41 Photos - Jul 5, 2007
Photo: Recent view of house, with one of our oleander bushes and the terrace in the background. Note the removable safety fence.Photo: Smart Dining Area with Splendid Monastery Table and Chairs.Photo: The terrace, with loads of grapes hanging down, and soon, loads of wisteria flowers twice yearly. UPDATE: Vine now been cut back, and Wisteria being directed to do the same job...Photo: Beautiful Summer Kitchen, looking out onto pool and gardenPhoto: First Floor Foyer, with Internal Courtyard and Huge Salon. Link to website is
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p85349Photo: The summer kitchen has colourful curtains.Photo: Upper Terrace with Foliage and Grapes whilst lower terrace great for eating, reading and table tennis. Note the safety fence is easy to remove, but we never do this as we have kids.Photo: Bedroom on first floor with an ensuite shower and toilet/sink, with the bedroom leading onto a small courtyardPhoto: The terrace is great for shade when eating your lunch/dinner, or late breakfast for that matter. The balcony above was totally covered in vine leaves and bunches of grapes - the classic relief from the sun anywhere hot....but now a Wisteria is replacing it as grapes became a sticky problem on terrace.Photo: Photo: Our Wisteria on the left is now taking over from the vine on the rightPhoto: The sky is blue 300 days a year in this area.Photo: The Back Half of the House taken from the slide and swings ten years ago. Slide now gone. The garden here is now a thriving orchard, with peaches, plums, apricots, figs, grapes, apples and pears ready to eat when ripe....Photo: Bedrooms are large. Well lit. And have good shutters to keep out the heat if necessary.Photo: This is an ensuite, and has a wc, bath and shower.Photo: Impressive Staircase with Marble and Large Chandelier, now with a splendid collection of masks of all shapes and colours on the two large facing walls.Photo: Side View of Back - But now a Large Vine of Wisteria is making its way up and over, making the terrace a great place to sit, read and view the outside world.Photo: Interior Small Courtyard. Changed due to different plants now, and guests have moved table down to the terrace to join the other tables.Photo: Interior Courtyard from one of its Two BalconiesPhoto: Pool has lights for nightime swimmingPhoto: Pond with Koi Carp and Lilies, with Large Pool behindPhoto: Rosemary and lots of Lavendar give garden a very Mediterranean bouquet of smellsPhoto: Upper Corridor - This house is spacious...Photo: Just in case you missed the 250 year old beamsPhoto: Secure Shaded Parking Under what is now a much much larger WisteriaPhoto: Evening Drinks on 3 Swinging Garden Chairs - 250 year old olive tree in attendance.Photo: Safe Parking and hopefully safe playingPhoto: Side view from large balcony onto the old part of Pezenas - called Butte du Chateau. As with most shots, this does not do it justice.Photo: Safety Fence - even proof against our highly agile boys, but no protection from being pushed in if you are inside it of course!Photo: Ground Floor Double with Beams, and prints of Matisse and Van GoghPhoto: Ground Floor Sitting Room - Guitar and Balaleika are merely guestsPhoto: An En suitePhoto: Ground Floor Bath/Shower Room in Faience TilesPhoto: Roof of serious Barbecue installation, and Pink Oleander, which flowers for agesPhoto: We like the way the vine has draped a sunshade around our terrace, which is especially convenient in the evening when we dine as the evening sun would otherwise be a bit bright for some of us sitting there facing outwards.Photo: General area of the Herault, with famous places like Sete, Agde and of course Pezenas showing clearly in the central area.Photo: Pezenas is near two autoroutes, one of which is actually free all the way up to Clermont Ferrand....Photo: Photo: Best to enter via the Voltaire Car Park, which is off Boulevard Voltaire.Photo: Wisteria covers the car parking area, and smells wonderful for weeks on end.Photo: Two cars can be parked here safely, and in the shade away from the summer heat.