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Beautiful Villa in Private Grounds with Pool, idyllic for memorable holidays.

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Montpellier, Languedoc Roussillon - Situated Close to Beaches, River Gorges, ancient villages and vineyards.

This charming villa is only 5 minutes walk from this charming village centre, on the outskirts of Montpellier, with its ancient church and delightful river walks. It's only 10 mins by car to the beautiful historic centre of Montpellier. Access to the house is via a short private drive into the pleasantly landscaped grounds.

It is very generously laid out with spacious lounges, terraces to the front garden and cool terraces in the back. The large, rambling and secluded garden with its own generous pool, terraces and barbecue area has been landscaped to preserve the natural beauty of the original Languedocian Garrigue. Garden furniture around the pool and patios, and a large outdoor barbecue provide an inviting opportunity to relax late into the warm summer nights.

The interior of the house is tastefully furnished with a large living room with large screen LED 3D TV and music centre with DVD dolby digital surround; second spacious reception room with French door to the back terrace; dining room; fully equipped kitchen with 4 hobs, electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.

There are 5 comfortable bedrooms, (1 with double beds, 3 with King size beds, 1 with a full-size double bunk bed for 2). One of the upstairs bedrooms has its own balcony; there is also a study with a sofa bed for 2 additional guests, leading onto the front terrace; 3 bathrooms, separate WC; the basement is spacious with provision for up to two cars. It also has a laundry area with a washing machine and drier, and an additional fridge/freezer. There is also a play area in the basement with a table tennis table.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
10 February, 2018

About The Owner

If you, like us, love the thought of having a holiday in the radiant sun of the Mediterranean with its golden beaches, rivers and lakes, mountains, vineyards, mediaeval villages and amazing cuisine, then you are the right people to enjoy a vacation in our villa!

My husband John & I brought up our 5 children in England. Jobs and modern life has meant many of us now live long distances apart and our villa has become an important focal point where all the family can meet up regularly to spend family events & many holidays together.

We are pleased to be able to offer holidaymakers from all over the world an ideal setting for memorable holidays, meeting up with their family & friends in the comfort of this beautiful villa.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2002

Why The Owner chose Grabels

Villa des Cigales is extremely well situated between the golden beaches , & the natural Camargue with its famous flamingos & lively fishing harbour towns (25 minutes), & the mountains with rivers and gorges and medieval villages (also 25 minutes).

In addition the beautiful historic city of Montpellier with its vibrant streets, boutiques, restaurants and cultural events, just 10 minutes away by car, or 20 minutes by tram from the end of our village right up to the Place de la Comédie in the centre.

The village itself offers a whole variety of shopping facilities, with its weekly open-air market, two bakeries, butcher with excellent daily freshly prepared dishes, and take-away pizzeria, & a bar opposite where you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer, while your pizzas are prepared for you.

What makes this villa unique

The villa itself is set in its own grounds, with plenty of space, lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, terraces to the front and the back of the house, very private with fencing and hedging along all the borders of the garden and lock-up gates with ample parking space for several cars.

It is entirely possible & very tempting to stay put in the comfort and tranquillity of the villa and the pool, doing all your food shopping in the local village if you wish to be really lazy without venturing to explore the surrounding area.

Guestbook comments from the owner

‘We met up with our family from South Africa for a truly memorable holiday in your beautiful villa, which was so comfortable that we got really lazy and spent a lot of our time around the pool and didn't do as much sightseeing as we had planned!’ Kevin from Basel in Switzerland.

‘It was our best holiday for many years! You really have thought of everything to make our stay so enjoyable. Loved the wide beach at l'Espiguette of Le Grau du Roi and river swimming at the spectacular Pont du Diable. We only wished we could have stayed another week’ Annabel of Putney, London

‘We loved staying at your villa, so spacious and the pool was great. The locals in the village were very friendly and we can strongly recommend having your pizzas prepared in the small pizzeria in the centre of the village while drinking a cool local beer in the bar opposite. Richard and family’ Oslo, Norway
Feb 2005
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Grabels in Hérault

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • river
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 with bath, shower and toilette. Bathroom 2 with shower and toilette. Bathroom 3 with shower and toilette. Separate Toilette.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with balcony and king size bed. Bedroom 2 with king size bed. Bedroom 3 with king size bed. Bedroom 4 with double bed. Bedroom 5 with double full-size bunk beds for children or adults
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The pool has been fitted with an alarm system approved by the Government directive of May 2004. The garden is secluded by fencing on all sides. All furnishings, bedding, decorations etc.are quite new & to a high standard. Outside: The large, rambling and secluded garden with its own generous private pool of 10mx5m, terraces and barbecue area has been landscaped to preserve the natural beauty of the original Languedocian Garrigue. Garden furniture and parasols around the pool and patios, and a built-in outdoor barbecue provide an inviting opportunity to relax late into the warm summer nights. Utility Room: Iron and ironing board. Vacuum cleaner Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Hand towels and linen included/but no pool towels; maid service can be arranged at €12 per hour. Other: Study with a comfortable sofacouch for 2 additional guests, French doors to front terrace. Large garage plus utility area with automatic washing machine, drier, additional fridge-freezer, games area with table tennis tab


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Beautiful Villa in Private Grounds with Pool, idyllic for memorable holidays.
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

Erholung pur Vielen Dank - Pure Relaxation Thanks

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten alles, wie wir es uns vorgestellt hatten. Tolles Haus, schöne Anlage und für die Kinder einen tollen Pool. Claire war immer sehr hilfsbereit. Auch hierfür ein Danke ! Wir fahren mit schönen Eindrücken nach Hause und freuen uns wieder auf Frankreich - Familie Pfrommer / Cruz-Preloznik, Stuttgart, Deutschland, Juni 2017 We had everything as we had imagined it to be. Great house, lovely grounds an for the children a wonderful pool. Claire was at all times very helpful. For that also many thanks. We are returning home with everlasting impressions and are looking forward to coming back to France. Family Pfrommer / Cruz-Preloznik, Stuttgart, Germany, June 2017

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liebe Familie Pfrommer, Wir bedanken uns für Ihre begeisterte und grosszügige Bewertung und freuen uns, dass Sie Ihre Ferien in unserer Villa genossen haben und würden Sie gerne jeder Zeit wieder einmal bei uns begrüssen können. Ganz herziche Grüsse Christina und John
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A truly stunning villa

  • 5 of 5

This is already our second visit, we had the most wonderful time at Les Cigales. Everyone agreed what a comfortable, well-equipped home it is with a lovely atmosphere. It feels like people have had very happy times here, the house is immediately so welcoming.

The nearby village shops had everything we needed - a bakery and delicatessen/ grocers with fresh fruit and vegetables, amazing cheeses and pates. It was glorious!

The villa is easily reached from the airport with or without a car (I have done both!) and Montpelier is easily reached by bus and tram or car and ride. There are beautiful nearby sandy beaches with miles of golden sand.

Having said that, there's an enticing hammock in the villa garden that made it very easy to while away the days reading and gently rocking!

We are already planning our return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ida, We are delighted you had such a wonderful holiday in our villa! Comments like yours make it worthwhile to keep on maintaining our very high standard we have set ourselves for our guests. We look forward to welcome you back soon to enjoy this lovely region of France! Christina and John
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you for letting us use your fabulous Villa for Toms 21st birthday.Great location,great facilities,and local shops.we wish we were there for longer and yes we did use the fantastic pool.Many thanks,the Hares and Finnes,Nottingham,UK.

P.S,merci beacoup pour le champagne,le gâteau et le carte d,anniversaire -j,ai eu un vraiment bon anniversaire.!Tom.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The Fantastic Villa des Cigales

  • 5 of 5

THANK YOU for a fabulous holiday. The first holiday for our two families in 5 years and we couldn't have been happier with the villa. The house is fabulous and we particularly loved the terrace. All our young children had a fabulous time too as there is so much space to play. The villa is in a great location; near the sea, the mountains and the beautiful city of Montpelier!

We will be coming back!!

The Pattisons & Roberts (April 2014)

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Moss, Norway

Another fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

Once again our 2 weeks have come to an end, and we are sad to be leaving. As usual we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay; fun times in the pool and lovely evenings on the patio.

In addition to our usual visits to Carcassonne, Minervois, Sète, Marseillan Plage and Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, we had a day trip to Tain l`Hermitage. Exploring the Cité du Chocolat (Valrhona headquarters) and the Hermitage Vineyards. Highly recommended for chocolate lovers and wine buffs!

Thanks again for another lovely stay - we hope to make it a 4th time!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our Stay

  • 4 of 5

Our holidays in Villa des Cigales, 10th-24th August 2013

The villa is in an outstanding location beautifully sheltered from the villas round about by clever planting. We have enjoyed days by the gorgeous pool and evenings on the terrace in the tranquillity of the surroundings. August is very busy at the beach and all the tourist attractions - such as Pont du Diable, but Montpellier is a fascinating city and we would recommend the little train (which leaves from Place de la Comédie). It tours the historic part of the city and is a good way to see what`s on offer. William`s taxi is brilliant and he is very informative.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Montpellier Airport
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
70 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
St Gély-du-Fesc
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Montpellier, 'Roch'
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
500 Miles
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mont Aigoual
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: recommended

The village has various shops, including its own fresh bakery, excellent butcher with a variety of daily freshly prepared dishes, a small supermarket with a good choice of local produce & fresh vegetables and fruit, bank, pharmacy, post office, a small bar, take-away pizzeria, and a lively weekly street market on Saturday mornings 8.30-12.00. For the sporty at heart there is also a fully equipped gym in the village centre. There is an excellent Climbing Wall Centre in the heart of the village. There are horse riding stables nearby, a pony riding club, and also an International go-carting circuit about 5km away.

Canoing and kayaking with river swimming is only 25 mins away. The nearest long stretches of beaches are 25 mins by car.

The nearest big supermarkets Carrefour, Intermarché and Casino are only a few miles away.

Leisure Activities nearby:

The village has 2 tennis centres with a coffee shop. There are 2 riding schools nearby (3 km), and for cycling and mountain biking enthusiasts, more recently, an entirely newly built cycle track that runs through the whole of Grabels and continues right up to Ales.

There is also a challenging 18-hole golf course, beautifully landscaped among the greenery of pine trees, in the next village of St Gely du Fesc, 5km, with a restaurant and outdoor pool.

Enjoy canoeing and kayaking in the nearby mountain landscape of the Hérault and the famous mountain rivers of the Cévennes.

Other water sports such as surfing, water skiing and sailing are on offer at the nearby beaches and the breathtakingly beautiful lake Salagou, 30km away. Lake Salagou is also popular for fishing, and especially well-known for carp fishing.


25 minutes south by car leads to numerous beaches with long stretches of golden sands such as Palavas, Carnon Plage, la Grande Motte and Le Grau du Roi, offering restful tranquility or lively water sports and beach games.

We highly recommend the stretch of beach along the `Grand Tavers` at the end of Carnon Plage and beginning of La Grande Motte beach, where you can hire sunbeds for the day with excellent restaurant and bar facilities.

There are quite a few of these beach resorts like 'White Beach' Route de Plages, sortie Grand Tavers, Accès 59.

There are also the world famous natural Étangs of the Camargue with its wild flamingoes and white horses.


Montpelier Airport 15km. Nimes Airport 40km. Montpellier Railway Station 9km. Car hire strongly recommended. Excellent ‘Park & Ride’ tramway leading from outskirts of Grabels directly into Montpellier Centre.


The historic centre of Montpellier is only 8km away, with its 16th century cathedral, labyrinth of medieval lanes lined with street cafés and restaurants, museums, theatres, parks with fountains, vibrant street markets, and the Place de la Comédie, where the locals mingle with visitors and tourists from all over the world. 20 mins north leads into the mountains with spectacular scenery, ancient villages with museen, boutiques, bistros and bars, river gorges, natural caves, and their lively canoeing and kayaking facilities.


Prices & Availability

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday arrival 4pm, departure 10am. Other days and time are sometimes possible

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
30% deposit to secure booking. Damage deposit of £350, together with the balance of payment 6 weeks before holiday.
The damage deposit money is always refunded promptly, usually by wire transfer, or by cheque. It is very rare that any money has to be retained due to damages.
Prices do not include electricity. Costs are anyway low during the summer season and are exactly as charged by the local public electricity utility and will be taken off the damage deposit. There are no other costs.

Our general cancellation policy guide :
The deposit is non-refundable, the balance of payment is due 6 weeks before check-in date. In our experience over the past several years there have been no cancellations.

Payment terms can be negotiated, but generally 30% of the full price is paid as a non-returnable deposit to secure the booking.
The balance, plus a security deposit of £350 is paid 6 weeks before the holiday starts.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.