Self catering vacation home in France
· Languedoc · Mediterranean Coast · Hérault

Le Bijou

A restored 15th century merchant's house filled with character and authentic decor, set in the medieval town of Montagnac close to the Mediterranean coast.

Jack Dickerson
With Gite.com since March, 2017

“Contemporary impressionist artist, lived in US, Switzerland,…”

+1 508-237-5115
+1 781-718-7663

About the Holiday Home

Dining on the Terrace!
Dining on the Terrace!

Le Bijou is an old merchant's house built in the 15th century. It has been fully restored and filled with historic character. Set on four floors with two bedrooms, it is ideal for up to four guests. The house is decorated in traditional style with beautiful French fabrics and many antiques, and features a covered terrace facing southwest with its own kitchen facility.

A stone spiral staircase connects the floors. On the ground floor, the front door opens from the street into the original stone hallway and then the kitchen/living/dining area under its original vaulted stone ceiling.

The twin bedroom
The twin bedroom

The kitchen has all modern equipment necessary for a self catering holiday. The dining table seats six. A television and free wireless internet access are included.

On the next level up from the kitchen is the spacious double bedroom, with a sofa, closet and bathroom with shower. Upstairs again is the twin bedroom, with a pair of antique fruitwood beds and its own bathroom with a bathtub and shower.

The covered terrace
The covered terrace

On the top level is a bright covered terrace facing southwest. It contains a complete open-air kitchen with a gas barbecue, a sink, a fridge, servingware and a clothes washer. A dining table looks southwest over red tile roofs to distant wooded hills and sunsets.

Le Bijou is located in a a quiet neighborhood of old, narrow streets. Montagnac is a very safe town, and the inhabitants are friendly and welcoming.

Special features

  • Credit cards accepted

Location

Region
Languedoc-Roussillon
Town
Montagnac
Setting
Small medieval town with narrow streets surrounded by vineyards
Nearest large town
Pezenas
Other towns nearby
Beziers
Carcassonne
Marseillan
Montpellier
Sète
Département
Hérault (34)
Rental information

Le Bijou

Accommodates
4 guests
Bedrooms
2 bedrooms
One bedroom with a double bed, one bedroom with two single beds.

Features

  • Linen available
  • Towels available
  • Washing machine
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • Central heating
  • Barbecue
  • Non-smoking

Rental rates

The rates shown below are for renting this self-catering accommodation for one week. Rent is to be paid to the owner in US Dollars. For your reference, you can view the rates in another currency. Currency conversions are an approximate guide and are subject to change.
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Time of year Cost per week
June 15 until October 26 $ 890
October 26 until January 1 $ 890
January 1 until May 1 $ 790
May 1 until June 14 $ 890

Availability calendar

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Rental Conditions

A security deposit of $400 is required for each two week period, which will be returned to you within a week after your departure provided there has been no damage during your stay.

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Contact

Jack Dickerson at Le Bijou.

Where to Go, What to Do

Montagnac (Photo: Flickr / martin_vmorris)
Montagnac (Photo: Flickr / martin_vmorris)

The owners have created a guide book for guests, with many superb sites within less than two hours of Montagnac. It includes descriptions, maps, directions, and some restaurants as well. These are probably among the most memorable, historic and beautiful sites in the Languedoc–Roussillon.

Medieval Montagnac enjoys warm, sunny Mediterranean weather, with rolling vineyards on the nearby hillsides. The town's rich heritage includes its 13th century church, and the many houses built by rich merchants in the 14th and 15th centuries (such as Le Bijou).

Among the good restaurants in Montagnac: BK, run by a young couple, which serves excellent fresh cuisine; Le Jardin d’Hélena has an outside terrace and is run by a typically French husband/wife team, offering simple but good, fresh local and regional French country cooking; Brasserie des Sports, also run by a young couple, is very good for lunch- be sure to order the "formule" special of the day. Very close to it is an excellent bakery. All are within a three minute walk.

The nearby town of Pézenas (Photo: Flickr / chomster.fr)
The nearby town of Pézenas (Photo: Flickr / chomster.fr)

A nearby Spar grocery carries everyday food and supplies. For an early morning coffee and pastry, try the café across the street. Be sure to go to the open market on the esplanade on Friday morning.

This is the perfect pied-à-terre for a vacation of relaxing and site-seeing. Many superb sites to explore are within a 15 to 90 minute drive. This includes many of “les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (the most beautiful villages in France), and many UNESCO world heritage sites.

Carcassonne
Carcassonne

Among the places to see are the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, the superb medieval stone villages of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, the ancient city walls of Aigues-Mortes, the world famous Roquefort Caves, the many sheep and goat cheese artisans based near there, the town of Bouzigues, which is famous for delicious oysters and other seafood, and the Mediterranean harbor towns of Mèze, Marseillan, Sète and Cap d’Agde. All have wonderful restaurants.

The beaches of the Mediterranean are within 20 to 30 minutes' drive. The town of Pézenas is one of France's famous centres for antique dealers and offers many good restaurants too. Visit the many regional wineries that offer free tastings, and the dozens of weekly open markets. The owners have prepared a guidebook containing lots of information on places to eat and visit.

Photo Album

A well equipped kitchen: gas stove, oven, microwave, fridge, pots, pans, cooking utensils, eating utensils, napkins, towels, table cloths, etc.
A well equipped kitchen: gas stove, oven, microwave, fridge, pots, pans, cooking utensils, eating utensils, napkins, towels, table cloths, etc.
The double bedroom
The double bedroom
The main bedroom, with its double antique bed
The main bedroom, with its double antique bed
The main bedroom, looking toward the windows and doors to the balcony
The main bedroom, looking toward the windows and doors to the balcony
Sitting area in the main bedroom
Sitting area in the main bedroom
Bedroom two, with larger than normal single beds
Bedroom two, with larger than normal single beds
Grilled oysters with leek , lardons and local cheese
Grilled oysters with leek , lardons and local cheese
Full 2nd kitchen on the terrace, with barbeque, fridge, sink, dishes, utensils, washer
Full 2nd kitchen on the terrace, with barbeque, fridge, sink, dishes, utensils, washer
Local musicians during a celebration
Local musicians during a celebration
Visit the Grottos nearby (Amen Armand to the north is superb)
Visit the Grottos nearby (Amen Armand to the north is superb)
The famous Abbaye de Vallemagne, 10 minutes' drive
The famous Abbaye de Vallemagne, 10 minutes' drive
The place to lunch in the  ancient, fortified, walled town of Aigues-Mortes, an hour's drive, in the Camargue.
The place to lunch in the ancient, fortified, walled town of Aigues-Mortes, an hour's drive, in the Camargue.
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the terrace
Breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the terrace