Spacious villa with lovely views in Herault - RH006699

1km from Lamalou-les-Bains, Hérault, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RH006699 Advertiser since: 27 November 2018
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Villa Panorama Self Catering Saturday 5 9 2 2 additional sofa beds sleep 2 people

About this property

Spacious Villa with Spectacular Views, Spa Town. This villa is in a rural setting.

Home from home under a warm sun!

Spacious, but cosy, 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom, villa on 2 levels with all mod cons (central heating, dishwasher, washing machine, wi-fi, tv etc.) located in a stunning part of the Haut Languedoc National Park and on the edge of an elegant spa town.

The house provides flexible accommodation for up to 9 people. The easily accessible ground floor area with its 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, living room and kitchenette can function as a separate apartment if required. The first floor accessed by external steps, provides 3 bedrooms (two doubles, one single), bathroom and open plan kitchen/dining room/lounge which leads through glass sliding doors to the patio behind. There is a private driveway to the house with parking for 3 cars, plus a garage (with table tennis). The patio is furnished with a table and 6 chairs and a brick barbecue to provide al fresco dining and a sun lounging area and, surrounded as it is by wooded gardens, is secluded. The first floor balcony to the front has seating and spectacular views over the surrounding hills – perfect for sipping a glass of the wonderful local Faugeres wine and watching the swallows soar and later the bats dive. Light streams into the house through the large glass doors which providing captivating views from the open plan living area. In the late autumn, winter and spring the wood burning stove in the lounge area provides cheer in the cooler evenings. From April to October the sun does the trick!

Located above the lively spa town of Lamalou les Bains in the Haut Languedoc National Park. 45 mins to Beziers airport, 1.30 to Carcassonne, 1hr to Montpelier, 50 mins to beach at Valras. In midst of the beautiful Orb Valley close to Olargues, Roquebrun with canoeing, fishing and safe swimming in the Orb from sandy river beaches. Lamalou has good restaurants and a great Salon de Thé with superb cakes. The surrounding area has outstanding cordon bleu ones. The town also has a supermarket, bakers, cinema, an open-air swimming pool with a toddlers’ pool, and a summer entertainment programme with dining and dancing in the streets on Thursday evenings. It also has a golf course and horse riding for all ages. You can also visit the town’s famous spa for various health inducing programmes. There is great hiking in the mountains above the house and up the impressive Gorges d’ Heric into the Espinouse mountains. There is safe cycling on Route Vert track which winds for miles through the countryside alongside the Orb following the old rail track cutting through the mountains (the house has 3 bikes available to guests). Local vineyards can be visited and wine tasted and bought. Kayaks can be hired at Tarrasac (15 mins) for the descent on the Orb to Roquebrun (8KM)

This is an ideal base for active family holidays, or simple relaxation, and the villa can successfully accommodate 2 families, or one extended family, or, indeed, a larger group of individuals.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

Dining table for 6
Patio dining table for 6/8
Fridge-freezer
Gas hob
Electric oven
Dishwasher
Washing machine
Additional galley kitchen on ground floor with microwave, rings, fridge, kettle etc

Living rooms

Wood burning stove
Cd player
Sofa x 2, easy chairs x 3
Additional living area on ground floor with table and 4 chairs

Bedrooms

Upper floor
1. Double to front view over valley, one double bed
2. Double to rear with sliding door to patio, 2 single beds (can join to make king size)
3. Double to rear with window to patio and garden behind, 2 single beds (can join to make king size)

Lower floor
4. Double to front, window to from, sliding door to side patio, 2 single beds (can join to make king size)
5. Double to rear, window to side house, 2 single beds

Bathrooms

Upper floor

Main bathroom, bath, shower, 2 washbasins
Separate wc

Lower floor
Shower room, with wash hand basin
Separate wc

Heating

Upper floor

* gas general heating
* wood burning stove
* fans for summer

Lower floor
* electric heating
* fans for summer

Entertainment

Lively cultural and entertainment programme in Lamalou with weekly dances in square, theatre (musicals), bars (with music on Thursdays and weekends), cinema (often with English speaking movies), golf course, horse riding, canoeing. Classical concerts in the ancient St Pierre de Rhedes church. Full cultural programme in adjoining villages and towns such as Olargues and Bedarieux plus a major music festival in Sete in July and the Feria festival in Beziers in August (all details of events available in Lamalou Tourist Office).

Garden and outside

House surrounded by trees to front, sides and back. Garden in shrubs at front (lavender, roses) also in shrubs to back wth wooded hillside behind house. Patio at rear with built barbecue and dining table. Parking for 2 cars on drive way, plus additional reserved space on approach road below house. House located on quiet road of detached houses in the countryside outside the town which can be reached on foot in tens mins. Opposite the house across the valley lies the plateau of Capimont with its chapel and viewing point across the river Orb. From the house its a five mins drive up into the mountains and forests of the Espinouse.

Parking and garages

Parking for 2 cars on driveway, plus additional reserved space on approach road below house. Secure garage available with small table tennis table and plenty of storage.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for most visitors as ground floor (with 2 bedrooms and bathroom) is easily accessible. Steps to upper floor and main kitchen, bathroom, salon and three bedrooms.

Flexible accommodation. Suit large extended family (with teenagers or grandparents on ground floor) or 2 families holidaying together.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Lamalou
Distance: 1 km

Beauty treatments

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 5 km

Creative arts

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Fresh
Name of nearest fishing location: Orb River
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lamalou
Distance: 2 km

Gym/spa

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le Frene, Lamalou les Bains
Distance: 1 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Faugeres

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Espinouse

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Faugeres
Distance: 10 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Professor Des Bell

Retired academic who spends his time between France and Ireland.

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? Beauty of the countryside in the Haut Languedoc National Park, together with amenities of the elegant spa town Lamalou, availability of swimming in town pool and river Orb, seaside easily reachable (45 mins to Valras)
Unique benefits of property Size and flexibility of accommodation with 5 double bedrooms (2 on ground floor, wheel chair accessible) 2 bathrooms and 2 living room areas. Fine secluded patio for dining en plein air, great views from front balcony, parking for 3 cars, all mod cons (wi-fi, central heating, wood stove, washing machine, dishwasher, etc. Close to elegant small spa town with all amenities (hotels, bars, restaurants, cinema, pool, banks, supermarket)

The Owner Recommends

Cordon Bleu restaurant: Auberge de Madal

Wonderful restaurant some 6 km from house with superb chef producing Michelin standard fare.

Gorge d'xeric (10 KM)

Dramatic gorge running from Caroux mountain towards the sea along the course of the river Orb. Great for treks, swimming off sandy beaches (Veussan, Ceps) and canoeing.

Olargues (12 KM)

One of the prettiest villages in the Languedoc with very well preserved medieval centre and a fine restaurant where you can eat overlooking the Jaur river

Douch

Traditional stone built hamlet high in the mountains (12 KM) from which a series of hikes depart into the Caroux mountain all with spectacular views