Mas de Bac
House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This very special riverside property offers peace and tranquillity in a secluded, wooded setting. The village of Aspiran is about five minutes drive. Originally a ferryman's cottage the house is set in private grounds with trees and flowering shrubs. It has been restored to a high standard with good furnishings and fittings throughout. All rooms have river views and are spacious and light incorporating many original features. The large, south-facing, sunny terrace, is perfect for 'al fresco' meals and sunbathing and is well equipped with outdoor furniture and sun-loungers. Spacious living area is furnished with a comfortable sofa and arm chairs, lamps and coffee table. A large open fireplace with wood burning stove is the central feature of this room with its old exposed beams. Some UK TV, Internet access (plug in or WiFi) Telephone for local and incoming calls.
To the right there is an open hall area, with access to the double-bedded room with wardrobe. Also off this central hall area is the modern bathroom, with sink, large walk in shower and WC. The twin bedroom on the second floor is reached via a stone staircase from the hall and is furnished with twin beds and wardrobe. Through the hall is the kitchen /dining room. The large kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, electric oven, gas and electric hob. There is a separate WC with hand basin situated off the kitchen.
The back door from the kitchen opens onto the garden at the side of the house. BBQ included. Electricity, bed linen and towels are included in the rental. There is a music centre with CD player, available for your use. Gas heating for winter lets Please note that there are uneven stone steps up to the house which may not suitable for the elderly or those with limited mobility. Due to the close proximity to the river the house is not suitable for young children.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marseillan Plage 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beziers 35 km, Nearest railway: Beziers 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Weekly change of linen and quick clean included in rental.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking within the property grounds
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc stretches from the Rhone Valley to the Spanish border and eastern Pyrenees, from the spectacular Massif Central mountain range, through hills and plains carpeted with vines and olive groves to the Mediterranean’s beaches and lagoons full of oyster and mussel beds. This rich diversity ensures that there is something to suit all tastes and interests.
The area is steeped in history from the Cathar Castles in the Pyrenean foothills to the Crusader towns of Aigues Mortes and Le Couvertorade. The Roman towns of Nimes, Arles, Narbonne and Avignon are all within a days drive. The medieval town of St Guilham le Desert is not to be missed for its fabulous setting and it’s famous abbey.Swimming in the river at the mouth of the Gorges d’Herault is only a ten minute drive; canoes can be hired on the large sandy beach for breathtaking views as you paddle up the gorge.
The beautiful Lake Salagou is twenty minutes away and offers safe bathing, windsurfing, sailing, pedelos, bike hire and horse riding. Sandy beaches on the coast are all within forty minutes drive. Several excellent Golf courses are available in Montpellier, Lamalou les Bains and Beziers.The varied countryside is a walker’s paradise the footpaths are well marked, local tourist offices provide suggested itineraries to suit all levels of ability. The spectacular limestone rock formations give rise to wonderful gorges and scenery including the Cirque de Navacelles, Cirque de Moureze, Gorge d’Herault and the caves of Clamouse and Desmoiselles.The sophisticated City of Montpellier is a shopper’s paradise with its ancient narrow streets offering everything from antiques to the best in French Haute Couture.
There is an excellent range of restaurants and pavement cafes where you can enjoy being entertained by a wide range of street artists and musicians during the summer evenings. The newly inaugurated tramway system is highly efficient and avoids the need to take your car into the town centre.Weekly street markets are held in Gignac, Clermont Herault and Pezenas and Lodeve, here you will find an unbeatable array of local produce including olives, cheeses, fruit, vegetables and colourful Provencal textiles. There are also daily markets in Montpellier and a weekly flea market on Sunday mornings.
The village of Aspiran is a typical wine growing village it has a range of small shops including bakery, pharmacy and small supermarket. There is a restaurant close to the church in the village centre and second at the entry to the village. There is also a small market on Thursday mornings.
A a wide range of shops and restaurants is available in the nearby market towns of Clermont Herault or Paulhan or Pezenas. Mediterranean beaches are a 20 mins drive as is Lac Salagou with its windsurfing and water sports facilities.
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18 Oct 2013
"Great for touring or relaxing"
We stayed here for a fortnight and loved it. The house is really well appointed with everything you need to live comfortably. The other good thing was that we were allowed to take our dog with us. There was the option to have a cleaning service on the middle week-end (which we did not take up), and the house was really clean to start with. The gardens are lovely, with many beautiful birds flitting about - I can now say I have heard a Nightingale sing, also Golden Orioles and Hoopoes.
The immediate local area was not as attractive as we had hoped, but the setting of the house, right next to the river Herault is idyllic and more than makes up for the approach. Mas de Bac is ideally situated for touring in the Languedoc and we managed to get into the southern Cevennes and even the Mediterranean coast too. Pezenas was the most attractive town in the local area for our tastes.
Delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay, thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
30 Apr 2013
"Fantastic riverside location"
I stayed here for a week with my partner and our 8 month old daughter in April. The location is fantastic, right by the river. There is a large balcony overlooking the river which is lovely to eat meals at - watching the water and herons The main bedroom has a large window also looking out onto the river. There is a large family sized kitchen, well stocked with implements. You can swim in the river, right from the garden, my partner did but it was freezing - so probably better done later in the year.
Overall the house was very good. A couple of points to be aware of - our 8 month old can't crawl yet, so it was fine with her, but if your young child is mobile it's not really suitable (as stated). There is no real barrier on the terrace (one of the best spaces in the house so you'd want to use it), and a large drop. There are only gas heaters in the kitchen and living rooms. The bedroom was quite cold (15 degrees - we had a baby monitor) so a bit chilly at times, especially for the baby (the main bed had an electric blanket).
The location for sightseeing is great and there was a really good list of suggested outings - I'd never heard of the Cathar castles, and they were amazing. We didn't do everything we'd have liked in the area as there is not time in 1 week.
Great to enjoyed your out of season stay despite the weather being less than kind!
17 Oct 2012
"Nice Location but....."
needed a bit of maintenance to bring it up to scratch. Property was let down by unkempt gardens, a damaged fly screen and lock on bedroom window and grubby shower cubicle. Someone had attempted to fix the fly screen with elastoplasts! Not good.
The location right on the river bank was excellent, with plenty of local wildlife to be experienced up close from the terrace, but property would benefit in my opinion from a proper wall and gates at the perimeter to feel more secure there.
Would recommend if these problems were addressed.
Thank you for taking the time to review Mas de Bac. Unfortunately we had problems with our maintenance team this year particularly at the end of the season, we were sorry that you did not find the garden and the house at it's best, we are very aware of how important it is for both the garden and house to be spotless but we were not aware of our shortcomings at the time. We have now put in place a new team for next year with a property manager who will oversee the housekeeping, the fly screen and window have been mended. Thank you for your suggestion about fencing the garden it is something we will consider in the future but has not really been an issue to date.
15 Oct 2012
"Cottage between river and vines"
On arrival it was obvious that the cottage did what it said on the tin. It stood in its own grounds in a scenic, secluded location, with a lovely view across the Herault river. It was well equipped, with a good sized kitchen/diner (although most meals were taken on the terrace overlooking the river), and an equally good sized living room. Entertainment included English television, CD player, an i-pod dock, and numerous books, plus plenty of information about the region. The only slight disappointment was the standard of cleanliness, nothing drastic but a fair build up of dust and cobwebs in most corners, and a slight mustiness in the bathroom. In fairness, when I mentioned this to Languedoc Holiday Homes in my feedback they admitted that the housekeeping issues had been giving them some concerns, and that they had already been taking steps to rectify the problem.
As for the area, it is an excellent mix of picturesque villages, bustling market towns, historic cities, river valleys, mountains, beaches, and fishing ports. There are also the world famous oyster beds of the Etang de Thau, and plenty of restaurants in which to sample the produce!
Having holidayed regularly in France, we would happily return to both the area and the cottage.
Glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for bring to our attention that the house was not as clean as we would have expected, as I mentioned we were having some housekeeping issues but these have now been resolved with a new team in place for next year.
21 Jan 2012
"Perfect - River better than any pool"
Lovely house - big kitchen and living room. Cool downstairs bedroom, Upstairs bedroom could get a bit hot so kids sometimes slept in living room. Terrace fabulous. The river was a high point. It borders the garden. fantastic for swimming (for good swimmers), fishing (only caught one) and canoeing. For the more adventurous there's a rope swing, 15 ft high diving board and weir to flume down. Garden might benefit from more maintenance, but we used the parking area as a great badminton court.
The wider location is a bit disappointing. There's a bakers but not much more in Aspiran. The Moulin restaurant at the top of the street was the worst dining out experience I've had. Poorly constructed dishes and truly appalling service attitude culminating in "Hey hold the door" (en francais) being shouted across the restaurant at me by the waitress. On the other hand Pezenas is fabulous and varied, but it means you have to drive for a night out.
Look out for the fetes du vin. We had great nights in Fontes and Domaine de la Dourbie.
One potential issue is the noise from across the river at weekends. Local kids seem to hang out there with what must be large loudspeakers. The noise goes on into the night and can start again quite early. It didn't really bother us, but we are quite easy going.
Thanks Peter, hope you enjoy your return stay this year. Not sure where the diving board is? Sorry about the music but glad it did not put you off!
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