Donkey Cottage

Mèze, Hérault

Sit in bed with a lovely view over the saltwater lagoon, walk to sandy beaches, eat fresh fish galore and get cosy in this unusual cottage


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Simplicity still reigns in the yellow fisherman’s cottage with pigeon blue shutters, but comforts have been neatly added. Where once a donkey was stabled after carrying fish back from the boats, there’s now a super bathroom. Up a flight of steep stairs is an open plan living and kitchen space, and up again are the little bedrooms and another bathroom. Interior designer Ruth has had fun furnishing the cottage in quirky retro 60s style; she and husband Gilles stay here sometimes so it’s well thought out for couples or for a family with older children in the bunk room. It’s fun to sit just outside on the pavement and soak up the evening sun, only one street back from Mèze’s bustling waterfront, where oysters and mussels are brought in from the lagoon. Guests have their pick of wonderful fish and seafood restaurants, street markets and small shops, and the beautiful sandy beach the other side of the lagoon is an easy walk too. Retrieve your car (the nearest parking is a few minutes away) to head inland and visit vineyards, the narrow streets of historic Pézenas or elegant, seductive Montpellier, only 35 km away.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • 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
Minimum stay: 7 nights. Children over 2 welcome.
Restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from €56
Weekly price
from €390
Damage deposit
€200 on arrival
Cleaning €35 (optional).
1 Cottage for 4
From €563 beds2 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Gilles & Ruth de Latude

  • Beach is 2 minutes walk from the house
  • Cafés, bars and restaurants within walking distance.
  • Covered market open every day except Monday.
  • General market Thursday and Sunday morning.
  • Supermarkets, baker, butcher, chemist all in town.
  • A great family atmosphere.