Bedrooms 5, Sleeps 10, Ratings 5 9.9/10
|Château d'Hortes||Self Catering||Saturday||5||10||3|
The chateau is surrounded by vineyards and is a 10 minute walk to the centre of the charming village of BESSAN. It is a haven of peace and tranquility, ideal for up to 10 people.
All the rooms look onto the gardens. The elegant and bright drawing room, featuring comfortable seating, antiques and old paintings, the large dining room/library, a second tv lounge all open onto the spacious south terrace.
The terrace can be "the place to be" all day from breakfast to dinner. Two large lawns can accommodate all kinds of outdoor games.
On the first floor they are five comfortable bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Six generations of the same family have lived here, and the house has been carefully restored to preserve the atmosphere of an authentic family home, but also includes modern requirements, such as internet access, flat screen tv with satellite connection.
The pool area is “the second place to be”: the heated pool is totally private and secure in a huge lawned area with comfortable cushioned sun loungers so that you can either take a nap under umbrellas or play beach ball or other games.
The private pool is 12x6m, with steps for children’s access and for non-swimmers to sit and relax in the water. It is surrounded on all sides by lawn and there are many sunloungers and chairs with cushions and large umbrellas. The pool is heated at no extra charge in spring and autumn.
The main lawn, facing the south terrace, bordered by shrubs and flowers, is ideal for playing football, frisbee, paddle tennis, table tennis, or just relaxing with a book on a comfortable sun lounger or chair under a hundred year old maple tree. Barbecue, ping-pong table, boules de pétanque, badminton and lots of teak garden furniture are provided.
The house has :
A large, fully equipped kitchen, which would satisfy any cook: with electric oven, gas hob, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, 2 coffee-maker ….and electric kettle.
A large dining room with seating capacity for 10 people and its old bookcase also opens up onto the terrace, so you can enjoy the lawn at any time of the day and enjoy leisurely meals outside from breakfast, lunch and supper under the stars
When you enter the chateau you find yourself in a large entrance and you reach the large living-room with a warm and cosy atmosphere decorate by blue sofas and old paintings.
The dining room with a wonderful bookcase is not only a suggestion for your cooking but also your spirit!
More over, you have a tv room, the favorite room of teens, or too late you know about the news.
All this rooms have floorboards in old oak. The glazed doors in both rooms open up onto the terrace on the southern side. So you can enjoy the park at any time of the day and leisurely have your meals outside.
A large kitchen with a meal corner is fitted with all the modern appliances.
To get to the first floor, you climb a stately staircase made of marble and white stone; A corridor paved with old red tiles leads you to 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms,
On the first floor 5 bedrooms arrange beautiful volumes (4m under ceiling) and a comfortable bedding (ledgers with slats and bultex mattress).
Charlotte's bedroom (about 20 m2) with is own entry and dressing is equipped with a double king side bed (160x190),
Pierre’s bedroom (about 15 m2) is equipped with two twin wooden beds (0,90 et 1/190) and has a magnificent sight on the park between 2 frenchdoors.
The Lover’s bedroom (20 m2) has an old tapestry in famous style “toile de jouy” bleu tones and is equipped with a double king side bed (160/190),
Kaly’s suite (about 30 m2) equipped with king side bed (160/190) has a private entry and bathroom with wc and a magnificent sight on the park,
Cousin’s bedroom with yellow tapestry and drapes is equipped with two twin beds (0,90/190).
All the bathrooms (one with bath and two with shower) are equipped with antique dressing tables. They have all windows and one of them has frenchdoors with large view on the park.
The terrace is "the place to be" all day from breakfast to dinner, or simply to share a moment or a glass of rosé. It"s provided full of teak furnitures and confortable cushions;
The main lawn, facing the south terrace, bordered by shrubs and flowers, is ideal for playing football, Babington, paddle tennis, ping pong or just relaxing with a book on a comfortable lounger under a hundred year old maple tree by waiting for barbecue time!!
The crystal clear swimming pool is 12x6m, with steps for children’s access and for non-swimmers to sit and relax in the water. It is surrounded on all sides by lawn and there are many sun-loungers and chairs with cushions and large umbrellas. Ideal for peace and relaxation listening to crickets and watching the birds and our favorites “tic and tac “the two kinds squirrels !
You can park many cars in the garden
The Château is unfortunately not suitable for disabled guests, as access to the interior is up steps to the main entrance and the hall, as well as to the south terrace and main reception rooms. Also, access to the bedrooms on the first floor is up a grand staircase.
The house is also no suitable for young children (under 5/6 years) for security reasons for example the stairs outdoor and indoor are not equipped with barriers.
The pool situated at a little walk in the park is totally secure.
The town of Bessan is about 800 meters away from the Chateau. This town of 4.200 inhabitants offers all kinds of conveniences. A hypermarket is open up to 8 p.m. in summertime and on Sunday mornings. You can have a treat at a gourmet restaurant, the Hacienda. The "Guinguette" along the Canal du Midi offers a range of entertainment. Every Sunday a large and famous handicraft market is held in the square and on the high street of the town.
We can organize for you wine teasting at the château, pizza or food speciality (like Paëlla ) delivred at the château, book pleasant restaurants, wine tour ...etc
My name is Marie-Sophie, I am 60 years old I am the 6th generation owner of this old family home that my grandparents lived from their marriage in 1930 and where I spent all my childhood. I will be very happy to help you discover it!
|Why this location?||Come and savor "la vie de château"! Six generations of the same family have lived here, and the house has been carefully restored to preserve the atmosphere of an authentic family home, but also includes modern requirements.|
|Unique benefits of property||Testimonial of a guest Asa : "I spent the second week of July 2010 at the Chateau d’Hortes, together with my family; my husband and our two girls aged around 7. We shared the Chateau with another family, so in total we were four adults and four kids. I can warmly recommend a stay at Hortes! For me, it’s the perfect combination and has everything one could wish for. The Chateau has a beautiful façade and lots of French country charm inside. It is well equipped (bathrooms, dishwasher etc), the beds are comfortable and if you need to do some work, the wireless LAN worked very well during our stay. Mobile reception is also good. But the best is maybe the huge terrace that overlooks the large and well-kept garden – perfect for meals and a glass of rosé. The pool area is secluded and the kids loved it (there’s space also for some beach tennis or the like). But the wide and white beach at Cap d’Agde is only a 10-15 minute drive away and there are beach cafés for relaxed lunches there....."|
You'll be choosing a lot of places to visit :
About 10 min drive away is the historical city of Pezenas, the town where Moliere found success. You can visit many sights: the old town with medieval burger-houses and town mansions of the 17th and 18th Centuries; collegial cloistered church St-Jean and a lot of museums. But also taste wine each Friday evening, listen to music concerts, and plays at the theatre, discover the artists' shops (engravers, bookbinders, painters, etc.). Pezenas nightlife comes alive on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Many long and sandy beaches of the Languedoc region are within an easy 10/15 minutes drive, e.g. the famous sea resort of Cap d'Agde where there are a lot of water activities (sailing, surfing, scuba diving). Enjoy the famous Aqualand Park (the most popular aquatic park of UE) and choose from many fine beach restaurants. Or drive along the coast until the "Etang de Thau", stop to explore the charming and typical ports Marseillan or Bouzigues to taste oysters and mussels with a fruity chilled rosé wine.
The Medieval hamlet of "St Guilhem le Deserts In less one hour’s drive, with its Music Festival; the spectacular limestone caves "Grotte de Clamouse"; the city of Carcassonne less than an hour away; the animal sanctuary Sigean; or the Canal du Midi and its famous locks (Béziers 20 minutes away) that you can explore on foot or by renting a boat for the day (within 10 minutes from home). Montpellier and the Musée Fabre is less than one hour from home.
We stayed at Chateau d'Hortes this summer for the second time, as we were also here two years ago. It is an absolutely stunning place, and we really feel at ease and at home in the fantastic house. The experience of living in your own Chateau for a week is outstanding, and we will come back any time, rather than renting expensive flats by the coast. The childen aged 9-16 loves it here. The pool area is secluded and private and you have it all to your self. Bessan is a wonderfully authentic village, with not many tourists. The marked there is fantastic with greens vegetables, cheese and meat from local producers. The Chateau is a short drive from the beach and very nice wine producers within less than an hour's drive too.
Dear Jens, thank you for your comment. I hope to welcome you a third time in a few years ..... kinds regards Marie-Sophie
Superb stay once again in the picturesque chateau d'Hortes. Perfect for a relaxing break away from it all. The host is so nice and Lili the dog kept us company. We will be back again.
It was really a pleasure to welcome your family for the second time this summer and I hope you will be back a third time !
Thank you for your comment. Take care of you and see you soon. kinds regards Marie-Sophie and Lili!
We have stayed at the Chateau on two occasions, most recently in early July. It was simply wonderful!
Marie-Sophie is a wonderful host, very accommodating but not intrusive, and most informative regarding events and local places of interest. The chateau has been in her family since the 1800’s, and has certainly been modernized but has retained the charm of a bygone era. Kitchen and bathrooms are up to date and exceptionally well equipped. On our last trip we went to the local markets every day and barbecued or cooked in, dining on the spacious deck overlooking the gorgeous grounds.
Everyone in our family of 10 would agree the chateau is marvellous and we WILL be back!!!
Dear Erik thank you so much for your kind review, I hope you will be back a third time !
I was very happy to meet your family members who were all very friendly, cheerful and enthusiastic like you and Ann!
do not forget to send me the pictures on the terrace
we stay in touch and give me news from time to time
TaKe car of you
Great place to stay with extended family/friends. Maison de maitre in superb settings, in top condition and with an outstanding host. Excellent location for moving quickly up and down the coast - amd with charming Marseillan and Pézenas right around the corner. We will come back to Hortes for sure.
Thank you for your review it was really a pleasure to see you again and to discover how much the children grew up especially Claire who was 4/5 years old during your stay in 2008! I hope to see you again very soon, ie before 11 years old !! take care of yourself and all the members of your so pleasant family and see you soon!