I'm so happy I booked this house. Everything about it made our holiday one to remember, and we're already talking about going back! The owner Helen provided lots of details before our visit, which was very reassuring. It was our first visit to the area, family of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids 8-12-14), staying one week/early June, we wanted a relaxing holiday with activities to keep both kids and adults happy - and thats what we got! Highlights for the house:
1- The secret garden and pool - enclosed garden, with no other houses overlooking, sun all day but also shade, several seating areas, BBQ, beautiful plants - and fantastic deep swimming pool!
2 - Beautiful 400 yr old stone house, newly renovated with a well thought out layout; great having 2 living rooms (one upstairs, one down stairs with tv and a range of old style dvds!). Great that linen was provided. Very good internet-wifi :-)
3 - Location! Quiet, small old stoned-house village, with narrow cobbled streets to explore. Easy 40 min drive from the airport, within 30-45 min drive of many daytrips (St Guilhem for the swimming/beach/caves/village, Roquebrun for canoeing, wine tasting at Ollier Taillefer/Fos, Pezanas - the old town, Lac du Salagou for boating /swimming, Cirque de Moureze for a short hike with 'moon' landscape, Gorge d'Heric - hike/swim, just stunning! We didn't have time for the beach - but heard it was lovely. Easy parking in the car park near the house. Supermarkets 15 min away in Roujan (best) and Bedarieux. Amazing boulangeri 10 min walk from house (though closed the week we were there!) Also a beautiful walk, 45min, from the house up the hill to the Moulins (windmills).
4- Helen the owner! Answered all our questions and gave lots of tips on what to do. Lives next door, but very discreet.
I can't think of anything negative to say! So, just to decide when we can go back....
A perfect place to stay! Fanny and Manu were delightful hosts, and most helpful in providing information on local events (and helping me with my French!) Parking was easy, and it was just a short walk for fresh bread and eggs in the morning. Fanny did a wonderful job decorating. The enclosed porch was a perfect place to enjoy breakfast or lie on the daybed for an afternoon nap. The private outdoor space is lovely - the jasmine was in bloom and there are plants all around. I only wish the weather had allowed more use of the space. If I return to Autignac by myself again I would definitely stay here!