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David and Holly Nielsen

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, danish

Elegant 2 Bedroom Apartment In The Center of Pézenas, France

32 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Beziers area Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Modern Kitchen, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4

Practice the Art of Living Well. After a day of exploring the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, it’s nice to know that there is a beautiful, comfortable apartment that awaits you.

Sit and relax in the livingroom / kitchen and enjoy local delicacies you’ve discovered over a bottle of local wine before dinner. The French have perfected the art of living well, and this apartment has been outfitted to help you achieve this with ease.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, freezer, oven, stove, microwave and dishwasher. The cellier just off the kitchen has a Nespresso coffee maker, kettle, and toaster. There is even a clothes washing machine at your disposal in the apartment.

'L’Appartement Des Artistes' has two bedrooms. The romantic master bedroom features 14 foot high ceilings and a double bed. The guest bedroom has two twin beds and features original beams that date back 200 years. All rooms are bathed with natural light. Each room is freshly made up for your arrival.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
David and Holly Nielsen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, danish

About David and Holly Nielsen

We are enthusiastic traveller's who use our wonderful apartment as a base for seeing all of Europe. Everyday we spend in Pézenas teaches us new things about culture, food, wine. We call it 'l'Appartement des Artistes' because we both actively participante in the fine arts.

David and Holly Nielsen purchased this apartment in 2011

Why David and Holly Nielsen chose Beziers area

When we decided to search for a property in France, we came directly to the Languedoc. The vibe is more laid back then the French Riviera, and the cost of living is far more reasonable. We looked at over 29 properties, and had basically given up.

The day we first saw the apartment, the real estate agent was reluctant to show us this property because it was being completely renovated - it was a disaster!

We knew it was our place the second we saw the front door to the building. As soon as we entered we noticed the old tiles a l'ancienne, and it's incredible staircase. We wanted a property that immediately made one feel that, 'there's no doubt about it, we're in France,' and this one was paying off with every step - and we had not even visited the apartment yet!

Having done numerous home improvement DIY projects, we could see beyond the rubble, and saw this as the incredible property could be and now is.

Of all the apartments in our building, this one retained most of it's original character. 4 meter high ceilings, gigantic light filled windows, original plaster moulding, the marble fireplace and original hexagonal red tiles on the floor. How could we not fall in love with this property.

We know you will also!

What makes this apartment unique

We wanted a place that had all the charm of a European apartment with modern conveniences. After we bought the apartment, we went about completely replacing the kitchen and bathrooms with modern energy efficiency equipment - while always maintaining the original charm of this 250 year old building. The modern and the traditional work together in this apartment, not compete.

This apartment is also so well located, we walk everywhere when we are in town. It is in the middle of a thriving village, with everything mere steps away from the building: restaurants, the Old Town, and shopping either atthe local festivals or market. We are far away enough from the over crowded beach towns, but very close to the water. We are surrounded by history and culture, we only needs to ask, 'What am I curious about today?'

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear David and Holly,

We just spent 2 weeks at your apartment, and we were very impressed how well equipped it was. The apartment is very well located with all shops one might need very close by. The building is old, but the inside of the apartment is certainly new. The kitchen has everything one can think of, the bathroom and shower are great. The beds are very comfortable and the apartment is very nicely furnished, incl. TV, radio. We bought croissents 25 meters away, a fruit and veg store in front and next to that Charcuterie and a small supermarket.



Pezenas, is a very old town that is well maintained and really lovely. Beautiful old buildings, good restaurants and high quality artisan shops; as opposed to run of the mill tourist shops in other towns. It really is special. We had easy visits to other places on roads, which all appeared to have been repaved recently. The countryside is lovely. The distance to the Mediterranean is only about 18-20 kms. During our stay, we visited many interesting places and towns known worldwide. We ate our noon meals at outdoor restaurants every day but one. In short we enjoyed ourselves immensely.



A great place.
Apr 2012
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Reviews

4.8
based on 32 traveler reviews

Elegant 2 Bedroom Apartment In The Center of Pézenas, France
average rating of 4.75 based on 33 reviews
5

Excellent! Great location in the heart of Pezenas

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed eight nights at Holly and David's apartment in Pezenas. For anyone exploring the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France, the location is ideal. We explored the region around us during the day and spent our evenings in the village. We tried a different restaurant each night...the cuisine exceeded our expectations. Our favourites: Maison Conti, Le Saint Roch and Les Palmiers. The people of Pezenas welcomed us with open arms. The village is a delightful old labyrinth of laneways filled with artisans and their studios. Be sure to take in the Saturday market!

The apartment was as described in a historic building tucked within the town centre. The bedrooms are quite large and comfortable. There were only two of us, but the flat could easily accommodate a family of four with room to spare. We liked that the shower room was separate from the WC, and both rooms were very clean and modern. The owners provide a nicely stocked kitchen with all the necessities should you choose to eat in. A welcome bottle of wine was waiting for us too! The Wifi worked well, which was appreciated as it allowed us to easily keep in touch with family back home.

The flat comes furnished with modern, easy-to-use appliances, including a dishwasher (which we did not use) and washing machine (which we did). The Nespresso machine is a great touch to grab a quick cuppa while getting ready in the morning before heading out to the patisserie. Holly and David provide useful resources for exploring the region, including recommendations, guidebooks and brochures, which we appreciated. They were also quick to reply to any email inquiries we had.

We drove and had no trouble finding the place. The parking at first seemed confusing, as we had never been to Pezenas before and we were a little overwhelmed from the overnight flight. However, once we got our bearings we realized how close everything actually is! The free parking lots always had spaces for us and there were no issues leaving the car there for days at a time. The farthest we parked was an easy five-minute walk through the village, and by the end of our stay we were so comfortable with the trek, we carried our luggage to the car rather than drive to the apartment to get it. It's that convenient.

We would absolutely recommend Les Appartments des Artistes to anyone looking for a place to stay in Pezenas. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us in Pezenas. Your review was the 30th we have received, and we are so grateful for your positive remarks. That is why we are so pleased to announce that this fall, we will be opening a second "L'Appartement des Artistes"! The new place is located in the same wonderful building, just across the hallway from our first apartment. The new apartment is slightly larger, and has all of the same charm that has made the first "Appartement des Artistes" one of Pezenas' best value vacation rentals while maintaining classic charm. Now, if our first apartment is booked when you wish to take your French dream vacation, take a look and see if the second "Appartement des Artistes" may be available. Or if you are travelling with two families for example, you could rent both places - and be "together, but separate". Until then, we are busily preparing the new space with all of the same comforts we are known for as well as a brand new kitchen and washrooms.
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is lovely and comfortable. Small , but very well equipped kitchen, and especially liked the ability to wash our clothes. Everything you need is nearby. We highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us! You summed up what we try and provide our guests very succinctly - "lovely and comfortable". We can't ask for a better review!
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5

A Perfect Base in Pezenas

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 4 days in Pezenas at David & Holly's great apartment. It was very conveniently located to everything, but not on a busy thoroughfare. We arrived on Saturday for the market, so we parked in one of the free lots suggested by David and had an easy walk through the town to the place. It was very safe with the neighbors looking out for each other and friendly. The flat itself was nicely decorated, comfortable and clean. David & Holly have really put a lot of thought into what visitors will need. There were plenty of hooks for coats and towels. The kitchen was well equipped, a wooden baguette bowl and wine bottle opener at the ready! Also, shopping bags for a run downstairs to the SPAR market or CarreFour down the road for a big shop, plenty of guide books and other entertainment. Lastly, just wanted to mention the artwork on the walls. Fantastic paintings of the area. Not sure why I didn't put 2+2 together before we arrived that this is the home of an artist, so naturally it's filled with his art! But this artist must be both right and left brained because it was an aesthetically pleasing yet super organized flat.

It's very easy to get to from Montpellier Airport. Also, convenient to Bezier, Carcassonne, Sete, Marseillan, Canal du Midi and all the lovely villages and vineyards surrounding. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying with us Joe and Joanne. Thank you for the kid words about the art, it is hard not to find inspiration in this are. We also love it when guests like you notice the little things about our apartment, like the hooks, baguette holders and bags. We always have strived to make our place as convenient and comfortable as possible. We believe it is those little touches that make our guests feel like they are truly living in France, and not simply passing through. We love Pezenas, and we want our guests to leave with the same feeling. Pezenas is really one of the best kept secrets of the South of France, and our goal is to have "L' Appartement des Artistes" be one of it's hidden gems.
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5

Ein wunderschöner Urlaub

  • 5 of 5

Mit unserer kleinen Tochter haben wir zwei Wochen in Hollys und Davids schönem Apartment verbracht. Einer unser schönsten Urlaube! Die Wohnung ist für drei Personen groß, mit zwei modernen Bädern, stilvoll eingerichtet, sauber und perfekt ausgestattet. Besonders schön fanden wir, dass die selbstgemalten Bilder der Besitzer dem Apartment einen persönlichen Touch gegeben haben. Es gab jede Menge Tipps zu Ausflügen in die Umgebung und Empfehlungen für gute Restaurants und Shops in Pezenas, und als wir eine Jacke in der Wohnung liegenließen, wurde die uns prompt zurückgeschickt. David und Holly waren immer erreichbar und sehr freundlich. Zur Urlaubsregion nur ein Satz: Es gibt so viel zu entdecken und es ist so schön und abwechlungsreich, dass wir auf jeden Fall wiederkommen werden. Und dann würden wir uns freuen, wenn wir wieder im "L´Appartement des Artises" wohnen könnten. Wir können das Apartment nur empfehlen!

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Vielen Dank! We are so pleased you had a great vacation. It is true, Pezenas is perfect spot for a family vacation. Close to the beaches. Close to incredible places to explore and visit. Finally, so close to numerous activities for families. Like kayaking on the Herault or Orb rivers. It's great fun for the entire family. At 'L'Appartement des Artistes', we are parents also. We know what it's like to travel with a young family. That is why we provide toys (including toys for the beach), games and puzzles for younger children. We will make sure your children are happy, while you relax and enjoy the South of France.
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5

Lovely apartment in excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly presented with lots of very thoughtful touches by the owners to ensure a perfect stay. The location of the property is in the best part of Pezenas , very close to the central heart and with at least 4 bakeries to choose from within minutes from the front door for your morning croissant. Another bonus is the plentiful supply of parking very close by. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Timothy, It's true, there are a variety of excellent bakeries all within walking distance to our apartment. You could conceivably spend a week at L'Appartement des Artistes and have excellent bread and pastries from a different shop each day. There is also a wide variety of secure parking close at hand. The apartment is so conveniently located to the heart of Pezenas. We feel so lucky to be able to share this with renters like you. We hope to see you again in the future!
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5

Absolutely wonderful,

  • 5 of 5

A very welcome feeling when entering the apartment. The layout, furnishings, amenities and well maintained clean apartment made for a very comfortable and pleasant stay. The location in the village made getting around very easy with so many shops and restaurants close. So nice and convient was the fresh market just outside the main door and a general grocery store right on the corner. We enjoyed road trips to some amazing sites just hours drive from Pezenas-a great home base location. So much to see and do. Highly recommend the property to friends and family and would love to return. Loved emersing ourselves in the daily life there!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
67 Kilometres
Beziers 20mins. / Montpellier, Carcassone 50mins.
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Numerous brasseries and cafés - Place 14 Juillet
Nearest Ferry
37 Kilometres
Sete
Nearest Golf
26 Kilometres
Golf De Saint Thomas
Nearest Train
27 Kilometres
Beziers
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A75 2 kms /
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Entre Pots 270m Place Gambatta 270m
Nearest Ski
125 Kilometres
Station de Ski - Prat-Peyrot
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Vias / Meze / Agde
Car: recommended

Make Your Dream A Reality. A 200 year old historically protected building at the very centre of a vibrant, rich, town in the heart of Southern France. The 'L’Appartement Des Artistes' is a two bedroom apartment that sleeps four people in comfort and style. This is an ideal location for those who dream of not only visiting France..but experiencing it completely.

Who has not dreamed of one day spending time in Southern France, living in a grand apartment building with high ceilings and large French windows that open to the street below. Being a few short steps walking distance to the local café, brasserie or boulangerie. Strolling cobbled streets rich with history, amazing shops, and sampling delicious local food and wine. 'L’appartment des Artistes' is such a place that has been equipped for you to live La Belle Vie!

The 2010 Rough Guide to Languedoc Roussillon calls Pézenas, “One of the most singularly beautiful towns in the French Southwest, endowed with an almost overwhelming concentration of grand architecture”. Thanks to Armand de Bourbon, Prince of Conti, Pézenas was considered the “second Versailles” in the late 17th century. This drew wealth, artists and playwrights of the calibre of Moliere all seeking to gain favor and patronage from the court.

Today Pézenas has an incredibly well preserved Old Town filled with outdoor restaurants, artisans, and entertainment. Seasonal festivals, celebrations and a huge Saturday market take place year-round in Pézenas and it’s neighboring villages. Located in the middle of the largest wine growing region in all of France, and less than a half hour drive from the Mediterranean beaches. Simple pleasures are abound.

With so many things to see and do in the Languedoc-Roussilon, Pézenas is ideally situated. The town of Pézenas itself is beautiful and vibrant. From buying bread and tasty treats at the local boulangerie, to people watching at a one of the town’s outdoor cafés, or exploring one of the many antique shops (Brocantes), Pézenas has so much to offer. The Old Town is rich with history and fine architecture, and full of unique artisan shops and fine restaurants. What’s more, Pézenas has one of the best year-round Saturday Markets (Bio Marché) in the area. All of this and more is steps away from 'L’Appartement des Artistes'.

Some of the finest beaches in Southern France are a short drive away, but there is so much more to this area than sun and sand. Incredible sites like Le Pont de Gard, the medeval ramparts of Carcassone, or visiting cities like Montpellier, Narbonne, Beziers, Nimes and Arles. These all make wonderful day-trips from Pézenas. There are truly so many things to see and do, you will need more than a week just to scratch the surface of this enchanting region.

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Rates & Availability

Pezenas Apartment Rental Rates

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High Season (Summer)
Jul 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$110
$768
 
 
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3 night minimum stay
$110
 

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Refundable damage deposit $329

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Amenities

Beziers area Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 63 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • River ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , WC is separate
  • Enjoy a therapeutic experience on the stone shower floor. Soft towels for showering are provided. (Seperate beach towels are also availble should you choose to go to the beach.) Shampoo and handcrafted local french soaps are provided-they will leave your skin smelling fresh and feeling soft. This home features a separate Shower room and W.C., both which have been completly updated.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Our bedrooms have new mattresses and soft luxurious linens. Depending on the time of year, a summer or winter duvet is also availble. A small dresser and closet organizer is provided for your convenience. You don't have to live out of your suitcase! Unpack, make yourself at home and enjoy a restful sleep.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
wi-fi and laptop available. Each bedroom has ample closet space and fans if required. Stereo will accept an iPod. Toys and games are on-site for children. Fireplace is decorative only. Beach toys are available. Bicycles are not for use without owners permission.

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