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

Overview

Property

Updated: 10-Dec-2016
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 just rated us ***** top five star

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
  • Sleeps 16
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 3 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Russian

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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12 Reviews

4.8
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

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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5

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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5

Our lovely visit to Pezenas

  • 5 of 5

This house was so nice that we spent most of our time in the garden and downstairs in the amazing summer kitchen. But the proximity of just about everything we needed in Pezenas was really great, and it was lovely not to have to bother with the car at all. Loads to see in Pezenas by the way, and brilliant for shopping and restaurants too.Though we did go and see some of the spectacular places Mr Wyatt told us about - he was really helpful and laid back about things generally, especially when we broke a window by mistake. We were only there a week, but it seemed like two, and we have great memories and photos of Pezenas and the house to remind us of what was a really wonderful and healing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Appreciate very much having the review in English, given that this group was from Venezuela! Their children loved feeding the koi carp every morning (and probably afternoon too given the amount those fish must have eaten), and now that we are here ourselves, I must say they have all grown into an extremely impressive shoal of really beautiful fish. Found several green frogs on the lily pads in classic pose as well. Anyway, glad they liked Pezenas so much - everybody does I know, but it is important to realise that the town is a huge attraction to our guests, which is why we get returns in a market where usually people choose different places year by year.
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4

Great location and perfect for two or more families to holiday together

  • 4 of 5

Lovely big kitchen with everything you could need in it and a good large terrace. Alaric and Katia were very helpful in advance of our trip and everything worked well. Pezenas is the most lovely town.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you had such a good time, and appreciate your telephoning us to tell us how well everything went too. All feedback is a bonus, and especially when it is so good. And as we agreed, it will be nice to see you here again. Alaric and Katia.
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5

wonderful house, wonderful town

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, spacious and comfortable. The owner is gracious and responsive. The town of Pezenas is delightful. In short, our group of older adults could not have been happier with our stay in Maison Alaric. We enjoyed convivial meals in the large friendly kitchen, wine and nibbles on the patio by the pool in the evenings, the occasional venture into the pool itself. Yes, even mid- to late-September! Oh -- and we partook of figs, apples and grapes from the garden. We also loved wandering around the town, exploring its historic buildings, shops and restaurants, practicing our French language skills, which range from barely existent to sort-of-competent-but-still-clearly-not-French. Pretty perfect, all in all!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Good reviews from Americans are particularly welcome. Why? Well, quite frankly, people from North America are used to a high level and quality of life, and are less easy to please as a rule. So when they are as happy as this group obviously is, we can relax a little, knowing that the house and location really is worth the five stars the Tourist Office have given us. But we still improve year on year, a little bit here and a little bit there, because the house is very important to us as a family - we lived there for quite a few years ourselves. So there it is. Another great review, but we still want to know how to improve things, because that's how things get better and better.
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Location

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
 
WINTER
4 Dec 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
£560
for 4 nights
From
£140
From
£160
Fri,Sat,Sun
£950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
 
XMAS/NEW YEAR
19 Dec 2016 - 8 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
£1,720
for 6 nights
From
£285
From
£290
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £14 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Spring 2017
9 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
£880
for 4 nights
From
£220
From
£240
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 9 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest
 
SPRING
25 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£840
for 4 nights
From
£210
From
£230
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,480
 
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £16 per night, per additional guest
 
EARLY SUMMER
6 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,275
for 5 nights
From
£250
From
£275
Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
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.

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

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • 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
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • The job of the housekeeper, who lives out, is to clean the pool at least once a week. You have an allowance of 20 Kwatt hours per week included in the rent, and thereafter it costs 0.3 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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