At the end of a secluded vineyard-lined street, in the heart of Lodève, the buildings of the old limonade factory, 'La Limonaderie', are witness to the town's industrial past. The complex, built on the riverbank, comprises of a main building of the house and gites, the studios and the garden all organised around a large central courtyard, shaded by an immense plane-tree.
From this courtyard a little gate opens onto a private space under the poplar trees on the bank of the river Lergue where you can picnic. This river, which finds it's source not far at the magnificent Pas de l'Escalette on the foothills of the Larzac is ideal for fishing.
The appartement is situated on the first floor of the main building and has it's own private entrance from the street.
You may enjoy your meals outside in the garden under the shade of a hundred year old accacia tree where a barbecue, a table and chairs are installed.
From the garden a staircase leads onto a little sundrenched terrace. Overlooking the studios there is a view of the Lergue valley and the surrounding hills.
The spacious and comfortable gite has a triple orientation: it's surface of 75m² can sleep up to five.
It has a contempory feel, mixing antique elements with modern artwork.
The space is organised as follows: from the terrace a large hallway leads on to the kitchen, a first double bedroom, the bathroom and the living room. This grand living room has both a view of garden and the town and leads onto the second bedroom.
Guests may also use the vast covered garage, the enormous courtyardand and the bank of the river.
The location in the heart of Lodève means you may leave your car asside and stroll through the town's shaded streets - all cultural, sport, touristic and commercial activities are accessible by foot.
I'm originally from Belfast but have been living in France for 30 years. I teach screenprinting and photography in Paris and we do courses at the Limonaderie.