About the property
- House1455 sqft
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay6 nights
In one of the sunniest regions of France, between sea and mountains.
In one of the sunniest regions of France, between sea and mountains, this village house has been lovingly renovated in line with the romantic character and rustic charm of its natural old stone walls and timber beams.
Natural sunlight filters year-round into the airy open plan ground floor, three double bedrooms, and a private walled courtyard. It's ideal for all seasons.
The light and airy open plan ground floor provides the ideal sociable holiday living and is reached by balustraded steps from the sunny walled courtyard equipped with BBQ, large parasol, patio chairs and four small tables (which can be put together).
There are delightful views from all bedrooms as well as the dining and kitchen areas. The glass fronted raised fireplace provides a focal point in the living room (also glimpsed from the dining area) and is linked to under floor ducts to bring warm air into the kitchen and dining areas in the winter.
You'll find a fully equipped kitchen in rustic oak with reclaimed tile surfaces, which includes an island hob and oven, dishwasher and fridge/freezer (top of the range, quality brands). It's also well stocked with crockery and cutlery to make your stay as convenient as possible.
On the first floor there are two large double bedrooms with natural light including skylights with remote controlled blackout blinds. The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a dressing area, shower, and WC. There is a further separate bathroom (with traditional claw-foot bath tub) and WC. On the second floor there is a third large bedroom with two single beds, which can also serve as a 2nd living area as the beds can be folded into arm chairs.
The medieval village is a genuinely friendly rural community with authentic French character typified by the regular "Allo Allo" announcements though the church tower loud speakers. There are the usual small shops (boulangerie, epicerie) and cafe as well as a pharmacy and a mobile pizza van three times a week! Larger supermarkets and wonderful restaurants are all within 10 minutes drive.
We recommend renting a car during your stay as you'll want to explore while staying at Les Eaux Calmes. Surrounded by a scenic river and hillside walking, vineyards, markets, medieval villages and other historic buildings, there are also Mediterranean beaches and local mountains trails within 20 minutes drive. Just 15-minutes drive is Pezenas described in the Rough Guide as “one of the singularly most beautiful towns in the French south west, endowed with an almost overwhelming concentration of grand architecture”. And you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere as stunning for walks as the "Gorges d'Heric". Ahead of your trip we'll send you a welcome pack with information about the house and ideas of places to visit locally.
There is easy access to airports within a 45 minute-2 hr drive to the house served primarily by Ryanair, AirFrance, EasyJet, and British Airways including Montpellier, Beziers, Toulouse, Perpignan, and Carcassonne. Girona and Barcelona also provide access to the region from Spain if you want to enjoy Spain and France.
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 15, 2018
About Emilie Colker
We're a family that is both French and American, and we've been living in London for the past several years. This home is our cherished retreat away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. We visit the house frequently to recharge and spend quality time with family and friends. It's our pleasure to share it with you. We aim to be as responsive and helpful as possible so our home feels like yours and that you have everything you need to make your trip one you'll remember for a long time to come.
Why Emilie Colker chose Gabian
We're originally from the West of France, but the Languedoc region is attractive because it still less developed than other parts of France. We also love the proximity to the Mediterranean, Pyrenees and to Spain.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Lovely old stone property really well furnished and comfortable inside, and a nice sunny courtyard
The property was excellent, really well furnished and modernised with plenty of hot water and a nice kitchen. As mentioned by the owner, steep stairs and location at the top of a hill mean this isn't ideal for those with infirm relatives or toddlers. The village of Gabian is friendly but very quiet, with a small convenience store and a small bar/cafe for locals, with mainly elderly residents. There are plenty of nice restaurants within a short drive. Access to the property could be an issue; I made the mistake of driving my hired estate car to the door to unload our bags at the start of the week, and managed to scrape the wing mirror - very narrow, steep and winding streets leading up to the house. Better to park in the nearby car park and transfer luggage on foot if driving a large vehicle. The location is excellent with young children; we visited beaches, a lake, dinosaur park and aquarium over the week which was great fun.
A very cosy hideaway
We booked the house for our family for Christmas and new year and were absolutely delighted! On arrival the house was toasty warm and thoroughly inviting. The house oozes old-world charm and is comfortable in every way with excellent facilities and everything to ensure comfort and a great stay. Whilst the family spent much of their time with us, they felt very much at home here and it was, at times, hard to drag them out! I would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a charming hideaway in a delightful French village!
Thank you Richard for your kind review. Gabian is indeed a special place and I am so pleased that your family felt as if they were home for Christmas. I hope they'll be back to enjoy it at another time of year!
Recommended if you want to getaway in the Winter
We had the most wonderful time in Gabian at this beautiful home. By the end of the first morning it already felt like our home away from home and we can't wait to go back. We had never been to the region in the Winter and were nervous about whether we would feel isolated or if the weather would impact our stay, and I can honestly say that it was perfect. So peaceful to walk among the naked vines, and discover roads without all the traffic of the Summer crowds, and unbelievably relaxing to drink wine and read by the fire, and there were board games available for us to play after dinner. The only addition I proposed is that they provide puzzles as well! If you are looking for a place to unwind and simply get away from it all, we couldn't recommend this place more.
Thank you for the suggestion Anne! Puzzles are a great idea. We'll make sure to add a few for use by guests before the end of the Winter. I hope you come back again next year.
Peaceful retreat for all
The house was a perfect place for me and my wife to relax and rejuvenate in a peaceful environment. This gorgeous house has every amenity you would need and the location is perfect for day trips in the region and for tasting amazing wine. We felt really spoiled and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We will definitely be back!
Hi Andrew, thank you for your kinds words. The wine is indeed spectacular. Please don't hesitate to let me know if there's anything further we can do to make your next stay even more relaxing!
Relaxing stay in charming home - highly recommend
Emilie was a gracious and lovely host who provided us with tips for all the wonderful visits and hikes in the area. We were able to relax and enjoy the peaceful south-of-france ambiance both inside and outside of the home. Wine-tasting in nearby Fougères, lake-swimming and hikes in Gorges d'Heric before coming home to taste new wines in our cozy cottage made this a holiday I hope to do all over again. Great for romantic getaway or family trip; we found it to be both at the same time!
Come back any time Jennifer! So glad you and your family had a wonderful time and that you found my suggestions helpful.
We spent a wonderful week in this charming and cozy house in Gabian. It's quiet, clean and fully equiped.
We really enjoyed relaxing in the lovely courtyard with a glass of wine from the region, after a day of sigthseeing!
Emily has been very helpful with the organisation of our trip, she adviced us where to rent a car and what to visit around.
Everything was perfect, we would definitely return!
Thanks Laura, so pleased you had a nice stay!