Quirky home to let in Cessenon, Herault - RH006833

Cessenon (36km from Beziers), Hérault, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RH006833 Advertiser since: 23 January 2019
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La Kaya Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 A king size, a double, two single French sofa beds

About this property

A Unique Adventure Home for Artists, Families & Dogs. This apartment is in a village setting.

Our House can sleep six

We welcome you to stay in our quirky 17th Century house in the centre of a medieval village. It’s furnished with a collection of family heirlooms down through many years of living in countries from Ireland, Switzerland and Poland to South Africa, India and Japan.

Beautifully Restored

There isn’t a straight wall in the house but each room has a character of its own. The floors are the original quarry tiles. The moment you open the big double doors to the ground floor garage, with its cobble-stone floor, you are entering a beautifully restored house which has not lost any of its old-age charm.
Where once there was wine makers horse in the stable, we now park our lovely old Renault 4L and if you have a small car (or motorcycle) it can safely be parked here. This garage is a perfect place to relax in the summer with the option to use a gas barbecue outside. It is equipped with a couple of armchairs, garden table and chairs.
The stairs leads up to the kitchen and dining area with air conditioning, plus a snug furnished with old iron beds. Further along the corridor you’ll find the bathroom, then you’ll discover the African bedroom also with air conditioning. The next flight of stairs leads to the Japanese bedroom which overlooks the old judicial courtyard.

About us

Joanna is an artist who graduated from the fine art academy in Gdansk, Poland. She wants to paint the countries she visits. Oliver, now happily retired, was a journalist, motorcycle road tester and illustrator. Both love cycling and motorcycling – and the village of Cessenon is ideal for anyone who is passionate about outdoor sports.
Tom and Sandrine will be your hosts while we are on our travels.

Guest access

You have a spacious area to use, starting with the lovely ground floor garage, then there’s a fully equipped kitchen, small sitting room area, two bedrooms and bathroom. There is a closed attic under the roof which is the only area not for use.

Other things to note

La Kaya is not just your average IKEA furnished holiday rental. This is a unique experience which will delight even the most seasoned traveller.
Welcome to the real South of France where you will be transported back in time, where you will walk through the medieval alleyways to reach the house.
You will enter through ancient doors into a garage with a traditional cobble floor and pointed stone walls. This delightfully cool area in the summer is awaiting you with two very comfortable 1950s armchairs, a glass-topped table and chairs, and a gas barbecue.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped and we love cooking here and there's a herb and spice cupboard on the wall for the more adventurous dishes! The oven has a grill and in the cupboard to the left there's a selection of cooking utensils for you to use.

We welcome you to take a walk to the nearby bakery one minute away and bring back freshly baked croissants and baguettes for a delicious and tasty breakfast!

The local butcher has plenty of local meat for you to try, and the local market on Wednesdays and Saturdays has a fantastic selection of local produce at good bargains.

Living rooms

Our seating area is at the old wooden table, there are plenty of spare chairs in the storage area of the downstairs garage, where you can also chill out on those hot summer nights on two very comfy 1950's American armchairs.

The two French iron single bed sofas are wonderful for lounging around reading and for taking a nap. We hope you'll find it comfortable.


Our two bedrooms have quite a story to tell.

Starting with the African room and its beautiful chest which has been attached to elephant transport no less over 100 years ago. Olly's grandfather was an adventurer, and there's an original African map on the wall and other artefacts. It is a very colourful and happy room. This is where you'll find the massive boat bed. The old terracotta tiles are very old and very pretty in this room which doesn't have a view but it does have air conditioning, and that's a plus!

The Japanese room up stairs over looking a nice little courtyard is a treat. You'll find original paintings from Japan which again are from a private collection of the family. The sun shines through the window and you can close the shutters for a bit of shade. It has plenty of storage in the big wardrobe. The double bed is pointed North for a good nights sleep. The clock tower bell does chime on the hour, but the bedroom is very peaceful and serene, with no traffic noise.


Our bathroom has a shower and you'll have the use of a washing machine. There's also a bathroom towel heater rail and there's plenty of hot water and towels, including soap and hair products.


The heating is by the air conditioner units in the kitchen / dining area and the African bedroom. Of course in summer it won't be used as a heater!
There is a bathroom heater too.


There's free fast wi-fi, tv, cd radio player and many English books to take your fancy, both for adults and children.

Garden and outside

We are in a medieval village in a house that once stabled a horse at the back of the garage, there's no garden, but the garage is wonderful for relaxing in - on a hot summers evening. There is a barbecue available to grill those French sausages outside the double garage doors like many locals do and open up a local French wine and sit out and watch the world go by. Our idea of French heaven!

Parking and garages

While the garage has a use for a barbecue atmosphere, it is spacious enough for keeping your mode of transport: a small car, your motorbikes and bicycles, and possibly even your horse!

The street is quite narrow, so if you don't fancy the manoeuvring, then there's street parking close by.

Visitor suitability

The house is suitable for somewhat active people who don't mind the stairs access. It is suitable for families and couples. We have no problem if you have a furry friend, we love dogs!

Visitors will find this house a very spacious base to come to after a day exploring the region. A place to relax and unwind, to be close to the local amenities and yet have a peaceful quiet residence with your own privacy.

Information about any additional facilities

For further information or if you may have questions concerning this property while staying here, your hosts Tom and Sandrine are living close by and are just a phone call away.
The river is down the road with access to the campsite beside the river is just over the bridge which is a two minute walk.
The village of Cessenon has everything you need with restaurants and bakeries, including a pharmacy, Post Office, petrol station and local shops.
There is a natural fountain for filling your water bottles 50m away.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Rochard Frédérique 1 Rue de la Fontaine Valentin, 34360 Saint-Chinian, France Phone: +33 4 67 38 22 78


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Pézenas
Distance: 30 km


Distance: 5 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Bream, Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Orb
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Saint Thomas
Distance: 33 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Equestrian Centre Domaine de L'Ane
Distance: 1.7 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: The Maison des Vins



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Les Bords de l'Orb /670


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Chateau Viranel
Distance: 2 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Jojy Górski

Hi! We're Olly and Jojy. We love our village of Cessenon, on the dramatic river Orb,it's a delight to explore with its narrow meandering alleyways,the village centre boasts lovely cafés and restaurants for you to choose from, providing live entertainment most nights of the week mid-summer. Not forgetting our most beautiful selection of quality wineries and vineyards. Our village is historically very significant in the history of Languedoc - you're welcome to explore from our home away from home!

Year property purchased 1994
Why this location? La Kaya is a family run holiday home in Cessenon-sur-Orb that offers true comfort and a warm welcome. Our location offers the best sunny dry weather in France, minus the strong winds you may find in other parts of the Languedoc, part of the Occitanie region. What better way to end a day of exploring the winding alleyways of Cessenon and its surrounding area than to relax and enjoy in our delightful cosy house while soaking up the charm of our unique location. A house of great uniqueness and style, each room is tastefully decorated with your comfort in mind.
Bienvenue – Willkommen – Bienvendia – Benvenuto – Céad Míle Fáilte – Powitanie
Along with a warm welcome from your hosts Tom & Sandrine, La Kaya offers spacious rooms, tea & coffee facilities, tv and free wi-fi. We are a non-smoking home.
La Kaya holiday home is located within walking distance, one to two minutes, from the centre of Cessenon. Our home is an excellent base from which you can easily discover the region.
Unique benefits of property We invite you to stay in our 17th century house in the centre of a medieval village. It has a family heritage collection for many years, ranging from Ireland to Switzerland, Poland, South Africa, India and Japan.

There is no straight wall in the house but each room has its own character. The floors are original tomettes. As soon as you open the double garage doors, with its pebble floor, you enter a beautifully restored home that has lost none of its old charm.

Where once there were winemakers on horseback in the stable, we now park our beautiful old Renault 4L and if you have a small car (or motorcycle), it can be parked here safely. This garage is a great place to relax in the summer with the option of using a gas bbq outside. It is equipped with a couple of armchairs and a table and chairs.

The stairs lead to an air-conditioned kitchen and dining room, plus a sitting area with old iron beds. A dog friendly home, the village centre has lovely cafés and restaurants-1min walk.

The Owner Recommends

Viranel Wine Tasting

Welcome to the heart of Languedoc, to the Saint-Chinian terroir. Here, in the south of France, on our limestone terraced hills, the vines share the land and sun with the garrigue and olive trees. Our family vineyard consists of 98 acres on which we use a system of sustainable agriculture in order to preserve the lasting quality of its soils.

In fact, the property has been in our family for nearly five centuries (since 1551), passed down from generation to generation. In the grounds of our property we’ve found the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa. Our house itself dates from 1911, and is decorated with a Bacchic fresco, showing that the family has always had a tradition of wine-making and festivity.


Saint-Thomas Golf course

olf Saint-Thomas à Béziers

The St Thomas golf course is in a special setting at the heart of typically Mediterranean garrigue surroundings. On this exceptional site green spaces and wild natural areas co-exist in harmony over a wide area.

A green haven where every one from the expert golfer to the novice can fulfil their wishes and improve their skills.

You may choose to stay close by, near Béziers, the capital of (French) Rugby, or at Pézenas, which was Molières home, on the banks of Midi Canal, recently classified as world heritage by UNESCO, or at one of the neighbouring Mediterranean seaside resorts.

No matter where you are staying, you must not miss the inventive menu at the restaurant at the Saint-Thomas golf course.
With its 18 hole (par 72 - 6130m) set in typically Mediterranean scenery in the still wild garrigue, The Saint-Thomas golf course has its own particular personality to interest all levels of player, from the beginner to the very experienced.

Individual coaching
Groups coaching
Beginner coaching
Junior coaching
Advanced coaching
School for youngsters

Half set

Also a 2019 calendar of sponsored events.

Horse riding: Centre Equestre du Domaine de l'Ane Blanc

There are places that make us better. At least more real ... places that bring us back to ourselves and remind us of what is essential: to watch, to listen, to feel alive, to blend in harmony in a landscape ...
A gallop at the edge of the water, a hike in the hills it is first a song to freedom, a hymn to nature and the complicity between the rider and his horse. In bivouac, under the stars or in bed with all the comfort, meals prepared from regional products will await you at the stages.
Rates and program on request.

In the clay quarry of the old Tuilerie de Cessenon, chemin de Viranel, the Equestrian Center of the Domaine de l'Ane Blanc welcomes you, under the direction of Meilie Hanke, state certified instructor and gallop 7. After training more than 100 young and adult riders in her Pardailhan equestrian center, Meilie has got closer to her clients by settling next to Cessenon sur Orb.

n respect of the horse and with empathy for the rider the Equestrian Center of Domaine de l'Ane Blanc offers riding lessons with a state certified instructor. From beginner to advanced we seek to understand the behavior of the horse and to feel its bodily functioning, in order to give the rider the opportunity to merge with his horse in a harmonious way. We practice a gentle and sensitive approach by trying to constrain the horse as little as possible, without forgetting the search for results in the exercises.

French, English and German

Réals Canoë Kayak

While staying at La Kaya we welcome you to explore the dramatic river Orb!

You can go on a discovery of the Valley of the Orb, either in canoe or kayak, thanks to the courses/routes which are suitable for all levels of competence: 5 – 12 – 17 or 32 kms.

Among vineyards and countryside, between rapids and calm waters, you’ll have an enjoyable recreational activity, full of emotions.
“This is an adventure to experience; to share with family or among friends and to re-live the unforgettable memories.” - Olivier

The “Discovery” (5 Km)
2 May 2017
From Baous to Réals
After the first sensations of the Baous rapids, you pass by the old gravel pit of Vernazobres before crossing the village of Cessenon with its remains of ancient ramparts. A little further along, the excitement of the Moulin Neuf barrier slide awaits you before you arrive at Réals.

A family course to meander along on the water…
Approximate duration : 2 hours
Meet at 11 am or 3pm at the Réals centre

The Adventurer (32 Km)
2 May 2017
Tarassac – Réals
The starting point is near the hamlet of Tarassac, at the foot of Caroux massif, in the heart of the Regional Park of Haut Languedoc. Here you will see breathtaking panoramas: the Camps Cliffs, the picturesque villages of Vieussan, Ceps, Roquebrun and Cessenon. Rapids for sensations, calmer passages for meandering and enjoying swimming, one night spent on the river banks for unforgettable memories; what a fantastic adventure!

You have an appointment at the Réals canoeing base. After the equipment, our shuttle takes you up to the starting point. We recommend leaving your car at the place you will spend the night, in order to take only what you need in the canoe on your descent. We are at your service to organize the best possible descent for you; don’t hesitate to contact us!

Approximate duration : one and a half days
Appointment at 10am at the base

Jojy and Olly love taking a picnic on a trip with a bottle of wine!