Paradise for Rent

Near Montpellier in South of France. Sleeps up to 19: perfect for multiple families. A wonderful 2023 season. Some limited autumn availability.

The House and Gîte - Sleeps up to 19

The best of all worlds. Tranquility in the heart of a lively village with all amenities, including a boulangerie just outside the gates. Stay in and enjoy the gardens, play areas and large pool. Venture out to the beaches, the rivers, the Roman remains and lovely towns nearby. Stay in and eat al fresco or dine out in one of the myriad of local restaurants.

The Village, Aubais - Thriving

Over the road from the house is the village square where there is an obstacle course for kids, a skateboard park and a basketball court. There is also, naturally, an area for pétanque. On Tuesday mornings, there is market and there are often village gatherings and the occasional concert. Once a year in August, the village has its Fête Votive, when it is overrun with bulls. These two short video clips were taken during the 2018 fête. The first is of an 'apéro mousse' during the fête (best to watch it rather than try to describe it!). The second is taken from the top of our garden wall as the bulls are shepherded along the Main Street.

Why Do We Call it Paradise?

Click on the photos to find the answer - they will let you see the Main House, Gîte, Gardens and Pool. Hover over the photo to see which is which.


Across the courtyard from the pool with a bathroom and shower, storage for outdoor games and pool toys, and a mezzanine den with sofas and a PS.

Work and Play

Lounge, Library, Games Room / Gym, and Laundry


The gardens - an oasis of calm cloistered in the heart of a lively village


New for 2020, a 12m x 6m UV filtered pool with sun terrace, loungers, and comfy seating

Main House Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 13 in 5 bedrooms - all en suite

Gite Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 6 in 3 bedrooms - all en suite

Main House Kitchen

Seating for 10 in front of a Cornue range

Gite Downstairs

An open plan area running the length of the gite with kitchen, dining for 10, and lounge areas

What is on the Doorstep?


The Mediterranean beaches are about 30 minutes away by car, and you are spoiled for choice. If you want facilities (including all the beach activities you may wish to partake in), try La Grande Motte. If you'd like miles and miles of wild beach (with horse riding available), try L'Espiguette. Also on your doorstep (i.e. a walk or a cycle) is Aubais' river beach on the Vidourle just next to a Knights Templar Mill. Here, you can also rent pedalos. Paddle upstream for some fantastic cliff jumping.


Aubais is lovely and is nestled between some (nearly) equally lovely villages - which means there are plenty of places to eat out and to explore. In the village itself, there is a boulangerie with old fashioned croissants (the heavy really buttery kind), a grocer's, a cafe, a post office, a restaurant, a hairdresser's, a pizza takeaway, a youth club, a weekly market and a cashpoint. Around the village square, there is an obstacle course for kids, a basketball court, a skateboard park, and, of course, a pétanque area.


We are positioned in between Montpellier (consistently voted as the city in which most French people would like to live) and Nîmes (with its Rome-rivalling amphitheatre in which concerts (and mock gladiator contests) are still staged. Both are about 30 minutes away by car. And then, of course, there is the Roman aqueduct / Pont du Gard, Arles, Avignon... I could go on. More to see and do than can be fitted into a single holiday.


We are a family of 6 from the North of England that love the South of France. Marcus, pictured to the left helping a street performer at the weekly (Saturday) market in nearby Sommières, lived and played rugby in France before and during university and always wanted to return here. We initially bought a place in the Charente but found it too rainy and too overrun with English. Now we feel we have found the perfect spot. We are keen for our paradise to be used when we are not there - both to help pay for its upkeep and because we'd like local businesses to be supported... but we can be a bit picky about who we share it with.


Minimum stay is one week... longer stays welcomed.

Out of Season
Sleeps up to 19
  • Relaxed start days and times
  • Pre and post peak season
Peak Season
Sleeps up to 19
  • Check in 17:00, check out 10:00
  • Late May - early September
Flat rate
  • Unless you ask for more, we will assume one clean / change of towels and bedding per stay and add this cost
House or Gite only
Outside of peak season
  • For smaller parties
  • Contact us to discuss options

30% deposit to secure booking, refundable up to 60 days prior to arrival.
Balance + £1000 damage deposit payable 60 days prior to arrival.
Damage deposit is repayable within 1 week of departure (assuming no damage!).