Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Forge||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Fold up bed or cots|
La Forge is a delightful villa with very spacious sleeping accommodation for either couples or families.
So called as it was the former blacksmiths residence, La Forge is a delightful 2 bedroom villa, with large open plan lounge area. The villa has been delightfully restored retaining many original features but offers all the comforts of home.
Huge wooden exposed beams in the lounge/diner and pretty provencal materials used throughout create a characterful, and charming space to relax in.
There is an ancient cast iron wood burning fire to keep the chill out in the cooler evenings and together with the ancient large beams throughout the property this provides a flavour of the ancient blacksmiths forge.
The Domaine has a private park with mature 150 year old Platan trees and a huge horse chestnut and plenty of benches and rest points dotted around ideal for that afternoon nap or evening glass of wine. Within the park is a shady children's play area with swings, slide, wooden tree top house, sandpit playhouse, table tennis and a 14 ft trampoline, a great meeting place for the children. Beyond is the large pool (13x6m) with roman steps which is set in its own walled and landscaped gardens and has plenty of space to relax and unwind on the many sunloungers around the pool or tucked in the shade under the palm trees. A lovely spot in the evening to watch the swallows dip down for their evening drink, whilst sipping your own glass of wine.
We are a wine making Domaine so also offer educational wine tasting evenings in our vaulted cellar. A fun evening and hopefully you come away with a little extra useful knowledge.
A great location from which to explore this beautiful region of the Languedoc. Plenty of historic sites and UNESCO world heritage sites such as Carcassonne or Saint Guilhem le Desert to explore and are all within easy reach. For the more energetic days there are plenty of activities in the surrounding area from watersports at the Lac du Salagou, horse riding, cycling, fishing, golf, tennis, go kart racing, theme parks and water parks to name just a a few . For the more relaxing days we are a short drive from the wide white sandy mediterranean beaches and resorts.
A wide variety of bars, cafes, restaurants can be found in our very picturesque town of Pezenas, a short drive away. It has a lovely medieval old town centre with cobbled streets and many small gift shops and boutiques where local artisans make and display their pottery, jewellery, blown glass, paintings etc. A great way to while away a few pleasurable hours. Every Friday evening in the summer months, Pezenas hosts the Estivales festival bringing together local producers of food and wines all to the accompaniment of jazz and local music bands.
For lovers of fish and seafood there is a huge choice of lovely restaurants dotted along the coast.
A huge variety of things to do for all the Family, however unsurprisingly most just enjoy staying put by the pool and enjoying some well earned R & R.
The adjacent kitchen area in a farmhouse style, has plenty of cooking and storage facilities, and is equipped with high quality cooker, hob, extractor hood, fridge-freezer, dishwasher and all necessary cooking utensils.
Plenty of work surface space, storage space, cookware, tableware and of course wine glasses !
The dining area has a pine table which seats at least 4 people.
French double doors lead out to the enclosed garden area with garden table chairs, parasol and bbq area
The lounge (approx. 23 x 18ft) has 2 large windows and pretty Provencal blue and yellow colours are tastefully used throughout, with local rustic materials used in all the fabrics and furnishings.
Lamps, colourful artistic plates and pictures all add to the ambience.
There is a large comfortable sofa, wicker sofa and 2 armchairs, coffee-table and card table.
There is also an ancient cast iron wood burning fire to keep the chill out in the cooler evenings
Upstairs the master bedroom is a spacious 23 x 18ft. with a king size bed, Louis XIV sofa and antique furnishings.
A seperate dressing table, antique chest of drawers and wardrobe provide plenty of storage space.
The second bedroom is a bright twin bedded room with rustic furnishings. Also houses a dressing table, chest of drawers and wardrobe. Both bedrooms can house additional beds and cots as required.
The bathroom is very spacious with separate shower cubicle, bath, wc and wash hand basin, with storage cupboard beneath. The bathroom window also offers lovely views over the surrounding vineyards.
For the cooler nights this villa has electric wall heaters.
For the hotter nights ceiling fans and free standing fans.
Logburner in the lounge.
Tv, Freesat (BBC, ITV etc) dvd, radio/cd,
Free internet access via wi-fi
Massive collection of novels
Dvds for hire
Childrens toys on request
La Forge has it's own garden area enclosed by a mature hedge of honeysuckle and oleander/laurier rose
Additionally there is approx 3 acres of park and landscaped gardens.
For the children there is a shady children's play area with a sandpit playhouse, wooden treetop wendy house with plenty of activities inside for the little ones, swings, slide, sandpit, table tennis and 14ft trampoline, so hopefully something for everyone !
Also a securely gated,large (13m x 6m) swimming pool set in approx 1 acre of landscaped gardens enclosed by walls and hedges. There is a tiled are around the pool with plenty of sunloungers for the sun lovers and plenty of space to relax in the shade under palm trees, umbrellas or a variety of trees including our 150 year old Platans. We keep a number of pool toys in our pool house which all children (and of course adults) are welcome to use.
Domaine Saint Ferreol has it's own private car park for 10+ cars
Domaine Saint Ferrreol is set in the midst of vines and a car is essential.
Ideal for families with children, couples, family groups or groups of friends who like to holiday together and yet have their own space.
A great place to celebrate a special birthday or anniversary.
In the Summer months we hold a weekly "educational" wine tasting evening in our vaulted cellar.
An interesting and fun evening where you can learn to identify the different characteristics of wines and start to pick out some of the more unusual flavours that you often don't know how to describe.
Some of the finer wines of the Languedoc are on offer to taste with an explanation of each given by Jorje who is both passionate and very knowledgeable about the wines, so hopefully everyone comes away with a little more knowledge than they came with.
Tapas snacks provided in the cost of the wine tasting.
We the owners are on hand to provide up to date information about the best beaches, restaurants, markets, antique markets, artisan shops, vineyards, canoeing, horse riding, windsurfing etc etc. and any other information to help make your holiday enjoyable and memorable.
Ex marketeer/headhunter married to a scientist turned wine maker. Years of International General Management experience spanning several countries and continents. Gave it all up to follow our passion for wine making, hospitality, interior design, antiques and love of food and wine ! A fabulous and challenging experience and an ongoing wonderful journey of learning.
|Year property purchased||1998|
|Why this location?||A fabulous location which is in the heart of the Languedoc. Surrounded by vineyards but only a short drive to the historic and very picturesque town of Pezenas. A wealth of activities on our doorstep, close to the Mediterranean beaches, historic towns and sites such as Carcassonne, Nimes, Beziers, Montpellier. Easy access to waterparks, watersport centres , horse-riding, tennis, museums, antique shops , markets and of course very chic shopping. You can hire boats on the Canal du Midi, as well as cycle the many kilometres of scenic pathways alongside the canal. For golf lovers there are 6 golf courses in close proximity. Children's theme parks, Captain Jako, the Dinsosaur Park a short drive away. Our closest town of Pezenas has a lovely medieval arts and crafts centre with a huge variety of artisans selling their hand made products. A wide choice of family friendly bars, cafes and restaurants with a fabulous variety of seafood and delicious rural cuisine.|
|Unique benefits of property||A perfect location for families to explore this lovely Languedoc region. On site we provide a safe, family friendly environment. Plenty of space for all to relax and unwind. Within our 1 acre Park,the children have their own shady play area with swings, slide, table tennis, sandpit playhouse and a wooden tree top house with plenty of activities inside for the little ones. The 14ft trampoline is a popular meeting place and a great place to make friends. Our large pool is set in it's own landscaped gardens, with mature palm trees providing shady reading spots. For those who love sunbathing,the spacious area around the pool has plenty of sunloungers as well as umbrellas. For adults we run a weekly educational wine tasting evening by candlelight which hopefully inspires the senses. We are on site to advise on everything from antique hunting to restaurants to ensure you and your family have the best holiday experience ever.|
One of the main reasons we bought our property within close proximity. A picturesque medieval town with a wide variety of family friendly bars, cafes, restaurants and a cobbled old town centre with fountains where local artisans sell their products from pottery to blown glass, jewellery, leather goods, art and much , much more.In the summer months there ar emany music festivals held within the old town and every Friday evening Pezenas hosts les Estivales which is a festival of wine and delicious local foods accompanied by jazz and local music bands late into the night. Twice a year in May and October Pezenas hosts one of the largest open air antique markets in the region with dealers coming from all over France to display their wares, a great day out for lovers of antiques and bargain hunters.
A very picturesque and popular village in the Herault river valley about half an hour away. It has been designated one of the most Beautiful Villages of France. Saint Guilhem is a stopping place on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.The Abbey is truly spectacular and is a gem of Romanesque art of the Languedoc and together with the Pont du Diable it makes up a UNESCO World Heritage Super Site. Spectacular scenery surrounding the village which is in the midst of the Herault gorges.The main square has an imposing 150 year old plane tree with shady seating underneath. A variety of small cafes, bars and restaurants are dotted around the square for refreshments and the windy cobbled street stretching down to the river hosts a wide variety of local arts and crafts shops. A great place to go canoeing with all the family and several choices of courses to chose from. There are also local caves, Les Grottes de Clamouse which are spectacular and a welcome retreat from the midday heat. A great day out ...
Picturesque Marseillan can't claim to have the celeb clientele, glam bars and designer shops of its famous Riviera cousin, but that's why it's special. This petite port on the Languedoc coast, kissing a Mediterranen lagoon east of Beziers, has an undeniable frisson of St Tropez and is reminiscent of the serene isolated fishing village that first attracted artists and writers in the late 19th century.The town's protected 17th century harbour, really captures the early Riviera vibe. Low level houses with wrought iron balconies and splattered with flowers swaddle a channel that jiggles with small boats and yachts, with a left bank of thriving restaurants and cafes. A great place for lunch or dinner. A great day out in which you can also visit the Cellars of Noilly Prat, the home of vermouth. A guided tour takes you through the whole process of making and maturing the vermouth which is really interesting and of course you get to taste some of the finished product. Further along from the Port and closer to the beach is the fabulous Sunday flea market where you can find hundreds of dealers and amateurs with fabulous old pieces both antique, second hand and junk. A great place to hunt for those curios and things to upcycle. Marseillan beach is a favourite with wide white sandy beaches and rarely gets overcrowded.
Perched on a rocky hilltop and bristling with zigzag battlements, stout walls and spiky turrets, the fortified city of Carcassonne looks like something out of a children’s storybook when it's seen from afar. A Unesco World Heritage Site since 1997, it’s most people’s idea of the perfect medieval castle.
La Cité, as the old walled town is now known, attracts over four million visitors every year, peaking in high summer. Time your visit for late in the day (or better still for spring and autumn) to truly appreciate the old town's medieval charm. Plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants within the old walled city and a truly delighful Hotel de la Cite brimming with character and fabulous architectural features. A great place to have tea or lunch ( budget allowing ... ) and see the signed photographs of previous guests which have included HRH the Queen and Charlie Chaplin as well as many movie stars.
Graceful and easy-going, Montpellier is a stylish metropolis with elegant buildings, grand hôtels particuliers (private mansions), stately boulevards and shady backstreets, and gorgeous white-sand beaches on its doorstep.
Montpellier was founded in the 10th century by the counts of Toulouse and later became a prosperous trading port as well as a scholarly centre – Europe’s first medical school was established here in the 12th century.
Lovely to wander around the old town centre amongst the inspiring architecture , there is a mini arch de triomphe at the entrance to the old town which then leads on to a very chic boulevard with many designer boutiques. You can also take a mini tourist train tour of the city which points out the most interesting sites to be found in this vibrant city. The Musee Fabre, recently refurbished is a fabulous art museum which hosts many exciting exhibitions as well as housing some of the best impressionist art in France.
One of my favourite activities. France is best known for its vibrant, colourful markets full of delicious local fresh produce and the heart of every village community. Always a great way to spend a morning wandering around sampling the local produce and then pop in to the local cafe for a "noisette" and a croissant. There is a market every day of the week within close proximity and we have a list that we share with our guests so you need never miss out. Agde probably hosts one of the largest regional market every Thursday with a huge variety of produce on offer from beautiful cut flowers and plants to fish, seafood, local vegetables, pottery, leather goods and just about everything else imaginable. As well as food markets there are many second hand / flea markets for the bargain hunters. Our little village of Paulhan just a few minutes drive away has a super Sunday morning flea market where you can find anything from fox stoles to vintage handbags. A great place to rummage.