Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
|Paradis Gite||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Travelcot for baby.|
Paradis Gite - Hosted by Paul & Karen Smith, the gite was an old animal barn which has been carefully restored and renovated to a high specification. In April 2017 it was inspected by Gîtes de France and awarded 4*. The building has its own access with nearby free parking. We are a 5 minute walk from: the town centre with its bars and restaurants; the train and bus stations where with a 1€ ticket travellers can access Perpignan and further. Supermarkets and boulangerie are within a few minutes walk.
The property benefits from dual air-con and a wood burner.
Free use of bicycles and fishing rods are available if booked in advance.
The area which benefits from 300 days of sun a year, is ideal for access for: climbing, hiking or skiing in the Pyrenees; the Mediterranean beaches of Canet and Argeles-sur-Mer and the many nearby beautiful médiéval French and Spanish villages. Combined with the friendly welcome you will receive from Paul & Karen, Paradis Gite is the ideal venue for a long weekend or your main holiday.
The nearest airports are Perpignan 40mins - 44kms; Carcassonne 1hr 45mins -155km; Girona (Spain) 1hr 40mins - 133km.
Update: The construction company working on an adjacent site have assured us that the impact on our property will be minimal.
The kitchen on the ground floor is equipped to a high standard. The newly installed kitchen benefits from:
An induction hob and oven; microwave; dishwasher; fridge with small freezer compartment; Nespresso coffee-machine with coffee capsules supplied; a washing machine together with a full range of utensils for food preparation and dining.
The adjacent dining/lounge area has seating for four. A toddlers highchair is available where required. There is a small tv with French channels. This is connected to the tv. A range of English spoken dvds are freely available on request.
The patio provides for outdoor dining with a gas plancha.
If required, meals can be booked in advance. Aperitif cocktails can be ordered from the recently introduced menu.
The building is on 2 floors. The sleeping area, on the first floor benefits from a large shower along with a king size bed. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. Guests have the benefit of a 43inch flat-screen tv with international channels and Netflix. A separate toilet is on the ground floor.
The balcony on the first floor provides an opportunity for guests to sit back, relax and catch the evening sun.
Free wi-fi is available throughout without limitation. (Please note the signal can be of variable strength).
Guests have access to the shared heated swimspa (April - October) and garden. The property benefits from dual air-con and a wood burner.
The sleeping area, on the first floor benefits from a large shower along with a king size bed. Free toiletries and a hairdryer are provided.
A mobile cot is available for a toddler.
Guests have the benefit of a 43inch flat-screen tv with international channels and Netflix.
Leading from the bedroom area, the balcony offers to opportunity to relax and enjoy a pre-meal drink; plan the next day's activities or soak in the evening rays.
The gite has a radiator in the kitchen area along with a wood burner. For autumnal weather an allowance of logs is supplied. Guests are able to purchase additional supplies if required.
The bedroom area has dual air conditioning.
The gite is suitable for couples plus a toddler.
Guests arriving late are able to book a meal in advance should the need arise. A menu is available upon request.
Adult bicycles are available free of charge. Please book in advance.
After a lifetime in primary education Karen and I retired and moved to Prades in the Pyrenees-Orientales in September 2015. Employing a French builder, in January 2016 we commenced the renovation of an old animal barn on the same site as our main house. Our vision was to provide a comfortable, relaxing, high spec holiday home that would be suitable for both long and short term breaks with a high level of customer service. The gite was credited with 4* by Gites De France in April 2017.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Perpignan airport provides the perfect gateway (40mins) to our holiday home, Paradis Gite in Prades. Perfectly situated midway between the ski slopes of Les Angles and the Mediterranean beaches of Canet each an hours drive away, makes for an ideal holiday destination . The area provides extensive opportunities for guests to actively explore the Eastern Pyrennees that includes Canigo, the highest peak; majestic chateaux like Peyrepertuse; the Catalan history of the area or relax on the beautiful beaches that abound from Canet to Argeles-sur-Mer.
The Spanish border is 45 minutes away making a visit to Dali's museum in Figueres; the beautiful villages along the Cap de Creus peninsula and the city of Girona easily accessible.
Travelling further afield is aided by an excellent infrastructure with international flights from Barcelona and regular SNCF/RENFE express trains to Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.
Combined, together Paradis Gite ticks all the right boxes
|Unique benefits of property||Throughout the year long renovation of our property we tried to maintain its uniqueness with its stone walls and original beams yet at the same time maximising use of space with high specification of fixtures and fittings complimented by a high level of comfort and service. Guests will find the gite fully equipped with everything they need along with a few extras making Paradis Gite the ideal holiday destination for both long and short term stays.
While on the same site as our main house the gite is totally independent having its own access. Free parking can be found either on Ave General de Gaulle or in the station car park, a two minute walk away. The bus and train station are a two minute walk from the gite where for 1€ ticket guests are able to begin exploring the endless opportunities the area offers.
You will come as a guest but leave as a friend.
Using our experience we are more than willing to provide maps; help/advise/guide guests in planning walks or days out in the region.
The area is a walkers paradise with so many well sign posted routes covering the local area and the Pyrenees. For example:
Walk along the Bohere Canal to the Abbey of St Michael of Cax; access the Canigo peak; discover the Abbey of Saint Martin of Canigou or climb the 1,000 steps to the magnificent Fort Liberia are just a few trails on offer!
There is good signage throughout the area with walks and hikes well marked.
Download 10 free of charge walking routes from www.tourismecanigou.com and get further information from: www.tourisme-pyreneesorientales.com
We can provide guests with maps and advice and guided walks can be organised through the local tourist office. Don't forget your walking shoes and water!
Visit the four beautiful villages of Eus, Evol, Mosset and Villefranche-de-Conflent, each quite different in their own unique way.
From Villefranche-de-Conflent (5km) take le Train Jaune (open air in the summer months) to cross and explore the Regional Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrennees.
Explore the many churches, abbeys and priories in the area:
- St Peter's X11th century church in Prades centre.
- Abbey Saint-Martin du Canigou 10km
- Abbey Saint-Michel of Cuxa 3km
- The Priory of Serrabone 14km
- Climb Canigo the sacred mountain of the Catalans, 2784 meters above sea level. (12km) A mini-bus can be booked to pick you up, take you to your starting point refuge des Cortalets and return you to the gite at the end of your hike for 30€.
- Grottes des Canalettes. Route of Vernet les Bains, 66500 Villefranche-de-Conflent. Keep cool in the height of summer with a visit to the world UNESCO site featuring a network of underground caves where the temperature remains a constant 14 degrees. Catch the spectacular son et lumiere 3D show on the hour, every hour. Suitable for all ages.
- Orgues d'Ille-sur-Têt; Chemin de Regleilles 66130 ILLE-SUR-TET; (20kms) the Orgues site is a unique place in France , a landscape of fairy chimneys with fragile beauty, ephemeral. It presents to the weather cliffs of sand and clay that the rains patiently chiseled. Suitable for all ages
- Gorges de la Carança 23kms along the N116 in the direction of Andorra. Located in the town of Thuès between Valls, this hike will not leave you indifferent! Indeed, rocks, bridges and cornices are what await you. Several courses for several levels of hiking. Wear good walking shoes!:
- Hot springs at Saint-Thomas-les-Bains 29kms along the N116 towards Andorra
Discover Les Bains de Saint-Thomas, a natural beauty spot, whose alkaline waters of sulphur and sodium are ideal to relieve rheumatism and respiratory problems.
- Peyrepertuse (30kms) Château de Peyrpertuse, Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse 11350. A must visit site. The castle ruins are impressive, set high on a defensive crag. From the approach road it is difficult to see where the rock stops and the castle starts.
The castle was built in the 11th century on a site dominating the Corbières and the sea. The main part, resembles the prow of a ship, running along the top of an 800m (2,600 ft) high crag. Wear good walking shoes and take plenty of water. The steep path leading to the castle takes about 20mins but is worthwhile!
The Prades market (5mins walk) on a Tuesday morning is a typical French market, expanding in the summer months to cater for the influx of tourists. Situated in the rambling streets around the centre of town it provides stall holders an opportunity to display the huge variation of seasonal produce.
In addition there is a smaller Saturday market with additional craft and book markets during the summer months.
In this area of France football plays second fiddle to rugby in fact rugby is a religion.
Rugby in the South of France is not just followed, it is lived and breathed. Men, women and children alike embrace the sport equally for its ferocity, beauty and humility. When a team is doing well, the whole town celebrates with them, and when they aren’t doing well, the town suffers too.Match day is an experience!
Tickets can be purchased on line www.usap.fr for tickets to USAP matches and www.catalansdragons.com for the Catalans Dragons matches.
- Museum of Prehistory - Tautavel; (50kms) Avenue Léon Jean Grégory, 66720 Tautavel. Throughout 21 rooms, the Museum of Prehistory invites you to meet the “Homme de Tautavel”, the oldest man found on French soil (450,000 years). The mueseus is well organised with multi-lingual displays.
- Hyacinthe Rigaud Art Museum, 21, rue Mailly, 66000 Perpignan (43kms). reopened in June 2017, the museum houses permanent and temporary collections over an area 1400 sq m
- Dali Museum - Plaça Gala i Salvador Dalí, 5, 17600 Figueres, Spain (94kms). A not to be missed Museum. Instituted in 1974, this museum was built on the remains of the former Figueres Theater, and features a broad range of works of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989.) Booking on line in the summer months is essential. Don't forget your passport. The A9 to Figueres is a toll road.
- Camp de Rivesaltes; Chemin de Tuchan à Sainte-Marie, 66600 Rivesaltes (55kms). A stark reminder of the management of refugees by France from the Spanish Civil War 1939 to its use as an immigration detention centre up until its closure in 2007.
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