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Beautiful, rustic, well maintained 12th century medieval house in the vibrant village of Le Pouget in the stunning Languedoc region of southern France. Perfectly located to explore the region, Cloche-Piochet is a half hours drive from Montpellier, St Guilhelm le Desert, Sete, sandy beaches, and not much more than an hours drive from the Pont du Gard, Nimes historic colosseum, Carcassone and the Canal du Midi to name a few. French food at its best, local wines, beautiful villages nearby and very friendly locals will make your stay memorable.
As you enter Cloche-Piochet you will immediately be transported back in time as you peek into the ground floor 'cave' double bedroom before ascending the original medieval staircase to the light and airy first floor kitchen/living area with it's hundr...Beautiful, rustic, well maintained 12th century medieval house in the vibrant village of Le Pouget in the stunning Languedoc region of southern France. Perfectly located to explore the region, Cloche-Piochet is a half hours drive from Montpellier, St Guilhelm le Desert, Sete, sandy beaches, and not much more than an hours drive from the Pont du Gard, Nimes historic colosseum, Carcassone and the Canal du Midi to name a few. French food at its best, local wines, beautiful villages nearby and very friendly locals will make your stay memorable.
As you enter Cloche-Piochet you will immediately be transported back in time as you peek into the ground floor 'cave' double bedroom before ascending the original medieval staircase to the light and airy first floor kitchen/living area with it's hundreds year old roman floor tiles and ancient stone walls. The kitchen is well equipped so you can cook up a storm with the irresistible local fresh produce, or heat up the plat du jour gourmet takeaway that the village butcher's wife cooks up each morning.
The old world ambience continues as you head upstairs to the second floor twin bedroom with its pretty little stain glass window and adjacent toilet and bathroom. Finally, what many of our guests over the years have called the 'view to die for' is at the top of the last small staircase. There, you'll walk through the attic bedroom that opens out onto the petit terrace that looks out over miles of surrounding villages, vineyards and beautiful french countryside. The terrace is a wonderful place to relax after a hard day's sightseeing with a cold glass of local wine, an array of gorgeous french cheese and whatever else takes your fancy. Watch the sun go down as you linger on for dinner, or head back out in the morning to enjoy your morning coffee and croissants still warm from the village patisserie.
People have lived at Le Pouget for at least 35,000 years and probably for much longer and the village as it stands today is of medieval origin. It is a classic hilltop circulade with houses on narrow cobbled streets circling a central church and churchyard. Today Le Pouget is a vibrant village of approximately a thousand friendly locals. It has a weekly market, two restaurants, a bar, two well stocked epicierie's, a butcher, baker, tabac and more.
Le Pouget is located close to the towns of Clermont l'Herault, Gignac and Pezenas bustling with their great weekly markets and variety of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. The nearby village of Canet (3km) provides access to the clear, cool waters of the Herault river and it's popular local swimming spot. Le Pouget is ideally located to explore the very scenic Herault valley, from its Mediterranean swimming beaches to its majestic mountains and many beautiful villages, valleys and vineyards in between.
A beautiful manor within a walled castle community!!
The most authentic and amazing place that I have ever stayed in!! Beautiful staircase set in ancient rocks, wonderful rooms. It takes you back to the medieval times! The manor is right in the center of LePouget next to the cathedral!! I stayed in the attic which had a beautiful balcony with sweeping and commanding views over the valley below! The balcony would have to be my favourite part of this house as it is a great place to entertain whilst immersing yourself in the medieval qualities of this walled community! Cats abound the streets and are very friendly (like to be fed!), there is an excellent bakery in the main street as well as pizza taverna. Places like Sete and Carcassonne are great places to visit if you are here. We were not overly surprized when we visited Carcassonne as we knew that we were staying in an unaltered beautiful castle ourselves which was pure and authentic without the tourists or commercial hype!! I have to give this place 10/10. Olive was excellent by providing us with a very clean and beautiful rustic place to stay!
Visited October 2017
Written 3 March 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Burlington, Canada21 contributions
well equipped and ideal for three generations
The very old village home was ideal for us as we covered three generations. My wife and I slept on the bottom floor, which had a small bathroom attached. The second floor contained the dining, sitting and kitchen areas. The third floor had a room with twin beds (our two grandsons fit in here) and a large bathroom. The top floor had a nice balcony which my son and his wife enjoyed, and it was great that we all had our separate quarters.
The location had its pluses and minuses. The biggest plus is that Le Peuget is central to so many things to see. The minus is that it is at the top of the village and there is no way to get a car up there. Hence, cars have to be parked a fair distance away and the climb up with a heavy suitcase is a good workout. So, if you are not mobile, this would not be a good place for you. I should add that it is right across the way (10 meters) from the church, and it strikes every hour, twice I might add. However, you get used to it rather quickly.
By the way, the local restaurant is quite good, and inexpensive.
Visited April 2014 Travelled with family
Written 13 May 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Guildford, United Kingdom2 contributions
comfortable medieval townhouse in wonderful Languedoc
If you want a quiet escape from it all then this is the place. A lovely 4 storey 3 bedroon townhouse at the top of the old town of Le Pouget. The house is well equipped and comfortable with the bonus of stunning views from the roof terrace of the surrounding countryside and beyond (a great place to enjoy the local wine whilst watching the sun setting over the distant hills).
You will need to park the car in the surrounding streets at the base to the towns old circulade as the streets at the top are very narrow but this did not cause any problems.
Le Pouget and the nearby town of Canet have all the usual amenities whilst Clermont-l'Herault has many supermarches
The annual town festival at the end of August was very enjoyable with several evenings of music, food and wine.
It is a great base for exploring Languedoc with many places within easy reach:
Sete & beaches 45mins
Marseillan (home of Noilly Prat) 40mins
The whole region is full of fields of vines so plenty of opportunity to sample the excellent Languedoc wines.
I would definitely use this house again!
Visited August 2013 Travelled solo
Written 6 November 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
A simply magical medieval place but with all the creature comforts of the twenty-first century.
We were met on arrival at the beautifully preserved medieval village of Le Pouget by the owners' very friendly and helpful agent. The house itself is far better than the photos could ever show, and the view out across the valley from the top-floor balcony, where we ate our evening meals, was just stunning. This is not a place for the physically infirm (lots of stairs) but for anyone else it offers the opportunity of a holiday filled with romance. The village itself is a quite and undiscovered, but situated close to the tourist attractions of St. Guilhem le Desert and the limestone caves of the Herault region. It is also a short drive to the Mediterranean and surrounded by vineyards, for those interested in sampling the wines of the Languedoc. Highly recommended!
Visited August 2013 Travelled as a couple
Written 2 November 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Cathy -:- Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
An amazing experience I won't forget.
I stayed with family at Cloche-Piochet in the Languedoc region of France, which is one of the largest wine growing regions in France. The village of Le Puget where Cloche-Piochet is is full of what daily life is like in that part of the country, and you are easily swept up in the life, such as the "long lunch" at midday which stretches until 2 or 3 p.m. We would have a leisurely lunch with a glass or two of rose, and I have to say the rose in France is so much nicer than what we have had in australia. You can go to so many famous places in a short time by car, which was our preference. We drove to Saint Tropez, Nice and even to Monarco and got to see so much of the south of France that we would not have seen had we flown. We caught the TGV (very fast train) from Paris to Montpelier, which took approx 3 hours and was a great experience and then picked up our hire car at the station, all very easy to arrange, then we drove to Le Pouget, which took approx 1-hour. We met up with Bill the caretaker, and he took us to the house and talked us through everything we needed to know to make our time there enjoyable and worry free. He was also available by phone if we had any issues, concerns or even questions about how to get to a place that we weren't sure about.
We decided to go to Barcelona for a few days, which isn't far away, around 4 hrs by train. We caught the train from Montpelier early in the morning and returned 3-days later and got back in the evening - it was great. We arranged accommodation in Barcelona before we left australia. I will hopefully get to go back to Le Pouget again in the near future, it is certainly one of my favourite places to visit and you can have restful days too - we stayed for 2-weeks which was perfect.
Visited August 2012
Written 27 April 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Martin -:- Wendover
An unspoilt and charming village house in real France
I have been holiday at Cloche-Piochet with my young son for three years and still feel I'm only scratching the surface of the surrounding rivers, mountains and beautiful scenery.
Greeted for the first time by a friendly Brit (the only English I heard that week) and introduced to the house, I was immediately taken by the serenity (bells aside) of the place and, throwing back the cobalt shutters and revealing the sunny church opposite, how quintessentially French.
I still feel the stresses of travelling a thousand miles with a small child lifted when I turn the key and step into the cool, medieval basement and climb the Roman staircase to the first floor.
Watching the sunset over the vineyards from the terrace with a glass of wine and a bbq will stay with you through the cold winter and have you booking again next year.
If you are timing your travel to catch something on Sky, are bringing your Xbox, are looking forward to your full English breakfast or say 'time is money' Cloche-Piochet is probably not for you but if you want to experience real France in an unbeatable location I would have no hesitation in recommending Olive's beautiful house.
My son and I time our stays with the Carcassonne Music Festival (Jul & Aug) and have seen Tom Jones and Duran Duran (Elton John this year) but there is plenty to do locally too. I wouldn't want to spend the whole week in the village, charming though it is, so your own transport is essential to make the most your stay. St Guillhem, the Devil's Bridge basin and spectacular caves are a ten minute drive away and there is swimming, canoeing and exploring all along the Herault river. The beach is reasonably close too but you won't be alone.
The smoking ban hasn't really taken in the village, the local innkeeper is brilliantly gruff, some of the shops open when they feel like it and the twice hourly bells are quirky but I loved it and, unless you're looking for the local bar to be called the Queen Vic, you will too.
Visited July 2011
Written 25 April 2013. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Pauline and Paul Clarke -:- Melbourne, Australia
A unique French country holiday experience
From booking our stay, to arrival and settling in, the process was clear and welcoming. Our long-awaited first visit to France began in Paris, and was crowned by the week we spent in historic Le Pouget. The villa, nestling by the mediaeval church on the crown of the hilltop walled village, is characterful and very comfortable. The village is ideal for relaxed exploration on foot and further afield by car. A visitors' book gave great hints from previous guests of nearby places of interest, and we enjoyed adding our own suggestions. Some of the many highlights were the amazing views, history, food & wine (locally & further afield); shopping at the market at Clermont-L'Herault for leisurely "home"-prepared meals; & day-trips to must-see towns like Pezenas, Montpellier and Sete ... We whole-heartedly recommend Cloche-Piochet for a unique holiday base. Guests should note that car-parking lies outside the village wall, so you will need to carry your luggage and shopping up to the house. The villa's unique character includes stairs from each level to the next, the reward being an amazing rooftop terrace for evening drinks!
Visited June 2006 Travelled as a couple
Written 10 August 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Norma Hawley -:- Melbourne
Our group had a wonderful stay in that gorgeous house. We had a great time exploring the area which was most interesting. It was lovely to come home at night and relax with everything we needed on tap. Everything worked out perfectly and we enjoyed being in an authentic village observing the locals - hope to do it again sometime.
Visited May 2011
Written 5 July 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Jen & Pete -:- Melbourne
Such a treat!
What an absolute treat to stay in this beautiful old home situated in the picturesque village of Le Pouget. From the moment you walk through the blue doors and climb the winding stairs to the kitchen/living area you are transported back to another time with all the comforts of the 21st century! The layout is fabulous and provides plenty of space and the views from each of the windows take you to the charming countryside and delightful village. We would highly recommend this place to stay, it is a treat!
Visited September 2008
Written 21 June 2011. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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What this rental offers
Fishing spots available
Golf course (within 30 mins drive)
Horse riding facilities
Corporate bookings allowed
Long-term rental allowed (>1 month)
Short-term rental only (<5 days)
How to get there
Ryanair to Montpellier, Beziers, Carcassone, Nimes all less than an hours drive. TGV or fly from Paris to Montpellier, collect hire/lease car from station or airport. Easy to follow directions to Le Pouget 30 Kms away. International flights direct to Toulouse, Marseilles, Nice.
Fishing spots availableGolf course (within 30 mins drive)Horse riding facilitiesWatersports
100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
100% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
No refund available if you cancel thereafter
*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount
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