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Beautiful village home in the foothills of the Pyrenees

Bedrooms 2
Space 100 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Two bedrooms, two bathrooms with fantastic southwest facing roof terrace.

Set in the peaceful village of Finestret, overlooking the village church and the Pyrenean foothills beyond, 9 Carrer Del Graons makes a lovely base for exploring the Languedoc Rousillon region.

The house is arranged over three floors: a bedroom, shower room and large cellar on the ground floor; living room and spacious kitchen dining room on the second floor; and the top floor has the master bedroom and bathroom.

The South West facing roof terrace, reached from the lounge or through patio doors from the master bedroom, is ideal for BBQ or just relaxing enjoying the views and the sun.

Finestret has a population of about 150, mainly resident but with a few holiday homes and village gites. Village life centres around the church and the salon de fetes with many, all welcome, village events over the year. The village is surrounded by peach and cherry groves, great scenery for a bicycle ride or a short walk, several longer walks start from the village and for the more adventurous Mount Canigou beckons.

The river Lentilla runs through the village and provides natural pools for swimming and several companies base canyoning trips from the village.

Although Finestret has no shops (but a daily bread van passes through the village) Vinca is only 4km away with post office, bank, several restaurants, many bakeries and a swimming lake.

From here you can also catch the Petit Train Jaune up the mountain to the ski resorts of Font Romeau. By car it is 45mins to the closest slopes and Andorra is two hours away.

A little further afield......but only 8km from the village, is Prades, home of the renowned Pablo Casals music festival, larger supermarkets, more restaurants and a lovely weekly market.

The Mediterranean and the Cote Vermeille towns and beaches, such as historic Collioure (45minutes) and the Costa Brava (1 hour), all make great day trips, as do visits to some of the many vineyards of the Languedoc Rousillon, the largest wine producing region of France.

Getting to Finestret: Finestret is easily accesible with 3 airports under two hours away:

Perpignan - Flybe, BMIBaby & Ryanair - 35 mins;

Girona - Easyjet - 75 mins;

Barcelona - BA, Flybe, Easyjet & Jet2 - 120 mins;

By car from Perpignan take the N116 direction Prades and Andorra, from junction 42 (South Perpignan) of the A9-E15 autoroute, La Catalane. Leave the N116 at Vinca and Finestret is a 4km drive to the South.

More Details

Sarah & Tim How
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, german, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 8, 2018

About Sarah & Tim How

My wife Sarah and I live and work in West London with our 4 year old daughter Ziggy. We love living in London, but still take every opportunity to travel, especially to our home-from-home in Finestret - quite our favourite place...and we think you will agree.

Sarah & Tim How purchased this house in 2000

Why Sarah & Tim How chose Finestret

The property is so easy to get to, and yet you really feel you are in the real France. It is right in the centre of the Finestret, with wonderful views up the mountains - its thick walls keeps it cool in Summer, and come Winter it's great to return from skiing and get the wood-burner roaring. The local towns of Vinca and Prades have all the amenities you need, and wonderful markets, bars and cafes. Every time we visit we come away totally relaxed and reinvigorated.

What makes this house unique

9 Carrer Del Graons is so well placed for exploring the wilds of the Pyrenees at any time of year, skiing and water sports are readily accessible, and the hiking and mountain biking starts right at the front door. There really is so much to do...including relax!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Finestret, France

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , With doors to roof terrace
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Two double bedrooms one on the ground floor along with the shower room and the master bedroom on the top floor, with neighbouring full bathroom. There is now a double sofa bed in the lounge so the house can now sleep up to 6.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
As the house is set over three floors there are a lot of stairs some are open sided and this might make it unsuitable for younger children or for those for whom steps are a problem.


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Beautiful village home in the foothills of the Pyrenees
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 18 reviews

A beautiful home and setting, a perfect base for our holiday.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for such a delightful place to stay - spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished and very comfortable.

  • Submitted: 22-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Gillian - so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards, Tim
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Lovely house in a brilliant position

  • 5 of 5

It is not often that a holiday property exceeds the pictures and description but in this case it did. The house was wonderful and very comfortable and was in a great position to visit this area of the Pyrenees.

  • Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rob, Thank you for extremely kind words - so pleased you had a great holiday and enjoyed the house so much. Kind regards, Tim
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Beautiful Area

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to France and we thoroughly enjoyed the area. The cottage was very comfortable and had everything needed for a comfortable stay. It was the perfect base for extensive exploration of an area full of interesting outings. We need another holiday as two weeks was not long enough to fit it all in! We explored in all directions, covering mountain tops, beaches, caves and plenty in-between. The owner, Tim, was very helpful and we loved his welcome/info sheet which was full of useful info and a lovely sense of humour. We'd definitely love to visit again. Thank you, Tim.

  • Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maria, Thank you for your very kind comments, and so pleased you enjoyed your stay and had a great holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back any time. Kind regards, Tim
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Lovely place to stay and use as a base to explore!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks it was great place to use a base - we explored and traveled lots such as Andorra and Barcelona! The apartment was very spacious and provided everything we needed - thankyou

  • Submitted: 24-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words, and delighted you enjoyed your stay and had a great holiday. Best wishes, Tim
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Brilliant and peaceful gite

  • 4 of 5

Spacious and homely place with well stocked up larder. Wifi in gite would have scored 5 stars. Although we could get to a cafe a few kilometres away to get the internet this is not always the most convenient option. Was a little frustrating at times as there was no mobile reception either. Great stay though. I can recommend this place.

  • Submitted: 4-Nov-2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind words, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards, Tim
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Pyrenees Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

A well equipped property in a quiet mountain village. Ideal for walking and exploring the wonderful surroundings.

Warm and helpful owners.

We spent an enjoyable two weeks and would be happy to recommend to others and visit again.

  • Submitted: 12-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you back any time. Kind regards, Tim
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Pyrenees 2000, Les Angles, Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Canet Plage
Car: recommended

There is plenty to do around Finestret. The leisure lake & tennis courts are in nearby Vinca. Walk or take a 4 x 4 trip to the top of Mt Canigou. Skiing at Pyrenees 2000, Les Angles or Font Romeu or set aside a day for the slopes of Andorra 2 hours away.

Prades if famous for its Casals' music festival each summer and there are many fascinating towns such as Ceret, Collioure and Mont Louis all within an hours drive. The Mediterranean is 40mins to the east.

Other Activities: Canyoning


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Finestret, France

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 30 2018 - Sep 7 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning C$107.64

Deposit of 25% to secure booking, remaining 75% payable 5 weeks before rental start date.
Rental is per week from Saturday to Saturday with arrival at 16:00 and departure at 10:00. At certain times of the year weekends and mid week stays may be available please feel free to enquire. A deposit of 25% is requested at the time of booking with the balance due 5 weeks prior to arrival. A returnable deposit of £150 is requested when the balance is due. Price includes bed linen and both bath and beach towels and cleaning on departure. Directions, keys and more information on the house and area will be provided two weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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