Lovely 3 Bed House in Mons la Trivalle, Haut Languedoc Regional Natural Park - perfect for outdoor activities
La Casela is a 17th century stone house which we refurbished for our family in 2003 and to which we return each year. It is set on the edge of a friendly, small hamlet (Mons) which nestles on the side of Mont Caroux. The scenery is beautiful - vineyards line the valley, chestnut forest flanks the slopes which rise to the heather-covered mountain top. The house is perfect for exploring the area on foot, or as a base to enjoy swimming in nearby rivers and gorges, canoeing, riding, cycling on the long distance cycle path along the valley or mountain biking for the more adventurous, or venturing further afield to the beach or wine-tasting tours.
The house is very comfortable inside: the bedrooms and bathroom are light and pretty and the kitchen is very well equipped. The living room is spacious with a TV/DVD, sofa and chairs for relaxing and a wood burning stove for colder times. There is plenty of outside space for sunbathing and relaxing - either on the terraces or in the garden. There is also a sofa bed in case friends want to stay.
Mons La Trivalle is a small community in the Herault. The ancient part of the village is called Mons and it is located very close (1km) to the beautiful Gorges d'Heric. This is where our house, La Casela, is located and there is a lovely footpath straight from the house through chestnut woods to the Gorges, where you can swim, rock climb or hike. The environment is very tranquil and the perfect location for a family holiday. At the bottom of the valley (5 minute walk) is La Trivalle, where you find a bar, baker, grocery shop and restaurant. There is also a long distance, traffic-free cycle route through the village extending for 30km in either direction.
The river Orb runs through the bottom of the valley and provides wonderful opportunities for canoeing, swimming and sunbathing.
All in all the house is a great location for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with good access to outdoor activities. In addition, the house is very comfortable and if you don't fancy going out at all, the terraces and garden provide the perfect location for reading and relaxing.
Top Traveller Review
A very special place to stay
About the Owner
We restored La Casela to become a beautiful family home while living in France. We are now back in the UK but visit often and would welcome sharing our home with you.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We had a fantastic holiday at Mons - many thanks for providing such a fantastic home for us to use. The house was lovely in a fantastic setting and the gorge was brilliant and the kayaking was enjoyed by all who took part. Overall we would give Mons a 4 star rating! Mr Jeffreys August 2012
We had a wonderful time in La Casela. Both the house and the surrounding area were beautiful. The house was well equipped and we were particularly impressed by your extensive selection of books. My husband loves to cook and he was very fond of the kitchen. We also had some great walks in the area around the gorge. All in all we had a lovely stay in La Casela. Mrs Bente, July 2012
I very much enjoyed our stay in La Casela. Ah, the bliss of no background traffic noise or piped music! I found the house and garden utterly sympatico and loved sallying forth down to the village below. Ms Whiteman, July 2012.
4.7 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
It is in a beautiful area and views from upstairs windows are particularly nice. Walking to the home from where you park the car is a bit of an effort but that's part of the overall charm. The home was very clean, there was a welcoming bottle of wine, the internet was good, the bed was comfortable and the home is spacious and authentic. Owner responds quickly via electronic communication. Excellent centrally located area for hiking.
There is no freezer, not even a tiny one, in the small refrigerator. Not an huge problem, but I wish we had known ahead of time before shopping for groceries. A late, but final disappointment was that when we paid the required 300£ security deposit it was US, $397.33. When the 300£ deposit was credited back the £ had dropped and we got only $366--a direct additional $33 charge. Ah Brexit.
A very special place to stay
We were looking for an old country cottage with character and ambience where we could have a few days rest and relaxation with our two dogs. We found exactly that! The house is a couple of hundred metres from the Church car park and up a winding stone path. It oozes history but also is well equipped and comfortable. It is a lovely place just to BE.. We loved sitting on the spacious terrace in the September sunshine, watching the dogs stretched out on the cool flagstones after leaping over the stone walls and playing with the autumn leaves on the walk to the gorge . The views from the upstairs windows are stunning. The village shop ( 20 minute walk) is brilliant and the cafe bar very friendly. We will be back!
Beatifically restored building
We had a perfect time in this much loved holiday home. We did loads of walking and exploring in the area. The local epicerie is perfect for buying all ones foodie needs supplemented by bread from the village boulangerie. The house is very well equipped with loads of space - I would have given it 5 stars as it suited us - 2 married couples - but the lack of a second toilet/ bathroom might be a consideration. We enjoyed evening drinks and meals on the stone flagged terrace.
Delightful, tastefully renovated old stone house in beautiful village.
The house has all the facilities you would want for a self catering holiday and does not have the empty box feeling of a property that is only used for rental. It is very comfortable and quiet.
There is a bakers, grocers, tobacconist and restaurant within walking distance where you could actually get everything you needed, but for more choice there is a supermarket about 15-20 mins drive away. The bread from the bakers was wonderful!
We went principally for the walking and to see some of the beautiful villages of Languedoc and we weren't disappointed. There are plenty of trails for walking and there is a 60 Km cycle track near the house which we walked a short way along and it looks great.
The village is quite hilly and the car parking is not directly beside the house, as the ad warns, so it's not suitable for those with walking difficulties, but I'm 65 and managed it fine.
I would recommend La Casela and hope to go back some time.
We loved the cottage. It was really comfortable, had everything we needed and loads of character. Spent many an evening on the terrace chatting or reading the books from your wonderful collection, the TV wasn't switched on once. The location was great, really nice to be able to walk to a cafe and bakery. Enjoyed our walks down to the village for fresh pastries and coffee in the morning. Loads to do in the area, highly recommend canoeing down the River Orb.
Superbe maison et village magnifique
Magnifique maison où nous avons passé une superbe semaine.
La maison est décorée avec goût et très chaleureuse
Tout le confort nécessaire pour passer d'agréables moments
From the Owner
“I have always loved this area - previously we owned a small house near Bedarieux where we spent our holidays, but we always found ourselves driving to Mons to swim, walk, eat, etc. So when the chance came to restore the derelict La Casela, we jumped at it!”
Activity and Interests
The Mediterranean is a 50 minute drive with numerous beach opportunities on offer, from Cap d'Agde all the way to Perpignan. The beaches are spacious, clean with safe and attractive swimming available. The house is also perfectly located for swimming in nearby rivers (5 minutes drive or you can walk), to the Gorges d'Heric, the River Jaur and River Orb, all of which are clean and provide superb scenery and wildlife (Kingfishers, eagles, trout are all on view!).
The house is easily reached from local airports: Beziers/ Cap d'Agde airport (45 mins), Carcassonne (1 hr 30 mins), Perpignan (1 hr 30 mins), Montpellier (1hr 30mins), Gerona (2 hrs 45 mins), Toulouse (3 hrs), all of which have car hire available. Eurostar (St Pancras, London) and TGV train services to Montpellier and Beziers also provide convenient connections with the UK. Local buses from Montpellier, Beziers and Bedarieux to Mons. To drive is approximately 12 hours from Channel Ports.
Mons la Trivalle - 5 mins walk to the boulangerie, epicerie, bar and local restaurant. Olargues (voted one of the prettiest villages in France) is 5km by road and can also be reached by bike on the traffic-free cycle route. Larger towns include Bedarieux (25km) and Beziers (45km) which have weekly markets as well as major supermarkets and shopping opportunities.
There are numerous outdoor activities available nearby: climbing; canoeing; horse riding; canyoning as well as great walking. There is a local market in the village Thursdays and Sundays in Summer and a wide range of restaurants and good opportunities to buy local food in the surrounding area. Olargues, the nearest town, has a bank, doctor's surgery and dentist's, plus local shops and artists' studios. For those interested in wine, the local St Chinian and Faugeres wine growers offer Cave wine tastings and tours.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Apr 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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||£300|
Please email if you are interested in booking La Casela. 25% deposit on booking, full payment 6 weeks before arrival.
Changeover day is normally Saturday, but this can be flexible. Arrival times after 4pm. Departure by 10.30am on day of departure.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The house is in lovely quiet setting, with direct access by foot (or car if you prefer) to the beautiful Gorges d'Heric for walking and swimming.”
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils ...
- Kitchen ...
- Hob ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Stereo ...
- Television ...
- Video Library ...
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- botanical garden
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- golf pass optional
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- 140 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Large family bathroom with large bath/shower, WC, sink. There is also a washing machine
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
- Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed
- Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 double bedrooms) - plus double sofabed for guests and baby cot available. All rooms are very pretty enjoying beautiful views, wooden floors, ceiling fans and high quality decoration.
- Bicycles ...
- Terrace ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Garden ...
- Tennis ...
- 1 bicycles
- Outside: There are terraces on both sides of the house with lemon and peach trees providing sun or shade (depending on your mood). There is also a garden which is a green haven on hot days and has a lovely shade tree to read under. There are tables on each terrace and in the garden, with sun lounger also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The house will be cleaned before arrival and we ask guests to leave the house in good condition. Sheets and towels will be provided (10 euros/person). Electricity is included in high season. Gas is also included.