Charming house in South of France

House - Entire home/apt · Place Saint-Jacques, Le Pouget, Languedoc-Roussillon 34230, France

At the heart of the village of Le Pouget, attached to the old village church (church and place protected by the Buildings of France) a charming village house of the sixteenth century, for 2 people, private courtyard, private terrace, great view.

The Space

The house is in the upper village, located in an area away from traffic but close to shops and center of village life. This recently restored house has retained its original charm: stone interior walls, terracotta and wooden floors, beamed ceilings, kitchen 'à l'ancienne', large corner bath overlooking the valley and vineyards, antique furniture, the whole giving a sense of authenticity and elegance.
Adjacent courtyard with private deck, dining table, barbecue and herb garden. Equipped and comfortable.

The house is full of character and is in an excellent position to visit the area. Lovers of vineyards and wine will enjoy tasting the rich production of award-winning wines from the Languedoc.

The house is distributed over three floors and enjoys a private courtyard completely closed. Road traffic has no access to this part of town. There are 150 mt (with stairs) or 200 meters (no stairs) to go on foot to reach the parking lot at home.

Guest Access

Internet: free wifi

Ground floor:
Fully equipped kitchen under a stone arch. Fridge (with freezer compartment), combination cooker with two gas hobs and two halogen hobs. Combination oven with forced-air, microwave and grill. Kettle, toaster. Access to terrace.
Separate WC.
Garden / terrace. Ideal to relax, soak up the sun or a romantic meal. Herb garden.
1st Floor:
Dining area: Large table with six chairs. Stone sink.
Salon : Two large cast-iron arm chairs. Sofa-bed, TV screen (no tv connection). Low table, wooden chest and stove.
2nd Floor:
Bedroom : 1.5m double bed. Armchair, cupboard. Large tub in the corner, with a view.
Attached bathroom with WC.
Private terrace with a view over the village rooftops and the valley.

Interaction with Guests

My interaction is via email, mobile phone and (website hidden), as required. I am not present at the property when guests are staying. All the face-to-face interaction of location is taken care by my house keeper, a trusted person that has been working for me for several years now.

The Neighborhood

Location
The village has a few small shops selling basic food and household items. A nice, rustic little restaurant (La Bohème) is located in the village as part of the village café, cooking delicious food at extremely attractive prices. For larger supermarket shopping there is an Hyper U and an Intermarche in the nearby town of Clermont l'Herault or Gignac (both 10 mins drive). Pouget has a Tuesday and Friday morning market for fresh fruit and veg, oysters and meat. Lots of wine estates that you can visit to sample and buy wine. (see our Vins et Domaines paper).

Clermont l'Herault and Gignac are the nearest points for banks and a selection of decent restaurants. Lots of interesting historic villages and towns dotted around and the coast has plenty of options - loud and bright, with funfairs and discos (Marseillan Plage) or Agde, or for a traditional fishing port where you can eat at the covered fish market and wander the canals, try Sete.
Bouzigues is our favorite though: a small fishing village with beautiful view on the Thau bassin and amazing seafood.

Carcassonne and the land of the Cathars is within relatively easy reach too, either by train or car and it is possible to visit Barcelona for a day trip. The place is really full of both urban and rural places of interest and you can fill your holiday with variety.

30 km from the sea, Montpellier and Sete. To discover in the area: St. Guilhem le Desert, World Heritage site. Lake Salagou, place of recreation and an important tourist site, now protected. Great to enjoy the scenery or to participate in water sports. Beziers, well known for its history, architecture, gastronomy. Sete, with its canals, port, beach and restaurants, is known as the 'Venice of Languedoc'

Choses à Voir, Choses à Faire, Choses à Déguster

Les Monuments du Pouget :
- Le Dolmen, construit il y a 4000 ans sur la colline des Crozes.
- La Tour de Pater Noster, datée du IX ème siècle après J.C.
- Le Prieuré de St Amans de Teulet, établit dès le XIè siècle par les religieux de l'abbaye d'Aniane et l'Ancien village de St Amans attaché au Pouget en 1971, dont ne subsistent que les tombes et les fondations.
- L'église St Jacques, au centre de la circulade, construite au XIIe siècle avec les pierres de la ramassière, est classée monument historique.
Enfin, dans les Faubourgs, l'Eglise St Catherine, du XIVe siècle, est un monument majestueux qui est inscrit à l'inventaire des monuments historiques.
- Le Griffe tricentenaire sur la place du village.
- Le Château de l'Estang au centre d'une grande plaine drainée par le Fossé des Yeux, sont autant de témoignages, la trace que les aïeux ont laissée.

Le barrage de la Meuse
À 7 Km de Pouget, sur Gignac, pour se baigner.

Le Lac du (email hidden) de Pouget, magnifique lac artificiel, au cœur d’une ancienne région volcanique, il se caractérise par la couleur rouge de sa terre (les rufes), et les reflets irisés de ses eaux.
Le lac du Salagou est un paradis pour les amoureux de sports de glisse ou de baignade (l'eau peut atteindre 28° en été) mais aussi de randonnées et de VTT. La pratique de la voile est autorisée sur le lac du Salagou, contrairement à la navigation des bateaux à moteur.

Les environs du lac sont riches en beaux villages, parfois perchés à flanc de collines, comme à Liausson. Les montagnes alentour sont peuplées de sentiers de randonnées dont certains offrent une vue plongeante sur le lac. C'est au printemps, quand les genêts fleurissent, que les berges du lac sont les plus éblouissantes.

Situé au sud de Lodève et tout prés de Clermont l’Hérault, le bassin du Salagou est à la croisée de quatre régions géologiques (les Cévennes, les causses, la Montagne Noire et les garrigues languedociennes) et de trois climats (méditerranéen, océanique et montagnard).

St Guilhem le (email hidden) de Pouget. Visitez l'abbaye de Gellone (XIIe), l'église, le cloître. Découvrez les reliques de Saint-Guilhem, l'autel dédié et la vraie croix offerte par Charlemagne à Saint-Guilhem. Inscrit au Patrimoine Mondial par l’U.N.E.S.C.O., au titre des Chemins de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle en France.

Approchez Saint-Guilhem par les gorges, le pont du Diable, la grotte de Clamouse, l'éventail et les moulins de Brunan.
Découvrez le village, ses rues étroites caractéristiques, ses maisons aux façades pittoresques anciennes. Une ambiance rare.

(email hidden) de Pouget. Ville d’art et de Culture. Séjour de prédilection de Molière et de son illustre théâtre. Pézenas a conservé un riche patrimoine culturel.

Le cirque Dolomitique de Mourèze
Un des plus importants chaos de rochers d’Europe sculpté par le temps. Village moyenâgeux classé d’intérêt supérieur : château, Eglise XIIe s, Dolmens, Menhirs nécropole pré romaine.

La Couvertoirade
Village médiéval, reflétant la puissance militaire des Templiers et le quotidien des Hospitaliers

Située aux confins du plateau du Larzac, La Couvertoirade reflète la puissance militaire des Templiers et le quotidien des Hospitaliers par son état de conservation exceptionnel. Classé parmi les "Plus beaux villages de France", Il existe peu de sites médiévaux aussi bien conservés en France.
Le château fut édifié en 1249 par les Templiers.

Accès :
La Couvertoirade se situe dans le sud du département de l'Aveyron, à environ 40 minutes de Millau et 1 heure de Montpellier.
Rejoindre l'A75 (gratuite) direction Millau/Clermont-Ferrand. Après les tunnels de la Vierge et de l'Escalette, sortie 49 Le Caylar. Il vous reste 6 kilomètres à parcourir.

Service Tourisme de La Couvertoirade
Tél. : (phone number hidden)

Et encore, un peu plus loin, Béziers, Carcassonne, les Beaux de Provence, la Camargue, Nîmes, Barcelone…

Petits endroits qui méritent…

Crêperie Normande Le Gélase – Pézenas
2 Rue Béranger
34120 Pézenas
Tél. : (phone number hidden)
Indexé dans la rubrique "Restaurants gastronomiques" du guide de Pézenas. Les meilleures crêpes jamais goutées. Salées, sucrées, sarrasin ou froment, elles sont toutes vraiment bonnes. Le patron, Joseph, est un normand réservé qui va chercher personnellement les meilleurs cidres de sa région. A ne pas rater.

Le Pied à l'Etrier
L'étrier du Lac
34800 Clermont l'Hérault
Tél. : (phone number hidden)
En sortant de Clermont l’Hérault, sur la route vers le Lac du Salagou. Une petite route de campagne, étroite et pas asphalté. Très bonne réputation pour une cuisine savoureuse et variée.

Huilerie coopérative
Vente de produits du terroir
Route de Nebian
tél : (phone number hidden)
L'OLI D'OC vend toute l'année, l'huile d'olive élaborée sur place, au moulin, mais aussi la plupart des produits dérivés de l'huile et de l'olivier : objets en bois d'olivier, savons et savonnettes, gels douches, olives etc...On achète toujours notre huile ici et chaque fois on aime gouter toutes le differentes varietés. A ne pas rater les olives vertes, les Lucques, à savourer avec un bon verre de vin du coin.

COOPERATIVE PRODUITS BIOLOGIQUES
Produits biologiques et écologiques, infos médecines alternatives, aromathérapie, phytothérapie
Place Lieutenant Marcel Gontier (Amitié 5)
tél : (phone number hidden)

TOUR ENOGASTRONOMIQUE
Il y des producteurs très connus de la région. Et d’autres qui le sont moins…mais ils méritent une visite et une dégustation. Voir notre document « Vins et Domaines ».

Activités, Sports et Loisirs dans le village (ou très près):
Cavaliers de Trois Fontaines.
Tél : (phone number hidden)nis club.
Président : Eric AMALVY, Tél : (phone number hidden) email : (email hidden)

Le clos d'Alice, centre équestre.
les Cazeaux. Tél : (phone number hidden)

DANSE INDIENNE
Association Kamala : Lo Pinto Magali (phone number hidden) Cours et stages de danse indienne de style Odissi : postures sculpturales, gestuelles, frappes de pieds rythmées et expressions mimées du visage.

Los Dau Piochet club d'occitan.
Président : Jacki CADILHAC, 2 av de Pouzols
Tél : (phone number hidden),

Restaurants du Cœur.
Bénévole responsable : Mr GANDELIN (phone number hidden)

Si vous découvrez d’autres endroits spéciaux, restaurants, bonnes choses et gens sympathiques, faites-le nous savoir. On aime faire profiter les autres des choses qui nous font plaisir…

Getting around

The house is only reachable on foot from the more recent part of the village (100-200 mt walk). There is minimal public transport to/from Le Pouget. Parking is available in and around the village, not included in the listing. A private/rented car is mostly advisable as well for moving around the region. Bikes are available for rental in the area.

Other Things to Note

Given the period architecture of the house, we do not recommend the house for people of reduced mobility.

Please note that the house, although beautiful in many way, is an old traditional house: there are places with low ceilings, a narrow passage with three steps down into the kitchen, stone staircases at the entrance and it does need some further renovation work. We feel that the prices stated take this into account.

The church bell tower rings every hour, but normally we do not have complaints. We believe it's part of the charm!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $640 /week
Monthly Price: $2277 /month
Security Deposit: $213
Cleaning Fee: $64
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Le Pouget is a special place. My girlfriend and I traveled throughout France for the last two weeks and our time there was among the most memorable. It is a small, quiet village in the truest sense of the word, and evokes feelings of a time long ago in France. Elena was incredible to deal with. She is so responsive and helpful. Easily the best individual we’ve dealt with on AirBnB. Be sure to check out her recommended list of wineries in the area.
    That said, we’d recommend traveling during the day, because as you arrive at night, it can be difficult to navigate and there aren’t many folks moving about to consult for help. And if you can’t speak French-forget it-asking directions will be even more difficult. We were saved by a young kid from the village who was given our key to pass along to us after hours. Luckily it all worked out and added an even better story for us to tell from Pouget and added to the charmed feeling of the place. The only downside of the pace was that the bathtub never got too hot, but if you’re determined-as we were- you can boil water and trek it upstairs.
    If you’re looking for a quiet and an experience of France not seen by most tourists, we’d highly recommend staying here.

    November 2012
    Elena
    Response from Elena:

    Thank you Stephen!

    Thanks for the wonderful review and for your comments about the house and Pouget. You have been an amazing guests, both to deal with before, during and after. Chantal loved you!

    This house has a special place in our hearts, it put us through so much! The work, the love and the pain (too bad your French is not better, we describe it in our booklet) that we have put into it for almost 20 years (!!) make us very sensitive about it.
    I am glad that you appreciated it, and that you could enjoy the special feeling of being in a place like that.

    Sorry about the water temperature! There is a thermostat on the water heater to set the temperature of the water, and probably it was still set on "less hot" from the summer. I am glad that you didn't give up though! Taking hot baths at sunset, possibly with a glass of good wine at hand, is quite unique.

    If you happen to come back to Europe, Brussels, Pouget, you will be our most welcome guest!

  • We stayed in Pouget for 5 nights and we really enjoyed our vacation. The house is beautiful, very charming and unique. When we arrived we had a warm welcome by the lady that takes care of the guests when Elena is away. Fortunately, my partner speaks French quite well since the lady didn't speak English. We even found a bottle of Rosé wine on the kitchen table and some olives as a welcome present. The house is very well equipped, the terrace is beautiful. Since we visited Pouget in the end of September, we had some cloudy and a rainy day which didn't matter since we just relaxed on the comfortable sofa in the house and watched movies - Elena has quite a lot of DVDs in the living room and a big TV. The bedroom is very nice as well, the view from the little balcony is absolutely stunning. We would recommend travelling with light luggage since you cannot get to the front door by car, Pouget is a medivial village with little tiny streets and pathways. If you really want to relax, take it easy, read, cook and enjoy the beautiful area during the day, we would highly recommend this accommodation. The village is very quiet, apart from the church bell which did not annoy us and is a pat of the viallage charme.

    September 2012
    Elena
    Response from Elena:

    Thank you Christine. With all our hearts! We love this house, we have put so much of ourselves in it (and it is never ending work as well!) and we understand that one needs some special sensitivity to appreciate it. We are so used to uniformly set up, arranged places. Uneven stairs, a narrow passage, exposed stones, the bell tower...Our son loves it so much that we are requested to stand in front of any bell tower we come across in the world until it rings the hour!
    Thanks again and please, come back any time!
    elena

  • What a gorgeous and truly charming little place Elena has! We absolutely loved the quirky little cottage which was extremely well appointed and had everything you could need for a week away. Le Pouget is a sweet little village and it was a great base from which to explore the surrounding region - great scenery, food and wine! Although we did not meet Elena she was a pleasure to communicate with and very helpful. The house-keeper Chantal was lovely, and although we cannot speak French and she cannot speak English we managed just fine :) Highly recommend anyone to come and stay in Elena's lovely little cottage.

    June 2013
    Elena
    Response from Elena:

    Thank you so much Julie! The house in Pouget has been our love project for many years now! We have put so much time and effort in it that it is always very rewarding when our guests truly appreciate it.
    It has been a pleasure "communicating"with you, you were very clear and nice (I am not an English native speaker, as you might have guessed :-)). Chantal absolutely adored you!
    Thanks for staying with us and have a wonderful life!
    elena

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