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Oliver Ripley

Member since: 2005
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Speaks english, french

Superb Catalan Villa with private swimming pool and stunning views

25 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Laroque-des-Albères holiday villa

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private pool and stunning views

This stunning Catalan villa is set in the beautiful Alberes Pyrenean foothills.

These are the foothills of the Pyrenees that meet the Mediterranean. It has magnificent views across the Alberes, a private (8.5m x 4m) pool and is set in 5 acres of wooded hillside. The villa has 4 bedrooms across three floors and is positioned in Domaine des Alberes which sits above the picturesque Catalan town of Laroque des Alberes.

This is a beautiful medieval Catalan town that is famous in the area for being very attractive and having a fantastic setting.

The property has a spacious high beamed living room with large Catalan fireplace complete with wood burning stove. It has three bathrooms, two fully equipped kitchens, barbecue terrace, access to a tennis court, access to a very large shared pool, a large balcony with unbelievable views and very comfortable living areas.

This property is very peaceful as it is the highest property in the Alberes and therefore has no passing traffic at all. Very relaxing but at the same time you can be on one of the best beaches in France in 15 minutes.

This is the kind of villa for those who want the peace and quiet of a villa that is situated up the mountain a little but still want to have access to all the beaches and the many lovely towns and villages of the region.

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Oliver Ripley (Owner)
Member since: 2005
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Speaks english, french

About Oliver Ripley

I lived in France for many years in my youth and grew to love the interesting, varied and beautiful country.

Have been running this property for 7 years now and have really developed efficient systems for ensuring guests have a great holiday and enjoy all the benefits of the Languedoc region

Oliver Ripley purchased this villa in 2006

Why Oliver Ripley chose Alberes

The key to this property is the sheer beauty of the location. It sits in the Alberes and is quite high up into these small mountains. The views seem to follow you around as they are present in so many areas of the villa.

There is a lovely private pool with the villa with the aforementioned views and the villa has a total of six comfortable bedrooms and is really perfect for large groups wishing to explore and enjoy this wonderful region of France. It has castles, beaches, endless vineyards, medieval villages, Barcelona and some of the best restaurants in France. You will never be bored in Languedoc.

What makes this villa unique

It has 5 bedrooms and a private pool which is not overlooked in any way.

The villa has 3 bathrooms and on the lower floor there is a annexed apartment with it private kitchen, bathroom and living areas with Sky TV and so on.

There is a lovely balcony at the property with stunning views and a barbecue area on the rear terrace with lovely views down to the Mediterranean in the distance.

As the property is quite high it is also cooler in the summer months and seem to escape that oppressive summer heat you get on the plain of Rousillon. During the evening you get the 'tramontanes' as the cooler wind from the mountain tops rolls down the mountain side and these can be very refreshing after a hit day at the beach.

All in all this is a lovely, well managed property in a very interesting and beautiful area of France.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello Oliver, just to let you know that we all really enjoyed our holiday,the accommodation was relaxed and comfortable,the view from the Verandah tremendous . The village and the surrounding areas are fantastic. Our only regret was that it was only a week, two weeks or even better a month would have been perfect, so much to see and do. Thank you. Fiona
Aug 2014
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based on 25 traveller reviews

Superb Catalan Villa with private swimming pool and stunning views
average rating of 4.8 based on 27 reviews

What an incredible house - so quiet and so lovely

  • 5 of 5

It was better than I imagined and so well furnished - you obviouly love abstract art!! The pool was just stunning and was perfect for us and our family and we spent many days just lounging around the house itself appreciating the unbelievable views. Thanks for sorting out the vet for us as well. We are coming back. By the way the meal we had in Los Palmiers was magical and Claude was very funny

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jack. I appreciate your comments. Please come again.
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An excellent villa in the foothills of Mont Albere

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of eight and had a fantastic three week holiday at this villa. Everything in the original description was confirmed with our visit and the pool (good size) just added to our relaxation. Perfect location in the foothills with excellent views to the sea. Good restaurants both locally and at the coast (20 minutes drive). The villa provided excellent value for money and certainly there is so much to do, sightseeing, beaches etc. that even three weeks could be considered as not long enough.

Overall a superb holiday for a family of three generations in a well maintained villa.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much. I am delighted that you had such a good time. Please come again soon. All the best. Oliver
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Fantastic views, great for relaxation and exploration

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I had a lovely time at this house. The view from the balcony is breathtaking! There is plenty to see and do in the area - our highlights were visits to Ceret for the art gallery, Collioure for a glass of banyuls in the harbour, and lunch up at the Chalet de l'Albere. The house is very comfortable with good kitchen and bathrooms. I hope to come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks. The view is special and quite hypnotic during dawn and dusk. Pleased you had a good time. All the best. Oliver
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Very enjoyable week

  • 5 of 5

The view from the terrace is something to die for! Whatever problems we had are more than compensated by the positives:

1. The view, especially the sunrises

2. The pool – size and privacy

3. The modern kitchen

4. The good bed in the master bedroom

These are sufficient to make us want to come back, and to recommend it to others.

But a few negatives should be noted: there was no TV as promised; instructions were lacking for the Wifi connection, which was intermittent; and we needed more information on the use of the oven and washer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback. I am trying to sort out the TV now. They moved the satellite and all those dishes we bought no longer work!!!! Very frustrating. Anyway, please come again. All the best Oliver
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Exceptional views

  • 4 of 5

At the very top of the domaine, this very comfortable house has the most amazing views. The balcony, complete with comfy sofas, was a lovely place for a glass of wine and the total peace and quiet was just what we needed.

We loved the village of Laroque des Alberes and ate in nearly all the restaurants with Lily's probably our favourite, closely followed by Cafes des Artistes (run by an Irish couple). Great food, good prices.

If you like total peace, magnificent views and relaxation this is a perfect place and worth the climb to get there. Wouldn't recommend taking the Aston down the house drive tho !!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sue Laroque just keeps on getting better. It really is a lovely village. Please come again. All the best Oliver
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Great Location and lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a lovely vacation at Olivers' villa. It is a really beautiful house, well kept and clean. The view from the veranda is unbeatable. Lots of things to do in this area, both for kids and grownups. The village is also very nice. Elaine was very helpful throughout our stay. Only "problem" was the weather - it was actually a bit too hot in mid-July.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, I hear it is quite hot this year! Lots of time in the pool and on the beach I guess. Please come back again sometime soon All the best Oliver
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
900 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Golf Saint-Cyprien
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Argèles sur Mer
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Le Boulou
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Michelin Starred, Los Palmiers, Laroque des Albere
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Argeles - huge sanded beach with many areas
Car: necessary

This villa sits in the magnificent Alberes mountain range. These are the foothills of the Pyrenees that meet the Mediterranean. It is pretty much the highest property in the Alberes and therefore it is very quiet and has no passing traffic noise at all. It also has the most incredible views towards the Med and you can just sit and gaze at the wonderful views from the private pool, the balcony or the dining terrace.

There is immediate access directly from the property to mountain walks in the Alberes. This is a Foret Nationale and is a protected biosphere with interesting wildlife - even wild boars are seen quite frequently and there are the wild goats that eat my roses. A little bit annoying but they are very friendly.

Even though the property feels remote, within 5 minutes you can be in Laroque des Alberes. This is a charming Catalan medieval town with a lovely circular fort at the centre of it. There are a few great restaurants (one has a Michelin star) and it has all the cafes, boulangeries, patisseries that you would expect from a French village. It also has a Carrefour supermarket for all those essentials, an English speaking chemist and the best pizzeria in the whole of France.

This area has some of the best beaches in France. The nearest is around 15 minutes away and it was recently voted as being one of the best beaches in France. It is a very long sandy beach with the mountains as the backdrop and they never get too crowded, not even in the middle of summer. They are “blue flag” beaches meaning that they are monitored for cleanliness and there are always life guards in attendance.

The beautiful town of Collioure is around 15 min from the property and is just stunning. It is well known for being one of the most beautiful towns on the Med and is famous as it is seen as the home of the fauvist art movement. Matisse, Picasso and Derain all lived there and they all painted Collioure. They said it had perfect light and in fact if you go to the Modern Art museum in Ceret there is the largest collection of Picasso pottery anywhere in the world. Ceret also has some stunning medieval squares and churches and fantastic market on Saturday.

There are many interesting historical towns nearby including Perpignan, Amelie les Bains, Carcassone which all have weekly markets and are well worth a visit.

Spain is only 30 minutes away and the famous Dali museum is only 40 min away in Figueras. Additionally the famous Cathar fortresses such as Montesequr are around 1.5 hours away and are an incredible day trip.

Barcelona is also accessible from this villa for a day trip as it is about 2.5 hours away and has many museums and the wonderful Sagrada Familia as well.

If you drive towards the central Pyrenees along the N116 you will see the so many lovely medieval towns such as Villefranche-de-Conflent and it is truly a lovely drive with so many things to stop and see. A fantastic drive with history all around you and those stunning Cathar fortresses.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Laroque-des-Albères, France

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Season 2016
4 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
1 Apr 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
18 Jun 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Season
10 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$321

The renter is expected to pay a 25% deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Laroque-des-Albères, France

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Top Floor Bathroom
    Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure , Middle Floor Bathroom
    Bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , Lower Floor Bathroom
  • Basically there are three showers in the villa and one bath tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 single bed , Two single beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Two single beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
  • The top floor has one double room with with a double bed and a double room with two single beds. Between these bedrooms is a bathroom with a shower, sink and loo. These bedrooms look upon the mountains behind the villa. The middle floor also has two double bedrooms. One with a double bed and the other with two single beds. There is a new bathroom with shower, sink and loo on this floor as well. The downstairs, annexed flat has two bedrooms. With a double bed in each. This flat has it's own bathroom and kitchen and therefore can offer some privacy from the rest of the villa. The bathroom on this floor has a shower and a bath tub. The flat is not rented out but you are free to use it if you want.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The property offers a spacious, comfortable holiday experience in an very scenic setting. Swimming pool has a lockable childproof self closing security gate and an alarm in accordance with French safety laws. The pool is managed over the course of the stay with the manager doing the pool maintenance every Tuesday morning. The property is quiet but is not isolated and there is no passing traffic noise. The key is that this is the kind of property for those who want a bit of peace and quiet but also wish to have access to the beautiful beaches, mountains and wonderful medieval villages in the area.