If you’re not looking for self-catering and you fancy a comfortable bed and breakfast perched with fantastic views above the beautiful town of Ceret, then look no further than La Chataigneraie. Run by Kim, Gill and Jim, La Chataignerie has six rooms or suites. Each one has its own personality from the Canigou room where the windows frame the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees, to the pool suite that opens out onto the large swimming pool and a grand sun-bathing terrace.
Ask nicely, and you can have breakfast delivered to your room. Fresh bread, croissants, and juice are nothing less then you’d expect in this corner of South-West France, but the fresh air and views from the Albere hills make everything taste that much sweeter.
You can walk down easily to the medieval walled town of Ceret, with its broad, pedestrianised boulevard lined with cafes and restaurants. Parking is also easy, although you need to arrive early on a Saturday when the market takes over the town. Look out for fresh honey, cheese and charcuterie from local suppliers, and everything else including books, clothes and toys.
If you want to roam further afield, Kim will help organise horse riding for both beginners and experts alike from her stables a short drive from the b+b.