House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Mas Bleu is modern, bright and open plan. Local builders have used traditional materials and styles of the region to ensure the house compliments the dramatic landscape
The main attraction in the summer months is the swimming pool (10m x 8m) with its painted terracotta surface. It leads directly off the back doors of the house and is surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens with stunning views over the village.
There’s a small fountain, a patio dining area sheltered by a Pagoda and a barbecue for alfresco dining. If you have kids, there's a swing, see-saw and climbing rope - or the whole family can enjoy the table tennis table.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Palavas / Cathedral de Maguelone 40 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Montpellier / Bezier 40 km, Nearest railway: Montpellier 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
Inside the house there are 2 double bedrooms and an extra double sleeping on the mezzanine floor. A single room offers a single bed and a cot. There’s ample other places to sleep, but Mas Bleu best caters for 2/3 couples or a family with lots of children!
It has a well-equipped kitchen that accommodates 10 people easily and a large lounge area. The open fire in the centre of the house makes the house homely in winter. Shutters and windows designed to create a breeze, keep the house cool in the summer.
|Further details outdoors||
Depending on the season there is opted fruit from the numerous trees including fig and fresh herbs and vegetable from the well-stocked garden. The area also has extraordinary insect life: green lizards, snakes, swallow butterflies, bats and crickets to mention just a few of the neighbours!
Just a quick note for those with very small kids; the pool is DEEP, with no standing opportunity for little people of under 1.5m, best for diving teenagers really! There are child safely gates and fences with a pool alarm in accordance with French legislation. The gardens are also terraced with some high walls, so a watchful eye is a must. All that said, we have kids from 6 months to 12 in the family who love staying in the house.
A refundable deposit of £200.00 is required against damage or breakages. This is payable prior to arrival and returned 10 days after your departure.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Languedoc is France’s largest, up-and-coming, wine producing region and there’s many opportunities to taste its excellent wines at the numerous (and very good) private domains and cave co-operatives.
Dotted with sleepy rural villages of traditional red tiled roofs and village squares and unspoilt by mass tourism, if you’ve not been, you’re missing out!
Mas Bleu is tucked away on the hill just behind the small picturesque village of Saint Privat; which clings somewhat precariously, (in picture postcard kind of way), to the steep valley below the mountains that lead to the isolated Larzac plateau.
The commune of 3 villages shares a daily beep from the bread van, busing in fresh croissant and baguettes and is conveniently within 10 mins drive of the neighbouring (slightly larger) village of St Jean which has a small shop and even a bar.
Local Markets and their towns
Clermont l’Herault, (25 minutes from Mas Bleu), has a bustling market on a Wednesday with a huge selection of local produce, buskers to entertain you while you shop, great café’s and bars for liquid refreshment and the odd game of boules on dusky afternoons. There’s also 2 large supermarkets and every kind of supplier imaginable including a well-stocked organic grocery.
Lodeve (20 mins away) is a traditional small French town. The weekly market on a Saturday gives you the opportunity to stock on the local produce you missed at Clermont. It also has a sizeable supermarket and some great restaurants.
The Great Outdoors
The scenery of the region is truly breathtaking. So, if rambles on foot or horseback amongst winding hill paths or along deep gorges tumbling into cool, inviting rivers is your bag, you’ll be more than busy exploring.
If you’re drawn to more active pursuits, there’s plenty of opportunities including kayaking, swimming in glacier pools, climbing and abseiling. For swimming, fishing, windsurfing and water sports, Lac du Salagou is popular with French families, it's also a great spot for BBQs on the beach when it gets cooler at night.
A bit further a field
The unique Roman towns of Avignon, Nîmes, and Arles are less than an hour away to the east with the stunning Carcassonne with its medieval citadel, Perpignon and Toulouse to the west.
The nearest city and arguably best shopping and cultural centre for the region is Montpellier (45 mins away) it offers a dazzling array of shops, the arts, theatre, and is a main stop off for the national train network and international airport.
The completion of the motorway gives fast and smooth access for ventures into Spain, Italy and the rest of Europe within a few hours away.
The (often!) warm Mediterranean sea, (a hour away), is an easy motorway drive to Adge, Sete, Meze and Massiellian. All have fantastic fresh fish and shellfish markets and restaurants, with loads to do on the sea.