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19th Century Maison-De-Maitre With Private Pool

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Berlou, Nr. Saint Chinian, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location In The Picturesque Wine-Making Village Of Berlou

The imposing maison-de-maitre dates back to 1874. It was lovingly restored by its present owners over the years, and provides comfortable home from home accommodation, with a mixture of contemporary and antique furniture and two beautiful terraces for sitting out and dining, both facing the vineyards. The house stands on the edge of a picturesque wine-making village of Berlou, providing both privacy and access to village facilities, which include tennis courts and wine shop (the local Cave Cooperative produces some of the best wines in the area). There is a large garden with trees, a lawn, and a swimming pool with a terrace for sun-bathing. It is a place of relaxation and tranquility, there's no wi-fi or TV in the house.

The house is lovely and comfortable, with spacious, light-filled rooms and a large garden with a swimming pool.

The house can accommodate up to 10 people.

If you like your French holiday to be chic and individual rather than perfect, it is for you to enjoy, it's beautiful, you wont' find an ugly object inside. We changed the roof last autumn, but there are small marks on some walls from old leaks, and the door-handles are 19th century and squeak, but we love them.

We re-tiled the pool last spring and now have the most beautiful swimming pool in the whole of Languedoc-Roussillon!

A large open plan kitchen is situated on the raised ground floor, with a table for 10, and two large sofas for an after-dinner digestif. Or enjoy a glass of eau de vie in the adjacent salon-library, with 2 further sofas, 2 armchairs and a coffee-table. Large doors open onto the terrace with outside table and chairs.

Next to the salon, on the same floor, there's a twin bedroom with an adjacent bathroom (toilet and shower).

A curved staircase with cast-iron railings leads to the 1st floor, where you will find 3 further bedroom (1 en-suite) and 2 bathrooms.

Guests have the use of the entire house and a 3000 m2 garden, with lawn, some fruit trees and lavender borders, as well as the swimming pool 10m x 5 m with the terrace for chaise-longues.

The village of Berlou, renowned for its excellent wines, is one of the best producers of St Chinian Appellation Contrôlée. Staying in Berlou, you can be guaranteed a proper holiday in France, with beautiful views and great wines!

The old village of Berlou is renowned for its fine wines, AOC St Chinian. The house has a large terraced garden with rows of lavender and fruit trees, and a large swimming pool with a terrace with sunbeds, table and chairs. The village of Berlou is conveniently located for walks, cycling, local markets and restaurants.

More Details

Irina Shumovitch
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, russian
Calendar last updated:
November 10, 2017

About Irina Shumovitch

Our family have had the house in Berlou for nearly 20 years. We bought the 1864 maison-de-maitre as a wreck and lovingly renovated it over the years. It has given us, friends and family a lot of pleasure over the years. Now, as the children have grown up and don't want to spend as much time with us as we would have loved, we are offering it for rental. We love the village of Berlou and the area, it's natural beauty and wild life, the hills and vineyards, rivers and beaches, the food and the lifestyle. We guarantee you'd love it too!

Irina Shumovitch purchased this house in 1995

Why Irina Shumovitch chose Berlou

We fell in love with the area as soon as we arrived, and came back in 6 months on a quest to find our perfect house. It took us a while - we wanted a spacious house, a garden and a view. When we had driven through the vineyards and arrived to the village of Berlou, we were charmed. And when we saw the handsome imposing ruin of a maison-de-maitre, we knew our search was over. Since then we were on a new quest - to restore the house. This proved an on-going project.

What makes this house unique

Beautiful house, spacious garden, newly tiles sparkly swimming pool, breath-taking views, walks in the surrounding hills, beautiful river beaches, rock-pools and the Mediterranean coast all within a driving distance. Cycling, riding, tennis and sailing too.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Irina,

This is simply to say again how much we enjoyed our stay - it felt very much a home from home, but with sunshine... We know parts of the region quite well (Pezenas, Beziers and Montpellier) but Berlou and the avant monts are a real discovery. We only scratched the surface but would love to come back for longer, bring bikes, and plan some serious walking.... I also hugely appreciated your generosity in extending my stay - this made a real difference to the timing and comfort of my journey home

With best wishes

John. 10th August 2013.
Jun 2013
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Berlou House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • One en-suite and one large bathroom on 1st floor, one shower room on ground floor.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Two spacious double bedrooms (1 en-suite), two twin-bedded rooms, possibility of putting extra beds into children's room or using a reclining sofa in the salon.
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Not suitable for small children and elderly with restricted mobility. Outside: The 3000m2 terraced garden with lawn and young fruit trees. Pool 10 m x 5 m on the upper terrace. Utility Room: A broom-cupboard under the stairs with cleaning and ironing utensils. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen provided.


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Nearest Airport
42 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Le Faitout, Berlou
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Valras Plage
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The surrounding area provides opportunities for canoeing, gorges with rock-pools, golf, horse-riding, walking, cycling, swimming, sailing, wine-tasting, fine dining, and much more.


Valras and its beautiful sandy beaches 35 min. away. There are numerous other beaches in Sete, Serignan, Portiraigne, etc.


Ryanair flights to Beziers, 35 min. drive to the village.

Further Details:

The village of Berlou, with its unique schist soil, is renowned for producing fine wines, which have won awards at both French and international wine competitions. There's a wine shop in the village with a comprehensive selection of local wines. There's also a gastronomic restaurant Le Faitout.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $69.24
Pet Fee $69.24
Damage Deposit $1,038.64

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.