Description from the owner
Description from the owner
Book this 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Aspiran today! A total of 6 people can sleep here comfortably.
Guests can enjoy a outdoor grill, parking space, and among other amenities offered by this rental.
Travelers are sharing their opinions on this property. It has an overall rating of 5/5 thanks to an average of 12 reviews.
Costs vary, with the average weekly rate as low as $650.00, depending on travel dates.
The owner last updated the property’s calendar 9 months ago, so this rental may not be available for your requested dates, but please inquire to confirm.
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/cafĂƒÂŠ, 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
Nearest train station: Set/Agde/Montpellier, 18 miles
Nearest airport: Beziers/Agde, 18 miles
Car is recommended
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Aspiran Attractions
Proximity to TripAdvisor's Top Aspiran Attractions
Last updated on June 01, 2016
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR)
Please note: these rates exclude taxes and fees and may vary depending on the length of your stay. Rates are also subject to change at the owner’s discretion.
- Damage Deposit | $528 per stay
- Cleaning fee | $53 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.
- Cleaning Service
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- Ceiling Fans
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Secure parking space
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- 6 Dining chairs
- 5 Lounge chairs
- Pet - ask
- 1291 square feet
based on 11 reviews
of guests would stay again
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“The true French experience”
This is the perfect location for total immersion in French life. Aspiran is a working village and closely linked to the many vineyards in the region. It has all the charm and character you would expect of an historic commune without the concessions to tourism which can change the outlook of the residents. The villagers are open and friendly with a cheerful 'Bonjour' from old and young alike and are happy to converse, especially in the queue at the excellent boulangerie. The house itself is roomy and spacious and very well equipped for long or short stays. As the owners use the house for their own summer break it has everything you could possibly need from corkscrews to coffee makers. We shall return.
“Home away from home”
I spent 3 months in the Galea's beautiful home in aspiran this past spring. The house far exceeded my expectations - it was homey yet sophisticated - the furnishings, including some fun antiques, were charming as were the prints and pictures on the walls. The terrace and courtyard were both inviting spaces (I had breakfast on the sunny terrace whenever possible, and if it was too chilly I had my coffee sitting on the sofa in the sunny window.) The boulangerie was handy for my fix of pain au chocolat for breakfast, and there were lots of walking trails among the vineyards and the adjacent hillside to work off the calories. A great location at the edge of a quiet village, but close (5-10km.) to several supermarches, and the Cave Cooperative (wine coop) where I filled up my 5 litre plastic jugs! Hilary's parents are her 'local contacts' in a nearby village, and were extraordinarily helpful - full of local info and very friendly. I had visitors from home during my three months there and they all raved about my 'French villa'.
coral and david Lawrence
“#9 Rue Souville, Aspiran”
What a wonderful experience staying at #9 Rue Souville. From the beginning of our negotiations Hilary Galea who could not have been more obliging. Our stay for 6 months was memorable. The house is well equipped and handy to larger towns and city if needed. The village is typical with houses opening onto the narrow streets. The village of aspiran is very well situated for a tourist's interests, being in the middle of the Cathar area of south France, close to the Pyrenees and Spain and surrounded by good and not expensive restaurants. Not to mention the terrific wine produced in and around the area and the French cheese that one cannot afford unless living in France. We were very sad to leave and would highly recommend this to anyone who wishes to enjoy life to the fullest.
Bob and Barbara
“A great month in Languedoc”
Hillary, the absentee owner, covers her bases by having her charming English parents, Audrey and Eric ensure that your arrival is comfy and enjoyable. A lovely village house,well-located in the best part of Languedoc (especially if you like good wines!), it sleeps 7 (inc. children) and is generally well equiped. Hillary is already planning for minor purchases for future renters but fear not...it is 95% comfortable even for the demanding american visitor. The house has lots of charm, is easily accessible from a near-by major highway and is close to lovely outdoor markets, historic sites and even a few very good restaurants. We loved our month-long stay in aspiran and would recommend it to virtually any visitor for a week or month (or longer). A great find and a very good price/value relationship. One note of caution...no central heating but not needed for most of the year and when you do need heat there is a great fireplace which does a superb job as well as two space heaters. Also, if you are addicted to TV either you will be disappointed or you shouldn't come to France for vacation...as most of you would not understand French anyway! A satisfied visitor
Response from the owner, The Galea Family - 05/28/2012
Thanks to Bob and Barbara for their kind review. An update on the TV situation .... we couldn't go survive not being able to watch the Olympics this summer, so have now installed a 32-inch flat screen TV with English free-to-air satellite channels in the living room.
Jim Phillips and Renee McLeod
My wife and I spent a wonderful 10 days here in early November 2011. The house has lots of character (the exposed original walnut beams, for example) yet has all the modern amentities needed for a comfortable stay. We agree with all ther other reviewers who have stayed here: Aspiran is a welcoming, authentic village and makes a great base for wine tasting, hiking, and just general exploring of this unsung region of France. We highly recommend staying here for a relaxing yet stimulating stay in rural France.
“Getting away from it all in aspiran”
Airy, spacious house with stunning views, local walks and freshwater swimming. Ideal for getting away from hubbub and relaxing holiday in authentic French village.
“A fabulously relaxing break”
A gorgeous house retaining its original character,yet with all the necessary mod cons to make our stay as comfortable as possible. The village of aspiran is like stepping back in time, but again with the occasional modern surprise - a champagne bar hidden away in an old street! The perfect base for a get away from it all holiday.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“A Magical Year in aspiran”
We decided to take a year out and live in France and chose aspiran because it was not your typical tourist town - more a real French village. The accommodation at No 9 was also typically French - a beautiful spacious house with open views at the rear and views over the very varied village roof tops at the front. The large terrace at the rear was ideal for long breakfasts. There was a lovely enclosed courtyard to the side where we spent many lazy afternoons under the fig tree sampling the local wines and sharing barbecues with friends of various nationalities. In the cooler evenings we sat round the roaring wood burning stove in the lovely sitting room. The location of aspiran is superb. We were a stone's throw from larger towns (Clermont L'Herault,Pezenas), various Grottes (we found Grotte des Demoiselles really stunning), the beach - 7 kms at Sete and within easy reach of the mountains. Montpellier is also an easy journey from aspiran and is a very vibrant city with lots to see and do. However, there were also many amenities on the doorstep. In aspiran there were various shops including a baker, a greengrocer, a mini supermarket, a tabac and a hairdresser. There is also a bar/restaurant and a champagne bar. Within a 10 minute walk from the house there is another restaurant which is very good, and just beyond that is the river Herault - here locals fished and swam. - so did we! The village is surrounded by vineyards and we enjoyed many walks through them and the woods overlooking the village. There were lots of different birds to see, among them the shy Golden Oriole, the comical Hoopooe and the beautiful European Bee-Eaters. We found the villagers to be friendly and courteous and the children always greeted us with 'Bonjour Monsieur'dame!' We have nothing but praise for our accommodation and location. We would recommend it to anyone.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
“Great house, great location!”
What can I say about this place! Beautiful old house, very nicely finnished inside, comfortably furnished, home from home!(except it was warm,dry & sunny!) Best bits, sitting on the large balconey having all our meals while enjoying the views & sitting in the shade under the tree in the court yard garden. Can't think of any bad bits! Location was great, plenty to see & do. Caves, rivers, the sea,lovely villages to look around, the markets, everything with in an easy drive. Plenty of excellent local red wine! & some excellent places to eat within the local area. Would recommend to all!!
“Day-to-day life in Languedoc”
Having travelled in different parts of the world over the last thirty<br />years, my wife and I wanted to experience something different: to live<br />the day-to-day life of a small southern French village. We found this authentic but renovated «vigneron»<br />home, and this was just the house for us. My daily walk to buy<br />croissants and baguettes at the local bakery and to start a discussion<br />with the friendly owners Anais and Nico; reading a good book in the<br />afternoon in the lovely shaded side garden; our quiet dinners on the<br />large deck overlooking the valley; and on cool nights, lighting up the<br />fireplace (lovingly referred to as «The Beast») while sipping a glass<br />of local wine, all these cherished moments reminded us of the song<br />`Douce France` by Charles Trenet. Needless to say that the house is<br />large, airy and provides all the comforts of home. What was also<br />marvellous is that Aspiran is centrally located for a wide variety of<br />other activities: eating oysters in Bouzigues, going to the beach near<br />Sète, slowly driving through the vineyards of St-Chinian, Faugères and<br />Corbières with many stops for wine tasting, visiting medieval villages<br />like mysterious Olargues or well known St-Guilhem-le-Désert and<br />Minerve. We also spent time gift hunting in close-by Montpellier,<br />Clermont L'Hérault and Pézenas. Finally, we``escaped`` for a few days<br />to visit le viaduc de Millau and les Gorges du Tarn et de la Jonte. <br /> We have thouroughly enjoyed our two month stay in Aspiran and we hope<br />to return again some day.
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