The original core of La Terrasse au Soleil was an 18thC mas, but already a hotel when the present owners acquired it in 1980. Since then two annexes have been added for extra bedrooms and suites. The setting is lovely, higher up the mountains than nearby Céret, with splendid views over unspoiled hills.
  Bedrooms vary in size, but the biggest are very spacious and all are tastefully furnished and decorated (some have their own private verandas). There is plenty of individuality in the interior design - much of it the legacy of Charles Trenet (the house at one time belonged to his agent and was a haunt of show-business personalities): unusual terracotta and ceramic tiling and imported African wood carvings, as in the huge bar. Colour and warmth in abundance introduce intimacy and cosiness not normally found in four-star hotels. Picasso is said to have sat on the terrace to enjoy the views of Mont Canigou.
  The restaurant, La Cerisaie, has an enviable reputation and a young chef from Paris. At lunchtime, there is a tempting carte brasserie as a lighter alternative to the more serious food served at dinner. In between guests can be pampered at La Balneaire, the new health centre, which offers massages, a Turkish bath, sauna, spa and solarium.