Clos des Aspres

Ortaffa, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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Clos des Aspres

Ortaffa, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

A charming B&B guesthouse, plus a self-catering gite (for 8-10), with Mediterranean gardens, a heated pool and heart-skipping views

A charming B&B guesthouse, plus a self-catering gite (for 8-10), with Mediterranean gardens, a heated pool and heart-skipping views

“The setting is exceptional," say owners Pierre and Emmanuel, "it's good to live here.” It's easy to see what they mean. Hidden in the heart of the sunny Languedoc-Roussillon, this traditional Catalan wine-house is surrounded by lush rolling vineyards and framed by the craggy Albères Massif. There are endless views in all directions, yet pretty villages and excellent French restaurants await just a short drive away. A little further, the sunkissed beaches of Côte Vermeille and the epic hiking trails of the Pyrenees beckon. Truly, this region of southwest France has it all — beauty, serenity, heavenly food & wine — everything except the tourist crowds, who keep away for 10 months of the year.

But equally special is this small, charming 5 bedroom guesthouse, with its easy home-from-home ambience. We spent lazy afternoons in the hammock by the pool, rolling out to pour ourselves a glass or two of chilled rosé — Pierre and Emmanuel produce their own. Inside the Mas, a clever renovation has married old and new styles, with contemporary designs blending with 19th-century shutters and stonework. There's a lovely lounge where you can kick off your flip-flops and flick through old magazines, plus a kitchen where you can make a coffee. Or if want full self-catering facilities, there's a separate gite with 4 bedrooms and its own pool, ideal for groups or families after added privacy. Wherever you choose to stay, you'll find a glorious sense of peacefulness: something we all crave.


  • The warm welcome from Pierre and Emmanuel, a prelude to their thoughtful hosting
  • A perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate; we adored relaxing by the heated pool, soaking up the quiet and those incredible views
  • Just 5 spacious and beautiful rooms, plus a self-catering gite with its own pool
  • Excellent prices and rates include a yummy alfresco breakfast (if staying in main house)
  • Suits couples and families alike: there's plenty of space for all


  • No lunch or dinner service
  • A late check-in - 5pm - and a minimum 3-night stay during school holidays and over bank holiday weekends
  • Note, stays in the gite (Cottage) require a security deposit, and the rates don't include a compulsory end-of-stay cleaning fee or breakfast
  • Pierre and Emmanuel have three very friendly dogs who delighted us but might not please everyone

Best time to go

The Languedoc-Roussillon climate is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers, rainy winters, and moderate springs and autumns. It's estimated there are 300 days of sunshine a year, so your odds of perfect weather are high! The guesthouse is open all year, and the region hosts some fun music festivals during the summer.

Our top tips

After visiting the Abbey of St Martin de Canigou, take a detour to the incredible Priory of Serrabone. The steep drive up is slightly scary, but you're rewarded with spectacular scenery. This tiny priory is a masterpiece of Romanesque art, its cloister carved from pink marble, with intricate floral engravings.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 5 rooms + 1 gite for 8-10
  • Breakfast (self-catering in gite)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car essential
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Honesty bar
Room: Les Alberes Family Room


In the main house, the 5 spacious bedrooms are peaceful and private; all lead out to the garden or have mountain views. Décor is a classy blend of authenticity and modern comfort, with antique desks and feature walls in azure, mustard and carnelian. There are pops of colour in floor tiles, too, and in old-fashioned travel posters, sepia photos and thick curtains, but it's all very considered. Bathrooms are similarly restrained - we liked the twin sinks and bamboo ladders for hanging up your towels.

Double Room L'Olivière has a private patio, while Côté Cour has a sofabed for a child. We stayed in Petit Verdot, up on the first floor, and loved the cosiness - especially the 100% linen sheets.

Spacious Les Albères, the Family Room, has views of the Albères mountains and an additional single bed, while Les Camamilles is the Family Suite: two bedrooms and a private entrance. Whichever room you choose, comfort is key.

For groups, there's a separate a 4-bedroom gite (Cottage) for private self-catering rental. We especially liked the open-plan living area that flows into the private garden, which has a summer kitchen and terrace for alfresco dining. The heated pool is gated (wonderful with small children).

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


If you're staying in the Mas, a superb breakfast is served on the terrace by the pool, where the views of the Pic du Canigou are stunning. We enjoyed freshly squeezed juice, pastries from the local patisserie, creamy yoghurt, local Ortaffa honey and jams, and Clos des Aspres' own olive oil.

Throughout the day, you can help yourself to teas and coffees, and there's an honesty bar with wine, beer and juices - all of which are very reasonably priced. If you're staying in the gite, you've got your own kitchen (plus an outdoor kitchen) for prepping meals and snacks.

For lunch, pop to Ortaffa's shops to assemble a picnic: regional specialities include the Pélardon goat's cheese and olive tapenade. Pierre and Emmanuel will also recommend wonderful restaurants for dinner, whether you're after something simple and traditional - try Le Catalan in Laroque des Alberes - or a more gastronomic affair. Nearby favourites include La Salamandre à Sorède, Le Jardin des simples à Sorède and L'ancienne école à Palau del Vidre. For gastronomy lovers, La Trincadis in nearby Argelès village is a must.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Relax in the Mediterranean gardens, swim in the heated pool and enjoy the Languedoc's 300 days of sunshine
  • Taste Clos des Aspres' wines (the rosé and the Sauvignon Blanc are popular) and visit nearby vineyards
  • There's picturesque walking and cycling from the front door: ask Emmanuel to recommend a route
  • Nearby Ortaffa is pretty for a wander, while Perpignan, the proud centre of French Catalonia, has a beautiful old town and traditional Catalan restaurants
  • The Côte Vermeille is 30 mins away: a string of sandy Med beaches, plus the so-called Rocky Shore
  • Explore the authentic seaside village of Collioure, dubbed 'St Tropez without the excesses'. Its Museum of Modern Art has works by Matisse, Picasso, Derain and Dufy
  • Sporty types can windsurf, horse ride and kayak; adrenaline junkies can go canyoning, white-water rafting and paragliding
  • The foothills of the Pyrenees are home to breathtaking ancient sites, including the walled village of Villefranche le Conflent, The Abbey of St Martin de Canigou, and Castelnou's castle
  • Day trip to Spain for historic Girona and the Dali Triangle

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Canyoning
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Rafting
  • Walking
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting


Families are welcome. There's not a lot for them here, but kids will love the heated pool and exploring the garden, and parents will appreciate the easy ambience and being able to use the kitchen to whip up snacks. The four-bedroom gite would work well for a bigger family and has its own pool and garden for kids to roam free in. Be aware that most day trips/restaurant visits will involve driving.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

There are 2 family rooms in the guesthouse. Les Albères has a kingsize bed and single bed; Les Camamilles has a kingsize bedroom, a twin bedroom and space for a baby cot or extra bed. The Double Rooms can fit a baby cot and Côté Cour has a sofabed. The private self-catering gite sleeps up to 10 in 4 bedrooms and a sofabed in the lounge, and has a heated fenced pool.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Pool
  • Swing and slide
  • Dogs to play with

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Saint Jean Pla de Corts Lake for watersports and zip lining
  • Horse riding
  • Animal farm

Families Should Know:

The guesthouse pool is not fenced and only heated May-October


  • Airport 25km (Perpignan)
  • Hospital: 15km
  • Shop: 2km
Kid Friendly:


Clos des Aspres is located in Occitanie, which encompasses the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, in the heart of the Eastern Pyrenees.

By Air:
Fly into Perpignan (25km), Girona (97km, in Spain) or Barcelona (200km).

You'll want a car to get here and explore the region (see our car rental recommendations).

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through


  • Perpignan 25.0 km PGF
  • Girona (Spain) 97.0 km GIR


  • Beach 12.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

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