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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5
A delightful, three storey, two bedroom house located in a small hamlet surrounded by the vineyards of the Languedoc.
The house, built in the 19th Century, has been sensitively renovated, making it a lovely, comfortable place to stay while retaining several original features including a wine press in the private courtyard, tiled stone staircase and a beautiful marble sink.
The courtyard which is accessed from the kitchen is shaded by fig and almond trees in Summer and its surrounding walls offer complete privacy - a great place to relax and sample the local food and wine (There are a table, chairs, barbecue and patio heater) . For sun seekers, a roof terrace with lounger chairs can be accessed from the first floor.
The ground floor comprises a lounge/dining area with comfortable seating, wood burning stove and dining table and chairs. This leads through to a bright, modern kitchen and utility room.
On the first floor there is a spacious shower room/toilet and a bedroom with both a double and single bed. The master bedroom takes up the whole of the second floor with double bed and magnificent views over the surrounding countryside from windows on both sides.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Valras-plage 55 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||12 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beziers Cap D'Agde 55 km, Nearest railway: Beziers 43 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
Travel Cot, High Chair, Steriliser, Baby Bath, Toddler Booster Seat, Play Pen are available to hire at additional cost - please enquire if interested.
The kitchen is fully equipped with cutlery, crockery, glassware etc.
The lounge/ dining room has a wood burning stove for the cooler months.
|Further details outdoors|
Bikes, baby/toddler bike seats, SatNav pre-programmed with local attractions, outdoor playhouse are available to hire at additional cost - please enquire if interested.
About this location
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
The Languedoc climate is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers, generally mild winters, and moderate springs and autumns. You can expect to get 300 days of sunshine a year in the region.
Located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Languedoc is the ideal base for a holiday. Whether your aim is to sit back with a book and a glass of wine enjoying the scenery and the good food or to have a more active holiday, you will not be disappointed.
The Canal du Midi runs through the area and there are plenty of opportunities for hiring boats and for walking, cycling and eating along its banks.
Beaches: The Mediterranean resorts of Narbonne Plage, Valras Plage, Sete and Gruissan are easily reached - all less than an hour's drive away.
For the history lover there are the Cathar castles to explore and the old Cathar stronghold of Minerve (with an excellent restaurant in Summer) is twenty minutes away.
For the rugby fan, there are fixtures at Narbonne, Beziers and Perpignan.
If you are interested in trips further afield, Spain and Andorra (Ski slopes) can be reached in about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Just over the spanish border is the town of Figueres where the superb Dali museum can be found. Barcelona is around 3 hours drive.
The area is a wine lover's paradise- the vineyards of the appellation St Chinian meet the vineyards of the Minerve/ Herault at St Jean de Minervois (famous for it's Muscat), just 2 minutes drive or 10 minutes walk through the Garrigue or by road from Gimios.
Restaurants: Saint Jean de Minervois has a lovely restaurant the L'Auberge de L'Ecole which is the former village school. A great place for trying some traditional Languedoc dishes and sampling the local wines.
There are many great restaurants in Bize Minervois and St Chinian (both approx 10-15 minutes drive.) and also in many of the local villages.
Shops: A bread van visits the hamlet 3 days a week. St Chinian has a range of local shops - newsagents, bars, restaurants, patisseries, butchers, electrical shops, 2 supermarkets and great markets each Thursday and Sunday (A must for lovers of olives and cheese!!)
The scenery of the Languedoc is stunning and the climate lends itself to the many sporting activities available including walking, swimming,cycling, climbing, golf, horseriding and canoeing. The nearest places for swimming are the open air pool at St Chinian and the river at Bize Minervois.
The National Park of the Languedoc is situated round St Pons (35 minutes by car) and canoeing/kayak centres are found near Muriel (30 minutes drive).
The nearest large towns are Beziers and Narbonne, both approximately 40 minutes by car - Montpellier (1 1/2 hours)and the legendary Carcassonne - easily acessible by motorway or smaller roads in 1 1/4 hours.
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28 Jul 2012
"Very relaxing, home from home"
We loved staying in the house, a great home from home. It was so cosy on an evening with logs on the fire and even a DVD player to keep the kids entertained. We used the house as a base and went exploring in different directions each day, both on foot and by car. The local restaurant was lovely and they made us feel very welcome despite our poor French language skills!
25 Jul 2012
"Picturesque and beautiful wine. You will want to go back"
Gimios is a small village in the beautiful hills of the Languedoc. We discoverd this property through a friend who had visited the area, and we have been back 3 times. It is a beautiful village surrounded by the vines. The neighbors were so friendly and helpful to us during our stay. If you are looking for a true french experience, you will get it here. The house has beautful stone stair case, french shutters and 2 generous double bedrooms. St Jean has a lovely restaurant within walking distance, with gorgeous food and a friendly atmosphere. We spent 2 weeks here, and had a great time exploring the area, from St Chinian to Sete on the coast. The owner gave us a list of places to see and restaurants to try unfortunately this meant our stay was too short, so we had to come back. If you love Languedoc wine, you will love Gimios :)
12 Jun 2012
"Wonderful accommodation in a charming small village; total relaxation!"
The property was spotless, and furnished to a high standard. It was useful to have all of the kitchen resources to hand, e.g. Bottle opener and wine glasses to sample the local produce!
We enjoyed spending time on the sun terrace and in the private courtyard, and also made use of the wood burning fire. We met some lovely new friends and tried out our French skills in the fantastic local restaurant; approx 15 minute walk away.
The area is idyllic and very rural, so a car is a must, as it's needed to get to the nearest villages to stock up on supplies. Exploring the local area and taking in the beautiful scenery is so relaxing, even with kids in tow. A trip to the market at St Chinian is a must!
Can't wait to return!
19 Sep 2011
"Delightful cottage in quiet hamlet made a truly relaxing & memorable family holiday."
I would thoroughly recommend a holiday at Le Pressoir in Gimios, Languedoc. The hamlet is very quiet and the cottage is very cosy, it was perfect for us - a family of four with two young girls. The cottage has it's own sun terrace and private courtyard, great for evening BBQs and a safe area for the girls to play. We had lots of fun exploring the Languedoc and found lots to do. The Sunday market at St Chinian market is well worth a visit and would recommend a boat trip down the Canal du Midi. We also enjoyed visiting the numerous vineyards in the area and tasting the local wines! Overall, a very relaxing and enjoyable holiday and we are looking forward to our next stay.
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