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Le Mas de Thau ****

Domaine Saint Martin du Pin | F-34530 Montagnac | France |

KIDS LOVE

  • The donkeys Basile and Farandole
  • The kids' club activities
  • The caring babysitter

PARENTS LOVE

  • The amazing spa
  • The sports activites
  • The romantic excursion to the private beach in summer

 

Location

Surrounded by the sweet scents of lavender and vines, Le Mas de Thau is located in the heart of Camargue’s countryside, close to the Thau pond and the beaches of Sète and Marseillan. This typical Camargue farmhouse is the ideal holiday destination for families who love nature and outdoor activities.

This little corner of paradise can easily be reached in 40 minutes from Montpellier International Airport, or in 35 minutes from Béziers-Vias International Airport, or in 75 minutes from Carcassonne International Airport.

 

DESCRIPTION

Tucked away in a 20-hectare green setting, Le Mas de Thau and its cottages with their minimalist modern decoration will be welcoming families seeking a change of scenery from 1 May to 15 September 2019.

A VIP welcome is reserved for families: a welcome basket containing milk, butter, orange juice, water, etc. will be provided upon your arrival on the estate. This will help you relax upon arrival by sampling fresh local produces. Bread and pastries from the Montagnac bakery will be delivered to your room each morning, free of charge.

The intimate establishment counts in total:

  • 6 cottages
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • 1 swimming pool
  • 1 spa
  • 1 football field
  • 1 high quality babysitting service
  • 1 great nursery for toddlers from 3 months to 4 years
  • 1 amazing COMPLIMENTARY kids’ club for children aged 4 to 12 years old
  • 1 COMPLIMENTARY teen club for children over 12 years of age

 

Accommodations

Each cottage is an architectural compromise: the minimalist modern decoration highlights the historical elements of the buildings, whose exposed beams blend with designer furnishings. With a surface area of between 90 sqm to 160 sqm, they are also suited for very large families.

The Syrah cottage (100 sqm) welcomes 4 people in an atmosphere reminiscent of the Mediterranean. This triplex comprises a master bedroom with a King-size bed, and a children’s bedroom with 2 single beds. The living area on the ground floor features a bright kitchen and a spacious living room. The natural stone staircase leads you to the Tropezian terrace, from where you can see the Thau pond and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Picpoul cottage (110 sqm) is designed for families of 5 (2 adults and 3 children). It has a master bedroom with King-size bed, a bathroom, and a spacious children’s bedroom with three single beds and a private bathroom. Completely on the ground floor and close to the swimming pool, it is perfectly suited for families with very young kids. The 90 sqm shaded terrace allows you to enjoy meals in an intimate and rural atmosphere.

The Muscadet cottage (110 sqm), with a maximum capacity of 6 people, is made up of a master suite with King-size bed and bathroom, a second bedroom with 2 single beds, and a third bedroom equipped with a bunk bed and an adjacent bathroom for children. The shaded terrace on the first floor guarantees a breathtaking view of the estate’s vineyards.

The prestigious Sauvignon cottage is ideal for large families of 8 people. Its surface area of 160 sqm makes Sauvignon the largest cottage in the estate. All 4 bedrooms (including the master suite with King-size bed) also have their own bathrooms. The children’s rooms are furnished with single beds. Both the living space and the open-plan kitchen are fully equipped with all modern conveniences. The tropezian terrace offers a panoramic view of the Etang de Thau and the Mediterranean Sea.

 

GASTRONOMy

Good news for the young connoisseurs! At Le Thau de Mas restaurant, kids can enjoy a delicious allergy-free and kids’ menu, thanks to the adapted menus offered by the chef. Highchairs are also available for the comfort of the youngest residents.

The restaurant’s meals are entirely cooked with fresh, local, and most often organic ingredients. A bottle of wine of your choosing will be served free of charge at each dinner. Meals can either be served at the restaurant or delivered directly to the cottages at no extra cost, giving you the opportunity to dine with your family on the terrace or in the garden. There are also tables and chairs for family picnics.

FOR THE KIDS

  • Baby-club
  • Kids-club
  • Teens activities
  • Sports activities
  • Kid's excursions
  • Crafts
  • Games and books
  • Connecting rooms
  • Baby-sitting
  • Kid's menu
  • Allergen-free menu
  • Welcome gift
  • Emergency baby bottle
  • Bottle warmers
  • Baby phone
  • Baby cosmetics
  • Baby bath
  • Baby cribs
  • Stroller
  • Baby chair
  • Emergency pacifier
  • Shuttle with baby seat
  • Potty
  • Kid's shop
  • Lifeguard
  • Nearby Hospital
  • Nearby doctor

 

For the children

Your children will certainly be well entertained all through, thanks to the extensive installations and activities planned specifically for them on the estate: mountain bike trails, football pitch, bouncy castles, trampolines, zip lines, water games, not to mention Basile and Farandole, two donkeys on the property that children love to pet and feed carrots and bread.

The nursery and kids-club are complimentary for children aged 3 months to 12 years. During the summer, the clubs are open all day on Wednesdays from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M., and the children can also take lunch with the animation team in the children’s area.

Younger children occupy a dedicated space at the baby-club with a variety of games, play mats, high chairs, park, mini deckchairs, etc. They can also take a quiet nap in the umbrella beds installed in a secluded room. The experienced nannies have an area with a changing table, hand-held showers and adapted toilets for the older ones. The interior space is fully air-conditioned and equipped with an air purification system to guarantee the quality of living for the little guests. The entire outdoor area is secured with a fence.

At the kids’ club, older kids, in their designated area, can play a wide range of board games, play with plastic arts and participate in construction workshops. The children prepare small dishes and delicious cakes in the children’s club kitchen. Underneath the outdoor playground, children can play in the sandbox, play dress-up, or watch a DVD. They will also have fun on the water platform consisting of completely safe water games and supervised by a team of experienced instructors.

In July and August, children from 12 years old can take COMPLIMENTARY sailing and windsurfing courses at the farm house’s Yachting Club de Mèze. Trainings are scheduled from Monday to Friday, either for a full day (lunch taken on site) or for half a day. The estate provides free transportation and lunch for the teenagers. Alternatively, teens can take a complimentary one-week introductory or advanced Wakeboard course in Kithau, Marseillan.

A COMPLIMENTARY babysitting evening is offered on Thursday evenings to allow parents go out as a couple. Nannies can also pick-up children from their rooms on Friday mornings to accommodate parents who wish to sleep in.

 

Family ExperienceS

The completely enclosed and secure swimming pool is the ideal spot for family fun. Surrounded by lavender and Mediterranean scrubland, the pool comprises different sections: from the paddling pool for toddlers to the deep section where you can dive.

Families can relax at the Mèze beach (located only 15 minutes from the estate). It is here that both the children and adults practice water skiing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and windsurfing on the Thau pond (20′). Sailing enthusiasts on the other hand can organise a one-day cruise on the Mediterranean (35′).

The most adventurous enjoy canoeing down the Hérault Gorges (from 6 years old) from St Guilhem du Désert, a UNESCO classified village (35’) or tree climbing trails which are offered at the Bessilles departmental base (10′).

Finally, in the centre of Mèze is Europe’s largest dinosaur museum, a delight for both adults and young archaeologists.

 

For the PARENTS

The estate offers many recreational activities: reading by the pool, walking or cycling to the surrounding villages, the port or the vineyards; while the children can enjoy the activities of the kids-club.

The spa with sauna, hammam, and treatment rooms is accessible free of charge in the evenings. Exclusively reserved for adults, the treatments and massages are provided on demand by an experienced practitioner, à la carte, for a fee. The estate’s second swimming pool offers parents the opportunity to swim and relax in peace and quiet before relaxing in the outdoor jacuzzi.

At the heart of the property, in the shade of bicentenary trees, is Mas’ bar. Mom and Dad can taste one of the many wines bottled on the estate, in the company of the owners and other guests.

The estate is close to a number of gourmet restaurants. Among them are two Michelin-star restaurants: De Lauzan restaurant at the Prieuré de Bébian in Nizas, and La Coquerie in Sète. Little Guest also recommends a few other restaurants with refined French cuisine that will delight the palates of the most discerning food lovers: Côté Mas in Montagnac, Pré Saint Jean in Pézenas, eau sel in Mèze, and La Pacheline in Marseillan.

Couples get to enjoy a romantic day on Wednesdays, in Summer only. On the itinerary: lovers can relax and have lunch on a bed reserved exclusively for them on the Le Voile Rouge private beach in Marseillan.

Golf enthusiasts are welcome on the 18-hole international golf course in Cap d’Agde (30′).

 

  • Animations
  • Bar
  • Beach
  • Cinema
  • Concierge
  • Conference room
  • Hammam
  • Library
  • Outdoor pool
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Wheelchair access
  • WiFi

OUR FAMILY HOLIDAYS AT MAS DE THAU

 

 

Menno, Founder of the blog Top With Kids, aged 46, married, father of Tess (10) and Wende (7), from Arnhem, Holland

 

 

 

A mediterranean adress

Sometimes you just know when you hit a family friendly hot spot. This happens to us on the afternoon we arrive at the Mas de Thau near the small town of Montagnac in the captivating Languedoc-Roussillon region in Southern France. Maryse and Yvan, the owners, have spent several years building this slice of family holiday paradise. It is completely immersed in a beautiful countryside setting, with grape vines, pine trees and endless views of the Thau Lagoon and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Mas de Thau provides a staggering 20 hectares (about 50 acres) of sprawling grounds. If there were a top 10 rating for the space children have to play, the Mas would surely be on it. And it is wrapped in a nice package that absolutely presents an intimate estate totally dedicated to families. Rather, it’s a place where you can feel completely at home. Maryse and Yvan embody this feeling in their down to earth nature and very keen focus on delivering the right service. They are always around in case you need something or are up for a chat. But should you feel like it, you can also be completely on your own

“Rather, it’s a place where you can feel completely at home. Maryse and Yvan embody this feeling in their down to earth nature and very keen focus on delivering the right service.”

 

French country chic gites

The resort offers six different gites (apartments) all named after wine grape varieties.  The design is what we would call French country ‘chic’ in a simple, child friendly setting. The biggest gites are ideal for multi-generational families and if you really have some cash to blow, you could rent the entire domain which offers you space for around 30 people with 15 bedrooms. Yvan later shows us the pictures of ‘the making of’ and we are stunned by the work it took to accomplish the transformation from a barn / cow shed to these beautiful accommodations.

We stay in Gite Le Grenache with a large 40 sqm terrace complete with outdoor table and chairs for dining or just relaxing, overlooking the vineyard. Our ‘home away from home’ provides a convenient, modern and spotlessly clean bathroom as well as a fully equipped kitchen with all required dishes and cutlery, including a washing machine and an expresso coffee machine. We are also delighted to find a basket full of essentials such as milk, juice and kid’s cereals on arrival. There is a rather big supermarket just a 10-minute drive away if you need resupplying. But given the high quality of meals provided by the chef, there is hardly any need to do any shopping. Fresh baguettes and croissant are delivered in a lovely basket to your gite as ordered the evening before. And there’s a complimentary lunch at the beach club.

 

GASTRONOMY

Not only are we surprised by the wine tasting session on our arrival, but we are also treated to homemade pizza, shared with the other guests in the covered, outdoor lounging area next to the bar. It has the feel of a small French village, complete with century old ‘hackberries’ or nettle trees so typical of the Mediterranean climate. This opportunity to meet and socialise with other guests is again something that really speaks for the small and personal setup of Mas de Thau.

The pizza tastes like heaven and reflects the talent of the Chef. He will suggest two menus for you and more simple options for the children every day. Your meals can either be delivered to your room or you can enjoy eating them on the communal terrace or inside the restaurant. All meals are prepared using fresh and locally sourced ingredients. All food allergies and restrictions are catered for, so also no need for worrying on that front.

“It has the feel of a small French village (…) This opportunity to meet and socialise with other guests is again something that really speaks for the small and personal setup of Mas de Thau.”

 

KIDS PARADISE

The second day there, we are well rested and ready to explore all the things the resort has to offer. There are bikes for children and adults  which you can just grab and use or little scooters if you prefer. There is also a big football field, a trampoline, the bouncing castle and zip line, not to forget all the animals to interact with. The children love the donkeys and chickens and often visit them with some left over food.

The more structured activities revolve around the kids club. Again, this is complimentary and part of the overall Mas de Thau experience. Furthermore, you are entitled to a baby sitting night on Thursday evening in your accommodation by the nannies. What an incredible range of childcare services. Truly impressive!

If you are still not completely rested and recharged, the nannies will pick up the kids from your gite on Friday morning at around 7.00 a.m. for breakfast at the kid’s club, so you can spend the whole morning in bed. Or perhaps go off and explore some of the excellent vineyards in the area. Alternatively, have a relaxing day at the Mas’s onsite Wellness Centre. It boasts a sauna, hammam and beauty treatment rooms. All facilities can be used on request and even massages and beauty treatments can be arranged with enough advanced notice.

The staff are very good with children and gear the activities toward age, so everyone has a good time. Our girls spend some delightful hours playing all kinds of (board) games and making art works. The kids club is fully air-conditioned and even provides a sleeping area for the little ones to have some rest during the activity filled day. On the enclosed terrace, there are some fun outdoor water games to cool off a little during those hazy summer days. One morning our girls, together with the staff, organise a treasure hunt across the resort with all kinds of assignments and questions. Animal loving kids can also go pony riding locally (if it is not to hot). They can do a climbing course or have a go at water-skiing; even small children around the age of four can stand on customised skies while holding on to a horizontal beam that extends above the water while being dragged by a modest speedboat. Fun for everyone!

Older children and teenagers might be interested in joining the free weekly sailing  or windsurf training at the Yachting Club in Meze; or perhaps wake-board training in Kithau in Marseillan; transportation included.

With all these activities on offer, one could almost forget to mention the two, heated swimming pools surrounded by lavender and Mediterranean plants.

“The staff are very good with children and gear the activities toward age, so everyone has a good time.”

 

DISCOVERING THE COUNTRYSIDE

Mas de Thau is at easy distance from beautiful beaches (25 mins) and there are numerous sights and activities to undertake. To start with, we recommend the nearby fishing ports where you can try the huitres gratinee at Meze. Situated on the étang de Thau, Mèze has a historic role as the oyster capital of the area. Its harbour is sometimes called ‘ le petit Saint Tropez’.

For a classical French market, head for the town of Pezenas on Saturday. This is a large market that runs through the center of town with wonderful fruit, veg and fresh herbs, bread and cakes, cheeses, fresh meat, hot food, organic produce and clothes. It is very colorful and vibrant .

A little bit further afield is the highly recommended city of Montpellier, the capital of the Hérault department. The city is situated on hilly ground inland from the Mediterranean coast, on the River Lez.

Finally, we must mention the remarkable village of Saint Guilhem le désert. It is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The most beautiful villages of France”), and the Abbey of Gellone, along with the nearby Pont du Diable were designated UNESCO World Heritages sites in 1999.

Although our girls do not mind visiting the odd cathedral or museum, they of course also like to do activities that are a little more geared to them. So something else we really recommend is the Pedalorail in the little village of Saint Thibéry, 25 minutes from the domain: converted pedal carts (5 seats each) that you pedal down unused rail tracks discovering the beautiful countryside, following the river of Hérault. As an alternative you will find the delightful Parc des Dinosaures close to the town of Meze for a leisurely walk amongst the trees with a great combination of replicas, fossils and historical details. There are also several informative videos as well, with multilingual signs in most areas and a quiz for children for which they get a “diploma” at the end of the day.

 

WOW !

  • The resort has a very sociable feel and the other guests can congregate in the evenings.  Dinner time was a pleasure with an aperitif with fellow guests at 6pm each evening.
  • Mas the Thau puts the family first and the space for children is enormous. The kids club is relaxed and on a drop-in basis with no requirement to make a reservation.
  • And then lastly there is the domain itself which has beautiful views over the area; you really feel in the middle of nowhere, but you are close to charming villages.

Baby club

  • Age: From 3 months
  • Opening hours:
    – Low season: from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 5 P.M.
    – Busy season: on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Rate: Complimentary
  • Lunch: Included every Wednesday in July and August
  • Languages: French ; English

Babysitting

  • Age: From 3 months
  • Opening hours : On Thursday evening and on Friday from 7 A.M.
  • Rate: Complimentary

Check-in/out

  • Check-in: 5 P.M.
  • Check-out: 10 A.M.

Kids' club

  • Age: From 3 to 12 years
  • Opening hours:
    – Low season: from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 5 P.M.
    – Busy season: on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9:30 A.M. to 1 P.M. and from 2:30 P.M. to 5 P.M. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 A.M. to 5 P.M.
  • Rate: Complimentary
  • Lunch: Included every Wednesday in July and August
  • Languages: French ; English

Number of cottages

  • 6 cottages

Seasons and closing dates

  • Closed from the 15th of September to the 30th of April
  • Low season: From 25th May to 29th June 2019; From 31st August to 14th September 2019
  • Busy season: From 1st July to 30th August 2019

Transfers

  • Closest airport: Montpellier
  • Rate: From 100€