Bring the Family to Villa Roquette in the South of France

With five comfortable apartments, each self contained and private, yet each able to be connected together into a large luxury home, our large Maison de Maitre (Master House) in the Golden Heart of the real South of France near the Mediterranean is the perfect place to bring all your family together next year.

Villa Roquette - your Family Home in the South of France

Villa Roquette a large family home for all ages

We offer more than just excellent accommodation, you can enjoy our table d’hote meals in the evening,  barbecues we cook in the gardens, chauffeur driven trips to explore the local wine and history trails – come as a large family group and have exclusive private use of our swimming pool – with three kitchens (as well as the outdoor cooking areas), you can be completely self catering or we can can provide breakfasts, picnic lunches and evening meals whenever you want.

We can meet you at the local airports, arrange car rentals for you, book you tickets – we are here to help you relax and enjoy your stay.

Have a look through our website there is a lot to discover- the busiest night life in the South of France at Cap d’Agde or the most peaceful countryside anywhere in Europe, only a few minutes from us – and we can do the driving for you.

We are not just a B&B, Guest House or Holiday Apartment – we are your home in the South of France and we are here to serve you.

Everyone of all ages will be made welcome – we have baby sitting services, can cater for pets, quite corners to read and relax – we can arrange a taxi service to and from the night clubs as well as a chauffeur service to good restaurants  – whatever different age groups and members of a large family group wish for.

Bring you family together this year in one place and you can all enjoy the vacation you dream of – with us – in the Sunny South of France.

Be seeing you 🙂

Thinking of Spending Winter in France

Coming to visit and to stay in France awhile is always a good idea, but first do your homework on climate and weather. France has several totally different climates, from the warm and mild Mediterranean in the South, to the “temperate” North and continental climates in the center and East.

Pictures of bikini (or much less) clad nymphs frolicking on the beaches, sun soaked lavender fields in the Luberon and serried rows of vines magicing sunshine into wine are typical of the South in summer, but in winter (from mid November ’till March), you will always need a home with good heating everywhere in France.

Villa Roquette Fireplace

Log Fire in Villa Roquette

Here in the South of France we do not expect snow and ice in winter months, we do occasionally see an early morning frost and even more rarely a sprinkling of snow (the last was in March 2010 and it lasted until 9:30 in the morning when it vanished in the sunshine), but not enough to damage the lemon and banana trees or the mimosa in our garden, however, the log fire and our super central heating is something we would miss and not to have these would make life very unpleasant.

It is hard to realise this in summer when the massive stone walls of our home keep out the heat, ceiling fans are soothing and the air conditioning in our guest rooms is gratefully received. But winter definitely needs heating, even in the south of France.

Holiday home, perfect for summer breaks, is usually uninhabitable in winter. Most are village houses which were only ever used in summer months as accommodation for the temporary workers on the land.

When we bought our first home in France in the village of Nizas sixteen years ago, the previous owner took us out into the countryside and showed us where we could cut wood and which trees we were allowed for to take for firewood from his land. He assumed that we would need a lot of wood to keep the numerous fireplaces going for the winter and was sorry for us that we had not bought about ten acres of woodland to keep us warm. We thought this was quaint at first, but soon found the truth.

By the end of our first winter I had acquired an ancient truck and was adept at driving through muddy fields in my search for wood for the fires. I also became expert at renovating old stoves and fitting steel chimneys into our home. Even now, with full central heating, back-up radiators and reversible heat pumps, Carole and I fill our car with old vines every time we walk our dogs, but this is for the joy of a living open fire in the evenings and it is not essential to heat our home.

We always have winter guests staying with us in Villa Roquette and we know that good heating is vitally important. But many visitors do not realise this and will rent, unseen, a summer holiday home get away from colder climes in Winter and to enjoy our Mediterranean sunshine.

We do get a lot of sun in the South of France, over three hundred days a year on average are sunny in our region of Languedoc, but that still leaves over sixty days with grey skies, mostly from October to April and chilly nights and mornings when a blazing fire and a warm radiator is very welcome.

The South of france is a wonderful place to migrate to in winter, but make sure you have a warm and comfortable nest to stay in.

Villa Roquette Snow on our cedar tree

Cedar Tree in Front Garden of Villa Roquette with SNOW on - Winter 2010

Christmas Wine Tastings Fairs and Events in Languedoc

From November 25 to December 25, in our part of Languedoc (the golden heart of the real South of France) I have a list of 35 great events all a short distance Villa Roquette?

Cracker fairs, local produce chocolate cooking, cheese fairs, talks about wine, walks in the vineyards, singing dancing and much merriment.

Most activities will have something to do with wine and food, but there are hundreds of crafts people, artisans and artists living around us and this is their chance to show their skills to the local people and for others to meet in a warm and friendly (even warmer after a few glasses of punch or mulled wine.

Take advantage of the great airline deals to Beziers airport – even better with our free flight special offer and discover a local tradition of storytelling and celebrating the winter in France.

Here are brief descriptions of just threee of these “happenings” right on our doorstep at the Domiane de Bellevue

4 December – “Le Marché de Noel” – local artisans and producers of our region, foi gras – chocolate, olive oils, honey – pony rides for the children

11 December “Le legende de la Cave de Noel” – A walk and story telling throug hthe vineyards with wine tastings and a buffet of local foods (reservation needed)

15 December – “Asiette de Desserts Variatioh sue le Chocolat” – An interactive cooking course os chocolate and confectionary (wine will be involved)

This is just a snapshot of only one local winery in one small area. Around us there are hundreds of other happenings throughout November and December.

And then there are the new Year celebrations, but more on this later……

Come and stay with us over Christmas and the New Year and help us celebrate.