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House in rural hamlet, Gimios, Languedoc

Overview

The Languedoc climate is Mediteranean, 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 Languedoc.

Located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Languedoc is the idea 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 area is a wine lovers paradise- the vineyards of the appellation St Chinian meet the vineyards of the Minerve/ Herault at St Jean de Minervois (famous for its Muscat), just 2 minutes drive (10 minutes walk through the Garrigue) from Gimios. Saint Jean has a small, friendly restaurant converted from the former village school, general shopping and more restaurants are found in Bize Minervois and St Chinian - both 10 minutes drive by car. There is swimming in the river at Bize and St Chinian has a range of local shops - newsagents, bars, restaurants, patisseries, butchers, electrical shops, 2 supermarkets and interesting markets each Thursday and Sunday.
The scenery of the Languedoc is stunning and the climate lends itself to walking, cycling, climbing and canoeing. 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). 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.
The nearest larger towns are Beziers and Narbonne (originally the 1st Roman City after Rome), 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.
The Canal du Midi runs through the region and there are plenty of opportunities for walking, cycling and eating along its banks.
The Mediterranean resorts of Narbonne Plage, Valras Plage, Sete and Gruissan are easily reached - none is more than an hours drive and colourful, local markets are found throughout the region.
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.


Local Attractions:
The towns of Beziers and Narbonne
Wine tastings and tours of wineries at the large number of vineyards & Chateaux
Rivers to swim in at Bize Minervois and at Roquebrun/ Reals
Many villages with excellent restaurants within a short drive
The Mediterranean coast
Boats can be hired or trips taken on the Canal du Midi
Fantastic walking/cycling country
Rugby fixtures at Beziers, Narbonne, Perpignan
For longer trips, the Pyrenees/Andorra or Barcelona
This is Cathar country – Cathar sites & Chateaux to be explored
Canoeing, cycling, climbing, walking, horse-riding, tennis and golf are all in the area.

The property is approximately 1 1/2 hours drive from the airports of Perpignan, Carcassonne and Montpellier and less than an hour from Beziers. It can also be reached from Nimes, Toulouse and Girona although these are slightly further away.

Ryanair fly to Beziers, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Nimes, Montpellier and Girona /BA fly to Toulouse and Montpellier/Flybe fly to Perpignan/Air France fly to Beziers via Paris/BMIBaby fly to Toulouse
The Eurostar/TGV goes to Beziers

You will need to hire a car to reach the hamlet and for visiting the area – cheap rates are available from the car hire firms at the local airports.

Property Description
A three-storey, two bedroom house located in a small hamlet surrounded by the vineyards of the Languedoc. The house, built in the 19th Century, was originally occupied by a vineyard owner. It has been sensitively renovated, whilst retaining several original features including a wine press in the private courtyard, the tiled stone staircase and a beautiful marble sink.
The ground floor comprises a "sejour" with comfortable seating, woodburning stove and dining table and chairs. This leads through to a bright, modern kitchen and utility room with fridge, cooker and microwave. The courtyard (with table, chairs, barbeque and patio heater) is accessed from the kitchen - in Summer it is shaded by fig and almond trees and its surrounding walls offer complete privacy.
On the first floor are a spacious shower room/toilet and a bedroom with 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.

Summary:

Delightful property in a fantastic location. Gimios is a small rural hamlet surrounded by Languedoc vineyards.

Facilities

Property type: Country house

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 5

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
1 single sofa bed located in second bedroom
Seats:
Room for 6 in the dining area
Room for 4 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Radio
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Patio heating
Private garden
Extra information (The lounge/ dining room has a wood burning stove for the cooler months. There is a private courtyard at the back of the house which is not overlooked by other properties and has a barbeque, table and chairs and also an outdoor gas burner for evenings in the cooler months. The fig and almond trees offer some shade from the sun.There is a terrace accessed from the 1st floor which is great for sunbathing.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Pets (Small dogs may be allowed at the property following prior discussion with the property owner)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Climbing
Fishing
Flying
Golf
Horse Riding
Sailling
Scuba Diving
Skiing
Sports Center
Swimming
Tennis
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Theme Park
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

Last updated 11.04.2012


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Location

This is the general location (within 1km of the property)

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • Perpignan: 131km
  • Beziers: 43km
  • Narbonne: 65km
  • Valras-Plage (nearest beach): 55km

Reviews

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Stayed Saturday 05 August 2006
Gimios is a collection of houses inland from the vinyards of Minervois, Canal du Midi, Narbonne and its beach resorts. It is a beautiful unspoiled area, with markets at the larger towns of St Chinion and Olonzac. The roads are quiet but slow. There are restaurants in nearby towns and in the next village. The house has recently been renovated to give a large ground floor lounge (dining table, small setee, TV for DVD player, bookcase, etc.) with small modern kitchen and access to the enclosed yard with fig and friut trees (steel table & chairs). The open staircase leads to the first floor bedroom (1 double bed plus 1 single) and very large nicely fitted bathroom (shower only). It also leads to a sun-deck over the kitchen which is very comfortable in the late afternoon, and overlooks the hills and vinyards to the west. The narrow stair case then leads to the top floor super-bedroom (no en suite) which has views to both east and west. The rustic walls are painted white and the tall ceiling (to roof) has been lined with t & g pine. The furnishings are simple but with tasteful colour schemes. The house has new windows with security fittings, insect shutters, double glazing, etc. Parking is not permitted outside the house, which is joined with the neighbouring property, but there is no problem on the roadside. We enjoyed our stay and felt that the owners had tried hard to ensure guests were comfortable and felt welcome.
Its good to be back! We have thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd stay in Gimios. As always, a week is not enough. -Catherine & Martin
Gimios is such a beautiful place, we enjoyed the views and wonderful wines. Loved it and we will be back so soon. - S. Carty
The cottage is exactly as Id imagined a little french hideaway to be. Just a short break but wonderfully relaxed. Beautiful scenery all around makes the short drive to historic towns all the more pleasurable. - W Swales
The cottage is exactly as Id imagined a little french hideaway to be. Just a short break but wonderfully relaxed. Beautiful scenery all around makes the short drive to historic towns all the more pleasurable. - W Swales
The cottage is exactly as Id imagined a little french hideaway to be. Just a short break but wonderfully relaxed. Beautiful scenery all around makes the short drive to historic towns all the more pleasurable. - W Swales
Its good to be back! We have thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd stay in Gimios. As always, a week is not enough. -Catherine & Martin

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