South of France 14th Century Village Chateau to rent in Languedoc, sleeps 13.
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This Renaissance village Château in the Languedoc, South of France once belonged to Marguerite de Navarre, sister of the King, Francois I. There are still a few 14th century architectural details remaining, however the 17th century renaissance style dominates. The Chateau is, in effect, 2 houses in an L-shape around a walled central courtyard with a swimming pool.
The 'Master' house (250m2) has some extraordinary stonework with vaulted archways and a grand staircase, and the 'Maison d'Amis (200-250m2) has also retained some of its grandeur. This Languedoc Chateau has been cleverly restored preserving the authentic carved limestone window surrounds and doorways, especially in the intimate entry courtyard.
This is ideal for 2 or 3 families who want to be holiday together in the South of France and yet preserve a sense of independence. The total living space comprises 550m2.
Partial air conditioning is planned for the 'Maison d'Amis' in 2019.
*Please note that in April and over the Easter period only 2 week bookings are accepted for both 'Maison de Maitre' and 'Maison d'Amis'. It is possible to rent just the 'big' house 'Maison de Maitre' for one week from April.
Family Holiday accommodation in the heart of a Languedoc village
This South of France Chateau makes a change from renting a french villa, below is a detailed description.
'MAISON DE MAITRE' Main house (250m2)
Enter through the enclosed walled courtyard full of amazing carved architectural stone features - one can eat there in the summer as well as by the pool. Large entry hall with attractive tiled floor, which leads to a magnificent living room (42m2). The stonework around the windows and the vaulted archway, as well as the large painted beams and a wooden ceiling 'a la francaise', are an echo of renaissance elegance, however, the living room is full comfortable furniture and has a few nice antique pieces. There is a regal stone fireplace and French windows which lead directly into the garden and a terrace with pool.
From the living room one can pass through to a large airy, modern, independent kitchen/dining room (25m2). At one end you have a fully equipped kitchen with plenty of work surfaces and at the other you have a large dining table.
The kitchen goes through to the pantry/laundry room, 7m2.
The second door in the kitchen goes out to a 'secret walled courtyard' remarkable for it's restoration of the carved stone details rising quite high - ideal for eating out when the sun is high and providing the much needed shade at noon. The entrance hall also has a 'front door' entrance into a gravelled forecourt large enough to park 3 cars comfortably and securely behind large metal gates.
Wide stairs (17 shallow steps) lead to the upper floor bedrooms.
The stairs lead to a study/bedroom with a single bed. (In this room there is another wooden staircase which is blocked off and gated for the owner's private use).
2nd bedroom - Master Bedroom (18m2) - Twin Room - 2 Napoleonic single beds close together, (equivalent to a king sized) each with their own covers. Balcony overlooking the garden and pool.
3rd bedroom (14m2) - queen sized bed with a balcony looking over the garden and the pool.
Across the corridor there is a very large bathroom with a free standing 'Venetian' shower, a bath, 2 wash hand basins and an attractive exposed stone wall.
Independent wc adjacent to the above bathroom.
Fans in 2 bedrooms.
'MAISON D'AMIS' (200-250m2)
Air conditioning is planned for all 4 bedrooms in the 'Maison d'Amis' in 2019.
The 'Maison d'Amis' is just across the garden from the 'maison de maitre' also overlooking the pool, comprising ground floor and two storeys above.
2 steps lead into a large open plan living room/kitchen. There are two comfortable sofas and a TV. The open plan kitchen comprises a double sink, an oven, a cooker and a small fridge.
Lovely old terracotta stairs (17 steps - quite steep and narrow) go up to the first floor landing.
Off the landing there is an independent wc. A separate shower room with a wash hand basin.
1st Bedroom - (15m2) - 2 single beds
2nd Bedroom (13m2) - 1 queen size bed - both these bedrooms look out on to the garden and the pool. Turning stairs climb up to the second floor:
3rd Bedroom (14m2) - 2 single beds twinned together
4th Bedroom (13m2) - 2 single beds twinned together - these also overlook the garden and pool - quite low window ledges so may be unsuitable for toddlers, although there are shutters in all the bedrooms).
Again on the landing there is a separate wc and a shower room with a wash basin.
2 cots and 2 high chairs are available on request
Lovely Mediterranean garden at this South of France holiday rental
A very attractive heated pool, with alarm, 12m x 5m x apprx 1m - 2.5m deep with large Roman steps which are good for young children and the elderly. The pool will be heated all season (unless the weather is very hot) and included in the rental.
The walled garden (1000m2) has nice palm trees which gives the garden an exotic feel, and colourful oleanders - there are two paved terraces for putting out the many sun chairs, loungers or tables for outside dining.
Portable BBQ 2 large outside dining tables and chairs 3 sun loungers and many deck-chairs
80m2 forecourt with metal gates where it is possible to park 2 cars securely.
This Languedoc Chateau is well equipped for a family holiday rental
TV with Freeview UK SKY Channels (in the main house) Radio, CD Internet available (Wi-Fi in the main house)
Air conditioning is planned for all 4 bedrooms in the 'Maison d'Amis' in 2019. Fans in 2 bedrooms of the main house.
Washing machines Dishwasher Tumble Dryer
2 Cots and 2 High Chairs available on request
Big fridge/freezer Oven Electric cooker - 4 induction heat rings, hob Blender Juicer Electric kettle Toaster Iron 2nd kitchen
Small fridge Double sink Dishwasher Oven and 4 electric cooking rings.
Garden furniture - 6/8 sun loungers next to the pool plus deck chairs for outside.
Car-Parking (secure gated parking for 3 cars inside the property walls)
Holiday Rental in the heart of wine growing Languedoc, South of France
Montblanc is a charming South of France village with a beautiful Medieval centre with narrow winding streets, and a lovely church. There is a fruit and veg ambulant market three times a week. There is also a cafe-bar, Le Binome restaurant and a pizzeria.
Pezenas (15 km) beautiful medieval and Renaissance centre with many galleries and working craft shops such as glass blowers and jewellers. Several good restaurants. Colourful market on Saturday mornings.
Beziers Golf St Thomas: apprx 8km.
Mediterranean beaches less than half an hour's drive.
Agde apprx 14km. Old historic town and fishing port, founded by the Ancient Greeks. Nice market, excellent seafood restaurants.
Cap d'Agde apprx 25km. 'Aqualand' (huge water-slides, etc.) 27-hole golf course.
Beziers apprx 12km Large market town, renowned for its colourful 'Feria' in August (street music, carnival, bull-fights).
Lac du Salagou apprx 30km to the north. Lake surrounded by spectacular red volcanic hills. Watersports. Nearby is Cirque de Mourreze, an extraordinary 'chaos' of dolomitic towers and ravines.
St Guilhem-le-Desert apprx 35 km. Beautiful Medieval village and abbey in dramatic gorge landscape.
Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc apprx 40km North West of Pezenas are the mountains and rocky gorges of the Caroux mountains. Great canoeing on the river Orb.
Narbonne apprx 50km. Once the capital of Roman Gaul. Famous cathedral.
Montpellier apprx 45km. Attractive university town.
Carcassonne apprx 125km. Large fortified medieval town, a UNESCO site.
Nimes apprx 100km. Roman temple and amphitheatre.
Perpignan apprx 125km Palace of kings of Mallorca.
For more information about this region, please refer to our Languedoc Regional Guide
For information on reaching Languedoc, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
International airports are at:
Beziers - the airport is only apprx 20kms from Cap d'Agde. (Ryanair from Bristol, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh).
Carcassonne - (Ryanair to Stansted, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Cork and Dublin).
Montpellier (international flights worldwide). Flights to Gatwick and Luton via Easyjet, and to Leeds/Bradford on Ryanair.
Perpignan (Ryanair to Stansted, Birmingham, Flybe to Southampton).
Nimes (Ryanair to Luton and Liverpool).
Toulouse and Barcelona (Spain) also have international and transatlantic flights.
Gerona (Spain) Ryanair to various UK destinations
South of France by Rail: Beziers and Agde have railway stations with nearby car rental. Paris to Montpellier is 4,10 hrs by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse).
South of France by Road: 720 km south of Paris (about 6 hours drive non-stop) 1010 km south of Calais (about 9 hours drive non-stop)
This South of France Holiday Chateau is close to the village centre
Baker apprx 3 minute walk Grocer apprx 3 minute walk Supermarket - small in the town (apprx 3 minute walk), Hypermarkets in Pezenas (about 10 kms) and Beziers (12 kms) Cafe-bar 3 minute walk Pharmacy 3 minute walk Restaurants - in the village Le Binome (near the Hotel de Ville) and a family pizzeria.
Very gastronomique 'Chateau Le Roque' about 5km,3 restaurants in Servian about 7 kms away
Golf - 5 minute drive - (very good 'restaurant du Golf') Riding - Centre Equestre St Bruno - 8 kms Tennis courts - municipal courts 5 minute walk Canoe hire 20 minute drive - river Orb Windsurf - Valras plage -...