|Acanthus Holiday Home||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Stay in this charming village house - some 200 years old - offering comfortable accommodation. Acanthus has been completely renovated and elegantly furnished, and is situated in the centre of Saint-Chinian, only a short walk from shops and restaurants and the twice weekly market. It has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a balcony and sleeps 4.
The property is located on a wide and quiet tree lined street in the centre of Saint-Chinian. There are ample free car parking spaces available in the shaded square just behind the house. Electric heating makes for extra comfort during the colder winter months.
The spacious accommodation is arranged over 3 floors:
Ground floor – there is an entrance hall, utility room (with washing machine, ironing board and iron), shower room with shower, wc and wash hand basin.
First floor - large and bright living room with sitting and dining areas, kitchen.
Second floor - 2 bedrooms (one with double bed, one with 2 single beds), bathroom with shower, wc and wash hand basin.
The house is bright and airy with stylish furnishings throughout. It comes fully equipped with all crockery, kitchenware and bed and household linen. During the summer season arrival days are Saturdays, however in the shoulder months arrival days can be flexible.
The fully equipped kitchen, including a fridge-freezer, gas/electric cooker, electric kettle, toaster, coffee-maker and microwave oven, is across the hallway from the living room.
On the first floor is the sunny living/dining room, with two sofas, round dining table and chairs, and bookcases. A mini hifi system with cd and radio, a tv with Satellite receiver (Sky Freeview) and a dvd player, along with a selection of books, cds, dvds and games provide entertainment. Broadband internet access is available via wi-fi.
Frenchdoors lead from the living room onto a small balcony, from where you can watch the bustle on market days, enjoy a glass of wine or simply relax.
The 2 bedrooms are on the second floor. One is furnished with a double bed, the other with 2 single beds.
A large, luxury style bathroom, with shower, toilet and washbasin is located on the second floor. The second bathroom with shower, wc and washbasin can be found on the ground floor.
Electric heaters throughout for the winter months.
Large flat-screen tv with dvd player, terrestrial French tv channels, and Sky free to air channels. Cd player. A good selection of dvds and cds are available, as well as boardgames and books.
Free on-street parking can usually be found just outside the house.
The stairs at Acanthus are wide and there are handrails. If you are concerned about suitability please contact me.
I fell in love with the village during my first visit and vowed to come back. I did, six months later, and bought the house. I decided early on to allow visitors to experience the magic of Saint-Chinian!
|Year property purchased||1992|
|Why this location?||Saint-Chinian still ticks all the boxes - a great market on Thursdays and Sundays, all the services you could want in walking distance, and a good selection of restaurants to boot. Everything is in striking distance from Saint-Chinian, beaches, mountains, sightseeing, winetasting....|
|Unique benefits of property||A comfortable property with plenty of old-world charm in a great location.|
Saint-Chinian has five restaurants, all along the main road and only a short walk from the house. Excellent restaurants can be found all over the area in neighbouring villages and larger towns. I've put together a restaurant guide, which is in the welcome folder at the house.
There are several secluded spots for taking a dip in the river, just outside the village. Larger river beaches can be found in Cessenon (10 minutes away) and in Roquebrun (20 minutes away). The closest beach on the Mediterranean coast is Valras Plage, about 40 minutes away from Saint-Chinian.
The immediate area around Saint-Chinian offers a wealth of opportunities for walking. Several circular walks start from the village, and there are many marked walks close by. For more serious mountain climbing, there is Mont Caroux, which offers several different possibilities to the top.
Canoeing and Kayaking is popular on the Orb River, and there are two boatyards to choose from where you can hire a boat along with all the necessary gear. One is situated in Roquebrun, the other in Reals - both are in very easy striking distance from Saint-Chinian and offer a great day out!
The Saint-Chinian area is a paradise for wine-lovers! The village itself has five wine shops: The Maison des Vins is the showcase for AOC Saint-Chinian wines; the Espace Vin stocks many Saint-Chinian wines along with wines from neighbouring AOC regions. They also have a great selection of spirits, champagnes and wine related items; the cooperative winery of Saint-Chinian stocks an interesting range of wines; Domaine La Linquiere and Domaine La Serveliere are independent winemakers with their own shops right in the centre of the village. Three other wineries in Saint-Chinian should also be on your list to visit for a tasting: Domaine La Madura, Chateau La Dournie and Clos Bagatelle. All wineries and shops are reachable on foot!
There are many more wineries to be visited in the villages surrounding Saint-Chinian - you won't be disappointed!
The countryside around Saint-Chinian is perfect for cycling - one the one side are the hills, which can be challenging, and on the other side is the relative flat for those who would like to take it a little easier. A little farther afield is the Canal du Midi, which offers some very good cycling tracks, and the old railway tracks in the Orb valley are also great for a spin. If you are not able to bring your own cycle, the bicycle shop in Saint-Chinian does rentals!
Pretty much everything you might wish for can be bought in Saint-Chinian. The twice weekly market (Sundays and Thursdays) offers a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables (the majority locally grown), fish, meat, ready-made dishes such as paella and roast chicken, cheese, olives, bread, flowers, clothes, jewellery, tablecloths, souvenirs... A SPAR supermarket is in walking distance from the house, and an Intermarche supermarket is just a short drive away. The village also has three bakeries, two butchers, a post office, three hairdressing salons, pharmacies, electrical stores, wine shops etc.
Large hypermarkets can be found in Thezan les Beziers (Super U) and Beziers (Geant Casino and Auchan)