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An authentic French village house, Villa Janet immediately captured our imagination because of its character and location - tucked on high into a secure niche of an unspoilt hilltop village. With views of the vineyards below and the Espinouse Hills beyond, you can sit and relax and watch the world go by. Family friendly as the French community is, the atmosphere is relaxed and fun.

Comfortable and spacious, with sturdy stone walls and insulated roof, inside the house there is cool protection from the hot summer sun.

Ground Floor
The modern , well equipped kitchen has electric , ceramic hobbed cooker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher. Hatches make serving easy both for dining room or out onto the path for the garden patio table. Easy too, to unload shopping from the car. There's a washing machine and outside line.

Kitchen, dining and sitting room are open plan.

Bedroom One - "Palme" Double bed. Bedside tables. Wardrobe and garment shelves.
Bedroom Two - "Rose" Twin beds. Bedside tables. Wardrobe and garment shelves.

Sleeping quaters are secluded and separate, There is a toilet next to a
shower room with handbasin between the downstairs bedrooms.

Upstairs

Bedroom Three - "Hirondelle" Double bed. Bedside tables. Wardrobe and chest of drawers. Large windows open to balcony.
Bedroom Four - "Espinouse" Twin Futon beds. Wardrobe and garment shelves.
Bathroom - Large primrose cast iron bath-tub, with shower, basin,bidet, and toilet .
Salon - Large corner sofa, easy chairs and coffee table. Book shelf.


On the terrace level up from the house, infant and pet secure, the patio area has space for loungers and large garden table and chairs. Shaded at lunch , lit at dinner.
A big open fire has a chimmeny through the rock. It used to be used by vine pruners in winter as a lunchtime gathering place, now serves as a barbeque. There is an additional small barbeque for small parties.

The pool is set into a rocky outcrop and backed by the stub of the old castle wall.
There is a sun deck/belvedere with sun loungers, with a table for meals or refreshments to be served at this level also. A romantic spot.

Longer winter bookings are available at very competitive rates - please email the owner through Villarenters to dicuss these.

The village of Fouzilhon
The house is easily reached by car at the top of one of the the old circular roads which wind up through Fouzilhon village. Beyond the house the road continues as a path, through woods and rocks, climbing round to come out at the little church square at the top of the mount. It is a delightful place to take evening strolls in the narrow streets and passageways of the village itself or to venture further into the vineyards on the plains below the village.
There is a small play park for children.
The bread van comes 5 mornings a week and the butcher's van once a week.

Shopping
Shopping is in nearby Magalas and Gabian. Both are 5 minutes drive away. There is an Intermarche supermarket in Magalas. Gabian has a chemist, post office and several local food stores including a bakery with excellent pizzas.
Wine gets better all the time in Langudoc. At Magalas, near Intermarche, the museum and informative staff specialise in local wines, which can be selected and bought at reasonable price. Two producers can be visited, a short walk away on the road to Gabian.

In the Locality
The medieval town of Pezenas is the 17th century capital of the region - Langued'oc. The tapas bar in Place Gambetta, a beautiful medieval square, is a perfect place to end a stroll through a tour the architectural gems of the town. There are lots of inexpensive restaurants too.
There is river swimming at Real for all ages with deep diving pools and a shallow beach for small children. (25 mins)
Canoe hire makes for a more adventurous day out. (25mins)
The long sandy beach at Cap d'Adge is only 45 minutes away even in peak period by back roads.
The Oppidium d'Enserun is a Roman hilltop town in the shade of trees. Below is aview of the fascinating "dart-board" irrigation pattern created by medieval monks. Nearby in Capestang on the Canal du Midi, at "La Table de Vignoble" in a large courtyard or inside the barn, there is a feast of roasted meat served with the palatable wine, produced by the proprietor herself.
Montpellier is a chic city only an hour by train from Beziers, making from an effortless day out.
The long sandy beach at Cap d'Adge is only 45 minutes away even in peak period by back roads.
The beautiful beach at Portiragnes plage is only twenty miles away. Here you will find cafes, bars and restaurants. Brave the banana boating challenge or just laze on the beach. There is a large market on Wednesday mornings well worth a visit.
Near Portiragnes plage you will find riding stables. Horses and ponies can be hired by the hour.
There are beautiful beaches all along the coast.
In Beziers (30 minutes by car) you will find great shopping at the hypermarkets.
In Beziers there are plenty of restaurants and pavement cafés and on Fridays there is a wonderful flower market. In August there is a huge street party, ‘Féria’.
Golf course at St Thomas (Beziers).
Vias - A busy holiday resort with cafes, bars restaurants and Europark for a fun night out.
Valras Plage – Watersports, restaurants, bars and nightclub. Serignan - Large Hyper U open all day everyday during the summer.
Vendres - go-karting.
Agde - a beautiful fishing port with winding streets, traditional markets, colourful houses, great restaurants and cafés.
Cap d’Agde - Beaches, harbour, waterside restaurants, golf, huge water-park ‘AquaLand’, boat trips, water sports, casino, nightclubs, discos etc..
Narbonne - Visit this town for its Roman ruins and Gothic cathedral.
Sete - A busy and interesting old harbour town with lots of seafood restaurants and the museum Paul Valery.
Carcassonne - The largest walled city in Europe with wonderful medieval spectacles and performances during the summer.
You do need a car for this holiday. Car hire is reasonable at airports.
There are 4 adult bikes at Villa Janet for your use.



Details of all these possibilities with directions will be left at Villa Janet.

Summary:

Hilltop village house with pool, BBQ patio, luxurious sundeck & panoramic views. Located central to mystique and pleasures of Languedoc, a warren of characterful rooms and well equipped IKEA kitchen.

Facilities

Property type: Village house

Room details

Bedrooms:

4 bedrooms, sleeps 8

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 4: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Seats:
Room for 8 in the dining area
Room for 8 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
Radio
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Other:
Barbecue
Parking
Private garden

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants
Pets (Well behaved dogs are allowed at Villa Janet.)

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Fishing
Golf
Horse Riding
Tennis
Water Skiing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Museum
Night Club
Shopping
Theatre
Theme Park
Cinema

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays
Arrival date range Whole weeks only Minimum stay (nights)
31st March 2015 to 20th September 2015 Yes 7

Discounts and extras

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Discounts

Early Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made more than x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 20 Weeks 15%
1st January to 31st December 16 Weeks 10%
1st January to 31st December 12 Weeks 5%
Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st June to 31st August 2 Months 15%
Long Stay Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking is equal to or longer than x days/weeks/months Discount
1st January to 31st December 2 Months 20%
1st January to 31st December 3 Weeks 10%

Extras

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Location

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

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 45km
  • Nearest bar: 4km
  • Nearest restaurant: 10km
  • Nearest supermarket: 10km
  • Carcasonne Airport: 80km
  • Montpelier Airport: 95km
  • Carcassone: 75km
  • Nimes: 80km
  • Toulouse: 90km

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23 out of 23 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Saturday 24 August 2013 with Family
We had a lovely week at Villa Janet. The setting is idyllic and very peaceful. Our young boys enjoyed exploring around the castle walls and when we werent relaxing by the pool we had a lovely trip to the closest beach which was well worth it.
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Stayed Saturday 29 June 2013 with Friends
We stayed at Villa Janet for a week at the end of June 2013. Our party consisted of 2 couples. We all had a wonderful week, none of us had ever visited that area of France and we felt very lucky to have experienced staying in such a delightful part of Europe. We had fantastic weather, just before it went really hot. Villa Janet is a lovely house to stay in. We enjoyed every aspect - the village, the local people, the location of Villa Janet with its own approach, the fabulous terraces with the pool that really was the icing on the cake. We had so much fun with the pool and the views from the pool are breathtaking. We had no disappointments with our stay apart from the fact that none of us wanted to leave. We enjoyed the family of cats that visited us each day. We tried for about a day not to feed them but they soon got us into their way of thinking!! They were a joy to have around but we didnt allow them into the house. The caretakers Gilbert and his lovely wife were always at hand and were ideal for the task never intrusive. In fact we used to enjoy Gilbert coming to sort the pool out each day as he didnt speak English so we would try out our French and have a laugh with him. We all hope to stay again some time. We thought even in winter it would be great with the fire on in the lounge. Villa Janet is very French and rustic and would make a great base for a family party. There is a very inviting atmosphere that draws you in and you are hooked. The owner, Michael is a very lucky man! Thank you!
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Stayed Saturday 10 July 2010
We had a two week holiday to Villa Janet in July 2010, 6 adults and an 8 year old dog. On arrival my parents were met by the caretaker and shown everything they needed to be shown. The house was very charming, with plenty of room for us all, in fact the upstairs lounge wasnt used at all! The weather was fantastic and very hot, and although there was a fan in the downstairs lounge, each bedroom could have benefitted from having a fan in it, as on some nights it was quite uncomfortable in the heat. Barney our crossbreed dog had a great time keeping guard for the cats that came looking for a treat and he made two friends - a couple of local dogs who came to call for him each morning and took a shine to his new football! The garden/pool area was great and every night apart from two (because of the wind and one night a burst of rain) we ate out and used the bbq. The pool was attended to most days by the caretaker and well maintained. There were only 3 sun loungers available to be used which meant we had to have a rota system! However purchasing a couple of lilos solved that problem and allowed us to catch a few rays and keep cool in the pool at the same time! The views over the vineyards were stunning and listening to the church bells above ringing out, it was like being on a film set! The village itself is beautiful, very quiet, friendly locals and lovely walks round the winding roads. We didnt venture very far really, going to the beach a couple of times (Serignan allows dogs) and the river at Roque Brun or Real for a change of scenery. We used the well stocked supermarket at Magalas and purchased some excellent wine from the local "cave"!! If you want to experience true France we would all recommend Villa Janet. Lounging in the sun listening to the crickets, watching the swallows dive between the houses and lying in bed listening to the "little owls" tooting! Heaven! There is something about the house, village and area that will draw you back and we hope to return again to experience another wonderful holiday.
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Stayed Sunday 07 March 2010
The villa Janet and its garden is a very pleasant place. We went to Fouzilhon during a very cold week of March, and the house, with very thick walls, was a bit difficult to heat but, the beauty of the house and of the village clearely appeared. The household equipment rate is good, and the garden very nice. We should definitely recommend Villa Janet from spring to autumn.
Owner reply:

We have now got some extra oil electric heaters on wheels for winter use in addition to wall mounted fires in the bathrooms. The wood stove / open fire gives out a good heat.

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Stayed Saturday 13 June 2009
Villa Janet was a very good place for our family with two kids (9 and 11) and the dog (Rottweiler-male) to stay. We spent almost all the time in the garden and pool area where we also enjoyed almost all dinners, the garden provided us both sun and shade. The weather was excellent for us, over +30 °C and mild winds helped our dog to survive in the local climate. The view over the village and wine yards was spectacular and the neighbourhood was overall very quiet and relaxing. Our caretaker visited us almost daily. He kept the pool in proper conditions due to the fact that the wind was carrying leafs etc. debris from the surrounding trees into the pool. Our kids really loved the pool, because of its adequate size and proper conditions. We had also ‘regular visitors’, brave local cats asking for milk and well behaving village dogs, which kept the company and add some activities to our rottie. We also find many nice walks and paths nearby.
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Stayed Saturday 23 May 2009
We would describe Villa Janet as traditionally french with a modern artistic twist. The villa was spacious and well equipped. The sun terrace, barbeque and pool areas were very private. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed cooling off in the pool. We found our time in Fouzilhon very peaceful and relaxing. We took some lovely photographs on the many walks that we did. The cycle rides to the local towns were really enjoyable and took in some stunning scenery and fragrances. We also explored the surrounding area by car (e.g. Roujan, Pezenas, St Pons-de-Thomieres, Olargues, Lamalou, Bedarieux, Clermont-lHerault, Agde, and Sete). These towns were relatively close and did not involve very long journeys and we experienced the history of this part of France in addition to a variety of beautiful scenery from green lush mountains to kilometres of sandy beaches. All in all we had a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable experience. It was everything we hoped it would be. Michael & Anne Marie.
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Stayed Saturday 26 July 2008
Superb location in beautiful hilltop village with excellent views over the surrounding vineyards, especially from the poolside. Villa is well-equipped and wonderfully peaceful. Village is quiet enough to make you feel youve got away from everything, but youre still very close to attractions, shops and restaurants. We had a fantastic fortnight here with our three children (ages 8, 11 and 13). They loved wandering around the village making a uss of all the local cats and exploring. We also had great fun canoeing and exloring the Gorge dHeric. Had such a great time were re-booking for next year!
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Stayed Saturday 18 August 2007
We had a wonderful two weeks.We ate, we swam and we explored.The gorges were only 20 minutes to the north and the beaches 25 minutes to the south. Jean Pierre and Genevieve are a delightful couple and keep the house and pool looking lovely.
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Stayed Wednesday 16 November 2005
After seeing the film "French Kiss" we always wanted to experience the ambiance of a traditional French villa in the south of France surrounded by vineyards. Villa Janet's location in a small hilltop village gave us the chance to sample this "French" life in a lovely setting. The villa itself added to our enjoyment. It was spacious, well-appointed and had all the amenities necessary to make our stay enjoyable. After exploring the many surrounding locations it was wonderful to relax back at the villa with a glass of one of the excellent local wines.
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Stayed Saturday 13 August 2005
We had a lovely time at Villa Janet. It's a really interesting house in a beautiful location, very well equipped (especially the kitchen) and we spent all our time outside on the patio, sun deck or by the pool. We would definitley go again!
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Stayed Tuesday 01 February 2005
We had a wonderful time, throughly enjoyable, superb location, very friendly village within easy reach of both the beach and the mountains. Our children loved the pool, the local play area and several evenings were rounded off with quiet relaxing walks around the village taking in the glorious landscape.
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Stayed Tuesday 01 February 2005
"We had a lovely holiday and settled into the area and pace of life immediately. The caretakers, Jean-Pierre and Genevieve, were extremely kind and helpful. The house is in a beautiful area, the views are superb and the village is so very peaceful - just what we needed."
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Stayed Tuesday 01 February 2005
If you want to get a real feel of village live in France then I would reccomend Villa Janet.The setting in a small quiet village was wonderfull.Every few days the esentials of life were delivered by van into the square by the church,however the main village of Magalas was only minutes away by car with every thing else we needed.The house is much bigger inside than it looks and was fully equipped with everything we needed.Sitting in at night with a bottle of wine and the log fire burning away ended each day beautifully.Well worth a visit
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We enjoyed a lovely, restful holiday at Villa Janet. Its peaceful location and beautiful outlook over the vineyards and countryside below made us feel miles away from our normal busy lives. The children were delighted to have a pool and this was safe and well-maintained. They enjoyed playing on the rocks behind the house and around the old church and got to know the local cats which they named Couscous, Stripe, Timmy and MacAuley Sculkin! The jazz evening held in the area around the church was superb. My husband made use of the owners road bike - which is in good condition - and was up every morning for an hours cycle to lift his spirits. The villa was a good base in terms of getting to various tourist spots. We never felt we were too long in the car to get anywhere. We will have very fond memories of our holiday at Villa Janet.
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When I first arrived at Villa Janet I thought it would be good but it turned out to be fantastic. We all decided to call the cat smokey because whenever we had a bbq she turned up! And I named one of the kittens Jasper. The pool was great I went in almost everyday. And the view from sun terrace was brilliant. The church was really pretty. The bread van had tasty bread and yummy sweets and the lady in the bread van was very friendly. The beaches were great fun. I had loads of fun, I want to live at Villa Janet! (Erin, Age 9). The adults had a fabulous time in a great part of France in a Villa in a beautiful setting with a well equipped kitchen and great showers !
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Villa Janet is set in a beautiful location and is ideal to relax and get away from the fast pace of life.Well located for all the amenities with good restaurants in nearby Magalas and easy access to all the main attractions such as Carcassonne Nimes Montpelier.Excellent way to really enjoy and sample French life.
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Villa Janet provided our large family with plenty of room for the time we stayed. The children loved the pool and decking area, and we, the parents enjoyed the peace, the views and the wine! The bread van was a daily test for the children to practise their French. It was reassuring to have regular visits from the caretaker, not that we found any problems!
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Functional but well equipped property with stunning views of surrounding vineyards and distant mountains. Ideal for a relaxing holiday especially for a family, with it's pool, bikes and spacious rooms. Authentic French village experience with friendly locals, and a very friendly and helpful caretaker Jean Pierre.
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Villa Janet is in a beautiful location; conveniently placed for the mountains, the coast and visits to some really great places. The pool is a real boon with kids and is really well looked after. The house is a little basic but there is plenty of space and it is well equipped. It was a great base to discover this part of France.
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The house is spacious and although by no means luxurious meets all your basic needs. The real plus point is the pool and sundeck set into the hillside. You can enjoy gorgeous views of the rolling hills and vineyards whilst having a cooling dip or an evening barbecue.
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Property was clean and full of Charm. Typically a very French Villa. The pool was well maintained and cleaned regularly. Area is also very pwacefull. An Excelent Holiday
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A group of four of us stayed in early September and had a great time. The house is set in a small, quiet and rustic village. Having been met by the local friendly caretaker we were impressed at how well equipped this lovely house was (especially the kitchen). For a holiday where a quiet location, good views, a pool and a house which is simply, but nicely equipped is going to be important we can't recommend Villa Janet enough.
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We had a very relaxing week amongst the vinyards. Easy distance from airport and good for visiting countryside and sea
8 other reviews
Howard and Sandra from Kent“ We had a very restful week at Villa Janet in early September, enjoying being in a small village and walking through the vineyards and eating ripe figs straight from the trees. Only 4km drive to get the baguette and same day’s English papers, before 8am (Magalas). Excursions to Sete and Valras Plage to walk along the seashore. Pure bliss “
Regards from Jan and Niall Hammond- We arrived at the villa in April having flown in to Carcassonne Airport which was an easy drive away. The scenery became more beautiful the closer we got to the village of Fouzilhon with vineyards as far as the eye could see and lots of unspoilt, natural countryside. The village itself is hilly with the villa being set close to the top of the hill near the quaint little church with its bell which chimes on the hour during the day, but is not obtrusive. The villa was spacious and full of character befitting the area and there was a pool and upper decking as well as a barbecue area. Our party of 4 had many meals in the villa made in the well equipped kitchen and played games at the table each night, listening to music. The showers were fine, the beds comfortable and there was a large sitting area upstairs which had a piano in it. As the weather was unusually wet for a couple of days when we arrived, the caretaker, Jean Pierre and his wife made us a lovely welcoming fire and checked to see we had everything we needed. They maintained the pool every day and the general outside area but were very inconspicuous. The sun came out after a couple of days and we got suntanned on the sun deck, the views from which were magnificent!I loved the bell museum in nearby Magalas and they even let me play a couple of tunes on the large bells and we enjoyed visiting the nearby vineyard and sampling the local wine. The villa is in an excellent location for going different directions. We went down to the coast to the beaches and the opposite way to the world's tallest Millau Road Bridge and enjoyed going to market towns and visiting local restaurants. All in all, a very good holiday.Thanks for allowing us to stay at your villa. It was a lovely place in a lovely setting and we would like to return sometime.
"We paid our second visit to Villa Janet and once again had a superb holiday. The villa is in an ideal location for visiting the coast, going river swimming and canoeing as well as visiting historic sites such as the Roman Oppidum d'Enserune, shopping in the market of Pezenas or walking in the Gorge d'Heric and the Cirque de Moureze. Having said that, for much of the time our family was content to just chill by the pool and enjoy the peace and quiet of the village and admire the wonderful views from the patio. The villa is located at the top of the "circulade" of Fouzillhon which means you get fantastic views over the vineyards, the village and the hills. The caretaker Jean-Pierre is very helpful as well as very considerate as he respects your privacy and his visits to maintain the swimming pool are very discreet and inobtrusive. The villa itself is spacious, fully equipped and we did not want for anything." The Sutherland Family, Berkshire
Further Comment from Christine RobbinsWe were back in October, so were at Villa Janet in spring and autumn this year. The October weather was glorious and gave us the chance to travel round the area and see the wide range of bird life. We were particularly impressed with the cattle egrets on the Canal du Midi at Agde, the flamingos at the Bassin du Thau and the Etang de Gruissan, The bee eaters were a regular sight on our supermarket trips to Magalas. Round the house itself we saw hoopoes and the real star was the black redstart which nested near the barbecue area in May. For a comprehensive list of birds please conact the oenrs and see if you can add to it!
Christine Robbins from Lanark, Scotland said" What a lovely setting the village of Fouzilhon is in and the views from the house are spectacular. The house is full of character with modern comforts and is well equipped for family living. We visited in the spring and enjoyed the wide variety of birdlife.The swimming pool and barbeque area are a bonus to be enjoyed in the sunshine. We will be back!"
Dear Michael, here is my comment re Villa Janet, I'm happy for you to use my name and Norwich with it: We spent a very enjoyable three weeks at Villa Janet in FEBRUARY. We found it simply and comfortably furnished, well equipped, and the woodburning stove made the house warm and cosy. The countryside looked lovely with almond trees and mimosa in blossom.Ivy Smith
villa janet was a very nice villa , we had a week there in june this year. it was well maintained by a cartaker who lives near by and was on hand if you needed him. the villa had nice veiws over the vineyards and across the mountains which can be seen from lazing in the pool a really nice holiday . peaceful and relaxing the 4 of us had a really good time
Review by Peter Preece of London. June 2007."We had a really nice time. Lovely villa. The area was beautiful as well."

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