|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
|Living space||100 square meters|
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Suitable for the elderlyNo
|Theme||Adventure, Historic, Romantic, Away from it all, River, Village|
Description from the owner
La Belle Ancienne is nestled in the quaint hamlet of Assignan (936 AD), built on a hill near St Chinian, in the heart of a region steeped in history, as well as wine: the Languedoc. It can comfortably accommodate two to four adults, on three floors of rustic French decor, with the addition of a new roof terrace, overlooking the vineyards and rolling hills beyond. Exposed stonework, large wooden beams, a classic winding staircase from cellar to roof terrace, fireplace, marble sink and original tiles preserve the antiquity and charm of its medieval character.
Renovations to the house were completed in May 2011. The kitchen has been opened...Read more
Ancient Beauty Authentically Restored (Assignan)
Saint-Chinian, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Additional Location Information
Assignan is a quaint and friendly village, high on a hill overlooking the Pyrenees to the south and Montagne Noir to the northwest. Lying on the edge of Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc, you will find many hiking trails as well as places to swim, fish, kayak or simply indulge in some of the best wine in the region. A famous Provençal-style market in nearby St Chinian is a feast for the senses. A bakery man delivers fresh bread and other delights every morning to your door. There are two parking lots nearby, available for your use.
Location Type Away from it all, River, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$77 - $116||$77 - $116||$411 - $668||$1,284 - $2,311||2 nights|
|Jan. 5 2013 - Mar. 30 2013
|Mar. 30 2013 - May. 25 2013
|May. 25 2013 - Jun. 29 2013
Early Summer Season
|Jun. 29 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Aug. 31 2013 - Sep. 28 2013
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
|Sep. 28 2013 - Oct. 26 2013
|Oct. 26 2013 - Dec. 21 2013
|Dec. 21 2013 - Jan. 4 2014
|All Other Dates||$90||$90||$411||$1,284||2 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
Weekly rentals are Saturday to Saturday during peak season. Daily rates are available during other seasons. Check-in time is after 16:00. Check out by 11:00. Rental includes all utilities (except firewood). Deluxe linens, bedding and towels included. 25 euros for laundry & final clean per person. Refundable damage deposit of 150 euros. 25% remittance required at time of booking. Balance due 6 weeks prior to start date. Discounts on long-term stays. See personal website for detailed photos, information and LAST MINUTE OFFERS at LaBelleAncienne.com.
Thank you. Christine Sohre
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Poulsbo WA USA
Beautiful, Friendly, Relaxing. I will be back.
La Belle ancienne is located in a quiet village in the hills above St Chinian. It takes a good map or GPS to get there but it is worth the effort. A bottle of nice local wine rewards you for arriving. It is centrally located with forests and the Med nearby. It is a place where the people who live there smile and wave as you walk or drive by. We were there during the grape harvest and people were happy. Not many tourists. It is an excellent location to leisurely explore the 2000+ years of history of SE France and to enjoy local markets and wine. The house was clean and very comfortable. On the one chilly night the wood stove rapidly heated the home and it was quite cozy. The kitchen and selection of appliances allowed us to prepare the local produce and meats easily. The only businesses in assignan are wineries although a truck comes most mornings with fresh breads. Motorized transport is a must. The scenery is amazing in all directions. I will be spending more time here.
Ed and Karol
The views were amazing!!
My wife and I made our first trip to France this past fall. After spending 4 very nice days in Paris we made our way to the south of France with La Bell as our final destination. There we found past meets present in the quiet little village of assignan.
We loved La Belle as soon as the wooden door of the house was opened and we walked in to what would be our home for the next 10 days. It was a great 10
The main floor is quite comfortable. The large country table was perfect for sitting down and enjoying our attempts at some simple but traditional french meals. The inviting overstuffed chair and love seat in the sitting area was perfect after a day of sightseeing especially if it is cool enough to light the fire.
The kitchen, while small, is well equipped and made for easy meal preparations.
The roof terrace is the place to be for morning coffee or tea and a must for the end of the day glass of beer or wine, or beverage of choice. The gentle noises
and sounds that waft up from the village capture your thoughts and imagination. And, if you happen to be there for the full moon, be sure to check it from the roof terrace. We actually kept taking pictures at different times of day of the view from the terrace.
If you want a holiday that is free from the rush of the city and offers relaxation and rejuvenation, we recommend you give Christine the proprietor a
call and book a week or more La Belle.
Poulsbo, WA - USA
Autumn is unpredictable but lovely, mostly sunny days for late S
I can imagine staying at La Belle in assignan anytime of the year would be like coming home after a long day of work, hiking, or sight-seeing. The best way to discribe La Belle for me is, it's warm, it's just right. I look forward to visiting all four seasons in my future. Everyday was full with day trips, north, south, east and west and coming home, not too exhausted, to enjoy the bottle of wine I just bought.
Poulsbo, Wa - USa
great rustic experience
La Belle ancienne is part of a row of old houses in a small Languedoc village. the residence is on three levels plus roof top patio. The services and facilities are modern making for a great combination. Only minor issue is no internet and area has weak signal for portable internet links and mobile/cell phones.
The village is a mix of locals and others on holiday, set in a wine making region and holiday area (in season; quiet when we visited). The region is on the foothills of the mountains allowing access back to the coast and up into more windy hidden valleys and heights.
La Belle ancienne = great getaway, beautiful surroundings, sunny
Wow... If you're thinking about spending your holiday in the south of France, consider La Belle ancienne in assignan (near Saint-Chinian). We loved the peaceful and quit surroundings, and how beautiful! Every road trip we made (to Carcassonne, Minerve, Montpellier, the beach, Roquebrun) was just awesome! So was the trip towards assignan by the way, via Millau bridge (high!!!).
Carcassone is really worth the visit. Just a tip, go there as early as possibly, preferably before 10am (because of all the tourists). Minerve is a beautiful medieval town, with a "pont natural". Montpellier is nice for a day of shopping, but also beautiful to just walk around. And after those activities in the morning, what a better way to cool down in the river Orb in the afternoon. In Roquebrun you can hire a canoe; great 2-5 hour (depending on your wishes) canoe trip with plenty of rapids which now and then made me screaeaeaeaeaeam!!! But, the best swimming spot was just outside Roquebrun though. We went on a quest to find a quit swimming place and gosh did we find it! Just follow road D19 when you leave the town (go right after the bridge), until you see a small water power plant, and go down tot the river.
To conclude, Assignan is a nice, quite and qaint little town. We enjoyed not having that many tourists around! We bought our bread from the baker who travelled through town at 8.30am (honking his horn, which is a nice alarm clock). We bought fresh local food at the Sunday market in Saint Chinian. The house itself is beautifully restored. The roof terrace is very nice! Especially during a bright evening, to watch the stars and have dinner and eat two blackberry pies (yes Manuel and Marie (caretakers), you missed out on out home made pies, becasue you were not at home! We collected over a pound of blackberries just outside assignan during a walk).
In sum, we had a great week! We recommend this place!
Cath & Tony Evans
A step back in time!
We stayed at La Belle for a week in august 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Christine was very friendly and helpful when we were making arrangements. We had a week of total peace and relaxation in beautiful surroundings. Breakfast on the roof terrace every morning, evening meal the same and the baker van who arrived every morning was a treat too!
The house is unique and we really felt that we had completely escaped the rat race of our working lives. The village and its people are wonderful and there is plenty to see and do nearby. We would recommend La Belle for people who want a 'real holiday experience' away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Ashburton, Devon, UK
La Belle ancienne is a delight!
Finding the place was easy and Manuel's welcome warm and friendly. The house was cool in the mid afternoon heat, well equipped and comfortable.
We soaked up the landscape (and a fair bit of its produce) and made some memorable visits. Would certainly hope to come back, perhaps in the cooler months to take advantage of the wood burner and heated towel rail!
Thanks, Christine - hope we get to meet you588823
De Geus Family from Holland
Real French accomodation in a lovely French village
Me, my husband and two kids with the age of fifteen and twelve years old spent a splendid holiday in this lovely house. Really nice decorated and all comfort things are present (beds, sofas, fridge, stove, large dining table, washingmachine, bbq etc,). We found the silence really remarkable (and pleasant). We loved the location of the house and the nearest bigger village St. Chinian.
Truely an ancient beauty in a fabulous location.
We have just had an amazing week at this fabulous French house.It is located in a lovely village close enough for day trips to the Med and even closer to some of the prettiest little villages we have ever seen.
We enjoyed buying bread from the travelling baker and shopping at the market in St. Chinian.
We ate out only once in the seven days because we enjoyed cooking and then eating up on the sun terrace with a glass of the local wine!!
John & Felicia
Simi Valley, California
Longing to return to the Languedoc (and La Belle ancienne)!
We loved everything about this house. Very comfortable living space and bedrooms. Well equipped kitchen. The roof top deck provided a nice retreat and place to enjoy the local wine, especially late afternoon, early evening wind down time from a day of sightseeing! The small village, the peaceful surroundings, the vinyards - all lent to the tranquility of the experience. It seems little has changed here for centuries. Easy to imagine living in another time. Absolutely fantastic! Not to mention the nearby town of St. Chinian and its twice weekly farmers-type market. Great location to explore the region. Thanks to Christine for the personal touches and info/pointers provided prior to arriving. Thanks to Marie and Manuel for their hospitality and nice conversations.
Stayed for an extended period and love love loved it.
Familie de Goeij
it all was perfect!!!
La Belle Ancienne is a cozy house in a very quiet village.
The rooftop terrace offers a beautiful view and it was there until late in the evening a good place. The bustle of the French residents in the background adds some extra to a holiday feeling good there.
In the nearest town of St Chinian is a friendly atmosphere and you can fine your everyday shopping and dining.
Larger cities such as Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers and Montpelier are worth visiting.
With less than an hour you're on the Mediterranean coast and a visit to Parc Naturel Régional du Haute Languedoc is very rewarding. There you can swim in the Orb.
In short Assignan is a good base for people who love peace and quiet but also many of their surroundings and want to see from time to time to operate.
(translated from Dutch to English)
La Belle Ancienne is een knus huis in een heel rustig dorpje.
Het dakterras geeft een mooi uitzicht en het is daar tot laat in de avond goed vertoeven. Het geroezemoes van de Franse buurtbewoners op de achtergrond voegt wat extra toe aan een goed vakantiegevoel aldaar.
In het dichtsbijzijnde stadje St. Chinian hangt een gemoedelijke sfeer en je kunt er prima je dagelijkse boodschappen doen en heerlijk eten.
Grotere steden zoals Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers en Montpelier zijn zeker een bezoekje waard.
Met nog geen uur rijden zit je aan de Middellandse zee en een bezoek aan Parc Naturel Régional du Haute Languedoc is zeer de moeite waard. Daar kun je lekker zwemmen in de Orb.
Kortom Assignan is een goede uitvalsbasis voor mensen die van rust houden maar toch ook veel van hun omgeving willen zien en ook van tijd tot tijd actief willen zijn.
A beautiful relaxing spot in the mountains of southern france
The location and house was idylic. So peaceful, but also so friendly. The locals were so open and accepting too. We loved the visiting baker in the morning, fresh bread and pan au chocolat!!!
It was hot, very hot, fantastically hot!!
The walks were lovely, the red earth, the vineyards, vegetation and animals.
The house itself was gorgeous, well kitted out with quirky bits and pieces. Shame there was no arm chairs or sofa to flop on, but the roof terrace made up for that.
Lovely local places to visit too.
Try it, you'll like it too!!
lovely old town in the vineyards
This town is great, and the house is, too. Being a 500 year old house, it has the character of the ancienne, but the convenience of the moderne. The house is clean and has a great roof deck. The town itself is very quiet, and location-wise, there are many great small towns with daily markets of local cheeses and produce with which you can prepare a great dinner. If you want the feel of old Europe and like wine tasting, swimming in rivers and being near but not in the big cities of southern France, this place is for you. The hostess was gracious and the whole deal met our expectations.
Perfect Quiet Location/Good access to activity
A lovely village setting, quiet and friendly. St. Chinian is close by, a 7 or 8 minute drive, with restaurants, grocery store, wine shop and village market days. Larger cities are within 30 minutes, an the Mediterranean is within 60 minutes. We enjoyed the beauty of the area, the mountains within driving distance. The food was stunning, as well as the local wines.
One week in France
Just what we needed. Relaxing break.
Everything catered for.
Peter and Ellen
A fantastic house in a charming French village
We spent in September one week in La Belle ancienne and enjoyed our stay immensely. A beautiful environment, a lot of interesting cities, villages and possibilities for walking and visits to the beach.
And the house? In one word fantastic. So we recommend La Belle to anyone who likes the atmosphere of a charming French village and wants to stay in a house that gives you the feeling of being home!
Lovely retreat in the south of France
This lovely place in the south of France is in a town of about 150 residents, surrounded by vineyards, uninhabited rolling hills and friendly locals. We toured around a little, making it out to the ancient castle and town of Carcasonne, the beach, and market and town of Narbonne. We also spent time just enjoying the serenity and tranquility. The home has a charming rustic feel and fits right into the surroundings.
Relax and Unwind in Beautiful Surroundings
Relax and Unwind in Beautiful Surroundings
Assignan is a quiet rural 'gem' set in wonderful countryside and nestling amongst vineyayds, fig trees and rocky landscapes, under blue skies and at the time we visited, in a warm climate.
La Belle ancienne is practical, comfortable and full of character, and the roof terrace is a quiet and private space to relax under the sun duringn the day, and under the stars at night, with wonderful views across the surrounding countryside.
The locals are freindly, and there is an evident sense of community spirit and pride in their community whilst welcoming visitors to the village, and we would recommend it anyone who wants to experience the true character of the area.
I loved experiencing a week of life in a small French village.
Our week's stay in this delightful village was almost like stepping back in time. The house was very comfortable and suited our needs perfectly. One of the best parts was interacting with people from the village. It was a taste of a much more relaxed and healthy lifestyle. It made for a wonderful vacation in the country.
Relaxing and Simple: Just What I Wanted!
What a wonderful place La Belle is! I had the opportunity to spend a week there in late July. It was relaxing, comfy, and just what I needed in a holiday. Of course, the stay was made even more wonderful with Marie and Manuel who greet you upon arrival. Then, as luck would have it there was a village fête the evening of my arrival. It was there I met some other folks on holiday as well as more locals.
While simple, La Belle has all you need to make a holiday stay inviting. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen adequately equipped for preparing meals, and the roof terrace makes a wonderful breakfast room, giving a grand start to your day. There is no shortage of walking trails and cycling routes should you wish to stay around the village. If not, a short car ride has you to the sea, or to the castle in Carcassonne, or the wonderful market in Narbonne. And, to end your day, back onto the roof terrace with a glass of wine to unwind and watch the sun set over the vineyards.
I would recommend La Belle to anyone who wishes the simple, quite, relaxing, and unfettered holiday. Christine, the proprietor, makes it easy to make the arrangements. I can't think of a single additional thing I would want for my holiday. Thanks!!
Kate and Laurence, London
Peaceful, Beautiful, Authentic Languedoc-Roussillon experience
It was our first trip to that area of France and found it was just as we hoped. Authentic, beautiful and very peaceful. There are plenty of perfectly quaint and some stunning villages in the hills and mountains to walk around and explore. Near by St-Chinian has typically excellent bakery's and amongst other useful things a restaurant called Le Village that we highly recommend...Amazing food and excellent value for money.
The house itself was full of character and traditionally furnished, the bed was comfortable and the kitchen had all we needed, it was also very clean. The roof terrace is private and perfect for breakfasts, sun lounging and star lit dinners. The village is surrounded by hills and vineyards (harvesting whilst we were there ) and a favorite highlight is the daily fresh bread and pastry man that stops by each morning. Everyone we came across in the village was also very friendly and welcoming.
Relaxing and beautiful!!
I arrived in early October and got to stay till late November. The house is cozy and full of character! I spent many sunny days relaxing on the roof enjoying the sounds of birds and the fresh air. The village is surrounded by beautiful vinyards and when the leaves started to change the view looked like colorful quilted patchwork. There are many different trails to walk on to keep yourself busy. On colder days I liked to stay in and read by the fire. The village people are all very nice and friendly as well. Overall it is a great place to go to get away!
Ronald and Akky
An unexpected paradise
We returned from a wonderful three-week holiday in
France, including our stay at Assignan in your
beautiful home. With our GPS system it was easy to
find and the moment we stepped into your house we
felt the warm, cordial atmosphere it radiates. All
the little details that you must have paid so much
attention to!!!! The cosy living area, the bedroom
and the spare room, and last but not least, your
roof terrace. Although there were a couple of days
when it was really too hot to sit there during the
day we enjoyed our meals and evenings there. What a
place! We looked through your DVD collection and
enjoyed watching the live 8 2004 registration with
famous names such as Madonna, Robbie Williams, The
Pet Shop Boys, Mariah Carey and so many more. Of
course we went to the Saint Chinian market on
Sunday, we did in fact do all our shopping in that
lovely little town, we visited Carcassone and
Minerve, but since it was very hot we spent a lot
of time near Roquebrun, where we found a quiet
place at Ceps to sunbathe and swim in the river
Orb. It was a wonderful experience and we'd love to
Ronald and Akky
Heaven in the Languedoc
I have stayed a number of times at this wonderful retreat in Assignan, France. And indeed it is a treat to be there.
If I didn't have a bustling business and animals to take care of in Seattle, Washington, it is where I'd be right now.
For me, it is both one of the most relaxing and the most inspirational places I have ever been. I love visiting the farmer's market! On Thursdays, a wonderful array of produce, meats and cheeses abound. On Sundays, many artisans and crafts are added to the mix.
One of my favorite adventures while visiting France is castle hopping. There are many a Cathar Chateau to visit in the outlying areas enough to satisfy any adventurer.
And, of course, the community in Assignan is great. As friendly as you'd meet anywhere.
I could write a novel about the place. Perhaps one day I will. But this will do for now. Truly it is Heaven in the Languedoc.
Los Angeles, CA
Inspirational, relaxing, and beautiful!
Christine is a wonderful woman, whom I have not yet met in person but
hope to one day! Christine's vacation home in the South of France, "La Belle
Acienne", is a beautiful country house in a very old little village in wine
country, the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
I wish I had more words to describe it all; the house, the village, the town
nearby, the region, the caretakers (Manuel and Marie), and the whole
experience; it was beautiful, inspiring, relaxing, wonderful, amazing,
stunning and more.... The views of wine country from your terrace take your
breath away, turn around and you see the rooftops of the old houses around
you and it melts your heart, like an old painting.
Assignan is a quiet, tiny village, the perfect place for long walks (the walks
are incredible!), reading, romance, exploring, and make sure you try the
local wines they are delicious! This place is perfect for anyone who
appreciates beauty and some quiet time. Perfect place for a writer,
photographer, painter, any kind of artist! As well as anyone looking for a
romantic get away. There are beautiful drives to be taken if you come with a
car, you can get groceries in the town very nearby, as well as rent bicycles,
eat, etc. On certain days they have open markets, all kinds, which have
some incredible fresh produce, fish etc. and beautiful things to be bought.
If you're thinking about it, just go, it's a beautiful experience that you will
always be thankful for, and will hopefully do again and again as I plan to!! :)
Relaxed and Steeped in History
Arriving at La Belle is like stepping back in time and feeling one with the
past. The narrow village streets and houses two to three hundred years or
older are a reminder of different day and a different way of life. Yet La Belle
offers modern conveniences that give one the best of both worlds.
The stonewalls of La Belle seem to whisper stories of those who have lived
and visited before me. Sitting on the roof terrace with a glass wine from
the bottle provided as a welcome gift by Ms. Sohre is a grand beginning to
the stay at La Belle. From the roof terrace, one can gaze over the mature
vineyards bathed in hues of greens, golds, and browns. The sounds of the
village below drift up to greet and welcome you. One feels immediately at
Adding to the uniqueness of La Belle is Marie and Manuel, neighbors who
greet you upon arrival. They make the stay even more enjoyable as they
are a wealth of information regarding things to do and the history of the
area. You leave feeling you have made new and life long friends!
La Belle is a very comfortable place to stay with a fully equipped kitchen, a
dining area that boasts the most wonderful, large gather around old table
with chairs and benches, a sitting room with a fireplace and 2 comfortable
sleeping rooms. Not to be forgotten is the convenience of a laundry room!
There is nothing I wanted for when I stayed at La Belle.
If you want a holiday that is away from the hustle bustle and one that
speaks of another time and way of life, La Belle is the place to go. And, it is
a place to which I believe you will want to return.
A Most Pleasant Experience
The booking process was easy and honestly conducted. All of the provided
services had a personal touch and was greatly appreciated. Absolutely no
The home itself, like any ancient Roman dwelling has its own distinctive
charm. There is nothing the dwelling lacks. It is in a way fully 'ancient' and
fully modern - romantic in the best sense. I loved the roof terrace,
especially in the evening, with the swallows overhead and local wine on the
table. The location is off the beaten path where life is much as it has always
been. It is easy to pretend it is still the 18th or 19th Century. The wider, but
still easily accessible region is diverse and dynamic, offering mountains,
urban settings, and beaches.
This is not a slick corporate hotel with everything overpriced, mechanistic,
and impersonal. It's quiet, contemplative, and creative. It is easy to
understand why van Gogh liked the area. As an American, I loved it because
it was everything the United States is NOT: it has character, quietude, and
beauty uncluttered by advertising, surveillance cameras, and strip malls.
Experience authentic French living
One cannot help but be charmed and delighted when first one arrives in the hamlet of Assignan. Narrow streets that barely admit one vehicle, and no shops or any venues that cater to tourism make this out-of-the-way site the perfect retreat for those who want to experience the French countryside.
The townhouse itself is beautiful, and the roof terrace is a delight, allowing outdoor access with privacy at any time.
The market happens Thursdays and Sundays in nearby St. Chinian, and the bakery lady drives through town each morning except Monday.
This is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the ambiance of southern France.