Le Canigou - Ria Sirach

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  • Ref: 1146
  • Sleeps: 4   (1 bedrooms)
  • Rates: £265 - £350 GBP
  • Summary:

    Lovely modern apartment with large decked terrace.  Free Wifi, bring your tablet etc to watch English TV. Ideally situated for exploring the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.  Linen included.

Details

Ria Sirach is a typical French catalonian village that is perched on the side of a hill, with the river Têt flowing below it.  It is ideally situated on the main route from Perpigan to the high Pyrenees, positioned between the bustling market town of Prades and the UNESCO site of Villefranche de Conflent, it is an easy base from which to explore the area.

Facilities

General Wireless internet, Ipod docking station

Standard Kettle, coffee maker, toaster, iron, hair dryer

Utilities Cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine

Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, kitchen, lounge, dining area

Furniture 1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, dining seating for 4, lounge seating for 4 (also available on request, cot, high chair, push chair, baby carrier, potty, toilet trainer etc. please ask).

Outdoors Decked terrace with table and 4 chairs, 2 sun loungers, parasol

Others Books, maps, activities guide, games, car park opposite

Further Details Indoors:
 
The apartment comprises of an open plan kitchen, dining and living area.  There is also a seperate bathroom and bedroom.  The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped with everything you could need to prepare a snack or a seven course gourmet meal.  The living room is comfortable bring your laptop or tablet etc and we will help you watch English TV so you can stay up to date with your favourite programmes.
 
 
The sofa easily converts to a comfortable double bed.  In the bedroom we have retained the original stone wall and fitted it out with a large comfortable double bed.  The bathroom has a bath and shower.  It also houses the washing machine.
 
Further Details Indoors:
 
Double patio doors lead out from the living room and bedroom to the large decked terrace.  Relax in the sun, curl up with a good book or catch up with friends on your lap top, the apartment is equipped with wifi internet connection.  Eating outdoors is a must, we have provided a barbecue for those that want to burn some food!  There is a good sized table, 4 chairs and a parasol for days when it is too sunny.
 

Local Area

Ria Sirach is a charming Catalan village perched on a steep hillside and situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is easily recognisable by the Catalan flag which flies at the site of the ancient abbey atop the village. It is an ideal centre for holidaymakers all year round as the village enjoys a wonderful climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year. It is set in the sheltered Conflent valley in the foothills of Mount Canigou, which rises to a height of 2,785 meters. Rudyard Kipling praised Canigou as “a magician among mountains”. The river Têt has cut a ravine at the foot of the village which is situated at an altitude of 400m.




If you want to chill out and forget about the car, you can join the locals in the restaurant/bar or collect your baguettes/croissants from the boulangerie and if you don't want the stress of supermarket shopping, you can stock up at the village épicerie.

Ria Sirach is situated within 5 minutes of the local market town of Prades where you will find everything from supermarkets to a large, busy traditional square with bars and restaurants. Prades hosts a bustling market on Tuesday mornings and a smaller farmers market every Saturday morning.

Prades has a helpful Tourist Office on the town square where you can get information about the many local festivals and activities. It is open all year round.

For music lovers, Prades boasts the internationally famous Pablo Casals music festivals with concerts staged in various venues including the impressive Baroque church at the center of the town (which itself boasts the largest baroque altar in France). 

The walks in the area are many, varied and well marked, stroll around the village or take a hike following some of the most beautiful trails in France.





For touring the area Ria Sirach is ideally situated and offers an excellent base. Just a few sites of interest within easy driving distance are listed below:

* Villefranche de Conflent, a fine example of a medieval walled town (5 minutes drive from Vernet).
* Little Yellow Train, catch this train from Villefranche and enjoy the spectacular mountain views right into the Pyrenees towards the Spanish border. (5 minutes drive from Vernet).
* St Thomas les Bains, outstanding natural thermal hot springs in wonderful outdoor mountain setting. (25 minutes drive from Vernet).
*Animal Park, Casteil, lovely day out for the children, lots of animals to see and feed, in a beautiful mountain park, the walk around the park is 2-3 km. (5 minutes drive from Vernet).
* Grottes de Canalettes, magnificent renowned caves with an incredible light and sound show. (5 minutes drive from Vernet).
* St Martin du Canigou, 9th century abbey perched impressively high on the hillside with fantastic scenery and walks. (10 minutes drive from Vernet).
* St Michel de Cuxa, 6th century abbey that hosts concerts during the Pablo Casals festival but is also open for viewing most of the year. (15 minutes drive from Vernet). Both this abbey and St Martin are considered to be the finest architecture of their period in France.


Getting Here

Ria Sirach has several airports within 3 hours drive. They are listed below along with the airlines serving the airports

  • Perpignan 50mins  Ryan Air, Flybe, Iberia
  • Gerona  1hr 40mins   Ryan Air
  • Beziers 1hr  45mins   Ryan Air, Flybe
  • Carcassone  1hr 50 mins   Ryan Air
  • Montpellier  2hrs  Ryan Air, Easyjet, British Airways
  • Barcelona  2hrs 35 mins  Ryan Air, Easyjet, Jet2, Flybe, Monarch
  • Toulouse  2hrs 40 mins   Easyjet, Flybe, Iberia, British Airways

Car hire firms operate at all of these airports

There is a shuttle service from Gerona airport to Perpignan railway station called the Frogbus and buses run from Perpignan airport to Perpignan railway station.

There is a reasonably priced rail link to the area using Eurostar.

London, St Pancras to Perpignan
(change at Lille to France's high speed train the TGV)
Journey time on average 8 to 10 hours.

Trains run during the day from Perpignan to Ria from where you can walk to the house or if you have heavy luggage you may want to arrange a taxi to take you to the house. (1km)

Getting around the area by train or bus couldn't be easier, all local fares are set at the incredibly low price of €1.

Ryan Air, Flybe, Iberia

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Rates

Bed linen and towels are included in the price.

Bookings are confirmed by payment of a 25% non refundable deposit.  The balance becomes due one month before your arrival along with the £100 security deposit. The security deposit is returned in full providing the apartment is left in a good, clean condition.

Payments can be made direct to our English or French accounts in Sterling or Euros.   We also accept Paypal which allows secure payment on-line using your credit or debit card.  Other payment methods can be accepted.

For information about short stays, please contact us.  Midweek arrivals are possible and reductions are available for long terms stays of greater than 2 weeks .  Why not take advantage of the budget airlines' inexpensive out of season and mid week flights?

Prices include all utilities.

Nightly rate is 15% of the weekly rate. Minimum stay 3 nights.

British £
Rental rates are per property.
DescriptionWeekly
Lowest price £265
Highest price £350

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Guestbook

Absolutely fabulous place! Everything was perfect and Julie had thought of everything anyone could possibly need to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable. Julie is a lovely bubbly person who is happy to chat and give you information on the area. It was a 'home from home' and in a beautiful location with lots to see and do! I highly recommend it! Barbara, Nov 2012.

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Absolutely fabulous place! Everything was perfect and Julie had thought of everything anyone could possibly need to make their stay comfortable and enjoyable. Julie is a lovely bubbly person who is happy to chat and give you information on the area. It was a 'home from home' and in a beautiful location with lots to see and do! I highly recommend it!
— Barbara, 30 Nov 2012
We had a lovely stay in this adorable apartment. The terrace is indeed gorgeous, with a great view of the mountains nearby. The kitchen is perfectly fitted out for cooking delicious meals with local produce from the market a few kilometers down the road. The location is *perfect* if you rent a car and want to explore Pyrenees mountains, alpine lakes, and gorgeous villages. We had a blast! — Caroline, 31 Oct 2012
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