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A little background...
Beloved visitors! BEFORE you book a flight, please make doubly sure your week is available ... by calling Simone Joyaux in the U.S. at 401-397-2534; or emailing her at spjoyaux©aol.com.

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See the relief map above? Our house is just southeast of center, just where the name SERVIAN ends. Look at all the fun you'll have.
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We've rented homes in France several times and have learned first-hand what makes a house convenient and comfortable for guests. Among the amenities that you will find at our house:
  • a large library of English-language fiction and non-fiction books, including lots of regional travel books and maps
  • a cassette tape and compact disc player, and an eclectic musical library featuring dozens of tapes and CDs ranging from Mozart to Edith Piaf to blues great Buddy Guy
  • a TV and multi-format videocassette player, with an extensive library of films-on- video including recent box office hits and titles hand-picked from the American Film Institute's Top 100 list (upgrade to DVD? nope)
  • a kitchen already stocked with necessities like salt and pepper (in many rentals the cupboard's totally, utterly, barebones bare when you arrive) and well equipped with pots, pans, dishes and utensils
  • a telephone for free local calls
  • board games
  • the rental includes all utilities (electricity , heat), linens, towels (items often charged separately at other rentals)

The house has a garage. There is ample, free, on-street parking as well.

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Cost:
The same reasonable rate, all year round: US$1,400 per week. For more information and to check availability, contact mailto:SPJoyaux@aol.com

To make a reservation, please click here for the proper forms.


We purchased the Valros house in 1999. Since then, we've had the interior stonework sandblasted and repointed, upgraded the electricity, fixed some leaks in the plumbing, laid down a new roof, and replaced drafty doors. We've also added heaters; the house had no heat when we bought it. The major renovation work to date has been on the ground floor. Outside we had a sunning/dining terrace built over the garage and popped in an olive tree for local flavor. Because we're absent much of the year, we couldn't maintain a garden of any size. But an olive tree is indigenous. In 2008, ours bore its first fruit.

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Be advised: there is no ground-floor toilet yet, so the house is not really suited for guests who cannot climb stairs.

Planes, trains and automobiles
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[above] Flying into Montpellier, over the Med. coast; here, you're a 45-minute drive from the house

"Your villa in Valros was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our week in southern France and being immersed in the culture. The town was lovely and we got by with the minimal French we were able to use. Enjoyed the wonderful food of the region and the historic sites. I'm ready to go back." -- Pam S., July 2013

Valros is easy to get to: via rail (high-speed TGV) or plane from Paris to Montpellier, where you can rent a car. Or by flying into Barcelona and renting a car. You can also drive from Paris or Barcelona: it's major highways all the way.  

Or you can have Andy Dickson pick you up and drive you around on guided tours. Learn more about Andy by clicking on "read more."

Driving south from Montpellier, take the A9 Autoroute (called La Languedocien ne) to the Pezenas exit (#34). Head toward Pezenas and turn south on N9 (also called Avenue de Pezenas). In a few minutes you will enter Valros, a one-traffic- light town. Turn left at that traffic light, onto a narrow street called La Grande Rue. Park in the Place de la Republique. You are there. Or you could just call Andy....
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The facts...
The house has three stories and can accommodate 9 people, with plenty of elbow room. Cost: $1,400 US/weekly, year-round.

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[above, l-r]: sunning next to our olive tree, dining room (for this author, an office), our front street


On the ground floor:
  • a dining room with exposed stone walls and beams
  • a remodeled kitchen with new appliances, including a clothes washer
  • a very large living room with vaulted stone ceilings, newly restored, and an immense working fireplace; the living room is furnished with lots of comfortable seating and is well-lighted for reading
  • an open two-level patio area for alfresco dining and relaxing

On the middle floor:
  • a bedroom with a single bed
  • a bedroom with a double bed
  • a bedroom with a double bed
  • a bedroom with two single beds and an attached bathroom with shower and W.C.
  • a bathroom with shower and W.C.

On the top floor:
  • a bedroom with a queen-sized bed
  • a large and very private terrace
  • a bathroom with shower and WC
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[above, l-r]: sunning and eating terrace, top floor terrace, hallway with 19th-century tiles


This is what's called in the trade a "self-catering" house. If you're used to hotels, consider these differences: in a self-catering house, there are no maids to pick up your dropped towels; and the cupboards might be entirely bare. With self-catering properties in Europe, renters expect to provide everything, from salt and pepper to sheets. We don't go that far. We provide sheets. We provide towels. We try to keep enough salt and pepper in stock to keep you happy. But, still, you're mostly on your own. The first thing you do in a self-catering house is go shopping. We have a lovely supermarket a few minutes away by car. Buy toilet paper. Buy paper towels. Buy trash bags. Buy (now it gets interesting) a local wine. And local cheese. And local vegetables.

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