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Domaine des MontarelsHoliday Rural House to rent in Alignan du Vent Languedoc-Roussillon - France Ref: 6572270

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This uniquely positioned former monastery enjoys commanding views of a beautiful rolling landscape covered in vineyards. This is a truly special hidden treasure of the Herault region.


Property Type: Rural House
Catering: Self-catering
  • Max guests 10
  • 5 Bedroom(s)
  • 2 Bathroom(s)
  • 2 Separate WC(s)
  • 2 Shower Room(s)

Property available for...

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)
  • Corporate bookings
  • Short term breaks (4 days or fewer)
  • Holiday lets (1 to 4 weeks)

Type of holiday

  • Family



This uniquely positioned former monastery enjoys commanding views of a beautiful rolling landscape covered in vineyards. From the Pyrenees to the Black Mountains, Domaine des Montarels overlooks no less than six pretty, red-roofed villages complete with towers and spires, epitomizing the quintessential Languedocien dream. This is a truly special hidden treasure of the Herault region.

This is a very ancient site, first mentioned in records dating back as far as the 10th century. During this millennia it has been a church, a hamlet, a retreat for monks from a nearby Abbey and eventually became a winery in the 19th century, producing almost a million bottles of wine per annum. Now in its latest incarnation as a lovely family home, full of antiques and treasures from the owners’ travels, you can feel the centuries past in its thick stone walls and charming courtyards.

The ground floor is entirely open plan divided by fabulous stone arches. There is an extremely spacious sitting room, hallway, dining room and brand new fitted kitchen with everything a large party would need for catering, all combined with character features such as old tiles, exposed beams and long windows throughout. There are two cloakrooms (one external for outside living). There is also a gym with many different types of apparatus, including a multi-gym, running machine and cross-trainer

Upstairs, the property has 5 large bedrooms and an art studio. Three of the bedrooms have king-size beds and two have superking-size beds, of which the latter can be twin beds, if desired. All of the king-size bedrooms are ensuite and there is a family bathroom. These bathrooms are as new. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and luxuriously furnished for maximum comfort and all beds are hotel standard pocket-sprung, dressed in the finest English linens, with mattress enhancers to ensure a perfect night's sleep. There will be bath robes provided as well as plenty of soft towels, both for the bedroom and pool, and luxury French toiletries.

Outside is a wonderfully shady, Moroccan-style covered lounging area overlooking the swimming pool (*this can be heated on request for an additional fee - see "Additional Pricing Information" for details), with plenty of cushioned seating and a barbecue, and, of course, that incredible view. There is also further shade for lunchtime al fresco dining under a huge umbrella pine. In the evening there is a large oval rattan dining table with very comfortable chairs on the travertine terrace; ideal for relaxing over a bottle of the finest local wine, perhaps from next door’s boutique winery.

Oh, and did we mention the view?

There is a private apartment at the back of the property where the owners sometimes stay. It has shared driveway access, but is otherwise totally separate and does not overlook the private guest area. If in residence they would be delighted to greet you and offer advice if needed.


Description of Interior

We spent two years fully refurbishing the property, finally completing this labour of love in June 2015. A new, fully insulated roof was only the start. Every bedroom and bathroom has been reconfigured, newly fitted out and decorated. A reverse-air air-conditioning system silently provides cool or warm air to the bedrooms as required and the thick stone walls keep the rest of the house cool. The private location has the additional benefit of reducing background light pollution, making night times an opportunity to see the moon and stars in a way few city dwellers will have ever witnessed. This is a truly magical place."


Garden and Exterior

The property's commanding, hill-top position gives it incredible views out over the surrounding vineyards, neighbouring villages and on to the Pyrenees capped horizon. The South-Westerly rear aspect provides long sunny days to spend by the large, optionally heated pool and glorious sunset views enjoyed from the large terrace dining table.



  • Max guests 10
  • 5 Bedroom(s)
  • 2 Bathroom(s)
  • 2 Shower room(s)
  • 2 Separate WC(s)
  • 3 Double bed(s)
  • 4 Single bed(s)

Linen and Towels

  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Beach towels provided for extra charge
  • Cleaning included


  • Air conditioning
  • Cots available
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Log fire
  • Safe
  • Washing machine
  • WI-FI available


  • Stove Top / Hob
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Toaster


  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Gym
  • Table-tennis
  • Board games

Swimming Pools

  • Private outdoor pool (heated)

Garden and Exterior

  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Mountain view
  • BBQ
  • Private parking
  • Secure parking
  • Trampoline
  • Private garden
  • Private secure garden
  • Table and Chairs
  • Sun loungers
  • Umbrella/Parasol
  • Valley view


  • Bicycles available

Suitable for...

Suitable for children Yes
Suitable for elderly Yes
Suitable for wheelchairs Not suitable
Pets welcome Some pets - please enquire
Smoking Yes


Time Period Price per week in EUR
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Rental Conditions

The swimming pool has an optional, air-heat exchange pump that can be used to increase the water temperature. This is an optional extra charge: £150 / week for July & August, £250 / week for June & September and £350 / week for May & October.



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Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Town Alignan du Vent



Beziers Airport 30 kilometres
Beaches 30 kilometres
Canoe Hire 30 kilometres
Lac Du Salagou 40 kilometres
Narbonne 55 kilometres
Carcassonne 100 kilometres
Montpellier 70 kilometres


Car advised: Yes



  • Beach
  • Bird watching
  • Bowling
  • Cultural area
  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Lake
  • Marina
  • Night life area
  • Sailing
  • Tennis courts
  • Theme park
  • Walking
  • Water park
  • Watersports
  • Windsurfing


Local Area

Close to the medieval town of Pezenas and between the historical cities of Narbonne and Montpellier, Alignan du Vent is in the heart of the local wine making community. Equidistant from foothills, beaches and lakes the location provides plenty of day trip options.


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