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La Maison du Colonel


Spacious family home on the former ramparts

Belle Maison du Village spacieuse et lumineuse -
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4 bedrooms

(sleeps 8)

3 baths


In a village that shares its secrets, there is still one surprise to discover on the former ramparts. La Maison du Colonel sits in a modest row alongside its neighbours, but who would guess that so large a family home could be hidden behind the unassuming front door.

La Maison du Colonel actually straddles two streets in the historic centre, and four good sized bedrooms, three bath or shower rooms and separate large living dining and family rooms are here to be discovered.. as well as the extra surprise: a modest little terrace carved out of the roof where al fresco dining is summoned by the chime of the bell from the church tower, the belfry sentinel that keeps the secret of a hideaway amongst the terracotta tiles and old wooden beams.

Open the front door next to the garage.

Climb up the inviting and imaginatively lit staircase from street level to the very spacious and cool master bedroom suite.

A large double bed, bedside cabinets, a dressing table and good mirrors and  wide windows to welcome the silver and gold sunrise of a Marseillan morning that spills its wake-up wamth to the polished floor . Plenty of walk-in wardrobe space and a superb ensuite bathroom, with a proper bathtub for the luxury of a lazy start and finish to every day. A haven for adults, since the children have their own space across the landing and down a few steps to the family room and beyond.

Here you will find the television, and hub for wifi internet connection, and beyond are two more bedrooms, and a family shower room and a separate wc. A brand new washing machine for laundry is also to be found here. Some families like to use this level for teenagers or perhaps a second couple or family friends who might enjoy private space slightly apart from the rest of the house. Otherwise, this gives the youngsters a part of the house where they can be themselves, leaving the top floor for grown-up soirees.

The twin bedroom is ideal for children, as it has niches, cupboards and hideaway nooks – perfect for toys and clothes.

We can always arrange for a cot to be placed in the room, a high chair and child gate for the starcase are available as well.

Next door is another double bedroom, with ample cupboard and wardrobe space and bookshelves for choice bedtime reading.

Back on the main staircase, a few more steps to the top floor and the main living room and nicely equipped kitchen. Besides the stylish fridge, there is an oven, electric hob and microwave for preparing the meal and the latest Whirlpool dishwasher to make sure that clearing-up after dinner is never a chore.

The house is equipped with plenty of cutlery, cooking utensils, pots and pans, plates, bowls and mugs and glasses whether you toast Le Colonel with the awarding winning Chardonnay from the winery around the corner, or the sparkle of fizz that you discover when you visit Limoux, where Languedoc has been producing bubbles since before Dom Perignon popped his first cork.

A huge L-shaped sofa for sprawling and other chairs well placed for settling down with a good holiday read, and a wood-burning stove in the very comfortable living room.

A fourth equally well- proportioned bedroom under the eaves, with a velux skylight window, has another double bed and its own en-suite shower and wc on this top floor.

Across the living area, step through the doorway by the stairs into a charming dining room. At its centre is a fine old table ready to treat you to some memorable meals. Not to mention some equally unforgettable wines. Eight guests may sit around the table in comfort, or the meal may spill out into the open air, since one wall peels away to open out into the semi-sheltered terrace.

Here as the beams and tiles of the roof gently give way to the clear blue skies of the South of France, another patio table can seat four, and a couple of loungers lay ready for those who want to take advantage of 300 days of sunshine. Let lunchtime linger into afternoon, and raise an aperitif to the setting sun in the western sky.
 

The compact terrace actually slips around the building with an extra hidden corner for a sunbed, or quiet escape to lose yourself in a good book away from the family, and the canny blend of open skies and sturdy shade mean that all the family may enjoy the same space, whether or not they are sunworshippers or inclined to gentle breezes away from the bright light.

With heaters ready for the winter and either fans or air-conditioning units in the summer, Le Colonel is a welcoming host whatever the season.

Around the house, discover other peoples’ private echoes of Marseillan’s present and past. The eclectic collection of paintings and artwork on the walls reflects varied tastes, moods and styles.

You may recognise some local scenes, capturing the essence of the village of fishermen and wine-makers, from the atelier studio of your neighbour Jean-Claude Chabrol just along the road from the house.

The churchtower, glimpsed from the terrace across a sea of mossed, bleached, burnished and weathered terracotta recalls the village’s ever exciting history.

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Walk down the street from the house to decide whether to turn left at the crossroads and explore the port, succumb to the chars of a quayside café or set sail on the Etang itself, or turn right into the warren of centuries-old ruelles and passages in the quaint old town, where a hidden chateau or forgotten chapel may be behind the next cluster of geraniums of bougainvilla.

Stroll on to the Church Square renamed for a hero of the Resistance, through side streets still bearing their Occitan signs recalling the patois of generations past.

Buy your fish direct from the fishermen in the market hall, your meat from Monsieur Valette and decide for yourself whether you’ll choose a fresh baguette from LaGarrigue’s counter by the church, or an exotic loaf from Eugene behind the grocers.

Wherever your steps take you, you will be but a few minutes from a memorable meal, whether at any of a dozen or more restaurants or surrounded by family and friends, chez vous at the Maison du Colonel.

2016 RATES
(price per week)

January - March£ 550
Easter£ 650
April£ 600
May
£ 690
June£ 795
July  - August£ 950
September £ 795
October£ 600
November-December £ 550
Christmas New Year£ 690

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All reservations must be accompanied by a 25% deposit. Balance 8 weeks before arrival. We also require a security deposit against breakages of £300, refunded 7 days after departure. Prices quoted do not include linens - available at our usual rates. Winter electricty/heating supplement may be charged.

Enjoy our diary of events in and around Marseillan and the region during your stay, with tips on nearby markets and festivals and reviews of the best restaurants in the village and port.

Ask for information on sight-seeing, itineraries, wine tasting, dining further afield and other trips, from visiting a goat farm to taste delicious cheeses to the better known tourist sites at Carcassonne and Pont du Gard

We can also advise on where to arrange cycle hire (subject to availablity and a locally paid deposit).

Weekly bookings: arrival day 5pm - departure day 10am. Choice of days possible out of season to take advantage of Ryanair's best fares.

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To reserve your special time in Marseillan - contact us now. Fillin the form HERE or email Stephane@MarseillanVillage.co.uk




En plein coeur du centre historique, au lieu même des anciens remparts, se trouve une maison de village entierement renovée et atypique; 165m2 à découvrir entre deux rues. C’est un havre de paix pour toute la famille. Au 2eme étage, découvrez le grand salon-séjour-cuisine, un espace lumineux et climatisé de 38m2. Il est amenagé avec beaucoup de gout, avec des tableaux par differents artists de la région.

Le coin-cuisine est très bien équippé (four, plaque vitrée, réfrigérateur, congélateur, micro-onde et lave-vaisselle) Le salon donne aussi sur la salle à manger indépendante de 20m2 avec table pour 8 personnes et accés direct sur une térrasse de 22m2. La térrasse, avec son abris, petite table et chaises de jardin et ses deux transats, est idéale pour prolonger le repas avec un digestif Marseillanais sous le ciel du Midi.

La maison bénificie d'un éspace familial au 1er étage, deux chambres avec placards amenagés, sde et wc à côté d'un salon avec télévision et routeur wifi, jouets et meubles enfants. Cette espace singulaire est idéal pour les grandparents, les adolescents ou pour vos amis.

Il y’a 4 chambres, y compris une suite parentale de 20m2+sdb/wc de 7m2 et dressing de 2 m2. Grand lit et fenêtres exposition Est, pour profitant du soleil du matin.


A l’étage familiale: il y a une chambre de 12m2 avec un grand lit (2 personnes) et une autre chambre de 13m2 avec 2 lits simples et placard amenagé et rangement pour jouets. Ventilateurs ou chauffage electrique sont disponible dans chaque chambre.

Au 2eme étage, trouvez la quatrième chambre: petite suite mansardée de 13 m2 + sde/wc de 3m2. Grand lit (2 personnes) et rangement.

Cette proprieté est également équippée avec machine à laver et un garage de 23m2.

La Maison du Colonel se trouve à deux pas du centre village, près de la place du marché, des boulangeries, boucheries, poissoneries et petits commerces.

Et aussi à 5 minEt aussi à 5 minutes à pied d’une vingtaine des restaurants et cafés du village et des quais du charmant petit port de plaisance.

Vous pouvez acheter les huitres du Basin de Thau chez vos voisins oestriculteurs, et apprécier les bons vins de notre région aux caveaux dégustation au coeur du village et sur les quais.

N'oubliez pas notre apéro légendaire Noilly Prat, véritable âme du Dry Martini, le cocktail préféré du James Bond!



The children's bedroom - here with an extra cot for a baby!


Another bedroom at the Maison du Colonel with original tiled floor and built-in wardrobes



The kitchen opens out to the large and sunny living room



Well equipped prep space for dining at home

The long and spacious garage can accommodate a saloon or estate car. Taller vehicles can find street parking nearby.

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