South of France villa in Roquebrun, rural Languedoc. A stone built Maison de Maitre in a spectacular position on the river Orb. Sleeping up to 14 people in 6 en suite bedrooms, indoor heated pool, sauna, river beach and 2 minutes' walk to the centre of one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Our one week stay at Maison Mimosa, Roquebrun in July was absolutely fantastic. We were a two-family party of 9, with offspring ranging in age from 14 to 23, and parents of appropriate ages! Everybody had a wonderful time. We are all very keen wild swimmers and with children who would want some or lots of independence, we had deliberately chosen a house right... read more
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Stone Built Holiday Gite with an Indoor Heated Pool, Sauna and River Beach in the beautiful village of Roquebrun, Languedoc, South of France - sleeps 14
The very large stone built typical French Maison du Maitre stands on the bank of the river Orb in Languedoc. The village of Roquebrun is one of the most picturesque villages in France. This is not an understatement. It is situated within the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut Languedoc in the heart of the Languedoc. The views from the house are simply magical, and with an almost 'private river beach', an indoor heated pool and sauna, there is no better place to relax and get to know the real South of France.
The village is set against the stunning back drop of mountains with the river Orb running close to its edge. The characterful old houses of the village seem to tumble down towards the river, and the whole place is surrounded by vineyards. The 10th century Cathar tower, recently restored, stands like a sentinel above the village. The setting is wonderful and you can literally while away your days on the nearby river beach, visiting the local vineyards, eating in the very good local restaurants (all within a short walking distance), canoeing/kayaking, and walking. This is one of the most perfect locations for a family holiday and for children of all ages.
The house is perfect for two or even three families. It has 6 bedrooms (2 with terraces overlooking the river), 6 bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool with optional integral jacuzzi jets and exercise swimming current feature. Two further independent showers and an independent wc in the lower ground floor area next to the pool as well as a sauna and a changing room. There is also air-conditioning in the upstairs sitting room and fans in all the rooms.
Stunning 6 bedroom holiday rental in Roquebrun, South of France.
Enter through the enclosed small front terrace which is gated. This is a wonderful place to sit out in the evening and do some alfresco dining. There is a built-in BBQ, a beautiful old stone sink, a large table and a couple of benches.
Enter through the front door, into a wide corridor. To the right there is a large open plan dining room and kitchen. The dining table is large and can sit up to 12 and there are 2 smaller tables along the wall.
The kitchen is modern and well equipped; American fridge, ceramic hob, double sink, American bar, microwave, ceiling fan.
To the left of the corridor is the small sitting room, which gives out on to the walled front courtyard and has 2 x 2 seater sofas, a couple of armchairs and a few footstools. A huge working fireplace. There is a very large flat screen TV, music centre with I-pod dock, Wi-Fi internet access.
Independent wc in the corridor.
Further along the corridor to the right and to the left are two ensuite bedrooms.
1st Bedroom Suite - four-poster double bed, and a pull out sofa bed - so can serve as a family suite. There is a large ensuite bathroom, with a bath/shower, independent wc, and cupboards. Marble fireplace. Flat screen TV. Fabulous views over the river.
2nd Bedroom Suite - double bed, and a pull out sofa bed. So can serve as a family suite. There is a large ensuite bathroom, with a bath/shower, independent wc, and cupboards. Marble fireplace. Flat screen TV. Fabulous views over the river and 11th century stone mill.
20 steps go up to the first floor via a nice stone staircase with wrought iron ramp.
The stairs lead to a kind of 2nd reception room, which can serve as a children's game room, with a sofa, and a flat screen TV. There is air conditioning in this part of the house and the 4 bedrooms are off this reception.
3rd bedroom with private terrace (blue) has a terrace/balcony with absolutely stunning views over the river and the 12th century bridge. There are 2 sun-loungers - the balcony is a perfect place to sunbathe or have breakfast taking in the views. Standard double bed in 140cm. A very large en suite bathroom including a wc. Plenty of shelves and cupboard space and an armchair.
4th Bedroom - with private terrace (green) likewise has a terrace/balcony. Standard double bed in 140cm and an armchair.
An ensuite bathroom including a wc.
5th Bedroom - (orange) has 2 single beds.
An ensuite bathroom including a wc. This bedroom looks on to the street.
6th Bedroom - (terracotta) has a standard double bed in 140cm.
An en suite bathroom including a wc. This bedroom looks on to the street.
Lower Ground Floor and 'spa complex'
There is another stairway leading from the ground floor to the lower ground floor where the 'spa complex' is situated. This is ideal even for rental out of season since so few houses have an indoor heated pool, with an exercise current feature and optional integral jacuzzi jets as well as a sauna.
The old stone staircase with slightly uneven steps has been left as was, to preserve the character of the place. At the bottom there is another 'reception' or a small sitting room with a large glass door opening directly to the outside, and leading on to the river beach. Rattan furniture and bar area with a small fridge for drinks. The 'street' is actually more like a path, since it is a dead end butting into the river beach. No through vehicular traffic is possible.
The wall to wall pool is built into a vaulted cellar, with a pool ladder going directly into the water and there is no pool surround.
There is an independent wc and 2 independent showers off the lower ground reception. If one has been swimming and sunbathing by the river all day, it is actually very convenient to come in and shower with hot water, and may be have a dip in the warm pool! A changing room next to the sauna provides a good space to change, and leave towels etc. In this area one can also leave all the 'river paraphernalia' like towels, and water toys etc., as well as sun loungers which one can carry out on to the river beach.
The bar area with the small fridge in the lower ground reception room - is ideal for keeping a few drinks, so that on can sit on the river beach with an aperitif in hand take in the splendid view and never want to go home.
To get to the lower ground floor and to the spa, one has to go through the 'Concierge quarters' that will be occupied from 01 July 2019. The concierge couple can arrange to provide breakfast and evening meal on request for a supplementary charge.
The lower ground area can also be accessed via the outside (via the street).
Washing machine and tumble dryer under the stairs leading to lower ground level.
2 Cots and High Chair available on request
Oven Electric cooker - 4 induction heat rings, hob
TV (satellite with some English speaking channels)
DVD, Radio, CD, music centre with I-pod docking
Ceiling fans in all the bedrooms and the upstairs reception.
Air-conditioning in the upstairs reception.
Some garden furniture, an outside table, a few sun loungers for terraces, a few deck chairs to take out by the river.
2 cots and high chair
Table Tennis (professional table)
Car-Parking - in the streets nearby
On-site Concierge couple who can provide breakfast/evening meals on request for a supplementary charge.
There is a gated front terrace which looks out on to the street, with a six seater table, a couple of benches, a built-in BBQ and a stone sink (this is on the roadside). The access to the river is either via a small side-street, which is actually a dead-end and goes directly down to the river and a river beach, (this is not a private thoroughfare) or via the internal house staircase which leads to this same street.
There is table tennis, and some deck chairs in the lower ground floor reception with a bar area and a small fridge.
Clients can take deck chairs down to the river beach (please remember to bring them in at night), because the river beach is a public space, even though it may feel like your own private beach!
During the summer months there is a canoe/kayaking service run from the riverbank, and a lovely child friendly swimming area in the river and pebbled/stone beach area. There are rock pools and mini rapids for the children to safely explore and play. The bus service to the local town of St Chinian and city of Beziers is frequent.
The surrounding area is equally stunning, with lots to do. There is canoeing, kayaking, fishing, walking, climbing, golf, horse riding and wine tasting on the doorstep, and the beaches of the Med are just 45 mins away.
The city of Beziers is only 35 mins away by car/bus, and the thriving market town of St Chinian is 10 mins way with larger supermarket, cafes, banks, garage and a splendid twice weekly market selling local food produce, and handicraft.
Pezenas beautiful medieval and Renaissance centre with many galleries and working craft shops such as glass blowers and jewellers. Several good restaurants. Colourful market on Saturday mornings. Apprx 35 mins.
Mediterranean beaches are appx 44 kms away - Valras, Vias, Portiragnes, Cap d'Agde, Grau d'Agde and Marseillan are just some.
Agde apprx 50 km. Old historic town and fishing port, founded by the Ancient Greeks. Nice market, excellent seafood restaurants.
Cap d'Agde apprx 56km. 'Aqualand' (huge water-slides, etc.) 27-hole golf course.
Beziers apprx 28km Large market town, renowned for its colourful 'Feria' in August (street music, carnival, bull-fights).
Lac du Salagou apprx 25km to the north. Lake surrounded by spectacular red volcanic hills. Watersports. Nearby is Cirque de Moureze, an extraordinary 'chaos' of dolomitic towers and ravines.
St Guilhem-le-Desert apprx 85km. Beautiful Medieval village and abbey in dramatic gorge landscape.
Narbonne apprx 50km. Once the capital of Roman Gaul. Famous cathedral.
Montpellier apprx 100km. Attractive university town.
Carcassonne appx 86km. Large fortified medieval town, a UNESCO site.
Nimes apprx 150km. Roman temple and amphitheater.
Perpignan apprx 120km Palace of Kings of Mallorca.
For more information about this region, please refer to our Languedoc Regional Guide
For information on reaching Languedoc, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
International airports are at:
Beziers - the airport is only apprx 42 kms.
(Ryanair from Bristol, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh).
Carcassonne - (Ryanair to Stansted, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Cork and Dublin).
Montpellier (international flights worldwide). Flights to Gatwick and Luton via Easyjet, and to Leeds/Bradford on Ryanair.
Perpignan (Ryanair to Stansted, Birmingham, Flybe - Southampton).
Nimes (Ryanair to Stansted, Luton, East Midlands and Liverpool).
Toulouse and Barcelona (Spain) also have International and transatlantic flights.
Gerona (Spain) Ryanair to various UK airports
South of France by Rail:
Beziers and Agde have railway stations with nearby car rental.
Paris to Montpellier is 4hrs by TGV (Train Grande Vitesse).
South of France by Road:
720 km south of Paris (about 6 hours drive non-stop)
1010 km south of Calais (about 9 hours drive non-stop)
Baker apprx 200m walk
Grocer apprx 300m walk
Cafe-bar 3 minute walk
Supermarket - small in the village (apprx 3 minute walk).
Hypermarkets in St Chinian (about 10 kms) and Bedarieux (12 kms)
Restaurants - 2 excellent restaurants.
Le Petite Nice is literally 200mts walk, with a fabulous terrace overlooking the river Orb and the river beach as well as a splendid old Mill. Traditional cuisine and very good value for money.
There is a family pizzeria in the village, which has won loads of regional awards. It's called 'Oui, Oui'.
Another gastronomique 'auberge' about 4 minutes' walk.
An excellent new Tapas bar and wine 'cave' where you can taste all the award winning excellent wines.
Le Lezard Bleu at Vieussan is also worth a visit - apprx 4kms.
Canoe hire 300 meters walk - river Orb - fantastic family day out - you can either do as little as 5 kms or a whole day descent from Mons la Trival, 15 kms.
Golf - 15 minute drive - (Lamalou les Bains)
Riding - Centre Equestre - Lamalou les Bains
Tennis courts - municipal 5 minute walk
Windsurf - Valras plage - 40 minute drive
Bike hire - St Chinian, Beziers, Pezenas
River beach - in front of the house
Pedalo Hire in Roquebrun at:-
3 avenue de Balaussan, 34460 ROQUEBRUN
Téléphone : 33 (0)4 67 89 70 46
Mobile : 33 (0)7 60 31 07 44
Gorge swimming in either Gorge d'Eric or Gorge de Colombieres
Approx 44 kms (45 minute drive) - variety of good beaches - Vias, Valras Plage, Portiragnes plage, Cap d'Agde.
Jardin Mediteranee, nestles at the top of the village of Roquebrun just beneath the 10th century Cathar tower, recently restored. Famous for it's Mimosa varieties (splendid when in flower - Roquebrun even has a 'Mimosa Festival' in February) as well as amazing cacti and other Mediterranean rock plants, it is definitely worth a visit.
Our one week stay at Maison Mimosa, Roquebrun in July was absolutely fantastic. We were a two-family party of 9, with offspring ranging in age from 14 to 23, and parents of appropriate ages! Everybody had a wonderful time. We are all very keen wild swimmers and with children who would want some or lots of independence, we had deliberately chosen a house right on a river and right in a village. Good decision. We had dreamy mornings and evenings cooling off and swimming in the crystal clear water of the River Orb against the gentle current right outside the house and also really enjoyed being in the really spacious at atmospheric house looking at the fantastic views of the bridge and mountains beyond and also of life on the other side of the river where happy people and their dogs spend the day mucking about in the river from the large natural river beach. The river is safe and you can happily let children from 12 years and up paddle and swim on their own. In the house there is an indoor pool and sauna plus games room with table tennis table and bar in the cellar and the children enjoyed the swimming pool as a novelty a couple of times but the weather was so good and the river so beautiful that it was very under used. However, I can imagine that these facilities might be wonderful to have mid-winter or when the weather isn’t great. Roquebrun is as charming as any tourist website tells you but it feels properly lived-in and real and there is obviously a lot going on. The Mediterranean Garden right above the village is beautiful and testament to a lively community as it is run mainly by volunteers and there was a really well attended village party on our last night. We had a couple of great meals out in Roquebrun; Le Petit Nice does really good pizzas and the relatively new, I think, Cave de St Martin tapas bar (tapas bar as a description doesn’t really do the place justice I don’t think) was really superb and is making my mouth water just thinking about the meal we had there. Everything fresh, everything melt-in-the-mouth delicious, every ingredient top quality and everything seasonal – plus great wine. We came back to England enthused with the peach, tomato and basil salad we had there and I have served what I hope is a not-too-bad imitation of it four times since being home! Both Le Petit Nice and the Cave St Martin have fantastically friendly and helpful staff and wonderful views and it was such a treat being able to walk to both restaurants in less than 5 minutes. Out of Roquebrun we spent a great day jumping into and swimming in the beautiful deep clearwater pools in the Gorge d’Heric and another day kayaking 10 and 15km back to Roquebrun., where some of our party saw an otter and all of us loved the scenery and peace and quiet (except when negotiating a rapid!). Also spent a day at the Lac de Salagou, an amazingly atmospheric damn lake surrounded by martian-like red sand and some really interesting villages and natural rock formations. The journey cross country to Salagou was beautiful too and a reminder of just how unpopulated and unspoilt this part of France is. Shopping was easy, with a village shop and a basic but comprehensive selection of fresh bread plus tinned and fresh food and drinks in Roquebrun plus a fairly basic twice-weekly market, and if you needed to do a big shop, the big street market (weekly? twice-weekly?) and supermarket in St Chinian were a pleasant 15 minute drive away. And of course there’s a vineyard round every corner…….. We had to do an airport run to Montpelier near the end of the week and it was extremely hot so we combined it with a trip to the beach on La Corniche, just outside Sete. We had a good swim in some great waves and it was perfect for a quick cool-off and to dip into the Med quickly. Easy parking and a nice freshwater shower was available. But I know there are better beaches in Languedoc and, given a choice, I wouldn’t have moved from the river Orb! The South France Villas team were wonderful. Helped with travel arrangements, gave great advice and were generally as helpful as they could possibly have been. The fact that all their staff have lived in the area for a very long combined time really shows as they have brilliant local contacts and can answer almost any question you put to them. Thankyou all very much for a wonderful holiday. Phyllida, South France Villas Client, 20-27 July 2013
We had a fabulous time in the South of France at the end of 2012, thanks to a large degree to the team at South France Villas, mainly Nicky, who quickly addressed all our queries and made sure everything was crystal clear before we arrived. We chose to stay at Maison Mimosa in Roquebrun and it turned out to be a great decision: in our party of 6 everyone could have their own bedroom and ensuite bathroom and this contributed greatly to a sense of harmony. Moreover, the view from the balconies on the second floor onto the river are breathtaking, and as Roquebrun has its own microclimate (which has earned it the nickname 'petit nice') the sun was almost always shining and it was relatively warm for the time of year. In the lower part of the house there's an indoor swimming pool and sauna - all beautifully laid out and recently installed. The owner also kindly had firewood and a table tennis table sent to the house while we were there, which was much appreciated. The kitchen is very well-equipped and the living room very cosy. The Owner and her local agent, were extremely kind and helpful and provided us with key information about location and directions, as well as tips on the local region and restaurants, as did the South France Villas team. Roquebrun is a little off the beaten track, but the local food (you must visit the local restaurant 'Le Petit Nice' at least 6 times, as did we - it is famous in the region and very well-priced) and wine and gorgeous medieval villages and towns more than make up for it. I would recommend this property to families with older children (especially in summer, when there's more to do on the river). The region is gorgeous and relatively unspoilt - we can't wait to go back. Nicola Gardner, December 2012
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|29th Jun 2019||31st Aug 2019||Peak||€3,375||7 nights|
|31st Aug 2019||27th Jun 2020||Low||€2,000||7 nights|
|27th Jun 2020||29th Aug 2020||Peak||€3,375||7 nights|
|29th Aug 2020||31st Dec 2020||Low||€2,000||7 nights|