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Acanthus - Charming Village House for Rent

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Saint Chinian, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon - In Lovely Languedoc Village, Between Sea and Mountains

This thoughtfully restored house sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. The property is located on a wide and quiet tree lined street in the centre of Saint-Chinian. There are ample free car parking spaces available in the shaded square just behind the house. Swimming pool in village. 35 minutes to beaches. Electric heating makes for extra comfort during the colder winter months. The spacious accommodation is arranged over three floors. Ground floor with entrance hall, utility room and bathroom. First floor with large sitting/dining room with balcony and kitchen. Second floor with 2 bedrooms and a large bathroom.

Property Manager
Andreas Wagner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Andreas Wagner

I've been living with my partner in St Chinian now since 1998 and am still captivated by the area. We first came to the area for a long weekend, to visit friends who'd settled here. It was Easter, the weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful time. At the end our stay we decided to come back later in the year, and booked a two week stay in St Chinian.

Andreas Wagner purchased this house in 1992

Why Andreas Wagner chose Saint-Chinian

We bought the house during that first holiday in St Chininan - it was very much love at first sight with the village and the area. We were staying across the road and looking from the windows of our apartment we could see this house with a large for sale sign on it. At the time there were no estate agents, so we visited with the local notary who had the keys and took us round. We visited a second time with our friends who lived locally and at the end of our holiday we'd signed for the house and arranged everything - and we've never once regretted it.

What makes this house unique

Acanthus is just a few steps away from the market square, and the house is close to all amenities whilst not being close enough to them to suffer noise. You can get to St Chinian by public transport and if you don't want to stray from the village you don't have to, everything can be found locally. A car will allow you to explore a bit more, and St Chinian is ideally placed to visit in all directions.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Auch wenn die Zeit nur kury war, so war es aber doppelt schön.

Wer haben es nicht nur genossen das Weihnachtsfest, die wenigen Tage mit den Eltern zu verbringen, wir haben auch das Glück gehabt eine einmalig schöne, gemütliche, liebevoll eingerichtete Wohnung nutzen zu dürfen.
Dec 2015
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Saint-Chinian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms) Notes on bedrooms: A crib/folding baby bed can be provided on request
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • library
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is well stocked with a selection of books for all tastes, DVDs and board games. Internet access via WiFi. Outside: The little balcony off the sitting room is perfect for sitting with a book or watching the world go by. Free parking is available in the square just behind the house. Utility Room: The utility room is equipped with a washing machine, iron and ironing board, and provides storage space for empty suitcases or other bulky items. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is equipped with all bedding, linens and bath towels, you'll only need to bring towels for beach/pool use. A one-off charge of 50 euros is made towards laundry and final clean.


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Acanthus - Charming Village House for Rent
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful, spacious, sunny, comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

Can’t imagine staying anywhere else… Acanthus is gorgeous and welcoming. The hosts are extraordinary with their care and attention, and as a result walking into the house feels like coming home. I’ve stayed there 6 or 7 times now, and each time can hardly wait to get back.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday home in Saint Chinian

  • 5 of 5

I have had three holiday stays at Acanthus, and I hope to be able to enjoy many more. The location of the house is ideal, only a few steps away from the market square, and the property is absolutely as described.

The kitchen is wonderfully equipped with everything anyone might need to prepare full meals, and the refrigerator/freezer is an absolute bonus, as it is not one of the little below-counter ones which can only accommodate one ice-cube tray!

The house is immaculately maintained, the bedrooms are comfortable, and the main bathroom/shower is fully modernized. The owners are extremely helpful and accommodating, and always willing to recommend activities and places to visit..

The village itself has a number of restaurants and cafes, and the twice-weekly markets are fabulous. I would certainly recommend Acanthus to a friend, and I certainly hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure to host you - I'm looking forward to seeing you again before too long!
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Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

I’ve stayed at Acanthus 6 or 7 times now, and will keep coming back to St. Chinian for the people, the village, the vineyards, the markets, the shops and restaurants, and for the warmth and beauty of Acanthus. The house and its furnishing are beautiful, so comfortable, bright, and inviting. And the village has everything that’s needed for a perfect holiday—gorgeous walks, friendly shopkeepers, amazing plat du jours, local wines and cheeses and fresh produce, markets twice a week, oh, and the patisseries…oh my… I keep going back, and can’t imagine going anywhere else in southern France.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Saint Chinian was wonderful and exactly what I dreamed of. This IS a charming village house and more comfortable than I could imagine. The owners set up just the right touches to make it feel like it was a home away from home...lots of books, magazines, movies to keep me happy. The location was perfect as we did not have a car but we were able to walk everywhere to get what we needed.

Some of our favorite things to do: the outdoor market on Thursdays was interesting and fun because of the food, household goods and clothing sold, going to the Bakery, the butcher, restaurants, and even an antique store in town to name a few. We walked to the Le Madura winery and took several other relaxing walks outside the village.

If you want to experience a true French village, I highly recommend this lovely house and village. I can't wait to go back!

Antony and Andreas (owners) are charming folks who eagerly helped us discover things to do in this enchanting area.

  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words - I'm so pleased to hear that your visit to Saint-Chinian and to my house was so enjoyable! We look forward to seeing you again before too long!!
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Perfect Home From Home

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a comfortable, clean and well appointed Pied a terre in the south of France look no further. Acanthus more than lives up to the pictures and reviews. It is a charming little house sat on the corner of a quiet street just off the main hub of St Chinian.

The kitchen is spacious and fully equipped with everything you need and a few things you didn't think you would! Two good sized bedrooms and a large shower room on the top floor and below a lovely bright salon across from the kitchen which opens out onto a little balcony just right for two people to sit and enjoy the quiet bustle of the town. A laundry area and second shower can be found on the ground floor and if you need anything your hosts can usually be found in the office behind, formally the garage. This is a real home from home.

St Chinian has many local wineries with free tastings and there are good restaurants to suit all budgets. On Sundays the market is excellent, offering a huge range of food, clothing and household goods. Everything you need is on the doorstep and if you want to venture further afield you are surrounded by beautiful old villages, vineyards and medieval cities such as Carcassonne which is only an hour away.

The hosts have paid great attention to detail with numerous travel guides and booklets for you to browse and they are never far away if you need advice. We came for 8 nights and had a wonderfully relaxing break. Book with confidence, you'll be in safe hands.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, Thank you so much for this glowing review - it's a pleasure to read that you had such an enjoyable holiday at Acanthus!! I do hope that we'll see you again before too long - it was a pleasure having you to stay!
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Regular visitors

  • 5 of 5

This was the fifth time we have stayed at Acanthus, so obviously we like it. This year we used the off season flexibility to have a ten day break in St Chinian.

There are a range of good restaurants in the main street for an evening meal and many more in the surrounding towns and villages for lunch as you travel round the area. On a fine day lunch sat on the terrace at the Petit Nice in Rouquebrun just 16 km from St Chinian is a regular event for us.

We also visit several of the local vineyards and the only problem is not to buy too much. A favourite is Chateau Belot about 1 km out on the road towards Cessenon.

Acanthus has wi-fi, English TV channels, books, DVDs etc all within an old French house which has been modernised without losing its essential character. The owners live nearby and can be contacted if required - thought the information provided has always been adequate for us.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments - I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your fifth visit to Acanthus and St Chinian! I look forward to seeing you again before too long!!
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Le Vernazobre
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Beziers Saint Thomas
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Beziers TGV
Nearest Motorway
29 Kilometres
A9 - Exit 36
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Cafe de la Paix
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Valras Plage
Car: recommended


The closest beach is Valras Plage - a long sandy beach with a bustling centre at one end and a long quiet stretch in the opposite direction. There are many other beaches along the mediterranean in easy reach, some more suitable for families with children, others catering to naturists.


Nearest airports are Beziers-Cap d'Agde 35km, Montpellier 103km, Carcassonne 118km, Nimes 152km, Perpignan 114km, Toulouse 213km, Girona 207km. TGV railway station in Beziers and Narbonne. St Chinian can be reached by public transport (bus) but a car is recommended to make the best of the local sights and places of interest.


Nearest towns include Beziers 30km, Narbonne 35km and the historic fortress town of Carcassonne 71km. Acanthus is 2 minute walk from the market square, and only a little further from the bakeries, restaurants and other shops and services of the village.

Further Details:

Saint-Chinian has something on offer for everyone, be it the interesting local wines, the stunning scenery, the food in the twice weekly market, the peaceful country walks, or the slower pace of life. Within a very small radius there is horse-riding, canoeing and swimming as well as lots of sightseeing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $183.53
Laundry and final clean $61.18
Stay tax $0.49 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Notes on prices:
Prices are quoted in Euros. Payment can be accepted in either Pounds Sterling or Euros. Payment may be made by credit card via PayPal. A surcharge will be applied for PayPal payments.
During winter months electricity is charged at cost according to consumption.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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