A lovely central Montpellier townhouse on tramline

A lovely central Montpellier townhouse on tramline

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our quaint townhouse is in a very central residential area of Montpellier. There are two separate bedrooms, but the house can sleep 6 people in 3 separate areas (1 double queen-size mezzanine bedroom on the second floor and 1 single bed (with an extra trundler bed underneath) on the first floor in the study; 1 bedroom with 1 double mezzanine-bed (also on the first floor). There is also a convertible double bed in the living room. The kitchen opens out onto a small courtyard which is very pleasant for dining in the long summer evenings. The house is well equipped (dishwasher, washing machine, high-speed Internet, stove/oven, fridge/freezer, microwave). We have lived here for 20 years and love the area. We have put a lot of time and effort into making our home special. We had major interior renovations done several years ago, plus mosquito netting fitted on all of the windows, so the house inside is insect free! A tram just around the corner provides transport all over the city (direct to train station, indirect to airport and beach, with shuttle buses).

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  1. Rachel (60) is originally from New Zealand but has been living in France for over 40 years; therefore she speaks both English and French. She is an associate professor in computational linguistics at the University of Montpellier. Rachel's son Saji (22) has grown up in France but is bilingual. Rachel sometimes travels with Saji or with one or two friends.

  2. We have already been to many countries but would love to discover others! We did our first very successful house exchange in August 2012 (in Menton at Natascia and David's). We think it's a fantastic way for us to discover new places in friendly home environments. At Christmas time (2012) we stayed in Bateman's Bay (Australia, at David and Jan's, and they came here in July 2013) and prior to that for a couple of months in Wellington (New Zealand, personal exchange) and our exchangers really enjoyed their time here (see recommendations). We had a very successful exchange with Yvette from Amsterdam for a week. We have since become friends!. We had another exchange with Amsterdam (2018, At Mattias & Gert's place). It was great. We're hoping to do our next one in 2022.

  3. We usually like to go away for 5 days to a week, unless the destination is further away. We are also open to long weekends somewhere closer to Montpellier. We're really looking forward to new experiences, so don't hestitate to email us! We usually follow University holidays, but we have a certain flexibility, especially for city breaks (Amsterdam, London, etc.), so feel free to contact us. Any direct destination we can fly to from Montpellier is an option (Porto, Faro, Lisbon, Rome, Palerma, Berlin, Dusseldorf, North Africa, Madrid, etc.)

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Where is it?

Neighbourhood

Transport without a car is very easy from our house as there is a tramway station just around the corner. 4 tramway lines make getting around the city very easy. We are on Tramway line n° 3 (just four stops direct from central train station). Just get off at the "Arceaux" stop and walk a short stretch up the hill, then turn left (about 3 mins). It is also a pleasant 25-minute walk to the main square of Montpellier "place de la Comedie". Our street is quiet and we know all of the surrounding neighbours well. There is a park at the end of the street which children like. One of our favourite Saturday morning activities is popping down (5 minute walk) to the Arceaux outdoor food market. I use my bike to get around the city and for going to work. Montpellier is a young city (~60 000 students) and many French people would like to live here in the south because of the pleasant climate and easy access to beaches (20-minute drive or tram+bus trip) or the country (1-hour drive to the Cevennes). Montpellier is just 3hrs 20mins to Paris and 2hrs 50 mins to Barcelona by fast (TGV) train and there are direct flights all year round to various French cities (Ajaccio, Bastia, Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Nantes, Paris-CDG, Paris-Orly, Strasbourg) and also international destinations (Algiers, Amsterdam, Bâle-Mulhouse, Casablanca, Charleroi, Fes, London-Gatwick, Marrakesh, Nador, Oran) and during specific months (Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Franckfurt-Hahn, London-Luton, Rotterdam, Stockholm).

Buzzy restaurants
Anga (my current favourite restaurant), Idées Saveurs, Le Paresseur (haven't tried these yet), Empanadas Club (very good, informal atmosphere and very often full!)
Cool bars
Brasserie Le Dôme (typical atmosphere)
Cozy cafés
Bonobo (run by English-speaking people), Chic et Bohème (brocante/café), Hôtel du Palais (great breakfasts and you don't need to stay in the hotel to go there)
Retail therapy
The old city centre in Montpellier
Bit of culture
Musée Fabre, Pavillon Populaire, La Panacée
Walks in the park
You can reach the sea with tram 3 and a shuttle in the summer season
Spot of exercise
There are lots of swimming pools in Montpellier
Day tripping
Saint-Guilhem le Désert, Sète, Cévennes, Nîmes, Arles, Avignon…

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