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Acanthus - Charming Village House for Rent

Overview

Property

Updated: 03-Dec-2016
House in Saint Chinian, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon - In Lovely Languedoc Village, Between Sea and Mountains

This thoughtfully restored house sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. The property is located on a wide and quiet tree lined street in the centre of Saint-Chinian. There are ample free car parking spaces available in the shaded square just behind the house. Swimming pool in village. 35 minutes to beaches. Electric heating makes for extra comfort during the colder winter months. The spacious accommodation is arranged over three floors. Ground floor with entrance hall, utility room and bathroom. First floor with large sitting/dining room with balcony and kitchen. Second floor with 2 bedrooms and a large bathroom.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I've been living with my partner in St Chinian now since 1998 and am still captivated by the area. We first came to the area for a long weekend, to visit friends who'd settled here. It was Easter, the weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful time. At the end our stay we decided to come back later in the year, and booked a two week stay in St Chinian.

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Speaks English, French, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

Auch wenn die Zeit nur kury war, so war es aber doppelt schön.



Wer haben es nicht nur genossen das Weihnachtsfest, die wenigen Tage mit den Eltern zu verbringen, wir haben auch das Glück gehabt eine einmalig schöne, gemütliche, liebevoll eingerichtete Wohnung nutzen zu dürfen.
Dec 2015
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9 Reviews

5
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

Minnesota
5

Beautiful, spacious, sunny, comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Can’t imagine staying anywhere else… Acanthus is gorgeous and welcoming. The hosts are extraordinary with their care and attention, and as a result walking into the house feels like coming home. I’ve stayed there 6 or 7 times now, and each time can hardly wait to get back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday home in Saint Chinian

  • 5 of 5

I have had three holiday stays at Acanthus, and I hope to be able to enjoy many more. The location of the house is ideal, only a few steps away from the market square, and the property is absolutely as described.

The kitchen is wonderfully equipped with everything anyone might need to prepare full meals, and the refrigerator/freezer is an absolute bonus, as it is not one of the little below-counter ones which can only accommodate one ice-cube tray!

The house is immaculately maintained, the bedrooms are comfortable, and the main bathroom/shower is fully modernized. The owners are extremely helpful and accommodating, and always willing to recommend activities and places to visit..

The village itself has a number of restaurants and cafes, and the twice-weekly markets are fabulous. I would certainly recommend Acanthus to a friend, and I certainly hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure to host you - I'm looking forward to seeing you again before too long!
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Minnesota
5

Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I’ve stayed at Acanthus 6 or 7 times now, and will keep coming back to St. Chinian for the people, the village, the vineyards, the markets, the shops and restaurants, and for the warmth and beauty of Acanthus. The house and its furnishing are beautiful, so comfortable, bright, and inviting. And the village has everything that’s needed for a perfect holiday—gorgeous walks, friendly shopkeepers, amazing plat du jours, local wines and cheeses and fresh produce, markets twice a week, oh, and the patisseries…oh my… I keep going back, and can’t imagine going anywhere else in southern France.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Saint Chinian was wonderful and exactly what I dreamed of. This IS a charming village house and more comfortable than I could imagine. The owners set up just the right touches to make it feel like it was a home away from home...lots of books, magazines, movies to keep me happy. The location was perfect as we did not have a car but we were able to walk everywhere to get what we needed.

Some of our favorite things to do: the outdoor market on Thursdays was interesting and fun because of the food, household goods and clothing sold, going to the Bakery, the butcher, restaurants, and even an antique store in town to name a few. We walked to the Le Madura winery and took several other relaxing walks outside the village.

If you want to experience a true French village, I highly recommend this lovely house and village. I can't wait to go back!

Antony and Andreas (owners) are charming folks who eagerly helped us discover things to do in this enchanting area.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words - I'm so pleased to hear that your visit to Saint-Chinian and to my house was so enjoyable! We look forward to seeing you again before too long!!
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Perfect Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a comfortable, clean and well appointed Pied a terre in the south of France look no further. Acanthus more than lives up to the pictures and reviews. It is a charming little house sat on the corner of a quiet street just off the main hub of St Chinian.

The kitchen is spacious and fully equipped with everything you need and a few things you didn't think you would! Two good sized bedrooms and a large shower room on the top floor and below a lovely bright salon across from the kitchen which opens out onto a little balcony just right for two people to sit and enjoy the quiet bustle of the town. A laundry area and second shower can be found on the ground floor and if you need anything your hosts can usually be found in the office behind, formally the garage. This is a real home from home.

St Chinian has many local wineries with free tastings and there are good restaurants to suit all budgets. On Sundays the market is excellent, offering a huge range of food, clothing and household goods. Everything you need is on the doorstep and if you want to venture further afield you are surrounded by beautiful old villages, vineyards and medieval cities such as Carcassonne which is only an hour away.

The hosts have paid great attention to detail with numerous travel guides and booklets for you to browse and they are never far away if you need advice. We came for 8 nights and had a wonderfully relaxing break. Book with confidence, you'll be in safe hands.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, Thank you so much for this glowing review - it's a pleasure to read that you had such an enjoyable holiday at Acanthus!! I do hope that we'll see you again before too long - it was a pleasure having you to stay!
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Regular visitors

  • 5 of 5

This was the fifth time we have stayed at Acanthus, so obviously we like it. This year we used the off season flexibility to have a ten day break in St Chinian.

There are a range of good restaurants in the main street for an evening meal and many more in the surrounding towns and villages for lunch as you travel round the area. On a fine day lunch sat on the terrace at the Petit Nice in Rouquebrun just 16 km from St Chinian is a regular event for us.

We also visit several of the local vineyards and the only problem is not to buy too much. A favourite is Chateau Belot about 1 km out on the road towards Cessenon.

Acanthus has wi-fi, English TV channels, books, DVDs etc all within an old French house which has been modernised without losing its essential character. The owners live nearby and can be contacted if required - thought the information provided has always been adequate for us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments - I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your fifth visit to Acanthus and St Chinian! I look forward to seeing you again before too long!!
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Location

From the Owner

We bought the house during that first holiday in St Chininan - it was very much love at first sight with the village and the area. We were staying across the road and looking from the windows of our apartment we could see this house with a large for sale sign on it. At the time there were no estate agents, so we visited with the local notary who had the keys and took us round. We visited a second time with our friends who lived locally and at the end of our holiday we'd signed for the house and arranged everything - and we've never once regretted it.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beziers at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Le Vernazobre at 200 Metres Nearest Golf : Beziers Saint Thomas at 40 Kilometres Nearest Train : Beziers TGV at 30 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A9 - Exit 36 at 29 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Cafe de la Paix at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Valras Plage at 40 Kilometres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The closest beach is Valras Plage - a long sandy beach with a bustling centre at one end and a long quiet stretch in the opposite direction. There are many other beaches along the mediterranean in easy reach, some more suitable for families with children, others catering to naturists.

Travel:

Nearest airports are Beziers-Cap d'Agde 35km, Montpellier 103km, Carcassonne 118km, Nimes 152km, Perpignan 114km, Toulouse 213km, Girona 207km. TGV railway station in Beziers and Narbonne. St Chinian can be reached by public transport (bus) but a car is recommended to make the best of the local sights and places of interest.

Distances:

Nearest towns include Beziers 30km, Narbonne 35km and the historic fortress town of Carcassonne 71km. Acanthus is 2 minute walk from the market square, and only a little further from the bakeries, restaurants and other shops and services of the village.

Further Details:

Saint-Chinian has something on offer for everyone, be it the interesting local wines, the stunning scenery, the food in the twice weekly market, the peaceful country walks, or the slower pace of life. Within a very small radius there is horse-riding, canoeing and swimming as well as lots of sightseeing.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
29 Oct 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£244
for 7 nights
£244
 
 
Off season
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£320
for 7 nights
£320
 
 
Mid Season
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£374
for 7 nights
£374
 
 
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£425
for 7 nights
£425
 
 
Mid Season
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£370
for 7 nights
£370
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£366
for 7 nights
£366
 

Additional pricing information

Laundry and final clean £42
Refundable Damage Deposit £126
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Notes on prices:
Prices are quoted in Euros. Payment can be accepted in either Pounds Sterling or Euros. Payment may be made by credit card via PayPal. A surcharge will be applied for PayPal payments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

Acanthus is just a few steps away from the market square, and the house is close to all amenities whilst not being close enough to them to suffer noise. You can get to St Chinian by public transport and if you don't want to stray from the village you don't have to, everything can be found locally. A car will allow you to explore a bit more, and St Chinian is ideally placed to visit in all directions.

Property Type

  • house

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • The large bathroom on the second floor has a corner shower cabin, wash basin and WC. The newly renovated bathroom on the ground floor is equipped with a shower, WC and wash basin.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms) Notes on bedrooms: A crib/folding baby bed can be provided on request

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The house is well stocked with a selection of books for all tastes, DVDs and board games. Internet access via WiFi. Outside: The little balcony off the sitting room is perfect for sitting with a book or watching the world go by. Free parking is available in the square just behind the house. Utility Room: The utility room is equipped with a washing machine, iron and ironing board, and provides storage space for empty suitcases or other bulky items. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is equipped with all bedding, linens and bath towels, you'll only need to bring towels for beach/pool use. A one-off charge of 50 euros is made towards laundry and final clean.

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