Unique house with lawned/Mediteranean gardens and views over vineyards to the Pyrenees
About Caroline Koplick
Greg and Caroline Koplick Living and working in London, we have visited many different parts of France. We fell in love with the Languedoc with its circulade villages, the Canal du Midi, vineyards and avenues of plane and cypress trees, - not to mention the many days of sunshine which the area benefits from annually. Since buying the house in late 2007 as a holiday home, to which we come as often as possible, we have made many enhancements to it and extensive alterations to the look of the gardens.
Caroline Koplick purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Caroline Koplick chose Saint-Geniès-de-Fontedit
We were keen to be centrally located amongst the vineyards between the Black Mountains and the coast. The drive from St Chinian through Cessenon and Murviel to St Genies was all it took to know this was the area we wanted to be in. Added joys are the stunning scenery of the drive down through Millau or over the Pyrenees from Bilbao and being so close to Barcelona and Andora.
What makes this Villa unique
After seeing a stepped hillside property in the Corbieres, we wanted to find somewhere with character and views. The house, though modern, - with its unusual double height space - had everything we wanted and delighted our son, who was 7 at the time, with the pool and also a mezzanine area he could call his own space. Apart from the mezzanine, the villa is all on one level although there are steps from the outside dining terrace to the pool.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 8
A lovely property, very private and peaceful. Lots of room for the 4 adults and 3 children. Easy reach to the local bakery and only a short drive to the local intermarché. Had a great time!
Thank you for your review, Tom we're very pleased to hear you enjoyed your holiday. We love going to the house and it's always good to hear that others enjoy being there. Caroline
A beautifully presented villa!
We stayed for a fortnight in this fantastic villa (4 adults and 4 children). The inside was well presented, with comfy sofa's in the lounge, a large dining table, family friendly open plan living and kitchen area, 2 ensuite bedrooms and a large family bathroom for the other two bedrooms. Apart from one small step into the 4th bedroom and a step at the front and rear patio doors, the villa is on one level. There are a couple of large steps down the the pool area - we managed just fine with our disabled son to get him around the villa.
The mezzanine floor had a variety of DVD's and games for 'chill-out time' in the afternoon, although it was pretty hot up there! Having pool towels provided by the owners was really useful. The garden was beautiful and the pool provided hours of fun for us all.
We had hot weather during our stay (high 20's to mid 30's) so we used the fans provided. The only downside was we weren't prepared for the mosquitos and had to go out and arm ourselves with sprays, as we wanted to keep the patio doors open for some air-flow which allowed the little pests into the villa to annoy us at night!! A common problem, not specific to this villa however!
Caroline, the owner, was extremely helpful, giving us information ahead of our stay and messaging us about the logistics for our mid-stay linen change. There is also a helpful folder of information and leaflets to help you decide the best places to visit.
The location of the villa was perfect for us - a bit in the countryside so you can see the vineyards and visit the Gorges in the mountains nearby, as well as only being a 30-40 minute drive from the Med coast and plenty of beaches to choose from. We particularly liked the beaches near Sete(on the strip between Sete and Agde) as parking was free and the beaches were quiet. We also enjoyed the market in Pezenas on Saturday. The village bakery was visited by us daily and we used the Pizzeria in the village a couple of times, there is also a small grocery shop and post office.
We all loved our holiday in this villa and hope to return at some point. Plenty to do nearby and the villa is in a lovely relaxing setting. An excellent choice for anyone considering this villa - we highly recommend it!
Thank you for taking the time to write your review and I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday, in particular that your son managed to get round the place. Not many go to the beaches near Sete so it's a good recommendation, thank you, which I'll add to the information I send out before guests arrive. We look forward to you coming again. Caroline
Peter and Susie
We had a fabulous holiday in this lovely villa. It is well equipped with a well stocked kitchen and plenty of towels provided. Spacious living area and good bathrooms. Comfortable beds. Nice pool with an underwater ledge all the way round so good for the children. Local shops within walking distance and the village has to be one of the friendliest I have been to in France. Play area upstairs for the children so they could spread out toys without us all tripping over them! The weather was great too which always helps. Quite a few mosquitoes but the house has nets over the windows. Overall excellent, we would certainly go back.
Dear Peter and Susie,
Thank you. Good to hear you enjoyed your holiday, we love it when we go down. Look forward to having you again. Caroline
Spacious and well kept
Lovely, well kept, clean property with all the necessities you could need for a holiday.
We enjoyed a lovely family holiday and despite the slightly colder weather made use of the garden and pool. Size and layout of the villa meant we could all be together but have privacy if you wanted a quiet 5 minutes.
Would highly recommend for a group of friends or family
Spacious, private house and garden
A welcoming, airy house with plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. The property was clean with everything in the room ready to use with an extremely well equipped kitchen if you would want to cook! Local bakery within easy walking distance. We had lovely weather for the time of year and spread out around the pool and terraces. The nearest coastal town is half an hour by car with a beautiful beach. Recommended restaurants are pinned to the notice board with plenty to choose from in a variety of price brackets. Had a thoroughly relaxing, enjoyable week.
There are a large number of beaches within 25/40 minutes drive, ranging from small to Cape d’Agde with a water park and water sports. River swimming and canoeing along the rivers, Roquebrun being one of the most popular villages for this. Lake Salagou north of the villa in the National Park has an artificial beach and sailing facilities which is cooler than the beach on hot summer days.
Beziers is the nearest airport (25 mins) served by Ryanair from Manchester, Bristol and Luton. Montpellier and Carassonne both approximately an hour away, Perpignan and Nimes just over an hour and a half away. If driving; approximately 10 hours driving time from Calais, 8.5 hours from Le Havre or Caen. Use of a car is essential.
Nearby in the area:
Around 10 mins drive away is the newly renovated Chateau St. Pierre de Serjac, with its domaine and high quality restaurant. Beziers, which has a fiesta of flamenco and bullfighting in August and the Canal du Midi, are 25 minutes away.
The ancient town of Pezenas with its antique shops and many restaurants is 30 minutes away.
Walking, lake and river swimming or boating are all available in the National Park 20 minutes to the north.
The village of St Genies de Fontedit is a wine-producer with its own wine co-operative and local outlets. During the summer there summer fetes in St Genies and the surrounding villgages. There are local markets in nearby villages/towns on different days of the week. There are countless local Chateaux with Caves for wine tasting within easy reach, the two main growing areas being Cote de Thongue and Faugeres. The wine growing area of St.Chinian is a short, very scenic drive away. The closest village, Magalas, has an two excellent restaurants including a Pizzeria, open 7 days a week, a Pharmacy, ATMs and other amenties. The coastal motorway, A9 enables easy access to Serignan wildlife park, Narbonne and Montpelier. The Corbieres, with its Cathar castles and most famously, and the World Heritage Site of Carcassonne is just over an hour away, whilst Andora in the Pyrenees and Barcelona are around 3-4 hours drive away