Frederic's place is attached to but independent from his village house - it's a neat, simple modern conversion of a barn/garage where wine was produced not so very long ago, and the ensuite shower/toilet room is in fact where the wine was stored! The location is very quiet - it's in a short cul de sac - and the village is charming but not touristy - it's in a major wine area, with several small producers still operating in the village. There's a small supermarket nearby plus a boulangerie, a couple of family restaurants and a pizza shack. Further choice exists in the adjoining village of Fleury, about 40 minutes walk or a five minute drive away.
Frederic was just back from work and waiting for us when we arrived at 7pm. After showing us the facilities, he made time to chat and offered us a drink. He's a warm, polite young man with an easy manner and good English, and he's proud of his first house and his work to improve it. He's planning to put a proper kitchen in the Airbnb accommodation when time and money permit; for the moment, there's a big fridge, a two-ring hot plate, a microwave, kettle and coffee machine - more than adequate for a short stay!
Sleeping arrangements are slightly unorthodox but the bunk-style double bed, although accessed by steep ladder steps, was very comfortable. There's no air con but a large fan kept us cool enough to sleep well.
We'd recommend Frederic's place to anyone looking for simple, characterful, well equipped accommodation. At around 30 euros a night for two people, it's very good value, and it's very convenient for both the historic cities of Narbonne and Beziers, plus the main A9 autoroute, and the coast at Gruissan (a lovely village grouped around a castle on a rock, with a more modern beach development a mile away). It's also a great stop for cyclists as the plain of the river Aude is largely flat with lots of quiet roads (and Frederic himself is a keen cyclist). We would happily return for a longer visit.
Merci a vous, Frederic. A la prochaine!