La Casela is a 17th century stone house which we refurbished for our family in 2003 and to which we return each year. It is set on the edge of a friendly, small hamlet (Mons) which nestles on the side of Mont Caroux. The scenery is beautiful - vineyards line the valley, chestnut forest flanks the slopes which rise to the heather-covered mountain top. The house is perfect for exploring the area on foot, or as a base to enjoy swimming in nearby rivers and gorges, canoeing, riding, cycling on the long distance cycle path along the valley or mountain biking for the more adventurous, or venturing further afield to the beach or wine-tasting tours.
The house is very comfortable inside: the bedrooms and bathroom are light and pretty and the kitchen is very well equipped. The living room is spacious with a TV/DVD, sofa and chairs for relaxing and a wood burning stove for colder times. There is plenty of outside space for sunbathing and relaxing - either on the terraces or in the garden. There is also a sofa bed in case friends want to stay.
Mons La Trivalle is a small community in the Herault. The ancient part of the village is called Mons and it is located very close (1km) to the beautiful Gorges d'Heric. This is where our house, La Casela, is located and there is a lovely footpath straight from the house through chestnut woods to the Gorges, where you can swim, rock climb or hike. The environment is very tranquil and the perfect location for a family holiday. At the bottom of the valley (5 minute walk) is La Trivalle, where you find a bar, baker, grocery shop and restaurant. There is also a long distance, traffic-free cycle route through the village extending for 30km in either direction.
The river Orb runs through the bottom of the valley and provides wonderful opportunities for canoeing, swimming and sunbathing.
All in all the house is a great location for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with good access to outdoor activities. In addition, the house is very comfortable and if you don't fancy going out at all, the terraces and garden provide the perfect location for reading and relaxing.