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Le Devois des Agneaux, Aumelas
Sleeps 1 to 8.  Price per week: £1300 - £1300
Situated in a peaceful hamlet with fabulous views across to the ruined castle on the facing hills. The property comprises of two houses perfect for a two family holiday.

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About the property:

This house is let along with the villa featured under houses sleeping four to accommodate up to eight guests.

The house benefits from a large open plan split-level living area with two sofas, one of which is a comfortable sofa bed (king sized) the other a single sofa bed.. French windows open onto the terrace with its far-reaching views.
The indoor dining table can seat eight. There is an efficient wood-burning stove for the cooler season. Part of the living area leading to the shower room is reached via a short flight of steps.
There is free Internet and Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV with French free to view channels including some English-speaking news channels and some British programming (an HDMI cable is provided to connect computers). DVD and CD players are available for your use.
The modern fitted kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, gas hob (2 rings), electric oven, microwave and fridge freezer.

Above the living area is a bedroom on the mezzanine accessed by an open tread staircase. There is a double bed as well as chest of drawers and hanging space.
The newly fitted shower room is on the ground floor; there is a walk in Italian shower, wash hand basin and WC.

There are two covered terraced areas around the house for al fresco dining; the terraces offer guests privacy and overlook the beautiful gardens surrounding the property with views across to the ruined castle (14C castellas) on the hills, the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of local wine. There is a good range of garden furniture including tables, chairs and sun-loungers as well as a BBQ and ping-pong table for your use.

The pool with solar-powered cover is readily available and guests can enjoy the extensive garden and terrace areas.

The pool measures 10m x 5m and is 1.8m at the deep end, there are roman steps with handrail into the pool, the surround is fully paved and decorated with numerous potted plants, with little or no exposure to neighbouring houses.

The extensive gardens have been professionally landscaped and planted with Mediterranean plants and shrubs along with fruit and olive trees and a vegetable plot.

The Anglo-American owners may be in residence during your stay and can offer help and advice but only if asked for - your privacy will be respected. There are two dedicated parking spaces for guests. The open tread staircases may make the house unsuitable for people with limited mobility. Children under the age of ten are not permitted at this property.

 
 

ABOUT THE VILLAGE:

Aumelas

The village of Aumelas is pleasently secluded but conveniently situated to explore the Languedoc region from the National Parc des Cevennes in the Gard to the medieval citadel at Carcassonne. Montpelier and Beziers airports as well as the beaches of the Mediterranean are a 30/40-minute drive away.

The village is surrounded by hills and open countryside perfect for walkers and cyclists, with a rich variety of wild flowers, herbs and trees. The medieval castle ruins and chapel perched on the hills overlooking the village are the focal point of the area, reached by a “botanical path” that is maintained by the local community association. Public tennis courts and an area for Pétanque are within walking distance.

There are several award-winning organic wine producers locally who will welcome you for tastings and the occasional concert. Local shops, restaurants and services are available in the neighbouring villages of Vendemian and St Paul de Valmalle which are a five- and ten-minute drive away while Gignac (15km distant) is the nearest market town with two supermarkets, an excellent butcher, friendly wine-merchant, Michelin-starred restaurant and other facilities.

The UNESCO site of St Guilhem le Désert is close by: one of the most beautiful villages in France, with its abbey and remaining cloisters. You can bathe at the mouth of the Gorges de l’Hérault, ride the river in canoes and swim in its deep pools, visit the astonishing Cirque (canyon) de Navacelles, explore modern pottery at nearby St Jean de Fos, enjoy wonderful food, jazz and wine in Montpeyroux, listen to Baroque music at the Abbaye de Valmagne or modern classical music in Montpellier and view stunning exhibitions there and in Sete and Lodeve.

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