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La Chataigneraie - beautiful house with fantastic mountain views & excellent facilities
A stunning location in the Pyrenees of the South of France. A perfect location for a group holiday or large family gathering. Swimming pool, gym, petanque. something for all ages.
La Châtaigneraie offers a spectacular base for a large group or family gathering in the fabulous French Pyrénées - just 40 minutes from both ski resorts and beautiful Mediterranean beaches.
Space to be together…. and, just as importantly, space to be apart!
With 2 acres of gardens and superb views in all directions, we offer a unique combination of great facilities for large groups to socialise together whilst also offering individual families privacy to enjoy precious time away from the crowd.
There is a substantial main house plus 2 independent apartments and a 2-person Petit Gite which may be booked for Exclusive Use or as separate units. With heating throughout and two cosy log-burners it is suitable for holidays all year round.
Out of peak season we are happy to offer reduced rates for smaller groups (14 - 18) booking Exclusive Use of the main house only.
The central kitchen is equipped to cater for up to 30 people with 2 ovens, 2 hobs and 2 fridges. The impressive central lounge has leather sofas, log-burner and a cinema-style 5-metre film screen with surround-sound for film evenings. Indoor dining for 28 can be arranged if required.
Outdoors there are plentiful choices of patios and terraces enabling the whole group to BBQ and eat together at 1 table.
Each gite/apartment is completely independent with its own lounge, TV/DVD and kitchen facilities (including fridge-freezer, microwave and dishwasher) offering great flexibility to suit your catering requirements.
Facilities include free WiFi, swimming pool, gym, library, flood-lit boules court (which doubles-up for badminton and volleyball), mountain bikes and games room with a great selection of board games, library and table-football. Gardens offer plenty of space for team games along with areas of peace and tranquillity.
Our “Chef à Domicle” can offer reasonably priced, restaurant-quality meals. The local boulangerie delivers fresh bread and croissants to your door each morning making breakfast so easy.
It is a 15 minute walk through orchards and alongside the River Rotja to the centre of the village. Sahorre has a bistro/bar which will happily cater for large goups, along with a handful of small shops and farms selling their own produce.
The famous spa town of Vernet les Bains is less than 2 miles away, with a wider selection of shops and restaurants. It has a supermarket, spa, swimming pool, tennis courts, a market 3 mornings a week and even a casino!
The fortified medieval village of Villefranche de Conflent is 5 miles away – the starting point of the famous mountain railway, Le Petit Train Jaune.
There are many miles of beautiful walks directly from our property. If you prefer to simply relax by the pool, the area is renowned as the sunniest in France with a glorious 320 days of sunshine every year.
Beautiful all year round, just 45 minutes from either Mediterranean beaches or ski resorts we really do offer the best of both worlds.
We look forward to working with you to plan your perfect holiday!
Most rooms have en-suite facilities. Beautiful mountain views from every window.
We offer quality, comfortable accommodation. What sets La Chataigneraie apart is that families can have the space and privacy of their own gite / apartment, whilst also offering spacious accommodation for the whole group to be together.
We are located in the beautiful and tranquil Rotja Valley surounded by farms, with stunning mountain views in all directions. We have 2 acres of gardens to explore with an 11m swimming pool, and a floodlit boules court (which also improvises as a badminton or volleyball court), gardens and woodland.
You will find several different patios and terraces offering a variety of different seating areas giving plenty of space for the whole group to sit together....and plenty of peaceful shady spots to curl up with a book and enjoy the views. There are large lawned areas for an informal game of football or rounders and guests are welcome to help themselves to fruit when in season (cherries, loquats, figs, grapes, chestnuts, walnuts etc.)
The River Rotja is a 2 minute walk from the bottom of our garden with a designated fishing area and lots of boulders to clamber over. There are many miles of beautiful circular walks directly from the house (although be warned.... nothing is flat!)
The garden is a paradise for bird and butterfly watchers.
We have 2 bicycles available free of charge, with a further 6 higher-spec mountain bikes available for a small daily maintenance charge.
There are 3 good quality gas barbeques which you are welcome to use in separate eating areas, or to bring together for the whole group to enjoy meals together.
This area really does offer something for everyone. Whether you are seeking thrills and adventure, history and culture or walking in our glorious mountains, you will be spoilt for choice.
We are less than an hour from beautiful mediterranean beaches in one direction and the ski resorts of the Pyrenees in the other. We are surrounded by some of France's "Plus Beaux Villages" including Eus, Mosset, Evol, Castelnou and the nearby World Heritage site of Villefranche de Conflent. This is also the starting point of the famous Petit Train Jaune - the historic, single-track mountain railway.
Nearby you will find ancient monastries such as St Martin du Canigou, the caves of the Grandes Canellettes, Vauban's Fort Liberia, the animal park of Casteil and the Thermal Spas of Vernet les Bains, St Thomas and Llo. For adventure seekers there is canyonning, gorge-walking, aerial walkways and white-water rafting.
The Languedoc is, of course, famous for its wines and this is a renowned fruit-growing area.
There are several regular local markets, large and small, where you can buy local produce.
We are in easy walking distance of our local bistrot and there are some really excellent restaurants nearby in Vernet les Bains, Villefranche, Taurinya and Eus.
Pubs, bars, and restaurants
- Bistrot de La Mine (1Km)
- Bistrot Le Cortal (3Km)
- Jasmine Indian Restaurant (3Km)
- Villefranche de Conflent - good choice of bistrots (7Km)
- Daily boulangerie delivery service (0Km)
- Village Bucherie, Cave, Epicerie and farm shops (1Km)
- Intermarche supermarket / petrol station (3Km)
- Vernet town centre: pharmacy, post office, market etc (3Km)
- Villefranche/Vernet (8Km)
- Perpignan (55Km)
- Perpignan (60Km)
- Carcassonne (130Km)
- Beziers (160Km)
- Girona (160Km)
- Montpellier (210Km)
- Barcelona (215Km)
- Toulouse (235Km)
Christmas/New Year by arrangement
31st Mar 2018 - 25th May 2018
26th May 2018 - 20th Jul 2018
21st Jul 2018 - 24th Aug 2018
25th Aug 2018 - 14th Sep 2018
15th Sep 2018 - 28th Sep 2018
29th Sep 2018 - 21st Dec 2018