This cozy street-level apartment serves as a great base to visit the Herault Valley: winemakers, St Guilhem-le-Desert, Lac Salagou, Pezenas, Sete, Arles, lots more. Daily buses to Montpellier. Half hour to Mediterranean beaches. If you don't feel like getting in the car, there is plenty to do in the village itself: concerts (jazz, classical, world music), holiday meals open to all, wine festival. The village likes to celebrate life, wine, cheese, nature, history. Always something going on.
The apartment is "rustic" (renovated in 2014 in 17th-century house) but with all modern conveniences. Because of the thick walls and vaulted ceilings, the apartment stays cool in the summer and warm and cozy in the winter. We love the deep bathtub, the stone floors, the antique decorations, and sitting on the couch looking at the lines of the vaulted ceilings. Once upon a time this was a bakery. The baker's oven, though not in use, adds warmth and charm to the space. We have recently decided to make shorter stays possible for those who want to visit our area, unique in its cultural and natural beauty. A bottle of our local wine awaits you! The WIFI access code is taped to the top of the kitchen counter. You will find a few groceries--pasta, sauce, spices, etc. to help you out if you arrive when stores are not open.
“The Old Bakery,” a street-level apartment owned by American professor-artists for over 25 years, was renovated in Summer 2015 and features Ibiza stone floors, vaulted ceilings, and a Moroccan-style bath. Once a village bakery, the apartment boasts the original bread oven as a distinctive and attractive architectural gem.
There is a folding table and two chairs that may go out on the street but must be brought inside after use so that they won't be carried off. (Teenagers in the village like to prank!)
Charming and distinguished architecturally, the village of Montpeyroux is surrounded by picture-postcard landscapes. Montpeyroux is lively and bustling with activity but quiet at the right times. It's a great place for kids. Our schools are excellent and have long welcomed foreign students who want to integrate into French culture, even if only for a semester. We have wonderful neighbors, French and international and the village is home to many painters, writers and skilled artisans, from goat cheese producers to woodworkers.
The village has most services, including a post office, baker, and award-winning butcher, gourmet grocer (who features local products along with a little bit of everything else one can possibly need), tobacco/press/stationary shop, modest weekly open air market.
There are supermarkets in Gignac (Intermarche), Saint Andre (Lidl) and Clermont l'Herault (several.)
Fly or train to Montpellier/Tramway to Mosson/Bus to Gignac/taxi or bus from Gignac
Daily buses from Montpeyroux to Montpellier (via Gignac, 45-minute ride.)
When you arrive, please drive up to #54 rue de la Dysse, a narrow street, and unload your suitcases. Anyone driving behind you knows to wait for a few minutes to allow you to unload your car. (Anyone who doesn't isn't a local!) You then need to continue up the rue de La Dysse until you arrive at the town square. There, you'll turn left. You'll quickly see the ample public parking space on the right. It takes less than five minutes to walk back to your house!
Foothills of the Cevennes. Montpellier. St. Guilhem le Desert, Pont du Diable, Gorges de l'Herault, Lac du Salagou, Pic St Loup. Day trips to Avignon, Camargue, Arles, Nimes, Carcassone and many other spots. Skiing an hour away in winter; river and Mediterranean beaches nearby. Perfect for summer holidays. The area, the Languedoc, is west of Provence.
Montpeyroux is world-renowned for its award-winning wines produced by both private and co-operative vingerons. Many of the wines are available to drink with a meal or take home from our distinctive restaurant La Terrasse du Mimosa (URL HIDDEN)
Our village wines are featured at our “wine store,” CastelBerry. (URL HIDDEN) (Wine cooperative)
We are happy to help you schedule wine tastings at any of Montpeyroux’s 20-plus private wine cellars such as (URL HIDDEN) and (URL HIDDEN)
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The street level floor is yours. Please ask if you need to use the storage area.
Interaction with guests
I'll do my best to meet you, settle you in, and answer your questions when you arrive. I will supply you with local maps and tips for staying in the area.
Other things to note
There is a blow-up mattress available for young children. Maximum two adults.
Hi, I look forward to having you as my guest.
A few requests....
Please leave the apartment as clean and tidy as you will find it. Your bed will be made and you'll have a set of towels for each person when you arrive. Please leave used towels and sheets IN the washing machine. In addition, it is expected that you will clean the bathtub, toilet, sinks, floors and shake out the rugs. Please sweep the floors. The (stone) floors are mopped before you arrive. If you spill something, please wipe up with "Marseille soap" only (provided under the kitchen sink), as other cleaners will cause damage to the finish on the floors.
Please leave the place as you expect to find it.
There is a staircase next to the washing machine. This area is private.
Please do not take clean, white bathroom towels to beaches. If you have not brought your own beach towels, I am happy to provide you with one or more. (Not snazzy, but they'll get you dry.) If you take apartment's bath towels to the beach and soil them, I will request that Airbnb charge you for the damage.
When you arrive in the village, pull your car up in front of the house to unload your luggage. As it is a narrow street, you can not park on it. To park: continue up the rue de la Dysse to the village square/place and turn left. There is public parking on the right.
I look forward to welcoming you!
We are American writers--mother and daughter--and travel a great deal. We have had great success with hosts on our travels and have decided to open up our apartment to like-minded travelers.