Our apartment is right in the middle of a beautiful and lively village in the South of France. We look down on the church 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 church square, and out across roofs and trees.
The apartment has been totally renovated and has new furniture, fixtures and fittings, a modern kitchen, the full range of appliances (induction cooktop, fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, dishwasher) and a modern bathroom. It has a modern but French style, and is in a lovely 1900s ex-general's home, built on much older foundations. The main bed is queen size, and the sofa folds out to become a very comfortable queen-size slat-bed, though the apartment is best-suited for a couple.
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 guide books for France, the Pyrenees and Spain, plus folders of tourist information and maps.
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!
Céret is just 6km north of the Spanish border, on the foothills of the Pyrenees, at 107m. It is in the Tech valley, 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. 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 church 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.
Every Saturday there is a huge regional market along 500m of street, with local produce. Goods on offer include cheeses, bread, meat, salami, wine, olives, precooked chickens, fresh paella (the Spanish influence) and much more. During July and August there is also a night artisans market on Tuesdays. Once a month there is a big second-hand goods market.
There'(email hidden)ly 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.
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.
Note that AirBnB's streetview for this listing does not show our lovely square.
Note that we have bought another apartment in Céret, and this apartment is now for sale - enquiries are welcome! Our new apartment will be available from perhaps August 2014, and will be able to sleep 6 people comfortably. It's in the next door square which is even more charming than Place de l'Eglise.
We were met by John & Karen at their home. They are lovely welcoming people & their gorgeous home is even more so. As 3 couples travelling together, we loved all being able to have a queen bed. Plus the space to get away from each other. That said, even more appreciated was the opportunity to then come together for meals etc. This is a comfortable home with fantastic views over the water. Everything you could possibly need is available. John & Karen leave a very informative folder of information about their home & surrounding area...it was well read by us all. We found the local pub, The Sprig & Fern, along with the fish & chip shop next door to it, as recommended by Karen. What a great place & then a nice walk back home to burn off some of those calories. We would most definitely recommend John & Karen's home to anyone interested in coming to lovely Nelson. Thank you to you both for making us feel so welcome.
We really enjoyed the spectacular panoramic water views from the house and watching those beautiful sunsets from the decks in the evenings. The design of the house was very spacious with views from every room and very private. The kitchen is fully equipped. We loved all the exotic artwork from John and Karen's travels.
John and Karen were a delightful couple with whom we seemed to share a lot of common interests.
Mona and Scott
The pictures don't even do it justice. The house and views are *amazing.* You can walk down the hill to the Spring and Fern (New Zealand's Best Bar).
Great, comfortable home that was central to everything we needed in Nelson. Very cool place to stay with amazing views!
John and Karen were very informative hosts, they have a list of great local restaurant suggestions and even a trail run for my husband.