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'BelleVie' - Lovely French Home, Sunny Terrace

Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Department: Aude
Dept No: 11
Location: Bize-Minervois
Situation: Village
Property Type: Apartment
Ref. No: 1544
Rent per month: From 800€ pm Inclusive of some extras
Long letting period: Available year round for long lets
Min. rental period: 1 month
Bedrooms: 1 Double bedroom. 1 Twin bedroom. The double bedroom has a large sized bed
Sleeps: 2 to 4

House, apartment is at the top

House, apartment is at the top

Living/ dining area

Living/ dining area

Description of Property:   'BelleVie' is part of a charming, characterful large stone house with two living units has preserved its eigtheenth century features. The house looks directly over the river Cesse and its lake where locals swim in the crystal clear water and sunbath on the shingle beaches over the summer time. It was, in 2016, completely newly renovated to a high standard (including the bathrooms), has a new central heating system and is charmingly and completely newly furnished in Mediterranean style.
The terrace of the apartment is south oriented and very idyllic. Especially over the winter time the apartment and his atmospheric roof terrace is very pleasant, sunny and warm. Beautiful roses grow on the side of the house and underline the charm of the romantic house style - also on the terrace because the roses grow up the terrace.
The house is within a minutes walk of the local shops, bar and three restaurants! Fresh bread and croissants can also be bought from the local backery (a fantastic one!) a five minute walk away. A market comes to the village every Wednesday selling local products.


Combined dining room and living room, kitchen. This beautiful airy room opens on to the south oriented terrace with his idyllic stone walls around. The sun and the light comes in already while taking breakfast in the morning - inside or outside. Because it is very wind protected on the terrasse there is even possible to take lunch over the winter time.
The dining area has a table for 4 people and the dining/living area is completely surrounded by windows faced to the terrace. The new kitchen is well equipped and offers all facilities (oven, fridge/freezer). The living room has a comfortable sofa and a basket seat. Free WIFi access.


We are a German family who lives and works most of the year in Germany. We saw this house in the spring of 2016 and immediately fell in love with it. The unique location on the river, the architecture with the stones and the many special details inside the house are just wonderful. If you sit on the terrace with a glass of wine and simply enjoy the moment, you will understand what we are talking about.

Especially the location of the house is absolutely unique. It overlooks the River Cesse. In the summer, the river offers a truly unique bathing spot right in front of the house. We used it in our first summer in 2016, to jump with the swimming trunks directly from the house just across the street into the crystal clear water of the river. It is really unique to take a refreshing bath in this natural environment. The pastures with their drooping branches invite you to a relaxing yoga session with a view over the water in the early morning hours - what a setting! Directly behind the house are the first foothills of the Cevennes. Cycling tours of all difficulty levels are possible. Heike is a rider and has already found her favourite horse in a horse stable a few minutes away.
The apartment is the perfect opportunity to spend a relaxing time there. Especially for a couple.

Basically we prefer rentals for a longer period, because we believe that in this case our beloved home is handled with responsibility.

Living/dining area

Living/dining area

Sleeping room 1

Sleeping room 1

Outside Amenities:  Terrace: The terrace is well equipped with a table, chairs for 4 people, a barbecue and a 'plancha'.The river outside the house on the other side of the street provides a clean bathing pool, perfect for swimming or sunbathing. Swimming is supervised in July and August.

Barn: A large barn attached the house where guests can store bikes and sports equipment. This area also houses a washing machine and a tumble dryer as well as ironing facilities.

Sleeping room 2

Sleeping room 2

Bathing in the river

Bathing in the river

Surrounding Area:  Bize Minervois is a lovely small village with a clean river flowing through and offers a dazzling array of possibilities. There are 3 restaurants, a café bar, a post office, a pharmacy, a very good bakery and a supermarket. You live directly on the river with a superb bathing area. You can enjoy the fresh river water in drink water quality at any time. The Mediterranean with famous beaches is only 35 minutes away.

At the Center of the walled village is the church that dates back to the 13th century. Bize Minervois is part of the Minervois Region, that includes the captivating village of Minerve 10 kms to the north, that straddles two deep river gorges and was the site of a famous siege and martyrdom of Cathar Parfaits by Simon de Montford. The famous Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is only 10 minutes away. The canal meanders through the region and you can rent a boat for a romantic and relaxed trip. Alternatively you can relax in waterfront cafes and bars and watch the world go by.

Bize Minervois is in the heart of Languedoc Rousillion – one of the sunniest parts of France with over 300 days of sunshine a year. It is near to Narbonne, Beziers, Minerve, Carcassonne and 35 minutes to the Mediterranean. Bize Minervois has about 1100 residents and about 300 of them are British. A good place for immersing yourself in rural village life and enjoying this beautiful region. Numerous fetes, concerts and village festivals take place in Bize Minervois and the surrounding villages during the summer. But the normal village life continues in the winter and there are also a number of events run by the local community associations. Nearby there is the shop Oulibo - a cooperative that produces some of the best olives and olive oils in France.

In Beziers and Narbonne there are splendid cathedrals, excellent markets (where you can buy daily-fresh fish and seafood), shops, museums and much to see. Ten minutes further are the seemingly endless beaches of the Mediterranean that run from Cap D'Agde to Gruissan and further north and south.

To the west, about 40 minutes drive, is the Medieval city of Carcassonne that featured in the Kevin Costner Robin Hood movie as Nottingham Castle. The city is a marvel to see, with magnificent walls, views, shops, restaurants, museums. Carcassonne is the second most visited French city, following Paris and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For castle worshippers - go to the Corbieres and visit the dizzying peaks where Queribus and Peyrepertuse are found. Two castles that defy gravity and provide stunning views over the surrounding hills, valleys towards the Pyrénees and Spain. Bize Minervois is just 75 minutes to the Spanish border. The nearest Ski Station is in the Pyrenees at Mont D´Olmes. Nearer are beautiful abbeys such as Frontfroide and the village Lagrasse, where there are pottery fairs in the summer months.
The direct environment offers many opportunities to hike and ride a bike. There are many lovely places to swim in local rivers with cascades and natural rock pools. 10 minutes away there is an excellent possibility of horse riding with very well bred and trained horses. There is also a possibility to give your horse accommodation there.

Bize Minervois is close to motorway exits at Narbonne (20 minutes) and Beziers (25 minutes). The region is very well connected to airports and train stations in the UK.

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  • Kitchen
  • Terrace panorama view
  • Terrace
  • Terrasse, sitting outside
  • Roses growing in the terrace
  • Small details
  • Bathroom
  • View from the house on Bize
  • 'Assignan' - pretty village nearby

Heating system: Central heating (Oil heating system (modern and completely new installed in 2017)).
Services / Facilities: Mains water. Mains drainage. WiFi Broadband Internet Access.
Kitchen Facilities: Conventional oven. Combined Fridge/Freezer. Dishwasher. Washing Machine. Tumble Dryer.
Additional Info: Children welcome. No smokers. Pets may be allowed by prior agreement.
Suitable storage facilities are available for furniture etc.
Storage facilities in the barn are available for bikes and other sports equipment.

Distance to Nearest (in kms):

Village/Town: The house is located in the village
Supermarket: In Bize Minervois 200 metres
Shops: In Bize Minervois 200 metres
Market: In Bize Minervois 100 metres
Airport: Montpellier or Toulouse 100 kms
Train Station: Narbonne 20 kms
Bus Station: In Bize Minervois
Port: Narbonne-Plage 30 kms

Pricing Info:  Longer lets:
November to March 800 € per month
April and October 900 € per month
May and September 1.000 € per month
June 1.500 €
July and August 1.600 € per month
- each plus utilities

French taxes (habitation and fonciere), bin and Internet are included. Renters pay for gas, electricity and water - in the winter months additionally for oil. Bedding and towels provided with one changeover (2 sets for each) - washing machine and tumble dryer for laundry.
Rent payable monthly in advance and one month´s rent for long term renters is required as deposit against damages etc.

Weekly lets from May to September are possible (depending on availability). Rates vary from 600 € to 1000 € per week. For weekly rentals additional costs are included (except laundry).

Availability: This property is available year round for longer lets.

This property is available for weekly summer holiday rentals.

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For further information and to book please contact:
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Name: Heike and Ruediger Schaefer
Telephone: +49(0)7251 3065545
Website: N/A
Languages spoken: German, English and some French
Time to contact: Early evening
Comments:We recommend contact via mail

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