Les Vignes Anciennes
About the home
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With its superb location this spacious, architect designed villa will appeal to those seeking to explore the historic town of Pezenas and the huge range of attractions to be found in the Languedoc area. Families will enjoy the beautifully clear low chlorine private pool and the nearby spacious, sandy Mediterranean beaches (18-24km). There is a small flower garden but a nearby park provides opportunities for ball games and tennis.
In an elevated situation on a quiet road, overlooking open country, the villa has 3 bedrooms, one with its own private roof terrace and far reaching views. There is an easy pedestrian walk to the historic centre of Pézenas with its varied selection of shops and restaurants and an interesting historic building trail. However, there is a large supermarket within 3 minutes walk and a good restaurant 7 minutes walk away. Béziers airport with Saturday flights from Luton and Bristol is only 20 minutes away.
New, 55 inch TV receiving UK satellite channels. Blu Ray player, DVDs and books available for use of guests.
Internet access via WiFi is available and you may make free telephone calls to landlines in the UK, Europe and several other destinations.
If you are driving from the UK, the A75 autoroute is only 3 minutes away and toll-free from Clermont-Ferrand, except for the spectacular Millau Viaduct. The A9 autoroute is 10 minutes away; this and the A75 providing fast links to the many attractions abounding in the Languedoc-Roussillon and Cevennes areas.
English speaking house manager on hand. Car recommended, but by no means essential; there are bus services to Montpellier, Beziers and Agde (all of which have TGV stations) and some of the surrounding villages. There is now a connecting town bus service which stops just 3 minutes away. Bike hire is also an option.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Vias Plage, 20km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 200m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Secure parking|
Further details indoors:
Huge living/dining room with high ceiling and three patio doors leading to the pool and terraces.
55 inch widescreen TV receiving UK satellite channels. Blu-ray player with DVDs for use of guests.
Internet available through Wi-Fi connection.
Open log fire and balcony feature.
Extra ventilation provided by the balcony doors at first floor level.
2 downstairs bedrooms, one with double and one with twin beds. Cot and baby equipment available on request.
Large, downstairs shower room (wet room) with bidet and basin.
Upstairs master bedroom with own private roof terrace offering beautiful views over countryside and vineyards.
Upstairs bathroom with bath/shower, toilet and basin.
Fully fitted and well equipped kitchen with, fridge/freezeer, microwave and dishwasher.
Separate utility room with washing machine. Outside line for drying clothes.
Large hall with feature wooden staircase and ample storage.
Further details outdoors:
The 8m x 4m private salt water pool has filtration with a salt ionisation system, giving a soft feel to the water and a very low chlorine level. Its electrically operated, floating cover provides security for the pool when not in use and insulation at night.
Solar heated poolside shower.
Shaded patio providing outside seating close to the pool, with large teak table and teak chairs for 6 persons.
Secure, off street parking in drive for 2 cars. Lockable front gate also provides security for small children, the garden being fully enclosed.
Clothes line outside kitchen near rear of house.
Small flower garden, with gravel path on three sides of the house.
Park within three minutes walk providing ample opportunities for ball games; tennis courts adjacent.
NOTE - All rentals are payable in EUROS or Sterling equivalent at the time the deposit and balance are due. Sterling & other current currency rates are provided ONLY as a guide.
20% non refundable deposit required on reservation (can be paid by sterling cheque or bank transfer). Balance payable 6 weeks before arrival. £300 security deposit, refundable if no damages or chargeable calls.
Pool open 15 May - 30 September. English speaking House Manager on hand to demonstrate features of the villa and answer any queries.
Price includes bed linen, towels (not beach towels) and end of rental cleaning.
Winter lets may be possible. Please enquire for availability and rates.
Sorry, but Saturday to Saturday only bookings in July and August. Outside these dates please enquire, as we can sometimes offer flexibility with arrival and departure dates.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Herault region
Les Vignes Anciennes is located in the Vallee d'Herault, a beautiful area stretching from the Cevennes mountains down to the Mediterranean coast. Here are just a few of the countless places that you can visit in the region, many being reached easily by either the A9 or A75 autoroutes.
You will find brochures for many of the attractions in the villa, but better still, plan a few trips at leisure before your departure using guidebooks or the departmental websites such as
45 minutes drive away, Montpellier is a vibrant city with everything to offer the whole family, especially culture, shopping, restaurants and night-life. Start with the Place de la Comedie and you can't go wrong. See http://www.montpellier.fr and other websites for more information.
A great day out for the whole family, Carcassonne is the original citadel about 75 minutes drive to the west. Photos of the place just don't do it justice. The defining moment is when you first approach the citadel and start to appreciate the sheer scale of it. Inside the citadel are lots of restaurants, artisanal shops (not to mention the church and museum) and nooks and crannies for the kids to play hide and seek! (http://www.carcassonne.org)
Aqualand - an exciting water park at Cap D'Agde (http://www.aqualand.fr/cap_dagde.htm).
Dinosaur Park at Meze. Enjoy a trip back through time at the largest dinosaur park in Europe.http://www.musee-parc-dinosaures.com. Less than 15 minutes from the villa.
Grotte des Demoiselles or "the Fairies' cave" (http://www.demoiselles.com/) in Saint Bauzille de Putois, Ganges. An impressive set of caverns with one breathtakingly large "cathedrale" cavern and a real atmosphere to it.
There are excellent spacious and sandy beaches within easy driving distance all along the coast. The nearest are Valras Plage, Vias Plage and the quieter Marseillan Plage and Serignan Plage. The vibrant, modern port and resort town of Cap d'Agde is only a 25 minute drive away. See the beaches section on the Herault tourism website http://www.herault-tourisme.com
More for the grown-ups
St Guilhem-le-Desert. A very pretty medieval village and abbey at the bottom of the Herault gorge on the edge of the Cevennes.
La Couvertoirade. This fortified mediaeval village, on the high Cevennes plateau to the north, was once home to the Knights Templar. Walk round the battlements and visit the craft and specialist shops inside the fortifications.
Sete. A bustling, colourful fishing port, with canals and quaint areas as well as many shops and seafood restaurants. http://www.ot-sete.fr
Vineyards and wine tasting
Last, but not least are the countless vineyards in the region where you can enjoy tasting the many wines on offer such as Faugeres or Minervois. You don't have to go very far from the villa; one of a couple vineyards that we like to use is the very typical and genuine Domaine Condamine l'Eveque in the village of Nezignan l'Eveque (5km), who sell their Cotes de Thongue wines to the Wine Society. For white wines from the distinctive appellation Picpoul de Pinet region visit the slightly more commercial Ormarine Winery in Pinet (10km), www.cave-ormarine.com.
The Pezenas area
Pezenas is described in the Rough Guide as one of the most singularly beautiful towns in the French Southwest. It has a huge Saturday market and there are numerous events staged in the town during an extended season. While the old town, with its varied selection of shops and restaurants and its interesting historic building trail, is about 1km away, there is a large supermarket within 3 minutes walk, now open on Sunday mornings.
For ball games there is park within 3 minutes walk, with adjoining tennis courts. Beyond the park, you can walk to the town centre in 15 minutes using back roads and quiet footpaths; directions and a map are held in the villa.
A good choice of restaurant for your first evening would be the Lou Grilhet, within 8 minutes walk of the villa, with plenty more to explore during the rest of your stay, either in Pezenas or in one of the nearby villages. Our choice for the best restaurants in town would be L'Entre-Pots or Le Pre Saint Jean. The friendly tourist office has a full list of restaurants and other attractions in town.
How to get there
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There are now many airlines flying to area, but Pézenas is in the middle of Ryanair territory and outside the peak season at least, Ryanair can be cheaper than others.
Béziers (20 mins) is the nearest airport and has a Ryanair service from Luton, Bristol, Manchester and Stansted(including Saturdays from Luton). Montpellier is the next nearest airport – 50 mins. Easyjet fly to Montpellier from Gatwick and Luton.
Nîmes (Ryanair from Luton), Carcasonne (Ryanair from Stansted and Bournemouth), and Perpignan (Ryanair from Stansted, Flybe from Southampton, and BMI baby) are all within 1hr 15mins drive. Toulouse, Marseilles, Gerona (Spain) are within about 2 hours' drive.
All the above (except Beziers) have good motorway access to Pézenas.
Car hire is available from all airports, but it is cheaper to book in advance in the UK. We have used Auto Europe a lot but have also found Europcar competitive when you book through the Easyjet website, even without using their flights. There is generally no extra premium for dropping off a hire car at a different location to the pick up point (for rentals over 4 days).
Car hire in Spain is usually cheaper than in France, but watch out for additional insurance required to take vehicles out of Spain (varies between suppliers).
Driving to Pezenas.
The distance from Calais or Boulogne to Pézenas is about 630 miles (1015 km) and the driving time is about 9.5 hours at legal speeds on a clear road. From the short sea crossing ports the most straightforward route is via Reims, Dijon and Lyon using the A26, A7 and A9 Autoroutes. However, this is a toll road all the way, apart from a few short sections through Reims, Lyon and Montpellier.
An alternative (shorter) route is to pick up the A10 autoroute south of Paris and then continue via Clermont Ferrand to Pézenas on the A71 and A75 Autoroutes. While the A71 as far as Clermont Ferrand is a normal toll autoroute, the A75 is free (apart from the spectacular Millau viaduct) and passes over the plateau of the Massif Central. It is a hilly motorway, but this affords many good views over the surrounding countryside. To avoid more toll autoroutes, go to the west of Paris via Rouen and Chartres before picking up the A10.
Activities near Pezenas
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
04 Aug 2012
The villa lacked nothing; from garlic press to cafetiere, pool and welcome pack.
The agent greeted us upon arrival, and visited regularly during our stay, providing recommendations for places to... more
24 Dec 2011
The property is spacious, clean and well equipped and far exceeded our expectations. The location sets it apart from other properties we have stayed at, with a 10 - 15 minute walk to the busy centre... more
05 Dec 2011
A superbly fitted out villa with quality fixtures and fittings,you could not fault the equipment and the villa itself was first class.On the edge of Pezenas with good local facilities,but close enough to the centre of town with its shopping and restaurants,not in a noisy area so very restful would definately go again.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|May 2013||27 Apr 13||25 May 13||€ 690||€ 110||€ 110||5 Nights|
|June 2013||25 May 13||22 Jun 13||€ 960||€ 150||€ 150||5 Nights|
|Late June early July 2013||22 Jun 13||6 Jul 13||€ 1320||€ 189||€ 189||1 Week|
|July/August peak 2013||6 Jul 13||24 Aug 13||€ 1695||€ 242||€ 242||1 Week|
|Late Aug early Sept 2013||24 Aug 13||7 Sep 13||€ 1320||€ 189||€ 189||1 Week|
|September 2013||7 Sep 13||5 Oct 13||€ 960||€ 150||€ 150||5 Nights|
|October 2013||5 Oct 13||14 Oct 13||€ 640||€ 100||€ 100||5 Nights|
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NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure a reservation, payable by bank transfer or sterling cheque at the current rate of exchange. Balances are payable in Euros or Pounds Sterling equivalent 6 weeks before departure. If booking within 6 weeks of departure then the total rent is payable immediately by Sterling bank transfer.
A £300 security deposit is required with the final balance, in the form of a sterling (or 350 Euro) cheque. This will be returned after the end of the rental period if there are no reports of breakages, damage or charged telephone calls.
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