- Character Property
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Reception rooms: 1
- Property size: 130 sqm
- Land size: 1700 sqm
- Year built: 1980
Completely private but close to village centre
Rooftop terrace with clear views of mountains
Terraced on three sides
Land for smallholding, swimming pool or outbuildings
Hot water provided by low cost heat pump
6 airports within 2.25 hours
Easy access to Spain - 10 minutes by road
Large kitchen diner
Wood burning stove
A sun-soaked paradise for less than the cost of a semi in suburbia!
Peaceful 130 square metre house on two floors with large garden (approx. 1700 square metres), sunny courtyards and private roof terrace giving spectacular mountain views. Located on the edge of the 13th century village of Maureillas las Illas in the foothills of the Pyrenees, within 30 minutes’ drive of the Mediterranean coast at Collioure, and 10 minutes from Spain, the house is surrounded by trees, but is just 4 minutes’ walk from shops, bars and restaurant in the village centre. It would suit people looking for a full time home for themselves, or as a holiday home for the owners, with potential to rent out the house for some of the year.
The house has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, a large kitchen/diner, a utility room, an extensive covered outdoor seating area, with spiral staircase access to the roof terrace above the kitchen, two courtyards, and a summer house in the garden. It has been rewired, has had new plumbing installed and is on mains drainage.
Two double rooms upstairs, one single room downstairs. Main bedroom has a single double bed, built-in cupboards and two large Velux windows with views of the Canigou mountain (at 2785 metres, the highest in the area). The front bedroom has space for two single beds and has a large south facing window. The downstairs bedroom is off the sitting room, with a window opening onto the front courtyard.
The bathroom downstairs has a bath, toilet, washbasin, heated towel rail and plenty of shelves and hooks. Upstairs, a shower room with toilet, washbasin, heated towel rail, cupboard and shelves is situated adjacent to the two bedrooms. Hot water for the two bathrooms is provided by an environmentally friendly air source heat pump.
Cosy living room at the centre of the house with a wood burning stove. The sitting room gives access to the kitchen, downstairs bedroom, bathroom and the stairwell which is fitted with an air conditioning unit. Large French doors open out from the living room onto the back courtyard adjacent to the covered walkway.
The kitchen has extensive solid wood work surfaces arranged in an L configuration and an island, all on cabinets fitted with painted oak doors. Equipment includes an electric oven/microwave/grill, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and double sink and there is extensive cupboard space in a corner unit and under the worktops. The dining area takes a table seating 6/8 and beyond this there is a comfortable sitting area with space for a 3 seat sofa, coffee table and two armchairs. The front door leads onto the south courtyard whilst two large French windows give access to the covered walkway around the house, the kitchen courtyard and the spiral staircase to the terrace.
Separate Utility Room:
New washing machine and space for storage of cleaning and laundry equipment.
Above the kitchen a roof terrace with views of the Canigou. At ground floor level there are covered tiled sitting areas and a terrace surrounding the house. The garden is laid to lawn and there would be plenty of space for a swimming pool or further outbuildings. An outdoor water supply (free) piped from the village goes into a 300 litre tank for watering the garden.
There is a wooden workshop which can also serve as extra sleeping accommodation in the garden, and there is space for other outbuildings subject to planning permission.
Please note, to access the house you park in a small lane 200 metres from the house and walk down the path. The rear gate gives access to the garden. Alternatively, park in the village and walk 400 metres along the path to the front door. It is not possible to drive directly into the garden.
Maureillas has a bakery, a nursery and a primary school, a small supermarket, a butcher, a pharmacy, a take-away pizzeria, two bars and two restaurants. Larger supermarkets, restaurants, bars and a wider selection of shops can be found at Ceret or Le Boulou, both less than 10 minutes by car. Perpignan is a beautiful cosmopolitan city 30 minutes drive from Maureillas with cinemas, theatres, markets and a wide range of shops and museums. A frequent bus service links the village with Ceret and Perpignan.
A traditional French village of about 3000 inhabitants, Maureillas lies in the southernmost valley in France and is ideally situated to take advantage of all that the wonderful sun drenched Pyrenees Orientales region has to offer. Home to Europe’s largest wine growing industry, local farms also specialize in producing cherries, peaches, apricots and kiwi fruit. Walking and hiking, mountain biking, swimming (either at the nearby Lac de Saint Jean or at beautiful sandy Mediterranean beaches such as Argeles and Le Racou just 30 minutes drive away), tennis, water sports, skiing (local ski resorts at Font Romeu and Les Angles are just an hour and fifty minutes away) and many other attractions are within easy reach. The delightful nearby town of Ceret boasts a renowned museum of modern art (Picasso, Chagall and Dufy, amongst many others, worked in the town), a lively Saturday market and street festivals all year round.
Local airports are Perpignan (40 minutes), Girona (1 hour), Barcelona (2.25 hours), Beziers (1.5 hours), Carcassonne (1.5 hours) and Montpellier (2 hours) by car and high speed TGV trains go directly to Perpignan from Paris, Lille and Barcelona. Access to the A9 motorway (from Montpellier to Barcelona) is less than 10 minutes away at Le Boulou.