|La Primelle Chenes||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||3||Cot available|
"La Primelle" offers stylish up-market, accommodation for4 plus 1 small child. Set on the edge of a National Forest, with an exclusive tiled pool, a large sun-terrace and extensive private gardens, it is ideal for those seeking a peaceful holiday "away from it all" in a unique and special environment.
The dramatic open plan living space, kitchen and covered terrace on the first floor offer panoramic views over the surrounding mountains. Previous guests have referred to this area as like living in a wonderful tree house
Both bedrooms can be found on the ground floor,with patio doors leading onto a mediterranean style courtyard garden with its profusion of lavender, rosemary and olive trees, and swimming pool beyond..
This is a very special environment offering inspiration for lovers of wildlife, wild flowers and bird-watching, with orchids, nightingales, rare eagles and much more to discover.. There are footpaths and wonderful views in all directions, making it an ideal location for walkers and mountain bikers.We offer a personal guide to the many footpaths and hikes around us.
We are pet friendly.
In spite of this exclusive location, the A75 motorway is only a 10 minute drive away, giving easy access to the beaches of the Mediterranean and many historic cities and villages of Southern France.
Beautiful open plan space offering fully equipped kitchen at one end with oak and granite surfaces, and a dining area with oak dining table and chairs.
The large open plan living space on the first floor, with exposed beams and picture windows on all sides, gives the feeling of living in a tree house. Comfortably furnished with plenty of sofas, armchairs, bookshelves etc and a wood burning stove.
Sliding doors lead from here to the large covered terrace, which offers further space for meals, barbecues and relaxing in the shade.
Master bedroom (king size bed) on the ground floor with patio doors to the courtyard garden.
Bedroom 2 with twin beds or one king size bed.
Top quality pocketed spring mattresses and beds made up with cotton bed linen.
Large family bathroom with full size enamel bath and shower over.
La Primelle Chenes is an energy efficient "eco" house which is cool in summer and warm in winter. It has solar panels, air source heat pump, and a wood burning stove.
Electric wall heaters in all rooms and heated towel rail in bathroom.
Satellite tv , dvd player.
Unlimited (free) broadband wi-fi.
La Primelle Chenes enjoys a wonderful and exclusive situation within a 3 hectare private domaine, where peace and seclusion are guaranteed. The large tiled swimming pool and sunterrace are set in a mediterranean courtyard garden, beyond which woodland terraces slope up towards a national forest, with its myriad of footpaths affording wonderful views over the surrounding mountains.
There is a boules court , table tennis table and childrens swings under the trees.
Birds, butterflies, wild flowers and animals are found in abundance. We ask visitors to respect this wonderful environment.
The private pool is for the exclusive use of this house and one small cottage close by (maximum two guests)
The only other house is over 100m away on the same domaine. This is occupied by Brian and Joan, the owners, who are available to help out if required, while respecting your privacy at all times.
There is plentiful shady parking.
La Primelle Chenes is ideal for a small family. We regret that the staircase is unsuitable for visitors with serious mobility restrictions.
Brian and Joan achieved their dream of living in France when they fell in love with this property over 14 years ago. It reminded them so much of Brian's childhood home in Africa with its rocky landscapes and bright flowers. They have enjoyed caring for the land, creating gardens and welcoming visitors ever since.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||My wife Joan and I fell in love with this property on first sight. It reminds us so much of Africa, with its dry rocky landscapes, extensive views, and brightly coloured flowers.|
|Unique benefits of property||Utter peace and quiet.
Wonderful flora and fauna
There is so much to see and do within the Languedoc, but don't forget to chill out at home too. Enjoy the scents of lavender, pine and wild herbs, while being alert to the butterflies, birds and other wild life around you, such as red squirrel, wild boar and at night the bats and owls.
It is hard to choose from the wealth of cities within 1 or 2 hour drive. For Roman remains visit Nimes, and don't forget the Pont du Gard just a little further on. For a magnificent fortified town visit Carcassonne, but much closer you will find La Couvertoirade (30 min) a Knights Templar village which still retains an air of mystery. Montpellier is an exciting and cultured city (leave your car and take the tram) Pezenas is also well worth a visit.
Lodeve, our nearest town, has a thriving museum and art gallery, with an annual summer exhibition. Visit the cathedral or just sit at one of the cafes in the town squares. There is a weekly market on Saturday mornings selling all sorts of things from local cheeses, fish and fruit, to baskets, olive wood bowls and pottery.
Within a 40 minute drive you will find the little fishing port of Meze with its seafood restaurants which line the harbour walls, and safe sandy beaches on the edge of the lagoon. There is also a thriving market in the town centre on Thursdays. A little further along the coast you will come to Bouzigues, where all the restaurants serve the locally produced oysters. Sete, just beyond, is a busy sea port with many restaurants and miles of sandy beaches, where you can collect beautiful shells.
A 30 minute drive north will bring you to the beautiful new viaduct which spans the Tarn Gorge at Millau. Don't forget to view it from below as well, it is amazing. You can take a river trip which passes beneath the towering pillars. A further extended drive through the spectacular Gorges du Tarn is highly recommended.
La Primelle Chenes exceeded all our expectations with the delightful and peaceful surroundings, plus excellent facilities within the villa and outside, including playing table tennis and petanque in the forest. Having the lovely swimming pool to cool off in, after a busy days sightseeing was a real joy. The villa is set in stunning surroundings and the walks in and around the grounds led us through beautiful scenery with delightful views. We intended to eat out most evenings but sitting and eating on the balcony amongst the trees was so relaxing we soon altered our plans, listening to the evening bird chorus and watching the moths and bats going about their business. Sadly we only had a weeks stay but we all felt we could have happily stayed longer and never set foot off the grounds. However, we loved visiting Carcassonne, Pont du Diable - swimming in the lake and the Grotte de Clamouse, St-Guilhem-le-Desert - pretty village and loved canoeing through the gorge, Wine tasting at St Saturnin, Montpelier,
Thanks Brian and Joan for your warm welcome and hospitality and sharing your tranquil home with us. We spent a perfect week in La Primelle and would certainly recommend it to friends. We hope to return again in the future.
We had the pleasure of staying at La Primelle Chenes in May. We arrived late on a Saturday evening , beware the local supermarche is about 20 mins drive & closes at 7.30pm on saturday evenings .
It wasn't a huge problem as our lovely hosts stepped in and provided us with bread, cheese , croissants & wine which keep us going for the night.
The property is set in beautiful woodland , you are surrounded by wonderful bird song and stunning views, it is so peaceful.The owners give you directions for local walks to nearby villages,these are not to be missed!
The kitchen has everything you need and the terrace is wonderful for alfresco dinning.
The pool is not heated , I am sure this is a welcome cool down for the intense heat in June/July & August. It took a little more getting used to in may. All pools are legally obligated to have alarms fitted in in France, fantastic with 7 year old twins!
It would have been nice to be able to walk to local restaurants , you are in the middle of a forest.However,If you want to escape for a week or two this is your place. It is so lovely to be able to wake up to sunshine & beautiful scenery, you just switch off and relax.
We were delighted to see you make the most of our wonderful countryside, and to meet your happy family. Well done for braving the pool so early in the season.