Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2402: Owner, The Port House (#8693)
6bed/5bath house in Marseillan, Languedoc-Roussillon
September, 2006, One week
The Port House is located facing the marina in Marseillan. There was lots of activity each day as pleasure boats arrived and left the little harbor. Although there were attached buldings on either side of the house, the garden area and living spaces were very private. We loved being able to watch the activity from the balconies of the house and also to be able to walk out the front door and have our choice of five or six restaurants within a minute's walk.
Each morning we walked to the boulangerie for our breakfast and hoped to be the first customer at the tabac for the one IHT each day! There is a Champion supermarket within walking distance, located in a small shopping center which also includes the post office.
The house has been in the family for three generations and has beautiful ceramic tile floors and period furniture. There were seven of us in our travel group and we occupied four of the home's bedrooms. There was plenty of space for us to spread out to read, write in journals, etc.
You can view the house directly: The Port House
The best outside features are the balconies on the front from which we watched all the activity on the quai each day. There is a small terrace off the kitchen overlooking the garden/parking area with a table and chairs. There is an above ground pool which we didn't use. Parking for two cars is in the garden area behind the house. It's very secure with an overhead door with remote control.
The home was very comfortable and clean. You can see on the website that the rate varies by the size of the group occupying it. We used only four of the bedrooms but the rest of the living areas were available and it was a very comfortable house.
The beds were comfortable and some bedrooms were nicer than others, but no one complained about not being able to sleep! I did suggest to the owner that the linens could stand an upgrade but their quality in no way interfered with the pleasure we found in staying at the Port House.
Unlike most rentals in which we've stayed, we never cooked at the house because we could walk out the door and have a choice of many restaurants for dinner. The kitchen has a large American style coffee maker and adequate utensils for cooking. There is a dishwasher, microwave, cooktop and oven and a small table seating two or four.
Problems or Bonuses
The best surprise was the location and the vatality of the quai. The day we arrived we were treated to a jousting tournament on board period water craft, complete with rowing crews, musicians and the jousters standing on elevated platforms. What a welcome to Marseillan!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I dealt directly with the owner and he was most responsive to e-mails. The caretaker met us on arrival and departure. He does not speak English. We paid 990 euros for a week in mid September. Our 500 euro security deposit in cash was returned to us the day we left.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would definitely recommend the Port House to others and would stay there again. The location with all the amenities within walking distance was superb.
Things to do in this area
We took day trips to Carcassonne, Pezenas, Beziers and Millau to see the bridge. We had a visit and wine tasting with Vergile Joly, the subject of Patrick Moon's book, "Vergile's Vineyard". We especially enjoyed dinners at Cafe Cote Sud, in the same block as the Port House.
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