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The summer is, of course, the most popular season for visitors to the South of France. At this time of year you can be sure of long, warm and sunny days and perfect conditions for hiking, visiting the beaches of the Mediterranean or simply lounging in the grounds of the house. At the height of summer Clos des Manes is surrounded by blooming lavender bushes and plays host to clouds of butterflies.


The highlights of spring include fields of gorgeous, pink peach blossom in March, the still snow-capped peaks of Canigou, the first cuckoos, and carpets of cowslips, grape hyacinths and other spring flowers in the fields and forest surrounding Clos des Manes.

 

Autumn in the Pyrenees-Orientales is noted for the beautiful changing colours of the local forests, hedgerows full of blackberries and abundant crops of apples and pears (please help yourself from the orchards at Clos des Manes). Still sunny days make this a perfect time to visit such popular attractions as Collioure, where parking is often hard to find in the middle of summer.

 

With its two wood-burning stoves, traditional shutters and comfortable furnishings, Clos des Manes is a warm and cosy spot for winter retreats. With the ski resorts of Pyrenees 2000 and Mont Louis barely an hour away, the house is also a perfect base for lovers of winter sports.

 
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