House in Autignac, Nr. Beziers, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Village Set In Middle Of Vineyards, 25 Minutes To Coast/beaches
Originally four small traditional village houses converted into one spacious family home. Renovated and equipped to a high standard. 2 double (1 with balcony), 1 twin and 1 single plus cot available. 2 bath/shower rooms plus 3rd WC. Very large open plan kitchen/dining/living room. Large terrace with barbecue, dining area and sun loungers. English Free view TV, DVD, CD. Wi-Fi. Set in the heart of the village with bakery, chemist, general store (English papers available), green grocer/deli, post office and cafe (lunches at 11 euros for three courses including wine, Monday to Friday and pizza in the evenings - can be take away). High standard restaurants within 2-5 miles. Bank, supermarket and garage 5 miles. Mediterranean 25 minutes. Set in the Faugeres wine district, with several domains in the village and surrounding area. Close to National Park, river, mountains and gorges. Carcassone, Montpellier and Nimes all within one hour. Canal du Midi/Beziers 20 minutes.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
My husband and I are nearing retirement age but still run a busy guest house in Scotland from Easter to October, when we then escape to our lovely home in Autignac for much of the winter. In our slightly younger days we went mad and also bought a small hotel to run alongside the guest house. The sale of this in 2007 was converted into our French home.
1 holidaymaker review
The house was spacious and comfortable. The village was not the most beautiful but had a good bakery, a small supermarket, a greengrocers and a pharmacy. There was also a simple cafe in the square. It was an ideal base for exploring this interesting and varied area. There is plenty to do and see from strolling around beautiful Pezenas or along the Canal due Midi to walking up the Gorges d'Heric to enjoying the beaches and fishing villages along the Med. It took a night or two to become accustomed to the ringing of the bell of the village clock but this was a minor irritation.
From the Owner
“We knew that we wanted to be in an area of France close to the Med. but being priced out of Provence and after much internet research we selected a small area of the Herault to view properties. We are absolutely delighted to have found the village of Autignac as it is a very quiet traditional village that also has all the ameneties needed for day to day life. Being both wine and food lovers, Autignac could not serve us better with all the local vineyards producing such lovely wine, the local food and markets all keep us in heaven. Although living in the Highlands of Scotland, flying is easy for us by Easyjet and Ryanair”
Activity and Interests
There are several beaches approximately 25 minutes drive. Beaches with amenities, play areas and restaurants at Valras Plage. Agde and Sete are busy resorts. Serignan and Vias are unspoilt large sandy areas. The Etang du Thau is famous for oysters. There is a river approx 15 minutes with picnic areas, beaches and canoe hire.
The nearest airport is Beziers with Ryanair flights from Bristol, Luton and Stanstead 20 minutes drive. Other airports are Carcassonne, Montpellier, Nimes and Perpignan. Driving from Calais is approximately 10 hours. Car recommended.
Beziers, 20 minutes. Carcassonne or Montpellier, 1 hour. Pezenas (pretty historic town with great shops), 20 minutes. Lamalou les Bain, a spa town, 20 minutes. Clermont Herault, a famous wine area, 20 minutes as is St Chinian.
Local shops are well equipped for all food, there is a chemist, a bakers, a green grocers with local specialities and a post office. The hub of the village is the local cafe with a large outside seating area, where you can sit and enjoy life passing by. They serve an excellent weekday lunch, 3 courses plus wine for 11 euros and pizzas in the evening which you can also take away. There is a children's play area opposite the school. At Magalas, 5 minutes away, there is a supermarket, garage and bank. Here you can also find other restaurants of all qualities. Several chateaus with gourmet restaurants are within 10 minutes. Being in the Faugeres wine district, there are numerous opportunities for wine tours and tastings either within the village or the surrounding villages. There are tennis courts and a petang area.
- Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking with the balance payable 6 weeks before arrival.
Changeover day is Saturday - (other days may be arranged outwith peak season). Arrival after 4pm. Departure by 10am.
Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in GPB.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Our house has been completely renovated by a local builder (who used to live in it himself and from whom we bought it). It was originally four small village houses and has now been so altered that it is completely unique among French houses. The front faces on to a 'Place' where most of the village passes by and the back onto a tiny, traditonal alleyway. Being situated in the centre of the village makes life so simple with everything a gentle stroll away. The local people are very friendly which makes life more enjoyable. Sitting on the terrace, taking life easy is what it is all about!”
- Ceiling Fans
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Satellite / Cable
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Large shower room with Hydro shower, basin and vanity unit, WC with basin. Bathroom with over bath shower basin and vanity unit, WC.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 + cot (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 very large with balcony. Double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with single bed. Cot available
- Golf ...
- Notes on accommodation: The entrance to the property is on a small alley with parking either in the square at the front or to the side. There is a small, shallow flight of stairs to the main living area, which also has the large shower room and the WC. The four bedrooms and bath/shower room are on the first floor with galleried viewing over the dining area. Outside: There is a very large, sunny terrace with dining table for 8 (with umbrella if required), sun loungers and barbecue and preparation area. Views across large square and to the vineyards and hills. Utility Room: Equipped with washing machine and large fridge/freezer. Clothes airer, iron and board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels are included. Property is cleaned before and after stay. Other: There is a gallery overlooking the dining area from which the bedrooms lead off.