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Traditional stone winemaker's house with walled garden and pool - Laurens

Overview

Property

Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Traditional stone winemaker's house in Laurens, near Beziers, Languedoc, France. Quiet location close to historic market towns, vineyards, rivers and beautiful sandy beaches

'Mimosalaurens' is ideal for families or groups alike because of the space it offers both inside and out together with its great location. The village of Laurens is away from the commercial coastal areas but still within an easy drive of all the attractions and sights. The downstairs was converted in 2010 from a large winegrower's garage space in to a large open plan living space, additional bedroom, kitchen, and utility room. Unusually for a French village house, there is a large established garden and lawn which is wonderful for relaxing, together with a large level patio area next to the house ready for al fresco dining. If you're a sun worshipper you may find you prefer to lie on a sun bed beside the pool ready to cool off at regular intervals sipping a plastic glass of the local fizz as the sun finally cools down! The house has plenty of traditional French charm but is well equipped with all mod cons (TV, telephone, Wifi, Electric heating, wood burner). Off road parking at front.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We both live and work in the UK but love spending time at the house when we can manage it, often with friends and family. The only problem we've encountered so far, is that as soon as anyone arrives at the house they are so happy relaxing in the garden by the pool that they often can't be bothered to go and visit anywhere else!

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

"It is a lovely house and the pool is great. Nice and quiet, just as you said it was. The shopping we asked for was perfect, and really important as we arrived very late at night. So thank you for that.

The village was very pretty and we thank you for allowing us to stay at the house.. We hope to be back!"



"Atmosphere perfect, nice house, lots of privacy, good beds, enough kitchen supplies!"



"Everything was great! Thank you so much"
May 2011
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7 Reviews

5
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

5

This is a lovely home from home!

  • 5 of 5

A truly beautiful house in a perfect location to explore this gorgeous part of France.

The house is well appointed and the owners have thought of all the little things which make your stay more comfortable. The bathrooms are all modern and stylish and equipped with excellent showers! There is plenty of space even for our party of 11 including dog, we could happily get along without being on top of one another.

The pool, although not huge, is perfect for cooling off and the lovely shaded garden and patio area became the focal point of our holiday! We loved all the little touches in the house which make the place more personal and made full use of the well-equipped kitchen.

We found both boulangeries to be reliable and friendly and also made good use of the small epicerie in the town, plus the neighbouring pizza place which is hard to beat being very tasty and great value.

All together we spent a truly memorable holiday here and found the place to be totally charming, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous relaxing villa

  • 5 of 5

This is such a fantastic house in a beautiful location. The place is well equipped with everything you need and is beautifully laid out, comfortable and clean. It is secluded and quiet but well placed for access to some great beaches and sights. Great garden with plenty of sun and shade alike with a nice sized pool. One of the best parts was the huge table outside for great family dining. We all loved it and the kids had so much fun here. Debbie was so friendly and helpful and provided plenty of info on the property and things to do. There are some fabulous places to eat locally if you can drag yourself away!

Would love to come back again. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Stunning

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay, the children loved the pool, the property was immaculate and Deborah was really helpful. would definitely go there again. Thank you Deborah

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Happy Holidays

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous villa surpassed our expectations. Lovely village with wonderful restaurant a stroll away. We think this area of France takes some beating, great climate, delicious vino and food. We were a large group with teenagers all enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and day's out to the river, beach and markets. evenings out in buzzing French towns. Sad to be home and hope to return, Debbie the owner was brilliant, very responsive and easy to deal with.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom
5

The House of Fun!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment that I walked in to the house I knew that I, along with my four friends, would have a superb holiday and I was not wrong! You can tell that the owners of the house have fun there and so did we! The house is superbly equipped with an incredibly relaxed atmosphere and we enjoyed every minute of our stay there, I was incredibly sorry when the holiday came to an end and I certainly hope/plan to re-visit! With lots of bedrooms and bathrooms the accommodation is big and so will comfortably cater for quite a crowd!

I highly, highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Very spacious house and very well equipped, comfortable and homely. The log burner makes for cosy evenings and plenty of fuel is available.

The garden and pool are excellent and again, well equipped with everything you could need.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Location

From the Owner

Languedoc is a really beautiful area; the house is really close to the Haut-Languedoc regional park which is pretty spectacular countryside, we love driving across the Millau viaduct every year on the way down! The beaches are long and beautiful too with soft sand and clean sea so it was a difficult decision as to whether to buy somewhere closer to the coast or to the Haut Languedoc but we fell in love with the house and garden and that made the decision for us!

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Canoeing available on nearby river.

Coast/Beach:

The long sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are just 30 minutes by car; some are basic and undeveloped whereas others are built up like Cap d'Agde with a water park and other tourist activities.

Travel:

The nearest airports are Béziers (30 minutes), Montpellier (45 minutes), Perpignan (1 hour), Carcassonne (1 hour), and Nîmes (1 hour 30). It is essential to hire a car. Béziers is served by Ryanair from Bristol, Stansted and Luton and by Flybe from Southampton and Manchester. It is possible to take the Eurostar to Paris and the TGV to Béziers where you can hire a car.

Distances:

The house is in the village of Laurens, on the doorstep of many vineyards including those of our Sylva Plana and Chateau de Grézan; both walking distance from the house. The slightly bigger village of Magalas is only 8km away. Nearby (20-30 minutes) are the historic towns of Béziers, Bédarieux and Pézenas. Slightly further afield, there are places like Carcasonne and Sête.

Further Details:

In Laurens there are 2 bakeries, a butcher, a grocery shop, a post office and a newsagent. There is also a tapas bar and restaurant open Thursday to Sunday. At Magalas (8km) there is a supermarket and other larger shops as well as a few restaurants, cafés and a bank. Pézenas (20 minutes by car) abounds with charm and character, plenty of restaurants and perhaps the best market in the whole of the region on Saturday mornings. 30 minutes away is the historic town of Béziers where all normal shops etc. can be found as well as a market on Sunday. Bédarieux ( 15 mins) also has a good market and shops on Monday. Other activities are close by as well: there is horse riding 15 minutes away, canoeing on the River Orb 30 minutes away and the Parc du Haut-Languedoc boasts some beautiful walks.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Autumn 2017
6 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
21 night minimum stay
£1,050
for 21 nights
£350
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
Spring
3 Mar 2017 - 18 May 2017
30 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 30 nights
£1,200
 
 
Here comes Summer
19 May 2017 - 22 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
Early Summer
23 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,200
for 7 nights
£1,200
 
 
High Summer
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,800
for 7 nights
£1,800
 
 
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,000
for 7 nights
£1,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£680
for 7 nights
£680
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
To reserve the house, an initial deposit is payable (25% of the agreed rent). The balance of the rent is due no less than 2 months before the start of the rental period. A security deposit is also required which is fully refundable after the house is checked after you leave.

Changeover Day:
The preferred changeover day is Friday but may be flexible depending on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices may vary with number of people. Our nominal out of peak season rate is 170€ per person per week, with a minimum charge for any one week of 680€.

All prices and charges are in GB pounds

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

This is the first time that we've ever had a 'home away from home' and it's not like other holidays in the way that you won't feel the pressure to go and and see or do things, but can if you want. Our hope in renting is to try and give other people a 'home away from home', even if it's only for a week. One of the selling points of our house was the garden; a lot of the other village houses we've seen have hardly any outside space. Although it involves a lot of weeding and watering, it's definitely worth it for the (plastic) glass of champagne by the pool at sunset.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • hiking

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1st large family bathroom with walk-in shower, bath, toilet and basin. 2nd and 3rd bathrooms with walk-in showers, toilets and basins. All bathrooms are modern having been installed over the last 5 years.

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5+ Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One room with king size bed, the rest all have double beds. We do have two single beds as well which can be positioned in the outer areas of 2 bedrooms to suit families. There are additional day beds which can be used to increase capacity

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Whilst we haven't ticked 'suitable for the elderly' Ann's 90 year old parents came and stayed here in Summer 2013. There is downstairs double room with fantastic new (scarily expensive) mattress and a downstairs bathroom with shower and shower chair if needed. We also have an electric recliner chair which could be got out plus the patio is completely level now. However we do NOT have hand rails. So at your own risk. Outside: There is a large mature garden with grass, trees and plants. Loungers and deck chairs are available. The 6x3m pool is brand new and completely secluded. it is a constant depth of 1.2m. Utility Room: A washing machine is available together with iron and ironing board and an additional fridge are all available in the utility room. There is plenty of outside line space to hang washing and a couple of airers for inside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels (house plus separate beach/pool towels) are all included. If you wish to use additional towels and change things more frequently, please wash and dry things as you go in order to ensure that there is no extra charge. Other: Outdoor table tennis table Volleyball net and ball - great fun played in the water with teenagers

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