House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Beautiful, rustic, well maintained 12th century medieval house in the vibrant village of Le Pouget in the stunning Languedoc region of southern France. Perfectly located to explore the region, Cloche-Piochet is a half hours drive from Montpellier, St Guilhelm le Desert, Sete, sandy beaches, and not much more than an hours drive from the Pont du Gard, Nimes historic colosseum, Carcassone and the Canal du Midi to name a few. French food at its best, local wines, beautiful villages nearby and very friendly locals will make your stay memorable.
As you enter Cloche-Piochet you will immediately be transported back in time as you peek into the ground floor 'cave' double bedroom before ascending the original medieval staircase to the light and airy first floor kitchen/living area with it's hundreds year old roman floor tiles and ancient stone walls. The kitchen is well equipped so you can cook up a storm with the irresistible local fresh produce, or heat up the plat du jour gourmet takeaway that the village butcher's wife cooks up each morning.
The old world ambience continues as you head upstairs to the second floor twin bedroom with its pretty little stain glass window and adjacent toilet and bathroom. Finally, what many of our guests over the years have called the 'view to die for' is at the top of the last small staircase. There, you'll walk through the attic bedroom that opens out onto the petit terrace that looks out over miles of surrounding villages, vineyards and beautiful french countryside. The terrace is a wonderful place to relax after a hard day's sightseeing with a cold glass of local wine, an array of gorgeous french cheese and whatever else takes your fancy. Watch the sun go down as you linger on for dinner, or head back out in the morning to enjoy your morning coffee and croissants still warm from the village patisserie.
People have lived at Le Pouget for at least 35,000 years and probably for much longer and the village as it stands today is of medieval origin. It is a classic hilltop circulade with houses on narrow cobbled streets circling a central church and churchyard. Today Le Pouget is a vibrant village of approximately a thousand friendly locals. It has a weekly market, two restaurants, a bar, two well stocked epicierie's, a butcher, baker, tabac and more.
Le Pouget is located close to the towns of Clermont l'Herault, Gignac and Pezenas bustling with their great weekly markets and variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The nearby village of Canet (3km) provides access to the clear, cool waters of the Herault river and it's popular local swimming spot. Le Pouget is ideally located to explore the very scenic Herault valley, from its Mediterranean swimming beaches to its majestic mountains and many beautiful villages, valleys and vineyards in between.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marseillan Plage 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Montpellier 30 km, Nearest railway: Montpellier 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Being the central house in the circulade of the vibrant 12th century village of Le Pouget, Cloche-Piochet has stunning views of surrounding villages and vineyards from its top floor terrace. Well maintained and tastefully decorated, this self-contained, historic village house provides a unique living experience in old world medieval surroundings. Whilst trying to keep your French village experience removed from the hustle and bustle, we offer Wi-Fi on request and an iPad/iPod dock and music player are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
Retire to the roof top terrace for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles and reflect on the days sites, tastes and experiences. Stay on the terrace for dinner as the sun sets and relax and enjoy the stunning views of the region.
English speaking property manager will meet on arrival and introduce you to the house and village. Information about local sights, markets, favourite eating spots and lots more available at the house.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc has a long prehistory and history, and there are reminders of it everywhere. There are wonderful galleries, chateaux, restaurants, festivals and wineries and caves throughout the region, and scenery as spectacular and serene as anything you could wish for. The range of local attractions and activities are many and varied and well within easy travelling distance. Swim in the clear, cooling Herault river in the village of Canet 3kms away and visit the famous Pezanas market every Saturday. Spend a few hours exploring and shopping in the beautiful city of Montpellier (often referred to as the mini-Paris) and visit historic Nimes with its well preserved Roman colosseum which is still used for bullfights and concerts and nearby Pont Du Gard.
People have lived at Le Pouget in the fertile Hérault Valley for at least 35,000 years and probably for much longer, but the village as it stands today is of medieval origin. It is a classic hilltop circulade – a walled village with houses on narrow, cobbled streets circling a central church and churchyard. Today, Le Pouget is a vibrant village of approximately 1,500 people with a weekly market, three restaurants, bar, patissiere, boucherie, tabac, epicerie and more.
The property is located close to the towns of Clermont L'Herault and Gignac, bustling with their weekly markets and variety of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. The nearby village of Canet (3km) provides access to the clear, cool waters of the Herault River and its popular local swimming spot.
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13 May 2014
"well equipped and ideal for three generations"
The very old village home was ideal for us as we covered three generations. My wife and I slept on the bottom floor, which had a small bathroom attached. The second floor contained the dining, sitti… More
6 Nov 2013
"comfortable medieval townhouse in wonderful Languedoc"
If you want a quiet escape from it all then this is the place. A lovely 4 storey 3 bedroon townhouse at the top of the old town of Le Pouget. The house is well equipped and comfortable with the bonus of stunning views from the roof terrace of the surrounding countryside and beyond (a great place to enjoy the local wine whilst watching the sun setting over the distant hills).
You will need to park the car in the surrounding streets at the base to the towns old circulade as the streets at the top are very narrow but this did not cause any problems.
Le Pouget and the nearby town of Canet have all the usual amenities whilst Clermont-l'Herault has many supermarches
The annual town festival at the end of August was very enjoyable with several evenings of music, food and wine.
It is a great base for exploring Languedoc with many places within easy reach:
Sete & beaches 45mins
Marseillan (home of Noilly Prat) 40mins
The whole region is full of fields of vines so plenty of opportunity to sample the excellent Languedoc wines.
I would definitely use this house again!
2 Nov 2013
"A simply magical medieval place but with all the creature comforts of the twenty-first century."
We were met on arrival at the beautifully preserved medieval village of Le Pouget by the owners' very friendly and helpful agent. The house itself is far better than the photos could ever show, and the view out across the valley from the top-floor balcony, where we ate our evening meals, was just stunning. This is not a place for the physically infirm (lots of stairs) but for anyone else it offers the opportunity of a holiday filled with romance. The village itself is a quite and undiscovered, but situated close to the tourist attractions of St. Guilhem le Desert and the limestone caves of the Herault region. It is also a short drive to the Mediterranean and surrounded by vineyards, for those interested in sampling the wines of the Languedoc. Highly recommended!
27 Apr 2013
"An amazing experience I won't forget."
I stayed with family at Cloche-Piochet in the Languedoc region of France, which is one of the largest wine growing regions in France. The village of Le Puget where Cloche-Piochet is is full of what d… More
25 Apr 2013
"An unspoilt and charming village house in real France"
I have been holiday at Cloche-Piochet with my young son for three years and still feel I'm only scratching the surface of the surrounding rivers, mountains and beautiful scenery.Greeted for the f… More
10 Aug 2011
"A unique French country holiday experience"
From booking our stay, to arrival and settling in, the process was clear and welcoming. Our long-awaited first visit to France began in Paris, and was crowned by the week we spent in historic Le Pouge… More
5 Jul 2011
Our group had a wonderful stay in that gorgeous house. We had a great time exploring the area which was most interesting. It was lovely to come home at night and relax with everything we needed on tap… More
21 Jun 2011
"Such a treat!"
What an absolute treat to stay in this beautiful old home situated in the picturesque village of Le Pouget. From the moment you walk through the blue doors and climb the winding stairs to the kitchen/… More
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