Les Jolies Vues, Private Pool, 4 Bedrooms
Villa with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and swimming pool in Herault, the South of France
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From £2,015 per week
Villa to rent in Herault, the South of France
Villa overview - owner's description
Newly built villa with private swimming pool. Walking distance to the village centre. UK Satellite TV. Internet. Playstation 3. 4 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 8. Wonderful views of mountains
The villa is located in the pretty village of Caux, a historic market town in the Languedoc. Caux offers all the necessities of everyday life: a grocery store, pharmacy, greengrocer, two bakeries, a butcher, a post office, banking facilitiesand a weekly market on Friday mornings. It is a 5-10 minute walk from the villa to the village centre.
The villa is not near any busy roads and noise pollution is definitly not an issue. It is very tranquil.
Superbly preserved and with many buildings and archaeloogical sites of great antiquity, Caux is laid out on a 10th century circular street pattern (la Circulade) a defensive arrangement that recollects the turbulent history of the region.
Caux's position is privileged. Seven kilometres to the Northwest of Pezenas, famous for its medieval old town and weekly market, to the north are the mountains of the High
Languedoc, to the south the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. It is easy to drive to Montpellier in less than an hour and Beziers in half the time.
Don't miss the medieval church which dominates the surrounding countryside. And be sure to taste Caux's local wines - some of the best wines in France!
The Languedoc-Rousillion is one of the most fascinating areas of Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the est and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south. It benefits from an exceptional climate (a "Mediterranean Climate" ) and has an unusually rich wildlife, a spectacular coast, and surprising history.
Things to see include mountains, rivers and lakes ancient cities, towns, villa ges, thermal springs, abbeys, and cathedrals, chateaux and castles.
It possesses a number of World Heritage sites, including Carcassonne Castle, the Canal du Midi, and the Pont du Gard.
Pezenas is decribed as one of the most beautiful towns in the Southwest of France. It has a historical village ( referred to as the Old town ), a large Saturday market and there are many events staged in the village. If you add to this the good selection of coffee shops, bars, restaurants and amenities it is well worth a visit.
Bedget airlines Ryanair abd easyjet service the area well but other airlines are a plenty. A selection of airports and distances from the villa is as follows.
Beziers (20mins), Montpellier (40mins), Carcassone (75mins), Perpignan (60mins), Nimes (60mins) and Gerona (102mins)
There are an array of beaches and ports all within 20 - 40 minutes from the villa.
From North downwards we have:
Famous port of Sete, Oyster beds of Bouzigues, Meze, Marseillain ( where the Canal du Midi joins the mediterranean ), Vias, Valros and many more !
The beach at Marseillan Plage looks and feels very much like Cap D'Agde's - except that its bathers aren't nude. It's long and wide, with beautifully fine sand and buildings only at the very end of the beach. There are no restaurants nearby - but you can pop into the town, which isn't far, for a bite to eat.
Like Serignan, Vias has a line of tall, grassy sand banks running along behind it that give it a more secluded feel. The beach is quite long but not very wide, with tidal barriers creating lots of mini-beaches. A few snack bars sit behind the sand bank, but from the beach itself you can't see any buildings at all.
Remote and relatively wild, Portiragnes is a lovely beach, with fine sand and practically no views of ugly commerce. It's smaller than the huge Narbonne beaches - and so feels more intimate.
Like Portiragnes and Vendres, Serignan feels more remote and wild, with a grassy sand bank hiding the few buildings that sit behind the beach. You can just see Cap D'Agde in the distance and the etang (inland lake) borders the north end of the beach. The restaurant behind the sand bank offers simple meals. You can also rent miniature ponies for kids to ride on.
Valras beach is one of Languedoc's big 'town beaches' like Narbonne, Canet and Palavas. It's certainly bustling, with plenty of tacky postcard shops and ice cream stalls. The beach itself is nice, with large wave-breakers having been built to stop erosion. This has created a number of 'beachlets' - smaller beaches separated by thin rock promontories. A good choice if you have kids, as ice cream and kiddie areas are never far, but not particularly beautiful or atmospheric.
RESTAURANTS / WINE TASTINGS
We have lived in France now for over 4 years and have established some very nice restaurants. Quality is in the eye of the beholder but we like nice settings and reasonably priced food. Of course there are many more and should you come across a really nice one please let us know !!
Here are some of our favorites:
Restaurants located at the main Pezenas square all do a nice selection of food especially pizzas and pastas but don’t forget the local ‘Menu de jour’ which often offer great value. If you cannot find it then ask anyone for the ’14 Juillet’ which is the name of the main municipal car park next to them
A Restaurant called ‘Bistro d’Alex’ is located at the Cave Co-operative in Florensac (about 20mins drive). Alex is Michelin star quality but very reasonably priced, say 19 EUR for a three course meal. If is often nice to couple this meal with a wine tasting in their local cave. The wines only have say 10 centime corkage and you can get a reasonable bottle for 5/6 EUR. Be careful to call and book as it’s mainly French known and it gets very busy.
Call 0467 77 03 05
Les Pieds Dans L’o or (the feet in the water) is situated at Marseillan Plage. It is very reasonable snacky type food (good Huitres (Oysters) and Moules (Mussels) and the setting is lovely. They can always fit you in but call early to reserve a table on the terrace.
Call 0467 21 92 66
L’Entre Pots (The Warehouse) is a slightly more expensive restaurant in Pezenas. It has a very good standard of food, wine and service and very popular in the town. For us it is slightly more expensive, maybe we would go occasionally. Again it is very popular and busy all year round.
Call 0467 90 00 00 for reservation
There seem to be domains, vineyards and cave co-operatives everywhere you look and most will entertain you in the afternoons (don’t call at lunchtime or no-one will answer !!)
Chateau de Montpezat is located on the right on the Route de Roujan. Christophe Blanc is in charge and although he may not admit at first he speaks relatively good English. His wines are the very best in quality and the domaine is very well respected here in Languedoc. He is also a very successful exporter.
Call Christophe on 0467 98 10 84 to arrange degustation or check out his wines on his website http://www.chateau-montpezat.com
Le Croix Belle is situated in the quiet village of Puisallicon this is a Vin de Pays wine but recently voted in the top ten in France !!
All the staff speak English and their No.7 wine is probably one of their best. It is called No.7 because it is a blend of 7 different grapes. It is very good quality.
Call on 0467 36 27 23 or check out their wines on the website http://www.croix-belle.com
Most villages have a weekly morning market and this can be confirmed on the internet. Two different markets are:
Caux (our local market)
It takes place every Friday morning and it is in within easy walking distance. Don’t expect too much as it is a typical small village market with stalls for meat, vegetables and fruit. You may also sometimes get specialty stalls for local cheeses and wines. They often offer a degustation.
Less than a 5 minute drive away Pezenas market occupies the whole of the main street and takes place every Saturday. It is easily the biggest market in the area and as well as several stalls for meat, cheeses, vegetables and fruit you will also see stalls for fish, clothes, toys and even a chinese food stall. The locally made paellas are good quality.
OTHER THINGS TO DO
Le Pont du Diable – (Devil’s bridge)
Located on the outskirts of a village called Saint Guilhem Le Desert (which incidentally is listed as one of the prettiest villages in France). Many people jump from various heights into the lake, some even off the bridge itself !! It is a huge tourist attraction and has a wonderful beach where you can hire canoes for 10 Eur to venture down the gorge. It is an absolute must and brilliant fun !!
Canal du Midi
The second half of the canal runs all the way from Toulouse and joins the Mediterranean at Marseillan plage. You can join the canal at several places. We find Portiragnes to be handy. Great for walking and taking a pic-nic. Also watching the barges especially in the locks.
The gorges are situated just past Lamalou Les bains. It is a two hour walk to the top but there are five bridges and you can turn back at any stage. There is a path all the way but you can also stop off anywhere along the way and eat and go for a swim in the fresh water gorges.
Lac du Salagou
The lake is situated just to the North West of Clermont – L’Herault and has many activities such as boating, surfing, biking and swimming.
Waterpark at Agde
Aqualand - only open in the summer months so check before you go
Located at Carcassone. It is a huge castle, which effectively has a small town within its walls. Specialty dish is Cassoulet
AROUND THE TOWN
Caux village is within 5 minutes walk. There are two butchers, two patisseries, a tabac, 2 bar restaurants, a fruit shop, pizza shop and a small mini market. Market day is Friday but if you want more commercialism you need to head to Pezenas !!
There are many supermarkets located Pezenas. Carrefour and Intermarche tend to be the most popular. Although Lidl is probably the best priced. They are all open even at lunch time now and I believe Intermarche has started to open on a Sunday morning. Be careful of buying your favourite English brands as they tend to be more expensive i.e. my girls like Heinz beans and although you can get a tin for 55p you can be charged as much as €2.75 in Carrefour !!
Try and choose the French equivalent brands !!
There are many stations but the cheapest is the green coloured one on the main street near all the Broquantes
There are a selection of banks dotted around the town and many cash dispensers
The main office is located in the ‘old Town’ in Pezenas. It is near to the ‘14 Julliet’ car park and next to the ‘Musee de Joue’
Please note - Most places tend to close at 12 noon promptly and open again around 2 PM (although now the large supermarkets stay open all day).
You will not normally find anything open at all on a Sunday !!
This spacious, high quality villa has a large 70m sq. open plan kitchen / dining / lounge area with exposed beams. Every window has stunning views of either Les Montagnes Noir ( Black mountains ), the pretty church steeple and village of Caux or the vineyards.
There are comfortable sofas in the lounge which has a flat screen LCD TV with UK satellite channels, a home entertainment system with music centre, DVD player and surround sound, Playstation 3 and an office with internet connection.
There are 4 double bedrooms with 3 double beds and one room with twin beds. The master bedroom has a large en-suite and all very well appointed with large wardrobes and drawers.
A couple of the bedrooms have TVs and the master double has doors onto the balcony.
The bathrooms are very attractive and spacious, both with bath and shower
There is lots of outside space to enjoy at this villa which has a terrace around 2 sides of it and two barbeque areas.
Swimming pool ( 9x4 ), secured by a lockable fence, with a sun terrace surround with sunloungers. The villa is really quite private, the pool area and the whole front of the villa is not overlooked.
We have many balls and rackets. There is ( only 150 meters away ) two table tennis tables, two tennis courts and a play area ( which incidently we can see from the villa ). We have 4 mountain bikes and they would be perfect for a 16 and 11 year old as we have two children ourselves.
Grass area for sunbathing or football playing.
Two barbeque areas, one outside the terrace leading from the kitchen area and the other on the terrace next to the pool. Conventional stone barbecue and gas barbecue. Exterior lighting.
Car parking on private drive for a couple of cars.
Bed linen and house and pool towels included.
Best suited for children over the age of 4.
No wheelchair access.
Visited by one of our team - highly recommended.
Kitchen - open plan, American refridgerator, dishwasher, double cooker, toaster, kettle, coffee machine, microwave, large breakfast bar.
Lounge/dining - comfortable seating, TV with UK satellite, dining table for 10.
Utility room - washing machine and drinks fridge
Bedrooms - 4, three with double beds and one with twin beds.
Each room has a stand up fan.
Bathrooms – 2, both with bath, shower cubicles, basins and WC. Separate WC.
Smoking is allowed as long as it's outside.
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Outside this villa in Herault, the South of FranceThis villa is in a village and in a quiet area. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue, outside lighting and a garden. Car hire is recommended as the villa is less than a 15 minute walk to at least a couple of shops, bars and restaurants; however parking is available if required.
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Updated 1 January 2017
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4 bedrooms, Sleeps 8:
- 1 double bed
- 1 double bed
- 1 double bed
- 2 single beds
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's
DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable
Dining area seats 10, Car hire recommended
Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Tennis court
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