Self catering holiday home in France
· Languedoc · Mediterranean Coast · Hérault

Les Lavandes

A spacious modern villa with a swimming pool, set on the edge of the wine village of Cesseras, enjoying views over the Minervois vineyards and towards the Pyrénées.

Andreas Wagner
With Gite.com since December, 1999
+33 4-67 38 09 96

About the Holiday Home

The swimming pool
The swimming pool

Les Lavandes is an attractively renovated modern villa, well situated at the top of a small residential development on the edge of the pretty Minervois wine village of Cesseras, yet within walking distance of the village shop and bar. The layout of the house, with two separate bedroom areas, makes it perfect for two families wishing to holiday together.

Enter the property via the cypress lined drive, where cars can be parked in the shade. To one side of the villa is the 9 x 4.5 metre swimming pool, surrounded by a tiled area, with views extending across the Aude plain to the distant Pyrénées. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided. The mature garden at the front of the house offers plenty of shady spots for relaxing on a warm afternoon. Les Lavandes backs on to vineyards and fields on two sides.

The dining area and kitchen
The dining area and kitchen

Steps lead up to the covered porch which overlooks the garden and runs the length of the front of the house; it is perfect for a siesta in the shade. The terrace wraps round the side of the house and widens into a patio overlooking a vineyard. There is a built-in barbecue and an outdoor dining table seating up to ten people.

From the porch the front door opens into the spacious open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area. The well equipped modern kitchen includes a stove, dishwasher, washing machine and two fridges, as well as small appliances such as a kettle and toaster. The dining table seats up to ten.

Comfortable sofas are grouped around the log burning fireplace, which makes the house suitable for off-season stays. The living area has air conditioning, and the house is equipped with full central heating for the winter months.

The first bedroom
The first bedroom

From the kitchen area a corridor gives access to the two bedrooms and the bathroom on this side of the house. This bathroom has a bath tub and overhead shower, a toilet and a basin. The first bedroom has a king sized bed; the second bedroom has a view of the pool area and has two single beds. Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes for plenty of storage and hanging space.

At the end of the corridor, a small room is ideal for changing in before taking a swim. From it, a door connects to a room that opens directly onto the pool, which has a sink, a fridge, and storage for pool towels and toys.

The television room
The television room

Behind the living area, a separate television room is equipped with a flat screen TV with satellite channels, a DVD player and a CD player. Wireless internet access is available throughout the house.

The third and fourth bedrooms and the second bathroom open off the TV room. This bathroom has a stand-up shower, a toilet and a basin. Overlooking the terrace at the side of the house, the third bedroom has a king size bed under a high ceiling lined with wooden beams. The fourth bedroom, suitable for older children, has two single beds, one on the ground and the second on a mezzanine above. Both bedrooms have walk in closets for storage and hanging.

Special features

  • Swimming pool on the property: 9 x 4.5m outdoor pool, heating (optional) available for May, June, Sept and Oct.
  • Bilingual assistance available on site
  • Maid, Cook and Driver can be arranged on request

Location

Region
Languedoc-Roussillon
Village
Cesseras
Setting
Rural
Nearest large town
Olonzac
Other towns nearby
Beziers
Carcassonne
Narbonne
Département
Hérault (34)
Rental information

Les Lavandes

Accommodates
8 guests
Bedrooms
4 bedrooms
Four bedrooms: two, each with a double bed, and two, each with two single beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates per week

Time of year Cost per week
October 31 until January 1 € 575
January 1 until May 2 € 575
May 2 until May 30 € 875
May 30 until July 4 € 1,285
July 4 until August 29 € 1,850
August 29 until October 3 € 1,285
October 3 until October 30 € 875

Availability calendar

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Rental Conditions

A 20% deposit is required to guarantee the booking; the remainder is due eight weeks before the arrival date. All utilities are included (except from November to end April), as well as provision of bedding, linens and bath towels. Full rental conditions will be sent with the booking form. Pool heating is available on request prior to arrival, for May, June, September and October at €45/week. Reduced rates available for smaller parties during the off season, please enquire.

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About the Area

A café in Cesseras
A café in Cesseras

Cesseras is a beautifully situated mediaeval village at the foot of the Montagne Noire, ideal for walking and for visiting the surrounding area. It has a popular bar and a village shop, which delivers fresh bread and croissants each morning. The bar and shop are just three minutes' walk from the house. The local tennis court, two minutes' walk from the house, is available for the use of guests free of charge.

One of only five villages allowed to boast the Minervois La Livinère sub-appelation, the local wine is of very good quality and offers excellent value for money. The local market town of Olonzac is a five minute drive and has a good range of shops and facilities. Olonzac's market on a Tuesday morning is one of the best in the area.

About the Region

The Canal du Midi at nearby Homps
The Canal du Midi at nearby Homps

A variety of walking routes provide a way to wander around the local Minervois villages. The trails are detailed in a booklet produced by the local tourist office, available at the house.

The local area is also excellent for cycling. Bicycles can be hired locally and delivered to the house in advance of your arrival. Below the house is the relatively flat terrain of the Aude plain, and a few kilometres away a shady cycle path winds along the banks of the the Canal du Midi, which stretches all the way from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.

Lac de Jouarres near Homps
Lac de Jouarres near Homps

Behind the house is hilly countryside with quiet country roads and tracks. Vineyards and fruit trees grow on the lower slopes, and wilder vegetation of the garrigue scrubland grows further up the hill. The scenery is stunning, especially towards Minerve, the Gorge de Cesse and the Pyrénées.

Nine kilometres away, Lac de Jouarres is a large lake with a beach, where visitors can swim and windsurf. It is a short drive to Carcassonne, the great medieval citadel, now a World Heritage site. Inside its ramparts is a great variety of shops selling crafts and regional specialties. Also within an hour's drive is the city of Narbonne, established by the Romans and the site of a great medieval cathedral, and Béziers, equally ancient and a stronghold of the Cathar sect during the 13th century.

Photo Album

The front of the house
The front of the house
The dining table and barbecue on the terrace
The dining table and barbecue on the terrace
The shaded porch at the front of the house
The shaded porch at the front of the house
The swimming pool
The swimming pool
The living room
The living room
The kitchen
The kitchen
The second bedroom has twin beds
The second bedroom has twin beds
The third bedroom, with a double bed
The third bedroom, with a double bed
The fourth bedroom, with two single beds, one on the mezzanine
The fourth bedroom, with two single beds, one on the mezzanine
The first bathroom
The first bathroom
The second bathroom
The second bathroom
The church in Cesseras
The church in Cesseras
The interior of the church in Cesseras
The interior of the church in Cesseras
The Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi