Villa in Cessenon-sur-Orb, Nr. Saint Chinian, Herault, Laungedoc-Roussillon, France - Peaceful Location, Just 10 Minutes Walk From Lively Town.
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Great property, well equipped and with a stunning pool, but...
there were a couple of draw-backs.
First the very many positives; the house was clean and well furnished. Obviously a family home as the kitchen came equipped with nice touches such as a welcome hamper and drawers containing the essentials with which to prepare meals. There were a good supply of toiletries and soft towels including some for
the pool. All in all from the interior and the pool this was one of the best villas we have enjoyed in all our years travelling France.
However there were two worrying aspects. Firstly the access to the house was through the tortuous village of Cessenon-sur-Orb with its tiny streets that became narrower and more hilly as we neared the house. The drive was almost impassable being narrow, lumpy overgrown. This was with the latest and most powerful 4x4 currently on the market. We discussed at length whether a standard family car would have made it up the drive without sustaining damage and we were all firm in the belief it would not. Secondly the aspect of the house was firmly south facing so trying to find shade was very difficult. We tried using the parasols but the wind precluded their use most of the time. The built in BBQ around the pool was unusable as it was in full sun until 9pm with temperatures on the terrace approaching 40 degrees. Even after sunset the area was too hot to use. Nearly all the windows faced south which resulted in the shutters to the house having to be closed all the time . This was a great shame considering the magnificent views.
So, in conclusion, we had an enjoyable stay but beware the negatives that precluded this from being exceptional.
We are pleased that Dr Ranger and his family enjoyed many aspects of their stay at our holiday villa, even though it coincided with the recent very hot weather in France.
However, some parts of his review are inaccurate.
The house is indeed to be found up a hill from the centre of the town and via a private driveway, about 100 metres of which is unmade. Accessibility has never previously been a problem, even using a standard rental car.
In addition the house and pool area face west rather than south. They get the sun in the afternoon and the evening, which is very pleasant in normal conditions. There are also stunning sunsets over the valley opposite to the house.
Secluded peacefull Villa
Dealing with the owner was a pleasure from first enquiry to return of deposit. All mails responded to in excellent time.
The villa is amazing, the online photos do not due it justice.
Very spacious and well equipped.
The pool area is excellent with a nice summer kitchen area, not overlooked at all.
A fantastic villa,everything was such good quality,we just really enjoyed being at the house & at the pool which was a godsend as it was so hot! The shops in the village were great & really had everything we needed, also the bar was very friendly, we hope to return
2 weeks in June
The Villa is well placed up in the hills with fantastic views. It feels very private and you are not overlooked. The grounds are quite extensive and very well landscaped. I am a keen gardener and was very impressed with the design, it borrows and merges beautifully with the surrounding landscape. Town is a 10 minute walk and not too strenuous, especially if you go early morning before the sun is too hot. There are a couple of bakeries, a butchers/deli a bar and a couple of restaurants. For bigger shops there are a couple of supermarkets about 15 minutes away by car.
I was there with my family, including a toddler. We mostly enjoyed relaxing by the pool and in and around the villa. I should mention that the villa is very well stocked. The kitchen had more and better utensils/crockery/cutlery than my home kitchen. Also I had taken lots of things I did not need. There is a stock of washing up liquid, dishwasher and washing machine tablets, cleaning products, soaps, handwashes ect......
The bedrooms are nicely decorated and the beds comfortable. I slept well thanks to the air-conditioning in the bedrooms.
The pool area is slightly set away from the main property, on a lower terrace. It has a nice tiled area with loungers and an outside kitchen with a built in BBQ. There is a washing up area and even a fridge. The views are wonderful. It got a little hot down there at 1700 so we would often venture back to the coolness of the terrace off the living room.
The beaches are about a 35-40 minute drive. We went to Valras Plage near Beziers. To be honest it was not really my thing. A little naff with 1000s of people crammed on the hot sands.
I can recommend a visit to Sete, with its lovely canals and seafood restaurants. We also had a nice time in Beziers, there is a good shopping centrre called the Polygon, where we bought our toddlers first pair of shoes. St Chinian is worth a visit on Market Days. There is a lovely restuarant called cafe de paix (or something similar). It is very popular so you may need to book. We also visited Roquebrun and had an ice cream and a swim in the Orb , where the river bends and slows, there is a pebble beach and lots of people swimming.
I think a car is a must. If flying have a look at Beziers, it is the closest by far. The drive up the villa is a little bumpy, and there are a few ruts in the turning area to start the ascent up the villa drive. I had a 4x4 but to be honest it is not a necessity!
This holiday villa met all of our expectations and more, and we have just had the best summer family holiday for a few years. The holiday home was immaculately presented and to a very high standard. We felt privileged to stay in such a lovely villa, in such a stunning location. The views were truly fabulous giving one a feeling of being completely isolated, whilst in actual fact the village of Cessenon sur Orb is walking distance. Each day we walked into the village to the Boulangerie next to the Helder, the walk back up the hill part of our justification for our indulgences. The area itself provided us with plenty of interesting places to visit without having to travel too far, so we could return to the villa to relax in the afternoon.
Far from the maddening crowd
From our first enquiry through to booking the owners could not have been more helpful - excellent communication. I am super fussy when it comes to booking properties and all my questions were answered extremely promptly and comprehensively. I often decide where going to book on the basis on how well owners communicate as it says alot about what you can expect from your holiday stay.
Upon arriving there was a an excellent welcome hamper including wine and all necessary basic groceries. Again a good indication that the owners care about their guests experience.
The description of the house was very accurate - infact the house exceeded our expectations in terms of location, local vicinity, layout and amenities. Immaculate throughout.
The views from the house were fantastic, and so very peaceful despite being on the edge of a village. Sunrise was always especially beautiful.
We know the area relatively well, so we knew what to expect lots of pretty hill top villages, lots of lazy lunches, kayaking on the orb (the orb valley is very beautiful and worth driving up if not into kayaking!) Many BBQ's enjoyed in the evening (watch out for the sprinklers in the evening :) ) FYI the local supermarket in Cessenon is well stocked and is open Sunday Morning (The Super U is not)
Would highly recommend for a laid back relaxing break with abit of kayaking thrown in to keep the kids happy. .
Thank you very much for the review and we're delighted that you liked the house.
40 minutes by car from the sandy Mediterranean beaches at Valras and Serignan.
Beziers airport 45 minutes, 23 miles
Montpellier airport, 1hour 15 minutes, 60 miles
Carcassonne airport, 1 hr 30 minutes, 71 miles
Toulouse airport, 2 hours 30 minutes, 110 miles
Use of a car is essential.
Cessenon-sur-Orb < 1/2 mile.
Beziers 14 miles
Serignan (beach) 19 miles
Narbonne 23 miles
Carcassonne 46 miles
Pezenas 27 miles
Agde 28 miles
In Cessenon there are two restaurants and a bar, a small supermarket, two bakers and a delicatessen. There are markets in the town square on Tuesdays (in summer) and Saturdays (all year). There are large supermarkets in Thezan-les-Beziers (8 miles) and Cazouls-les-Beziers (6 miles).