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Gite Magnolia

from £56 /night help Price for guests, Nights

Excellent 5/5 

28 reviews

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Spend sunny days relaxing around the pool

Gite / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

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Gite / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Gîte Magnolia is situated in a charming, picturesque village less than 20 kms north of Beziers in southern France. Nestled at the foothills of Haut Languedoc Naturel Parc, it's a gateway to fantastic walking and cycling routes, several good golf courses or kayaking on the River Orb. There's also a choice of superb, sandy Mediterranean beaches within a 30 minute drive.

The gîte is named after the evergreen tree, Magnolia Grandiflora, which sits in the middle of the garden providing shade, privacy, fragrance and beauty. The full length window of the gîte front door looks out on this magnificent tree under which is a large table for al fresco dining or apero. The gîte is part of an old vignerons house built in early 20th century. It has been fully renovated and, while retaining the characteristics of a traditional French home, it contains modern facilities for a relaxing holiday. There is a lovely 9m x 3m unchlorinated swimming pool available too.

We have secure parking for bicycles, motorbikes or kayaks and can give advice on good routes and places to find. Besides the range of outdoor activities, this area is one of France's largest wine-growing areas so there are many opportunities to sample local wines. And naturally, being in France, there's a great variety of restaurants and cafe's as well as local markets to visit.

The gîte is self-catering, however, we can also provide a 3 or 4-course French cuisine meal, cooked for you and any guests on request. Many of our guests enjoy having a night off cooking and relaxing in the garden while the work is done for them! Prices depend on the menu selected.

The village has a bar/restaurant, a grocery store and a 'depot de pain' for the daily baguette. However, to get the most out of discovering this area it is advisable to have a car or motorbike.

We are in a wonderful climate with 300 days of sunshine per year, which means you can have great weather for walking, cycling or golf even in winter. This really is a fantastic year-round destination.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Several 20 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 6 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Beziers 25 km, Nearest railway: Beziers 20 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Situated in the village, but quiet and a private garden

Newly renovated with open-plan living/kitchen area, two bedrooms and bathroom, 43 sq m

Two bedrooms (double and twin room)

Cuisine American – fully equipped with crockery and cooking needs plus oven, 4 hobs, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer

Dining table (seats 4 - 6 people)

Comfortable sofa

Spacious bathroom/salle d'eau

Wifi, TV, DVD

Own entrance

Electric heating

Washing machine available

Cool in summer - ceiling fans provided and good electric heating in winter

Further details outdoors

Swimming pool and terrace

Parking

Garden (private section for gite)

Outdoor dining table

Further details

Welcome pack provided on arrival.

Swimming pool available May - September.

Garden and pool is shared only with the owners of the house.

Sorry no pets. The owners do have cats but they do not go into the gite.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Languedoc-Roussillon is blessed with varied terrain and a predictable, warm climate. The area has long, sandy beaches; wild mountains and hills; vineyards; remote villages and bustling, vibrant cities. Languedoc-Roussillon is filled with dramatic history, especially that of the Cathars and there are a number of sites to visit including the medieval city of Carcassonne and the famous Cathar fortress of Montsegur.

The Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, winds through this area from Toulouse to the Mediterranean, alongside which you can walk or cycle in the shady, tree-lined pathway. Or hire a boat and enjoy the slower pace and different scenic perspectives from the canal.

Naturally food and wine play their part here. The cuisine is as varied as the terrain - from coastal towns brimming with seafood and shellfish, Camargue beef, fresh herbs from the rough hills and the home of Languedoc's 'national' dish - the cassoulet, a kind of baked bean stew. Not to mention the variety of amazing cheeses, fruits and game. All accompanied by some of local wines from what is France's largest wine-growing area. It is undergoing a renaissance of its viticulture with a vast improvement in quality and grape variety and now has a wide selection of underrated vintages.

There are also vibrant and charming cities to visit: Montpellier, Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers and Perpignan to mention a few. Each with their own distinctive character, history and appeal.

There are just too many places of interest to mention, but there really is something for everyone - come and see for yourself!

Causses et Veyran

Causses et Veyran is a small village north of Beziers. It is a wine producing village that lies amid the vineyards of the Hérault department in Languedoc-Roussillon. The village is typical of this region of France with old stone houses, colourful shutters and red, terracotta rooftops softened by centuries of hot summer sunshine. The surrounding countryside tells the story of the village and the region. Everywhere you look, you will see hectare upon hectare of vineyards, the origin of the excellent wines of the Saint Chinian label.

Causses et Veyran is calm and unpretentious, yet fulfils expectations of a southern French rural village. Totally authentic, many of its houses have stood for centuries and generations of French families have lived here. There's a depot du pain, a grocery store, La Poste and a lovely bar/restaurant. There are many excellent places in the countryside and neighbouring towns where you can enjoy the cuisine and wines of the region.

We are near Roquebrun and Cessenon-sur-Orb, both popular and bustling towns which date back to medieval times. Here you'll find local bars, restaurants, supermarket, butcher, bank, hairdresser etc.

Roquebrun has a 'beach' alongside the River Orb for swimming and is ideally located for many outdoor activities including kayaking nearby. Cessenon also has a great swimming section of the river and on Saturdays there is a food market and during summer a lively mid-August festival. A change of pace occurs in September with the vendange (grape harvest) and the start of spectacular autumn colours on the vines.

The roads are fantastic for cycling at any time of the yeat, with good weather, little wind and sparse traffic (the vendange being the exception!). There are also excellent off-road cycling tracks too. The range of walks is staggering from gentle strolls through the vineyard to more challenging hikes up the mountains of the Haut-Languedoc Naturel Parc. As we also run an outdoor activity holiday business, (www.mountainsandmaps.com), we can provide in-depth advice on cycling and walking routes.

We are in a micro-climate, with little rain and plenty of sunshine, even in winter. It has an amazing quality of light which provides spectacular sunsets over the surrounding hills.

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3 Jun 2014

5/5

"Lovely gite in gorgeous village"

Well appointed, fully self-contained gite in a lovely village close to Beziers in the small, pretty village of a Causses-et-Veyran. The large courtyard garden, with the all important swimming pool, was perfect for relaxing in - and was beautifully shaded by the large Magnolia tree that has given the property it's name. Great hosts Jane & Merv. Definitely recommend this place.

13 Aug 2013

5/5

"Great gite with excellent pool and handy location for taste of Languedoc."

The gite is in great condition and is very well equipped. This is an excellent base for exploring the region with the Orb valley, national park, beaches and historic towns within a reasonable drive. The pool and garden are very relaxing, with a beautiful magnolia tree the inspiration for the gite's name. The living area is compact, which may seem restrictive if unlucky with weather, but we ate in the garden or out every evening and it is sunny most of the year. The owners, Jane and Merv, are in the property beside the gite and are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Welcome supplies on arrival were very much appreciated.

16 Jul 2013

5/5

"Wonderful Gite with fabulous pool and very helpful owners"

A balanced location between the mountains and the coast that allows you to get the best of both worlds. The gite has recently been completed and is well laid out and spotlessly clean with everything provided you need in the kitchen as well as beach towels and lots of local guides you can consult. Parking is easy, off the road beside the gite. The garage is also available but we did not use it. The pool is situtated in a lovely garden and it was perfect to sit at one of the tables and just relax. The village has a bar/restaurant and bread shop and there are numerous supermarkets close by where you can stock up. Jane is very helpful and provided lots of advice about places to visit, walks ,etc. There is so much to see and do in the area all within a short drive. We would recommend staying here and hope to return.

21 May 2013

5/5

"Warm welcome"

A warm welcome with a friendly and jolly service. Great place to stay with lots of great roads around for some great cycling in a warm sunny climate. After a days biking back to the Gite for a dip in the lovely refreshing pool set in a lovely garden. The rooms were clean with all necessary amenities. Thanks guys for a wonderful time.

21 Mar 2013

4/5

"Wonderful hosts make for a grand holiday in beautiful Languedoc"

We recently enjoyed two weeks in beautifully scenic Causses et Veyran and environs. Jane and Merv have a lovely, quiet setting with ready access to nearby market towns and fantastic countryside. They are knowledgeable about cycling and walking in the area and provided helpful information - we were there to cycle. There are many routes available, including a fabulous ride through hills and valleys with no traffic that was especially recommended by Merv. The village photo was taken on that route. I was on my own for the first few days before my husband arrived and it was especially nice to have Jane and Merv nearby to assist, if needed. The gite is newly constructed and it is comfortable and well-equipped. In the warmer seasons, guests would be enjoying more time in the beautiful pool and garden. Even though we were there in the winter, when it was too cold for swimming, the weather was mostly cooperative and we were able to bicycle every day! We also enjoyed two great meals with Jane and Merv - the best meals of the trip! (And nice not to have to drive home afterward - so we could enjoy some local wine.) I think they plan to offer meal options to guest, going forward, and I highly recommend "Chef Jane".

Thank you for your review. It's a pleasure to cook for guests and it was your good company and conversation that made the meals memorable. Hope to see you here again.

7 Jan 2013

5/5

"Winter sunshine, fabulous food and a lovely setting"

This was the perfect spot to escape a London winter-from rainy and grey to amazing blue skies, sunshine (remember what that is like ?) in a delightful little French village set in wine country on the borders of the national park this was just what we needed to recharge after Christmas. Gite Magnolia is beautiful, well equipped and furnished with perfect taste. Jane and Merv are great hosts with the local knowledge that means you can really make the most of even a short stay. His knowledge of the cycle and walking routes arond Causses et Veyran is epic and Jane can give you some great pointers on places for the lunch and dinner you owe yourself after all that exercise. Out of season the area is quieter and for a shot of winter sun accompanied by some quality eating I couldn't think of a better spot.

31 Oct 2012

4/5

"Perfect place to relax in a beautiful French village situated in the heart of the vineyards"

Great little gite, lovely owners who bought groceries for us before our arrival late at night so as we'd have some breakfast in the morning! Also they delivered fresh bread and croissants every morning to our door step. Lots of storage for your bikes plus work stands and facilities to carry out maintenance and small repairs if necessary. The accommodation itself was very clean and tidy well equipped enough for a small family or group of friends to spend a week or so relaxing by the pool or visiting the local attractions walking, cycling, wine tasting, local markets, spending time at the beach etc. We only ate out once as it was just a 4 day trip, on the advice of the owners we had dinner with them and a couple they know who run a very small restaurant in the next village I can only describe food and hospitality as top class and very cheap! 4 courses, aperitifs, digestifs, cheese board, tea/coffee for just €30.

21 Oct 2012

5/5

"So lovely"

I visited during the grape harvest season when the weather was still warm and sunny. Great area for walking, either short local walks or drive out for longer walks. The surrounding villages are worth a visit too - don't miss out on market day. The gite is clean comfortbale, done in a smple but elegant style. The outdoor space is lovely. The owners understand customer service. Looking forward to going back.

18 Oct 2012

5/5

"Lovely gite in a spectacular region"

Stayed a week at Gite Magnolia, a wonderful find in the heart of Languedoc. The gite is part of an old vigneron’s house, and the exterior of the gite has kept the style of the old building with traditional shutters and thick walls that were excellent at keeping out the heat of the summer sun. The gite itself has a lovely outlook to nearby vineyards and countryside. Inside, the gite is light and well renovated, with a modern fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom. The spacious garden and pool area was very relaxing, it was a real joy having breakfast there each morning under the magnolia tree. The gite is located in a small and pretty village, enlivened by the requisite cafe/bar. The surrounding countryside is spectacular but a car is definitely needed to get around. For us, the location proved to be a perfect base to explore all the attractions and activities in the region: Carcassone, the Canal du Midi, the national park of Haut Languedoc, beaches on the Mediterranean coast, river swimming, kayaking, farmers’ markets in local medieval towns and villages, vineyards and wine tastings. Hosts Jane and Merv were very friendly and helpful, they’re outdoor enthusiasts and so were able to provide us with lots of information and maps on fantastic routes for walking and cycling (bicycles available if needed). Jane and Merv were also a font of knowledge on the many excellent restaurants and wines in the area. We particularly enjoyed their recommendations on a superb walk in the Gorges D’Heric followed by wine-tastings at St Chinian and Roquebrun!

18 Oct 2012

4/5

"Great hospitality, great location"

We stayed here for a road-biking trip. Our hosts, Merv and Jane, could not have been more helpful - nothing was too much trouble. Their local knowledge is exceptional, and I would not hesitate to recommend staying here. They have put a real personal touch into the gite. It's a perfect base for road biking in the Languedoc - plenty of rides from the door, great scenery, and great wine-tasting opportunities! Also a great base for walking holidays, although would recommend bringing a vehicle to make the most of the area.

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