Chris and Barrie Guard would like to welcome you for a holiday in Ille-sur-Têt in the foothills of the Pyrenees, close to the Mediterranean and the Spanish border.

Sun, Sea and Mountains!

Enjoy the stunning scenery or explore the cultural diversity of this fascinating area of French Catalonia. Then relax in a shady corner of the grounds or take a swim in the pool.

We look forward to helping make your holiday a pleasurable and friendly experience

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Ille-sur-Têt is in the Pyrenees Orientales (or P.O.) , the most southerly 'department' in France, which is bounded on the south by Spain ,on the east by the Mediterranean,and on the west by Andorra. Hence Sun, Sea and Mountains !

The town lies half way down the valley of the river Têt as it flows from the Pyrenees through Perpignan and from there to the Mediterranean sea.

An important town in medieval times, Ille retains many original architectural features and is a few minutes stroll away from Villa le Canigou. Apart from its interesting historical features, the town has a comprehensive range of shops and inviting cafes. It lies in a valley of fruit trees growing peaches and nectarines in the warm rays of the Roussillon sun and the fresh local produce is featured in the two market days which take place in the town every week. Furthermore, Ille-sur-Têt is perfectly situated as a centre for exploring the beautiful landscape and rich heritage of this unique area.

Ille-sur-Têt is 15 miles west of Perpignan, with easy access via a dual carriageway. Perpignan, the capital city of PO, was also the capital of Rousillon, the old name for this area, before becoming part of Aragon, the former kingdom in the north-east of Spain. Catalan culture and language are still very much alive in this area, which is sometimes referred to as French Catalonia.

From the villa, one looks out over peach orchards to the foothills of the Pyrenees and the stunning peaks of the Canigou mountain massif.

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With stunning mountain scenery from start to finish, the Têt valley, offers a huge diversity of excursions and activities. Here is a selection:


Whether exploring by car or by foot, this area of the Pyrenees offers endless possibilities to delight the eye and refresh the senses. The more adventurous can climb to the top of Canigou, a peak revered by Catalonians in France and Spain alike, who still come to light the first of their Midsummer Eve bonfires on its summit. Another spectacular but more relaxing excursion is to take the Petit Train Jaune, a 100 year old single track railway which climbs some 1200m on the highest railway track in the whole of France to the Cerdagne, an idyllic rural valley (alt. 1800m/5000ft) which is the sunniest area in the French Pyrenees.


The whole area is a walkers paradise with paths and trails to suit all abilities. We have a range of specialised maps and practical experience of the possibilities which we we will be very happy to share with you.

Historic Sites

Numerous castles and castle ruins dot the landscape, which were either military strongholds or built by Cathar refugees from the Inquisition. The Chateau de Peyrepeteuse (which merits the full 3 *** in the Michelin Green Guide) is a large ruined fortress perched on the crest of the Corbieres. A visit, though highly recommended, requires a good head for heights! There are several beautiful abbeys, priories and hermitages, including the Abbeye de St-Michel-de-Cuxa, which is also one of the venues for concerts of the famous Prades Music Festival founded by Pablo Casals.


Villa le Canigou is some 25 miles from the long sandy beaches which characterise the Languedoc-Roussillon coast, as far south as the Côte Vermeille towards the Spanish border. At this southern end are the delightful old fishing ports such as Collioure which at the beginning of the last century attracted the group of artists known as the 'Fauves' (wild beasts), which included Matisse and, later, Picasso.

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Villa le Canigou stands in an acre of ground, which the French refer to as a parc. It is secluded and peaceful, being surrounded by a variety of trees.

It has a southern aspect and from the house and garden there are lovely views towards the mountains. Despite the seclusion, the town of Ille is only a few minutes walk away, where you can find a twice weekly market, bars and shops, as well as the historical old town.


Accomodation is in a twin or double room with shower en suite. There is a guest lounge with BBC satellite TV, games, an extensive library and a CD Player.

The large swimming pool, which is available in high season, has a changing room with Shower and WC. The pool terrace is furnished with a selection of chairs and loungers and the pool area has a fully equipped kitchen with barbecue.


Continental breakfast consists of croissants, baguette with butter and jam, orange juice and coffee or tea. Dinner is available by arrangement.

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There are a number of ways to get to us....

By Air:

RYANAIR flies daily to Perpignan from Stanstead (2 hrs.) and we are about 20 mins from Perpignan airport. There were two flights daily this summer but only one from end October to Easter. Fares vary from cheap to very cheap (we have even flown free in the low season). Unfortunately, as with everything, school holidays are not so cheap unless you book fairly well in advance.

Alternatively you can fly to Girona-Barcelona, which has four flights per day and is about 1 1/4hr from us. See their website on www.ryanair.com.

By Road:

We are about 750 miles drive from Calais (try www.poferries.com) and there is a choice of motorways all the way, which converge at Narbonne. From there follow the A9 (Barcelona) and then follow the signs to Andorra at Perpignan South (junction 42). We will give you full directions after booking.

By Train:

You can take Eurostar from St Pancras International to either Lille or Paris (www.eurostar.com). Then take a TGV to Perpignan. This takes 5 hrs. at the moment but will be faster from 2006, when the line will be completed. See the website (www.sncf.com) for details or call in at the SNCF office in Piccadilly.

Car Hire:

Although not essential for an enjoyable stay; if you wish to fully explore the area a car is essential. Probably the best thing to do is to hire a car from Perpignan airpot. We have found Europcar (www.europcar.com) to be the most competitive but Ryanair also do deals with Hertz (see their website). Rates vary all the time so check the relevant websites. If flying to Girona, it is worth noting that Spanish rates are marginally cheaper than French.

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Please find below current Tariffs, as well as guide to the availablity of rooms.

All rooms are en suite


Room rates per night inc Continental Breakfast:-

Room Occupation Daily Rate
One Person €40
Two Persons €60
Three Persons €75

Terms and conditions:

A cheque for £50 of the total is required to secure a booking. This will be returned uncashed on payment of the full amount in Euros.

Renting the Villa

You may also rent the villa on a self-catering basis during the periods shown below:-

Period Weekly Rate
30 November 1999 - 30 November 1999 €1400
30 November 1999 - 30 November 1999 €1500


Below is a summary of current availability. Please contact us for up-to-the-minute information.

Week Commencing Availability
1 January 1970
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Villa le Canigou
1 Chemin de la Sini
66130 Ille sur Têt

0033 (0)4 68 84 17 26



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