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In a charming medieval village, surrounded by vineyards, on the Massif de la Clape in its own secluded garden with pool but just minutes from the village centre and shops. The house is on one level and can sleep 8 in four bedrooms. With 240 square metres of living space the house is ideal for entertaining, including three living areas. Fleury is in the department of the Aude in Languedoc Rousillon. Fleury was the medieval town of Perinhan and had its own duke. The old ramparts are still visible in the village, and there is a very nice Pizza restaurant there now. Fleury is surrounded by the oldest wine growing area in France, having been producing wine since Roman times. The Massif de la Clape is one of France's oldest national parks and Fleury is the only village on the massif. There is a shuttle bus from the village square (two minutes walk from the house) to St Pierre la Mer 10 kilometres away, where there is a lovely beach of soft sand giving onto the Mediterranean sea. The beach stretches 7 km to the north to Cabines de Fleury where the beach is quiet and another 7 km to the south to Narbonne Plage which is very lively. St Pierre itself is also a lively place to sit on the beach. Between St Pierre and Cabines is a well known naturalist beach area next to the Pissevaches pond. There are a dozen vinyards growing wine on the massif. They are all worth visiting and offer excellent white, red and rose wines. The wine makers tend not to export their wines and so rely on local buyers. This means that they are very welcoming to visitors and are very happy to organise wine tastings without an appointment. There are several wine growers which offer tastings in the village and they are also happy to provide wine 'en vrac'. That is, you bring your own plastic bottles (or buy them at the vineyard) and they are filled for you. The price is about one and a half euro for a litre representing exceptional value. The village is half way between the two cities of Narbonne and Beziers. Both offer good restaurants (some with Michelin stars) and excellent shopping. Narbonne is famous for its Halles which offers several places where you can take the food you have just bought and have it cooked for you, or sample the local dishes, while washing it down with local delicious wine. Carcassonne is about one hour's drive away and is a World Heritage site. It is the largest fortress in Europe and every one should go there at some time in their lives. Between Fleury and Carcassonne is the Corbieres region, famous for its red wines, fortresses and the history of the Cathares. There are six airports within 90 minutes drive. Beziers is 35 minutes away and served by RyanAir. Montpellier is an hour away and served by EasyJet. Perpignan and Carcassonne are also an hour away and served by RyanAir. Toulouse, Nimes and Girona are 90 minutes away. Toulouse is a relatively large airport but very easy to get through and served by Air France and British Airways among others. Beyond Perpignan is the vermillion coast which is a famous part of France. Perpignan is the warmest city in France and is at the eastern edge of the ancient Catalonia, of which Barcelona is the capital and two and half hours drive from Fleury. Between Perpignan and the Spanish border on the vermillion coast are many interesting villages of which Collioure is the most famous, being the St Tropez of the south west of France. The nearest ski resort is Angles which is two and a half hours from Fleury in the Pyrenees. The area between Fleury and Angles is full of hill top villages with fortresses and monasteries, many of which are worth visiting if you are happy to drive up mountains. Also about 90 minutes drive away is the city of Millau now famous for its magnificent bridge over the river Tarn. The bridge is 2.5 kilometres long and has seven massive piers, two of which are taller than the Eifel tower. There is a very good visitors centre which shows how the bridge was built. Other World Heritage sites in the region include the Mont Perdu in the Pyrenees, the Pont du Gard at Nimes and the Canal du Midi. Narbonne has direct TGV access to Paris and you can drive from the north on the A75 motorway, which is the longest free motorway in France, though you have to pay 7 euro to cross the bridge at Millau, but that is well worth the fee.
The owners are a lawyer and a software engineer. Though one of us is English and the other Irish, we met on neutral territory in New York. After holidaying all over the world we now enjoy our little paradise in the south of France which we are proud to share with others.
We live in London near Kings Cross in a four story Georgian town house, so Fleury gives us a place to live without stairs and the pleasures of a village.
John Schlesinger purchased this villa in 2014
We love the Languedoc with its laid back attitude, friendliness, local wines (La Clape is the local area about to have its own appelation) and traditional French lifestyle. There are relatively few non-French people in the region and it is a holiday destination for many northern French families. We wanted somewhere that was secluded but where you didn't need a car to buy the morning baguette or the evening groceries. Fleury met all our needs. What we couldn't have anticipated was how welcoming everyone has been particularly our lovely neighbours.
Also, one of us is a Tolkien enthusiast and the master bedroom has a circular entrance, just like Bag End in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
The village has two pizza restaurants, both very good, as well as a very nice bar serving food and a more up market restaurant. There is a SPA for groceries, a newsagent and a boulangerie for your morning baguette and croissants. All within five minutes walk of the house. Also five minutes walk away is the wine cooperative where you can get your wine 'en vrac' - that is you can walk there with your plastic bottles and get them filled up with very nice white wine for 1.40 euro a litre.
You do not expect the spacious garden as you come into the property from the road in your car. It is like entering a little secluded oasis. Even more surprising is the modern glass and steel extension on the house.
I had a lovely stay with friends and would recommend this house which is spacious,comfortable and well equipped.
The accommodation is in 2 wings of a restored old wine press, with living space in between extending though to a modern large extension with great kitchen and area for entertaining. You have the advantage of privacy as the house is all on one level and is surrounded by a large garden, with trees, swimming pool, area for cars and old wall. At the same time it is located in the centre of an quiet old town, so you can walk to the boulangerie, supermarket, local pizzerias and restaurant ( three in all) in a few minutes. It is a relaxing place to stay in and great for entertaining.
Four bikes are available with all accessories, with beaches nearby to the south and wine growing countryside all around.
One of France's loveliest beaches is 10 km from Fleury stretching over 15 km from Cabines de Fleury in the north east to Narbonne Plage in the south west.
There are six airports within 90 minutes drive, the closest is Beziers 35 minutes away, then Carcassonne, Perpignan and Montpellier which are an hour away, followed by Toulouse, Nimes and Girona which are 90 minutes away.
Narbonne is 15 km from Fleury, Beziers 25 km, Perpignan, Montpellier and Carcassonne about 100 km and Toulouse and Nimes about 140 km.
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Notes on prices:
The property is available for weekly rental during July and August (and for other weeks by special arrangement) for £1800 a week.