4 Rue de la Mairie
About the home
Beautiful, authentic village house (Maison de Maitre) furnished with antiques and period furniture but with modern comfort and secluded swimming pool set into large terrace in peaceful medieval village, covering 450 square metres. There are 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms-roll top baths-huge wet rooms, 2 cots, 2 high chairs, 2 dishwashers! Snooker, table tennis, bicycles. The house is suitable for one or several families or groups. Lots to do and see for all ages. Wine-tasting, Carcassonne World Heritage Site,med, lakes, rivers to swim. Area steeped in gory Cathar history. Wine tours and lectures can be arranged with Master of wine over several days or a weekend.
Equally, it is a very peaceful and charming location to do very little and appreciate the French village life.
In the Winter and Spring there are lovely walks in the hills behind and the days are usually bright. The evening chill can be kept at bay with the wood burner and the open fire.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Gruissan., 40km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||Video player, CD player, Pool / Snooker table, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||7 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 2 en suites, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (7), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seating for 15, Lounge seating for 15|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
Further details indoors:
The house has original tiles and shutters everywhere keeping it lovely and cool when it's hot. There are fans in the house too.
All the bathrooms have a bath and a shower except one which has a shower attachment over the bath.
There is a traditional, well-equipped kitchen with marble work tops , american fridge freezer on the ground floor over-looking the garden where most meals are taken under the Mulberry tree. There is also a basic kitchen by the terrace and pool on the first floor.
On the top floor there is a large room with 4 built-in bunks and a double bed which is particularly good for children, with a huge black board, pin board and table football.
There is an open fire in the dining room and a log burner in the sitting room and lots of games/ videos for all ages and toys for children aswell as snooker, table tennis and bikes.
There is a laundry room with a washing machine and bbq.
Further details outdoors:
There are two out door tables in the garden and lots of chairs and french day bed under the Mulberry tree where the swing is.
On the first floor the pool is set into the roof of our adjacent barn where there is a pool house and more seating. It is totally private and has the feeling of a Moroccan roof top!
There is also a terrace behind the laundry room for drying washing.
Through large gates at the back of the house there is a driveway which leads into the barn where you can park 2/3 cars securely with the gates closed. There is also parking on the street outside.
English-speaking representative can answer any questions.
some basic provisions will be put in the fridge for you on arrival in case the shops are not open.
A cook is available at an hourly rate.
Wine tasting tours or lectures at the house can also be arranged.
The price includes a clean (before and after) and fresh bed linen and pool and house towels.
The pool is not heated so usuable from beginning of June to about October, depending on how hardy you are.
Please see "A beautiful holiday house in the South of France" on facebook as the house has it's own page and there are more details/ photographs/articles.
There is no smoking in the house but you can smoke outside.
There is a refundable deposit of £300 for breakages which will be returned within two weeks after you leave the property(subject to satisfactory inspection).
A booking fee of £250 per week (non refundable in high season June-September) is due to secure the booking and the balance is payable within 2 weeks or immediately if the booking is made within 4 weeks of departure.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Herault region
This is a varied and interesting area with a Mediterranean climate but without the hoards. The house is in the Minervois wine-region where wine production is the main occupation. The wines are now gaining international recognition. Siran is situated at the foot of pleasant rolling hills which eventually become the black mountains inland. On a clear day there are views from the top floor of the Pyrenees.
Minerve, 15 minutes away, is a spectacular Cathar village straddling deep river gorges and Bize- Minervois aflittle further away has a freshwater river pool for bathing right in the middle of the medieval town.
To the South , 40 minutes drive away, is Narbonne, originally a major Roman port but now inland from the sea because of silt build-up, with its cathedral, Roman sites, Sunday market . Close to Narbonne are the beaches of Narbonne Plage and the old fishing village of Gruissan, where the film Betty Blue was shot. The beaches are very wide and sandy with shallow water which is particularly safe for young children.
Beziers is an hour away which is also an interesting city with cathedral, museums, bull fighting, and flower market. It is 10 mins walk from the Mediterranean beaches that seem to go on forever.
Magnificent castles can be seen at Carcassonne, and spectacular 14th July fireworks, Peyrepertuse and Queribus which cling to the mountain tops with giddying views. There are several Abbeys in stunning landscape, such as Fontfroide near Narbonne and Lagrasse where there is is a thriving artistic community.
Further away (1.5 hours) is the magical seaside resort of Colliore near the spanish border where Picasso and Matisse used to paint.
The Camargue, Nimes, Arles, Perpignan are also within reach for a day trip. Trains from Narbonne to Girona and Barcelona also allow for a day trip to Spain.
The Siran area
Siran itself has a local bar/cafe where you can sit outside under the strung-up light bulbs and sometimes listen to local musicians playing. There is a shop, a post office and a tiny boulangerie in the village, just around the corner from the house. Just out side the village is a 13th Century church which is a pretty walk away.
Olonzac is 10 minutes away. It is the 'capital' of the region where there are several bars and restaurants and a large lively market every Tuesday for all local produce. There is also a large supermarket here.
About 20 minutes away is Caunnes Minervois a charming small town with a beautiful Abbey and a several charming restaurants. The Canal du Midi, just 5 minutes away at Homps, is picturesque and good for picnicking and walking, or cycling under the shade of the plane trees. There are several bars and restaurants located along the canal here and also at Le Somail.
The neighbouring village of La Liviniere has a picturesque cafe and a renowned wine domaine. Wine-tasting abounds.
10 minutes from Siran is the Lac de Jouarres with water sports and a good basic restaurant.
There is also a golf course, horse riding and canoeing in the Black mountains.
How to get there
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Ryan air flies from Stansted and East Midlands to Carcassonne (30 mins drive to house) or to Beziers (1hr drive to house). Ryan air also flies from Bristol to Beziers (1hr) drive to house).
BA flies from Heathrow to Toulouse (1.5hrs from house).
Eurostar/ TGV from London to Narbonne (45 mins drive from house) is from 8 hours in total.
Activities near Siran
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
16 Jul 2012
Our family party of 17 adults and children spent a very happy week in the Maison de Siran.
The house suited our group perfectly- traditional, simply, but very tastefully decorated and welcoming. It felt like our home for the week.
The kitchen is particularly well equipped- we appreciated the 2 dishwashers and the large stove.
I really liked my simple bedroom with its old furniture and shuttered window (the windows are very delicate - be warned; we broke a pane ).
The bathrooms were just what we needed- baths for the children as well as showers and plenty of hot water.
The staircase is a beautiful stone one-this is not the house for you if you need stairgates or easy access for a guest.
Outside there is a shady gravelled courtyard downstairs and a very sunny swimming pool and terrace on the first floor.
The village is quiet, but had all the amenities we wanted, including tennis courts, a well stocked shop and a local bar/cafe. The library with internet access is open several times a week, or you can use wifi at the bar.
Interesting places were easily reached-abbeys, Canal du Midi, a street market. I particularly enjoyed the herb garden of the Abbey of Sainte- Marie de Lagrasse which is home to a religious order . Trebes has a fascinating church with lots of carved and painted faces under the ceiling- a real picture of Mediaeval society,
03 Mar 2012
A charming family home, beautifully and tastefully furnished with excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. The pool area is a wonderful suntrap all day long. The garden is a delightful spot for a shady lunch under the mulberry tree or a lingering dinner when the warmth is still with you reflected off the ancient stone courtyard walls.
The village of Siran is one of the most attractive in the area. There is an excellent Boulangerie for the breakfast bread or supper tarte au fruits and there is a small supermarket stocking all essentials as well as butcher and fishmonger vans which park in the square. They are well patronised by the locals as is the pizza van in the evenings.
24 Oct 2011
We are an extended family with 8 children aged 3-14. Previously we have rented rural properties with large gardens and pools. We wanted to give the older children a sense of village life and some independence such as walking to the boulangerie/pizza van/post office etc. by themselves.
The house was like a tardis - an enormous amount of space and really sympathetically furnished. The most 'French' of all our rentals thus far. Lovely rooms, full of character and a sense of history whilst being equipped with all mod cons. The outside living space was very cleverly conceived and we were all able to remain poolside as there are plenty of shady areas as well as full sun spots!
We would definitely rent this property again, not least because we have yet to exhaust the attractions of the local area! The beach at Narbonne was a favourite as was Minerve.
There was local help for anything to do with the property or pool - an English gentleman who was extremely efficient and pleasant.
We enjoyed live music and a meal at the local bar and found everyone to be very approachable and easy company.
A great property with an ingenious roof top pool - deceptively spacious and very well used by all the children. Our novice swimmers had plenty of space in the shallow end and the deep water was clearly marked by a wall edge and a step.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 15|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|low season||11 Sep 12||25 May 13||£ 1700||-||-||1 Night|
|high season||25 May 13||7 Sep 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Night|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Reduction of 5% per week for more than one week (whole weeks). Booking deposit is £250 per week, non refundable in high season (June-September). The balance is payable within 2 weeks or immediately if the date of the stay is within 4 weeks of booking. Damages deposit £300 refundable within 2 weeks of end of stay.
Includes basic food basket on arrival.
Maximum capacity is 15 depending on the adult and children numbers. Please inquire if more than 10 adults.
Includes bed linen, pool towels and house towels service per booking. Any additional change bed linen /towels required are charged at 15 euros per head.
Can arrange cook at additional cost if required.
Includes electricity etc.Book
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