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My family and I spent a very enjoyable few days in September in this delightful apartment in Montpelier. The city itself is wonderful and many of the attractions to visit are right in the centre, within a two minute walk of the apartment. The location in the rue Baudin is quiet and very convenient. The apartment is spacious and very well furnished and equipped. Everything a visitor could need is provided and, in our case, we were given the keys, taken into the flat, and given much information, by a helpful friend of the owner.. I can highly recommend this apartment for anyone visiting Montpellier, and I would certainly make another booking there in the future.
Pignan is a reasonably large village around 10 to 15kms from Montpellier and this property sits on the outskirts of the village ensuring peace and tranquility being nestled alongside vineyards. The shops (bakers, butchers, fruit and cheese, tobacconist, pharmacy etc) are all a short stroll away.
We stayed for two weeks and had a fantastic time. Genevieve and Paul (the owners) live in the main part of the property and the guest accomodation is attached. The layout of the space though ensures that you have a great feeling of privacy. In addition, Genevieve and Paul are two of the kindest and most thoughtful people we have had the privilege to meet. Their attention to detail and hard work to create and maintain a stunning garden is matched only by their desire to ensure that you get the most from your holiday.
The pool is large (10m by 5m i think) and the garden is a treasure trove of interesting touches of detail. For those moments when resting by the tranquil poolside are not enough, there is a ping pong table, basket ball hoop with backboard, table football and exercise machine.
Inside, the property is very well maintained.and the standard is high. Interestingly, despite only one air conditioning unit for the whole property it keeps cool all through the day (we had temps up to 38 degrees celsius for several days). In the living area there is a small raised platform with a small double bed, which is ideal for kids as its a bit of a different space to a 'normal' bedroom.
Genevieve and Paul largely keep themselves to themselves but there is a warm welcome on arrival and they check in every day to ensure that everything is ok and keep you informed about what is going on in the area. Eggs, fruit and tomatoes from the garden turned up as gifts on a regular basis and a chilled bottle of wine on arrival was very welcome.
Pignan itself does not really have any restaurants that looked worht visiting. However, it does host a food and music night every Monday in the summer, which is a short stroll away from the property. Recommend this if you are staying there in July and August. Otherwise, Fabregues (a nearby village) has a reasonable restaurant called Entre 2 Vins which is worth a visit and of course Montpellier and Palavas Les Flots have a large number of great places to eat. Check where to go with your hosts!
All in all this is a lovely property and provides for a hugely enjoyable and relaxing stay. Bon vacances!