Charming village house to let, Montesquieu

Montesquieu (6km from Laroque-des-Alberes), Pyrénées Orientales, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RP004587 Advertiser since: 4 July 2005
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19 Rue des Remparts Self Catering Saturday 3 8 1 Settee in lounge doubles as sofabed

About this property

Character Family Village House near Coast. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Traditional village house in the middle of a charming, quiet village. The house has superb views of the Alberes from the terrace and rooms to the rear and the Mediterranean is only 14km away by car. The house has 3 large bedrooms, a spacious large kitchen/dining room and a cosy sitting room. There is a bathroom with modern shower, toilet and handbasin. There is a large enclosed terrace to the rear of the house with a barbecue/dining area, hammock and seating. There is a parking space at the front and also at the rear of the property. There are many lovely beaches in the area which can be reached by car in about 15 - 20 minutes.
 
The house is in the middle of the Alberes (the foothills to the Pyrennees). There are some superb walks in an area of unspoilt natural beauty. There are many walks that can be taken from the house. Cycling is also popular, as well as fishing. There are many excellent restaurants in the neighbouring local villages, such as Villelongue des Monts, Laroque des Alberes and also Le Boulou, as well as a few in the village.
 
The village has a historic fortress (2 minutes away from the house) which can be visited by day, where the second Batttle of Boulou took place, much of the fighting at Montesquieu led by General Dugommier in 1794 against the Spanish forces. The fortress area is locked at dusk.
 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

There is a kitchen with cooker (calor gas oven and hob), sink, fridge, microwave and cupboard space. The large freezer is located on the floor below, under stairs to terrace. There is also a toaster.
The washing machine is located in the utility room - off the kitchen.
The dining room is open plan off the kitchen with a large table (seats 6-8), dresser with radio/stereo/books and stairs to terrace area.

Living rooms

Sitting room has a large sofa - sits at least 4 people, two extra chairs, tv and dvd player. The tv is English ( so will not show French programmes). There is a large selection of dvds which can be used at the house. Coffee-table and lamps.

Bedrooms

Main bedroom 1 - from stairs. This room is double aspect and it has views to the front and rear of the property. There is a double bed, french dressing table and chair, ottoman and a built in space to hang clothes.
Bedroom 2 - this has 2 twin beds and a fold up sofa seat which can be pulled out to create another childs bed. There is a wardrobe, side table and shelves.
Bedroom 3 - has a double bed, wardrobe and table with chair. It faces the front of the property.

Bathrooms

The bathroom has a large semi circular shower (recently refurbished), toilet and sink. There is a set of drawers and a large mirror.

Heating

Heating is not necessary in the summer. However, there is a small electric heater in the sitting room if required.

Entertainment

There is a small restaurant in the village - opposite the main car park which is now a school playground. Small shop/bar open a few days of the week.
The next villages Villelongue des Monts, Laroque des Alberes and Sorede have more restaurants/bars and are only 6km away.

Garden and outside

Large terrace area which is family friendly (enclosed by strong railings) and has space for barbecue, hammock and table and chairs. Wonderful views of the Alberes.

Parking and garages

There is a parking space outside the front of the house. Neighbours are very considerate and will not park there if they know people are staying at the house. Alternatively, we have another space at the rear of the property outside our garage - blue wooden doors. The house can then be accessed by walking up the steps to the left.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for families, couples and elderly who are still able to climb stairs.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a park/sports area below the church, with astro turf football pitch, tennis court, playground and table tennis. Rackets are available in the cellar and can be borrowed - as long as they are returned.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Cycling

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: St Cyprien
Distance: 6 km

Skiing

Name of nearest resort: Font Romeu
Distance: 100 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Botanical walk from village

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine du Mas Romeu
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner, Mrs Susan Stiles

I am a teacher in the UK and myself and my husband bought the property in 2003. We have had some wonderful holidays with my two children who were 6 and 8 when we bought the house. We now know a lot about the area and things to do, so welcome any enquiries.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? At first we looked at Provence, then by chance we took a holiday In Languedoc Roussillon and loved the area and lifestyle there. We were also able to find a character house that we could improve that was in a traditional village and also not far away from the coast - which was one of our priorities.
Unique benefits of property The house is in the middle of a traditional village with fantastic views of the Alberes - the foothills of the Pyrennes from the terrace at the back of the house. The location is tranquil and you can walk from the house into the Alberes. It is not far from the Mediterranean - about 20 minutes by car (approximately 14 kms). The house is quite spacious and has very good sized bedrooms. Although we say it sleeps 6, it is possible to accommodate 8. There is a large terrace with stunning views which is completely enclosed by railings and is safe for children.

The Owner Recommends

Beaches

Beaches Argeles – long sandy beach with lots of facilities such as kids waterslides, trampolines, cafes and restaurants. Racou beach – large car park and has some good cafes and restaurants. There are some rocks and a nice walk along the cliffs at the far end. You can walk all the way to Collioure along the coastal walk, which is very pleasant. Takes about an hour to get there. Collioure – has 2 or 3 small beaches. The best one is past the palaces on the right. Cross over the bridge and follow the sea walkway around to Bora Bora beach. There is a childrens playground there. Cap Bear: just outside Port Vendre – on the road to Banyols sur Mer. Paulilles – two lovely bays with pine trees and free parking (signposted off the main road). A historic catalan site which was once the site of a dynamite factory (Nobel) with a museum and café. Worth a visit. Car park does tend to fill up after 11am in August.

Colloiure

A beautiful historic fishing port with plenty of good shops, restaurants and historic places to visit. Famous for painters like Dali, Matisse who lived and painted there. Well worth a trip, there is some cheap parking just outside Colloiure at the top of the hill, then an easy walk down into the town.

Lakes

Le Boulou The lakes are warm and very calm which make them excellent for swimming with kids. The nearest is near Le Boulou and has a café, pedalos and an adventure sports area for older children. Drive towards Le Boulou on the D61, don’t take the right turning for Le Boulou, but carry straight on. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd turning, as if you were going to the A9 (toll road). Go straight over the next roundabout, towards St Jean. The lake is about another 1/3 rd of a mile on the left hand side, signposted “Plans d’eau”. You have to pay 2 Euros to park in the car park all day.

Montesquieu des Alberes

The museum: Free. Open Tuesdays and Fridays – please check hours on the door as these do vary. The village has a rich past and there are many interesting exhibits and artefacts in the museum. Many of the exhibits date back to the famous “Battle of Montesquieu” when the castle was captured and torn down leaving the ruins that remain today. Montequieu des Alberes vineyard – located in the village, selling - Domaine du Mas Rous (a red wine) and others (signposted on way to the village off the D61). There are many other vineyards to visit including “Chateau Valmy” which stands prominently on a hillside overlooking the Mediterranean. They have lovely gardens and views, and is free (the chateau is not open to the public though). Take the turning off the D914, signposted Racou. The chateau is easy to spot on the right hand side. Access to the castle ruins: Free. Steps up to the ruins of the castle around the corner from where the house is situated. Follow the wall round to the right, past number 4; there are some new steps which take you up to the ramparts. From this vantage point one has a marvellous view of the surrounding area down to the Mediterranean. Play ground / Astro-turf / Tennis courts : Free. These facilities (“Parc des sports des ANGLADES”) are just a short walk from the house – see the map below. There are tennis rackets / table tennis bats and balls at the house which you can borrow (left in the basement, near the freezer).