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Location

Villa La Cardabelle is located in the delightful hamlet of Cabrials (Google Map), the villa is bordered on two sides by Olive Groves and fronted by a peaceful lane which leads down to a beautiful valley covered in vineyards, 2 minutes walk away from the villa. Cabrials is located in the hills of the Garrigues approximately 30 miles south west of Montpellier and is surrounded by vineyards, olive groves and almond and cherry orchards.

 


Montpellier

A short walk from La Cardabelle takes you to the village centre, the 12th century church, square and village shop, Canard de la Fontaine (Duck of the Fountain) selling the essentials of life, wine, bread, milk, local produce etc. This Epicerie also serves drinks and you can enjoy an aperitif or two under the shade of a tree covered courtyard, meeting the locals of Cabrials. For the energetic there are beautiful country walks in all directions across the Garrigues, the area is excellent cycling country and there is a tennis court in the village that can be hired at very little cost.

The next nearest village is Plaissan (2 miles) which has a bar located in the church square, there is also a Tobac, Hairdresser, Boulangerie, Pizzeria, Butcher and our local Cave, Vicomte de Aumelas.

 

St. Pargoire, a beautiful medieval village is a 5 minute drive from La Cardabelle and where you will find two Restaurants, Bar, Pizzeria, small Supermarket, Pharmacy and a Doctor’s Surgery.

 

A further 5 minutes drive will bring you to St. Pons-de-Mauchiens, simply stunning and a must to see at night. This truly beautiful medieval village surrounded by vineyards is crowned by a church set high on the hill at the centre of the village with spectacular views in all directions.

 

The bustling historic town of Pezenas (home for some time of Molliere) is a 13 mile drive from La Cardabelle. Pezenas is famous for its bustling Saturday market, architecture, music festivals, Restaurants, Brocantes and of course shopping.


Pezenas Market

The Harbour at Meze

Meze on the L'étang de Thau – Mediterranean, is the most beautiful little town with a picturesque harbour surrounded with fish restaurants and numerous narrow and meandering streets, beaches lie on both sides of the harbour. Meze is barely a 25 minutes drive from La Cardabelle, 8 miles as the crow flies and a little further by road. Meze is located on the Etang de Thau, our gateway to the Mediterranean, the beaches are clean and the waters are shallow, crystal clear, safe and ideal for children.

   The Beach at Meze


Flamingos on the Etang de Thau

L'étang de Thau is famous for shell fish, particularly mussels and oysters, to quote Rick Stein “the best oysters in the World are found in the L'étang de Thau”. Try lunch or dinner at any of the many harbour restaurants an experience not to be missed and not expensive or you could buy a dozen oysters from any of the Coquillage stalls on the Etang and take them back to La Cardabelle to enjoy under the pergola on a warm summers evening with a bottle of chilled wine.

 

Lac du Salagou with its Ghost Village and many water based activities set amid stunning scenery is only 25 minutes drive from La Cardabelle, on route you pass through Clermont l’Herault famous for its medieval church and the regions main Olive Co-operative and shop.

St. Guilhem le Desert (our favourite village), this stunningly picturesque medieval village is rated in the top 10 of France’s most beautiful villages and is a 25 minute drive from La Cardabelle, a drive that takes you meandering through vineyards before arriving at the Georges de Herault, drive over the Pont du Diable ( The Devils Bridge) and within 5 minutes you arrive at St. Guilhem le Desert, prepare your selves for something really special!

A further 5 minutes drive on from St. Guilham le Desert takes you to Canoe Centres where you can hire canoes and paddle through the Herault Gorges.


St.-Guilhem-le-Desert


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