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the terrace at La Corniche   A fully renovated 1st floor apartment in the centre of Saint-Chinian, with beautiful views of the hills from the terrace.

On first floor -- two double bedrooms -- built-in closets -- fitted kitchen with washing machine and dishwasher -- eat in kitchen -- terrace with view --WiFi internet access. Sleeps four.

Accommodation

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The visitor to La Corniche will find a comfortable modern apartment on the first floor of a former schoolhouse near the center of town. Electric heaters are mounted on the walls throughout the apartment, and all windows are equipped with fly screens.

The living room overlooks a leafy street and some private gardens with a view of mountains in the background. The floor is white ceramic tiles and the room is furnished with two sofas and an easy chair. Part of the room has been set up as an office corner with a large desk (can also serve as a dining table), shelves and an office chair. A flat-screen computer monitor is for your use, as is an iPod dock. WiFi internet is available.

Living room   Living room

Living room   Living room

The kitchen has a table with chairs, and there is enough space to allow four to eat, should you not be able to eat out on the terrace. There is a built in dishwasher and a washing machine. The stove top has four electric rings, and there is a built-in electric oven. All the dishes, food storage etc. are out of sight in the built-in units. Also in the kitchen are an electric kettle, coffee maker, toaster, cafetiere (French press), Nespresso Coffee machine, a refrigerator with freezer compartment, a wine fridge, and an iron and ironing board.

Kitchen   Kitchen

From the kitchen French doors lead out to the very sunny terrace which has a spectacular view over the red rooftops up to the mountainside. The terrace is furnished with a table and chairs, and a sun umbrella, and there are also sun-loungers. .

Terrace   Terrace

There are two bedrooms: the larger bedroom is on the street side and has a king-size bed (160 x 200 cm); the other bedroom has the same mountain view as the terrace and is furnished with a queen-size bed (140 x 200 cm). Each bedroom has a built in wardrobe.

Bedroom 1   Bedroom 2

The tiled bathroom has a shower cabin, wash hand basin and a WC.

Bathroom

La Corniche is 2 minutes from the market square and post office, 4 minutes from supermarket and town center. The nearest bakery is just across the road from the newsagent, and there are two further bakeries in town. From the charcuteries you can buy local delicacies and ready-to-go dishes. The municipal swimming pool is open during the summer.

The market takes place on Sunday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The food there is a little more expensive than the supermarket but it seems to taste better. Not surprising since a lot of the products are home-grown.

St Chinian is about a 20 minute drive from Beziers and about 30 from Narbonne. Both towns are good for shopping, eating and sightseeing, The nearest airports are in Beziers and Carcassonne ( 45 minutes and one hour away). From Montpellier (just over an hour) you can fly to Charles de Gaulle at Paris and also to Gatwick. Toulouse is two hours away to the west, in the other direction.

Languedoc is a unique corner of France and St Chinian is a unique corner of Languedoc. First and foremost it is wine country. Vineyards are everywhere: striping the valleys with neat rows of vines, climbing up the hillsides to the rock ridges, and higher up still settling in little pockets of fertile earth between the dark green scrubby garrigue which is the natural vegetation of Mediterranean coastlands.

In town you can taste all the products of the Saint-Chinian appellation in Espace Vin on the Beziers road. They also offer wines from the Minervois, Corbieres and other Languedoc wine regions. Wine is not the whole story, however. Not too far away you can find traces of the prehistoric, Greek, and Roman civilizations that occupied the area: a prehistoric burial site, a Greek port, a Roman road. For the mediaeval history buff there are two cathedral towns nearby, some fine examples of Romanesque abbeys and, most famously, some of the important sites of the 13th century papal crusade against the Cathars, a local sect accused of heresy against the Catholic church. You can visit their ruined castles perched on impossible crags. Minerve, a well-preserved mediaeval island village, site of a notorious massacre, is not far from St. Chinian.

Languedoc is also simply a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Rent a bike for a day, or take a kayak trip on the river Orb. Take a barge trip on the Canal du Midi or spend a day on the beach. Go hiking on one of the many marked trails in the garrigue. The air up there is perfumed with lavender and rosemary and thyme. On a clear day you can see the Pyrenees. Swim in the river at Roquebrun. Go to one of the local festivals, especially in autumn. And, of course, since you are in France, don't forget the food. St. Chinian's twice weekly market has all kinds of tempting picnic food: cheeses, olives, sausage, pate, bread, pastries, fresh figs, dates, fruit, even paella and oriental spring rolls.
 
 
 
LA CORNICHE, sleeps four
Rental rates are set in Euro (€)
Payment can be accepted in either Pound Sterling or Euro (€)
Payment may be made by credit card via PayPal - a 4.2% surcharge towards costs will be applied. For payments from AU and NZ please ask for details of fees.

  Fully inclusive weekly rental rates From To 1st week 2nd & following week  
€ Euro € Euro
  Winter 29.10.2016 29.04.2017 290 240  
  May 29.04.2017 27.05.2017 370 320  
  June 27.05.2017 01.07.2017 430 380  
  July & August 01.07.2017 26.08.2017 490 440  
  September 26.08.2017 30.09.2017 430 380  
  October 30.09.2017 28.10.2017 370 320  
  Winter 28.10.2017 28.04.2018 290 240  
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 €50 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.
  • Tourist tax (Taxe de Sejour) charged at current rate
  • No smoking or pets please.

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