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Tranquil Villa with Large Heated Private Pool and Games Room

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


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.

Phil and Pat Howard-Knight
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Autignac in Herault

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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 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.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)


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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Nottingham, England

Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous holiday with our friends and four children all under 4. From the moment I enquired about availability Phil and Pat gave very prompt replies to my emails and answered all my questions very thoroughly; even down to sharing their travel directions and tips from Dunkirk! We have stayed in many villas and by far this one was the best equipt, the kitchen had everything and there were plenty of toys and equipment required for children (booster seat, bed bumper, travel cot, travel system etc)

The new en suites are beautifully done and the showers were very powerful. The beds were very comfortable.

The pool was a really nice temperature and perfect for young children with the steps and the shallow end and the outdoor toilet and shower was useful too! Everything has been thought of by Phil and Pat. The safety gates sectioning off the pool from the upstairs verandah give complete piece of mind for parents and no stairs inside the villa are a real bonus too.

The most memorable part of our holiday would have to be the views from the villa and the stunning sunsets. We enjoyed walking through the village (10mins stroll) to visit the restaurant and the local park. Our favourite place to visit was Roquebrun, which has a wonderful swimming lake and very good restaurants. Thank you Phil and Pat for a holiday we can't stop talking about and will remember forever 😀

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving such a lovely review, we are delighted you had such a great time and appreciated the effort we have put into adding those home comforts that make our French home somewhere that we would like to rent ourselves.
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  • 5 of 5

The villa was perfect. It had everything we needed and more. We were a group of 6 adults and a baby, yet everybody had enough space and privacy it was great. The villa itself is massive with comfortable bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms are ensuite and the new showers are amazing. The kitchen has everything you need to cater for large families and the fridge freezer is great with the crushed ice machine. We spent every evening outside on the terrace cooking on the bbq which is a great way to dine. Amazing views, sunsets and everybody around the table. The house owners Phil and Pat are so helpful and easy to contact if you have any questions however, there is a house book with everything in it that you could possibly need. Not only does it explain where things are in the house and how things work, it also has information about places to visit. We would get the book out at breakfast and decide where we would go for the day. For a couple of days we stayed in at the villa and made the most of the heated swimming pool. The whole grouped loved it so much that within a few days of returning home we booked for next year which I am already looking forward too!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a lovely review! We are really pleased you had such a good time and look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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The Netherlands

Fantastische vakantie in een fantastische villa

  • 5 of 5

Wij hebben een heerlijke vakantie gehad in deze fantastische villa. Deze villa biedt alles wat nodig is voor een ontspannen en heerlijke vakantie. Het ligt in een omgeving van serene rust en met 30 minute rijden ben je aan mooie zandstranden. De villa is ruim en van alle gemakken voorzien en wordt goed onderhouden. Er zijn voldoende terrassen rond het huis en bij het zwembad om altijd een zonnig en windvrij plekje te vinden, ongeacht het seizoen van je verblijf. Zit je op het terras, dan raak je niet uitgekeken op de mooie omgeving. Het huis is schoon en de eigenaren Phil en Pat verlenen een uitstekende service. Deze villa kan je iedereen aanbevelen. Autignac is een klein rustig historisch frans dorpje, waar het heerlijk toeven is.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dank u voor de uw mooie beoordeling betreffende onze woning. We zijn erg blij dat u genoten heeft van uw vakantie in ons huis en kijken ernaar uit om je weer te mogen verwelkomen in de toekomst.
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Fabulous house, fantastic pool and wonderful area

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the most wonderful 2 week stay. We had mixed weather, some lovely warm days and some cloudy but warm days with light rain showers.

We have stayed in many villas in France and we could not fault this one at all. The house is very spacious and very well equipped, every detail has been thought of.

Even though we were holidaying in early Spring we were able to enjoy BBQ'ing and eating out on the patio and lounging on the new terrace during the day.

The pool is an absolute treat, the pool was heated to 24degrees by the time we arrived and we swam every day with our 2 children....even in the spitting rain!

We were the 1st guests to arrive following the addition of the 2 en-suite shower rooms, bedroom patio doors and terrace. The finish of these is 2nd to none and they make the house even more perfect.

The village of Autignac is lovely with a nice wee tabac, boulangerie and bar. A 5 minute drive finds you in Magalas with 2 supermarkets and local amenities.

We enjoyed day trips and shopping in Beziers and we spent a great day at the market in Narbonne. On our 1 very wet day we took a drive north to the Grotte de Clamous, this was a fantastic day out which the kids loved.

We are keen golfers, so tested out the local courses whilst there, we found the best of the courses to be the Championship course at Cap d'Agde....they also do a lovely lunch! The 9 hole course at Lamalou le Bains was also a fun course to play they also have a good driving range, which is very reasonably priced and children are made to feel very welcome.

From the start of our booking until the end of our holiday we received the best of care from Phil and Pat, we would recommend this villa to friends and family, and we can't wait to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad you had such a great time and enjoyed the facilities of the house, village and surrounding area. A shame the weather wasn't perfect for your stay but it wasn't too bad for early April ... since you left we've had some nice sunny days and the pool is now up to it's target 28 degrees. We were delighted you liked the new bedroom arrangement with the en-suite shower rooms and terrace. We hoped it would add that little extra something to the house but until they'd been used we couldn't be 100% sure. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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So relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We were just two and we were looking for somewhere to relax and feel we really were in France, it totally lived up to expectations and the villa description was exactly right.

But, if you want somewhere for a family holiday, you have everything you need, at the Villa and loads of nice beaches & historic places to visit. Will be going back again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Very Low season
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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.

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