|The Old Mill - A Genuine Old Millhouse||Self Catering||Saturday||6||12||4||1 cot (can add more), 3 sofabeds in bedrooms|
We bought the Mill for our own use many years ago with no intention of letting it. We used to spend many whole summers there and loved it.
The "smart" money around this area is to live up from the coast as its quieter, the air is fresh and the choices are more interesting. There are many people to come and hardly leave the house. Its very relaxing and has so much space you will never feel crowded.
If you like the coast/beaches they are wonderful and the best in France. But the coast is popular in high season so get there early! If you like walking or hiking this is also the place to be. There are heaps of walking guides, wildlife and scenery.
We always welcome a phone call if you would like to know more.
Very big kitchen, with large island (2 stools one side). Very well equipped.
Big American style fridge-freezer with ice-maker, cooled water.
Dining room adjoining the kitchen through a large opening. In standard layout the table will seat 8 but there are also leaves to enlarge it for 4 more.
We have a separate utility room for washers and dryers and storage.
One vast living room downstairs. Another vast one on the first floor, leading out to a very big terrace over looking the valley and the swimming pool.
Also a room with a pool table!
And a large studio (we paint) where we watch tv usually.
Master bedroom is huge with a super king sized four poster bed, sofabed, en suite.
Two large double bedrooms on second floor have sofabeds as well. All nicely decorated.
First floor has 3 double bedrooms, 2 of which are ensuite. One of these en suites has 2 single beds.
In practice we think the is house is ideal for 12 but in a family group it would be very easy to squeeze in a few more.
There is a big family/shared bathroom on the second floor with bath and shower, which is shared between 2 very large bedrooms on the same floor.
Three bedrooms have en suite shower rooms which are roomy. Our smallest double bedroom on the first floor is not ensuite. There is also a separate loo upstairs.
The heating is really for winter only when we don't rent the house. Mostly we are grateful of the cool inside when its summer. There are lots of fans for keeping cool.
Tv, wi-fi, music. There is a Chromecast in the tv so you can stream anything you want.
Local towns always have concerts and festivals too may to mention.
The garden is wild but we trim back a wide area at the back of the house so children can play and also make it easy to walk straight down to the river which is just 50 meters away.
Our kids used to spend ages playing in the river when they were young. It very much depends on age and how people wish to supervise etc.
Lots of parking space
It's a big house with stairs between floors. We think it would hard for some disabled people to manage the steps but that's about all. Its well lit and there are handrails.
The pool has a alarm but is otherwise open and not fenced off.
Our house is looked after by Roy and Janet who live up the valley in Prats de Mollo. They will help out with most things.
The house has a bilblioteque full of books. Loads of magazines, games etc
There is a huge variety of things to do but most require a car. We often just stay in the house as we've been everywhere! There is a list on here but basically we have the best beaches in France just over an hour away; beautiful spanish coast towns between Girona and Barcelona; unspoilt mountains and mountain villages. Several interesting large towns within 90 minutes (Barcelona is under 2 hrs drive). Let us know what interests you. We also leave lots of brochures, maps etc and tourist leaflets in the house.
There are vineyards everywhere, so pick any you like.
Living in the UK. Sailor and painter.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We love the mountains, the air is cooler, scenery great and its still just over an hour to the coast. Its got everything we wanted.|
|Unique benefits of property||Its very spacious and private. We find it a magical place to stay and use it a lot. Its a home - not a commercial venture.|
Beach. Try a visit to Collioure (lots of restaurants etc here) where you can just have a swim in the harbour – or the beach itself at la Racou just up the road is a good spot but there are miles of beach.
Argeles – marina and good for restaurants - enormous beaches
Figueres – Salvadore Dali museum (beware queues)
Perpignan old town centre. Good day out, lots of places to eat
Girona old town centre – very historical
Carcassonne – worth a day out and you can stay over – hotels within the citadel
Narbonne – canal do midi and several big vineyard nearby
Compradon (Spain – via Prats road) – some nice restaurants – pretty Spanish town)
Domaine de falgo – golf course/spa and beautiful setting for a meal or just a drink (or even golf…) – right up in the hills (about 30 mins drive head for St Laurent and follow signposts)
Domaine Trelor – small local vineyard (Thuir – allow 25 mins) run by English couple – directions in dining room (see card) – phone first.
Prats de Mollo – nice village for a walk around. Up the valley - interesting fort
Ceret. Market is Saturday morning (markets are everywhere anyway – see list in summer kitchen). Also good art museum in Ceret.
Port Vendres – Fishing village with saturday market – check restaurant prices carefully as some are a rip-off.
Le Perthrus = bordertown / wildwest trading post!! Worth a visit for cheap knock off anything from clothes to fags/drugs - you name it.
Mountain walks – Park at Coustages and head off or drive up to La Preste carpark at the foot of mountain walkway. (All signposted). Heaps of local villages and walks.
Local walk - down to footbridge – over river and turn right up the road. Keep right all the way home for 3K, or turn left at the highest point and keep going up for very long walk up the hills!
There are lovely unspoilt villages on the Spanish coast a short drive over the border.