|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Bright and airy gite with it`s own garden area. Space for sunbathing, eating al -fresco or relaxing in the shade of the mimosa tree. Or, alternatively, lounge on the sunny terracing beside the pool .
Dining furniture and lighting for those sultry evenings dining outdoors. Set only 200 metres from the river beach in the very beautiful village of Cessenon-sur-Orb- Well known and loved for miles around by locals and tourists alike for it`s beautiful setting on the banks of the river Orb. Ideal for swimming , sunbathing or relaxing under it`s shady bank of trees with a good book or a picnic.
Our gite has an open plan and airy, light living area with well equipped kitchen and with tiled floor throughout and modern decor. .Fitted with fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, combi oven/ microwave, hob, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, electric mixer and a good range of kitchenware and crockery .
Plenty of cupboard space if you like to cook and eat `at home`. An iron and ironing board for those creased up clothes you squeezed into your suitcase ! . Free WIFI and TV (French reception) with HDMI/USB ports (Bring your HDMI cable to plug into the TV if you bring your laptop or tablet and like to watch your local TV station ). DVD player.
The bedroom has a king size bed, ceiling fan and plenty of storage. A shower room with large shower cubicle, , vanity unit, toilet and heated towel rail. A hair dryer is also supplied.
Five minutes walk takes you over the river bridge to the beautiful medieval village with 3 restaurants, 2 bars and numerous shops . A supermarket, butcher, 3 boulangeries, pharmacy, hairdressers, doctors, gift shop, tabac, etc . In fact all your holiday requirements are available in the village plus a small twice weekly market selling delicious fresh local produce.
The area is a delight for sightseeing being tucked into the foothills of the mountains and only 30 minutes drive to the coast with it`s huge stretches of sandy beaches, water park and sports, diving etc. A little further to the historic Greek and Roman ports of Sete and Meze. Cycling is a popular sport here (cycle hire available in the village) and indeed an important training area for professional cyclists. The Tour de France usually passes very close by.
Walking and Rock climbing at Gorge d`Heric and it`s 100`s of bolted routes is only about 30 minutes drive through the mountains .
A haven for wildlife, including the `mouflon` (wild sheep),It`s a splendid gorge for either easy walking on the concrete path, scrambling up for the more adventurous or serious climbing.The crystal clear tumbling waters with pools are perfect for bathing.
The canal du midi is also close by with boat hire and trips available. Historic villages, Roman remains and museums abound - there truly is something for everyone in this very unspoilt and fascinating region . A day trip over the border to Spain and the Salvador Dali museum is also well within reach -as are the magical Cathar castles . The historic and fairytale fortress city of Carcassonne is only an hour or so away -famous for it`s setting in various block-buster films-including Robin Hood-Prince of Thieves. Bastille Day (July 14th) history literally comes alight with it`s magnificent fireworks display on the battlements. We have our own magnificent Bastille Fete in Cessenon with big show band on the square and spectacular firework display from the riverbank. A lively weekend and ideal time to plan your holiday around.
To the east is the Pont du Gard- (Roman aquaduct) a Unesco world heritage site and well worth a visit-again during June to celebrate midsummer they hold on 2 weekends a `Spectacular` of laser show, music and fireworks where you may take a picnic to the river and enjoy an evening of magical entertainment .
The famous Millau bridge is worth a visit - with it`s visitors centre -and, it`s reputed, gives one the nearest experience to flying without leaving the ground !
Cirque de Navacelle and St Guillham les Desert are other very special places to visit....
Alternatively , just rest and relax around the village we now call home -- you won`t be disappointed .
Cessenon-sur-Orb, a `circulade` village with it`s maze of medieval streets , tower with magnificent views across the river to the mountains and wonderful walks has more than enough to keep you occupied .
Simon and I arrived in France from rural North Yorshire in 2003 in our motor home in which we had been travelling for several months . We decided that as we had never had our `gap year ` in our youth now was a good time to take it ! Our three children were all settled with their own families in the UK . We sold our home- and our business and set off on our adventure travelling in southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal and France). From our first visit with the immobilier (estate agent) we fell in love with Cessenon and it`s friendly people . We decided this was exactly where we wanted to live and bought our first old and restored property-formerly a bergerie ( place for the sheep) . We sold this house with it`s successful little gite in the medieval part of the village after 7 years. Then in 2011 we moved just across the river to acquire a bigger property with a larger outside space and possibility to have two gites and a swimming pool. Simon is a qualified tree surgeon and landscape gardener with his own business in the UK from 1980 and continues his profession here in France while I take care of the gite side of things and the business administration. . Our family of 3 children, spouses and 5 grandchildren remain in the UK but love to visit whenever they can.
My varied working life , amongst published poetry, writing magazine articles and for resource books has been a catering business, a flower arranging business and a ladies and gents accessory shop.
Lynda Mary Lancaster-Wood purchased this bungalow in 2011
When we decided to move from our previous property across the river we knew for sure we wanted to stay here in Cessenon. It`s a lively, working village that opens it`s doors, and it`s heart to tourism during the summer months.
Our only concern was that at this side of the river the properties are more modern in style -but also offer more space and outdoor facilites. Our villa gave us the opportunity to create a characterful little gite, ideal for couples wanting a cosy getaway yet close to the lively goings on, ie music nights, fetes and events in the village without having to drive .
We have now installed a swimming pool which will be shared by guests .
So - the conclusion :
Beautiful spring weather, bountiful summer sunshine and sultry evenings, Glorious autumns with amazing colour and the grape harvest and then crisp, sunny-short winters to recuperate ready for next year !
Add to that peace and tranquillity with the option of lively entertainment in the summer months and amazing history and sightseeing experiences. The very best of both worlds we think.
Our proximity to the river and mountains but yet only 30 minutes to the coast, the shady Mimosa tree in the gravelled garden along with a beautifully landscaped swimming pool area created by my husband, the birdsong, frogs and cicadas singing . All this contributed to our falling in love with this little corner we call home . Add to that the lively village atmosphere only 5 minutes walk away-the possibility to stroll to the bar for coffee and croissants on sunny mornings or aperatifs on sultry summer evenings -and to eat out in the village -all contributed to our love of this unique village . With it`s wine Co-Operative and excellent local wines made by local chateaux and domaines what could be a better reason for choosing Cessenon !
Very clean, comfortable & well equipped gite in an area with lots to explore. Very welcoming hosts and an easy 5-10 minute walk into town for cafe, restaurants, boulangerie etc. Enjoyed our stay exploring l'Herault.
We had a fantastic week in this lovely villa. Plenty to do and see in the local area. The villa was very well equipped and Lynda & Simon were very helpful and welcoming.
Would certainly stay there again.
Gill & Stuart
We were privileged to be the first to stay in Lynda and Simon’s new gite for a week in August. It was lovely to arrive to an arrangement of fresh flowers and a bottle of wine! Quiet surroundings, very comfortable, everything very new and clean, and a fully equipped kitchen. We enjoyed the outdoor area and were able to relax with a drink with our meals in the evenings. The pool is beautiful. A walk into the pretty village of Cessenon - sur - Orb takes just a few minutes across the bridge over the River Orb. The gite is ideally situated to explore the beautiful surrounding areas. So many places to visit! The villages of Saint-Chinian (9km away), Roquebrun (6km), Carcassonne ( just over an hours drive). In just under an hour we were at the beach at Saint - Pierre - la - Mer on the Mediterranean. Simon and Lynda are very friendly, helpful and hospitable.
We had an amazing week!!! Thank you.
I booked last minute and received a speedy response, and all my enquires were dealt with very happily
Lynda even sent me personal direction to the gite from Carcassonne airport as this was my 1st time driving alone in France
The Gite is very comfortable and roomy , there is absolutely everything you could need including the all important cork screw, I loved the fact I could walk to the river and the village, and although it was still early spring the weather was warm enough to enjoy a long stroll along the river bank
In The Village there were a selection of shops and at least 3 lovely restaurants' , a super little supermarket plus bakers and butchers.
Its a great base to see all the surrounding area and I am defiantly going back
I ate at the Reals restaurant on the Sunday and would recommend it
Lynda and Simon were totally welcoming but respect your privacy
Stayed for a month, Lynda and Simon are great hosts affording great privacy but hospitality and friendly advice when needed.the gite is first class ,spacious and very comfortable, great location near the river Orb and it's pebble beach.The village itself has restaurants and bars and is ideally situated to explore the surrounding countryside. Rebooked for 2014.
We booked the gite for two weeks and Lynda was very helpfull with the handling.
The gite is well equiped, very clean and plenty enough space for 2.
We had our own terrace, and there is a very lovely pool and great terrace on the owners side that we could use the whole day.
We had a lot of contact with Lynda and Simon but if you want more privacy they are very discreet and respectfull. They are very helpfull and welcoming.
You can reach the lovely village by foot and everything you need you can get there.
The surrounding area is absolutely fabulous to explore.
Thank you Lynda and Simon to make our holiday compleet.
Patsy & Dominiek, Belgium
Beautiful scenic region between mountains and 30 minutes drive from the coast. Canoe kayak rental base on the Orb river just outside the village . Magnificent scenic river trips for half day, full day or 2 days available . 30 minutes from the coast and 20 /30 minutes drive to Beziers with shopping outlets, cinemas. 10 pin bowling etc
Gorge D`Heric -Climbers Paradise 30 minutes drive away. Many bolted routes . Fabulous gorge walk , ideal for picnics and swimming and climbing . Many beautiful easy strolls and mapped walks around the village vineyards. Mountains and coast within easy driving distance . Wine tasting in Europe`s largest wine region. Water sports on the coast .Roman sites including villa with guided tours , museums and amazing medieval villages to explore . Minerve with its Cathar history and the Cathar castles to the south . The Canal-du-Midi with boats for hire .Water Park, safari park, zoo all within easy driving distance. Take a trip to the Savador Dali museum (90 mins drive) and well worth the effort and a nice day out over the border in Spain .
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£87|
Our rates are exclusive of 100 euros damages deposit payable online and automatically reimbursed after departure and property check.
We advise that you take travel insurance as deposits are not reimbursed unless another booking can be taken to replace it.
.Commencing 2015 a stay tax (taxe de sejour) is payable of 40 centimes per person per night -We include this tax in our price.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.