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Romantic get away on the square in Saint-Chinian with fantastic walking and wine

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Bright and spacious studio apartment overlooking the market in Saint-Chinian

With high ceilings, original beams and part stone walls, this large (approx. 60 sq m) open-plan first floor apartment suite provides light, airy, comfortable accommodation for two, as well as a large sofa-bed in the living room, which can sleep a further two.

A half-height wall separates the en-suite bedroom from the living room and modern, well-equipped kitchen. Both rooms overlook the village square and the impressive hills beyond.

The living area

The sunny living room has a large L-shaped sofa that converts to a double bed. This can also be used as a single bed – or for watching TV with your feet-up! English and French TV, books, games, radio/CD and DVD player provide a relaxed ‘home from home’ environment. In addition, free broadband WiFi Internet access allows you to keep in touch.

The bedroom

The bedroom is furnished with a luxurious, comfortable king size bed, bedside table with lamps, built-in wardrobe, dressing table, etc..

The bathroom

The fully tiled bathroom is equipped with an enclosed shower, wash basin with mirror, WC, hair dryer, etc.

The kitchen

The modern, well-equipped kitchen with a breakfast table and storage cupboards provide everything you will need should you wish to cook gourmet meals, or simply eat a take-away pizza. Equipment includes a fridge/freezer, electric oven, hob with extractor, microwave/grill, washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, as well as the usual kettle and toaster, with sufficient glasses, cutlery and crockery for at least four people.


All linen and towels are provided, meaning that airline weight restrictions do not cause a headache – or additional cost. A cot and high chair is available on request. There is a small additional charge for the hire and laundry of beach towels.

About Saint-Chinian

Saint-Chinian was founded by monks who, in 825 AD built a monastery here. They then went on to create vineyards that saw the start of the prosperous local economy. It survived unscathed from the Albigensian Crusades and went on to become even wealthier during the industrial revolution. Today, wine continues to be the main industry, and with a population of approximately 2000, the village remains full of life all year-round.

Things to do locally

The area surrounding Saint-Chinian, and the nearby Haute Languedoc Natural Park, is a great place for walking and bike rides. Walkers and hikers will find free English language guides in the Tourist Office.

If the heat gets the better of you and you need to cool down, there are a number of options. The town has its own heated open-air public swimming pool (open from June 1st) whilst the long, free, Mediterranean beaches are only 40 minutes away by car. Alternatively, join the locals and swim in the clear water of the River Orb at Roquebrun or the river Cesse at Bize-Minervois (we prefer the Cesse). The area also offers the chance to try lots of wine tasting, rock-climbing, fishing, painting, golf, horse-riding and canoeing.

You could also rent a Day Boat and spend a leisurely day cruising on the Canal du Midi. This stretch of water provides 54 kms of beautiful cruising without having to deal with locks.

Food and drink:

Within a few minutes walk are several restaurants, a pizzeria, and two café bars. The renowned red and rosé AOC Saint-Chinian wines are available from local, friendly producers offering free ‘degustation’ (tasting).

There is a Spar supermarket a two minutes walk, while a larger supermarket is only a very short car ride away.

Places to visit:

The local scenery is stunning. Safe beaches, historic chateaux, abbeys, the mountains of the Haut Languedoc Natural Park with its picturesque gorges, natural rock pools, river swimming and canoeing, are all within 40 minutes, or much less, from your front door.

Golf is available in Saint Thomas (35 minutes), Lamalou les Bains (45 minutes) or Carcassonne (one hour).

The Spanish border is about a 90 minutes drive, while in winter inexpensive Pyranées skiing is available in a little over 2 hours drive – making it possible for a day trip.

Roquebrun (20 minutes)

RoquebrunThe tower of Roquebrun is the sole remaining trace of a Carolingian castle built to protect the inhabitants from barbarian invasions in the year 900. The picturesque village, with its local canoe centre, is perched over the banks of the river Orb and has a Mediterranean garden that is well worth a visit. In summer the river beach is used for picnics, swimming as well as trout fishing.

Minerve (20 minutes)

Minerve a miraculous village, almost an island, perched over the meeting of two rivers where they tunnel through deep gorges, and where in 1210 Simon de Montfort massacred the Cathars during the crusades.

Beziers (25 minutes)

Entering Beziers across the river OrbEntering Beziers across the river Orb. The long “Allée Paul Riquet” esplanade, with the theatre at one end and the lovely Plateau des Poèts park at the other, is an attractive center to the town. In the middle of the esplanade is a statue of Paul Riquet, the founder of the famous Canal du Midi. Béziers is an excellent town for shopping. It has shops and stores of all sizes, from the Galeries Lafayette department store to small trendy boutiques.

Narbonne (25 minutes)

NarbonneNarbonne is the oldest town in the south-west of France. Founded by the Romans in the second century BC, it was a major port, although it now lies some 20 km from the sea.

Today the centre of Narbonne, bisected by the flower-bordered Canal de la Robine, is an attractive place for shopping and sightseeing. Without a doubt the best place to head for is the 100-year old Halles (covered market) by the bank of the canal. This award-winning market is said to be one of the best in France and the crowds milling around the 80-plus stalls are testimony to this claim. Open from 6 am until 1.00 pm daily, the market is overflowing with local produce: glistening displays of fresh fish and seafood, piles of melons, peppers and tomatoes, and the many varieties of charcuterie (cooked meats). It is cosmopolitan as well though … it’s one of the few places in the area with a good selection of non-local (and even non-French) cheeses.

On Thursdays there is also an open air market stretching along the canal bank near the Halles, with flower and clothes stalls, among others. The canal itself is lined with waterside cafés where you can refresh yourself in the shade of the plane trees.

Carcassonne (60 minutes)

The old Cité, CarcassonneThe old Cité. The mediaeval walled ‘Cité’ lies on the right bank of the River Aude and is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is still home to a population of approximately 120, is now very touristic but well worth a visit to its shops and craftsmen. The ultimate stronghold, built in the 12th century, it was the home of the Trencavels, Vicomtes of Carcassonne. While there, if time, try to see Carcassonne town, a few minutes by car from the Cité. There is a large, pleasant, mostly pedestrian area with the main square lined by restaurants.

At a distance of 800 metres from the Cité, on the commune of Pech Mary, you can see the flight of the world’s largest birds of prey.

Montpellier (70 minutes)

A sophisticated city with lots of museums, great restaurants and shopping – and a great tram public transport system. The Fabre Museum is one of the biggest museums in France and holds Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French collections. For more information visit the Tourist Office in the Place de la Comédie.

Perpignan (60 minutes)

Half Catalan, half French, Perpignan is Languedoc at its most exotic. The last major town in Languedoc before the Spanish border there’s a real mix of cultures in this corner of the region: Catalan, Romany and North African all co-exist in this sunny city of palm-lined squares.

Note: Times stated are approximate and refer to driving times by car.

More Details

Kate and Ferdi
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Dutch, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Kate and Ferdi

I am from the UK and my husband, Ferdi, is from South Africa. We currently live in Zambia, Africa, but hope to move to Southern France as we love it.

Kate and Ferdi purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Kate and Ferdi chose Saint-Chinian

We fell in love with the village of Saint-Chinian and the surrounding area, and were very lucky to find this amazing property.

What makes this apartment unique

The beams and part stone walls show the real character of the apartment, and it has been lovingly refurbished to be comfortable and modern, overlooking the market square.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint-Chinian in Hérault

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Ensuite bathroom with corner shower, basin with vanity and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Luxury king size bed with side tables and lamps, plus a dressing table and spacious wardrobe.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming


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Romantic get away on the square in Saint-Chinian with fantastic walking and wine
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews


  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a beautifully presented house overlooking the market square, a fantastic position. It is fully equipped, very clean and so comfy. It's obvious that the owners take great pride, its a pleasure to stay. The area has much to offer, both in its historic architecture and of course it's wine! We absolutely loved staying in Les Tournesols, thank you Kate and Ferdi.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Allan and Paula! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again. Kate and Ferdi
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Home from home in the Haute Languedoc

  • 5 of 5

Kate and Ferdi were very accommodating (absent) hosts. Wine on arrival and emails to make sure we were ok (before and after we got there).

Les Tournesols has all the comforts of home and would suit a couple or family with young children . A lovely old French square with the local Cave 25 metres away (daily free wine tasting). Market on Sunday (especially) and Thursday with lots of local food and wares.

The locals were lovely and very friendly.

We had never been to the South West of France. Oh my goodness. St Chinian sits between the Haute-Languedoc to the North (stunning walking) and to the South the beautiful cities of Beziers, Narbonne and Carcassonne.

If you're feeling energetic there's cycling along the Canal du Midi or canoeing down the Orb.

Something for everyone. Loved it :-)

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Derek for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the area. That is why we plan to move there soon!
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Nearest Airport
28 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Le Balcon
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
La Caleche
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Car: recommended

There are many amazing walks and hikes from Saint- Chinian for all levels, plus cycling routes. There is a bicycle hire shop in town.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £87.98

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.