- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the owner
This delightful, 19th century 'maison vigneronne' offers a real slice of French village life but with the views you would expect from a home deep in the countryside. Exposed beams, original floor tiles, and period furniture give this family home an authentic and well-loved feel, while TV (UK free to air channels), WiFi internet, telephone and DVD player provide modern conveniences. With 120sqm of bright airy living space, including good-sized bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, this is a home to relax in and enjoy. Not only does the house have a large, sunny terrace with beautiful views out to the Causse...Read more
Charming 150-year-old village home - lovely views
Aspiran, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Additional Location Information
THE LOCAL AREA
The village dates back to the 12th century, and much of it still protected by the original stone ramparts. But it is very much a working village, and is exceptionally well-provisioned, with a bakery, bar/cafÃ©, grocery stores and library bordering the plane tree-shaded village square, plus a tabac, post-office and chemist. The vine-covered hillsides surrounding the village leave you in no doubt that you are in the heart of the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region; very drinkable locally produced wine can be bought at the cellar doors of an impressive range of winemakers - some within walking distance of the house. Over the last decade or so Languedoc-Roussillon has started to shed its table-wine-producing image, and some very interesting new wines are starting to appear.
Only a kilometre, or short bike ride, from the house, the river Herault opens as wide as a small lake as it winds its way lazily out towards the Mediterranean, and little 'river beaches' dot its banks; perfect for lazy afternoons swimming, sunning, fishing or dozing. Twenty kilometres upstream, the river offers the adventurous an opportunity to kayak down its rapids as it cuts through some stunning gorges and flows under ancient stone bridges.
WITHIN AN HOUR OR SO
About 25 minutes drive away; just beyond the pleasant town of Clermont L' Herault (with its excellent Wednesday market) is the Lac de Salagou where sailing, windsurfing and swimming can be enjoyed. The picturesque hillsides surrounding the lake are very popular and well-signed for mountain biking, horse-riding and walking trails. The popular antiques centre, Pezenas (15km), has a very good local market on Saturdays and is a lovely place to wander in the early evenings, with its rabbit-warren of tiny lanes lined with local craft shops and some interesting restaurants (tapas in the shady garden at Les Marronniers is recommended).
The coastal towns of Agde (home of the region's largest water park, Aqualand), Cap d' Agde and Sete (sailing), Marseillan and Bouzigues (Oyster and mussel farming), the long white beaches of the Mediterranean and the wild landscape of the Camargue are all under an hour's drive away. The vibrant university city of Montpellier, with its maze of ancient narrow lanes brimming with fascinating places to shop and dine, is only 40 minutes away. Montpellier also has a remarkably efficient electric tram system, so you can park and ride without the worry of navigating the city centre. And slightly further afield, but still within easy reach, are the mysterious and legendary Cathar Castles of Peyrepertuse, Queribus, Montsegur and Carcassonne.
Going north, you will find some lovely ancient villages such as St Guilhem le Desert, with its beautiful Benedictine abbey. Millau Viaduct (the world's highest , at 350m) is one hour's drive north up the A75, and well worth the trip. And there are some unique natural sites not to be missed; the Cirque de Navacelles and the Cirque de Moureze are both well worth a visit, as are the caves at Demoiselle, Clamouse and Labeil. Put on your walking shoes, pack a picnic and your swimmers and explore!
More About This Location
Golf course within 30 minute drive, Tennis courts nearby, Horse riding nearby, Fishing nearby
Nearest beach: Sete, Agde and Marseillan Plages, 20 miles
Nearest shops, 0.25 miles
Nearest airport: Beziers/Agde, 18 miles
Nearest train station: Set/Agde/Montpellier, 18 miles
Car is recommended
Last updated on April 24, 2014
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- Damage deposit | $643
- Cleaning fee | $64 per stay
Additional notes from the owner
1. Easter and Christmas/New Year holiday periods will be charged at High Season rates.
2. Special discounted rates are available for long letting periods (over 1 month), depending on season. Please email the owners to discuss.
4. Bed linen and bath towels can be provided at an extra charge of EUR10 per person per stay. Alternatively, guests are welcome to bring their own. Please advise at time of booking.
- Towels Provided
- Ceiling Fans
- Washing Machine
- Housekeeping Optional
- Linens Provided
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Secure parking space
- Stove or Oven
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Satellite or cable TV
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- 6 Dining chairs
- 5 Lounge chairs
- Pet friendly - ask
- Smoking allowed - no
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
- 120 square meters