Lovely 4 Bed home swap in Fitou, France
Modern four bedroom detached villa with private pool and children's play area, located in the historic wine village of Fitou, halfway between Narbonne and Perpignan. Lovely views of the inland salt water lagoon and Meditteranean sea. Ten minutes drive to the beach and 90 minutes drive to ski resorts.
The property sleeps 8/9 people, with 4 double bedrooms, a spacious open-plan living and dining area, a fully fitted kitchen, bathroom, shower room, covered terrace, private pool surrounded by a large sun terrace, children's play area and landscaped gardens.
Fitou is a famous wine village offering ample opportunity to sample the local wine in it's many village caves. There are also four great restaurants within a ten minute walk of the villa.(Limited opening during winter months) All serve superb food and offer a unique French atmosphere. At the Vidal restaurant you can indulge in an amazing seafood and cold meats buffet whilst being entertained by the Grandfather on his saxaphone....a truly unforgettable experience! There is also a medieval chateau within a 10 minute walk that has a museum, gift shop and bar where tapas is served. The village also offers some additional restaurants, a pizza take-away, a bar/ tabac, a supermarket and a doctors surgery.
There is a football stadium, a hard surface football/basketball court with a small climbing wall, a table tennis table, a children's playground, a skate park, a bouladrome and a tennis court.
The village comes to life in July and August when you can experience regular musical evenings outside the local bar; the annual wine fete at the beginning of August and the twice yearly 'sardinade', a traditional festival where hundreds of sardines are cooked over an open fire and served with French bread and lots of red wine!
Perpignan, with it?s strong Catalan influence is a 20 minute drive away where you will find a maze of chiq boutiques and busy pavement bars, caf?s and restaurants.
The local area offers lots of family activities and days out such as the underground caves at Ville-Franche (40mins), the little yellow train that travels up the Pyrenees mountains (40 mins), a fantastic African safari park with over 3000 animals (15 mins) as well as a whole host of adventure and water parks (20 mins).
The region is littered with historical monuments, abbeys and castles and boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Pont du Gard, the Canal du Midi, the medieval walled city at Carcassonne and the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, which take in the abbey of Saint-Guilhem-le-D?sert and the abbey church of Saint-Gilles. A short trip over the border in to Spain will take you to Figueres where you can visit the famous Dail museum and the region is famous for it's great painters like Matisse and Picasso who once found inspiration in the beauty and light of ports such as Collioure, Banyuls, Port-Vendres and Cerb?re.
Conditions of home exchange
- Non smokers only
- Pets welcome
- Children welcome
- Washer / Drier
- Garage / Parking
- Swimming pool
- Internet / WiFi
- Car recommended
- Local restaurants
Nearest city: Perpignan
Property type: House
Location type: Beach/Seaside