Maison De Capestang, Private Heated Pool, 5 Bedrooms
Village house with 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and swimming pool in Herault, the South of France
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From £1,400 per week
Village house to rent in Herault, the South of France
Village house overview - owner's description
Village house with heated swimming pool, garden, terrace, summer kitchen, UK satellite TV, aircon, internet access and pool table. 5 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms. Sleeps 10+ . 20 minutes from beaches
There are indeed amenities in the town/village of Capestang - in walking distance or 5 minutes drive. I'll list them in no particular order and these are actual or minimum numbers...
one posh just around the corner - The Galliniere - nice young people run it; The Relais Bleu - best bang for the buck and no hills involved. One cheap and cheerful bar/grill and barbecue on the square Cafe de la Grille, one pizza/pasta with a few other things on the square - la Provence - nice people again, one ok food but good site on the canal du midi can't remember the name and one Madame something or other serves boil in a bag in a nice garden with good cheap vino. All but the first two up the hill a bit but great downhill run on the way back :-)
Great thin crust Pizza to eat in or take out plus varied “real food” menu and wicked desserts makes La Provence on the square a family favourite. Pretty garden out and A.C. in. For young and old.
Also on the Square, Cafe de Grille is the locals’ premier destination for morning coffee (and often a wake-up Pastis), lunch and dinner. Traditional menu includes sandwiches, omelettes, great barbecued meats, fresh salads and chips, too.
Fun for kids of all ages.
La Galiniere lies just around the corner from the house by the town fountain. This place has good prices for what has become by far the best food in town. Friendly young couple run it and he’s built a really good list featuring local wines of note (ask what’s he got that’s special tonight).
La Batellier - Eat Canal-side at this popular venue.
La Table de Vignoble Restaurant and Cave. Outdoor dining. Their own wine, nice garden.
And the Relais Bleu on the main road to Carcassonne may not be the poshest place in town at first sight, but the service is excellent, the selection of food is varied and always good (the plat de jour outstanding price for three of four courses at midday), the wine is local and it’s not too hard on the pocket.
Not surprisingly, best to make a reservation in the summer months and absolutely necessary at all times in season (and weekends all year) for the Galiniere (0033 467 261 477).
Two to three good ones (one VERY good - Le Chat Qui Pesche) around 10-20 mins in the car.
1 Bar - Cafe de la Pais (VERY local bar run by great local guy Nico).
2 Cash Machines
2 Doctors (married couple and excellent - even by US standards excellent)
Hairdresser (Dani - very good)
2 Little deli like shops (one open 7 days a week)
2 Supermarkets (3 minutes drive)
3 great wine sellers/cellars in walking distance and hundreds in driving distance around St Chinon, Faugeres etc..
Local activities golf, cycling, diving, horse riding, water skiing, fishing, sailing, wind-surfing, mountain biking, walking, tennis, swimming.
Other Activities - Wine Tasting. Letting the World Go By. Snoozing.
Located on the edge of the charming village of Capestang, on the Canal du Midi.
Although a popular tourist venue, Capestang has remained unspoilt and offers a great selection of restaurants and essential services.
It is centred between Montpellier and Perpignan in this ancient province and is the perfect base from which to reach out to the historic Languedoc and its fascinating Cathar and pre-Cathar heritage.
2 min from the Canal du Midi, 60 mins from 3 international airports. Eurostar/TGV to Beziers or Narbonne (20 mins). Car-Train to Narbonne 20 mins.
The village of Capestang lies on the historic Canal-Du-Midi (left), a World Heritage Site finished in the 1660’s and, in the summer months, a busy and colourful boating thoroughfare and a perfect place to picnic and lazily watch the boats drift by. Within the old village itself Capestang (click here) boasts the Thirteenth Century Eglise Saint Etienne (below), a Twelfth Century Chateau, Fourteenth Century Hospital and a twice weekly food market in the Town Square.
As a working French Village, Capestang’s simple charm has not at all been eroded by its popularity as a tourist venue. In fact, visitors speak as much of the warmth of the village welcome and the friendliness of its people as they do the variety and quality of its many restaurants, its proximity to beaches and top class golf courses and all the services that make this the number one holiday venue.
Cash Machine is at the
Credit Agricole Bank three minutes walk away.
Everything In One Place
Intermarche - Full Service Supermarket and petrol/diesel and Barbecue Butane refills ten minutes walk (two in the car).
Outdoor Market - In the Town Square Wednesday and Sunday mornings. Great local produce - good fun.
Just around the corner on the Rue Gambetta, M. Patrice Bondy - Baguettes, Croissants and much, much more...
or in the Town Square - perfect place to pick up a Pain au Chocolat or two to take to the Cafe De Grille to sweeten up your morning coffee.
English Newspapers for those who just can’t be out of touch!
In the Town Square - the newsagent and stationery shop.
The Shop and the Deli
Just behind the Town Square - small supermarkets. Bits of everything - open odd hours.
Two - off either side of the square.
A Dry Cleaner,
Hairdressers (the best is Dani opposite the village shop found behind the square to the left - also has a full service beauty spa).
And Last but not Least...
The Languedoc is France’s most productive wine area and a lot of it is GOOD and some of it is GREAT! Try the friendly local Co-operative and some of the smaller caves in the village like St Laurent on the main road (especially the merlot from the gun) and Moulin Gimie (at the end of the Rue Franklin!) - and it’s so inexpensive!!!
Also, the nearby cities of Narbonne and Beziers (20 min drive) have charming lanes full of restaurants and shops to peruse as well as all the main Super and Hypermarket chains (and if you have time, Montpellier (1 hr.) is a world class city and well worth a visit to see how really livable cities can be built).
Feeling the need for sand?
Then you’re really in luck because there are some superb beaches within twenty-five minutes drive of the house.
Take a picnic. Catch up on your reading. Plug in to the most relaxing music La Maison d’Estang has to offer. Sunset to Sunrise, it’s all golden here.
Whether you choose the lively sea-side town of Valras-Plage (click here) - wide golden beaches, wider selection of restaurants (don’t miss the shell-fish kiosks at the end of the square), variety of bars with live music, nightly open-air pop concerts (with dancing) near the impressive yacht marina - or the comparative solitude of the dune-backed beaches at Vendres Plage- the long curling breakwater (bring your rods, it’s a favourite spot for fishermen) and three diverse beach bar-restaurants on a wonderfully underpopulated beach - watching the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea break over the warm golden beaches of this natural treasure is time well spent.
The beach at Valras-Plage caught at a quiet moment - 20 minutes from La Maison d’Estang. However for the more active there’s swimming, sailing, wind surfing, diving, cycling, walking, parasailing, zoos, museums, galleries..
The ancient town of Collioure (above and right) is a mere one and a half hours drive from La Maison d’Estang. A melange of Castles, restaurants and beaches make it a great trip and, although the parking can be awful the anchovies and the sunsets over a glass of local Rose wine are well worth the effort.
The Medieval town of Pezenas has some interesting medieval architecture and a thriving artists and artisan community. Certainly a pleasant town to visit for a day.
Should the gentle charms of the village and the cool waters of the pool fail to tempt for a day or two, fear not there is life outside of La Maison d’Estang and plenty of it.
Stone Age settlements, Roman ruins, Templar Towns and Cathar Castles, a Medieval walled city and Churches too numerous to mention.
In this historic triangle from Avignon to Perpignon and north to Carcassonne, history is etched on every stone.
Awaiting the adventurous (or the just plain beached-out) are mountains, valleys and canyons with fresh water streams and lakes in which to swim. Remote villages overlooked by ancient Chateaus can all be found with a little luck (and a decent map).
From the independent principality of Andorra (click here) to the ancient Cathar stronghold of Monsegur (click here), the unspoilt mountain village of Saint-Jean-De-Bueges (above) to the amazing medieval walled city of Carcassonne all are easily reachable and all are well worth a visit.
Carcassonne is unique, and if you visit nothing else, visit this city.
Restored in the Eighteenth Century by Violette-Le-Duc it is a living historical monument. OK, it’s a tourist trap but sometimes tourist traps are full of tourists because there’s something special to see. This is one of those places...and another is Minerve. This ancient village (below) perches high on a cliff and is cut off by two rivers from the surrounding countryside. This is real Cathar Country and, on so many levels, worth the thirty minute drive from La Maison d’Estang.
and last but not least let’s not forget the fabulous local golf courses...
Gorgeous large house of 300m² to sleep a comfortable 10+ with 9.5m x 4m swimming pool. Located on the edge of the lively village of Capestang.
La Maison d’Estang is in the village of Capestang between the ancient cities of Narbonne and Beziers in the heart of the Languedoc area of France and on the banks of the Canal du Midi, a one hundred and fifty mile long World Heritage Site.
La Maison d’Estang began its life as a pair of elegant C17th houses on the high road to Carcassonne before becoming for some years the village Gendarmerie. Recently reincarnated as a charming maison de ville, La Maison d’Estang comfortably sleeps ten adults in Four Air-Conditioned Bedrooms and a garden level Fifth Bedroom suite (along with folding beds or cots for those little extras).
The house has two kitchens for indoor and outdoor dining, three en suite or shared bath and shower rooms and separate cloakroom. Facilities include high-speed wireless internet, a Games Room with Pool Table and dart board, a fireplace plus full central heating, secure garage parking, full laundry facilities, and, of course, a swimming pool. And it’s only twenty minutes from the golden beaches of the Med!
The house is partially wheel chair friendly in the down stairs part of the house.
Pets at owners discretion.
Recently restored, the house is full of traditional French charm with high beamed ceilings and stone walls.
There are 2 kitchens for indoor and outdoor cooking, 3 dining areas (2 inside and 1 outside), 2 barbecues, 4 air-conditioned bedrooms, a games room (with darts & full size pool table) which converts to a fifth bedroom with en suite shower room and possible wheelchair access.
The spacious indoor kitchen is fully equipped with large oven, 4 ring hob, grill, microwave, American style fridge freezer and dishwasher. Large table and chairs to seat 10 people, child's highchair.
Living room, again very spacious with comfortable seating for 8 people, a fireplace, dining table and chairs, doors onto the balcony.
There are 4 bathrooms in total :-
Bathroom 1 - Huge walk-in shower, basin, WC.
Bathroom 2 - Bath with shower over, basin, WC.
Bathroom 3 - Shower, basin, WC.
Bathroom 4 - WC.
The 5 bedrooms can sleep a maximum of 12 people and are arranged as follows:
Bedroom 1 - 1 extra large double bed
Bedroom 2 - 1 extra large double bed
Bedroom 3 - 2 single beds, (king size when joined)
Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed, 2 single beds (king size when joined)
* Bedroom 5 - 2 sofabeds/futons, (king size when joined)
* CD, radio, satellite or cable TV, audio tape player, stereo system, DVD, wireless broadband internet access
There is a super swimming pool with a patio surround and beach chairs as well as a shower.
On the ground floor is a second (summer) kitchen with four ring oven, microwave/grill, fridge-freezer, kettle, coffee maker, pots and pans, knives and forks, plastic plates and glasses (so much safer for around the pool) and, outside, both gas and charcoal barbecues and wall mounted wine coolers (don't forget to ice them!).
A quiet seating area is adjacent to the outside covered dining area which seats up to ten.
* 4 of the 5 bedrooms have air conditioning and all have central heating.
The 5th bedroom/games room has possible wheelchair access and a wheelchair accessible en suite shower room. As the main house is up stairs, 'Suitable for elderly or infirm and Wheelchair Access' applies only to the ground floor fifth bedroom/games room (with two singles or one large double bed, TV, DVD player, CD stereo and a selection of DVDs and CDs) and its en suite bathroom, garage, and other outdoor areas (excluding the pool). Come summer you can almost live in the garden
Folding and inflatable beds supplied for extra guests.
Cots and additional highchairs can be supplied if requested at time of booking for a fee but are NOT on site.
There is also a separate one bedroom annexed apartment nearby that will sleep 2 (or 3-4 using a very comfortable airbed in the living room). The apartment is two minutes walk from the main house, has its own kitchen and laundry facilities (with a dryer) and its own separate entrance. This apartment is perfect for parties travelling with staff or simply to provide extra beds for larger parties, last minute guests or less than immediate family and can be rented on a weekly basis even in high season. Please ask for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Extras and Add Ons:
Meet and Greet - if you feel you could do with someone to meet you and show you around and show you how the house works tell us when you book. This service is particularly useful if arriving late at night. Various food and drinks packages and other supplies can be ordered in advance to be there on your arrival.
Maison Capestang is the perfect place to rest from your adventures or, if you prefer, to just take a quiet holiday away from it all. Whatever your taste, the fast lane or the slow, it's La Maison Capestang. Enjoy.
Magnificent Spring Colours, Summer Sun Drenched Tableaux of Unending Vines, Golden Beaches and Crystal Clear Mediterranean Waters, Autumnal Shades of Earth and Fire. Any time of the year the Languedoc is magical. From the Pyrenees to the Rhone historic villages, busy wine and canal towns and vibrant cities offer experiences to remember.
Private 9.5 m x 4 m swimming pool with patio surround, 4 beach chairs and shower.
Terrace, 2 barbecues, dining table and 10 chairs
Secure garage parking for 2 cars + quiet road outside for extras.
On a brick terrace under a roof of bamboo, a colourful mosaic table with seating for ten rests (above) close to the twin barbecues (one Gas, one Charcoal) and next to the entrance to the Summer Kitchen.
Inside the Summer Kitchen is everything you need for your alfresco adventure. A fridge/freezer - excellent for chilling wine or keeping food until you’re ready to cook - a gas cooker with four gas rings and a small oven, a kettle, coffee maker, a twin sink unit, utensils and plastic “glasses” and plates - so much safer if taken to the pool! The Summer Kitchen is also the home of the essential Washing Machine, drying racks - there’s a small drying area near the barbecue (may not be advisable to cook and dry simultaneously, though!) - and a Tumble Dryer for the winter months.
Linen and towels provided.
Air-conditioning, safe, central heating.
Only 2 week bookings taken in July and August.
Long term renters welcome.
Suitable for elderly or infirm.
Non-smokers preferred and if you do, please outside - it's so hard to get the tobacco smell out of the house - you can always have a puff in the garden or on the balcony if tobacco's your preferred vice.
Pool open from mid May.
Kitchens - 2 kitchens, one indoor and one outdoor, both with ovens, hobs, microwaves, fridge freezers and ample dining space for 10+. There is also a washing machine and drier in the summer kitchen.
Lounge - large comfortable sofas, dining table and chairs, balcony, TV, DVD, music centre, internet access.
Bedrooms - 4 bedrooms (all with aircon.)
one master bedroom with double bed and ensuite shower room with massive walk-in shower, basin and WC.
second bedroom with double bed and separate bathroom with bath & shower over, basin and WC.
third bedroom with 2 twin beds.
fourth bedroom with double bed and 2 singles in required.
* fifth bedroom / games room with 2 single beds and ensuite shower room with basin and WC.
Games room - can be used as the fifth bedroom but also has dartboard, full size pool table, fridge, sofa and shower room.
Extras - 2 BBQs, air-conditioning, internet access, safe, central heating.
The Great Room
Up a few stone steps from the garden and into a large living room furnished with comfortable leather furniture. In this beautifully restored, wood-beamed chamber a dining table extends to seat ten or twelve and a fireplace takes the chill off late autumn evenings and enlivens Christmas Mornings and New Years Eves.
Double doors lead to a balcony that overlooks the garden, the pool, and the garden dining area (complete with both gas and charcoal barbecues).
Ancient doorways lead from the Great Room to the Kitchen (below) and the central hall which contains a storage cupboard with hanging for coats and a separate toilet and a desk for those unavoidable work projects that refused to be left behind. Doors from the hall lead to the bedrooms and bath and shower rooms and bedroom cum games room.
A large television, DVD player (with a selection of DVDs) and Free To Air Satellite Television (BBC 1-4, ITV plus many more) provide visual entertainment while a CD player stereo system (with a diverse selection of music CDs) and an i-pod player (i-pod not supplied takes care of the music end. Books, both fiction and non, round off the entertainment. This room also has high speed wireless internet (as does the Kitchen and Games room but, owing to ancient stone walls, unfortunately the two westerly bedrooms are out of range).
A large Country French kitchen table that seats up to ten and colourful glazed tile walls provide a rustic setting for less formal mealtimes and complements the modern facilities of the extensively equipped kitchen.
A full size five-burner convection-oven cooker, coffee/espresso maker, electric kettle, microwave/grill, toaster, foodmixer/blender, dishwasher and large “American Style” fridge-freezer with ice-maker complete a cooking environment suitable for any level of ability from Basic Egg Boiler to Cordon Bleu.
The Bedrooms at La Maison d’Estang have been designed with flexibility in mind.
Four bedrooms have Central Heating and Air Conditioning and two of the Master Bedrooms have
the option of a bathroom or shower room en suite or tout famille. The courtyard-level Master suite, delightfully decorated with a Catalan theme has an en suite shower room.
The Green Room (below) has a King Size bed, fireplace, central heating and Air Conditioning and a choice of en suite or shared shower room. It can also be supplied with one fold-out bed or cot.
The Blue Room (below right) is a large air conditioned bedroom with King Size bed, private or shared access to the Bamboo Bathroom and plenty of space to accommodate a cot or up to two pull-out beds for family vacations.
The Orange Room (below) has AirCon and twin beds or a comfortable King Size bed.
Whilst the Air Conditioned Games Room cum Fifth Bedroom (awaiting new photos) contains the pool table and the dart board and can accommodate Twin “Armchair” fold-out beds or one comfortable King Sized bed.
A new ten by four metre alarmed swimming pool (below) with electrolysis filtering (massively fewer chemicals - good for us, good for our environment) and comfortable deck furniture provides a place for exercise or play or, of course, to just chill on lazy summer days, while a separate vine-shaded seating area offers respite from the sun and a quiet place to read (or snooze) after a languorously long lunch. We do ask however, please no glass poolside.
Also off the garden is the entrance to the Games Room/Fifth Bedroom. The Games Room has a pool table, dart board with (and caring parents please take note) real darts, CD stereo, TV with DVD player and a selection of DVDs, central heating and troughs. A small refrigerator chills wine and beer and a large sofa provides a place to drink it. Two chairs fold out into two single beds or a comfortable King Size double bed to provide a fifth (and Wheelchair Accessible) bedroom and air mattresses provide extra beds if necessary. Off the Games Room is a Wheelchair Accessible shower room and yes, I did say troughs - the games Room was once the stables. Directly outside the Games Room is an area that can be used for Boule (equipment supplied in the chest in the games room plus a selection of Board Games, although they may have found their way into the sideboard upstairs!)
Lastly, in the Garage you’ll find secure parking for up to two cars and, should you need more, parking on the street has so far been perfectly safe and secure. Fully insured bicycles and all safety equipment can be rented by the week from a nearby company Mellow Velos (click here). He also delivers and picks them up! Bicycle routes of varying difficulty nearby are available and the Canal-du-Midi offers miles of excellent (if a little bumpy) track, as do trips through the vineyards to nearby villages and hamlets. If you’re wintering here over Christmas and the New Year the garage also houses a good supply of firewood and, even though the Central Heating in La Maison d’Estang is more than adequate, sometimes you just can’t beat a nice merlot in front of a roaring fire, can you?
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Outside this village house in Herault, the South of FranceThis village house is in a village near a lively area and the beach. It has a pool, a balcony, a barbecue, a garage and a garden. Car hire is recommended as the village house 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 February 2017
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4 bedrooms, Sleeps 12:
- 1 double bed and en suite
- 1 double bed and en suite
- 1 double bed
- 2 single beds
There is also 2 double sofa beds in the games room/5th bedroom, 1 cot
4 bathrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, 4 Separate WC's
Private pool with solar heating
CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, Internet, Radio, TV Languages in English, Local, Satellite / cable
Air conditioning, Central heating, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended
Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster
Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Garage, Parking, Private garden
Snooker / pool table
Infants, Smoking, Restricted mobility , Pets
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