My husband and I spent five nights at this elegantly restored Catalan 'mas' in late July and had a marvelous stay. Our room had a terrace overlooking the foothills of the nearby Pyrenees, it was tastefully decorated with a large comfortable bed and a grand shower in the bath. I swam often in the pool, had a lovely massage in the attached spa house (needs advance booking), and we enjoyed daily delicious breakfasts of fresh breads, cheeses, home made fruit jams, savory cakes, fruit and, if requested, eggs cooked as only the French can. Sitting in the lovely gardens outside, hearing the wind gently (or strongly) blow through the branches of the overhanging trees while savoring a leisurely breakfast was wonderful. We can also state unequivocally that the dinners we had chez le relais were among the best we had in France -- inventive but not fussy, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, some dishes were a revelation, but all were delicious. Anne and the young ladies at the desk were always willing to help with information and ideas about local sites to visit. The area is full of interesting places to see, most notably Ceret -- a beautiful village with a great small modern art museum and a fun Saturday morning market, and Collioure, which, though full of tourists when we visited, was nevertheless achingly picturesque, and must be a joy to visit off season. It was also an easy drive to northern Spain -- Gerona, Figueres, and the Costa Brava. All in all, a marvelous place.
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- 3 km of the highway exit Boulou (A9), just a step from Spain, mediterranean beaches, the attractive city of Collioure, this Catalan mas of the XVIIth century was completely renovated with elegance in charming hote. Rooms are personalized, some with privative terraces. You will particularly appreciate the quality of the cooking, elaborated with fresh products, served outside during summer and in the lounge during winter. You will be also charmed by the peace of places, the presence of a swimming pool. ... more less
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