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In the South of France surrounded by a world famous vineyard

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A 500 year old cottage with all of the original beautiful stone walls restored with the convenience and practicality of contemporary furnishings, 2 new luxury en suite bathrooms, newly renovated kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a couch bed. Ideal for a family with 2 kids or just the 2 of you (maximum of 4 adults). Stay where the animals once stayed 1000 years ago, hiding from the heat of the summer in the cool stone caves, with the added plus of air conditioning just in case for those hot summer days.

Your residence is complete with a new kitchen with everything you need, a coffee maker so you can play barista in the morning, an indoor dining table plus an outdoor patio to enjoy breakfast outside and gaze at the beautiful vineyards in front and the Larzac mountains to the side.

The detailing of the stone work is so beautiful and was restored stone by stone. One can see how each stone was carved out by hand and beautifully laid together to form the arches in the roof.

The nearby town of Aniane (5 minutes by car) and Gignac (8 minutes by car) have everything you need to get a croissant and pain au chocolat for breakfast and bring it home, a visit to the friendly and local butcher who knows each chicken he gets (really) once a week on Thursday. There are local markets - Aniane on Thursday and Gignac on Saturday. Plus the nearby Pezenas (30 minutes) has a wonderful historic visit and market on Saturday as well.

When you arrive, you will park right in front of your house, gaze at the flowers in front and vineyards all around.

When you walk in the kitchen is to your right with a full refrigerator and freezer, gas stove, oven, sink overlooking the vineyards in front, full size dishwasher, kettle for tea plus the coffeemaker for espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes.

The dining area is just to the left leading on the the living room, flat screen tv, and a purple velvet couch that opens to a thick, comfortable queen size bed.

A luxury bathroom with a 2 person Duravit tub and shower is right off of the living room. Full size Duravit sink, duravit toilet, stone floor, and full size washer and dryer tucked in its own closet.

The largest bedroom is a step up from the living room with the beautiful stone walls surrounding, new king sized bed and mattress, and plenty of space to relax and unwind.

The second bedroom and bath are connected with a queen sized bed and en suite shower, sink, and suspended toilet.

Guests share our beautiful 14 meter pool with their own entrance and pathway to the pool. Guest pool hours are 10am to 5 pm.

More Details

Muffi Guibert
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2018

About Muffi Guibert

We are a French American couple with 3 children that owns the Grand Cru winery, Mas de Daumas Gassac.

We live part of the year in France and love the vineyards, the countryside, hikes through the forest, long days on the beach, the warm summers, the laid back lifestyle, and long lingering lunches and dinners on the terrace by the pool. Going to the local markets and music festivals, taking scenic drives, and biking and hiking through nature, wading in the streams - this is what summer is all about.

Muffi Guibert purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Muffi Guibert chose Aniane

We fell in love with this 500 year old farmhouse in the middle of the vineyards and spent 2 years renovating it, stone by stone. Recently, we renovated the ancient caves on the first level to make a warm and welcoming apartment for our family, friends, and visitors.

The L'Herault area has less tourists than the neighboring Provence and a wonderful escape in nature.

The Gassac Valley has a unique microclimate and organic soil that has never seen a chemical, completely organic - we drink the water right from the well after a bit of filtering. There were Roman and prehistorical remains discovered on the property and a pigeon house from Napoleonic times stands in the middle of the forest.

This is our first time to share our cottage with visitors and we are excited to welcome you to our paradise!

What makes this cottage unique

You live within the property of a world class vineyard near a couple of historical villages (St. Guilhem le desert and the pont de diable - 8th century), St Jean de Fos potter's village, Pezenas (medieval city), and Montpellier. 15 minutes away from the scenic Gorge of L'Herault where you can canoe in the summertime and swim at the beach, and the Grotte de Clamouse - crystal caves. Day or overnight trips can include Aigues Mortes (fortified city in the middle of the Camargue - the largest wildlife preserve in France), Provence, Avignon, Les Baux de Provence (where Van Gogh and Cezanne painted), Carcasonne (the third and most visited site in France), and even Barcelona (3 hours). Montpellier, the major city nearby - a 25 minute drive, is a 2 hour TGV train ride to Lyon and 3 hours and 15 minutes to Paris.

The close villages of Aniane and Gignac both have butchers, bakeries, organic stores with gluten free options available, small cafes for lunch or dinner.

Secluded, relaxing, quiet, an ideal retreat to get away from it all and enjoy the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Muffi & Samuel,

Thank you for sharing your property with us this summer. We enjoyed our stay so much and would love to stay again, should the opportunity arise. All the best to your family and future. :)
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Aniane in Hérault

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) A new and comfortable mattress and high thread count linens, Queen size Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pack and Play or bassinet for babies up to 5 months, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Hiking and biking trails right out the front door Wine tasting in walking distance


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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In the South of France surrounded by a world famous vineyard
average rating of 4.857143 based on 23 reviews

Unusual Layout and Pricey

  • 3 of 5

This is a pretty region of rural France, as well as a rustic one. The two major disappointments for us were the odd details of the cottage and the restrictions required by the owners. The winery itself is excellent and to be visited if one is in the area, but staying at the cottage was less than we hoped for especially given the price. We have stayed and traveled extensively in France and this cottage seemed pricey for what it provided. The floor plan of the cottage presented issues: the second bedroom, small and tight for a couple, required people there to pass through the master bedroom in order to reach the living area of the cottage. This bedroom's door to the exterior had no key provided and could only be locked from the interior. The main bathroom is directly off the sparsely furnished living room and therefore not so private. The living room itself consisted of a sofa and two tiny side tables and lamp, period, not great for four adults to enjoy an apéritif etc.. Indeed the kitchen was new and well equipped and the bathrooms also modern, but the other disadvantages made our stay less than comfortable. This cottage is most appropriate for a small family or single couple. Restrictions on hours of pool use made it difficult for us to use at all as we chose to visit the region during the day, the hours pool use was permitted. When we did try to use the pool, the cover would not open or at best opened only halfway.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, serene, perfect, dream vacation

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (2 older teens) stayed here for 7 glorious days in July/August. Muffi & Samuel were great hosts. The property was extremely clean, modern and comfortable. More amenities than we could use! :) Samuel's suggestions for dinners, recreation (nearby abbey and river kayaking were our favorites) and sightseeing were amazing. The pool has the most beautiful view and water temp was warm and relaxing. It was a perfect setting for our family to connect and play together. The location is very quiet. My only regret is that we waited until one of our last days to visit the wine shop (due to being so busy enjoying the property and surroundings!). Annabelle gave us a wonderful tasting and the Mas Daumas Gassac wines are delicious! We would definitely have bought a few more bottles to enjoy earlier in the week, if we'd realized. Would absolutely stay here again! :)

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed fully

  • 5 of 5

Great place for families. Excellent pool, nice patio for dining and breakfast with great view to the vineyards. Calm and relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour Thank you for you review. We hope teh rest of yoru Holiday was very enjoyable. Cheers Muffi & Samuel
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Breath taking experience

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing property! Samuel and Muffi gave us perfect directions from the train station in Montpellier and driving onto the property it was more gorgeous than the pictures. We went for a relaxing swim in their beautiful pool and enjoyed the amazing view of the vineyard. They were kind enough to give us plenty of ideas on things to see and do in the local area. We went to the local market and stocked the kitchen so we could cook several meals. The kitchen had everything you could ever ask for and very modern appliances. Wine tasting on the property was delicious also.

I would recommend this beautiful cottage to anyone who is looking for a relaxing, comfortable and memorable experience. We will never forget this breath taking experience in the South of France.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is absolutely amazing. It's on a beautiful vineyard and the views are breathtaking. The accommodations are extremely nice, very clean and modern throughout. The beds and living space were very comfortable and the house is stocked with everything you need, including a washer and dryer! The house was perfect and had plenty of space for our family of four. We especially enjoyed relaxing by the pool overlooking the vineyard and ending our day with a glass of wine on the patio to spectacular sunsets. We also visited the nearby towns of Aniane and St Guillame. They are both very charming and we especially enjoyed the local market, historic church and cute shops. Whether you are visiting to tour the vineyards of the Languedoc, visit some of the historical sites, or just relax in a gorgeous setting, this is the perfect vacation spot. I highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Spot in the Languedoc

  • 5 of 5

The pictures barely do this property justice. It's in the middle of a beautiful valley, with grapes all around, and the greenest-of-green hills surrounding you on all sides. Coffee out on the patio in the morning, a glass of wine late in the day, or a grilled dinner al fresco could not be more perfect there. The house itself is great, too: a centuries-old farmhouse, perfectly restored to 21st century standards. The rooms in the back of the cottage have immense stone walls, which keep it cool and dark in the summer. (Great for deep sleeps after a long day exploring!) The large pool is well maintained (chemical-free) and totally relaxing. Because it's on a terrace above the cottage, the pool also has a great view of the valley.

The surrounding area is full of neat little villages -- the hill town St Guilhem le Desert was soooo beautiful, about 15 minutes away. Near there, you can kayak or swim in a mountain stream, or visit another quaint rural village, St Jean de Fos, to buy unique, artisanal pottery. Right next to the property (like 5 minutes) are the towns of Aniane and Gignac. Both have weekly markets, cafes, cute little pedestrian areas, etc. Slightly farther away (30 minutes) are the great mid-size city of Montpellier for shopping, culture and fancier dining, as well as Bezier and other strongholds of the Cathars, if you're into medieval history.

The French/American hosts, Samuel and Muffi (and their kids) are gracious and welcoming, and know a lot about the region. His family owns the vineyard, Mas de Daumas Gassac, which is among the top producers in the Languedoc. (90-point Wine Spectator ratings for the reds.) Make sure to spend time at their cave/tasting rooms -- it's so fun to drink wines on site, and the staff are friendly and personable.

We (2 adults, 2 kids) stayed there for a magical week in late June. If you're looking for a relaxing, reinvigorating stay in the south of France, this is a perfect spot.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
41 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
33 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
La Grande Motte - Carnon - Palavas
Car: necessary

Located along Aniane's wine country road and in the vineyards surrounded by the garrigue forest (dwarfed oak trees), tranquility awaits in this wine country escape just far enough away from it all to relax and in close proximity to many historic sites.

Close to the Unesco World site village, St Guilhem le Desert, the Pont du Diable and the potter's village St. Jean de Fos and in between the villages of Gignac and Aniane.

Montpellier and the beaches are 30 to 45 minutes away.

Hiking and Mountain biking trails abound including Pic St. Loup, scenic walks and drives plus vineyards hikes and wading in the natural streams a minute from your house.

The Roquefort caves, the king of cheese, are a beautiful 45 minute drive away with tours in English and French.

Pezenas, Molière is reputed to have created some of his famous characters in one of the barber shops and lovely to visit the old town's period mansions where you can peek at the interior courtyards. A wonderful Saturday morning market awaits.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Aniane, Herault

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £41.9

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
A $500 deposit reserves your stay.
Full payment minus the $500 is due 60 days before arrival.
Property damage insurance is mandatory at $49 per stay per week in lieu of a security deposit. If Non-US website where damage insurance is not offered, a $300 refundable deposit is due 30 days before arrival.
Monthly rates from Oct - Apr

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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