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“The trip of a lifetime: Southern France”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Assignan, Herault, Occitanie

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rtpenner
Madison, Wisconsin
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“The trip of a lifetime: Southern France”
Reviewed February 3, 2015 for a stay in September 2014

Mon Dieu! What a trip! My wife, her sister and husband, my brother and his wife, and my sister stayed at La Belle (and Ernst's place across the street) for two weeks last fall. Such fun! This gite is located in the oldest part of this ancient town—narrow streets, stone shuttered houses, inviting secret alleys. It's a very charming setting.
The new wine and tapas bar is at the end of the block. We were fortunate enough to arrive on the night of their “closing for the season” party. The owners, employees, and other villagers made us feel so welcome. They filled us with free, amazing wine (Castigno – thank you, Marc) and tried to get us dinner reservations (patchy phone service!).
We found the people of the village, and the area in general, very warm and welcoming. Our French is elementary at best, but we were never made to feel awkward. Whether getting gas or bread or asking about a dish or wine, the people were so lovely and accommodating.
The village also has a number of domaines (wineries). Be sure to schedule a tasting at Sacre Couer (with Luc) or Quatre Sous just outside of town. This is wine country, and in our travels we passed hundreds of inviting domaines throughout the area. It was harvest time, so it was a busy time for the vineyards.We saw fields filled with pickers and trailers brimming with grapes on their way to becoming wine.
The next closest larger town, St. Chinian, is an entertaining 15-minute drive away and is home to a nice supermarket, gas stations, boulangeries, cafes, boucheries, and a twice weekly outdoor market. Don't miss the markets. We would stock up on amazing food—olives, tapenades, fresh and dried fruits, nuts, magnificent cheeses, bread, and prepared food too (paella, rotisserie poultry and pork) .We found great souvenirs and gifts at the outdoor markets and at the nearby olive oil factory. We would shop in the morning, tour in the afternoon, and then retire to La Belle's rooftop terrace to watch the sun set and drink the day's wine and graze the night away.
It only rained twice while we were there—we found La Belle's big oak table the perfect place to gather inside. That's where we would breakfast and plan out our day's travels. There are plenty of great nearby destinations. Try visiting Roquebrun and its botanic gardens; then drive up the Orb Valley to the gorges of Heric; visit LaGrasse and its beautiful abbey; Olargues is perched on a hill, walk its winding medieval streets, then hike outside of town on chestnut lined country lanes. Minerve has an amazing setting, astounding history and some really nice shops and restaurants. The drive to and the visit of Lastours was truly memorable. Capestang has a great cathedral and is on the Canal du Midi. Check that out. A little further afield, we very much enjoyed the visit to the ruins of the castle of Peyrepatuse. Be ready for a vigorous hike . Yes, Carcassone was very touristy, but we went late in the afternoon/early evening as the crowds were thinning on a weekday and were enchanted by the walls, moats and turrets, catching the last rays of the sun, and then framing the rising moon. All of the places mentioned above had terrific little restaurants for a leisurely lunch (be prepared to spend an hour and a half at least, but enjoy it). Be sure to dine at Auberge De l'Ecole in nearby St. Jean de Minervois. Bridgette and her husband served us two of the best meals ever. Driving in France was not a problem., but get a GPS if you rent a car (we flew into Barcelona and got a great deal with SIXT).
Inside La Belle, you'll find three floors of comfort. The first floor has the W.C., and the bathroom--lots of hot water and good pressure. The second floor has a very comfortable bedroom (lots of closet and dresser space), a fireplace sitting area, the big wooden dinner table and a nice little kitchen. The third floor has another nice bedroom and the outdoor terrace. The terrace has a nice table and chairs and umbrella, some lounges, and a clothesline and drying rack.
Both owner Chris and her caretaker Manuel (who lives a few doors down from La Belle) are very chill and very accommodating. Thank you Manu! We had such a life-altering experience. We can't wait to come back!

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123travel...
Wisconsin
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“Charming, comfortable home in a beautiful place!”
Reviewed October 29, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

We had a wonderful time in your lovely little corner of the world! I was ready to stay another month. And La Belle was the perfect place from which to explore the region--gorgeous, historical--and then to return to for evenings around the table or on the rooftop terrace. It was our gathering spot because of its uniqueness and comfort. Everything was spotless and the village of Assignon charming and friendly--you could even buy wine from the local vineyards! A delightful experience I hope to repeat.

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Liked best: The homey feel of the place
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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 25, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

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Liked best: Character house in a true French village just as you would imagine it.
Liked least: The BBQ is a little limited
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Covington, Louisiana
Reviewed July 15, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

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Reviewed April 23, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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Reviewed November 3, 2013 for a stay in October 2012

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Reviewed October 11, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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