Libellule is a lovingly restored 3 storey 12thC village house in a friendly Languedoc village of 1000 people.
The kitchen has been recently modernised with the addition of a dishwasher and counter space. It is well equipped so you should have everything you need.
Upstairs there is a salon, or tv room, with a couch and 2 leather chairs.
There are two large bedrooms, each with a double bed and an en suite (shower). There is a third small bedroom, with a single bed, with a skylight. The bedrooms all have ample space for hanging clothes and keeping your belongings.
As mentioned above, the two main bedrooms each have an en suite equipped with a shower. In addition, there is a laundry room/wc with a toilet and wash basin.
Heating is provided through electric heaters.
The television in the salon gives you access to UK channels (Freesat) as well as French channels. There is a dvd/Blu-Ray/usb player if you wish to bring your own videos. In addition, the wi-fi is adequate for watching streaming video.
There are absolutely stunning views over the roofs and vineyards from the perfectly private and well equipped roof terrace. The terrace is ideal for an afternoon of sunning, relaxing with a glass of wine after a hard day’s touring, a romantic “al fresco” dinner, or even sleeping under the stars.
Parking is available in the main village square, about 50m from Libellule. While there is a garage, it is really only useful for bicycles as our street is not wide enough to permit a car to access the garage.
Libellule is ideal for families with teenagers and couples who want a varied experience of discovering Languedoc. Families particularly enjoy Agde and the Mediterranean beaches, while older couples love the medieval towns, the wineries, and the Roman sites.
We are Peter and Susan Tanner, a retired Canadian couple who love to spend time in Languedoc. Over the years, we have lived in France twice – for a year each time. Now we spend a month or so in Neffies every spring and fall.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||Neffies is an ideal location. An extraordinarily friendly village of 1000 people, it is located in an area popular with expats from the UK and Scandinavia - and so English is widely spoken. There is a great deal to do in the area, from the Roman arena in Nîmes to the east, to Carcasonne to the west, the hill country to the north and the beaches of the Mediterranean half an hour to the south. There are vineyards, offering free degustations, everywhere. Pézenas, a lovely town filled with antique and art boutiques is close by.|
|Unique benefits of property||Libellule is a lovingly restored 3 storey 12thC village house that you will remember as key to your true Languedoc experience.
- Sleeps five people:
- Two large double bedrooms each with its own en suite bathroom
- Single bedroom;
- Additional WC with hand basin;
- Absolutely stunning views over the roofs and vineyards from the perfectly private and well equipped roof terrace. The terrace is ideal for an afternoon of sunning, relaxing with a glass of wine after a hard day’s touring, a romantic “al fresco” dinner, or even sleeping under the stars;
- Upstairs comfy salon with flat screen TV (with UK channels – Freesat, and French channels) and DVD/Blu-Ray/USB player;
- Linens and towels provided including beach towels;
- Washing machine, clothes dryer, dishwasher, microwave, Internet/Wi-fi, and telephone with free calling to landlines in US, Canada, the EU and many other countries.
This is our favourite restaurant anywhere. Owned and run by a local couple, each meal will have something that is memorably good. As you will see from its five star Trip Advisor listing, it has received universal acclaim - a treasure for our small village. Reservations are definitely a must, particularly for the weekends.
One of the most beautiful towns in southwest France, Pézenas is well known for its distinctive 16th & 17th century architecture that has changed little in intervening years. Grab a walking tour map from the Tourist office, or better yet, take the guided tour that is on offer.
The warren of old streets is full of boutiques and innovative restaurants that now occupy the hôtels particuliers. The Official Preservation Registry has labeled Pézenas a Ville de Métier d’Art for its artisans and antique restoration craftsmen. A great place to shop for crafts and antiques.
Pézenas has been a cultural centre for the performing arts since the 17th century when it was the capital of Languedoc and Molière wrote and performed his plays in the theatre that still stands today. The annual Mirondela Dels Arts continues the tradition with music, plays, and exhibitions throughout the summer.
Many of the villages in the area are circulades – with concentric circles of streets around a church or chateau – originally for defensive reasons. Caux, about 5 minutes from Neffies, is a gem that makes you feel like you’ve accidentally stepped into a medieval movie set. Each of Margon, Alignan du Vent, Magalas, Nezignan l’Eveque, Nizas, Paulhan, and Balaruc-le-Vieux is unique, and worth wandering about.
People love Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert – a Grand Site de France, and one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. For twelve centuries, its stone houses, intertwined with each other, have stretched up the hill along the Verdus river. Today, many of them are occupied by artisans whose work is on display. A beautifully scenic spot.
Cap d’Agde is THE holiday destination of the area – a kid resort par excellence. To start with, there are the phenomenal beaches – broad, sandy, with one beach rolling into the other, from Sète to Marseillan-Plage to Cap d’Agde – over 12km. Then there are the aquariums, the Aqualand water park, Luna Park, Dinopark, boat trips, golf, snorkelling, a Casino, and the Musee de l'Ephebe which focuses on Agde's role as a port during Roman times.
This site was inhibited for 600 years starting in Roman times – and has extensive excavations of the foundations and ceramics from the 2nd century. The displays show how the villa evolved over time, with a trove of artifacts from the time period. A relatively unknown site that is well worth a visit.
One of our favourite places in this area is Aigues Mortes – a lovely medieval French town, fortified by massive well-preserved ramparts, filled with great art shops (our favourite is La Galerie Z), a popular market on Wednesdays and Sundays, and of course great restaurants and cafés on the main square.
Nowhere is the contrast between southern France’s rich Roman legacy and modern reality better displayed than in Nîmes. Here you can tour the best preserved of all the Roman arenas (or attend a bullfight or perhaps a musical performance as the amphitheatre is still in use), as well as the Maison Carrée – a Roman temple. And just across the street is the Carré d’Art – a museum of contemporary art in a gleaming glass and steel structure – which reflects and mimics the Maison Carrée.
To the north-west of Nîmes, this amazing 2000 year old aqueduct is the highest built by the Romans. This stupendous feat of engineering was originally built as part of a structure to carry water 50km from Uzès to Nîmes.
The largest walled fortress in Europe, Carcassonne will definitely be one of the highlights of your stay in Languedoc! As one guide book says – “Carcassonne is the Middle Ages come to life”.
Carcassonne’s turrets, towers, ramparts, château, moats, and passageways are all here to explore. The walls themselves tell their own story, as you see, from bottom to top material and architecture from the Romans, to medieval times to the 19th century restoration.
In the 12th century, it was one of the power centres of southern Europe. Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in France and touring it is a delight, particularly off-season. Throughout the summer, the Carcassonne Festival presents theatre, circuses, opera, dance and variety shows on 10 stages – and many performances are free.
There are carriage rides and a tourist train if your feet get tired of wandering.
Visiting a cave with authentic prehistoric drawings is one of the things you “must do before you die”. France is blessed with a richness of prehistoric cave artwork. The Niaux Cave houses some of the finest. Visits are strictly regulated so reservations are required. There are additional caves in the area as well as the Parc de l’Art Préhistorique that features reproductions of sanctuaries and paintings from other caves that are closed to the public.
Neffies lies on the border of the flat vineyards of the Mediterranean and the rugged isolated hills and valleys of Haut Languedoc. Five minutes north of Neffies on D15 and you are on an incredibly scenic twisty road, with switchbacks, and views to the Mediterranean (on a clear day). A little further to the extraordinary villages of Orlagues, Roquebrun and Lamelou-les-Bains. There is considerable natural scenery – such as Cirque de Mourèze.
This property is amazing! Its a beautiful, typically french house, set in a small village in the heart of the vineyards of south west france. When we arrived we even had a call from Canada from the owner welcoming us and asking if we had any questions! Its a very spacious house, every room was well furnished and incredibly comfortable. The rooftop terrace overlooked the town of Neffies and is a real sun trap during the day if you don't fancy a 30 minute trip to the beach.
Parking was easy in the town square, just a few steps from the house itself and in the neighbouring town of Roujan we found a supermarket, shops and cheap petrol.
Libellule is perfectly placed for trips to the countryside and down to the med coast where there are loads of beaches to choose from. We found Agde to be our favourite. The house was spotless, the cooker, microwave, fridge all immaculate. Plenty of cutlery etc and the house owner even supplies beach towels!
There is a washing machine and tumble dryer but we found just hanging the washing out on the rooftop terrace in the summer sun was just as effective.
I would recommend this beautiful property to anyone, you'll have a wonderful time, its just the best base for an amazing stay and the owners, from start to finish, were just the best!
Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you enjoyed the house and village as much as we do.