|Villa la Cardabelle||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||3|
La Cardabelle is a spacious well equipped villa with a large swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Situated in the pretty hamlet of Cabrials nestling in the hills of the garrigues 30 miles south west of Montpellier, very close to the Mediterranean and the very beautiful and historic town of Pezenas.
Walking up into the centre of the hamlet of Cabrials is like stepping back in time, strolling through the small winding lanes leads you to the 12th century church and the epicerie with bar, this is the main meeting place for the locals of Cabrials and where you can enjoy an aperitif in the small square shaded by trees.
La Cardabelle is situated in a peaceful lane leading to a vine covered valley 2 minutes walk away. The villa is spacious and very well equipped with beautiful gardens, there is a totally private swimming pool with a dining area under a pergola, there is also a barbecue, childrens play area, a bouledrome, canopied swing seat and numerous fruit trees. The villa is surrounded on 2 sides by olive groves.
Whether you want to relax by your own private pool or enjoy the sandy beaches and warm waters of the Mediterranean, canoe through the gorges of the Herault River or explore the numerous historic sites and pretty villages in the area or perhaps simply spend time tasting the many fine wines and good food on offer in the region, La Cardabelle is the perfect centre for your holiday.
The light kitchen is well equipped and includes: Electric oven, combination gas and electric hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster and kettle.
The dining/summer room is glass-sided and opens to overlook the gardens and pool and offers a farmhouse hand painted table with 8 chairs, a highchair and ceiling fans.
There is separate utility area with a washing machine, iron and ironing board, also a second fridge and freezer compartment, excellent for ensuring your refreshments are always kept cool.
The spacious and attractive lounge is very comfortable with 2 leather sofas and a further sofa and 2 armchairs at the far end of the room so plenty of seating areas, plus: Smart TV, Blue ray player, Google Home, Google Chromecast, books, games, and dvds.
La Cardabelle has 4 bedrooms -
One bedroom with king size bed and en suite bathroom.
One bedroom with double bed and french doors opening onto a terrace overlooking the swimming pool area.
One bedroom with 2 single beds.
One private mezzanine bedroom with double bed.
All the bedrooms have ample storage space.
Modern bath and shower rooms
One en suite with bath, hand shower, shaver point, hairdryer, basin and wc.
One with bath and shower facility, vanity unit, hairdryer, shaver point, basin and wc (as shown).
One shower room has shower cubicle, hairdryer, basin and wc.
Pool side shower (solar heated)
There is UK satellite tv, Blue ray player, Google Home, Google Chromecast, games, books.
There is a bouledrome in the garden.
Within the village and only a couple of minutes walk away is a tennis court.
The village epicerie and meeting place for the village often has musical entertainment and dancing and serves local wines at extremely reasonable prices.
The gardens are large and totally private surrounded on 2 sides by olive groves. Stocked with fig, apricot, cherry, pear, almond and olive trees also grape vines and guests are invited to enjoy the fruits of the season.
The childrens play area has a Wendy house packed with toys, a slide and table, next to this is our bouldrome area for an energetic game of petangue, or for the less active, relax with a good book and watch the children play from the canopied swing seat under the almond and olive trees.
In the lower rear area of the garden there is a mosaic stone bench situated under fir trees alongside our own small vineyard, a place to enjoy the late evening sun with one, 2 or possibly 3 chilled bottles of our local rose wine.
There is a built in bbq and an area next to the pool for dining ‘al fresco’, this is under a passion flower covered pergola which is ideal for dining in the shade during the day and can be illuminated for dining at night under the stars.
There is ample and secure parking for up to 5 cars within the property grounds.
We live in Surrey and have two grown up daughters who flew the nest many years ago, we also have a 2 year old grandson. Being both retired means we have the luxury of time to spend in our idyllic part of France.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We had very specific criteria for our French holiday home, we wanted to be on the edge of a village, in the lower hills of the garrigue, not far to go to the coast in one direction and the Herault gorges in the other. When we saw La Cardabelle we knew it ticked all the boxes and we did not hesitate to put in an offer that same day. We have peace and tranquillity but can be in the centre of activity and buzz after a short drive. The medieval village has a little shop and bar run by the inhabitants of the village for the village and we get our daily bread and croissants there and our evening aperitif on the terrace under shade trees. Driving our of the village you pass the tennis court (available to our guests) and you may spot the small goat herd with their shepherdess.|
|Unique benefits of property||We obviously love the house and over time have really turned it into a home from home with original paintings on the walls and colour co ordinated bedrooms. The pool area is lovely and private, and for us as grandparents and owners we have the peace of mind knowing that small children cannot get into this area without an adult, the pool is surrounded by a rustic fence and a double handed gate, as approved under French Government law. When we bought the house the gardens were already well established by the previous owners, with olive and other fruit trees, rosemary bushes and other herbs such as sage and mint and of course lavenders and laurier roses (oleanders) which are numerous.
We truly feel blessed when we lie by the pool at night looking up at the thousands of stars above us.
Relax on the beautiful local beaches and soak up the atmosphere and sun.
Visit Meze with its numerous seafood restaurants and relax on the child friendly beach until the sun goes down.
You will find markets every day of the week, our favourites are Pezenas and Gignac on Saturdays and Clermont l'Herault every wednesday
If you like olive oil, and who doesn't then a trip to the co operative shop in Clermont l'Herault is a must, lots of different flavour oils to try plus lovely products to buy, I stock up for Christmas presents here.
10 minutes from the villa, La Ferme du Dolmen, there are lots of animals and birds to see and pet, your little one can have a pony ride too, very reasonably priced, we always make sure we visit when our grandson is staying , he loves it there!
5 minutes from the villa is the Equi-p Domaine Equestre, we have clients whose children use this pony club whenever they stay at the house and they say it is very good.
Le 3 Fontaines domaine Equestre is 10 minutes away, we always buy extra carrots and go and feed the 'little fat ponies'
A wonderful day out, take a picnic with you and meander through the beautiful scenery.
There are a number of companies that offer this service but get your canoes at St. Guihem le Desert, if you have the energy you can spend the evening in this most beautiful hill top village, a favourite of ours.
On the way to St Guilhem le desert, well worth a visit
Beautiful historical building and grounds
Visit the nine locks of Fonseranes, really quite amazing, watch the boats manoeuvre their way through these nine locks, then visit the beautiful Bezier Cathedral afterwards, a full day out
On your way to Pezenas you will pass through St Pons, drive to the top and walk through the archway to the top of the ancient church and enjoy the views.
There are caves situated all around us and you are expected to taste before you buy, our local is Vignerons de la Vicomte, we buy our rose wine from here it is very good, they have been supplying wine to Marks and Spencers for many years.
The Domaine Paul Mas is certainly worth a visit, and you can buy their wine at Sainsburys and Waitrose and many other outlets.
Local wine from Mas de Lunes, grapes grown in our village, can be bought at the local bar and is very good indeed.
Really too many to mention but a few are as follows:
Lac Salagou, you can hire windsurfers, canoes and paddle boats, take a picnic and and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Drive through the petite Carmarge on your way to Aigues Mortes
Montpellier, the majestic capital of the Languedoc
Meze, we love it, spend time on the beach and then walk back into the harbour area and pick a restaurant for dinner
There are also water parks, a Dinosaur Park at Meze, Zoos, Aquarium at Montpellier, really lots to do in the area....if you can drag yourself away from the swimming pool!
La Cardabelle is as lovely as the brochure pictures suggest. The house itself looks small from the outside, but is actually very spacious, and easily accommodated a family of 5 adults/teenagers. The accommodation is traditional, without being dated, and it is obviously a much-loved family holiday home.
The gardens are beautiful and have multiple areas to sit, eat, play boules or just wander. The large pool is clean and there are plenty of recliners. There is a large and very good stone BBQ. The wifi is good and there is a Google chrome-cast that works with the large Smart-TV.
The village is small and quintessentially French, with a small square outside the grocery shop where locals and the village dog gather for wine and a natter. You will be made to feel most welcome.
The surrounding area is stunning - our first time there - and we followed most of the recommendations in the tourist guides and the guest book. Definitely go to Meze for an evening meal, and to the caves and the lake.
Overall, La Cardabelle was a perfect French retreat and we will go again.
Had a fantastic time with our family, and partners. Villa had everything we could ask for very spacious,home from home, beautiful gardens, lots of quiet areas for individual quiet time, and gorgeous pool . Must visit the local shop and bar which is only a couple of minutes walk from the Villa locals very very friendly. Beautiful part of France especially Pezenas, Sete, St. Guilhem le Desert a must, The Clamouse Caves are also well worth a visit, after tour here had ended we walked along the road and had a had a lovely picnic. We had an absolutely beautiful meal in Belgara "Chez Mamie", lovely staff, the owner speaks English so it was reassuring to tell her that I am Coeliac (gluten free) and she understood what this meant. Really good value, wished we had found this in our first week as we would defiantly had paid them another visit. Thank you to the lovely lady who greeted us all when we arrived at the Villa and made us all feel very welcome, lovely knowing that she lived across the road and that she could be contacted at any time. But most of all a big thank you to Pauline and and Thomas for allowing us to stay in your beautiful Villa and allowing us to explore this beautiful part of France. Would definitely recommend a stay.
Lovely spacious clean villa, set in large garden with great pool (very private setting) and several seating areas. Short walk from local shop for bread and basics, with excellent pizza takeaway 5 minutes drive away. Well equipped kitchen plus barbecue. Very useful covered outdoor drying area and own small bouledrome (with boules and rules). Sadly no air con, but a fan in every room kept us pretty comfortable. Good wifi. Friendly housekeeper lives nearby and has good enough English. Good quality bath towel and pool towel per person (no face towels), one hand towel per basin, 3 kitchen hand towels (but no 'glass cloth' type tea towel). Good shower room, bathroom and one ensuite. Near enough to Mediterranean beaches and L'Herault gorge for daytrips for swimming and kayaking. Ace holiday!