Village house in St Nazaire-de-Ladarez, near Béziers, Languedoc - Village centre, 10 Minutes from River Orb, all shops and services
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About Judy Birch
We had frequently rented holiday accommodation in France, but often been disappointed with what was provided. Having our own property has meant that we, and hopefully our guests, can enjoy good quality accommodation during our stays there.
Judy Birch purchased this House in 2002
Why Judy Birch chose Saint-Nazaire-de-Ladarez
We spent a holiday about an hour's drive south of our house, and fell in love with the area around the river Orb on a day trip during the holiday. A couple of years later we returned with the idea of buying a property: we decided on the purchase despite a viewing in heavy rain! It is a decision we have not regretted, having discovered that the area has more than we imagined to offer in terms of landscapes, nature, history, local culture, not to mention climate. We enjoy never having to queue, even at the height of the season, and can choose to fly to any of five airports, which makes access very easy.
What makes this House unique
Whilst being close to the village centre, the house is an excellent base for discovering the area, with attractive walks from the doorstep and a ten minute drive to the beautiful river Orb. The pool is situated in a walled courtyard and is completely private. Both shade and sun can be found on the terrace or around the pool at any time of day.
Pool / Spa
- 0% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 0 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 0 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
Max guests: 6
Beautiful, Quiet, and very comfortable.
Soooo relaxing, set in a wonderful area for wine, walking, or just lazing about. This was our first stay in this property and loved it so much we are booking again. The House has everything you need for ease. The pool is well situated for early swims, or just mornings tanning, cooling nicely in the late afternoon.
St Nazaire de Laderez is well positioned for Carcassone to the west, Beziers to the south, Sete, the coast, Clermont to the north, or more locally St Chinian. The local market on Wednesdays and Sundays is usually well stocked for your fresh vegetables, or Paella, what ever takes your fancy.
Beautiful home and location
We loved this well equipped house and just as described. Not only was the house comfortable, with all we needed, we liked the village and the surrounding area. The pool was a real treat - we swam every day - but we also enjoyed hearing and seeing village life around us. We have stayed in a few Owners Direct properties, but this one was definitely our favourite. We loved it and would definitely recommend.
Hilary, we are delighted that the house and its location worked well for you and that you enjoyed your stay so much.
Best wishes, Judy
This converted olive oil mill was perfect for a getaway. Complete with very private pool and terrace, it had everything. The village is extremely quiet but there are more lively towns very near and in fact the silence was just what we wanted for hours of reading and sunning. A beautifully restored and well appointed and equipped traditional house, we will be back!
Noelle and Peter.
The River Orb with its beaches and gorge, ideal for swimming, canoeing, walking, birdwatching, etc, is 10 min by car. The Mediterranean coast (Agde, Sérignan, Valras-Plage) is approximately 45 min by car.
If crossing the channel by car via Dover or Folkestone, the most direct route is the motorway via Paris/Orléans, then either via Clermont Ferrand and Millau, or via Limoges and Toulouse. The drive from Calais usually takes 10-12 hours plus stops. Approximate driving times to the nearest airports are 45 min Béziers, 90 min Carcassonne, Montpellier and Perpignan, 2 hours Nîmes and Toulouse. A range of flights from several British airports and car hire is currently offered, eg Ryanair, Easyjet.
Bakery, bar, mobile shops on certain days, vintners, recreation area with tennis court in the village. Medium-sized supermarkets, banks, petrol stations, restaurants, tourist offices, doctors, all the usual shops and services, the river Orb 10-15 min by car; Béziers with its sightseeing opportunities, hypermarkets, large choice of shops, also a greater choice of restaurants 30 min by car; the Mediterranean coast,'Aqualand' at Cap d'Agde 45 min by car; mediaeval Carcassonne 90 min.
There are many good walks in the area, eg around the village, the gorge of the Orb, the mediaeval village of Minerve, the Montagne Noire, and the Gorges de l’Héric. Almost every village is a starting point for walks of varying grades of difficulty. For cyclists, the immediate area is undulating and therefore suitable for the more energetic and for mountain biking enthusiasts. The less energetic could try the area to the south around the Canal du Midi. The area has plenty of historic, cultural and geographic interest to suit all tastes, from mediaeval villages and towns and Cathar strongholds, to mountains, lakes and river gorges.
At Roquebrun (10 min by car) canoes can be hired during the summer season, transport is provided one way, as well as watertight barrels for stowing picnics, swimming towels, etc. There is also a ‘Mediterranean Garden’ and along the river Orb many good spots for swimming. North of Roquebrun there are many pretty spots along the river, towards Lamalou-les-Bains to the east, and Olargues, a pretty medieval village, to the west. Further north towards Fraïsse-sur-Agout and the Lac de Raviège the countryside is completely different.
The Canal du Midi, due south, is good for easily accessible walks and cycling, and pleasant villages. The nearest beaches are Valras Plage, approx 40 min, or Serignan, Agde and Sète. Families with children could visit 'Aqualand' at Cap d'Agde.
Further afield there are many possibilities for day outings: Carcassonne, Minerve, Nîmes, the Camargue, Gorges du Tarn, Gorges de l’Hérault, Lac de Salagou, Montpellier, Cathar strongholds such as Peyrepertuse (near Perpignan), the chateaux of Lastours (near Carcassonne) and much more.