The most pressing challenge you may find when staying in Benedicte's house is that it is so comfortable, so romantic and so delightful that you barely stray into the surrounding environs - an area well-known for its food, wine and amusements. We ate out only once and visited Rochlongue beach (Palm Beach club near Les Vagues restaurant, FYI) once. Other than that, our week was spent within, or certainly close by, this most wonderful mini-complex.
Tastefully decorated, this house is the definition of good living - one that marries the best of modern convenience with beautiful and grand, old-world charm. Its location is perfect - in the very heart of Montblanc and a two minute walk from the main street with its bar/restaurant, mini-supermarket, butcher and two bakers.
It is split into two houses, both looking out onto a wonderful courtyard with splendid mature trees and well-tended garden. Two large double bedrooms upstairs in the main house (and a single that was surplus to our requirements) and four large, comfortable double bedrooms across the way, in what our concierge, handyman and all-round good guy - Michel - thought might have once served as the servants' quarters. (FYI If you're up early enough (7am or so), Michel who services the pool/garden daily is a good source of knowledge of the area. If you're not up by then, Michel is quiet as a mouse.) There is plenty of room to roam (we were 6 adults, 4 children 8-13), with a well-resourced kitchen, luxurious, airy and comfortable sitting rooms and a wifi connection that works well - especially for teenagers intravenously hooked up to social media. The garden is perfect for lounging in the shade, or crisping in the sun, and features a spotless, refreshing pool in which we spent many happy hours.
In preparation for your stay, two heads up. 1) The older generation of our party found the stairs to their bedroom a challenge. 2) The price paid for being in such a marvellous location adjacent to Montblanc's church, is the regular chime of the bells. I'm unsure if they rang through the night as I never heard them and to be honest, for our party, they only added to the atmosphere throughout the day. For light sleepers, you may want to bring ear plugs - just in case.
A highly recommended location and a wonderful week's stay. We will be back.