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About Jane Woolfe
We a British family of 4, moved here in February 1992 and have lived here, year round, ever since. Jane loves gardening, cooking, reading and the Archers. Felix loves animals, dancing and computers/technology. Oskar, 13 when we arrived, now a builder, very useful here, loves Formula 1 and lives in the spar village of Amelie les Bains just down the valley. George, 10 when we arrived, is a talented chef, is taking over the management and bookings. Lives in the medieval town of Arles sur Tech. We have come to love it here and all appreciate the real community spirit of the village and its' traditions. We are keen members of the village walking club for many years. We spent our early years here learning the Sardane, the Catalan dance of celebration and go regularly to local
Jane Woolfe purchased this Cottage in 1991
Why Jane Woolfe chose Saint-Laurent-de-Cerdans
We had settled on Le Roussillon as the ideal place to live. Beautiful, unspoilt mountains, the Mediterranean and lovely climate. Peaceful yet with a vibrant traditional culture. After 3 years of looking we found Le Paloumé in the southernmost valley in France, next to the Spanish ( Catalan) boarder. Perfect for our new 'Good life' of trying to be self-sufficient away from the pressures of the city, and a healthy life for us and our sons.
What makes this Cottage unique
The spirit is uplifted every morning on leave the house and seeing the Pyrénéan Mountains spread before you in the distance, the views cannot be described, you need to see for yourself. Facing south we get the sun all day long. The clean air, the fresh spring water, peace and quiet are a joy. This is why Le Paloumé has been a habitation for more than a thousand years and we are only the latest people to enjoy its charms. Traditionally built from stone, the thick walls keep the cottage naturally cool during the heat of the summer and warm in the winter.
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Le Paloumé, near the large Catalan village of St. Laurent de Cerdans; with all facilities: shops, bars, restaurants, take always, banks, pharmacy, doctor, cinema, museum, tourist information, Saturday market and many outdoor pursuits. Steeped in Catalan culture, the fêtes are lively and great fun with music, dancing, communal meals, amazing cabarets, bals and discos. Near by towns: Amelie les Bains, market & thermal spa town; Céret, modern art gallery; there are daily markets & restaurants to suit every taste.
We are 1 Hour from Perpignan; Mediterranean beaches, Collioure (Matisse); Figueres (Dali museum); 1½ hours Gerona and 2hrs. Barcelona in Spain & Carcassone in France.
There is much local history to explore: 1000 year old castles, abbeys, churches, chateaux...
All this with the magnificent backdrop of Mont Canigou, snow capped for ½ the year.
Other Activities: climbing, tree adventure park, canyoning, horse riding, mountain biking, road biking, walking, dancing, bird watching, gym, sauna, massage & mushrooming.
Golf: Domain De Falgos, only 15 mins. drive from Le Paloumé, is a highly praised 18-hole course with panoramic views from Mount Canigou to the Mediterranean coast. It is par 70 and 5047m and was designed by Alain Dehaye
Amelie Les Bains, 9 hole.
Saint-Cyprien, an 18 hole and 9 hole courses with par 73 and length 6480m.
Torremirona Golf Club, 18 holes, par 72 and length 6245m.
Peralada Gold Club, 18 and a 9 hole, par 71 and length 6704m.
Ski: Skiing is an hour drive in Spain and also and hour and half in France. But in a good year for snow there is a ski run in Prats, only 20 min. drive away.