Ground floor cave bedroomCave double bedroom with ensuite bathroom


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3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

The space

Lovely, unique, rustic 12th century medieval house in the vibrant village of Le Pouget in the beautiful Languedoc region of southern France. Perfectly located to explore the region, Cloche-Piochet is a half hours drive from Montpellier, St Guilhelm le Desert, Sete, sandy beaches, and not much more than an hours drive from the Pont du Gard, Nimes historic colosseum, Carcassone and the Canal du Midi to name a few. French food at its best, local wines, beautiful villages nearby and very friendly locals will make your stay memorable.

As you enter Cloche-Piochet you will immediately be transported back in time as you look into the ground floor 'cave' double bedroom before ascending the medieval staircase to the light and airy first floor kitchen/living area with it's hundreds year old roman floor tiles and ancient stone walls. The kitchen is well equipped so you can cook up a storm with the irresistible local fresh produce, or heat up the plat du jour gourmet takeaway that the village butcher's wife cooks up each morning.

The old world ambience continues as you head upstairs to the second floor twin bedroom with its pretty little stain glass window and adjacent toilet and bathroom. Finally, what many of our guests over the years have called the 'view to die for' is at the top of the last small staircase. There, you'll walk through the attic bedroom that opens out onto the petit terrace that looks out over miles of surrounding villages, vineyards and beautiful french countryside. The terrace is a wonderful place to relax after a hard day's sightseeing with a cooling glass of local wine, an array of gorgeous french cheese and whatever else takes your fancy. Watch the sun go down as you linger on for dinner, or head back out in the morning to enjoy your morning coffee and croissants still warm from the village patisserie.

People have lived at Le Pouget for at least 35,000 years and probably for much longer and the village as it stands today is of medieval origin. It is a classic hilltop circulade with houses on narrow cobbled streets circling a central church and churchyard. Today Le Pouget is a vibrant village of approximately a thousand friendly locals. It has a weekly market, two restaurants, a bar, two well stocked epicierie's, a butcher, baker, tabac and more.

Le Pouget is located close to the towns of Clermont l'Herault, Gignac and Pezenas bustling with their great weekly markets and variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The nearby village of Canet (3km) provides access to the clear, cool waters of the Herault river and it's popular local swimming spot.

Guest access

A TV for your favourite movies is available - bring your own downloaded movies or TV shows on a USB (format = .mp4, .mov or .avi & .mpeg) & pre-programmed USBs are also available for your use. Please note the TV does not provide access to local or subscription television stations but is only for use with compatible USB formats.
A Nespresso coffee machine is available for your use - coffee pods are provided & we appreciate a donation toward replenishment if you use them.
There is also an iPad doc so you can listen to your favorite music and Wifi is available to keep up to date with emails & what's happening in the world - but unfortunately not for big downloads or streaming movies.
Please take the opportunity to use the picnic set in the upstairs hall cupboard and spend a lazy afternoon or two enjoying the beautiful French countryside.

Interaction with guests

Happy to provide information and respond to queries about the house, village and the region, including any travel and transport arrangements.


The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: 4PM - 6PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $35
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is 4PM - 6PM

In good faith we don't ask for a security deposit and in so doing request that you leave the house clean and in good order. We also ask that you replace any breakages that may occur during your stay.
Bill, our very helpful property manager is available to be contacted during your stay should you need him.


Cancellations

Moderate

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18 Reviews


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Alan User Profile
August 2016
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this historic, charming house. Situated up steep, narrow lanes from the centre of Le Pouget, the property provides peace, beautiful views and all the amenities you could need for a holiday in this region. Property manager Bill is very helpful and lovely - and the restaurant in Le Pouget does excellent, simple French food. Those with access issues should note there are a lot of stairs within the property, some restricted height ceilings and parking is not adjacent... All things you would expect from a house of this age. I would happily return to this property and another glass of wine on the spectacular roof terrace!

Sarah User Profile
July 2016
We adored this little gem set up high in a quaint little French village ( once you get used to the sound of the bells- it add a to the atmosphere). The character of the property is amazing especially the stone staircase and the view of the church from The kitchen and the terrace is such a relaxing little retreat. We were so sad to leave. The local Pizza takeaway was brilliant and we enjoyed sitting out on the bench in the center of the village with our pizza and a glass of rose from the local bar while the kids played in the square. We discovered the canal in Canet and the kids had a great time cooling down. Thank you olive so much for sharing your little gem with us. We hope to return. Sarah and Conall

Juju User Profile
June 2016
Hi olive, i'm sorry to disturbed you last friday. Your house is very nice and our stay were amazing. Thank you for everything.

Vincent User Profile
September 2015
This typical southern village house is very nice and the rooftop's view is amazing. Olive is very kind and reactive. The reception by Bill is fun and helpful. This spot is perfect for visiting south of France or just to do some oenotourism in the region

Sean User Profile
August 2015
Family stayed here for a week in August 2015. Unfortunately, we were initially disappointed with the accommodation. It does match the description, being rustic and full of character. However, we felt that it was in need of modernising, especially the bathrooms. Plus, there was a musty smell on our arrival and the loud hourly and half-hourly bells of the close cathedral that continued throughout the night were a real nightmare. However, leaving the windows open for a day or two and the smell dispersed. The bells we got used to, and the bathrooms were basic but functional. The village was charming but we tended to travel each day to nearby sightseeing and activity areas. This involved a lot of driving. The owner and the property manager were both friendly and efficient. Shame the property was a bit of a let down, and the bells don't stop in the night.
Olive User Profile
Response from Olive:
Sean I'm sorry that you felt disappointed with your stay at Cloche-Piochet. With houses that are many centuries old it can be a balancing act between keeping its old world character and providing the modern comforts that we are used to. We love the rustic nature of the house and hope that it will be enjoyed by guests who decide to stay there. My apologies about the mustiness of the downstairs bedroom, massive rains and flooding last year caused a leak which we had thought was repaired until the recent rains. My husband and I are heading to the house this week and will ensure that our repairman is able to get to the bottom of the problem! The bells we cannot do anything about I'm afraid - we love them as part of the south of France village experience but realise not all will share our view. Thanks for your feedback Sean, it's much appreciated and all the best for you and your families future travels.
August 2015

Phyllis User Profile
May 2015
The gentleman who greeted us was exactly on time and helpful. Also,importantly Olive had been very responsive with questions before we went to Le Pouget.

Roobina User Profile
July 2014
Olive's house is a treasure. It has the most magnificent views of the French countryside from the rooftop terrace. This view alone is worth a stay at the house. The house is located at the top of a hill in a very traditional French village with cobblestone alleys not accessible by car but to us that was a part of the experience. The house is located a few feet away from a majestic old cathedral that tolls its bells every hour. We happen to truly enjoy this as it is a part of the entire ambience of the place and transports you to another era. The house is about a 30 to 45 minute drive to the beach and larger towns and even closer to many great wineries. You definitely do need a car to get around and enjoy all the beauties of the area. The house is very clean and large with a large fully-equiped kitchen. There is a lot of very useful literature provided in the house about the village and the area in general. We met Bill by the fountain in the village. He led us to the house and was very informative and enjoyable to talk to. Our brief encounter with Bill set the happy mood for our stay! We definitely enjoyed our stay at Olive's house.
Olive User Profile
Response from Olive:
Thanks so much for your lovely review Roobina, it's very much appreciated. We're so glad you enjoyed the house and we share your sentiments about the bell and the village - you certainly know you're in another time and place as you wend your way back and forward from the car park. All the very best for your future travels. Bye for now Olive
July 2014

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Olive User Profile

Don't know about you but I love travelling and staying in places long enough to get to know them, the people and the way of life, not to mention the food & wine. Started travelling to France over 20 years ago with family and friends and fell in love with it, then decided to buy a village house so that we would have an excuse to keep going back. We didn't realise when we thought to rent to holiday makers that it would also allow us to live other's holidays vicariously by helping them to plan their trip, giving advice about sightseeing, places to eat, markets, villages to visit and picnics to have. We love our little patch of France and sincerely hope that everyone who stays at Cloche-Piochet loves it as much as we do.

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