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Gite | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Car advised

Bize is located at the foot of the Black Mountains and is within easy reach of the beaches of the Mediterranean, La Cité at Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers and many other areas of interest. The house is available to rent all year round. It is located a stone's throw from the main street, and is just a few minutes away from the swimming pool at the river.

During the peak season (July and August), rentals are from Saturday to Saturday. Negotiable dates at other times of the year.

The house:

GROUND FLOOR: Entry, hallway, large well-equipped kitchen/dining room, including dishwasher and washing machine, roomy and comfortable lounge room with TV (English-language channels), shower room and WC.

FIRST FLOOR: First floor, 3 double bedrooms, 2 extra bedrooms – two single beds in each, large sitting room, a balcony with seating leads off the sitting room and overlooks the courtyard, main bathroom, separate toilet

The owner lives in a smaller residence at the rear of the property - totally separate and detached from the main house - and is on hand for any questions you may have, or to assist you in any way possible.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Access Car advised
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General CD player, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Here are a few things to see and do in Bize-Minervois itself – and the immediate surrounding area.

Horse Riding

The beautiful hills around Bize are ideal for horse riding – there are two equestrian clubs close by:

Les Appaloosas du Pech

Equestrian Club at Ginestas

Bike Riding

The countryside around Bize is ideal for bicycle riding, and the Canal du Midi is only a few kilometres from here. If you don't have your own bikes, they can be hired and delivered to you for free.

Melow Velos, 3 Place de l'eglise, 11200 Paraza

Ph: 04 68 43 38 21 or 06 50 50 01 49

www.mellowvelos.com

The Olive Factory

L'oulibo Olive Co-operative is at Cabezac, just 2km down the road from Bize. Here you can taste all the different types of olives and olive oils which they produce, the buttery flavoured "lucques" being one of the favourites. There is also a large gift shop where you can buy olives, olive oil and a huge range of products, household goods and souvenirs from the region. Tours can be arranged.

Bize Market Day

Held every Wednesday morning 10.00am to 12 noon – on the promenade. A variety of stalls – not always the same – comprising fruit/vegetables, clothing, bread, cheese, a fish van, shoes, flowers/plants, etc.

Amphoralis

At the village of Sallèles d'Aude – a museum of Gallo-Roman pottery located on the excavation site at Sallèles d'Aude, not far from the Canal du Midi. It overlooks the excavated remains of Roman ceramics workshops dating from the 1st to the 3rd centuries A.D. Roof tiles were made here, along with a variety of pots, including amphorae.

From April to June

Open Tuesday to Friday from 14h to 18h

Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12pm and from 14h to 18h

From 1 July to 30 September

Open 7 days / 7, from 10am to 12pm and from 15h to 19h

Reservations for group tours can be arranged all year round.

Closed on May 1, special opening Monday of Easter and Pentecost

Cinema

The cinema in Bize shows a movie once a week. Dates and details of the movie are shown on the billboard outside the Biblioteque (Library) which is just up the road from the house (opposite the Tabac).

Oysters at Cabezac

There is a bar and a restaurant (a ‘routier’) in the hamlet of Cabezac – 2 kilometres from Bize. If you like oysters – this is the place to go on a Wednesday or Friday evening – about 6.00 or 6.30. The oyster man sets up his stall on the outside seating area, and you order however many you want, they’re opened and brought to your table. For those who don’t want oysters, there’s a little pizza bar just metres around the corner (part of the same building) and the pizzas can be eaten in the bar.

Oppidum d'Enserune and Lake Montady

The Oppidum d'Ensérune is an ancient hill-town (or oppidum) near the village of Nissan-lez-Ensérune, close to the Canal du Midi. The settlement was occupied without interruption between the 6th century BC and 1st century AD, its location being chosen presumably because it was a hill with good views over the coastal plain, being close to the Roman road Via Domitia, the Montady lake, and fertile agricultural land below.

There is a museum on the site which offers a display of some of the finds on the site, as well as giving more information about the fort and the field system. Being built on a high hill, there is a wonderful view across the plains, and you can look down onto the Étang de Montady, the "pond of Montady". The field plots are of a triangular configuration due to the radial lines from the center. The fact that the drain for Montady went through Malpas encouraged Pierre-Paul Riquet, the designer of the Canal du Midi, that he could build a tunnel through the same hill for his canal.

Goat Cheese Farm

La Ferme De Combebelle – a short drive from Bize.

Visiting times: 1 March to 30 October: the goat farm is open daily from 1030 to 1200 and from 1600 to 1900 except Monday afternoon. It is open on Sundays and holidays at the same times. To be sure to see the goats, you are advised to arrive shortly before 1700 for the return of the flock and to watch the milking. You can taste and buy the cheeses and a small range of local produce in the farm shop. Good for children.

Hat Museum / Musee du chapellerie

A small quirky museum, on your left on the road to Narbonne, about 5 kms from Bize.

6500 hats and associated hat-making equipment are on display. The collection spans the period from 1850 to the present day and includes military and ecclesiastical headgear, tradition, costume and contemporary hats. Also sells a range of new hats.

Old Book Shop – Le Someil

le Trouve Tout du Livre – a treasure-trove of old out-of-print books, posters, etc. Le Someil is a delightful village on the Canal du Midi, about 5 km from Bize. A ‘must-see’, as is a visit to the book shop. A step back in time.

European Centre of Patchwork

If you’re into quilting, then this place is definitely worth a visit. Learn all about the history of patchwork – there are some fabulous displays, in a converted wine cave dating from the 19th century. There are also contemporary artworks on the second story. Address:The village of Salleles d’Aude (about 10 mins from Bize), 32 quai de Lorraine (alongside the Canal du Midi).

Bird Watching in the Languedoc

The Languedoc is an ideal area for bird-watching – one of the most diverse regionsin Europe.

Bize-Minervois

A natural swimming pool has been created within the bed of the river. There is a grassed area and a pebbled ‘beach’ with a life guard on duty between 1.30 pm and 7 pm every day during the summer months. The water is tested by the local authorities and is constantly being refreshed as the river flows downstream.

The village is very well serviced. It has:

• 3 restaurants • 2 general stores • 2 hair salons • wine shop • butcher • post office • café/bar • excellent bakery • pharmacy • beautician • local cinema in the village hall • medical centre • small local market each Wednesday

All are within a few minutes’ walk of the house.

At one time, the hills surrounding Bize were famous for growing garlic. Now these terraces are overgrown, returned to woodland or put to use as vineyards.

The river was used to power the mill at the Logis de Colbert - a factory that produced flags and textiles for Louis XVII. At the centre of the walled village is the church that dates back to the 13th century.

The Surrounding Area

2 kilometres from Bize, just off the main road between Beziers and Carcassonne, you will find l’Oulibo, a cooperative that produces some of the best olives and olive oils in France.

Bize is part of the Minervois region that includes the village of Minerve 10kms to the north which was the site of a famous siege by Simon de Montfort and the consequent martyrdom of the Cathars.

Nearby are Beziers (35 minutes) and Narbonne (25 minutes) with cathedrals, excellent markets, shops, museums, and much more.

Ten minutes drive further are the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean that run from Cap d'Agde to Gruissan, and further north and south. Bize Minervois is situated just south of the Black Mountains and the Languedoc Regional National Park, on the edge of the flat plain of the Minervois wine region. It is only a few kilometres from the Canal du Midi which meanders through the countryside until it reaches the Mediterranean at Sete.

The Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish border are less than a 2 hour drive. The new bridge at Millau is under two hours away.

The Languedoc is an ideal area for bird-watching – one of the most diverse regions in Europe.

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