Maison de la Place is set between the mountains and the Mediterranean beaches of the Languedoc, South West France. It is an ideal all-year round base for either a short-break, a self-catering activity or sightseeing holiday – or longer stay.
Situated in the heart of Saint-Chinian, these stylish, spacious and sunny (south facing) apartments, newly converted in late 2007, provide free high-speed broadband WiFi internet access as well as English and French TV and radio, and yet retain some of the original features of one of the oldest buildings in this lively, historic wine village. Their sunny open aspect and large windows directly overlook the large village square with its thriving twice-weekly markets (Thursday and Sunday mornings).
On your door step
Immediately outside Maison de la Place is plenty of shaded seating to enjoy the relaxed French way of life. A peaceful garden, small childrens’ play area, boules, cafés for enjoying a coffee or glass of the local wine, as well as an oyster and shell-fish bar – are all literally on your doorstep.
Free parking is available right outside the property and the plentiful local restaurants means that there is no need to risk meeting a Gendarme when driving home from a ‘happy’ evening out!
Everything is within easy reach.
All within a few minutes
The restaurants, boulangeries, boucheries, a bio food shop and supermarket, bicycle hire, banks, post office, pharmacy, newsagent, coiffeur, fishing tackle shop, dry-cleaners, outdoor swimming pool (open from June 1st), tennis and river fishing are all within a few minutes walk.
To see and do
There is always such a lot to see and do in and around Saint-Chinian, you will never be bored. Famous for its AOC wines, great location, 300 days of sunshine per year, historic Cathar castles, and the stunning natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, a week or two provides only enough time to make you want to come back, time and again. In most years, during July the world famous Tour de France passes close-by.
Nearby cities to visit
The interesting cities of Narbonne and Beziers are within approximately a 30 minutes drive; Montpellier, Perpignan and Carcassonne about an hour. All are excellent for shopping as well as soaking up the culture and history of the region. The glorious beaches a pleasant 40 minutes drive away.
Saint-Chinian is also only 15 minutes from the Canal du Midi which links the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. A World Heritage Site, it is ‘a must’ to visit where pleasure boats and the seasons provide a constantly changing landscape. You can stroll under the shady plain trees, or rent a bike from the Capestang tourist office.