Courtyard and Riverside
There is a small courtyard in front of the house, this is enclosed for privacy and is only for the use of the apartment guests. The courtyard has recliners and a table and is an ideal place to have your morning croissants and coffee, or to relax in the evening with a glass of wine.
We also own a large piece of land at the edge of the River Orbieu just ten minutes walk from the apartment - or two minutes drive if it's too hot to walk - there is parking space there. Over Autumn and Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 we have cleared this land of trees and bushes so that the grasses and wild flowers can grow more freely, we shall continue to re wild this land with the aim of it eventually being a wildflower meadow. Many years ago this land was three vegetable gardens, the river has reclaimed some and now the rest will be private gardens, for gite guests only.
We are keeping a small part of the area mowed and recliners will be provided so that you can sun bathe or sit in the shade of the olive, quince and other fruit trees, enjoying the amazing variety of wild flowers in this region and listening to the birdsong - because of the proximity of the river we have so many bird visitors to the garden. We will upload photographs during the various seasons.
Path down to wildflower garden and the lawn & gorgeous river view
Forget me Nots
Love in a Mist
As previously mentioned we will keep a small part of the area mowed so that you can sit in the recliners provided on this lawn area and relax, picnic, read or even just watch the wild life. The meadow abuts the river and we have seen many unusual birds, including an eagle. Please feel free to wander in the area that will be a wild flower meadow and, if you enjoy fishing, you can fish in the river, in the part fronting the garden, without a permit. You are not allowed, by French law, to barbeque in the gardens or to light any type of fire, it is so hot and dry it would be an extreme hazard to do so.
The following trees, shrubs, climbers and flowers can be found in the garden and meadow, perhaps you can identify more? Those asterisked have been planted by us the rest are either wild or are from the remnants of the old flower garden that fronted onto the ancient potagers (vegetable gardens).
Grape Vine *
Amaranthus (Love Lies Bleeding)
Sun flowers *
Mallow leaved Cranesbill
Old Well - path leads to wildflower meadow
Relaxing under the olive tree
View of the mowed, lawn area
Apricot, Flanders Poppies, Rosemary, Quince, Violets
Abricot, Coquelicot, Romarin, Coing, Violette