You'll find this converted 17thC Catalan farmhouse in the foothills of Le Boulou, a 20-mintue drive from the Spanish border - it strikes a nice balance: secluded but not remote. A short drive west takes you to Céret, a small town well known for its associations with Picasso - who lived here in the early 1900s, producing well-known Cubist works such as The Poet and Violin. Head east, and in 20 km you're on the Mediterranean at Argéles-sur-Mer, where the coastline has 7 km of wide sandy beach.
  The original stone exterior gives it a comfortable rustic charm, but the inside is modern. You'll find neutral a neutral palette with thoughtful injections of colour, and well-chosen pretty antiques, some Louis XV. Each room is appropriately priced according to size, and the range is wide, from modest to grand. The suites however, are seperated from the main building by two sets of stairs - some appreciate the seculsion while others find it a bit of a walk. We've had good reports of the restaurant food and service.