Our home is a spacious 18th Century Character Maison de Maitre in a quiet village in the South of France. The house is on three levels, the ground floor has a spacious entrance, cinema, gym and large garage. From the entrance take the large stone staircase to the first landing ahead is a door that takes you to the back lower garden (100sqm) and Laundry which is situated in the old goat house, there is a netted 'Springfree' Trampoline in the garden. Up another set of stairs into a large landing that is used as a children's play area with separate television/playstation/DVD. To the left is the main open plan living and kitchen area, and to the right along a picture lined hallway are 3 bedrooms (two with ensuites) and one main bathroom, plus a study. At the end of the hallway is access onto the large 100sqm terrace which sits above the garden. Take the stairs again to the Grenier (top floor), the first space at the top of the stairs is the main office, to the right is the large 100sqm Master Bedroom with open plan bathroom and walk in wardrobe. To the left of the Office are two more double bedrooms.
The house is well set up with media entertainment, there is a Sonos sound system throughout, including outdoor speakers on the terrace. Along with the Cinema, there is a large television in the main living room and a large 3D Television in the master bedroom on the top floor, all set up with Sky Television, the Television in the children's play area does not have Sky, but is set up to play DVD's and playstation.
In the summer, the house is a perfect place to live. The interior is cool and a great place to escape the heat of the typical Southern France summer.... the best months are May/June/July, it is hot during the day but not too hot at night; August is still gorgeous but it can get pretty hot, it is not rare to experience some days in the 40's!!! Our evenings are spent wining and dining on the terrace, it is even fun to sleep under the stars. Days are spent at the river (there are hundreds of gorgeous spots), at the beach or just enjoying the area, there is lots to do! We haven't yet installed a pool as we enjoy the natural swimming areas so much it hasn't been a necessity, but for the last two summers we have erected a temporary pool at the end of the terrace so the kids can enjoy more water fun while the parents relax and enjoy the sun with a glass of wine or a cold beer :)
We are situated in the heart of the St Chinian Wine Region, therefore surrounded by vineyards and wine Domaines. Driving from the village in any direction will take you on a picturesque journey through beautiful countryside and quaint little villages. The Orb River is a 10 minute drive away where you will enjoy stunning swimming spots and kayaking, if you have competent swimmers in the family, the rock formations at the river provide wonderful spots to leap into the deep swimming holes! The village has a daily Bread depot and a popular Bar/Restaurant, it is a 7 minute drive to the local supermarket, 20 minutes from Beziérs, 45 minutes to the beautiful Montpellier and a 3 hour drive to Barcelona and only 1hr 45mins to Arles, the gateway to Provence.
Our Village, Causses et Veyran is a very quiet village, the locals are very friendly. In the summer months the village is a very international village, there are many rental properties plus holiday homes owned by people from all areas of Europe. The Bar/Restaurant becomes a hive of activity, a great place to socialize in the typical relaxed French manner, at the end of a hot summers day. The landscape around the village is spectacular; you can walk out the door and within minutes be amongst vines. Walk the quiet rural roads up over the hills and enjoy the stunning views across the valley. Merv, a lovely English resident of our village lives a few doors down and offers walking and cycling tours that take you to even more spectacular areas. The closest swimming holes at the River Orb are a 5-10 minute drive away (or a 20 minute cycle) but there are many different areas along the Orb that have beautiful swimming areas; Roquebrun, 15 minute drive away, is a very popular picturesque river side village with lovely restaurants. There are plenty of wonderful beaches on the Mediterranean, the closest is 25 minutes away; all the beaches come alive in the summer months, with beach side restaurants and numerous water activities available. The closest city Beziérs has great shopping and markets, and Montpellier is a 'must visit'! Pézenas (40 minute drive through the beautiful countryside) is just one of the glorious quaint French villages with regular weekend markets. St Chinian is another great village with a wonderful Sunday Market...... the list is never-ending!!! Where we live is a great location, close to National Parks, close to city life, and there are so many wonderful places within reasonable driving distance that are so worth a visit! Come and enjoy a few months in a relaxing, calm and beautiful place.