Friday, 27 January 2017

One of the most beautiful places to stay in France

Languedoc Roussillon is the south of France without the hustle and bustle – and the region around the delightful market town of Pezenas is an ideal base from which to explore the history of Carcassonne, the wines of Corbieres and a wide range of chateaux, cathedrals and abbeys. 


A small group of us are sitting on the terrace of a beautifully restored old water mill on the banks of the sleepy River Herault. With some rooms dating back to 1313, the Moulin de Pezenas is a quite extraordinary place to stay.


Newly refurbished in exquisite style, the multi-storey five-bedroom, five-bathroom mill is impossibly stylish, set in remote countryside and surrounded by vineyards. It directly overlooks the river and a gentle waterfall. It's surrounded by beautiful gardens and has been renovated by local winemaker Jean-Paul Mas, the Arrogant Frog, who played in the ruins of the mill as a child. 


The terrace of this recognised historic monument is just delightful; sunny and tranquil – the ideal spot to wind down with a glass of local wine, some cheese, charcuterie and a fresh baguette -- all of which can be provided by excellent staff.


Fully equipped, totally private and with all provisions able to be provided ahead of your arrival, the Moulin de Pezenas is the perfect Languedoc base for several couples or a large family group.


The bedrooms are exquisitely furnished, every little thing beautifully considered. Staying here is living the rock star lifestyle for a few days, and a cook can be provided should you require one. Just perfect. 

THE FACTS

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The Moulin de Pezenas starts from 2,200 per week to €4,500 in peak season. Contact mill manager Babette at www.hoteldevigniamont.com (an excellent bed and breakfast in Pezenas) or visit the website www.pierresdhistoire.com.

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