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Where to stay

Castle life

Some places are rare, and the Château de Jonquières is one of them. At the foot of the Larzac plateau, this superb château is a classified monument, which dates back to the 17th century. It is situated at the heart of a lovely wine-making village and is today owned by François and Isabelle de Cabissole. Other than producing their own wines, including  « La Baronnie », they also have four bed and breakfast rooms decorated in a unique style. Time stops here, in a park where superb plane trees, box, olive trees and other species grow. The former irrigation basin, which has been transformed into a pool, awaits guests, while  the cool shadows formed by the horse-chestnut and bay trees, invite you to take a nap.

Le poète de l’Ostal

Jean-Paul Creissac and his wife Sylvie run the Ostal del Poeta, a superb 18th century wine-grower’s house in the heart of the old village of Montpeyroux. The two absolutely charming bed and breakfast rooms look out onto a lovely inner courtyard. In turn a wine-maker, poet and editor, Jean-Paul will undoubtedly take you down to the Montpeyroux wine cooperative to guide you through a choice of regional wines. He is the director of the publishing house Jorn, which specialises in Occitan poetry and he likes to chat to his guests and share with them his love of his land.

  • Ostal del Poeta
  • Tel : 04 67 96 64 79 – rooms 57€  for two people
  • Table d’hôte : 19€
  • http://creissac.free.fr
Where the river flows

In Causse-de-la-Selle, Fabienne and Thierry welcome you to their old stone mas, which dates back to the 17th century and is surrounded by vines and the garrigue. Five cosy and simply decorated rooms, including a suite, await their guests. In the summer when the sun is beating down, it is lovely to go and cool off on the banks of the Bueges or Herault rivers, access to which is via a private path from the property. In the evening, savour the authentic family cooking of Fabienne, on one of the two terraces which look out over the valley, or in the vaulted dining room with its fireplace.

  • Les Hauts d’Issensac
  • Tel : 04 67 73 37 09
  • Rooms from 58€ to 60€ for two people (breakfast included)
  • Table d’hôte : from 17€ to 22€ per person

And also

Mas des Condamines

Four charming gîtes, carefully and tastefully renovated in the heart of vines and olives trees, each one giving onto a swimming pool, where sun loungers and armchairs invite you to laze around. (4 to 8 people).

Domaine de la Devèze

This gîte, in a restored former silkworm house, offers a warm and cosy atmosphere. It is situated in the middle of a centuries-old oak forest.

  • Claudette and Marcel Damais – 34190 Montoulieu
  • Tel : 04 67 73 37 21
  • Between 220€ and 425€ per week
  • www.deveze.com
Domaine d’Anglas

This gîte, in an authentic Languedocien mas, sleeps 6 people and is in a rural spot surrounded by vines and the garrigue.

  • Carole and Roger Gaussorgues – 34190 Brissac
  • Tel : 04 67 73 70 18
  • Between 430€ and 860€ per week
  • www.domaine-anglas.com
Mas Conscience

A superb and spacious gîte which is cosy and comfortable and has two bedrooms. It is situated on the domaine.

  • Laurent Vidal – 34150 Saint-Jean-de-Fos
  • Tel : 04 67 57 77 42
  • Between 500€ and 900€ per week

Our favourites

Hotel Le Guilhaume d’Orange in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

A charming hotel in the middle of the medieval village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert. The young owner, Aurore Raoul-Segala proposes a weekend in November on the theme of truffles, washed down with local wines.

  • Tel : 04 67 57 24 53
  • From 69€ to 99€ for two people
  • www.guilhaumedorange.com
La Palombe at Octon

A little hotel near the Salagou lake with fifteen rooms, designed to make you feel at home and beautiful down to the smallest detail.

Mas de Luzière at Saint-André-de-Buèges

At the foot of the Seranne mountain, three superb bed and breakfast rooms in a 14th century house, surounded by fields, woods and garrigue, bordered by the Buèges river.

  • Tel : 04 67 73 34 97
  • From 69€ to 79€ for two people (breakfast included)
  • www.luziere.com
La Missare in Brignac

In a former 14th century wine-grower’s property, discover four vast bed and breakfast rooms which have been fitted out in the former barrel room and have been tastefully decorated by the owner, who is a lover of antiques. And the bedsheets are made of linen.

  • Tel : 04 67 96 07 67
  • 75€ for two people (breakfast included)
Domaine de Brousson in La Tour-sur-Orb

Apart from offering five charming bed and breakfast rooms, Jane Neal and her friend Lits will not fail to take you wine-tasting at the nearby domaines (eg Mas Fabregous). Passionate about wine, their wine cellar will make you go green with envy. Wine-tasting courses on request.

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