Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Le Chai and its sister house, La Cachette, are two properties situated next to each other in the heart of small traditional French village, Bize Minervois. Bize is in the Minervois appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) wine region, with river swimming available and three great restaurants within five minutes walking distance. So great food, great wine and a great way to work it all off!
Bize is a picturesque small village with a population of just over 1,000 situated on the edge of the Languedoc National Regional Park. Parts of the village are very old, with the occasional tower or turret still remaining and both Prehistoric and Gallo-Roman remains have been identified close by. In medieval times, the village used to be completely walled and one of the original village great gateways still remains.
Bize is a perfect place for a restful holiday with a good range of local amenities. Bize itself has three excellent restaurants and a cafe bar/pizzaria. There is a mini market, two bakers, a chemist, two hairdressers, a beauty parlour, and a taxi office. There is even a mini cinema in the village hall. There is also a medical centre and a post office. The main attraction in Bize is the river swimming available in the centre of the village, which has a lifeguard during July and August. In July each year, there are festivities and fireworks for Bastille Day, followed the next weekend by the annual Olive festival.
The sub commune of Bize, Cabezac, which is only a mile away, has another two quality restaurants, another cafe bar (which has an Oyster man visit two evenings a week), and an excellent pizza takeaway. There is also a famous traditional olive oil factory which has won numerous Paris awards and is always full of tourists who come from miles away. The olives are gorgeous! By the end of summer 2013 there will also be a new supermarket here.
Le Chai (roughly translates as 'wine cellar'), as in the past was the barn of a small village wine-maker, with La Cachette (roughly translates as the 'little hideaway') being the small house the wine-makers lived in. Le Chai is estimated to be about 300 years old and and accommodates 4 people on three floors.
On the ground floor is the double bedroom with an en-suite, and well equipped kitchen / dining area. On the second floor is a twin room and bathroom, with the third floor having a sun room and roof terrace, which overlooks the 18th century village church.
We hope you will want to come and stay in Le Chai or La Cachette and experience all that Bize Minervois and the surrounding area has to offer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Narbonne-Plage, St Pierre, and Gruissan 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carcassonne, Perpignan, and Bezier 50 km, Nearest railway: Narbonne 21 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
Bize Minervois is situated in the Department of Aude just south of the Black Mountains & the Languedoc Regional National Park, on the edge of the flat plain of the Minervois wine region, and close to the famous Canal du Midi.
The Mediterranean beach resorts of Narbonne Plage and Gruissan are only 40 minutes away. The Pyrenees Mountains and the Spanish border are less than a 2 hour drive. The new bridge at Millau in the Cervennes Mountains is just under two hours away.
The area is also famous as Cathar country, a history and people made famous due to a crusade against the local religion by the catholic church back in the year 1209. There are a number of magnificent Cathar fortresses close by such as Minerve, La Cité at Carcassonne, the castles of Quéribus, Montsegur, Lastours and Peyrepertuse, to name a few.
Local towns are Narbonne (20 mins away), Beziers (30 mins away), Carcassonne and Perpignan (1 hour away).
Bize is in the wine region of Minervois, famous for its quality AOC wines. Minervois as an AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée) wine region has the honour of a premium AOC classification at La Livinière. The surrounding area is famous for the Minervois wine, with the Corbières, St Chinian, & Jean de Minervois (famous for sweet desert wine) wine regions also close by. Olives are also a local product & there is a local Olive Oil factory which has won many awards for its oil products, with the shop attached selling a variety of olive oil based & other local products.
The famous Canal du Midi stretching from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic runs within a mile of the village and is ideal for walks, cycling or boating.
Most villages have a fete (festival) at some time during the year, usually to celebrate something produced locally. Bize have their "Fete de Olivier" (olive festival) usually the weekend after Bastille Day on 14th July. Varied events happen in the village during this period of time, which include a motorcycle display, local produce market, live music in the main square, a mass village dinner, and two nights of very impressive firework displays.