Entire home/apt
10 Guests
7 Bedrooms
10 Beds
$375
Per Night
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Beautiful old stone built Manor house situated among vineyards and fields in a small quiet ancient hamlet on outskirts (1 km) of small country market town.
The hamlet was originally the site of a Roman villa in the 3rd century AD, said to be the home of the pro-consul Cassius -hence Fons Cassius (the fountain of Cassius) later corrupted to Fouscais.
The house now comprises 6 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms) and an old orangerie in the grounds converted into a twin bedroom with kitchen & bathroom. There is a big family kitchen/ dining room with large cooking range, family size fridge and dishwasher, a salon (living room) with English cable TV, an office with wireless internet, and a laundry.
Sleeps 10 comfortably- 13 at a stretch !
In the grounds are a swimming pool, the orangerie ,an 18th century bath-house, terrace and barbecue, large courtyard with moveable table-tennis table, walled front garden, back drive & car park and other features.

The house is furnished with decorative bygones -the owner is a designer/decorator in London), and is comfortable though not ultra-modern ,and more suitable for reasonably laid back people who prefer ambiance, style and history over highly efficient modernity. It is situated amongst vineyards and conveniently close to (500m) exit 57 on the A75 autoroute, 22 kms from the Mediterranean and in the centre of the beautiful countryside of the Languedoc region-

Front of House (Hamlet)

Front of House (Hamlet)


The Space
Bathrooms: 7
Bedrooms: 7
Beds: 10
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $180
Cancellation: Strict

Description

The Space

Beautiful old stone built Manor house situated among vineyards and fields in a small quiet ancient hamlet on outskirts (1 km) of small country market town.
The hamlet was originally the site of a Roman villa in the 3rd century AD, said to be the home of the pro-consul Cassius -hence Fons Cassius (the fountain of Cassius) later corrupted to Fouscais.
The house now comprises 6 bedrooms (all with ensuite bathrooms) and an old orangerie in the grounds converted into a twin bedroom with kitchen & bathroom. There is a big family kitchen/ dining room with large cooking range, family size fridge and dishwasher, a salon (living room) with English cable TV, an office with wireless internet, and a laundry.
Sleeps 10 comfortably- 13 at a stretch !
In the grounds are a swimming pool, the orangerie ,an 18th century bath-house, terrace and barbecue, large courtyard with moveable table-tennis table, walled front garden, back drive & car park and other features.

The house is furnished with decorative bygones -the owner is a designer/decorator ), and is comfortable though not ultra-modern ,and more suitable for reasonably laid back people who prefer ambiance, style and history over highly efficient modernity. It is situated amongst vineyards and conveniently close to (500m) exit 57 on the A75 autoroute, 22 kms from the Mediterranean and in the centre of the beautiful countryside of the Languedoc region-
The owner normally lives at the house so its not a holiday home. -and rents it only by personal arrangement .

The house is for rent for a minimum of 7 days by personal arrangement with the owner only.

WEEKLY LETTINGS ARE STRICTLY BY PERSONAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE OWNER.
(Preference in high summer will be given to 2 week lets.)

Please read the House Rules .


The house is featured in the book ' French Home' by Josephine Ryan published by Ryland, Peters & Small 2007

Guest Access

The entire house and grounds with swimming pool (in use in high summer only) are available with a whole-house weekly rental , and there is a guardian close by the property to help with any problems.


Interaction with Guests

A family member lives nearby and can be contacted at any at time for help.

The Neighborhood

Our local market town of Clermont l'Hérault is built around the hilltop castle of Pioch Castel, dating back to the Visigothic conquest in 470 AD. The town has a number of good restaurants on the tree-lined main avenue and more up below the castle, where there is also an excellent Wednesday morning food market selling the best delicacies of the region. 5 km northwest of the town is the beautiful Lac Salagou, with sailing and windsurfing as well as swimming and fishing. Nearby, on the road to Bédarieux is the 17th C. village of Villeneuvette, built by Louis XIV to revive the tapestry industry in the face of English competition. It remains unchanged, with tiny cobbled streets and the original weavers cottages, some of which - joined to an old manor - have become a country club style hotel, La Source, with an excellent terraced restaurant, tennis courts, and swimming pool. Due north, past the lake, the main road/autoroute runs up through tunnels and round hairpin bends, to the wild and rugged Larzac plateau, the least populated area in the whole of France, and the site of the caves where Rocquefort cheese is made. The Devil's Causeway is a high bridge over the Hérault river, some 8 km east of The nearby village of Canet, and beyond it the dramatic river road winds up past gorges and ravines, rapids and waterfalls towards the mountains of the Cevennes and its national park famous for its unique micro-climate, flora and fauna. Going south from Clermont towards the coast one passes by the historic town of Pezenas - a major centre for antiques with over 40 shops - and then on to the Cathar city of Béziers where the population was slaughtered by the northerners during the Albigensian crusade. Then on past the villages along the Canal du Midi to the small coastal resort town of Valras, with a huge long sandy beach, harbour and marina, a Sunday morning fish market And numerous seafood restaurants. A little over an hour's drive east, along the southern autoroute, are the ancient seaport of Sête ,the cities of Montpellier. Nîmes and Arles, and the delta plain of the Camargue. While the same distance westward brings you to Carcassonne and the ‘Pays Cathar', and on to the border with Spain.

Getting Around

The local bus depot is in the centre of Clermont L'Herault at 1.5 ams. Buses connect with the cities of Beziers and Montpellier and with the railway stations and airports.
There are several car hire companies in Clermont L'Herault.

Other Things to Note

This is an old 'maison de maitre'- similar to a manor house. It is comfortable but not ultra modernised. The owner is an antique dealer and the house has a lot of 'ambiance' and is furnished with a mixture of decorative furniture mirrors paintings etc. Its certainly more suitable for people who are appreciative of faded elegance, are quite laid back and not ultra demanding about modern efficency.

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House Rules

The house is a family home. We rent it out by personal arrangement only, to families or groups of friends for holiday, sporting , artistic or tourist purposes only.
We insist on having a personal discussion before any agreement to rent the house, and reserve the right to refuse any potential guests who we think are not suitable. We expect guests to treat the house as if it was their own, and to look after the house and grounds..
It is absolutely not allowable to hold parties in the house or grounds (unless with our permission), nor to engage in any illegal or risky activities.

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