..our special star in the village centre...
...a versatile home, house or twin apartments..
une belle maison ou deux appartements de charactere
For years this house was Marseillan’s forgotten secret, completely hidden from view, curtained behind a wall of ivy, in one of the narrowest little ruelles of the historic centre.
Then one day, just like in the fairy tale, decades of entwined and embracing greenery was cut away and behind the swathes of leaves and twisting branches emerged the sleeping beauty of the rue
Refreshed and revived, restored and loved once again, Estèla gradually reveals just some of her secrets, with many more stories still to be discovered, as the little house opens her big front doors
to guests for the first time in generations.
The whole house has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a roof terrace, sitting rooms, kitchens on each of the 3 floors ... and a rooftop den.
You may choose to stay in the main house, or opt for a 2 bedroom duplex terrace apartment, or simply stay downstairs, which is available for rent as an independent one-bedroom studio.
A hideaway for couples, a base for a group of friends, Estèla is as versatile as you would expect from a little local legend. (scroll down the page for the story)
From the street, open the grand traditional door set in a wall of centuries-old volcanic stone, and step across the threshold.
On the ground floor
is the self-contained apartment (see below) that may also be enjoyed as part of the main house – perfect “granny annexe” or private quarters for those who may
find the steep winding stairs of an old village house a bit too much of a challenge.
The apartment has
its own front door on a neighbouring street if it is being rented separately to the main house.
But here is a delightful little sitting room with comfy sofa and very well equipped kitchenette with everything you need – even a dishwasher – and breakfast bar. The bedroom area also has access
to its own smart modern shower room and ensuite facilities.
Up the main staircase to the first floor of the house ...
Here, with morning light streaming through the striking renaissance windows, is
a comfortable lounge, with sofa and chairs clustered around a fine fireplace.
In a corner by the stairs is an original basalt stone sink, part of the very structure of the building and dating back through the
Today, this provides superb focal point for some eye-catching and original artwork.
The walls throughout the house are hung with vibrant, colourful, sometimes quirky paintings, very much a trademark of this house, the expressive images at once thought-provoking and
A step up to the kitchen and dining area – splendid modern kitchen, with built in appliances. Here is a dishwasher, ceramic hob, fitted higher-level oven and microwave, fridge, freezer, coffee
machine, kettle and all the pots and pans and crockery and cutlery you need to entertain family and friends.
The dining table in the corner is perfect for lazy evenings at home, with fresh
produce from the fruiterers, fishmongers, bakers and winemakers who set up shop and stalls in the neighbouring streets, just down the rue Emile
And don't worry if you prefer to dine with friends in the
studio downstairs or breakfast
on the rooftop terrace, no need to keep running up and down stairs, since each floor of the house has its own fridge and cooking facilities.
Beyond the kitchen is the twin bedroom, with two single beds and its own ensuite shower room with wc.
separated from the sleeping area by sliding doors.
As you leave the first floor, glance upwards and you will see the intriguing carved star that gives the house its name presents a glimpse of the staircase leading to the top floor.
Here everything spans out from the den. A master bedroom with another modern and stylish ensuite shower room/wc. The modern sink and shower works well with the period details on the old windows and handles.
The den doubles as a study – with a desk in the corner for catching up on your emails and updating your Facebook status to Life is Beautiful.
A great room for settling down with a book or catching up with the news or a film on TV.
And french windows open out to the roof terrace, where you may enjoy breakfast or an aperitif completely hidden from the street below.
No need to worry about the heat if the midday sun, for as well as the parasol, a proper sail can be hoisted over the terrace to create a delightful abris summer shelter.
And no need to nip downstairs for that chilled bottle of Picpoul de Pinet or platter of fresh oysters, since just off the terrace is a mini-kitchenette with its own fridge, a 2-ring ceramic hob and sink for preparing food and drinks just a couple of steps from the terrace itself.
There is wifi throughout the house and in both apartments and access to washing machines.
The self-contained apartment on the ground floor of Estèla has two front doors: one opens to the entrance hall of the main house - ideal when you are using the entire building.
However, if you decide to choose this studio as your own secret pied à terre and Languedoc hideaway for two, then use the appartment's own independent street entrance in a tiny little street behind the main house.
Here you will find a very well equipped kitchen - even a dishwasher of your own, a stylish breakfast bar for coffee and croissants à deux in the morning.
A comfy sofa in the living area and there is a delightful double bedroom, with plenty of wardrobe space and a smart modern shower room.
Guests can enoy great wifi thoughout the apartment as well as TV.
Just like the main living and bedrooms upstairs, the apartment is colourfully decorated with a delightful selection of vibrant and original artworks in every room.
more photos towards the top of the page
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What's in a Name...
... once upon a star
Some say that this is the oldest house in Marseillan, others recall stories of it once being a spiritual sanctuary a few steps from the old walls and hidden behind the market place.
The name Estèla is the Occitan word for star – and the name implies more than the Mediterranean night sky to be enjoyed whilst sipping a digestif on the hidden terrace at the top of the house.
The house was once a sanctuary, perhaps home to one of the many confrèries, religious orders that were once dotted around the village.
In Marseillan, wealthy merchants would pay penitent friars to pray for their souls in tiny chapels tucked away in the warren of winding streets.
In this oldest of houses, with its striking renaissance windows, religious symbols were discovered in the walls of black and grey volcanic
stone during recent renovations.
A complex star symbol, resembling the traditional Star of David, yet also evoking earlier pagan signs was uncovered during the restoration
of a wall by the first floor staircase.
Some historians believe that this might have been an emblem of one of the long forgotten holy orders. Religious icons may be seen carved
into the outside walls of many old houses in Marseillan, from statues of saints to the cockle-shell badge of the pilgrim route to Santiago di Compostella in
Others suggest that the house in rue Michelet might have been sanctuary for Jewish silversmiths escaping the Spanish Inquisition in 1492.
Many families crossed the Pyrenees from Spain the very year that Columbus set sail to discover America, and discovered in their turn a new life in Pezenas and Marseillan.
For centuries, Languedoc was a crossroads of interfaith cultures, with some Jewish ghettos under the protection of the French popes, and combined Islamic and Jewish study centres in Montpellier. Marseillan was governed by bishops, yet home to merchants and traders. And the port brought visitors from diverse cutures to the village.
To this day, the rue Michelet remains a delightful melting pot and a true community.A ruelle, just wide enough to cycle between the rue Vedel and the rue Emile Zola, with its patisserie and enticing food shops,
Benjy the terrier keeps an eye on comings and goings, as neighbours greet each other, share a glass of wine or pastis, or water their overflowing tubs of geraniums and Mediterranean herbs.
Just a couple of hundred yards away, the place Carnot has its grocers and bakeries, restaurants from the gastronomic to the hearty and homely, all huddles around the Hotel de Ville. And all is still just another five minutes walk down to the port with many more restaurants and cafes.
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La Maison - 3 chambres; 3
Le Duplex - 2 chambres; 2
Le Studio - 1 chambre; 1
Il est dit qu’Estèla est la maison la plus ancienne de Marseillan. Située dans une petite ruelle au coeur du
centre historique, découvrez la maison de l’Etoile (Estèla en occitan), un sanctuaire privilégié pour vos vacances
Vous pouvez louer la maison
entière ou bien l'appartement duplex du 1er et 2eme étage séparément au studio du rez de chaussée, ou vice versa.
Le studio est idéal pour les familles avec des parents âgés qui préfèrent ne pas monter les escaliers difficiles en pierre, ou un refuge
pour les couples.
Pour le studio dans le salon/cuisine, profitez d’une cuisine bien équipée avec lave-vaisselle, plaque de cuisson vitro céramique, réfrigérateur/congélateur, four et
micro-onde. Il dispose d’une chambre a grand lit et salle d’eau moderne attenante avec douche, lavabo et WC.
Aussi avec un accès dans la laverie de la maison principale pour la machine à laver et table/fer a repassé.
Le studio a sa propre porte d'entrée en cas de location indépendante.
Dans la maison principale, découvrez l'appartement duplex du 1er au 2eme étage avec sa grande fenêtre renaissance en vielles pierres de basalte.
Montez l’escalier en pierre vers le premier étage et entrez dans le salon avec ses nombreuses caractéristiques originales et sa cheminée, fauteuils et canapés confortables a cote de la salle à manger décorée avec des peintures originales colorées, aussi avec une grande cuisine moderne très bien équipée comprenant un lave-vaisselle, plaque de cuisson vitro céramique, réfrigérateur/congélateur, four et micro-onde.
A ce niveau se trouve aussi une chambre avec deux lits simples et salle d’eau attenante avec douche, lavabo et WC.
Cette ancienne maison abritait autrefois un ordre religieux et des symboles originaux ont été découverts dans les murs pendant la rénovation. L'étoile en pierre
volcanic qui est en haut d’escalier du 1er étage a peut-être été créé lorsque la maison était un sanctuaire des orfèvres Juifs fuyant l'Inquisition en Espagne en
Au 2eme etage, se trouve un salon avec TV dans le bureau donnant acces a la terrasse, aussi un petit salon de jardin et sa petite
cuisine d’ete (2 plaques de cuisson, refrigerateur).
Au même etage se trouve aussi une chambre avec un choix d’arrangements soit deux lits simples ou un
grand lit et salle d’eau attenante comprenant douche, lavabo et WC.
Pour réserver votre séjour a notre maison de l'Etoile:
to book your stay at Estela: