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A lovely villa near the sea, air-con, internet, private garden and pool.

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

15 mins. to the sea. A real 'Home from Home'

A visitors view of the villa:

" August 2017. Well, what a wonderful two weeks we have had here in the welcoming Villa Merlot in this picturesque village of Aumes. We came here to relax and refresh and that is exactly what we have done, it has been a superb holiday feel coupled with all the comforts of home. Lovely morning walks with our pups who were delighted to be on holiday with us, and settled in to the “french way of life” very well. We were joined at varying parts of our holiday by different children and for 4 days had a glorious time with all six of us here. We didn't explore far but enjoyed popping to Pezenas and loved the Royal Glacier in the square, and also the Neptune restaurant in Meze for the best mussels we've ever eaten. The market on Saturday in Pezenas was also not to be missed. Get there early for fab food to bring back for a feast in the evening. Moliere's wine shop opposite Carrefour also great for good wine, tasting, and price. Thank you John for all your tips and welcome, and Ann for the cake and booking the vet's for the dogs return to UK check-up. Merlot you have been “magnifique”.

More visitor reviews can be seen via the link.

The house is in a quiet road on the edge of Aumes, a village overlooking the Herault valley, and has its own private pool and garden.Not far from Pezenas, Montagnac and the sea. Aumes is wondeful little village, in the countryside and surrounded by vineyards and woods and so the villa really is great for days out where walking and cycling is easy and safe. Fully equipped to “Home Standard” with one double en-suite bedroom and two bedrooms with two single beds in each and a family bathroom You have your own private pool. Fully equipped kitchen for comfortable living, large covered outside entertainment/dining area with BBQ. Mediterranean garden. Choice of over 20 restaurants and pavement cafés within 20 minutes, 10 min to Pezenas,15km to the picturesque fishing ports of Meze and Bouzigues, famous for their sea-food, and the Mediterranean sea with its blue flag beaches.

For information about the house and more photographs, follow the link at the bottom of this page for the website. We have have made it as complete as possible to give our visitors a better idea of the house, ourselves and the area. We live in the village and will be happy to contribute ideas to help make your holiday as enjoyable as possible, if you wish us to.

You will be about 25 minutes from the Mediterranean with its many 'Blue Flag' beaches. The nearest beaches are around Meze or Marseillan Plage, although the whole coastline is accessible and the beaches sandy. The beach at Rochlongue is ideal for younger children, having a gradual slope into the sea, and being protected by a breakwater, there are rocky pools in which to play and easy access by car. Staying in Aumes will allow you to take advantage of a wonderfully diverse region of France which embraces the real spirit of France.

We have lived in this area since 1981.

Your nearest town,Pezenas, 10 minutes from Aumes and probably the most well known market town in the area where most of the houses date from the 17th century.

The Saturday market is a must, it takes over the town center. Local produce including an impressive organic farmers market.

The whole of the old town, which has officially been classified as part of the French National Heritage is original, and it is as it was when Moliere and his theatrical company used to live here. Throughout the 17th century, to be near the governors of the Languedoc province, the aristocracy built impressive private mansions with inner courtyards and gardens. Called the Little Versailles, Pezenas has a wide range of arts and crafts, restaurants and visits.

Aumes is great,lying between mountains and sea, beaches are only twenty minutes drive away.

You will find plenty to keep the whole family occupied and happy. Most things are available in the shops, entertainment is what you would expect from an area which mixes old and new cultures. It’s all here, you only need to visit the tourist office and you will to find all you need to enjoy your stay. In the house book you will find all sorts of information and ideas and a visitors book to let you know what others have done on their holiday.

From your holiday villa you will be able to travel to Spain and back in one day, maybe visiting the Salvador Dali museum, or even staying overnight in Barcelona and visiting the amazing Gaudi Cathedral.

There are dozens of visits to make. The Camargue with its black bulls, white horses and flamingos are close, you will be able to go on safari in a 4x4 with a guide. The upper Hérault river has one way canoeing. You can visit Carcasonne, a walled town with huge battlements and turrets, a really romantic setting.

Most villages have their own market day, perfect to buy a baguette, some cheese and relax.

More Details

Ann Brown
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Ann Brown

Before Aumes we spent 10 years living in Pezenas, where the first 5 years were spent renovating a large farmhouse  with   three  holiday  apartments  plus our own.

Our son Oliver has always lived here and after studying wine production now works with Vin de Pays D'Oc (an organisation for independent growers).  Ann has also completed a full time wine course.

In the UK Ann was a dental nurse and John had a boatyard.

We enjoy our life here, run the houses together and spend our leisure time visiting the area, particularly the coastal regions.

Ann Brown purchased this villa in 2004

Why Ann Brown chose Aumes

Aumes is not far from Pezenas and so we knew it already. It's a village away from hustle and bustle of everyday life and yet within easy reach of all we need. There's a village grocery shop, small post office and town hall. Walks in the country are all around the village and are easy for beginners and little people alike. In the village there are fresh eggs and fruits like apricots and cherries when in season.

Bigger shops are in Montagnac and Pezenas

What makes this villa unique

As a location for holidays or living all year round Aumes is perfect for visiting every part of the region. You will be able to have days out in Spain, go into the hills for hiking, or visit the coastal fishing villages for sea-food and sunbathing. The cities of Montpellier and Beziers are within easy reach. This area is renowned for fetes and of festivals. In the summer months there is invariably an evening event with music and food to go to. Looking at our visitors book we can see that our guests have enjoyed both the region and the house!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We've enjoyed our two weeks here in Aumes, the villa Merlot has everything you need.

We've been to the area before but this is the nicest accommodation we've stayed in. John is very helpful, nothing is too much trouble and thank you Ann for the delicious cake.

Thank you for a lovely holiday.
Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Aumes in Hérault

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Children and non swimmers should always be supervised by a competent adult.
  • This property is a family holiday destination and as such is not suitable for stag parties etc.
  • Visitors should be considerate of neighbours and not make excessive noise after 11pm.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathrooms are fully tiled have ceramic hand basins, and walk-in showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables etc.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Fitted wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables etc.
  • The single bedrooms are on the other side of the house from the double bedroom allowing everybody an undisturbed lie in! All bedrooms have a window with shutters. Fitted wardrobe, bedside tables etc.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Although smoking is allowed, we have always asked guests to smoke in the outside areas. We are pleased to say that this request has always been complied with, keeping the house smoke free, thank you.Plenty of room for six people in three bedrooms and big enough to give everybody space. An easily accessed swimming pool directly from the dining terrace. There is gated private parking for one car (plus a trailer) and a further off road car parking space outside the gates. The property is fully fenced.


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A lovely villa near the sea, air-con, internet, private garden and pool.
average rating of 4.5 based on 19 reviews

Fantastic villa, peace and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Merlot is a wonderful villa, in a peaceful rural French village. The owners have equipped the property exceptionally well, thinking of everything you could need (and lots of home comforts) and there is very thing you could need for a fantastic holiday. There are several outside seating areas giving you options of sun or shade throughout the day. The interior give a living area, 3 bedrooms (one ensuite) and a further shower room/toilet.

The property is air conditioned and has WiFi. The property has its own locked drive way with more than adequate space and is on a quiet road.

The pool is great, private and peaceful and cool after sitting in the sun.

The property is well placed to explore the local areas and attractions for example Pézenas (With large weekly market on Saturdays), Agde, and the dinosaur park. But also only just over an hours drive to Carcassone and Aigues-Mortes.

Pézenas is the closest town and offers a range of supermarkets and restaurants.

The owners are great and John was a great source of local knowledge and advice and together they are wonderful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this great review. Knowing how busy you must be having just arrived home, it's much appreciated that you have taken the time to write such a glowing and detailed description of the house and your holiday. Thanks again for staying with us. Ann and John
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Relaxing quite and secluded. Nice pool.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely pool. Good home from home facilities. Great location very quite relaxing a car is essential to get to beach towns.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magnifique Merlot

  • 4 of 5

A lovely holiday villa with all the home comforts set in the picturesque village of Aumes. John and Ann the owners have taken a great deal of care to supply everything you might need. Only a short drive to the lovely town of Pezanes which is both quaint and lively and about 20 minute drive to the port of Meze which has a lovely feel to it. We went to recharge our batteries and so did not venture far, but you are well placed to have a day trip to pretty much everywhere on the Langedoc coast. The only thing that would have made it perfect would have been if we had a dog friendly beach that we could have gone to.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tewkesbury, UK

A nice property in a good location

  • 5 of 5

The property is situated in a quiet village and was as described in the advertisement.. It had everything we needed and we had an enjoyable 2 week stay. It is conveniently situated for touring the Herault district with good road communications. Good supermarket a few miles away at Pezenas. Whilst we did use the pool a few times in our first week when the weather was 35c, after a night of midweek rain it cooled and the pool was a little too cool for some of us. Air conditioning worked well when we needed it in week one. Beds comfortable and good shower with plenty of hot water, although space in bathroom a bit confined There was plenty of space for outdoor eating on the terrace but one minor problem was that the dining table indoors only accommodated 3 people comfortably. Good to have UK tv by satellite; wi-fi a bit variable but ok much of the time. It would have been nice to have had extra set of keys.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic week in villa merlot. It was clean and tidy, and lots of space to relax outside. We really enjoyed sitting in the decking area at night with a glass of local wine. Our son loved playing/swimming in the pool untill late, while we could sunbath and keep an eye on him. John was great with directions to local shops on where to get the best fish and wine from. If we had any problems or needed advice john was always there more than happy to help.

The villa is in the perfect location to visit Meze and Pezenas, to see the local history and little market stalls.

We are looking forward to returning as soon as possible and would highly recommend for others to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to send a review. It's always nice to know our visitors have enjoyed themselves. We are particularly pleased you mentioned the decked area, it's new for this year and really makes an ideal spot in which to relax. Thanks again. John and Ann.
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Aumes from Aumes

  • 5 of 5

This is the best designed and appointed property we have rented.

Several different seating areas make it easy to find a quiet corner inside or out, shade or sunshine.

Lovely to have good design, quality towels, table linen etc and decent cleaning materials, not to mention sharp kitchen knives. Thank you, Ann and John, you have really thought about your clients here.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Carolann and Mark, Thank you so much for a great review. We love it when our visitors have really enjoyed their holiday...........that's what it's all about! Ann and John
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Saint Thomas
Nearest Train
24 Kilometres
Agde / Beziers
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
Car: recommended

On holiday you will want to relax round the pool and for some days you may want to go further afield. No problem at all, you will be in one of the most beautiful areas of France, and your holiday home is only a few kilometers from the sea. You can go walking in the National Parks, follow the trail of the Cathares (you should read The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail before you come ISBN 0-552-12138-X ) and investigate one of Europe’s greatest mysteries ( and maybe find the treasure!). You can look out for the Via Domita (the Roman road running from Rome to Spain which is still visible in parts), or visit the Mediterranean ports of Meze, Bouzigues, Sete, etc and enjoy sea-food caught the same day and looking out over the fishing boats.

This part of the Languedoc is truly wonderfull, and retains much of the magic of other times.

Ther are hundreds of sites and activities, amongst them are: The Grottos, Aqualand, St. Guilhem le Desert, canoeing, sea swimming, beaches, etc etc.

Other Activities: Searching out antique bargains, house hunting, trips to Spain, eating out.

Golf: We have a number of golf courses within easy reach, the nearest one being St. Thomas about 30 minutes away. Golfers have stayed with us and tell us that they found it very friendly, with a good restaurant.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Aumes, Herault

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
30 Jun 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak season
28 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
29 Jun 2019 - 26 Jul 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak season
27 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Pet Fee £5
Stay tax £0.60 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

House towels and bed-linen for the number of guests, water,gas and electricity are included for all periods,
We will reserve your holiday for a few days while you make your travel arrangements. Just e-mail and ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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