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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 25km

This is not just a house, it is also our French home, where we live when we are in France.

To this end we spent over 4 years in respect of the design, renovation and equipping our home to the highest possible standards within our means in the firm belief that what makes us happy will also make you happy.

For more information please contact us.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Valras Plage 25 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Beziers 25 km, Nearest railway: Beziers 15 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Further details indoors

Our house is mostly stone built and terraced. Having good modern insulation it is comparatively cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This is augmented by reversible heating and cooling to the main living area and the three bedrooms. A wood burning stove gives added heat and comfort in the coldest months.

Living Area:-

It is built on two floors with the ground floor being mainly open plan, consisting of a front porch, then a spacious lounge/diner extending into the kitchen giving a spacious living area. In here there is an HD multi channel flat screen satellite and local TV. TV is French Terrestrial and UK Satellite, the latter being through FreeSat, which is recordable so if you wish to out for dinner you can still see your favourite program. An audio centre is also available which will allow you play your own music via a memory stick plugged into a USB point or CD's. A wood burning stove for the colder months, a comfortable 3 piece suite and book shelves with a selection of books covering all interests. In the dining area there is a dining table with 6 chairs and also a sideboard.

Garage:-

There is an integral garage, large enough to accommodate most makes of car. At the rear of the garage there is the laundry area with a washing machine. There is a downstairs toilet with a wash basin with a rear porch area in addition to the two bathrooms.

Kitchen:-

The spacious kitchen is fully equipped and includes an electric cooker, dish washer, fridge freezer, micro wave oven and a granite surface work top.

Second floor - Main Bedroom:-

After mounting the stairs to the second floor there is firstly a double bedroom furnished with a pair of single beds, built in wardrobes with ample hanging and storage space.

Main bathroom:-

From here the next room is the main bathroom which is quite large and has a tub, shower, wash basin and a W/C.

Second Bedroom:-

The next bedroom is also fitted with built in ample sized wardrobes. It has twin beds and an en suite shower room with a shower, wash basin and W/C.

Third Bedroom:-

The final bedroom is furnished with a double bed and again ample sized built in wardrobes and drawer space.

The beams have been left exposed throughout the second floor and in the single storey kitchen giving high ceilings and a pleasing ambience.

In the roof there are two electrically controlled Velux skylights allowing addition daylight to the stairs and upstairs landing.

In the bathroom there is a heated towel rail which can also be used to provide heat.

The domestic hot water system is heated via solar panels on the roof feeding a 300 litre tank.

We also have a telephone and internet access with Wi-Fi

Further details outdoors

Rear Garden / Terrace:-

To the rear of our house there is an outdoor terraced area with a barbeque and garden furniture to allow for outdoor eating and beyond this a gravelled garden with attractive flower borders. also containing citrus trees, Mediterranean herbs, grape vines and an olive tree. We also have a spa pool to help keep you cool.

Further details

Although classified as 'non smoking' we will allow smoking on the ground floor subject to the agreement of your party but not on the first floor please.

For the die hard addicts, there is a rear alcove which can be used in inclement weather.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Local attractions - within 30 - 45 minutes drive

Fonsérannes - 'Les Neuf Ecluses' (the Nine Locks) of Fonsérannes on the Canal du Midi in Béziers. This is the most impressive construction on the Canal du Midi, lying on the edge of Béziers. It now comprises 7 locks which enable boats to move up or down hill, rising or dropping about 30 metres. The locks attract visitors from far and wide and make this a highlight on any Canal du Midi trip.

Oppidum d'Ensérune - Hilltop ruins of a 2,500 year old settlement, occupied by the Greeks, then Hannibal then the Romans, who used it as a postal station on the famous Via Domitia. There's not much left today except broken pots and a few columns, but the view from the top of this hill is worth it - a spoked-wheel arrangement of fields first laid out in the 13th century.

Valras plage - Valras plage is one of Languedoc's big 'town beaches' like Narbonne, Canet and Palavas. It's certainly bustling, with plenty of postcard shops and ice cream stalls. It caters for families with a kiddie's play ground on a fine sandy first rate beach, with large wave-breakers having been built to stop erosion. This has created a number of 'beachlets' - smaller beaches separated by thin rock promontories, allowing shallower areas for small children to paddle in safety.

Roquebrun - What makes Roquebrun so exquisite is its location, climbing up the banks of Languedoc's beautiful river Orb, with mountains rising behind it, and a lovely stone bridge crossing just where the river becomes a gently stepping weir where people swim in summer. Sit on the balcony of 'Le Petit Nice' café - sipping a glass of wine, or rent a canoe and take it for a paddle.

Narbonne - Narbonne is the oldest Roman city in France, with its imposing Cathedral and old Roman road. The Canal du Robine runs through the centre and is edged with shady plane trees and a profusion of flowers, shops, bars and restaurants. 'Les Halles' is an award winning covered market here which is over one hundred years old.

Béziers - The city of Béziers is well worth a visit. There is plenty to see, and the city has an abundance of cafés, bars and restaurants. All roads seem to make their way up to the massive 14th century Cathedrale St. Nazaire, with it's fine sculpture, stained glass and frescoes.

Agde - the "black pearl" of the Mediterranean.

Bize Minervois - Olive oil co-operative and river bathing.

Colombiers - oldest canal tunnel in the world.

Montouliers - Castle and steep narrow streets.

Fontfroide - Cistercian Abbey founded in 1145. Rose garden with over 2000 bushes.

Minerve - ancient and spectacular Cathar village

on the river Cesse, once capital of the Minervois.

Local attractions - further afield

Millau Viaduct - The Millau Bridge was designed by UK architect Norman Foster, and is the world's highest road bridge. 300m high, it is higher than the Eiffel Tower, and is an amazing 2.5km long. Drive across it on the right day - and you'll pass over low-lying clouds.

Carcassonne 'La Cité' - Carcassonne is picture-postcard perfect. This fairytale walled city of drawbridges, towers and atmospheric cobbled streets, was in fact the inspiration for Walt Disney's The Sleeping Beauty. It's a must see on any trip through this part of Languedoc. Its medieval core, La Cité, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. Directions to Carcassonne 'La Cité'

Montpellier - Montpellier really is special. Broad boulevards lined with shady plane trees, a huge car-free central square laid out in the 1700s surrounded by elegant balustraded buildings, even a vast triumphal arch - you name it, Montpellier's got it. And it's just minutes away from the beach, too. Directions to Montpellier

Collioure - Collioure is a seaside town a few kilometres north of Spain. In the early 1900's artists like Matisse and Derain made it their meeting place, inspired by Collioure's medieval streets, Royal castle and lighthouse (now converted to a church called Notre- Dame-des-Anges) It feels like an Italian seaside town with its pretty pastel houses, cafés and restaurants.

Sete - Busy fishing port with excellent restaurants.

Also in nearby Bouzigues there are lovely fish restaurants but quieter than Sete - one of our favourite spots for lunch.

Meze - on the Etang de Thau with its oyster and mussel beds.

Mt Canigou - 2784 metres plus Font Romeu and Les Angles ski resorts.

Andorra is only a 3 hour drive away.

In the winter, spring and early summer you cansee its snow mantle from Capestang on a clear day.

Spain and the Costa Brava - the Spanish border is just over an hours drive away! Costa Brava about an hour after that, giving the advantage of being ableto buy alcohol and tobacco at much less than the UK prices.

Golf - There are various golf courses in the local area.

Beziers being the nearest at Golf de Bel Air St Thomas.

See Golf Saint Thomas on Google Maps

Tel: 04 67 39 03 09

golfsaintthomas.com

There are also courses at Cap d'Agde, Lamalou-Les-Bains, Montpelliers Grande Motte and Carcassonne.

If you enjoy cycling they can be hired from a local company who will deliver cycles to our door. The towpath of Le Canal du Midi makes a pleasant ride.

Capestang

The Village, Capestang

Cape d Entang:-

Originally called "Cape d'Entang" because in former times the village bordered on a lake and was in fact a "cap d'etang" until it was drained in the Middle Ages to reveal what is now a "dartboard" configuation of fertile fields viewed best from the Oppidum dEnsurune (see below).

Restaurants:-

We are fortunate in having a number of good restaurants in the village, all within walking distance. Average price for an evening meal for 2 with wine about 50€, though Le Relais Bleu, our nearest restaurant does good 4 course meals for 17€ working out at under 40€ for 2 with a 50cl pichet of wine.

Cafés:-

A 200 to 300 metre walk through old narrow streets will take you to the village centre, where there are two cafés on either side of the square with a large impressive church. On the way you will pass the restaurant "Le Provence", which is often busy. Of the cafés, The "Café de la Grille" does very good "bar food" at a modest rate - it is very popular.

La Table de Vignoble:-

Near the Marie you will find "La Table de Vignoble", where in the fine weather you eat outside in a courtyard, in less clement weather in a large barn. Here, Madame Cros will sell you her own wine, which is very very good.

Market:-

Twice a week there is a local market on Wednesday and Sunday mornings in the main "Place" in the centre of the village. Local Wine, meat, cheese, vegetables and lots of other produce can be bought.

Weather:-

This area has a Mediterranean Climate with hot dry summers and mild winters, boasting of 300 sunny days a year, on average.

Tourist numbers have increased but Area remains unspoiled:-

Over the years, the number of visitors to the village increase, thereby confirming its popularity but at the same time its basic character is not marred and it still retains its charm - that of a typical southern French working village, where viticulture (the science, production and study of grapes) is the main support. The local council appears to be very forward looking and have made many improvements.

Speaking of viticulture there has been a superb improvement in the local wines, which are now very palatable.

Friendly Locals:-

The friendliness and hospitality of the locals in the area will only add to the enjoyment of your visit.

Capestang is also an ideal base to explore the local area and a place where you can be as laid back, or as energetic as you wish, in fact an ideal place to wind down.

Whether you come as a family or with friends or relations, our house will make a perfect base to stay in and explore one of the best, though understated areas of France. Or, in other words very similar to Provence but less expensive. Indeed, this is the ancient land of the Troubadours.

It is not necessary to leave the village in the evenings, unless you wish, since there is a good selection of restaurants, bars and walks to keep you quite occupied.

Capestang has excellent transport links being just 15 kms from the Bezier West exit off the A9 motorway and an assortment of Airports within or about an hours motoring. See our Locality page for more details. The train services travelling as near as Beziers and Narbonne and a motor-rail terminus at Narbonne from Paris See more details on the SNCF website here.

Le Canal du Midi and other local items of interest

Le Canal du Midi provides a waterway, often bordered by trees, from the Mediterannean to the Atlantic. It passes by the northern side of the village, where it widens to form the Port of Capestang, where there are normally a goodly number of craft moored.

Take a walk along it, see the boats and you will discover another good restaurant, "La Battalier". The local church being built in the 13th century is well worth a visit and its vast size in proportion to the village makes it unusual. The Chateau near the centre of the village has original medieval paintings.

A short distance away there is Oppidum d Ensérune which was a Roman hill top fort, ruins of their habitations still exist and there is a fine museum on site.

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Review 1-3 of 3

7 Nov 2013

5/5

"A lovely week in Capestang"

It has been a few years since we have stayed in Capestang, the village has not changed. We arrived Mid-October and stayed in this well presented house with every up to date amenity. It is located with… More

1 Oct 2013

5/5

"Lovely French Home"

Spent 2 weeks enjoying this well appointed, beautifully furnished, comforable house in our favourite friendly French village. The garden hot tub was very relaxing although the sun did not reach it unt… More

Thank you Sandra, very much appreciated.

11 Mar 2013

5/5

"Gem of a village house with lovely yard"

This house is the perfect balance of convenience--right in the lovely village of Capestang, minutes by foot to the Canal du midi, and luxury. The house is spacious and light, with every detail taken care of. Our children enjoyed the garden, even in the winter time, and we enjoyed being able to sip our wine inside and watch them! We found Capestang to be a convenient location to explore the area as well. Mike is more than a landlord, he's a guide, expert in the region, and went beyond the call of duty to make our stay a good one.

Thanks a lot Tasha - that was great,

Mike

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