Montpellier, France 4 bedroom Apartment for Rent
1 Week to 10 months -- 4 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, Newly remodeled American style Open Living Room, Dining, Kitchen, Terrace with all amenities. Non-Smoking Apartment. Close to Tram line 2 in secured building.
Capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, less than 3 hours from Barcelona and Italy and just 11 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is the ideal place to discover a high-spirited city and some of the most prestigious world heritage sites.
A unique example of intelligent city planning in Europe, built by the world's leading architects, Montpellier is a destination that is also rich with 1,000 years of history. Here you'll find the old mingle with the new, the oldest still-operating medical school in the western world, medieval streets lined with boutiques of all kinds, where top international brands mingle with small boutiques that exude the charm of yesteryear. Add to this state of the art year round swimming pools, 3 light rail above ground tram lines that make the city accessible, bike paths, and a patisserie and fruit/legume store on every corner.
A city with style!
Avant garde and open, Montpellier cultivates its differences and opens its arms to you. The city is a university town with nearly 70,000 students reside in the immediate area. Thanks to this youthful influence, there is an abundance of festivals, cafés and other experiences just waiting to happen. People of all ages take classes at nominal fees through the university.
Vibrant and active, Montpellier is a city that is simply alive and waiting to be discovered.. Montpellier has its own Arc de Triomphe, the exquisite Musee Fabre, two opera houses, and one of the largest squares in Europe - exploring the city is a joy and can easily and happily encompass the entire scope of your stay. The city has a great music scene and there is always something happening in this very vibrant, active university town. Montpellier is also a great base for exploring Southern France, located 10km from some of the nicest beaches in the Mediterranean. The South of France is world famous for its consistently sunny weather, the beautiful blue of the sky and sea and the relaxed yet chic atmosphere. The Montpellier area is particularly blessed with miles of white sand beaches, coastal lagoons full of oysters and mussels and the Camargue Nature Reserve, with black bulls, wild white horses and a myriad of bird life including thousands of pink flamingos. Tour nearby chateaux and abbeys and dine on wonderful gourmet meals. Kayak, sail, kite surf, dive, fish, or swim in the Mediterranean or just bask in the sun. Enjoy the Mediterranean end of the famous Canal du Midi, lined with sycamore trees, lilies and lovely villages. The Canal is perfect for a long walks and picnics. Explore truly amazing engineering that has functioned for over 300 years, including the nearby Fonséranes staircase – nine ancient locks, the famous aqueduct over the Orb. Also, enjoy tasting the acclaimed regional wines of the Languedoc. In this relatively small area there are thirty appellations. Over the last 20 years Languedoc has actively remade itself with a focus on quality production and organic wines. Visiting some of the award wining wineries, driving country roads through the vines and picnicking in the country side is a great way to spend a day or two. Nîmes is less than an hour away and is spectacular for its Roman history and sites including the best preserved Aréna and Roman temple in the world. A short drive from Nîmes is the Pont du Gard, the Roman built aqueduct to serve Nîmes and the third most visited site in France. Provence is also next door, less than a 90 minute drive. Shop for antiques and enjoy weekend flea markets in Isle-sur-la-Sorge, and visit Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Orange, Arles, Aix, and Avignon, for example. Finally, return each evening to relax in your own private apartment. With your fresh market purchases only a minute away, you may make your own coq au vin in the fully-equipped, gourmet kitchen or take the tram to one of the 100s of great restaurants in Montpellier (including a three star Michelin) to enjoy the local cuisine. (adapted from Tourism Office website)
The apartment is on the 3rd etage (2nd floor) and is situated with two apartments on each floor. There is an elevator that is situated half way between the floors (that means you have to be able to walk at least 6 stairs.) It is very spacious with wonderful light coming from large windows and glass doors and 4 bedrooms. The apartment is a see through apartment with windows facing northeast and southwest. Perfect for morning and afternoon sun without it getting too hot. The apartment has been totally renovated and has everything new; brand new kitchen with breakfast room facing northeast for morning sun, top of the line Fratelli Onofri stove/oven, microwave, frig, freezer, dishwasher, pantry, and washer and dryer. All new tile and white wood parquet floors, new windows, heaters, and high end bathroom with shower and bath combination. There is a second sink in one of the bedrooms and a separate toilet. The apartment is approximately 100 sq meters and flows easily.
The fully equipped kitchen, sun room and living room flow into one in an open plan. The master bedroom contains a large built in closet with a king size high end mattress. The second bedroom has a trundle bed that pulls out to a queen. This room also houses the washer and dryer and a modern sink behind closed doors. The third bedroom has a queen size bed with a built in new armoire closet. The fourth bedroom has a trundle bed as well that pulls out to a queen and a computer table and chair for a home office.
The living room is light and airy and feels like you are living outdoors. There is a 3 seat and a 2 seat couch and ottoman. The dining area is connected to the living room with a table to seat 8 and able to pull out to seat 12. There are 8 dining chairs.
The apartment is wired with fiber optic internet cable which allows for fast internet connection and an assortment of TV shows to watch via your computer.
The apartment is a private residence and enclosed with a locked gate so safety is assured. Two parks face each side of the apartment providing for a green view in every direction. Across the street is a fruit and legume stand, a small store and a pizzeria. Down the street are all the essentials of a patisserie, boucherie, pharmacie and more. Approximately a 5 minute walk is a market and more stores such as a midi-libre, boucherie, fruit stand, hairdresser, post office, café, patisserie, and more.
We are a 3 minute walk to the Line 2 tram stop between Le Masson and St. Cleophaus (see map ). We are two stops from the Gare which is a one block walk to Place l’Comedie. There is a transfer at the Gare to the Line 1 and soon Line 3 that provides total access throughout the city.
Down the street is a covered swimming pool open all year round. There are also 8 other swimming pools around the city available for your use.
You don’t need a car, but to get away into the country or go to the beach (although the tram will open in 2012 to go to the beach). If you do have a car, our exit is the Ouest (west) exit or 3rd exit. We are a few minutes off the freeway which prevents you from getting tangled in traffic driving further into the city. You can drive to the beach (Palavos and Carnon) without getting on the freeway (go under) through to Latte and then to Palavos in 15 minutes.
Neighborhood. The neigborhood is fairly calm and quiet and all the neighbors are nice. Many are retired, professionals and a few new families. There is however a train that goes by (not far away) that can be heard when all the doors and windows are open. It is quite charming. At night when sleeping we just close the windows and turn on the fan if needed and sleep soundly.
Our apartment is available for rent for 1 week to 10 months.
Please inquire as to availability. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
High Season (Summer and Christmas/Easter Break)
By the Week: July through August --Euro 1,500 / week
December 15-January 3
April Spring Break /Easter Weeks 5
September-June (exclusive of Holiday Weeks) --- --Euro 1200 / week with additional days at 125Euro/night.
By the Month-September through June if rent for 3 months - 10 months: Euro 2,000 / month all inclusive
An additional cleaning fee will be charged for rentals for one month or more.
Deposits are taken for reservations and security
Are you looking for a special trip when you spend time with women friends. For something different, think about cashing in those frequent flyer miles this fall and come on a shopping and great dining spree to the Paris of the South, Montpellier, France. Less expensive than Paris, Montpellier has its own Arc de Triomphe, the exquisite Musee Fabre, two opera houses, and one of the largest squares in Europe - exploring the city is a joy and can easily and happily encompass the entire scope of your stay. The city has a great music scene and there is always something happening in this very vibrant, active university town. Montpellier is also a great base for exploring Southern France, located 10km from some of the nicest beaches in the Mediterranean. The South of France is world famous for its consistently sunny weather, the beautiful blue of the sky and sea and the relaxed yet chic atmosphere.
Come with 4 women friends and stay in our 4 bedroom (but only 1 bath, separate sink in one bedroom, and separate toilet) and follow the recommended shopping itinerary, around Montpellier and the train to other nearby cities or the bus to beaches. If you want to rent a car for a few days you can explore the smaller villages and markets.
Day One: Shop in downtown Montpellier Historique District and have a leisurely lunch at one of the many cafe's. Return to the flat by tram rest up for dinner and return to the Historique District for a unique dinner in one of the outdoor (or indoor if cold) restaurants.
Depending on your arrival day, Friday night, Pick up a car at the Train Station and Bring it back to the Flat for a three day rental
Day Two: (Your Day into the Country) Samedi/Saturday Two Options: If you have a car head out to Uzes for there Saturday Morning market that is the best in the region. Uzes is a special village with a pedestrian center shpped like a bicycle wheel with spokes and cobblestone streets. Shop for the best straw baskets in the region, tablecloths, olive oil with truffles, provence herbes, poterie, provencal soaps, cute season clothes, fabrics, fresh vegetables and fruits, assorted cheeses, fish, and more.
Visit the chateau du Uzes and stay for lunch in one of their outdoor cafes. This day we recommend getting up early and leaving by 8:30 or 9 and get there by 10:00 (about 1 hr 15 min nice drive). In the afternoon visit the famous Pt du Gard or visit St. Quentin La Poterie and take a tour of all the Potters. Make sure you stop at Galtie Pottery next to the Wine Cooperative. Return home to cook a great meal with all the produce and rotisserie chicken you purchased.
Drive West and go to Pezenas for their Saturday morning market. It is also very good, but we love the Uzes marche. Pezenas is about an hour drive west.
Day Three: Dimanche/Sunday: Head over towards Palavos (the beach 15 minutes away). If you don't have a car, check the bus schedules (but they will be less frequent on Sunday). This marche is non-food market but full of great finds such as tablecloths, watches, lingerie, clothes, and more. There is a stand full of coated rond, oval, and rectangle table cloths and an assortment of plastic cloths by the roll in every pattern possible. A wonderful find for outdoor tables that can't be beat. Stroll through the fishing village, take a boat tour, rent a bike or just walk on the promenade. Enjoy a lunch of Moules et Frites. If you have time at the end of Palavos is the Cathedral of Maguelone worth a visit. If it is warm bring your swimsuit and dip into the Mediterranean.
Day Four: Monday/ Lundi: Drive about an hour Northwest towards Gignac , Montpeyroux and St. Guilheim-le-Desert for wine tasting and different view of the countryside. Visit the different wineries along the way (as well as a few tasting rooms in these villages). Return the Car to the Train Station and take the tram to the flat.
Day Five: Tuesday/ Mardi: Spend another day in Montpellier; visit the Musee du Fabre on the Esplanade, the many old homes available to visit (see tourist office), take a one hour tour on the Petite Train, shop some more and rent bikes at the many Tram stops and ride along the River Lez. Take time to visit the daily markets, one covered, Les Halles, and one in the open air on the edge of the Place de la Comédie near the tourist office. Also soak up the many wine and food shops dedicated to the indigenous local products of the land and sea. And finally, sample these same delights in the restaurants contained within the old stone walls of the old city.
Montpellier also has an engaging 16th century teaching garden, the Jardin des Plantes, near the famous medical school, where medicinal and decorative plants grow from near and far. The edible and medicinal herbs and flowers are clearly marked. Frogs, fish, ducks, and the occasional cat also inhabit the greenery.
Day Six: Wednesday/ Mercredi -Take the train from the Montpellier Gare to Avignon for the day. Walk around the old city, shop, visit the famous Chateau de Papes and visit the Rhone River. Take the Petit Train around Avignon and you can get off and on at different historique sites. Return late in the day and walk up from the Montpelier train station (gare) to the Historique district and check out another of their wonderful restaurants. Take the tram back to the flat. Alternatively you can go to Nimes for the day.
Day Seven: Thursday/ Jeudi: Spend another day in Montpellier, enjoying the outdoor life, swim the Olympic pool, walk through the Antigone area or rent a bike, and shop in the markets at the Place de l'Comedie and Historique district and eat another fantastic meal.
Options, Options, Options:
Depending on what you want to do you and your women friends can have the time of their lives and experience something completely different. Depending on what you want to do, suggestions will be provided when you rent our flat for the week.