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Mas with converted barn & cottage, unique pool,paradise found! - The Old Barn

Bedrooms 3
Space 130 m²
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



The Old Barn

The Old Barn (renovated by ourselves) att to our 150 year old Catalan Mas,has large French doors opening to view 5 metre high ceiling with exposed beams & rafters. The décor is in relaxing Mediterranean hues.Open plan lounge/diner with large fireplace containing wood burner.

Comfy sofas, coffee table, 50' TV, DVD, stereo with docking station, WiFi, farmhouse dining table seating 8,

Outside is your own private pergola grapevine covered area, seating 6+, with hand built traditional Catalan BBQ. Beautiful mature gardens with childrens swingset , safe & secluded from road. Tables & chairs are provided here & there amid the trees for you to chill out.

Shady peaceful summer kitchen with double french doors opening to poolside, with BBQ, fridge, & utility room with sink, shower, toilet & washing machine for use of all guests.

Please ask for link to video clip of the property and grounds

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About the property

Mas Mimosa

Set in just under an acre, Mas Mimosa benefits from being in the rural outskirts of Perpignan but only a 20 min walk through the pretty park to the beautiful & historic city, with all its delightful bars and restaurants to sample. Just a 10 minute drive are the glorious sandy beaches by the safe non-tidal Mediterranean sea.

The Old Barn and Le Cerisier are gites attached to our 150 year old Catalan Mas. They are stone built and have exposed beams & rafters. Open plan lounge/dining room areas with fireplaces, comfy sofas, TV, DVD stereo/cd player. Fully equipped kitchens to cater for your every need.

Why not rent both and bring extended families, total capacity would be 12 plus a baby.

Outside there is private terrace space for each, with hand built traditional Catalan BBQ, table,chairs and parasol.. Beautiful mature gardens with swings/slide/seesaw, & a giant Jenga, safe & secluded from the road. Tables & chairs are provided here & there amid the trees for you to chill out. The terraces and gardens are lit up at night for al fresco dining in the warm evenings.

Shady peaceful summer kitchen with double french doors opening to poolside, with BBQ, fridge, & utility room with sink, shower, toilet & washing machine for use of all guests.

The stunning secluded 13.5m x 6m pool, private for occupants of the Mas, is family orientated, with perimeter overflow & roman steps. The segregated toddler pool is only 40cm deep and enables little ones to get in & out on their own, encouraging confidence in the water. Huge relaxing decking area with sunbeds, parasols, tables & chairs , security gate & fence. We use a salt disinfection system, kind to skin and eyes, no chlorine smell or taste. Red squirrels & birds come & drink from the pool. The peaceful secluded gardens are a haven to many species of birds, including exotic Hoopoes from Africa.

Mas Mimosa is a wonderful base to explore the Languedoc Roussillon region with all it has to offer. Stunning chateaux with vineyards & wine-tasting. Towns steeped in history with wonderful architecture, Carcassonne, Castelnou, & Ceret to name a few, Ceret has a wonderful market on Saturday morning.

There are markets most days in the numerous squares; we have a flea market every Sunday on the outskirts of Perpignan either a 15 walk or a 2 minute drive. They sell an eclectic mix of clothes, antiques & some wonderful fabrics & curtains. In Place Cassanyes in another part of the city, about a 20 minute walk, every day is an Arab market; the best day to visit is a Sunday morning when the stalls spill out over the streets. They also sell an eclectic mix but this includes food, wine, herbs & spices, all which smell wonderful. Treat yourself to spit roast chicken or home-made couscous, paella or a local speciality ‘boles du picolat’ (meatballs in sauce).

In July & August Perpignan hosts 'Les Jeudis' free Thursday evening festivals, street theatre , dance & acrobats, whereby the city is filled with people meandering around in the warm night air.

Perpignan is full of shops,restaurants & cafes, Canet plage 10 mins drive, has many bars & restaurants, & in the summer beach bars are set up.

Many nearby towns were visited and painted by famous artists, such as Picasso, Dali & Matisse. Perpignan Ceret & Collioure both have museums & art galleries. The Cathar castles are fascinating to visit.

Perpignan was declared ' the centre of the universe' by Dali, after whom the train station is named.

Spain with its border of duty free shops is 25 mins away, Figueres with the Dali museum , an hour,

Barcelona with the amazing Sagrada Familia is 2 hours away.

In the peak season Ryanair has flights into Perpignan airport every day, this changes to Sun Mon Wed & Fri in mid season. They also serve Carcassonne & Bezier airports. Girona (Barcelona) airport 1 hour drive from Perpignan , is served by Ryanair & Easyjet all year round. From here there is a link to Perpignan via a bus service. The rail network links Perpignan to Girona , Figueres and Barcelona.

other airlines are flybe fly from Southampton, bmibaby -Manchester. Aer Lingus - Dublin

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Sue Wisdom
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
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Calendar last updated:
26 March, 2017

About Sue Wisdom

Originally from Essex we are a mature couple who are both parents & grandparents.

We pride ourselves in providing you with a truly lovely setting to enable you to have a memorable holiday .

Sue Wisdom purchased this barn in 2007

Why Sue Wisdom chose Perpignan area

After spending several years holidaying in the region , circumstances became right for us to move permanently. After seeing lots of unsuitable properties our friends here heard about this farmhouse and took us to see it . Well it was pretty run down but ticked all the boxes to use a well worn cliche. So began our journey into DIY heaven and hell . Looking back on the photos of the renovation we may have been slightly bonkers, but now our labours, we think , have produced a wonderful home for holiday makers.

What makes this barn unique

Here you will have the benefits of rural surroundings, but 10 minutes walk from the traditional boulangerie, and 20 minutes walk into the city. We have always felt life was close by but yet we are in a tranquil private paradise of our own making. We have tried to make both gites homely, welcoming and well equipped. The same for the pool and gardens , beautiful salt water pool surrounded by plants and trees. Lots of places to sit whichever takes your mood. Parents chill while the children safely play .....which means a holiday for all .

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The property rental rate includes cleaning before & after. n.b. we do not come in and clean or make beds during your stay. A weekly change of bed linen & towels is included, these towels are not allowed at the pool or beach
Beach/pool towels are available to hire @ 5 Euros pppw, these are high quality speedo towels for the adults & for the younger children there are character towels


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Perpignan, France

Property Type:
  • barn (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Baby Gate
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2nd ensuite - wetroom
    Main ensuite - toilet , shower enclosure , wetroom
    Double bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The double bathroom is large and spacious with double fittings, double ceramic sink, 2 showers in a wet room, towel rails and shelving, hygienic suspended toilet, fully tiled in white and blue and tastefully decorated to a high standard. The main en-suite has a suspended toilet, shower enclosure, bowl sink on tiled table, mirror, The second en-suite has wet room shower, bowl sink on tiled table, mirror. Both are fully tiled and tastefully decorated.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , with ensuite
    lounge - 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , with shower & sink
    Mezzanine floor - 2 single bed , full sized single beds, open plan
  • Bedrooms 1&2 contain: large double bed (150cm) double wardrobe, chest of drawers, 2 bedside cabinets and lamps, ceiling fan and floor fans and both have space for a cot (available to hire) or a single 'put you up' bed if requested. The lounge has a double sofa bed and chest of drawers. Mezzanine bedroom has 2 full size single beds, wooden floor with rugs, wardrobe, bedside cabinet and wall lights. Designed with children in mind, it is open plan surrounded by a banister rail and balustrades, but care may be needed for children under five. It has a wooden staircase with rope handrail leading up to the floor and a view over the whole barn layout. A child safety gate which fits the bottom of the stairs only, is available on request
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The furnishing of the barn is tasteful and decorated to feel like a home. The floor is tiled the same throughout giving a spacious feel to an already impressive sized building. The open plan layout gives one a feeling of light and airiness which is very relaxing.The spacious kitchen is modern, fitted with cupboards & cabinets with a French farmhouse appeal, and is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, utensils, cookware and serving dishes, and with a view of Mount Canigou from the window. The lovely wooden farmhouse dining table has 6 chairs and a bench for the children. Although we strictly request no smoking in the barn or by the pool, feel free to smoke in your BBQ area , although we would trust you to use ashtrays not the pot plants! The local bakery & Spar are 10 mins walk away. We have a link to a web photo album we can email to you on request, there you will see more of the stunning décor & facilities this property has to offer


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The Old Barn
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Sunderland England

Great place, Great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We returned to stay with Sue & Steve after visiting in 2011, which was just after they had completed the renovation of Mas Mimosa. We wanted to go back to visit them because they are such good hosts and because the property was so comfortable and provided everything we needed for a relaxing holiday.

Our welcome was drinks in the summer kitchen and a couple of hours catching up with them. Since our first visit they have made further improvements including completing the second property and the gardens and pool areas were looking even better, it was lovely.

We stayed in the Barn which is spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Kitchen provided evrything we needed, in particular a large fridge/freezer for keeping plenty of cools drinks available. Bedrooms were large and comfortable. Good bathrooms and showers. Plenty of space for relaxing. Only downside was the TV ariel reception lost the BBC Channels for part of our stay but Steve will sort this out.

Overall we spent a great couple of weeks at Mas Mimosa alternating between relaxing days by the superb pool, walks into Perpignan or days out exploring the coast, the Pyrenees or other historic towns. There is lots to do nearby.

The best thing about staying here is Sue & Steve who are the perfect hosts. Sociable if you want them to be, good to chat to and nothing is too much trouble for them. They want to make sure you enjoy your stay and do everything they can to make sure you do.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise in Perpignan

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to spend our family holiday, amazing salt water pool my Daughter learnt to swim without her arm bands here and really enjoyed swimming at night, it was amazing looking up at the stars! Our girls played happily in the pool all day and loved all the toys especially dolly's and pram which are there for the kids to play with, and various swings / seesaw in the garden too. Villa felt very safe and secure so we could let the kids have a bit of freedom playing while we relaxed by the pool. The barn is amazing and furnished to a very high standard very luxurious, spotlessly clean and very spacious we felt totally spoilt. We enjoyed breakfast lunch and dinner on our terrace and enjoyed some lovely bbq's too. A lovely walk into Perpignan for loads of restaurants and bars if you want to eat out. We had our car so drove to beautiful beaches one was Canet plage for good for restaurants/ amazing massive fresh candy floss/ carousel and market stalls at night also Saint cyprien was lovely at night we had mussels and frites for dinner and had fairground rides bouncy castles for kids too. We wished we could have stayed for another week. Thank you to Sue and Steve it is a truly beautiful place to stay and we would love to come back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply superb house, in a superb location

  • 5 of 5

The Old Barn… where to begin….when we were staying at Sue and Steve's fantastic Le Cerisier last year, Steve the owner kindly showed us the Old Barn before the next guests were due to arrive.

After only a few days at Le Cerisier last year, we already knew then that we wanted to go back to Sue and Steve's place this year, and as soon as we saw the Old Barn we knew we would like to book it for this year.

Again, this year we were met with a very warm welcome on a very warm day by Steve and Sue the owners, who really are now like old friends.

Like Le Cerisier, the Old Barn is immaculately presented throughout with fantastic attention to detail, which is tirelessly maintained by Sue and Steve. It really is a remarkable place that Sue and Steve have created, quite incredible given that they undertook the majority of the work themselves.

The accommodation is second to none. And I can gladly repeat what I said in my review last year, that is quite simply this is the best accommodation that we have rented anywhere in Europe.

Many lazy late morning and lunch times were spent around the beautiful swimming pool (the photo's don't do it justice), before heading out to the Mediterranean (10 mins in the car) or to Perpignan and its many attractions (20 mins on foot).

It really is a fantastic place to explore the region from and to look forward to coming back to early in the evening for a swim or a leisurely glass of wine on the terrace.

Another most memorable stay and we’ll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 families (4 adults and 4 children) who stayed at The Barn for 1 week. Wonderful poolarea, nice and clean house that was very well equiped. Close to everything you need, though we didn´t leave the house much because the pool was just what we needed:) Very nice hosts, Sue and Steve. This is a place that I can truly recommend! We`ll be back next summer!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Vasteras, Sweden

Second stay and even better!

  • 5 of 5

We where here last year and and told ourselves to go back this year because we love this place, and so we did. This stay was even better than last year, it´s like seeing old friends and a second home again.

Our small kids just loved running around free in the safe area and play in the garden and in the perfect pool area. It´s still a lot more to explore in the surroundings too, more cheese to eat and more wine to drink so we will go next year too!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Bristol, United Kingdom


  • 5 of 5

Having just returned from a lovely holiday in SW France I feel compelled to write a review about this property. The English owners have made an amazing job of converting the Barn and the smaller cottage, every detail has been considered to ensure that you have a wonderful relaxing stay. the pool area is exquisite and safe for children.

The walk to the local supermarket is along a lane which is OK and takes about 10 minutes. Another 10 minute walk further into Perpignan brings you to the local market where you can buy fresh fruit and veg everyday and on a Saturday the market spills out into the streets. there is also a boulangerie here and I must admit that the bread and croissants far exceed the local shop. Worth the walk.

the English owners are extremely knowledgeable about the local area and are friendly without being intrusive. I feel that we have made new friends and will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Perpignan Rivesaltes
Nearest Barpub
1.6 Miles
Perpignan city centre
Nearest Ferry
727 Miles
Nearest Golf
6.7 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
A9 junction 41 Perpignan Nord
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Auberge St.Vincent
Nearest Ski
34 Miles
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Canet Plage
Car: recommended

The Mas,attached barn and land are set amid the farming and market garden conservation area of the Jardins St.Jacques.The land used to be tended by the monks of St.Jacques to feed the local population. Perpignan; most southerly city of France boasts 300 sunny days a year,we enjoy long summers. This colourful and vibrant city is very proud of its Catalan culture. It has art galleries & museums,a plethora of cafes & restaurants, ideal to sit & watch the world go by.The shops are interesting,from the beautiful to the quirky, both designer & unique,some within a labyrinth of tiny lanes a joy to explore. The beautiful & safe beaches by the Med surrounded by the Pyrenees at Canet Sud or Toreilles with nothing to do but let the kids enjoy them or Canet Plage with its beach bars, rides and activities,There are vineyards, Cathar castles, old walled villages, Collioure & other towns along the coast which inspired many artists. Nearby is Aqualand water park, an aquarium, & an African Reserve.

Golf: There is an 18 hole golf course at St.Cyprien, about 20 mins drive, and several courses over the border in Spain.

Ski: Font Romeu and other towns in the Pyrenees are an hours drive away.