Céret, France

French village apartment

Apartment 4 1 1
About Our Home
Our apartment is right in the middle of a beautiful and lively village in the South of France. We look down on the church square, and out across roofs and trees. The apartment has been totally renovated and has new furniture, fixtures and fittings, a modern kitchen, the full range of appliances (fridge, freezer, washer, dryer, dishwasher) and a modern bathroom. It has a modern but French style, and is in a lovely 1900s ex-general's home, built on much older foundations. The main bed is queen size, and the sofa folds out to become a very comfortable queen-size slat-bed. It is a very easy apartment to live in. We provide a full house manual for the apartment, with English and French instructions for the appliances. The manual also describes places you might like to visit, our favourite restaurants and so on. The apartment is in the mediaeval town of Céret in the south of France, in Languedoc-Roussillon. Close airports are Perpignan (35 mins), Girona (50 mins) and Barcelona (90 mins). Perpignan is also on the TGV train route between Paris and Barcelona, and motorways and the fast autoroute are close by. All regional buses (e.g. Perpignan to Céret) and some regional trains are just one Euro! Céret is just 6km north of the Spanish border, on the foothills of the Pyrenees, at 107m. It is in the Tech valley, known as the Vallespir. The landscape is rolling, very green, and many of the roads are within avenues of plane trees. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate of mild winters and warm summers, with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is an old area, very Catalan in influence, and full of history. By road we are 30km from Perpignan, 30km to the Mediterranean and 20km from Spain. The region has lovely little villages, walled towns, Cathar castles, mediaeval monasteries, a scenic narrow-gauge train, spa towns, walking and cycling trails. The Canal du Midi runs through the north of it. Skiing is close (1h:30 away) and open early December to mid-April. There are at least 8 resorts, 174 runs, 107 lifts and 360km of cross-country ski-trails. The town of Céret has some 8000 citizens, and surrounds a mediaeval centre. Our apartment is right in the middle, overlooking the church square. The main street runs in a curve around the centre, and is under the trees in the overhead photo. There are dozens of shops in Céret - bakers, butchers, patisseries, cafes, restaurants and even two supermarkets. It remains very French. Every Saturday there is a huge regional market along 500m of street, with local produce. Goods on offer include cheeses, bread, meat, salami, wine, olives, precooked chickens, fresh paella (the Spanish influence) and much more. During July and August there is also a night artisans market on Tuesdays. Once a month there is a huge second-hand goods market. There's a lively café and restaurant scene, with a dozen café-bars along the main street including our local, Bar le Pablo. There are 2 dozen restaurants, mainly French cuisine of course, but including Asian, Catalan, tapas, pasta, pizza and kebabs. Year-round there are various displays, exhibitions, dances and performances. Céret has a famous museum of modern art, as Picasso, Chagall, Soutine and other artists have all lived and worked here. This keeps Céret lively year-round.
Special Considerations
No smoking or pets thanks.
There are 24 restaurants or cafes in Céret!
Cerét is only 30 minutes (and just 1 Euro) from the bright lights of Perpignan if you want to do some major shopping, but there are plenty of shops and three supermarkets in town as well.
The Céret Art Museum is famous for its Picasso and other works.
We are close to the GR10, the major walk that runs along the Pyrenees. There are many other walls close by and a.number of cycle trails.Skiing is 1.5 hours away.
The superb seaside towns of Collioure, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Port-Vendres are only 30 minutes away
Special Events
Every summer there are many major festivals, bull-running, music, the Cherry Festival, jazz, habaneres and more.

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  1. We are a couple in our 50s, with children away overseas now.
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John now does computer work, and Karen has just published a book about Nelson. We are avid travellers, and have been all over the world, but particularly around Asia and Europe. We have two adult children who have both finished university degrees in Wellington NZ, and do not normally travel with us on exchanges as they live in Europe and Melbourne. We guarantee to look after your home very well and expect you to do the same. We've travelled a lot, and are looking to continue to do house...