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Sometimes you can be unlucky with the weather. The people renting the house before us only had sunshine during 2 weeks and allthough we didn't we enjoyed our stay all the way. The house is so cosy with the open fire and we slept so well with the sound of the waterfalls in the river. And by the time we had enough of the rain, we drove 30 minutes to play golf in Pont de l'Arn and had lunch on the sunny terrace of the club overlooking the 18th, the first and the 10th hole.We have been shopping in the beautiful city of Castres where we did'nt need an umbrella.
Great fun, great atmosphere.
Had a wonderful week at La Bergerie, it's a very peaceful relaxing haven. Property is rustic but very homely and clean. Modern fabulous shower, always hot water. We used the downstairs bedroom which was very comfortable, cooler than the top bedroom. As you can see from site photos there are steps up to the property, a spiral staircase and open steps to top bedroom which won't suit everyone but they add to the charm and are worth it.The views of the valley are great and it was lovely to sit in the top room with the windows removed enjoying the breeze with a glass of wine. Situated in the small hamlet of Les Horts between Olargues and La Mons-both have a good village shop. Ideal for lots of walking/hiking with plenty of marked walks. Walking guides/maps/brochures at house were very helpful. Gorge D'Heric has a good pathway to the top, small cafe was open for drinks/baguettes. Lots of locals swimming/paddling in the large rock pools. A walk to the viewing platform on Mont Caroux is very worthwhile with stunning views, you can do a circular walk starting at the car park in small village of Douch. Take a picnic as no cafe/bakery at Douch. Bikes can be hired from the petrol station on main road at La Mons and you can get straight on the Voie Verte (a disused railway line so mainly flat although we did encounter some steep parts). Olargues is a beautiful old town, very picturesque with a small market on Sunday mornings, about 6-7 stalls but you can stock up with fruit/veg/olives/eggs/cheese/fish/meat. The bakery in Olargues was also open on Sunday morning. Google restaurants in Olargues and you will be pleasantly surprised. You can drive to the coast, we went to Beziers for the morning and Serignan Plage for the afternoon. You can also go canoeing very close by but alas we ran out of days.The grape harvest started while we were there and it was great to see (and smell) the tractors laden with grapes.There is a fig tree outside the back door and we enjoyed some for breakfast which were delicious. La Bergerie is a great base for exploring the area and the scenery is lovely. Weather for September was fabulous with no rain all week and temperatures around 28 degrees, much hotter at coast 36 deg.Juliet and Mike are very knowledgeable about the area and provided us with lots of info prior to going which we appreciated.We had a great week and thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you.