Bedroom 2, Bathroom 1, Sleeps 5
- english, french
We live in Greenwich, London. I work for the BBC and my husband is a historian with King's College London. We have two small children and love to spend time walking in the mountains, paddling in the rivers and swimming in the thermal pools.
Owner purchased this House in 2015
Why Owner chose Canaveilles
We fell in love with this house when we rented it for a summer holiday in 2014. It's in a tiny, picturesque village perched on the mountainside. We love the peaceful atmosphere and wonderful views. The house is on a path with friendly neighbours and no cars so it's very quiet and safe for children. We love how we are one of the last houses in the village so you can walk out of the front door and be on a hiking trail in seconds. The house is cozy in winter and cool in summer due to the house being built into the rock face. When the house came up for sale we decided it was too unique to pass up. We are happy to share the house with friends, family and guests and hope you love it as much as we do.
What makes this House unique
The house is in a great location for walking, skiing, hiking, picnicking and for relaxing at the end, we are a short drive from the wonderful open air thermal pools of St Thomas les Bains. The private garden has fabulous views of the mountains and le petit train jaune passing below. There's a swing in the walnut tree which the kids will love. We have young children ourselves and are happy to share their books and toys with guests. Our neighbours rear traditional Pyrenean goats and you will hear their bells as they come in from grazing on the mountainsides in the early evening.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Young children must be supervised on steep stairs.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wonderful accommodation for a summer trip to the mountains. The host was super helpful and everything went smoothly. Would definitely visit again!
Stunning views and charming village
Views better than the images can show and the night sky seems to be so close you could reach out and touch the stars. Birds flying below you is a rather extraordinary experience! Although small, the location of the house is perfect for walking and exploring the eastern Pyrenees. Simple accommodation over three floors. Garden accessible from first floor bedroom too. Wonderfully friendly neighbours and villagers. We were invited to a choral concert of music both sacred and profane in the tiny church. One of the most moving and memorable evenings ever, with drinks and food in the Mairie afterwards. Utterly unique. Could only be improved with more comfortable seating inside and out and good pillows! A trolley for luggage would also be useful - it’s a steep walk up and down from the parking places with lots of bags! If you are staying for a weekend this wouldn’t be a problem. We were on a three week tour of southern France and northern Spain so not being able to drive up and drop off food and luggage made it a hard slog.
We’re delighted you had such a memorable stay. Great idea about the trolley. A new sofa is on our list..!
The prettiest spot in The Pyrenees
What an experience! High in the mountains in a gorgeous stone home, the views are breath-taking. The little village is picturesque and inviting, and the house is cozy, clean and comfortable. It's rustic, yet complete with everything we needed. We enjoyed warm fires and the kids loved playing out in the yard with the panoramic Pyrenees behind them. We still can't get over the spectacular surroundings.
Very clean and with everything we needed, this was such a wonderful place from which to discover the area and the local sulphur hot springs.
Nous avons passé, ma famille et moi, 4 jours magnifiques et inoubliables.
La beauté du site, de la maison, l'accueil des habitants du village, tout a été parfait.
Nous reviendrons !
Un point de vue exceptionnel sur les Pyrénées
La maison est charmante mais exige néanmoins une certaine forme physique pour en jouir pleinement, car elle est sur trois étages avec des escaliers assez raides. Hormis cet inconvénient, tout était parfait. Il y aurait peut-être aussi le confort du matelas à améliorer.
Local walking and mountain-biking
The Sentier Vauban (seventeenth-century military route, now a beautiful walking path), passes outside the house, and continues through woods and across the hills to Llar and then Mont Louis.
at Font Romeu, Cambre d"Adze, Bolquere-Pyrennees 2000 all 35 mins drive. Also Les Angles at around 40 mins drive or La Molina slightly further away
Villefrance de Conflent
Beautiful walled city on the N116, ten minutes drive from Canaveilles (drive down to the main road and turn left).
Spectacular walk with some shade. Good for hot days. Lots of families walk here so manageable though serious hikers can do the full walk.
Canaveilles Thermal Pools
Hot springs feed into the River Tet, and stones have been arranged to create warm pools. You’ll see cars parked at the bottom of the road to Canaveilles. Walk down to the river on the path opposite the road up to Canaveilles – you have to wade across the river to get to the pools.
St Thomas baths
Outdoor thermal baths, very family friendly, open 10-19.40 most months, July, August and Christmas open until 20.40
Walled town, with a solar oven – leaflet in sideboard drawers. Looks spectacular, huge mirrored solar panel.
A beautiful valley known for its biodiversity, with wonderful shaded walks. After about 40 minutes walking into the valley you leave the woods and see wonderful views of the mountain
Information centre in Eyne village with exhibitions, information, botanical garden and café by a little river, with parking. Opposite is a small riding centre.
Ten minutes further drive from Eyne, on the road signposted to Sailagouse, is the village of Llo. There are great gorge walks, and Thermal Baths. The village has a wonderful called Le Jardin D’Allone about 10 mins drive away. There is a lovely walk in LLo with thermal baths – bring your own towels.
Village spread across the hillside to the north-east of Prades (you’ll see it if you drive from Perpignan), with beautiful houses covered in flowers, cafés, artist studios, and views of Canigou. One of ‘les plus beaux villages de France’. A lovely place to spend an afternoon wandering about.
Kap’oupa Kap adventure centre
A range of adventurous activities from 3 years to adults: aerial walkways (different levels from 3 years+), go-carting, trampoline, climbing walls. Lovely river-wide location. Open during the summer 10.00-18.00, spring / autumn 14.00-18.00 but check in advance as they are closed odd days. www.kapoupakap.fr (0)6 88 48 06 45
A small, beautiful old spa village in Castellane valley to the north of Prades, with a number of hotels (the largest is the Le Grand Hotel), and a thermal spa with massage, gyms &ca (www.companiedesspas.fr).
Beautiful medieval village on rocky spur in lush Castellane valley to the north of Prades. Cafes, Bistro, church. Drive to Molitg-les-Bains and then ten minutes further on.