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Charming Country Castle With Private Heated Pool Near Mediterranean Beaches



Updated: 03-Oct-2016
Château in Bessan, Nr. Pezenas, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful And Authentic French "Family Home" Ideal For Discovering Beaches And Vineyards

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

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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!

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Speaks English, French

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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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews



  • 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: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Chateau

  • 4 of 5

We arrived to electric iron gates which opened and we entered a gorgeous driveway which led us to a beautiful Chateau situated within mature trees and very well tended lawns and shrubs. Inside featured lovely antique furniture, family portraits and photographs. Plenty of room for the 9 of us who stayed (all family) and very well equipped. We felt privileged to stay here, like royalty for a week! Cleanliness perfect. Pool was set within a walled garden - perfect sun trap. We visited the medieval Carcassonne village, Gorge d'eric and la Camargue where you can see white horses, flamingos and lovely beaches. All well worth a visit!

We as a family thoroughly recommend this Chateau ! Wootton family, Lincolnshire, England

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Chateau d'Hortes a lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we had a stunning impression of this much loved family chateau . Even better in reality than on the website. Marie-Sophie give us a warm welcome and was always willingly available to help us with queries. The very large garden is beautiful and you are a long way back from the small road. The swimming pool was very well kept. Lovely welcome food and wine in kitchen and a bucket of warm figs straight from the tree was on our table on the 3rd day. Oh to be back there!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb Chateau

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at Chateau d'Hortes - 4 adults and 3 teenagers. We all enjoyed it tremendously! The Chateau is gorgeous and very comfortable. The grounds are superb and the owner is very service-oriented. Impeccable house-keeping. We will definitely return for another vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : BEZIERS at 10 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : BESSAN at 800 Metres Nearest Golf : BEZIERS at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : AGDE at 6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : BESSAN at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : BESSAN at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : CAP D'AGDE at 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.


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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £712
Stay tax €1 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 800 € 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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Property Type

  • chateau / country house


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • 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
  • surfing
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 10000 m²


  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • 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.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • 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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