|Property Name:||'Les Coquelicots'|
|Location:||Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France|
|Prices:||from £275 to £325 per week|
The cottage, 'Les Coquelicots', stands in it's own grounds alongside a normally quiet minor road through the mountains. It has one double-bedded bedroom, with a view of part of the hamlet and our mountain. A choice of British sized, non-allergenic, pillows and duvets of various densities and togs are provided. There is a small dining room, with similar views as the bedroom, and a compact living room, which has a modern fitted kitchen at one end and a comfortably furnished lounge area at the other. The kitchen has a 4-burner gas-hob (bottled gas), a refrigerator and a combination oven (fan-assisted electric oven/grill/microwave/fan-assisted electric oven and microwave). In the lounge is a settee and armchair, colour T.V. with a selection of SKY and French programs, also a 'Surround Sound' system and DVD player, plus Video-Recorder, cassette player and radio. Downstairs, the utility room contains a washing machine, indoor clothes line, hand basin, iron and ironing board and some freezer space. Alongside is the indoor bathroom, with a bath and overbath shower, a handbasin and a toilet. A 3 roomed annexe, 10 paces across a large, sun-trap patio, has a storage room (patio furniture and cushions), a seperate toilet and a bathroom with a large corner bath (plenty of room for G.&T.s, etc.), with an over-bath shower, a handbasin and a large shower cubicle. Cottage heating, if necessary, is by a wood fire and electric radiators. Hot water is heated by electricity. Electricity, gas and logs are included in the rental. Patio furniture - chairs, normal and high-back, tables, loungers and a B.B.Q. are provided. There is also a secluded terrace, ideal for sunbathing. There are many books and magazines in the house, covering interests such as nature, photography, cuisine, wines, travel and France. There is a telephone for incoming and local outgoing calls. The path from the gate to the patio slopes down and the cottage grounds are mainly natural, i.e. wild, and terrace edges are unfenced. Therefore the property is not suitable for young children or persons with walking problems. Smoking is not permitted inside the cottage.
'Les Coquelicots', my air-conditioned home, when not rented out, is located at the edge of, and slightly above, a small hamlet, which is set in the 'Parc Naturel Regional du Haute Languedoc', a beautiful, protected area of hills and mountains, rivers, streams and lakes, which is said to have some of the purest air in France. Most of the mountains are covered in woods and forests, where many kinds of shrubs and trees can be found, including cherry, walnut and chestnut (both edible and 'conkers'), as well as a vast range of flowers and orchids. In the 'Parc' are good numbers of wild boar and deer, as well as badgers, beech martins and red squirrels. Chamois, mouflons, genets and wild-cats are also present in some parts. There are many birds too, from warblers to several species of eagles, plus butterflies, moths, insects and reptiles. In the area are interesting towns and villages to explore, cafes and restaurants to discover and a very varied and lovely countryside to enjoy. Our nearest town, St. Pons de Thomieres, has a good range of shops and a very popular weekly market. The village of Courniou, 1km., has a good village shop, a post office, telephone box, 2 good restaurants and a 'well worth a visit' cave and caving museum. South of us lie Minervois, Corbieres, Cathare country, the Pyrenees and Spain (100 mls.) To the West, Mazamet, Albi and Toulouse. East St. Chinian, Beziers and the Med. North are mountains to 3,400 ft., lakes ('Route des Lacs') and the Cevennes mountains ('The Mountains of the Sun').