Our house is perfect for families (with kids) and couples on a romantic getaway.
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About Stuart Benton
The most magical places to visit are the river swimming spots all around us. You will find a list of them in the guide book in our house. Apart from the one in the village itself, there are innumerable places along the different rivers where you can park up and discover incredible hidden pools, tumbling waterfalls and paradisiacal stretches of clear water surrounded by nature on all sides. The waters are extremely clean, nearly as warm as the Mediterranean and so clear that you can see the smooth stones beneath your feet and the little fishes swimming by. We have spent many a sun-drenched afternoon with a picnic of baguettes, cheese and salads - accompanied by the obligatory bottle of wine - enjoying the peace and quiet of these magical places, often having the swimming spots all to ourselves. By the way, during your stay (apart from the little shops in the villages) you can make use of the two large supermarkets Intermarché and Carrefour in the nearby town of Lezignan.
Stuart Benton purchased this House in 2009
Why Stuart Benton chose Lagrasse
There were many reasons for choosing to buy a house in this particular village such as the easy access to the river for swimming and the fact that there are half a dozen places to eat within the village itself. During the day, we can not only saunter out of our front door and be on the small pebble beach in less than a minute but every evening we have the option of dining at any one of the excellent, friendly restaurants and then meandering home through the tiny, cobbled streets. The region is also justifiably famous for its ancient castles and they make for a great day out combined with a picnic or a simple ‘plat du jour’ lunch at one of the neighbouring village cafés. The most well-known castles are Carcassonne, Aguilar, Termes, Montségur, Lastours, Peyrepertuse and Queribus. Naturally, the authentic cuisine based on olive oil, garlic and basil, typically flavoured with herbs of the garrigue such as rosemary, bay or thyme, lend the area its most enduring aspect and cultural identity. Honey here is naturally flavoured by the bees who feed on the herbs in the hills (our local rosemary honey has been famous since Roman times); fruit and nut trees like figs, apricots and almonds are plentiful. Mushroom varieties like the Cèpes and Giroles are widespread and, unsurprisingly, the region’s innumerable array of cheeses abound. We’ve tried some fabulous local dishes that are synonymous with towns and cities where they were first cooked up like the cassoulet of Castelnaudry, Brandade de Nimes, Bourride de Sète and my favourite, the Thau basin oysters. Along the sandy coastline of the Mediterranean sea, which stretches as far as Argelès-sur-Mer before the wild, rocky headlands of the purple-tinged Côte Vermeille rise out of the sea, you can find a bewildering assortment of seafood such as mussels, sea snails, clams, cockles, cuttlefish, octopus, squid, lobster, crab and scallops, as well as the most common fresh fish like sea bass and sea bream.
What makes this House unique
Everything is on hand: we have the obligatory café, boulangerie/patisserie, tabac, pharmacie, as well as the Poste and the Mairie, both located in the central Place de la Halle which itself is not only enclosed by magnificent 14th and 15th century houses with their wrought-iron balconies overlooking the square below, but also boasts its very own medieval open-air market hall with a wooden roof supported by eight stone pillars covering the large, shiny flag stones, polished and smoothed over the centuries by countless passers-by. However, the most pleasing aspect for us is that it is renowned for being an artists’ village. We have potters, painters and sculptors who exhibit their art in quaint galleries, studios and shops throughout the village and along the Promenade, as well as an abundance of musicians who often appear out of nowhere to serenade us with trumpet, soprano saxophone and guitars, playing in the restaurants, outside the vintner’s outlets or even on the beach at night! The abbey hosts cultural events during the year such as the internationally renowned book and philosophy fair “Le Banquet du Livre”, classical music concerts and even once hosting a performance by dancers from the Royal Ballet. What’s more, our village is just forty minutes from the Mediterranean coast with its oyster bars, pink flamingo lagoons (“étangs” in French) and luxurious sandy beaches that stretch for miles and miles. Peppered along the coastline, there are many hip and stylish beach bars and restaurants serving an abundance of fish and seafood in a relaxed, informal setting which we often visit in the company of friends. We’ve had some great parties here! Inland, there is a huge choice of restaurants in the nearby villages and towns from old fashioned bistros and lunchtime cafés to crêperies and even a Michelin star restaurant. Obviously it goes without saying that a trip to France, and especially the Occitanie, is a gastronomic delight. And the wine is very affordable!
Our 4 children enjoyed holidaying here!
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Lagrasse - chill out
The abode was most satisfactory, clean, well appointed and comfortable. We were able to prepare our own meals or eat out when desired. The local history is significant and proximity to other places of interest quite easy. Access, parking, location were all good and the band ot the local cafe on Thursday night a real hoot. Does this happen often??
Ken & Jeanette
Lovely review. Thank you so much! Yes bands play outside 4 of the restaurants during the summer months and on through September and October. Amazing for the inhabitants and guests ! Very glad you enjoyed your stay. Stuart
Beautiful gite in a very picturesque village
Lagrasse is a beautiful village where the properties are authentiaclly restored. The gite is small but fully equipped for comfort. We enjoyedexploring the walk by the river and the old abbey and visited Carcassone on one of the days.
Thank you for your positive review Freda. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay.
Sehr zu empfehlen ....
Alles war super, die Lage und Ort sind Top. Fußweg zum Fluss, ca.2 min. Entfernt, was für die Kids einfach klasse war.
Die vorab Kommunikation mit Stuart (englisch) war klasse, sehr nett, sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Insider Tipps zu Restaurants und Strände usw. inklusive :-). July (Nachbarin) ist klasse, sehr hilfsbereit und super nett.
Alles in allem ein toller Urlaub und sehr zu empfehlen.
40 minutes from the gorgeous Mediterranean sea in what the French tourist board has classed as “one of the most beautiful villages in France” and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Time stands still in this extraordinary place; it is a medieval marvel, replete with cobbled streets, golden stone houses and quiet squares. It has an abbey commissioned in the 8th century by Charlemagne which overlooks the river Orbière where, during the summer months, villagers young and old swim in the crystal clear waters. Two old stone bridges span the river and give access to the garrigue and the green hills beyond.