Large village house in Maureillas-Las-Illas, Pyrenees Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - ideally situated between Mediterranean beaches and Pyrenean mountains.
- english, french
About Hazel Spatschek
Hello, I'm Hazel and I have been living in Maureillas for the past 10 years, making the move from Manchester to a sunnier climate. When the opportunity came up to buy and restore another lovely traditional French village home I jumped at the chance and, after a couple of years hard labour, it’s great to welcome new guests to experience this fantastic place. I have rented lots of houses for my own holidays, learning loads along the way about what makes a good home for both family vacations and group getaways. I’ve kept all this in mind whilst renovating and I'm really happy with the results, come and see for yourself!
Why Hazel Spatschek chose Maureillas-las-Illas
Maureillas is a traditional, friendly village with everything we need for day to day living. Ideally situated between the Med and mountains we enjoy an outdoor lifestyle making the most of the reputed 300 days of sunshine a year.
What makes this House unique
The house is located in the heart of the village, the shops and bars are a two minute stroll away. The south facing terraces provide perfect sun traps for enjoying the winter sunshine while the shady garden provides a cool retreat during the hotter months. The large and airy rooms ensure that everyone will feel comfortable to spread out without getting on top of each other.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
little children need to be stair aware.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wonderful home from home with views!
Had such a wonderful relaxing time in this big village, which has all you need. The house is amazing with views from the two ensuite bedrooms, which can’t help but make you feel great! The house is a tardis and exceeded expectations and we spent a lot of time relaxing in the lovely big garden. Quite a few steps- some steep. Hazel makes you very welcome and is on hand if needed and has added lots of lovely touches. The two restaurants in town are good - especially 66.
Une grande maison in a small village!
Lovely house with lots of space inside and out. Spectacular gardens, views with the mountains in the backdrop.
Location close to many places Ceret (10 minute drive) Collioure, Mediterranean coast, plus easy access to Spain (Figueres, Girona and the seaside towns with beautiful beaches).
Cork forest walk and museum in Maureillas-las-Illas.
Our hosts Hazel and Ade were available when needed and responsive.
The home with 4-bedrooms / 3 1/2=bathrooms spread over four floors provides lots of space for groups / families travelling together.
The two terraces are perfect ... one on top floor off the 1st master bedroom suite provided a perfect location for our apero evenings watching the sunset.
Thank you Hazel & Ade.
A very special house
A lovely old village house with great character, beautifully renovated and decorated by owners Hazel and Ade. Spread out over several floors, all the rooms are spacious, bright and comfortably furnished. It was the perfect place for a family holiday with our two sons, their partners and our 6-month old grandson, as there was lots of separate space and privacy for everyone, along with a well-equipped kitchen, a large living room (with wood-burner that would be lovely in the cooler months) and good places for meals both inside and out. Spectacular views of the gardens and mountains beyond from the two terraces, and a lovely garden that we especially enjoyed with our grandson, who was entranced by the flowers, insects and birds after his first 6 months in wintery western Canada. The owners have thought of many details that are often not found in a gite, such as excellent lighting throughout, good quality appliances, a generous supply of towels for home and beach, an extensive library, beautiful artwork, ample storage space for outdoor clothing and equipment in the downstairs entryway, and a separate laundry area with a very efficient washer. Even the binder full of information for guests is especially well done – we loved the map of the garden showing the location of herbs for picking, and Hazel’s detailed instructions for a walk through the cork forest, which we recommend. Finally, Maureillas is a charming village, located in our favourite part of France. Many thanks to Hazel and Ade for making us feel at home.
Spacious townhouse in a quiet, friendly town.
Spacious townhouse in a quiet, friendly town.
Our family loved this townhouse. There was room for everyone to spread out. The balancing on the top floor had a great view. The back garden was great and the flowers were in full bloom.
We did a combination of cooking at home and eating out. The house had the basics of what we needed to cook.
A little market as well as a couple restaurants were a quick walk away. The parking was close as well.
We had a great time! Hazel was very welcoming and shared different events going on while we were there.
Lovely village base in an area where there is masses to do!
The house was exactly as we had imagined from the photos, light & airy rooms, very comfortable and well-equipped, perfect for a really relaxing holiday. Beautiful view of the mountains from the rear of the property, and a lovely garden. The village was surprisingly lively, lots of evening entertainment, and has adequate amenities for day to day needs. Advisable to have a car as so much to do in the immediate area and beyond. We enjoyed the swimming lake (10 mins drive) and the lovely beaches at Argeles and St Cyprien (25 mins drive); we also visited some interesting towns and villages up in the mountains to see some history of the area. We stayed 17 days but feel there is so much more we could do - would be great to go back some time. Highly recommended for a family stay!
Very peaceful location with a well appointed house. It is south facing with lots of sun and a lovely terrace area and garden to sit in and enjoy a glass of wine or cook some food. Everything you need is in the kitchen and bedrooms are large and very nice. Lovely en suite bathrooms and nice showers. Hazel was a great host and made us very welcome. We enjoyed the area and the people were very friendly. We will certainly be returning very soon. Thank you Hazel for making us feel so welcome.
The Mediterranean coast is a 25 minute drive away where you will find wonderful sandy beaches at Le Racou, Argeles and St Cyprien.
A swimming lake with cafés, pedalo hire, flying fox and giant inflatables is less than a 10 minute drive away.
Our closest airports are in Perpignan, 40 minutes away and in Girona, Spain, which is 50 minutes away. Barcelona, Toulouse, Montpellier, Carcassonne, and Nimes are all about 2 hours away.
Small Group Holidays
The house has plenty of space for everyone to feel they can relax without being cramped, perfect for your group getaway.
Art Groups - Take inspiration from visiting some of the many art galleries in the region: Ceret Museum of Contemporary Art, the Maillol studios at Banyuls, the Fauvism Trail in Collioure, The Dali Museum in Figueres.
Set up your easels in the garden or take advantage of the bright natural light in the house.
Book Groups - make a book choice from one of the many titles written in or around the area, for example, Philippe Georget’s “Summertime, All the Cats are Bored”
We have a wide selection of paperbacks that you are welcome to swap for your finished holiday reading.
Cookery Groups - You will be spoilt for choice by the produce in the local markets and regional fairs or gain new ideas by eating at some of the award winning local restaurants.
The modern, well equipped kitchen provides the perfect space for creating your gastronomic delights.
French Language Groups - Maureillas is friendly village were the locals are willing to understand your efforts at speaking the language. There are French books and DVDs in the house or tune in to French radio to test your listening skills.
Walking and Cycling Groups - Explore the spectacular trails through the mountains or take in the breathtaking views from the coastal paths. Guide books and maps at the house will help in planning your routes.
Wine Groups - The choice of vineyards to explore is tremendous, even within the immediate vicinity. The wine shop in the village gives useful advice or enjoy some of the excellent local wines with dinner in the restaurant.
Open a bottle or two on the terrace, put your feet up and watch the sunset behind the mountains.
Yoga Groups - Roll out your mats on the top terrace (space for 6) and practise your sun salutations in the sunshine or take advantage of the peaceful garden for meditation.