We invite you to come and enjoy a relaxing holiday in Nizas- a tiny, charming and ancient village with a tiny population of 500 to match. The three-bedroom home is a beautifully restored, two-hundred-year-old “maison de village”, situat
Through a cool, bamboo-lined courtyard, you will find the entrance of the house, which starts with a modern, fully-equipped kitchen and inviting open dining space, and leads onto a smaller courtyard with a barbecue plancha.
Featuring stunning original stone and wooden beam work and high ceilings, the first floor boasts a beautiful master bedroom with a king size bed and a spacious, relaxing loungeroom. Equipped with comfortable couches and a large TV, DVD/Blu-ray player entertainment system, the loungeroom space opens out onto a big sunny terrace, which can also be accessed from the front courtyard via an external staircase.
Two charming bedrooms, a study area and a modern bathroom(toilets on each of the 3 levels) occupy the second floor. There is queen size bed in the second bedroom and a very comfortable daybed which can be converted into a double bed in the third.
Whether it be inside or out on the terrace, there is plenty of space for you to relax and be at home. All modern conveniences such as washing machine, dishwasher and microwave are available for use. Fresh towels and linen are provided and there is high-speed wireless internet throughout the house.
A minute’s walk from the house, you will find a public basketball court, an outdoor ping pong table and a boules court where you can join the locals for dinner and a game of pétanque every Wednesday evening during summer. There is also a tennis court for hire.
If you enjoy strolling, take a simple wander through and around the hills in any direction for however long and you will not be disappointed - stunning, vineyard landscapes at every turn. Wildlife sightings are frequent so keep an eye open for quails, pheasants and partridges who all love pecking through the vineyards.
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The house comes with 4 bikes for you to use (2 high end mountain bikes, 1 smaller low end mountain bike and 1 Peugeot “all road” country bike with a basket). If you need more bikes (or more specialised models) the Decathlon store in Montpellier (45 minutes drive - 1072 Avenue Georges Méliès Zone commerciale Odysseum) does all sorts of rentals. There are over 130 kms of sign-posted mountain biking trails for all levels starting directly from Nizas (+ an extra 110 kms starting from Bessilles - 15 minutes drive). This is a great way to experience the countryside and surrounding villages.
Cycling on the VTT-FFC track #10 via Pezenas is a great relaxed half-day trip (45km return) through the fields and vineyards. Stop over in Pezenas for French cuisine at Le Conti (27 rue Conti), Les Palmiers (10 Bis Rue Mercière) or sushi at Hana Sushi (1 rue Aristide Rouziere) and follow up with ice creams at Les Glaces De Sophie (16 rue Francois Oustrin, Place Gambetta) before heading back to Nizas.
--- To do and to see ---
We recommend the markets, cafés, restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and shops in Pézenas (10-minute drive), which is famous for its brocantes and lively art and music scene. All summer long the local winneries organise “Les Estivales” in Pezenas on Friday nights (8pm - midnight) with 1 euro wine tasting - (website hidden)
There is over a dozen different wineries accessible within a 30 minute drive around Nizas. A couple of them (Nizas, Fontes, Pezenas) close enough that you can ride your bike there (safer!).
The vibrant city of Montpellier is just a 45-minute drive or just over an hour by bus from Nizas. Two buses pass through Nizas to Pézenas daily (except Sundays and public holidays).
Our pick of local beaches, rivers, lakes, canals, barrages:
- Tamarissière Beach, Lac du Salagou (go to the presque isle for the best spots) and Barrage des Olivettes which are each within a 30 min radius of Nizas by car;
- The Etang de Thau where you can enjoy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and even scuba diving in Sète, Marseillan and Mèze (30 minute drive);
- Hérault river at Cazouls-d’Hérault for a dip (20 minute easy bike ride or 2 minutes drive);
- Abbaye de Gellone at Saint Guilhem le Désert (40 minutes drive) is one of Languedoc’s gems. It has been awarded the “most beautiful villages of France” label. The Abbey is also classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site by virtue of its position on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, as is the nearby Pont du Diable bridge, considered to be one of the oldest medieval bridges in France;
- Cirque de Mourèze (30 minutes drive) and its medieval village;
- 1 hour drive away but not to be missed is a classified UNESCO World Heritage site, the "Grand Site du Cirque de Navacelles". It gets pretty busy in summer so go early if you can;
- Le Canal du midi (Le Somail) direction Carcassonne (1 hour drive).
Two buses pass through Nizas to Pézenas daily (except Sundays and public holidays).
Please note that mobile coverage in the village is a little light. Phones from the operator “Free” will have reception in the house and “Sosh” or “Orange” mobiles will work from the village main plaza.
Our house is a typical french village house (built in 1818, renovated first in 1920 then extended in 1990 and finally completely renovated in 2013) which means that some of the door frames will be quite low and our top floor has a couple of low hanging wooden beams. If your are particularly tall (180-190cm+) please be aware that you will have to watch your head while walking on the top floor :)
In case our listing isn't available for your dates (or you simply wish to try something different :)) we can recommend the following listings in the region:
"La Petite Tour B&B" in Puissalicon: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2479845
"The perfect place to relax" in Nizas: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1086315
In der Reisevorbereitung funktionierte der Austausch schnell und effektiv - so hatten wir alle nötigen Infos zur Anreise in der (website hidden) war ein perfekter Kurzurlaub in Nizas bei Pierre & Rachel!
Wir haben die wunderbare Natur und Umgebung z.B. mit Märkten, Meer und Seen genossen. Die beiden Gastgeber erlebten wir als offene, relaxte, interessierte, diskrete, inspirierende und sehr freundliche Gastgeber. Das Haus und die Räume sind schön, schlicht und stilvoll eingerichtet - alles was der Mensch zum guten Leben braucht ist vor Ort zu finden (sogar flexible Frühstückszeiten :-) Es gibt genug Raum, um sich zurückzuziehen und/oder auch die Möglichkeit sich zum Austausch zu treffen. MERCI, wir kommen gerne wieder.
We had a great time with great hosts in Nizas! The tastefully decorated house is huge enough to find "your space". We found everything we needed to spend a relaxed holiday: comfortable bed, breakfast as wished, banana bread, blue sky & yellow mimosas and: an extremely friendly, open minded and interesting couple as hosts. Highly recommended: stay with Rachel & Pierre ... + feel free to enjoy the beautiful south and its gentle wilderness!
Me and my girlfriend had a very nice stay at Pierre and Rachel's place! Very friendly and nice to hang out drinking tea with! What can I say.... One of my best airbnb stays:)
tres bon sejour chez pierre et rachel... dans ce petit village Nizas du Languedoc
tres bien recus, jolie maison tres agreable
they speak french and english and I regret not to have tested my awful english at breakfast time