This uniquely positioned former monastery enjoys commanding views of a beautiful rolling landscape covered in vineyards. From the Pyrenees to the Black Mountains, Domaine des Montarels overlooks no less than five pretty, redroofed villages complete with towers and spires, epitomizing the quintessential Languedocien dream. This is a truly special hidden treasure of the Herault region.
Perfect as an extremely quiet retreat or for wonderful family fun, the Domaine has a lovely garden with grass lawn and several terraces, a large pool and an orchard of almond trees; all of which get the sun all day long, and are fabulous for watching the spectacular sunsets.
This is a very ancient site, first mentioned in records dating back as far as the 10th century. During this millennia it has been a church, a hamlet, a retreat for monks from a nearby Abbey and eventually became a winery in the 19th century, producing almost a million bottles of wine per annum. Now in its latest incarnation as a lovely family home, full of antiques and treasures from the owners’ travels, you can feel the centuries past in its thick stone walls and charming courtyards.
The ground floor is entirely open plan divided by fabulous stone arches. There is an extremely spacious sitting room, hallway, dining room and brand new fitted kitchen, all with character features such as old tiles, exposed beams and long windows throughout. There are two cloakrooms (one external for outside living).
Upstairs, the property has 5 large bedrooms. There are 3 with king-size beds and 2 with superking-size beds, of which the latter can be twin beds if desired. Three of the king-size bedrooms are ensuite and there is a family bathroom. All bedrooms are air-conditioned and luxuriously furnished for maximum comfort and all beds are dressed in the finest English linen.
Outside is a wonderfully shaded, Morrocan-style covered lounging area overlooking the pool, with plenty of cushioned seating and a barbecue, and, of course, that incredible view. There is also further shade for lunchtime al fresco dining under a huge umbrella pine. In the evening there is a large oval rattan dining table with very comfortable chairs on the travertine terrace; ideal for relaxing over a bottle of the finest local wine, perhaps from next door’s boutique winery.
Oh, and did we mention the view?
Ian and Katie Jackson have lived in Domaine des Montarels since 2013, having fallen in love with the house the moment they saw it. They have fully immersed themselves in the wonderfully diverse local culture and managed to continue pursuing their passions in tennis, golf, skiing and horse-riding. Partial to the odd “investigatory” wine tasting, they are only too happy to pass on their discoveries!
There is a private apartment at the back of the property where the owners sometimes stay. It has shared driveway access, but is otherwise totally separate and does not overlook the private guest area. If in residence they would be delighted to greet you and offer advice if needed.
"We've had a great time and really loved it here. We certainly hope to return in the future."
Sir & Lady S – August 2015
"We have had a wonderful holiday in this fantastic house. It has clearly been a labour of love for you both and that shines through every room in the house! ...it is PERFECT!! ...Thank you both so much. x"Mr & Mrs H – August 2015
"We can't say enough how much we have enjoyed our time here. Perfect villa, location and hosts. Having you greet us on arrival was especially nice after a long journey. ...we look forward to returning in the future."Mr & Mrs P – July 2015