Refuge Madeloc, Collioure, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

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Rural off-grid hillside house sleeping 10 for families, walkers and nature lovers, near the Mediterranean

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends.
Refuge Madeloc, Collioure, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, sleeps 10 in 4 bedrooms.

Refuge Madeloc is a popular and well established environmentally-friendly venue for walkers, mountain bikers, cyclists and nature lovers, ideal for large families or groups of friends. The house is completely off grid, generating its own electricity and hot water with solar panels, using wood burners for heating and recycling waste water ecologically.

Refuge Madeloc offers off-grid accommodation for groups of up to ten in four bedrooms, with two shower rooms, a large living area and kitchen. We also arrange bedding and towels. We have been inspected by Gites de France as a Gite de Groupes. Contact us if you have a particular interest, for example, in migrating birds, wild flowers, modern art, scuba diving, mountain biking or other outdoor activities.

This stone-built military building was built in 1885 in a sheltered spot at nearly 400m with wonderful views of the coast. Access is by a track leading up to terrace carved into the hillside at 460 metres and protected from the prevailing winds.

The many local footpaths are well signed and maintained, and provide good walking for those of average fitness and more challenging routes for the experienced. You can choose to visit local historic monuments or nature reserves, or head off further towards the higher Pyrenees or the stunning coast path. Remember however that this is a mountain environment, and walkers need to be properly equipped and aware of the weather. The owner is a qualified guide who can offer advice to walkers.

The house is great for birdwatching, particularly in times of migration, for butterflies and for flowers in March-May. You can watch the sun rise from the sea in the morning, and set behind the Corbières in the evening, walk or hire a mountain bike, or just sit in a deck chair with a glass of wine and a breath-taking view. Refuge Madeloc offers an unforgettable week in an astonishing setting. See the blog on our web site for many more photos and information on local wildlife.

Easy to get to from many UK airports, with our nearest airport at Perpignan just 30 km away.

Contact us if you have questions.


The kitchen is well-equipped for 10 with a large eco-fridge and gas cooker. There are accessible washing machines in nearby Port Vendres and Banyuls.
Large dining table for 10, and all necessary crockery. There is a large gas BBQ for cooking on the terrace. You can buy good local wines from us.
2 sofas, 4 easy chairs, a library of books in English and French, games. Windows overlook the terrace.
No TV or hifi, but an iPod dock is available.
There is no WiFi at present, but a reasonable 3G reception for emails and calls. Tourist offices and cafes have WiFi access in local ports.
Boot room with walking information and maps, bird and insect guides, plus table football and boules. Children's and family games and books too.
Traditional Godin wood burner rated at 12kw warms the whole house, plus gas heater. Heating rarely necessary May - November. Wood is provided free.
One double bedroom with optional child's bed. Three twin bedrooms, one of which also has two full size bunk beds.
Duvets, pillow cases, covers all provided, as are bathroom towels, but not beach towels. Your beds are made up ready for when you arrive.
Two bathrooms with shower, basin and WC. Toilets are designed for eco-use using minimum of water. There is also a dry toilet outside.
This is a historic building, and it has not been possible to adapt it for disabled access.
There are books and games, table football, and many hectares of unspoiled countryside. Mollie is a cat who lives outside and loves to be cuddled.
Large terrace, BBQ and deckchairs. Well signed walking and mountain bike routes to mountains and the coast. Flowers, birds, butterflies everywhere.
No - but there are many little coves and beaches to swim in the Med only 8km away, and the owner can show you ones which are not going to be crowded.
Parking on site for 2-3 cars. The approach road is 1.5km of mountain track so you need reasonable ground clearance. My Zafira is fine - 4x4 not needed
Not indoors please. And this is a fire risk area so smokers need to take great care outdoors too.
Well behaved dogs with well behaved owners are welcome. There is a cat (Mollie) who lives outdoors on the site and who is very child friendly.


The refuge is set on a mountainside overlooking the coast. 4km to the sea as the crow flies - but about 8 km by road - less on footpaths. I will send full directions to find the house (see map).
The famous and picturesque fishing ports of Collioure (haunt of Matisse and Derain) and Port Vendres are 8km away with all services and restaurants. Banyuls-sur-Mer is 10km.
Good supermarkets at Port Vendres, Collioure and Banyuls. Lively local markets, excellent organic vegetables and of course local wines, and fish straight from the boats.
Restaurants to suit all pockets at 8km. Walk down (90 mins) and taxi back (20€). If you want a special meal (e.g. paella or fruits de mer) or good local wines, we can help you arrange it.

Booking Information

Prices in pounds based on 10 people. Reductions for 8 (minimum price). Prices may fluctuate with exchange rate.
Only full weeks booking in high season. Contact us for other weekend and nightly rates and availability. We ask for 25% deposit. Balance payable three weeks before arrival.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Games Room
Hot Tub
Swimming Pool
Tennis Court
Open Fire
Disabled Access

Getting here

Collioure or Port Vendres 8km. Come by train and we will transport your luggage to the house for free. Amazingly you can also book a train to Carcassonne, Narbonne or Avignon for 1€ (Yes One Euro!).
Coastal buses all cost 1€ per trip too, to Perpignan, Collioure, Port Vendres, Banyuls and Spain. We regularly have groups who simply do not use a car at all. Bus at 8km. Taxi can get to 1.5km away.
Perpignan 30km (flights to Stansted and Birmingham on Ryanair), Beziers 90km (to Luton, Manchester, Bristol and Edinburgh), Carcassonne 90km ( East Mid, Liverpool). All accessible by train.

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Refuge Madeloc, Collioure, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

David Cadwallader

+33 (0)430 445 279
+33 (0)621 881 9275

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