Holiday house in Languedoc with pool - RH005383

9.7/10
1km from Vendres, Hérault, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RH005383 Advertiser since: 10 March 2017
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Chemin des Cardonilles Self Catering Saturday 5 10 2 1x cot and two fold-up beds available

About this property

Large Family Friendly Home, Pool & Beautiful Garden. This villa is in a coastal setting.

Built on the outskirts of Vendres about 15 years ago, the house has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (baths and showers) 2 separate wcs, kitchen and a large lounge/dining room.

Outside there is an enormous terrace for outdoor eating and chilling in the evening, a large beautiful mature garden with figs, pomegranates and other fruits. A gardener attends all year round. There is automatic watering (arrosage) which keeps the lawn very green.
Bbq/plancha available.
Pool/beach towels provided.

A 10 x 4 pool, with a dome cover. The water is saline, which is really soft and easy on the skin and eyes, much nicer than chlorine and absolutely nothing like the sea! The cover keeps the pool immaculate and incredibly warm (28-30C in summer). It also extends the season for using the pool.

There are 2 downstairs bedrooms; 1 twin and 1 kingsize. Upstairs 3 bedrooms are a twin, a double and a kingsize, so the house sleeps 10 comfortably.
There is also a travel cot and highchair available on request (need own linen).
Fans available for the bedrooms; All beds have pocket sprung mattresses; wooden shutters on all windows; double glazing; pull down mosquito blinds if you want to keep windows open at night in the summer.

Linen provided includes bath, kitchen and beach/pool towels.

Large lounge/diner has an extending oak table for 10, corner sofa, other chairs, coffee-table etc. Reversible air-conditioning. Two patio doors to terrace.
There is a 42" LED Panasonic Viera tv with Humax satellite tv receiver and HD recorder, all UK Freesat channels are available, plus domestic French tv. Yamaha surround sound speaker for tv, to which music can be streamed via Bluetooth. Dvd/BluRay player.
Free wi-fi.

The kitchen has an oven with mixed gas and electric hob. New dishwasher and large Samsung fridge-freezer with cold Brita water dispenser. Kettle, microwave, cafetiere. We can arrange for food welcome packs to be bought prior to your arrival (there will be a small charge for this). Numerous kitchen cupboards. Well stocked with plenty of crockery and cutlery for 10 people without having to wash up each meal time. Numerous pans, mussel/stock pot, casseroles, seafood accessories.
Oak kitchen table for 4-6 people. Patio doors to terrace for outdoor eating.

On the terrace is an outdoor dining table with chairs for 10. There is also an modular rattan sofa and coffee-table. Bbq/plancha.

The village centre is a 5 min walk and has the following facilities:
mini supermarket (Vidal) and 2 boulangeries open 7 days; cave; pizzeria; hairdressers; tabac; Post Office; restaurant; pharmacy; cafe/bar. There is also a small traditional market Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings, from June to Sep, (Fri and Sun in winter).

Tennis courts 200m down road, contact Mairie to use.

Lots of cycle paths, particularly around the nature reserve of Vendres Etang. This is beautiful and very peaceful. There are ruins of an old Roman Temple of Venus and an Aqueduct. You can cycle to the beach with no traffic in 15 mins by just going out the back of the house.

Valras has activities on all the time from music events, food festivals, circus, go-karting, markets & local festivals.
Best supermarkets are large Carrefour in Serignan(open 7 days), Lidl and other shops.

Valras is a vibrant town with a great holiday feel and a whole host of restaurants and shops. A market open every day of the year with numerous stalls selling fresh produce: coquillages, charcuterie, boulangerie, epsicerie. All very helpful and friendly.

Catering is available, provided by Mike a professional chef. This service comes highly recommended by ourselves and our guests, adding that little bit of extra luxury. Menus are available, please ask or visit our website (below).

Catering is available provided by a professional chef. I can thoroughly recommend this as it is the icing on the cake of a fantastic holiday.
We can also arrange for:
-Beziers airport pick ups;
-for food and drink to be bought prior to your arrival to really get you started, (cold drinks already in the fridge ready for your arrival!);

We believe that we have provided most things that should be needed for a comfortable and enjoyable stay and have responded to feedback from this years guests. The reviews so far have been very positive. We have a new pool management team, as the last one was not very 'responsive' and our house keepers are outstanding.

Bookings are Saturday to Saturday, although happy to consider some flexibility around this out of season.

Please do contact us for any further information, we do usually reply within a few hours.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

Full kitchen, plenty of cupboard space.
Well stocked in terms of kitchen implements, seafood accessories etc.
Crockery and cutlery for 10+ without having to wash up between meals.
Fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher.
Small oak breakfast table.
Patio doors to large terrace for out door dining (large table and plenty of chairs)
Large oak dining table and seating for 10 in lounge/diner.

Living rooms

Dining area is part of the L shaped lounge.
Large extending Oak table with 10 chairs.
Sideboard, bookcase.
Large corner sofa and other chairs, coffee-table.
Two sets of patio doors to terrace which also has a large outdoor dining table.

Bedrooms

Downstairs:
Large bedroom with Kingsize Mahogany Louis Rattan bed, marble wash stand and easy chairs.
Twin bedroom.

Upstairs:
Oak Double bedroom
Twin bedroom
Oak Kingsize bedroom

All bedrooms have pocket sprung mattresses, bedside tables, double glazed windows with fly screens and wooden shutters. Upstairs there are views to the Med.
Fans are also available for all rooms.

Bathrooms

There are 2 bathrooms, one upstairs and one down. Both have full size baths with Hans Grohe showers over. Large sink units, cupboards etc.
There are two separate wcs.
Downstairs bathroom is huge and also has the washing machine in.

Heating

Gas heating and hot water.

Entertainment

42" LED Panasonic tv
Dvd player.
Yamaha Bluetooth surround sound tv/music system.
Freesat UK satellite tv, with HD recorder, all UK channels available, plus French tv.
Free VDSL wi-fi throughout house and telephone for local calls.

Garden and outside

A 10m x 4m pool, with a dome cover. The water is saline, which is really soft and easy on the skin and eyes, much nicer than chlorine and absolutely nothing like the sea! The cover keeps the pool immaculate.
Large pool patio with 10 sunloungers, parasols and coffee-tables.

Huge terrace 14m by 4m.
Partial shade with access from kitchen and lounge.
Outdoor dining table with seating for 10.
Rattan modular sofa and coffee table.

Gorgeous private garden of 1600m2 surrounds the house with mature shrubs, figs, pomegranates and other fruits. A gardener attends all year round. There is automatic watering (arrosage).

Plenty of parking, secure.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking, secure.

Visitor suitability

Good wheelchair access, with ramp at front of house and downstairs facilities.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Private pool

Activities

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Beziers or Agde
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Serignan

Sports

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cave Co-operative Serignan
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Jon Howes

We love France and the French people and have spent many years holidaying in the Languedoc with our four children. It has always been a dream of ours to own a place close the Mediterranean with access to beautiful countryside, wines & seafood. That dream has now become a reality. This is a real luxury for us, so we hope it will be for you too!

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? We live in an old house in the UK, which is great, but can get a bit dusty and is an effort to keep clean and tidy. We were therefore looking for a house that was a little easier to manage and keep clean. This house is about 15 years old, is a great size, with a lovely south facing garden & pool, with views of the Med upstairs. It is secure and private, yet not isolated. Being on the edge of a village, with all amenities within walking distance is fantastic. Yet it is a few minutes from wonderful beaches of Valras and Vendres Plages with activities galour, the nature reserve of Vendres Etang, the Canal du Midi and the vibrant resort of Valras Plage. So there is plenty to do, with attractions to suit all tastes (young and old) yet in a peaceful surrounding.
Unique benefits of property Spacious house and garden.
Lovely pool.
Well stocked, (really important for us, having rented for many years)
Catering is available, provided by a professional chef and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
The house is in a village with plenty of facilities.
Beach very close by, 10 mins in car with easy parking even in the height of Summer. 15 mins by bike. Huge beaches with restaurants and bar, plus water sports centres.
You can cycle to the beach if necessary.
Valras with is supermarkets and open air market open everyday all year round selling seafood, amongst everything else, is a real bonus.
Easy access to train, airport and motorway.
Plus Montpelier, Carcassone, Perpignan, Narbonne and everything the area has to offer.
We have fantastic house keepers who keep an eye on the property for us They can offer pick ups from the airport and food & drink supplies for your arrival.

The Owner Recommends

Places of interest

We have numerous recommendations for places to visit, eat, beaches etc so please do contact us. Much of this information will be given to you before your arrival.

4 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.3
10 / 10 DebbieL 27 August, 2018

We have just returned from a really lovely holiday at this beautiful villa. It is perfect for families, with younger children, as it has a large enclosed garden and pool cover to make it very safe. The villa is really well equipped and very comfortable. There is a sandy beach about a 10 min drive away, which we visited, although the kids just wanted to be by the pool. The village has a pharmacy, bakery, small supermarket, pizzeria (the pizzas are amazing!) and there is a huge supermarket a short drive away. The owner of the villa has been extremely helpful and accomodating throughout. The communication we have had from strat to finish has been excellent.
All in all, a really lovely villa which we would highly recommend.
Thank you for a fantastic holiday in the sunshine!

10 / 10 Sue Creedy 20 August, 2018

We found it so easy to deal with Mr Howes and the house exceeded our expectations .
The situation was brilliant, near enough to walk to the village and drive to the coast, but in a quiet area .
The house had everything you could want in fact it was more like a home, with the quality of the furnishings and the games , books etc .
The pool was the best we have every had in France.
i would certainly recommend this property to friends.
The pictures did not do the property justice.
We found all the shop keepers in the village so helpful and friendly .
The beaches are beautiful and even though it was the height of the holiday season, we managed to park and find enough space on the beach to settle ten of us.
The property was very clean and well maintained .
We were a family of ten from 5 years to 69 years and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

9.2 / 10 Oakley visitors 27 June, 2018

My wife and I visited this property with our daughter and her family.
The advertising accurately reflected the property and was supported by extensive information provided by the owner. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives.
The area is ideal for families with attractive beaches plus other atttractions.
We visited a dinosaur park, farm and a safari park with many animals. (Ideal for children)
There are numerous local towns to visit plus convenient supermarkets.

9.5 / 10 Paul T and family 5 June, 2018

We had a great time, excellent communication from the owners and nothing was too much trouble. Very well equipped, clean and it felt home from home with plenty of plates and glasses etc.
The local beaches and vineyards are within easy reach and are very nice and the large supermarkets are easy reach too.
The gardens at house were very nice, although we would have liked the grass cut once during our stay as it got quite long making play difficult for the children.
The pool was very nice but again was only attended once during our two weeks (the day before we left) - not a problem but a clean mid way though our stay would have been good but it didn't affect our enjoyment.
One other recommendation, the outside seating areas are great but if you get some rain a small covered area would have been appreciated - that way we could still sit out and read as its warm even when raining!
All in all a great holiday.

Owner response

Hi, Thank you for your positive comments following your stay. I apologies for the lack of garden and pool attendance. The gardener/pool maintenance is done by the same person and he is paid to attend twice a week, which I am assured he does. Clearly as we are not there it's difficult keep an eye on him. So my apologies for that, I will get on the case.