Well equipped, 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom house on two floors, comfort, mountain view
Catherine & Paul Midwinter
- english, french
About Catherine & Paul Midwinter
We live in Manchester and enjoy all that a big city has to offer but we also love spending time in the countryside and in different countries, particularly France. We are at the stage in our lives where we can look forward to more time in our house in Le Boulou, and also travelling further afield for big adventures.
Why Catherine & Paul Midwinter chose Le Boulou
Friends bought a house in Le Boulou in 2001, we stayed with them over the years and fell in love with the beauty of the area, the historic and artistic connections, the variety of activities and, of course, the delicious food and locally produced wines. Then in 2012 we couldn't resist the chance to buy a wonderfully located property up for sale. Right time, right place, right house! We hope you will love the house and its brilliant location as much as we do.
What makes this House unique
Hobbit House is small with an 'upside down' layout - you go downstairs to sleep! Though it is compact it has everything you need for a comfortable holiday. It presents incredibly good value and the opportunity for a pleasant stay with lovely views on a shoestring. The small house has a useful storage area where bikes or a push-chair or sports equipment can be safely kept indoors. Pets are allowed in Hobbit House so you can share your holiday with your furry friend and your pet can sleep happily in this area. A small table and two chairs are kept in this space which can also be taken outside the front door and used to sit out as the road is so quiet. Opposite is a boulodrome where it is fun to play or watch games of boules under the shady trees.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A great get-away
The house is well equipped, quiet and well located for visiting the coast and inland villages.
Thank you for the positive review. We believe the house is great value for money too!
Best of all worlds: peace and distractions!
We rented this property for 1 week coinciding with extended family who rented the larger property. As such it was an ideal combination - a cosy, self-contained retreat from others when required but the 2nd property was large enough for all to eat and socialise in if necessary. The information given on reaching the house was fine and all its facilities were excellent. The downstairs double room was simply furnished but with adequate storage space, a good ensuite shower room and full of character. Upstairs there was a cosy sitting room that we turned into a spare room for kids with another bath room next door. The kitchen was well equipped with nice views out across fields and trees to the distant hills above Ceret. The layout of the house seemed a little odd at first but we soon got used to it and found it very spacious for 2 - 3 people.
The house as a whole is wondefully situated on the edge of le Boulou - 2 mins walk from a path leading along the river but equally close to local boulangerie and the streets leading to local shops and market etc. Le Boulou has quite a bit of character - some nice shady streets with cafes and the twice weekly market. For larger shopping trips there is a retail park about 7 mins drive away that sells everything you could need.
For trips out exlporing the region le Boulou is ideally situated. We ventured 2 hours away to test the ski slopes near Canigou and some amazing outdoor thermal baths. But closer at hand we also visted Ceret (15 mins by car and also a nice walk) with a lovely modern art gallery, fantastic hill walks and a walled town with bags of character. Equally the lovely coast line is only 30 mins drive away with variety of small coastal towns with good swimming, aquarium for the kids, fantastic restauraants etc. Coulioures is particularly attractive and not too busy in February. We also travelled easily across the border to see the Salvador Dali museum.
We chose to travel to Le Boulou by train. This took about 11 hours from St Pancras with the TGV hitting 290km/hour at one point! On arrival at Perpignan there was a great connection with the very cheap local bus that charges only 1 euro for the 25 minute trip to Le Boulou. It was then easy to travel in by bus the next day to pick up a hire car for the rest of the trip.
All in all - a comfortable, very good value place to stay with tons to do in the area. Enjoy!!
Thanks for a fulsome review. It will be very helpful to others and we really appreciate your useful and positive comments. We hope to welcome you again sometime.
Séjour très agréable les alentours sont superbe
Manque une bonne poêle pour cuisiner le ménage reste très succinct à revoir et aurait apprécier que les gens qui s' occupent de la maison parlent un peu le français pour communiquer
Calme, idéalement placé mais.....
Maison très bien placée, au calme par contre pas propre ! 1cm de sable sur le canapé, poussière partout, le sol très sale... Il nous a fallu acheté une serpillière et du produit... Vous auriez vu la couleur de l'eau et l'état de ma serpillière, une honte !!!!
Je suis content que vous ayez aimé la maison et que la situation soit paisible. Je suis désolé que la présentation n’ait pas été à la hauteur de vos exigences. Merci d'avoir fait le ménage. Vous êtes toujours la bienvenue! Nous demandons que les gens nous disent d'avance s'ils apportent un chien, s'il vous plaît.
Ensemble plutôt agréable surtout en raison de la fraîcheur de la chambre en RDC. La pièce d'à côté, toujours en RDC, mériterait une rénovation, les 2 placards sont insalu-
bres. Cela ferait un bel ensemble, pour dormir et boire le café à la fraîche : peut-être les propriétaires y ont-ils pensé ?
Cuisine un peu sommaire, SDB du haut pareil avec une armoire à glace inutilisable car miroir trop haut. Joli salon. Nous postulerons à nouveau si nous revenons au festival l'année prochaine.
Je vous remercie. La chambre fraîche est très appréciée par tous nos visiteurs d'été. Vos suggestions sont les bienvenues. Nous avons en effet des plans pour la deuxième salle sur le RDC. S'il vous plaît restez encore l'année prochaine.
Très bon séjour
Une petite maison avec un vrai effort de décoration pour la rendre chaleureuse. Des attentions pour les résidents comme des filtres à thé, des petites boîtes plastique... Un quartier vraiment calme avec le bords du Tech à proximité pour des ballades tout près. A refaire !
Je vous remercie. Je suis content que vous ayez trouvé la maison bien équipée et vous ayez apprécié les promenades près de la maison qui suivent les sentiers le long de la rivière Tech.
This area is a perfect for both active and more relaxed holidays. Why not sunbathe on golden sands on the Mediterranean coast; visit a local vineyard; try a local restaurant or take a picnic to the nearby swimming lake; explore this walker’s paradise? There are plenty of walks for all, whether you would like a short stroll or a day's hike. Or why not take the opportunity for some gentle learning, carry out some creative writing and de-stress with a reflective writing course, see www.reflective-writing-group.org for more information. There is plenty of inspiration: the views and colours are wonderful all year and the Canigou Mountain and the Alberes Mountains dominate the horizon. The town itself is small with lovely restaurants and bars and a lively street market in the town centre on a Thursday and Sunday. There are numerous fiestas all year, especially the famous water festival celebrating the hot springs - the town's claim to fame. Art lovers will enjoy the close-by town of Ceret with its famous Modern Art Museum and Collioure, the haunt of Matisse. Figueres in Spain, only 35 kms, has the famous Salvador Dali museum. The wonderful coastline including Port Vendres, with its excellent fish restaurants, is only twenty minutes drive by car, as are numerous sandy beaches. The Costa Brava, beautiful Girona and Barcelona are all within easy reach on the motorway south from Le Boulou. The stunning Cathar castles, Carcassonne, Montpellier, Narbonne and Perpignan are easily reached to the north. Le Boulou is very close to the famous GR 10 footpath which crosses the Pyrenees from east to west. Information on all activities and events can be obtained from the helpful Tourist Information Office in town.