This peaceful and secluded villa is the perfect place to unwind. It is set in its own very large, private Mediterranean garden, with the large main terrace facing south west offering the perfect opportunity to sip the local wine and watch the sun sink behind the vine covered hills. The villa has everything for modern living, American-style fridge/freezer with ice maker, dishwasher, washing machine, UK satellite TV, DVD, video, hi-fi, wireless internet. The living room with feature fireplace (with wood burning stove for Winter lets – there is also electric central heating) leads through French windows to large terraces on either side of the house for all day sun or shade. The villa also boasts a large, luxury, heated swimming pool with extensive terrace and a well-equipped games room. The villa, which has superb views of vineyards and local countryside, is at the edge of the charming medieval village of Autignac, just a few minutes walk to the village centre. The two rear bedrooms benefit from the recent addition of en suite shower rooms and double French doors with extensive vies of the local countryside.
- Villa1722 sq. ft.
- Half Baths2
- Min Stay4 - 7 nights
Villa in Autignac, Nr. Bezier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location, with Stunning Views over Vineyards
Phil and Pat Howard-Knight
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About Phil and Pat Howard-Knight
We are a couple in our 60s who have always enjoyed travelling to France. Once our two children grew older and became more independent we wanted to have somewhere we could call our home away from home, so we bought our French house in 2005. We spent a year turning it into our home. We do have our own separate apartment at the property which we can use when the main house is let. It is completely separate with a separate entrance and does not overlook the "guest" areas at all or share any facilities. We do need to be there at various times during the season in order to do any maintenance and ensure that our own high standards are being met. We always discuss this with any guests and respect their wishes; some guests love us to be there but others prefer not.
Phil and Pat Howard-Knight purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Phil and Pat Howard-Knight chose Autignac
When we were looking for our French home we wanted to be in the South to have the weather as warm as possible and our other criteria were:- to either have a swimming pool or enough land to build one - we ended up building; to be within walking distance of the centre of a village with enough facilities to meet our everyday needs; to be very quiet; to have some wow factor - ours is the views with stunning sunsets; to be within an hours drive of the sea - Phil likes diving; and to be an old stone building - this is the only one of our criteria we didn't manage to meet, however the house does have character and as it's not old it has all the advantages of a modern building.
What makes this Villa unique
The walk into the village in the morning, to get fresh bread, takes just over 5 minutes, which make an excellent start to the day. We so much enjoy being around the villa and pottering that we still have lots of touristy things to do. It's the best place we know to chill out. The sun sets over the hills behind the house and we make it a ritual to have our 'sundowner', watching the birds swoop to get their last feed of the day, followed by the bats getting their first. We often then continue to sit out with the barbecue until the sky is full of stars. We make improvements to the house every year, we like to think each year the house is even better than the last. Also we strive to make the house somewhere we ourselves like to stay, comfortable and very well equipped but not too fussy.
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Luxury villa with fabulous pool in the best area
This villa is the very best we have stayed at, so much so that this is our third visit, and each time the villa just gets better. A party of six adults yet still so much space, extremely well equipped, large clean pool, stunning views and magical with the lights for night swimming, and so many terraces to choose from. Situated in the best spot of Autignac overlooking vineyards, watching the sunset on the balcony with the Pyrenees in the distance - what's not to love. The area is so perfect for such a variety of day trips, this year we explored Sete just an hours drive away and the old streets of Pezanas which have a similar feel to Carcassonne Castle, a morning river swimming and canoeing at Roquebrun and we always hire bikes from Veloroo who deliver & collect and book in some guided rides with Steve who shows you the best the area offers which differs every year lol.
Still so much more to explore. Couche du Soleil has nothing to fault. We love it here and this villa spoils us, we will be back!
Stunning villa and pool
We all loved the comfortable and spacious villa. The pool really was a necessity as temperatures soared to 36 degrees. It was a big hit with our 5 year old grandson! We enjoyed barbecues outside and the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
Luxury 5* family friendly villa
The villa was superb, and much better than we had expected from looking at the photos on-line. It was very spacious and had all the extras you would expect from a luxury villa. Pat & Phil are the perfect hosts, and our 2 children were distraught when we had to leave. Would definitely recommend the villa to family and friends, and we hope to return ourselves very soon.
Our 5th time at Phil and Pat's wonderful Villa. Love the alterations and en-suite additions. Met Phil and Pat who were superb hosts, made sure we wanted for nothing and gave he great local info. There is so much to see and do within 30 mins of Autignac, and the local wineries are great. Favourite part is the large outside terrace and BBQ off the kitchen. We basically lived there for the holiday.
Thanks for the lovely review Keith and Rachel. So pleased you were able to come again and that you had such a good time, despite the weather not being as good as it can be in October. Glad you appreciated the improvements and it was great to meet you at last as well.
We hope to welcome you again another year.
Phil & Pat.
magnifique villa, superbes couchers de soleil
Un grand merci à Phil et Pat qui nous ont réservé un accueil chaleureux. La maison est fidèle à sa description: grande, fonctionnelle, très propre et dispose de plusieurs terrasses avec une superbe vue sur les collines. Nous avons assisté à de magnifiques couchers de soleil! La piscine est grande, propre et chaude... un luxe pour la saison. La profondeur de 2m d'un côté de la piscine a été très appréciée par nos ados "sauteurs". Tout est très spacieux, les terrasses, les chambres, le salon et la salle à manger. Nous avons apprécié les nombreuses salles de bain (nous étions 6 personnes). Ayant bénéficié d'une météo exceptionnelle, nous avons passé notre temps dehors et n'avons pratiquement pas profité de la salle de jeux qui est très bien équipée. Un seul petit bémol, la vitesse du wifi. Suite à notre demande, Phil a fait le maximum pour y remédier. Nous tenons à souligner aussi le professionnalisme avec lequel Phil et Pat ont préparé notre séjour. Nous avons reçu toutes les informations nécessaires ainsi que des conseils pour passer une merveilleuse semaine. Nous avons également apprécié de trouver les lits faits à notre arrivée ainsi que des serviettes de toilettes. Les produits de base (savon, produit vaisselle, linge de cuisine, sucre, sel, huile etc...) étaient à notre disposition. Nous avons l'habitude de louer des maisons pour nos vacances et c'est la première fois que nous avons profité d'un tel accueil et d'un tel service.
Nous recommanderions sans hésiter cette location à nos amis et espérons avoir l'occasion d'y séjourner à nouveau.
Thanks for your great review Florence and Christian, we are delighted you had such a lovely time.
Apologies for the Wifi, as you know the village is poorly served for internet anyway, but I plan to make some configuration changes over the winter to make things more stable and maximise what we can get.
Fabulous Villa in Perfect Setting
Me, my husband, two children and my mum and dad had a fabulous holiday in the villa. The views from the back terrace made every meal a delight. On clear nights we even saw the Milky Way. The pool was a great size and depth with plenty of loungers for many fun filled afternoons. The villa has everything you need, very well thought through and is clean. The village is delightful, very peaceful. We waked up the Gorge, went swimming and played at Valras Plage, went swimming and kayaking in the river at Roquebrun, visited Beziers and walked locally. I would definitely recommend this villa if you enjoy this type of holiday.
Thanks for the great review Caroline, we are very pleased that you had such a great time and enjoyed all that our house and the area have to offer.
The Mediterranean coast in approximately 25 minutes drive away, with beaches and facilities to suit all tastes, from very quiet to those offering a wealth of water sports.
The nearest airport is at Beziers Agde, being 20 minutes drive away, with Montepellier, Perpignan and Carcasonne approximately one hours distance. Whilst the village offers all one could need for day to day living, public transport is infrequent and car hire or bike hire is therefore recommended.
The villa is a few minutes walk of the centre of the village where there is a cafe which does excellent value weekday lunches. The cafe has recently been refurbished and offers a la carte evening meals during the summer. The village also has a baker's, mini market, green grocer's, post office and pharmacy. A wider selection of shops can be found in Magalas some 5km away. The nearest city is Beziers with its famous flower market.
Languedoc's diversity caters for all tastes, from mountaineering to wind surfing, from bird watching to sunbathing, from canoeing the rapids to diving. The fascinating medieval towns of Beziers (famous for its flower market on Fridays and the annual 'Feria'), Pezenas (with its wonderful Saturday market) and the African Wildlife Reserve at Sigean are just a short distance away. There are number of mediaeval towns nearby and as it is an area that has suffered a turbulent history there are a wealth of historical sites to explore, including the magnificent Abbeys of Frontfroide and Lagrasse, the Cathar castles in Peyrepertuse and Queribus and the fortified town of Carcasonne. Inland there are many opportunities for hill walking amongst astounding scenery, the grottes of Clamouse, Deveze and Demoiselles and Lake Salagou for fresh water swimming and water sports. There is also excellent river fishing in the Orb and lake fishing in lake Salagou.
Nearby is the picturesque Canal du Midi, featured in the TV series 'Rick Stein's French Odyssey', which passes by fascinating countryside and has beautiful flat walks and cycle rides along its towpaths.
Just outside the village lies the impressive ‘Chateau de Grezan’ – a superb chateau hidden by vineyards and trees. It is owned by the Lanson Champagne family and is also the home of an excellent wine cave. Also nearby are the Paul Ricard caves in Bessan and the museum and caves of Noilly Prat in the pretty harbour side village of Marseillan.
In the next village of Magalas, a short drive away, there are three restaurants (including O Bontemps which has an excellent reputation), bank, tourist information and supermarket. The village is in the heart of the wine growing region and so there are plenty of opportunities for wine tasting nearby.
There are tennis courts in the village.
A silversmith offers courses in the village.
A local artist holds watercolour painting workshops in a nearby village (see www.painting-in-france.com)
Booking Notes: Shorter periods and non Saturday to Saturday bookings may be possible away from high season; please contact the owner for more information. Changeover Day: Our changeover day is Saturday. Arrival after 4.00pm and departure by 10.00am. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.