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Le Grand Hermitage - Self-catering barns in Hérault

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Chemin de la Faïence, Villeneuvette, 34800 Clermont l’Hérault, Hérault
Languedoc - Roussillon, France

Barbara Simpson-Birks

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+33 (0)4 67 96 62 31(landline)

+33 (0)7 71 01 48 84(mobile)

Romantic and discreet: 2 handsome and luxurious barns, each for 2, on either side of an eco-friendly pool. Step out under Languedoc skies

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Up a country lane, a splendid romantic retreat – or two, on either side of the pretty pool – set against wooded hills and starlit skies (no light pollution, it's a regional park). Richard and Barbara built two fine 'old' barns that sit easily among the Languedoc hills, gave them perfect galley kitchens, old oak floors and English antiques. It is exceedingly comfortable, discreet and welcoming; the luxury is in the service. Barbara's attention to detail goes to bathrobes and handmade soaps, the kitchen basics (oil, vinegar, etc), breakfast stuffs for the first morning, baskets for your shopping. If they have not gone travelling, they will regale you with tales of this ongoing eco-friendly project, all natural materials, lime washes, recycled paper insulation, solar-heated pool: great people. Order a tasty winter casserole or summer salad and invite your friends for candlelit dinner. Or walk through the woods to the nearest (good) restaurant. Then retire to your divinely daring, bronze-balustraded sleeping platform: big, white, soft – and a roll top bath bang opposite the window and the sky.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Barbara Simpson-Birks:

Local points of interest from
Barbara Simpson-Birks:

  • Come for a guaranteed child-free break in deep country peace. Bring your music: there’s a piano in one house, a guitar in the other. Barbara will cook for you, Richard will chauffeur you in his classy Jaguar - sheer luxury.
  • The fascinating walled village of Villeneuvette, a listed 17th-century monument, is 10 minutes’ walk. Pézenas, a lively old town full of antique shops and fine eateries, is half an hour by car. Tours can be organised: vineyards, monuments, restaurants .
  • The walking is wonderful - one path goes right past the door. This is superb cycling country, too (there are 4 bikes to borrow here), and the Lac du Salagou is just down the road for swimming, sailing, wind-surfing and lazing in secluded coves.
  • Hoping to cook in that fine kitchen? You will find a well-tended tub of aromatic herbs growing outside your door, hens in the garden for fresh eggs and colourful street markets in the nearby villages and towns. The scenery is stunning with hidden vineyards
  • Book early to avoid disappointment: the word is out and bookings for the season start arriving straight after the previous summer season Dates can be flexible, no fixed start or end days are imposed. No wonder so many return. Book cheap flights early.
  • Lots of cheap flights arrive into Beziers, Montpellier, Carcasonne, Nimes and Perpignan. We are spoilt. Dont forget the TGV into Montpellier. Montpellier is a fabulous city to visit, if you car tear yourself away from the pool and comfy sunbeds and wine.
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"This was our second visit to Le Grand Hermitage and we loved it even more the second time. The weather was not quite so good as the previous year, with a few cloudy and windy days at the start, but then the blue skies and sunshine reappeared with style. Le Grand Hermitage is the perfect spot for a tranquil, sophisticated retreat. Barabara and Rocky are wonderful hosts- there if they are required, and discreet if not. Barabara’s cooking is beyond restaurant quality and highly recommended. There are many places to explore in the area ,and we will be returning to continue exploring."

Anna - Rutland , United Kingdom

August 2017
"We have had two wonderful holidays at Le Grand Hermitage and would highly recommend it. The villa 'La Cigale' is beautiful - very peaceful and private, with a gorgeous pool and a lovely terrace where you can have long, leisurely breakfasts, aperitifs and evening meals while listening to the sound of the cicadas. Barbara and Richard are lovely hosts, always at hand if needs be, but most respectful of their guests' privacy. Le Grand Hermitage is ideally situated to explore the surrounding area- villages, abbeys, vineyards,beaches and cities. An ideal location to fall in love with the Languedoc"

Shirley - Coleraine, United Kingdom

July 2017
"This is a great place to totally unwind with only the noise of cicadas to disturb your relaxation. The pool, particularly welcome in the recent heat wave, was clean and refreshing. The villa was beautifully decorated and contained everything we might possibly need - even a picnic basket with cold blocks, plastic plates and cutlery. This would be a wonderful place to stay at any time of the year as it close to many diverse towns and villages, full of high classed gastronomy as well as main attractions like Cirque de Navacelles and Grotte de Clamouse. We can't wait to go back again."

Joanna - London, United Kingdom

July 2017
"We stayed at Le Grand Hermitage for a month and loved every day. The location was perfect -- equidistant to both the sea and the beautiful mountain gorges. The accommodation was comfortable and relaxing, and the hosts were charming and helpful, without being intrusive. We hope to return next year."
October 2010

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  • 2 Barns for 2
Price:(i) 500 to1050 per week

Booking info:

Minimum stay two nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.


Welcome picnic or casserole included.




Chemin de la Faïence, Villeneuvette, 34800 Clermont l’Hérault, Hérault

Self-catering 2 self-catering barns
Barns (x2) ~ 1 double; 1 bath/shower room. Not suitable for children.
Price: (i) 500 to 1050 per week

Barbara Simpson-Birks

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+33 (0)4 67 96 62 31(landline)

+33 (0)7 71 01 48 84(mobile)