2 storey villa set on individual plot in established location within the historic village of St Génies de Fontedit. First floor views of surrounding countryside. Quiet location with garden and wide parking area, private 7 metre swimming pool, solar-heated with a removable bubble cover to keep in the heat and solar shower. Particularly warm sunny setting with south-westerly aspect to pool and patio areas with bbq. Five minutes walk to village shops including general, bread, Pizza takeaway and tabac as well as cafe/bar. All attractions of this lovely area within easy reach including 30 minutes drive to Mediterranean beaches, 15 mins to Canal du Midi and 20 mins to Haute Languedoc national parks, great for water sports.
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Villa in St Génies de Fontedit, Nr. Béziers, Herault, Languedoc - Peaceful Setting, 5 Minutes Walk From Local Shops
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- 10 Sep 2018
We are the Stevens family and we own this lovely villa in the very pretty friendly village of St Génies de Fontedit, in the Languedoc-Rouissillon area. This year we've spent a lot of time remodelling the front garden and making the exterior of the property as welcoming as the interior, planting fruit trees and flowers, installing a bench and stepping stone path with solar lights. Guests are welcome to eat the ripe fruit! The Abri roof has solar "bubbles" to heat the pool on cooler days and a roll off bubble cover keeps the pool clean and warm.We have installed a solar- heated pool shower.The BBQ area has been extended. The ensuite bathroom has a new shower cabinet. The 2nd bedroom has been redecorated, with new curtains and lamps. The games room has also been repainted. We try to make Les Jamelles a real home from home but in a warmer, sunnier place. As we spend Spring and Autumn in our villa we try to make it as comfy as possible for our guests. We provide the basic necessities, tea, coffee, sugar, cooking oil, flour, condiments etc. Cling film, foil, toiletries and cleaning equipment are all ready to start you off.
STEVENS purchased this Villa in 2010
Why STEVENS chose Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit
We love France, especially the food and this area provides many diverse opportunities for trips to the beaches, very clean and sandy, the Mediterranean Sea is clear and clean, to the mountains for beautiful views and watersports (Lake Salagou ), to the Canal du Midi and along the rivers, golf courses and of course plenty of wine "dégustations". .
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is on the edge of a pretty little village, with the Artisan bakers, supermarket, café/bar, tabac, 5 wine caves, post office and world class pizza take-away . Rana pizza's owner and his dad came 2nd in the world pizza competition iin October 2016, and it is only 5 minutes walk. The pool has been completely was renovated 2016; It is completely private and warmed with solar heating, covered and alarmed, as required by law in France, for children's safety, with an outside solar shower for a wash off after the beach. There is plenty of parking space and playing area round the villa. The close neighbours are mostly British and very friendly. Our house keeper lives 2 minutes away so is quickly on hand if there is a problem!
Pool / Spa
Convenient, stylish, personal
Les Jamelles is a rarity - no more than a five-minute walk from the village bar, the boulangerie and the tabac, yet contriving to offer personal space in a traditional, densely built-up, Languedoc village. Walls, fences, trees, greenery and the house itself are artfully arranged into an interconnected network of areas each with its own character.
The weather was scorching during the first week of our fortnight, frequently in the high thirties, yet Les Jamelles is equipped for all temperatures. One may lounge by the pool, take meals at an adjacent outdoor dining patio, or shelter from the heat (or the rain) under a roof that extends from the barbecue.
Inside, the house is luxuriously appointed. We've been renting Languedoc villas for a dozen or so years and this was the first supplied with a bathroom laundry basket. A small detail but typical of the house as a whole for this was a stylish bit of modern furniture, none of your ageing basketwork. Our bed in the main bedroom was huge as was the shower-equipped en suite. Three loos, too.
The heat discouraged set meals but on the rare occasions my daughter cooked there was an embarrassment of pans, crockery and utensils to choose from, plus hectares of space to work in. We were glad to find two fridges; during hot summers there has to be enough capacity to chill bottles of rosé by the dozen.
Service - pre, during and post - was exemplary. I'm normally disinclined to award five stars to any villa since it suggests perfection. But in the case of Les Jamelles, why not?
Good morning Roderick.
Thank you so much for your review
What can l say..except we are so pleased Les Jamelles passed expectations.
Best regardsSu Stevens
a real home from home. It has everything you could wish for in a holiday home
We had a great holiday at Les Jamelles. Arrived to find a thoroughly cleaned house and a well maintained pool. It is a thoughtfully equipped holiday home, in fact one of the best we've stayed in. Everything from freezer bags and oil, to dishwasher tablets and a cool box. Even a second fridge for the wine and beer. All emails were answered very promptly. Looking forward to returning next year - already booked!
Thank you for your great review Penny.
We look forward to your return visit
Relaxing holiday in a home from home
We stayed for 2 weeks in this beautiful and luxurious house on the edge of an old circular village dating back 1000 years. It provided everything and more that it promised (except TV reception but who comes on holiday to watch TV?). The house was spotless and well equipped with everything you would want on holiday, from beach mats and umberellas, cool boxes and Tupperware, comfortable sunlougers with cushions
Brilliant all round villa, lovely swimming pool and equipped with everything you need to make it feel like a home from home. Perfect for a relaxing family holiday!!!
Beautiful villa in a lovely location
Wonderful week in a fantastic villa. This is a beautiful region of France, and this villa was a perfect base for our week of relaxation. The villa itself was very well equipt, the owners appeared to have thought of everything. The bedrooms are all a good size, the whole villa feels spacious.Having two decent bathrooms is a bonus too, and plenty of hot water for the teenagers showers! To be honest, the pictures don't really do it justice. It was very clean and nicely prepared for a new families arrival. The very delicious bottle of "Les Jamelles" was a very welcome touch also! Spent most of our time outdoors thanks to the amazing weather all week, however the indoor living room was comfortable and I used the kitchen and cooker a few times over the week without any problems.
We spent a lot of time in the pool which was absolutely esential in the scorching sun. It really was a lifesaver at times! The beautiful flowers by the well attracted many humming bird moths in the late afternoon. The terrace was also perfect for all our meals, don't think we ate indoors once all week. Oh and the sky at night was spectacular.
The surrounding area is ideal for day trips, as long as you can handle the heat! On this occassion we visited Beziers, Perpignon and one of the local quieter beaches. Previously we have been to Montpellier, Nimes and the roman aquaduct just beyond Nimes, Carcasonne and even into Spain to the Dali musuem (very surreal!) All of these places are great but the teenagers particularly liked Montpellier and the adults were very impressed with the aquaduct and Nimes. There are canoes and safe areas to swim in the river under the aquaduct also.
Overall this is a lovely area and a pleasant little village also. Have stayed in villas before without a shop within walking distance so that was a real bonus. The very pleasant lady in the bakery was always very welcoming and forgiving of my basic french! If I was to be picky, the only downside I can think of is the lack of a restaurant in the village. We had a very nice meal in the beautiful town of Pezenas, a place that we have been drawn back to on each of our holidays in the region. Well worth a visit, a little like Carcasonne but not quite as hot and busy.
Wonderful holiday. Only downside is that they never last long enough!
Thank you for a lovely week in your beautiful villa.
Within 30 mins drive of a choice of beautiful sandy Mediterranean beaches.
Valras Plage: 20 minutes great for all the family. Children's play parks, water sports, numerous restaurants. Vendres Plage : 30 minutes, for those seeking a quieter corner. Cap D'Agde Plage: 30 minutes, International resort catering for every need including water park. Marseillian Plage: 40 minutes, Miles of beach and facilities for all the family with west end segregated naturist beach. Portraignes plage, small with a bull ring. La Tamarisserie lovely beach and fresh fish restaurants along river estuary
Travel: NEW Ryannair new route Stansted to Beziérs July 2017
Via Béziers Airport 25 minutes (Ryannair from Luton, and Manchester), Pérpigan 60 mins (with Ryannair from Stansted), Montpellier Airport 60 minutes (with Easy Jet from Gatwick), Carcassonne or Nimes Airport 75 minutes. Marseilles 150minutes
15 minutes from the large historic town of Béziers. The many local activities of Haute Languedoc, national parks, Canal du Midi, Lac du Salagou and beaches are all within 30 minutes.
There are restaurants in Magalas. Murveil Les Béziers and Autignac,. 7 minutes drive from St Génies are Intermarché and Aldi supermarkets, a big boulangerie/café and butchers,Pparapharmacie, Tourist Information, petrol station, car wash and Laundromat (Bubbles)
Very good seafood restaurant sat Méze, Marselillan and Bouzigues on Étang de Thau especially oysters ! 14th Century Chateau de Grézan has wine cellar. Murviel Les Béziers, St Martin des Champs, La Croix Belle at Puissilacon all nearby villages,are great for wine tastings(dégustation). St Génies has market on Thursdays (vegetables, meat and cheese), Pizza take away ( very good,) cafe/bar, Post Office, wonderful Artisan bakers, supermarket. petrol station. 5 wine cellars, new one has wine made on site(excellent). Hairdressers and Beauty salon.
Booking Notes: Property can be reserved by completing our booking form, sent by email and signing our booking conditions. Non-refundable deposit of 25% required with booking. Balance required 4 weeks prior to holiday together with security deposit of £200, returned as soon as possible after final inspection and cleaning, (to cover any extra laundry costs, damage above usual wear and tear etc). Changeover Day: Saturday changeover preferred but flexibility may be available. Arrival after 4-00pm Departure by 10.00am. Notes on prices: There will be a discount of £25 off the weekly price for stays of 14 days.