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Spacious Character Village House with Pool, near Village Centre, Canal du Midi,

Overview

Property

Updated: 05-Oct-2016
House In Argeliers, Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Centre Of Village, Access To Mediterranean Beaches, Languedoc Vineyards, and The Canal Du Midi

Our 19th century vineyard owner’s property has been restored to offer luxurious holiday accommodation, with five large double bedrooms, a small pool and a delightful courtyard garden. It's recent restoration has kept the original high ceilings, stone walls and tiled floors. The four south-facing main bedrooms are air-conditioned and all enjoy spectacular views of the Canal du Midi, a short walk away down a tree-lined avenue. The house has been decorated and furnished to a high standard. The courtyard garden and additional sun terrace above extend the indoor luxuries of our French home into private outdoor space. The 5-metre hexagonal plunge pool is perfect for a cooling dip during the hot Languedoc summer. The house is full of character offering a real home from home in rural South of France.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Chez Houdret is the second home of Jerry and Jessica Houdret. They have spent the past 18 years enjoying its spacious and sympathetic renovations, the Midi Climate, and Argeliers village life. In 2012, the house was opened for the first time to holiday makers. It's private courtyard & plunge pool, large terrace, and generously appointed interior will please the most discerning holiday makers wanting a home-from-home getaway. A friend in Argeliers is acting as onsite contact and will meet and greet you, and deal with ensuring your stay is relaxing and trouble free. For further information and enquiries, please contact Jerry as below.

Call Owner
Speaks English, French

3 Reviews

4.7
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Norfolk
5

Lovely spacious town house with courtyard pool, five minutes walk from the Canal du Midi.

  • 5 of 5

What we liked about the gite: spacious accommodation spread over 3 floors; cool inside space to contrast a sunny courtyard garden; large & sociable kitchen/diner; excellent bathrooms; beach towels provided, which was a nice touch.

The area: plenty of amenities within walking distance including restaurants, boulangeries & importantly wine cooperative cave; ideally situated to explore beaches, Carcassonne, Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc & vineyards; many local markets throughout the week (Saint-Chinian our favourite).

Would have no hesitation in recommending this gite.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased the house, village, and location all met and exceeded expectations. The markets and local shops, walks, canal, restaurants and Wine Cave were what made us buy here 20 years ago. Very pleased you agreed and approve. Thanks for the positive words. Jerry
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5

Wonderful home in a beautiful setting with a fantastic host!

  • 5 of 5

Chez Houdret was a beautiful home and much larger than I expected! The house has incredible charm, was well equipped and has a beautiful garden. The small pool was perfect for cooling off and for the kids to play. The setting was a very quiet small town surrounded by vineyards and right on the canal. It was conveniently located not far from historical sights, beautiful countryside, shopping and the beach. The host and his local representatives were incredibly helpful - they advised us on all sorts of arrangements, including babysitting. I highly recommend this property!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Liz.. My team loved having you stay and did as they always do... tried to make your stay a real holiday. From your nice comments they obviously succeeded .... Jerry
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4

Lovely base for family holiday

  • 4 of 5

Spacious villa with plenty of room for 2 families of 4 (teenage kids). Unlike holiday company brochures, the house is bigger than it appears in the photos on the website. We very much liked the tiled floors and high ceilings - as well as the sun terrace and pool. We arrived later than planned - at 7.30, but were warmly welcomed by Nynke who was happy to deal with queries both before and during our stay. Our holiday was lovely - highlights including hiring bikes to explore locally, walks along the canal du midi, the beach at Narbonne and sightseeing - Carcassone is commercialised, but it's very impressive. Argeliers is a sleepy French village - friendly locals say "bonjour", and the boulangerie sells lovely bread and cakes, we'd also strongly recommend Restaurant 87 - a five minute walk from the house with lovely food and friendly staff (and wine cheaper than soft drinks). For balance - this is the wish list bit - the lounge would have been better with second sofa and I wish I'd used insect repellent - there are insects that bite around the canal in the evenings!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Our home is a spacious house with plenty of bedroom space for up to 2 families, located in the centre of Argeliers village. While the village is rural, it is a good size and offers a number of local amenities, shops, restaurants, bakeries etc. Equally, the village is located on the Canal du Midi, and yet, only 40 minutes drive from either Beziers or Carcassonne airport. With cycling by the Canal, kayaking on the river Orb, windsurfing on the Lac de Jouarres or just lazing by our pool as holiday options, we think the area has much to offer. Of course the Cathar forts and Carcassonne are nearby if walking, climbing or historical sites are your interest.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beziers or Carcassonne at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : In the village at 300 Metres Nearest Train : Narbonne TGV at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Narbonne at 18 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : In the village at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Narbonne Plage at 30 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Driving times to beaches:

Serignan plage - 35 mins.

Vendres plage - 35 mins.

Narbonne plage - 40 mins.

Gruissan plage - 40 mins.

Travel:

Nearest airports serviced by Ryan Air at Carcassonne 45 mins, Beziers 40 mins, Perpignan 50 mins, and Montpellier 1 hour 15 mins.

Distances:

House within village - 5 minutes' walk to shops, and two restaurants. 10 minutes to the Canal du Midi and the 3rd Restaurant. Excellent location for visiting Cathar forts like Carcassonne, or Market towns. Good cycling by the Canal or Kayaking on the river Orb.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring Season
8 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£850
for 5 nights
From
£170
£1,100
 
 
Summer Holidays
17 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 5 nights
From
£220
£1,450
 
 
Autumn Season
3 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£850
for 5 nights
From
£170
£1,100
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£750
for 5 nights
From
£150
£900
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Deposit required in order to hold requested dates, full payment 6 weeks in advance of arrival at property. Security deposit requested 2 weeks before arrival and returned 2 weeks after departure in accordance with Terms of Lease. Please email the owner, Jerry, to enquire for availabilities and prices.

Changeover Day:
Saturday morning departures by 10am, Saturday afternoon arrivals not before 4pm. Sharon, our local agent, meets and greets you, and shows you round to be sure you have a worry free and enjoyable stay.

Notes on prices:
Please email or telephone the owner who speaks English and French at info@chezhoudret.com to verify pricing and availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

The spaciousness of this "Maison de Maitre" makes it an obvious place to relax and enjoy rural life. Because of the numerous bedrooms and numerous living spaces (office, lounge, upper terrace, courtyard), up to 10 people can comfortably enjoy this house without being in one another's way. Cycling or walking on the Canal du Midi is 5 minutes from the door, the courtyard is perfect for evening aperitifs, and barbecues, the pool is ideal for a cool down on a hot summers' day.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village

Attractions

  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 180 m²

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • First floor: Main bathroom with bath, separate shower, vanity unit & WC; Shower room with vanity unity & WC. Second floor: 2 bathrooms, each with bath, separate shower, wash basin & WC. Ground floor: WC and wash basin off kitchen.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedrooms 1 & 2 with double beds & shared bathroom. Bedroom 3 has sofa bed (can be double or 2 singles) ensuite shower room & access to terrace. Second floor: Bedroom 4 has double bed & private bathroom, Bedroom 5 has single beds & private bathroom.

Outside

  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Our French home is different from other holiday houses, because it has been our private 2nd home for 18 years. Our renovations and furnishings are for our home-from-home enjoyment and have been completed to an exceptional standard. The courtyard garden and terrace above are particularly private and quaint - the ideal indoor and outdoor set up for combined families and friends on holiday. Outside: Within the walled and private courtyard, there is a 5m hexagonal plunge pool. The plunge pool is private to the renters at Chez Houdret. The steps up to the pool can be removed for child safety, and the 2nd terrace around the pool gated as well. Here is the large barbecue under the open sided but roofed area, in case of a shower. Two cars can fit in the driveway with high lockable gates to ensure total privacy. Utility Room: A linen room, off the main first floor bathroom, has washing machine, ironing and ironing board, drying racks etc. Outside clothes line on terrace. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided, including pool towels. The property is cleaned thoroughly and linen changed between all bookings. At clients' request, a weekly cleaning service can be provided for a reasonable fee. Other: The study is situated on the front (south side) of house with computer desk and comfortable chair - a quiet place to escape with a computer or book. Wifi connection.

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