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Apartment with stunning sea view

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

One bedroom top floor apt. Views of the Etang. Sunny all day .

Sunny one bedroom apartment – stunning view. Top (second) floor apartment in small construction on the shore of the Etang du Thau. Stunning views of the Etang from the terrace (equipped with dining area and sunbeds) which has sun all day. Views of the Chateau du Port and Marseillan rooftops from the bedroom. Five minutes walk from the marina and port and from the centre of town with a great choice of local shops, bars and restaurants. Market day on Tuesday.

The local airport is Beziers, 20 minutes away. Other airports: Montpellier (45 minutes), Nimes (75 minutes), Perpignan (75 minutes), Carcassonne (75 minutes). If you’re flying to Beziers for just a short stay you may decide not to hire a car – the town bus meets every Ryanair flight and will drop you 5 minutes level walk from the apartment. The bus will also take you back to the airport in time for each flight.

At the entrance of the Canal du Midi, Marseillan is fast becoming a destination port but still has an unhurried and local flavour. Cited as 'the St Tropez of the 60's' it has so much to offer; 20 restaurants & bars and best seafood possible.

Marseillan is the oldest village in France. It came to prosperity when the Canal du Midi was completed which brought trade to the town.

It is unspoiled despite it's beauty and described by the Telegraph newspaper as the St Tropez of the 60's. No crowds, wonderful village and harbour and some of the finest seafood you will ever find.

Nearby, along the Etang is the small town of Bouzigues which is the Oyster and Mussel growing 'capital' of France - visit the museum to learn about the history of the industry and how the beds are managed now. The shellfish from here is sold along the roadside by small producers - there is no large co-operative. The oysters from here are sold throughout France as the highest quality. The water in the Etang is so clean that the shellfish can be sold directly from the ocean - something that is not permitted on the Atlantic coast!

At the end of the Etang is the lovely town of Sete. Built like Venice with canals, you will find a wonderful covered market and fresh fish from one of the largest trawler fleets in France. The town hosts the famous water-jousting festival.

Shopping? Montpellier is less than an hour's drive away (45 minutes by train from Agde station). This historic city is a mix of modern boutiques and an historic quarter of narrow cobbled streets. You will get lost, but that is the good part as you will stubble into tiny squares with fountains and restaurants with outdoor dining. There are antique shops where you may discover something that you cannot resist.

On Saturday morning, a must do is to visit the ancient town of Pezenas where the market literally takes over the whole town. Everything from fresh seafood, locally cured ham and a bewildering variety of cheeses and bread. This is a good place to buy fresh vegetables from local producers. The town has an atmospheric medieval heart and this historic quarter is host to a myriad of tiny shops and restaurants (some with just 5 tables). The town is a centre for artists and craftsmen and we challenge you not to bring something home with you.

There is a small shallow 'town beach' but to the south (5km - on foot, bike ride alongside the Etang and Canal du Midi, or by bus) is Marseillan Plage. Recently 'spruced-up', this is the tourist centre for beach lovers. There are miles and miles of soft sand beaches and clean Mediterranean sea. Just a little further down the coast you will find Cap d'Agde. This has one of the largest marinas in France and you can dine on the promenade right next to the yachts. There are tours out to sea on a huge glass-bottomed catamaran.

Further south still is the town of Narbonne. Once a sea port, Narbonne is now 15 Km inland due to silting of the river Aude. This lovely town has a covered market in a beautiful arcade building and a beautiful cathedral.

For a longer day trip why not drive to the foothills of the Pyrenees? In less than one and a half hours you will be in the artists 'town of Ceret. Home to the world famous Museum of Modern Art (Musée d'Art Moderne). Ceret was the home to many famous painters and you will be able to see numerous Picasso paintings, sculptures and ceramics, including the famous bull fighting bowl series. The museum also features paintings by Chagall, Matisse, Herbin, Soutine, lots of Fauves and a few Impressionists. The top floor of the Museum hosts touring exhibitions. The museum is open 364 days of the year. Ceret is the cherry growing centre in France and the first punnet is always sent to the President!

On the edge of Ceret is the Pont du Diable (Devil's Bridge). This is a stunning single arch stone bridge built between 1321 and 1341. With a single span of 45.45 m, it was at the time of its construction the world's largest arch bridge in terms of span length.

Too many people? - then we have a suggestion (one that we take up all of the year). Marseillan is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of vineyards. With no law of trespass in France, you can turn off a country road and follow the rough tracks (on foot, by bike or by car) used by the tractors until you are miles from anywhere and surrounded by vines as far as the eye can see. Take a picnic - find a spot under an almond tree and enjoy total tranquillity. Don't forget to pick some wild herbs before returning for a Noilly Prat. ( by the way, 'Prat' is pronounced the English way with the 't' ) Noilly is of course made in Marseillan.

Visit the Noilly Prat wineries for guided tours but don't expect them to divulge their secret recipe of herbs and spices! Noilly Prat dry can be bought throughout the world, BUT, only in Marseillan can you buy their medium sweet Noilly Prat Ambre! Excellent as an apero with ice and a slice of orange. Local bars serve it.

If you are feeling active, the town has sailing and wind-surfing. It is also world famous for kite-surfing

In the apartment we will provide many more suggestions, maps and guides - or, why not just sit on your south-facing terrace, relax and do nothing. The south of France has this effect on most people!

We look forward to welcoming you to this marvellous and still unspoiled part of France

More Details

Gavin & Hilary Lidderdale
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

August 22-29 2015

We spend time choosing our holiday destination in order to get exactly what we enjoy and this apartment did not disappoint. Gavin and Hilary managed everything in a friendly and professional manner, the accommodation is modern and very well appointed, situated close to numerous restaurants and bars around the harbour. We visited several small towns and villages locally but it was just as easy to explore on foot or make use of the superb cycle tracks just across from the apartment building. The weather was perfect for us (not too hot). We look forward to a second visit.
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Marseillan in Herault

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • There are two single beds that combine together to make a standard double bed. Twin beds are therefore possible if preferred. Large wardrobe and storage space.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)


Our best home away stay ever !!!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is a gem! The view is amazing, the one bedroom is well equipped and spotless with a sunny terrace and relaxing living area. It's an easy walk to the harbour and all the lovely restaurants and pastry shop in town, and of course the very 'helpful and accommodating owners'. as we arrived late gavin had prepared a snack for us and there was everything needed until next day. Our best home away stay ever ❤️❤️❤️

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Marseillan - Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third trip to Marseillan and probably our best. Hilary and Gavin are excellent and generous hosts. The apartment is well appointed, clean, functional and has everything one needs for a great holiday. The piece de resistance is the good sized south-facing terrace with views over the salt water lagoon - the Etang de Thau. You can top up your tan there during the day or sit with a glass of something in the balmy evenings. Paradise.

The port is only a few hundred metres walk to where there is a range of very reasonably priced restaurants serving up really excellent food and wine. Fresh oysters, mussels, clams, prawns and fish are in abundance. Carnivores and vegetarians are well catered for too. Two large wineries grace the town where you will pay the vast sum of 1.30 euros per litre in your own container!

For those doing some self-catering there are a couple of supermarkets, the largest is the Carrefour on the edge of town and a Spar mini-market in town. There are a variety of other shops, many boulangeries plus two pharmacies. Tuesday is market day and well worth a visit, the many stalls covering a good area of the town. Wonderful beaches on the other side of the Etang are only three miles away, a few minutes drive or a twenty minute bike ride (great cycle paths).

Friendly people, live music a couple of times a week - along with great weather, Marseillan is the South of France without the traffic, the packed beaches and high prices.

We highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The apartment is bright, very well equipped and has a lovely balcony to relax and enjoy the view from. The owners are not intrusive but are there for any information or advice. Marseillan and the surrounding vineyard country is wonderful. The restaurants in the area are also very good. Had a lovely time and want to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This apartment has everything you could wish for. It was spotlessly clean and well equipped. Having breakfast on the large balcony with a great view started the day off nicely. The secure parking was a bonus. Hilary and Gavin were excellent hosts. The welcome pack was very much appreciated, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little bit of heaven in the sun

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay this year in this fabulous corner of France, the apartment did not disappoint and was everything we remembered, Gavin and Hilary are the most amazing helpful hosts who are becoming firm friends. We will be counting the days till we can return.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property in a wonderful town

  • 5 of 5

Marseillan is a lovely 'older style' French town with an excellent selection of restaurants and bars situated around the picturesque harbour and in the old town itself. The marvellous beaches of the area, and the more modern resorts of Marseillan-Plage and Cap d'Agde are, however, only a short drive away.

The flat itself is just a 5 minute walk away from the harbour and restaurants, is well furnished and has a wonderful south facing balcony that benefits not only from sun for most of the day, but also wonderful views across the etang.

Hilary and Gavin have gone out of their way to ensure that the flat is equipped with every need, from tea bags to deck chairs for the beach. They provide a warm welcome and are more than happy to give recommendations for restaurants and details of the area in general.

Definitely recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Security deposit on arrival (£100, €120) refundable on departure
We accept payment in pounds or euros at the exchange rate of £1 = €1.20
On confirmation we will send UK or French bank details. Bank transfers are preferred. Thank you

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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