About This Listing
L'Oiseau Chantant is a lovely, large villa in the picturesque village of Fuilla is situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, an hour from beaches on the Mediterranean, and an hour from resorts in the high Pyrenees. Ideal to get away from it all, you can relax in the garden or pool side, where all you can hear is the birds singing, the stream trickling and the bells of the clock tower chiming in the centre of the village.
The house has been renovated and fitted with good quality furniture, beds and a refurbished kitchen. All the soft furnishings and curtains are new. You can expect beautiful crisp new bed linen and fluffy towels.
The house is suitable for winter letting as it is heated throughout with the added bonus of a cosy log fire.
Sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms, or 12 if using the sofa bed in the lounge.
Bedroom 1 (Orange) has twin beds with patio doors out to the garden.
Bedroom 2 (Mauve) has a king sized bed with patio doors out to the garden.
Bedroom 3 (Pink) has a king sized bed with en suite shower and wash basin and window out on to the garden.
Bedroom 4, master bedroom has a king sized bed, comfortable sofa and coffee table, en suite shower, toilet and hand basin, and patio doors out to the garden.
Bedroom 5 (green) has twin beds with patio doors out on to the pool area.
The spacious family bathroom has a full sized bath, with an over bath shower, toilet and hand basin.
Separate WC with hand basin.
The lounge is 'L' shaped and has three separate areas. Firstly the TV area, large comfy sofa and two bucket chairs. You can watch French channels or British free channels, BBC, ITV and Channel 4 or just settle down to a favourite film on the DVD player. This is a cosy area and during the cooler winter evenings you can relax in front of the log fire.
Secondly the Office area, with Wifi broadband internet connection. Equipped with a desk and office chair, an ideal work station if you need to keep in touch with the office during your stay.
Finally an area with a large sofa and 2 large armchairs and coffee table, ideal for sitting and chatting over aperitifs or just curling up with your favourite book.
The newly refurbished open plan kitchen and dining room is well equipped with everything you would expect in your kitchen at home. Plenty of cooking utensils, pans and equipment. There is a ceramic hob, oven, microwave and fridge-freezer. The house is well stocked with crockery and cutlery.
The dining area has a large dining table that comfortably seats ten and is a lovely area to share a convivial meal.
Adjoining the kitchen is the utility room with washing machine, dish washer and a second fridge, handy in summer to keep drinks icy cool.
All bedrooms are fitted with ample hanging and drawer space, each one has a hair dryer.
Further details outdoors, The garden is completely fenced and the pool is alarmed and secure for children. Inside the main gate there is car parking space for 2 cars. There is also on street parking in a quiet road in front of the house. The house sits in it's own well maintained grounds.
There is a large BBQ terrace leading off from the kitchen and dining room with a table comfortably seating 10 people, ideal for al fresco meals. The table has a large parasol for the hot daytime sun.
There is a second smaller terrace with a table and six chairs at the front of the house, that can be shaded by a large electric awning.
The swimming pool (4m x 8m) is situated in the large garden and is surrounded by terraces equipped with 6 sun loungers and a parasol, bistrot table and chairs and a pool shower. The pool is alarmed for your safety. The pool is equipped with a cone-shaped perspex cover outside high summer.
The views from the house and garden are of beautiful mountains and wooded hills. Due to clever hedges and planting the grounds are not overlooked. There are many shaded areas around the garden where you can take a book and have a quiet hour reading or snoozing.
Fuilla is a charming village set in a sheltered valley situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is an ideal centre for holidaymakers all year round as the village enjoys a wonderful climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. Within 100m of the house is a cafe, bar/resto open all year round (not Tues evening or all day Wed).
Shopping from Fuilla is easy, with a wide range of amenities available in nearby Villefranche and Prades, where you will find a variety of Supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants. In Prades there is a large market every Tuesday and a smaller produce market on Saturday mornings.
Visit the tourist information office in Prades and discover the many activities and festivals held in the area. It is open all year round.
The walks in the area are many, varied and well marked, stroll around the village or take a hike following some of the most beautiful trails in France. Visit the Tourist information for free leaflets on local walks.
For touring the area Fuilla is ideally situated and offers an excellent base. Just a few sites of interest within easy driving distance are listed below:
* Villefranche de Conflent, a fine example of a medieval walled town (5 minutes drive). Festivals and fireworks throughout the year, visit fort Liberia high above the town.
* Little Yellow Train (le petit train jaune), catch this train from Villefranche and enjoy the spectacular mountain views right into the Pyrenees towards the Spanish border. (5 minutes drive).
* St Thomas les Bains, outstanding natural thermal hot springs in wonderful outdoor mountain setting. (20 minutes drive).
*Animal Park, Casteil, lovely day out for the children, lots of animals to see and feed, in a beautiful mountain park, the walk around the park is 2-3 km. (10 minutes drive).
* Grottes de Canalettes, magnificent renowned caves with an incredible light and sound show. (5 minutes drive).
* St Martin du Canigou, 9th century abbey perched impressively high on the hillside with fantastic scenery and walks. (10 minutes drive).
* St Michel de Cuxa, 6th century abbey that hosts concerts during the Pablo Casals festival but is also open for viewing most of the year. (15 minutes drive). Both this abbey and St Martin are considered to be the finest architecture of their period in France.
* There are a number of Cathar castles to visit in the area, take a day out of your holiday to learn the fascinating history of the persecution of the Cathars.
* Skiing in winter - we are less than 1 hour from some of the Pyrenees mountain ski resorts.
As this villa is a home, I would be grateful if you would do some cleaning and tidying before you leave. Although a cleaner will pass through following your stay, her main task being to prepare for the next visitors, ideally you would leave the villa in the same condition as when you first arrived.
Nous avons passé un agréable dans ce grand gîte ! Nous avons pu profiter de la piscine malgrès l'eau un peu fraiche ( environ 22° ) mais surtout profiter du soleil et des transat avec une merveilleuse vue sur les montagnes !
Nous en avons profité pour visiter perpignan ( 45 min env ) et prades, mais aussi pour effectuer des randonnées aux alentours.
Le gîte est très agréable avec un grand salon, grande salle à manger pour pouvoir se réunir à plusieurs et profiter de notre séjour !
Le gîte est très bien entretenu ainsi que le jardin, et les lits sont très confortables !
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About the Host, Julie
Very happily married with 4 children and 4 grand children. Spare time is mostly taken up with renovating our derelict house (the apartment is the first part to be finished and we are very proud of how successful it is). Favourite pass-times, eating, drinking and relaxing.
Looking forward to having people stay in our apartment, this has been our "baby" for the last 2 years and we hope you will love it as much as we do.