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Luxury accommodation with lush, private courtyard garden and pool.

Bedrooms 4
Space 21 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet


About the property

Exceptional 400 yr old restored Vigneron’s Hse in medieval wine village. Close to rivers, gorges, sea & amenities. Ideal location for families/friends/couples.

Spacious, high quality accommodation spread across a carefully restored Vigneron's house, facing a lush, private courtyard garden, with mature trees, plants, flowers and plunge pool that wraps around an ancient barn. Just relax and soak up the French way of life, or alternatively stroll 3 minutes down the road to a Café wine bar called 'Dame Jane', selling excellent lunches, wines, local cheeses, honey and charcuterie. In the summer months they are open some weekend evenings for dinner. You can also order your bread and croissants from here for the next day. There are at least 3 wine producers in the village offering wine tastings.

The property comfortably sleeps up to 8 people with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 lounges arranged across separate areas. There is a stunning upstairs terrace for outside dining that looks down over the garden, or the whole group can comfortably eat inside in an atrium lounge-kitchen. The accommodation is arranged over two floors offering privacy for families or friends sharing the gite. There is Wi-Fi and a TV with wide selection of DVD’s.

The accommodation makes an ideal base to explore the Languedoc (a quieter, untouched 'Provence') and is 20 minutes from spectacular rivers and gorges and 40 minutes from the coast, where you can find beach restaurants and bars year round. There are also many wonderful local restaurants in the vicinity serving superb local sourced food. Alternatively you can eat in one of the many seafood restaurants along the coast.

The area is an excellent location for walking, bird-watching and many other outdoor pursuits and for the more energetic, the area offers, canoeing, golf, horse-riding, mountain biking, go-carting, paint ball, off road cycling and adventure parks nearby. There are numerous markets in the surrounding villages and towns and the renaissance town of Pezenas is 20 minutes away. If there's time, consider a visit to the historic quarter of Montpellier (1 hour), or the Roman amphitheatre at Nimes (1 hour 40 mins). The Languedoc offers a wealth of places to visit from Cathar castles, Roman towns, the Canal du Midi, coastal villages, local markets and wonderful beaches.

Last but not least, the region has been consistently voted one of the most exciting wine regions of France offering many opportunities to taste and buy a wide range of wines directly from the Domaines and Co-operatives.

More Details

Helen le May
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Dutch
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Helen le May

We moved to France in November 2002 with our son Christopher and added a black Labrador called Ella, on New Year's eve of the same year. Over the years we have had enormous fun not only renovating our 400yr old winemakers house and gite, with all its history (and challenges !), but also discovering the richness of the area and people. We have also enjoyed being part of a village with its many local fetes and seeing our son grow up in another culture.

Helen le May purchased this house in 2002

Why Helen le May chose Faugères

We chose the Languedoc, a quieter unspoilt version of Provence, after falling in love with its diversity of landscape and beauty; fabulous beaches, rolling hills, waterfalls and rivers and Mediterranean coastline and vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Living in Faugeres in the heart of the AOC wine region has given us the chance to get to know some lovely Vignerons and to hear their individual stories of wine making ... and of course the chance to taste a wide variety of delicious local wines ! We love the laid back lifestyle, the 300+ days of sunshine and a location which gives us access to Spain and the Pyrennes, just 2 hours away.

What makes this house unique

Enjoy a timeless way of life in the tranquillity of a beautiful courtyard garden and pool. Visit the many local markets to buy fresh produce to cook at home, or buy wonderful seafood along the Etang de Thau.

The gite has been carefully restored and we have tried to retain much of its original charm and character. The property is well laid out over two floors, giving plenty of privacy for everyone. Whether for one or two families or a group of friends sharing, there is a lovely dining terrace off the kitchen or there are two lower terraces around the pool for everyone to gather.

Within easy reach of cool rivers and waterfalls, Cathar castles, Roman towns, the Canal du Midi, the Med, wine Domaines and Chateaux - we love the fact that there's something for everyone !


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Faugères in Hérault

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 21 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Private bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower and wc. En-suite bathroom to bedroom 2 with shower and wc. Shared family bathroom to bedroom 3 and 4 with bath/shower over, wc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen sized bed with French doors to mini courtyard. Bedroom 2 with two standard single beds. Bedroom 3 with queen sized bed. Bedroom 4 with one standard single bed and one IKEA children's bed (up to age 6/7) suitable for 1 adult or 1 teenager and 1 small child or 2 children.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
Notes on accommodation: Suitable for couples and/or families, although there are steps. The 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 kitchens and 2 lounges have been arranged to give families or friends sharing the property, a good level of privacy, whilst also providing communal space for everyone. Parking is available 30m from the property. Outside: The property has a secluded courtyard garden with old stone walls and an abundance of plants, shrubs and flowers. There is a plunge/swimming pool and a variety of shaded or open areas from which to enjoy the garden, including 3 seperate terraces. Sunloungers and deckchairs are provided. Utility Room: Washing machine, gas bottle for stove, small drying rack. Ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included. Property is cleaned on changeover day or weekly for rentals of more than 2 weeks. Beach towels are available on request. Other: Lower level lounge with sofa bed, coffee table, TV, DVD, books and board games. WIFI available


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Luxury accommodation with lush, private courtyard garden and pool.
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Everything we thought it would be and more

  • 5 of 5

For those who appreciate getting away from the big city and staying in a fantastic small French village then this will be for you. The house was fantastic for us two couples with virtually two separate apartments but with plenty of space in one to get together! Everything you need is at hand and the host was most helpful without being intrusive. We had a great mix of sightseeing, local walks and relaxing in the beautiful garden next to and in the pool.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful family base

  • 4 of 5

We were a family of four generations including a baby and had a really lovely time here. The two levels are almost two apartments in one and provided ample room for nine people, making use of the sofa bed. All that we needed for the baby was provided too - with cot and high chair. The house was spotlessly clean and full of character, while the plunge pool, garden and different patio areas provided sun and shade in lovely surroundings throughout the day. The hosts went out of their way to be helpful to us before we even got there and continued to do so when we arrived. You do need a car as there is relatively little within walking distance, but lots to do within easy travel distance - we had some amazing trips out. No air con but fans provided. Would definitely recommend. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely spacious private gite in a quiet village

  • 5 of 5

We really felt welcomed and supported by Helen our gite owner who lived near by. The accommodation was top notch. The pool was essential for cooling off in and meals on the balcony were a pleasure. A great base for exploring this part of the Langudoc: we swam in its rivers, drank its wine and relaxed in it sun.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much Tim ! So glad you all enjoyed your stay and the area !
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Stunning garden & pool, lovely dining terrace, very helpful host

  • 5 of 5

Helen went to a great deal of trouble to research and book a sea fishing trip for my husband and friends. The garden and pool are beautiful, private and sheltered and the dining terrace is a lovely place to eat both breakfast and dinner, we sat out till late watching the swallows. The house is spacious and comfortable and allows both family and friends to have their own space. The area is beautiful and we had some lovely meals out following Helens list of recommendations. Lots to see and do, we ran out of time. Overall a lovely place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very happy that you enjoyed the area, the gite ... and the fishing trip ! And it looks like the heatwave that you had in the second week followed you home to Scotland ! Thanks again Helen
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The perfect holiday location!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived following a 2 hour car journey on a very hot July afternoon. Initially, we were unsure exactly where the property was on the road but we were greeted by Helen's friend who led us through a gate in the wall into an amazing courtyard garden with pool which certainly has the wow factor. The house, which appears quite small from the outside, is spacious and welcoming and has everything you could possibly need for your holiday.

We tended to go out in the mornings and return to the house in the afternoon to laze around the pool; the garden is private ,quiet and a suntrap so the shaded areas of the garden were very welcome. The shaded upstairs terrace was where we ate most of our meals including breakfast every morning - there aren't many shops in the village but there is a bar which sells fresh croissants and baguette - don't leave it too late though as they only carry a small amount!

There is plenty to do in the area, the coast is only about 40 mins away, Serignan beach is lovely. We had a great day out kayaking at Roquebrun - remember to take a change of clothes as you will get wet!. A must is Pezenas, where throughout July and August they hold a night fete on a Friday evening, you can sample the local wines and food from market stalls in the main street and you can then explore the town walking through the narrow streets and see the work of local artisans as the shops are open till midnight.

A fabulous holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Village house

  • 5 of 5

We had a chilled rosé waiting for us upon arrival in one of the hotest days this summer. The house has all you need to make a great vacation, in the house and in the surrounding area. Great for two familys or for one family with kids that want their privacy.

Helen is simply a great host!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Lac du Salagou
Canoe Roquebrun
Gorges de Colombières
Narbonne Cathedral
Les Gorges d'Héric
Portiragnes Plage
Les 9 Ecluses de Fonseranes
voie verte cycle path
Saint Adrien Garden
Étang de Thau
Plage de Sete
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Dame Jane Wine Bar and cafe
Nearest Train
30.5 Kilometres
Beziers TGV station and local trains
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Dame Jane Wine Bar and cafe
Nearest Beach
42.5 Kilometres
Serignan Plage
Car: necessary

Local facilities:

We have a small Epicerie within the Dame Jane Wine Bar and Cafe, in the village that sells bread, local produce wine and has a small Post Office counter. You can also eat excellent lunches here and taste wine. In the summer months they are open some weekend evenings for dinner (a 3 minute stroll from the gite).

Herepian - 8 mins drive to shops, pharmacy, supermarket and restaurants L'Ocre Rouge', L'Artichaud' and Pizzeria Sergio.

Laurens - 5 min drive with 'Le Paddock' restaurant by the Karting on your right before you reach the village, a rustic but good restaurant called 'Camping Oliveraie' with pizzas from a wood oven and 'Abbaye Sylva Plana'. Also there is a Farm Shop and Wine shop - La Ferme des Schistes and Le Caveau des Schistes open every day (9.00 -12.30 and 14.00 -

19.00) selling local produce: fruit, vegetables, honey, cheese, meat, bread and pastries and wine.

Bedarieux - 10 mins to banks, cafe, Monday market and supermarkets and a good restaurant called 'La Forge'.

Lamalou les Bains - 15 mins, riding, thermal baths, banks, pharmacies and several cafes and restaurants.

Pezenas - 25 mins to historic, rennaissance town well known for its antique shops and a good choice of cafes and restaurants.

In July and August the medieval town of Pezenas holds its 'Nuits Nocturnes' where shops in the old quarter stay open until midnight. You can taste wine, try different tasty bites, eat at restaurants or just wander through the little cobbled streets and soak up the atmosphere.

Magalas - a medieval village 15 mins from us with 'Bistrot La Galeries', Place d'Eglise in the centre of the village with charming outside terrace and also another supermarket on the outskirts. Just outside Magalas in the vines is 'Chateau Saint Pierre de Serjac' an upmarket hotel where you can reserve a table at their terrace restaurant, overlooking the pool.

Saint Chinian - 40 mins to a little, typical French village with a good Sunday market and is an AOC wine region like Faugeres, with a great selection of wines to taste.

Beziers - 35 mins with cathedral, shops and markets and 'Les Neufs Ecluses de Fonserannes' with its Locks opening out on to the Canal du Midi.

The Canal du Midi is a perfect place to cycle along in the shade or stroll along or take a boat trip or hire a boat.


The Med is 40 minutes by car and the nearest beaches are Serignan Plage, Portiragnes Plage ('Ouest' is the best one) and Valras Plage.

Serignan Plage has miles of white sand which becomes Portiragnes Plage and has two rustic restaurants on the beach, where you can hire beds and parasols, and hear live music on some evenings. Valras is more built up with some shops and a wide choice of little restaurants.

Leucate plage with its waves and windsurfing area is around 1hr 10mins.

Other interesting places to visit:

Lac Salagou - 35 mins to wind surfing, sailing and cooling off in the lake. There are several small snack restaurants in the area or you can eat at 'Auberge du Lac a la Puech' with a view over the lake . Near lac Salagou is the Cirque de Moureze with its Dolomite rock formations and good walking ! You can eat at some small snack places in the area or on the terrace of the Auberge de Val Moureze.

Roquebrun/River Orb - 40 mins down a pretty valley for canoeing and lovely historic village set into the hills with a couple of cafes and restaurants.

Gorges de Colombieres - 20 minutes to a lovely waterfall with a 'snack/light lunch place'.Gorges d'Heric - (near Mons La Trivalle with a small, good store and cafe) 40 mins to another lovely waterfall where you can walk for about an hour up beside the waterfall to a tiny hamlet.

St. Guilhem le Desert - 1 hr 10 mins to a picturesque medieval village with ancient abbey, founded in 804 and classed a UNESCO world heritage site and has little shops and restaurants. Caves - just before arriving at St Guilhem on the left are the 'Grottes de Clamouse' offering a guided tour and a great place to escape the heat in the summer !

For anther outdoor idea the Voie Verte Passa Pais is a super 76km long footpath and cycling path that was created from an old railway line, down the du Jaur valley, past Olargues to Mazamet in the Tarn. You can pick this up from Herepian a 5 minute drive from us, or at many other points along the scenic valley, like Colombieres or at Mons la Trivalle to name a few.

On the second Sunday of July every year our village Faugeres holds its own lively 'Fete du Vin' which attracts Vignerons from all over the Faugeres AOC and up to 5,000 people visit to taste the wines or buy local products.


A great choice of airports are available to you; Beziers is our closest airport only 40 mins away - Ryanair. Montpellier (1 hr 10 mins by car) - British Airways and Air France and Easyjet. Carcassonne (1hr 15mins by car) -Ryanair, Flybe. Perpignan (1hr 15 mins by car)- Ryan Air, Flybe. Nimes (1hr 30 mins by car) - Ryanair. Or Girona, in Spain - 2hrs 10 mins.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Faugères, Herault

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
29 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Payments: deposit of 35% with booking, balance 10 weeks prior to arrival. We also require a refundable security deposit of £250 payable in cash on arrival. This security deposit (or part thereof) will be returned to you on the day of departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturday change over. Please depart by 10am and arrivals are between 4pm and 7pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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