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Luminous Country Castle with Private Heated Pool Near Mediterranean Beach

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's2
Space 107,639 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 14 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Château in Bessan, Nr. Pezenas, Languedoc-Roussil, France up to 10 pers private and heated pool - special discount in september

The château is surrounded by vineyards and is at 10 minute walk to the charming village of Bessan. Ideal for up to 10 people. All the rooms look onto the gardens. The elegant and bright drawing rooms, featuring comfortable seating, antiques and old paintings, the large dining room library and TV room all open onto the spacious south terrace. The terrace can be "the place to be" all day from breakfast to dinner. 2 large lawns can accommodate all kinds of outdoor games. On the first floor they are 5 cosy bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Six generation of the same family have lived here, and the house has been carefully restored to preserve the atmosphere of an authentic family home but also includes modern requirements such as internet access WIFI, flat screen TV. The pool area is the second place to be: the heated pool is totally private and secure in a huge lawned area with comfortable cushioned sun loungers so that you can either take a nap under umbrellas or play beach ball or other games

Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
17 November, 2017

About de SEGUIN

I am the 6th generation owners of the castle Hortes, my name y Marie-Sophie de Seguin I am 53 years old. I will be happy to welcome you at this special spot where my grand fathers lived all their lives and where I spend all my holidays when I was a child. I will do my best to make your stay a wonderfull time!

de SEGUIN purchased this chateau / country house in 18

Guestbook comments from the owner

I spent the second week of July 2010 at the Chateau d’Hortes, together with my family; my husband and our two girls aged around 7. For me, it’s the perfect combination and has everything one could wish for.

The Chateau has lots of French country charm inside. It is well equipped the beds are comfortable and if you need to do some work, the wireless LAN worked very well But the best is maybe the huge terrace that overlooks the large and well-kept garden – perfect for meals and a glass of rosé. The pool area is secluded and the kids loved it (there’s space also for some beach tennis or the like). But the wide and white beach at Cap d’Agde is only a 10-15 minute drive away and there are beach cafés for relaxed lunches there. Mme Seguin is also the perfect host and very discreet, but she is glad to help or outing tips if you like. I, my family and our friends will come back to Hortes this summer again, this time for two weeks!Åsa Landén Ericsson, Stockholm May 2011
May 2011
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Château d’Hortes is surrounded by vineyards (the area has been a winery) and the owner can organize a private wine tasting with cold cuts, cheese and oysters at the château.

About 10 mn drive away is the historical city of Pezanas the town where Moliere found sucess.You can visit many sights : the old town with medieval burgess houses and town mansions of the 17th and 18th centeries, collegial church St-Jean and a lot of museums. But also taste wine each Friday evening, listen to music concerts and play at the ootdoortheatre, discover the artists' shops (engravers, bookbinders, painters ...) Pèzenas nightlife comes alive on Tuesday and Thursday nights.


The most lond and sandy beaches of Languedoc région are at 15 minutes confortable driwe. eg the famous sea resort of Cap d'Agde where you can do a lot of water activities (sailing, surfing, scuba diving ...), enjoy the famous Aqualand Park (the most important aquatic park of UE) and taste many beach restaurant.Or drive along the coast until the "Etang de Thau", stop to explore the charming and typical ports Marseillan or Bouzigues to taste oysters and mussels with a fruity chilled rosé wine


To get to "château Hortes" by air you have the choice of 3 airports, all served by low coast airlines. Béziers Airport is closest just 15 minutes drive door to door from the château (Ryanair and Flybe from Stokholm, Dusseldorf, Bristol, Oslo, Beauvais). Carcassonne Airport (50 minutes) Montpellier (50 minutes).

By car: from motorway A9 exit 34 (45 minutes from Montpellier, 50 minutes from Carcassonne. By train: station TGV in AGDE from Paris, Airport Charles de Gaulle, Lyon or Montpellier.


You'll be choosing a lot of places to visits: The Medieval hamlet of "St Guilhem le Deserts is less than one hour drive with its Music Festival, spectacular limestone caves "Grotte de Clamouse", the city of Carcassonne and the animal sanctuary Sigean less than a hour away, the Canal du Midi and its famous locks (Béziers 20 minutes away) that you can explore on foot or by renting a boat for the day (within 10 minutes from home). Montpellier and the Musée Fabre is less than one hour from home .

Further Details:

The town of Bessan is about 800 meters away from the château.This town of 4.200 inhabitants offers all kinds of conveniences.A hypermarket is opened up to 8 p.m in summertime and on Sunday mornings. You can have a treat at a gourmet restaurant the Hacienda.The "Guinguette" along the Canal du Midi offers a range of entertainment. Every Sunday a large and famous handicraft market is held in the square and on the high street of the town.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Bessan in Hérault

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 107639 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , separate toilet dowstairs
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , separate toilet upstairs
  • 3 bathroomsN° 1 En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 and 2 with large modern shower, 2 basins and dressing table. N° 2 Large family bathroom with bath, basin.N° 3 Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 3 with bath, basin, bidet and WC. 2 Separate toilets downstairs +upstairs.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms 3 bathrooms 3 separate toilets) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king-size bed, dressing room and ensuite. Bedroom 2 ( with twin beds or king-size bed and ensuite (to share with room 1). Bedroom 3 with king-size bed and ensuite. Bedroom 4 with king-size bed. Bedroom 5 with twin beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Notes on accommodation: All the rooms are bright and airy and overlook onto the magnificent law and garden. The house has been in the owner's family for six generation and has been restored with period touches and furnishings to capture its original elegance and warmth but also meeting today 's expected confort and requirements.The swimming pool is heated without extra. We can organize a wine tasting at the château. Pizza can be ordered by phone for home delivry. Numerous restaurants goshawks especially in the port of Marseillan (you can eat oysters and fish) or in the medieval town of Pezenas. Outside: The private heated pool is 12x6m, with steps for children access and for non-swimmers to sit and relax in the water. It is surrounded on all sides by lawn and there are many sun-loungers and chairs with cushions and large umbrellas.The pool is heated at no extra in spring and autumn. The main lawn, facing the south terrace, bordered by shrubs and flowers covering, is ideal for playing football, frisbee, padle tennis, table or just relaxing with a book on a comfortable sun lounger or chair under a hundred year old maple tree. Babecue, ping-pong table, boules de pétanque, badbington and lots of teak garden furniture are provided. Utility Room: A washing machine, iron and ironing board, UK adaptors, fan are also available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The package compulsory for linen (designer linen) of 15 €/pers included 2 hours of cleaning for a stay more than a week .For your convenience we make the beds for your arrival.The pool is checked and maintained daily and the garden tidied regularly. Other: The large dining room with seating capacity for 10 people and its old bookcase aloso open up too onto the terrace, so you can enjoy the lawn at any time of the day and enjoy meals outside from breakfast, lunch and supper under the star


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Luminous Country Castle with Private Heated Pool Near Mediterranean Beach
average rating of 4.818182 based on 12 reviews

Fantastic Place !!!

  • 5 of 5

I feel ambivalent writing this, as I don't want anyone else to know about it, so we can have it to ourselves :-D

The Chateau d'Hortes is a fantastic house. It is genuine and original in it's interiour and the pictures doesn't lie - it actually looks this fantastic.

We felt like nobility having our breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the terrasse in front of our very "own" chateau. Mdm de Seguin was really pleasant and helpful. The pool area is situated a bit from the house, which works great. You have the whole pool area nearby, without having to have the kids splashing around right in front of the house.

The surrounding area is great and full of opportunities. We went to Cap d'agde and rented a boat, we went to the market in Bassens, which is really a true experience, and we visited wine farmers in the area. There are plenty of stuff to do, but we really didn't want to use too much of our precious time away, as staying in the house was fantastic in it self. We were two families totalling four adults, two teenagers, a pre-teenager and two seven year-olds, and everyone had a great stay. I really hope we can come back one day.

This place is so much value for money compared to an apartment on Corsica or by the Cote d'Azur.

Best regards from family Boesen, Denmark.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful chateau and wonderful hospitality

  • 5 of 5

Thanks as always to Marie-Sophie for making our 6th stay at the beautiful Chateau d'hortes just as magical as always. This was the 5th consecutive year my family, friends and I have returned to Hortes. We now consider it our summer home and return every year...sometime we visit twice a year!!

I thoroughly recommend a 2 week stay, or more, here to all. The chateau, grounds and pool are beautifully private, clean and make for a relaxed, fun and authentic French holiday experience.The decor of the chateau is classical ancestral home beauty but with the majority of modern conveniences.

Its a great base to explore the Langedouc region if you can tease yourself away from the tranquility of the chateau. From the little village of Bessan which is a 5 min walk from Hortes, the arts and crafts town of Pezenas, Cap d'age beach, beautiful harbour of Marsellian, magical hill top beauty of St Guilem le desert and Caves and so much more. Also worth asking Marie-Sophie if she can arrange private wine (and champagne!) tasting on the terrace from the ever knowledgable and friendly chaps from La Cave in Pezenas. Just make sure you plan a late start the next day.

We plan to return again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Chateau D'Hortes is truly a wonderful place to spend the holidays. Everything in the chateau is authentic and takes you back to earlier times, though incredibly clean and well kept. The owners couldn't be more helpful! Would definitely recommend and look forward to another holiday at le Chateau!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Viviann, Thank you very much for your pleasant review. It was a real pleasure to welcome your smiling and joyful family and I sincerely hope to see you one day at Chateau d'Hortes. Kindest regards. Marie-Sophie
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  • 5 of 5

This is such a find! A must! Put it on your bucket list! We have stayed in 2015 and 2016.

As soon as the gates open to the chateau you feel like the lord & lady of the manor. As you drive around the corner and set eyes on the house you can't fail to be wowed.Staying here is like staying in a National Trust property with all of the elegance of it's classic furniture & decor but with the addition of modern essentials such as WIFI, TV, stereo, dishwasher, coffee machine & microwave! The ample grounds are classically landscaped & through an almost secret gate to the side of the house you'll find the private pool in it's well manicured walled garden.

Your English speaking host, the lovely Marie-Sophie will make you feel most welcome and is always contactable to help with anything you're unsure of. The house has been in her family for generations and yet for the duration of your stay she makes you feel as if it is yours. If you will be arriving after the shops have closed, Marie-Sophie will kindly arrange the shopping for your evening and breakfast, or book a restaurant locally on your behalf.

There are lots of useful little things that make your stay easier, such as the foot pump for your pool inflatables, badmington, petanque & table tennis to occupy the kids (& bar b que & washing machine) .

The bakery is a 10min walk in the morning, for fresh bread & croissants. The supermarket, Intermarche Bessan, is a 10 min drive. The lovely village of Pezenas is nearby & has a huge market and interesting unique shops off the main street. Carcasonne or Montpellier are a little over an hour away. Nimes, the french Rome, with it's arena (similar to the colosseum), is about an hour & fourty mins.

We have stayed in 2015 and 2016, flying into both Beziers, 30mins away, and Toulousse, 2hrs away. Go with family/friends. It's well worth the money. Heaps of holiday for your £.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nikki, Thank you a lot for your amazing review ! It was really a pleasure to meet you and welcome you and your family the first year and with the family of Steve brother this year. I was very glad to share my old family house with so pleasant persons .... and I hope sincerely that you come back one day or may be we can meet in england if I come to visit your beautifull country ! Anyway, please take good care of you and give me, from time to time, news of Steve and the 2 kids. Kinds regards Marie-Sophie
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Fantastic chateau in Southern France

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely house for a perfect summer! We have been here 3 times, and would love to come back. Private pool, large bedrooms and bathrooms, all you need for your stay. The house is super nicely maintained and the owner is always available if there should be anything. It is quite close to a small village with all you need, also nice restauarants and the ocean and beaches are 10 minutes away in car.

Perfect for family with children, group of friends etc.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: dear Hjordis, Thank you for this comment, it'is a realy great pleasure to welcome your family regularly at hortes, your children grow up each year and apreciate always their "family home from France" I hope to see you very soon, I the meantime take care of you and Kinds regards Marie-Sophie
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Spacious and elegant 19th century home

  • 4 of 5

We had a comfortable week in this spacious chateau. Mme de Seguin had thought of everything, even fresh flowers; she lives next door and was very helpful. The pool area is reached through a shrubbery and is delightful, as is the heated pool water. It is a pleasant walk to a restaurant in the small town of Bessan. I recommend it for a taste of 19th century living with modern comforts.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday chateau / country house in Bessan, Herault

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
14 night minimum stay
for 14 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Sep 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £886.38
Stay tax £0.62 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Booking Notes:
For booking a deposit of 40 % is necessary (the booking becomes definitive only after payment of the deposit and return of the signed contract). The reservation is subject to complete payment of rental four weeks before the arrival. A refundable security deposit of 1000 € must be paid with the balance of the renting by bank transfer and is paid off 15 days after the departure or by cash money at the arrival. The indicated rate is for a stay of 7 nights for 10 people in peaks season.

Changeover Day:
The changeover day is on Saturday. Arrival time from 3 pm. Departure time at 10 am. More flexibility out of season

Notes on prices:
The indicated rate is for a stay of 7 nights for 10 people in peaks season. Out of season the rate can be changed if the stay is less than 7 nights or 10 persons.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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