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“Like staying with old friends”
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Le Presbytere
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Never, in all of our travels, have we been so warmly welcomed as we were by Martin and Sile upon on arrival at Le Presbytere. Arriving on a very cold and rainy afternoon in March, their offer of a hot drink and an invitation to join them around the fire felt like something from a storybook. We were the weary travelers arriving at a wonderful refuge.

Their historic old house has been thoughtfully restored yet maintains its traditional French country appeal. The guest rooms are charming, the beds are comfortable, and most importantly given the weather, our room was warm and cozy, with a lovely view across the village that stretched for miles.

And then there was the food...so carefully planned and prepared and served as if you've been invited to dinner with old friends. Martin is excited to cook for his guests and his passion comes through in the food. Everything from the roasted lamb and local carrots at dinner to the homemade bread and jams at breakfast is delicious. Conversation flows easily, and you think how fortunate you are to be part of this dinner party. Martin and Sile are excellent hosts, anxious to share their local knowledge, suggest sights to see even in the rain, and do anything they can to make your visit memorable.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Georgette1117
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

It is a truly unique experience to stay in this marvellous Hiberno-French B&B with superb table d'hote, kindly and knowledgable hosts, and carefully furnished elegant bedrooms with thoughtful touches such as excellent reading lights, fluffy towels, and super-comfortable beds. Martin and Sile are a rare couple who really make one feel totally at home, and treat one like family rather than paying guests. They have restored this marvellous old presbytery with wonderful taste, and the food that Martin prepares with love and attention is quite superb. Cannot recommend it highly enough!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Barbstravels
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

Le Presbytere is a beautiful old house in the heart of the village of Thezan-Les-Beziers. The house has been lovingly renovated by Martin and Sile, Irish expats, now living in the South of France. Our big double room overlooked the village church and on our arrival we had the lovely experience of early evening light falling on the village. Our hosts welcomed us warmly and we had a splendid dinner, cooked by Martin, on the terrace, preceded by a Kir Royale apertif. We had hired a car and were able to see many of the little villages and nearby towns, inspired by Martin and Sile's local knowledge. We ate in Le Presbytere 5 out of our 7 nights there because the food was so good, Martin is a marvelous chef and his dishes are based on local produce, enthusiastically prepared in his open plan kitchen, from where he can entertain his guests as he cooks. Breakfast was a delight also, with croissants, french bread, homemade brioche and jams from local fruits. The conversation at meals was stimulating and fun. All in all it was a wonderful week and we hope to return.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Monica H
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

This was our first experience of Le Presbytere and the hospitality offered by Síle and Martin Dwyer but we hope it won't be our last. From the instant we arrived everything was done to make our stay a delight. Going canoeing? Síle proffered towels and river shoes. To the beach? Martin produced a beach umbrella. But it is the food, cooked enthusiastically by Martin that completes the experience. Dinner each evening consisted of great food and interesting conversation - while we were there we met guests from Ireland, the UK, Spain, Germany, Holland and France. On our last evening there we had dinner that started with prawns cooked in butter with sorrel grown in their own garden, chicken with lemon and thyme and dessert of caramelized puff pastry with nectarines cooked in brandy and walnut and toffee ice cream. Dinner is served on the terrace overlooking the garden and with lovely views of the evening sky. There is even a nightingale singing from the tree in the garden. And our bedroom was very comfortable with great attention to detail, including proper bedside reading lamps. This is indeed a very special place.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank margaretdancing
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Having already experienced Martin & Síle's hospitality in their previous Irish restaurant 'Dwyer's' of Waterford, myself and three friends arrived at Le Presbytere, Chambre d'hote, with high hopes. We were not disappointed and in fact have left, just today, full of memories of hearty laughter, excellent food and delicious local wine. Our accommodation was delightful. All four double, en-suite rooms elegantly decorated with views of the pyrenees or swallows flying criss-cross the Eglise. The old town of Thezan is worth exploring on foot, with wine-tasting close-by. But a car is essential to take full advantage of all the local attractions. The mediterranean is only 20 mins away, there are beautiful old towns and cities like Carcasson, Narbonne and Agde a short drive away, and vineyards everywhere - with 'degustations' (wine-tasting) in many of the local 'caves'. We dined at the Le Presbytere on our first night, a 5-course extravaganza, and myself and one other vegetarian were well catered for. Our meat-eating friends quacked their way to bed after duck comfi with orange and ginger sauce. After breakfasting on fig jam with Martin's French brioche version of his Mother's classic Irish currant cake (local orange peel the addition) Martin and Síle sat down and helped us plan our days excursion. This became a morning ritual and we were despatched with sun umbrellas, maps and water - all eventualities covered! Having said that we were always eager to get back to enjoy a glass of Kir on the veranda with our hosts and other guests! You will definitely feel part of the family and leave promising that the next trip will be longer still!

Room Tip: Rooms in the front of the house may be cooler, although the back have more long-reaching views. Ben...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank RuthW_40
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

What a delight this place is - I was struggling to find accommodation in Beziers and came across Le Presbytere by chance. What a find! Run by Martin and Sile Dwyer, Irish expats and absolutely charming hosts, they make you feel right at home as soon as you arrive. Kettle on or a cold beer - whichever you fancy. Wonderfully located in the heart of the village of Thezans les Beziers, they've done a beautiful job upgrading this lovely old house into a delightful chambre d'hote. Each of the 4 rooms is simply but elegantly furnished with really effective use of the colour of the orginal floor tiles, quality fabric and attention to detail. As a former restauranteur, Martin effortlessly knocks up a 3 course dinner each evening, taking the very best of local ingredients to create simple, fresh and very tasty menus. The aperitifs and wine flow as does the conversation. Amazing value and high recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank The_travelgurus
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

Is this the best place to stay in the Beziers area?. We cerrtainly think so!!

Martin and Sile Dwyer offer the warmest Irish welcome,in their beautifully restored house in Thezan les Beziers. The rooms are elegant and comfortable, Great beds and beautifully chosen furniture to match the wonderful fin de siecle tiles. Martin cooks the local produce with flair, respect and understanding, and matches with local wines - just a delight. We stayed with the Dwyers when purchasing our own home near by. The warmth, assistance and local knowledge that we found was exceptional. If you get a chance...just go!!!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled on business
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8  Thank Fionnuala22
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Address: 14 rue Rene Lentheric, 34490 Thezan-Les-Beziers, France
Location: France > Occitanie > Herault > Thezan-Les-Beziers
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Thezan-Les-Beziers
Number of rooms: 4

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