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Review 1967: le-guide.com, Le Chai
1bed/1bath flat in village near Clermont-L'Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon
September 2005, One week
Le Chai is located in Le Barry, a sleepy hamlet within walking distance of Montpeyroux, a small wine-growing village with views of the Massif Central. Le Barry has one narrow street only and is very quiet. A quaint, old church is at the top of the street, and further up the road, the ruins of a tenth-century chateau overlook the valley.
The appartment is on the ground floor of an attached house (on both sides), as often seen in French villages. It is very quiet.
The village of Montpeyroux is only 1km away. It's a pleaseant walk on a quiet country road. There is a small grocery store, a butcher shop, a bakery, a wine bar/restaurant, and a bar. Major supermarkets are found in Clermont-L'Hérault and Gignac, both about 7km away. While wine can be bought from growers across the street from the appartment, the Co-op in Montpeyroux also sells a wide assortment of great wines.
The building is historical and has been completely renovated with a lot of care. The owners live upstairs from November to April only. They choose to leave their apartment empty the rest of the time.
The apartment is entered from the street after opening a set of blue, wooden shutters. You then see an open, spacious room with a lovely vaulted roof. The kitchen area is on one side of the room, while the dining and sitting areas are on the other. The bathroom, bedroom and garden are behind the main room.
The small garden is bordered by flowering bushes and several kinds of fine herbs. There's a small table with two chairs, and a couple of long chairs. There's also a clothes line and a bag of clothes pins.
We had full use of the large terrace above our apartment. It could be accessed through a stone staircase in the garden. The unobstructed view from the terrace is beautiful: vineyards nearby and the mountains of the Massif Central at a distance. The patio furniture (table, several chairs, parasol) was in good condition. We had many evening meals there, slowly sipping our wine and watching the sun set over the mountains.
The furniture is in very good shape. The owners have gone to great lengths to make the apartment comfortable. Their attention to detail is remarkable. Books, DVDs, tourist information, beach towels and parasol.
The queen-size bed was comfortable. There's a large closet with shelves where we could hang our clothes and store our luggage. The sheets and cover were fine.
One complaint: The room is very dark. We had to turn the light on whenever we needed to get something.
The bathroom is very nice and modern. The shower is great. Original stone has been left on two of the walls, which counterbalances the modern style.
The kitchen is very well equipped: four-burner stove, oven, microwave, regular-size fridge, all very clean and in perfect working order. Plenty of pots and pans, glasses of all types, good quality dishes.
Problems or Bonuses
We were surprised at the quality of the renovations. The bathroom, especially, is very nice.
Because the apartment is on a narrow street and on the ground flour in a row of houses, it is rather dark. We had to have the lights on even when the sun was shining outside.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Our contact at the agency was fast and efficient in our dealings with her. However, there was a problem with the lock when we arrived and we could not reach her, even though we phoned and left a message. We finally managed to open the door but only heard from her a few days later.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
The apartment is very nice, the view from the terrace is great but the apartment is too dark for me. I would recommend it to my best friend if he/she did not mind this.
Things to do in this area
There's a lot to see and visit in the area: St-Guilhem-le-Désert, La Couvertoirade, two of the "plus beaux villages de France"; le Cirque de Navacelles; the coastal towns and villages from Les Saintes-Maries-de-la Mer down to Cap d'Agde, and much more.
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