Village house in large garden, Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location, Privacy, Mediterranean Beaches and Spain a short drive away
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About Katherine Evans
We bought this house in 2004; we wanted a house with a big garden , in a traditional French village, with shops, close to the mountains and to the sea. We were also in search of sunshine - and this area clocks up 300 days of sun a year!This is a friendly village, the people and language a mix of French and Catalan, and life here is lived at a slower, more traditional pace. Spain is a 10 minute drive away, through a mountain pass first taken by Hannibal in the 2nd century BC; you can take the A9 motorway if you prefer, or the brand new high speed train linking Perpignan to Barcelona . We work in the UK, so are not here as often as we would like; but we hope you will enjoy the house, the garden, the roof terrace with its mountain views and especially the sunshine as much as we do.
Katherine Evans purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Katherine Evans chose Maureillas-las-Illas
The village is a traditional Pyrennean village of about 3000 inhabitants, mostly French and Catalan, plus a sprinkling of people from around the world.It has good transport links,but even in the hieght of summer is never overcrowded. Our house, is less than five minutes walk from the centre of the village.The house is named after the Golden Oriole, a beautiful bright yellow and black migratory bird which spends its summer in southern France;its wonderful flute-like song can be heard in our large (1200 square metre) garden from May to September.The house and garden are quiet and private with views of the Canigou mountain from the large kitchen and master bedroom, and from the rooftop terrace.
What makes this Villa unique
In the summer you can eat outside, basking in the sun on the terrace or in either of the two courtyards, or cooling off in the shade of the catalpa tree in the large private garden.The house has air conditioning, free Wifi,telephone,TV and radio,plus books, local maps, CDs, games and DVDs .There is an inflatable paddling pool, two sun loungers, and a beach umbrella and two adult sized bikes are also available. Electric heating keeps the house snug during the cooler months.There is free parking in the nearby car park and a four minute walk brings you to the village with its small supermarket (open 7 days a week), two bakeries, post office,pharmacy,a cash machine, a doctors' surgery and a taxi service. There are regular bus services to Ceret, Argeles and Perpignan.
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The best French holiday home we've ever stayed in!
My wife and I, and now our two teenage boys, have been holidaying in France for many years; my wife being half French and having family there.
We stayed in Les Loriots for only a week but could have stayed forever. As I said to my wife on the last day: 'Normally, at the end of a holiday, I'm happy to be heading home to comfortable furniture and a homely environment; not so this time!'
Access to this house is idiosyncratic but shouldn't put anybody off. It's literally a few hundred yards from either end of the track and provides the most wonderful privacy and peace. The house itself is beautifully maintained to a very high standard and was spotlessly clean when we arrived. It's large and comfortable. Furnished in a manner with which you can live and equipped with everything you might need. As another reviewer has said, the large garden is arranged so that you can find sun or shade, whatever your preference, at any time of the day.
I could go on and on but won't. Suffice it to say, we've never considered going on holiday to the same place twice but we're already wondering when we can return to Les Loriots.
Les Loriots holiday home review
After walking down a windy, grassy path, occasionally passing the odd goat or sheep, you come to a wall and blue garden door behind which is a charming, colourful, welcoming and well-appointed house, with distant views of the mountains. The fixtures and fittings were of a high quality and the furniture comfortable. We instantly felt relaxed and comfortable - it felt like home, rather than a bland holiday house, and the detailed and accurate information sent to us by the owners, Kathy and Nick, was very helpful.
As an added bonus there are several places in the private garden and nearer to the house to sit to find either sun or shade.
The location was great. A couple of minutes walk and you're in the village, a few minutes drive and there are supermarkets for the essentials and the beaches, mountains, towns and lots of places of interest are nearby.
We've stayed in many holiday homes over the years and Les Loriets was one of the more special ones because Kathy and Nick showed such a lot of care and thought not only for their house but also for us as guests, doing all they could to make it great for us.
We spent a wonderful two weeks in Les Loriots, It lived up to and in many ways exceeded our expectations.
The kitchen had everything you could possibly need, even for an enthusiastic cook like my husband. It is big, light, bright and very comfortable, with doors leading straight out onto a very private patio. The bedrooms were comfortable and the addition of air conditioning made them wonderfully cool when needed.
The house is set in its own private garden with lots of space for the kids to run around ( or in our case teenagers to get away from the old folk!) The view of the mountain Le Canigou, from the roof terrace is spectacular, and a very special place to sit to watch the sun set.
The village itself has everything you need, a small but well stocked shop, a friendly boulangerie, and a number of very good café/restaurants that are well worth a visit. Kathy and Nick left us a very detailed and useful list of interesting places to visit and a number of local maps. All in all we had the most wonderful time, which was perfect as it was our honeymoon!!
Only 10 minutes easy drive away is the beautiful town of Ceret. It has vibrant street cafes, restaurants, a Museum of Modern Art, and a Saturday morning market that is the best one we have been to in France, it spreads right through the town. During the cherry festival there are street bands playing Catalan music. This is a wonderful area, and Les Loriots is in a perfectly positioned to explore.
Schönes Haus mit grünem Grundstück in zentraler, ruhiger Lage
Wir haben mit 3 Personen (2 Erwachsene + 1 Teenager) und 2 Hunden eine Woche Urlaub in Maureillas im Les Loriots verbracht und empfehlen die Unterkunft gerne weiter.
Die Lage ist zentral in Maureillas, einem charmanten Ort zwischen Meer und Bergen, und dennoch sehr ruhig, da in Mitten von Gärten und freien Grundstücken gelegen.
Das Haus ist freundlich eingerichtet, mit sehr vielen großen Fenstern, hell und mit Blick auf den tollen und großen Garten.
Es gibt mehrere Außensitzplätze und auch sonst viel Platz auf der Wiese und auch unter Bäumen.
Maureillas lässt sich sehr gut erreichen und liegt günstig in der Nähe des Meers, aber auch von Flüssen und Seen. Man erreicht direkt vom Haus viele verschiedene Wander- und Mountainbike Strecken. Es gibt viele Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, auch Bioläden in den angrenzenden Orten Ceret und Le Boulou.
Der Kontakt zur Vermieterin war sehr gut und freundlich. Sie hat uns auch mit vielen Tipps zu aktuellen Veranstaltungen versorgt und war stets gut erreichbar.
Kleine Abstriche gibt es aus unserer Sicht nur bei Details. So ist z.B. die Matratze im Doppelbett sehr weich. Es gibt keine Fliegengitter an den Fenstern, gleichzeitig reicht die Klimaanlage aber nicht aus, um die Schlafzimmer ausreichend zu kühlen. Den Kühlschrank und das Eisfach haben wir abgetaut, er setzte nach nur einem Tag wieder Frost an. Die ein oder andere gründlichere Reinigung wäre erforderlich (Innenleben und Fronten der Küche, Spalte neben der Dusche im Bad etc)
Das Bad im Obergeschoss und die Dusche sind übrigens sehr klein.
Der Garten ist gleichzeitig auch Zugang zu Nachbargärten, zumindest in unserem Fall sind mehrmals täglich (uns fremde) Personen durch den Garten gelaufen, sie hatten wohl einen Schlüssel vermuten wir, um zu ihrem Grundstück zu gelangen.
Insgesamt waren wir aber sehr zufrieden und bedanken uns ganz herzlich für den schönen Aufenthalt!
Den Fußweg vom Parkplatz zum Haus haben wir übrigens gut gefunden und ist aus unserer Sicht auch kein Hindernis.
The perfect guests! Thank you for looking after the house and garden and glad you had such a good time with us.
Ideal für Leute die Ruhe suchen.
Sehr nette Vermieter. Alles sehr gut dokumentiert und beschrieben. Es fehlt an nichts.
Preis-Leistungsverhältnis ebenfalls sehr gut. Ideal für Hunde.
Einziger Schwachpunkt: der Zugang ist nur über einen Trampelpfad (ca. 200m) möglich und für ältere Personen mit Gepäck nicht geeignet.
Ich habe den Aufenthalt sehr genossen und werde diese Ferienwohnung mit gutem Gewissen weiterempfehlen.
Clean, sandy beaches with rockpools at Argeles and Le Racou (30 minutes by car). Snorkelling at Banyuls (30 minutes) where there is an underwater nature reserve. Spanish beaches (Costa Brava) about 1 hour by car. Lakes for swimming/boating/fishing/water skiing 10 minutes by car/20 by bike.
Airports - Perpignan (45 minutes), Girona (1 hour), Beziers (1.5 hours), Carcasonne (1.75 hours), Montpellier (2 hours), Barcelona (2.25 hours). Train (TGV) from London St Pancras to Perpignan (change at Paris or Lille). Car hire not required for access to immediate locality but recommended to explore further afield. Good, inexpensive (1 euro) local buses to main towns.
Ceret (market, cafes, museum)6 km
Perpignan (shops, castle,cinemas,restaurants,festivals) 20km
Argeles (beaches) 20km
Spain 10 minutes drive away.
The village has a small supermarket, open every day, two bakeries, a post office, a butcher, a pharmacy,two cafes, a restaurant and a regular bus service. There are open air festivals in the town square in the summer. The nearby town of Ceret has a famous Saturday market and a museum with works by Picasso, as well as numerous cafes, restaurants and two night clubs. Spain is a 10 minute drive away and the beaches of the Costa Brava about 1 hour by car, and the sandy beaches at Argeles or Collioure are close by.