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€262 150 (FAI)**
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Set on the side of a hill between St Pons and Olargues, this house is very comfortable and light. Facing east-west, and carefully arranged to make the best of the levels and aspects of its site, there are three bedrooms on the ground floor, and a studio room on the first.
There is plenty of space for parking in front of the house and its ample double garage. The garden is well-planted, giving colour and an attractive environment. Up a few steps, you enter the hall with, on the left, the large living/dining room, open to the roof beams, with fireplace and two sets of glazed double doors leading to the garden.
Straight ahead is the large, well-fitted kitchen/dining room, with light oak doors. This leads out to the covered terrace, and also has a hatch to the dining area. On the right is a WC and up a few steps are the three double bedrooms, bathroom with shower as well as a bath, and WC.
On the first floor is a study area plus a studio with its own shower room. This can be used as a bedroom/living area (good for b&b) or as an artist's studio: it is more than 30m² in total and has exposed beams.
The whole house has ceramic-tiled floors and is in excellent condition; the garage has a utility room and wine cellar, and houses the central ventilation system and the oil central heating boiler. The views from the house and garden are stunning, across the valley to the wooded hills beyond, where there is a statue at the highest point. The garden has a vegetable patch with strawberries and blackcurrants, and there are olive and cherry trees, lavender, broom, irises, roses, cypress and mulberry planes, and a fig tree next to the irrigation stream which runs through the upper terrace of the garden.
There is fishing in the rivers Orb and Jaur 5 minutes away, and within 30 minutes drive, the walkers paradise of the Espinouse and Caroux and water activities on the lac de Raviège. The Piste Verte, which runs 2 minutes away behind the house, is a walking/cycling track which goes from Mazamet to Bédarieux.
There is a shop/baker, post office and a small bar/restaurant in Prémian; St Pons has all amenities and is 8 km away. Olargues is 10 km away, has shops, restaurants and is designated 'One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France'. Béziers is 56 km, and its airport just over an hour away (72.6 km); Carcassonne is 78 km away, and its airport an hour and a half. Narbonne is 62 km, and the sea 77 km. Spain is 170 km (an hour and 55 minutes).
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Herault, department number 34, is located in the South of France on the Mediterranean coast and has a fantastic year round climate and is perhaps a well-kept secret. It is famous for its full-bodied red wines and for its oyster beds along the coast in the Bassin de Thau.
Montpellier is the capital of both the Hérault department and the Languedoc- Roussillon region, and is the driving force behind the regional economy with high tech industries in the region. The area has seen a dramatic transformation during the last 50 years. It has a legacy of good housing, pedestrianisation of the town centres and a public transportation network that is second to none.
Béziers is further to the south, renowned for its ancient bridge and Nine Locks of Ensérune. It has a population of 70,000 and is the unofficial capital of the largest wine-producing region in France, with vineyards dominating much of the local landscape. Elsewhere, the town of Sete is the most important fishing port on the French Mediterranean coast and Le Cap d'Agde is the largest purpose built tourist resort in the whole of Europe. It can accommodate up to 100,000 tourists at any one time! It also has 3 of the Most Beautiful Villages of France in Olargues, Minerve and Saint-Guilhelm-le-Désert.
Flying into Hérault couldn't be easier. The 2 airports, Montpellier and Béziers, have flights from numerous European cities. Montpellier airport has flights to, amongst others, Birmingham and London Gatwick, Leeds Bradford, Brussels, Frankfurt (Hahn), and Rotterdam. Beziers flies to London-Luton, Bristol, Southampton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Stockholm, Paris, Oslo, and Düsseldorf.
The fast and comfortable TGV train service links to the north and soon to Spain. The two motorways, the A9 and the A75, run through the region allowing easy access by road to all parts of France.
In terms of French property, Montpellier is the most expensive place in the Hérault. Outside Montpellier, in the rural villages and hamlets further inland and around Beziers, there are still bargain French properties to be found. The Hérault is an increasingly popular place in which to own property due to the fantastic travel links available in the region.