Vacation Rental Description
Situated in Castelnou which is one of the few villages within France to have been given the award ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France' (The Most Beautiful Villages of France), this pretty gite has been immaculately restored in line with the protected status of the village. It’s like stepping back in time when you enter the village through it’s 14th Century archway, with numerous artisan’s shops and restaurant’s and wander through and on to the 10th Century castle.
During the sympathetic renovation of the gite, there have been numerous architectural features retained which date back to the 13th Century. These include pillars, arches and a font, reputably taken from the castle when it was badly destroyed in the 16th Century!
The property houses 5 comfortably within 3 bedrooms and benefits from a beautiful courtyard / terrace to the front which overlooks the village rooftops and countryside below. It’s just a great place to sit, dine or relax and watch the world go by.
Accommodation in the house is arranged over three floors with the ground floor containing the wooden floored open-plan main living area, with large leather sofa, TV, DVD player and a large log-fire (for those winter evenings). The kitchen area is raised slightly above the sitting area, and has been designed so that meals can be prepared and not miss out on the lively discussion with the rest of the group in the sitting area.
Stairs from the living area lead up to the first floor level, where the bedrooms are arranged. The first double bedroom with exposed wood floors, stone walls and views over the valley, comes complete with it’s own dressing room and bathroom (with w.c). It is arranged over two levels so that the dressing room and bathroom are on the first floor and a set of stairs lead to the mezzanine where the double bedroom can be found. The other two bedrooms are located towards the front of the property and share a nicely proportioned and centrally located shower room (with w.c.). The second double room is spacious and has wide ranging views over the village through it’s arched window. The single room is small but well planned. It should be noted that as is typical for village houses, this room does not have a window, but lighting has been designed to create a cozy place to sleep or rest during the hot summer days.
Suitable for both winter and summer breaks, the gite has electric heating in all rooms when required and is ideally located near to the market town of Thuir which is one of the wine-making centres of the region, and well worth a visit during your stay to sample the wines on offer. On Saturday mornings in Thuir there is a lively market where you can buy all your fresh produce such as local, olives, fruit, cheeses, fish, bread and of course wines.
- Cooking Utensils
- Open Fire
This property is very special and seeped in history, it has been lovingly restored to maintain the feeling of history, whilst ensuring you are very comfortable and have everything to hand that you could need to make this a truly memorable vacation.
- Adventure Sports
- Horse Riding
- Hunting/Rock Climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Night Clubs
- Snow Boarding
- Water Skiing
- Water Sports
Castelnou is centrally situated to take advantage of all the activities available in the Pyrenees Orientales. Being close to the beaches of the Mediterranean, you can participate in many water sports, diving, wind surfing, sailing, canoeing, kite surfing (invented on the nearby beach of Canet), fishing and lots more
It is a short drive to Perpignan the capital of the Pyrenees Orientals and experience everything a large town has to offer, restaurants, bars, bowling and cinemas (some in English). Perpignan hosts annual music festival, jazz festival and cultural festival attracting world famous musicians and theatrical performers.
The Pyrenees offer the opportunity to enjoy winter sports, skiing, snow boarding or just plain sledging with the children. Or you can take advantage of the wonderful walking, hiking, cycling, horse-riding, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, canyoning, climbing to name but a few activities available.
- Nearest Airport : Perpignan at 25 kilometers distance;
- Nearest Train Station : Perpignan at 20 kilometers distance
- Nearest Town : Thuir at 5 kilometers distance
- Travel Info: We will send you directions to the house from whatever direction you arrive.
Fly to Perpignan Airport and hire a car. The house is only 25 minutes drive, 25km away.
Airlines flying to this area are, Ryanair, FlyBe, BMIbaby, Jet2, EasyJet, British Airways, Air France and many others.
Fly to Beziers, Carcassonne, Girona, Montpellier, Barcelona or Toulouse 2h15 minutes drive from Castelnou.
Take the train, TGV or Eurostar to Perpignan, then hire a car. The house is 25 minutes drive or 20 km away.
Drive, the A9 motorway passes through Perpignan and we are 20 minutes from the exit.