|Casa Sola Apartment||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1||Excellent quality double sofabed which sleeps 2|
Casa Sola is located on the outskirts of the historic village of Arles sur Tech, in the lower slopes of the Pyrenees. It is south facing and enjoys incredible views. The location is perfect for those looking for a relaxing or an active holiday. Casa Sola is located in a peaceful, private road but close to many activities. Guests have sole use of the in-ground, unheated pool during the warmer months. The pool is irregular shape (see photos) and at widest points is 5m x 3m with a maximum depth of 1m. It is stepped and perfect for small children to play in obviously whilst supervised or for cooling down during the many sunny, hot days.
We installed a new, modern kitchen and this provides plenty of space as well as all the essentials and more to make your holiday relaxing and enjoyable.
The fully fitted kitchen has a hob, separate full size oven, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and large fridge-freezer.
The light, bright living area leads off from the kitchen. It has frenchdoors leading onto the large, private terrace.
Furnished with a very comfortable sofa which also converts into a double sized bed, armchair, tv, dvd player and Chromecast, a bookshelf and coffee-table.
The sunny bedroom with views over the mountains is well furnished with a double bed, bedside cabinets, double wardrobe and chest of drawers.
The shower room is off the kitchen and has a corner shower, sink and toilet.
The apartment has central heating provided by a recently installed eco system wood pellet boiler. Heating is provided during the cooler months (usually November to April) when the evenings can be chilly. The heating system is controlled in the main house and we ask that guests discuss with us prior to arrival the level of heating they usually prefer (please note that if your requirements are in excess of our usual heating provision an additional charge may be levied for extra heating).
Tv (French tv stations), a dvd player and Google Chromecast enabling guests to view, for example, Youtube or Netflix on the tv rather than on their mobile devices.
The outside space is what makes Casa Sola special. Leading from the lounge guests have a large, private terrace with outside dining looking out onto the amazing views. It is south facing and enjoys the best of the sunshine all day long.
Separate to the private terrace guests also have sole use of the in-ground pool with its own terrace including sunloungers and a full sized table tennis table. The pool is irregular shape (see photos) and at widest points is 5m x 3m with a maximum depth of 1m. It is stepped and perfect for small children to play in obviously whilst supervised or to cool off during the many hot and sunny days.
Driveway parking is provided at Casa Sola for a maximum of three vehicles.
There are steps leading up to Casa Sola Apartment from the driveway which makes it unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility.
Open all year round
We took early retirement to follow our dream of living in France and it is everything and more of what we hoped for. We love music so the summertime festivals and live music in this area have been a real joy for us. Also this area means we are able to take coastal or moutain walks which is a real bonus.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||It chose us I think, we visited so many areas in France in search for the right place and this area was unknown to us so we hadn't focused on it at all, but whilst we were house hunting we decided on a day trip to the Pyrenees Orientale for a break and we were immediately seduced by the area. The sunshine, the light, the sea and the mountains all contributed to making the area very much a strong focus for our search for the perfect home. Then we saw Casa Sola and WOW we knew this was the place for us and the place we wanted to share with others.|
|Unique benefits of property||The view. It is without doubt the thing that our guests love, whatever the time of year. It is a joy every day to see the mountains and the way they change through the seasons.
Additionally we have made the apartment very much a home from home for our guests, it is comfortable and well-equipped. With the private pool and terrace for guests as well as the private terrace leading from the apartment, guests have plenty of space to relax and enjoy staying at Casa Sola.
Hidden in the maze of the historic centre of Arles sur Tech is the historic Abbaye, with its charming cloisters and mysterious marble coffin that produces water, it really is worth a visit.
Saturday mornings in Ceret with the bustling, extensive market are a joy. There are a huge range of stalls selling locally produced items and when you want a break there is a good range of restaurants and bars to relax in too.
Open from April to November we highly recommend a visit to this natural gorge and only 5km from Casa Sola. It is the narrowest gorge in the world and provides fabulous views and interest during the walk to the top. We've taken children as young as 2 years old with us and they have certainly enjoyed it. On a hot day it is also a great place to take a cooling break. Sensible footwear is a must.
A favourite of all our guests. A stunning fishing village with a rich history of art. You can understand why the likes of Picasso, Durain etc were drawn to this pretty place.
Our favourite vineyard, a friendly and welcoming place to try their delicious wines. During the summer months you can have a lovely lunch sitting in the vineyard whilst drinking their superb wines. Booking is essential for the lunches.
We had a really first rate holiday here, we were glad we came when we did as I think we would have been too hot earlier in the season. The website description and pics described the property well and it was in perfect condition . One of the owners met us upon arrival, showed us around and gave us a most useful welcome pack. The owners live in the house upstairs, we usually met on our way in or out and we knew we could find them anytime. Unobtrusive I think is the word!
We will certainly recommend this property to friends/relatives bearing in mind that there are stairs to negotiate even though the apartment is completely level. We could have used the swimming pool just outside our gate, in fact we didn't, but I was pleased to see a pool alarm in situ.
We are walkers, and when not walking we tend to read. Ideal property for both activities. Local shops are very good, I shall be speaking to my local butcher on my return. We tended to lunch at a bakery or cafe and cook in the evening. We enjoyed lunch at La Plage on a trip to Cerbère one Sunday..
There was nothing we disliked, this is an area we have not visited before. These is a lot to see and we hope to return soon.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a real pleasure to host you both and we hope that we will see you at Casa Sola again