This attractive and well-equipped detached villa is located near a peaceful ancient town, enjoys beautiful views and has a large un-overlooked swimming pool. There a covered terrace area/BBQ ideal for al-fresco dining whilst enjoying those spectacular views. From the doorstep there are a number of walks into the local hills which circle the village of Agel on three sides. Farther afield you may enjoy visits to Carcasonne, Minervois, Beziers or Narbonne, all lovely French towns with historic appeal. For the children, and within 40 minutes drive, you may enjoy the beach or go-carting, outdoor adventure centres and a water world theme park.
Villa near Narbonne, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Private Location, With Stunning Panoramic Views Of Ancient Village And Rolling Countryside
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- 12 Dec 2018
About Tresia Ponsonby
We are a family of 6 from the south of England who bought this property as our vacation home in 2005. We have modernised the home and use it for our family holidays several times each year. Our children were aged from 1 to 11 when we bought the house and we have continually found new and exciting things to do in the area each year. You may choose to fly down to the house but we have mostly driven from our home in England.
Tresia Ponsonby purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Tresia Ponsonby chose Agel
We bought this house as a future retirement home and as our family holiday home. We holidayed in this area for several years before buying a home there and love the area, the people and all the activities there are within an hour of the house to entertain the children. For those with an interest in history and culture there are also many areas of interest including Carcasonne, Beziers and Minerve - all beautiful historic cities. The house is located in a lovely maintained private garden with truly exceptional views of the countryside to gaze out at from every direction.
What makes this Villa unique
Few if any properties can offer the sort of views you will enjoy from the terrace or the pool side. The location is very quiet and peaceful yet only a few km from shops and areas of local interest. It is well served by airports and a one day drive from the south coast of England. Our local English caretakers will take excellent care of you as they do of us.
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
A wonderful week
We thoroughly enjoyed our week in Agel. The Villa was lovely, the pool a life saver in 40 degree heat and the surroundings so beautiful.
We were within easy reach of Carcasonne and the beaches of the Med and loved exploring the village of Minerve which was right on the doorstep.
The heat was a bit of a challenge without air-conditioning, but once we had learned when to keep windows and shutters closed and when to open them, it was much more manageable.
All in all, a very happy holiday.
A comfortable well-maintained house in a beautiful location
We really enjoyed our week in your lovely house. Everything you need is there, everything worked and nothing went wrong! The house is in a peaceful spot with great views across to the sleepy village of Agel. With temperatures over 30 degrees the pool was well-used and we ate all our meals outside on the terrace. A great base for cyclists, with the the Canal du Midi towpath at Capestang and Argeliers a short drive away. We also cycled on the Passa Pais voie verte from St Pons de Thomiere, only half an hour drive north into Haut-Languedoc. A visit to nearby Minerve definitely recommended too. A morning trip to the bakery at Bize Minervoise was usually combined with a paddle in the river. Our only suggestion is a parasol would have been good at the outdoor table - the mid-morning sun by the time we had breakfast was quite strong!
Our family of three generations had a wonderful holiday on 2 - 16 July in this comfortable and well-maintained villa. The house is very spacious with extremely functional floor plan and good facilities. The scenery from the terrace is lovely and the pool area is absolutely fantastic. We also highly valued the good location which enabled the excursions to the nearby cities, villages, vineyards and beaches. Will definitely return!
A fantastic house for a wonderful family holiday.
The house was just perfect for our family. We holiday near Narbonne every year, and this year has been the best yet! The location of the house struck the perfect balance, with easy access to busier places such as Narbonne, whist at the same time enjoying the quiet of the countryside. We ate in some fabulous restaurants, and visited some awe inspiring places. Minerve was an absolute favourite, as was canoeing in Roquebrun. The house itself surpassed our expectations, and was everything we needed. It was spacious, clean, not too hot inside (which has been an issue in other houses we have rented in the past), and had everything in it that we needed. Needless to say, the pool was wonderful, and we made use of the pool lights to have a swim on our last night..we didn't want to leave! Geoff welcomed us on the first day, and couldn't have been more helpful. His local knowledge was most valuable, and he recommended some great places to go. I really can't fault anything about our stay. We made some wonderful family memories here - thank you!
A really enjoyable week
Although we had some cool days and a thunder storm on the last night the weather was mostly very pleasant and we really enjoyed the week, some of it spent in the pool and garden and some of it visiting the nearby attractions. We particularly enjoyed our trips to Beziers, Pezenas, Narbonne, Gruissan and had a lovely drive around the 3 Chateaux of Aguilar, Queribus and Peyrepertuse. The last one was awe inspiring. There are lots of lovely chateaux and villages to see. We plan to visit Carcassonne for a day as we leave. The holiday cottage was very clean and well equipped and gave plenty of privacy in the garden and pool areas. Thank you Tresia for the surprise bottle of wine, for thoughtfully leaving us milk and bottled water and also for letting us stay in your lovely house.
Excellent property in quiet location
The house was in an excellent position on the outskirts of Agel. It was very well equipped and we very much enjoyed the stay. Pool was excellent. The property was in very good condition throughout and the owners provided a very good service through a local representative who was there to meet us at the start. We would strongly recommend this property and would use it again. It is only about 30 minutes from Narbonne and Beziers, and about 40 minutes from the beaches.
The long sandy beaches of Valras and Gruissan are approximately 45km distant. The driving time to the beach is around 40-50 minutes.
The property is serviced by several airports: Beziers-Cap D'Agde 54km, Carcasonne 60Km, Perpigan 89km and Toulouse 152km. The property is 1082km from the channel tunnel terminal giving approximately 12-15 hours drive.
The property is located between the two historical towns of Béziers – a thriving city even when the Romans conquered it in 35 BC, and Carcassonne – a unique medieval city which inspired Walt Disney and the castle for his film Sleeping Beauty, and can also be reached by foot, train or in an open carriage. On the way to the golden sandy beaches of the Mediterranean, (42km) stop mid-way at Narbonne, a pleasant town in which to wander around with its historic remains in the shade of the plane trees.
For those daily essentials, a supermarket, bakery and grocers is only 3.5 km away. There are restaurants in the surrounding villages such as Cabezac (8.5Km) and Bizet (6.4 km).
There are many locations of interest including the ancient walled city of Carcasonne, the national park (within which the property sits) and water park and other amenities at Narbonne.
There is a selection of videos and CDs including Disney classics.
In summer, our children particularly enjoy the canoeing and rafting opportunities on the Cesse and other local water courses.
Note - The swimming pool will only be useable from May to end of September inclusive. At other times it will be covered and not available for use.
Additional pricing information
Booking Notes: Please feel free to call for further information. If you decide to book, booking will be subject to a 25% deposit on booking with the balance to be paid not less than two months before arrival. Payment to be made in Sterling. There is also a £225 security deposit payable when you make your final payment for the rental and which is refunded on departure unless there is damage to the property or excess use of internet or other facilities in which case this will be offset against the cost of repairs. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Saturday in summer season (June-mid september inclusive), negotiable at other times of the year. Notes on prices: Internet use in excess of the 4.6 GB per week may attract a surcharge. Charging of electric vehicles at the property is by special agreement only and otherwise prohibited.