Village House for Sale
Village House for Sale
Bize-Minervois (click to open map)
4 Bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / 2 terraces
situated in Bize-minervois
A historic walled village with a natural river swimming pool
200 year old restored village house set in a romantic medieval riverside village, surrounded by vines and a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean.
Outdoor areas in the property include a small shady terrace with a cafe table and chairs off the 2nd bedroom and a large, sunny terrace on the top floor with seating and a BBQ.
The river Cesse runs through the village and provides an idyllic swimming pool with a life-guard for the Summer months, situated just a 2 minute walk from the house.
in a quiet, picturesque square
The 3-storey House
A 150 square metre three storey house, situated in a quiet, picturesque square with plentiful parking in the centre of the village.
Perfect for year-round living or as a lock-up and leave holiday property. Equipped with double glazing throughout, it also has fibre-optic internet and the first two floors have been completely refurbished inside and out.
the entrance to the house from the square
Entrance & Cloakroom
The covered lobby offers a useful outside tap as well as an area for log storage for the Winter.
A light and bright entrance hallway leads into the house with a coat hanging area and a downstairs Saniflow wc with sink.
An LED backlit antique glass linking to the utility room, offers further interest and illumination.
a fully equipped american kitchen, with large dining area and comfortable sitting room
Kitchen Area & Sitting Room
A modern, large, fully-fitted kitchen including a built-in dishwasher, dual oven and induction hob all set under a solid oak worktop with ample work space.
Off the dining area is a useful extra utility room with matching oak worktops and kitchen furniture currently housing the washing machine, dryer and extra storage.
A large, open-plan sitting room ajoins the dining area with two tall windows letting in plenty of light.
It has a built in television shelf and useful shelves and alcoves. Multiple plug sockets are also installed.
The efficient woodburner is situated between these two areas and heats the entire house easily. The original open plan staircase leads up to the first floor from the sitting room.
2 double bedrooms, an office/bedroom 3, a bathroom and a small terrace
The open-plan curved staircase leads from the sitting room to the first floor. Here you will find three double bedrooms, one currently used as an office.
Bedroom 1 is large, very light and bright room with two tall double windows. It has a solid wood floor and inbuilt oak shelving under a mirror. There is also a very large walk-in fully shelved wardrobe.
A wide hallway leads to the bright second double bedroom with a tall double window. This room also has an an inbuilt wardobe and painted wooden floor. A door leads from this room to a small tiled terrace, perfect to sit in the shade with a drink during the hot Summer months.
The third bedroom is currently used as an office but could just as easily be a third smaller double bedroom or a child’s room with a single bed and room for toys.
The fully equipped bathroom with modern white fixtures includes a full-sized bath and a walk in Italian style shower.
One large room, a bedroom and a shower room together with the terrace
Top Floor and Roof Terrace
A large, light open plan room on the top floor is directly accessed from the stairs. Plumbing and electrics are in situ for a Summer or studio kitchen if required. There is a double opening window, a Velux window and a glass door leading to the terrace.
A bedroom with built in wardrobe is next to the main room and adjoining this is an ensuite consisting of a power massage shower, toilet and sink.
A double glazed glass door in the main room opens onto the terrace measuring approximately 30m2. It has sun throughout most of the day and includes a built in barbecue, outside tap and plug point.
This top floor requires some finishing touches but this means you can make it exactly as you would like.
PLACES OF INTEREST
The Surrounding Area
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 the village and there is an Aqua Park in Narbonne.
In the immediate area there are several places of interest. Bize-Minervois has a handful of restaurants and a bar, also a supermarket and an excellent take-away burger bar offering home-made buns and burgers.
Minerve lies to the west and had a fortress in 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. 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.
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.
Bakery x 2
Bar with pizzas, Takeaway burger bar
Restaurants x 3
Best local markets: St Chinian (Herault) – This market is on a Sunday. And Olanzac market on a Tuesday.
Small supermarket in the village
Large supermarket – Argeliers (7 minute drive)
Tourist information: Ginestas