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Large Country House, centre of Perfect Pezenas, Ideal for families ***** Rated

People16
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's3
Space 4,300 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

I min Walk to restaurants, studios, galleries, bars and bakeries, no car needed.

Spacious, child friendly, restaurants, studios, bars, tea and coffee shops, galleries and tourist office a step away. Large protected swimming pool, walled garden, orchard, balconies and terrace, vines and Wisteria, beams and high ceilings, many bathrooms, secure parking, peaceful place of character and perfect location in Pezenas. Home to writer and family, with fascinating photos/art on walls. Amazing range of restaurants, artist’s studios, quality food, wine, and craft shops a minute away. Extensive terrace and balconies. Pool and pond safely enclosed. Common reaction to the interior is – ‘Wow! Beautiful summer kitchen with large timber beams – opens onto large sheltered terrace where people normally eat, with palms and large pool shaped around it. Vast sitting room upstairs with large balcony and views of old town. Many bedrooms (4 en-suite, 2 with balconies + 2 more) on ground/1st/2nd floors. A Memorable Holiday. STOP PRESS. French Tourist Office rated us ***** top five star. Heated pool now an option...

Some comments from past guests from our previous website: Mary and friends from Oxford: 'Pezenas is wonderful, and to step out and get to everything in a minute was perfect. The pool, terrace, balcony and garden were really nice, so we spent much of our time there, but it was good to have such a great choice of restaurants to go to as well.' Sergei from Moscow: 'Normally we try different places, but here we come back.' Stephanie from Canada: 'What a lovely home you have! Loved all the photos and art on the walls, and Pezenas is beautiful with really friendly people.' Kennedy group from London: 'The kids had a great time, and the gardien was so helpful to us. We were a big group but your house has so many different areas.' Xavier et al from Paris: 'The apricots and peaches in your garden were delicious, and now I see why Pezenas is so well known here in France.' More photos on our picasa site - just search under Alaric Wyatt in google.

What is so special about Pezenas?: Pezenas is famous because it is the town of Moliere, is very old, and has a splendid old quarter (just a few steps from the house). Many artists have their studios and galleries here, and the town is amazingly active in putting on events and attractions from the past, with sword fights, music, food festivals, antique bazaars, ballads and fireworks to name just a few. It has a large and colourful Saturday market, and in summer, the many little shops in the maze of alleys in the old quarter stay open till midnight during the 'nocturnes'. There are nearly 40 restaurants to choose from, all nearby. The tourist office is 1 minute from our house, is excellent, and their guided tour reveals many amazing buildings. All around Pezenas are famous vineyards, such as those of Faugeres, Corbieres and PicPoul, which you can visit. Pezenas is also home to world famous climber Alain Robert (Spiderman), who climbs the worlds highest buildings - he is often around in the bars and is very friendly.

More Details

Owner
Alaric and Katia
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Russian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2017

About Alaric and Katia

We have four lively children who just love this house, garden and town, and every time we go back, they all cry out how much they want to live there. The pool and pond are an endless source of joy and fascination to them, and they love being able to just walk out into the centre of the town for an ice cream or to play football with the local kids, all on their own. It's an amazing place altogether, and it has certainly changed our lives, giving us loads of wonderful memories of meals and festivals (Pezenas is strong on such things) and visits around all the beaches and gorges and villages, or just chatting and sipping drinks in the lower garden amongst all the fruit trees and flowers. London, where we live, seems a very long way away when we are in Pezenas, and I think to our family, it is our house down there that is the more real of the two.

Alaric and Katia purchased this chateau / country house in 2000

Why Alaric and Katia chose Beziers area

I was told by all the estate agents in Pezenas that properties with all the features on my Must Have List did not exist in this town. They were all amused at my attempts to find such a place. Central, large, garden, swimming pool, parking, privacy, and quiet were the features on my list. A month later, by chance, I found one of the only cases that satisfied this list, and it had even more to it than that. What could I do? I bought it before all the estate agents could get their hands on it and charge 6% fees, and never looked back.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

No need at all for a car. Total proximity to all that matters, but it's like being in a country house somewhere, far from the crowds. Well, as they say, location, location, location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have loads of comments from past guests, but not via holiday rentals as we have only just started using them...
Nov 2007
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Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 3 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , 1 sink
    WC - Toilet , small sink
    Shower - Shower Enclosure
    WC - Toilet , small sink
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , plus 2 sinks
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , plus 2 sinks
    Shower - Shower Enclosure , plus 2 sinks
    WC - Toilet , plus 2 sinks
  • Where bedrooms are not ensuite, they are nevertheless close to a toilet, given that you have 5 toilets in all.
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , plus ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , plus bunkbed to one side and ensuite shower/sinks
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , 2 main singles plus bunkbed to one side and ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 2 main singles - can be just 1
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 single with option of another on first floor
    Bedroom 6 - 3 Single Bed , 1 bunk bed/1single or can be 2 bunkbeds (4 people)
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Single Bed , 1single or can be 2
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1single or can be 2
  • So we have 4 rooms with double beds, and 4 rooms with 2 singles, and then 3 lots of bunk beds. Outside the summer season, a charge is levied for the cleaning of linen, and the gas central heating - if it is required... CLEAN LINEN is supplied at the start of your stay, but if you want it to be changed every week - for those who stay 2 weeks or more - then please ask our garden, and pay him 3 euros per bed place (e.g 6 euros for a double bed) for new pillow cases and under sheet, and 2 euros per quilt place (4 euros for a double quilt). Alternatively, you are most welcome to wash and dry them yourself - washer provided. TOWELS can be provided - Large Towels are 2 euros per week/fortnight, and small 1 euro per week/fortnight. If you wish clean towels after first week, then it is the same cost for the second week, and of course, you are welcome to clean them yourselves in the washing machine to avoid that cost.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The job of the housekeeper, who lives out, is to clean the pool once a week. Pool heating costs extra - please ask us for more information. You have an allowance of 20 Kwatt hours per week included in the rent, and thereafter it costs 0.35 euro per Kwatt hour. Gas has no allowance, and is the same price. The logic is not to make money, but to save energy. For example our chandelier has about 30 bulbs and this discourages guests from leaving it on all night....

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Large Country House, centre of Perfect Pezenas, Ideal for families ***** Rated
average rating of 4.733333 based on 16 reviews
5

A lovely house in an ideal situation.

  • 5 of 5

The ages of our party ranged from 81 to 11 months and everyone had a wonderful holiday. The house is large, but not overwhelming, and there is plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. It is very well equipped for children. The focus is of course on the summer kitchen, the pool and the outside terraces and garden, but the salon is a lovely room for a quiet read or chat, and the upper terrace a perfect spot for watching the sun go down.

Everyone enjoyed looking at the fish in the pond and watching them eat the food provided. A swim in the pool was refreshing at all times of the day. The barbecue is excellent.

Pezenas is delightful and everywhere is within walking distance. It is also very well placed for journeys north to the haut Languedoc with lovely villages, mountain scenery, gorges and walks, or for journeys south to the coast and the interesting French towns.

Alaric was very helpful in answering questions before and during our stay and provided excellent and useful information prior to our arrival.

So all in all, pretty perfect!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having you at Maison Alaric, and also thank you for some new ideas for improvement, which we are looking forward to implement this autumn. Glad you liked feeding the koi carp - I'm told by our 'gardien' that they are bigger now... and even friendlier. Thanks again for the review, which I think other prospective guests will find wide ranging and useful.
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5

Perfect, family friendly house - wonderful facilities, great location - 5 star

  • 5 of 5

This is a great family-friendly, very large and beautiful house. Loads of space for large parties and bedrooms / bathrooms galore. The pool is a good size and lots of fun was had with the table tennis table, the various kids ride-ons and the beautiful, rambling garden. There is a BBQ and very well equipped kitchen for nights in or you can take a very short wander into the beautiful town of Pezenas. The nearest restaurant is literally about 2 minutes away. The town is beautiful with loads of cafes and interesting shops plus a wonderful market. The owners were extremely pleasant and helpful, before and throughout the stay if we needed anything. We couldn't fault anything - we just want to return!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: David and Emma, thank you very much for your lovely comments about our house and Pezenas. We are as enthusiastic as you are about the town, and although when I bought the house, it was because it blew me away (both for the house and the garden) - it was only when we moved in that I realised just how important and helpful the location of the house was as well. It really is a country house but right in the middle of Pezenas, and yet down a quiet street, and no problem with parking. All of which is why we go back there as much as we can ourselves, and why each time we go, we improve things a little, or in the case of last time, a lot (by installing a pool heater for those who want it outside of July/August, and various other things too). So we look forward to seeing you again, and we certainly enjoyed our communications with you all.
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Excellent property for a large group

  • 4 of 5

This is a fantastic property for a large group. We were all able to spread out and do our own thing, relax on the terrace, swim, play table tennis, sit in swing hammock chairs or congregate in the kitchen to cook and chat. The surrounding area is lovely with lots of things to do - vineyards to visit, beaches not too far away and Pezenas has loads of shops and restaurants to keep you going.

One downside is the cost. Don't be fooled into thinking the upfront price is what you pay. Suddenly you are being charged for electricity, gas, towels, heated pool, cleaning charge (to be left in cash at the end). This does rather inflate the original price but if you are aware of this before booking then I would say it is still a good place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your highly favourable comments Clare. Now, you are quite right to bring up the question of cost (although I know you thought the overall price was certainly very competitive). And we are responding to this point by taking away the extra payment for towels for any future bookings. However, now that we have a heated pool, for periods outside the hottest times that is, we have to offer that as an extra option, and I think that's a fair way of doing it. In any case, extra costs like the heated pool are all discussed long before our guests arrive, and at the time of booking. They are also on the website of course... So all in all, we are happy with how our programme of continuous improvements is going, and clearly our guests are too. I know that Clare's group were delighted for example with the wine, drinks, cheese, milk/tea, etc etc provided on arrival due their getting there quite late. This is another of our improvements, and like a number of others, came to us from our own recent travelling experience with holiday rental places. Which is why we so like feedback from our guests too. Thanks again, Clare, and look forward to seeing you again.
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5

Maravillosas vacaciones en Penzenas!

  • 5 of 5

Esta casa nos gusto tanto que nos pasamos la mayoria del tiempo en el jardin y en la parte de abajo con su preciosa cocina de verano. Nos encanto el hecho de que estuviese tan bien ubicada a todas las atracciones de Pezenas que ni siquiera necesitamos el carro. Habian muchas cosas que visitar y muchos lindos y buenos restaurantes. Paseamos y vimos muchos sitios preciosos que nos habian sido recomendados por el dueno, el senor Wyatt. El mismo fue encantandor y super relajado, a pesar que hasta le rompimos una ventana por accidente. Apenas si estuvimos una semana pero en verdad nos parecio como si hubiesen sido dos. Nos llevamos miles de fotos y recuerdos lindos de Pezenas y esta acojedora casa. La verdad es que nos encanto.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Прекрасные каникулы в замечательном доме

  • 5 of 5

Пркрасный дом, замечательные хозяева, говорящие в т.ч. и по-русски. 2 минуты пешком до центра г. Пезенас с его магазинами, расторанчиками, замечательным рынком (очень дешевый и вкусный). Все очень удобно - просторные комнаты, большая терраса, барбекю и т.д. Мой сын наслаждался бассейном, а мы с супругом тенью в саду. Приезжаем уже 2й раз. Очень рекомендуем.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Excellente vacances dans une maison charmante

  • 5 of 5

Une très belle maison, spacieuse et confortable. Excellente position - 2 min à pieds jusqu’au centre historique de la ville de Pézenas, aux commerces, marché de fruits et légumes (vraiment pas cher), cafés et restos. Dans une petite rue calme ou vous dormez sur vos deux oreilles. Mon fils s’est régalé d’une piscine et mon épouse de l’ombre du jardin ))) Bref, beaucoup de places pour se réunir en famille ou pour faire une pause solitaire. Agréable pour passer un séjour avec des enfants ou bien avec des amis - tout équipement nécessaire et sur place y compris un BBQ! Je recommande.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always nice to get such a good review from our French visitors, given that they take a lot of the attractions (that we foreigners find colourful and exciting) entirely and justifiably for granted. I remember they were amazed at how well equipped our kitchen is - typical French I guess! They told me they spent most of their time just staying at the house and wandering around Pezenas, which is what a surprising number of our guests seem to do when they get here. So we are glad to meet that challenge with success.
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Location

Les Gorges d'Héric
" Heric Gorge, for really outstanding walks along a small river that cascades down through ma..."
Pézenas
"This place is famous in France for very good reason. Not because it is to Moliere what Strat..."
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Meze, easy to get to even in High Summer
Car: recommended

Beziers Airport (called Vias) We now have a shuttle bus (v cheap) from the Ryanair Bezier airport that goes to Agde and Beziers to get a hire car or bus to Pezenas. Timed to the flights too. So really no car needed....to get here, and particularly, when you are actually staying here.

Otherwise, our nearest airport is Montpellier: a 40 minute and 70 euro taxi drive from Pezenas. We are an hour from the walled city of Carcassonne, and only 35 minutes to wild flamingoes, 20 minutes to Meze beach, with its seahorses and fishing harbour, 40 minutes to Heric Gorge. Your house is right in the centre of Pezenas. Other major attractions within easy reach are Sete and Agde on the coast, with their beaches and harbours, and the local Dinosaur park as well as water parks, aquariums and seaside amusements. There is a huge amount to see and do within very easy reach, and the tourist office of Pezenas is 2 mins walk away....

Other Activities: Great shopping, especially for presents and clothes.

Golf: Various good courses nearby

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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
HIGH SUMMER 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£3,200
for 7 nights
£3,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
LATE SUMMER
2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,465
for 5 nights
From
£285
From
£325
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,980
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
'WINTER' 1
29 Oct 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£520
for 4 nights
From
£130
From
£150
Fri,Sat,Sun
£900
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
 
'WINTER' 2
25 Nov 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
£530
for 4 nights
From
£125
From
£155
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£850
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Additional Guest Fee £14 per person per night
Pet Fee £150
Damage Deposit £750

Damage deposit to be arranged and paid 4 weeks before stay please. Varies according to size of group, presence of pets etc.
Cleaning bill is £90 to be paid in cash to the housekeeper, (large groups pay £120). towels extra on request, to be arranged with owner.
GROUPS LARGER THAN 8 PAY AN EXTRA PER PERSON CHARGE remember. Discounts are possible… gas/electric 0.35 euro / KwH, with 20KwH free/wk for elec.

Dépôt de dommages à régler et payé 4 semaines avant le séjour s'il vous plait. La facture de nettoyage est £ 90 pour être payée en espèces à la femme de ménage, (les grands groupes paient £ 120). Serviettes supplémentaires sur demande, à régler avec le propriétaire.
LES GROUPES SUPPLÉMENTAIRES À 8 PAYONS UN EXTRA PAR PERSONNE CHARGE se rappellent. Des réductions sont possibles
... gaz / électricité 0.35 euro / KwH, avec 20KwH libre / wk pour elec.

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  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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