Port Rive Gauche

Marseillan, Languedoc, southern France

Fabulous apartments sleeping 2-4, bang on the water in this cute little village - a Languedoc delight

Marseillan is a tiny port that opens onto the Etang de Thau, a vast lagoon which is cut off from the sea by miles and miles of sandy beach. It is one of those lovely places that captures the essence of France so well that arriving here is a little like walking onto the set of an Eric Rohmer film. Vineyards flank the village to the north, a gaggle of sailing boats bob in the harbour, and you can spin over to the beach or potter about on the water. Some excellent local bistros wait on the quayside.

As for Port Rive Gauche, you couldn’t hope for a better base. The 11 gorgeous 2-bedroom apartments stand directly above the water - geese splash down in front of your eyes. They are marvellously versatile: you can use them as a hotel for a few nights and have breakfast delivered, or take them for longer stays and look after yourself. The latter is well worth investigating - not only are the apartments divine, they also come with marvellous kitchens. You’ll find pretty bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and sparkling bathrooms, while windows in the sitting rooms open up to frame huge views of the lagoon. What’s more, all have roof terraces or balconies where you can eat in good weather. You’re bang in the middle of town, yet nicely tucked away, and there’s loads to do, so come for a week and explore magnificent Languedoc.

Guest Ratings

Room:
92%
Food:
80%
Service:
72%
Value:
78%
Overall:
81%

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Reviewed by Tom Bell

Highs

  • Seriously beautiful apartments, all with majestic views over the water and calming, airy décor
  • This pretty village is French to its core, with its small port, bustling quay and bistros selling oysters plucked straight from the Etang de Thau (best eaten with a glass of Noilly Prat, the local brew)
  • The beach 5km away across the water, with its 20km of golden sand. You can also swim in the lagoon from the small beach nearby
  • There are bikes to hire and boats to sail - in good weather, there’s no better way to get about
  • The secure private parking is extremely useful in high season

Lows

  • Construction work is currently in progress next to the apartments, so there may be some noise and disruption
  • All apartments have a single bathroom between 2 bedrooms - fine for families, but not so good for friends
  • The Rive Gauche Apartments have bathtubs only
  • Local shops close on Sundays, even in high season, but Mèze (5km away) has an excellent Sunday market
  • Don't expect 24-hour service: reception is only staffed in for guest arrivals/departures (so not necessarily daily); there’s a phone number for the rest of the time. Daily cleaning is excluded from the normal rates

Ooh la la! J'aime ces appartements!...        

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Save to favouritesPrintMailPort Rive GaucheMarseillan is a tiny port that opens onto the Etang de Thau, a vast lagoon which is cut off from the sea by miles and miles of sandy beach. It is one of those lovely places that captures the essence of France so well that arriving here is a little like walking onto the set of an Eric Rohmer film. Vineyards flank the village to the north, a gaggle of sailing boats bob in the harbour, and you can spin over to the beach or potter about on the water. Some excellent local bistros wait on the quayside. As for Port Rive Gauche, you couldn’t hope for a better base. The 11 gorgeous 2-bedroom [r:FR088:apartments] stand directly above the water - geese splash down in front of your eyes. They are marvellously versatile: you can use them as a hotel for a few nights and have breakfast delivered, or take them for longer stays and look after yourself. The latter is well worth investigating - not only are the apartments divine, they also come with marvellous [eating:FR088:kitchens]. You’ll find pretty bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and sparkling bathrooms, while windows in the sitting rooms open up to frame huge views of the lagoon. What’s more, all have roof terraces or balconies where you can eat in good weather. You’re bang in the middle of town, yet nicely tucked away, and there’s loads to do, so come for a week and explore magnificent Languedoc.

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