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Very Good 4/5 13 reviews

petit dejeuner on the terrace

Townhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

Welcome to our •••AWARD WINNING••• Maison Village, a tastefully converted fisherman's cottage built in the 18th century. Located in the old town quarter of Marseillan, a delightful port-side town on the Etang de Thau, a magnificent saltwater lagoon all just moments from the Mediterranean.

The house has been completely modernised and well appointed, including a superb architect designed Terrasse Tropezienne (Roof Terrace) Listed in Holiday Lettings "HALL OF FAME 2011" top 100 list. We offer all you need for a comfortable stress-free stay. A short walk from the front door you will find a wonderful selection of shops, cafes and many excellent restaurants – everything from pizzeria to most excellent fine dining.

'Marseillan is like St Tropez probably looked before Brigitte Bardot decided to grace the beach there. It is staggeringly pretty, with one of the most unspoiled ports in France. You can while away many an afternoon at the Château du Port restaurant, drinking wine and watching the boats go by.'

The Sunday Times

Marseillan is also the home of Noilly Prat Vermouth, where hundreds of barrels of James Bond's favourite mixer lie maturing in the sun, and all just minutes from the Mediterranean.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Marseillan Plage 2.5 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Béziers-Cap d'Agde / Montpellier / Perpignan 15 km, Nearest railway: Agde / Beziers / Montpellier 7 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available
Further details indoors

The house, built on three floors, has been sensitively updated with attractive beams, pine staircases, Spanish style fireplace and stained glass windows to the rear. The most recent addition of the Terrasse Tropezienne (ROOF TERRACE) has complemented the already stylish look of this property.

GROUND FLOOR: Enter into the large open-plan lounge / dining area and modern fitted kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with ceramic halogen hob / oven, double sink, dishwasher & fridge / freezer. Just off the kitchen is a small utility/storage room 'cellier', with washing machine and electric water heater, which provides unlimited hot water. Focal point of this very spacious area is the curvaceous sculptural open fireplace - ideal for log fires in cooler months, Christmas & New Year. The ground floor is tiled for coolness in summer (and copes easily with sandy feet after a day at the beach)

FIRST FLOOR: open tread pine staircase to the landing which has two double bedrooms. The Blue Room, at the front of the house, has double glazed casement windows opening onto the street, double bed, an original stone sink converted to a useful dressing table area. The twin room (rear) has 2 sgl / twin beds, opening skylight velux window and an attractive stained glass window. A good sized modern tiled bathroom has twin wash-basins with storage under, a bath / shower. The separate loo is next to the bathroom.

SECOND FLOOR: up a steep staircase to the top of the house. The Terrace Room is a large, light, tranquil space, a double glazed door opens onto the stunning sunny terrace with rooftop views of the church. Double glazed casement windows at the front, large double bed. The bedrooms have fitted carpets, new beds & modern electric wall heaters in all rooms.

The house is fully equipped for up to six people. For entertainment there's CD / radio players, TV / DVD with a selection of CDs & DVDs. Also a good selection of paperbacks should you run out of beach reading and various boardgames to keep everyone amused.

Further details outdoors

Exotic hardwood-decked Terrasse Tropezienne (ROOF TERRACE) Architect designed, constructed and finished with close attention to detail, giving a stylish contemporary feel. Raised banquette seating / lounging area with bamboo plants, a small round table with folding chairs, cushions, lounger & large parasol for plenty of shade when needed. Cold water tap & watering hose.

The terrace is sunny from early morning - ideal for petit dejeuner, shaded and cooler from late afternoon....

great for an evening apero or champagne under the stars.....

Further details

We provide all bed linen and towels - you will only need beach towels.

The house is cleaned and ready for you to enjoy when you arrive.

Changeover days flexible out of high season by arrangement.

Discounted rates for couples and / or multiple weeks

Short / long term breaks considered

Free unrestricted Parking available nearby.

Non smoking property including roof terrace.

Sorry no pets

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

‘...a cheaper and more charming alternative to the Cote d'Azur'.

BBC Holiday programme

Marseillan is an enchanting port town located on the Etang de Thau, 'the home of France's best oysters' and surrounding vineyards. On the 'Route des pecheurs et de vins' - you'll find an abundance of delicious seafood and glorious wines inc. AOC Picpoul de Pinet characterises the taste of the local area.

Marseillan is also home to Noilly Prat Vermouth, you can take a tour - tasting - of the famous aperitif distillery. Try a Marseillanaise - a mix of red and dry golden Noilly Prat!

Celebrity TV chef Rick Stein discovered the area on his French Odyssey and described the famous Bouzigue oysters and shellfish, from the (Grade A) waters of the etang, as spectacular and the best he'd eaten all over the world........

'Languedoc - the home of France's best oysters'

And there's so much more to discover. Historical towns - The ancient Greek port of Agde - wander around Molière's historic Pézenas. The Crusaders' Aigues Mort, World Heritage sites of St Guilhem le Desert (voted #2 prettiest village in France) Pont du Gard nr Nimes and cosmopolitan Montpellier. Scenic driving routes for day explorations - punctuated by degustations of the wonderful local wines - picnics in the hills or by lakes, or join the locals at the weekend at one of the many extensive Marches aux Puces - flea markets - where you may just find the bargain of a lifetime!

Further afield the birdlife of the Camargue, the spectacular Cévennes, the exhilarating white-water gorges of the Haut-Languedoc, the fairytale citadel of Carcassonne or the Provencal towns of Avignon and Arles are not far.

'...mile after mile of the best and least crowded beaches we’ve found in the South of France’.

The Independent

Marseillan

A short stroll from our front door you'll find many bakeries, fresh bread and croissants hot from the oven, choose from a mouth-watering selection of locally sourced fish, fruit and vegetables, wonder around the daily indoor food market "Les Halles" or the bustling weekly market which overflows into all the streets. The sunny pleasure port is flanked by cafes, bars & restaurants, all offering great value menus. The town also boasts three gourmet restaurants as well as pizzerias and a creperie, or enjoy steak cooked over the wood fire in the Boulevard restaurant.

TO THE PLAGE a short drive, Beach Bus or cycle ride will take you to Marseillan Plage, the place to start your exploration of the finest Mediterranean beaches - enjoy (La Corniche) 20km of unspoilt, uncrowded sandy beach to Sete, or opt for the wide expanses of Rochelonge or Richelieu plage, punctuated by sheltered rock pools, beach cafe / bars. Head east to Sète, the Venice of the Languedoc, lounge in one of the many canal-side restaurants, or climb the heights of Mont St Clair, for breathtaking views reaching to the Pyrenees. Sete has the largest fishing fleet on the French Med, and a regular port of call for cruise ships, it has a unique atmosphere, with a variety of artistic and cultural pursuits to enjoy.

Sete is famed for its water jousts, Marseillan also has its own jousts and greasy pole climbing in the summer - and if you enjoy boating - Marseillan has two sailing schools, - windsurfing, wake boarding, tennis and riding, are all in the locality. Take a boat tour across the Etang (the only navigable lagoon in the area) visit the oyster parks. Cap d'Agde is a popular holiday resort and has one of the largest marinas in the South of France, here you'll find more fabulous beaches and one of the largest nudist beaches in Europe, funfairs & water parks, boat hire, water-sports, beach bars, lively nightlife, and a casino.

For a more energetic excursion, hire a bicycle, explore the Canal du Midi or the Lagoon, celebrated for its abundant wild-bird life, notably the year round flocks of pink flamingo's. Protected nature reserves around the town make this destination a paradise for bird spotters and walkers. Or enjoy quad biking at Marseillan Plage, and golf at Cap d'Agde, Beziers, Montpellier or Grande Motte.

But most of all, just enjoy the lazy pace of life in one of the most delightful little towns in the south of France.

'Marseillan is like St Tropez probably looked before Brigitte Bardot decided to grace the beach there. It is staggeringly pretty, with one of the most unspoiled ports in France. You can while away many an afternoon at the Château du Port restaurant, drinking wine and watching the boats go by.'

The Sunday Times

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Review 1-10 of 13

26 Jan 2014

5/5

"We love Ric & Sue's Rue de l'Amour"

We stayed multiple times in this lovely cottage. The owners Ric and Sue keep improving and enhancing all the time with all the best British touch. It is very confortable and everything you might need … More

15 Oct 2012

4/5

"Enjoyable Stay!"

My daughter who lives in Spain found this lovely place in Marseillan for our Winter holiday. We were 4 adults and 2 children. The location was fantastic. Close to bakeries, coffee houses, groceries… More

15 Sep 2012

2/5

"Needs updating."

Most of the glowing reviews are from some time ago. This house needs a thorough scrub and re-decoration then some money spent on updating. With some care it could be nice as the layout is good - it just did not meet our standards.

I have deliberated for a month about posting a review and in the interim sent our observations in full (including lots of photos) to the owners. Until it has been sorted I wouldn't recommend it, I am sure the owners care so I imagine they will deal with the shortcomings and post here when they have.

Communication with the owners is very good, this was our second time in Marseiilan it is a great place to holiday.

Thanks for the comments. Actually our last “glowing” review was received from guests that stayed even more recently, and only 2wks after this visit. Other guests directly prior to and following on from this stay wrote to tell us the house is great and they had a wonderful holiday etc.
In May 2012 the exterior of the house was refinished, new custom made shutters fitted and the façade completely re-rendered with a bright white finish.
The interior was also refreshed, new flooring fitted in the bathroom and toilet areas along with general maintenance and updates.
Recently, Sept 2012, a new water heater and an A rated electric oven installed. We continue to update the house on a regular basis, everything from the kind of major works mentioned to purchases of new equipment and decor, and of course dealing with any incidental problems, when informed.
We are obviously disappointed these guests found our house not what they expected, in spite of regular attention and investment.

4 Sep 2012

4/5

"A brilliant house in a lovely town in a fabulous part of France"

This was our first visit to Rue de L'Amour and to Marseillan and we have fallen in love with all of it. The house is great, close to easy parking facilities in the beautiful square, just round t… More

Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your stay, and appreciated the magic of this wonderful area. We hope to be able to welcome you back again one day. Best wishes.

10 Jun 2012

5/5

"A real home in a real village"

#10 Rue de L'Amour is clearly the owner's passion- a clever and livable re modelling of an old fisherman's , three level cottage in the old town part of Marseillan, incorporating a very… More

5 Apr 2012

2/5

"Disappointing"

Several years must have passed since the photos of this property were taken. We found it shabby, grubby and uncomfortable. Some of the items we would mention are broken/uneven ceramic tiles on the b… More

This review is not a fair representation of our property, which is also our second home. We care a great deal for this very special place and frequently invest in updates and improvements. The pictures are current and an accurate representation of the house.

We're obviously concerned by these comments, especially as we always urge guests to contact us if there are any problems. The only issue mentioned during their stay was the wifi log-in which we helped rectify. On departure they emailed us to say they'd “Had a great time. Marseillan lovely as ever though very hot!!!”

We work hard to ensure the house is clean and hygienic, so something may have gone amiss that week. But we needed to know at the time.

We don't offer air conditioning, and don't claim to, so if you want this facility in a Mediterranean climate, it's worth seeking it out. But new window shutters will be fitted.

Guests frequently tell us how happy they have been here, and many have returned over and over again. Thankfully this review is not typical of our visitors' many positive experiences. Just read our guestbook or Facebook page.

19 Feb 2012

5/5

"Wonderful romantic hideaway in a beautiful fishing village"

Make full use of the local shops and restaurants.... they are all so welcoming and friendly. Take a boat trip on the Canal du Midi.... hire bikes and cycle to the beaches...… More

6 Feb 2012

5/5

"Fabulous little holiday home"

Lovely house, nicely renovated, with everything provided to make for a comfortable, enjoyable holiday. Everything was of an excellent standard with lots of little personal touches to make you feel at … More

22 Jan 2012

5/5

"Cosy cottage in easy walking distance of loads of great eateries"

We had a very pleasant stay at Rue de l'Amour, a cost and well-appointed cottage. We particularly enjoyed the location - only five minutes walk to a shop and a great choice of cafes, restaurants … More

21 Jan 2012

5/5

"Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On."

Such stuff - I will give a valid or reasonable impression of this jewel property in a beautiful old town. As an experienced traveller who has stayed in many, many differing properties and hotels, from… More

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