La Cave is a former winery, built of stone in the traditional local style around the end of the 19th century. It has been beautifully converted into a luxurious three-storey house with four bedrooms, and is ideal for groups of six to eight.
It is set in a hamlet that was once devoted to silk production, and an ancient mulberry tree in the garden of La Cave dates from that time. Also in the spacious garden is an 8x4 metre swimming pool and a pool house. Surrounding the hamlet are vineyards and small wooded area of mostly pines, perfect for a stroll amid the scent of wild thyme and rosemary.
The inside of the house has retained its traditional character, with exposed stone walls and wooden roof beams. On the ground floor is a large L-shaped open-plan kitchen-living-dining room. In the living area, a sofa and easy chairs surround a TV (with satellite receiver and DVD player). Broadband internet access is also available to guests.
The dining area has a large refectory table and chairs, and the kitchen is fully fitted and well-equipped. French doors lead out to the garden and the swimming pool. Also on the ground floor is a shower room, a toilet, and the laundry facilities.
Stairs lead up from the entrance hall to the middle floor. A living area on the galleried landing has sofas and easy chairs. There are two bedrooms on this floor, both with double beds, and a bathroom with a bath, a shower cubicle, double basins, and a separate toilet. On the top floor are two more bedrooms, each with a pair of single beds. This floor also has a bathroom with a shower, a basin, and a separate toilet.
The hamlet of La Manière is located between the villages of Puisserguier and Cébazan, a short drive from the RN112, which connects Béziers with Albi. Puisserguier is a lively village, only five minutes away by car, with a weekly market offering fresh produce, cheeses and general groceries to mention but a few. There is also a good selection of shops, bakers, butchers, grocers, two bars, a restaurant and a pharmacy. Near the village of Cazédarnes stands the Abbaye de Fontcaude, dating from the 12th and 13th centuries, where concerts are held in the summer.
La Manière is strategically situated for exploring the surrounding area. The beaches of the Mediterranean sea are only a short drive away, as are the historic towns of Béziers and Narbonne. A little further afield is the medieval fortress of Carcassonne, and the university town of Montpellier. Rich in Roman history, the area offers remnants of this epoch almost everywhere: the oppidum in Enserune, Amphoralis, the Roman pottery museum in Sallèles d'Aude, the Horreum Romanum in Narbonne, to mention just a few.
“Thank you for a wonderful experience. Everything met or exceeded expectations. We will certainly be returning to the area and look forward to seeing the property again.”
Bill and Taffy H. - Windsor, Ontario, Canada
“We all enjoyed staying in this villa. The Sunday market at St. Poms was superb. The beach is not far away and was fantastic. We will definitely recommend it to our friends and would like to come back again in the near future. In total, our holiday was a perfect one.”
Graham and Cecile H. - Luxembourg
“We enjoyed our stay tremendously and all went very smoothly.”
Jane P. - London, UK
“Everything was great, we all loved La Cave and hope to visit again soon.”
Lindsay G. - Huddersfield, UK
“We loved the region. La Maniere was exactly the tranquil location we were wanting. We would certainly stay at La Cave again. We will be back!”
Judith and Roger B. - Canberra, Australia
“This was our third time renting a house in the Languedoc Roussillon area and La Cave was the best. It was comfortable, well suited to a fairly large group with plenty of bathrooms. The gite was quite attractive.”
Betsy T. - Silver, Maryland, USA