|Villa Des Cigales||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||3||Double sofabed for 2 adults|
This charming villa is only five minutes walk from the village centre with its ancient church and delightful river walks. Access to the house is via a short private drive into the pleasantly landscaped grounds.
Located just 9 km north-west of Montpellier, and with beaches, rivers etc nearby.
The large, rambling and secluded garden with its own generous pool, terraces and barbecue area has been landscaped to preserve the natural beauty of the original Languedocian Garrigue. Garden furniture around the pool and patios, and a large outdoor barbecue provide an inviting opportunity to relax late into the warm summer evenings and nights.
The interior of the house is tastefully furnished with two large living rooms, with fireplace, tv and music centre, dvd dolby digital surround, dining room; fully equipped kitchen with 4 electrical hobs, electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
The second large living room is ideal for a "getting away" quite retreat, or as a games room. Board games and cards are provided.
Surrounded by lush green countryside, olive groves and vineyards, the village of Grabels has various shops, including its own fresh bakery, butcher, 2 grocery stores, pharmacy, post office, a small bar, two restaurants and a weekly street market.
In only 15 minutes you are in the historic centre of Montpellier, "The White City", with its impressive 16th century cathedral and a labyrinth of old town mediaeval lanes lined with street cafés and restaurants. There is an abundance of architectural treasures, museums, theatres, parks with fountains, vibrant street markets, and the Place de la Comédie, where the locals mingle with visitors and tourists from all over the world.
30 minutes south leads to numerous beaches with long stretches of golden sands such as Palavas, le Grau du Roi and Carnon Plage, offering restful tranquility or lively water sports and beach games.
There are also the world famous natural Étangs ( large shallow brackish pools) of the Camargue with its wild flamingoes and white horses.
20 minutes north leads into the mountains with spectacular scenery, ancient villages and the meandering river Hérault with its gorges, natural caves, and river swimming, canoeing, kayaking and "white-water" facilities.
The kitchen is well designed with solid oak units and fully equipped with 4 electric hobs, electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher. It has a full array of crockery, glasses and pots and pans for 10 people, and a good choice of condiments and cooking utensils
It has French doors leading to the front terrace and a door to the back terrace. It also has a door to the lounge which then also connects it to the dining room.
The dining room seats up to 10 people and is open plan to the lounge. It has French doors leading onto the back terrace which is shaded and overlooking the pool.
There are 2 large living rooms.
The first living room has French doors leading onto the front terrace and is open plan to the hall which is leading to the ground floor bedrooms wing.
It is furnished with 3 comfortable sofas and equipped with a Samsung high definition large LED screen TV with 3D capability.
There is cable and satellite tv for SKY, UK, and Orange for French, German, etc. channels.
Dvd + BlueRay player.
Dolby surround sound system.
A large selection of dvds, visual, some 3D, and audio.
The 2nd reception room is also of a very generous size and has a French door leading to the garden in the back and also a door to the garage. It is mostly used as a restful retreat from the lively hub of the 1st lounge, kitchen and dining room.
There are 5 comfortable bedrooms, 4 with double beds, 1 with a bunk bed for 2 adults or 2 children.
On the ground floor are 2 double bedrooms and the bunk bedroom. They share the ground floor bathroom equipped with a bathtub and toilet.There is also a study with a sofa bed for 2 adults on the ground floor in the same bedrooms wing.
There is also a separate toilet on the ground floor with hand basin.
On the first floor are 2 double bedrooms , one of which has its own balcony. They each have a bathroom with walk-in showers and toilet, i.e. an "en-suit" arrangement. But they can also be accessed from the first floor corridor if required.
There are 3 bathrooms, 2 are upstairs and one is downstairs.
The upstairs bathrooms each have a walk-in shower with thermostatic water temperature control ideal for children as well as adults, and also a toilet.
The ground floor bathroom has a bathtub with shower-over and a toilet.
Downstairs there is also a separate toilet with hand basin.
Thermostatically controlled electric radiators are fitted in all rooms throughout the house.
The villa is quite well insulated and so heats up quickly and economically.
There are electric fans in each room for cooling in the summer months if needed.
The villa is architecturally designed to be comfortably cool in the summer months.
There is a large Samsung TV with 3D capability.
Cable and Satellite TV for SKY, UK, and Orange for French, German, etc. channels.
DVD + Blue Ray player.
Dolby surround sound system.
A large selection of dvds, visual, some 3D, and audio.
Most popular is the full -size table tennis on the lower ground floor.
For games, (e.g. badminton is very popula) there is plenty of room on the large front terrace. Racquets and shuttlecocks are provided, along with other games equipment.
The swimming pool is a main provider of entertainment. During cooler spells and beginning of the season the pool can be heated to a comfortable 26-27C (79-81F)
There are various inflatable pool toys.
There is an outdoor built-in barbecue with its own chimney, ample outdoor furniture, dining and coffee tables and chairs as well as sun loungers and parasols around the pool and terraces.
There is a hammock in the front garden and a chair swing for small children between 1-3 yrs old.
The Villa is surrounded by secluded gardens, all fenced around, all nicely landscaped with lawns, flower beds, and some specimen trees.
The front and rear gates are secured by electrical locking, and with a video - intercom system.
The swimming pool, 10m x 5m, is to the side of and close to the villa. It has Roman steps at the shallow end, ideal for children and non-swimmers.
During cooler spells e.g. and early or late season the pool can be heated to a comfortable 26-27C (79-81F).
There are various inflatable pool toys.
The terraces and patios are large - ideal for outside dining, games, dancing, sun lounging etc.
There is an outdoor fitted barbecue, ample outdoor furniture, dining table and chairs and also various sun loungers and parasols around the pool and terraces.
There is a hammock in the garden and a chair swing for small children between 1-3 yrs old.
There is comfortable space for parking of 4 cars: 2 in the front drive, and two in the back drive.
The lower ground floor houses a double garage, a play area for table tennis, and a utility room with washing machine, wash basin unit, drier and large fridge/freezer.
Ideal for family groups, with or without children.
Children are very welcome.
There is plenty to happily occupy children, teenagers and adults alike.
Cots and high chairs are provided as needed.
The villa and location is equally ideal for "busy high activity" or "chill-out" vacations.
Ideal for guests who prefer river gorges and countryside, or village life, or city life, historical sites, beach scene, water sports, cycling, etc. :- because all of these are within easy reach.
Sorry, but we are not open to all-male "stag parties" or all-female "hen-parties".
The entertaining of additional guests not part of the original holiday booked family/group is allowable only with prior consent of the owners.
Golf, tennis, fishing, swimming, indoor climbing, gym, and a high quality go-kart track are all available nearby, as are restaurants and bars.
The Montpellier tram system comes within just 3 km, "Park and Ride", from the Villa, - very useful for hassle-free, low-cost, quick access to the whole of Montpellier. The tram and a shuttle bus can also get you to the beaches.
Nearby "must visit" places besides Montpellier :
* Palavas: a working fishing port with fish market, pristine sandy beaches, marina, water sports, canals, trendy shopping, etc.
* La Grand Motte with its superb example of modernistic attractive French architecture, and golden beaches with "beach café/bistro style" lounging and restaurants.
* Aigues Mortes, a magnificent completely enclosed walled fortress medieval coastal town - with its markets, boutiques, art shops and restaurants.
* Guilhem-le-Desert, "Heritage Site" medieval village with Abbey.
* St Martin de Londres, "Heritage Site" medieval village
My husband John is English and I am German and our 5 children grew mostly up in England. But since then we have grown into a properly international family, and love spending time each year in our villa for some holiday time together. We are happy to offer our holiday guests the same opportunity.
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||If you, like us, love the radiant sun of the Mediterranean and also have a weakness for France, its golden beaches, rivers and lakes, mountains, vineyards, cultural cities and gourmet cuisine, then thave a holiday in our villa! Be pampered by this unique environment.
Did you know that this region of the Languedoc boasts the most sunshine in France every year, with at least 200 days of sun?
And did you also know that the Languedoc in recent years has grown to be the most prolific wine-growing region in the whole of France? It's worth taking one or two wine tastings to get to know some of these excellent wines. There is plenty of opportunity to taste the wine along the famous wine routes in our immediate vicinity. You will find information about it in the villa along with much more information about "must-do" activities.
|Unique benefits of property||Surrounded by lush green countryside, olive groves and vineyards, the village of Grabels has various shops, including its own fresh bakery, butcher, excellent small supermarket, pharmacy, post office, a small bar, a restaurant and a weekly street market with fresh regional produce..
In only 15 minutes you are in the historic centre of Montpellier, with its impressive 16th century cathedral and a labyrinth of mediaeval lanes lined with street cafés and restaurants. There is an abundance of architectural treasures, museums, theatres, parks with fountains, vibrant street markets, and the Place de la Comédie, with cafes, restaurants and street artists.
30 minutes south leads to the golden beaches of la Grande Motte, Palavas and Carnon Plage, offering restful tranquility and/or lively water sports and beach games.
There is also the river Hérault with its gorges, natural caves, canoeing and kayaking facilities. with the spectacular mountainous scenery with its ancient villages.
30 minutes away, flanked by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the wild Étangs of the Camargue on the other, this charismatic seaside town offers bustling early morning fish markets, street cafés, bars, and regional souvenirs. On many Sunday afternoons colourful spectacles of jousting tournaments can be enjoyed along the canal. Palavas is the first beach resort for the local community of Montpellier.
20 minutes further along the scenic route of the Camargue with its wide sweeping Étangs this magnificant fortified wall town, built by the 13th Century crusaders, is often called the “Gateway to Provence”. Apart from its fascinating history, the town is a charming mixture of narrow lanes, colourful squares and boulevards spilling over with cafés and restaurants.
*Arrière Pays and Route des Vins
Apart from enjoying the colourful bustle of the long stretches of fine sandy beaches you can explore the tranquil and beautiful “arrière pays” (back country) and discover the Languedoc wine route where some of finest French wines can be enjoyed. Languedoc is now the biggest wine growing region in France and therefore it is not surprising that its wines are enjoying a true renaissance in French wine culture.
To the west, along the magnificent coastal route, lies Sète, bordered by the open Mediterranean sea with long stretches of beaches, and its own canals. It is proudly called the “Venice of the Mediterranean” by the locals, because of its colourful waterways, harbour, quaint streets and market squares. It is also famous for its colourful open-air markets. The costal route has some of the most breathtaking scenery across the Camargue.
*Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a mediaval village with a Benedictine Abbey dating back to the year 804, in the narrow valley of the Gellone river meeting the steep sided gorge of the Hérault River.
En route there is the 'Pont du Diable', a Unesco-listed 11th century bridge with river swimming.