The real South of France awaits
15 Grand Rue. Think of it as your private luxury Mediterranean hotel in the Languedoc South of France
Welcome to the real South of France where all your visions of France come to life. With over 300 days of annual sunshine, historic villages, roads lined with Plane trees, 250km of sandy beaches and acres of vines. The clink of the Petanque boule and the chirp of the cicadas in amongst the wild thyme set the scene.
Our village - Caux
15 Grand Rue is in the thriving 1000-year-old pretty village of Caux in the rolling countryside between the mountains and the sea. The heart of Caux dates back to the 10th century with the Church being recorded on the “Livre Noir” in 1172. Like many medieval villages, Caux was built to a circular plan with the church at the highest point in the centre with the later 18th and 19th developments radiating out in concentric circles. Grand Rue is one of the 18th century roads in the centre of the village.
In the old quarter there is the typical archways, mullioned windows and carved doorways in the maze of narrow streets. The church is a listed historic monument built in golden honey coloured stone; the impressive tower was a 14th century addition and is one of the first thing you see on your approach to Caux.
Today Caux is an all year round lively village with a wide variety of shops for your daily needs and a weekly Friday market. Don’t be surprised by the announcements over the village public address system letting the locals know what’s happening which actually start with them saying ‘allo ‘allo! There are 2 traditional bars and a pizza shop, 2 bakeries, pharmacy, Tabac and Post Office to name but a few, and of course caves to taste the local wines.
Nearst town - Pézenas
One of the jewels in the crown of the Languedoc and one of the most beautiful in the South West, with the cobbled streets of the historic old town and amazing architectural heritage, mainly built in the 17th century, with an informative walking tour in English available from the Tourist Office. You can watch the world go buy from the pavement cafes, and the wine bars are a great way to taste the multitude of different locals wines.
Beaches & Boats
On the coast, 20-minutes drive away, you can find sandy beaches to suite everyone’s taste from the undeveloped lido between Sete and Cap D’Agde to chic beach clubs at Villeroy Plage near Sete or Les Vagues restaurant between Rochelongue and Grau Agde. A cocktail or snack can be brought to your sun lounger, pure decadence.
Head up into the Haute Languedoc to L’Espinouse Mountains and the landscape changes from vines to garrigue with Holm oaks and the scent of wild thyme and small plantations of Olives dotted between.
15 Grand Rue is centrally located for discovering the wide cultural heritage of the Languedoc. With its ancient towns and picturesque villages like St Guilhem de Desert, the old Ports of Marseillan or Bouzigue on the Etang, you can head off to discover, in about an hour from 15 Grand Rue, some of the best Roman monuments outside of Italy. Discover the world famous Pont du Gard, alongside the cities of Arles and Nimes with their working amphitheatre on the edge of the Camargue, or take a walk along the Via Domitia in the footsteps of Romans. Head north up the A75, toward the Tarn Gorges and you’ll find the worlds highest bridge, the Millau Bridge. Drive back through the villages of the Knights Templars, such as the authentic walled village of La Couvertoirade. More recent history can be explored through the L’Espinouse Mountains, as it’s been a well-worn path used by the resistance to evacuate soldiers through to Spain in WW2. Head South and the Cathar Castles abound, with Carcassonne as one of the high lights, and abbeys such as Fontfroide. You can also pick up the Canal du Midi, a major feat of civil engineering. Crossing the border into Spain the world class Dali museum is a must. Sete and Lodeve also have interesting galleries with annual summer exhibitions. Montpellier has great museums and beautiful architecture and you couldn’t be anywhere but France. This is just a brief glimpse of what the Languedoc has to offer. We can help you plan your days out when you are here, with some insider tips and pre programmed GPS to make your sight seeing trips a success.
A visit to the Languedoc would not be complete without some wine tasting as you’re in the worlds largest vineyard. You can walk out amongst the vines just a stone throw from 15 Grand Rue. There are many Domains where you can taste wine but we recommend you to join a half day wine tour that accommodates all levels of knowledge and have access to some of the private estates in the Languedoc.
Dotted throughout the area, in quaint villages, are crafts people and artisans, who you can stumble across on your travels. They produce a wide range of goods from olive oil and fine foods – the world famous Roquefort cheese, tasted in its caves and pottery in the style of the Pots de Anduze, which grace fine houses throughout France and Italy and can be seen in the pottery village of St Jean de Fos. Just to name just a few.
The nearest major city, 45 minutes from Caux. It’s a vibrant city known as Paris of the South, with over a quarter of its population being students and a beautiful old quarter with a multitude of independent shops. At the heart of Montpellier is the Place de la Comedie, with the Theatre and numerous pavement cafes. As there is an ever-changing schedule of events please contact Montpellier tourist information office.
The choice of the seaside links at the Ronald Fream Course at Cape D’Agde or the Robert Trent Jones designed course at La Grand Motte near Montpellier. Inland at Lamalou there is also a course.
Other major tourist sites are just over an hour away such as the world famous Pont du Gard, Carcassonne, Camargue, Nîmes with its Féria and Arles with its roman ruins, the via domitia, Collioure artistic heritage , the Cathar castles of the Aude
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