House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Beautifully refurbished (2007) traditional stone village house in centre of the charming medieval village of Laurens, and the famous Faugeres wine region. Providing spacious, comfortable accommodation for up to 8 people.
The property combines modern amenities with traditional features such as stone walls, original terracotta floors and exposed beams. It is just steps away from the local bakers , butchers, general store, pharmacy, bar, tabac and post office.
For the more energetic there is a lovely swimming pool and horse riding at the local campsite(2kms) and tennis courts, playground and boules in the village. Within 2 minutes walk you will find yourself amidst the vineyards of this famous wine region.
Ideally situated to explore the wonderful Herault region, whether it be canoeing down the River Orb, enjoying water sports on Lac de Salagou, relaxing on the Mediterranenan beaches (30mins) or visiting local historic towns such as Beziers (30mins) or Pezenas (20 mins) with its bustling Saturday market, or enjoying day trips to the ancient fortified city of Carcassonne or shopping in the vibrant university city of Montpellier.
Return to relax and drink a glass of excellent local wine on the completely secluded terrace, equipped with table, chairs, BBQ, and sun loungers.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Valras Plage 30 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beziers Cap d'Agde 35 km, Nearest railway: Magalas 8 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The ground floor has a large kitchen-diner with fully equipped kitchen and dining area to seat 8. There is a comfortable lounge with underfloor heating, 2 sofas (which can be converted to double beds,) satelite TV, DVD, and CD player. We have a selection of books, board games, backgammon and cards available to our guests.
There is a modern shower room with wc and sink. Stairs lead to the private sunny terrace. The terrace is furnished with 2 sun loungers and table and chairs for dining alfresco.
The first floor contains a large master bedroom with king size bed, .and on the second floor there is a double bedroom. There is a bathroom with an enticing slipper bath, wc and sink.
On the third floor there is a large twin bedded room with views over the neighbouring countryside.
|Further details outdoors|
Secluded sunny terrace (24m squared) equipped with table and chairs and sun loungers. Ideal spot to enjoy a glass of local wine or sunbathe in complete privacy.
There is free parking in village and tennis courts and playground.
A very pleasant supervised swimming and wading pool(July and August only) is located at the campsite just 2km away. Horse riding or trekking is also available there.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Languedoc claims to be the sunniest region of France and with an average of over 300 sunny days per year this certainly seems to be the case. It is Europe's largest wine growing region and an excellent choice of local wines are always readily available. Local produce such as olives, olive oil, cheeses,fresh herbs, bread and fish are available at the numerous markets. A visit is a must for food lovers or for anyone with an interest in French life.
The mediterranean coastline of this region stretches from the Camargue, where wild horses gallop through wetlands, to the Spanish border mountains of the Pyrenees. You can enjoy the beaches, the water-side restaurants, explore the various towns along the way such as the fortified town of Aigue Mortes in the heart of the Camargue, or the bustling harbour town of Cap d'Agde (45 mins) with its lively nightlife and restaurants.
Further inland, numerous sites of historic interest such as the 11th century abbey at St. Guilhem le Desert or the Knight Templar village of La Couvertoirade are comfortable day trips. In this region one will find the busy cosmopolitan city of Montpellier (1hr) with its mix of old and new and abundance of shops and Sunday flea market, the wonderfully preserved medieval fortress city of Carcassonne(1 hr 30mins), and ancient Roman ruins in Nimes.
Languedoc is an area of great natural beauty and the Languedoc National Park (25 mins)is well worth a visit. The landscape is one of mountains and vineyards, dotted with picturesque, typically French, villages and towns. The stunning natural rock formations at Cirque du Moureze are a spectacle. Fishing, swimming and kayaking are possible in the River Orb and the man-made Lac du Salagou is well known for the variety of water sports on offer. The tree-lined Canal du Midi offers a shady place to cycle through the countryside at a leisurely pace on flat paths or keen cyclists can take to the open roads to discover this wonderful region.
The Spanish border is 1 hour 30 minutes away, with Barcelona being a further hours drive through the countryside of Northern Spain, making this a possible overnight or weekend visit.
Laurens is situated just off the D909, between Pezenas and Bedarieux. It is 30 minutes from the historic town of Beziers and is midway between Montpellier and St. Chinian. In the centre of the famous Faugeres appelation, this is very much a wine producing area and there is an excellent wine outlet in the village selling a great range of local wines.
There is a selection of basic shops,cafe/bar,playground, tennis courts and boules court in the village. The swimming pool and restaurant at the local camp site (2kms) are open to the public (July/Aug only) at a small charge and are highly recommended. Also on offer there, are horse-riding and paint-ball. Golf courses can be found at Beziers and Lamalou les Bains (20 mins).
Chateau Grezan (2kms) ,an ancient fortified chateau from the times of the Knight Templars, is a pleasant stroll or cycle through the vineyards. Here you will find a superb restaurant and the main Faugeres office where you can learn the history of wine production in the region. More restaurants (including a pizzeria), cafes, supermarket and bank can be found in Magalas , only 8kms away.The pretty town of Pezenas (20minutes) abounds with charm and character, plenty of restaurants and perhaps the best market in the whole of the region (Saturday).
Within easy reach of the Mediterranean coast (35minutes) and all its attractions, this is an ideal base for a holiday and for exploring the surrounding area.