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This spacious, sunny and comfortably furnished single-storey villa is set on a south-facing hillside in the heart of this wine growing region. From the large, secluded terrace there are magnificent panoramic views over vineyards and the Languedoc plain to the Mediterranean in the distance.
The tiled pool (8 x 4 metres, 1.7 metres deep) is private, set in a large, charming natural garden, with olive trees, lavender and oleanders. It has its own terrace, large enough for outdoor dining, and is one step down from the side of the main terrace. A tapas bar and a dépôt de pain for morning-fresh bread and croissants are a three minute walk away from the end of the garden. A ten minute walk along a quiet lane beside the vines leads to the centre of the medieval village of Faugères. Here there is a delightful little restaurant and café, perfect for casual lunches, coffee or a beer.
Master bedroom with king size bed, en-suite shower room, basin and wc. The master bedroom is large. Two south-facing double picture windows open to a fabulous view across vineyards and rolling hills to the coast. A third French window opens to the terrace and directly to the pool for those early morning, or late night, dips.
Bedroom 2 with double bed, faces east and the morning sun.
Bedroom 3 with twin beds, is at the back of the house and is ideal for children.
There are ceiling fans in the master bedroom and bedroom 2. There are additional stand-alone fans.
Bathrooms: En-suite shower room and wc to master bedroom.
Family bathroom with bath/shower over, basin, wc.
Separate, third wc with basin.
Large kitchen, French windows to the terrace. Gas hob and electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave. Large farmhouse table with six chairs.
Utility room, iron and ironing board. Washing machine and tumble dryer are in the garage.
Sitting room: French windows to the terrace and a further window looks out to the pool and garden. It has two large sofas, tables and lamps. There is a TV (UK Freeview channels) and DVD player. There is a good library of DVDs, books and games. The WiFi box and code are here.
The house has tiled floors throughout. All windows are double glazed and fitted with traditional, wooden shutters. The south-facing terrace (approx. 45 sq. metres) is ideal for outdoor living. It is totally secluded and mainly covered. A large sunshade is available. There is a large table and dining chairs for six. More chairs, loungers and a barbecue are in the garage.
Bed linen and bathroom towels are provided but not beach/swimming towels. The house is cleaned on changeover. It may be possible to arrange further changes of linen mid-stay at an extra charge.
A steep drive leads to a level parking area and steps to the house. Sadly, the hillside setting and natural garden make the house difficult for wheelchairs. Young children will require close supervision because of the pool and the unprotected slopes of the hillside location. The road to the village and on to Pézenas runs above and behind the house.
The local area:
The coast, with its long stretches of gently shelving, clean, golden sand, is a 35 minute drive away and there is a wide choice of unspoilt beaches within easy reach. The house is in the Parc Naturel Regional du Haut-Languedoc. From the house there are some lovely walks through the vines or up into the hills. A large collection of walking guides and maps is available. The beautiful, wild countryside of the Cevennes and the mountains of the Espinouse are a short drive away. The Pyrenees, the tops of which are sometimes visible from the terrace, are a two hour drive away.
There are a host of places to visit: the citadel of Carcassonne; Cathar castles, perched on precipitous hilltops; abbeys, nestling in wooded valleys; the ancient coastal towns of Sète and Agde; historic Aigue-Mortes and the flamingos of the Camargue; the Gorge d’Héric and the ravine at Minerve; the Canal du Midi. The Roman amphitheatres at Arles and Nîmes and the Pont du Gard are an easy day trip away. There are renowned art galleries close by at Sète, Montpellier and Lodève.
There are various activity centres for youngsters in the coastal areas and opportunities for kayaking, for all levels, along the river Orb.
For lovers of seafood there is the unforgettable experience of sitting at one of the many waterside restaurants in the fishing village of Bouzigues with a platter of oysters, mussels and other shellfish freshly-harvested from the étang. There is a wide choice of restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets; and, of course, endless opportunities to visit the area’s chateaux and caves to sample the region’s wines.
There are a number of supermarkets within easy reach by car, the nearest being ten minutes away. Most villages and all towns have a regular market, most notably the Saturday market in the old, walled town of Pezenas, well known for its antique shops, which also houses a host of boutiques and art galleries in its narrow, cobbled streets.
How to get there:
By air: Béziers-Cap d’Agde is the nearest (served by Ryanair from various UK airports) and is about 40 minutes from the house by car. Carcassonne, Perpignan and Montpellier are all within a 90 minute drive.
By rail: there is a direct TGV service, linking with Eurostar, from Paris or Lille to Béziers, where car hire is available.
By car: excellent road access by motorway A75 to Clermont L’Hérault then D908/909 to Faugères, or by motorway A9 to Béziers and then D909 to Faugères.
A car is necessary as public transport is limited.
Changeover day is generally Saturday with arrival after 3.30 pm and departure by 10.30 am. Flexibility may be possible but is unlikely in High Season.
Booking: a 20% deposit is required on booking with the balance payable six weeks before the start of your stay. A refundable damage deposit is required with the final payment.