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Lovely Restored House In Medieval Village With Large Private Pool.

Overview

Property

Updated: 09-Dec-2016
Winemaker's House in Laurens near Pezenas and Beziers, Languedoc. Beautiful Garden; Summer Kitchen; River Bathing Nearby; Beaches 30 Mins; CONTACT: jpob07@yahoo.co.uk

Villa Eglantine is a beautifully-restored traditional stone house, with a park-like Mediterranean garden and large private pool. The grounds look out towards the mountains of the Languedoc regional park, while the house lies just minutes from the village centre. Restored in 2007, the country house retains its original character but is fully modernised with a fitted kitchen, UK satellite TV, two en-suite shower rooms and a large family bathroom. The wonderful garden has many beautiful trees and plants, with a relaxing shady terrace and large swimming-pool. Set amid rolling vineyards, the village of Laurens is within easy reach of both mountains and the sea (30 mins), midway between the historic cities of Montpellier and Carcassonne. This attractive area of Languedoc offers river swimming, canoeing, watersports, cycling, rock climbing and golf. The village itself has a fine restaurant, several wineries and shops including two bakeries, butcher, grocer and newsagent.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We’re both journalists working in the UK, but looking forward to spending more time in France once the children have left school. Patrick spent 20 years as a reporter for the BBC, while Kate edited a magazine about food legislation. Now we run a small publishing business. We spend our holidays at Villa Eglantine, enjoying the peaceful village atmosphere. There’s always lots to do, especially keeping the garden in shape!

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Speaks French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had an amazing time, your house is beautiful, kids loved the pool



Thank you again,

Val
Jul 2016
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4 Reviews

4.8
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Ideal Location for a Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Villa Eglantine for 10 days and honestly couldn't have enjoyed it more. We are frequent visitors to France, but have never managed to visit the Languedoc. Laurens, the town in which this property is situated, is a small commune ideally situated to various other locations both in land and on the coast. The villa itself is well-furnished and equipped with everything you would need. One of our favourite parts of the property would probably be the outside kitchen, which is fantastic for not just eating, but also preparing food. We would highly recommend this property and would most certainly return in the future. The Brown Family, Scotland.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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4

Great villa in a delightful & peaceful village

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time here. It was roomy enough for 6 of us (3 generations). The pool was fantastic - very private and with lots of nearby shade. We all spent a lot of time either in it or beside it! There's plenty to do nearby - we went to the excellent market at Pezenas, went site seeing & shopping in Beziers, canoed from Roquebrun which we all loved, walked up the Gorge d'Heric (which we all reckoned should have 5*s for being fun, beautiful and full of action on a hot day!) and wine tasted a mile from the villa. On the last night we supped at the excellent and very handy Sylva Plath Restaurant. The morning ritual of walking to the boulangerie and the general store was lovely! (The owner of the general store was particularly friendly and welcoming) Loved the garden with its beautiful oleanders and the agapanthus by the well! It was very hot so fans in each room were a godsend. I must say also that having a cool place to park the car was extremely useful.....

Thank you! Thank you! We had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic property with a lovely garden. A very relaxing place for a holiday. The kids loved it, especially the pool! The adults enjoyed the good wine and beautiful vineyard walks in an unspoilt part of rural France. We were also impressed by the big open beaches which even in summer were not overcrowded.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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5

Hidden treasure

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this haven, small piece of Heaven for two weeks in September 2014. The house is excellent. it is full of charm, very well catered, very comfortable and very suitable for large families and friends. Everything necessary for a very enjoyable stay has been provided in a very tasteful manner from the provision of poolside loungers to outdoor entertaining areas. We cannot say enough about how we enjoyed our stay at the Wine makers house. The kitchen area, dining area, tv room, bedrooms etc, the layout is excellent. This house has been maintained with great care and attention to the many wonderful original features. We would highly recommend it. The town, although quiet, is so untouched by tourism so one gets to see the real France. People say hello all of the time which we found refreshing. There are so many towns nearby to visit also but the house is so comfortable it is hard to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your generous comments. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and got a real taste of life in this winegrowing region.
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Location

From the Owner

Patrick spent time working in the Languedoc region as a French student while at university. He joined a voluntary project restoring a dilapidated convent. His main job was stripping the pebbled ash from the exterior to reveal the beautiful stonework beneath. With the amount of wine consumed on site, it’s amazing the work ever got done! Ten years later we had a great holiday in the area and discovered the convent had been turned into a youth hostel. We stayed at Chateau Grezan just down the road from Villa Eglantine (they still have a good restaurant) and soaked up the atmosphere at the summer fetes in the local villages and the big Spanish-style festival in Beziers. By the time we’d saved up enough money to buy a holiday home, it didn’t take much persuading to come back.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beziers Cap d'Agde at 30 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf de Lamalou-les-Bains at 14 Kilometres Nearest Train : Beziers railway station at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Sylva Plana at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Valras/Serignan at 25 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

There's river swimming and canoeing at numerous spots along the River Orb - the closest is 20 mins away. One of the most popular is the picturesque village of Roquebrun, a 30 min drive through vine-clad hills.

The large sandy Mediterranean beaches are 30-40 minutes away. Some have no development. Others are big resorts like Cap d'Agde with watersports, boat trips and a big Aqualand water park.

The inland Lake Salagou (35 mins) offers sailing instruction in Catamarans.

Travel:

The village is just 30 minutes from Beziers/Cap d'Agde airport, now served by Ryanair from Bristol, Stansted and/or Luton. It's less than an hour's drive from Montpellier airport (Easyjet/BA), about one and a quarter hours from Carcassonne (Ryanair), Nimes (Ryanair) and Perpignan (Ryanair/Flybe/bmibaby). Toulouse (two hours drive) has several BA flights from UK. If driving, travel time from Calais is 10-12 hours. The most direct motorway route takes you across the famous Millau viaduct.

Distances:

The pretty market town of Pezenas (30 mins) has a thriving Saturday market, antique shops and many restaurants. The city of Beziers, (20 mins) has grand boulevards and sidestreets packed with stylish shops. It's famed for its August fiesta of flamenco and bullfighting.

The Parc Regional du Haut Languedoc, 25 mins north, has dramatic mountain scenery. Gorges provide great trekking, rock climbing and waterfall bathing. Also visit the genteel spa town of Lamalou, and stunning Olargues.

Further Details:

Perched on a hill at the heart of our village is a medieval chateau - now the town hall - which constitutes the main tourist attraction. It is surrounded by narrow winding streets, home to a clutch of local shops including a traditional bakery, post office, bar, general store and traiteur, offering pizza and a range of local dishes. A butcher, second bakery and newsagent are in a separate location. All shops are within walking distance of the house. A popular new restaurant with its own winery has opened on the edge of the village, serving lunches all week and evening meals at weekends. Another good restaurant lies a couple of kilometres north of the village. The nearby Chateau de Grezan has a respected winery. There are more restaurants, two supermarkets and a bank in the neighbouring village of Magalas (5 minutes' drive away). On the entertainment front, the nearby city of Beziers has bowling, two cinemas (one with some films in English), lots of shops, a bullrink (yes, they have a bullfighting festival in August!) and a spectacular medieval cathedral perched on the edge of a cliff! Don't miss the Saturday market in Pezenas. The beautiful town - where the playright Moliere first found fame - is not to be missed. It can be crowded in summer, as tourists throng the excellent art and craft shops. But it's great for a stroll and lunch al fresco.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
June
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
£150
for 1 night
£1,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
Early July
1 Jul 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
£214
for 1 night
£1,500
 
 
High season
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
£271
for 1 night
£1,900
 
 
September
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
£200
for 1 night
£1,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£114
for 1 night
£800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £350

We only take Saturday to Saturday bookings in July and August but may be more flexible at other times, depending on availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

We fell in love with Villa Eglantine the moment we saw it. From the street you have no idea how large or beautiful the grounds are. I will never forget the surprise we got as the local estate agent opened the gate of the property at the end of a long, wearisome day of house hunting. There it was, a blaze of green… dominated by its lovely trees: an enormous pine, two North African cedars, numerous blue cypresses and others that I can’t yet name. We’ve since added a swimming-pool and re-shaped the terrace, but that’s about it. The pool’s sunny position at the south of the garden away from neighbouring houses makes it the perfect place to relax and cool down.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

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

General

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The large family bath/shower room is on the second floor. Separate WC on first floor.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, with en suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Large room with space for cot and easy access to bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Easy access to bathroom
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Very large room with en suite shower room. Space for cot.
  • Bedrooms 1, 3 and 4 are on second floor. All have windows and veluxes. Room fans provided. Bedroom 2 is on the first floor overlooking the garden.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Accommodation is on the first and second floors. The front door opens on to a small sunny terrace/balcony which is reached by an external stone staircase. One double bedroom is on the first floor. The other three bedrooms, including the very large master bedroom, are on the second floor. The first floor windows facing the garden have mosquito netting. Fans provided. While smaller than the upstairs rooms, the first-floor double bedroom is the coolest in summer. For low season stays, there are electric heaters in all rooms. Outside: The private swimming pool (10 x 4.5 metres) is a short walk from the house in a secluded location surrounded by trees and oleanders. It has Roman steps and a large tiled sun terrace with sun loungers. At the back of the house, there is a kitchen/barbecue area with sink and worktop where meals can be prepared for outdoor eating. The adjacent dining area - with wooden table and chairs, is under shady trees. The garden has a superb exposition enjoying sunshine throughout the day. The pool terrace still has sun at 8pm in high summer. Magnificent trees - including Mediterranean pines, north African cedars and cypresses - provide natural shade. They are complemented by many colourful plants and fruit trees including olive, fig and pomegranate.There is a 12 ft trampoline in the garden (use at your own risk) and table tennis table for use in garage or garden. Utility Room: Washing machine in cellar/garage. Spare fridge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen provided, but not towels for the pool. For bookings over one week, fresh bed linen can be provided for a small fee. We expect guests to leave the house clean on departure. Cleaning during your stay can be arranged at your own cost. Other: Shady garden terrace for dining with large wooden table seating eight. Attractive barbecue area with sink, granite worktop and power points. The first-floor balcony gets sun most of the day, with seating for four. Ideal for breakfast/evening aperitifs.

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