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€150 EUR

Madeloc Hideaway


Details

Accommodates: 10

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 2


Description

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on a remote hillside in the South of France, Madeloc Hideaway’s history stretches back to 1885. The house was first built as a military barrack building to support a gun battery, known as Batterie de Taillefer, located directly above it. Although the house has retained it’s beautifully weathered stone exterior, the inside was converted in 2013 to a “gite,” the French translation for a small, furnished vacation house in the countryside. A comfortable off-the-grid retreat for groups of up to ten people in four bedrooms, the home features solar electricity and hot water, reed bed drainage and a composting toilet system. The dwelling has been classified by Gites de France as a "Gite Panda" for environmentally friendly gites of special wildlife interest.

Located in a nature conservation area, Madeloc Hideaway is a retreat perfect for walkers, mountain bikers, cyclists, and nature lovers. The area is known for excellent wildflowers March through May and migrating birds during spring and autumn. The nearby coast, 90 minutes on foot and 20 by car, is a marine nature reserve, offering scuba diving, sailing, and even an underwater marine life trail. The house’s location at 1500 feet above the deep blue Mediterranean treats visitors to views of the Pyrenees, vineyards, seaports and the unspoiled coast. There are very few other buildings nearby, and the area remains quiet, with few people even in summer when the coast is very busy. In fact, some of the closest buildings are structures from the medieval and Roman-era, as well as neolithic remains from 5000 years ago. More than a vacation home, Madeloc Hideaway offers truly transportative timelessness.


Open Easter to mid-November. Inquire to discuss a winter booking.


Location and Access

Near: Perpignan, France (south of Montpellier)

Summer and Winter: 30 minutes south of Perpignon. Access to the refuge is 1.5 miles on a dirt road that most cars with decent ground clearance will be able to navigate. It is a 20 minute walk from the nearest paved road.

The area has good train connections with Barcelona (direct flights from New York and Miami to Barcelona) and Paris.

Although remote, the house is only an hour's walk from Collioure for an evening out, and a taxi can drop you back to within a 20 minute walk from the house. This road, although not paved, is accessible by car. There is limited parking near the house.

Guests are encouraged to come without a car. There are regular trains from Perpignan to Collioure and Port-Vendres. The owners can arrange transportation from these towns.


Activities

The beautiful French Mediterranean coastline and mountainous terrain above offer much to explore. And with nature preserves both surrounding the property and in the ocean below, this area is perfect for nature lovers wishing to enjoy a variety of scenery in a small geographic area.

Hiking, Scuba diving, Sailing, Wind surfing, Mountain biking, Cycling, Trail running, Birding, Geocache


Recommendations

Explore the coastal path which runs down to the Spanish border. Make sure to get up early so you can climb the medieval watchtower in time to watch the sun rise over the Mediterranean, an unforgettable and magical experience. From there, you can walk into Spain for lunch. Beyond the coastal path, there are many well signed local trails, including mountain routes that start from the refuge and wind to over 3000 feet above sea level. The GR10 long distance path is 30 minutes away, and spans over 500 miles to the Atlantic coast across the Pyrennees, perfect for off-road biking (bikes can be hired locally) and quad bikes.

Besides being known for its oysters and wine, the Catalan region has inspired artists for centuries. Rent a zippy car and ramble from the ancient port of Collioure, whose streets were trod by the likes of Derain, Matisse and Picasso, to Salvador Dali’s house in Cadaques, Spain, a couple hours drive from the Hideaway. If you are lucky with your timing, you may even find yourself in the midst of one of the region's many festivals.


Sleeping Arrangements

  • Sleeps up to 10

Sleeps 8 in bedrooms, with two extra beds for children or visitors.

One room with double bed.

Three rooms with two single beds, and two extra bunk beds.

Two bathrooms with showers, wash sink, hot shower and flushing toilet.


Rates

150€/night for eight guests

Weekly rate: 650€/wk

Additional guests (more than 8): 20€/night each, up to ten guests

Cleaning fees: 50€ (Optional. Guests may choose to clean the house themselves.)


What you need to bring

  • Food

Additional Amenities

  • Sheets, covers, and towels
  • Firewood
  • All necessary kitchen equipment
  • Fresh water
  • Maps and tourist information
  • Meals and wine available at additional cost.
  • Backpacking gear available if you want to explore the higher Pyrennees.
  • There is decent cell reception at the house.

Road Information

From the Autoroute at Perpignan you will drive about 30 minutes south. The road is paved and easy to navigate into Argeles-sur-Mer and Collioure. You will begin to turn up a very windy road when you pass Collioure. The final 1.5km is a dirt road that most cars with four wheel drive and decent ground clearance will be able to navigate. Or guests may choose to walk this last stretch.


Property Policies

Check in at 4PM

Check out at 10AM

25% of payment due immediately. Remaining balance to be paid 5 days before check-in.

Daily rate 150€ per night for 8 guests.

2 night minimum stay, except for July and August when the minimum stay is 7 nights.

Weekly rates:

March, April ,October, November 650€ per week

May, June September 850€ per week

July, August 1150€ per week.

Prices include sheets, covers, towels, electricity, firewood and local taxes.

Additional guests (more than 8) pay 20€ per night. Maximum 10 guests.

The refuge is usually closed from mid November to Easter.

The UK owners speak English and French. David is a local walking guide so he can give advice on trails and refuges, also on travel (eg on places to stay in Barcelona and across Europe).

The owners will be at the house to welcome guests. They are 20 minutes away if there is a problem and available by phone.

 

Cancellation Policy

25% deposit fully refundable if canceled more than 14 days prior to arrival.

25% deposit will be retained if canceled less than 14 days prior to arrival.


Pets

One well behaved dog is allowed free of charge.


Amenities

Books

Coffee Maker

Fireplace

Games

Outdoor Grill

Oven

Pets Allowed

Refrigerator

Composting Toilet

Flushing toilet

Hot Shower

Outhouse

Propane Burners

Solar Power

Wood Burning Stove


Rates and Availability

Weeknight Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay Max Stay
Standard Rate €150 / night €150 / night €650 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
July / Aug 7 night minJul 01 2017 - Aug 31 2017 €150 / night €150 / night €1150 / week N/A 7 nights N/A
July / Aug 7 night minJul 01 2018 - Aug 31 2018 €150 / night €150 / night €1150 / week N/A 7 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkSep 01 2018 - Sep 30 2018 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkMay 01 2019 - Jun 30 2019 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
July / Aug 7 night minJul 01 2019 - Aug 31 2019 €150 / night €150 / night €1150 / week N/A 7 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkSep 01 2019 - Sep 30 2019 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkMay 01 2020 - Jun 30 2020 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
July / Aug 7 night minJul 01 2020 - Aug 31 2020 €150 / night €150 / night €1150 / week N/A 7 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkSep 01 2020 - Sep 30 2020 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkMay 01 2021 - Jun 30 2021 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
July / Aug 7 night minJul 01 2021 - Aug 31 2021 €150 / night €150 / night €1150 / week N/A 7 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkSep 01 2021 - Sep 30 2021 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkMay 01 2022 - Jun 30 2022 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A
July / Aug 7 night minJul 01 2022 - Aug 31 2022 €150 / night €150 / night €1150 / week N/A 7 nights N/A
May, June, Sept rates 150/night, 850/wkSep 01 2022 - Sep 30 2022 €150 / night €150 / night €850 / week N/A 2 nights N/A

Specific Rate Details

2 night minimum stay.
7 night minimum stay in July & August.

Weekly rates:
March, April ,October, November 650€ per week.
May, June September 850€ per week.
July, August 1150€ per week.