Matines - ALIG103
Prices from €653 - €1,089
Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 1
Matines is a great apartment for couples or a small family, thanks to the one bedroom and shared swimming pool, which is also heated. Located in a lovely area near Tourbes in the Languedoc on an old Priory residence, this property makes the ideal place to sit back and relax. With sunny and light living space, as well as a private terraced garden, you can rest assured to have all of the privacy that you desire. There is use of the Priory's 2 shared swimming pools and garden, as well as internet.
Welcome to Matines, the ideal property for a relaxing holiday.
In this property, you will find a living room and separate bedroom with a warm and comfortable interior. The softness and gleam of the antique furniture (interior decoration in yellows, oranges and greens) make a real little love nest with an antique bed near the fireplace.
The total surface area is 50m2 which can accommodate 2 to 3 people. There is one bathroom with a bath with shower attachment, a separate WC and the possibility of a 3rd person with a 90cm wide bed in the living room (supplement payable)
The private garden is East facing with a table and seating for up to 4 people, and there are 2 sunbeds and a BBQ - perfect for late evening dinners under the stars! There are two swimming pools - one is not heated and is 6m x 12m with a joining kids pool (4x4m). The other swimming pool is heated from the arrival of the first guest, to the end of October. There is an alarm for both pools, and they are both chlorinated. The swimming pools are shared with 12 separate apartments but are private from non-guests.
The gardens have been divided up and laid out for different purposes:
- Reception area: They are open to the outside and laid out for car parking in the shade of the trees (pines, plan trees and carob trees). You will be greeted at the entrance gates by a magnificent spring flowering mimosa and tuccas which flower up until Christmas.
- Courtyard garden: The former interior courtyard has been transformed into a garden which is surrounded on all four sides by buildings; in the centre, there is an 8th century well. The varied flowerbeds and typical Mediterranean plants (palm trees, cypress trees, laurel bushes, bamboo, and pomegranate) shelter the private gardens, offering relaxation and intimacy for all guests. In the centre, a thousand and one scents: orange blossom, roses, vervain, laburnum, wisteria, begonias, jasmine, and irises. The variety of flowers ensures that the garden is in bloom 12 months of the year.
- Riverside garden: Bordering and shading the ancient Roman road, the oaks, plane trees, cedar trees, Judas tree and eucalyptus covering and sheltering the stream “Saint Martial” where generations of children have built dens and caught tadpoles.
The gardens and pools allow you to alternate sunbathing and resting in the shade of fig trees, olive trees and pine trees.
- Leisure gardens: For ball games, badminton, table tennis or “boules”, for reading in the shade of the pine trees, the chestnut trees or in the gazebo, these gardens are ideal for relaxing. During your stay, you might come across squirrels, observe hoopoes, turtle doves and pipistrelle bats, see geckos lazing in the sun and appreciate the flocks of birds which take advantage of the abundant greenery and security of the setting.
The discovery of this place will not fail to surprise and enchant you.
Facilities and Features
- 1 double bed (140cm wide) with the possibility of adding a single bed (90cm wide) for a small supplement (contact us for more details and pricing).
- 1 bathroom with a bath/shower, as well as 1 separate WC.
- Fridge, hobs, microwave, kettle, coffee maker and toaster.
- Seating for 4 people.
- Seating for 4 people, WiFi.
- Outdoor table with seating for 4 people, sunbeds and a BBQ.
Shared small communal room:
- Library with books in English, French and German.
- On Residence
- Shared Pool
- Heated Pool
- Secure Parking
- BBQ Area
- Table Tennis
- Pet Friendly
- Child Friendly
- Golf Nearby
- Watersports Nearby
Location and Map
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This former priory is a magic place which was chosen by the monks due to its silence and calm; it is ideal for relaxation and meditation. Make the most of the tranquillity, the light, sunshine and Mediterranean climate.
The priory is approximately 25km from the beach and about 15km from a golf course.
Set in leafy grounds in a country setting, the Priory is built on the site of an ancient Roman villa, dating from the 7th and 8th centuries, which makes it a unique blending of the past and present.
It is the ideal holiday destination for couples or families, or for large family gatherings.
Situated in the countryside in the south of the Herault, with easy access from two motorways, two airports and the TGV, only 5 minutes from Pezenas, the former regional capital, and 20 mins from the Mediterranean, the Priory offers you a warm welcome.
This region is an area of dramatic contracts – we have miles and miles of glorious sandy beaches yet there is skiing to be found only a couple of hours away in the Pyrénnées. We have endless vineyards and a tour of this region reads like a wine list.
Inland, you will find amazing gorges and rivers, as well as a myriad of fortresses and castles dating from the bloodthirsty Cathar times.
- Fabulous hot, sunny weather.
- Beautiful long sandy beaches with shallow water, ideal for young children.
- Gorgeous countryside with miles and miles of vineyards, stunning rivers and gorges, pretty medieval villages and bustling cities.
- Wealth of historical monuments and castles, the amazing Cité of Carcassonne.
- Great dining experiences whether it be on the beach or in a medieval village amidst the vineyards.
- Good, locally produced wines at prices you won’t believe!
Here are some highlights, not to be missed!
- The beaches at Valras Plage, Sérignan Plage and Narbonne Plage are all very suitable for children and a quieter option to the beaches closer to Cap d’Agde. They have sheltered bathing areas for children and Valras Plage has some great play equipment on the beach.
- For ‘all the fun of the fair’ head to Cap d’Agde with the fabulous ‘Aqualand’ water sports park as well as plenty of water sports, boat trips, a beautiful harbour, golf, casino, fashionable shopping, nightclubs, waterfront restaurants and several children’s theme parks.
- At Vias Plage, there is a funfair open during July and August called Europark which is very popular with teenagers.
- At Grau d’Agde on board the Millésime you can take a guided excursion between the Canal du Midi, Thau lagoon and the Hérault river.
- Also boat trips available at Valras Plage, either trips up the coast or even sea fishing ones.
CANAL DU MIDI:
- Take the time to visit the Canal du Midi, a beautiful tree-lined Canal which links the Atlantic with the Mediterranean and which has miles of flat walks along the shady tow paths. Explore it on rollerblades, on horseback, by bike, by barge or simply on foot. Whichever you choose, it will be an ideal way to discover one of the longest canals in France.
A historic feat, the Canal du Midi, an immense and incredible project for its time, connects the Mediterranean sea to the Atlantic Ocean. It spans across 240 km (150 miles), weaving its way between Sète and Toulouse where it meets the Garonne river. Its engineer, Pierre Paul Riquet, who was born in Béziers, took almost 20 years to design and build this jewel in the French heritage, now classed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
- If you return to Beziers and take the road to St. Pons at the second exit, you can head towards the ‘Neuf Ecluses ’ which are the nine locks on the Canal de Midi. Follow the signs around the one-way system.
You can walk to the bridge which carries the Canal over the river, viewing the Cathedral in Beziers from down below.
- Barcelona is just 2 1/2 hours away, easily achievable for a lunch in Spain!
- About an hour to the south there are the Pyrenees.
- Take a day trip (about 3 hours each way) to Andorra.
- The Massif Central starts only a short distance to the north.
- Not far away you can discover the ‘Pont du Gard’ en route to Provence
- Several good golf courses are within easy reach, Golf Saint Thomas at Béziers, approx 20 minutes drive – see www.golfsaintthomas.com/english/
- There are plenty of places offering horse-riding in the area. One is the St Jean Ranch in Serignan Plage which offers a range of activities such as excursions, horse-drawn carriage rides, horse rides on the beach or at sunset, and even excursions for experienced riders.
- Portiragnes Plage also has a horse riding stables – coming from Portiragnes towards Portiragnes Plage, you will see it on your left just before you get to the town.
- We have so many lovely traditional wine-producing villages in this area, all with weekly street markets and of course those sun-blessed Mediterranean beaches. If you enjoy the atmosphere of medieval streets, you will love walking through the old part of these villages, with their tiny squares, ancient porches and ramparts. Most villages have several fetes and festivals throughout the year, including the famous processions with floral floats.
- The village of Minerve is classified as one of the ‘Prettiest villages in France’ and is worth a trip. It is off to right on the way to Carcassonne is a must for those interested in the history of the Cathars.
- Many of the local vineyards offer free tours and wine-tasting. There is one at La Baume between Beziers and Pezenas and the tour was offered in English. Great fun and very interesting to see how they turn the grapes into wine.
The coastal plain provides literally hundreds of Domaines for superb wine-tasting – it's obligatory! Samples will be generous, and in many cases, guided tours are provided.
- Renaissance Pezenas is worth a visit, with its winding cobbled stone streets housing Antique Shops and Art Galleries. There is a large open-air market every Saturday which is well worth a visit. The town boasts that it was once the home of Molière and there are many craft shops, restaurants and beautiful buildings. During July and August, the craft shops are open until midnight some nights and you will often find street theatre groups to entertain you!
- The architecture and the streets of the village are worth a detour. The centre has been magnificently maintained and renovated. A destination particularly appreciated by the British due to its luxurious charm and refined boutiques, Pézenas has a wealth of buildings and hotels in characteristic architecture.
- Molière built up his success in Pézenas, which he had chosen as his favourite place to stay. The town is also the birthplace of the singer Boby Lapointe and maintains its tradition as a town of street entertainers and artists, with theatricalised guided tours and numerous art galleries and artists’ workshops.
The town also has several unusual museums such as the museum of toys and delights of yesteryear, or the door and wrought iron museum.
- Worth a visit on Saturday for the large market. The food market closes at 12 noon but everything else stays open. Wander through the old quarter, the artisan shops are very interesting and are all one-off individual stores.
Weekly rates and Extra Charges
|rental period||weekly rate|
|06 Jul 2019 - 23 Aug 2019||€1089|
|24 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019||€998|
|31 Aug 2019 - 04 Oct 2019||€974|
|05 Oct 2019 - 11 Nov 2019||€653|
|21 Mar 2020 - 24 Apr 2020||€653|
|25 Apr 2020 - 12 Jun 2020||€877|
|13 Jun 2020 - 03 Jul 2020||€998|
|04 Jul 2020 - 21 Aug 2020||€1089|
|22 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020||€998|
|29 Aug 2020 - 02 Oct 2020||€877|
|03 Oct 2020 - 13 Nov 2020||€653|
Fees and conditions
- Security Deposit: €300.00
- Prices may vary on this property - please contact us for up-to-date prices and availability.
- Linen and towels included.
- Security deposit - on arrival the owner will request your credit card number and this is held on file in case of damage.
- Taxe de séjour is €0.83 per adult per day, payable in
- cash upon arrival.
- Baby sitting, sauna, tennis, bikes... just ask at reception.
- A car is essential
- Suitability: Not for wheelchair users
- Pets are allowed only with approval from the owner, please contact us.
- Arrival time is from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Afterwards if not notified of delay there is a charge of 25€ per every hour that the guest is late.
-Guests are met and taken on a tour of the place.
- There is heating, Internet, tennis table.
- Very child-friendly
- Iron, ironing board and hair dryers available
- Local shops and supermarkets are open until noon on a Sunday
- All local amenities are close by, however, not walking distance as they are 2 km away.
- There is private parking available