About this listing
Stone house by vineyards and forest, bordered by stream. 1 hr west of Montpellier, beaches 40 min, shopping 5 min. Quiet country road; nearest neighbor 1 km. Gas fridge & heat/hot water; solar panels; 12V lighting; (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)-V generator. 1 week min.
The house gets village water and has a phone line but is off the grid. Solar panels and deep cycle batteries provide lighting, and a 150-W inverter, which can be run from the batteries or your car's 12-V receptacle, is handy for recharging electronic devices. A quiet 1000-W/110-V generator, kept in a shed but with outlets inside the house, can run small appliances (eg, hair dryer). Guests furnish their own gasoline for the generator. All the rooms have electric lighting (halogen in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedrooms), and there are plenty of oil lanterns and candles. The kitchen has a gas refrigerator and gas oven and stove with 4 burners. The bedrooms, bathroom, and living room have gas radiators, all of which vent to the outside. For the large stone fireplace, there is unlimited seasoned firewood stacked behind the house. The 18-inch walls and marble floor downstairs keep the house cool in the hot Languedoc summer.
One bedroom has a single bed. The other two bedrooms each have a double bed: the house sleeps 5.
This house is not for everyone: no TV, no swimming pool, no dishwasher. But it offers the experience--unusual for village-oriented France--of a modest stone house in the middle of the countryside.
Rates (1 week minimum):
1 week: $420
2 weeks: $785
3 weeks: $1100
4 weeks: $1350
Wooded property (about an acre) is bordered by a stream (the Boyne River) and overlooks a vineyard. Maps show nearby hiking trails. There are two guest bicycles.
No charge for firweood or gas; guests furnish their own gasoline for the generator. (A 20-L container is provided.)
Towels and linens are provided. Guests can launder their own in town before leaving, or the caretaker can launder them at the end of the stay. (A small laundering charge will be deducted from the deposit.)
Pets are allowed.
Smoking is allowed.
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