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A 500 year old farmhouse 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. Perfect for a family with up to 3 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 Jura 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 Jura 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.
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
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!
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.
Staying within a stone’s throw of the Daumas Gassac winery is a special experience and one we heartily recommend.
Not only do you have a very tastefully rejuvenated 2/3 bedroom farmhouse apartment with access to one of the most gorgeous swimming pools, but every day you wake to a stunning view over the beautiful Herault valley and in the evenings enjoy wonderful sunsets.
A particular point of interest is provisioning from the local village boucherie in Aniane to then cook on a charcoal barbecue on the terrace in front of the apartment. All while enjoying the scenery and sampling the incredible Daumas Gassac Blanc and Rouge wines which are produced only 5 mins away in the family operated grand cru winery.
30 minutes from Montpellier, the Herault valley is filled with natural wonders and experiences for everyone to enjoy. Within the vicinity of the winery apartment is a 1000 year bridge and swimming hole which is adjacent to world famous village of St Guilhem Les Desert. The mountains of the region provide great walks and biking whereas the Montpellier coast is close enough for day trips to enjoy beach side activities. Family activities are endless with Dinosaur parks, kayaking, winery visits, historic villages, mountain lookouts, underground Grottes to explore and not to mention the zoo & aquarium in Montpellier which are always popular.
The fresh produce of the area and wonderful climate make for a stay that is filled with great tastes, great sights and magical memories.
We look forward to returning to the warmth and hospitality of the Guilbert wine family and the superb cellar apartment.
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!
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.
The view is amazing and the property is set on a vineyard. We really enjoyed the pool and relaxing. The kitchen is well equipped and we cooked most of our meals at home with fresh ingredients we purchased from the market, produce stands, bakery and butcher.
We loved the area and had more to do than we were able to fit in. Our favorite day was kayaking along the river - bring food so you can stop and swim and not be back in a hurry.
The surrounding villages are great, be sure to check out the markets.
Thank you to the hosts for such a perfect experience.
From the bottle of Rose Frizzant in the fridge upon arrival to the stunning pool and playground that kept our 4 year old well occupied, we had a wonderful time at the Guibert's property! They are generous hosts who go out of their way to make sure you feel comfortable and welcome on the beautiful property of the finest vineyard in the Languedoc.
The unit is well stocked with all the comforts of home including 2 spacious bathrooms and a washer/dryer, which was very helpful for ensuring we had clean clothes for the next leg of our 3 week European adventure. Definitely planning a return visit to the area and would not think of staying anywhere else.
Our stay was rejuvenating, enriching and memorable.
From the moment we arrived and caught sight of the blue shuttered maison , we knew we had chosen the right place.
Surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and a few 'in season' fig trees, Mas Daumas Gassac was a retreat from our plugged in lives.
We found everything we needed in the house - linens, towels, and all the kitchen amenities that one would need. We ate outside most evenings and were treated to beautiful sunsets and peaceful surroundings. The nearby surrounding areas ( Aniane and Gignac) offered markets, boulangeries and an Intermarche for all else. The added bonus for us was the ability to cycle some lovely routes straight from the driveway's exit. We rented bikes once there and found the nearby routes perfect for cycling.
For days of leisure, the pool provided an amazing vista over the entire region.
The proprietor, Samuel was responsive to all of our questions and very accommodating, his customer service went truly above and beyond.
We were there at the end of harvest ( end of Sept) and were excited to see the vineyard in action - just up the road from the house.
I thoroughly recommend this peaceful, tranquil and beautiful home away from home.
Incredibly well appointed, this cottage is ideally located just on the outskirts of Aniane, one of the Languedoc's handful of well preserved and worth visiting medieval villages. The setting and cottage were ideal: a long, dirt road winds you through the Mas de Gassac vineyards up to the restored farm house where the cottage is nestled into a stone building (former farm house to the Mas de Gassac winery). The kitchen and baths were re-done to full modern luxury and we had all that we needed to prepare summer meals and dine inside or out. Excellent showers in each bath and laundry to restock our bags. Comfortable beds and well appointed linens made this country retreat five stars.
Nearby to Aniane, Gignac, Viols-le-Fort (medieval village known for exceptional pottery), Pezenas (well-known Farmer's market) and nearby Montpellier, the cottage is ideally situated for day trips, or lingering poolside in the heat of the summer months.
The owners are gracious, full of local insights and their fresh water pool was among the loveliest we'd enjoy in France. A terrific spot for families with children who want to immerse themselves into the local scene. We hope to be back soon!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Property Damage Protection||£48|
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
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.