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Excellent 5/5 Score from 6 reviews

Bize-Minervois Natural Swimming Pool, 3 mins walk from House

House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Spacious house situated in charming medieval village. Large garden. Sleeps 6 - 8. Swimming in the dammed River Cesse is 3 minutes walk. 35 minutes to Mediterranean Sea.

You enter the walled front garden past flower beds planted with roses and honeysuckle onto the patio, perfect for alfresco dining and shaded by a plane tree and vine with stone steps up to the back garden. There is also a portable barbecue available.

The back garden has a shaded gazebo and lawns for sunbathing, a comfortable hammock, space for the paddling pool and is filled with mediterranean plants - lavender, mimosa, hibiscus, and various fig and olive trees.

The house is arranged predominantly over the ground floor.

The open plan sitting room is entered through a porch, good for storing sandy beach clothes. It has a high, wood-beamed ceiling, large open fireplace, coffee table, armchair and sofa

A wide archway connects the adjoining dining room which has a table to seat 8 people

off which is the kitchen, overlooking the front garden

Turning right at the front door is a second sitting room or television room. This room has a TV with free to air French and English satellite programs, DVD player (with films available to hire from "Utile" around the corner) and a pull out sofa bed. It makes a good children's bedroom, if needed, with room for a second bed. There is a staircase to an upstairs double bedroom and en-suite shower room with basin, bidet and toilet, it also has its own terrace, running the length of the house

Through the sitting room is a corridor off which are the separate WC

a bathroom with shower over bath, basin and bidet

a laundry room

a twin bedroom with separate dressing room and

a double bedroom with additional space for a single bed or cot

Bize-Minervious is a gem of a village set amongst the olive groves and vineyards of the Minervois wine region that lie between the foothills of the Black Mountains and the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. Amongst its narrow mediaeval streets you will find three restaurants, a baker, cafe, bar, two grocers, a newsagent as well as a pharmacy, doctor, dentist and hairdresser and there is a market every Wednesday morning. The river Cesse flows through it and is dammed to produce a clean, natural swimming pool which has lifeguards in the Summer.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Narbonne 40 km
Nearest Amenities 200 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden

Bize-Minervois

Apart from the river swimming in the village, you can also swim at Roquebrun, Lagrasse or at the beaches of the Mediterranean all 30 to 45 minutes drive.

The Canal du Midi is 10 kms away and is great for cycling and walking as well as boating.

Narbonne's covered market is a must see for food lovers and there are excellent restaurants in many of the villages dotted around.

You are surrounded by vineyards of the renowned Minervois Appellation so there are plenty of tasting opportunities, starting at the village square. The whole area is steeped in history with mediaeval castles, abbeys, churches, villages and cities from the Roman, Cathar and Wars of religion periods. Particular favorites are Minerve (15 kms) and the sculptures at the heptagonal 11th-century church at Rieux.

Even Spain is only a day trip with the autoroute. For a fuller view of what can be found in the area search for Languedoc-France.

Activities near by

Ballooning, Bird Watching, Boating, Boules, Canoeing, Caving, Cycling, Drawing and painting, Fishing, Flying, Golf, Gourmet dining, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Paragliding, Photography, Pottery, Rambling, Riverside activities, Rock climbing, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Sea excursions, Shopping, Sightseeing, Skiing, Snorkelling, Swimming, Tennis, Theme parks, Walking, Water skiing, Water sports, White water rafting, Wind Surfing, Wine tasting, Wine touring

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17 Sep 2014

5/5

"Great house in an amazing location"

My wife and I travelled with our almost-two year old daughter and had a fantastic experience. The house was great for a small child as we could 'live' entirely on a single floor. The garde… More

22 Aug 2014

5/5

"Charming holiday rental"

Really great find, stone village house, which is more of a home than soulless holiday rental. We are a family of 5 and there was plenty of space for us. If you're wanting modern luxury then it ma… More

23 Sep 2013

5/5

"Staying here is a wonderful village experience in the heart of beautiful Languedoc"

This is a delightful house. It is set in an idyllic village where you are at the heart of the community. Each day a walk to the boulangerie for freshly baked bread is a wonderful way to start the day.… More

4 Sep 2013

5/5

"Lovely house, garden and village with superb river swimming"

It really was perfect for us. It was the river swimming that attracted us and it didn't disappoint. It was lovely to have that so close at hand and the lakes nearby and the river at Roquebrun and… More

27 Jul 2013

3/5

"Ok - although not as comfortable as we'd have liked and a real hassle sending keys back"

We stayed in this gite in July 2013. The gite is ok but not one of the best places that we have ever stayed and is a bit old fashioned in decor and quite dark heavy decor! Kitchen is basic and can co… More

We are sorry you didn't enjoy your holiday.

Regarding the points you raised, when you arrived in the garden only the hammock would have been left out because the irrigation comes on at night but there were both cushions for the garden chairs and sun loungers available to you. A certain amount of initiative is needed to either look about for them (they are in an outhouse) or to read the Visitors Notes in the house, or the copy you had been sent.

You only had 2 personal emails before you went, one to ask how many bedrooms the 2 of you wanted made up and another with the Visitors Notes, a map of the Village and very detailed directions attached for you to print off. 

You yourselves generated the email traffic after your stay by not leaving the money for the cleaner and your issues with returning the keys. 

Our long key for the thick wooden exterior gates doesn't fit into a key safe like ones you may have used before, if posting keys back is an issue for potential future guests we can always arrange for the cleaner to meet you and let you in, however no one has ever found it so stressful before.

Perhaps even the Mediterranean sun in a beautiful medieval village can't warm every heart! 

26 May 2013

5/5

"Outstanding!!"

What an outstanding place to stay. All the comforts of home - dishwasher, washing machine, etc - with all the extras of a holiday home - superb patios and garden, etc. There is nothing this place has … More

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Languages spoken
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  • French
  • Spanish

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