Town House in Capestang, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Very Close To The Canal Du Midi
Situated just a two-minute walk from the village centre, this three-storey house was once a grocery shop. The middle floor has two double bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other two singles. There is also a bathroom and separate toilet. The top floor has a huge kitchen, with original heavy beams; facilities comprise a dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, smaller fridge, a conventional hob oven and a microwave. Adjacent to the kitchen and accessed by a staircase is a spacious lounge and a private terrace. The lounge has a TV and a DVD player. You can step out onto the terrace from the lounge and it is ideal for evening meals either quiet and intimate or en famille. The village square at the foot of the impressive 13th century church, has shops, cafes and restaurants and is the setting for a twice-weekly market.
Top Traveller Review
Comfortable, spacious house in a perfect location.
About the Owner
The house is jointly owned by Hillary and Martin who bought it in 2006. Hillary had travelled in the area several times and fell in love with it. Martin, being a keen historian and photographer was equally smitten with not just the house but also the region and surrounding areas. Both Hillary and Martin are keen cyclists and walkers and Capestang and its environs offer plenty of possibilities for both
Finally we are both wine enthusiasts and do our utmost to sample local produce whenever we are down here.
5 based on 8 holidaymaker reviews
Comfortable, spacious house in a perfect location.
We're a middle-aged couple, familiar with the region, who wanted somewhere adjacent to Beziérs for a couple of weeks to explore further this part of France. This lovely home is both spacious and comfortable; it provided everything we needed; it is a well-appointed, well maintained, traditional three storey French town house located in the centre of Capestang. The town, located on the Canal du Midi, has more than a couple of good restaurants, two supermarkets, boulangeries, post office and chemist. It's about 20 minutes from the bigger towns of Beziérs and Narbonne and 30 minutes - depending on traffic - from the coast. Carcasonne is about an hour away. St Chinian and Pezenas are two good market towns both within 30 minutes drive from Capestang. There are plenty of smaller picturesque villages (such as Olargues and Roquebrun) within easy reach particularly up towards the hills in the North. Our particular favourite place is the 'Lac du Laouzas' an hour away 3000ft up in the Mounts de L'Espinouse - it has a great beach, water sports, small swimming pool, toilets, picnic areas and the water temperature (in September 2016) was 24 Degrees. The drive up into the mountains is pretty spectacular in places. The owners were helpful, easy to contact and quick to reply - it was also good to know an English speaking house keeper was local should there be any thing that needed to be dealt with in person. I would unreservedly recommend this property to my friends / relatives, particularly for 4 adults with transport who don't want to necessarily have a 'beach' holiday.
Comfortable home in a beautiful part of France
This is a fabulous part of the South with a deep sense of history. Capestang is a pretty village, as is the area with interesting places to explore and beaches to visit. The house has been beautifully refurbished. The owners I found were very helpful and could not have done more to ensure our family had an enjoyable stay.
one week was not enough!
The house is beautiful. We have been extremely happy and comfortable here! One week was not enough to explore a region which is rich with history and absolutely stunning. The house is excellently maintained and situated in a beautiful quintessentially French town which mixes pastoral, rural vibes with stunning Mediterranean beauty and bustling suburban vibes in the main square. It's excellently situated for day trips south to the beach at Narbonne, or west towards Minervois amongst other picturesque sites.
Hillary and Martin were hugely helpful, thanks again for letting us use your beautiful property!!
Bernie & fam
A Wonderful House in an Archetypal French Village
The exterior of the house certainly belies the beautiful spacious interior. Superbly furnished and generously stocked, the welcome was to a very high standard. Thank you Hilary and Martin for allowing us the use of your holiday home. We had only one regret, that was we had not discovered the Languedoc 25 years ago. Well preserved historic architecture, wonderful wine, superb food and the weather did not disappoint us either. Capestang is a most delightful french village with the people most welcome and hardly any tourists other than the few that pass through on the canal. The restaurant facilities in the village and the surrounding area are of a high standard along with the stunning value of the regional wine. Can certainly recommend this property and its owners.
What a Fabulous Home!
This is simply a wonderful place to stay - and I've been more than once, such is its allure! There's no feeling that it's a "mere rental property" : this is a lovingly-decorated and furnished home, where it's a privilege and a joy to spend quality-time. There's a superb, fully-equipped kitchen and dining area - made even better as the nominated "chef" can talk to the others whilst they relax in the super-comfortable lounge area, since the top floor is open-plan. The roof-terrace is magnificent, and perfect for breakfasting, dining, or just relaxing [with a drink]! A luxuriously-big, warm bathroom with shower is a real bonus to the airy, comfortable bedrooms. The setting couldn't be better : it's really convenient for Béziers and Carcassonne airports. There are loads of places to visit North, South, East and West from Capestang, and bags of useful suggestions in the "Guest Guide-Book" provided, along with maps and guide-books. There has to be one of the best baker's in France 200m away in the town square : as a change from a [mere] baguette, buy "une Capestanaise" in the morning and get hooked! There's an excellent Lidl and a good-sized Intermarché in town, as well as all the local merchants' stores. Also, there are plenty of local restaurants / café-restaurants. If you need help with absolutely anything, you'll be given the phone number of the young [English] lady who looks after the property with her French husband; she and her family live just round the corner so attend to any query instantly : you'll meet her on arrival - nothing's too much trouble. This was the first house my eyes fell on whilst searching for a place to stay in the area, and I'm so pleased that I looked no further. If you book, you'll be similarly hooked - and that's a promise!
I have stayed in Hillary and Martin's house 3 times now and each time have found new treasures to explore.
The house is beautiful, very elegant but also cosy and comfortable. It has every conceivable amenity you could wish for. The huge kitchen is wonderful for family get-togethers or intimate meals but for al-fresco dining, the terrace provides a tranquil setting with a glass of local wine on a balmy evening with views across the rooftops of Capestang. The lounge is tastefully furnished and the bedrooms are spacious and cool.
The whole house is spotlessly clean and bedding and towels are provided. (More room in the suitcase ! )
There are booklets and maps of local and further afield places to visit, which is really handy. The village is a 2 minute walk away and there are Pattisseries (Yummy cakes, fresh bread and croissants) supermarket, pharmacy, souvenir shops and of course, the twice weekly markets which sell everything you can think of. Quite a few Bars (which also sell very good coffee) There are some wonderful restaurants, The Galliniere is my favourite, and a Pizza restaurant which also does take-away. I also found the local people very friendly and helpful.
The area surrounding the village is great for walking or cycling with the Canal-Du-Midi literally alongside the village.
Further afield there are many places of interest such as Narbonne, Narbonne Plage (beautiful, long, sandy beach) Beziers, Cap D'Agde, Meze, the stunning Millau viaduct and Roquebrun where you can swim in the River Orb.
I would definitely recommend Hillary and Martin's beautiful house to anyone wishing for a wonderful place to stay in France. The holiday can be as busy or as peaceful as anyone could wish for and I am hoping to visit again this year.
From the Owner
“The house is situated in the centre of the ancient village of Capestang, two minutes from the bustling village square and close to the historic and picturesque Canal du Midi (a World Heritage site) which offers leisurely walks, shaded by the ancient plane trees on its banks. Boat and cycle hire is available. The local Tourist Office will be happy to provide details. The coast is just 20 minutes away with several sandy beaches, some excellent fish restaurants and markets. Beziers and Narbonne are the two closest large towns and both are delightful in different ways. Further afield, Montpellier (I hour), Carcassonne (1 hour) and Milau (2 hours) are all well worth a visit. Indeed, Spain is also very close and makes a really interesting weekend or mid-week break either by car or train.”
Activity and Interests
Capestang is a twenty-five minute drive to the Mediterranean resorts of Valras-plage, Serignan and many other beaches.
Beziers-Agde is the nearest airport at 35 minutes. Carcassonne airport is also easily accessible in about one hour. Other suitable airports include Perpignan (approx. 80 mins.), Toulouse (approx. 90 minutes) and Girona (approx. 2 hours). Nimes, Montpellier and Barcelona are all also within reach. Use of a car is recommended for staying in this area.
Beziers 15km. Narbonne 20km. Carcassonne 70km.
The village has six restaurants, three take-aways (french-style), a very good Intermarche supermarket, two banks, three hair-dressers and beauty salons, a number of small shops, post-office, souvenir shops, four boulangeries, a very well equipped library. Two tourist offices (one on the banks of the canal).
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
Bookings can be made by telephone or email. A 25% deposit is required at time of booking with full payment at eight weeks prior to travel.
Changeover day is Saturday. We can be flexible with this outside peak season.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The most unique benefit of this property is its proximity to the village square, which is essentially the hub of Capestang life. Here you can sit and watch the world go by; Cyclists, campers and tourists from the Canal du Midi all frequently pull up at the local bars. There are twice-weekly markets (Wednesday and Sunday), two bars, two restaurants, two bakeries, a florist, a tabac and a tourist shop, all contained around this main square. The house is also within easy walking distance of the local supermarkets (Intermarche and Lidl) and the Canal du Midi.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Parking ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- non smoking only
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
- Separate bathroom with bath/shower and two hand basins. Separate WC.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
- Terrace ...
- Outside: Private terrace adjacent to the lounge, with a table and six outdoor chairs. Large garage where washing machine is situated. Utility Room: Two large storage cupboards in bathroom, one is a linen cupboard and the other is used to store vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board, and cleaning equipment. One small chest of drawers containing hairdryer. Property cleaned on change over day-towels linen and beach towels are provided. Other: This three-storey house has several steep staircases and therefore is not really suitable for small children or persons of restricted mobility.