Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
The villa has a commanding position on the exclusive 'Cap Corniche' of Sète with magnificent, Mediterranean sea-views. With less than 5 minute stroll down to the sea-front with a great choice of restaurants, café bars, bakery, supermarket and other shops. Ideal for families with children and teenagers, special family occasions, romantic getaways, something for everyone.
A 10 minute walk in the other direction brings you into the heart of Sète with its charming harbour and endless water-front restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. Great for dining and shopping and summer cultural activities and entertainments for all ages.
The villa itself is a beautiful example of French art-deco architecture with all its original features intact, including an imposing green ceramic-tiled tower which houses the en-suite bathroom in the master suite.
Champagne awaits you on arrival, just relax and unwind and soak up the real South of France.
Spacious accommodation of nearly 400m². Ground floor with marble floors and double fireplace (original, stained glass art-deco windows on both floors). Large, Italian-style kitchen opens to the main dining terrace and pool area.
Open-plan living and dining room with sea-views. TV room with UK Sky TV with all UK channels including SkySports and SkyMovies, Wi-Fi internet.
Single bedroom and en-suite bathroom. 3 further bedrooms on the 1st floor; master suite with en-suite bathroom, both with sea-views. Private terrace overlooking the garden and Mediterranean. Two double bedrooms share en-suite bathroom.
Lovely, Mediterranean garden of 2,000m², fully enclosed and with south-facing sea views. Large lawn with plenty of room for children's games.
Private pool and jacuzzi. Shaded dining terrace and further terraces. Table tennis and plenty of private, gated parking.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lazaret 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Montpellier and Bezier, 35 km, Nearest railway: Sete 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool, Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 7, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Why go? If 300 days of sunshine a year is not reason enough, read on....
Sète is the most fascinating small town on the French Mediterranean coast precisely because it doesn't go out of its way to be charming. It doesn't have the time. This is an attractive – but serious – port full of working people with stuff to ship out and turbot to sell. Known as the Venice of Languedoc.. Sète encircles a lone hill, the Mont St-Clair, on the otherwise flat Languedoc coast. And it is all-but an island. There's the sea out front, of course. Behind, though, is the Thau lagoon – a vast expanse of salt water, colonised by oyster- and mussel-beds. Between the two, a network of canals brings the scramble of port and fishing activity right into the town centre.
The canals both define the town and provide the current that energises the place. Many townsfolk have their own little boats to take them shopping. Anglers with apparently unlimited time on their hands line the banks and, come summer, the main Canal Royal is the theatre of Sète's famous water-borne jousting. Sète is, in short, a swirl of a spot, with constant movement on land and canal.
It helps, of course, that Sète has the finest unsung beaches of the French Med – eight miles of them stretching along the spit of land separating the lagoon from the sea. An enormous scheme completed two years ago redeveloped the access and the shore-side promenade. The promenade is the real Mediterranean. I wouldn't have it any other way.
Spend the morning. . .
Exploring the port. It may be a relief to learn that Sète contains no absolutely essential monuments or vital museums. The attraction is the town itself: watery, energetic, colourful as hell. The first task, then, is to discover the centre and its criss-cross of canals.
This network is effectively Sète's raison-d'être. On the orders of Louis XIV, the port (and town) were built from 1666 to provide an outlet to the sea for the Canal du Midi. Start on the Canal Royal, which bisects the centre, connecting the sea to the Thau lagoon. You'll note a mix of grand frontages and newer stuff overlooking the water. The Pont-de-la-Civette (Civette Bridge) marks the start of the Quai-de-la-Résistance and the main stretch of canal-side bars and restaurants.
Continue along the quays, noting the fishing boats and fish auction house (la criée) where unloading trawlers will be under attack from gangs of gulls. Round the corner is the commercial port and, ahead of you, the 650-metre St-Louis Jetty (Môle St-Louis). Now you may double-back to the centre along the lively, tight-packed streets behind the quays.
As the largest fishing port on the Mediterranean, Sète has retained its traditional charm thanks to the daily ballet of the trawlers escorted by seagulls. The port, built at the same time as the Canal du Midi by Riquet and Colbert, was designed as the sea-mouth of the canal. You can watch cruise ships docking here all year round.
On the La Marine quayside, restaurants offer a wide choice of Sète specialities and the canal is a lively spectacle throughout the day as trawlers return from their day's fishing and unload their catch on the dock and then auction it. The Cimetière marin (sailor's cemetery) which overlooks the Corniche and faces the sea, is one of Sète's most famous places. It was immortalised by the Sète poet, Paul Valéry, who is buried in the upper part of the graveyard. It also houses the tomb of the actor and theatre director, Jean Vilar. Mont Saint Clair, with the chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette at its summit, is a place of pilgrimage. It is 183 metres in height and provides an exceptionally good view of the town and the docks.
The famous nautical jousting tournaments (see below) of Languedoc-Roussillon take place throughout the summer on the canals of Sète, Agde Palavas-les-Flots and Grau-du-Roi. Dressed in white, their bare feet braced against the boards of their boats, the jousters face each other across the water, a shield in one hand and a wooden lance in the other. This extraordinary form of combat dates back to the Middle Ages and represents a kind of ritualised battle between married men and youths. The joust in Sète on the Feast of St Louis (August) is the best known, and always draws a big crowd. The winner becomes a local celebrity for a year.
More reasons for visiting Sete….
Here, you'll find the region on your plate, with specialities that focus on fish, such as the fish-stew known as 'bourride', cuttlefish in 'rouille' sauce, stuffed squid tubes, and then there are all the shellfish: oysters, mussels and clams from the Thau Lagoon, not forgetting the stars of the show, strongly influenced by their Neapolitan roots: the 'tielle' – a sort of octopus pancake and the 'macaronade' – beef paupiettes in tomato and pasta. And, of course, all of this washed down (in moderation) with the great wines from the Languedoc: Noilly Prat or Muscat from Frontignan as an aperitif, white wines from Listel or Picpoul de Pinet with the culinary specialities.
The famous nautical jousting tournaments of Languedoc-Roussillon take place throughout the summer on the canals of Sète, Agde Palavas-les-Flots and Grau-du-Roi.
Dressed in white, their bare feet braced against the boards of their boats, the jousters face each other across the water, a shield in one hand and a wooden lance in the other.
This extraordinary form of combat dates back to the Middle Ages and represents a kind of ritualised battle between married men and youths. The joust in Sète on the Feast of St Louis (25 August) is the best known, and always draws a big crowd. The winner becomes a local celebrity for a year.
The best beaches in the South of France:
- Equipment suitable for people with motor disabilities: Tiralo, mouse tracking, and appropriate health (available at aid stations)
- bars and restaurants
- free parking nearby
- the showers and toilets
- a pedestrian promenade, beach fountain and Lido beach
- a bike path all along the 12 km
The beaches are some of the finest in the South of France, Blue flag rated and managed to the highest of standards. Stretching 12km of golden sand, The Lido de Sète to Marseillan been a major project of sustainable development, which offers a Sète's most beautiful beaches on the French coast, fully accessible by bike path.
Activities are many, here are just some...
Sailing( rental and crewed excursions)
Cycling,(hire battery power bikes available)
Golf,(many courses to choose from)
Horse riding in the Petite Camargue,
Outdoor gym training by the beach,
Walking tours,visits to local vineyards for wine tasting.
If you just want to rest up and pamper yourself there are many high quality SPA's, Thalassotherapy (seaweed baths), beauty treatments, to choose from in area.
Theatre of the sea is a must and there are many Festivals in July/August including Sete Jazz Festival and World Wide Music Festival to name a few.
If you have any special interests please ask in advance of your stay and we will do what we can to assist.
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