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We are located in the Languedoc (rather than Provence or the Cote d'Azur) which offers the same sea, a more open, rolling landscape which produces much more wine, a very similar cuisine and the same temperatures and hours of sunshine - but without the inflated prices!

Located just off the A75, Clermont l’Hérault is only 25 miles from Montpellier and is thus accessible by road, train and plane. The train from Paris takes only 3 hours; there are direct flights from Frankfurt, London, Paris and many other European cities. A regular bus service links Clermont with Montpellier. Clermont is in the foothills of the Cevennes, 5 miles from the lac du Salagou, and 25 miles from the sea.

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The centre of Clermont l'Herault is a typical Languedocienne medieval hill town overlooked by the ruins of its XI th century castle. The splendid XII th century church faces the large shaded market place where every Wednesday over a hundred vendors set out their stalls abounding with local produce.

Les Jardins de la Source is situated less than a hundred yards away, just off the main boulevard which widens into the XVIII th century main square with a profusion of shops, and cafes and restaurants with traditional interiors and tables outside for al fresco dining.

The modern part of the town, still within easy reach, contains several large hypermarkets for your more basic needs. A public sports complex with a large outdoor swimming pool, ideal for a visit with the children on a hot day, is within walking distance of the house, as is the cinema. The local wine collective is also a short walk: you can taste the various wines before buying!

Traffic is never a problem in such a small town, and within a few minutes you can be at the Lac du Salagou where you can swim, sail, or indulge in other watersports.

The surrounding area contains a large number of picturesque villages, like the famous St Guilhem le Desert, or you can start to drive up into the high Cevennes within a few miles - or even walk if you are feeling energetic! Next to St Guilhem is the stunning grotto, Grotte de Clamouse, a real underground adventure should you tire of being in all that sunshine at any time. And of course the new motorway (A75) takes you speeding either northwards to the spectacular new Norman Foster bridge at Millau, around 70 miles away, or southwards, almost all the way to the sea, only 25 miles away, to the celebrated Cap d'Agde (which contains a naturist colony) or to one of the quieter local beaches. On the way home, stop for a drink in Pezenas, with its imposing XVI th century squares and streets, where Moliere spent much of his life and wrote many of his works. All in all we think you'll fall in love with this region, as we have.

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