House in Boussagues, Nr. Bedarieux, Languedoc-Roussillon - Tranquility Itself, But 10 Minutes From Supermarket And Less Than An Hour From The Mediterranean
This is a fully modernised stone-built house in a remarkable fortified medieval village well off the beaten track providing true peace and quiet. The house boasts generous accommodation with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms plus a separate loo, a modern, well-equipped kitchen with washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooker, gas hob, microwave etc., next to a good-sized dining room adequate for 8 or more, and a very large living room leading to a private terrace overlooking two of the three gardens belonging to the property. The third garden, contains the small pool, plenty of room to sunbathe and a decked area for those who prefer the shade. Boussagues is at the top of a steep winding road 2 miles from La Tour sur Orb with its supermarket and post office. Bedarieux, 15 minutes away, is a standard French town with a weekly market and all the usual services. The Med is less than hour away, and there's a golf course in easy reach. Satellite TV and internet access are also available.
About the Owner
We're in our early 60's and live in pastoral Co Down, Northern Ireland (though I'm English by birth). We sold a large house in Belfast ten years ago, bought a cottage and used the change to buy the house in Boussagues.
We find it idyllic, though it's not for you if you don't like peace and quiet. When we're there - not as often or for as long as we would wish - we're disturbed only by the Church bell, the occasional cockerel, and the odd tractor in a field nearby. It's ideal for a spring or autumn week simply to relax and do nothing - but equally grand as a base for longer summer break. We enjoy both, and have explored the area, which we find quite delightful, pretty extensively. Neighbours, both French and English, are extremely pleasant and helpful and we get on very well.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We're fortunate in never having received complaints, and this year's visitors all seem to have enjoyed themselves thoroughly. One group of four have booked a further three week stay for 2015, so will be making their fourth consecutive visit to the house.
From the Owner
“We found the house by chance after dropping in to a local estate agent and explaining that we had in mind a house with a bit of character, ideally in the country. We viewed a number, but agreed, quite independently, that this one, which was the first we saw, was the one for us. It's old fashioned and idiosyncratic, with steps up or down between most rooms, thick walls and ageing shutters, but it suits us. We love the tranquility, but enjoy being disturbed just occasionally by a passing group of tourists, who always look surprised that they've come upon us and think they've wandered into a private garden! Yet shops and banks are not far away, and whilst a car is essential, we would need one anyway so there's no problem. All who've visited have loved it. You'll do the same.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Given the relative remoteness of the village it's an admirable centre for walking and hiking holidays, though we find it's best for simply relaxing in the peace and quiet.
Valras, Vias, Serignan, Portiragnes, Le Grau d'Agde and Cap d'Agde all have wide sandy beaches with all the usual beach facilities for families, and are all about an hour's drive away.
Beziers - 50 minutes, Carcassonne - 90 minutes, Perpignan - 100 minutes, Montpellier - 90 minutes. Further afield, Marseille - 2 hours, Rodez - 2 hours, Nimes - 2 hours, Toulouse - 2.5 hours. We always hire a car, and you will need vehicular transport to get up to the village from the main road.
La Tour sur Orb is 2 miles away at the bottom of the hill, Bedarieux some 5 miles away and Lamalou les Bains, a delightful, old-fashioned spa town a further 5 miles beyond. In the other direction Le Bousquet d'Orb and Lunas lie a few miles to the north, with Avene and Lodeve beyond and Clermont l'Herault and the lac de Salagou 20 miles east. Beziers and Narbonne, with a range of sites and activities, are 60 minutes and 90 minutes away respectively.
The village of Boussagues itself, delightful and tranquil though it is, has no shopping or eating facilities at all. The nearest supermarket is in La Tour sur Orb at the foot of the hill, while Bedarieux is an ordinary town with banks, shops, supermarkets, pharmacies and a couple of good restaurants, La Forge (v good) and La Rapiere (good). The Chateau at Lunas used to be an excellent restaurant, but seems to be going through some sort of metamorphosis, but the Auberge Gourmande across the river is fine. Others worth trying are L'Ocre Rouge in Herepian, the Hotel Belleville in Lamalou and, if you're feeling wealthy, L;Abbaye at Villemagne. We find the whole area enchanting, whether wandering through the local towns on market days, visiting the vineyards, which are absurdly plentiful and the quality of whose product is remarkably good, lying on the beach at Valras, or simply dozing beside the pool. The Canal du Midi is well worth exploring, and Beziers and Narbonne deserve attention. You're also within striking distance of Carcassonne - a wholly worthwhile day trip - and the Cathar castles of Peyrepetuse, Queribus, Lascalles, Mont Segur etc a litle further away. In the other direction, Nimes is a fascinating city, and the gateway to the Camargue, while northwards you have Millau and its stunning bridge across the Tarn valley, and to the south west, Perpignan and, three hours away, Barcelona.
- Booking Notes:
Please email or telephone us at home in the UK to book your stay. We would like a 30% deposit on confirmation of your reservation, with the balance payable one month before arrival.
Weekends are significantly easier, but we will do our best to accommodate you if we can.
Notes on prices:
The prices for 2015 are exactly the same as for last year, and we believe represent good value for money. The house is comfortable, roomy and very well equipped, and we're sure you will enjoy a sojourn there.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Difficult to avoid repetition, but what I suppose we like the best is the uniqueness of the property. It is unusual, with two internal staircases, three separate gardens, two roomy cellars and an open mezzanine. Even when you have a houseful - and we've slept a dozen on occasion - there's still somewhere to find peace and quiet, to lie in the sun or the shade with a book and glass of the local rose, and that's without moving more than 30 yards from the front door. On the other hand, you can have uproarious parties on the terrace and in the barbecue and cherry gardens, confident that you won't be disturbing anyone else's peace, provided you don't do it every day! And the weather between June and September means that you can eat all meals outside and sit on the terrace all night if you like!”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- pets considered
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Main modern fully tiled bathroom downstairs off kitchen with large corner bath and shower, with twin wash hand basins. Separate toilet. Bathroom 2 off bedroom 3 with toilet, wash hand basin and shower cubicle.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 and 2 each with double bed. Bedroom 3, reached via bedroom 2, with single bed with pullout twin bed. A double futon is available in main living room.
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: The house is comfortable and pretty easy to keep clean. The floors are either tiled or laminate, so there are no carpets to worry about. Because of the thickness of the walls - over 1 metre in some parts - the house remains pleasantly cool even when it's roasting outside. Outside: Small garden just below terrace is known, for obvious reasons, as the barbecue garden. Beyond it, and beyond a flight of stone steps (which are a public right of way) is the shaded cherry garden, delightful for morning coffee or an afternoon doze in one of the swing seats provided. Opposite the kitchen door is a gate giving access to the Secret Garden, or the pool garden where decking provides both sunlit and shaded areas as well as the small but highly refreshing swimming pool. There are plenty of garden chairs either in the small shed opposite the front door or in the cellar below the living room, and both the terrace and the cherry garden boast a swing seat. Utility Room: No separate utility room, but cupboard under stairs has iron, ironing board, hoover, brushes etc. Shed opposite front door contains barbecue, garden tools etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are provided. House will be spick and span on arrival and for a two week stay a mid-term clean can be arranged as necessary. Other: Mezzanine has part of the extensive library (fiction and non-fiction), small stereo system and range of CDs, and a couple of easy chairs. Full internet access now available. Best wifi reception in dining room.