Where to sleep
Domaine Saint Jean de l’arbousier
A night between the sky and the earth. These tree houses remind you of a childhood dream … spending the night at the top of a tree ! Just above Castries, a little village some 10 kilometres from Montpellier, they’re hidden away in this characterful domaine. Surrounded by arbutus trees and umbrella pines, the Domaine Saint Jean de l’Arbousier was an old Templar base. Truly different, you’ll just love these guest rooms at the heart of the Hérault not just for being so unusual but for the clear views from them over the Pic St Loup, the Aigoual and Ventoux mountains, the vineyards as far as the Mediterranean.
- Domaine Saint Jean de l’arbousier - 34160 Castries
- Tel. : 04 67 87 04 13 / 06 15 74 17 56
- From 130 € per night/2 personnes.
Château Roumanières at Garrigues
Nestling at the heart of the little village of Garrigues about half an hour from Montpellier, the five stylish, elegantly decorated guest rooms are a ‘must’. The château featured in the Michelin red book in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Both inside and outside, nothing as been left to chance. It’s all lovely, a real invitation to relax and feel good. You’ll enjoy the home produced breakfasts in the reception rooms or château courtyard. Sun lovers will appreciate the rooftop solarium, while others will freshen up in the pool in the park. And you can relax in one of the many living rooms: the winter garden and tea corner, the purple salon with its reading corner, or another dating from the 14th century and vaulted. Guests are always offered a guided tour with the vigneron which includes a tasting of the domaine’s wines. And on the first Sunday of April come and celebrate Spring at Roumanières, taste the new vintages and enjoy the traditional mock bull fighting.
- Château Roumanières – 34160 Garrigues
- Bed and breakfast: From 90€ to 125€ for 2 people (breakfast included)
- Cellar visit: 20 € per person
- Tel: +33 (0)4 67 86 49 70
Green cabins, ten gîtes sleeping between 2 and 5, close to the village centre. Laundry and barbecue. One night bookings out of season, or for a week in season, reserve at the Assas Mairie.
Mas de Martin at Saint Bauzille de Montmel
A thoroughly charming gîte nestling in the middle of the vines. An old stone farmer’s shelter on the domaine yet entirely independent with a closed 500m2 garden and 50m2 terrace. It can sleep up to six and is about half an hour from Montpellier.
- Mas de Martin -34160 Saint Bauzille de Montmel
- From 350€ to 900€ per week or 250€ on the week-end
- Tel: + 33 (0)4 67 86 98 82
Auberge du pont romain at Sommières
At the heart of the medieval Sommières village, the 19th century Auberge du Pont Romain, surrounded by vines and the wild garrigue, welcomes guests for a dreamy stay in its five bedrooms all decorated in bright southern colours. And when the warm weather shows its head; the whole team will make you welcome on the flowery terrace or by the pool so you can relax and enjoy your holiday.
- Auberge du Pont Romain
- Tel: +33(0)4 66 80 00 58
- From 181€ to 241€/2 people (half-board)
Château de Christin at Junas
There are a few places enhanced over time. The Chateau de Christin is one. An old manor house in the wild countryside, just oozes warmth and authenticity (truly reflected in the bedrooms …). Treat yourself to something truly special as you wander around the French style gardens with their ponds, full of the heady scent of old roses and honeysuckle. You can imagine living in a bygone era as you relax in one of the majestic bedrooms, complete with wood paneling, pastel colours, fine cloth and antique furniture.
- Le Château Christin
- Tel: +33(0)4 66 80 45 90
- From 120€ to 220€/2 people (breakfast included)
Hôtel de l’Orange at Sommières
Peace and charm reign at Philippe de Frémont’s 17th century home, as much in the flowery garden as on the majestic terraces which lead to this stone clad hotel. The low boxwood hedges around the courtyard together with florentine cypress protect and enhance the bright local colours, acting as a backdrop great convivial moments; The tower, grotto and swimming pool are each rather special and incredibly welcoming – all truly magical.
- Hôtel de l’Orange
- Tel: +33(0)4 66 77 79 94
- From 100€ to 160€/2 people (breakfast included)
Domaine de Costes-Cirgues at Sommières
The Althoff family will welcome you at the heart of 60 hectares of vines and olive groves. Whether in the traditional Provencal farmhouse or the comfortable gîte with its swimming pool, you will appreciate the serenity of the Domaine de Costes-Cirgues while enjoying the different home made products (wines from organic agriculture and olive oil).
- Domaine Costes-Cirgues (30250, Sommières)
- Tel: +33 (0)6 77 14 09 69 or +33 (0)6 77 76 97 90 - From 850€ to 2000€ per week
Domaine de Gallières at Saint Seriès
The Domaine de Gallières has been converted from a large 19th century country house surrounded by vines. At the heart of a hundred year old park, there are five charming suites and three gîtes to welcome you. The Domaine also offers guests meals prepared from local products and home grown vegetables.
- Domaine de Gallières - 34400 Saint-Séries
- Tel: 06 32 96 95 20
- Bed and breakfast: From 85€ to 155€ for 2 people, breakfast included. Gîtes from 450€ to 700€ per week.