House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 20km

We invite you to come and enjoy a relaxing holiday in Nizas- a tiny, charming and ancient village in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon, sunny wine country. The three-bedroom home is a beautifully restored, two-hundred-year-old “maison de village”, situated literally a stone's throw away from a medieval church, a château, a wine bar, a corner store and of course, the lovely surrounding hills which are lined with the fruit of the local wine growers. Three beautiful bedrooms, large living space, lovely sunny terrace, smaller courtyard with barbecue, modern kitchen and bathroom (toilets on all three levels). Whether it be inside or out on the terrace, there is plenty of space for you to relax and be at home. All modern conveniences such as washing machine, dishwasher and microwave are available for use as well as high-speed internet, large TV, DVD player. Fresh linen and towels also provided.

To do and to see

We recommend the markets, cafés, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and shops in Pézenas (10-minute drive), which is famous for its brocantes and lively art and music scene. All summer long the local wineries organise “Les Estivales” in Pezenas on Friday nights (8pm - midnight) with 1 euro wine tasting - http://estivalesdepezenas.com/

There are over a dozen different wineries accessible within a 30 minute drive around Nizas. A couple of them (Nizas, Fontes, Néffiés, Caux and Pezenas).

Our pick of local beaches, rivers, lakes, canals, barrages:

- Tamarissière Beach- a local favourite, Lac du Salagou (go to the presque isle for the best swimming spots) and Barrage des Olivettes (great for a swim and there's a beautiful picnic area with barbecues) which are each within a 30 min radius of Nizas by car;

- The Etang de Thau where you can enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and even scuba diving in Sète, Marseillan and Mèze (30 minute drive);

- Hérault river at Cazouls-d'Hérault for a dip (20 minute easy bike ride or 2 minutes drive);

- Abbaye de Gellone at Saint Guilhem le Désert (40 minutes drive) is one of Languedoc's gems. It has been awarded the “most beautiful villages of France” label. The Abbey is also classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site by virtue of its position on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, as is the nearby Pont du Diable bridge, considered to be one of the oldest medieval bridges in France;

- Cirque de Mourèze (30 minutes drive) and its medieval village;

- 1 hour drive away but not to be missed is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site, the "Grand Site du Cirque de Navacelles". It gets pretty busy in summer so go early if you can;

- Le Canal du midi (Le Somail) direction Carcassonne (1 hour drive).

Cafés, restaurants, bars, brocantes, fresh food markets, art galleries and wine-tasting in nearby Pézenas and surrounding villages of Néffiés, Fontés and Caux. Randonnées, VTT, swimming and fishing: plenty of beaches, rivers, lakes, canals, barrages, and vineyards and national parks to explore in close proximity (within half an hour's drive). The village of Nizas has a tennis court for hire as well as a free basketball court, ping pong table and children's playground.

We recommend the markets, cafés, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and shops in Pézenas (10-minute drive), which is famous for its brocantes and lively art and music scene. All summer long the local winneries organise “Les Estivales” in Pezenas on Friday nights (8pm - midnight) with 1 euro wine tasting - http://estivalesdepezenas.com/

The vibrant city of Montpellier is just a 45-minute drive or just over an hour by bus from Nizas. Two buses pass through Nizas to Pézenas daily (except Sundays and public holidays).

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Meze 20 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Béziers 30 km, Nearest railway: Agde, Montpellier St Roch
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Parking

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Languedoc Roussillon is a sun-drenched region which stretches from to the Méditerranean sea.

The vibrant city of Montpellier is just a 45-minute drive or just over an hour by bus from Nizas. Two buses pass through Nizas to Pézenas daily (except Sundays and public holidays).

Our pick of local beaches, rivers, lakes, canals, barrages:

- Tamarissière Beach, Lac du Salagou (go to the presque isle for the best spots) and Barrage des Olivettes which are each within a 30 min radius of Nizas by car;

- The Etang de Thau where you can enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and even scuba diving in Sète, Marseillan and Mèze (30 minute drive);

- Hérault river at Cazouls-d'Hérault for a dip (20 minute easy bike ride or 2 minutes drive);

- Abbaye de Gellone at Saint Guilhem le Désert (40 minutes drive) is one of Languedoc's gems. It has been awarded the “most beautiful villages of France” label. The Abbey is also classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site by virtue of its position on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, as is the nearby Pont du Diable bridge, considered to be one of the oldest medieval bridges in France;

- Cirque de Mourèze (30 minutes drive) and its medieval village;

- 1 hour drive away but not to be missed is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site, the "Grand Site du Cirque de Navacelles". It gets pretty busy in summer so go early if you can;

- Le Canal du midi (Le Somail) direction Carcassonne (1 hour drive).

Pezenas

Nizas is a tiny, charming and ancient village with a tiny population of 500 to match. It is home to a stunning medieval church, an ancient château, a French corner store and of course, the lovely surrounding hills which are lined with the fruit of the local wine growers. These wines can be sampled at the wine bar in the main place, which is run owned by a local vigneron.

There is over a dozen different wineries accessible within a 30 minute drive around Nizas. A couple of them (Nizas, Fontes, Pezenas) close enough that you can ride your bike there (safer!).

We also recommend the markets, cafés, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and shops in Pézenas (10-minute drive), which is famous for its brocantes and lively art and music scene. All summer long the local wineries organise “Les Estivales” in Pezenas on Friday nights (8pm - midnight) with 1 euro wine tasting - http://estivalesdepezenas.com/

A minute's walk from the house, you will find a public basketball court, an outdoor ping pong table and a boules court where you can join the locals for dinner and a game of pétanque every Wednesday evening during summer. There is also a tennis court for hire.

If you enjoy strolling, take a simple wander through and around the hills in any direction for however long and you will not be disappointed - stunning, vineyard landscapes at every turn. Wildlife sightings are frequent so keep an eye open for quails, pheasants and partridges who all love pecking through the vineyards.

Cycling

The house comes with 4 bikes for you to use (2 high end mountain bikes, 1 smaller low end mountain bike and 1 Peugeot “all road” country bike with a basket). If you need more bikes (or more specialised models) the Decathlon store in Montpellier (45 minutes drive - 1072 Avenue Georges Méliès Zone commerciale Odysseum) does all sorts of rentals. There are over 130 kms of sign-posted mountain biking trails for all levels starting directly from Nizas (+ an extra 110 kms starting from Bessilles - 15 minutes drive). This is a great way to experience the countryside and surrounding villages.

Cycling on the VTT-FFC track #10 via Pezenas is a great relaxed half-day trip (45km return) through the fields and vineyards. Stop over in Pezenas for French cuisine at Le Conti (27 rue Conti), Les Palmiers (10 Bis Rue Mercière) or sushi at Hana Sushi (1 rue Aristide Rouziere) and follow up with ice creams at Les Glaces De Sophie (16 rue Francois Oustrin, Place Gambetta) before heading back to Nizas.