|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
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.
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.
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.
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We have stayed in Maison d'Estella several times in the past five years and each time we step into the courtyard we feel at home.
It 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, furnished throughout with French antiques.
The location of the house is ideal for the Promenade, local restaurants and markets (three per week in high season). The train station is within easy walking distance. This is where the TGV arrives from Paris and it is a convenient starting point for outings to Sete, Perpignan, Carcassone, Montpellier and Narbonne. There is safe storage for bicycles (which can be hired locally) - to potter down the cycle path to the beach or explore the surrounding areas.
Allan and NIra have done a remarkable job of renovating and furnishing their houses. They are attentive and helpful owners with an obvious passion for the history of their town.
The accomodation was first rate and just as described in the advertisement. It was amazing being in the centre of so much history. Service provided by Nira was excellent and all who stayed there appreciated her help.
Would definitely recommend this property to anyone.
Excellent restaurants within walking distance, with huge variety.
Wir hatten einen wunderschönen Urlaub. Das Haus ist traumhaft gelegen in der Altstadt von Agde. Parkmöglichkeiten sind zwar nicht direkt am Haus, aber sehr nahe dran. Im Innenhof kann man morgens super frühstücken und das Haus ist so groß, dass die Kinder sich gut darin verstecken konnten. Außerden kann man von dort aus viele Ausflüge unternehmen und der Strand ist auch nicht weit entfernt und gut anfahrbar. Wir würden immer wieder dort unseren Urlaub verbringen!
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.
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).
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.
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 airport Beziers-Agde only 10 km away-summer FLIGHTS from LONDON, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, also Oslo, Stockholm, Düsseldorf & Bastia. Agde is also on the direct Eurostar line from London-St.Pancras
Other Activities: wine tasting, cinema, antique markets