Chateau Montblanc - CHAT102
Chateau Montblanc is a stunning chateau with a lot of character. Located in the heart of a typical Languedocian village close to Beziers, and less than a half hour from the Mediterranean beaches, this magnificent centuries old presbytery is waiting for you. With a private swimming pool and 7 bedrooms sleeping up to 13 people, this property is perfect for large families or groups.
About Chateau Montblanc
This house was built on the site of a 14th century Renaissance castle owned by Marguerite de Navarre, the sister of Francois I.
There are still many 14th century architectural details to be admired, although the 17th century dominates. The property consists of a main house and a maison d'amis, has great character and can boast that Francois I, renaissance King of France slept here! It has been recently and lovingly restored with antique furniture and the accommodation is spacious and comfortable.
The house has original stone façades with high French windows and views of the pool and garden.
From the garden you enter the sitting room of the maison d'amis. This boasts a working fireplace and a well equipped corner kitchen (with dishwasher).
Stairs take you up to the first floor, with two twin bedded rooms (15m² and 13 m²) with windows looking out onto the garden and pool, a bathroom with bath and shower cubicle, and a separate W.C. Both bedrooms have aircon.
Turning stairs climb up to the second floor, two more twin bedrooms(14m² and 13m²) looking out over the garden, shower room with hand basin and separate W.C. Both bedroom have aircon.
Out of the garden and into the main house, choose one of the right doors and you enter the main house sitting room (42m²) with its impressive wooden ceiling and arched stone fireplace.
Sitting room with stressed wood ceiling and arched stone fireplace, and staircase from the sitting room you can go into the stairwell and up to the first floor, a twin bedded room with balcony looking out over the garden and pool, another twin bedded room with a window looking out over the pool, a large bathroom with exposed stone and paint effects, equipped with twin basins, bath, separate shower and window looking out over the pool, a separate W.C, and a large study area which can be used as an extra single bedroom.
Another sitting room door leads through to a remarkable patio, which is just the place for eating in the stone cooled shade when the sun is high, while admiring the carved stone details all around.
With doors leading from this patio into the kitchen, eating outside is easy. The kitchen is fully equipped and light and airy, with a dining area at one end and a laundry room equipped with washing machine and dryer at the other.
From the dining area there are doors out to the garden and the shady patio courtyard, also an opening into the sitting room. At the other end of which is a door which leads into the entrance lobby and the front door. Out the front door, and there is a mainly graveled forecourt (80m²), with room to park up to 4 cars comfortably and securely.
There is aircon in the 4 bedrooms of the 'second' house (the maison d'amis). The main house is well adapted to the French summer climate and generally stays nice and cool during the summer, for this reason the bedrooms in the main house have no need for aircon. However, fans are available if exceptionally hot. Wifi internet.
Lovely private garden with pretty flowers and swimming pool - Jardin des Capucines - a little bit of paradise, a private world, charming, cozy, and romantic.
An enclosed courtyard plus a pretty shaded garden with eating area, for up to 16 and garden furniture including 8 sun loungers and barbecue.
There is also a heated swimming pool of 10m x 5m, the pool is permanently heated to at least 24 degrees. Paved and grassy areas provide for sitting and playing between the mature trees and Mediterranean bushes and flowers.
Size approx 10m x 5m
Permanently heated to at least 24 degrees
Deep in one part of the pool
No gate, no fence, not covered
Alarm for children
Not salt water
Parking for 3 cars is available in the courtyard of the house. ( 2 big cars or 3 small). Further parking available 100 meters down the street for free. Secure parking in both places.
Facilities and FeaturesThe property has been split into two but is let as one. Internet available. Airconditioning in the 4 bedrooms of the 'second house'. There are fans in the bedrooms of the main house.
Sitting room with stone fireplace and French windows leading onto the garden. Seating for 13.
Large fully modernised kitchen including: dishwasher, oven, hob, microwave.
Laundry room with washing machine and dryer.
Dining room with large table and chairs, seating 13.
Double bedroom, second double bedroom, single bedroom.
Bathroom with shower, bath, double washbasin. Separate WC.
Sitting/dining room with breakfast bar and fitted kitchen. French windows leading onto the garden.
Two twin bedrooms, shower, and washbasin, separate toilet. Aircon in bedrooms.
Double bedroom, twin bedroom, shower room and washbasin, separate WC. Single beds can be pushed together and made into doubles. Aircon in bedrooms.
There is a television and two CD/radios. WIFI internet. Fans available of it gets too hot
The property has 3 bathrooms. One with both bath and shower. Two bathrooms with shower
The house has 4 separate toilets
1 x single
2 x king size
4 x twin beds
- Satellite TV
- Easy Walk to Shops
- Un-overlooked Pool
- 2+ Bathrooms
- Private Pool
- Private Parking
- Golf Nearby
- Watersports Nearby
- Secure Parking
- Child Friendly
- BBQ Area
- No Pets
- 6+ Bedrooms
- Spacious garden
- Event Venue
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Location and MapOut of the green gates and you are in Montblanc, a charming little village surrounded by vineyards and beautiful open countryside, 10 minutes from Pezenas, 25 minutes from the sea and five minutes from a golf course.
There is a bar restaurant and various small shops, more bars and restaurants can be found in the surrounding villages and area, and a regular market. Montblanc is a flourishing wine-producing village with an historic 12th century church, and many narrow, twisting streets. There is, of course, a Cave Co-operative selling the locally produced wine.
All local shops are open on Sunday morning. Montblanc has all the necessary shops from Pharmacy to cheese, meat, vegetables, bakery… All are located in the main street; 4 mn walk from the property. There is even a small supermarket. 6 minute walk to nearest local restaurant
The village has a tennis court just 10 mn by walk. Bring your own tennis equipment.
Golf course, 3 mn by car from the property. You can rent equipment at the golf club
Tennis court: 10mn walk
Golf course: 3 mn by car
Water sports: 30 mn by car ( Canoeing/ surfing
River swimming and canoeing: same places: St Guilhem etc…, 30 mn by car. Maps and info on these activities are available in the house
Beaches are nearby, ranging from a 7-mile long stretch of sand at Marseillan Plage to lively, cosmopolitan resorts like Cap d`Agde - where can also be found Europe`s largest naturist resort.
The Herault River and the Canal du Midi offer numerous opportunities for walking, swimming, fishing and boat trips. Pezenas, the nearest town, boasts a lively Saturday market, two supermarkets, banks, bars and restaurants.
This property offers the idea opportunity for a 'get-away-from-it-all' holiday of peace and relaxation, whilst being within easy driving distance of lively towns and cities offering everything from street markets to classical concerts.
You need never leave the village, or you could pack your holiday with endless activities and excursions. The choice is yours!
The property is close to beaches. The nicest is in a natural reserve domain, 20 minutes by car: Les Horpelieres close to Serignan. Beautiful sand dunes and long sandy beach.
Then many other beaches within 30 mn reach by car.
Montblanc is situated 15km from Beziers and 12km from Pezenas and has every facility: grocery store, bakery, butcher, newsagent, café and markets twice a week. There is also a tennis court. Local supermarkets are ten minutes drive.
There is a super golf course, the Saint Thomas - rated second best in Languedoc, within walking distance.
Horse-riding is available nearby.
Beaches – the property is less than 30 minutes from sandy Mediterranean beaches. There’s plenty of choice between Sète, Marseillan, Valras, Portiragnes and the Cap d’Agde. The water is shallow for several metres and perfect for young children.
Between the fishing port of Sete and Marseillan is a wonderful beach that’s 7km long. Cap d’Agde is a host to yachts and boats with a magnificent port, cafés and restaurants, night clubs, casino and every watersport imaginable.
Marseillan port is delightful. Here the famous "Canal du Midi" reaches the Bassin de Thau and the Mediterranean. There are some excellent restaurants and the port has retained much of its ancient charm. Nearby Sete is known as "little Venice" and certainly worth a trip.
Beziers - on the edge of the river Orb, Beziers is well known for wine, rugby and bullfights! Her wine history dates from Greek and Roman times as the town was an important halt on the Roman road, La voie Domitienne, linking Italy to Spain.
To happier times, the statue of Pierre Paul Riquet can be seen at the end of les "Allées". He is the conceptor and builder of one of the greatest dreams of France: the Canal du Midi, linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. Work began in 1666 during the rule of Louis XIV and was finished in 1681. It took 12,000 men to build the 240 kilometres long canal and Beziers houses the extaordinary nine locks at Fonseranes.
Nearby Agde was the main port for exporting wines of the area which travelled in amphores made in nearby potteries.
Pézenas - the house is also within easy distance of the medieval town of Pezenas, where Molière lived and worked. The old part of the town is certainly worth a visit - the architecture is stunning and several artists have permanent craft workshops throughout the summer. Pezenas is also renowned for antique shops, plus an unmissable market on Saturday mornings.
Inland at 40 minutes' drive is the magnificent Lac du Salagou providing bathing, windsurfing, fishing and excellent hilly walks.
For music lovers there are a series of local festivals in the area throughout the summer. Montpellier is 45 km and houses Opera, museums, cinemas, theatre and lots of good shops.
In fact Languedoc remains that rarest and most precious of places: a corner of France filled with great natural beauty, superb wines and a long and fascinating history that has somehow escaped the notice of hordes.
It has an abundance of sun baked Mediterranean climate, fields of sunflowers and fragrant lavender, rocky villages with red-tiled roofs where men gather to play boules (pétanque) in the shade of the plane trees. There’s something here for everyone in France’s most unspoilt region.
Pezenas, beautiful historical city; the city of Moliere, the well known French playwriter. Best restaurant: le coq au vin. 10 mn by car. Pezenas has several nice restaurants.
Domaine de Raissac: 20 mn by car; beautiful museum of ceramics in a lovely lchateau. They have good wine too. You can visit their wine cellars, taste wine. The cellars are 5 mn from the chateau. A restaurant just nearby. All visits by appointment: tel: 04 67 49 17 60
Beziers: the cathedral: one of the oldest in France: 15 mn drive. Museum of the city of Beziers and old streets.
Abbaye de Fontfroide: one of the few Cistercian cloister left in France: stunning place. Can be visited. They have also a nice restaurant. 40 mn by car
Bouzigues: lovely village by the sea where all the oysters are being collected. Wonderful little restaurant just by the water with delicious food. Everything is prepared by the owner, Romain. “ les demoiselles Dupuy”:
30 mn by car. You can also swim nearby.
Nearby, the lovely city of Sete.
Park: Parc des dinosaures on the way to Bouzigues.
Safari park : la reserve de Sijean ( 35 mn by car)
Fun park: cap d’ Agde ( 30 mn by car)
Beautiful village of St Guilhem le desert ( 35 mn by car). Canoeing in the vicinity and swimming in the river.
Weekly rates and Extra Charges
|rental period||weekly rate|
|20 Jul 2019 - 14 Sep 2019||€3993|
|18 Jul 2020 - 11 Sep 2020||€3993|
Fees and conditions
- Security Deposit: €450.00
- Security deposit due in cash on arrival.
- Bed linen and towels included plus mid week clean of kitchen and bathrooms.
- End of stay cleaning included.
- The house is not for rent during winter time.
Further InformationThe housekeeper comes in for a midweek cleaning and the pool is cleaned daily.
2 cots and 2 highchairs available
The village has a tennis court just 10 min by walk. Bring your own tennis equipment.
Golf course, 3 min by car from the property. You can rent equipment at the golf club
Iron, ironing board and hairdryer provided
Visited by one of our team - highly recommended!
Places of interest near this property
- St. Chinian
- Valras Plage
- Vias Plage
- Portiragnes Plage
- Musee Fabre Montpellier
- Adventure Park Beziers
- Aqualand Cap d'Agde
- Farm-Zoo Cessenon-sur-Orb
- Mediterranean Garden Roquebrun
- Polygone Cinema Beziers
- Medieval Citadel Carcassonne
- Mare Nostrum Aquarium Montpellier
- Go-Karting Montpellier
- Vegapolis Ice Skating Montpellier
- Laser Shooting Montpellier
- River Beach Roquebrun
- Market St. Chinian
- Fairground Valras Plage
- Europark Vias
- Cactus Park Bessan
- Pezenas & surroundings
The property exceeded our expectations, the general quality in the property of the equipment was excellent and plentiful. The house was very clean, Michel and the femmes de ménage were very friendly and helpful, we hope we left the house in the condition we found it in! The booking procedure was a personal service, with questions answered promptly by Jill, and a completely stress free experience. We were all very pleased with the holiday. I am not sure I could let strangers in if I had such a beautiful house, we felt honored to spend a week there.