What did the clients say...
Extract from the village guest book:
Here we let the guests tell their own story about weather, impressions, experiences and advice... (good and bad - unedited, of course)
Video testimonials 2013:
This was our first experience of booking a holiday using the Net. It was all very easy and the accomodation and the surrounding area lived up to our expectations.
The accomodation was spacious and comfortable and everything we needed was provided. Erik and Anette were very friendly and most helpful. Altogether our stay was a very happy one which passed far too quickly.
We were very impressed with the website and all the detailed information we received.
This part of France is beautiful and there is so much to do. We have only had time to sample a little and we hope to be back before too long.
The Village itself is fascinating and we never tired of the view from our terrace.
Heather, David and Lyndsay Barnbrook
Matthew Barnbrook, the young son: A very good place to stay. I think it is excellent, I mark it 10/10.
We have been very happy to be here. Le Village Catalan is very nice with a perfect location with respect to the facilities of Vernet les Bains and especially the hiking trails. The mountains are very beautiful with excellent possibilities for hiking. In addition to the very popular hiking tours to Pic du Canigou, Cascades des Anglais and St. Martin du Canigou, we would like to recommend the following:
Climb the small mountain behind Les Thermes to Pic de la Pena, continue to Tour de Goa and Col de Jou and then down to Casteil and back to Vernet les Bains (4 - 5 hours depending on breaks, children etc.).
Drive by car via Sahorre and Py to Col de Mantet and walk down to Pic de Tres Estelles and back. (3 - 4 hours also also depending on breaks, children etc.).
The 1:25.000 map from the book store is very useful. The public outdoor swimming pools of Vernet are good, especially for children (also small ones).
We would like to come back!
Trine og Steen Holmberg
Sune (11) and Jon (5)
We spent most of our time here walking in the mountains of Canigou & Cerdagne - Capcir. These gave us some very wonderful and memorable walks - as always in the Pyrenees - the weather here, however, has been consistently better than any other holiday we have had in France. For serious mountain walking we recommend the Gorges Véron "Le guide Rando" both "Canigou, Cerdagne et Capcir" - even if your Franch isn't good the directions and maps are easy to follow. We already had these but have seen them in the local bookshops who also have "Petit Randonnée" and "Emilie" guides for shorter walks. We loved the pool for cooling off in the evening. The gite was very convenient and comfortable. Lovely cool bedroom and great views over the town. And why do the church bells give a special extra celebratory ring ar both 7:15's? Is this a local tradition? Or a significant time for worship?
Thank you for your lovely welcome and help. Please feel free to use any comments and if you have an answer to the church bells e-mail us.
Dave and Trak Fryer
Our stay was most relaxing and serene. We loved the location and all the wonderful opportunities for side trips. The hiking trails were wonderful.
Our host and hostess were so helpful and kind. I would not hesitate to recommend Le Village Catalan to anyone. I have fond memories of my week here and only wish it could have been two or three. It definately felt like a home away from home and Le Village Catalan became a part of us. Thank you for a most memorable time. One we shall never forget!
Marna and Marilyn O'Toole
We have been very pleased with the facilities and atmosphere of Le Village Catalan. It is recommandable to families even with kids. The surroundings are beautiful and you feel quite for away from the crowded tourist areas. We are going to recommend Le Village Catalan to collegues and friends.
Helle and Mogens Laursen
We have both thoroughly enjoyed our holiday at Le Village Catalan. The setting is spectacular, the thought of meals on the terrace overlooking Vernet, the church and the mountains will keep me going through several boring meetings in the months to come. My personal highlight was a day in the mountains climbing Le Canigou, hard work but well worth it.
Thanks also to our very friendly and helpful hosts, who made the holiday complete.
John and Jill Wood
We have enjoyed our stay very much, the cottage is delightful.
It was nice being able to meet with yourselves and fellow guests at the poolside. Hopefully we will be able to holiday here again next year. We wish you both our very best wishes and thank you.
Erik and Anette are great hosts. They went out of their way to accomodate us since we were without car. Though there are a number of local sights, having a car would greatly expand the exploration possibilities. Local residents were also quite helpful and friendly. The region is spectacular and we will return to it.
USA ( - see Bill's web page about Vernet , and don't miss his beautiful sunset photos from the balcony)
Beautiful situation, lovely views - we enjoyed eating and drinking on our terrace while the sun set over Vernet les Bains.
We greatly enjoyed walking in the area - the Cascades des Anglais walk was a good starter, and great fun. The higher areas around Mantet and Col de Porhes (with its lake(s)) were beautiful - the wild flowers and the fresh feel to the air were fantastic. A bath in the hot springs pool (open air) at St. Thomas les Bains can be recommended.
Thank you very much for a lovely stay.
Michael and Mary Sidford
Thank you for a peaceful time in incredible scenary. Hopefully we will return sometime to visit the many places we missed.
Peter and Chris
We have had a wonderful time.
Partly this is due to France - always interestingly different for the English. Great value for UK visitors. Then there is the food and wine.
Partly its due to this AREA of France. What we were told about the sunshine and the temperatures being modified by altitude was true for us. But in addition everything is so green.
Partly it is due to Vernet and it's surroundings. The scenary round here is wonderful. We made very good use of the booklet of 12 walks in the area supplied by the Office du Tourisme. It was even possible to make the walk to the summit of Canigou - with amazing views of the Pyrenees, of Roussillon, and of the Mediterranien coast in France and Spain.
Vernet itself is visually charming and very quiet. We found a couple of reasonable restaurants and one really good one - Le Molière in Casteil. Shopping for self-catering was fine. Apart from the local small shops, we thought the local supermarket was really good for its size. We also enjoyed Prades market.
Finally we enjoyed Le Village Catalan. The space was more than enough for us. The house was well-equipped and clean. The view from our balcony was superb. The houses are high enough to give a great view over a very attractive town - but not so high up as to make a walk into town difficult. Strolls into town for an evening aperitif or for fresh bread were a pleasure.
We should, most importantly, mention also the "management" of Le Village Catalan who made it a particular pleasure to be here. We were welcomed warmly and you were always available but never obstrusive. You also provided information, advice and practical help whenever we asked. Very, very many thanks. We will return: we hope soon.
Peter and Tricia Bradshaw
We have had a wonderful week. The house has been very comfortable and has wonderful views. We have thoroughly enjoyed our walks in the spectacular countryside and mountains: these have given us great appetites which we have sated in some fine restaurants in the charming town. Overall, it has been a most refreshing week. We have found that one week has not been long enough to make full advantage of what there is on offer in this splendid place.
Finally, we would like to say that we cannot imagine anywhere hosts more friendly and helpful, yet unobstrusive, than Erik and Anette. Thank you both, and all good wishes for the future.
Ken and Lilian Baird
To Anette and Erik Gundersen:
Thank you very much for your warm welcome and excellent hospitality. We enjoyed the week in the Village Catalan very much; the house is wonderful and ok equipped.
Erik, please continue your Internet success-story!
Herbert and Gertraud Sauter
Thank you Erik and Anette for a wonderful holiday. Courli's outlook over Vernet + surrounding mountains never ceased to strike us with awe and our little patio was a real treat. Your hospitality + generosity was hugely appreciated, especially when Betty fell and badly broke her wrist - thanks to you an incident which could hace caused us huge anxiety you helped us deal with calmly (calling a doctor on our behalf). Knowing that you were happy to step in and help.
Thanks again, hope to see you again sometime.
P.S. Maybe we'll se you playing your bass one day Erik!
Jan, John and Betty Lenz
Our most relaxing week this year by far. Extremely impressed with the area (possibly hooked for life)!
Dean O'Connor and Sarah Hopper
We felt at home here. Everything we needed was available. Beautiful view and a wonderful area to stay. Friendly town.
Jim and Regine
We have really enjoyed our stay here. The swimming pool was great and kept the child quiet! The views are fantastic, amazing sunsets and ever-changing light across the hills. The hot bricks of the terrace are so warm to your bare feet; the other guests were friendly and the atmosphere is peaceful and congenial.
Sandra Hawthorn and Paul Kerry
I found there were lots of fun activities I liked the animals at the park and I thought the eagels were amazing.
Eilidhjago (the young son)
Thank you Erik and Anette for a relaxed welcome that perfectly matched the setting, and for your many kindnesses.
Hope to see you again someday - in Vernet les Bains or in Bath (les bains). We really enjoyed the petanque! and the house was perfect.
Tony and Jane
Hi Erik and Anette
Just a quick thankyou - now we are back in Wiltshire. For the first time ever we drove the length of France (and across Southern England) without seeing a cloud!
We greatly enjoyed our 1½ bed apartment and your hospitality (as well as Vivi and Maria's). Starting the week with the wine and info gathering was a great idea....and the Petanque tournament!
Its also the first time we have come home feeling we really would like to stay in a place again. There is still plenty to see and do! So, au revoir until a year or two's time perhaps!
Mike, Sue and Tasmin
Katy and I would like to express our gratitude for your wonderful hospitality during our honeymoon in France. Our stay with you in Vernet les Bains was the highlight of our trip.
Michael and Katie Philips
Je vous aime...I love you...Miluji Vás
Fantastic holiday, beautiful countryside, very nice people, mainly Erik and Anette. We leave but we are happy to find new friends.
I envy you the feeling of making people to be happy.
Jana, Peter, Irena, Pepi, Banca and Tanà
We really enjoyed our holiday. Erik and Anette you both have been very helpful in telling us about the area and the different attractions. Your house is very nice and comfortable and highly recommended. Thank you.
Valerie and Liam Ryan
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