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Stylish maison de village with rooftop terrace



Updated: 14-Oct-2016
Townhouse in Marseillan, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon - Central Yet Peaceful Location, Shops And Restaurants Only A Few Minutes Stroll

Situated in the centre of historic Marseillan, this light and airy 'maison de village' occupies a corner position on a quiet street just a couple of minutes walk to the old port and the Etang de Thau. Our house is the perfect base for experiencing the local culture in the restaurants, cafes and shops along the harbour side and village centre, or visiting nearby "must sees" such as Bouziques, Beziers, Meze and Pezenas. Relax on the roof terrace soaking up the sun and enjoy the local "apero" Noilly Prat or perhaps a glass of the local Picpoul de Pinet - a perfect accompaniment to the famous oysters fresh from the Etang.

Beautifully renovated with exposed beams and high quality fittings/furnishings throughout, the house offers spacious living space over 3 floors. On the ground floor there is a twin bedroom with en suite shower room. There is also a small garage and utility room, ideal for cycle storage. On the first floor is a large master bedroom with a Juliette balcony plus a modern en-suite shower room and a walk in wardrobe. The house is topped off with a sunny lounge and open plan kitchen. Large patio doors lead out on to a walled sun terrace, giving total privacy along with comfortable table and chairs and BBQ for alfresco dining. Facilities include air conditioning in all rooms, free Wifi, flat screen TV with UK and French satellite, DVD and CD players and i pod docking station. The central location of the house means that shops and restaurants are just an easy stroll away.

Marseillan is a beautiful, unspoiled village standing at the entrance of the Canal du Midi. Described by the Times newspaper as "the St Tropez of the 60's", it offers a slower way of life, fabulous harbourside restaurants and some of the best seafood that France has to offer. As well as a couple of good supermarkets, there are boulangeries, butchers, deli, greengrocers plus many stalls selling the local oysters and mussels. There is an indoor market plus a full street market every Tuesday. With such a range of amazing local produce on offer, who could resist the chance to cook up some fabulous meals? But with more than 20 restaurants just a few minutes away, you need never cook at all. Many of the restaurants line the charming harbourside and specialise in the local Languedoc cuisine and wines. Further along the Etang is Bouzigues with its oyster and mussel beds. Visit the museum to learn more about the history of the Etang and the industry now and in times gone by. Sample the oysters direct from the producers at one of the many roadside stalls or at the restaurants nestling along the shores of the lake. Marseillan is a vibrant village with lots of festivals with music and fireworks, concerts and craft markets held throughout the summer.

Beach life - Marseillan is only 5 kms from miles of sandy beaches and the clean Mediterranean sea. Walk or cycle along the Etang and Canal du Midi or pop on the local bus and you are there. MARSEILLAN PLAGE is a family friendly beach resort with lots of activities on offer as well as cafes and bars. Further along the coast you will find CAP D'AGDE with its marina filled with yachts. Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants that line the promenade and watch the world go by. There is also a self contained naturist village with its own nudist beach on the outskirts of Cap D'Agde. The Etang is separated from the sea by a narrow spit of land, providing some 11 kilometres of unspoilt beach running all the way to neighbouring SETE. Built like Venice with a network of canals, Sete has a famous fish market where you see the daily catch landed from the Mediterranean or why not try their local delicacy "La Tielle".

Out and About - Picturesque vineyards grow right to the edge of the village. Hire a cycle (available in the village centre) and travel the beautiful country lanes to visit local wine cellars and sample some of the traditional wines. Cycle paths also run all the way to the beach and along the spit right into the heart of Sete. A visit to the Noilly Prat winery in the centre of Marseillan, is a must. Take the guided tour and then sample the Noilly Ambre. It is served in the local bars as an apero and can only be bought in the village. Further afield, visit the historic town of PEZANAS famous for its antiques, art galleries and artisan craft shops or perhaps BEZIERS with its 13th century Cathedral and remarkable set of 7 locks on the Canal du Midi or perhaps the famous Devils Bridge at St Guilhelm le Desert. The historic cities of Carcassonne, Montpellier and Nimes are all easily reachable and the mountains are only an hours drive away.

Activities - Karting, Petanque, Tennis, Horse Riding, Bird Watching, Golf and Paintball are just some of the activities available in the area. Kite surfing, dingy sailing and windsurfing are on offer in the Etang and the Marseillan Sailing Club offers courses to beginners and experienced sailors

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We (Martin & Veronica) live on our farm in Wales. After many holidays in France we found the beautiful village of Marseillan and fell in love with all it has to offer -stunning beaches, great restaurants and fabulous seafood right on the doorstep. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautifu house and hope you enjoy Marseillan as much as we do.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a superb stay in Marseillan, thank you very much. the house was just lovely - well designed and thought out and very well equipped. I must say the air-con was a godsend as the first week in particular was very warm. Everything about the house worked for us and contributed to a fine holiday (A & J 2012)

We (party of 4) had a wonderful week in this very confortable and nicely decorated house. The location was perfect with shops and restaurants close by but it was still very quiet at night. We hired bicycles, kept them inside at night in the big utilily room, which was very convenient. We loved the house, we loved the village and we loved the beautiful countryside. We enjoyed oysters, moules and the local Picpoul wine and look forward to our next visit. (Eva 2011)

Everything was great. Each year I like it more and more and will come again next year. (JJ 2012)

We've had a really relaxing 2 weeks at your lovely house and the air-conditioning was a godsend. (HS 2012)
Feb 2011
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Relaxing stay

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing time in the house after a hectic trip to Italy for a wedding. The AC made 'chilling' out very real!!!

Lots of good restaurants, lots of local vineyards with excellent wine - hence our full cellar at home now.

We visited Marseillan vert briefly last year so this stay allowed us to explore the town and local area more fully. Spar grocery, butchers and boulangerie 5 minutes away on foot.

Definitely the place for a laid back holiday either in the cool of the house or the sun on the beaches.

Rose on the roof terrace before dinner is a must!!

Maggie and Peter Browne

Surrey, England

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful traditional townhouse set in the heart of the old town of Marseillan.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fabulous 10 night stay here, and we could have easily stayed for longer. The property is very well equipped with all the usual home from home necessities. The air con, wifi, satelite tv and constant hot water was a great bonus.

We enjoyed dining outside on the roof terrace, our favourite time being breakfast after walking to the local bakery where we bought croissants and bagettes that had just come out of the oven. Superb!!

A few minutes walk would take you to the main town centre, and just beyond is the beautiful fishing port with many fine restaurants where you can dine or just enjoy a drink and relax. Our favourite restaurant was Le Chateau du Port. We also liked Delicatessen, Le Jardin du Naris and La Luna.

We had our car and bicycles with us, which was great as we visited some lovely beaches and towns nearby, as well as going to a few vinyards, where we sampled the local wines. I can honestly say, we didn't try a bad one.

I would absolutely recommend this place to anyone looking for something a bit different. We loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Traditional French townhouse in Marseillan

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent four nights in this traditional and typical townhouse in Marseillan. The property is well equipped and comfortable for a good self catering holiday. Its location is a stones throw from the centre of the village, which has a good variety of shops, cafes and restaurants (Delicatessen in the centre by the church was our favourite!), and there are a number of large shopping centres within a ten minute drive.

This area boasts some of the finest beaches in France, so you will be spoiled for choice. There are good family beaches with plenty of children's entertainment on offer in the evenings. Or there is the famous naturists paradise of Cap D'Agde for the more adventurous among us. South east of Montpellier there is a magnificent beach called l'Espiguette, which is well worth the hour or so it takes to get there by car.

Other highlights in the area are Pezenas (amazing antique markets and lots of tourist shops), the ancient town of St Guillaume le Desert (stunningly beautiful Cathar village, beautiful walks in the mountains surrounding the town and lots of tourist shops), Agde, especially on market day, Sete is also worth a visit and if you make it that far, Montpellier is a bustling and beautiful city with plenty to see.

The accommodation offers air conditioning on all floors which is a must in mid to late summer. There is a small and secluded roof terrace with barbecue which we would have enjoyed if it had stopped raining! Well equipped kitchen with microwave, hob and conventional oven, kettle and refrigerator with an ice box. Both bedrooms (double and twin) have en suite shower/toilet.

Thanks to Veronica and Martin! Our hosts made our stay a very happy one, and they are always on hand by phone to help out if required (we stupidly couldn't find the log in details for the wi-fi which were in the welcome pack all along).

We would definitely consider booking this property again if it was available.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A really cosy and characterful place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

Well, this was a little gem. The property was delightful to stay in and all our requirements for a good break were met. Thank you. We had some misty and wet weather in the pretty town but could rely on a comfy and snug place to trail back to at the end of the day.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ipswich, Suffolk

Lovely house in a pretty little town.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely house. The house was very pretty and airy and had two really good showers. The kitchen had everything needed although with all the great restaurants around not much catering went on! The roof terrace although small, was a lovely, private area to sit in the sun. Marseillan is a lovely small town and a great base for travelling round the area. The beach is only about 10 minutes drive away. The only thing I would say, which I think Martin does mention is that the stairs would not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems. We hung on tight to the railing, especially after a few glasses of vin and all was ok! Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A pleasant stay

  • 4 of 5

The description was sufficiently accurate. The instructions given by the owner was spot on, the property is clean with lots of window etc to let the light in. The stairs as stated needed to be negotiated with care. It's a bit of a track from ground floor to rooftop terrace to hang up washing - not a big problem, more an inconvenience. We liked the aircon on every floor especially at this time of the year and if one wants to shut the noise from outside. The British/sky tv was much appreciated especially for sports. The location is good, not far from the main square where the market, shops etc are mainly located. On the whole, we enjoyed our stay there and would recommend it if negotiating stairs isn't an issue.

We liked Delicatessen next to the church and near the maison - good food and friendly service. We celebrated a friend's birthday at LaTable d'Emilie in the square and felt it was a bit over-rated. We liked the food at Chateau du Port at the port area better. We ate in many of the port restaurants including La Luna and never had a bad meal. By the way, Aux Delices d'Oc is closed.

Local buses are cheap. We took public transport to Sete, Agde and Bezier: the fare between 1 and 1.6 Euro one way.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beziers Vias Cap D'Agde at 19 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Marseillan Centre at 0.1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Le Havre at 562 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Agde at 8 Kilometres Nearest Train : Agde at 8 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Bessan at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Marseillan Centre at 0.1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Marseillan Plage at 4.8 Kilometres Car: recommended

Easily accessible from a number of local airports, the ancient fishing port of Marseillan nestles on the edge of a huge inland lake, the Etang de Thau. The attractive port is home to numerous sailing boats as well as providing a stopping off point for canal boats navigating the Canal du Midi which crosses the Etang en route to Sete. The Etang is famed for its shellfish cultivation, including oysters and mussels which are renowned throughout France. Fishermen, sailors and windsurfers are all attracted to the area and all the Etang and the Mediterranean has to offer.

With its surrounding vineyards, numerous restaurants, and the Noilly Prat winery, Marseillan is a paradise for food and wine lovers. The area in perfect for walking and cycling and also offers some of the safest and best beaches on the Med just a few kilometres away.

If you tire of the beach,, the old towns of Agde and Pezenas are nearby with their markets, museums and antique shops. The historic cities of Carcassone, Beziers and Montpellier are all easily reachable. Further afield the mountains are only an hours drive away and even Barcelona is possible with the opening of the new high speed rail link.

For the more active, Marseillan Sailing Club provides courses for beginners and experienced sailors alike. Other activities such as carting, petanque, golf, tennis, windsurfing, kite surfing and paintball are all available in the area.


The nearest airport being just 19 kms (12 miles) from the house is Beziers/Vias/Cap D'Agde and is served by Ryanair from Bristol, Luton,Edinburgh and Manchester in the UK. Ryanair also flies from Germany, Norway and Sweden. Other nearby airports - Montpellier (33 m/35 mins), Nimes (65m/1hr 20), Perpignan (72m/1hr 10),Carcassonne (75m/1hr 20),Toulouse (134m/2hrs) are all served from the UK and Ireland by low cost carriers such as Ryanair, Easyjet, Flybe, and Jet2. By rail - Eurostar/TGV to Montpellier or Agde (7hr 30).

By road - Calais (651m/9hr 30) Le Harve (562m/8hr 30).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 7
25 Sep 2016 - 29 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
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Rate 6
30 Oct 2016 - 17 Mar 2017
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Rate 8
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
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for 3 nights
Rate 9
27 May 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
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for 3 nights
Rate 11
26 Aug 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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for 3 nights
Rate 12
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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Rate 13
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
Rental rates include water, electricity, linen and towels (Beach towels not provided). A booking deposit of 25% of the total rental is required to secure your booking. The balance is due 8 weeks before rental commences. A refundable security deposit of £150 is required in addition to the rental. This will be returned to you at the end of your stay subject to the satisfactory condition of the house. Payment in Sterling or Euro is acceptable by internet bank transfer or cheque.

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Sunday/Saturdays preferred although we will try to be flexible particularly outside peak season. It also depends on the other bookings around you.

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From the Owner

Our house offers the chance to sit back and relax on our sunny rooftop terrace whether to linger over a leisurely breakfast or an early evening apero. Spacious and light filled, it offers the perfect balance of peace and quiet yet with great restaurants, bars and, of course, the Etang du Thau just a short stroll away

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town
  • village


  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 80 m²


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both en-suites have toilet, wash basin, and power showers with glass enclosures.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with twin beds and full en-suite shower room. Bedroom 2 with double bed, full en-suite shower room and walk in wardrobe.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Free wifi connection. There is air conditioning on all 3 floors ie both bedrooms and the lounge. Outside: Private walled roof terrace with dining furniture. Street parking is available directly outside. Small garage with washing machine and additional fridge and suitable to store bicycles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen for the house are provided. Please bring your own beach towels.

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