17 Place de la Liberté

Saint Guilhem le Désert, Hérault

A stylish house on the square of a medieval World Heritage village. Walk to special river beaches, unwind on the blissful terrace


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


What a setting. Tucked into a corner of the square in one of the loveliest medieval villages of France, with its own perfect abbey, is a three-storey house imaginatively and atmospherically restored by a set designer. Imagine white walls and golden oak floors, an apple green rug, a brown leather sofa, delightful glass globe reading lamps, enchanting Deco touches, vintage brass beds dressed in fine linen and little balconies overlooking the square where tourists sit in the shade of the hugest plane tree in France. Steep stairs lead to the two upper bedrooms; the bathroom below is lovely (good lighting, great shower); the kitchen, sleek and charming, leads to a peaceful, vine-shaded, south-facing terrace, below which is a secluded walled garden, with a hammock for siestas and a barbecue for meals. Trout linger in the stream that passes at the bottom of the garden. There are cafés and market stalls in the square, free parking close by – a huge plus in high season – and delicious swimming in the river; choose your favourite beach. Cobbled, cultured Montpellier is a 35-minute drive; vibrant markets abound. Bliss in rural France.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Low season: £750 per week. Mid season: £850 per week. High season: £950 per week.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £750
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £1004 beds3 bedrooms


We were disappointed that the house was booked at half term but we were so impressed by the website that we booked for the summer . . . and it was so worth waiting for. This is a fabulous house in an absolutely lovely village. We seem to have done so much and yet there is so much more here to do – we will have to come again. You have made this house truly lovely in one of France’s most beautiful villages – would recommend to anyone!"


It was a big treat for us to stay in your beautiful house, thank you! The highlights included sitting on the terrace catching the sun, chatting by candlelight at night and watching the world go by in the square . . . the river swimming was bliss. The Saturday market at Gignac – heaven!


We had not expected just what a fabulous place it would be! You must have had such fun creating this gem – a wonderful and individual creation. Thank you so much for letting us experience a little bit of this retreat.


We’ve had an amazing week in this fantastic house – thank you! The peaceful terrace, overlooking the pretty garden and river has been a haven and we’ve loved watching the wildlife. Evening walks up into the hills have been a highlight as was the drive to Cirque de Navacelles where the view is spectacular. Swimming in the lake at Pont du Diable has been great on the hottest days. We’ll be sorry to leave this beautiful village.


“The house and the setting are both wonderful – it feels a treat to be the one putting the key in the door and coming inside! The recommended swimming spot is an absolute must. Stunning, safe and warm swimming. We loved the terrace and the collection of blues music!”


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Stephanie & Bill Laslett

  • A rare chance to stay in a house in this historic medieval village, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Sit on the house balcony and watch the square with its 9th century abbey come alive, or choose the pretty rear terrace or secluded garden.
  • 30' from the lively city of Montpellier but withstunning walks and bike rides on your doorstep. The village is in an exceptionally pretty valley, full of wild flowers and olive groves, with a wide choice of paths leading up into the surrounding hills.
  • Fantastic river swimming within walking distance of the house with a choice of wide and shallow river beaches or dramatic gorges. Exciting canoe trips through stunning scenery. Extraordinary cave systems to explore just down the road -horse trekking, too.
  • Close to the Med - gorgeous white sand beaches within 60 minutes' drive, some peaceful, some bustling with beach bars and music, and the Camargue, with its bulls, wild horses and flamingoes. The walled Crusader town of Aigues Mortes is not to be missed.
  • Vibrant cities of Montpellier, Arles and Nimes within easy reach. Montpellier is just 30 minutes’ away on a 1 euro bus ticket! Explore Roman ruins, culture, nightlife - or sit in a pavement cafe and watch the world go by.
  • Close to some of France's top vineyards - and great restaurants. Visit one of the local guinguettes, restaurants with live music. Music events throughout the year, many of them free and on your doorstep. Enjoy the seafood in Sete, the Venice of the South!