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Gourmet Getaway with Spectacular Lagoon Views



Updated: 20-Oct-2016
Fisherman's House in Bouzigues, Near Pezenas, Herault, Languedoc Roussillon - Famous For Its Seafood, Perfect Clean Swimming In Front Of House

Our 18th century fisherman's house in the heart of the old village is the perfect place to experience traditional France or for a gourmet getaway. The house has loads of character and we've done our best to keep the house's layers of history. This is a lovingly restored family home, comfortable but with steep stone stairs leading to a wonderful terrace with views over the oyster beds and the lagoon.

The ground floor retains the traditional Cave where boats were kept but has been converted into a huge kitchen /dining room with a handmade teak kitchen and exposed stone walls. The twin bedroom and adjoining sitting room are on the 1st floor. The sitting room has a balcony looking onto the quiet street in the heart of the old village. There is a wood burning stove in the traditional tiled fireplace. The sofa bed in this room is a double. The master bedroom & bathroom are on the 2nd floor. The master bedroom has a double bed and a day bed where a child could also sleep. A balcony looks out over the lagoon. Finally the large roof terrace with 270 degree has spectacular views of the lagoon and hills and a sunny terrace room with kitchenette. Dawns, sunsets and the summer fireworks are unbeatable from here.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Although English, my family have had a house in Bouzigues for more than 50 years. It is an incredibly special place.

I work in the charity sector and am based in London although I travel a lot for work. I try to get to Bouzigues as often as I can because wherever I go in the world I find that my mind keeps wandering back there.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Polly

Back to rainy London after a wonderful week away! Thanks very much, we

loved the house - the views from the terrace are amazing - and Bouzigues

and surrounding area are just perfect for a relaxing week away.

Eva was very helpful and all went swimmingly. Thanks for the restaurant

tips, we particularly liked the two you recommended also - you're right,

the chocolat fondant is seriously addictive!

Thanks again Polly, hope to stay with you again some time.

All the best

Sep 2015
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


A place to escape from the stresses in life!

  • 5 of 5

Bouzigues was a lucky find, it is a sleepy authentic French fishing village a million miles away from everyday life.

Polly's house is full of character and charm, although the 46 stairs from front door to roof terrace is not for the faint hearted (do not leave anything you want upstairs in the kitchen!!). The views from the roof terrace are spectacular and certainly worth the climb!

I would recommend this village and surrounding area to anyone who wants to escape the trappings of commercial tourism and for those who want to experience a taste of real French culture.

PS if anyone knows why the village church chimes twice every hour please let me know!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted you enjoyed the house and the village. It is indeed a bit of rare, real France by the sea. I've always thought that the church clock chimes twice on the hour to avoid confusion about the difference between 1 o'clock and half past the hour (when it only chimes once)… We can leave it as a village mystery though. Hope you'll return!
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A house with a view and lots of character!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family - husband, two teenagers and a 70+ mother - had a wonderful stay in this beautiful house! Since we stayed in rainy December, the house was really put to the test and we all fit in: the teenagers could stay up all night and listen to music at the top floor, while granny slept soundly one flight below; husband reading in the lovely library below her, and me hammering away on the laptop in the bottom-floor kitchen. Being Swedes, we love cleanliness and order, and we expect our appliances to always work at first try. We are used to being disappointed when abroad, but not this time! Rustic, charming AND functional. Clearly, you can have it both ways. The village itself and the area will speak for themselves once you get there, as will the sea-food and the view from the top-floor-terrace.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house with views in great location.

  • 5 of 5

We used Bouzigues as a base to drive around to see the Cathar Castles, Pont du Gard, Orange, and the Carmarque. The house was a great base and was very cool to come into from the heat. The ground floor kitchen and dining space is excellent for preparing meals and talking and there is also a great patio balcony overlooking the estuary and the beach. It is a great place to have breakfast or dinner. The bed was comfortable and the room nice and cool. There are plenty of great local seafood restaurants, and a local bakery and convenience store. A highlight was watching the Bastille Day fireworks in all the towns across the bay, including Sete. Can't wait to go back and explore more of the area around but also to just spend a few relaxing days in Bouzigues itself.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Andrew, so glad you and Katie enjoyed your stay and thrilled that you want to return for more exploring and relaxing. Polly
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It's worth the climb! (up the stairs)

  • 5 of 5

We were reluctant to give this lovely cottage the outstanding review it deserves as we wanted to keep it to ourselves. But since we've already booked another 2 weeks for next year it only seems fair to share our views. In the week we were there we hardly wanted to move from the roof terrace with its spectacular views, except to take a walk or visit a local bar for ice cold beers. Location was perfect, accommodation was tasteful and practical and we even got used to the 40+ stairs!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

My family 1st came to Bouzigues in 1962. I've known the village my whole life and whilst it has changed over the years it has completely maintained its charm. Most of the changes have just added to the convenience (ATM, more cafes). Oyster & mussel production is still at the heart of village life. This means that although it receives a good number of visitors - mostly drawn by the gastronomy - it is not utterly dependent on tourism, it's an absolutely beautiful, working village. Whilst life is centred around the lagoon and all the wonderful things it offers - swimming, sailing, the hills behind- the garrigues, covered in thyme and scrub oak (and in the right season asphodels, wild asparagus, poppies...) are also a great place to walk. Great new cycle path connects the lagoon villages.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


Bouzigues sits on the saltwater lagoon the Etang de Thau. The house is a 5 minute walk to the small village sand beaches or deeper swimming from the jetty. 20 minute drive to expansive sand beaches of the Mediterranean at Sete, Frontignan, Cap d'Agde.


Montpellier airport 25 minutes drive - served by Easyjet. Beziers airport 45 minutes - served by Ryanair. Carcassonne, Nimes and Perpignan are also within easy reach (under 1h30mins) and are served by Ryanair. Car hire is useful for exploring widely but not essential.


5km to nearest town, Meze, for it food markets. 4km to remains of Roman villa and 12th century church at Loupian (& Dinosaur Park!).

Horseriding available in Bouzigues. 6km to Balaruc-les-bains thermal spa. 10km to historic port of Sete, with its canals, galleries, museums, beaches and markets. 30km to historic university city of Montpellier. Aqualand and more beaches at Agde.

Sailing and other watersports available 6km away at Balaruc or on the Mediterranean at Frontignan.

Further Details:

Bouzigues has a general grocers, a bakers, a tobacconist, a bar and several cafes and restaurants - including an ice cream parlour that has featured in Elle magazine! Supermarkets are located in Meze (5km) and Balaruc-les-bains. Bouzigues has an ATM. Nearest banks are located in Meze. There are opportunities for sailing, wind surfing and other water sports at Balaruc-les-Bains and at the Mediterranean at Frontignan-plage.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 6
2 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest
Rate 2
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 22 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
23 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday. Out of season this is flexible. Arrival time is 3pm and departure 11am. Please advise in advance if you wish to arrive or leave outside these times. If there are no other guests arriving we will do our best to accommodate this.

Payment is by cheque or bank transfer. 50% of rental to be paid on booking if more than 8 weeks before arrival. Confirmation of booking only on receiving this. Balance to be paid 8 weeks before arrival. If booking less than 8 weeks before arrival the full amount is due plus deposit. A deposit of £200 is due at the same time as the balance. This will be refunded less any deductions for damage etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The house is absolutely traditional of the old village - a large cool Cave where traditionally the boat would have been kept, thick stone walls, steep stones stairs and a big fireplace. Staying here gives you a real flavour of old village life - it's close to the boulangerie for your morning baguette and pain au chocolat straight from the oven, but it's also just a few metres from the water. It has the best views of the lagoon and the hills from the rooftop terrace and is completely private. Friends always ask to watch the summer rooftop firework displays from here and guests have said how much they enjoy barbecuing fish with the lagoon as a backdrop.

Property Type

  • house


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront


  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc and washing machine next to master bedroom on 2nd floor. Ground floor shower room with wc. The shower has fantastic water pressure.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/8 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, handbasin, antique furniture and small balcony with lagoon view. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, wardrobes and bookshelf. Bedroom 3 / Living Room with double sofa bed, ancient tiled fieplace, decorated beams and small balcony.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Thick stone walls retain cool in summer and heat in winter. All bedrooms have effective punkah ceiling fans. Cave is heated by electric radiators; upper floors by wood-burning stove and portable heaters. Outside: Large roof terrace with dining table, 2 sun loungers, chairs and deckchairs. 2 small balconies on 1st and 2nd floors. Spectacular views of the church, the hills and the Etang de Thau. Best sunsets! Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board, hairdryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided. Cleaning on changeover. Guests are expected to leave the house clean and tidy as they found it. Additional cleaning and laundry available at request at guests' expense.

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