Minervois Paradise - AGEL103
Prices from £1,169 - £2,276
Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4
Wonderfully converted wine cave nestled amidst the vineyards in this beautiful and tranquil Minervois valley. This holiday home comfortably sleeps 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, all with their own bathroom. There is a good-sized private pool, beautiful covered terrace and a lush garden with olive grove. All ground-floor with walk-in showers. Ideal for family holidays! Suitable for people with reduced mobility. TWO WEEK BOOKINGS OR MORE ONLY, Saturday to Saturday.
About Minervois Paradise
Minervois Paradise, a converted wine cave, lies in a stunningly beautiful location, seven kilometres to the north of Bize Minervois, on the border between the Hérault and the Aude departments, at the heart of Le Loup Blanc vineyard. The property nestles among the vines in this forgotten valley, and can truly offer a secluded haven in which to enjoy your holiday. Whether you are seeking an action-packed sightseeing trip, cycling along the empty lanes, or lazy days by the pool, there will be something for you. On arrival you will find a welcome pack/meal to kickstart your holiday.
The accommodation comprises four bedrooms (two doubles and two with twin beds) with three bathrooms, two ensuite, and is furnished to a high standard with some interesting antiques. The separate kitchen is fully equipped and the large living room area opens out onto attractive gardens shaded by ancient olive trees and views to the hills behind and over the surrounding vines. We also have our very own prehistoric dolmen rock structure in the hills behind, easily reachable.
There is a good-sized swimming pool (8m x 5m, depth 5ft, alarmed) dedicated solely to the use of your party.
The owners are often on site to offer advice and help, and frequently offer their guests to join them for supper.
The property contains a well-kept garden with salads and vegetables for your party's use, shady spots under ancient olive trees to relax in from the afternoon heat. The olive grove in the lower garden is available for children to play in. There is BBQ and a ping pong table and there are bikes available to explore the local lanes.
Facilities and Features
The Kitchen is well equipped and again has a door out onto the second/dining terrace, where there is also a barbecue. Dishwasher, fridge/freezer, electric hobs and oven, microwave, coffee machine, kettle, toaster, etc. Washing machine, iron and ironing board available.
Master bedroom is en suite. Double 140cm.
One double bedroom 140cm.
Two twin bedrooms, one of which is en suite.
Family bathroom with separate bath and shower.
- Private Villa
- Private Pool
- 2+ Bedrooms
- 2+ Bathrooms
- Private Parking
- Secure Parking
- Satellite TV
- BBQ Area
- Pet Friendly
- Suitable for reduced mobility
- Spacious garden
Location and Map
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Bize Minervois is the closest town about 9km away.
Nearest bakery: Bize Minervois (Aude) x two
Nearest bar: Bize Minervois (Aude)
Nearest market: St Chinian (Hérault) - Every Sunday morning
Nearest pharmacy: Bize Minervois (Aude)
Nearest supermarket: St Marcel (Aude)
Nearest corner shop: Bize Minervois (Aude)
Within easy reach of the property there are a number of activites available to those so inclined. Horse riding through the vines is available at two local stables. Canoeing and Kayaking can be a great day out. These are offered both on the rivers Orb and Aude. Tennis courts can be found in Bize and there is an Aqua Park in Narbonne.
In the immediate area there are several places of interest. Bize Minervois is the local village and has a handful of restaurants, a supermarket, two bakers, a post office and a pharmacy; there is also a great swimming pool in the river, useful for families with small children. Minerve lies to the west and had a fortress from the Middle Ages. One of the most dramatic moments in the war against the Cathars took place here in 1210, when the town witnessed the first great burning of the heretics. The Crusaders condemned more than one hundred and forty souls to the flames. The Oppidum d'Enserune rises 120 metres above the Beziers plain and has been occupied since the 6th Century BC. Well worth a visit and also worthy of note is the view of the drained lake of Montardy, which can be seen from the oppidum. Minervois, as a region is famous for its wines and that will become instantly obvious as you tour the area, and olives. The wines are generally fruity robust reds of good quality. The exception being the excellent Muscat produced in St. Jean de Minervois only a 10 minute drive and a must for the wine cognoscenti. The wines of Le Loup Blanc in our valley are organic.
Carcassonne is famous for being the largest medieval fortress in Europe. There are really two towns, the lower town dating from the thirteenth Century and the more famous Cite, the upper walled town, which has been occupied since earliest times. Much of what can be seen today is a nineteenth Century restoration, but it certainly should not be missed on a trip to this area. The view from a distance cannot fail to impress. If your visit includes the 14th July, they have a wonderful firework display here.
A major centre since Roman times, Narbonne is a city with much to offer. The cathedral dominates the skyline from a distance; in fact it has the third highest vault of any Gothic cathedral in France. It is well worth a visit, as are the Treasury and the two buildings of the Archbishop's Palace. The Canal de la Robine offers somewhere to stroll and perhaps have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. The Halles de Narbonne is a daily covered market where fresh produce can be purchased if you are planning to cook in the evening. Finally, the archaeological museum is a must. There are excellent displays of artifacts from Narbonne's history and especially the Roman period, when this city was the capital of Provincia Romana Narbonensis.
THE AFRICAN RESERVE AT SIGEAN
The African Reserve at Sigean lies about 15 km to the south of Narbonne. It is a huge 300 hectare park with over 150 species of lions, rhinos, giraffes, elephants and many more, all within an African setting. It is open all year and is a great day out for the family.
LES MONTAGNES DE LA CLAPE AND THE BEACHES
This is an important wine growing area between Narbonne and the beaches. The scenery is simply stunning and well worth investigating. There are several good vineyards here that are open to the public. Château Pech-Celeyran at the northern end and Château Pech Redon in the south are worth a visit. There are also some good beaches; Fleury d'Aude is excellent, especially if you want to get away from the crowds. The village of Gruissan with its ochre coloured houses is a perfect spot to have a long lunch. Seafood, as you may expect, is very good here.
This important region stretches south from Narbonne. Its sun drenched limestone hills have a beauty that is quite incredible. The area is littered with the remains of numerous monastic institutions and châteaux. The 12th century Abbeye de Lagrasse has been restored, and an Augustinian order of monks has been established where the old latin Mass is sung.
Weekly rates and Extra Charges
|rental period||weekly rate|
|02 Oct 2021 - 17 Dec 2021||£1169|
|18 Dec 2021 - 07 Jan 2022||£2276|
|07 Jan 2022 - 27 May 2022||£1169|
|28 May 2022 - 24 Jun 2022||£1661|
|25 Jun 2022 - 15 Jul 2022||£1784|
|16 Jul 2022 - 03 Sep 2022||£2276|
Fees and conditions
- Security Deposit: £200.00
- Accommodation is available on a two-weekly basis from Saturday (arrival 4.00 pm) to Saturday (departure 10.00 am).
- Linen and towels are included, though we do not provide beach towels. Price includes electricity, gas and logs.
The owners are occasionally on-site but they live upstairs, have their own separate entrance, terrace and private pool.
The grounds are huge! You may never find the edge of your territory!
Bikes available for cycling in the area.
My family and I have stayed at Minervois Paradise near Bize Minervois for 3 years runnings now, (3 weeks in July) it’s just the perfect place and quintessentially French.
From the moment you arrive, after the short drive from Toulouse airport, it’s just heaven.
Once you open the beautiful blue doors into a perfect oasis you can relax.
The garden is so tasteful and pretty with olive trees, a fountain, urns, statues and a gorgeous pool.. my children could not wait to jump in.
The hosts, who live in the upstairs section of the huge converted wine cave..always prepare a welcome meal for us, with wine, outside in the garden.. just heaven..
It’s really convenient because the hosts are there if you need them, but also leave you to enjoy your holiday peacefully.. we even got an invite to bring our dog, should we wish :)
The house is huge, with 3 large bedrooms downstairs for us, 2 of which are en suite.. and a further separate bathroom.. a very well equipped kitchen and beautiful lounge /dinner.. the furniture is all typically French, very tasteful.
The area is picturesque and surrounded by vines and olive groves. We also loved the market at St Chinian.. and our favourite restaurant near the house, has recently gained a Michelin star. We popped out to the boulangerie every day to buy our French treats.
It ticks every box really, we cannot fault the place or the wonderful hosts. Which is why we keep returning!
If you like to get away from it all and relax, then this is the place to do it. The host is very hospitable and even cooks you a meal with Wine on the first night...so no need to panic about shopping when you get there...its all taken care of. He also recommended some great places to go and the best time to be there. The house itself is rustic French and very comfortable with a very nice pool area to relax in. So relaxing we wanted time to stand still. Within easy reach are Minerve and Carcassone...wonderful scenic views and in the latter great shops to explore. All in all one of the nicest holidays we have had and we recommend to others