Nénuphar is a two storey townhouse in the centre of the old town of Marseillan, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms sleeping 5 people.
The house is surprisingly large when you enter it and has many interesting old historic features. The back wall of the house is 800 years old being a part of the old city wall. The house has been completely remodelled inside to enable the construction of a mezzanine at the top of the house creating a third floor opening onto a roof terrace with a stunning view of the tiled roofs and church.
Nénuphar – Ground floor
The front door and sliding garage door open into a large interior space currently used as a laundry area with washing machine and sink, and garage. The stairwell at the back gives access to the upper floors. Guests can park their car inside in security and in the summer months in Marseillan, parking is at a premium.
Nénuphar – First floor
On this floor are three bedrooms, two double rooms and one with a large single (old-fashioned French double measuring 1.2 metres wide) bed. One bathroom has a WC and a bath / shower, the other a WC and a large shower. There is a lounge area with an extra double sofa bed if needed. The controls for the air-conditioning / heating system are on this floor ensuring that the bedrooms are cool and comfortable in the hottest part of the summer. There is also a music system with radio, CD and tapes if you wish to bring your own favourites. One of the bathrooms has tadelakt walls and this lime finish is also used elsewhere in the bedrooms.
Nénuphar – Second floor
This is the level where all of our guests spend most of their time. The exposed stone curved back wall sets of the wide space housing the kitchen, the dining area and the living room with french windows opening onto the roof terrace. The terrace has a table and chairs for six, a barbecue and a fountain. Sunset drinks overlooking the village rooftops is a must. The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric vitro-ceramic hob top, microwave and a dishwasher. The living room has a wood stove for winter use and a television.
What a charming home from home, with some really nice surprises...not least the generous welcome pack that was greatly needed arriving late on a Friday night! Ann Mary and Willem, along with our local contact Manuella, really made us feel welcome and looked after - all the way from our initial contact through the whole stay...no problem too small and nothing too much trouble.
The house is unique in its design and features, whilst retaining all the Frenchness you'd want from a central townhouse. And it really is central, 1 minute to the Town Centre and 2 mins from the Harbour. The beach at Marseillan Plage is just a short drive and feels like a completely different resort (fresh, clean and holiday focused as opposed to the quirky, French and authentic town).
All in all, a delightful stay in a comfortable, clean and centrally located home - thanks for a really special time!
Nic and Steve xx
Marseillan is a town of about 4000 situated on the inland shore of the Etang de Thau between Bezieres and Montpellier. It has a lot of southern character and offers many amenities including a theatre, post office, banks, hardware stores, restaurants and a hotel, several real estate agents, a variety of stores, an excellent weekly market, large supermarkets and the port.
In the portside area is the cooperative winery and the large chai belonging to Noilly Prat, many restaurants and the landmark building ‘The Chateau’, still a restaurant but the former hotel now a private house. The ‘Capitainerie’ in the port is the headquarters of all the shipping affairs and the venue of the yacht club. For more information about Marseillan and the surroundings, see the ‘Locality and Activities’ page.
NOTE: Nénuphar (Waterlily) can be joined with La Mignonnette for a large group rental as the two houses are opposite to each other in the same street.
There is nothing, absolutely nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
Kenneth Grahame "The Wind in the Willows'