The house, Les Eaux Calmes, is situated in the heart of the old medieval village of Gabian, with its westerly wall formed along the old fortified ramparts. It enjoys lovely views over the surrounding countryside and still waters below, where two rivers join at the picturesque local weir.
Gabian has a history dating back to Roman times and is a fine example of a fortified medieval village known as a "circulade" with its maze of narrow streets and alleys. There are around 700 inhabitants and the village boasts a bar/restaurant, new open all hours grocers, bakers, newsagent, post office, pharmacy and medieval church. The village of Gabian is in the heart of a beautiful wine-growing region known for its countryside, historic villages, castles and abbeys.
The street surfaces in the old centre of Gabian around "Les Eaux Calmes" in Place du Plo have just been renovated (2010) with old cobbles and gravel effect surfaces - see new photos on village photos link above. This is a long awaited and much appreciated big improvement which our guests will now benefit from.
You can access lovely walks direct from the house along streams, through wooded hillsides and the colourful patchwork of vineyards. The area abounds with picturesque medieval villages with local markets, rolling wooded countryside planted with vineyards and castles from which the local area (commune) takes its name: “Chateaux et Coteaux”; Castles and Hillsides. It is a wonderful area for cycling and two bicycles provided for exclusive guest use.
Just one mile outside Gabian is the splendid Chateau Abbey de Cassan, a restored ancient Priory now open to the public (see website links).
Around Gabian village….. see website link for more details
- daily village announcements through the church tower…..”Allo! Allo…!”
- boules pitch at the back of the church; Place Vieille with fountain and trough the market – on Wednesday mornings
- weir – beauty spot : cross the bridge and walk along the path on the right edge of the vineyard towards the river – negotiate undergrowth and muddy bits to come out on top of the weir for the best view of pool below and river / trees beyond
- 3 minutes to Chateau Abbey de Cassan
- 5 minutes from the village of Roujan
- 10 minutes from Magalas with train station
- 15 minutes from the town of Pézenas with its splendid architecture, Saturday market artisan workshops, restaurants and cafes
- tourist information offices at Roujan, Pezenas and Magalas
- supermarkets and restaurants at Pezenas and Magalas
- 30 minutes to picturesque fishing villages like Les Bouzigues on the Bassin de Thau famed for its wonderful oysters
- 75 minutes to tallest bridge in the world designed by Sir Norman Foster at Millau.
- 30 minutes to national park mountains including the beautiful villages of Olargues and Roquebrun
- 30 minutes to Mediterranean beaches at Meze, Agde and Valros Plage
- 15 minutes from the famous wine village of Faugères, the starting point for a lovely walk to three old hilltop windmills
- 10 minutes from beautiful lakeside swimming and picnic area at the Barrage des Olivettes at Vailhan with the hilltop restaurant Le Presbytère
- 5 minutes from the hillside ruined castle of Roquessels with magnificent views
Church services - the Sunday morning service (Catholic Mass) rotates around the villages – see notice board on church door for details. Alternatively there is a monthly eucharist (third Sunday) at Grace Anglican Episcopal Church in Nezignan L'Eveque (a village just south of Pézenas) - www.gracechurchherault.org/
Just fifteen minutes drive by car is Pézenas, described as one of the most beautiful towns in the French south west with its fine architecture and surprisingly inexpensive restaurants. See “what to do” for more details.
the latest Google Earth satellite photo of Gabian:
You can view photographs of the village of Gabian, and the area, on the next page