Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The house is stone built on 3 floors and is described as a Maison de Village, meaning that it is a terraced house in a village and is typical of many houses of this village and this area.
It is comparatively cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It has lots of character with exposed wooden beams on the second floor and lots of natural woodwork about the house generally. All the habitable areas have tiled floors and there are two double bedrooms with exposed beams on the second floor with a wc and fairly large shower room.
There is an' L ' shaped sitting room/dining area with a compact kitchen and a second WC, on the first floor. On the ground floor there is a third single bedroom, utility room, a hallway and small garage.
Heating is by electric convector heaters situated in each room and there are 3 fans to keep you cool in the summer.
Each of the two double bedrooms on the second floor has a set of twin beds with a chest of drawers, a mirror, bedside table and built in wardrobes.
The fully tiled shower room has a wash basin, bidet and a step in shower. There are also mirrors and power points for shavers and hairdryers. One of the power points has a UK plug adaptor. There is also a convector heater in this room. There is also a separate WC on this floor and a skylight in the roof which gives this floor a light and airy feel.
On the first floor the sitting room is equipped with satellite flat screen T.V. receiving the normal French terrestrial channels via an aerial and most UK terrestrial stations and various English Language Radio Stations via satellite. There is also video and audio unit, the latter which plays CDs and tapes.
There are plenty of books in the book case some of which give very useful information about the region. There is a comfortable 3 piece suite which will sit 5 people with two easy chairs.
The dining area has a large sliding window looking out over onto the street where you can watch the world pass by, an expandable round table with 4 chairs and 2 stools making it possible to seat 6 people. The kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker, fridge freezer, microwave/grill and toaster.
On the ground floor there is the single bedroom with a single bed, wardrobe, bedside table and chest of drawers. There is also a wash basin in this room.
Behind this there is a utility room where there is a butler sink and washing machine and a small garage sufficient for a Ford Fiesta sized vehicle.
In the garage and utility room you will find various items for use on days out to the beach including an insulated cool bag.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, Satellite TV|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Further details outdoors|
There is no outside space at the house but there is a large sliding window in the dining area which overlooks the street.
There is free parking on the street for those cars too large for the garage.
Long term lets available. Please ask for prices.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The village of Capestang is situated on the plain between the Massif Central and the Pyrénées in the beautiful wine growing region of Languedoc, 25 minutes by car to the nearest Mediterranean beaches.
A typically French working village quite unspoilt by tourism, which has a selection of bars and restaurants, all within walking distance of the house.
There is a market twice a week and there is everything you need in the village including a chemist and a doctors surgery.
It is about 100 metres to the nearest restaurant and in the village centre (about 150 metres) there are two café/bars with shops, a bank and a restaurant. Depending on the season there are a further 3 restaurants in the village. A good sign is that most of them are frequented by the local French people.
Capestang makes an ideal base for exploring the local area, which is rich in history. Friendly locals make staying here a pleasure and an ideal place to wind down. Despite being popular with tourists it has not been spoiled and is ideally situated about 15 kms west of Béziers and 18 kms north of Narbonne, in "Cathar Country". It is also in the Languedoc viticulture region where there are many superb wines which offer great value for money.
The village is over 1,000 years old with lots of anciet architecture and narrow streets. The evenings can be spent walking alongside the Canal du Midi, exploring the village then calling in for an aperitif at one of the two cafés in the main square of the village where you will be able to sit outside, watch the world go by, admire the stunning architecture of the church and pass the time of day with the locals.
After this there are the restaurants of "Le Provence", still in the square, "La Galinier", just down the road from the house, "La Battilliere" by the side of the canal, "La Table du Vignoble" near the Mairie, "Le Relais Bleu" along the main road or just stay put and have a substantial barbecue at the "Café de la Grille" at a very modest price. Try the local wine which is very good.
There are bouledromes and tennis courts in the village as well as a magnificent church. About 500 metres from the house there is the Canal du Midi.
There are a number of beaches, Valras being the closest at about 25 minutes by car. This has a fine sandy beach with sheltered bathing areas for children and also a playground making it very family orientated.
Closer there are the remains of an old Roman fortification (L'Oppidum d'Enserune) on a hilltop, about 5 kms away as the crow flies, where the remains of the old Roman houses can be seen. There is also an excellent museum. From the top of this hill to the north you will be able to see the marvellous structure of a lake which was drained in the middle ages. The fields look like a dartboard in the way they are set out.
Budget airlines fly regularly to Beziers, Montpellier, Perpignan, Carcassonne and Nimes, all within easy reach. The TGV goes to Béziers and Eurostar operates a non-stop service from Waterloo to Avignon in high season. Spain, Andorra and the Pyrenees are within easy reach and the railway stations of Beziers and Narbonne make for easy access via the budget airlines or the TGV.
The beaches of the Mediterranean are only a short drive away, while to the north the mountains offer a number of cooler lakes, ideal for a refreshing dip in the summer.
Cathar history is present almost everywhere and the ancient fortress of Carcassonne is only an hours drive away and well worth a visit, especially on jousting days!
Minerve, off to the right on the way to Carcassonne, is a must for those interested in the history of the Cathars.
Enthusiastic visitors to this region can enjoy a great variety of activities including hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, water sports, canoeing and river rafting, horse riding, tennis and golf.
Béziers, the nearest city, is 25 minutes drive away and has perhaps the best flower market in the whole of the south on Fridays in the beautiful tree-lined main boulevard.
Pézenas has a large open-air market every Saturday which is well worth a visit. The town boasts that it was once the home of Molière and there are many craft shops, restaurants and beautiful buildings. During July and August on a Wednesday and Friday the craft shops are open until midnight and you will often find street theatre groups to entertain you !
Montpellier, the elegant and cosmopolitan centre of the Hérault, is 45 minutes drive.
Several good golf courses are within easy reach, Golf Saint Thomas at Béziers, approx 20 minutes drive – see www.golfsaintthomas.com/english/
At Vias Plage, there is a funfair open during July and August.
The beautiful tree-lined Canal du Midi which links the Atlantic with the Mediterranean has miles of flat walks along the shady tow paths.
Cap d'Agde (20 minutes) has beaches and water sports, boat trips, beautiful harbour, golf, casino, fashionable shopping, nightclubs, waterfront restaurants, several children's theme parks and a fabulous water park (Aqualand).
About an hour to the south there are the Pyrenees and it is possible to take a day trip (about 3 hours each way) to Andorra. The Massif Central starts only a short distance to the north.
Monasteries and castles abound in the area and there are plenty of vineyards where you can taste some of the best wines in France.