Le Chemin du Jardin Haut

Villemagne-l'Argentière, Hérault
+44 (0)7881 950506

Heaps of charm in a sun-dappled garden, a muted décor, a winter fire. Set off for river swims, walk to a Michelin-starred restaurant


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Up steps and along a lavender-lined path to this secluded hillside retreat. Flowering broom and sweet peas rub shoulders with evergreen oaks, linear vineyards and, in the distance, history soaked Villemagne-l’Argentière. Sun dapples onto decking, a hammock is waiting and a canvas sail protects you from summer’s soporific heat.

This traditional country home has local stone walls, tiled floors and robust beams; book and music collections live under the stairs. Stoke the open fire, lounge in the sitting room, or gather in the kitchen around stockpiles of market-bought charcuterie and St Chinian wine. The bedrooms are very private – ideal for two couples travelling together and the converted attic is great for extra guests. You’ll find all the basics in the kitchen and a bottle of wine waiting.

Hire mountain bikes, puff to the top of the hill, paddle in the river just below you or walk further for deep water and diving holes.

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We think you'll love

  • Crossing the river Mare via the ford to get here - or the footbridge if the river is flooded
  • Baking pizzas and bread in the outdoor oven
  • Walking and cycling in such lovely countryside
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You should know

  • There's no telly
  • You can occasionally hear light traffic if you're on the terrace
  • Not great for those who need level access


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from €75
Weekly price
from €525
Damage deposit
Short breaks available Friday-Tuesday, €95 pppn. Extra person €20 per night.
1 House for 6
From €753 bedrooms


I'd love to stay here in warm weather to explore that steep and astonishing hillside above, swim in the clear river below, and curl up on the deck like a little wild animal while my bread bakes in the genuine brick oven. Then off to bed in a clean-cut, uncluttered bedroom beside one fine country antique. The next day would be a Languedoc history binge: Villemagne is a treasure-house of memories.

Ann, Sawday's Inspector

Excellent location, lovely and quiet and well equipped kitchen. Great place for some time to yourself again after bed and breakfasts and hotels.

Stacey, Whangarei

A special place away from the crowds. Lovely house with lots of comfort and outdoor sitting space. Area is fantastic for walking and touring.


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The neighbourhood

You're on a near vertical wooded hillside. The house stands on a broad ledge at the bottom of the hill right by the river. You could be miles away from civilisation but the centre of the village is only a five to ten-minute walk. Here you'll find a café for a spot of (quiet) people watching, a couple of restaurants and a fruit and veg shop. Big shops are a five-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Tom Redpath & Jim McInulty

  • Fantastic new restaurant has opened - L'Hortensia in St Gervais - 15min drive up the valley. Add that to L'Auberge des Combes and Fluers de L'Orlague and you're sorted for the week!
  • We now have additional space in our loft which has been converted into two singles or one double with en suite - sky light windows make for great star gazing - comes at a small supplement for more than 4 people
  • Feel free to make use of our wood burning oven - pop a pizza in and use the heat overnight to cook a Coq au Vin or use it for bread making! Marvelous!


Tom Redpath & Jim McInulty

Tom and Jim used to holiday nearby with an old friend and fell in love with the area. They bought the house just two weeks after they started looking around and they're constantly improving it. They also holiday here so it feels like a home from home.