This is a spacious and pretty villa which is located in a tranquil location surrounded by pine-clad Pyrénéean mountains, vineyards and cherry orchards. There is a lovely, large, Mediterranean-style, secluded garden with a private, heated, safety-fenced pool surrounded by a its own pretty, landscaped tiled area. The living accommodation leads out to a sweeping sunny terrace at the back where you can sunbathe all day if you like and eat and drink under a fairy-lit gazebo in the evenings.
The living area is open plan covering a large area providing airy and spacious accommodation and is divided into three sections. The living room is comfortably and stylishly furnished with ample seating and has a large, flat-screen television with internet connection to all major channels, both British and other major language programmes including Sky and BT Sports, plus a DVD/CD player and radio. There are patio doors from the living room leading out onto the wide garden terrace which is shaded by sun parasols for sunbathing in both summer and a warm winter's day (happens!). There is a large fitted and airy modern kitchen with a modern eating area which is well stocked with every appliance you will need for cooking if you want to that is... French doors lead out from this area on to a sheltered, fairy- lit gazebo for outdoor eating and drinking at lunchtime and in the long balmy summer evenings.
There is a traditional Catalan bbq directly opposite this terrace eating area, with a marble table, sink and tiled flooring for easy, outdoor cooking and serving. Off the kitchen is a utility area housing the large fridge/freezer with ice machine, washing machine and tumble drier and a shower room with rain-forest shower head (wonderful!), basin and toilet.
The terrace runs all along the full length of the back of the house right up to the safety-fenced off pool terrace which sits along the side of the house in its own area. Both the garden and pool terrace are blessed with sun all day long until well into the evening when you can enjoy a welcome aperitif catching the last of the warm rays beside the pool. The pool is large and heated, furnished with sunbeds and parasols, and has a stepped end leading to a depth of 1.5 metres. At one end is a round dining table and chairs under a shady parasol, and at the other is a marble table, bench and chairs so you can sit and eat and enjoy your morning coffee or your evening apéro. There are mountain views all around and it is wonderful to watch the changing light of the wide, Mediterranean sky. The pool is kept in perfect order by Franck, the guardian of the house who passes by to clean it often during the week though he will always respect your privacy. The large garden encircles the whole house and is filled with flowering bushes and fruit trees - an ideal place for maximum peace and relaxation where you can watch the swallows swoop down to drink in the pool and sit and listen to the lovely birdsong. It is truly magical.
The bedroom area is reached by a middle passage-way to the other side of the house tucked well away from the living area. There are three double bedrooms, two with double beds and one with twin beds, all pleasantly and comfortably furnished with fitted wardrobes and drawers. In the twin-bedded room there are also two folding beds. The main bedroom has French doors leading out on to the garden terrace so you can get up in the morning and jump straight into the pool for a wake-up swim. The other two bedrooms have large, double windows looking out over the pool at the side and the garden at the front. We have recently (Winter 2016) installed a splendid brand new bathroom with double sink and double shower. There is a separate toilet room immediately next to the bathroom which has also been re-tiled. The whole of the house is beautifully tiled throughout with colourful rugs and pictures in every room.
The whole house is adorned with pictures, wall-lights and soft lighting, silk flowers and ornaments to provide a homely feel. There are fans in every room of the house but the house stays cool in summer as it is incredibly well insulated being only 13 years old, so it is cool in the summer and lovely and warm in the winter as well due to the thick walls and insulation. The house is centrally heated and very snug in the winter when the nights can get very cold, although the days can be pleasantly warm, even allowing some outdoor eating at lunchtime.
Sheets and towels are provided, as well as beach towels. We can assure you that you will have a wonderfully comfortable stay as we have tried to cater for your every need as we have for ours! The house has a lovely, welcoming feel as we have made it our home and we would like to feel that you will feel also 'at home' there.
The region of the Languedoc Roussillon has so much variety to offer. Our house is right down nearly on the Spanish border and is situated within the old country of 'Catalunya' of which the locals are fiercely proud - so it has a Catalan flavour in its culture,customs and food. We love the spicy food though, of course, you can always get traditional French fare. That's the essence of this area, the best of both worlds. You can drive north and be 'lost in France' amongst the beautiful vineyards of Cahors and Corbières, visit the nearby Cathar castles perched on mountain tops, the gorges and the grottos, have a typical French meal in a brasserie in Narbonne or Pézenas (birth place of Molière) just up the motorway or a fish meal in Sète. . Or you can enjoy the Catalan flavour of the region and take advantage of the various fiestas and watch the locals dance the traditional Sardane. And then real Spain is on your doorstep with all its wonders.
THE GOOD LIFE
The villa offers total privacy, tranquiity and relaxation. It's truly magical to sit in the garden and see the beautiful surrounding Pyrénées and gaze at the magnificent towering 'Canigou' - the highest mountain in the Pyrenees which is supposed to have magical properties - or having breakfast on the terrace listening to the birdsong, or enjoying a lovely cooling swim in the pool or just dozing on the loungers in the sun are some of the joys of just 'being' there. And in the Winter, you can walk along the sea shore in the warmth of the sun, eat oysters outside in the cafes of Collioure one day and then have a romp in the snow in the mountains the next and then come back to a lovely cosy and comfortable house. The house is very well insulated and the central heating works a treat so however cold it can get outside, the house is always warm inside. The insulation works well in the summer also and keeps the house cool on the hot days of summer. Although the South of France is thought of mostly as a summer destination because of its wonderful long, hot summers, the off-season months are also a joy as the Mediterranean climate is so healthy - chilly and dry in the Winter though often and regularly interspersed with lovely days when you can eat outside in the surprisingly warm sunshine, mild and pleasant in the Spring and often very warm in the Autumn when the Med is at its highest temperature, the fierce heat is over leaving a pleasant temperature and the crowds have gone. The off-season times are the best for hiking and exploring. There's something about the rosy light which is so therapeutic and clear during all the seasons (ask the artists!) but especially noticeable and delightful on an escape from the long and dark northern Winters.
Quote from a guest having to cancel a Caribbean holiday and make a last minute booking to our villa 03.10.16:
'it's not Barbados but it is paradise. So glad we found you..'
Comfortable, relaxing, well equipped, great pool
Lovely, clean, well equipped house for our family of 6. The heated pool was perfect for anytime of the day and into the evening. Attractive well established gardens with a lovely sheltered terrace to eat on and bbq which we used a lot! Space for an evening game of pétanque too. Local village is a short walk away with good bakeries, butchers, sports bar, couple of restaurants etc. Great location for visiting Spain,
14 Sep 2016
Our party of 5 adults and an 8 month old found the villa to be very clean and well equipped and ideal for al fresco living. The garden/pool area is secluded while the early morning sun on the outdoor eating area makes breakfast a treat.
27 Jun 2015
Our family of 4 have just returned from a fortnight at Villa Maureillas. . We had lots of contact with the owners prior to our stay, helpful information regarding routes to take down to the villa and detailed information regarding the property. The owners also were helpful in providing advice regarding using the train to visit Barcelona, enabling us to book tickets in advance. My husband and son visited the Nou Camp. The Villa was perfect for our needs, providing space and plentiful equipment for days round the beautiful pool and nights eating home cooked meals on the fairy lit terrace (and wifi for the teenager!) Evenings were spent played pétanque in the garden, scrabble and cards (all provided at the villa). The extensive TV channels were great for those nights we wanted to chill with a glass of red! My husband and I are keen cyclists and found some beautiful bike routes around the surrounding area, lots of hills! The beach at Argeles Sur Mer is easily reachable by car, amazing beach, clear sea and lots of cafe/shops along the promenade. The local lake at St Jean Pla de Corts is 5 min by car up the road. The aquajump (inflatables in water as assault course) was great fun. Water park at St Cyprian was also fun. Amazing market at Ceret on Saturday and Tuesday evening. Local supermarkets all very close, a visit to Perthus another great day out. We planned to visit a lot more of the surrounding area suggested by the owners but didn't get time. We hope to return next year.
Emma F Aug 2017
Wonderful Villa - Beautiful Area.
We have visited this area several times and this villa has been the most comfortable one we have stayed in - a real home from home.
6 Jul 2016