and in Girona, Spain, which is 50 minutes away. Barcelona, Toulouse, Montpellier, Carcassonne, and Nimes are all about 2 hours away.

Further Details:

Small Group Holidays

The house has plenty of space for everyone to feel they can relax without being cramped, perfect for your group getaway.

Art Groups - Take inspiration from visiting some of the many art galleries in the region: Ceret Museum of Contemporary Art, the Maillol studios at Banyuls, the Fauvism Trail in Collioure, The Dali Museum in Figueres.

Set up your easels in the garden or take advantage of the bright natural light in the house.

Book Groups - make a book choice from one of the many titles written in or around the area, for example, Philippe Georget’s “Summertime, All the Cats are Bored”  

We have a wide selection of paperbacks that you are welcome to swap for your finished holiday reading.

Cookery Groups - You will be spoilt for choice by the produce in the local markets and regional fairs or gain new ideas by eating at some of the award winning local restaurants.

The modern, well equipped kitchen provides the perfect space for creating your gastronomic delights.

French Language Groups - Maureillas is friendly village were the locals are willing to understand your efforts at speaking the language. There are French books and DVDs in the house or tune in to French radio to test your listening skills.

Walking and Cycling Groups - Explore the spectacular trails through the mountains or take in the breathtaking views from the coastal paths. Guide books and maps at the house will help in planning your routes.

Wine Groups - The choice of vineyards to explore is tremendous, even within the immediate vicinity. The wine shop in the village gives useful advice or enjoy some of the excellent local wines with dinner in the restaurant.

Open a bottle or two on the terrace, put your feet up and watch the sunset behind the mountains.

Yoga Groups - Roll out your mats on the top terrace (space for 6) and practise your sun salutations in the sunshine or take advantage of the peaceful garden for meditation.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas / New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
9 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 2
25 Mar 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
A 25% non refundable deposit is required to secure a booking. The balance will be required 8 weeks before the arrival date together with a security deposit of £300. This will be refunded (subject to damage) within 14 days of finish date.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred changeover day for weekly rentals in high season (July and August) is Saturday but we will be flexible whenever possible. The house is available from 4pm on day of arrival and should be vacated by 10am on day of departure.

Notes on prices:
The house will be available for rentals from the first week of July 2015.
Prices are for the property per week in pounds sterling. Short stay rental rates can be provided on request, apart from during the months of July and August.
During the colder months logs and heating are included in the rental price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The house is located in the heart of the village, the shops and bars are a two minute stroll away. The south facing terraces provide perfect sun traps for enjoying the winter sunshine while the shady garden provides a cool retreat during the hotter months. The large and airy rooms ensure that everyone will feel comfortable to spread out without getting on top of each other.

Property Type

  • house


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • village


  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom1 has an en-suite bathroom and french doors to the top terrace with stunning views. Bedroom 3 as an en-suite bathroom and a Juliet balcony overlooking the garden.


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


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: Lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers. Table and seating for 8 on the lower terrace, perfect for alfresco dining. Picnic bench under the tree. Barbecue. Utility Room: Washing machine, washing lines in the garden, iron, ironing board, pegs. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels, including beach towels are provided. The house is cleaned at the end of each rental (included in the rental price). Other: Generous entrance hall with plenty of space for bikes, golf clubs, walking gear, kids paraphernalia etc Parking There are ample parking spaces in the free car park at the top of the road.

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