|Marseillan Maison||Self Catering||Friday||2||4||1|
This delightful 2 bedroom cottage in Marseillan is nestled in the local port-side area with lovely views across the sea from the bedroom and just 2 minutes stroll to the many harbour-side cafes and restaurants. Looking out from the front windows or terrace you can watch the local french arrive with their boats on trailers, park up and drop their boats in the water for a days sailing. Summer weekends are busy as the locals arrive for lunch on the port-side or a stroll to the park nearby - there is always something to watch. In the old village, also a short stroll, you will find more restaurants, chemists, bakeries, groceries, butcher, fish and even a small everyday item Spar.
The cottage has a double bedroom overlooking the sea to Sete and a twin room. The kitchen has a good sized fridge with large freezer, washing machine and cooker with gas and electric. The kitchen is well stocked with pans, pots, crockery, utensils and glasses. The tv gets a digital signal and some UK channels. The house has excellent wi-fi for keeping in contact and if you bring a mobile phone, pc or tablet with you and you can listen to radio from UK and watch most UK TV channels.
From this part of the port the fishermen go out in their boats to collect the oysters and moules from the beds outside and if you wander past the little local beach you will find some super waterside shacks serving barbecued moules and oysters with a glass of wine for a few euros. Locals also come to the harbour mainly at weekends in the day with their boats/ribs on trailers and park up for a days sailing
This cottage is by a genuine local harbour with fishermen and sailors coming and going and boats being worked on in the boatyard. The only noise in the early morning being the ducks and seagulls. In the evening you will see swallows diving across the skyline.
Most of our guests are regulars and have been coming for 5 years or more for their chosen holiday dates and French fix of Marseillan and life as it should be. The cottage is cosy and perfect for a holiday rental of 2-4 people. It’s delightful to wake up in the morning look across the water to Sete and see the sailing boats setting off across the Etang de Thau and as the day progresses watch people arrive with their boats to enjoy waterside life. There is a table outside on the small terrace with space for 4 to dine or have breakfast alongside a beautiful smelling jasmine and blue plumbago. There is a private parking space allocated for your car and general parking which is busy at weekends when the local French arrive with their boats.
If you are eating at home for dinner or breakfast you will not be short of places to shop. Fresh fish, meats, groceries, wine caves and 4 bakeries will serve you well. But there is also the little supermarket and the large Marseillan Tuesday morning market just a few minutes stroll on the flat either along the boats on the port or via the old village houses.
If eating out there are about 20 restaurants in the village! My favourites being Pacheline, the Taverne du Port, The Boulevard, Camille, Entre Ciel et Mer, Chateau du Port, Rives Droite, Belem and The Relax (lunch only)
If you don’t know the Languedoc region of the South of France you will love the acres of vineyards, the beautiful villages and the slow pace of life. Marseillan village has been mentioned to be as St Tropez must have been before the tourists arrived.
In terms of timing your holiday trip as you would expect July and August are popular . Delightful periods are April, May, June, September and October for sun without as many people on the port and beaches. But I like best Autumn and winter/ March for delightful days and a taste of real peaceful French village life.
The ground floor open plan living area, includes a sitting area with tv, sofas and chairs for 4, a large dining table with 4 chairs and a large kitchen with large fridge and freezer, washing machine, gas and electric cooker with 4 ring hob, microwave, toaster, coffeepot and all the utensils, glasses and crockery you need for eating and drinking at home inside or on the terrace.. Wifi is available free of charge
If you eating at home for dinner or breakfast you will not be short of places to shop. Fresh fish, meats, groceries,wine caves and 4 bakeries will serve you well. But there is also the little general supermarket and a large Marseillan Tuesday morning market just a few minutes stroll on the flat either along the boats on the port or via the old village houses.
If eating out there are about 20 restaurants in the village! My favourites being Pacheline, the Taverne du Port, The Boulevard, Camille, Entre Ciel et Mer, Chateau du Port, Rives Droite, Belem and The Relax (lunch onl
The living area has a sofa and chairs with tv which is via the digital satellite so includes some English speaking channels and many french channels. The wi-fi signal allows you to use a tablet or PC to watch or listen to tv and radio from around the world.
Upstairs you will find the main double bedroom with views of the port and across the water to Sete - always delightful, also there is a good size twin-bedroom at the back of the house looking over the local street, and next to this the marble washbasin, shower and wc.
One bathroom with a marble washbasin, shower and wc.
There are 2 electric wall heaters downstairs, one electric wall heater in each bedroom and a very hot heated towel rail in the bathroom.
The hot water is heated via a large tank and is left on all the time the cottage is in use.
A small terrace with a table and enough room for 4 to sit outside.
One reserved parking place is available in the private car park and lots of space at the front of the cottage in the harbour parking area.
Not suitable for those in a wheelchair due to the stairs to the bedrooms.
I live in the UK but love travelling and visiting the gorgeous village of Marseillan for my French fix every month
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||I bought the property because its by the water and I can watch boats sailing by or just wander to the port for coffee or glass of wine|
|Unique benefits of property||Location by the marina and proximity to the port, local beach and park|
Watch the world strolling along the waterside, watch the yachts and barges come and go or take a couple of minutes stroll to the many cafes, restaurants and bars on the portside. The views across the waterside constantly stun.
A few minutes walk away from the port is a small local beach, tennis courts and a new selection of stylish but simple restaurants serving smoked moules, oysters and wine. By the beach there is a water sports area where you can paddle board, kayak or learn to wind surf! Also if travelling with small children there is a lovely park and BBQ s for all to use and shallow water at the local beach for safe paddling.
Marseillan is a ‘hidden gem’ with very pretty port and is a stopping point for those travelling along the Canal du Midi on small canal boats (as seen on a Rick Stein series a few years ago). Steeped in history Marseillan is possibly the oldest village in France. The area was originally settled by the Greeks more than 2500 years ago and was a very active Roman commercial centre.
With an old village it is still relatively unknown but once you know about it beware as you will want to keep coming back! There are about 15-20 restaurants and cafes, shops selling everything you need - boulangeries, pharmacies, greengrocers, shell fish stalls, butcher and even a small general shop with all the everyday essentials ( within a few minutes walk).
Travel a little further afield and you can visit the old port of Sete, historical Pezenas, Carcassonne, Aigues Mortes, Uzes, Montpellier, riverside villages, mountains, gorges and other waterside villages such as Bouzigues aptly named for a bouzy, fishy lunch.