Aurelie is a traditional 19th century terraced house in the wine producing village of Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc. It faces a wide tree lined street and has views of hills in the distance. Two double bedrooms and a third bedroom with twin beds accommodate up to six guests comfortably.
Entering from the street, the utility room is located on the ground floor, with a washing machine, ironing board, and storage room. The heart of the house is upstairs on the middle floor.
The comfortable living room is furnished with a sofa and easy chairs grouped around the original marble fireplace, which today contains a wood burning stove. There is also a TV with satellite channels and DVD player, and broadband internet access.
The kitchen and dining room were converted from a part of the building that was once a stone stable. The fully fitted kitchen has an electric oven and stovetop, dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer, toaster, coffee maker, and kettle. The oval dining table seats six, and beside it is an additional sofa and armchairs.
French doors lead out to the terrace, where one can dine outdoors at a round table, and enjoy the views of the gardens in front of the mairie or town hall, which until the French Revolution of 1789 was a Benedictine abbey.
The first of the bedrooms is on this level. It has a double bed, a chest of drawers, and a built-in closet, and its own access to the terrace. A shower room with a basin and toilet is also on this floor.
Upstairs again is the second bedroom, which has its original patterned tile floor and fireplace. This bright and airy room is furnished with a double bed, a chest of drawers, a wardrobe and an easy chair. On the top floor, under the roof is a third bedroom with two single beds, a chest of drawers, and a wardrobe. Next to it is a bathroom with a shower, toilet, and basin.
From the house, guests can take a stroll in the nearby vineyards, or swim in a natural pool of the clear Vernazobre river, a short walk from the front door. The village square in the centre of Saint-Chinian is close by, and hosts a busy, colourful market every Sunday and Thursday morning, selling regional produce, groceries, clothes and souvenirs.
Saint-Chinian has a good range of shops and services: there are five restaurants and bars, as well as bakers, butchers, grocery shops and newsstands within a short walk from the house.
There are also three banks with ATMs in the village, a hairdresser, a doctor, and a large supermarket with a petrol station on the outskirts. The newly constructed library, in the restored former abbey, has a number of computer terminals for internet access. There are plenty of recreational facilities nearby, including tennis courts, an open-air swimming pool, and bike rental facilities.
St-Chinian was founded by Benedictine monks during the reign of emperor Charlemagne in 794, and has had a long history. The village church has a beautiful 17th century organ, which was recently restored and is regularly used for concerts. Visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to climb to the chapel of Notre-Dame de Nazareth on a rock outside the village, which has unforgettable views of the valley in which Saint-Chinian is situated.
This is a perfect spot for anyone who enjoys walking in the countryside. The terrain is varied and the vine-covered hillsides add interest at all times of year. The vineyards produce a great selection of good wines, which can be tasted and bought locally. Gourmets will also enjoy the great variety of traditional Languedoc cuisine.
The Haut-Languedoc National Park is on the doorstep, and provides a great stretch of lakes and forests to enjoy.
The beaches of the Mediterranean are only 40 minutes away by car. Slightly further away are the beautiful cities of Montpellier, Toulouse and Perpignan, and the historic fortress of Carcassonne.
The 17th century Canal du Midi which connects the Mediterranean sea with the Atlantic is always pleasant to walk or cycle alongside. One of its most spectacular engineering feats is the staircase lock in Béziers.
“Our holiday in Southern France was beautiful. We enjoyed our 14 days in this beautiful and very cozy house - we all felt at home immediately. We would like to come back next summer!”
Annie and George S. - Lueneburg, Germany
“We can't begin to express the wonderful time we have had in St Chinian and especially at Aurelie. From the Thursday and Sunday market, the beatiful towns and cities of the region. Our vacation was amazing. The owners of the Cafe de la Paix will miss us as we became regulars, either dining or just enjoying a glass of wine. It's a vacation we will always have very fond memories of.”
Judy and Bob A. - Toronto, Canada
“Aurelie is truly an oasis. Thank you so much for sharing such a lovely place with us. The house is fantastic.”
Jennfer A. and Dale L. - Ontario, Canada
“We have had a great time at Aurelie, enjoying the terrace view of the Mairie and the proximity of the marche. The house is very comfortable and well equipped. St Chinian is once again delighting us, as always. ”
Sara B. - Oxford, UK
“ It’s been a wonderful time with nice weather and we enjoyed our ecxursions, swimming at Vendres Plage and in the river Orb. Hope to be back next summer!”
Eva and Kai S. - Germany
“A great two weeks in St Chinian. Aurelie was perfect for our stay in the South of France as we were able to go off for day trips all around. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.”
David and Belinda W. - Wellington, New Zealand
“This was my second stay in this area. I love it. The wine, the different sceneries, the food. Too bad that thsi trip must now end. The house was lovely and enjoyable, clean and airy.”
Richard M. - NC, USA
“We enjoyed our two weeks vacation in Saint Chinian very much. We found everything to make our stay very comfortable. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated and cosy. Thanks so much for your hospitality!”
Eva, Andreas and Kai - Germany
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our week in St Chinian and found Aurelie a great house to relax in, it is beautifully decorated and furnished and very well equipped. ”
Peter and Louise L. - Weston super Mare, Somerset, UK
“We have enjoyed Aurelie very much. The house is homey and comfortable with a lot of ’French character.’”
Bernie and Alice F. - Burlington, Ontario, Canada
“The house absolutely met our expectations, the terrace was a beautiful spot to sit, and the whole place is as good as it looks on the website.”
Margaret N. - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
“Aurelie was very comfortable and had a good location, being near the centre of St Chinian, but away from the traffic. Thank you for helping to make our holiday such a great experience.”
Iain S. - Glasgow, Scotland, UK