Apartment for holiday rental in Languedoc

Saint-Etienne-de-Gourgas (13km from Lodeve), Hérault, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RH004303 Advertiser since: 18 February 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Les Rochers Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 Cot available

About this property

Country House Apartment with Heated Pool. This apartment is in a rural setting.

Set on a private domaine with outstanding views, and adjoining a national forest, "Les Rochers" offers comfortable, spacious accommodation for 4 people.and a baby. It occupies  the entire ground floor of an elegant country house, and  enjoys a private outdoor terrace surrounded by beds of lavender, with extensive grounds beyond.
 
To the front of the property is a children's play area with climbing frame and swings and table tennis. Nearby is a shady boules pitch. Above the house you will find a heated swimming pool, a sun terrace with extensive views , and a lawn for badminton and other games. You will have exclusive use of the pool between 9am.and 7p.m.( It is usually closed over lunch to allow for maintenance and owners' use. )
 
Beyond the gates, numerous footpaths and bridle ways extend into  the  forest, making this an ideal location for lovers of wild life, rambling and mountain biking.Our own guide to local walks is provided.
 
This property is in an exclusive situation along a part tarmac and part gravelled forest road, some distance from the village, perfect for all those seeking peace and tranquillity. Although it seems a world away, the nearby A75 autoroute leads to innumerable places of interest and the Mediterranean beaches are only a 50 minute drive away.
 
The nearby medieval village of Soubes offers vibrant café life and a small shop, while the town of Lodeve has art galleries, cathedral, supermarkets and much more.

Type

Apartment

Kitchen and dining

Fully equiped kitchen, with full size Bosch dishwasher, fridge-freezer, gas hob and oven, washing machine etc. Pine dining table, dresser and chairs.

Living rooms

There is a spacious and comfortable lounge, furnished with a Louis XIV chest, 2 sofas, glass coffee-table, bookshelves, tv, cd player and rugs.Patio doors offer a view over the valley and lead onto the terrace, with its barbecue and outdoor sitting/dining area..

Bedrooms

Master bedroom with pine double bed, and comfortable pocketed spring mattress.

Twin bedded room ( 2x80 cm ) or 160. cm double bed. Please indicate your preference.

Beds made up with pure cotton bedding.

The luxurious bathroom forms a connection between both bedrooms , and there is also a second toilet/cloakroom at the end of the corridor.

Bathrooms

Large state of the art shower room with, toilet, wash basin vanity unit and walk in shower.("douche a l'italienne")

Additional toilet/cloakroom.

Heating

Electric wall heaters.
Radiators/heated towel rail in cooler months.

Entertainment

Tv (British freeview), radio/cd player

Garden and outside

Surrounded by national forest, with stunning mountain and valley views, the gardens of "Les Rochers" offer a mix of formal and wild areas to explore., and many areas for peaceful contemplation.

We take great care to maintain this beautiful environment,. Wild orchids, nightingales, red squirrels and woodpeckers etc.are often seen and heard. Many guests return year after year.

The private terrace and barbecue area is overlooked by a giant rock, which gives the house its name.

A footpath leads from here to the heated swimming pool This is generally open between April/early May and October. Here is a lawn for games such as badminton, a second children's climbing frame, and a sun terrace with loungers.

In a separate area of the wooded grounds you will find a boules pitch, a table tennis table, and a set of swings for smaller children. Within sight of your terrace, children can play safely and securely in a traffic free environment.

Parking and garages

Plenty of secure shaded parking.

Visitor suitability

The apartment occupies the whole of the ground floor and is therefore suitable for those with mobility problems. It is entirely self contained. There are 3 wide steps to the front door.
Pets are welcome on request.

We are happy to provide a cot, high chair and safety gate for babies, on request.
The swimming pool is fitted with a safety alarm, in compliance with French law.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Dr Merieu ZAC Lodeve

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Pézenas
Distance: 25 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 1 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: St Etienne de Gourgas
Distance: 1 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lamalou les Bains
Distance: 40 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Vacqueyrie
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Larzac wine route

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR7

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Mas Fabregous, Soubes
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Brian Lewis

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 and I fell in love with this property at first sight. It not only reminded us of Africa, but offered us a wonderful environment in which to create our home in France.
Unique benefits of property Utter peace and quiet.
Wonderful flora and fauna.
Great views.
An endless variety of stunning walks that we can enjoy from our own gate.

The Owner Recommends

The Beaches of the Mediterranean

The beaches of the Mediterranean are within less than an hour's drive, including Meze, perfect for smaller children, and Marseillan Plage. There are also lots of quaint fishing villages on the sea lagoon, where you can eat locally produced oysters, and sea food.

The Gorges of The Hérault

Within a short scenic drive you will come to the River Hérault, with its spectacular gorges, canoeing, swimming beach at the Pont du Diable, the famous cave Grotte de Clamouse, and the medieval village of St Guilhelm le Desert, with its beautiful Abbey.

Nimes and the Pont du Diable

If yyou wish to go a little further afield, take the D25 (departmental road) which runs past us, towards Ganges and then continue towards the city of Nimes with its roman amphitheatre and much more. This route will take you along the Gorges du Vis, passing the most stunning scenery, which you will have almost to yourself. It is well worth extending your visit to see the Roman aquaduct, at the Pont du Gard, although this will have to be shared with the many other international tourists who flock there.