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This exclusively gay Mediterranean oasis is your home away from home

This exclusively gay Mediterranean oasis is your home away from home

House-shares on Fire Island and the Hamptons have nothing on Cinq & Sept, an 1800s Italian-style villa reimagined by a British gay couple to create an attractive and convivial haven for the LGBTI community to truly feel at home.

As the opening credits to Golden Girls and Friends prove, sometimes, life is better with a group of your best mates around.

With Cinq & Sept you can book out a private home in the Mediterranean with your friends, or just book one of the six suites and mingle with a new group of people.

The six luxury apartments (five self-catering suites and one room) exclusively for a gay and lesbian clientele, and accompanying amenities, are ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings (since France approved gay marriage this year), weekends away or any other social gathering worth spending with your best and finest under one roof.

There’s no soiree you can think up that Cinq & Sept can’t accommodate, from pool parties to breakfast in bed, and with the winemaking region of southern France at your doorstep, the possibilities for activities are endless regardless of the time of year.

A short 25 minutes away from the beaches of the Mediterranean, 50 minutes from the city of Montpellier and 2.5 hours from slopes, Cinq & Sept is the perfect way to explore and make yourself at home in the south of France.

For the ultimate dinner party: there’s no better setting for an exquisite meal then Cinq et Sept’s large private garden under the clear starry skies of the Languedoc.

Whether you feel like cooking up a storm yourself in your suite’s private kitchen or wouldn’t mind a Michelin-star chef plating local specialties for you, the private outdoor dining area is a blank canvas with potential for extravagant meals.

Europe’s most exclusive pool party: From the beginning of May to the end of September, Cinq & Sept’s heated swimming pool becomes a sunning oasis.

The stone pool was built with a ‘sitting ledge’ so you can bask in the sun half-immersed in water.

Situated in the middle of the secluded courtyard just a few steps from every suite, the pool comes equipped with loungers and complimentary towels for all.

A new pool bathroom was completed this year for added convenience and the summer kitchen lounge area with its stocked fridge and comfy sofas, ensures that all your needs are met.

Breakfast in bed: All five suites at Cinq & Sept come with a fully equipped kitchen, allowing guests to enjoy breakfast in bed, if desired. The chapel suite is the only one of Cinq & Sept’s suites not equipped with a kitchen. Yet the room with vaulted ceiling, in what was the building’s private chapel, opens on to the ideal breakfast spot: a first-floor terrace overlooking green rolling vineyards.

Breakfast is included in the Chapel Suite, which sleeps two, and has a tub that also comes with a view across the plains of the rolling vineyards beyond.

Picnic in the fields: Why keep the party in the house? Cinq & Sept can organise a picnic lunch complete with wine tastings and locally sourced treats.

Whether you are leaning toward a romantic picnic for two or two courses for a group of 12, a picnic in the surrounding French vineyards of the house could be the most underrated meal of the year.

A wedding in France: Now that France has legalised same-sex marriage, you don’t need a gay venue for your ceremony, but why not work with a space that’s been supporting the LGBTI community from the beginning?

Cinq & Sept’s six suites accommodate a total of 12 people, while the grounds are expansive enough to welcome an intimate number of guests.

The stone-carved columns, banisters and facades are ideal for dressing up in your dream wedding.

Until you start planning your wedding on the pool party of the year, Cinq et Sept has teamed up with quintessentially British menswear brand James Tudor to offer a swimwear competition: One lucky winner will receive seven James Tudor swimsuits. Visit the Cinq et Sept website to enter.