Here are just a few extracts taken
from the La Cardabelle Guest Book over the last ten years,
the Guests are not only giving their comments about the villa but
also telling us what they enjoyed in and around the area.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our week at La Cardabelle. The villa
is very comfortable, spacious, well equipped, quiet and an ideal
base for exploring the area. A highlight of our stay was canoeing on
the R. Herault upstream of St. Guilhem.
We’ve had a great holiday”.
“We’ve had a wonderful holiday in this superb house – generously
equipped. Pool so appreciated. St. Guilhem le Desert beautiful,
especially early in the day before the visitors arrive.
Thank you for all your kind provisions for us.”
“Had a lovely restful holiday in a well equipped and comfortable
house. Children enjoyed the pool and wendy house. Pezenas is worth a
visit for shops and restaurants.”
“Excellent holiday for 2 families. House very well equipped and
comfortable. Pool kept children very happy. Aqualand in Cap d’Agde
well worth a day out. Viaduct at Millau very impressive. Lucky
enough to see water jousting at Sete. Superb house for exploration.
Thanks for facilities and arrangements.
“A wonderful holiday in a fantastic property ideally located for
peace and quiet but also to discover the amazing Languedoc
countryside and history. So many highlights, the Millau Viaduct, the
paths of the Knights Templar and the Hospitaller of the Lazarc, St
Guilhem le Desert and the Clamouse Caves, all the above within easy
driving distance. Pool was well enjoyed by all the family in the hot
“We had a superbly relaxing time in Cabrials. The villa was
perfect for recharging drained batteries. “The villa is ideally
located for getting out and about…Sete, Pezenas and Meze (fantastic
seafood!!). Thank you for a gorgeous place to stay on our holiday,
we will be coming back.”
have had a fantastic time and loved every minute. The kids loved the
pool & the play area & we loved the fine local wines and French
cuisine. It is well worth taking a walk around the vineyards (turn
left out of the villa) If heading out for a meal we would recommend
Restaurant La Tournesol in Clermont l’Herault, fabulous food and a
family area if you have children.
Full marks to La Cardabelle!!”
“This beautiful appointed house has been a wonderful haven from
the cares of working life. You should venture into the hills and
follow the trail of the Knights Templar or go to Pezenas and spend
time (and money) in the many lovely craft shops, The jewellery and
wood turning are quite superb.
Thank you for a delightful stay.”
“Wonderful weather, fantastic part of France, many places of
interest…..villa is the perfect location, comfortable and equipped
with everything you could need….but….just great!”
J & D. Watts, Leatherhead
“La Cardabelle exceeded all expectations. Our 2 grand daughters
loved the play area and turned the play house into a pirate camp.
With young children Captain Jacko’s at Cap d’Agde was perfect for
them and a step over the boardwalk onto the sand and the Med proper
was great. We had a very good lunch looking out to sea at the
restaurant Le Reef, a really good day out. Canoeing at St, Guilhem
was a success too. The children loved pony rides at the Domaine
Trois Fontaine, towards Canet. Tennis in the village (Cabrials) –
ask at the shop and you can join for a year for 18 Euros!
The weather has been excellent...pool hit 29 degrees!”
M. Party, Fyfe and Edinburgh
“We shared this lovely, well kept and well equipped house one
week with senior Norwegian friends and one week with our Danish
family, children and grandchildren. For both groups the house was a
fine frame for social life. We enjoyed the friendly attitude from
people in Cabrials, the little shop is perfect.
Thank you for a good welcome.”
“Had a fabulous stay here, Nimes and Carcassonne well worth a
visit, also enjoyed a trip to the Millau Viaduc, villa very well
“The Villa is great and especially the pool and sun loungers,
loved the Boules Court. The markets had lots of good food and fruit
to buy, L’epicerie very helpful and great to have. Cabrials & the
area very pretty. Many thanks Pauline and Thomas, yourselves and
Aurore were very helpful.”
Browne Family, Australia and UK
“We all had a fantastic time, villa and pool lovely, hope to
visit again soon. Lovely area will recommend to friends.”
“Fantastic villa – truly an excellent location and very well
Must do’s: Pezenas, Montpellier, Millau Viaduct, Meze.
Needs: Nothing really – Broadband would be useful (sad I know)”
Silvers Family, Staines
Broadband and Wifi are now installed
in the house. Pauline
“Wonderful house, great area, great weather & perfection was
reached when we found the cafateire! So much to see and do, Meze,
Marseillan a delight, St. Pons de Mauchiens is beautiful, the wines
of the area a revelation. We’ll be back!”
Mac. Family and Friends, Scotland
“PS: The children say a big thank you for all the toys”.
“Excellent Villa and facilities, great base for touring the area,
we found Pezenas and St. Guilhem particularly attractive, our
daughter and partner also took the 12 km kayak adventure from
Cabrials is a very pretty village with nice rural strolls in all
directions and delightful birds and frogs chorus, the red squirrel
visiting the garden was also a delight.”
The Jones Party from Shropshire
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay – perfect villa, wonderful
pool, great location.
We will miss this place, and especially taking pre-dinner drinks
at the Epicerie.
We had great seafood at Meze.”
“Thank you so much. We have loved your beautiful villa with all its
great amenities. The hamlet is perfect and everyone so friendly. We
enjoyed ordering our croissants and baguettes and our pre dinner
drinks at the Epicerie. Mostly we wanted to relax by the pool but we
did manage some lovely day trips to St. Guilhem de Desert and le
Grau d’Agde (excellent beach, surf, sea food).
nearby ferme has stunning goats cheese and the local cave rose is
delicious for 2 euros.
Thanks again and to all who follow – enjoy.”
The Rafters from Wellington, NZ
The Robinsons from Dublin
“What a fabulous retreat, it didn’t take us long to get into the
routine of swim, eat, swim, drink, swim. How lovely it was to eat
all meals outside, often surrounded by mummy red squirrel who
treated us to an audience with her beautiful kittens – what a thrill
day out for children aged 9-15, plus mum and dad was canoeing on
Guilhem. It was a beautiful day out which encompassed lots of river
swimming, picnicking on deserted beaches and mini rapids. Swimming
under Pont du Diable was brilliant, take water shoes – it is really
stony and snorkels as the water is very clear with lots of fish.
truly wonderful 2 weeks, thank you for making your lovely French
home available to us.”
The Jackson family, East Sussex
had a wonderful stay at La Cardabelle and enjoyed the house and the
pool very much, we had a crowd of young children and they simply
adored the little playing area as well as the toys that were
provided for the pool, very thoughtful and appreciated.
Thanks for a well equipped house – nothing is missing.”
The Tunik family, Switzerland
“We also had a lovely time at your lovely villa, felt at home as
soon as we stepped in the front door! Children loved exploring the
grounds and spent lots of time in the pool and Wendy House. Weather
was perfect, plenty of shade if it got too hot. Love to come again
one day and will definitely recommend to our friends.
Thank you for a lovely holiday from all of us.”
Wills and Stoke families
“A blissful, lazy fortnight spent in a well equipped homely
Plenty of shady spots in the garden to escape the blazing sun.
Lovely to watch the acrobatic antics of the red squirrels.
Cabrials is a super centre to explore the area, local epicerie
supplying our daily baguettes.
Thank you Tom and Pauline.”
Piper and Shipley families
“Villa La Cardabelle offered us serene tranquillity set in
gorgeous panoramic landscape. The sound of the trees swaying from
the gentle breeze against a backdrop of wall to wall blue skies and
the crafty red squirrel taking a sip from the cool water of the pool
is just one of many memories we’ll remember from our stay in
A fantastic place to wind down and forget our hectic lives in
Angleterre! There is a lot to see and do in the area, like the
ghettos of the fairies, canoeing down the Herault River and seeing
the majestic gorges.
All in all a wonderful and memorable holiday at La Cardabelle,
thank you Tom and Pauline.”
The Ryrie Family
“We had a wonderful time this week, fantastic thunderstorms at
night and lovely hot days – thanks for a great holiday.”
had a wonderful 2 weeks in your beautifully appointed villa.
Everything was perfect, from the well equipped kitchen to the great
choice of toys for our own two little girls.
were lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy leisurely suppers
in the garden.
Thank you so much Thomas and Pauline.”
Graham and Jane Rothery
“Thank you for sharing your wonderful Villa, I enjoyed the sights
and my stay here.”
Mrs C Crowfoot
“What a fantastic house, garden and pool. Everything was perfect and
the children only got out of the pool to play swingball. BBQ most
nights. Great exploring as well – saw the Tour de France 5 minutes
from here. Meze for the day, Caves Clamouse recommended.
wished we were staying for 2 weeks now that we are leaving – will be
back to the area again.”
The Ashley Family
have had a fantastic 2 weeks. The Villa is spacious and very well
equipped. The whole family enjoyed the garden and particularly the
pool area. The weather has been excellent – 30 degrees most days.
BBQ most nights – outdoor eating facilities are very good. The
locals are very friendly and we have found much to do in the area –
Pezenas and Marseillan were particularly enjoyable.”
highlight was undoubtedly a boat trip under the Millau Viaduct –
magnificent! A number of sightings of the red squirrel family in the
The Melson Family
“Great holiday. Enjoyed the pool. Went cycling around the Lake
Salagou and canoeing down the Herault Gorges, we had a lovely 3
course meal at the Abbaye de Valmagne and an authentic French meal
at the Pomme d’Amour in Pezenas, Marseillan Plage and town were
great, fun in the big waves!
Thank you, we hope to be back next year.”
The Loftus Family
“Thank you Thomas and Pauline for letting us stay in your lovely
Villa in this gorgeous part of France. The Villa was really child
friendly and well equipped. The kids loved the pool and Wendy house.
locals were really friendly and we spent a fantastic night at the
Cabrials Flamenco night.
took full advantage of the epicerie croissant/bread ordering
BBQ’d and spent days by the pool.
Special thanks to Thomas for all your advice and assistance – we’d
love to come back one day.”
Fisher and Calvert Families
The Villa was very well equipped, peaceful and the weather was
great so the pool was very welcome. The ‘Wendy House’ and toys very
much appreciated by a 3 year old. Carcassonne was worth a visit as
were the Caves near St. Guilhem le Desert, this is certainly a
lovely part of France.
Many thanks to Tom and Pauline for all their advice.
Excellent week, with hot weather and a good mix of lazing by the
pool & local exploring.
Very pleased with Villa and all its facilities – barbeque put to
Many thanks to Thomas and Pauline for their advice before and
Would love to return!
Many thanks for a wonderful stay. The children loved the pool,
Wendy house and toys.
The local epicerie was great for daily bread, pastries and
Meze has a wonderful child friendly beach with a wide choice of
fish restaurants around the port.
We loved the area including the ‘must see’ Devils Bridge.
Tytes and Smith Family
Thank you for a fantastic stay in your lovely Villa, the weather
has been very hot and sunny so the pool was a welcome relief; the
children loved it and said it was the most favourite part of their
holiday. The local meeting place in the village was a very welcoming
place where everyone was friendly.
The Villa is lovely, welcoming and well appointed, especially
after a very long drive, well worth it, thank you so much.
Families, Radford and Rocks
I came, I saw, I fell in love with the place – the peace and the
wonderfully friendly people. Je reviens.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your wonderful villa. The
kids have enjoyed the swimming pool everyday. The BBQ was used a lot
too. The locals at the epicerie are all very friendly (we went there
most nights for drinks) and we ordered fresh bread every morning!
Thank you again!”
The Willis and Hodge families
A beautiful part of the world – lovely, friendly people and great
food found at the local restaurant, a must. Play area for the kids
“This is the 2nd time we have stayed at La Cardabelle
and we have loved it both times. The villa has everything we need
and the children love the pool and the garden. We love the local
vineyards, the beaches and the local sights. Everyone is so friendly
We’re sad to be going and even though we may not be coming back
next year, we would definitely consider it in future years.”
“Lovely villa with all we needed for a relaxing week. The village
is lovely and sleepy. The pool is perfect for lazy days and then an
Al fresco meal or BBQ. The owners have been very accommodating and
shown a welcome personal touch.
Overall a great peaceful holiday was enjoyed by all. Thank you so
much La Cardabelle, we hope to see you again some day.”
The Kinsler Family, Essex
“We loved the villa; it had everything we needed and more!
Ditto to everything the Kinslers said on previous page.
Overall lovely villa! Great relaxing holiday, just such a shame
to leave today. Boo!”
“Anyone who stays here is bound to come back! The house, garden
and pool are so welcoming that we rarely go out! Keep up the good
work Pauline and Tom and thank you so much for another wonderful
The Strong Family, Crowborough
had a fantastic week here in La Cardabelle. The house is perfect and
Thomas and Pauline have thought of everything to make their guests
so welcome, it suited our two families so well, when we managed to
leave the pool on a few cloudy days we visited Meze, Moureze and St,
Guilhelm le Desert. The kids (and adults) loved the aerial ropeway
at the Parc de Bessille. The area has so much to offer and we feel
we didn’t see it all, we’ll have to come back!
visited the local L@epicerie every day for our bread and sampled a
local goat’s cheese that we were told “is the best cheese in the
World”! All in all a brilliant week.”
The Willoughby Family, Ireland
“We had a wonderful week here, eating every day, swimming in the
pool, playing boules at the end of the garden and relaxing I the
living room at the end of the day. We did some kayaking at les
Gorges de l’Herault which was great fun. Thank you for a lovely
holiday (and the bottles of wine – they were delicious).”
“Dear Tom and Pauline, thank you once again for a fabulous
holiday – it just keeps getting better!
The weather has been perfect and two whole weeks here has just
been such a treat. We celebrated a special birthday at Le Tournesol
in Clermont L’herault and dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant
in Cignac, both fantastic. Our girls did 3 days horse riding camp
down the road at Equi-P, the owner Julie is lovely. We are very sad
to leave but we hope to be back soon. Merci beaucoup!”
The Robinson Family, Dublin and NZ
“Dear Tom and Pauline, what a lovely place to have a holiday The
house just suited us perfectly, lots of space and as there were
seven of us that was important! We enjoyed playing boules and
improved our game by watching the experts play! The swimming pool
was lovely and a great place to relax. The BBq was well used also.
The area is beautiful with so much to see and do.
Thank you for providing such a well-equipped and comfortable
house! A joy to come back to after a busy day.”
The Simpsons and the Seniors
We stayed for two
lovely hot weeks, really enjoyed the pool and the BBQ, lovey well
equipped kitchen. We enjoyed the Caves, Sete, Meze, pont du gard to
name a few places we visited. Would love to come again!
The villa is as
lovely as ever (third visit), thank you Pauline and Tom for another
wonderful stay. Hot and sunny days, starry nights. Gorgeous little
town and villages all around, A beautiful day spent at Meze on the
beach with some yummy pistachio ice cream.
What a fabulous time
we have all had here. Beautifully equipped, we had everything we
needed to make our stay comfortable, thank you so much again Tom and
Villa was lovely,
had a wonderful time, weather fantastic and we used the pool a lot,
Thank you Pauline and Tom.
We go home to the
lake district having been here three weeks, despite the late season
(October) and the end of the vendange we have only had one day of
rain. We have been very happy with the villa and would very much
like to come again. The local shop is really good and recommended,
there are many really good places to visit and enjoy, we will be in
touch with Thomas and Pauline to enthuse further. Much thought and
kindness went into the setting up of this spot, all one can say is –
The Hill family, Lake District, UK
Dear Pauline and
Tom, thanks so much for another very special stay at your villa,
once again we made great use of the pool and loved the outdoor
eating, this time we had a day trip to Montpellier which was fun.
The girls went back to Equip-P pony camp so we were busy and the
time has flown. Again we hope to return to this wonderful part of
The Robinsons from Dublin and NZ
1 week was clearly a
mistake for such an amazing retreat, the villa, pool and gardens
were simply divine and we had to repeatedly force ourselves out to
visit the beach. Meze was lots of fun, both for the boys to swim and
play on the beach but also for the atmosphere in the evenings. I
would highly recommend taking a day out canoeing making sure you
pack a picnic to have en route along the river. Our only regret is
not staying longer. Having stayed at a number of villas in my time,
this has to be one of the best.
Nick, Tom, Ollie and Joe Gosling,
We very much enjoyed
our stay here, the swimming pool with provided equipment was
marvellous and we all enjoyed a game of boules. Paintings in every
room added considerably, the view of the garden, admittedly not the
valleys, was sublime, I must say it is a pleasure to stay in such a
grand house. The information was very useful, we made plans to go to
the equestrian centre but unfortunately never got round to it. Thank
you for allowing us to stay in La Cardabelle. The surrounding are
Marianne (aged 9) writing on behalf of the Rhodes family
What a beautiful
villa and area to spend time with friends, hopefully we can come
back sometime. Thank you so much Thomas and Pauline for allowing us
to stay here, and all your good suggestions.
The Peace and Griffiths families, UK