La Bergerie

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  Relax in peace and calm in this rustic artist's retreat near the village of Aigues-Vives. La Bergerie is a former sheepfold surrounded by 5 hectares of its own land and open countryside and vineyards. From the house there are magnificent views of the surrounding area. A number of different terraces will allow you to make the most of outdoor living and a shady spot can always be found for a siesta or to retreat to with a good book.

Accommodation

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La Bergerie is situated on a hillside, approx. 2km from the village of Aigues-Vives. The track ends at the property, so there is no passing traffic of any kind. From the shaded car parking area a short walk brings you to the main terrace in front of the house. This large terrace faces south and is a perfect place for outdoor meals. A huge stone slab found on the property has been made to serve as the dining table, and there is plenty of outdoor furniture for all situations, including sun umbrellas.

along the path to the house   the house

terrace   dining on the terrace

The ground floor of the house is L-shaped and the short part of the L is taken up by the very large living room. This room has windows on three sides and is beautifully light and airy. A comfortable sofa and easy chairs allow you to admire the views, and the dining table to one side seats six, in case you are unable to take your meals outside.

living room   Living room

Living room   Living room

Back on the terrace the blue door (partly glazed) nearest the sitting room leads into the country kitchen. The kitchen is equipped with a gas cooker (with gas oven), fridge freezer and double stainless steel sink, as well as everything required for cooking and eating.

Kitchen   Kitchen

Kitchen

From the kitchen a doorway leads to the study, which in turn gives access into the living room. On the right wooden stairs lead up to the main bedroom. In the study you'll find a selection of books and CDs, a CD player, a sofa and a writing desk. Colourful rugs make this a very appealing room.

Study   Study

The main bedroom at the top of the stairs has a sloping wooden ceiling and is furnished with a king size bed (165 x 200), wardrobe and night tables. One side of the room is made up of old windows, painted the signature blue of La Bergerie, and the views from the bed are beautiful.

bedroom 1   Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

A few steps lead from the main bedroom down through a low doorway hung with quilt to a shower room, which has a walk in shower, WC and basin. From the shower room a sliding door gives access to the second bedroom, which is furnished with a queen size bed (140 x 190). A partly glazed door gives access to the outside.

Bedroom 2   Bedroom 2

bathroom 1

The third bedroom is reached via stone stairs from the main terrace, and has its own little terrace. This bedroom does not connect to the rest of the house, and is another beautifully luminous room. The original doorway is a little low, but there is plenty of headroom in the centre of this room. The bed is made up of two single beds, pushed together to make a king size bed (160 x 200). There is hanging space in this room, and to one side of the door there is also a wash hand basin. Just below the terrace is the second shower room, again with a walk-in shower, WC and basin; the cold-fill washing machine is also located in this room.

Bedroom 3   Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3   Bathroom

terrace   terrace

One of the main features of La Bergerie are the outside spaces. Trees afford shade to one side of the terrace, and the table and chairs here are perfect for admiring the view whilst eating dinner.

shady corner   Shady nook

Seat with a view

Because of its unique location life at La Bergerie imposes a few constraints. The tap water is not drinking water quality, but you can fill up canisters with drinking water in Aigues-Vives free. Water treatment is by septic tank, and care must be taken not to upset the balance. Electricity for the property is generated by solar panels, so electric appliances which require a lot of power cannot be used. In the south of France great care must be taken not to start a fire, so BBQ's are not allowed at La Bergerie. The property is not suitable for very young children, the infirm, or wheelchair users.

More about Aigues-Vives and surrounding area

Aigues-Vives is just five minutes by car from La Bergerie. The road leads through the vineyards across the Cesse river, which in summer flows underground. The village takes its name from the fast flowing waters of this river. Among the shops in the village are a good bakery, two grocery stores, and a hairdresser. There is also a post office and two restaurants, as well as a tourist office and a petrol station. A little further is the village of Minerve, the former Cathar stronghold, which is spectacularly situated on an rocky outcrop between the Cesse and Brian rivers. More restaurants and shops can be found there and in nearby Olonzac, where a weekly market is held on Tuesdays, or in Saint Chinian where the market is held on Sundays and Thursdays. Narbonne and Beziers are both a half hours drive away, and the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are only a little further.

Access
International airports are located at Carcassonne (60km), Perpignan (90km), Montpellier (115km), Nimes (165km), Toulouse (150km) and Barcelona (290km). Railway stations in Narbonne and Beziers connect by TGV to Paris and beyond.
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LA BERGERIE, sleeps six
The rental rates are set in Euros. Payment can be accepted in either Pounds Sterling or Euros (€)


  Fully inclusive weekly rental rates From To 1st week 2nd & following week  
€ Euro € Euro
  Winter 29.10.2016 29.04.2017 N/A N/A  
  May 29.04.2017 27.05.2017 445 385  
  June 27.05.2017 01.07.2017 545 485  
  July & August 01.07.2017 26.08.2017 650 590  
  September 26.08.2017 30.09.2017 545 485  
  October 30.09.2017 28.10.2017 445 385  
  Winter 28.10.2017 28.04.2018 N/A N/A  
Notes:
  • The rental rates include all utilities, except during the winter period, when electricity will be charged according to consumption.
  • Linens, bedding and bath towels are included in the rental.
  • A one-off charge of €60 towards laundry and final clean is included in the rental price of the first week.
  • Cot and high chair can be provided.
  • Refundable security deposit of €150.00 payable in cash on arrival.
  • No smoking or pets please.
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