|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Description from the owner
This beautifully historic 12th century villa is located at the centre of a classic walled circulade medieval village close to the flowing waters of the Herault River. The top floor terrace has stunning views of the region and surrounding vineyards. Renovated throughout, â€˜Cloche-Piochetâ€™ combines the convenience of modern living with old Roman floor tiles, medieval stone walls and staircase, exposed timber beams, traditional ceilings, and a diversity of other features added by resident families down through the centuries. With three large bedrooms and two bathrooms, it accommodates families (or up to six adults) in comfort.
Additional Location Information
People have lived at Le Pouget in the fertile HÃ©rault Valley for at least 35,000 years and probably for much longer, but the village as it stands today is of medieval origin. It is a classic hilltop circulade â€“ a walled village with houses on narrow, cobbled streets circling a central church and churchyard. Today, Le Pouget is a vibrant village of approximately 1,500 people with a weekly market, three restaurants, bar, patissiere, boucherie, tabac, epicerie and more.â€¨â€¨
The property is located close to the towns of Clermont L'Herault, Gignac and Pezenas, bustling with their weekly markets and variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The nearby village of Canet (3km) provides access to the clear, cool waters of the Herault River and its popular local swimming. The village is ideally located to explore the many picturesque villages, mountain streams and gorges and medieval towns and historic sights.
Location Type Village
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$75 - $100||$75||$520 - $700||$2,000 - $2,400||3 nights|
|Apr. 1 2013 - Jun. 1 2013
|Jun. 2 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Sep. 1 2013 - Nov. 1 2013
|All Other Dates||$75||$75||$520||$2,000||3 nights|
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AvailableUnavailable Last updated: April 28, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
An amazing experience I won't forget.
I stayed with family at Cloche-Piochet in the Languedoc region of France, which is one of the largest wine growing regions in France. The village of Le Puget where Cloche-Piochet is is full of what daily life is like in that part of the country, and you are easily swept up in the life, such as the "long lunch" at midday which stretches until 2 or 3 p.m. We would have a leisurely lunch with a glass or two of rose, and I have to say the rose in France is so much nicer than what we have had in australia. You can go to so many famous places in a short time by car, which was our preference. We drove to Saint Tropez, Nice and even to Monarco and got to see so much of the south of France that we would not have seen had we flown. We caught the TGV (very fast train) from Paris to Montpelier, which took approx 3 hours and was a great experience and then picked up our hire car at the station, all very easy to arrange, then we drove to Le Pouget, which took approx 1-hour. We met up with Bill the caretaker, and he took us to the house and talked us through everything we needed to know to make our time there enjoyable and worry free. He was also available by phone if we had any issues, concerns or even questions about how to get to a place that we weren't sure about.
We decided to go to Barcelona for a few days, which isn't far away, around 4 hrs by train. We caught the train from Montpelier early in the morning and returned 3-days later and got back in the evening - it was great. We arranged accommodation in Barcelona before we left australia. I will hopefully get to go back to Le Pouget again in the near future, it is certainly one of my favourite places to visit and you can have restful days too - we stayed for 2-weeks which was perfect.
An unspoilt and charming village house in real France
I have been holiday at Cloche-Piochet with my young son for three years and still feel I'm only scratching the surface of the surrounding rivers, mountains and beautiful scenery.
Greeted for the first time by a friendly Brit (the only English I heard that week) and introduced to the house, I was immediately taken by the serenity (bells aside) of the place and, throwing back the cobalt shutters and revealing the sunny church opposite, how quintessentially French.
I still feel the stresses of travelling a thousand miles with a small child lifted when I turn the key and step into the cool, medieval basement and climb the Roman staircase to the first floor.
Watching the sunset over the vineyards from the terrace with a glass of wine and a bbq will stay with you through the cold winter and have you booking again next year.
If you are timing your travel to catch something on Sky, are bringing your Xbox, are looking forward to your full English breakfast or say 'time is money' Cloche-Piochet is probably not for you but if you want to experience real France in an unbeatable location I would have no hesitation in recommending Olive's beautiful house.
My son and I time our stays with the Carcassonne Music Festival (Jul & Aug) and have seen Tom Jones and Duran Duran (Elton John this year) but there is plenty to do locally too. I wouldn't want to spend the whole week in the village, charming though it is, so your own transport is essential to make the most your stay. St Guillhem, the Devil's Bridge basin and spectacular caves are a ten minute drive away and there is swimming, canoeing and exploring all along the Herault river. The beach is reasonably close too but you won't be alone.
The smoking ban hasn't really taken in the village, the local innkeeper is brilliantly gruff, some of the shops open when they feel like it and the twice hourly bells are quirky but I loved it and, unless you're looking for the local bar to be called the Queen Vic, you will too.
Pauline and Paul Clarke
A unique French country holiday experience
From booking our stay, to arrival and settling in, the process was clear and welcoming. Our long-awaited first visit to France began in Paris, and was crowned by the week we spent in historic Le Pouget. The villa, nestling by the mediaeval church on the crown of the hilltop walled village, is characterful and very comfortable. The village is ideal for relaxed exploration on foot and further afield by car. A visitors' book gave great hints from previous guests of nearby places of interest, and we enjoyed adding our own suggestions. Some of the many highlights were the amazing views, history, food & wine (locally & further afield); shopping at the market at Clermont-L'Herault for leisurely "home"-prepared meals; & day-trips to must-see towns like Pezenas, Montpellier and Sete ... We whole-heartedly recommend Cloche-Piochet for a unique holiday base. Guests should note that car-parking lies outside the village wall, so you will need to carry your luggage and shopping up to the house. The villa's unique character includes stairs from each level to the next, the reward being an amazing rooftop terrace for evening drinks!
Our group had a wonderful stay in that gorgeous house. We had a great time exploring the area which was most interesting. It was lovely to come home at night and relax with everything we needed on tap. Everything worked out perfectly and we enjoyed being in an authentic village observing the locals - hope to do it again sometime.
Jen & Pete
Such a treat!
What an absolute treat to stay in this beautiful old home situated in the picturesque village of Le Pouget. From the moment you walk through the blue doors and climb the winding stairs to the kitchen/living area you are transported back to another time with all the comforts of the 21st century! The layout is fabulous and provides plenty of space and the views from each of the windows take you to the charming countryside and delightful village. We would highly recommend this place to stay, it is a treat!