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House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Les Amandiers is a well-equipped, sturdy 1930's country house built in the Mediterranean style. It sits alone on an acre of south-facing terraced hillside with wonderful views in all directions. With its broad lawns,open spaces, and many levels, it's great place for children. They can play in complete security well away from roads or other dangers. Guests enjoy the grapes, figs and almonds in the garden. With countryside all around, long or short walks are at your doorstep. The house is available for weekly let, from Saturday to Saturday, throughout the year. We live nearby so we are available in case of any questions or problems during your stay.
Les Amandiers is located in the countryside, on the edge of the market town of Clermont l'Hérault with its shops, restaurants, banks and pleasant cafes. We're about 45 minutes west of Montpellier and 40 minutes north of the Mediterranean beaches. The popular recreational lake, Lac du Salagou, is just over the hill, less than 10 minutes away. Here you can swim, boat, wind surf, ride bikes or just enjoy the scenery.
Les Amandiers is in the country, a mile over the hill from central Clermont and its shops, so you'll need a car. There is plenty of secure space for parking in addition to a garage. The locked garage is also convenient for leaving bikes if you should bring or rent them. Car rentals can be picked up in Montpellier, at the train station or the airport. You'll get the best prices if you arrange for the car rental before you leave home. Bikes of all types can be rented from two different agencies in Clermont l'Herault.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lac du Salagou 4 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Montpellier 45 km, Nearest railway: Montpellier 35 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
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The full well-equipped kitchen leads to the sitting room with it's compfy couches and plenty of seating. You can relax with the TV or watch a DVD. The stereo plays CD's, mp3, USB and includes an Ipod dock. There's one double-bedded bedroom on the ground floor with a WC just outside the door. There's also a bathroom with bathtub and shower on the ground floor.
Upstairs are three more bedrooms, two with twin beds, one with a double bed. One of the twin-bedded rooms also has a wash basin. Upstairs is a shower room and another WC. All bedrooms have large windows and have fans and/or heating, depending on the season.
A small sunny kitchenette leads to an east-facing terrace, perfect for lazy breakfasts or checking email.
|Further details outdoors|
There's plenty of open space for kids to explore and for adults to find extra privacy. The garden in 4,000 square metres divided into several terraces that were once planted solely with grape vines but now host a variety of trees.
Depending on the season, you can treat yourself to grapes, figs, blackberries, persimmons, and almonds growing in the garden. Depending on your preference, you can bask in full sun or relax in deep shade at any time of day.
The house is let from Saturday to Saturday. Gas, electricity, bed linens, and towels are included. Wifi is included and available 24 hours. A fixed telephone is available for your use. Normally the telephone is blocked for all but local calls. If you would like to make long-distance calls, we will unblock the phone and bill you when you leave for the actual charges of the calls you made. There is a £150 refundable security deposit required with your final payment.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Les Amandiers is located along the Chemin de la Faïence, a country lane that has been in continuous use since 600 B.C., well before the Gauls arrived.
The Languedoc-Roussillon is the largest wine growing region in the world and wine growing is a part of the culture of the region. The dominant feature of the local landscape is its vineyards. To the south the land flattens toward the Mediterranean and white wine grapes prosper, yielding the famous Picpoul de Pinet and the sweet grapes made into the excellent local muscats. To the north and west, red grapes dominate and the wines from Montpeyroux, Faugeres, and Saint Chinian are internationally renowned.
The sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are only 40 minutes away, and they're so large that they can absorb all the tourists that Europe throws at them and still have plenty of room for you and your family. And while you're at the beach, try the world-famous mussels and oysters grown at nearby Bouzigues and Mèze.
Visible just across the valley from Les Amandiers is the historical hamlet of Villeneuvette, chartered by Louis XIV as a royal manufacture of fine woollen fabrics. The well-preserved hamlet is a time capsule of life in 17th-century rural France and is a listed historical site.
Twenty minutes to the south is Pézenas, home to Molière and the Counts of Montmorency, who turned it in the 17th century into the playground for the rich of Paris. Its architectural heritage is still intact, and many of its famous buildings are open for visit.
The regional centre and seat of the department, Montpellier, is 45 minutes to the east. Here you find a more cosmopolitan air, with its opera house, major concert venues, large department stores, luxury shops, and wide pedestrian avenues through its large and lovely historical quarter. The Montpelier train station is served by the high-speed TGV (the "train grande vitesse," only three and a half hours to Paris), and its international airport has daily flights from London. Most international flight connections are made through Paris.
With a car, you can range far and wide on day trips alone: Spain is only 1:45 away. Nîmes and Carcassonne are 90 minutes distant, and Toulouse and Avignon only 2 hours. Nice is about four hours away, and the Italian border only a half hour farther than that.
Clermont l'Hérault is a regional market town of some 6,000 people, and its Wednesday street market draws people from surrounding villages looking for the fresh produce--especially the local sausages, cheeses, and olives--for which it's well known. The town has banks, restaurants, pharmacies, doctors, dentists and several supermarkets, a hypermarket, wine shop, a theatre for plays and concerts, a movie theatre, and all the shops and services you would expect from a regional hub.
As this is an important wine-growing region, there are plenty of wineries in the area to visit for tastings.
Ten minutes to the north is Lac du Salagou, a large recreational lake surrounded by striking wine-purple rock formations. Popular with fishermen, swimmers, and especially windsurfers, Lac du Salagou is a surprising oasis in a rugged patch of wild, natural space.
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10 Jun 2014
"Lovely well equipped country villa in beautiful suroundings"
My husband and I would thoroughly recommend this lovely country villa on the edge of a pretty Languedoc town. Very reasonably priced, we hired it for ourselves but it has 4 bedrooms and could comfort… More
27 Nov 2011
"A place beyond beauty"
If you're planning a vacation and if your choice would include the area called Languedoc in the Southern part of this immensely beautiful country then there's only one place I would recommend you to stay. It's a beautiful modernized villa called “Les Amandiers” (The Almonds) in the vallée of La Faïence a few miles West of the local buzz Clermont l'Hérault.
The villa is unique in that it can easily accommodate 8 people. The ground floor consists of a fully equipped kitchen, a laundry room annex bathroom with bath, a toilet, a quiet and restful bedroom and a living room with sofa's virtually inviting you to make yourself comfortable on them. A TV, radio and library with lots of information about the area and beyond that. The top floor that can be accessed from the living room and a separate outside entrance has three bedrooms and a living area with refrigerator and a sink and the required utensils. The villa is surrounded by beautiful massaged meadows and gardens and in front of the house one can enjoy the lazy deck stools and a large table and accompanying chairs. Attached to the villa is a storeroom containing all the necessary items to use if you prefer a quiet and lazy day enjoying the view of the valley and the surrounding hills.
The location is ideal for all kind of activities. You are practically less than 45 minutes driving away from the Mediterranean, the modern city of Montpellier, the causses (600 to 1000 meters high plateau's), all separated by steep and breathtaking gorges with world known rivers like Tarn, Lot, Dordogne and of course the Hérault river. Opposite the villa and on the other side of the valley is the colourful old village of Villeneuve and if you like the new don't forget to take a trip to the recently constructed viaduct of Millau.
Or if you like hiking, no area could be more ideal for it. Apart from the unrestricted vineyards, meadows and forests, you'll find an abundance of hiking pathes (some easy, some challenging) and all of them are listed and described while most of them brings you to vilages and towns long forgotten by the massive invasion of foreign tourists.
In case your aspirations are more of the adventurous type head for the Pyrenees with its Catalonian past (and not to forget food) and the spectacular views from the mountain tops vieuwing Southern France on one side and Catalonia on the other. The trip will lead either through the mountainous Corbières or along the coast with places where not so long ago Matisse and Picasso put up their residences.
And this short description is only the beginning of our vacations that started in either the spring or the early autumn since 2003. Vacations enabling us to revitalize our minds and bodies.
Last but not least inquire whether your host Jennifer has any painting trips planned for the near future while Jim will immediately explain the letter fonts in the books that you may be reading and discuss their origins and history.
27 Nov 2011
"This charming country house and its locale couldn't have been more suitable for the 8 of us."
We are 4 couples who have been long time friends who have mostly the same tastes and interests. We first learned about Les Amandiers from a magazine ad and then found more info about it on its web site. Everything we read and saw seemed ideal for what we wanted - and to our delight everything was! The country house was plenty big enough for all of us and every bit as well kept and charming as it appeared to be in the web photos. The surrounding countryside provided picturesque views from every room and patio. The garden herbs were a bonus when we were preparing communal meals.
The hosts' home was conveniently nearby when we wanted to consult them and they were friendly and hospitable, but never intrusive. We thouroughly enjoyed visiting the locale vineyards and the village of Clermont l'Herault. Lac du Salagou was wonderful for hiking, biking and picnicing. We also did some day trips of manageable distances to places of special interest such as Aerle, Les Baux, Carcassone, Sete, Pont du Gard, and Nimes.
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