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Beautiful Villa with Private Swimming Pool - Castelnau de Guers, Herault, South France - La Maison Alex

Weekly Rental:From GBP 750 to GBP 1250

Property

Villas

Sleeps

6

Single/Double

2 / 2

Bathrooms

2

Pets

Not Allowed

Pool

Yes

La Maison Alex' nestles on the outskirts of Castelnau de Guers a picturesque medieval hilltop village dating back to the 11th century. The village has a bar/restaurant, post office, boulangerie, grocer and tabac. It's renowned for 'La Circuit St Antoine' a 10km walk which explores the village and surroundings with stunning views of vineyards and mountains. Castelnau is a short drive to the beaches the nearest being Marseillan Plage. Cap d'Agde, a 25 mins drive away boasts 'Aqualand' sports park. A short journey north takes you to mountains, lakes and gorges. Lake Salagou is renowned for fresh water swimming and Gorge d'Heric ideal for abseiling, hiking and canoeing. Culture and history are catered for in the nearby towns of Pezenas, Montpellier, Carcassone, Narbonne and Beziers. Pezenas, a renaissance town with its winding cobbled streets housing shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, is a 5 min drive from the village.

So your time here could be as a local tourist exploring the beautiful and historically interesting Languedoc region-or-perhaps just relaxing around the pool soaking up the summer sun or an action holiday where you can go walking, canal boating, cycling, jet skiing or golfing-or- lazing on the nearby beaches-or-a combination of any of these.
The villa itself is very comfortable and veritable home-from-home. It has a well equipped brand new kitchen, an outside BBQ and if you prefer (or if it rains), there is a 32" flat screen TV with UK TV from Freesat and a recorder so you don't have to miss any of your favourite programmes. Wifi is available throughout the house. The living room has recently been refurbished.
We have a brand new Hauck cot for infants/babies - this is rated in the top 5 travel cots by a review in The Independent newspaper. The 10cm thick mattress is very comfortable, complies to all UK and EU standards, and it can be set up in any of the rooms.

The local area boasts a number of attractive foods and drinks to explore - seafood and fish are a local speciality on the coast and the unique Picpoul de Pinet wine compliments fish dishes superbly. There are also many local fruits -local figs are particularly recommended. Try local fig conserve with a fois gras or a smooth pate. The Saturday market in Pezenas is a great source of local produce. Finally the local wines are very good but a very good source of reasonable quality wine at unbelievably good value can be found at the nearby Montagnac Cooperative - you can of course try before you buy.
So its in a great location - offers many styles of holiday- has everything you require - but if you are uncertain, feel free to call or email and we can tell you more.

 

PHOTOS

Kitchenware Appliances

Cooker/Hob Fridge Freezer Microwave Toaster Kettle Dish Washer High Chair Washing Machine Tumble Dryer

Fixtures & Equipment

Hairdryer Iron Log Fire Valuables Safe TV Terrestrial TV Satellite Video Player DVD Player CD Player Internet Access Jacuzzi

External Features

Private Pool - Unheated Mountain Views BBQ Sun Loungers : Yes Suitable for Children

Local Attractions

La Maison Alex nestles on the outskirts of Castelnau de Guers a picturesque medieval hilltop village dating back to the 11th century. The village has a bar/restaurant, post office, boulangerie, grocer and tabac. It's renowned for 'La Circuit St Antoine' a 10km walk which explores the village and surroundings with stunning views of vineyards and mountains. Castelnau is a short drive to the beaches the nearest being Marseillan Plage. Cap d'Agde, a 25 mins drive away boasts 'Aqualand' sports park. A short journey north takes you to mountains, lakes and gorges. Lake Salagou is renowned for fresh water swimming and Gorge d'Heric ideal for abseiling, hiking and canoeing. Culture and history are catered for in the nearby towns of Pezenas, Montpellier, Carcassone, Narbonne and Beziers. Pezenas, a renaissance town with its winding cobbled streets housing shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, is a 5 min drive from the village.

Visit the local beaches:
The nearest and most popular beaches are at Cap d'Agde which boasts 14km of beaches. The beaches at Cap d'Agde have many facilities and the town has a small theme park and Aqualand water park. Marseillan Plage is a much less commercialised beach which has a more natural feel with large areas of white sand enjoy. Valras Plage is a little further and quite commercialised, Vias Plage and Serignan Plage are less developed and would suit those who like their beaches less commercialised.

Explore places of historic interest:
There is a very rich history in Languedoc which reaches back to both the ancient Greek and the Roman civilisations but there is also much to explore from the Medieval period. Castelnau de Guers is itself has Medieval origins and there are some interesting buildings in the village but there are many castles, churches, abbeys and cathedrals, many dating back to the 11th century to explore. The restored city of Carcassonne is a great day out as is Aigue Mortes but

Try the local cuisine
If you go to the coastal towns and villages you will see that almost all the restaurants unsurprisingly have menus which are predominantly fish and seafood. Sete is a very busy fishing port and if you visit on Wednesday (market day) is manic but lunch on the quay and perhaps watching the canal-based jousting in the afternoon is a great day out. Oysters are farmed in the Basin de Thau and are excellent - especially with the regional Picpoul de Pinet wine. A good place to try oysters is Bouzigues.

Visit the numerous vineyards and try the local wine:
You can take this very seriously if you are a wine buff or you can equally have a great time just quaffing. Languedoc is the world's largest wine producing region so you are not short of choice, and about 20% is exported to the UK so you may find some familiar domaines - Paul Mas in the nearby village of Montagnac is an example. There are 3 producers in the village so you could walk and avoid the need for a designated driver but if you want to get a taste of the region try some the 16 AOPs.

Special Rental Conditions

Our booking terms are: we require a 30% deposit on booking and the balance 6 weeks before your stay. We ask guests to sign a short rental agreement and all payments are receipted. Payment can be GBP or Euros by cheque or bank transfer. If you prefer credit card we can arrange a payment by Paypal. If you wish we can arrange for you to speak to former guests for further peace of mind. We have now been renting for over 10 years although not always on this site.

Winter Lets: Winter 2020-21 is now fully booked. We are taking bookings for winter 2021-22. £795p.m. minimum 2 months. Utilities are on an as-used basis - fibre internet is £30p.m.Contact us for reductions on longer lets (4-6months).

Facilities in winter are slightly different. The pool is usually closed but can be available for a weekly maintenance fee but its not heated. The hot tub is optional but if requested, guests will have to do minor maintenance themselves. Heating is by electric wall heaters and a new wood burning stove. Logs not supplied but available locally. We do not normally permit pets -contact us to discuss.

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Property Exterior

Private Pool (Unheated):
Yes
Near a Beach:
Yes
Mountain Views:
Yes
BBQ:
Yes
Sun Loungers:
Yes
Safe for Children:
Yes

Local Attractions

La Maison Alex nestles on the outskirts of Castelnau de Guers a picturesque medieval hilltop village dating back to the 11th century. The village has a bar/restaurant, post office, boulangerie, grocer and tabac. It's renowned for 'La Circuit St Antoine' a 10km walk which explores the village and surroundings with stunning views of vineyards and mountains. Castelnau is a short drive to the beaches the nearest being Marseillan Plage. Cap d'Agde, a 25 mins drive away boasts 'Aqualand' sports park. A short journey north takes you to mountains, lakes and gorges. Lake Salagou is renowned for fresh water swimming and Gorge d'Heric ideal for abseiling, hiking and canoeing. Culture and history are catered for in the nearby towns of Pezenas, Montpellier, Carcassone, Narbonne and Beziers. Pezenas, a renaissance town with its winding cobbled streets housing shops, galleries, bars and restaurants, is a 5 min drive from the village.

Visit the local beaches:
The nearest and most popular beaches are at Cap d'Agde which boasts 14km of beaches. The beaches at Cap d'Agde have many facilities and the town has a small theme park and Aqualand water park. Marseillan Plage is a much less commercialised beach which has a more natural feel with large areas of white sand enjoy. Valras Plage is a little further and quite commercialised, Vias Plage and Serignan Plage are less developed and would suit those who like their beaches less commercialised.

Explore places of historic interest:
There is a very rich history in Languedoc which reaches back to both the ancient Greek and the Roman civilisations but there is also much to explore from the Medieval period. Castelnau de Guers is itself has Medieval origins and there are some interesting buildings in the village but there are many castles, churches, abbeys and cathedrals, many dating back to the 11th century to explore. The restored city of Carcassonne is a great day out as is Aigue Mortes but

Try the local cuisine
If you go to the coastal towns and villages you will see that almost all the restaurants unsurprisingly have menus which are predominantly fish and seafood. Sete is a very busy fishing port and if you visit on Wednesday (market day) is manic but lunch on the quay and perhaps watching the canal-based jousting in the afternoon is a great day out. Oysters are farmed in the Basin de Thau and are excellent - especially with the regional Picpoul de Pinet wine. A good place to try oysters is Bouzigues.

Visit the numerous vineyards and try the local wine:
You can take this very seriously if you are a wine buff or you can equally have a great time just quaffing. Languedoc is the world's largest wine producing region so you are not short of choice, and about 20% is exported to the UK so you may find some familiar domaines - Paul Mas in the nearby village of Montagnac is an example. There are 3 producers in the village so you could walk and avoid the need for a designated driver but if you want to get a taste of the region try some the 16 AOPs.

In the area

This Property is situated in Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Nearest Airport: Beziers Airport, 20km from the location

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Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town or village.


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