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.
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.
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.
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 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.
We had a lovely stay at Villa Janet. The village setting is peaceful but there is easy access to beautiful countryside as well as the seaside.
Villa Janet is spacious with a very usable kitchen and a lovely sitting room. There are fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and the pool was very welcome on a hot day.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Reply from Michael
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.
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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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."
Hilltop house in ancient village with medieval walls. spacious accommodation. Private 15 by 30 foot (4.5feet deep) above ground pool set in rocky outcrop by patio with table and chairs for outside eating. Sun deck above pool with wonderful views. Sun loungers and deck chairs and sun umbrella. Mix of sun & shade in pretty garden. Old stone summer house with big open fire for bbqs. Seperate small barbarque also available.
Cosy in winter - woodburning stove and mix of electric oil radiators and electric wall heaters. Wood and electricty bills additional to rental in winter only.
2 adult bikes. Delightful countryside for strolls.
Canoe hire/river swimming with shallow beach for small children/fishing in season. All in spectacular surrondings.
Long sandy swimming beach - Cap d'Adge (45 mins even in peak summer.)
Local medieval town - Pezenas with old courtyards open to public - lovely evening strolls & excellent restaurants.tourist information.