House in Assignan, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France; peaceful location close to Midi canal, mountains, rivers & the Med sea
About Christine Sohre
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).
Christine Sohre purchased this House in 2004
Why Christine Sohre chose Assignan
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.
What makes this House unique
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 several 'caves' - some organically produced.
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All you could hope for
We spent a terrific week at Chrstine’s Lovely property. The house really does have everything you could hope for and we really enjoyed our week of self catering. There are lots of great towns and villages within the radius of an hour by car. The one thing we missed was aircon since our visit coincided with a 43C heatwave. The peace and quiet of Assignan was a balm for the soul.
Absolutely charming - loved it.
We were delighted with the standard of accommodation at La Belle Ancienne. Everything was there for a comfortable and memorable stay. We were attending a wedding in Assignan and it was a joy to return each evening after a full day's activities and just relax.
I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at La Belle Ancienne and in Assignan. I can imagine the wedding in the village was magical amongst the scenery. You are welcome to return anytime! ~ Christine
In one word....CHARMING
Looking at the picture makes me want to return and I just got home a week ago! My travel companion and I stayed at La Belle for 3 weeks and we both had a wonderful experience. The house was furnished and equipped with anything/everything that we would possibly need or want. The night we arrived there was a wonderful bottle of local wine waiting for us. Slept great every night in the quiet, tranquil village of Assignan. We took local bike rides around the surrounding countryside and villages, enjoyed the local outdoor open markets in St. Chinian, enjoyed cooking many nights in the very well equipped kitchen, and then eating up on the rooftop. Listening to the surrounding sounds, the birds chirping, the church bell chimes, etc. were all very quaint and the aromas of the restaurants wafting up the Rue all made for a very sensual experience. It was truly a pleasant vacation!! We also were in a good location to take daily road trips to Carcassonne, Montepelier, Beziers, the Canal de Midi, etc. So much to see in the Languedoc!
How nice to hear about your extended stay at La Belle Ancienne. Having the time to unwind and get into the rhythm of southern France is a wonderful way to experience and appreciate the area. You are most welcome to return in any season!
Lovely property with French charm
Chris provided me with all the information I would need before I arrived making the arrival smooth, with no problems. My travel partner and I arrived to a local bottle of wine awaiting us, which he could not open fast enough. Instantly we felt comfortable at Chris' charming home. It was equipped with everything we needed. The kitchen was well equipped and we cooked dinners often, and then ate on the rooftop. This is such a great central location for bike riding, hiking, day road trips, kayaking, village hopping, weekly Markets, dining, wineries, ....so much to offer. I would definitely return and see more!! but this kept us busy for the month!
Absolutely unforgettable! Amazing accommodations
Amazing, unique villa in Assignan. Close to St. Chinian which has a grocery store and anything else you may need. The villa was inviting, beautifully decorated and incredibly comfortable! Easy to find with ample parking. The wood stove heats the entire place and is gorgeous at that. The bathroom has heated floors! I honestly can recommend this place with beyond five stars. It was truly an unforgettable experience and the hosts were over the top accommodating. I will be back!!
I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at La Belle Ancienne and welcome your return; good energy that comes around, goes around!
Wonderful Getaway in the Languedoc!
Charming house just steps away from nice, local restaurants.
Five to ten minute drive to farmer's and craft market twice a week.
Many historical sites including castles and ancient towns nearby.
My wife, daughter and I loved our stay! We prepared many tasty meals with the wonderful produce we purchased at the market and found many gifts for friends there as well. When not cooking for ourselves, we visited various restaurants in the area. Great food and friendly local folks to chat with! La Cite Castle in Carcassonne and the ancient town of Minerve were amazing! Many wonderful memories!
I would recommend a visit to Assignan and La Belle Ancienne to anyone! We will definitely be back on our next trip to Europe!
I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and you are most welcome back to La Belle Ancienne anytime.
I saw a review in my house guestbook from your daughter which is precious; wish I could attach it here... please thank her for me!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!