Delve a little farther into France! Beyond the landmarks and museums you will find the best of France. Go one step farther, into the more rustic villages, the authentic regional restaurants, the less-travelled paths. This completely remodeled maison de village includes a new kitchen, with modern appliances, new furniture throughout, a roof terrace with sliding ceiling windows (making it a year-round sunroom), and a facade with vestiges of 11th century architecture. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths plus 1/2 bath in roof terrace. There are five double beds total, including pull-out couches in the living room and roof terrace. A bread truck (10:15 a.m.) brings fresh croissants and baguettes to the little square in front of the house, every day but Monday. A book fair on Sundays is held monthly in the winter at the town recreation hall (salle polyvalente). In summer, it combines every Sunday with a small market (bread, cheese, vegetables, preserves, and small children's articles).
Local attractions: This property is wonderful for hiking, biking, and exploring ancient villages and ruins. The local food is terrific, as well as very reasonably priced. Vineyards abound! Faugeres AOC is !0 kilometers and St. Chinian AOC is 30 kilometers away. The owner is very willing to talk with you and help plan your trip. I have owned the house for 9 years. I am very familiar with the area, and can help you get the most out of your visit.
Local markets include Bedarieux on Mondays and Saturdays, and Lamalou-les-Bains on Tuesdays. Boussagues, with its bailiff's house, where Toulouse Lautrec once lived, is a village gem. It is a 1 1/2 hour scenic walk on the GR7 from Villemagne. The walk is longer if you stop to pick cherries in June, or berries in late August. St. Guilhem le Desert, (The cloisters located in New York City came from there. The other half are still in St. Guilhem) is a 45 minute drive. Wine tasting in Herepian (2 miles). L'Auberge de l'Abbaye restaurant is 100 meters. The local plain-fare restaurant Le Villemagnais is 50 meters down the street. The mayor, Luc Salles, would like to see Villemagne made one of the prettiest villages in France. Many of them are on hillsides, and Villemagne is not, so that may be its downfall. Otherwise, it fits in every category.
I currently live in Massachusetts. I make stringed musical instruments, including classical, flamenco, and acoustic steel-string guitars, as well as violins, violas, and 'cellos.
Thomas Knatt purchased this house in 2001
This area of France is beautiful, and it provides many varied outdoor activities for the vacationer and full time resident. Prices are lower here than in most other parts of France. The village is very striking, with its stone structures dating back over 1000 years. Where else can you see a flock of mouflons (wild sheep) while hiking during the day, then eat a gourmet meal and attend an operetta in the evening? (August in Lamalou les Bains--6 kilometers from Villemagne l'Argentière)
You can do as much or as little as you want, and still really enjoy it. The townspeople are welcoming and friendly.
I am very happy to discuss transportation options, provide tourist literature, and give personal recommendations for restaurants, sights, and activities to renters. You may contact me toll free at: 1-877-588-4437 (1-877-LUTHIER).
Villemagne l'Argentiere is a charming, historic village with a twelfth century bell tower, medieval ramparts and buildings, and two first-class restaurants. Swimming and fishing in the village. Hiking from door. Supermarket - 4 km, canoeing and kayaking - 15 km, horseback riding - 5 km, town of Bédarieux (all facilities) - 5 km. At edge of Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc, 2nd largest French National Park. My house is 40 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches, 60 minutes from Montpellier - France's 8th largest city, 30 minutes from Beziers, 30 minutes from Lac Salagou (wide range of water sports, riding, mountain bikes), 30 minutes from Pezenas (medieval market town, birthplace of Moliere), 90 minutes from Carcassonne, 90 minutes from Collioure and the Cote Vermeille, and 3 hours from Barcelona. Faugeres AOC wine region - 10 km, St. Chinian AOC wine region - 30 km. TGV from Paris to Montpellier is 4 hours.
Other Activities: canoeing and kayaking, wine tasting, great restaurants, underground caves