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“Lovely house - great area.”
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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Prades, Pyrenees-Orientales, Occitanie

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Susan J
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Good base for touring the area”
Reviewed 28 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

This is an interesting house but would challenge anyone with mobility problems as stairs are quite steep & there are 4 floors. We loved the roof terrace with its fabulous views and ate up there often or just relaxed. Prades is not overly friendly even though we speak french but a good sized town with excellent fish shop and butchers but we found the house poorly equipped for real cooking, which for us is a part of our holiday. Vey little space in kitchen and cooker old. Equipment disappointing. The area is full of variety and very easy to get around on road system or inexpensive public transport. Favourite outing: Le Petit Train Jaune up to Mont Louis and back on the bus: stunning scenery and a wonderful experience.

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Liked best: roof terrace
Liked least: kitchen facilities and not being able to access property at stated time
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15 Nov 2013
It certainly is an interesting house! It is, and always will be, a work in progress for us. The kitchen was the very first thing we worked on over ten years ago now. Last year we spent a large amount of money restoring the whole facade of the house, a major job for us. And you are quite right, now the kitchen needs revisiting. Over winter we are replacing the cooker and making sure the equipment is up to scratch for 2014. We're sorry it was difficult for you to cook as you wished. We hope you'll visit again and be impressed by the kitchen facilities.
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Forgite46
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Lovely house - great area.”
Reviewed 13 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We loved this cool shabby chic house with four floors and a fabulous view from the roof terrace - where we spent each evening absorbed with our very own mountain. It is so very french feeling with its shutters and sprial stairscase. (The stairs might make you nervous with toddlers - but we have stayed here previously when our youngest was 4yrs old and that was fine)
There is lots to do locally - we have two boys aged 6 and 9 who loved swimming in the lake at Vinca, jumping off the diving highboard at the pool in Vernet le Bains, soaking in the hot springs half way up a hillside on the way to the 'offical' baths at St Thomas, walking over the rope bridge after a 3 hours walk up a gorge, swimming in the sea, and they even enjoyed the amazing weekly market on the doorstep. So given that they enjoyed all the things that we also enjoy it was a great holiday.
We need to go back as there was lots we didn;t do (caves, day trip to Carrcosonne, trip up mt canigou, kayaking, cannoning, water park) and lots we'd like to do again!

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Liked best: The view from the terrace
Liked least: We liked it all.
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Nicholas...
Sydney
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“An interesting house in an interesting small town”
Reviewed 23 June 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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The owner has renovated a old house near the centre of the town. It provides an interesting and rewarding experience of life in a small French/Catalan town. Convenient to shops and away from the tourist hordes in the readily accessible Vermillion Coast and the Pyrenees.

The house is not for those who want four star comfort - creaky floorboards and a certain amount of clutter contribute to its charm.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Lily D
The Hague, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Magical House in a Tiny, Cute Catalan Market Town”
Reviewed 12 April 2012 for a stay in July 2011

I have been holidaying in Prades for years now, and a single visit will make it abundantly clear why! Prades' amazing year-round sunshine (320+ days a year!) and untouristy location guarantee relaxation, and its vibrant weekly markets bring the delicious food and produce, much of it organic, of Southern France right to your doorstep. In July/Aug, Prades hosts many classical concerts in exciting venues to honour Pablo Casals, the legendary cellist who lived and composed in Prades while exiled during the dark days of the Spanish Civil War. In case cooking isn't on the agenda for the evening, Prades has lots of cute restaurants, many situated on its tiny square with view of Prades' Romanesque church. The El Patio Restaurant doesn't have a view, but it does serve excellent Catalan cuisine in a leafy courtyard- don't miss the crema Catalana!

The house itself is a combination of classic French townhouse and modern convenience, boasting original, wood burning fireplaces and modern appliances like a washing machine and dishwasher, so it doesn't really matter when you decide to go- for ski season and to enjoy the hot springs, or as a base to explore the vineyards, Cathar castles, and hit the beach. I spent a week there in July 2011, reading, eating too much, and writing a book proposal- bliss. So lovely, in fact, I'm booking another trip shortly!

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Liked best: Great weather, wonderful culture and history, and all the delicious things at my doorstep!
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
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Rachel G
Oxford
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“Spacious and Stylish”
Reviewed 19 March 2012 for a stay in August 2011
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This house was the perfect base for the three weeks my husband and I spent exploring the Pyrenees by car and by foot. Prades is a small, friendly market town ringed by Cathar castles. In August the apricots growing there were perfectly ripe (as were the local goats cheeses) and every evening there was dancing the town square. The house is well situated in the centre of town on a quiet residential street. It is drenched in Mediterranean colours and its large comfortable rooms are filled with sunlight. There are spectacular views from the roof top-- an ideal place from which to watch the sun rise and set! We look forward to returning.

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Liked best: Having dinner on the roof top terrace watching the sun set over the mountains
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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