5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
- english, french
About Stephen Hill
Stephen and Sarah Hill own the property. They have lovingly restored it over the last 10 years and created a home they feel very proud to own. They like their home to feel comfortable and a pleasure to stay in and this is very much what you will experience when you stay at Mill House In the UK they live in Marlow Bucks. Stephen is a consultant to small business owners, and Sarah has her own training company. They have 3 grown up children. They love to be at the house together as a family, and their children are always keen to book a week at Mill House with their friends.
Stephen Hill purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Stephen Hill chose Céret
Mill House is a home where you immediately feel on holiday. Everything about the house has been created with this in mind. The house and gardens are very well maintained and the house, spotlessly clean. The house backs on to a fast-flowing river which sounds wonderful from the house and gardens. It is sufficiently far from the house to be safe for young children.
What makes this Villa unique
The house is looked after by a local french family who are friends of the owners. They treat the house as their own when Sarah and Stephen are not there. They take care of their guests and take much pride in ensuring that you have everything you need when you arrive and throughout your stay.
Check-in: 3:30 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great place to holiday.
Great house and excellent local town. Many thanks.
Thank you very much for your kind and generous words. It was a pleasure for us to have you stay. We are pleased that you had a very enjoyable holiday.
Stephen and Sarah
Fabulous place, just a couple of niggles
Firstly, this is a truly lovely location and our extended family of 10, aged 12 to 83 had a wonderful week here. We'd happily return. Most special is the access to a secluded river beach with one of the most perfect swimming holes we've come across and often only ourselves there. Going down at night and swimming under the stars was magical. In mid August the fig tree below the back balcony was in fruit - delicious! Varied and flexible outdoor seating all around the house was great, though there are actually no tables set up for ten - so we kept moving the tables and chairs from the back balcony, which are really light so easy to do. Solar lit lanterns added to the atmosphere. A nice detail: lots of multiple plug adapters, several with UK inputs, so no problem bringing UK electricals. Fixtures and fittings largely as described. Having stayed in some other similar priced and advertised places I'd say this was more 'homey' rather than modern, sleek and swish. We liked that.
The surrounding area is great - something for everyone within an easy drive. Walking into the centre of Ceret will take 35 minutes. We drove in a couple times and managed to park in the centre - not easily in August, but we managed.
Our niggles: The house does actually get quite warm in mid summer, and there are currently only three fans for five bedrooms and the main room. The mosquitos are hungry so leaving bedroom windows open feels risky - only one room has a mosquito screen. It would be easy to solve this. We're not the first people to mention it, so hopefully the owners will provide a fan for each room (and/or fly screens throughout).
The mattresses in the twin room on the main floor are rather worn, with uncomfortable springs that we heard and felt every time we moved, and I'm a slim, relatively light woman. Given the emphasis in the description on high end bedrooms, this was unexpected.
The shower fitting in the master bedroom is (getting) quite stiff. At 83 my parents aren't particularly arthritic, but several times had to ask for help to get it on or off.
The owners are clearly putting a lot of work into this property and so I expect they will easily solve these little things in which case it would be easily worth 5 stars.
For elderly travellers - the only room on the ground floor has a bathroom with shower over the bath. You need to be able to manage stairs or getting into and out of a bath to have a shower. Just for info.
Thank you very much for your review, Alison, and the complimentary remarks you kindly made.
It is clear that we need to take action to keep the house cool and the mosquitoes away when the temperatures soar. We will do that this winter.
We will also take a look at the mattresses you noted. These are relatively new and we were not aware that they have become uncomfortable.
Finally, that shower controller in the master bedroom may well need attention. For an expensive fitting, it can be surprisingly difficult to use, I agree.
Lovely villa with fantastic pool on the outskirts of Ceret
The villa was lovely with a good sized pool. It was exceptionally clean and well presented with a range of seating and dining areas.
Three of the bedrooms are accessed from an external staircase and 4 are ensuite each with lovely fluffy towels. You do have to take ypur own beach towels.
The villa was very well stocked with a range of essentials which made self catering simple, particularly given the villa’s proximity to the supermarket.
We were there during a heatwave and felt the villa would benefit from air-conditioning or ceiling fans. The fans within the main house struggled to impact on the heat both within the bedrooms and the main living area.
The housekeeper was very welcoming and exceptionally helpful.
There was wonderful access to the river directly from the house which was lovely and cool during the heatwave.
The walk to Ceret takes approximately 25-30 mins along a cycle route/pathway. Ceret hes a number of restaurants and cafe/bars, be aware you really need to book if you plan to go out for an evening meal.
Thank you very much for your review, Dawn, which I saw today for the first time. Since it is the first three star rating we have ever had, you can be sure that you have our full attention.
It is clear that, after this year's heatwave and one very hot week last year, we cannot consider high temperatures exceptional. We will be making changes next year to ensure that our guests remain as comfortable as possible however hot it gets.
Thank you again,
Perfect villa for a family holiday
The villa is very spacious and has every comfort you could want for a family holiday from the beautiful pool to the table tennis table. There is a lovely garden with many places to sit and relax in the sunshine. The nearest supermarket is two minutes walk away, very convenient. There are lovely beaches within easy reach and for cyclists the routes into the local hills are to be recommended. The owners and their local representatives were friendly, efficient and welcoming. I would definitely recommend this property.
Thank you very much for your review. We are delighted that you had a good holiday.
Everything you could want
This villa has everything a family would want for a most enjoyable holiday.
It is extremely well equipped in a superb location,we particularly enjoyed the wide variety of outdoor sitting and eating areas all based around a central pool area.
We were a party of 9 with 3 generations ranging from 5 to 75 and all enjoyed themselves immensely.
The accommodation was clean and well maintained and everything was explained on arrival by a most pleasant housekeeper.
A bonus was a good supermarket within a short walk, ideal for fresh bread each morning and everything you would need for the rest of the day.
A short drive to the coast although our younger members much preferred the superb pool.
Definitely one to go back to.
Thank you very much for this review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday.
Stephen & Sarah
We had a lovely time!
We were a three generations family and had a wonderful week there. The area is stunning, and we made the most of it, visiting beautiful Ceret, the lovely beaches, and other attractions that are within a short-ish drive, including the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres and the fabulous aquapark.
The house itself is well equipped and maintained. The swimming pool is clean and the garden beautifully looked after. The river at the back of the house, is also a great attraction. The reason why a star was lost in this review, is because we were there early July and had temperatures of over 30 deg C, and the house became uncomfortably hot. There is no air con and not enough fans. When the temperature fell to the mid to high 20s it was fine, but I understand that these high temperatures are quite frequent these days! Other than that, it is full marks!
Thank you very much for your review, Claudia. We will upgrade our fans so that very hot days and nights like those you experienced are more comfortable for future guests. Thank you again. Stephen
The villa is situated in a magnificent part of the world where the sun shines almost every day.
The house is about 5 minutes drive from Ceret and there is a supermarket just three minutes walk from the house.