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Stylish waterside apartment in Port Rive Gauche with breathtaking sea views

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Light and airy luxury 2-bedroom waterfront apartment with south-facing sea views

Located on the quaint historic port of Marseillan, Salicorne is a luxury waterfront 2 bedroom apartment with breathtaking sea views of the 'Etang de Thau' lagoon from every room. The south-facing sitting room windows slide open completely and disappear into the walls, turning the whole room into a spacious interior terrace where you can almost believe your toes are in the water. The stylish apartment offers elegant and comfortable self-catering accommodation for 4. Marseillan, described by the UK's Sunday Times newspaper as 'staggeringly pretty' and looking like St Tropez before Brigitte Bardot, remains an unspoiled local village with an unhurried nature and no crowds. In the village, its market and in the many restaurants alongside its pretty port you will find some of the best seafood you will ever taste.

Simply decorated in natural hues, the apartment is a blend of traditional elegance and contemporary living. It sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms, one with a very large double bed and the other with 2 single beds, both with fitted wardrobes. Both bedrooms have sea views and double 'French Doors' which open onto a covered terrace overlooking the water, ideal for relaxing and outdoor eating. The sunny dual-aspect living room with dining area looks onto the lagoon as well as the port entrance and has an additional small side-balcony perfect for a quiet read or an aperitif. In addition to casual seating, a large comfy sofa is perfect for viewing the passing sails and sea birds. The dining table seats six and there is an additional outdoor table and chairs seating 4 on the terrace. Two deck chairs are also provided.

The open-plan kitchen is small but perfectly formed and has all the modern equipment necessary for relaxed self-catering, should you wish. This includes a dish-washer, large fridge, induction hob and multi-function oven. A kettle, coffee-maker and toaster are also provided.

The bathroom offers both a luxury deep double-end bath as well as a separate walk-in shower with overhead rainshower. Along with a wash basin, there is also a heated towel rail and hair drier. Good quality bathroom towels are provided within the rental cost. There is a separate wc with wash basin.

The apartment has integrated air-conditioning/heating, controllable in the living room and both bedrooms. Should you need to stay in touch, free Wi-Fi access is provided throughout your stay. For leisure, in addition to a small flat-screen satellite TV with integrated DVD player, there is an i-pod dock music system. Other amenities include a communal laundry room with washing machine and separate drier. Secure on-site car parking is available in the garage on request.

The apartment Salicorne is on the first floor and can be reached by stairs or lift. It is wheelchair accessible and is on one single level.

Located in a quiet waterfront spot, the port with its cafes and restaurants is just around the corner from the apartment. The centre of Marseillan, dating back 2500 years and reputed to be the oldest continually occupied village in France, with its myriad of narrow winding streets, shops bars and restaurants is a 5 minute walk away.

For those seeking activities, there are bicycles, boats, canoes and kayaks for hire at the port. There are also water sports such as kite surf, wind surf and water-skiing in the village or close by. Dinghy and yacht sailing are on offer and Salicorne guests can take advantage of the owner's membership of a local sailing association 'Atouvents', enabling them to take accompanied sailing excursions on the etang at very low cost.

Cycle hire on the doorstep and a new dedicated cycleway can quickly get you around the southern edge of the Etang to Marseillan Plage and then along the sandy strip to Sete. For the more enthusiastic cyclist there are many quiet, well-surfaced back roads amongst the vines and foothills to enjoy.

For beach lovers there are miles of soft sandy beach and the clear blue waters of the Mediterranean are good for swimming and monitored in summer months.

Just a little further down the coast lies Cap d'Agde, one of the largest marinas in France where sea tours in glass-bottomed boats can be taken.

More Details

Owner
Hazel Connors
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2017

About Hazel Connors

Salicorne at Port Rive Gauche was bought from the heart and remains so. I am an artist and I love spending time there enjoying the light and the ever-changing views in all seasons. For me both Port Rive Gauche and Marseillan are rare places with a special touch of magic.

Hazel Connors purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Hazel Connors chose Agde area

Salicorne at Port Rive Gauche is a wonderful place to stay in Marseillan - it is in the best location with unparalleled sea views and having the advantage of cafes, bars and restaurants just metres away but without their noise or intrusion. Our rates are fully inclusive of taxes, end of stay cleaning, linen and towels. Dedicated WiFi is in the apartment and is also included in the price.

We discovered Marseillan whilst cycling through on a touring holiday many years ago and instantly fell in love with it. With friendly people, beautiful scenery, fabulous food, delicious wines and lots to see and do, what's not to love?

What makes this apartment unique

With breathtaking views from dawn to dusk and beyond, Salicorne at Port Rive Gauche combines elegant calm and comfort whilst also being close to all amenities. Being able to slide the living room windows away completely to create a huge open vista is amazing.

Map

Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Beziers
Nearest Ferry
24 Kilometres
Sete
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Golf du Cap d'Agde
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Agde
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A9 / E15
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Marseillan Plage
Car: not necessary

Apartment Salicorne at Port Rive Gauche in the lovely village of Marseillan faces directly onto the most spectacular salt water lagoon of the Languedoc. Opening into the sea, the “Etang de Thau” is an endlessly fascinating haven whether it be watching the light sparkling on the water or the fisherman's boats passing by at the end of the day. Its eastern shore forms an 11km-long sandy beach, with the Mediterranean on one side and the calm waters of the lagoon on the other, stretching from Sete - known as Venice of the Languedoc - to Marseillan Plage. The western shore is home to traditional activities such as fishing, oyster culture and wine-growing whilst on the southern shore a small lighthouse marks the official end of the Canal du Midi, a World Heritage site. The clean clear waters of the Etang and the protected nature reserves around it are home to a host of wildlife including visiting flamingos.

The local airport at Beziers is 20 minutes away, Montpelier is 45 mins, Carcassone 75 mins, Perpigan 75 mins and Nimes 75 mins. At Beziers there is a shuttle bus costing 3 euros which meets every flight and runs between the airport and Marseillan, dropping you off only 5 minutes from the door of the apartment and scheduled to take you back for your return flight. So unless you wish to go further afield, a car isn't necessary for your stay.

The nearest train station is at Agde, with local and TGV services, just 10 minutes away.

MARSEILLAN:

Boasting 300 sunny days a year and one of the oldest villages in France, Marseillan remains an unspoiled place with a beautiful port and an ancient quarter of narrow streets offering shops, church, theatre and bars and a weekly market. With more than 20 restaurants within walking distance to choose from, every taste is catered for from Michelin star dining to take-away pizza. Tasty locally-caught fish and seafood as well as excellent local wines can be enjoyed at any time of year on the pretty port alongside the moored leisure boats. The world famous Bouzigues oysters, cultured on the oyster tables of the Thau lagoon, can also be tasted fresh from the water for a few euros at many of the fishermen's shacks dotted along the water's edge, just a pleasant stroll from the apartment. Or try their Brasucade of freshly harvested mussels cooked in white wine over a wood fire.

As the sun sets you can enjoy a delicious 'Marseillanais' aperitif after a guided tour of the Noilly Prat wineries. Established since 1813 in Marseillan port, this is the home of the famous vermouth used to make the original Martini cocktail. Whilst both red and white vermouth types are sold world-wide, Marseillan is the only place where the exclusive Ambre version can be bought.

LOCAL WINES:

Being the largest wine producing area in the world, wine-makers abound in and across the Languedoc. There are five wine producers based in Marseillan itself, the nearest being just 100 metres from Port Rive Gauche. At all of these you can taste an array of the local whites such as Picpoul de Pinet, a perfect accompaniment to seafood, or the many sumptuous warm reds for which the Languedoc is renowned. Alternatively take a scenic drive up to the mountains to Faugères and St Chinian, less than an hour away. Here, on the slopes of schist rock, you can discover the delights of the many artisan producers making wonderful appellation wines full of body and structure.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS:

Marseillan Plage, with its recently renovated palm-lined boulevard is the place for beach lovers, with miles of sandy beach and blue sea good for swimming.

Pezenas, one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the south of France, is less than 30 minutes away. Well known as a home of arts and crafts, its centre is a maze of tiny streets which are a delight to wander, discovering the beautiful 16th century stone houses with magnificent façades, staircases and balconies as a well as many artisan shops and tiny restaurants. The large Saturday market is always a bustling hive of activity which brims with local produce.

Sete, the 'Venice of Languedoc' whose twinkling lights on Mont St Clair are visible from the Salicorne apartment at night, is a large lively fishing port with excellent shopping, markets, galleries and museums, and a traditional quayside fish auction every evening.

Saint Guilhem-le-Desert, a UNESCO World Heritage site and designated one of the most beautiful villages of France, is less than an hour’s drive away. This ancient village is surrounded by the wild and rugged countryside of the Herault Gorges. One of the highlights is the 12th century abbey church, sitting serenely below the towering rocks. 3 km away is the Grotte de Clamouse, one of the most stunning caves in the world where guided tours take you along walkways surrounded by limestone crystal structures of every type imaginable, culminating in the magnificent cathedral room with a dramatic sound and light show.

Amenities

Marseillan Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Luxury cotton bed linen. Both bedrooms have double 'French Doors' to terrace and sea views. Fitted wardrobes. Bedside lamps and cabinets. Wall mirrors in each bedroom.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

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Stylish waterside apartment in Port Rive Gauche with breathtaking sea views
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews
5

Excellent flat and location

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautifully decorated and maintained flat with all mod cons providing a very comfortable and stylish base for a seaside holiday. We loved the view and the liveliness of the area although we slept well at night with just the ducks for company. Charming little town, friendly and everything accessible from mooching on the beach to eating out to sightseeing and water sports. A couple of glitches sorted out quickly by Carole, our local property manager. We heartily recommend the flat and the memory of the views from early in the morning until late at night will give us pleasure for a long time to come. Lovely.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Philip. I’m delighted that your memories of the view from Salicorne will give you lasting pleasure - that is lovely to hear. I’m happy too that your stay at Salicorne provided everything you wished. Sorry to hear you had a couple of glitches but I’m pleased that the super-efficient Carole got things promptly sorted. She’s a star manager and having her close at hand to help if our guests wish, but not intruding, works perfectly.
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5

Fantastic view. Lovely town; great food!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view opposite the sea. Lovely arty town with great restaurants. The flat is in a super location; tastefully furnished; comfortable beds, sea facing balcony and silent effective air conditioning.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Karen. We believe that a good night’s sleep helps everyone enjoy their stay, so good beds with quality linen and very efficient air-conditioning are important to us. We’re glad you appreciated them as well as the views.
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5

Most relaxing holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

sadly we had to leave Salicorne and Marseillan again after having spent there a wonderful week in April. It was the second time we chose Port Rive Gauche and it was just great again. The appartment has an amazing position and a stunning view out the sitting room window over the lake. You feel like on a boat floating in the water – sitting on your couch. That view is really unique.

The appartment is very tastefully furbished and the beds are a dream - we all slept so well!

The arrival is very easy as you can just collect the key in a key box outside the house. Everything you need to know is explained in the white folder in the appartment. We spent nice days cooking in the kitchen or going just round the corner for lunch or dinner in one of the nice little restaurants in the port. Oysters and seafood everywhere.

We rented 4 bikes and cycled one day to the other side of the lake and had lunch at Les Voiles Rouges.

We also had lunch at the Oyster degustations places nearby (la Cabane), one day we went to Carcassonne (amazing city!!! 1 ½ hours drive) and the best of all - spent a wonderful day at the Abbaye de Fontfroide. That place is truely magic!

The last day we went for a canoe ride in the Gorges at Saint Guilhem du Désert (1 hour drive) and also visited the village. That was fantastic too. But there is so much more to see here in Okzitania, so hopefully we come back in Autumn or at the latest in Sping 2018

So we can really recommend the place Marseillan and especially Salicorne apartment at Port Rive Gauche. Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Magnificant!

  • 5 of 5

A luxurious apartment in a relaxed setting with spectacular views! Moments away from the beautiful port and all other amenities. Heaven if you're looking for a stress free break where you can put your feet up do nothing but relax! Salicorne, I can't wait for my next visit!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. It's very true that Salicorne is a great place to relax but it's also a good base to explore the beautiful Languedoc area and enjoy lots of local activities too - from sailing to wine-tasting, cycling to petanque. We look forward to having you back soon.
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5

Stunning

  • 5 of 5

The only word to describe this place. Utter heaven. The apartment is beautifully equipped and in a fantastic location. Restaurants, boulangeries, everything you could need is around the corner. I really can't recommend it enough. Did I mention the view? To die for!

On top of all the amazingness,Hazel the owner was excellent at communicating and went above and beyond with local advice and help. Not forgetting to mention Carole the agent on site who was also really helpful.

We had a fantastic 2 week stay with our children. My heart had always previously belonged to Provence but Salicorne and Marseillan have stolen it. Go! You will not regret it

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay so much. It seems you've now fallen for Salicorne and Marseillan, just as we did! Carole and I are very much want our guests to enjoy their stay to the full so we are always both happy to help. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Highlight of our French Holiday...

  • 5 of 5

Amazing, beautiful outlook, perfectly located to village and restaurants. The Apartment was spotless, beautifully decorated so you felt like you were somewhere really special. Facilities were excellent, much needed laundry machines, lift, air conditioning, very convenient car parking.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of Salicorne. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay - in particular the location and the apartment facilities. We'll certainly pass on your 'spotless' comment to our cleaning team too - it's great to know that their hard work is appreciated. We hope to welcome you back in future.
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $294.88
Tax Rate 10.0%

Minimum booking is 3 nights. Alternative payment and security deposit arrangements possible by agreement with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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