Wine village near Béziers
3-bedroomed villa and 2 luxury gites
Price: €792,000 * (ref: 141)
one of the gites
* Mediterranean villa
* 2 luxury gites with spa and terraces
* 5000m² of Mediterranean garden
* on edge of wine village
* surrounded by vines
The Med coast near Béziers is not great: a whole lot of people crowded on to a grey strip of sand between Valras and Vias plages the entire summer ... and then nothing much happens. Béziers is an old-style town with wide tree-lined avenues and imposing squares, thick with cafés and life. Between Béziers and the first signs of the Massif Central lies a belt of vines and olive groves - the arrière-pays of the Hérault département - where the local people live, in tiny wine villages and isolated wineries.
This property is on the edge of one of these villages, on high ground, with views over the vines to an ancient Roman fort (the Oppidum d'Ensérune) ... for we are on the Via Dolmitia here, one of the main roads leading to Rome ... and which Hannibal used to ferry his elephants towards the Alps.
the owners' villa, garden and pool
The property consists of a modern Mediterranean-style villa, with three bedrooms, study/office, large dining/living room and a kitchen. Two bathrooms, central-heating, in perfect condition.
And two super-sophisticated, architect-designed luxury gites. Built on/in an ancient olive grove, with some of the original trees (dating back a few hundred years ... if not to Roman times) spared and incorporated into the décor.
Each gite has two big bedrooms, two bathrooms, a vast lounge/dining area with a stylish integrated kitchen, a spa room (a sunken jacuzzi with access directly to a private terrace) and garden space. These really are state-of-the-art gites which have no difficuly whatsoever in finding clients to occupy them.
The owners live in the three-bedroomed villa and have most of the garden - and the pool - to themselves. There's a garage and ample parking for guests. The grounds are fenced and walled all around; entry is by an imposing gateway.
We don't have many properties like this. For a start its a modern structure - no old beams, terracotta floors ... or rotten floorboards and decaying masonry. It's in tip-top condition. The location is interesting: not far from the Mediterranean but in an authentic village with bakery and café at the end of the street. The gites sell themselves but one could do more to let them in the off season than the current owners do. They are artisans, not marketing experts. With this quality of accommodation, and the proximity of Béziers airport ... it does not take much marketing skill to fill the gites with sun-hungry Scandinavians: either as classic gites or as guest rooms in a B&B set-up. [Direct flights Oslo - Béziers].
Please contact us for further information and pictures. The property can be visited by appointment only.
* 3% agency fees included ____________reference n°: 141/052015
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The département of the Aude, in the Languedoc, prides itself as being the home of the Cathar, a famed religious sect of the 12 and 13th century, who dared defy Rome with their brand of humble, scaled-down Christianity. They failed in the end, but their story of defiance, struggle and eventual extinction is etched into the landscape, villages and castles of the region.
Throughout the 12th century the Cathar faithful were slowly pushed out of the low-lying plains towards the hostile, mountainous uplands where they found refuge in fortified villages or in castles and keeps perched on the most inaccessible crags of the Corbières or the Pyrenean foothills. In the end the French State allied with Rome, sent Simon de Montfort to root out and kill the last 'heretics' in what was known as the 'Albigensian Crusade'.
In the western part of Languedoc the most notable feature is the Lac de St Ferréol, specially conceived by Riquet when building the Canal du Midi, and designed to supply water to the canal throughout the summer period. This it does by means of a mini-canal - 'le rigole' which carries water from the resevoir to the highest point of the canal on the watershed (between Atlantic and Mediterranean basins) near Avignonnet-Lauragais
Here, we are in the Hérault, a region of vines, craggy outcrops of rock as the Massif Central meets the Mediterranean. The coast is not particularly nice apart from ancient ports like Sète and Agde which date back to Greek settlements 4,000 years ago. The interesting country is the hinterland, the 'arrière-pays' where vines and olive groves vie for space with villages tightly-grouped in the lea of the mountains.
- 10 minutes Béziers (and airport)
- In lively wine village
- central heating
- 2 independent luxury gites
- each gite has a jacuzzi
- 5000m² grounds
- all services locally
- 20 minutes to the beach
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