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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.

 

2005

 

“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”.

                                                                                                 R. Family, Bristol

 

“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.”

                                                                                                B. Family, Notts & Leics

 

 

“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.”

 

                                                                                                S. Family, Herts

 

 

“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.

                                                                                                M. Family, Cirencester

 

2006

 

“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 weather.”

                                                                                                S. Family, Ireland

 

“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.”

 

                                                                                                L. W, SW London

 

“We 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!!”

                                                                                                Gemma, SW London

 

“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.”

                                                                                                S.H-B, Powys

 

2007

 

“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

                                                                                                                                    (We’ll be back!)

 

“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.”

 

                                                                                                 B. Family, Norway

 

2008

 

“Had a fabulous stay here, Nimes and Carcassonne well worth a visit, also enjoyed a trip to the Millau Viaduc, villa very well equipped.”

                                                                                                S. Family, Seychelles

 

“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.”

 

                                                                                                Birckett Party, Reading

 

“Fantastic villa – truly an excellent location and very well equipped.

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”.

2009

 

“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

St. Guilham.

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.”

 

Phil and Val Hodges

 

“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).

 The 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 that was!!

Best day out for children aged 9-15, plus mum and dad was canoeing on L’Herault from

St. 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.

A truly wonderful 2 weeks, thank you for making your lovely French home available to us.”

 

The Jackson family, East Sussex

 

 

“We 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

 

2010

 

“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

                                                                                                            Cumbria and Leeds

 

“A blissful, lazy fortnight spent in a well equipped homely idyll!

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 Cabrials.

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

                                                                                                            Nottingham

 

“We had a wonderful time this week, fantastic thunderstorms at night and lovely hot days – thanks for a great holiday.”

 

                                                                                                            The Tolsons and Caines

 

“We 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.

We 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

                                                                                                            and Family. Hampshire

 

2011

 

“Thank you for sharing your wonderful Villa, I enjoyed the sights and my stay here.”

 

                                                                                                            Mrs C Crowfoot

                                                                                                            Indiana, USA

 

“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.

We wished we were staying for 2 weeks now that we are leaving – will be back to the area again.”

 

                                                                                                            The Ashley Family

                                                                                                            Huddersfield

 

“We 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.”

 

A highlight was undoubtedly a boat trip under the Millau Viaduct – magnificent! A number of sightings of the red squirrel family in the back garden!

                                                                                                            The Melson Family

                                                                                                            Bristol

 

“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

                                                                                                            Holyhead

 

“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.

The locals were really friendly and we spent a fantastic night at the Cabrials Flamenco night.

We took full advantage of the epicerie croissant/bread ordering service.

We 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

                                                                                                            Worthing and N. Ireland

 

2012

 

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.

 

                                                                                                            The Wenn Family

 

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 good use!

Many thanks to Thomas and Pauline for their advice before and during holiday.

Would love to return!

                                                                                                            Ian and Heather Silver

 

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 essentials.

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

                                                                                                            Buckinghampshire

 

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

North Lincolnshire

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2013

 

I came, I saw, I fell in love with the place – the peace and the wonderfully friendly people. Je reviens.

                                                                                                            CB xx

 

“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 was great.

                                                                                                            The Price family, Newark

 

“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 too.

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.”

                                                                                                            The Flann Family

 

“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!”

                                                                                                            The Moore Family

                                                           

2014

 

“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 stay.”

                                                                                                            The Strong Family, Crowborough

 

“We 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!

We 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).”

                                                                                                            The Fenge Family

 

“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

2015

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!

                                                                                                Jackson family, UK

2016

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.

                                                                                                 Jan and Bob, Worthing

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 Pauline.

                                                                                                         The Watts family, Leatherhead

Villa was lovely, had a wonderful time, weather fantastic and we used the pool a lot, Thank you Pauline and Tom.

                                                                                                  The Branchett family, UK

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 – many thanks.

                                                                                                  The Hill family, Lake District, UK

2017

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 World.

                                                                                                  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, Kent

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 truly divine.

                                                                                         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

 


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