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A Village House



maison bize

A Village House

€55,700 to €63,700 1/10TH SHARE
4 Bedrooms / 2.5 bathrooms
Bize-Minervois (click to open map)
south of france

A historic walled village with a natural river swimming beach

Own a share of this 200-year-old beautifully restored village house set in a romantic, medieval riverside village, in the heart of the Minervois wine region, known for its vineyards, olive groves, and beautiful landscapes just a short distance from the Mediterranean Sea.

The river Cesse runs through the village and provides an idyllic, freshwater swimming hole with crystal clear, mountain water and a pebbled beach area, just a 2 minute walk from the house. A perfect spot for a refreshing dip or for families with children as there is a lifeguard on hand in the summer months.

Ideally situated for the perfect holiday or extended stay, the village is well equipped with several great restaurants, a bar with pizzeria and large outdoor terrace, an excellent take-away burger bar offering homemade buns and burgers (summer seasonal), a boulangerie, a “brocante”, mini-supermarket, pharmacy and much more.

With easy access to several airports, trains and the motorway, the village is also a prime location to use as a home base for travel throughout France and Europe.

in a quiet, picturesque square

The House and Roof Terrace

A professionally designed, fully furnished, 150 square-meter (1600 square feet) three story house with plentiful parking in the centre of the village.

In the front outdoor space, enjoy a fresh baked croissant from the local boulangerie amidst the spectacular glow of the french morning light. Other outdoor areas of the property include a small, shady terrace with an open, wood pergola, outdoor string lights and a café table and chairs on the first floor and a large, private, sunny terrace on the top floor with a built-in BBQ and dining table with seating for eight. The top floor terrace is west-facing, ideal for enjoying a French apéritif to the backdrop of one of southern France’s majestic sunsets.

High-speed wireless internet, heating and air conditioning is included throughout the property.

Each owner is also provided with a personal storage container to be stored within the property.






a fully equipped american kitchen, downstairs powder room and comfortable living area

Ground Floor

A light and bright foyer leads into the house with a coat hanging area and downstairs powder room.

Set to the backdrop of 13th century ramparts, is a large, modern, fully-equipped kitchen including a built-in dishwasher, dual oven and induction hob, large American fridge freezer, kettle, coffee/tea maker, Nespresso and toaster. All kitchen, dining and entertaining essentials are also included.

The dining area comfortably seats eight. Off the dining area is a pantry and a utility room with a washing machine, dryer, microwave and additional storage. 

A spacious, open-plan living room adjoins the dining area with two large windows, high ceilings with recess lighting and a Smart TV. In the winter months, a wood-burning stove creates a warm and inviting ambience.

3 double bedrooms, a bathroom AND AN OUTDOOR TERRACE

First Floor

The open-plan curved staircase leads from the living room to the first floor. Here you will find 3 double bedrooms.

Bedroom 1 has a king-sized bed, two tall windows, a dressing table with mirror and a walk-in wardrobe.

Bedroom 2 has a queen-sized bed, a built-in wardrobe and a small, shady terrace with a café table and chairs.

Bedroom 3 has a double bed and a dressing area with dresser and mirror.

The large bathroom includes a walk-in Italian shower with both a rain and handheld shower heads, a towel warmer, a sink and mirror with storage and a full size bath.

All bed linens, hand and bath towels, wooden hangers and a blow dryer are also provided.


A Salon, A 4th BedrooM, a bathroom AND A Roof TERRACE

Second Floor

A curved staircase leads to a spacious second-floor salon with wood flooring and a high, wood-beamed ceiling with a skylight and recessed lighting. Enjoy ample lounge space during the day and sleep two more at night on the comfortable, sleeper sectional sofa with chaise. A Smart TV, a Victrola record player with records and a console filled with board games also adorn this wonderful space for family and friends to gather.

Highlights on this floor also include a fourth bedroom with bunk beds and built-in wadrobe, a bathroom with shower and a roof terrace with “Piazza” lights, built-in BBQ and peek-a-boo river views.


Local Amenities

Artisan bakery 

Restaurants x 3

Bar with pizzas, Takeaway burger bar

Best local markets: St Chinian – This market is on Thursday and Sunday. Olanzac market on Tuesdays. Narbonne market daily.


Small supermarket in the village
Large supermarket – Argeliers (7 minute drive)

Tourist information: Ginestas

Local restaurants and bars


Number 1 on Tripadvisor

La Grange

French/Asian Fusion food

Restaurant Chez Jean-Marc

Very Popular Restaurant

La Selette

Centre of the Village

Cafe du Midi

Recommended restaurants and bars

Near Maison Bize

A Local Gem

Restaurant Lo Cagarol

Michelin Star Restaurant - Stunning!

La Table De Castigno

Part of the Village Castigno

La Petite Table

Castigno Thai Restaurant

Le Thai


Stunningly Beautiful Throughout the Year


The Surrounding Area

The village, famous for its olive festival and natural swimming river, is ideally situated for exploring the Occitanie region, the sunniest in France, with its rich cultural and historical heritage, many restaurants and vast landscape of endless vineyards, rivers, canals, lakes, the Pyrenees mountains and the many beaches and villages along the Mediterranean coast.

Within easy reach of the property there are also a number of activites available to those so inclined. There are great trails to walk, run, hike or bike, secret river spots to swim and historic castles to tour. Picnic by boat down the famous Canal di Mudi or ride horses through the vines, which is available at two local stables.

Canoeing and Kayaking can be a great day out. These are offered both on the rivers Orb and Aude or take a sea kayak trip in the creeks of Sete. Tennis, basketball and boulodrome (bocce) courts can be found in the village or golf at one of the nearby, picturesque courses. For adventure seekers, white water rafting and canyoning can be found within a two hour drive and there is an Aqua Park in Narbonne.

Meander through the picturesque tree-lined square of the St. Chinian market, famous for its local products, or spend an afternoon wine tasting at one of the many idyllic vineyards. Ski the Pyrenees in winter, bask in the glow of the Mediterranean coast in summer, inhale the scents of wild flower meadows in spring or harvest grapes in the fall, no matter the season, this region is full of experiences and activities to discover, explore and enjoy.



Minerve lies to the west and had a fortress in the Middle Ages. One of the most dramatic moments in the war against the Cathars took place here in 1210, when the town witnessed the first great burning of the heretics. The Crusaders condemned more than one hundred and forty souls to the flames. The Oppidum d’Enserune rises 120 metres above the Beziers plain and has been occupied since the 6th Century BC.

Well worth a visit and also worthy of note is the view of the drained lake of Montardy, which can be seen from the oppidum. Minervois, as a region is famous for its wines and that will become instantly obvious as you tour the area. The wines are generally fruity robust reds of good quality. The exception being the excellent Muscat produced in St. Jean de Minervois only a 10 minute drive and a must for the wine cognoscenti.




Carcassonne is famous for being the largest medieval fortress in Europe.

There are really two towns, the lower town dating from the thirteenth century and the more famous Cité, the upper walled town, which has been occupied since earliest times.

Much of what can be seen today is a nineteenth Century restoration, but it certainly should not be missed on a trip to this area. The view from a distance never fails to impress. If your visit includes the 14th July, they have a wonderful firework display here.



A major centre since Roman times, Narbonne is a city with much to offer. The cathedral dominates the skyline from a distance; in fact it has the third highest vault of any Gothic cathedral in France. It is well worth a visit, as are the Treasury and the two buildings of the Archbishop’s Palace. The Canal de la Robine offers somewhere to stroll and perhaps have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. The Halles de Narbonne is a daily covered market where fresh produce can be purchased if you are planning to cook in the evening. Finally, the archaeological museum is a must. There are excellent displays of artifacts from Narbonne’s history and especially the Roman period, when this city was the capital of Provincia Romana Narbonensis.



The African Reserve at Sigean

The African Reserve at Sigean lies about 15 km to the south of Narbonne. It is a huge 300 hectare park with over 150 species of lions, rhinos, giraffes, elephants and many more, all within an African setting. It is open all year and is a great day out for the family.


Les Montagnes de la Clape and the Beaches

This is an important wine growing area between Narbonne and the beaches. The scenery is simply stunning and well worth investigating. There are several good vineyards here that are open to the public. Château Pech-Celeyran at the northern end and Château Pech Redon in the south are worth a visit. There are also some great beaches; Fleury d’Aude is excellent, especially if you want to get away from the crowds. The village of Gruissan with its ochre coloured houses is a perfect spot to have a long lunch. Seafood, as you may expect, is very good here.




This important region stretches south from Narbonne. Its sun drenched limestone hills have a beauty that is quite incredible.

The area is littered with the remains of numerous monastic institutions and châteaux.


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