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House in Historic Village in French National Park

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 6-8

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 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. Villemagne has outdoor areas for picnics and walking the dog, close by to the house. The townhouse has no private land surrounding the house. A bread truck (11:15 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.

More Details

Thomas Knatt
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 31, 2018

About Thomas Knatt

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

Why Thomas Knatt chose Villemagne-l'Argentière

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)

What makes this house unique

You can do as much or as little as you want, and still really enjoy it. The townspeople are welcoming and friendly.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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).
Jun 2003
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Villemagne-l'Argentière House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Bathroom - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • 3 rooms with one double bed, 1 loft sleeping area
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
3 double, 2 sleeper sofas. Three bicycles, roof terrace. Children above age of 10 OK. Historical Places nearby.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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House in Historic Village in French National Park
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for three weeks and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The village is very small, peaceful, and beautiful. There is quite a lot to do and see nearby. We had a wonderful time hiking, visiting nearby villages and sights and wineries. We really fell in love with this area of France. We had a car two out of three weeks there and it was definitely easier with the car. There are towns within walking distance, but you need to enjoy walking and would miss out on some of what is in the area. There is a bus with a limited schedule that does run from there, so you could get around walking that way as well. There was a pizza truck that came to the village on Tuesdays and we enjoyed that as well. The house was quite large, well-equipped and clean. You could feel the history as it is a very old building. As such, be prepared for some quirks, but they are easy to overlook. My teenage daughter enjoyed hanging out in the rooftop sunroom. The owner was professional and easy to deal with. He gave us lots of information to help us enjoy our stay.

  • Submitted: May 14, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace, quiet, beauty, and excellent food.

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing stay in the French countryside, I cannot recommend this house enough! The house itself is exactly as pictured, and bigger than we had thought from the description. We could easily (and hopefully will) return with a bunch of friends in the future. The kitchen is well-equipped with cast-iron pans and a big casserole dish and some other pans, full utensils, updated appliances, and a great big refrigerator. The bathrooms are also new and clean. We had internet access the whole time through an ethernet cable. There is also wifi, although we had some confusion about the key/password and didn't end up using it. We had no cell service in the house, but my husband found that he could get service in the town square just outside. There are 3 bikes at the house and a tire pump, although only one helmet, which is not adjustable. The area itself is beautiful, quiet, and easily hike-able even for lazy hikers like my husband and I. If you are a more ambitious hiker, I'm sure you could cover even more ground than we did! Lots of long, beautiful walks, picnicking spots, and historic places nearby. Especially if you have or rent a car, there are any number of places you can go that have water sports, Roman ruins, etc. We did not have a car, we just walked everywhere (we took one bike ride), and we still found plenty to keep us occupied. One thing to keep in mind - there is no grocery store immediately in town, you have to go to one of the neighboring towns (about an hour walk for us, maybe 7 minutes by car) to buy food if you are planning to eat in, which we recommend at least for breakfast. The two restaurants in town are very different. The Villemagnais is a friendly, traditional, family-style restaurant, open for lunch and dinner most days (not on Wed's during the off season), and they give excellent cuisine, a friendly atmosphere, and generous portions for a reasonable price. The Auberge l'Abbaye is also excellent, but much fancier and more expensive. It is, in fact, a little bit of a tourist attraction by itself. Definitely worth a visit at least once, and if you are interested in "gastronomique" cooking, and can afford it, probably more than once. There are also a bunch of places in the nearby towns that we didn't try (again, we didn't have a car, so we stayed close to home), but I'm sure they are worth exploring. Thomas, the owner, was extremely helpful and informative in every aspect, and we look forward to visiting again!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Natick, MA

Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

We just returned after 2 wonderful weeks here and agree with everything said by the previous guests. The town is charming – our first day, they were having a harvest festival with a band playing traditional music and, by the end of the evening, we were dancing with the rest of the town. The village market days (Sundays) were very interesting with lots of local produce (breads, cheeses, fruits, wines) and a used book vendor. We spend much of our time walking the local trails, following a portion of the GR 7 and some of the PR trails (we left the trail guides for future visitors). The house was also very convenient for day trips – to the beach, Beziers, Carcasonne, St Guilleme le Desert, etc. The drives were not bad at all and, as another reviewer said, it’s well worth taking the back roads to enjoy the scenery. We were even able to catch one of the Tour de France stages in a town about 15 minutes from the house. The house was perfect for our 10-year-old daughter too; she especially liked swimming in the river which runs right by the town. In summary, we had a fantastic stay and highly recommend the house to anyone wishing to visit the Langedoc region.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2008
  • Stayed: July 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beverly, Ma. USA

Check this place out!

  • 5 of 5

Just spent the 3rd week of June 2008 here and totally enjoyed the stay. You'll see from the earlier reviews what this has to offer - genuine village living with all the eminities. Great location for local sight-seeing (Lamlou, Olargues, Bedarieux, grottos, etc) and also well positioned for longer trips to Avignon, Nimes, the Pont du Gard, Arles, and Carcassonne (don't be afraid to get a good map and take the smaller "scenic" routes to Carcassonne and those above St Julien - the scenery is priceless - and pack a picninc lunch!). No shortage of restaurants, markets etc (even pizza) within 10 minutes drive - easy to do some wonderful "home cooking" as the house has everything - from a dishwasher to a clothes dryer!

Will not hesitate returning soon - there's so much to see in the area.

Thanks Tom, Rick & Linda L.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2008
  • Stayed: June 2008
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Milton, MA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

A comfortable home with every amenity.

We spent two wonderful weeks there.

The bread truck arrived each morning and after stocking up on baquettes and cheese we would set off on a hike through the vineyards to the neighboring towns. Very friendly people. Lamalou was our favorite town...too many good restaurants! We were fortunate enough to attend a concert at the magnificent St. Majon.

Can't wait to go back!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2007
  • Stayed: July 2007
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Los angeles, CA

Guestbook Comment

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Tom's house for a week in

the Spring of 2004. Enjoyed very

much being in a private home rather

than hotel, and in a quiet small place

with natural countryside all around -

plenty of walks and things to look at.

Also, the location is great for

excursions. We travelled by car to

some site of interest every day, and

still had time to enjoy the local

ambiance. Shopping and eating

locally was a pleasure, especially the

restaurants! But we also enjoyed

cooking at 'home'.

The house and furnishings were

quite comfortable - a pleasure to find

and come back to to rest,

contemplate, and prapare for the next


Best wishes to you and yours for a

nice stay!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2004
  • Stayed: April 2004
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Montpellier-Frejorgues (MPL) or Béziers (BZR)
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Villemagne village
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Lamalou les Bains
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
25 Miles
Beziers or Clermont l'Herault
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Villemagne village
Nearest Ski
75 Miles
Mt. Aigoual
Nearest Beach
28 Miles
Valras Plage
Car: recommended

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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Insurance $59

$450/week July and August
$350/week May, June and September
$250/week October - April (fuel not included out of season)

Please inquire about monthly rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.