It's a big beautiful French stone house with three bedrooms upstairs and a large livingroom and kitchen downstairs with a veranda for eating outside. Just a brief walk down to the river where you can swim or explore the waterfalls. Great food and restaurants nearby as well as an easy drive to Montpellier and Beziers for a slew of fancy restaurants. The markets here are extraordinary during the summer time, abundant with fabulous produce and wonderful pastries.
Faugères is a perfect base from which to explore the Languedoc region. Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc and its wild scenery, rivers and gorges is on the doorstep, the medeteranian coast is just half an hour away, the Canal du Midi winds lazily through the coastal planes to the South, there are numerous ancient and medieval towns and villages nearby to explore and the local Faugères wine is among the finest that the South of France has to offer. On top of all this the Mediterranean climate is fantastic.
THINGS TO DO NEARBY (please see photos above)
Gorges d'Héric is a beautiful spot just up the road from Faugéres along the D909 past Lamalous les Bains. As you walk up the gorge there are numerous pools to stop off at and swim in the crystal clear water. The views are stunning. You can walk all the way up to the top of the gorge and the small hamlet of Héric where you can buy a cold beer.
Lac du Salagou
This man made lake is about 25 minute drive from Faugéres and is a perfect place to swim, relax and have a have a BBQ while watching the sun set.
The Pont du Diable
This famous bridge and swimming spot is just down the road from St Guillelm le Desert. There is a canyon that you can swim up that is lined with steep rocks that you can jump off. For those who are brave enough it is also possible to jump off the Pont du Diable itself!
Roquebrun - 15 minutes away, on the way to
This lovely spot is on the River Orb. It is a perfect place to chill out in the sun and swim in the river. Fantastic apricots and wine bars here!
The historic Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("The most beautiful villages of France") and is really worth a visit. In 806 Saint Guilhem established the monasrty of Gellone here and it is still standing today. Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is located along the Routes of Santiago de Compostela and for this reason has been granted UNESCO world heritage site status.
Carcasonne -1.5 hours away
The famous walled medieval city is a UNESCO world heritage site and truly takes your breath away when you first see it. It is an unbelievable place, if you like history then you should really try and visit. The route from Faugéres also takes in the Canal du Midi, a marvel of 17th Century engineering, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Pézenas - 40 minutes away
The nearby town of Pézenas also oozes history and is famous for it's association with Molière, the French playwright. Pézenas is a great place to go shopping as many local artisans are based there and the narrow medeival streets are lined with shops. The best time to go is in the evening as this is when Pézenas really comes alive. Pezanas is also a great place to eat out.
During the summer, each town has a weekend date of holding a fleamarket but Bedarieux has a wonderful one every monday morning along with their weekly market.
Keep a look out for signs advertising local 'Vide Greniers', where residents of a village set up stalls outside their houses and sell all kinds of things. Vide Greniers are really good events for picking up bargain antiques and curios (they are usually held on a Sunday!).
LOCAL FOOD AND WINE
Faugères is perhaps most famous for the wine to which it lends its name. The area now known as Faugères was delineated in 1948 and Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée status was bestowed upon the red and rose wines in 1982. The Faugères appellation actually includes seven communes: Faugères itself, Autignac, Cabrerolles, Caussiniojouls, Fos, Laurens and Roquessels. Excellent, local Faugères wine may be bought loose at the local wine co-operative, just up the road from the house, for between 1 and 1.5 euros per litre! Simply take a bidon (from the House) and ask them to fill it up.
If you want to eat out while you are staying in the region, there are all options from several course meals to the casual restaurants by the river in scenic Olargues...
People come up all the way from Beziers (which has Octopus and the Chameau Ivre) to eat at the wonderful restaurant at Combes with a view to die for. Gorge de Medale is another local favorite as is the fabulous to die for pastries at l'Heure de Thé in Lamalou.
A trip to the Languedoc would not be complete without experiencing the fresh local produce. The Barber Fish Market at Valras Plage is an excellent place to buy freshly caught oysters, mussels and prawns. Mussels (Moule Mariniere) are a real local delicacy and should be sampled while you are down here! Local farmers can also often be found at the side of the road on the way out of Faugères selling their own produce, anything from fruit and vegetables to cheese and wine!