About This Listing
Maison Lentilla is a Catalan village house, perfectly situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees close to the Mediterranean, it is ideal for a peaceful or romantic getaway and great for photographers, artists, dabblers, cyclists, walkers and foodies.
Maison Lentilla is a Catalan village house, recently renovated, it is the perfect place for a peaceful or romantic getaway. Set along a small narrow street in the ancient village of Finestret, this traditional house provides a fantastic location for photographers, artists and dabblers, cyclists, walkers, foodies, and canyoners.
Perfectly situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees and named after the river that flows through the village, Maison Lentilla is a charming 2-bedroomed house, built in the established Catalan style, has been sympathetically refurbished. The recent renovation has been carefully carried out to preserve the character of the property while bringing a contemporary feel to the decor.
The private sun terrace is sheltered and flooded with sunlight throughout the day. It is ideal
for entertaining and provides comfortable seating for 4 or more people. What better way to end the day than sipping local wine on the terrace with the swallows dipping diving around.
Days can be spent sight seeing, walking, cycling or canyoning or just take a gentle stroll along the river.
The village itself is tranquil with fewer than 200 permanent residents, who will offer a friendly
“bonjour” as you stroll around the ancient streets.
Popular with walkers, there are many lovely local walks. Finestret also provides a great location to access more serious walks closer to Mount Canigou.
Cyclists can be seen regularly in the area, the local roads around the villages offer a varied and interesting cycle route, plus some more challenging routes should you
desire to take them.
Finestret is located close to one the the best places for Canyoning in Europe on
the river LLech [pronounced Yakk] near the village of Espira.
The area offers inspiration to artists and photographers enchanted by the clear and
golden quality of the areas natural light. Paper, artists pencils, water colours, acrylic
paints and brushes are all supplied.
Foodies can indulge themselves with fresh local food at the various markets in the area, we have a list of markets for every day of the week! Take a trip out and buy a wonderful selection of food and wine. Then on your return to Maison lentilla you can cook up a lovely meal for everyone.
The hot springs at St Thomast-les-Bains, "The little Yellow Train" that winds up to the high Pyrenees, the Abbeys of St Michel de Cuxa and St Martin de Canigou, the stunning Mediterranean coastal resorts of Collioure and Argelès, the Dali Museum in Spain and many other interesting places, are all within an easy drive of the village.
Guests have sole access to all areas of the house.
We have installed wireless internet so you can keep up with friends and your favourite TV programs whilst sitting out on the terrace.
Interaction with Guests
The house will be carefully prepared for your arrival and we are only a few minutes away if you need anything during your stay.
We also supply a full list of emergency contacts.
Finestret is surrounded by Peach and cherry orchards and looks stunning in spring when the blossom is intoxicating. If you come in the cherry season it is fun picking your own plump red cherries.
There are marked walks around the village for the less active and more experienced hikers. Or you can go the whole hog and tackle the magnificent Mt. Canigou 2786m, only for experienced walkers.
The river Lentilla runs through the village and is clean and safe for children to paddle in (supervised).
The beautiful lake and beach area in Vinça is ideal for the family, sunbathing, swimming and non-motorised boating. Patrolled by lifeguards in summer. Other facilities at the lake are a café/restaurant and a play area for children.
The nearest shops are in Vinça, with a boulangerie and several other local shops including a small supermarket to stock up with. Twice a week Vinca host a small market.
Prades is the place to go for a large supermarket and the market on Tuesday mornings is large throughout the year.
If you enjoy skiing and winter sports, Maison Lentilla is only 1 hour to the several ski stations in the high Pyrenees. Alternatively, the Mediterranean sea resorts are only 45 minutes in the opposite direction.
The area boasts a huge amount of sporting activities, including the ones already mentioned, Skiing, Snowboarding, Mountaineering, Canyoning, Horse Riding, Kayaking, Canoing, Wind Surfing, Kite Surfing, Karting, Swimming, Diving, Fishing, Bird Watching, Cycling, etc etc.
There are many historic and cultural sites of interest, including Villefranche de Conflent a world Unesco heritage site, a Medieval walled town with Fort Liberia perched on the hillside above it. The abbeys of St Martin de Canigou and St Michel de Cuxa will not disappoint.
Follow the Cathar trail and discover an extraordinary story of heresy and dramatic events in some amazing 13th century Cathar castles.
This region was a favourite for many artists over the years due to the beautiful light. Visit the Modern art Museum in Ceret and be regaled with great 20th Century artists from Picasso, Chagall and Matisse among others.
The region is arguably the sunniest in the whole of France with more than 300 days of sunshine each year.
We advise a car is needed if you plan travelling around the area. But if you don't want to drive too far, there are regular buses and trains to Vinça and all fares are only 1€ per journey.
We do not allow smoking in the house at all but we are happy for you to smoke on the roof terrace.
We ask guests to respect our holiday home and take care of it during their stay. We understand that accidents happen and the odd glass or plate could get broken, we are not worried by this. However, if something more serious is broken during your stay we would ask you to contact us as soon as possible so that it can be repaired before the next guests arrive.
On your departure please leave the house in a good clean condition.
Maison Lentilla is a beautiful spot in a lovely village close To the mountains. To explore the coast you need to drive a bit more. We did not meet Julie, but communication is easy and smooth. Only disadvantage of the house is lack of a view from roof terrace. Other than that, extremely quiet, clean, well decorated and confortable!
Charmante maison rénovée avec beaucoup de goût. Elle est très bien équipée avec des pièces spacieuses sur 3 niveaux. Il nous manquait toutefois la vue sur les environs car la maison est un peu enclavée dans sa ruelle, mais heureusement l'intérieur est cosy et très chaleureux. Finestret est un tout petit village sans commerce ou le boulanger passe en voiture tous les matins, sauf dimanche. Très bon pain avec croissants et journal. Vinça est tout près à 5kms avec commerces. Finestret est idéalement placé entre la plaine, la mer et la montagne. Nous avons passé un bon séjour là-bas.
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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.