|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Le Guet (The Lookout) is a typical maison de village. The front door leads directly into an open plan living area with original patterned floor tiles and a fireplace with wood burning stove. Big windows at each end of the room give a light and airy feel. The kitchen area is fully equipped with a comprehensive range of cooking utensils and cutlery. The traditional twisting Languedoc staircase leads to the first floor bedroom, bathroom and washing machine/storage cupboard. The bedroom features a large antique demi-corbeille French bed and a view over ancient rooftops and the river. The tiled bathroom has a bath with shower enclosure and WC. On the second floor there is a modern shower room, with WC and basin, and a twin bedded bedroom. The Grenier (covered terrace), accessed from the second floor bedroom, is equipped with table and chairs, has stunning views over the river, vineyards and the distant hills. There is no parking outside the house but ample parking is a short walk away.
Roquebrun: Facing south and protected by hills on all sides, picturesque Roquebrun has it's own micro climate and as a result the famous botanical garden, Le Jardin Meditterraneen, is sited there with it's unique display of Mediterranean plants. Early every year when the Mimosa is in flower, the village holds it's famous Fete du Mimosa. Decorated floats parade through the stall lined main street. The climate also enables the over-wintering of some migratory birds, in particular Crag Martins. The river Orb winds through the village and is flanked by allotments where a variety of fruit and vegetables are grown, any surplus being sold in the village. There is an enormous choice of walking trails either beside the river or up into the garrigue and even higher into the mountains. Canoeing and kayaking are available in the summer months and there is excellent fishing. The nearest village is Cessenon (10 mins drive) which has a full range of services including banks, internet, cafes and restaurants.
Around Roquebrun: A half hour drive from Roquebrun will take you to St Chinian, a delightfully busy town and the centre of the St. Chinian Appellation wine region. It also has a superb market every Sunday with a huge selection of regional produce. Towards the sea you can reach Beziers, an up and coming but 'non-twee' city, with a bull ring and several important churches and a history intertwined with the Cathar tragedy. Close by the 9 Ecluses, a spectacular series of nine locks on the Canal du Midi must not be missed. In half an hour you can reach the Gorges d'Heric, a splendid walk up a deep gorge with rocky pools to swim in along the way. The Mediterranean beaches of Serignan, a delightful French family beach which is never crowded, or Valras Plage, a well developed resort with all the facilities you would expect, are about 40 minutes away. The whole area is peppered with excellent and reasonably priced restaurants, all presenting delicious menus featuring locally produced ingredients and fine wines.
FURTHER AFIELD: Coastal Languedoc stretches from the wetlands of the Petite Camargue, with its white horses and black bulls, to the Cote Vermeille by the Spanish border. The space between is filled with endless sandy beaches and flamingo filled lagoons and many architectural and historical sites. The fascinating legacy of the Cathars, Carcassonne, and the amazing mountain fortresses at Queribus and Peyrepertuse, the wonderful Saint Guilhem le Desert and it's abbey, the walled town of Aigues Mortes, the 'black pearl' Agde, the oldest fishing port in France and built of lava. Pezenas the antiques centre of South West France, weekly brocantes at Marseillan Plage. Sete with it's unique water jousting and Bouzigues offering fresh oysters and mussels grown in the Etang de Thau. The Canal du Midi with many delightful villages beside it, such as Capestang, and further away, much painted 'Fauvist' Collioure, an iconic Mediterranean fishing and trading port.....all easily accessible from Roquebrun.
Le Guet is a beautiful home with fantastic views from the enclosed balcony which opens from the upper bedroom. A great place to eat and enjoy the tranquility. Roquebrun is a lovely village with a wonderful river running through it. The area is fun to explore with much to see or just relax and enjoy. Le Guet is filled with beautiful original art and is perfect in every way. Gillian and Chris are a pleasure to work with.
We stayed in Le Guet in the fall and after exploring the area each day we spent every evening eating up in the greener looking out on the incredible view and watching the light fade from the valley! It is truly something you will always remember. Chris and Gillian were most helpful all along the way and the home is delightful, comfortable, and fully stocked with everything you might need - even the bathrooms are gorgeous!! They have put together a notebook with very thorough instructions about the house and ALL kinds of ideas of things to do in the area. Their reference library and maps were also a wonderful asset. We would unhesitatingly recommend this house and staying in Roquebrun.
We recently stayed at Le Guet for a relaxing girlie break. The house was just perfect - the décor throughout is beautiful, the views from the look out need to be seen to be believed, and Chris and Gillian have really thought of everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
We were slightly worried about not having access to a hire car but were so pleased to find that for a week's stay, you really don't need one. There is so much to do in the village itself with it's local cafe's, mini supermarket and bars. In addition, the Kayaking is a must. It was a truly wonderful experience and a great way to take in the stunning scenery. We even spotted a family of otters and a lonesome terrapin on the river bank.
We will definitely be returning to Le Guet and feel very lucky to have found such a hidden gem!!
This was actually our second summer in Le Guet. This time we stayed two weeks in the house, which is just as delightful as described. It is placed perfectly with the best view possible. It is exceptionally well equipped and has all what is needed to have an easy stay. Gillian and Chris have made a book with all kind of references to sightseeing, shopping, outdoor, restaurants etc. and have been very helpful in all possible ways.
We were there with our two kids and spend a lot of time swimming in the Orb River and used the great option of rafting.
Roquebrun is placed so that it is possible to use it as a base for longer trips but also the surrounding area offers a lot with rafting, biking, wine tastings ect.
We certainly will recommend a stay in Le Guet to everyone who enjoys the quietness of a village, a great house and superb surroundings.
Martin and Ulla Hoffmann, Copenhagen, Denmark
We have just had 2 weeks in the beautiful Village of Roquebrun and it is exactly that, just a lovely village. To compliment the Village, we were lucky enough to stay at Le Guet. We can totally understand why Gillian and Chris invested in Roquebrun as the character of Le Guet certainly fits in with the Village and is so relaxing and peaceful. We just want to thank you very much Gillian and Chris for allowing us to share your beautiful home. It is just so nice with everything that you need and it is like being home away from home and has everything that you need. Gillian and Chris have certainly given a lot of thought in decorating Le Guet. We add that we did not use the cooking facilities as we enjoyed the local restaurants so much. To wake up in the morning and sit out on the "Grenier" (Balcony) and look over the picturesque Orb River, Bridge and Valley was surreal, and at the end of the day to sit out there and sip a nice Wine and Cheese certainly finished the day off so much. The information provided by Gillian and Chris prior to leaving home was so valuable and again in the folder in the home certainly made it easy to plan our time and to visit the main historical and cultural sites and the Restaurants in Roquebrun and surrounding area. We would just like to say that we highly recommend this beautiful house in the beautiful Roquebrun Village. To Gillian and Chris thank you again for allowing us to share Le Guet as we really appreciated it.
John & Claire
We stayed in roquebrun during a business trip and decided to commute to sete which was just over an hours drive. The journey each day was well worth it just to come back to Le Guet each night.
This is a delightful village house and is perfectly situated within walking distance to the village and local restaurants and bar. The views from the grenier are stunning (seeing truly is believing) . The owners have tastefully restored and decorated it and have equipped it with all the essentials. The shower rooms are beautiful and there are some lovely pieces of furniture that give that finishing touch.
We would definitely recommend Le Guet and we will certainly be returning to roquebrun in the near future and hope to visit this house again soon.
The mediaeval village of Roquebrun is set in the spectacular Orb valley in the foothills of the Caroux Mountains on the edge of the Haut Languedoc National Park. The River Orb winds through the centre of the village to provide excellent river swimming from the beach. In fact, Roquebrun is known as 'Le Petit Nice' and is also famous for it's 'Jardin Mediterraneen' which has examples of all Mediterranean plant species along with stunning views of the valley. For sea swimming there are many delightful family beaches within a 40 minute drive. The village has a boulangerie, small supermarket, two restaurants, tapas bar, excellent, tabac and the general meeting place, a friendly bar just by the bridge. There is a twice weekly market which includes a butcher and the village also has a boulodrome, tourist office, wine co-operative and many outstanding small vignerons. The region is steeped in history from Cathar Bezier and Carcassonne to the Canal du Midi and the Gorges d'Heric.
Other Activities: canoeing and kyaking, shooting
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
* Please note that off seaon bookings require a minimum of 4 weeks notice.
* A 25% Deposit is required to confirm a booking which is non-refundable if cancelled less that 12 weeks prior to commencement of the rental with the balance due 8 weeks before the rental commences.
* A security deposit of €180.00 is required to be paid with the balance of the rental fee. This deposit will be refunded in full unless there is damage, loss, or excessive cleaning required, in which case an appropriate amount will be deducted.
* The letting runs from Saturday 16.00 earliest arrival to Saturday 10.00 latest departure.
* For a two week or more booking there will be an optional weekly linen change at an additional cost of €40.00 per change.
*The rental rate includes electricity in mid and high seasons and normal linen and cleaning charges
*For safety reasons any children must be over 8 years old. We regret that this is non-negotiable
25% of rental to confirm booking which is non-returnable if booking cancelled less than 8 weeks prior to commencement.
Balance and security deposit due 8 weeks prior to commencement of the rental.
The security deposit is returnable in full unless there has been damage or excessive cleaning required in which case an appropriate amount will be deducted.