Le Grand Hermitage

Clermont l’Hérault, Hérault

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


2 places


Each sleep 2


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.


  • 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
  • Dogs welcome
  • 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

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay two nights. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
Welcome picnic or casserole included.


Nightly price
from €71
Weekly price
from €500
2 Barns for 2
From €711 bedroom


This was our first visit to Le Grand Hermitage and we thoroughly enjoyed! Barbara welcomed us with a wonderful vegetable curry and chilled white ... so kind and caring. The accommodation is excellent. We enjoyed peaceful evenings and numerous local trips to a wide range of attractive locations in this lovely area of France. We would highly recommend. Merci encore Barbara!

Andi, Llandeilo

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

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

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

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The neighbourhood

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.