About This Listing
Charming maison with the most spectacular roof terrasse you have ever seen, in a medieval hilltop village. The terrasse is completely private, so you can sunbathe in complete, glorious seclusion, relaxing in a comfy chaise on its tiled floor, hidden behind its pretty walls. Stand up, and the view over those walls is stunning, as you can see for miles over the surrounding rolling hills and vineyards. The terrasse is huge, covering the entire roof of the house, and equipped with a built-in stone BBQ, so you can while away a whole day up there, under the bright blue Mediterranean sky. This extraordinary house is located in Languedoc, the area known as the "real south of France." Just 15 minutes to white sand Mediterranean beaches, Maison Rose-Clair is fully renovated, comfortable, and sunny, with everything you need for an unforgettable, authentic French holiday, including a large country kitchen, sleeping space for six, two bathrooms and tiled floors and big windows throughout. A French country kitchen for cooking up fresh food from the market in the bustling town of Pezenas, just five minutes away. A large salon for entertaining, with pull-out couch for extra guests. Two big bedrooms - one with a big double bed and the other with a double and a daybed single. Best of all, the enormous, secluded terrasse on the roof, overlooking vineyards and the village, and equipped with a stone BBQ. A new washer and dryer, microwave, toaster, blender, Nespresso machine, new flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player. Free wireless internet, a new printer, and free phone calls to Europe and North America. The house is partially accessible for those with limited mobility. Please contact me for details. The village of Castelnau-de-Guers is charming and historic, and you can walk out each morning to its boulangerie, which boasts the best baguette in France, and warm buttery croissants. The village is near everything you want to see as a tourist, without being overrun by tourists itself. The mountains of the Haut Languedoc, the Canal du Midi, the Mediterranean, the awe-inspiring Cirque des Navacelles, mountain biking and hiking trails, abbeys and cathedrals, the river Herault with its stunning gorge, the ancient village of St. Guilhelm le Deserts, the oyster port of Meze, the artsy medieval city of Pezenas, the home of Moliere, the canal town of Sete, and vineyards! We are in the largest wine-growing region in the world. The Languedoc is the sunniest part of France, with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. That means fresh market produce and amazing wines year-round, and Maison Rose-Clair can be your own private food and wine paradise. Getting here is easy, from anywhere. International airlines fly into Toulouse, Montpellier and Barcelona. Budget airlines fly regularly to Beziers, Montpellier, Perpignan, Nimes, Carcassonne and Girona. Spain, Andorra and the Pyrenees are within easy reach. By rail, the TGV operates from Lille to Beziers or Agde, and from Paris to Montpellier or Beziers. Eurostar has a non-stop service from Waterloo to Avignon.
It's beautiful, historic, clean and peaceful and the neighbours are very friendly and kind. There are lots of artists and musicians who make their home in our village and it has a magical feeling.
Smoking only on terrasse. Pets by prior approval.
The description was accurate. Carolyn had a packet of things we should do at the flat and was sweet to leave flower petals for us since she knew we were celebrating our honeymoon.
Carolyn made us feel very welcome and all the information about the house,directions to get there and suggestions of things to do were very helpful. We loved this house - it was a typical, shuttered French house in an ancient narrow laned French village. Furnishing very comfortable and house very easy to live in. The roof terrace was fantastic and really made the house special. Our activities included visits to Pezenas (great market, lovely old town streets) and other stunning villages within 30 minute drive, swimming in limestone gorges and also local river - loads left to do for our next visit! Easy reach of Beziers airport and also Carcassonne. Highly recommended
We had a great stay at Carolyn's home. We enjoyed sunny meals on the roof with excellent bread and pastries from the boulangerie a 2 minute walk away, and fresh food from the local markets that visited the town and the big weekly market in Pezenas a short drive away. Carolyn recommended perfect walks through the surrounding vineyards and to the Herault river, as well as friendly nearby wineries. Of course, the oyster and seafood in Meze 20 minutes away are a must. Carolyn was always super quick and helpful on email. An excellent stay - thank you.
We had a wonderful stay at Carolyn's place. The house is as described by the host (small village surrounded by several vineyards). The terrace has a very nice view on the church and the moutains. The house is well located, not too far from the sea (Bouzigues, Meze, marseillan etc.), several small old villages (Pezenas, st-guilhem etc) and nice caves (Grotte de Clamousse, grotte des Demoiselles etc). Carolyn gave us a lot of information about the region, what to visit and where to swim - it was well appreciated. My teenagers swam in the river nearby and enjoyed it. Yes, the croissants from the bakery are excellent!
Thank you for the stay Carolyn!
Sylvie, Gatineau, Quebec
My family and I had a lovely stay. The house is very well located in a region that has countless activities to propose. If anything we complained about the fact that our stay was too short. We were very comfortable in the house.The local bakery had beautiful bread. The local epicerie has very nice roasted chickens on the weekend. 30 mins away we had an incredible fish dinner in Sete for a shockingly low price. We will certainly do it again.
We had such a lovely time here. The village dates back to the 8th century and has castle ruins, a small village square, a little grocery, boulangerie, and cafe. Just what you need for very basics and then a 5 minute drive to Pezanas where you can get everything else. The village is surround by vineyards and there is a LOVELY winemaker - Christopher from Domaine Castelnau that gave us a private tour and a fantastic tasting session. We walked through the vineyards every morning and swam at the river as well. Everyone we encountered was friendly and we felt like we were probably some of the only tourists there so we got the feel of a traditional southern France village. The place was perfect for a family of four. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking, good wifi for connectivity, good shower, and the terrace is the best! We had most of our meals up there - beautiful sunsets over the vineyards and quiet - really a very quiet little spot in general. The location was excellent for exploring mediterranean beaches (20 minute drive), historic sites, and vineyards. We were there for a week and wished we had at least one more!
About the Host, Carolyn
I'm a screenwriter for film and television living in Toronto, with as many forays to the south of France as I can manage. I love my French home, and often go there when I have a long project to write. The rooftop terrace is such a quiet, beautiful and inspiring place to work. I like to mountain bike, cross country ski, cycle and play tennis and I do all those things in France and in Canada. I also like to swim - in Toronto I am in Lake Ontario every day, right up till the end of October - I pride myself on being the last person in the lake every year. Only my old dog Endzone swims later than I do. In France I have the river Herault walking distance from my house, and it's beautiful to swim in, but also the Mediterranean, of course. I love the thought of other people getting as much enjoyment out of my house and my heavenly piece of the world as I do. Magical places are meant to be shared.