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Lovely Gîte for 5 persons in the heart of St. Guilhem le Désert

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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
5 guests
6 nights minimum 
Holiday Rental House
Featuring a trampoline, hammock & BBQ, this gem of a gîte for 5 persons is in the heart of magical St.Guilhem le Désert. Situated a few steps from the medieval Abbey of Gellone, this charming house comes fully equipped and is newly renovated with style and sympathy to the history of this legendary village. Set on three floors, this lovely home will provide you with all the comforts you need for a restful stay. Wifi, linen, towels, coffee/tea are all provided free of charge. The gîte has stunning views from every window and is surrounded by birdsong. There is fresh mountain spring water on tap, only a step from your door. It tastes amazing. Relax in your private garden, with a cold glass of local rosé, and admire the ancient Abbey of Gellone. Snooze on the giant 2-person hammock. And wi...Featuring a trampoline, hammock & BBQ, this gem of a gîte for 5 persons is in the heart of magical St.Guilhem le Désert. Situated a few steps from the medieval Abbey of Gellone, this charming house comes fully equipped and is newly renovated with style and sympathy to the history of this legendary village. Set on three floors, this lovely home will provide you with all the comforts you need for a restful stay. Wifi, linen, towels, coffee/tea are all provided free of charge. The gîte has stunning views from every window and is surrounded by birdsong. There is fresh mountain spring water on tap, only a step from your door. It tastes amazing. Relax in your private garden, with a cold glass of local rosé, and admire the ancient Abbey of Gellone. Snooze on the giant 2-person hammock. And with trampoline, basketball, archery and lots of summer games equipment, your kids will be happy all day. At night, all you shall hear is the gentle gurgling of the river Verdus, as it winds its way to join the magnificent Hérault. And the chatter and songs of birds. No cars, no traffic, no stress. The fantastic river beach at the Pont du Diable (“Devil’s Bridge”) is a great place for young children to swim safely and play. And it is only 5 minutes away by free bus. A kayak through the Gorges de l’Hérault is a journey of wonder. Take a picnic with the kids and spend all day dreamily drifting along the river, soaking up the breath-taking scenery of the steep-sided gorge and cooling off in the fresh mountain water. Please note that the gite has 3 floors, with the lobby and toilet at the bottom, the kitchen on the second level and the two bedrooms (one with en-suite shower) at the top. The gite is not suitable for those with walking difficulties. The house has one permanent security gate installed and a portable gate which can be installed for the top floor bedroom. If you need a crib, I can have one ready for you. Just let me know if you have any special requests and I will be happy to help.
House Rules
Pets not allowedKid friendlyNo smoking
No parties. No loud music or noise after 10pm. No fires in garden. No overnight guests without prior approval.
Bedrooms
1 Super King1 Bunk1 Single
Bathrooms
1 Shower

Meet the host
Mark K
Hosting since August 2017
Languages spoken: English, French
Response Time: Within a few hours
Interaction with guestsWhen you arrive, walk to the gite from the parking. It is just 20m down from the Abbey de Gellone on Rue Chapelle des Penitents. A grey door on your right with "Gite du Chant des Oiseaux" sign. Get your key from the security box on the front door. I will send you the code on the day before your arrival. If you have any problems at all, please contact me. Please note that the garden is 20m from the front door, just around the corner on Rue de la Font du Four. You will see a large grey gate with a sign with the name of the gite. You have a key on your key gob.

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Beautiful gite in a beautiful village. Slightly quirky layout due to house being so old. Photos don’t quite do it justice - kitchen looks small but 5 of us comfortably ate round the table - is a nice light room on first floor so great for spying on the tourists below. Both bedrooms lovely. Main bedroom has spacious living area with large window with amazing views of rooftops and trees. Kids room had great views of the old shopping street and abbey. The garden photo doesn’t do it justice as it feels bigger in real life. Kids played happily, we lazed on hammock or sat at the table. Lots of garden and swimming toys too which were much appreciated as space was limited in our plane luggage. Free bus service (every 15 minutes) to pont du diable was fab - we didn’t use the car ALL week. We went there every other day and swam and jumped off the rocks. Village itself is great - many nice restaurants, trinket shops, wine shops, boulangerie, fromagerie. We also did quite a bit of walking on the GR routes. We also did a serious amount of ice cream eating - recommend the violette. Thanks Mark - the rose wine was lovely - bought some more from the lady a few doors down.
Visited August 2019
Written 17 August 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Entertainment
  • DVD player
  • Television
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
Parking
  • Parking available
Location info
  • Kid friendly
  • Beachfront/Lakeside
Indoor amenities
  • Central heating
  • Internet access
Nearby
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Outdoor amenities
  • Playground
  • Private yard
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Additional amenities
  • Trampoline
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views

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Map
About the neighbourhood
St. Guilhem le Désert is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France ('The most beautiful villages of France”). This mystical medieval village, built in the 8th & 9th century, is situated at the end of the narrow Valley of Gellone, where it meets the steep sided gorge of the Hérault River. Vineyard and olive trees are planted in terraces on the slopes. The stunning Abbey of Gellone, founded in 804 by William of Gellone, is the centre-piece of the village and where William was buried in 812. Still a working abbey, the Abbey of Gellone hosts many musical and choral evenings during the Summer months. The village lies on the St. James's Way pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostella. To pay tribute to Saint James,
Getting around
There is a free bus which takes you the 5-minute ride from St. Guilhem to the river beach at the Pont du Diable. The bus runs every 15 minutes all day long. Wine-tasting, horse-riding, hiking, cycling, canyoning, climbing are all available nearby. Less than one hour by car are the wide sandy beaches of the Gulf de Lion and the Camargue. The natural wonder of the Cévennes National Park and the ancient city of Avignon are also within easy reach for a day trip. Montpellier, at just 45 minutes to the centre, is a vibrant city with an opera house, superb shopping and many fine French restaurants. Park under the Place de la Comédie.
Access
Car advised
How to get there
From Montpellier Airport Get on A709 and take exit 30 Montpellier Sud. Get on Avenue de la Liberté and exit onto A750, direction Millau. Take exit 60 and drive through Gignac. Turn right at the round-about at the end of the town. Drive through Aniane and turn left, just before the town square. Follow the signs to Saint Guilhem le Désert. Turn right when you pass over the bridge by the Pont du Diable. When you arrive at the village, drive up Chemin du Val de Gellone and park in the public car park of the village. Then collect your free parking ticket from the gite (it will be on the kitchen table) and place it on your dashboard.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableHorse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 pm Check out by 11 am
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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