Waterside cottage by the lagoon
Votre maison du port Tabarka
With a ground floor dining terrace, close by the children's park, plagette, harbour and lagoon, this cottage at Les Florentines in the Port Tabarka fishermen's
quarter of Marseillan, is a firm favourite for families and couples, who return to La Pergola, year after year.
Enfin, nous vous proposons une maison au quartier des pecheurs Port Tabarka a Marseillan. A deux pas du parc et la Plagette.
2 bedrooms, one shower room/wc
Fully fitted kitchen
Stone dining table on the terrace
and wifi indoors and outside
£540 pw July/August; £400 in June & Sept.
£300 in Spring Autumn, and from only £250 in wintertime
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La Pergola is a true Home from Home. Especially in summer, since this cottage is used and loved by its owner throughout the year.
The house is so popular that we are delighted that we are now able to welcome guests to make themselves at home, whatever the season at La Pergola, in the ever sought-after Les Florentines
of the Port Tabarka.
As our regular visitors know, each house in this quarter is personalised to the taste of the owner, and this little cottage is a gem, with all the comforts of a home from home: wifi, international
new channels on TV, comfy sofa and a stack of paperbacks!
In a small, private cluster of modern port cottages, the house is situated in the Rive Gauche fishing port Tabarka and a short walk from the Port de Plaisance, the charming old town centre and the Marina, with private parking by the front door.
La Pergola is just around the corner from Les Chaluts and Le Patio, and across the way from the Terrasse des Pecheurs.
The perfect bijou hideaway is only a couple of hundred yards from the lakeside park and its plagette - the micro-beach that was one of the best kept secrets of a French summer until France's celebrated national newspaper Le Figaro outed it as the perfect alternative to brasher commercial beaches, an authentic way of spending summer like the locals and villagers, was the verdict of the guide to France's alternative plages d'ete.
And the waterfront harbour park is also home to a super wake-park watersports club house where you can take to the zipwire and enjoy the athleticism of the lagoon.
Even if you are not the sporty one in the family, Kithau, has a welcoming club house where you may sit on the deck, have a soft drink and a seafood platter, whilst the daredevils in your party enjoy the challenges of the lagoon.
And now that the oyster-fishermen have shacks just along the park and plagette road, where you may enjoy a glass of wine and plate of oysters from 6 euros, you could spend your entire holiday in the Tabarka quarter, away from the crowds down at Marseillan Plage, yet a few minutes from the historic village centre. Ask us about places to discover, when you collect the keys to La Pergola.
You may park your car in the private courtyard right by the house, so that unloading your luggage and shopping is no chore at all, and you my keep an eye on the car for peace of mind.
The front door opens on to the airy living room and kitchen. A glass outer door lets the sunlight stream through all day long.
A dining table with four chairs sits between the kitchen and the lounge area, and, by the windows, comfy seating and a sofa with lots of cushions for flopping around the coffee table and catching up on your reading or just checking the weather forecast - on one of three hundred days each year of Languedoc sunshine.
This stylish room also has DVD and mp3 compatible hifi for those who like to make their own entertainment. The TV was ugraded to a modern flat screen with cable digital channels for the 2015 season.
But the real pleasure is the space to enjoy the good things in life. On market day afternoon, settle down at the dining table and start chopping fresh vegetables and salads to enjoy outside when the sun sinks into evening.
Draw the curtains across the French windows and the world of the port quarter itself is safely screened away with just the occasional sounds of the outside world remind you that you are so close to the water: the chiding of a mallard, the boast of a seagull.
Settle down with a good holiday read here or outside in a comfy deck chair on the terrace on rue des Pecheurs with the round stone dining suite for dinner al fresco under the pergola that gives the house its name.
Here, you may while away the sunset hours over freshly frilled seabass, chilled rose and delicious confections from Monsieur Servant's fabulous chocolaterie in Marseillan.
But each season in La Pergola brings its special treats for nibbling on the terrace.
In April, your neghbour Monsieur Farenc will be selling his legendary asaparagus froma tressle table in the village market hall. The finer slender sprigs are perfect for omelettes, the richer stems need just some melted butter and a glass of crisp white wine to make for an evening's indulgence.
May is cherries, July ripe local melons from the farmers families selling fruit by the roadside. And the fresh fruit of the day with your elevenses is the perfect acompaniment to keeping a weather eye on the port along the street.
Autumn is the first new wines from our neighours.
If you fancy working your way through a good recipe book (browse the selection before you travel at www.languedocbookshop.com
), then you could make the most of the excellent kitchen, with its Siemens ceramic hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
Upstairs, the master bedroom, with its double bed has a view out across the lagoon. The second bedroom has a pair of twin singles. And there is also shower room/wc on the first floor.
Outside, on the terrace, nod to local dog walkers on their way to the park and sit down to watch the gulls and swallows vying for control of the blue skies.
Housemartins and swifts chatter as they chase each other around the roof tops.
The terrace is great for breakfasting on fresh croissants from the village boulangeries or pouring that first cafe au lait of the day, with an eye on the morning sun shimmering over the lagoon.
Set up a parasol during the day when you go outside to catch up on your holiday reading, and lay the table for the evening meal, al fresco, under the green pergola that gives the house its name.
However cosy and enticing the house, Marseillan is for surrendering to the great outdoors.
The Languedoc breezes do their bit, whatever the season - the Tramontagne breathing its crisp air from the arriere pays, through the village streets and down to your home in the port. On other
days, the Mediterranean brings the ripe Marin air to the shores.Whatever the wind, whenever the season, the life of the port continues as usual.
Across the road, your neighbours take their fishing boats out to the lagoon. Fifty yards away, two dozen ducks gossip and huddle by the slipway into the water. On
Tuesday morning, boats queue quietly to replenish their tanks; on Thursday, the tooting greeting of the Anjodi hotel barge heading towards the quay.
One summer Thursday evening in the height of the season, Les Quais d'Art sees artists from around the region setting up their easels on the quaysides; another evening, another barge brings Salsa
musicians dancers to the waterfront. Every Wednesday afternoon during the year, when school closes early, the children of the village play in the park along the way; And on the night of the full
moon, holidaying couples walk hand in hand around the corner to watch the silvery light trickle across the waters of the Etang de Thau, syncopated by the rythmic swaying slash of the Sete lighthouse
across the bay.
Full moons come just once a month, but it is market day in Marseillan every Tuesday. The aromas around the central market hall are worth the five minute walk into the village.
Fantastic rich ripe tomatos from market gardens are a salad celebration.
And in August, melons peaches and nectarines are sold by the apronful for just a few euros.
A rotisserie turns corn-fed chicken and a neighbouring stall sells the green and black olives, sun dried tomatos and tapenades that define the Midi.
Exoticism from further afield, as Marseillan housewives queue for home made spring rolls, delicious noodles, salads and other specialities from the Veitnamese delicatessen stall.
Decked in in the traditional smock and beret, the cheeseseller offers samples of his mountain specialities from Languedoc's own back country.
On any other weekday, we'll let you know the nearest street market.Perhaps Agde on a Thursday, Sete on Wednesday morning or the Saturday favourite in Pezenas.
2 chambres (1 a grand lit, 1 avec deux lits simples), sde/wc a l’étage.
Au rdc, trouvez le salon-sejour avec TV, DVD et chaine hifi (compatible MP3).
Coin cuisine tres bien equippée avec plaque de cuisson vitroceramique Siemens, four electrique, micro onde, refrigerateur et machine a laver.
Wifi illimite et gratuite. Parking privatif. Jolie petite terrasse avec table ronde en pierre - profitez des vues de notre port Tabarka.
Vous pouvez garer votre voiture a cote de la maison.
La maison se situe a deux pas d’une vingtaine des restaurants et cafés du village et des quais du charmant petit port de plaisance.
Elle est à 5 minutes à pied du centre village, près de la place du marché, des boulangeries, boucheries, poissoneries et petits commerces.
Vous pouvez acheter les huitres du Basin de Thau chez
vos voisins oestriculteurs, et apprécier les bons vins de notre région aux caveaux de dégustation - La Madeleine Saint Jean a 100 metres de la maison ou Domaine Carayon au coeur du village ou bien
les Caves Richemer sur les quais.
N'oubliez pas notre apéro légendaire Noilly Prat, l'âme véritable du Dry Martini, le cocktail préféré du James Bond!
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If you are lucky enough to be staying at La Pergola in mid-August, the sound of the tambour and hautbois, traditional fanfares here for centuries, announce that the annual Capelet or jousting tournament is taking place on the main quaysides just around the corner.
The music is a clarion call to pull on a pair of shoes and wander round to the cafes for a decent table with a view of the action.
Do make sure you arrive in time to see the champion grab the hat from the pole at the end of the greased up ship's mast!
Should you be able to book a week in mid September, you might manage to luck upon the day that the grapes are being sorted on long trestle tables in the harbour, as the wine harvest is very much a way of life here.
At any time, any day of the week, should you fancy a glass of wine the closest cellars are those of Madeleine St Jean at the top of rue des Pecheurs, 150 yards from the front door. Drop by and pick up a bottle of something special or fill a jug with the rose direct from the tap.
Perfect for enjoying with the osters and mussels harvested that very day by your neighbours from the waters you can see from the table on the terrace. Dont worry about over indulgence, La Pergola is well placed for a post prandial stroll or mid-evening mooch amongst the boats and the ducks, a wander along the waterfront to the plagette beachlet or a power stroll to the lighthouse with a good enough book to enjoy on the benches, without being distracted by the seductive views.
Then again, you could just wander over to the boatyard by the house and watch life lived at a civilised pace.
Or get out the paints, the crayons or sketchpad ... and be inspired ....