The area

For shopping you will find in Saint Laurent de Cerdans, only 3 km away, a bakery, a small supermarket and a butcher. Every Saturday morning you can by at the local market.
For car problems there are two garages.
The recreational advantages in the area are the wonderful walks through the woods and over the mountains and the rather good restaurant nearby, as well in Spain as in France.
It’s a very rural country, very quiet with little tourism, lots of forests and well preserved nature. 
The landscapes and the temperature change compared to the altitude at which you find yourself, so there is a lot of diversity in nature.
The closest cities are Céret, Figueras and Perpignan. Gerona is only a bit further and is more then worth visiting. An excursion to Barcelona for one day is very well possible with the high-speed rail at the train station of Figueres Villafant from where it takes only 55 min to the center of Barcelona.
Other pleasant excursions are the abbey of Sant Pere de Rhodes in the natural reserve of the Cap de Creus, Cadaques and the house of Dali in Port Lligat, Collioure, the Côte Vermeille, the Costa Brava, Sant Marti d’Empuries and in the Têt valley you find the Prieuré de Serrabone, the abbeys of Cuxa and of Saint Martin du Canigou.
Closer to the house, there is the mountain lake of Boadella where you can go for swimming and kanoing, and number of small villages to visit in the French Haut Vallespir and in the Spanish Alt Emporda,  with abundance of Romanesque churches, and wherever you go beautiful walks to do.
The closest neighbors are two cheese farmers, a beekeeper and a horse keeper who organizes horse trips based on natural horsemanship.  ‘Les chevaux du Buac’