La Placette

  • Bizanet Self Catering
  • Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
  • €400 to €600 per week

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Do you want to experience the French way of life in the Midi in an authentic Mediterranean atmosphere? Then La Placette is the ideal place for you, where the French lady owner will be happy to welcome you.

La Placette is a traditional stone house with shuttered windows in the heart of the village of Bizanet. It is about 250 years old and is situated in a quiet lane opposite a "placette" with benches and a mulberry tree. It has been recently restored with loving care to the last detail keeping the character of the past centuries.

The typical elements of the architecture of rural Languedoc (exposed stones and beams, ancient stone sink, terracotta paved floors, ancient fireplaces) give the house its is completely antique furnished exclusively with furniture of old Languedoc and decorated with taste.

The Accommodation

First, you enter the kitchen/dining room and the living room with their exposed stone walls and beams and their two open fire places in pure Languedoc style.

The modern fitted kitchen has a ceramic hob, oven with grill, extractor hood, coffee machine and many cooking utensils. The fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, toaster and iron are in the utility room next to it.

In the living room you will find guide books, walking guides and road maps for the region and the Corbières, documentation about cultural events - as well as French, English and German literature.

Up the curving staircase, you come to the first floor with the bedrooms, one of them with a French bed with an en-suite toilet room (with washbasin, toilet and storage space), the other one has a cosy "alcove" with single beds. The bathroom on the same floor has lots of character with its cast iron bath tub. It also has a toilet, an extra shower and a washbasin.

Another flight of stairs leads to the second floor with the fully equipped summer kitchen with fridge, two electric cooking plates, coffee machine and sink, which opens directly onto the wonderful roof terrace.

Most of the year, the roof terrace, overlooking the tiled roofs of Bizanet, is the "place to stay". It is complete with original wrought iron tables and chairs, deckchairs, a parasol and a barbecue. For your pleasure, all the Mediterranean plants (bougainvillea, pomegranate, lemon plant, pine trees, jasmine,) are automatically watered.

Even in wintertime, it is very sunny and sheltered and is just inviting you for relaxing, enjoying your al fresco Mediterranean meals, tasting the Corbières wines.

Area information

Bizanet is a peaceful medieval winegrowers village surrounded by vineyards and pine trees. With its 1200 inhabitants, it is a typical Languedoc village with quaint narrow lanes, a fountain on the church square and several lavoirs (ancient washing places) still in use. Remains of the former Roman church of the XIIth century can still be seen in the cemetery, those of the priory St Amans on the edge of the village. Gregorian liturgy can be attended to everyday at the monastery of Gaussan where the monks produce wine, honey and goat cheese.

In Bizanet you will find a gourmet restaurant "La table du château", a pizzeria "La forge", a café, a small supermarket, a baker, a post office and doctors. On four days a week, there are market stalls selling fresh fish, meat, poultry, cheese and fruit, all within walking distance.

Corbières AOC-wine is sold by the litre in the cooperative. Besides, there is about a dozen private wine cellars, whereby Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, black Grenache and Syrah being the most frequent varieties of the Fontfroide area for the red wines and Maccabeu, Bourboulenc and white Grenache for the white ones.

A jewel of Cistercian architecture, the abbey of Fontfroide, can be reached by walking amidst the "garrigue". Founded in 1065, it is reknown for its cloister and its rose garden with over 3000 rosebushes.

Local attractions

Narbonne, the previous capital town of the "Provincia Narbonensis", is only a 15 minutes drive and worth more than one visit (archbishop's palace, gothic cathedral of the XIth century, Via Domitia, Horreum). Other Roman sites are the Roman potters museum of Amphoralis with its original clay production installations and the Oppidum in Nissan.

Nature lovers will appreciate botanical walks amidst the rich flora of the Massif de la Clape to the Notre-Dame-des Auzils chapel and the Marine cemetery. Or day tours to Bages and Peyriac-de-Mer, traditional fishing villages (eel specialities) rambling around the "étang de Doul" or between Bages and La Nautique. The old village of Gruissan with the Saint-Martin island museum (salt harvest and production) and the ornithologic observation site are also of great interest.

The Canal du Midi as well as the endless sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are only half an hour drive while the World Heritage City of Carcassonne flanked with thirty nine different towers can be reached within one hour.

The visit of the fortified village of Lagrasse with its Benedictine Abbey and cobbled streets can easily be combined with a refreshing bath in the river Orbieu.

Bizanet is ideally situated for exploring the Cathar castles in stunning nature. Every season offers its botanical richness (wild orchids, iris, genets,). The fortresses of Peyrepertuse and Quéribus perched on rocky peaks offer an unforgettable view to the Mediterranean and the Canigou together. In Villerouge-Termenès, the Medieval Rotisserie of the Castle even offers medieval food, to be tasted without forks and knives.

The main cultural highlights are: Winter carnivals in Narbonne (February) and Limoux (January to March); "In Vino Musica" classical music concerts and wine tasting in Narbonne throughout the year; Theatre festival in Narbonne (first half of July) with free outdoor performances in the Archbishop's palace every evening; Antique markets in Narbonne, Lagrasse (July, August); Market days with a "wine fountain" in Narbonne (beginning of August); Via Mercaderia, medieval days with dance, music and historical performances, in Narbonne mid of August; Theater, music and dance festival in Carcassonne (July and August); Philosophy and literature meetings in Lagrasse (August); Potters' market in Sallèles d'Aude, mid August.

Regional produce

Last but not least, the Corbières region is a famous region for food and wine. In Narbonne, the renowned "halles", the covered market, is open throughout the year with the best choice of fresh fish, seafood, "charcuterie", fruit, vegetables and local cheeses. Both the weekly markets of Lézignan and Narbonne are a must for every discerning palate. In Bizanet, you will find the restaurant "la table du château" - a gourmet restaurant with a fine inventive cuisine. Good country restaurants are within 30 minutes drive (even one with 2 Michelins stars).

Payment information

Bilingual assistance is available. Changeover day is Saturday.

A deposit of 30% is to be paid to confirm your reservation. The balance is due 6 weeks before arrival. A refundable damages deposit is required on arrival.

The rental rates include water and electricity, no hidden charges. From November to April electricity is charged extra.

End cleaning compulsory: 50 euros.

Bed linen, bath and kitchen towels are available on request.

Location

La Placette

Bizanet self catering

Le Village
Bizanet
Languedoc-Roussillon 11200