A comfortable house over viewing a pretty market town, halfway between the Med beaches and 5-6 Pyrenean Ski resorts. Our house is good for 2-10 people
A very nice fully equipped house over looking the town, with perfect views of the mountains. 2 bedrooms on the first floor, with double beds and wardrobes in each. Dining-sitting room with a TV, dining place for 10. A separate kitchen equipped with gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, dishes, cutlery, kitchen utensils, electric pot, coffee machine. Bathroom, separate WC. Wonderful view from dining – sitting room and the kitchen, as well as from the terrace.2 bedrooms on the ground floor (1 double, 1 – with twin beds), wardrobe in each. Sitting room with a sofa-bed and TV. Shower room and a separate WC. Also a washing machine, an iron with ironing board and vacuum cleaner. There is a garage and a parking space for 1 more car – in front of the gates. Though you can easily get almost everywhere without the car - the railway station is only 700 m away. The property is fenced, both the garden and the house are safe for children. There is a BBQ area in teh garden with great view!
An Activity Heaven All Year Round
Our house is ideal for anyone wishing to avoid the expense and bustle of resorts such as Nice or Chamonix. The position of the house is really perfect, offering cool nights in summer after a hot day on the beach and warm evenings in winter - after a day of skiing. And no mistral! The town centre, a 10 minute stroll, has a lot of restaurants and all the necessary shops, as well as banks and ATMs. A supermarket is in 1.5 km. There is a large municipal swimming pool and tennis courts at a 1 km distance. All kinds of sports, sightseeing, nature watching, hot springs and spas and a lot of wine related activity, the closest wine making village being only 6 km away.
Prades is a very pretty French with a big and colorful market on Tuesday and Saturday mornings where you can buy local produce such as the peaches and cherries that are grown in abundance here, fresh vegetables, wonderful cheeses and the excellent wine. There are events and festivals throughout the year. Spanish cellist Pablo Casals fled to Prades during the Spanish civil war, stayed and established the festival that now bears his name and is held each year for 2 weeks in July-August at Prades itself, but also in the Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa.
There are plenty of things to do all year round. The skiing season starts in December and often lasts through into April. The main resorts are at Font Romeu - Pyrenees 2000 (40 pistes, 52 km in total) and Les Angles (32 pistes, 40 km in total). Swimming –at the lake Vinca at a 10 km distance or at a water sports park (40 km) or at any coastal resort you can choose from a large range of (45 km to the closest).Wind surfing, water skiing at most coastal resorts. Diving at Argeles, Banyuls, Port Vendres, Bacares, St Cyprien and Collioure. Golf at Font Romeu there is a 9 hole golf course at a beautiful mountain setting. St Cyprien-Plage has a 27 hole golf course. Spas and thermal baths in Vernet-les-Bains (Rheumatology) and Molitg-les-Bains (Respiratory pathologies and Skin diseases). Outstanding natural sulphurous hot springs in wonderful outdoor mountain setting in St Thomas les Bains. Casino and night club in Vernet les Bains, wine making village – just 6 km away. And a lot more!
A good Base for Exploring the Region
Pyrenees-Orienatles is a beautiful region with perfect climate and a lot of places to visit. Among them: Villefranche de Conflent A medieval town with complete fortified walls. It is also the starting point for a ride on Yellow Train. You can ride in open or closed top carriages admiring the breathtaking view. Abbeys at St Martin de Canigou & St Michel de Cuxa. The 1.3 km long path to St Michel starts almost from the gate of the house. By the way, St Michel de Cuxa it that very place where the heroine finally kills Dracula in the bestseller by E. Kostova “The Historian”.Tautavel Museum – the site of the oldest human in Europe. Natural reserve in Nyer - wild life of the Pyrenees preserved as it is. The Perfume Tower in Mosset can be reached in 15 min, the Solar Oven at Mont-Louis in 30 min by car. And also Perpignan with its Palace of the Kings of Majorca, Collioure with its Royal palace overlooking one of the most beautiful ports in France, Ceret with its Modern Arts museum are well worth visiting.