The hottest location - in an up-and-coming region
The plot upon which La Baraquette is being built was hotly contested by developers for years, and for good reason - the land rises gently up from the sea, providing some of the most spectacular views in all the Mediterranean.
Situated on the northern edge of Marseillan, a charming and bustling port-village, the villas, apartments and 5-star hotel of the La Baraquette development will occupy land once carpeted in vines. Sitting in your garden or terrace with a glass of rosé, you’ll see the oyster tables stretching across the still, pearlescent waters of the ‘Etang de Thau’ (a salt-water lagoon).
Beyond them the twinkling lights of the port-town of Sète rise from the sea and up the hill of Mont St Claire. Further along the coast lie the pretty villages of Mèze and Bouzigues, both famed for their delicious seafood. And directly across the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon stretch mile upon mile of sandy beaches, peppered with chic beach clubs serving superb food and evening cocktails.
“Like St Tropez probably looked before Brigitte Bardot decided to grace the beach there, Marseillan is staggeringly pretty, with one of the most unspoiled ports in France. You can while away many an afternoon at the Château du Port restaurant, drinking wine and watching the boats go by..... ”
Enjoy real village living
But it’s the estate’s position on the edge of an authentic southern French village that makes it truly unique. La Baraquette has been designed to be an extension of the village, helping to ensure visitors never feel cut of from the richness of the local culture around them. A short stroll will take you to the heart of the old town, with its elegant ‘maisons bourgeoises’, pretty squares, traditional bakeries and church with its towering spire. But it’s the port that really makes Marseillan special. A miniature version of the port of Marseille, its quays are lined on both sides with wonderful restaurants, bars and cafés. There’s nothing quite as magical as eating outside on a warm summer’s day, with the fishing boats and leisure yachts plying in and out and the seagulls darting about overhead.
“Easily accessible from the UK and rich in culture and spectacular scenery, Languedoc-Roussillon is a jewel in southern France's crown.”
Think of it as the 'secret Mediterranean'
Beyond Marseillan, the lagoon and beaches you’ll find all the treasures of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This is the real south of France, a region covered as far as the eye can see with rolling vines and scented ‘garrigue’. More measured development in this part of the country means the local culture and rhythm of life has been largely preserved, in countless wine-villages (often in ‘circulade’ form) with their pretty terracotta rooves, pastel shutters and leafy squares. From the gorgeous seaside town of Collioure close to the Spanish border, to the walled town of Aigues-Mortes not far from Provence in the north, countless fishing villages line the coast, all offering superb seafood and wonderful views. In Languedoc's south, you’ll find Cathar castle ruins from the 11th century clinging to rocky high points and sumptuous abbeys such as Fontfroide just outside Narbonne. In and around Nîmes, the Maison Carée, Les Arènes and massive Pont du Gard represent three of the best examples of Roman buildings in all of Europe. And follow the beautiful and languid Canal du Midi from the coast inland, and you get to Carcassonne, the world’s most spectacular medieval castle, with its fairytale turrets and spires.
“This Cinderella of the south was once over-shadowed by gorgeous Provence and the brash Cote d'Azur. Now, she stands as their equal, displaying a discreet charm that her more-visited siblings lost long ago.”