at Le Grau d'Agde
Luxury Villa with fabulous pool, poolhouse and poplar grove
Villa La Peupleraie
Sleeps up to 10
Summer Hideaway just beyond the beaches ... available for just 5 weeks in summer 2016 ...
Discover a fabulous modern 4-bedroom family house and swimming pool with large walled garden - just 200 metres from the prestigious beaches of Le Grau d'Agde - the best kept secret on the Languedoc coast:
Bienvenue and welcome to an authentic Mediterranean rendezvous where the river Herault meets the sea and where dining out is always an occasion.
Here mornings are spent on the sands and in the shade of a cafe, afternoons at the quayside fish auction or under veteran trees in your own garden, raising a glass of the local Chardonnay or Cabernet and toasting the long lazy days that lie ahead.
Laziness is an art at in Grau d'Agde. Where the neighbouring Cap throbs in a fashionable frenzy, and the old city hustles and bustles through narrow ruelles and unexpected squares, Le Grau takes life at the proper pace for a lifetytle where your biggest decision of the day will be between choosing between the private pool or the sea, the recliner of the hammock under the trees.
Along a modest lane winding from the beach to the residential groves, villas and gardens behind the main avenue, come home to La Peupleraie.
This very much a private home - a haven of space under summer skies - and is only available for a select number of weeks each year. And those weeks book up very quickly indeed.
Many of our regular guests return to check out what is new since the last visit.
Perhaps a swing seat in a quiet garden to the side of the main house and away from the lawns; maybe new bean bags and cushions under the pergola; the latest appliances in either of the two kitchens.
The fun is in returning to the familiar and delighting in the new
The pink villa set far back from the main road is a self contained holiday in its own right. The whole domain is enclosed with a smart wall.
Of course you could simly spend the whole week by the swimming pool!
There is even a dishwasher by the barbecue in the pool-house, bringing relaxation and laziness to the level of a fine art, and the possibility of wifi under the trees, as you email your friends back home and share the secret pleasures of the house and garden.
In the South-facing garden, discover the grove of old poplars that give the villa its name and provide balmy mottled shade on a sunny day when the temperatures passed way beyond 36 degrees and rising,
Je songe à ces deux peupliers
Ces hauts peupliers à formes humaines
Que le ciel a éparpillées
Comme un peu d'écume ou de laine.
Je songe à ces deux peupliers
Qui gardaient mon domaine.
le vent ne pouvait les plier;
Ils etaient mes vertes fontaines.
Je ne pourais les oublier
Je les vois sous mes yeux mouillés
Quand j'entends un bruit d'eaux lointaines.
Je songe à ces deux peupliers
Qui gardaient mon domaine.
© Armand Bernier
There is a lawn for true sun-worshippers, a traditional boulodrome (for playing pétanque), a lush lawn and there are gravel paths all around the detached villa. A new outdoor living room has been created with garden sofas and chairs on the main terrace by the lawn.
Open the front door of the villa and step into the brightest living room you could wish for.
The south wall is a huge window that opens out to one of the terraces and the grand garden and there are windows east and west too.
A smart dining area is divided from the living room by a partial wall and the first dilemma is to choose to step out onto the East or South facing terraces (You will soon discover that this house has so many different breakfast areas - without even considering laying out a picnic by the pool!).
And, in the living room, is a suspended fireplace, inspired by Philippe Imbert, as displayed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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The kitchen in the villa is grand and spacious with an island sink, dining unit, full sized fridge freezer, with chilled water and ice dispenser, dishwasher and all mod cons.
A second summer kitchen in the garden, with its dining table for ten, has a gas barbecue, an electric cooker, fidge freezer, even an electric wine cooler and of course the ultimate luxury - an outdoor dishwasher!
This outdoor kitchen is bigger and better in 2015, now with a full size hob and oven as well as the large barbecue so that a whole family of cooks can be creative poolside.
The garden dining room also acts as a perfect abris for the family that likes to stay together despite having different tastes.
The sun lovers tanning brigade may laze by the pool, the bookworm nap in a hammock under the trees, but the lover of cool shade and self-indulgence can chat to the others from the sheltered dining table, just an arm-stretch away from a well stocked fridge and ice dispenser.
The main kitchen in the villa, again redesigned and ugraded for summer, also leads out to another terrace.
The ground floor master bedroom has a generously-sized ensuite shower room and its own french windows which open westwards to another garden terrace.
Climb the the whisk-turn of the contemporary styled staircase and you may discover three more bedrooms, with a well-proportioned shower/bathroom for the rest of the family.
Now we have added a pair of wet rooms to the first floor, bringing the total number of bathrooms in the main house to four - not counting the extra shower room in the pool-house.
The bedrooms are air-conditioned, of course.
Two of the upstairs bedrooms (thoe with the ensuites) can be arranged as either double or twin rooms - just let us know when you book and we'll make sure all is set up to your own preferences.
The fourth bedroom is perfect for youngsters, as it sleeps four in matching pairs of bunk beds.
Fittings throughout are to the highest standard. The villa has secure parking within the grounds. Just zap closed the electric gates and step out of your carand you are home.
One or two families, up to 8 or 10 people, could share the house or a single family could enjoy enough luxurious personal space to make for a rare and truly relaxing break for everyone!
However many rooms a house has, nonetheless the kitchen is always the heart of any home, and here there is enough space for family and friends to work together on preparing the evening meal.
In high summer, both inside and outside, the villa La Peupleraie seems a world away from the heady rush of the South of France.
Vast sliding glass walls open the living room into the glade and the garden;
Yet, within, those cool white walls promise sanctuary and always a corner to settle down with a good book for precious moments of solitude before joining the rest of the family around the swimming pool.
Because here at La Peupleuraie, away from the holidaymakets on the popular beaches, your own garden is more than big enough for both conviviality and time on your own:
A comfy chair on the eastern terrace or a hammock slung between two tall trees the perfect setting for an afternoon doze; the south terrace and the poolside for partying.
The purpose-built pool house aside, the outside dining scope is considerable:
Imagine setting up a table under the poplar trees, groaning under the weight of fresh seafood and salad from the market, huge bowls of olives, fresh fruits and pitchers of the wonderful local wines: red at sunset, rosé for lunch and Picpoul de Pinet white at any time.
But for all its wonderful choices of outdoor spaces, this remains a real family home ... .
..and if you'd like to fly down to Agde out of season, when the winegrowers party at harvest time, or the Christmas swimmers risk a yuletide dip in the Med and Languedoc hosts 101 secret celebrations, then a cosy evening in around the dining table is one of the great pleasures of the South of France.
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Then, after two or three hours relaxing in the garden to let the sun cool down a little, an early evening dip in the Med itself at St Vincent Plage 150 metres away. Head along the beach road to discover Les Vagues, restaurant in the dunes where the beautiful people lunch and dine in the summer.
The French lifestyle magazines love the tropical beach bar chic of the place -and unlike so many of the other gueststrying to find a pace to park, you can simply walk home along the sands after a meal to remember.
The beach may have its attractions, yet, at home, the architect-designed swimming pool is 2 metres deep at one end. For this summer season, we have a gated and fenced area around the pool - for your family's peace of mind.
And a grand poolhouse with its dining area, fitted kitchen with barbecue, cooker even dishwasher - and shower and wc - stands next to the pool at the end of the garden.
A private family boulodrome may be found under the poplar trees for lazy tournaments. Inside the house, wide screen TV, DVD and the possibility of internet access.
Explore the house for yourself - the choice of four good sized bedrooms ...
Each corner has its own style both indoors and out - and at La Peupleraie you are never to far from the perfect spot to relax and take in your surroundings ...
But, tempting as it is to spend every day at home, it is well worth venturing out to discover the delights of this special corner of the Mediterranean, where the lifestyles of the coast and the town come together with true charm.
Grau d'Agde itself is lovely, a delightful fishing and true residential community – a place where the real Agathois (people of Agde) live year round, so, unlike the Cap along the coast, not just another tourist resort.
On Thursday morning catch the waterbus from the jetty and it will take you upriver to the old town of Agde for the market on the city ramparts: leave at 9am, return lunchtime! And you can go along the river during July and August for a grandstand view of the famous water jousts.
Summer promises midnight fishing trips on old sailing boats, excursions to picnic on island beaches and a host of boats on the quayside offering adventures at sea. You may also enjoy fine dining at the Adagio restaurant on the quayside, or pay the ferryman to take you across the river to the exclusive treats of the opposite bank.
So do take time to explore Agde and Grau d'Agde, magical Marseillan and artistic Pezenas, busy Beziers and bustling Montpellier, the sleepy canal and the wonderful wild wetlands. But we more than understand if the Villa La Peupleraie seems just so special a place to leave ...
Enjoy our diary of events in and around Agde and the region during your stay, with tips on nearby markets and festivals and reviews of the best restaurants in old town, Le Cap and Le Grau and port. Ask for information on sight-seeing, itineraries, wine tasting, dining further afield and other trips.
Grau d'Agde is closer than ever to Britain - the new Ryanair routes from across the UK touch down at Beziers-Cap d'Agde airport 15 minutes from the villa.
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We are now taking requests Spring & late summer 2016 and early applications for August 2017
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10-Jan - Mar
|July- August||£ 2600|
|Nov-Dec 20||£ 1590|
The beaches are splendid, there are fine seafood restaurants everywhere, both on the seafront and along the river Herault.Remember, Grau d'Agde has so much to offer you. And the place is made for a special summer to remember.To get around, just hail a water taxi and for 2 euros return you may hop over to the other bank of the Herault, maybe go fishing around the lighthouse, or discover another special restaurant.
FInd out about the Spanish artists who decorated the old city, the famous gypsy weddings on Sundays and the background to summer's water jousting by the quays - all this and more in the entertaining and lively guidebook Marseillan and a Lot of Languedoc, which tells the tale of a miracle and a tsunami, the year the British nearly conquered the Cap, an eccentric artist who built a chateau where the river and the canal swap places.