La Paloma consists of La Paloma Villa and La Paloma Apartment and can be rented throughout the year.
The house is perfect for large parties, family reunions and two family holidays. The villa section provides the main accommodation, reception rooms, kitchen, bathrooms and three bedrooms with beds for six.
The self-contained apartment has its own front door, kitchen, lounge diner, shower room and two further bedrooms with beds for six.
When at La Paloma with a large party we tend to consign the youngsters to the apartment. This leaves us to enjoy the peace and quite afforded by the villa with its large terraces and fantastic views.The youngsters meanwhile can enjoy themselves; close enough to be safe and far away enough to feel independent.
Meal times are always the highlight of the day at La Paloma. There are several terraces to choose from for lunch providing shade or sun as required. As dinner time approaches party members drift back from the activities of the day and congregate in the large kitchen to share stories and help prepare the meal over a glass of local wine.
La Paloma is a large residence on the edge of the medieval village of Arles sur Tech in the Languedoc region of South West France.
In 1956 local chiropractor, Mr Boix and his dentist wife chose this prime site on an old vineyard with views over the picturesque village to create a villa to live in and a separate suite of rooms for them to practice in.
When we bought La Paloma in 2003 we converted the practice rooms into a separate apartment, installed a swimming pool and created extra terraces. La Paloma is made up of a Villa to sleep 6 and an apartment to sleep 5.
- Private pool
- Stunning views
- Extensive terraces
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Short walk to shops and restaurants
- Short drive to coast and into Spain
- Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available
La Paloma is the ideal venue for a family reunion, celebrations or two family holidays. The two-story layout of the property lends itself to large gatherings. In addition to sleeping 12 people in the bedrooms there are three sofa beds to accommodate a further 6 people. With two kitchens, three bathrooms and three reception rooms there is plenty of room for party members to find their own space.
The outside terraces and seating areas mean that you can be together when you want to and can separate into smaller groups when required. In the evenings party members can find their own favourite spots to group together and enjoy a quite drink and meal or to play music and chat the night away.
One of the most important reasons for us buying a house in France was our love of food and wine. The main kitchen at La Paloma usually becomes the main gathering place when we are there with friends and family. The kitchen is well equipped with all mod cons and some interesting traditional French features. It has a table that will comfortably sit ten people, an American fridge with ice maker and modern gas cooker and coffee machine along with all the utensils and equipment required for the most ambitious cook.
A small library of cookbooks includes books from Elizabeth David though to Rick Stein should you be stuck for inspiration. The village butcher has a fabulous selection of meat, poultry, and charcuterie and the local Spar has fresh supplies of vegetables each day.
Child Friendly – Cots, pushchairs and high chairs available
Guests have unlimited exclusive access to the house, grounds and pool.
Interaction with guests
We do not live on site when the property is let. Either we or our housekeeper will be nearby should there be any issues that need our attention.
Other things to note
Why we love being here:
The sun popping up over the mountain and burning off the early morning mist
Blue sky against the lush green mountain vegetation
Views across the terracotta roofs of the village from the terrace
An early morning dip in the pool
A French lesson from the bakers wife
A sneaky coffee in the village after an early morning run
Catching a glimpse of the pool from the kitchen window
A hard cycle up the valley for breakfast at Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste
A fast cycle down the valley for a long lunch in Céret
Fresh salmon steamed with lemon and glass of crisp white wine
A drive to the coast and a day on the beach
A walk up to the old mine and a picnic lunch
A sing-song round the piano
A drive over the hill to Spain for tapas and white Rioja
Twisting by the pool
Candle lit dinner on the back terrace
Stunning thunderstorms rolling down the valley
Neighbours popping in for a chat and an aperitif
Billy, the mystery cat who comes and goes
The laughter of our children, and their children coming across from the pool
A visit to the vineyard to catch up with the grower and fill up the boot
A gin & tonic at sundown
The chatter of the crickets as the day comes to an end
A night sky with stars like diamonds scattered on velvet
The abbey bells marking the time that passes far too quickly
We really would prefer it if you didn't smoke in our house, apart from that please make yourself at home and treat it as you would treat your own house.
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All my life I have ran my own small businesses most latterly in the education sector running programs helping young people to achieve their dreams.
I am now semi-retired and split my time between our cottage on a farm near Epsom in the UK and La Paloma.
We are crucially aware that when guests chose to spend their holidays at La Paloma they are trusting us to ensure that all goes well.
When we don’t have guests at La Paloma we work hard maintaining and improving the property to ensure that we meet, or indeed exceed, their expectations.
When guests arrive we love showing them round La Paloma and sharing details of the local area.
When I was a young boy my parents drove our family from the UK to the South of France on our first overseas holiday.
We camped on the beach close to St Tropez, ate in local restaurants, brought bread from local bakers, cooked in the open air, swan in the Mediterranean and fell deeply in love with France.
From that first trip I’d dreamed of living in France and re-living the experiences that made that first visit so special.
In 2003 on a trip to the South France we stumbled across La Paloma and the dream became a reality.
This often forgotten corner of France enjoys more sunshine than the rest of the country. It’s close to the Spanish boarder and just a few miles from the Mediterranean.
La Paloma offers the best of all worlds, stunning views across the valley with plenty of space and privacy but just a few moments’ walk from the village.
Having the house full of friends and family has given us some of our best memories of this extraordinary place.
Breakfast on the front terrace overlooking the village, lazy lunches by the pool and long dinners on the back terrace mark the passing of our days here.