About this listing
This newly decorated first floor 1 bedroom duplex apartment, set within a gated access courtyard andfeatures an open plan fully fitted kitchen-lounge-diner, exposed original stonework and its own private spacious sun deck. Fully inclusive price.
The apartment is just 30 meters from the stunning port side and its wonderful restaurants. Privacy is assured in this development and you will know that you are always just a few yards from the many recreational and relaxing opportunities that Marseillan possesses.
The property come fully equipped with Wi fi and internet connection.
Marseillan sits on a large salt-water lake, the Étang de Thau and is the southern Entreport for the Canal du Midi.
The village is tranquil, with its heart still within the lines of the old walls. There are some 18 cafes and restaurants. From local oyster bars to Michelin starred eateries For sun, sea and sand there is Marseillan Plage, a purpose built holiday resort on the Mediterranean itself. (Some 3 km (1.9 mi) from Marseillan Ville).
The port is a protected heritage site, and the altar and organ in the church are also listed. There has been virtually no new building in the heart of the village since the 17th century, many of the houses date from the twelfth century.
The Balcony overlooks the communal gardens and make an ideal outside relaxation space. You can access the harbor front directly through the courtyard entrance. There is also a back entrance where most guests park their cars
Parking is available on the street at the back of the apartment block and there is a small car park next to Rive Gauche about 100 meters away.
These prices include linen , heating bills etc.
It is worth comparing our inclusive price against properties that charge extra for linen, heating and meet and greet service
Balance to be paid 6 weeks before departure.
A refundable £150 deposit ( returned after departure) will be required on payment of balance. Returned within a few days of guest leaving. ( We are pleased to report no guest was charged for any damage in 2012)
We think we may have the most comfortable double bed in France.
The Apartment has full internet access, TV and excellent DVD Library
There is a beautiful fully fitted kitchen and refurbished shower room
Guests will benefit from a full meet and greet service
Interaction with Guests
We are available at all times to talk to our guests via e mail or phone
Marseillan Village is located on the banks of the Etang de Thau, the Mediterranean lagoon on the coast of Languedoc-Roussillon, known to the ancient Greeks and to generations of pirates and privateers. Between the lagoon and the Med is a 12 kilometer stretch of sandy beach linking the resorts of Sète and Marseillan Plage. With its special micro climate, and boasting 300 days of sunshine each year, Marseillan is protected by the twin headlands of Cap d'Agde and the Mont St Clair and the summer heat is cooled by breezes from the foothills of the Massif Central
In July and August,
Take your place by the port as the boys and young men of Marseillan compete in the eccentric local sport known as Lou Capelet or the cours de la bigue.
Dating back to an obscure naval recruitment ritual, the event is charged with as much pastis as testosterone as competitors are obliged to drink a Ricard in every bar in town before the games begin.
A ship's mast is liberally greased, swivelled across a barge and suspended over the water.
The lads compete to race up the slippery pole and grab a hat perched at the very end. The town band plays, the mayor salutes the sportsmen, carnival queens flutter their eyelashes at their champions and an excitable running commentary keeps the crowds informed as prize money rises higher throughout the afternoon.
Of course, they all end up in the water. Whilst, for spectators, the wine flows freely at cafe tables. This explosion of estival exhuberance talkes place on the 14th of July (the afternoon after the fireworks and bastille Eve ball, and before the Bastille Night ball) and again on Marseillan's summer festival on August 16 (sandwiched between another two nights of partying and dancing in the streets).
In October and November,
Villages across l'Herault celebrate their Vin Primeur, the first new wine of the year. Join the winegrowers, their families, friends and neighbours on the evening that the bottles are finally uncorked. Gather in the wineries as local bands play, wives and townsfolk lay out a celebration buffet and the fresh fruity tipple is poured liberally into each upheld glass. Stay a while and dance in the streets, munching and sipping the night away.
Each evening a different commune or village celebrates its autumn flavours. Look out for brightly painted wine bottles in local shops - and join in tastings along the vineyard route into the (website hidden) arranges special long weekend and off-season breaks for wine-lovers to take advantage of the autumn wine parties. And year round we can offer tips and trails for exploring wine country.
In May and November
Marseillan pays tribute to the fallen of two World Wars, They also remember the heroes of the French Resistance. Legendary Jean Moulin, hailing from nearby Beziers, died at the hands of Klaus Barbie.
His extraordinary heroism and work as the pioneer of the Underground movement is recalled each time a wreath is lain at the extraordinarily moving war memorial. When the bugle sounds at the end of the Remembrance procession, listen to the survivors of a remarkable generation tell their stories.
In late August, the townsfolk of Beziers remember the city's noblest son with a heart rending son et lumière presentation.
If you play an instrument, bring it with you when you visit us in June. If not, don't worry. For there will be plenty of others more than willing to entertain you on the weekend of National Music Day. Marseillan's squares and quaysides will resound to the sound of free concerts, and musicians from Jazzinade - the local jazz group - will play outside the restaurants of the port from early evening. Hardened partygoers head for Sete and the cities to boogie on down into the small hours with fantastic concerts in every open space.
February and March.
Our most glamorous neighbours are the spectacular pink flamingos who live on the etang. They are the highest profile residents of Marseillan's Bagnas nature reserve, a truly protected wetlands environment home to egrets and herons, kingfishers and sandpipers. Marseillan is a birdlover's paradise. Since the protection of wildlife is paramount, the Bagnas Reserve may only be visited with an official guide, and visits take place on selected mornings in the Spring and evenings in Summer.
Of course, each September sees the swallows' farewell as they leave our shores for another year. The nightly flying circus of swallows, swifts and housemartins shrieking through their half hour aerobatic displays as they swoop and loop through the air and around the roofs in dazzling formation at speeds of 60 miles per hour. Sitting on our terrace, we have a birds eye view of the enchanting entertainment.
Parking is available directly outside the apartment and there are numerous free parking sites just 100 meters away
Public transport is good but we recommend you should hire a car to see much of the beautiful area surrounding Marseillan
Other Things to Note
Our property comes with no hidden fees unlike many properties in the area. Our excellent ' meet and greet' service helps our guests understand how things work saving them time and allowing them to get on with their holiday. In July and August Air Conditioning is very important indeed.
This is a strictly NO SMOKING apartment. And this includes the Balcony. This is very important to note.