|2 Impasse Giral.||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Situated in the ancient heart of a quaint village on the river Orb in the Haut Languedoc Natural Regional Park, our comfortable holiday home is fully equipped for a self catering holiday. It is in a quiet cul de sac. It has a small patio area which is ideal for al fresco dining and relaxing with an aperitif or a book. It also has a wide range of activities and places of interest on the doorstep for the energetic as well as those who prefer to relax and explore the area at a gentler pace.
Our house is very compact, it is on 2 floors and is large enough for a family of 4, plus a baby.
The ground floor has ceramic floor tiles throughout the semi-open plan dining room and cosy sitting area which are accessed directly from the patio. The galley kitchen is off the sitting room and a quaint winding stone staircase leads off the dining area to the upper floor where there are 2 bedrooms and a shower room.
The large dining area has access to the patio by way of the main door and French doors. It has a large dining table with seating for up to 8 persons and a tall bookcase with a wide range of reading material including maps and information about the area, things to do and places to visit. There is also a radio/cd player
The kitchen is fully-fitted and is equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, electric hob and full oven and grill, as well as a microwave oven. We also have a large fridge-freezer, coffee-maker, iron and ironing board, and clothes airer. There is a full range of good quality crockery, cookware and cutlery for making the most of the wonderful Mediterranean foods that are readily available at local markets and supermarkets.
The living area is off the dining area. It is a cool corner to relax out of the heat of the summer and cosy in the shoulder seasons. It has a large, comfortable sofa, chair with footstool, coffee-table, rug and standard lamp.
The upper floor is accessed from the stone staircase (small children should be supervised on the stairs). There is a safety stairgate for the top of the stairs, if required.
There are 2 bedrooms: the large double has a double bed, bedside tables with drawers and lamps, a large chest of drawers with mirror, and an alcove for hanging clothes. There is also a hairdryer.
This room has full shutters and a ceiling fan also.
The second bedroom is smaller, and has 2 single beds which can be pushed together for a couple, if wished. There is also a chest of drawers and an electric fan, as well as a roller shutter at the window.
The bathroom is also on the upper floor beside the smaller bedroom. It has a tiled floor, a wc, wash basin and new shower. There is also shelving for storing toiletries and towels.
There are independent electric heaters in each of the rooms.
There is a cd player and some boardgames. There are also a set of boules and toys for taking to the beach. There is no television and currently no wi-fi but there is good mobile phone network.
There is a small paved patio outside suitable for al fresco dining or relaxing with a book. There is a gas barbecue and plenty of outdoor furniture.
Our house is situated up a narrow lane, typical of old southern French villages, therefore parking is not available directly at the door. However, it is possible to take the car up the lane to load and unload and there is parking through the arch at the end of our lane and in larger car parks a short distance from the house.
Our holiday home is suitable for couples, families with baby, or individuals. Small children are welcome, but will need to be supervised on the stairs. It is not suitable for pets.
Douglas and I have been coming to France from rural Aberdeenshire since 1974 on our annual holidays. In 1979 we spent a year working in Toulouse while our 2 young sons attended school there. Since then our love affair with France has continued to grow, such that we decided to buy a small property in Languedoc. We are both French speakers and enjoy using the language as much as the culture, food and its natural and built environments.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||It’s the crossroads of Le Midi: within an hour’s drive you can be at Mediterranean beaches and resorts. There is also easy access to the mountains, ancient picturesque villages, local markets and world-class wineries. Our house is also accessible for trips around the whole of the South of France, as well as into Spain and northern Italy. The summers are hot, the rivers are ideal for swimming and cooling the blood, spring and autumn are generally gloriously sunny and fresher, which make it easier for more strenuous walks, cycling and other outdoor pursuits. Our holiday home is a lock up and leave property with the added value of a small patio for al fresco dining with bbq and outdoor table, chairs and parasol for reading in the shade. The house itself is easily maintained and despite being in the middle of the village, our property is a haven of calm.|
|Unique benefits of property||This is a compact characterful house in the heart of an ancient wine-growing/market gardening village with all commerce within walking distance or a short drive away. It is fully equipped for self catering so that our guests can experiment with the fabulous fresh produce of the area. Downstairs we have a semi- open plan dining room with French windows opening on to the patio and a cosy sitting room area. There is also a galley kitchen on the ground floor with ample storage, washing machine, dishwasher and an electric cooker with hob and oven and a large fridge-freezer. The upper floor is accessed by a stone staircase where there are 2 bedrooms: one large double and another smaller twin room with single beds that can be pushed together for a couple. There is also a shower room with a power shower, wc and wash basin. But the “piece de resistance” is the wonderful scenery and a vast array of outdoor activities on our doorstep!|
Locally - swimming in the rivers Orb, Mare and the Gorges d’Heric.
Beautiful ancient villages, such as Olargues, Villamagne l’ Argentiere and Boussagues. Further afield, Minerve and Carcassonne are also “must see“ for a full day out. Also St-Guilem-le-Desert and the nearby Pont du Diable crossing the river Herault.
Walks of all levels: the Greenway; hillwalking, river walks.
The spa town of Lamalou les Bains 2km from the house: walkable by the greenway.
Rock Climbing in and around the Gorges d’Heric and mountain climbing - Carroux being the most accessible.
Watersports - canoeing, kayaking and gorge walking on the rivers Orb and Jaur.
Mediterranean Beaches: Valras, Serignan and Portiragnes plages all about 35/40 minutes drive away.
Wineries, wine tasting locally at the Cave in Herepian and Faugeres. And too many more to mention.
Colourful open-air markets: every village has its own particular day. Pezenas is a favourite for Sarurdays and also the Pezenas night market on Wednesdays and Fridays during July and August.
Locally cycling on road, track and mountain biking.
Cafes and restaurants everywhere. The Villemangnaise in Villemagne is our favourite.