Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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 (also flights from Bristol, Manchester and Southampton) 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 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beziers (20 minutes drive from the villa) 25 km, Nearest railway: Agde 18 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||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 bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, 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. £350 security deposit, refundable if no breakages, damages or chargeable telephone calls.
Arrival time is 16:00 to 19:00, or later by prior arrangement. Departure time is 09:30 or earlier, to be arranged with our house manager during your stay.
Pool open mid May - mid September, unless by prior arrangement (an extra charge may apply).
English speaking House Manager will visit to demonstrate features of the villa, answer any queries and be on-hand throughout your stay.
Price includes bed linen, towels (not beach towels) and end of rental cleaning.
The Languedoc-Roussillon 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.
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.