La Merveille is a luxury 5 bed villa to rent in the Languedoc region of Southern France. This former monastery comes with a large pool (12m x 5.5m), air conditioning and garden with wonderful views. The villa is located in Alignan du Vent near the historic town of Pezenas.
This spacious stone property enjoys commanding views over the beautiful rolling vineyards. Inside, the villa has exposed stone walls and beams and is full of character.
You enter this Languedoc villa into a reception area, where one sees fabulous exposed stonework, original beams, old tiles and beautiful rugs. There is a piano and guitar here for your use. From the reception area the staircase that goes to the upper level.
On the first floor are 5 en-suite bedrooms.
Outside - there is a wonderful shady ´pool house´ overlooking the pool, comes with lots of cushioned seating, plus an old table for alfresco dining and relaxing. There is enough parking for 4 to 6 cars. There is a trampoline and ping-pong table. Garden furniture and BBQ are also available. There is a large heated swimming pool 12 x 5.5m with steps down into it for easy access, with decking on one side. There is a lawned area beside the pool, with a more wooded area below. Please note there is no wall between the two, so as not to spoil the views and the open feel of the grounds, so this garden is not suitable for small children.
There is a private apartment at the back of the property where the owners sometimes stay. It has shared driveway access, but is otherwise totally separate and does not overlook the private guest area. If in residence they would be delighted to greet you and offer advice if needed.
Prices for La Merveille luxury villa to rent in Southern France are weekly and welcome basket, include linen and towels and after stay clean.
Last visited October 2020. This 5 star luxury villa in Languedoc, Southern France, is set in a truly stunning location, with amazing views and surrounded by Mediterranean plants and nature. This character property can sleep up to 10 in 5 bedrooms. Recently refurbished to a high standard with aircon and en-suite shower rooms in 3 bedrooms. Pure luxury! Highly recommended.
This luxury Languedoc villa is located near the village of Alignan du Vent which has two shops, two boulangeries, café, bar, hairdresser, pharmacy and twice weekly market.
Vineyards dominate the gentle rolling landscape around Alignan du Vent. The village is in the midst of the Hérault. The local co-operative (wine) is an easy stroll around the back of the house. Here you can stock up on the local wines and delicacies. The several shops include two boulangeries and are complimented by a twice-weekly open market.
Visit the nearby town of Pézenas. It has 70 odd listed buildings dating from the renaissance to the 18th century. Its arcaded courtyards and staircases provide it with a distinctive architecture. Moliere spent a number of seasons here in the 1650s. From mid-June through September it is the prefect venue for the festivals, concerts and exhibition called the Mirondela dels Arts.
On your way to the Mediterranean stop off at Agde. Founded by the Greeks, It overlooks the Hérault River. It has its own harbour with lovely black basalt sand, good hotels and restaurant. The Bassin de Thau - 20km away - is one of the largest lagoons along the Mediterranean shore. Its fame lies with the oysters and mussels it produces. You can backtrack to Marseillan for an oyster lunch and to try their own aperitif, Noilly-Prat. Further up along the Bassin is Meze, another fishing port and very popular destination for seafood.
Sète is France´s biggest Mediterranean fishing port. It is an attractive town laced with canals and many fish and seafood restaurants. You can pick up a boat tour back around the Bassin. Have a look at Béziers. Aside from its tragic history it is best known for its rugby team and the August feria, a festival with bullfights and Spanish feel. In 1209 during the albigensian crusade, virtually the whole population was burned alive in the cathedral where they had taken refuge. The town regenerated in the 1660s with the building of the Canal du Midi.
There is a TGV train station in Beziers. There is a regular bus service between Beziers and Pezenas (4km away).
You have your choice of airports across the South of France to reach this luxury Languedoc villa. You can:
Fly to Perpignan (1 hour)
Fly to Carcassonne (1 hour)
Fly to Montpellier (45 mins)
Fly to Nimes (1 hour 15 mins)
Fly to Beziers (30 mins)
To reach this Languedoc villa you can travel down by car from Britain via the channel ports or from Paris. It is about a 9 hour drive from Calais, and 6 hours drive from Paris (non-stop). The Portsmouth to Le Havre overnight ferry, or the EuroTunnel to Calais, enables you to reach the region within the day using the A75 autoroute from Clermont Ferrard, via the newly completed Viaduc at Milau.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and Domaine de Montarel. The setting is idyllic and peaceful, it is only a short drive to Pezenas and the owners could not have been more helpful and accommodating. We would definitely go back.
Reviewer: Mr Hanson
Date: August 2010.
The booking policies for this luxury Languedoc villa South France with private pool are as follows.
25% deposit paid upon booking, balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Security deposit required, 1000€
Check in after 16.00 on day of arrival. Check out before 10.00 on day of departure.