About this listing
Our apartment is right in the middle of a beautiful and lively village in the South of France. We look down on the gorgeous main square, and out across roofs and trees. Our region has unlimited places to explore, great food and endless sun.
Our apartment is right in the middle of a beautiful and lively village in the South of France. We look down on the main square with its 13thC fountain and 3 restaurants, and out across to roofs and trees.
The apartment has been totally renovated in a modern style with a French flavour. It has new furniture, fixtures and fittings, a generous modern kitchen, the full range of appliances (induction cooktop, quality multifunction oven, fridge-freezer, washer-dryer, dishwasher, food processor), a modern flat-floor bathroom and a separate toilet. The extending dining table seats up to 8 people.
Once you are in the apartment, all the living is on one level. The main bed is queen size, the 2nd bedroom has twin beds which can combine to make a king, and the sofa on the mezzanine folds out to become a very comfortable queen-size slat-bed. The apartment will sleep 6 people in privacy. There's weights and other gym equipment if you want to work out a little. We have fans in 3 rooms, and 2 air-conditioning units (BR1 and living room) if you need more cooling, or heat if you are having a winter break. The apartment has windows at both ends which allow through-ventilation.
It is a very easy apartment to live in. We provide a full house manual, with English and French instructions for the appliances. The manual also describes places you might like to visit, our favourite restaurants and so on.
We have a library of some 50 english-language books, a good range of guidebooks for France, the Pyrenees and Spain, plus folders of tourist information and maps. We have high-speed broadband, and internet TV with UK Freeview channels. On request we can add sport and movie channels at a small extra cost.
The apartment is in the mediaeval town of Céret in the south of France, in Languedoc-Roussillon. Close airports are Perpignan (35 mins), Girona (50 mins) and Barcelona (2 hours). Perpignan is also on the TGV train route between Paris and Barcelona, and motorways and the fast autoroute are close by. All regional buses (e.g. Perpignan to Céret) and some regional trains are just 1 Euro! If you are staying long-term, Girona Airport is a Ryanair hub with access to all of Europe and North Africa at very good rates, so you can spend a few days in Vienna, Istanbul or Rome for example.
Céret is just 6km north of the Spanish border, on the foothills of the Pyrenees, at 107m above sea level. It is in the Tech valley, also known as the Vallespir. The landscape is rolling, very green, and many of the roads are within avenues of plane trees. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate of mild winters and warm summers, with over 300 days of sunshine a year - the most of all of France. It is an old area, very Catalan in influence, and full of history. By road we are 30km from Perpignan, 30km to the Mediterranean and 20km from Spain.
The region has lovely little villages, walled towns, Cathar castles, mediaeval monasteries, a scenic narrow-gauge train, spa towns, walking and cycling trails. The Canal du Midi runs through the north of it. Skiing is close (1h:30 away) and open early December to mid-April. There are at least 8 resorts, 174 runs, 107 lifts and 360km of cross-country ski-trails.
The town of Céret has some 8000 citizens, and surrounds a mediaeval centre. Our apartment is right in the middle, overlooking the central square. The main street runs in a curve around the centre, and is under the trees in the overhead photo.
There are dozens of shops in Céret - bakers, butchers, patisseries, cafes, restaurants and even two supermarkets. It remains very French, and unlike the coastal towns tourists do not swamp it.
Every Saturday there is a huge regional market along 500m of street, with mostly local produce. Goods on offer include cheeses, bread, meat, salami, wine, olives, cooked chickens, fresh paella (the Spanish influence), fresh meat and much more. During July and August there is also an artisans' night market on Tuesdays. Once a month there is a big second-hand goods market.
There is a busy café and restaurant scene, with a dozen café-bars along the main street including our local, Bar le Pablo. There are 2 dozen restaurants, mainly French cuisine of course, but including Asian, Catalan, tapas, pasta, pizza and kebabs. No McDonalds!
Year-round there are various displays, exhibitions, dances and performances. Céret has a famous museum of modern art, as Picasso, Chagall, Soutine and other artists have all lived and worked here. This keeps Céret lively year-round.
Interaction with Guests
Normally we will be available to show you in and to collect the keys when we leave, but if not we have locals who will do this for you.
We are right at the lively heart of Céret, and you will enjoy live music from the square most mealtimes. The centre is almost all traffic-free, so is a great place to walk around and to relax in.
A car gives you great possibilities for travel, such as the charming seaside village of Collioure 35 minutes away, or medieval Carcassonne to the north. Spain is only 20 minutes away, and L'Escala with its amazing Greek and Roman ruins (and excellent but cheap restaurants) is just an hour's drive south.
There is free parking near the apartment. If you don't have a car, you can get between Céret and Perpignan by bus, or use the buses to get around the region, all at just 1 Euro!
Other Things to Note
Our apartment is great for those that want to experience a lively French town. We are right in the centre, and there is normally something going on. The centre of Céret is traffic-free, and the bedrooms are on the side away from the square, so are more peaceful. If you are after somewhere super-quiet, the centre of Céret is not for you, but if you want to experience the heart of a lively French town, it's the place to be! All our guests have loved the central location.
No smoking or pets in the apartment sorry. Because of the mezzanine and stairs, the apartment is not suited to young children.
Your apartment is the top floor at the centre-right of the photo, overlooking the 13thC fountain and the lovely square.
About the Host, John & Karen
We are a New Zealand professional couple who live in Nelson, New Zealand and Céret, France. We have travelled a lot, especially in Asia and the Pacific. We are also members of HomeExchange and enjoy meeting other people.
We love travelling, history, culture, sports (watching anything and doing walking, running, cycling, swimming and fitness).