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Authentically Restored Ancient Roman Village House

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Oct-2016
House in Assignan, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France; peaceful location close to Midi canal, mountains, rivers & the Med sea

La Belle Ancienne (Ancient Beauty) is nestled in the quaint village of Assignan (936 AD), built on a hill near St Chinian, in the heart of a region steeped in history, as well as wine: the Languedoc. Exposed stonework, large wooden beams, a classic winding staircase from cellar to roof terrace, fireplace, marble sink and original tiles preserve the antiquity and charm of its medieval character. Though authentically restored, you will find modern comforts, such as deluxe bedding and towels, French press, flat screen monitor, dvd and quality stereo system. To the north from Assignan, you'll see the Montagne Noire and to the south, the Pyrenees. Wandering through landscapes of vineyards whilst enjoying the scents of lavender, rosemary and thyme, you are on the edge the Parc Natural du Haut Languedoc, with its majestic views. Hiking, cycling, canoeing and horse riding are only a few of the many activities in the area.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in the Pacific Northwest of the US - in Washington State - where the land is lush but completely opposite from the sunny climate in southern France. I wear many hats - most of them connecting to the arts (musician, composer, audio engineer, graphic artist and gardener).

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great holiday and loved the house with all its quirky features. We went out and about every day - there was so much to see and do, but we also loved driving back to Assignan to see the flag waving on top of the castle and knowing that we were back 'home' after our days of adventuring.

Thanks once again for making the whole booking process so easy and stress free.
May 2015
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8 Reviews

5
based on 8 holidaymaker reviews

Leidschendam
5

Great place to stay when visiting the Langeudoc

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at La Belle. The two of us stayed there with our adorable but slightly insane Fox Terrier. The latest improvements made to the place are great. The place offers all the comfort and privacy you need if you simply want to relax in peace and quiet, and yet there is a tapas bar and Thai restaurant within about 50 feet of the front door. The surrounding countryside is beautiful with great walks in the wine farms, hills and forests. Assignan is well placed as the Languedoc beaches are an easy drive away, as well as the cities of Beziers, Narbonne and Carcassonne.

We are sure to be going again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. I am so pleased that you found the upgrades - inside as well as around the little village - to your liking. La Belle Ancienne welcomes you again - anytime! ~ Christine
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5

Enchanting & magical

  • 5 of 5

It was more than we could have dreamt of as far as charm, comfort and truly a magical place to stay! Besides the house, the town, had so many places to hike, bike, walk and explore history with a delightful true country beauty. there were a few lovely looking places to eat, although we preferred the charm of the kitchen and cooking. The terrace has a stunning view and you felt like you were in heaven looking over such magical landscape. I can't WAIT to go back! I would HIGHLY recommend this place, because like us you won't want to leave, and you'll be planning on how soon to get back there!

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci - I am pleased that you enjoyed staying at my home. La Belle Ancienne welcomes you back year round and I am happy to offer return guests a discount as my way of saying, "C'est un plaisir de vous revoir!"
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Münster in Tirol
5

LA BELLE

  • 5 of 5

La Belle is a wonderful charming house! We arrived on Sunday and Manuel the neighbour received us very very nice. He showed us the house and explained everything, about the surroundings, the daily baker who peeps his horn everyday except Monday at the market place at about nine in the morning. La Belle is so nice renovated, that you feel like home in a minute. There is all you need, nothing is missing. The bedrooms, there are two of them, are very comfortable and nice decorated. In the kitchen you finde everything you need and more. The terrace invites you to spend time there in the evening to drink a bottle of a good regional glas of rose wine! You see in everything that the owner loves La Belle and spend a lot of time there! The next city where you can find what you need is St. Chinian. It's about 20 minutes to go. Two days a week there is a market place where you can get fish, vegetables, fruits, meet, clothes soaps and so on. In any case if you love to swim you have to go to Roquebrun, along the river L'ORB there are a lot places to go swimming and to lay in the sun! Absolutely marvellous! The city of Assignan is very clean, little and nice. A place to calm down, you will see!

Thank you Christine for spending our holiday in your wonderful lovely house! Hope we can come again!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Münster in Tirol
5

Summer 2015

  • 5 of 5

La Belle is a wonderful charming house! We felt like at home in one minute! There is everything you need. The bedrooms are big and lovely created. You see that the owner loves the house and loves to spend time at La Belle. The surrounding is lovely and very clean. A bigger city is reachable in 20 minutes where two days a week a market takes place. At Roquebrun (about 40 minutes to go) there is a river called L'ORB where you can swim! An absolutely must! We will come back! Thank you sooooo much, Christine

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Two thumbs up for La Belle Ancienne!!

  • 5 of 5

Two thumbs up for La Belle Ancienne!!

Upon our arrival to La Belle Ancienne we were struck with the beauty of the house. The exterior original stone restoration is absolutely stunning!

Once inside the house we found everything we needed and more. The furniture was comfortable, attractive, and beckoned us to nestle in and stay awhile.

The kitchen was well-equipped with nice touches like copper pans for cooking, both a coffee maker and french press pot, an assortment of cutting knives and baskets holding little things (like cloth napkins) that made me feel right at home.

The little things didn't end with the kitchen. We found plush bath towels, super nice cotton bed linens, and top grade pillows that don’t make your neck ache. These are the details that make a difference for me especially when staying somewhere for a week or more.

The roof terrace was a little piece of heaven with great views and sun-drenched tiles that made sitting out into the evenings a must do and quite comfortable.

We hiked the village and surrounding area and found the first of the spring asparagus that, of course, made its way into an evening meal. Rosemary bushes were everywhere and so fragrant --a simple brush up against one fills the air with the scent of fresh rosemary! What I especially liked about Assignan was the views. The Pyrenees could be seen in the distance and in one place, near the village, I could see the sea.

I don’t often return to places I have already been given I like to have new experiences, meet different people, see new things but I must admit, I will return to La Belle as it met all of our expectations and the listing descriptions were spot on. The property was clean and well maintained, the owner quick to answer questions and she went above and beyond in accommodating our booking.

La Belle Ancienne is a place that beckons you back with its comfort and laid-back atmosphere. That said, a resounding 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars for this little gem!

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Two thumbs up for La Belle Ancienne!!

  • 5 of 5

Two thumbs up for La Belle Ancienne!!

Upon our arrival to La Belle Ancienne we were struck with the beauty of the house. The exterior original stone restoration is absolutely stunning!

Once inside the house we found everything we needed and more. The furniture was comfortable, attractive, and beckoned us to nestle in and stay awhile.

The kitchen was well-equipped with nice touches like copper pans for cooking, both a coffee maker and french press pot, an assortment of cutting knives and baskets holding little things (like cloth napkins) that made me feel right at home.

The little things didn't end with the kitchen. We found plush bath towels, cotton bed linens, and top grade pillows that don’t make your neck ache. These are the details that make a difference for me especially when staying somewhere for a week or more.

The roof terrace was a little piece of heaven with great views and sun-drenched tiles that made sitting out into the evenings quite comfortable.

We hiked the village and surrounding area and found the first of the spring asparagus that, of course, made its way into our evening meal. Rosemary bushes were everywhere and so fragrant --a simple brush up against one fills the air with the scent of fresh rosemary! What I especially liked about Assignan was the views. The Pyrenees could be seen in the distance and in one place, near the village, I could see the sea.

I don’t often return to places I have already been given I like to have new experiences, meet different people, see new things but I must admit, I will return to La Belle as it met all of our expectations and the listing descriptions were spot on. The property was clean and well maintained, the owner quick to answer questions and she went above and beyond in accommodating our booking.

La Belle Ancienne is a place that beckons you back with its comfort and laid-back atmosphere. That said, a resounding 2 Thumbs Up and 5 Stars for this little gem!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Being a musician allows me the freedom to travel extensively on my own time and initially provided the impetus to find this lovely retreat in the south of France. The people here are so warm and friendly; the language is beautiful; the scenery is spectacular; the history is amazing; the food superb... I could go on and on! I chose Assignan because of its tranquility. The village, which sits high on a hill, has an energy that I find easy to create in. I can understand why some of the great artists came to the Languedoc - it is a magical place indeed.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Every season has something to offer as far as special interests. There are two main festivals in the village each year (on New Year's Eve and in July) where everyone is welcome for food, wine and merriment!

In September there is Renaissance Festival in the nearby village of Olargues.

Marie (who lives nearby) gives private walking/hiking tours in the surrounding countryside.

You will find horseback riding only minutes away from La Belle Ancienne, day trips on the Midi Canal and many other special interests which can be further investigated by a trip to St Chinian's Centre of Tourism, a ten minute drive from Assignan.

Coast/Beach:

The Mediterranean Sea is only a 45 minute drive on excellent roads from Assignan. Other beaches nearby include Valras plage, Marseillan plage and Cap d'Agde.

As far as river swimming (which is wonderfully refreshing), the Orb is close by and an excellent place for a swim or canoe trip. While hiking around the area you may just find yourself wading in a clear stream along southern France's many natural wonders.

Travel:

International airports are within easy driving distance to Assignan: Beziers, (45 minutes east), Carcassonne (50 minutes southwest). Montpellier (1 hour northeast). Perpignan (1.5 hours south). Toulouse (2 hours northwest). Barcelona (3 hours south).

Also, there is an excellent railway system (SNCF) with TGV connections (super-fast trains) from Paris and beyond to Beziers and Narbonne (both 30 minutes from Assignan). Car hire is highly recommended.

Distances:

In about a 20 minute drive you can find: St Jean de-Minervois (home to the famous white Muscat wine). Bize-Minervois (hosting some of the region's nicest restaurants). Minerve (visible in a ruined 13th century fortress). Canal du Midi (a colossal seventeenth century achievement). Roquebrun (Canoe/kayak down the river Orb).

Carcassonne (known for its medieval-walled city) is less than 1 hr away.

Further Details:

St Chinian (shopping, major market town) is 10 minutes down the hill you will find shops of all kinds, bars and restaurants, banks, supermarket, petrol stations, etc. A delightful Provencal-style market is held every Thursday and Sunday morning under the plane trees in the centre of this lively little town .You'll find fresh local produce - from fruits, vegetables, teas, soaps and spices, to jams, honey and olives, several varieties of breads and cheese, meats and fish, as well as clothing and unique handcrafted gifts.

For an alternative mode of transportation, bicycle hire is available in the village. Sports enthusiasts will also appreciate St Chinian's modern municipal swimming pool with solarium terrace and tennis courts.

Beziers and Narbonne (both a half hour drive) are cities steeped in history and certainly worth a visit. Beziers encompasses a medieval village built in a circular shape around a little hill with its castle looking down on it. Be sure to check out the Tourism Office in St Chinian for things to see and do during the time you are visiting. Bon voyage!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Winter
29 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£293
for 7 nights
£293
 
 
Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£410
for 7 nights
£410
 
 
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£456
for 7 nights
£456
 
 
Peak
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£511
for 7 nights
£511
 
 
Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£456
for 7 nights
£456
 
 
Late Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£410
for 7 nights
£410
 
 
Winter
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
£293
for 7 nights
£293
 

Additional pricing information

Laundry and final clean £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £126

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
All seasons include utilities (electricity, wood, gas and internet) except low season, when electricity and wood is charged upon usage.
Arrival after 4pm with departure by 10am to allow for proper cleaning between rentals.
See website (LaBelleAncienne.com) for last minute specials.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

When stepping outside the house you only need to walk a few minutes to be in the beauty of the countryside; the many vineyards that surround Assignan go in every direction. You can find dolmens and other ancient artifacts along your journey whilst catching a spectacular view of the Pyrenees or Montagne Noire. The village itself boasts five 'caves' - two being organically produced.

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • village

Attractions

  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Removeable + fixed shower heads. Good water flow!
  • Totally renovated.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2-4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is furnished with a double bed, built-in armoire, antique chest of drawers and wall mirror. Bedroom 2 has sofa bed with double-sized mattress, 2 built-in closets w/drawers, wall mirrors, comfy wicker chair, reading lamps and stands. This room also doubles as an entertainment center (flat screen) for watching DVD's, high fidelity stereo system for listening to CD's or radio. Several books, movies and music are available for viewing. Both beds have high quality linens, comforters and pillows.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Deluxe linens, bedding and towels included. Both bedrooms have French windows facing the afternoon sunshine. The dining room area also has French windows, providing an abundance of fresh circulation and natural light. Open spiral staircase leads to newly remodeled roof terrace - a highlight indeed. Fantastic view of the countryside and spectacular evening skies. You'll find unique features in every room of La Belle Ancienne. No smoking please. Outside: A nice place to relax, soak up some private rays, enjoy a meal is on the newly remodeled roof terrace. It comes furnished with a patio table, parasol and chairs, and a small Weber cooker for barbecues. Utility Room: Utility room lies on the entrance floor and holds wood for the dining room wood stove as well as washing machine and table for laundry. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Deluxe linens and towels are provided for each guest. Manuel will greet you in fluent French, English or Portuguese. Marie cleans after guests have left and checks the house before guests arrive. Other: Spacious dining room off kitchen has lovely oak table with bench and chairs. Sit near the French mantle fireplace and watch the flames in the new pyramid wood stove.

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