Our beautiful apartment is located in the charming old port area of Marseillan, Port Rive Gauche. Marseillan is a French community in the Hérault department in Languedoc- Roussillon , Midi-Pyrenees. Its inhabitants are called the Marseillanais.
Welcome to ESTREMAL, our apartment which is situated on the 3rd floor and features an open plan living area with beautiful French windows leading to the sun-drenched terrace. We now have balcony railings and the view is out of this world - it's perfect! Spend your days looking out over the Étang de Thau which changes on the hour, from fantastic sunrises to mellow sunsets.
There are two comfortable double bedrooms, a living /dining area, a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom/WC. The apartment is suitable for four people; it would preferably suit a couple, a group of friends or a family with 2 younger children.
The apartment is accessed by a lift or the stairs and is wheelchair accessible as it is a single level apartment. The terrace allows outdoor living associated with the Mediterranean climate, with perfect private sunbathing opportunities and the option to sit and enjoy your leisure time. We have a triangular sail which provides shade from the intensity of the summer sun. There is an umbrella for the table and four chairs and plenty of room to stand leaning over the balcony enjoying the boat traffic and the endless panoramas over the Bassin de Thau.
The decor is simple and comfortable and reflects our location on the South of France coast, our Irish sense of comfort allied with the local French chic. A leather sofa complements the look and we offer indoor and outdoor dining facilities. We have French TV, a DVD player and a very good internet connection for streaming.
As is common in this area of France our apartment has free WIFI access and an integrated air-conditioning/heating unit.
The kitchen area is fully equipped, with ample work surface, sink, fridge, dishwasher, 4 ring hob, toaster, a Nespresso and a filter coffee machine, iron and ironing board and a multifunction microwave/oven.
Each bedroom has its own individually controlled air-conditioning/heating thermostat, with side tables and lamps, and French doors to the communal terrace.
The bathroom has a freestanding deep double ended bath with an integral shower, a sink unit, heated towel rail, extractor fan and hair-dryer.
Estremal has a combined bathroom/WC.
Bed and bathroom linen are provided with the option to have fresh linen available for rentals of more than one week. Beach towels are also provided.
A child's high chair and travel cot is available locally, for rental on request.
A separate laundry area on the ground floor has a washing machine and drier and is available to all guests. We offer a weekly cleaning service for a reasonable fee.
Free street parking is available to the side and rear of the apartment building. Should you wish to use the secure on-site underground car park please note that the spaces are for medium size cars; mine is a larger space and so can fit larger cars and 4 x 4's. The remote for the garage door will be on the kitchen counter.
I have a local agent, Carole Cummings, who will be available to help you should the need arise.
Children should be supervised at all times on the terrace. This is an important consideration given that there are open railings.
There is a children's playground with a small skate park within easy walking distance and the tennis courts are an easy walk, beyond the playground, about 1km away.
Windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding and sailing school are a short walk from the front door. Canal and boat trips can be easily arranged locally. There is a small Marseillan man-made beach but it doesn't compare with the expansive stretch of beaches at Marseillan Plage..
Marseillan sits on a large lagoon, the Étang de Thau, and is the southern entreport for the Canal du Midi. The port is a protected heritage site, and the altar and organ in the church are also listed. There has been virtually no new building in the heart of the village since the 17th century, and many of the houses date from the twelfth century. Marseillan enjoys an equable climate. Sheltered by the mountains of the Massif Central the weather systems from the north are seldom a problem. Marseillan has some 300 sunny days a year, and ground frosts (at worst) in mid-winter. From time-to-time a little snow falls, but this only dusts the ground and is gone by mid-day. The prevailing winds are from the south-west, and south. Marseillan receives the hot winds from the Sahara but, fortunately, does not suffer the pink sand that those winds carry out to sea. The Mistral blows down the Rhone valley and, although a northerly wind is sometimes referred to as a “mistral” it has none of the severity nor persistence of the true version.
Marseillan Port has an abundance of restaurants, cafe's and shops on the waterfront which is within walking distance of the apartment. The town is known for the production of the South of France aperitif, "Noilly Prat", and the distillery is just around the corner from the apartment. A guided tour of the winery is available.
An enjoyable 5 minute stroll will take you into the centre of Marseillan village, shops, chemist, post office, tabac, fruit shop and local wine producers, all the amenities that you would expect in a town. The church and town hall are both worth a visit. A large CARREFOUR, the French supermarket, and ALDI, are both on the outskirts of the town on the road to/from Agde. .
There is a street market on Tuesday and stalls in Les Halles, by the Church with a bric a brac in the boules area. On Friday evenings in the summer there are artisan stalls by the harbour.
Marseillan town offers a free local wifi access for everyone visiting, available on a daily basis in most public areas.
Over by the tennis courts there are a range of oyster food outlets, serviced directly by the fishermen, an opportunity to enjoy the regional delicacy. Eighteen varieties of shellfish are taken from the lagoon - the most important being oysters. 750 producers farm 2,750 oyster tables and take some 13,000 tonnes annually.
For the perfect beach day there are 10km of sandy beaches and the inviting Mediteranean sea in nearby Marseillan Plage. This area is perfect for swimming and sunbathing and lifeguards are on site in the summer months, with ample parking areas along the way.
Cycle hire is literally on the doorstep and a dedicated cycleway leads you safely around the southern edge of the Etang to Marseillan Plage and then along the sandy strip, all the way to Sete, a journey of about 23km. A French weekend passion is being 'in the saddle'. Our immediate area offers many safe and navigable back roads to challenge even the most experienced cyclist. Try heading inland amongst the many vines and gentle foothills of the region, a great way to scout out the local vineyards with lots of opportunities for wine tasting.
There are many UNESCO World Heritage sites in the region and many major tourist attractions:
Pont du Gard,
Canal du Midi,
Gorges du Tarn,
Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert /Gorges de l’Hérault, Cirque de Navacelles,
Albi and routes to Santiago de Compostela.
I would also recommend a trip to Chateau La Coste, an art and architecture park with beautiful vineyards and restaurant options. It's a 2 hour drive away, as it's located very near to Aix en Provence, and as a day trip it’s well worth the effort.