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Spring is fabulous in Languedoc, great for walking and cycling. Day time temperatures are rising (26 degrees in April this year) though the nights are still cool. The fields behind the house are crammed with wild flowers and the first signs of the bounty of the countryside are visible. Tables and chairs begin to crowd the pavements and squares, lunch is often an outdoor affair.


The Languedoc enjoys exceptionally good summers, often baking hot from June – August, warm temperatures lasting long into the evening – the time for candle lit dinners on the terrace. The time of year for seas of sunflowers, grapes ripening on the vines, for scrumping figs and herbs from the hedgerows, and for “wild” swimming in the river and lakes.


Autumn is mild and sunny, lovely Indian summer weather. Supper on the terrace is usual towards the end of September and lunch in the square in November. Another lovely season to explore the region avoiding the summer crowds, lower prices for the holiday cottage too. Crisper mornings and beginning to get colder at night. The time for walnuts, sloes, mushrooms in the woods, and for harvesting crops of Sonnac Sur L’Hers apples and pears.


Winters can be wet but are usually short and mild. December – March is the ski season in the Pyrenees, downhill and cross country ski-ing around 40kms from the holiday cottage. The sun is warm, thick stone walls in the square absorbs its heat giving a particularly pleasing radiator effect. Cold at nights, you will appreciate the central heating in the holiday cottage and blazing fire in the bed and breakfast.