MAISON D'ESTELLA-COURTYARD+ SECLUDED ROOF TERRACE

Nira Chidgey

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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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MAISON D'ESTELLA-COURTYARD+ SECLUDED ROOF TERRACE

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3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, courtyard or roof terrace-panoramic views

Romantic self catering houses with charming courtyards and secluded roof terraces with dramatic views. In the heart of this medieval town of Agde - A colourful and busy fishing port on the river Herault. Shops, market, restaurants and cafe/bars are around the corner. 4 km from beautiful sandy beaches and golf. 5min walk from the train station. 2min walk to the Canal du Midi. Airport -10km.

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Agde - 'Black Pearl of the Mediterranean': , lies on the Cote d'or at the junction of the Canal du Midi with the sea. There are miles of sandy beaches, limitless sunshine and fishing boats still moor at the quays of this cheerful and colourful port, second oldest town of France, a maze of picturesque streets full of shops, restaurants and cafe bars. Yet we are only 5 mins from the vibrant resort town of Cap d'Agde which offers the usual pleasures of the Med - nightclubs, cinemas....Aqualand - the popular water theme park and the famous private naturist quarter!(though you don't come across it unless you look for it)

AGDE flies two EU blue flags for the quality of its beaches and environment.

Carcassonne : and the castles of the Cathars are an easy drive away to the west.

The dramatic gorges and caves of the stunning Haut-Languedoc national park are close inland. To the east the Camargue, the great nature reserve that's the home of white horses and black bulls. Nearby is the nature reserve of Bagnas and the beautiful lake ‘Etang de Thau’ with its oysters and mussels beds and rose-pink flamingos, also a wonderful place for boating and kite/wind-surfing.

The International Airport at Montpellier: is 30 min drive form Agde. (Other nearby airports - Carcassonne, Perpignan, Nimes and Beziers- Low fare flights by Ryanair; from LONDON & BRISTOL to Beziers-Agde airport (10km) Agde is also on the direct Eurostar line from London (St Pancras station).

Driving from Clermont Ferrand arrive to Agde via the spectacular viaduct over the Tarn gorge - Norman Foster's splendid bridge at Millau - It carries the A75 autoroute high into the clouds... and Agde is then only an hour away to the south.

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Details for Maison d'Estella-Courtyard+ Secluded Roof Terrace 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 3 Bathrooms

This is a unique house in a unique setting - Renaissance stone house set around a pretty courtyard filled with flowers, built for the Count of Agde in 1586. Beautifully restored and furnished with French antiques. 4 comfortable bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sitting room, well equipped large kitchen/dining room opens into an interior courtyard , also a rooftop sunbathing terrace and stunning views. Shops, restaurants and cafe/bars are around the corner. On the river Herault and the canal du Midi. Beach 4 km. Near golf.
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
Nira Chidgey (Owner)
Advertiser since 2000
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Guestbook comments from the owner

I first fell in love with Agde more than twenty five years ago and felt the pull back first in 2009 when we stayed in the Detached Stone House next door to Maison d'Estella. I knew we had come to right place the moment through the door. Immaculately clean, beautifully furnished with French antiques and enough room for our disparate party to find their own spaces. I the following years we split our stay between the Detached House and, as our party expanded, Maison d'Estella. Maison d'Estella is truly unique; a rambling mediaeval grand house. Immense open kitchen/dining room, bedrooms overlooking inner and outer courtyards and a roof terrace with spectacular views. The location of the houses is ideal for the Promenade, local restaurants and markets. Both have safe storage for bicycles (which can be hired locally) - to potter down the cycle path to the beautiful beaches of Grau d'Agde. The train station is within easy walking distance and various members of our party have made outings to Carcassone, Narbonne, Perpignan and Avignon. Allan and Nira have done a remarkable job of renovating and furnishing these special houses. They are attentive and helpful owners who have a passionate interest in the history and culture of their town.
Sep 2012
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Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Maison d'Estella-Courtyard+ Secluded Roof Terrace
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
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Maison d'Estella in Agde, France

Maison d'Estella in Agde, France
  • 4 of 5
For 10 years, my youngest daughter and grandson had been trying to get my husband and I to come to France with them and stay in the medieval town of Agde, specifically at Maison d'Estella, the house with the arched door to the courtyard. From online photos and descriptions, I had a reasonably good idea of what to expect. However, nothing prepared me for the feeling of stepping into the past, when we actually crossed the threshhold of that old wooden doorway.
From the private stone courtyard, which literally shuts out the world, up four flights to the secluded roof terrace, the house was utterly charming and unique for us modern city dwellers.
Four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, full kitchen, sitting lounge, onsite laundry plus an exterior and interior courtyard were more than enough space for the four of us to hang out.
The promenade is a half block away which hosts shops, restaurants, cafe/bars and a library, plus a couple of weekly open-air markets. The Canal-du Midi river walk is a short 2-3 minutes away and even the train station is only about a 5 min walk from the house. It`s a short drive (4 km) to the beautiful sandy beach if you rent a car or by bus if you don`t. The airport at Beziers is about 10 km away.
The house itself was very clean, furniture is a bit dated but serviceable and the owners are very gracious and friendly. We were there in the latter half of June and the weather was grand, although very hot. When we weren`t walking or touring, the courtyard was where the mornings and evenings were spent and in the afternoons, we languished behind 18 inch walls that kept the main floor cool.
Our only negative comment is the lack of internet onsite. It was a bit inconvenient, as our plans and link to home were all done online, however the library supplied wifi and we made almost a daily run to the McDonald`s for our coffee and utilized their free wifi to keep in touch and updated.
Being both over 65 and overweight, the four flights of stairs were a bit daunting, especially since the laundry was on the ground floor and the clothesline was outside of the 3rd floor, but after a few days, I was toning up and actually lost weight for the first time on holiday.
I would heartily recommend Maison D`Estella to all with an adventurous and romantic spirit.
Karen Bartley.
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2012
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Beautiful characterful house, vibrant location

  • 5 of 5
Our family of 6 (children aged 12, 10, 8 and just-turned-3) spent 2 very happy weeks here. The house exudes history and charm; walking through the heavy old wooden door into the courtyard for the first time truly felt like stepping back in time.

The house was clean, spacious, well maintained and easily accommodated our family, and managed to combine being decorated in keeping with the history of the house without feeling intimidating. The staircases are steep (especially the one which leads up to the roof terrace), which slightly concerned me when I first saw them, but our 3 year old navigated them without problem (seeing them as a positive adventure). I liked the touch of having lots of books on the shelves; novels (including one set in the house!), and also books on the history of Agde (and often with pictures of the house, showing its place in the local history).

Parking is challenging, but we always managed to find a spot. The closest places are time limited (and chargeable - but not very expensive), but if you park up in the evening and are off not too late in the morning it's not a problem.

We drove down to the local beach most days (Cap d'Agde), which is very fine. We had taken a sea kayak down, and there was plenty of water sports to be done, and good snorkelling. It felt a relaxed place - not as self-consciously fashionable as some places on the Med can be. Other highlights were walking along the Canal du Midi (surprisingly pleasant and cool) and just meandering around the old town. Being in the centre of the town, there are lots of restaurants, bars, supermarkets and many bakers in walking distance, so even our fussy, vegetarian children were well catered for (pizzas / crepes!). For internet junkies the local library (2 minute walk away) has fast, free wireless internet. In the square just around the corner there's a market twice a week which was enjoyable to wander around.

The owners Alan and Nira are charming and helpful (Alan cycling over to give us a spare key when one of ours was lost on a beach).
  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Stunning property

  • 5 of 5
We stayed at Maison d'Estella in summer 2011 and had a fantastic time. It is a truly unique property, full of wonder and charm. A beautiful and well-equipped house and we definitely intend to come back at some point in the near future.

We received excellent service from the owners, and Agde is a very atmospheric city. Overall I cannot fault a thing.
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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Stunning House

  • 5 of 5
This is an exceptional property. The moment you step through the door into the inner courtyard you are transported back in time through the layers of a house originally built for the Count of Agde.The courtyard which catches the sun for most of the day is a perfect place to sit and read, also to have lunch or dine al fresco. There are many original features and the house is sympathetically furnished and will meet all your needs. It is ideally located for the shops so should you forget that all important bottle of wine you can be in the corner shop in two minutes, likewise the Cafe Plaza where you can sit and watch the world go by or join the bustle of market day.

The property was immaculately clean and the owners are nearby and very responsive to any requests. They will go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay.

Agde is a wonderful medieval town on the banks of the beautiful green Herault river and there are many interesting things to see in the town itself and walks along the river out into the countryside or along the canal du midi. The sea is 15 mins by bike away - great cycle path - there are some lovely nearby towns especially Pezenas. Thoroughly recommended. I keep coming back!
  • Submitted: May 18, 2012
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Original, consistently superb

  • 5 of 5
This was the fourth time my family and I had stayed at The Maison d'Estella. We came on it by chance and blessed our luck. The conversion if the house from a town centre historic building to a comfortable holiday home had been done with care, so that the house retained its inspirational historical atmosphere but also made an elegant and flexible holiday home for three generations of my family at once. We had many marvelous family meals from the kitchen which we ate in the courtyard - often to music from the guitar which Nira and Alan secured for us. The young ones sunbathed on the terrace with its views across the town and the river . Nothing was too much trouble for Allan and Nira:they were unobtrusive but very helpful owners, anxious that our stay met all our requirements. The wonderful Maison d'Estella inspired - and is featured in - my novel AN ENGLISHWOMAN IN FRANCE, now in paperback. I have just finished another novel THE ART OF RETREATING also inspire by my stays in Agde.

With the fascinating town of Agde on the doorstep and access to this unique region this house is an ideal holiday base for the discriminating lover of all things French. I cannot recomment the Maison d'Estella too highly. You are in for a treat. It is always an exciting stay at the Maison d'Estella. Wendy Robertson
  • Submitted: May 15, 2012
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Map

Map

Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Bessan
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
beach
Car: not necessary

Our houses are in the centre of the medieval town of Agde on the river Herault and the Canal du Midi, minutes to the Mediterranean sea. There are miles of sandy beaches, limitless sunshine and fishing boats still moor at the quays of this colourful port, second oldest town of France. A maze of picturesque streets full of shops, restaurants, cafe/bars and a busy Thursday market. 5 mins from the beautiful beaches, golf and the vibrant resort town of Cap d’Agde, which flies two EU blue flags for the quality of its beaches and environment. 2 min walk to the Canal du Midi and the train station. Nearby is the nature reserve of Bagnas and the beautiful lake ‘Etang de Thau’ with oyster and mussel beds and rose-pink flamingos, also a wonderful place for boating and wind-surfing. Low fare flights by Ryanair to Montpellier, Carcassonne, Perpignan, Nimes and the new airport Beziers-Agde only 10 km away-summer FLIGHTS from LONDON. Agde is also on the direct Eurostar line from London-St.Pancras

Other Activities: wine tasting, cinema, antique markets

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Availability & Rates

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Agde House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 4
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 3 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£650
 
 
Rate 5
Oct 4 2014 - Nov 1 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£550
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes Other houses available, ask for website & see ref 13101
- 4/6 pers - 6/8 pers

PRICES
Low £350
Mid - £450
High- £750
The rent is inclusive of gas, electricity, hot water and all charges. (Heating extra off season with an allowance)
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Amenities

Amenities

Agde House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 250 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Sofa Bed
  • Fireplace
  • Sunbed
  • Safe
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 -
  • En suite cabinet with wash-hand basin and bidet on first floor
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • .
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Books
  • Television
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • coin laundry
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • roller blading
  • surfing
Notes:
Golf, Beach - 4km
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