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.
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House in Assignan, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon, France; peaceful location close to Midi canal, mountains, rivers & the Med sea
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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 Hérault
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 five 'caves' - two being organically produced.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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!
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.
Live in a Fairytale
Truly a fairytale town! Absolutely was thrilled with this quaint rental !! A perfect combination of history with modern conveniences. The place was very clean and had all the cooking tools we needed. Loved the rooftop Terrace! Beautiful sunsets in a peaceful location. Friendly neighbors during the stay made it so pleasant as well! I felt this charming place was a perfect get away for me! Thank you !
What a pleasure to hear of your experiences at La Belle Ancienne and surroundings. The trip might be over but the memories remain. Hope to see you again! ~ Christine
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!
Charming townhouse in rural village!
Very charming house in center of the village of Assignan. Very remote this time of year but great area for walks and bucolic views from the rooftop patio of the fall vineyards, huge bird migrations and for us, the super moon rising over the horizon. Good restaurants in town, surprisingly good for such a small village. Stay was warmed by cozy fire on the cool evenings.
Ah, your description sounds exquisitely romantic... I'm delighted for you both to have experienced nature's beauty in and about this little village. Simple pleasures can be most rewarding. Come back anytime ~ you are sure to find something special in every season!
Great place to stay when visiting the Langeudoc
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.
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!
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!
Additional information about rental rates
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.