Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Behind the historic limestone facade of the buildings in rue François Oustrin, you will find a recently decorated contemporary, self contained apartment with its own south facing terrace, and Mediterranean plants. ‘Appartement François’ is sunny, bright and airy. The classical windows from all rooms face onto either the sunny terrace or the very private 14th century limestone atrium.
The owners, with their love of architecture and design, have recognised the apartment’s potential and created a contemporary setting in which visitors can enjoy a special south of France holiday experience. The apartment has been furnished to suit families, couples or singles with accommodation for six.
Entry is from the ‘pedestrian only’ street, through traditional glazed doors into a cobbled lobby. A comfortable flight of stairs leads to ‘Appartement François’ on the first level. Inside you will find spacious, comfortable, attractively decorated and furnished living spaces.
‘Appartement Francois’ is in the heritage heart of town and only minutes from shops, supermarket, studios, art galleries and so much more.
Pezenas will appeal to people of all ages and interests. It is situated between the mountains and the sea, has the best weather in France and provides a perfect base for travelling around this beautiful region of southern France.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cap d'Adge 27 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bezier 20 km, Nearest railway: Bezier 20 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
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment has a particularly spacious feel being on one level with high ceilings throughout and exposed beams in the dining area. Light floods into all rooms through high windows reaching almost to the ceiling.
It has been recently redecorated in a contemporary style with quality modern appliances and the latest technology. The living area is open plan with a lounge dining area. The sitting area has two sofas, an ottoman, a coffee and occasional tables, with seating for six, a LCD flat screen TV, a sound system and a DVD/CD player. Free WIFI is available; a computer for guests' use and a writing desk is also located in the sitting room. The adjoining dining area has a table and six chairs with a matching dresser. This area opens out directly onto the sunny, south facing terrace garden through large arched glazed doors. The ¾ metre thick limestone walls of the old building can be appreciated here and through the adjacent kitchen window overlooking the terrace.
The garden terrace is furnished with a table and seating for six, two deckchairs and a very modern barbeque. A large extendable canvas canopy provides exactly the required amount of shade, and potted citrus trees and Mediterranean plants surround the terracotta tiled floor. The terrace is very private and set back from the street overlooking a cobbled courtyard off rue François Oustrin. It is not easily visible from the street or surrounding buildings making the apartment and terrace also very quiet. An extendable clothes line is located on the terrace, but well hidden.
The kitchen is well equipped with a sink, oven, hotplate, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, washing machine and all the usual small appliances. A generous supply of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans are provided for a minimum of six people.
The large main bedroom is furnished with a queen size bed, bedside tables with lamps, large wardrobe, a chest of drawers and two chairs. The room has two beautiful high classical windows overlooking the 14th century atrium. A well appointed en-suite complete with two basins and a bath adjoins the bedroom. There is a sound system in this room too.
The second bedroom contains two single beds which can be arranged into a double bed. It has a large wardrobe, bedside tables with lamps and a chair. This room has two large classical windows overlooking the private atrium and is across the hall from the shower room and toilet.
The bedrooms are quite separate and private.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking is not a problem at Appartement François as there are 2 carparks very near. A reasonably priced 'pay' carpark is at the end of the street, only meters away; and a huge 'free' carpark is located within a 5 minute walk.
Our English speaking manager is available to solve any problems you might encounter during your stay.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The region of Herault Languedoc is a sun-drenched corner of the south of France, containing sandy beaches lapped by the Mediterranean sea; wild open spaces in the Cevennes hills; monasteries and castles to be explored; and vineyards where you can taste some of the best Languedoc wines.
The department of Herault covers around 6200 square km and has a population of around 90,000 people, who mainly live in Montpellier, Sete and the town of Beziers - three very different places, each with its own character and charm. There are a large number of beautiful towns and villages throughout the Herault department, Pezenas being one of the best examples of these.
Bordering the Mediterranean is about 60 miles of coastline, which stretches between the beautiful region known as the Camargue, and the tree-lined Canal du Midi.
The landscape of Herault is craggy and beautiful in the southern part of the Massif Central and descends gently from there onto the Mediterranean coast. With its lakes and saltwater lagoons, gorges and rivers, mountains and beaches, sunny climate and cultural attractions, Herault is a magnet for tourists from all over Europe.
Pezenas is a town in the Herault department of Languedoc-Roussillon region, 20 kilometres north-east of Beziers. It is an attractive old town, unspoiled by modern development, with narrow streets to explore as well as some grand 17th century houses. Its town centre was one of the first in France to be protected as an historic monument.
There are examples of lovely stone detail to windows and doors, lovely wrought iron balconies and stone staircases. The Hotel Jacques Coeur, the Hotel Carion de Nizas and the Hotel de Lacoste are all buildings of particular merit. There is even a well preserved Jewish ghetto in the town dating from the middle ages. The tourist Office offers guided tours of the town to help you make the most of your stay. The tourist office was once the barbers shop and it was here apparently that Moliere dreamed up some of the characters for his plays.
During the evening wander through the old town and you will find a number of inviting restaurants to tempt you.
The church of Saint-Jean-de-Bébian is classified as a historic monument, and the other main church - the church of Saint-Ursule also merits a visit. The town is also reputed for its antique and bric-a-brac shops.
The town is especially proud of its association with Moliere, who brought his troupe to the town on several occasions, and has a monument to commemorate the fact by the reputed sculptor Jean-Antoine Anjelbert. As a consequence, each summer Pezenas plays host to the Mirondela de l'Arte, and music and street entertainment takes over the town.
The market day is Saturday in Pezenas.
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30 Nov 2013
"Superb - Better than we imagined."
There are not many places that you stay in that are actually better than the reviews and photos. This superb apartment really is. We loved the terrace area. The owners have absolutely thought of every… More
22 Sep 2013
Amazing apartment in the pedestrian only area of Pezenas, and a stroll away from so many cafes/restaurants, small art shops, and a great Saturday market. The apartment itself is very clean and decorat… More
27 Aug 2013
"Can't wait to go again! It has everything, a home away from home."
Probably the best location in Pez (the Old part), it has everything you need and more. Lovely terrace for wine and cheese. Huge kitchen and living areas. An actual King Size bed ! (not two singles pus… More
15 Aug 2013
Just back from a wonderful week in Pezenas. The apartment was everything we'd hope for and was very well equipped even down to beach toys for our young daughter. The apartment is in a great locat… More
11 Jun 2013
"A stylish, wonderful and supremely relaxing home from home"
I can't rate Appartement Francois highly enough, I really can't.
The location is fantastic - an innocuous side door up a pretty cobbled street in the heart of the old district of Pezenas. Fantastic cafes and amazing boulangeries are - literally - 10 yards from the front door. Pezenas itself is wonderful to walk round, eat in, shop and generally just take in.
The apartment, despite being so central, is actually a real haven - it is so quiet & peaceful it's amazing. It's light & airy with wonderful high ceilings, and is furnished in a way that puts it between extremely stylish and a really relaxing home from home.
The terrace is perfect - coffees and pastries in the sun, reading a book - fabulous. The owner is also a real pleasure to deal with - the amount of detail given to us to help with booking, getting there, getting in, orienting ourselves, getting around and getting any help - was incredible - so organised and far, far better than any I've had anywhere else.
Everything is there, everything works, everything seems new - it's one of the only places I've visited where we didn't have one single niggle, or thing we'd change. If you are thinking of heading to the South of France, I would definitely advise you to consider this apartment.
26 Oct 2012
We recently spent 5 days in this apartment. It was perfect in every way. From the initial contact, the owner Sue was amazing. Responding to all of our emails really quickly before during and after ou… More
Trish and Chris, thank you so much for your very generous review of the apartment. It is a delightful surprise to find that you were on your honeymoon. That is a first for our establishment and we couldn't think of a nicer couple to take that banner. It was a great pleasure being in contact with you and we wish you a long and happy life together.
25 Oct 2012
"Light, spacious, attractive apartment that caters for every travel need."
After four weeks of travel it was a delight to settle into this apartment in a beautiful medieval building in the lovely historic centre of Pézenas. It is quiet, with high beamed ceilings, flooded with light, comfortably and tastefully furnished and with all the equipment that one could possibly require. The terrace is secluded and lush with potted plants. The internet works well and, unlike in many rented apartments, the lighting for reading is excellent.
The walk from the car park is very short which is important when moving luggage in a pedestrian only precinct.
All communication with the owners was very friendly and helpful.
Thank you Jean, for taking the time to write such a complimentary review of the apartment. It gives us so much pleasure to hear that our guests have thoroughly enjoyed their stay and felt completely at home in Appartement Francois. We continually find that the apartment attracts the nicest people!
24 Oct 2012
We spent a month in France recently taking in a Canal du Midi boat trip, a week in Appartement Francois in Pezenas, and a week in Paris. It was our unanimous choice that Pezenas was the the best of these.
The town itself, in the Languedoc region, is conveniently situated to the Med, Beziers, Carcassonne, Montpellier, and Nimes. It has a rich history and many, many old buildings situated on narrow, cobbled streets that provide endless interest. It has a link to Moliere, though the Scenovision show at Tourist Office was quite weak and boring. The "Door Museum" is more interesting than it might sound and many more imposing doors can be seen throughout the old part of town. The Tourist Office's guided walk is a good way to see the many places of interest, as well as artisan studios of many varieties. On the outskirts, though still well within walking distance, are many antique stores.
Close to the Appartement are many bistros and restaurants, as well as bakeries, and a perfectly adequate supermarket. There is also a large Carrefour a short drive away.
Driving distance away are more wineries, with excellent and hospitable wine tastings, than you could possibly, and safely, visit as well as other interesting villages. Saint Guilhem le Desert was a favourite, thought extremely busy even in October. Close by is a fascinating underground cave complex, the Grotte de Clamouse, which offers a 1 km tour of the stalagmites, stalactites, and other wonderful geological structures.
The Appartement itself is a gem! Located in a pedestrian only zone, easy walking distance from several car parks, it is a quiet and peaceful oasis on the first floor of an old stone building. Inside, however, you will find a modern two bedroomed unit with everything you could possibly want in a vacation rental. The kitchen is well equipped, the sofas comfortable, and there is a great selection of music to play through the hifi units located in the sitting room and the master bedroom. The owners have supplied an informative folder of information about the apartment, the town, and the surrounding area.
All in all, a great vacation spot that I recommend highly.
What an amazing review you have written Andy, about the apartment, the town, and the surroundings. The numerous emails which flew backward and forwards between us, throughout the planning of your holiday, really paid off. You and Marilyn made the most of every opportunity the location had to offer. Thank you for all your complimentary comments about the apartment too; we couldn't be more delighted that you and your friends put Pezenas at the top of your holiday destinations. Come back and visit us again soon, I'm sure there are still lots more things for you to see and do!
15 Sep 2012
"Lovely apartment in oldest part of town"
Lovely apartment right in the heart of Pezenas, you can walk to everywhere in two minutes or less. Very nicely decorated, comfortable furnishings, great location in the town, lovely terrace. A great place to go for lunch is the Abbaye de Valmagne at Villeveyrac, beautiful food, lovely people, great wines and a tour of the abbaye is a must. The owner of the property was extremely helpful when we were booking and she has some great tips about where to go. Thanks Sue.
5 Sep 2012
"A very well equipped apartment in a very nice town"
Although Appartement François is located in a very old building it has been developed so that it has all mod cons such as washing machine / dish washer etc. The decor is also tastefully done and it lacks nothing in kitchen utensils which many apartments often do. It has a lovely balcony with gas BBQ, and an awning which is very handy if you want to sit out at lunch time in the heat of the day.
It does have air conditioning in the main living area which works well although there were only fans in the bedroom. This would not normally be a problem although it was exceptionally warm when we stayed (approaching 40 degrees) and therefore quite warm at night time. Usually I don't think this would be an issue however.
Pezenas is a lovely old town and it's worth spending a day there without venturing any further. There is no shortage of places to eat or shops to browse and it is steeped in history. We ventured down to several of the beaches on the coast within about 15 miles of the apartment and very easy to get to. It was also nice to travel inland to other places well worth seeing. Saint Guillhem le Desert was well worth a visit, plus we enjoyed picnic-ing around and swimming in Lake Salagou. Because of the very good road network consisting of TOLL FREE motorways it is very easy to travel around by car. There is also a bus station in Pezenas if you wanted to use public transport.
All in all, a highly recommended place to stay.
Thank you for your very generous review. Making the time to write such a detailed comment on Appartement François is above and beyond what we could ever expect of our guests. This family stayed in the apartment during a particularly hot spell. We would love to have air conditioners in every room however being in the very centre of a historic town has its limitations. We were extremely lucky to be allowed to install the one large unit we have in the main living area, as most buildings in this part of the town are unable to have air conditions due to the Marie's strict regulations. The fans are therefore our next best option and with lots of large open windows they generally do a great job. It was a great pleasure having you to stay and hope you'll return in slightly cooler weather.
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