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

Overview

Property

Updated: 25-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 16
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 3 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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

About the Owner

Alaric and Katia
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Russian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 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.

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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..."

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Beach : Meze, easy to get to even in High Summer at 14 Miles 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

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
SUMMER
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,610
for 5 nights
From
£315
From
£350
Fri,Sat,Sun
£2,200
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
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

Refundable Damage Deposit £750
Pet Fee £150

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • chateau / country house

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

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town

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

Floor Area

  • 4300 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 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.

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

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....