About this listing
A stone barn converted with style, Le Mas de Las Cans offers the ideal environment for those looking for comfortable, elegant self-catering accommodation. Also, it is an ideal lodging for those who appreciate silence and isolation, with stunning views to the Mediterranean and Pyrenees. The house is suitable for all-year-round rental, as it has been insulated throughout with hemp, so keeping cool in summer and warm in winter. The house sits on a plateau facing south and set in the middle of 10 hectares of private land. At an altitude of 500m, the house is reached along a track that alternates between concrete, asphalt and forestry track, and is accessible to all vehicles, with caution.
Accommodation comprises kitchen/dining room, with gas stove/oven and fridge/freezer - living room with wood burner - two bedrooms, both with double beds, one with two single beds - bathroom with large bath and a great view, separate shower, toilet and bidet. There is a toilet/shower room off the ground floor terrace, that includes a washing machine. Hot water comes mostly from thermal solar panels, and all electricity from photo-voltaic panels. Heating and additional hot water from a gas boiler. Pure untreated water comes from our own spring.
For walkers; The GR74 (Grand Randonnee) passes along the border of the property and connects with the GR7 at the top of the hill, reaching onto the Plateau Du Larzac. Often, pilgrims walking the Camino del Compostella can be seen.
The nearest towns for shopping, markets and cafes are Lodeve and Clermont L'Herault both about 25mins away.
The freshwater lake "Lac du Salagou" great for swimming and boating, (and no motor boats!) is 25mins away.
There's plenty to see and visit nearby, like PEZENAS, known for its association with Moliere, and its narrow, mediaeval streets lined with shops and restaurants. CARCASSONNE, the famous walled mediaeval city. SAINT-GUILHEM-LE-DESERT is one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" (The most beautiful villages of France), and the Abbey of Gellone, along with the nearby Pont du Diable were designated UNESCO World Heritages sites in 1999. This well known bridge over the river Gellone is a great bathing spot. LE CAYLAR and LE PLATEAU du LARZAC and its Cathar connections. MILLAU and its stunning viaduct. LE CIRQUE DE NAVACELLES, a geological wonder, to name but a few.
Please look after the house as you would your own. Well behaved pets are welcome downstairs. Some of the land around the house is used for the grazing of thoroughbred Arab horses and is fenced off by electric fences; so pets and small children must be kept under control at all times please.
We had a lovely week in the house this August! It's even better in real life than the pictures, especially outside since the trees have grown a lot and provide some nice shade in the summer.
Our week started off with some trouble with the electricity, fortunately we heard this from Rob a week before and he offered us some solutions which we appreciated. The view from the house is breathtaking, from seeing the Mediterranean Sea during the day to seeing all the stars at night, with no neighbors at all. It was simply the best.
Rob kindly offered us the use of his BBQ, hammock and inflatable pool, which were all really enjoyed during our stay. The shower was really nice and hot and everything you'd need in the kitchen was there. Keep in mind you're in a rural place, so spiders (especially if the house has been vacant for a while) and uneven gravely roads are sometimes unavoidable. We found the house pretty quickly, but I suggest arriving in daylight anyway, just keep in mind not to go up the mountain until you see the small sign saying "Las Cans"! Though Rob was in the UK at the time, he was easily contacted; we phoned him for a couple of questions and he was really helpful.
The area is beautiful, we went swimming the the river, the lake and the sea during our stay, so we were spoiled for choice! The wine from the area is delicious and Rob's tips really helped us along in exploring the vicinity.
If you want a place "away from it all", this is it!
My husband, 3 year old daughter and myself have spent fantastic 3 weeks of our holidays at Rob's house. The house itself is very comfortable, provisioned with everything you need and almost completely self-sufficient! Electricity is supplied by solar panels, and water comes directly from a mountain water source located on the property.
The surroundings of the house are what's really made our holiday. The house sits quite high up on a mountain, from where you can see other mountains and valleys, forests and even the Mediterranean Sea on a clear day. The views are breathtaking, that will give you a sense of freedom and space, much appreciated by city residents such as ourselves.
Lastly, it should be mentioned that the Languedoc area is full of sightseeing and recreational treasures: you can visit stalagmite and stalactite caves, eat wonderful local food at abbeys and taste their wine, marvel at dramatic gorges, swim in lakes, rivers and the sea and so much more. Previously unknown to us, we will now surely recommend it to anyone who's interested in visiting the 'other' South of France: less touristic and more authentic!
About the Host, Rob
I'm young at heart, with lots of experience in the university of life. I've been an advertising photographer in Paris, personality photographer in New York and London, wine grower and maker in France, medicinal herb grower, house renovator, property manager, woodworker, project manager, husband and father of two daughters. I've crossed the Atlantic in a 67ft schooner, walked alone in the wilderness of the Sierras, north of L.A. and I'm hoping to walk the Camino del Compostella this year.
Food...: slow, organic, not much meat, and in good company.
Books...: Wild/Jay Griffiths, Shantaram/Gregory David Roberts, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying/Sogyal Rinpoche. The Transition Companion/Rob Hopkins.
Life motto...: KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid, and: "not too much attachment and not too much aversion"