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.
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.
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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.