Now is a Great Time to Come to France

We live in the center of Languedoc, by the Mediterranean and we are very well served by airports. Those which are only are a short drive from us in Villa Roquette are – Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Carcassonne and Perpignan – a bit further are Marseilles and Toulouse – just over the border in Spain there are Gerona and Barcelona.

I have been flicking through low cost fares, there are now scores of cities in Europe with regular flights to these destinations near us – a quick survey shows over 20 from the UK alone. In the next three months I have found hundreds of flights to Beziers costing from 14 euro to 50 euro return.

We have a page on our website with links to most of the low cost carriers at

But it is really annoying when you have booked a bargain flight to find the taxi fare from the airport can cost over five times the price of the air ticket. Car rental at airports is also expensive.

So we are offering a free air and rail shuttle service (for stays with us of 3 days or longer), to and from Villa Roquette for our guests for arrivals at Beziers and we can arrange a half-price taxi service from other airports.

If you take advantage of our off-season prices, the low cost air fares and our free shuttle service, a weekend for two in the South of France from many places in Europe can cost as little as 118 euro – enjoy our table d’hote meals with us and a weekend at Villa Roquette could cost a total for transport, accommodation, food and wine – all for less than 200 euro.

Over the next two months, the weather is good, the wine harvest is in full swing and by November we will be tasting the new vintages, or come and stay over Christmas and get some winter sunshine.

Christmas Cracker Fair in Herault

Cassan Christmas Cracker Fair – Saturday 27 Nov and Sunday 28th November

Started as a way for Brits to get their Christmas Crackers 5 years ago, the event has grown each year.

The event has become so successful that this year it will be run over 2 days, which the organisers hope will cut down the crowds. “Last year we had just over 4,000 visitors – a 30% increase – and it was almost too many” said Robin Hicks, the organiser.

Christmas Cracker fair inHerault

Christmas Cracker Fair in Cassan Herault Languedoc France

“We hope the 2 day event will spread the crowds, as the 11th century chapel isn’t really designed for such large numbers”
Last year 45% of the visitors were French, who seem to have taken to the Cracker Fair – described on local TV as “The Christmas event in L’Herault”

About a half of the 120 exhibitors are French – the rest being drawn from 11 countries.
Apart from the trade exhibitors there will be local organisations promoting their charities and a range of entertainers at the weekend event showcasing their work to a large audience.

“This year we expect to top 5,000 visitors which will generate funds to run and develop the local community based charity website WoW –

Guest Blog on Villa Roquette

A new website offering a booking sharing service InCircleRentals included us in their blog today – interestingly they got the facts right, so I wish them well 🙂

Villa Roquette bb and chambres d'hotes with self catering apartments in the south of France

'Poppy' Double Bedroom in Villa Roquette