by Jason Power
In the south of France between Béziers and Montpellier, in the heartland of the Languedoc where the Mediterranean beckons, Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue works its charms. The estate, centered around its Renaissance château, spreads out as a mosaic of ordered vineyards and olive groves, pine forest and the typical Mediterranean bushland (“garrigue”).
Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue stands just 10 minutes away from the Mediterranean coast in Montagnac, southern France. Located among the beautiful Languedoc vineyards, it is a very impressive château that was renovated in the 18th century. It is part of an upmarket wine estate that includes an on-site wine production base. Those renting part of it have 3-hectare private grounds with formal woodlands and lawns, private tennis courts and pools. For accommodation purposes, Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue has 4 bedrooms in the main château and 6 less formal bedrooms that are ideal for teenagers and children.
The interior design is top-notch and comprises a dining room, living room and fully fitted kitchen. You can enjoy cooking your favorite foods here while you visit, or even get someone to prepare the best French dishes if you are new to the country. There is also a DVD player and a TV for those who would like to watch a movie with friends or other people spending a night here. There is high-speed Wi-Fi to help you connect with your family and loved ones and attend to your official duties while here. Furthermore, there is a lovely private chapel, a shaded terrace with conservatory furniture, breathtaking gardens and excellent exterior spaces ideal for evening walks as you plan your next day. You can further enjoy a good swim in the 17×8 m private swimming pool with sun terrace and pool house fitted with shower and WC.
The staff here are very hospitable and are ready to give you a guided tour of the property. You will be taken through the wine-making process and may also be allowed to sample it. The harmony between the works of man and the estate’s exuberant natural surroundings is overwhelming. Over time, the property has been handed over to different owners, and each of them has left his mark, resulting in a perfect balance of modernity and history. The Languedoc vineyard region has evolved continuously to find its identity, with Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue contributing in a great way. You will further enjoy the fruit, freshness and immediate pleasure that come with three different AOC Coteaux du Languedoc wines, each of which is centered on the Languedoc’s traditional varieties. The Les Bronzinellesbrand is named after a word from Occitan, the ancestral language of the region, which means the humming made by bees when they are gathering honey. It will give you great company as you enjoy the Mediterranean sun. Les Crûs, on the other hand, is manufactured to fit your needs anytime and any place, while Les Vins De Pays is a happy compromise produced from a non-Mediterranean variety of grapes.
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