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Tranquil Villa with Large Heated Private Pool and Games Room

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Villa in Autignac, Nr. Bezier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location, with Stunning Views over Vineyards

This peaceful and secluded villa is the perfect place to unwind. It is set in its own very large, private Mediterranean garden, with the large main terrace facing south west offering the perfect opportunity to sip the local wine and watch the sun sink behind the vine covered hills. The villa has everything for modern living, American-style fridge/freezer with ice maker, dishwasher, washing machine, UK satellite TV, DVD, video, hi-fi, wireless internet. The living room with feature fireplace (with wood burning stove for Winter lets – there is also electric central heating) leads through French windows to large terraces on either side of the house for all day sun or shade. The villa also boasts a large, luxury, heated swimming pool with extensive terrace and a well-equipped games room. The villa, which has superb views of vineyards and local countryside, is at the edge of the charming medieval village of Autignac, just a few minutes walk to the village centre. The two rear bedrooms benefit from the recent addition of en suite shower rooms and double French doors with extensive vies of the local countryside.


Owner
Phil and Pat Howard-Knight
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
30 June, 2017

About Phil and Pat Howard-Knight

We are a couple in our 60s who have always enjoyed travelling to France. Once our two children grew older and became more independent we wanted to have somewhere we could call our home away from home, so we bought our French house in 2005. We spent a year turning it into our home.

We do have our own separate apartment at the property which we can use when the main house is let. It is completely separate with a separate entrance and does not overlook the "guest" areas at all or share any facilities. We do need to be there at various times during the season in order to do any maintenance and ensure that our own high standards are being met. We always discuss this with any guests and respect their wishes; some guests love us to be there but others prefer not.

Phil and Pat Howard-Knight purchased this villa in 2005

Why Phil and Pat Howard-Knight chose Beziers area

When we were looking for our French home we wanted to be in the South to have the weather as warm as possible and our other criteria were:- to either have a swimming pool or enough land to build one - we ended up building; to be within walking distance of the centre of a village with enough facilities to meet our everyday needs; to be very quiet; to have some wow factor - ours is the views with stunning sunsets; to be within an hours drive of the sea - Phil likes diving; and to be an old stone building - this is the only one of our criteria we didn't manage to meet, however the house does have character and as it's not old it has all the advantages of a modern building.

What makes this villa unique

The walk into the village in the morning, to get fresh bread, takes just over 5 minutes, which make an excellent start to the day. We so much enjoy being around the villa and pottering that we still have lots of touristy things to do. It's the best place we know to chill out. The sun sets over the hills behind the house and we make it a ritual to have our 'sundowner', watching the birds swoop to get their last feed of the day, followed by the bats getting their first. We often then continue to sit out with the barbecue until the sky is full of stars.

We make improvements to the house every year, we like to think each year the house is even better than the last. Also we strive to make the house somewhere we ourselves like to stay, comfortable and very well equipped but not too fussy.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'The best family holiday we have ever had. The villa is just wonderful, we will never forget the long evenings spent on the terrace and the hours of fun we had in the pool. I would recommend your Villa to anyone.' - Martyne Falzon and Family.

'WOW where do I start? This villa is spectacular and those views are amazing. We've spent many long evenings gazing over the mountains and in awe of the scenery. A fantastic and exhilarating holiday in mind-blowing surroundings.' - Walmsley family

'We will ensure our colleagues and friends know that you have an exceptionally well equipped villa in an idyllic setting and what a good time we had.' - Keith and Dot Robinson'

'The villa is absolutely lovely and was better equipped than any previous villa we have stayed in. It is also comfortable and homely. The pool was wonderful. We loved the table tennis table and snooker table.' - Mary Hardman
Sep 2009
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Autignac in Hérault

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This is the main bathroom for the property.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to the master bedroom.
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to the family room with double sink.
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , Off the main living area.
  • Large bathroom with separate shower and wc. Two bedrooms have en suite shower rooms. Separate wc. Poolside wc and shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , The master bedroom has it's own en suite shower room.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , With twin single beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , The family bedroom has it's own en suite shower room.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with king-sized bed, en suite shower room and double doors overlooking extensive views. Family room, with king-sized and single beds, en suite shower room and double doors overlooking extensive views. Twin room with two single beds. All bedrooms have ceiling fans.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The villa has a wood burning stove in the lounge area and electric central heating for winter lets. Children are welcome, with a small selection of toys and books. A high chair and travel cot are available, There is a selection of magazines, books, CDs, DVDs and videos. Outside: The Mediterranean gardens extend to over 3000sq.m. There are numerous areas for sitting and lounging, with outdoor tables and chairs as well as sun loungers by the private, heated, secluded 10 x 5m pool. A barbecue is provided on the rear terrace, which has views over the hills to the West and mountains of the National park to the North. Utility Room: The washing machine with laundry sink, is housed in the games room. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels, (although not beach towels) are included with the property. Additional bed linen will be provided for visitors staying more than one week. Other: Large games room on the lower ground floor with table tennis, snooker and table football tables. The villa has wifi internet and wii.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Tranquil Villa with Large Heated Private Pool and Games Room
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 30 reviews
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5

Top class villa in excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

This was one of our best, if not the best, experience we've had with holiday villas over the years. Everything was perfect with the villa - every comfort, extremely well maintained and we would not hesitate to recommend it to friends and family. Loved the view from the terrace and the atmosphere in the local village, with its bar/café.

Lots to see locally and we particularly liked Roquebrun, Pezenas, Meze and Marseillan.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review; we are very pleased you enjoyed your holiday in our house.
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5

Wonderful villa with large private pool

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous two weeks holiday in this well equipped villa. Phill & Pat were very helpful with any questions we had and the correspondence was prompt and friendly.

The villa is set in a stunning location with panoramic views across the vineyards. The villa and Pool are very well maintained. We liked how Phil & Pat have thought of everything you could possibly need in and around the villa, from the essential items you would have in your pantry to a small sowing kit, even a cool box and rucksack for those days at the beach. After a busy day site seeing the large pool was extremely welcoming and with us being a group of 5 adults we all found our own peaceful corner to relax read a book or just have a little doze. My wife and I particularly enjoyed the tranquility of the terrace early in the morning with a coffee and fresh baguette and again in evening watching the stunning sunsets with a glass of local wine.

We all truly had a wonderful stay, thank you Phil and Pat.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review Edward, we are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and appreciated the efforts we have made to make Couche du Soleil a real home away from home.
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5

Excellent villa with pool and lovely views.

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely villa in a beautiful location with a great pool and a fantastic panorama from the terrace. Pat and Phil were excellent hosts and the rooms were air conditioned (especially in 36 degrees), clean and well maintained. The village of Autignac is lovely with just one bar in the main square (great pizzas and wine served from underneath the counter, brilliant), a boulangerie an epecerie and a tiny supermarket. What more could a man want? Overall, an excellent experience and we would love to return very soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a lovely review and we're very pleased that you had such a great time. One minor correction for future guests; we don't actually have air-conditioning but the multiple ceiling fans throughout the house can keep the rooms quite cool.
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Lovely Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a repeat visit for me and I decided to come back as I knew it would be relaxing and care free. The villa is spacious, well organised, excellently equipped and the alterations made since my previous stay are amazing - doors straight onto a sun terrace from the bedroom are a lovely addition. The pool is always perfect for a "cool off" dip and beautifully maintained. More than enough to do (even just in the villa) come rain or shine but if you want to venture out you are less than 30 mins from some lovely beaches and historic villages. Of course, this part of France is very much about the wine and Autignac is a wine producing village so there is always something going on, albeit at a pace of life quite in keeping with the surroundings. Wander around the village, say hello to some of the locals and visitors alike. Well worth a visit and a great chance to really experience rural France. Enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Teresa, we are so glad you enjoyed your time here again and it's great to know the improvements we keep making and the efforts we go to to make the place feel like home are appreciated.
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5

super villa

  • 5 of 5

nous avons passer un agréable séjour dans la villa

elle est très bien entretenue, bien située et très fonctionnel

les propriétaires sont des gens formidable très accueillant

nous y retourneront sans hésitation

merci a phil et à pat pour cette superbe semaine

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nous vous remercions de votre avis Cécile. Nous sommes très heureux que votre séjour vous a plu et nous espérons vous accueillir à nouveau à l'avenir.
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5

Wonderful villa, you will not wish to leave!

  • 5 of 5

This is a splendid villa 20km or so in land from Béziers. We stayed for 2 weeks and barely left for the first week as we spent our time with our 4 kids by the magnificent pool (which was at perfect refreshing temperature in the August sunshine) or on the terrace that overlooks the beautiful Languedoc countryside with superb view and amazing sunsets. The pool is equipped with night lights both in and around, and swimming under the stars at night was an absolute pleasure. The basement games room was also much used by all of us throughout our stay and there was a selection of books and DVDs as well as UK Freeview and French TVs channels. There is plenty to do locally, canoeing at Roquebrun was fantastic fun and naturally our kids enjoyed the beaches. There are numerous vineyards in the area and reasonably priced good quality french meals in Béziers and numerous other local towns. The owners seemed to have covered everything and the villa was very well equipped. We would not hesitate to recommend the Couche de Soleil and have absolutely nothing negative to say about the place. Phil was a pleasure to deal with and made it all very easy. A very memorable family holiday - a no-brainer to give 5 stars from the Craigs!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Beziers
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
In the village
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Portiragne
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The Mediterranean coast in approximately 25 minutes drive away, with beaches and facilities to suit all tastes, from very quiet to those offering a wealth of water sports.

Travel:

The nearest airport is at Beziers Agde, being 20 minutes drive away, with Montepellier, Perpignan and Carcasonne approximately one hours distance. Whilst the village offers all one could need for day to day living, public transport is infrequent and car hire or bike hire is therefore recommended.

Distances:

The villa is a few minutes walk of the centre of the village where there is a cafe which does excellent value weekday lunches. The cafe has recently been refurbished and offers a la carte evening meals during the summer. The village also has a baker's, mini market, green grocer's, post office and pharmacy. A wider selection of shops can be found in Magalas some 5km away. The nearest city is Beziers with its famous flower market.

Further Details:

Languedoc's diversity caters for all tastes, from mountaineering to wind surfing, from bird watching to sunbathing, from canoeing the rapids to diving. The fascinating medieval towns of Beziers (famous for its flower market on Fridays and the annual 'Feria'), Pezenas (with its wonderful Saturday market) and the African Wildlife Reserve at Sigean are just a short distance away. There are number of mediaeval towns nearby and as it is an area that has suffered a turbulent history there are a wealth of historical sites to explore, including the magnificent Abbeys of Frontfroide and Lagrasse, the Cathar castles in Peyrepertuse and Queribus and the fortified town of Carcasonne. Inland there are many opportunities for hill walking amongst astounding scenery, the grottes of Clamouse, Deveze and Demoiselles and Lake Salagou for fresh water swimming and water sports. There is also excellent river fishing in the Orb and lake fishing in lake Salagou.

Nearby is the picturesque Canal du Midi, featured in the TV series 'Rick Stein's French Odyssey', which passes by fascinating countryside and has beautiful flat walks and cycle rides along its towpaths.

Just outside the village lies the impressive ‘Chateau de Grezan’ – a superb chateau hidden by vineyards and trees. It is owned by the Lanson Champagne family and is also the home of an excellent wine cave. Also nearby are the Paul Ricard caves in Bessan and the museum and caves of Noilly Prat in the pretty harbour side village of Marseillan.

In the next village of Magalas, a short drive away, there are three restaurants (including O Bontemps which has an excellent reputation), bank, tourist information and supermarket. The village is in the heart of the wine growing region and so there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting nearby.

There are tennis courts in the village.

A silversmith offers courses in the village.

A local artist holds watercolour painting workshops in a nearby village (see www.painting-in-france.com)

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Autignac, Herault

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,550
for 7 nights
£1,550
 
 
Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£860
for 7 nights
£860
 
 
Low season
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£525
for 7 nights
£525
 
 
Very Low season
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
£257
for 4 nights
£450
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
£857
for 4 nights
£1,500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Shorter periods and non Saturday to Saturday bookings may be possible away from high season; please contact the owner for more information.

Changeover Day:
Our changeover day is Saturday. Arrival after 4.00pm and departure by 10.00am.


Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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