About the property
- Chateau / Country House4300 sqft
- Separate WC's3
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
I min Walk to restaurants, studios, galleries, bars and bakeries, no car needed.
Spacious, child friendly, restaurants, studios, bars, tea and coffee shops, galleries and tourist office a step away. Large protected swimming pool, walled garden, orchard, balconies and terrace, vines and Wisteria, beams and high ceilings, many bathrooms, secure parking, peaceful place of character and perfect location in Pezenas. Home to writer and family, with fascinating photos/art on walls. Amazing range of restaurants, artist’s studios, quality food, wine, and craft shops a minute away. Extensive terrace and balconies. Pool and pond safely enclosed. Common reaction to the interior is – ‘Wow! Beautiful summer kitchen with large timber beams – opens onto large sheltered terrace where people normally eat, with Wisteria and vines around large pool. Vast sitting room upstairs with large balcony and views of old town. Many bedrooms (4 en-suite, 2 with balconies + 2 more) on ground/1st/2nd floors. A Memorable Holiday. French Tourist Office has rated us ***** top five star. Heated pool now an option...
Some comments from past guests from our previous website: Mary and friends from Oxford: 'Pezenas is wonderful, and to step out and get to everything in a minute was perfect. The pool, terrace, balcony and garden were really nice, so we spent much of our time there, but it was good to have such a great choice of restaurants to go to as well.' Sergei from Moscow: 'Normally we try different places, but here we come back.' Stephanie from Canada: 'What a lovely home you have! Loved all the photos and art on the walls, and Pezenas is beautiful with really friendly people.' Kennedy group from London: 'The kids had a great time, and the gardien was so helpful to us. We were a big group but your house has so many different areas.' Xavier et al from Paris: 'The apricots and peaches in your garden were delicious, and now I see why Pezenas is so well known here in France.' More photos on our picasa site - just search under Alaric Wyatt in google.
What is so special about Pezenas?: Pezenas is famous because it is the town of Moliere, is very old, and has a splendid old quarter (just a few steps from the house). Many artists have their studios and galleries here, and the town is amazingly active in putting on events and attractions from the past, with sword fights, music, food festivals, antique bazaars, ballads and fireworks to name just a few. It has a large and colourful Saturday market, and in summer, the many little shops in the maze of alleys in the old quarter stay open till midnight during the 'nocturnes'. There are nearly 40 restaurants to choose from, all nearby. The tourist office is 1 minute from our house, is excellent, and their guided tour reveals many amazing buildings. All around Pezenas are famous vineyards, such as those of Faugeres, Corbieres and PicPoul, which you can visit. Pezenas is also home to world famous climber Alain Robert (Spiderman), who climbs the worlds highest buildings - he is often around in the bars and is very friendly.
Alaric and Katia
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- May 26, 2018
About Alaric and Katia
We have four lively children who just love this house, garden and town, and every time we go back, they all cry out how much they want to live there. The pool and fish pond are an endless source of joy and fascination to them, and they love being able to just walk out into the centre of the town for an ice cream or to play football with the local kids, all on their own. It's an amazing place altogether, and it has certainly changed our lives, giving us loads of wonderful memories of meals and festivals (Pezenas is strong on such things) and visits around all the beaches and gorges and villages, or just chatting and sipping drinks in the lower garden amongst all the fruit trees and flowers. London, where we live, seems a very long way away when we are in Pezenas, and to our family, it is our house in Pezenas that is the more real and the best fun of the two.
Alaric and Katia purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2000
Why Alaric and Katia chose Pézenas
I was told by all the estate agents in Pezenas that properties with all the features on my Must Have List did not exist in this town. They were all amused at my attempts to find such a place. Central, large, garden, swimming pool, parking, privacy, and quiet were the features on my list. A month later, by chance, I found one of the only cases that satisfied this list, and it had even more to it than that. What could I do? I bought it before all the estate agents could get their hands on it and charge 6% fees, and never looked back. And every year (for the past fifteen years), I have spent a good amount of time improving it - whilst the rest of my family enjoy Pezenas and the great attractions in the area...
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
No need for a car. Total proximity to all that matters, but it's like being in a country house somewhere, far from the crowds. Well, as they say, location, location, location. Please see 'Notes' under the rates to find out about extras and cleaning cost.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
A lovely house in an ideal situation.
The ages of our party ranged from 81 to 11 months and everyone had a wonderful holiday. The house is large, but not overwhelming, and there is plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. It is very well equipped for children. The focus is of course on the summer kitchen, the pool and the outside terraces and garden, but the salon is a lovely room for a quiet read or chat, and the upper terrace a perfect spot for watching the sun go down.
Everyone enjoyed looking at the fish in the pond and watching them eat the food provided. A swim in the pool was refreshing at all times of the day. The barbecue is excellent.
Pezenas is delightful and everywhere is within walking distance. It is also very well placed for journeys north to the haut Languedoc with lovely villages, mountain scenery, gorges and walks, or for journeys south to the coast and the interesting French towns.
Alaric was very helpful in answering questions before and during our stay and provided excellent and useful information prior to our arrival.
So all in all, pretty perfect!
We enjoyed having you at Maison Alaric, and also thank you for some new ideas for improvement, which we are looking forward to implement this autumn. Glad you liked feeding the koi carp - I'm told by our 'gardien' that they are bigger now... and even friendlier. Thanks again for the review, which I think other prospective guests will find wide ranging and useful.
Comfortable house in excellent location
The house was very clean, comfortable and well equipped to meet all our needs, particularly as we enjoy cooking, as well as dining out. All of our family and friends thoroughly enjoyed staying here with us. We made the most of the pool, the barbecue and the ample seating areas in the garden. Many happy hours were spent lounging by the pool, dining on the patio and generally relaxing in the garden.
The house is perfectly situated within a short walk of Pezenas. We were able to buy croissants everyday from one of the amazing patisseries and also fresh meat, fish and produce from a selection of local shops.
Pezenas is a fantastic town with excellent restaurants and artisan shops and a great weekly market. The local people were very friendly and helpful.
The house also provided an excellent base for lots of activities. We enjoyed wine-tasting, horse riding, go-cart racing, canoeing, sunbathing on Serignan beach, as well as visiting nearby towns and attractions.
We would definitely recommend this house for a group holiday.
Thank you for those tips on things to do and places to go to. Also for the feedback you sent to us directly, where you say that we would have had five stars if we had supplied free towels and one or two other matters as well, all of which have now been set up for future guests you will be pleased to know.
Perfect, family friendly house - wonderful facilities, great location - 5 star
This is a great family-friendly, very large and beautiful house. Loads of space for large parties and bedrooms / bathrooms galore. The pool is a good size and lots of fun was had with the table tennis table, the various kids ride-ons and the beautiful, rambling garden. There is a BBQ and very well equipped kitchen for nights in or you can take a very short wander into the beautiful town of Pezenas. The nearest restaurant is literally about 2 minutes away. The town is beautiful with loads of cafes and interesting shops plus a wonderful market. The owners were extremely pleasant and helpful, before and throughout the stay if we needed anything. We couldn't fault anything - we just want to return!
David and Emma, thank you very much for your lovely comments about our house and Pezenas. We are as enthusiastic as you are about the town, and although when I bought the house, it was because it blew me away (both for the house and the garden) - it was only when we moved in that I realised just how important and helpful the location of the house was as well. It really is a country house but right in the middle of Pezenas, and yet down a quiet street, and no problem with parking. All of which is why we go back there as much as we can ourselves, and why each time we go, we improve things a little, or in the case of last time, a lot (by installing a pool heater for those who want it outside of July/August, and various other things too). So we look forward to seeing you again, and we certainly enjoyed our communications with you all.
Excellent property for a large group
This is a fantastic property for a large group. We were all able to spread out and do our own thing, relax on the terrace, swim, play table tennis, sit in swing hammock chairs or congregate in the kitchen to cook and chat. The surrounding area is lovely with lots of things to do - vineyards to visit, beaches not too far away and Pezenas has loads of shops and restaurants to keep you going.
One downside is the cost. Don't be fooled into thinking the upfront price is what you pay. Suddenly you are being charged for electricity, gas, towels, heated pool, cleaning charge (to be left in cash at the end). This does rather inflate the original price but if you are aware of this before booking then I would say it is still a good place to stay.
Thank you very much for your highly favourable comments Clare. Now, you are quite right to bring up the question of cost (although I know you thought the overall price was certainly very competitive). And we are responding to this point by taking away the extra payment for towels for any future bookings.
However, now that we have a heated pool, for periods outside the hottest times that is, we have to offer that as an extra option, and I think that's a fair way of doing it. In any case, extra costs like the heated pool are all discussed long before our guests arrive, and at the time of booking. They are also on the website of course... So all in all, we are happy with how our programme of continuous improvements is going, and clearly our guests are too. I know that Clare's group were delighted for example with the wine, drinks, cheese, milk/tea, etc etc provided on arrival due their getting there quite late. This is another of our improvements, and like a number of others, came to us from our own recent travelling experience with holiday rental places. Which is why we so like feedback from our guests too. Thanks again, Clare, and look forward to seeing you again.
Maravillosas vacaciones en Penzenas!
Esta casa nos gusto tanto que nos pasamos la mayoria del tiempo en el jardin y en la parte de abajo con su preciosa cocina de verano. Nos encanto el hecho de que estuviese tan bien ubicada a todas las atracciones de Pezenas que ni siquiera necesitamos el carro. Habian muchas cosas que visitar y muchos lindos y buenos restaurantes. Paseamos y vimos muchos sitios preciosos que nos habian sido recomendados por el dueno, el senor Wyatt. El mismo fue encantandor y super relajado, a pesar que hasta le rompimos una ventana por accidente. Apenas si estuvimos una semana pero en verdad nos parecio como si hubiesen sido dos. Nos llevamos miles de fotos y recuerdos lindos de Pezenas y esta acojedora casa. La verdad es que nos encanto.
Прекрасные каникулы в замечательном доме
Пркрасный дом, замечательные хозяева, говорящие в т.ч. и по-русски. 2 минуты пешком до центра г. Пезенас с его магазинами, расторанчиками, замечательным рынком (очень дешевый и вкусный). Все очень удобно - просторные комнаты, большая терраса, барбекю и т.д. Мой сын наслаждался бассейном, а мы с супругом тенью в саду. Приезжаем уже 2й раз. Очень рекомендуем.
Beziers Airport (called Vias) We now have a shuttle bus (v cheap) from the Ryanair Bezier airport that goes to Agde and Beziers to get a hire car or bus to Pezenas. Timed to the flights too. So really no car needed....to get here, and particularly, when you are actually staying here.
Otherwise, our nearest airport is Montpellier: a 40 minute and 70 euro taxi drive from Pezenas. We are an hour from the walled city of Carcassonne, and only 35 minutes to wild flamingoes, 20 minutes to Meze beach, with its seahorses and fishing harbour, 40 minutes to Heric Gorge. Your house is right in the centre of Pezenas. Other major attractions within easy reach are Sete and Agde on the coast, with their beaches and harbours, and the local Dinosaur park as well as water parks, aquariums and seaside amusements. There is a huge amount to see and do within very easy reach, and the tourist office of Pezenas is 2 mins walk away....
Other Activities: Great shopping, especially for presents and clothes.
Golf: Various good courses nearby
Additional pricing information
Damage deposit to be arranged and paid 4 weeks before stay please. Varies according to size of group, presence of pets etc. Cleaning bill is 240 euros to be paid in cash to the housekeeper, (large groups pay 280). extra towels on request, to be arranged with owner. GROUPS LARGER THAN maximum number stated PAY AN EXTRA PER PERSON CHARGE remember. Discounts are possible… gas/electric 0.35 euro / KwH, with 20KwH free/wk for elec. Heated pool an extra option - charge levied for this added luxury. Dépôt de dommages à régler et payé 4 semaines avant le séjour s'il vous plait. La facture de nettoyage est 240 euros pour être payée en espèces à la femme de ménage, (les grands groupes paient 280). Serviettes supplémentaires sur demande, à régler avec le propriétaire. LES GROUPES SUPPLÉMENTAIRES À 8 PAYONS UN EXTRA PAR PERSONNE CHARGE se rappellent. Des réductions sont possibles ... gaz / électricité 0.35 euro / KwH, avec 20KwH libre / wk pour elec.