|Les Rochers||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Cot available|
Set within a paradise of biodiversity, "Les Rochers" is the only gite on this private domaine. With outstanding views, and adjoining a national forest, it offers comfortable, spacious accommodation for 4 people and a baby. "Les Rochers" occupies the entire ground floor of our elegant country house, with its own private entrance and an outdoor terrace surrounded by beds of lavender. You will be astonished by the variety of insects, animals and bird life which visit us, as well as wild flowers such as orchids and violets.
From the terrace, 3 steps lead to a second picnic table with a children's play area with climbing frame and swings and table tennis, just beyond. 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 for most of the day.
Beyond the gates, numerous footpaths and bridle ways extend into the forest, making this an ideal location for lovers of wildlife, rambling and mountain biking. Our own guide to some superb local walks is provided.
This property is in a magic location, far away from the "madding crowd". You will find it along a part tarmac and part gravelled forest road, some distance from the village. It is perfect for all those seeking peace and tranquillity. Although it seems a world away, the nearby A75 autoroute leads to innumerable places of interest, such as Pezenas, Carcassonne, Montpellier and Nimes. The Mediterranean beaches near Sete and Agde are less than an hours drive.
The nearby medieval village of Soubes offers vibrant café life and a small shop, while our local town of Lodeve has art galleries, cathedral, supermarkets and much more.
Fully equiped kitchen, with full size Bosch dishwasher, fridge-freezer, gas hob and oven, washing machine etc. Pine dining table, dresser and chairs.
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..
Master bedroom with pine double bed, and comfortable pocketed spring mattress.
Twin bedded room with 2 single or one extra wide double bed (160cm ) 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.
Large state of the art shower room with, toilet, wash basin vanity unit and walk in shower.("douche a l'italienne")
Additional second toilet/cloakroom .
Electric wall heaters.
Radiators/heated towel rail in cooler months.
Flat screen TV (British freeview), radio/cd player
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 , woodpeckers and much more 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., and you may enjoy exlusive use for most of the day. Also sun terrace/loungers and a lawn for games such as badminton can be found here.
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.
Plenty of secure shaded parking.
The apartment occupies the whole of the ground floor and is therefore suitable for those with mobility problems. It is entirely self contained. N.B. There are 3 wide steps to the front door.
Pets are welcome on request.
We will provide a cot, highchair and safety gate for babies, on request.
The swimming pool is fitted with a safety alarm, in compliance with French law.
A gas bbq is provided on the front terrace, where there is also a glass dining table and chairs, parasol and further sunloungers.
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.
An endless variety of stunning walks that we can enjoy from our own gate.
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.
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.
If you 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.
Many of our guests like to visit Carcassonne, a vast and beautifullly restored walled town.However, only a 30 minute drive away, you will find the Knights Templar village of La Couvertoirade. Here , you can walk the quiet cobbled streets, and battlements, and feel immersed in history. Just beyond Montpellier, is Aigues Mortes, on the edge of the Camargue...another fine walled town.
Driving from the Channel ports, you will have the experience of crossing the amazing new vaduct at Millau. which is only a 30 minute drive away. from us. It is well worth returning, to explore the bridge further,and its museum, and also to visit the spectacular Gorges du Tarn.