This is an area for people who love the natural world. Forests, rivers, plains and mountains all waiting to be explored within immediate range.
The geology is extraordinary, ravens and eagles nest in its mountains, herbs and wildflowers carpet the verges and mountain sides in spring and there are clouds of butterflies in summer.
Les Salces is poised between the mountains and the coastal plain. Before it are the vines and olive groves that stretch to the sea, and behind rise the mountains that lead to the isolated Larzac plateau, and on to the Cevennes.
Our two nearest Market towns are Clermont lHerault and Lodeve, both charming and traditional. Lodeve has an exceptional museum and also hosts the unique Poetry Festival Voix de la Mediterranee in mid July.
Many of the local villages are villages circulaire, notably St Jean de Fos with its ceramic drainpipes and gutters , where the annual Potters Fair is held in August.
Montpellier is a beautiful, cultured, university town, given a grand make-over by Louis the XIV. The architecture of its pedestrianised historic centre makes a fascinating walk and there are lots of intriguing shops and pretty cafes to divert you.
The beach is about an hour away, by the scenic back route buy your picnic at one of the little villages you will pass through. Palavas les Flots is a small seaside town with restaurants and shops, but the quieter beach is within the nature reserve of Cathedrale du Maguleone.
Further along the coast are the ports of the Basin du Thau, Bouzigues, Meze or Marseillan, where you can eat oysters with a glass of cold white wine , or a plate of Moules frites
The rivers are also good to swim in, with plenty of opportunities along the L Herault gorge, or at the pretty village of St Jean de Bueges. You can rent a canoe and spend a tranquil day gliding peacefully through a remote and beautiful landscape.
Wine is made everywhere in this region and there are innumerable places to enjoy a degustation, Montperoux is nearby and Montagnac would make an excellent day out with many good Domaines within a small area.
If that isnt enough, a bit further away, but still within easy range for a day trip, are the Gorges of the Dourbie, Narbonne and the Canal du Midi, Collioure and Ceret, Aigues Mortes and the Carmargue, Nimes and Arles.
The house is on two floors, but four different levels.
On the ground floor is the newly fitted oak kitchen with granite worktop, well equipped with all you might need. This room opens onto the garden, where there is a table and chairs, perfect for eating outside.
Up three steps is the Sejour, a combination sitting and dining room, furnished with a combination of contemporary and antique pieces. Cool in summer and warm in winter with a built-in woodburning stove. Shelves of reference books, holiday reading, games and dvds, together with a file of tourist information to help you plan your stay.
The wide stairs rise out of the kitchen to the first floor with a shower room on the landing and Bedroom 1 adjacent. Bedroom 2, up three steps from the landing, is a double aspect room with views over the mountains and an en-suite bathroom.
Kite Boarding at the beach
No problem with parking outside property
Bedroom(Double bed), Bedroom(Double bed), Bathroom(shower, toilet), Bathroom(bath with shower, toilet), outside kitchen, fireplace, hearth, ceramic hob, oven, grill, freezer, fridge freezer, washing machine, garden, garden furniture, BBQ, parking
Property facilitiesNumber of bedrooms 2
Number of bathrooms 2
Number of seats in the living room: 4
Number of seats in the dining room: 6
Costs on siteDeposit: (£ 200)
Water: (Mandatory £ 10/m3)
Distancessea (Palavas / Cathedral de Maguelone) 40 km
airport (Montpellier / Beziers) 40 km