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One of two comfortable villas near the sea, air-con. Private gardens and pools. - Syrah



Updated: 29-Sep-2016
15 mins. to the sea. A real 'Home from Home' (visitors comments)

Our website links are at the bottom of this page (below "Facilities").

The photo gallery above is for both houses, Merlot is the top row and Syrah is the bottom row.

More visitor reviews can be seen via the link "About Ann Brown" below this text. Both our houses are in a quiet road on the edge of Aumes, a village overlooking the Herault valley, each house has its own private pool and garden.Not far from Pezenas, Montagnac and the sea. Aumes is wondeful little village, in the countryside and surrounded by vineyards and woods and so the villa really is great for days out where walking and cycling is easy and safe. Fully equipped to “Home Standard” with one double en-suite bedroom and two bedrooms with two single beds in each and a family bathroom You have your own private pool. Fully equipped kitchen for comfortable living, large covered outside entertainment/dining area with BBQ. Mediterranean garden. Choice of over 20 restaurants and pavement cafés within 20 minutes, 10 min to Pezenas,15km to the picturesque fishing ports of Meze and Bouzigues, famous for their sea-food, and the Mediterranean sea with its blue flag beaches.

For information about the house and more photographs, follow the link at the bottom of this page for the website. We have have made it as complete as possible to give our visitors a better idea of the house, ourselves and the area. We live in the village and will be happy to contribute ideas to help make your holiday as enjoyable as possible, if you wish us to.

You will be about 25 minutes from the Mediterranean with its many 'Blue Flag' beaches. The nearest beaches are around Meze or Marseillan Plage, although the whole coastline is accessible and the beaches sandy. The beach at Rochlongue is ideal for younger children, having a gradual slope into the sea, and being protected by a breakwater, there are rocky pools in which to play and easy access by car. Staying in Aumes will allow you to take advantage of a wonderfully diverse region of France which embraces the real spirit of France.

We have lived in this area since 1981.

Your nearest town,Pezenas, 10 minutes from Aumes and probably the most well known market town in the area where most of the houses date from the 17th century.

The Saturday market is a must, it takes over the town center. Local produce including an impressive organic farmers market.

The whole of the old town, which has officially been classified as part of the French National Heritage is original, and it is as it was when Moliere and his theatrical company used to live here. Throughout the 17th century, to be near the governors of the Languedoc province, the aristocracy built impressive private mansions with inner courtyards and gardens. Called the Little Versailles, Pezenas has a wide range of arts and crafts, restaurants and visits.

Aumes is great,lying between mountains and sea, beaches are only twenty minutes drive away.

You will find plenty to keep the whole family occupied and happy. Most things are available in the shops, entertainment is what you would expect from an area which mixes old and new cultures. It’s all here, you only need to visit the tourist office and you will to find all you need to enjoy your stay. In the house book you will find all sorts of information and ideas and a visitors book to let you know what others have done on their holiday.

From your holiday villa you will be able to travel to Spain and back in one day, maybe visiting the Salvador Dali museum, or even staying overnight in Barcelona and visiting the amazing Gaudi Cathedral.

There are dozens of visits to make. The Camargue with its black bulls, white horses and flamingos are close, you will be able to go on safari in a 4x4 with a guide. The upper Hérault river has one way canoeing. You can visit Carcasonne, a walled town with huge battlements and turrets, a really romantic setting.

Most villages have their own market day, perfect to buy a baguette, some cheese and relax.

More Details

Details for holiday villa Syrah, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

The villa is for up to 6 guests in three bedrooms, one bedroom with twin beds, and two double bedrooms (one with an en suite bathroom). A second bathroom is next to the other double bedroom. A large sitting room/open plan kitchen has two double french windows opening out onto the large covered terrace which is perfect for outside eating. The kitchen is fully equipped with dish washing machine, cooker, hob, microwave etc. There is a private swimming pool next to the terrace. The pool is in the sun all day. Sun loungers, BBQ. Private, enclosed parking for two cars plus one space outside the gates.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Before Aumes we spent 10 years living in Pezenas, where the first 5 years were spent renovating a large farmhouse  with   three  holiday  apartments  plus our own.

Our son Oliver has always lived here and after studying wine production now works with Vin de Pays D'Oc (an organisation for independent growers).  Ann has also completed a full time wine course.

In the UK Ann was a dental nurse and John had a boatyard.

We enjoy our life here, run the houses together and spend our leisure time visiting the area, particularly the coastal regions.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks john, we've had a lovely week in Aumes. Highlights for me have been the day out to Carcassonne, the best castle in France by far, and also a visit to to one of my favourite vineyards in the area - Prieuré Saint Jean de Bebian, amazing wine.The nine locks at Beziers are well worth a visit. as well.

Our favourite beach was Portiragnes, very clean and not too crowded.

The local towns of Pezenas, Meze and Montagnac are lovely. Would recommend La Barque Bleue in Meze for seafood and Le Jardin d'Helena in Montagnac, very friendly and great food. The villa has been lovely, a wonderful place to chill out when it gets too hot!

All the best.
Jul 2015
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Syrah in Aumes

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic villa in a quiet village near historic pezenas . Owners extremely helpful, and pleasant . On arrival the property was very clean and a wonderful home made cake was awaiting us. The pool was fantastic for dipping in and out on the extremely hot days. Every thing was there to make it a truly relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Holiday 2016

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful holiday in Syrah. The house was big with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The area is beautiful and peaceful. It would have been nice to have had an outdoor shower so that we didnt have to drip through the house before going in the pool and air conditioning in all of the bedrooms (or ceiling fans) would have been great. Overall though it was a wonderful place to stay and holiday and would love to go back. Thanks ann and john.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We would be great to see you all again, it's always nice to see our guests come back and enjoy all that the Languedoc has to offer. Ann and John
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very enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

Lovely location, very well equiped and clean

Outside area was lovely to relax and cool down in the pool.

Lovely beaches within 45 mins driving would recommend valras and Cap d'agde which also has a waterpark

Definatwly would visit again

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your holiday stay in Syrah and giving it 5 stars. It's a great reward for the effort we make to give our visitors a good holiday. Looking forward to your next visit. Ann and John
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Peaceful Villa, ideal location for town and beach

  • 5 of 5

Arriving at the villa after a long journey was amazing. Perfectly private but with a quite village location was just as we had hoped. The villa was immaculate and a freshly baked cake waiting for us was very welcome. The children loved having access to their own pool (which had a very effect safety alarm fitted). A1 accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for a great review. We really appreciate you taking the time to do it. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday with us and we hope that we may see you again, here in Aumes.
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Syrah stay late July 2015

  • 5 of 5

Had an excellent stay at the villa. Villa is perfect,; well equipped and furnished to a very high standard. John and Ann are excellent hosts and helped us during our stay. Aumes is centrally located for all major locations in the area including good beaches and major attractions. The villa has an excellent pool and is tucked away in a quiet location. We hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for sending the review, Ann and I appreciate it very much.Hopefully it won't be too long before you are back again. John
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Great house, great place, great holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying in Aumes. The village is really nice and friendly with a village shop where you can have a coffee and croissant in the square (very pretty, very French!).

The house was very well equipped, very clean and had everything we needed. The pool was just by the terrace and was in the sun most of the day. There are some lovely places to visit, the scenery is beautiful. The beaches between Sete and Cap D'Agde are excellent for picnics and bathing. We visited Pezenas market and old the town, Carcassonne and Aigues Mortes.

We were sad to leave but hopefully we will come back.

Thanks Ann and John for providing a lovely house for our holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sending the review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in Aumes, and we look forward to meeting you all again. Ann and John
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From the Owner

Aumes is not far from Pezenas and so we knew it already. It's a village away from hustle and bustle of everyday life and yet within easy reach of all we need. There's a village grocery shop, small post office and town hall. Walks in the country are all around the village and are easy for beginners and little people alike. In the village there are fresh eggs and fruits like apricots and cherries when in season. Bigger shops are in Montagnac and Pezenas

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beziers/Montpellier at 20 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Saint Thomas at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Agde / Beziers at 24 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Pezenas at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Meze at 16 Kilometres Car: recommended

On holiday you will want to relax round the pool and for some days you may want to go further afield. This is no problem at all, you will be in one of the most beautiful areas of France, and your holiday home is only a few kilometers from the sea. You can go walking in the National Parks, follow the trail of the Cathares (you should read The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail before you come ISBN 0-552-12138-X ) and investigate one of Europe’s greatest mysteries ( and maybe find the treasure!). You can look out for the Via Domita (the Roman road running from Rome to Spain which is still visible in parts), or visit the Mediterranean ports of Meze, Bouzigues, Sete, etc and enjoy sea-food caught the same day and looking out over the fishing boats.

This part of the Languedoc is truly wonderfull, and retains much of the magic of other times.

Ther are hundreds of sites and activities, amongst them are: The Grottos, Aqualand, St. Guilhem le Desert, canoeing, sea swimming, beaches, etc etc.

Other Activities: Searching out antique bargains, house hunting, trips to Spain, eating out.

Golf: We have a number of golf courses within easy reach, the nearest one being St. Thomas about 30 minutes away. Golfers have stayed with us and tell us that they found it very friendly, with a good restaurant.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
1 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
19 May 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
30 Jun 2017 - 27 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
28 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

House towels and bed-linen for the number of guests, water,gas and electricity are included for all periods,
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From the Owner

As a location for holidays or living all year round Aumes is perfect for visiting every part of the region. We are able to have days out in Spain, go into the hills for hiking, or visit the coastal fishing villages for sea-food and sunbathing. The cities of Montpellier and Beziers are within easy reach. This area is renowned for fetes and of festivals. In the summer months there is invariably an evening event with music and food to go to. Looking at our visitors book we cansee that our guests enjoy the region as well!

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 90 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, En-suite to the double bedroom and having a walk-in shower.
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Fully tiled and having a walk-in shower.
  • One of the bathrooms has a wider door for easier access. It also has a larger, step free shower.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, En-suite bathroom. Fitted wardrobe
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Has a wider doorway for easier access. Fitted wardrobe.
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Fitted wardrobe.
  • The single bedroom is separated from the double bedrooms allowing everybody an undisturbed lie in! All bedrooms have a window with shutters, fitted wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps etc.


  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Smoking is allowed although we asked guests to smoke in the outside areas. We are pleased to say that this request has always been complied with, keeping the house smoke free, thank you.There is gated private parking for one car (and trailer or similar) plus a further off road car park space outside the gates. The property is fully fenced.

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