|Village House||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
The house is on 3 floors with a top floor terrace overlooking the square. The square is pedestrian access only, although it is possible to squeeze a car up to unload luggage. The house is decorated in local style with tile and wood, and has central heating. The walls are over a foot thick which makes it cool in the summer, but cosy in the winter. There is plenty of parking available nearby.
The village of Opoul is a friendly wine-producing village overlooked by a ruined 12th century chateau. The village is small enough that everything is within a couple of minutes walk, and the area has a sleepy laid-back feel. Catalan is spoken extensively here, and people don't seem to mind if your French is feeble!
Some of the features of the village include a local shop (think Co-Op), and an excellent boulangerie. We always enjoy the 2 minute walk for breakfast croissants and a newspaper. A stadium with tennis and basketball. A “boulodrome”. A well equipped childrens play area. Two bars (less than 2 minutes walk away) one of which is also a restaurant. The castle of Opoul is famous in the region, and can be seen for miles. We enjoy an evening stroll around the village taking in the sights and sounds. There is a plentiful supply of information on Opoul on the web – just type “Opoul” into your search engine. Opoul is located 12km from the Mediterranean Sea and 45 minutes from the Spanish Border.
The nearest large town (and airport) is Perpignan, although there are several small villages and the market town of Rivesaltes nearby. The autoroute is a 15 minute drive away with a large Carrefour hypermarket located near the turnoff. Many guests find it convenient to shop here on the way back from the beach. The next village towards the coast is Fitou, which is famous for its wine, and where there are several excellent restaurants.
Fitted kitchen with hob and oven, dishwasher and a range of storage units. We have all the equipment you would expect to find in a British or French kitchen. We normally eat in the kitchen, or on the terrace, but some guests like to move the table into the salon.
This room is decorated to match the kitchen with a tiled floor, white walls and exposed beams. There are 2 sofas and an easy chair. There is a radio/cd player, tv, dvd player plus a selection of dvds. A bookcase contains our house book, and a huge selection of ‘things to do’ leaflets and brochures. There is a selection of books left by previous guests.
Large fully fitted twin bedroom with french windows, overlooking square.
Fully fitted double bedroom with french windows, overlooking square.
Large fully fitted twin bedroom with french windows, overlooking square.
We have strap to connect twin beds together should guests require
Bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin, bidet and wc.
Large bathroom with wc, washbasin and shower cubicle Washing machine is located here to be near the drying area.
Electric central heating is provided, but only required in the winter. All rooms have radiators with individual thermostats so you only use what you need. Note we charge for electricity (at cost) in the winter when the heating is used.
The house opens onto a pedestrian square in the centre of the village.
The is a roof terrace, with table and chairs, which faces southwest and is ideal for watching the sunset! We like to sit here and have evening aperitifs and occasionally have dinner here.
There is plenty of parking available on-street in the village.
All ages, although there are stairs to the upper floors.
Our local agent is very helpful and can assist with finding local amenities, and booking restaurants. She speaks excellent English! Cot and highchair are available at a small cost.
Note we charge 50 Euros for clearing at the end of each booking for cleaning plus 8 euros per bed for linen. this is paid directly to our agent.
Towels are available.
I am an Aircraft Engineer living in Lightwater Surrey. I have two daughters, and we all love chilling out in Opoul!
|Year property purchased||1991|
|Why this location?||My sister and I independently fell in love with the area in the late 70s. My sister has had a house in the village since the mid 80s, while I bought my house in 1991. We have lots of friends in the village; but it's a friendly place!|
|Unique benefits of property||Get a taste of real village life, while staying close to the coast and the mountains.|
Great for kids with lots of slides, and other swimming pools.
Our favourite place to eat. The food is simple, fabulous and not expensive. In Rivesaltes; full details in the house.
Local bar serving excellent food. Run by a friend of ours. Only 2 minutes walk from the house.
Attractions near to Opoul include:
Twenty miles of beaches. Some are quiet and traditional, while some are in the new resorts.
The "Ãtang de Mer" which is well known for its watersports, particularly windsurfing.
Various childrens entertainments, such as buggy rides, horse riding, 'water-world', etc. The new resort area of the beaches provides a host of attractions.
Several golf courses within easy reach.
A drive in the mountains visiting many wonderful attractions.
Hill walking in wonderful scenery.
Many fine restaurants.
A trip up the Tet Valley, on the 'little yellow train' to Font-Romeu for winter sports.
Tautavel with its prehistoric remains. We sometimes swim in the river on the way to this village.
A day trip to Spain. Recommended is a leisurely drive up the coast enjoying the small ports, and spectacular coastal views, a stop for Spanish pottery and wines, and a quick return up the autoroute. Barcelona is a 2 hour drive.
Opoul has 2 bars (less than 2 minutes walk away) one of which is also an excellent, though rustic, restaurant. Nearby villages have an excellent selection of restaurants which we love to visit. Our house book makes many recommendations
Great for just strolling around and soaking up the atmosphere. Take in the Palace of the Kings of Majorca
For kids, but the food is good. Located just behind the Carrefour, and is set up for a great evening with the kids. Has a play area, and a pirate show at 2030.
Swim in fresh water on the way to Tautavel. Makes a change from the beach.
Small bays created by stone breakwaters, ideal for swimming. Also some decent places for lunch (we like the tapas bar).
Classic French castle. Just 15 minutes drive from Opoul
Pre-historic site and museum. Dedicated to cave man. My 10 year old loved it!
This is the best equipped village house we have stayed in. We had a very enjoyable weekend taking part in the village Fete de Romorin. The boulangerie and village shop are close by and we loved eating at the local café. Plenty of beautiful scenery to enjoy.
I stayed in Rue du four for a week with a group of friends and we loved it. The village is lovely with stunning views as you arrive from the mountains. The house is very well equipped and comfortable, with all the equipment you would need for a self-catering holiday. The local boulangerie sells delicious bread and croissants and we had a lovely meal and a some enjoyable evening drinks at the bar 'Le Lezard'. Opoul is well situated for days out to Carcassone and the Pyrenees, both beautiful drives , as well as easy driving access to the beach in the summer. We had a wonderful stay in a lovely, cosy house in a friendly village and would definitely go back.