St IERRE de ERJAC - Chateau St Pierre de Serjac

St IERRE de ERJAC - Chateau St Pierre de Serjac
CHÂTEAU
StPIERRE de SERJAC
WELCOME
We hope you have a really great stay at Château St Pierre
de Serjac and to help make sure you do, we’ve prepared
this guest book. In the following pages you will find useful
information about the Château and your accommodation, the
surrounding villages, recommended restaurants, our favourite
beaches, suggested days out, wine tasting and all sorts of other
information to help you make the most of your break. If you’d
like any advice on anything that isn’t covered in these pages,
just ask. Our concierges have a lot of local knowledge, and
will be more than happy to help.
If there is anything about your accommodation or your visit
that needs attention, or you feel can be improved, please do
not hesitate to let us know and we will do our very best to help.
Have a wonderful stay!
ALL THE TEAM AT CHÂTEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC
GUEST BOOK
1. INFORMATION ........................................................................................................................................ 5
About Château St Pierre de Serjac Emergency numbers & assistance
Essential information
Making the most of your stay
Getting around
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2. YOUR ACCOMMODATION ........................................................................................................................................ 13
General information & housekeeping
Air-conditioning & heating
Plumbing
The kitchen & barbecue
Swimming pools
Making telephone calls
Sound and vision
TV channels
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3. CHÂTEAU & GROUNDS ........................................................................................................................................ 25
The Château & Estate
The Restaurant & Bar
Eating in
Main Pool & Terrace
Le Spa
The Barbecue area
Children
Sports facilities Safety & neighbourliness
Book your Event
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4. WINE & WINE TOURISM ........................................................................................................................................ 37
Our Estate Wines Wine Tourism at Château St Pierre de Serjac
St Pierre de Serjac Wine Discovery Day
Visiting other Bonfils Estates
Languedoc Wine Regions
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Wineries near the Château
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Corbières and Limoux
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La Clape
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St.Chinian47
5. THE LOCAL AREA ...................................................................................................................................... 49
Local villages
Local towns – Pézenas
Local towns – Béziers
Favourite Restaurants
Fun for children
Rainy days
Markets 50
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6. BEACH LIFE ...................................................................................................................................... 69
Mediterranean beaches
Lagoon beaches
River & lake beaches
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7. DAYS OUT ...................................................................................................................................... 77
A day on the Canal
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St Chinian & Roquebrun
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Cap d’Agde & Marseillan port
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Narbonne, La Clape & Gruissan
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Olargues & the Gorges d’Heric
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Sète, Bouzigues & Marseillan
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Montpellier84
St Guilhem & the Pont du Diable
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Carcassonne & Bize-Minervois
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Millau viaduct & Roquefort
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Lagrasse & the Cathar castles
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The foothills of the Pyrénées
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Collioure & Perpignan
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8. EXTRA INFORMATION ...................................................................................................................................... 91
Leaflets and order forms
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INFORMATION
About Château St Pierre de Serjac
Emergency numbers & assistance
Essential information
Making the most of your stay
Getting around
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INFORMATION " ABOUT CHÂTEAU ST PIERRE DE SERJAC
O
ur vision for Château St Pierre de Serjac was to create a destination that
blended the best aspects of traditional holiday options, eliminating the
compromises that are so often a feature of vacation choices. And at the
same time to offer outstanding value to our guests. Château St Pierre de Serjac is
not a traditional hotel. Rather, like the best French wines, it is an ‘assemblage’ –
a blend of complementary ingredients where we hope the final result offers more
than the sum of the parts.
SO WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?
THE AUTHENTIC CHARM AND CHARACTER OF A 19TH CENTURY ESTATE –
spacious grounds surrounded by vines, with spectacular views.
THE ATMOSPHERE AND SERVICE OF A PRIVATE CLUB – a relaxed atmosphere,
attentive service but without the formality.
8 LUXURIOUS ‘FULL SERVICE’ HOTEL ROOMS – generously-sized rooms with
king-sized beds and contemporary ‘Château’ decor.
STYLISH AND SPACIOUS SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION – intimate,
private and practical, air-conditioned and fully equipped for self-catering.
AN ELEGANT RESTAURANT – locally sourced French cuisine with a distinctive
Mediterranean accent, served in a informal and convivial atmosphere.
GREAT FACILITIES – a 30m heated infinity pool and sun terraces, Cinq Mondes
Spa, bar serving wines & cocktails, Masterclay tennis court, BBQs, boules court,
bikes and sports equipment, kids’ club, high speed Wi-Fi, DVD library...
KNOWLEDGEABLE CONCIERGE SERVICES – helping you get the most out of your stay.
WHAT WON’T YOU FIND?
A VERY FORMAL, TRADITIONAL 5-STAR HOTEL EXPERIENCE – the majority of our
guests are looking for relaxed and understated luxury, with great service from
local people in a casual atmosphere.
ALL THE FEATURES OF A LUXURY HOTEL – We don’t provide room service in the
self-catering properties for example, though we do offer a number of take-out
food and drink options for self-catering guests.
DAILY CLEANING AND LINEN CHANGES – in the self-catering accommodation
linen is changed every 3-4 days and guests are required to empty their own bins and
to leave the accommodation as they found it. Additional housekeeping services are
available on request. Please see the General Info/Housekeeping section.
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INFORMATION " EMERGENCY NUMBERS & ASSISTANCE
EUROPEAN EMERGENCY CALLS FROM ANY PHONE: 2 112
AMBULANCE (SAMU): 2 15
POLICE: 2 17
FIRE BRIGADE: 2 18
CHÂTEAU RECEPTION: 2 04 67 80
76 00 or 2 2000 from your room.
Reception is open from 8am to 8pm. The restaurant staff are also available to
help you during restaurant opening hours, generally until around 11pm.
After 11pm, an emergency number is displayed on the Reception door. This
number is for medical or other serious emergencies only.
DOCTORS
MAGALAS:
CABINET ATHANASE ARQUÉ, Rue de la Paix, 34480 Magalas. 2 04 67 36 36 36
DR SARAH GIBBINS – 51 Avenue de la Coopérative, 34480 Magalas.
2 04 67 36 62 62. English doctor – available Monday-Friday
(Wednesdays by appointment only).
DR SAID – 51 Avenue de la Coopérative, 34480 Magalas. 2 04 67 36 62 62
PUISSALICON:
DR FOURCADE – 128 Rue de la Promenade, 34480 Puissalicon. 2 04 67 36 00 17
POUZOLLES:
DR ROMIEU – 1 Rue du Tap, 34480 Pouzolles. 2 04 67 24 60 55
POLICE
GENDARMERIE – PÉZENAS
12 Chemin de Plaisance, 34120 Pézenas. 2 04 67 98 13 65
POLICE MUNICIPALE – MAGALAS 2 04 67 28 01 07 2 06 79 31 95 63
HOSPITAL & EMERGENCY SERVICES
POLYCLINIC SAINT PRIVAT
Rue de la Margeride, Boujan-sur-Libron. 2 04 67 35 46 00
The Polyclinic Saint Privat is a new, modern hospital with a 24-hour emergency
department. Do not worry about costs, insurance etc. Medical care is very inexpensive and extremely high quality. The hospital is a 20-minute drive from the
Château and easy to find. Take the road to Pouzolles, then follow the D15 towards
Béziers. Take the last exit off the roundabout at the bottom of the D15.
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INFORMATION " ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
OPENING HOURS
Reception is open from 8am–8pm. If you need help or assistance outside of
these hours please speak to the Restaurant staff. To call Reception dial 2000.
OUT OF HOURS CONTACT
When Reception is closed, please call the main Château telephone number
2 + 33 (0)4 67 80 76 00 (or 2 2000 from your accommodation) to leave a message. In an emergency, you can call the number which is listed on the Reception
entrance door. This number is for medical or other serious emergencies only.
CHECK-IN & CHECK-OUT
You can check-in any time after 4pm, and check-out by 11am. Remember that
there are likely to be guests arriving after you, so please respect the check-out
time. If you need to check-out before 8am, please let us know and we will organise your account the evening before, before 8pm.
As your accommodation is self-catering, we ask that you leave your property
as you found it, with the kitchen clean, fridges and bins emptied. If you prefer
to have someone do the final clean for you, this can be arranged at an additional charge. Please make arrangements for this service with Reception well
in advance.
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KEYS
Please keep your keys with you at all times during your stay at the
Château, but remember to leave them at Reception at the end of
your stay.
PARKING
When you arrive please use the main car park near the Château. Reception will
tell you which is the closest car park to your accommodation when you check
in. Crime is infrequent in the area but we advise that you lock your car and do
not leave any valuables on display.
POOL ALARMS – ACCOMMODATION N° 28 & 36 ONLY
On arrival, your pool alarm will be activated and the siren will go off if
anyone uses the pool without deactivating it first. The operating and security
instructions are shown on a panel by your pools. Please read them carefully and
turn the alarm off before you go swimming.
POOL GATES – ALL OTHER PROPERTIES
All other properties have gated pools and the security gate must remain shut
at all times. To open the pool security gate, press down the button on top of the
handle and turn the handle AT THE SAME TIME. Same procedure to close the gate.
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INFORMATION " ESSENTIAL INFORMATION
LAUNDRY & CLEANING
With the exception of the Château room, all of the properties have a washing
machine and clothes drying rack. A dry-cleaning service is available for hotel
room guests.
INTERNET
All the accommodation at Château St Pierre de Serjac has complimentary WiFi
access. There is also WiFi in the Bar and on the terraces. Please take into consideration that as we’re located in the countryside, internet access can sometimes be
a little sporadic! For log on instructions please see the Sound & Vision section.
MAIL & OFFICE SERVICES
Incoming mail will be delivered to your property. Stamped outgoing mail can
be left at Reception before 11am. Mail is collected daily. Reception also provides
scanning and photocopying services.
MAKING PHONE CALLS
Mobile phone reception in the countryside can be tricky. The best reception is
on the terrace at the top of the main staircase. For this reason we are happy to
be able to offer you free telephone calls to many destinations from the phone
in your accommodation (to landlines only, not mobiles). Please see the Making
Phone Calls section for all the details.
PETS
Well-behaved pets are allowed in the self-catering accommodation. There is a
15€ supplement per pet. Pets are not allowed in the swimming pools, on the main
pool terrace or in the Spa. Please ensure that your pet remains on a leash at all
times when on the premises, other than when in your property. As a courtesy
to other guests we do ask that you clean up after your pet, a 50€ soiling charge
will be applied if this is not respected. Be aware that animals are not allowed on
most of the region’s beaches between 9am and 5pm and that many do not allow
them at any time during the summer months.
SMOKING
Smoking is not permitted in any of our accommodation. You are welcome to
smoke outside but please ensure that all cigarettes are fully extinguished as they
pose a fire risk to the surrounding vines. Also, please use the ashtrays provided.
PAYMENT
We accept Euros, French cheques, MasterCard and Visa of all types. Due to the
high charges, we don’t accept American Express. For our American guests, please
note that there are sometimes issues with American credit cards, so it’s a good
idea to notify your bank that you will be using your card in France.
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INFORMATION " MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR STAY
THE BLACKBOARD
At the main entrance to the Château Reception there is a blackboard where we
give daily weather updates, traffic information and suggestions of things to do
and places to go – both at the Château and in the surrounding area. It would
be a shame to miss a wine tasting at St Pierre or a local festival – so do keep an
eye on the board!
THE CONCIERGE SERVICE
The Languedoc is full of hidden gems. But as with most destinations, sometimes
local inside knowledge is required, and many of the best places and the most
interesting local events, attractions and itineraries are to be found away from
the tourist haunts.
From restaurant recommendations to walking itineraries, chefs to chauffeurs,
our multilingual team can give you suggestions or make reservations to ensure
you experience the very best the region has to offer. If you happen to discover
somewhere new and exciting, be it a new restaurant, an unusual swimming spot
or any other activity to do that other guests will enjoy, please tell us about it.
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INFORMATION " GETTING AROUND
TAXIS
Taxis are available and can take you anywhere, but be aware they are expensive
compared to most European cities. If you’d like to book a taxi, please ask at
Reception as we can also advise you on the best transport solution to meet your
needs.
TOWN CARS
For longer travel distances, you may prefer a higher level of comfort. We have
contacts with various luxury transport providers. Please ask Reception for a
quote.
MINIBUS TRANSFERS AND TOURISM
We can organise transport for up to eight people in an air-conditioned minibus.
It is also possible to hire a bus with a driver to visit various tourist destinations,
well worth doing if you come without a car.
FUN CAR HIRE
You can hire a soft top Morgan roadster or a 2CV for a fun tour of the region.
Or, for an authentic tour of the vineyards and wineries in the area we can organise a guide to take you around, introduce you to the winemakers and of course,
taste the wines. Bookings should be made well in advance, so do please ask at
Reception as soon as possible if you would like to make a reservation.
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION
General information & housekeeping
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Air-conditioning & heating
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Plumbing18
The kitchen & barbecue
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Swimming pools
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Making telephone calls
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Sound and vision
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TV channels
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " GENERAL INFO/HOUSEKEEPING
HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES IN SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION
Self-catering accommodation at the Château operates differently from a hotel.
On arrival your property is prepared with the beds made, and towels/pool towels
provided. Please bring your pool towels back to your property to dry between
each use. We carry out a change of linen service every three to four days but
we ask that our guests leave their accommodation in the same clean and tidy
state as they find it i.e. empty fridges, wipe down surfaces, run the dishwasher,
ensure appliances and equipment are clean and take rubbish out to the bins at
the Château entrance.
The housekeeping service every three to four days included in your accommodation price includes: " Fresh towels " Restock and clean bathrooms
" Change bed linen " Beds made
As part of our commitment to the environment, if a linen change is due on the
day before your departure, then bed linen will not be changed.
EXTRA HOUSEKEEPING AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
If you’d prefer, we have a choice of housekeeping services available at an additional charge. Please note that advance booking is required to ensure that we
have sufficient housekeeping staff available for you.
Bedroom & Bathroom:
Studio accommodation
2 bedroom accommodation
3 bedroom accommodation
4 bedroom accommodation
22€ per day
44€ per day
59€ per day
74€ per day
Restock and clean bathrooms " Empty bins " Clean floors " Make beds
(no linen change) " Fold towels (no towel change) " Dust furniture
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Full Housekeeping:
Studio accommodation
2 bedroom accommodation
3 bedroom accommodation
4 bedroom accommodation
36€ per day
67€ per day
86€ per day
114€ per day
Restock and clean bathrooms " Empty bins " Clean floors " Make beds (no
linen change) " Fold towels (no towel change) " Dust furniture " Clean surfaces
" Tidy rooms " Load dishwasher " Clean kitchen
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " GENERAL INFO/HOUSEKEEPING
EXTRA LINEN CHANGE SERVICE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Self-catering guests may have their linen changed more frequently at an additional charge. Again please remember to book this service in advance.
EXTRA LINEN CHANGE SERVICE: (38€/Double bed, 24€/Twin Bed)
" Restock welcome products " Deliver fresh towels & bed linen and make beds
" Does not include cleaning
HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES IN HOTEL ROOMS
All hotel rooms include a full housekeeping service on a daily basis.
IN ADDITION, EVERY 3 DAYS THE STAFF WILL:
" Provide clean bathroom towels " Change bed linen
WASTE DISPOSAL & RECYCLING
Please remember that your waste should be put out regularly and before your
departure. Please recycle using the bins provided. It’s very important that your bin
bags are properly sealed as open bags quickly attract flies and generate unpleasant
smells. The bins are located at the entrance to the Château.
BROWN CONTAINER: Located inside the waste disposal area is for general waste
in sealed bin bags.
YELLOW CONTAINER: Located outside the waste disposal area is for paper, plastic
and cans. No bag needed, but items should be rinsed out.
GREEN CONTAINER: Located outside the waste disposal area is for glass bottles.
Cardboard packaging can be left folded inside the waste disposal area on the right.
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FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
In the Château building, fire extinguishers are located in the hallway
on every floor. All the other properties each have a smoke alarm and
a fire extinguisher, generally stored under the sink. For your safety,
please ensure that you and all occupants familiarise yourselves with
the location and functioning of the fire extinguishers at the start of
your stay.
ELECTRICITY
Voltage: 220 Volts. Adapters are available from Reception.
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " GENERAL INFO/HOUSEKEEPING
STARTER PACKS
ON YOUR ARRIVAL IN EACH SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION YOU'LL FIND A
STARTER PACK OF BASIC ESSENTIALS. THIS INCLUDES:
Salt, pepper, oil, vinegar, tea coffee pods, sugar, dishwasher tabs, washing
machine tabs, washing-up liquid, toilet roll, bin bag, cleaning sponge... Feel
free to use these up but then stock up on your own supplies at the local shops.
If you are short of something and the shops are closed, drop by Reception to
see if they can help.
MINI-BAR
In the hotel rooms you will find a soft drinks and Estate wine mini-bar. Selfcatering guests also have a selection of Estate wines in their accommodation. Please
help yourselves, noting what you have drunk on the form which should be given to
reception on checkout. If you need replenishments just let Reception know what
you require using the form at the back of this Guest book.
DRY-CLEANING SERVICE
We offer a dry-cleaning service for our guests. Prices are available at Reception
and on the form which you'll find at the back of the Guest book.
As this service is out-sourced, please leave your clothes to be cleaned at
Reception, together with a dry-cleaning form. If your clothes are left before
10am, they will be ready for collection the next day from 10am onwards (except
Sundays and bank holidays). If they are left with us after 10am, then please leave
2 days before collection.
HELP PRESERVE THE ENVIRONMENT
To save energy, please turn your air-conditioning off when you leave your accommodation. It will cool back down very quickly when you return. Heating can
be left on at a comfortable temperature. Please close your windows when using
the air-conditioning.
The locals keep their homes cool in summer by closing the windows and shutters
during the day to keep the heat out, and opening them during the night to let the
cooler air in. This works surprisingly well, especially in a building like ours that
has nice thick walls. Please also remember to turn off your terrace lights during the
day – it’s still on if you can see a thin orange light on the switch!
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " AIR-CONDITIONING & HEATING
AIR-CONDITIONING & HEATING
The air-conditioning units in each house or apartment are ‘reversible’, providing
both air-conditioning and heating. The temperature and speed of the fan can
be set using the digital keypad.
TO TURN THE AIR-CONDITIONING ON OR OFF, press the power button
TO CHANGE THE TEMPERATURE use the up or down arrows
TO INCREASE THE FAN SPEED, press the fan button
USE THE ‘MODE’ BUTTON to switch from air-conditioning (Snowflake) to heating
(Sun). You shouldn’t need to touch this.
In summer, the air-conditioning will be set to cool (22°) on your arrival. In winter
the heating will have been set to a comfortable temperature. We recommend that
you maintain this temperature and simply turn the air-con on or off as required.
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Setting the temperature too cold (for example to 17°) to make the
accommodation cool down more quickly will make the air-conditioning seem as if it’s broken! The system will put all of its energy into
cooling down the room where the master (digital) control is located,
and will shut down the fans in all of the other rooms. Leaving the temperature set at 22°, the cool air will be distributed evenly throughout
your accommodation. If you want the rooms cooler, turn down the
temperature by one or two degrees at a time. Of course windows
should be closed while the air-conditioning is running.
MASTER (DIGITAL) CONTROL
POWER
TEMPERATURE & FAN SPEED
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " PLUMBING
PLUMBING
The plumbing network at Château St Pierre de Serjac is connected to an ecological waste water treatment and disposal plant. It is environmentally friendly
and works well, but it is sensitive to non-biodegradable materials. As such we
ask that you dispose of all sanitary items – including baby wipes, contraceptives and feminine hygiene products – in the bins provided and not in the W.C.
The treatment plant is also very sensitive to oils so we ask you not to dispose
of oils (such as cooking oil) down the sink. The best way to dispose of them is
to drain them into a bowl, allow them to solidify, then scrape them into the
bin. Your co-operation on the above is essential to ensure that we minimise
our chemical impact on the surrounding environment and ensure our plant
functions efficiently. We would appreciate your cooperation in not leaving taps
running unnecessarily and generally using water with care.
USING THE SHOWERS
In almost all cases, one of the taps (or levers) controls the temperature (cold to
the right, hot to the left), while the other controls the strength of the flow. Turn
the tap (or lever) left (or up) for the shower head, and right (or down) for the
flexible hand-held shower.
USING THE BATH
In almost all cases, the ‘cross head’ tap controls temperature. One of the levers
activates the bath spout, while the other activates the shower head and flexible
hand-held shower. Turn the lever one direction for the shower head, and the
other for the flexible hand-held shower.
PLUG HOLES
The plugs in the sinks differ but if you can't work out how to open or close a
plug, then it's probably a ‘push button’ – press on it and it will pop up!
FUNNY SMELL?
Occasionally in times of prolonged heat, if you have not been using your sinks,
washing machine or dishwasher, there can be a smell of stagnant water. This is
because the water barrier in the siphon has evaporated. All you need to do is
turn on the tap(s), or run the dishwasher or washing machine on a rinse cycle;
the barrier will be restored and the smell will disappear. Of course, if it does
not, please let Reception know.
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " THE KITCHEN & BARBECUE
KITCHENS
We have equipped our kitchens with everything you might need to take advantage of the great local produce. You will find a complete list of the equipment
provided on the inventory list. If there is anything missing or you find anything
broken, please let Reception know as soon after your arrival as possible so we
can replace the item. Please refer to the check-in/check-out procedure that you
were given on arrival. We ask guests to keep appliances clean and serviceable
after use. All operating instruction booklets are kept together in a drawer near
the oven.
THE OVEN
Most of the ovens have two dials – one for the cooker setting (grill, oven, fanassisted oven etc.) and the other for temperature. Please make sure that your
oven is left clean on your departure. N.B. In the unlikely event of a power cut
some ovens will not function afterwards until the clock is reset. Please contact
Reception if you have problem doing this.
THE COFFEE MACHINE
Your accommodation is equipped with a Nespresso machine and a starter pack of
coffee pods. Fill the water reservoir at the back with cold water. Pull the handle
on the top up, drop in a coffee pod and pull the handle back down. Put a cup
under the spout. Press one of the buttons on top (it will blink during the preheating phase). When the light stops blinking, press the button for whichever
size of cup you’d like, and the coffee will be served. If not used after 9 minutes
the machine it will go into “sleep mode”. Please ensure you clean the machine
properly after use.
BARBECUES
All properties with gardens at the Château are equipped with Weber barbecues. Charcoal and firelighters are available from the Intermarché in Magalas.
Depending on availability, we may have a supply of charcoal or vine wood – just
ask at Reception. The use of liquid BBQ lighter fluid is strictly prohibited for
safety reasons.
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BARBECUE SAFETY
The Languedoc is hot, dry and windy, so please take extra care when
using the barbecue to avoid positioning it close to flammable materials
or plants, and also avoid making the fire too big. If you get into trouble,
a fire extinguisher is provided in your accommodation. We ask that
you clean your barbecue properly after each use and thoroughly before
departure. Failure to do so may result in an additional cleaning charge.
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " SWIMMING POOLS
POOL ALARMS – ACCOMMODATION N° 28 & 36 ONLY
On arrival, your pool alarm will be activated – the siren will go off if anyone uses
the pool without deactivating it first. Prior to your arrival, we will have checked
that your pool alarm is in working order. If you find this not to be the case, please
let Reception know immediately.
POOL GATES – ALL OTHER PROPERTIES
All other properties have gated pools and the security gate must remain shut at
all times to prevent children gaining access without an adult present.
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POOL SECURITY
ACCOMMODATION N° 28 & 36 ONLY – under French law, the
person in residence is responsible for ensuring that the pool alarm is
both functioning and turned on. This also applies when you are not
physically present in the property – for example when you are out for
the day. As such it is essential that you are vigilant in your use of the
pool alarm. The operating and security instructions are shown on a
panel by the pool in each property with a private pool. Please read
them carefully. To preserve the tranquility of the Domaine, please also
remember to turn the alarm off before you go swimming.
POOL CLEANING
All the pools at Château St Pierre de Serjac are cleaned regularly. Please note the
maintenance team will need to pass discreetly through your garden to do this.
POOL HEATING
All the pools at Château St Pierre de Serjac are heated. The heating is generally
set to 28°. However as with all outdoor swimming pools, the temperature will
vary according to ambient weather conditions, and the pools will cool somewhat
when the nights are cold or if there are cold winds, meaning that the water
temperature cannot be guaranteed. The private pools are equipped with heat
pumps which heat the water to between 22° and 28°, but again this cannot be
guaranteed.
ACCESS TO THE MAIN POOL
The pool is in front of the Château and it is open from 9am to 9pm.
NO DIVING
The private pools are shallow and diving is not permitted.
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " MAKING TELEPHONE CALLS
Using a mobile phone may have become an indispensable part of our daily lives
but as we are in the countryside, phone reception at the Château can sometimes
be intermittent. The best mobile phone reception is on the terrace at the top
of the main staircase. For this reason we are happy to be able to offer you free
telephone calls to many destinations from the phone in your accommodation.
Any charges for calls to destinations which are not free will be added to your
final bill.
COSTS FOR CALLS:
TARIFF
NOTE
PER MINUTE
France – fixed line
Free
France – mobile
Free
Europe – Fixed line
Free
Azores, Germany, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,
Canada, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark,
Spain, Estonia, Hungary, Finland, Greece, Guernsey,
Ireland, Iceland, Italy and the Vatican, Jersey, Latvia,
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madeira, Malta,
Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland,
Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden,
Switzerland, Czech Republic
Europe – Mobile
0.40€
Other Europe – Fixed line
0.43€
DESTINATION
Other Europe – mobile
USA – Fixed lines
0.67€
Free
USA – mobiles
0.40€
Rest of world – Africa
0.86€
Rest of world –
Central America
1.12€
Rest of world –
South America
0.62€
Rest of world – Asia zone 1
0.40€
Rest of world – Asia zone 2
1.05€
Excluding Alaska and Hawaii
Australia, Azerbaidjan, China, South Korea, UAE,
Georgia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kirghizistan,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Palesting, Philippines, Russia,
Singapore, Tadjikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan
TO CALL ANOTHER SELF-CATERING PROPERTY: 2 22 + the 2-digit property N°
e.g. to call house N° 3, dial 22 03, to call house N° 16, dial 22 16
TO CALL A HOTEL ROOM: 2 21 + the 2 last digits of the room number
e.g. to call hotel room N° 4, dial 21 04
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " SOUND & VISION
TV
Your TV has a full range of French and English TNT / freeview channels. If
there is any problem with reception, please let us know. Weather depending,
the signal may change and some channels may not work as well. Certain channels are encrypted and will only work during 'free' periods (e.g. Canal + Sport).
DVD LIBRARY
We have a large DVD library with titles to suit all tastes for children and adults.
You’ll find them in the Reception main hall. Feel free to borrow a DVD, but
please return it when you’ve finished with it, so that other guests can also take
advantage of this facility. Please let us know if any of the DVDs are not working.
MUSIC
Every property is equipped with Yamaha Bluetooth speakers, allowing you to
connect your phone or music player.
WIRELESS INTERNET
All accommodation at Château St Pierre de Serjac has complimentary Wi-Fi
access, as does the Bar and the terraces.
TO LOG ON:
" Choose the network ‘DOMAINE_SERJAC'
" The navigator (Safari or equivalent) will open a new page (if it doesn't open
automatically open your browser)
" click on Connection at the bottom of this page
" The system will log you out after 30 minutes of inactivity.
As a courtesy to guests who are relaxing in the Spa, the use of telephones and
multimedia equipment is not permitted there. Time to switch off!
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YOUR ACCOMMODATION " TV CHANNELS
1. TF1
23. NUMERO 23
84. TINY POP
2. FRANCE 2
24. RMC DECOUVERTE
85. POP + 1
3. FRANCE 3
25. CHERIE 25
86. E4
4. CANAL +
26. LCI
87. MORE4
5. FRANCE 5
27. TV SUD Montpellier
88. ITV
6. M6
41. *PARIS PREMIERE
89. ITV 2
7. ARTE
42. *CANAL+SPORT
90. ITV4
8. D8
43. *CANAL+CINEMA
91. ITV BE
9. W9
44. *PLANETE+
92. CNN INT
10. TMC
70. BBC1
93. TVE
11. NT1
71. BBC2
94. CANAL 24 HORAS
12. NRJ12
72. BBC4
95. CANAL 24 A
13. LCP
73. BBC RB1
96. DW
14. FRANCE 4
74. 5 STAR
97. RTL AUSTRIA
15. BFM TV
76. 5 USA
98. EUROSPORT DE
16. i TELE
77. CHANNEL 5 + 24
99. DAS ERSTE
17. D17
78. SPIKE
18. GULLI
79. CBBC
101. RAI 1
19. FRANCE O
80. BBC NEWS
102. RAI 2
20. HD1
81. ETV6
103. RAI 3
21. L'EQUIPE 21
82. CHANNEL 4+1
104. RAI NEWS 24
22. 6TER
83. POP
100. EURONEWS
*Encrypted channels
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CHÂTEAU & GROUNDS
The Château & Estate
The Restaurant & Bar
Eating in
Main Pool & Terrace
Le Spa
The Barbecue area
Children
Sports facilities Safety & neighbourliness
Book your Event
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THE CHÂTEAU & ESTATE
THE CHÂTEAU
Originally the home of the vineyard’s owner and his family, the Château now
houses the Reception, Concierge service, Restaurant and Bar. The Château
building is the heart of communal life at St Pierre, and it’s a stylish and convivial
space for eating, drinking and relaxing with your fellow guests.
THE BAR
Downstairs in the original Château drawing room is the comfortable Bar, complete with its 19th century fireplace and relaxed vibe, where you can enjoy our
estate wines or a cocktail. Large double doors lead out onto sunny terraces with
outdoor lounging areas overlooking the pool and the vineyards, the perfect spot
for an evening aperitif. The Bar is open from 12pm onwards.
DVDS, GAMES AND LIBRARY
A collection of DVDs and books can be found in the Reception main hall. Feel
free to take a DVD to your accommodation, but please return it after viewing
(not at the end of your stay!) We also have a selection of games available. Enjoy a
good game, but please bring them back when you have finished so that someone
else can play. For the books we run a ‘take one/leave one’ policy so the choice
is constantly changing.
THE GROUNDS
The Château St Pierre de Serjac estate occupies an elevated 200-acre site with
uninterrupted views of rolling vineyards, olive groves and woodlands, perfect
for a gentle stroll, bike ride or a run along one of the trails. Around the Château
there are several tiered terraces set in beautifully manicured, aromatic gardens,
all equipped with comfortable seating so that you can relax and admire the views.
THE KITCHEN GARDEN
Near to the small wood on the estate, we have planted a kitchen garden where
our Chefs pick their fresh vegetables and herbs for the Restaurant.
ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG
St Pierre de Serjac was originally the site of a Roman villa and next door to the
kitchen garden you'll find large sand pits where if they are lucky, kids might find
some real Roman pottery that has been found on the estate. Rakes and spades
are provided beside the dig.
EVENTS VENUE
Above the winery is a large event space which can host up to 200 people. It's
been designed for fabulous parties, weddings and business events and it's also
where the Kid's Club is held in the summer.
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THE RESTAURANT & BAR
The Restaurant is run by our chefs David Galtier and Frank Pujol. They serve lovingly
prepared Mediterranean cuisine using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The menu
changes with the seasons to take advantage of the best the markets have to offer. You can
eat in the original Château dining room with its glamorous but relaxed atmosphere, or
on the terraces overlooking the vineyards. Choose from the à la carte menu with daily
specials or indulge in the Chef’s set menu. There is also a kid’s menu.
BREAKFAST
The breakfast buffet is available from 8am–10.30am, with great coffee, juices, fresh
croissants and breads, artisan jams, cereals, yoghurts, eggs, ham, cheeses and fresh fruit.
The buffet is served in the Restaurant but you are welcome to eat out on the terrace if
you’d prefer – 18€ per adult, 12€ per child. Hotel guests can order breakfast to be served
in their rooms. If you prefer to have breakfast in your accommodation, fresh bread and
pastries can be ordered at reception for collection the next day from 8.30am onwards.
LUNCH & DINNER
Lunch is served on the terraces or in the Restaurant. In summer the emphasis is
on fresh, light lunches with salads and club sandwiches. There is also a menu of the
day (served from Monday to Saturday), which changes every week and offers a more
traditional French lunch. Menu of the day: 20€ per person (starter + main, or main +
dessert) or 25€ per person (starter + main + dessert).
The dinner menu offers a distinctive pan-Mediterranean accent, drawing inspiration
not only from the South of France but also from nearby Catalonia and Italy, as well
as further Mediterranean reaches. All the dishes are firmly based on local seasonal
ingredients, including seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs from the estate gardens and
orchards. The wine list majors on Bonfils wines produced across their 23 Châteaux
and Estates. However, our commitment to showcasing the Languedoc as a quality
wine region is demonstrated via an outbound selection of wines from across the territory. Please note the restaurant does fill up, so to avoid disappointment, please make
a reservation.
In summer we have a continuous afternoon service until 6pm. Our Terrace menu offers
salads, sandwiches, burgers, ice creams, afternoon tea and drinks.
OPENING HOURS
Buffet breakfast: Lunch: Dinner: 8am–10.30am
12pm–last orders 2pm
from 7pm, last orders 9.30pm
ADDITIONAL SUMMERTIME OPENING HOURS
Pool service:
Terrace menu: Kids’ dinner:
11am–6pm
12pm–6pm
6pm–7pm (see the Children’s section for details.)
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EATING IN
For those who love to cook, every property at Château St Pierre de Serjac has
a fully-equipped kitchen. If your kitchen is missing anything you need, please
let us know and we’ll try to supply it. Order forms for all the services below are
available at reception or in the back of this Guest book.
MORNING CROISSANTS & BREAD
Our chefs prepare freshly baked warm bread and a selection of viennoiserie
daily. Simply place your order at reception the evening before and come and
collect your breakfast from 8.30am the next morning.
BARBECUE PACKS
The Restaurant kitchen provides carefully selected barbecue packs of ready-tocook meats – steaks, spicy sausages, burgers and chicken – sourced from the best
local butchers. Charcoal can be bought at the local Intermarché in Magalas or ask
reception if they have any spare. Or why not collect your own vine branches for
your BBQ, they are lying all around the estate and give your meat a great flavour.
PICNIC BASKETS
There are some very pretty picnic spots in the area around the Château. Order
the day before and we will provide picnic baskets (backpacks actually) with
integrated coolers, fully stocked with chilled wine, cheese, sandwiches and other
picnic delicacies of your choice. More details are available at Reception. Grab
a bike and you’re off...
PIZZA ORDERS
If you don’t feel like cooking or you want to feed the kids before going out, just
place your pizza order before 5pm and you can come and pick them up between
7.30 and 8pm. Order forms are available at Reception.
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MAIN POOL & TERRACE
OPENING HOURS
The main pool is open from 9am and is heated from April to October to about 28°C.
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POOL SUPERVISION
Please note the pool is unsupervised and children must always be
accompanied by an adult while they are at the pool area. Children
are under the responsibility of their parents at all times. The
railings around the pool meet security regulations for children and
the gate must always be left closed to prevent them from entering
the pool area alone. The pool is not particularly deep, so diving is
not permitted.
KIDS AT THE POOL
Kids will be kids for sure, but out of respect for other guests, we do ask you to
ensure that noise is kept to an acceptable level. Please note that the interior
surface of the pool has an anti-slip finish. Kids who spend hours in the pool, and
who rub their feet repeatedly against the bottom may experience some grazing
due to soft skin on the anti-slip surface.
For safety and the convenience of fellow guests, we also ask that parents do not
allow kids to use large pool toys in the water.
POOLSIDE BAR SERVICE
There is a poolside bar service from 11am–6pm throughout the summer. For
safety reasons, only plastic glasses can be used. At other times of the year, please
order your drinks from the Bar or Restaurant. Eating is not allowed by the pool
and we ask you to kindly remove all litter from the pool area and place it in the
bins provided.
POOL TOWELS
Pool towels (the beige ones) are provided in your room, and we request you
keep them with you and not leave them at the pool. They will be changed with
the rest of your linen, every three to four days. The towels provided are for use
only at St Pierre de Serjac. Please do not take them to the beach. We may have
to charge if towels are damaged or badly stained (self-tan oil is the main culprit!)
You can buy beach wraps at the Spa for 20€ to take out with you.
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LE SPA
Le Spa at St Pierre de Serjac is a tranquil oasis for relaxation, revitalisation,
wellness and beauty. A serene and sensual sanctuary, our elegant facility, created
in collaboration with Cinq Mondes Spa Paris, offers an extensive range of salon
quality facial and body treatments using natural and organic products.
Le Spa facilities include a sun-filled indoor/outdoor solarium featuring a 12m
heated swimming pool, aromatherapy hammam and sauna, relaxation area,
jacuzzi, fitness area and four treatment rooms (including one for couples).
Outside, the generous terrace and aromatic gardens have secluded cocoon-like
double loungers positioned to make the most of the views over the vineyard.
Choose from the range of massages, scrubs and wraps, hammam rituals, facials,
and beauty treatments available, or have your nails and make-up done. The Spa
is open to guests over the age of 16. Teenagers between 16 and 18 years must be
accompanied by an adult.
OPENING HOURS:
1st June–30th September: 9am–9pm, 7 days a week
1st October–31st May: 10am–8pm, Wednesday–Sunday inclusive.
Full day use of all Spa facilities is free of charge with all treatments lasting 50
minutes or more. Residential guests may use the Spa for 18€ per day without
treatments. Please see the brochure at the back of this Guest book for a full list
of treatments available and take note of the recommended health guidelines
before using the Spa. To make a booking please call Le Spa on 2 04 67 80 75 45.
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CHÂTEAU & GROUNDS " BARBECUE AREA
The barbecue area next to the Château is a great place for socialising. There are
two barbecues, tables and all the equipment needed to rustle up a meal. Beside
the barbecue area there is a boules court, where you can while away a couple of
lazy hours practising your skills – boules are provided. USING THE BARBECUES
Please let Reception know if you are planning on using the barbecue area. The
regular barbecues are used in the normal way, with charcoal, firelighters and
matches; please bring your own as we don’t provide them for fire safety reasons.
Charcoal is available at the Intermarché in Magalas.
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FIRE SAFETY
Please ensure the barbecue is put completely out before you leave
the area. For this reason, we suggest you do not build too big a fire! Do
not use the barbecues if it is particularly windy, as the risk of sparks
igniting a fire is significant. Please note that the use of liquid BBQ
lighter fluid is not permitted. In the event of an emergency, there is
a fire extinguisher at the barbecue area. Please let Reception know
immediately of any fire related issues or concerns.
CLEANLINESS
Please clean the barbecue area after use. We would appreciate it if you do not
put any cooking oils down the sink – it clogs the pipes and compromises the
water treatment plant.
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CHÂTEAU & GROUNDS " CHILDREN
Kids are both welcome and well looked after at Château St Pierre de Serjac.
We believe that the formula for a great family holiday is simple: if the children
have fun and make friends, their parents can usually have what they need most
– relaxation and a little breathing space.
THE KIDS’ CLUB
To help make this happen, we run the Kids’ Club throughout July and August.
The sessions are designed for the kids to have good old-fashioned fun at a
wide range of activities focusing on nature, arts and crafts, sports, games and
new experiences like the archeological dig! The club runs five days a week from
Mondays to Fridays and is run by qualified, friendly, bilingual staff (French and
English). The Kids’ club is open to children aged four to 12 years. Children
under four are not permitted for legal reasons. Blocks of session tickets can be
shared by children in the same family.
Morning session: Afternoon session: 9.30am–12pm
2.30pm–5pm
Places must be booked in advance.
125€ for five sessions
200€ for ten sessions
As we have a strict ratio of children to staff we cannot guarantee places if you
have not booked in advance. If you have not already booked, please check with
Reception to see if there are still places available.
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KIDS’ DINNER
Monday to Friday evenings in July and August we host a supervised kids’ dinner
party. With a menu that is both healthy and fun to eat, the dinner party lets kids
get to know each other and allows you to take your time over a leisurely meal
later in the evening. Kids’ dinner is 15€ and is served from 6 to 7pm. The menu
is displayed on the blackboard. Please book at Reception by 5pm the same day.
KIDS’ PARTIES
There are also regular evening activities for children, which are advertised on
the blackboard. Bookings can be made during the day for the same evening, so
you don’t have to make your plans too far in advance.
TOYS & GAMES
Toys and games are available on request from Reception (subject to availability).
BABYSITTING
We have a panel of reliable local babysitters. Arrangements to hire a babysitter
can be made at Reception. Please note that the babysitters are not employees
of the Château and you are contracting directly with them; they charge around
15€ per hour. It is a good idea to book your babysitter in advance wherever possible, as they do get busy.
EQUIPMENT FOR BABIES & INFANTS
We have a certain number of high chairs, travel cots etc. These are available to
guests on a ‘first-reserved, first-served’ basis. There is also a steriliser, a baby bath,
changing mats and a bottle warmer. Please note that the Château does not accept
any liability for this equipment. Plastic plates and glasses are available in your
accommodation, please let us know if you need any more. Intermarché in Magalas
has a good range of nappies, baby food and other necessities for little ones.
KIDS AT THE POOL
As the pool is unsupervised, we ask you to keep a close eye on your children. YOUR CHILDREN ARE STRICTLY YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL TIMES.
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CHÂTEAU & GROUNDS " SPORTS FACILITIES
THE TENNIS COURT
Our masterclay championship-sized court is free to use for guests and open from
9am. We also provide good quality rackets and balls, free of charge. To reserve a
court, please book at Reception. Feel free to play whenever the court is free, but
please understand that court priority is given to those who have made a booking.
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TENNIS COURT ETIQUETTE
Clay court tennis has an etiquette similar to golf. Before and after
using the court, please rake it using the 'drag rake' provided. Masterclay
tennis courts are only playable when completely dry. Do not play on
the court if it is wet in any way. This will cause serious damage and is
very costly to address. We will be obliged to charge for damage caused
by guests who play on a wet court.
BOULES
We don’t take bookings for the boules court. You’ll find the boules at Reception
or by the court.
BIKES
We have lots of adult and children’s bikes which are free for our guests to use
on a first reserved, first served basis. Just let Reception know when you are
planning on taking bikes. To ensure that everyone gets to enjoy the bikes, please
limit your trips to two hours at busy times. Also, please do let us know if there
are any issues with the bikes. As they are in constant use, it is the only way we
can ensure they are promptly repaired.
PERSONAL TRAINERS
To make the most out of your workouts, English and French speaking coaches
are available to help you with your personal training and will even create a
workout with you to suit your requirements. Please see Reception for details
and bookings.
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SAFETY
Château St Pierre de Serjac is a safe environment. All fixtures and fittings
throughout the estate have passed stringent French safety standards, including the height of barriers, locks, window protections, pool gates etc. There is
very little traffic around the estate, beyond the coming and going of guests. The
grounds also have clearly defined boundaries. However as with all large estates,
these boundaries are passable and you do need to know where your children
are at all times.
The main swimming pool is only accessible through the child-proof security gate
and our private pools either have security barriers or pool alarms, all of which
meet French safety standards. Please note that alarms and other security features
are not a substitute for parental supervision, and it is the responsibility of parents
to look after their children at all times.
GATES & ALARMS
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It is the responsibility of guests to ensure that all pool gates are kept
closed and that private pool alarms are activated, even when you are
not in the property (i.e. out for the day, evening).
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
In the Château building, fire extinguishers are provided in the hallway on every
floor. All the other accommodation is equipped with a fire extinguisher and a
smoke detector in the property. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the
location and functioning of the fire extinguisher at the beginning of your stay.
SECURITY
Beyond the Château, the villages and surroundings are generally very safe (watch
out for Mediterranean style driving!), and while normal precautions against petty
crime are advisable, serious crime is extremely rare.
GOOD NEIGHBOURLINESS
Out of consideration for other guests, please keep noise to a minimum after
10pm. If the party is still going on after this time, we suggest you move it inside
your accommodation or to the Caveau Bar!
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BOOKING YOUR EVENT
EVENTS VENUE
Our events venue was originally the ‘quai de reception’ where the Château grapes
were brought in from harvest. It's a unique space with high vaulted ceilings and
huge wooden beams, walls decorated with the original 19th century blue prints
of the estate and magnificent views over the vineyards. It's been perfectly set up
for fabulous parties and weddings, as well as exhibitions, conferences, seminars
or product launches.
WEDDINGS
Château St Pierre de Serjac is a wonderful place to celebrate your marriage with
family and friends. This beautiful property, filled with history and magic is the
perfect backdrop for a wedding and a superb setting for your photos. Our Events
Managers will do everything possible to make your wedding truly exceptional.
PRIVATE PARTIES
A birthday, christening or family reunion... these are special occasions for
getting together with friends and family. The team at Château St Pierre de Serjac
will be happy to assist you in organising your private parties.
SEMINARS & CORPORATE EVENTS
If you would like to hold a seminar, team building exercise, training course,
incentive meeting or any other business related event, we host group events at
the Château from mid-September to mid-June. Please see the team at Reception
to discuss your requirements. We offer flexible meeting spaces and break-out
rooms, various accommodation options, a range of food and drink packages and
a choice of wine-related and team building activities. Please contact our Business
Events management team on 2 04 67 93 12 31.
LAUNCHES, PHOTOSHOOTS
With a magical setting and spectacular views, your shots will be unique. Product
launches and press reviews are a regular occurrence at St Pierre and we can
tailor our facilities to your needs.
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WINE & WINE TOURISM
Our Estate Wines Wine tourism at Château St Pierre de Serjac
St Pierre de Serjac Wine Discovery Day
Visiting other Bonfils Estates
Languedoc Wine Regions
Wineries near the Château
Corbières and Limoux
La Clape
St. Chinian
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In continuous production since Roman times, wine is at the heart of Château
St Pierre de Serjac, where both the cellars and the vines were fully restored
between 2013 and 2016. The new range of Château St Pierre de Serjac wines is
the fruit of a collaboration between Vignobles Bonfils and Domaine & Demeure
and the first vintage will be bottled after the 2016 harvest.
The state of the art winery is run by Laurent Bonfils and his team and their
intention for St Pierre de Serjac is clear: to create iconic wines capable of standing shoulder to shoulder with the very best offers from wine regions around
the world. The winery has also been designed with our guests and visitors in
mind – with a dedicated state of the art tasting room and a full programme of
wine related activities, so that guests can immerse themselves in all aspects of
the wine making process.
In advance of the bottling of the 2016 vintage, wines from our different estates
can be enjoyed in the Restaurant, Bar or from the mini-bar in your accommodation, with your purchases simply added to your bill, payable on check-out.
Over the next few pages you'll find more information on our wines, as well as
the Bonfils vineyards that can be visited in the area, and the best of the rest.
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " WINE TOURISM AT ST PIERRE
Throughout the year we host regular tastings and events, designed to provide
our guests with an insider’s view of Languedoc winemaking – the people, places,
techniques and stories behind the wines. From planting to pruning, harvest to
blending, bottling, ageing and tasting, our aim is to help you embark on a journey
of discovery that will launch a lifetime’s interest.
‘Open to all’ events are held regularly throughout the year while bespoke itineraries are available on demand for groups of 4 or more. Just ask at Reception and
we’ll be happy to help. Many of our events are guided by experienced, multilingual
professionals, often Masters of Wine. ‘Big name’ guides/speakers are also available
on request.
Our wine events are posted on the information boards around the estate, as well
as on our blog and our Facebook site.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR:
" Our weekly Château Saint Pierre wine tasting (free, see the blackboard for
dates throughout the summer)
" Regular ‘Mets & Vins’ food & wine pairing dinners
" Guided walks in the vines, an insight into the horticultural side of
cultivating grapes
" Regular visits to Vignobles Bonfils Estates (still, sparkling & sweet wines)
" ‘Meet the Winemaker’ tastings with our own and the best local
winemakers (every Thursday evening in the Bar, all year round)
" ‘Discover the Languedoc’ whistle-stop tasting tour of the
Languedoc’s appellations
" Tasting master class - how to taste wine, how to get the best out of your wine
" Full and half-day winemaking experiences – winery visits, tastings,
harvesting, winemaking, bottling…
" Wine & truffles and other themed wine pairing dinners and menus
" ‘Les Vendanges’ harvest experience
" Assemblage workshops – make your own wine (great team-building activity)
We also organise visits to discover the extraordinary gastronomic heritage of the
Languedoc, including visits to the Tabouriech oyster farm, reputed to produce the
best oysters in the world, as well as visits to cheese farms, olive oil mills, truffle
forests and lots of other interesting days out. Subscribe to the mailing list, keep
an eye out on the board, and/or speak to Reception to organise a tailor-made
programme.
BESPOKE & GROUP ITINERARIES
Our extensive knowledge and contacts across Languedoc’s winemaking world
enables us to develop bespoke itineraries and events, including full accommodation/dining/tasting/discovery packages, just ask at Reception.
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " ST PIERRE WINE DISCOVERY DAY
This one-day tour aims to give you a real insight into how wine is made by visiting different wineries of varying sizes and production methods. The first winery
is Domaine Cibadiès where Château Les Carrasses wines are made. You’ll get to
see the behind the scenes workings of this relatively large-scale winery, which
is not normally open to the public. On the tour you’ll learn about the vines, the
terroir, the climate and the history of the Languedoc’s love affair with wine.
Dates for the tour will be posted on the information boards around the estate,
as well as on our blog and our Facebook site. If you would like to arrange a
particular date that suits you, just ask at Reception – we just need a minimum
of 4 people to run a tour.
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9.30AM PICK UP FROM THE CHÂTEAU
VISIT TO DOMAINE DE CIBADIÈS Tour of the winery, including reception of the
grapes, the machinery, the wine making process, overview of wine blending,
visit to the bottling plant.
BARGE TRIP WITH A ‘VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE LANGUEDOC’ WINE TASTING –
a very civilised way to pass the rest of the morning.
LUNCH AT THE SALINS DE GRUISSAN – our favourite oyster venue with views
out over the salt pans.
VISIT TO CHÂTEAU CAPITOUL Visit to the ‘chai à barriques’ to learn about
barrel ageing, followed by a tasting of Capitoul wines on the panoramic terrace.
5:30PM RETURN TO ST PIERRE.
PRICE
135€ per person including the winery visits, barge trip, tastings, lunch & transport.
GUIDE
This tour is hosted by Wendy Gedney, founder of Vin en Vacances, a wine
expert who is particularly specialised in the wines of the Languedoc and the
author of ‘The Wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon’. Whilst an acknowledged
wine expert, Wendy’s tours are accessible and entertaining. She makes them
interesting and fun and she is able to speak about wine at a level which suits
every type of audience.
40 WINE & WINE TOURISM ST PIERRE WINE DISCOVERY DAY
WINE & WINE TOURISM " VISITING OTHER BONFILS ESTATES
Family winemakers since 1870, Jean-Michel Bonfils acquired his first 15 acres
of vines in 1968 at Domaine du Lirou, not far away. Since then the family has
emerged as a major actor on the international wine scene, with an enviable
record of injecting oenological expertise and marketing know-how to revive
struggling Châteaux and Estates. In the process, they have built a portfolio that
now runs to 23 award winning properties – principally in the Languedoc but
also with estates in the Bordeaux region and Spain. The company head office is
located at Domaine de Cibadies, situated just a couple of kilometres from our
'sister' Château, Les Carrasses, and the Bonfils team are often to be found at
St Pierre de Serjac.
The following estates are currently open to the public for tastings and visits.
Other estates can also be visited as part of a special tour – watch out for notices
at the Château.
CHÂTEAU CAPITOUL
Route de Gruissan, 11100 Narbonne. GPS: 43.127846, 3.055864
Free tastings Monday to Saturday. Winery visits for groups of 4 subject to
reservation
1st October to 30th April: Tuesday to Saturday 10am–1pm & 3pm–6pm
May, June & September: Monday to Saturday 10am–1pm & 3pm–7pm
July & August: Monday to Friday 10am–8pm;
Saturdays & Sundays 10am–1.30pm & 2.30pm-7pm
2 04 68 49 23 30 c chateau-capitoul.com
[email protected]
CHÂTEAU L'ESPARROU
Route de Saint-Cyprien, 66140 Canet-en-Roussillon. GPS: 42.688843,3.025998
Audio-guided walk in the vines, picnics in the vines, tastings, art exhibitions
July & August: Monday to Saturday 10am–8pm; Sunday 10am–1pm & 3–6pm
September to June: Every day except Sunday 9am–1pm & 3pm–6pm
2 04 68 73 30 93 cchateau-esparrou.com
[email protected]
MAISON SALASAR
Le Village, 11260 Campagne-sur-Aude. GPS: 42.915931,2.205439
Free tastings Monday to Saturday
Monday to Friday 8am–12pm & 2pm–6pm;
Saturday 9am–12pm & 2pm–6pm
2 04 68 20 04 62 csalasar.fr
[email protected]
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " LANGUEDOC WINE REGIONS
CHÂTEAU
StPIERRE de SERJAC
The Languedoc is unquestionably one of the most interesting wine regions in
the world right now. A place where new hybrids grow side by side with ancient
grape varieties and where some of the oldest vines known to man still survive.
It’s also where innovation and a willingness to embrace outside trends comes
together with more than two millennia of winemaking tradition. Add to this a
huge array of soil types and a near perfect climate for grape growing, and you
have all the ingredients necessary for producing an unrivalled variety of quality
wines.
Château St Pierre de Serjac is the perfect base to discover the diversity, experimentation and sheer verve that is synonymous with Languedoc winemaking.
There are literally hundreds of wineries and a wealth of appellations to discover
within an easy drive of the Château. Faugères and Pézenas are on our doorstep,
while St. Chinian, Berlou, Picpoul de Pinet, La Clape, Terrasses du Larzac and
the Minervois are all just a short drive.
On the following pages you’ll find a selection of vineyards which are well worth
a visit.
42 WINE & WINE TOURISM LANGUEDOC WINE REGIONS
WINE & WINE TOURISM " WINERIES NEAR THE CHÂTEAU
The Côteaux du Languedoc wine region is the largest in the Languedoc, stretching from Pic St-Loup north of Montpellier to La Clape near Narbonne. Some
nearby wineries worth a visit are listed below. Don't hesitate to ask reception
to book you in for a visit.
DOMAINE DE L’ARJOLLE
7 bis, rue Fournier, 34480 Pouzolles
Tastings, winery visits on reservation (see the ‘chai de 900 barriques’)
OPENING HOURS: March to October: Monday to Saturday 9am–1pm & 1.30pm–6pm.
November to February: Monday to Friday 9am–1pm & 1.30pm–6pm;
Saturday 9am–1pm
Reservation required for winery visits & groups
[email protected]
2 04 67 24 81 18
c arjolle.com
CHÂTEAU DE RAISSAC
Route de Murviel, 34500 Béziers
Tastings, winery visits
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday 9am–12pm & 2.30pm–6pm
Reservation required on Saturdays
2 04 67 28 15 61
c raissac.com
DOMAINE OLLIER TAILLEFER
Route de Gabian, 34320 Fos
OPENING HOURS FOR TASTINGS: Monday to Saturday 11am-12pm & 2.30pm-6pm
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
2 04 67 90 24 59 c olliertaillefer.com
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " WINERIES NEAR THE CHÂTEAU
DOMAINE SARABANDE
14 ancienne Route National, 34480 Laurens, GPS: 43.525657,3.187795
This is a very small-scale winery run by Paul and Isla Gordon, an Australian/
Irish couple. They have recently received a brilliant review by Robert Parker.
OPENING HOURS: Reservation required (English speaking)
[email protected]
2 09 63 68 22 68
c sarabande-wines.com
DOMAINE DES TRINITES
6 chemin de l’Aire, 34320 Roquessels, GPS: 43.549834,3.221661
Tastings, winery visits
OPENING HOURS: Reservation required (English speaking)
2 04 67 90 23 25
c trinites.com
DOMAINE DE L’HORTE
Domaine de l’Horte, 34480 Magalas
Tastings, winery visits
OPENING HOURS: Reservation required (English speaking)
2 06 32 40 32 34 2 2 06 74 92 27 31
c domainedelhorte.eu
DOMAINE LA CROIX BELLE
160 avenue de la Gare, 34480 Puissalicon
OPENING HOURS FOR TASTINGS: Monday to Friday 9am-12pm & 2pm-6pm;
Saturdays 10.30am–12pm & 2.30pm–5.30pm
Reservation required between 1st November and Easter and for winery tours
(groups of 10+).
English speaking.
2 04 67 36 27 23
c croix-belle.com
CHÂTEAU GREZAN
909 route Départementale, 34480 Laurens
OPENING HOURS FOR TASTINGS: Monday to Saturday 10am-7pm;
closed 12pm-2pm in winter.
Reservation required for winery tours.
English speaking.
2 04 67 90 27 46
c château-grezan.fr
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " CORBIÈRES & LIMOUX
A little further afield we have the Corbières region with some of the best reds
in the Languedoc, and the Limoux, famous for sparkling wines and some great
whites. They are completely separate wine regions but in terms of a drive, they
both merit a full day out.
DOMAINE SERRE MAZARD
Cellier St Damien, 11220 Talairan, GPS: 43.049823,2.663841
Winery visits, tastings, guided walks in the garrigue (in French),
theme days, wine courses
OPENING HOURS: Every day 9am–7pm
2 04 68 44 02 22
c serres-mazard.com
SIEUR D’ARQUES
Avenue du Mauzac, 11303 Limoux
Museum and tastings. Free for individuals
Guided visits on reservation. 9€ per person including a bottle of blanquette
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 9.30am–12.30pm & 2.30pm–6.30pm
Sundays (tastings only) 10.30am–12.30pm
2 04 68 74 63 45
c sieurdarques.com
MAISON SALASAR
Le Village, 11260 Campagne-sur-Aude, GPS: 42.915931,2.205439
Tastings
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Friday 8am–12pm & 2pm–6pm;
Saturday 9am–12pm & 2pm–6pm
2 04 68 20 04 62
DOMAINE GAYDA
Chemin de Moscou, 11300 Brugairolles, GPS: 43.118621, 2.162750
Restaurant, tastings
OPENING HOURS FOR TASTINGS: Monday to Saturday 10am–5pm
Closed Saturdays from October to May
2 04 68 31 64 14
c domainegayda.com
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " LA CLAPE
On the coast just outside Narbonne is a new appellation called La Clape. The
first vines in the Languedoc were planted here in Roman times. This used to be
an island and it stands proud from the surrounding landscapes. The area has its
own rugged beauty and the limestone soils produce some of the very best wines
in the Languedoc. The soil is stony, the climate very dry and the wind from the
sea ensures that moisture doesn’t linger on the vines, which reduces the risk of
diseases and allows for a minimal use of pesticides. The typical grape variety in
this region is the Bourboulenc, which thrives when it can see the sea!
CHÂTEAU CAPITOUL
Route de Gruissan, 11100 Narbonne, GPS: 43.127846,3.055864
Tastings and winery visits (reservation required)
OPENING HOURS: 1st October to 30 April: Tues. to Sat. 10am–1pm & 3pm–6pm
May, June & September: Monday to Saturday 10am–1pm & 3pm–7pm
July & August: Mon. to Fri. 10am–8pm; Sat. & Sun. 10am–1.30pm & 2.30pm-7pm
2 04 68 49 23 30 c chateau-capitoul.com
CHÂTEAU LE BOUIS
Route Bleue, 11430 Gruissan
Restaurant and tastings
OPENING HOURS: Opening hours for tastings, summertime: Monday to Friday
10am–1pm & 3pm–7.30pm. 2 04 68 75 25 25 c chateaulebouis.fr
CHÂTEAU CAMPLEZENS
Chateau Camplazens, 11110 Armissan, GPS: 43.112996, 3.73683
Tastings, various options for winery visits for a minimum of 4 people.
OPENING HOURS: Reservation required
[email protected] 2 04 68 45 38 89 c camplazens.com
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WINE & WINE TOURISM " ST.CHINIAN
The St. Chinian appellation includes the area of Roquebrun and Berlou. Between
the Minervois and Faugères, the northern sector has schist soils while to the
south the soils are clay and limestone. St. Chinian wines are powerful yet elegant,
and whilst the area is best known for its red wines, the whites are starting to
build a reputation. The Cave Cooperatives of St. Chinian and Roquebrun are
some of the best around. Roquebrun’s cave coop has a great series of informative panels on wine-making.
CAVE COOPERATIVE DE ROQUEBRUN
Avenue des Orangers, 34460 Roquebrun, GPS: 43.49,93, 3.02,02
Free tasting and guided visits
OPENING HOURS: May to September: every day 9am–1pm & 2pm–7pm
October to April: 9am–12pm & 2pm–6pm
2 04 67 89 57 93
c cave-roquebrun.fr
CAVE COOPERATIVE DE ST CHINIAN
Route de Sorteilho, 34360 Saint-Chinian, GPS 43.427087,2.944281
Tastings
OPENING HOURS: July & August: every day 9am–7pm
September to June: 9am–12pm & 2pm–7pm
October to April: 9am–12pm and 2pm–7pm
2 04 67 38 28 43
c vin-saintchinian.com
DOMAINE RIMBERT
1 rue de l’Aire, 34360 Berlou
Tastings and winery visits. English speaking
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 10am–12pm & 4pm–7pm
Reservation required
2 04 67 89 74 66
c domainerimbert.com
DOMAINE SACRE COEUR
Av. St. Chinian, 34360 Assignan
Tastings and winery visits. English speaking
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 9am–12.30pm & 2.30pm–7pm
Reservation required
2 06 62 32 17 76 2 04 67 38 17 97
c domainedusacrecoeur.com
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Local towns - Pézenas
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THE LOCAL AREA " VILLAGES
PUISSALICON, MAGALAS, POUZOLLES
The Château is just a few minutes from the villages of Magalas, Pouzolles and
Puissalicon. These traditional wine-making villages offer all the usual essential
services like supermarkets, doctors and banks, markets, corner shops, bakers &
butchers and countless wine domains. There are also a dozen or so restaurants,
cafés and bars. Magalas offers the best facilities, most of them situated on Avenue
de la Gare. It's a typical 11th century 'circulade' village, with narrow medieval
streets winding round in circles to protect the centre, some with vaulted archways and others opening up onto pretty little squares.
LANGUEDOC TIME
Most shops close over lunchtime, usually from noon until 2pm. A lot of the shops
in the local villages close at 12pm and re-open anytime between 3pm and 5pm.
RESTAURANT OPENING HOURS
The summer months are generally very busy, so it’s best to book a table for eating
out. Reception will be happy to help by making reservations. It's best to arrive
before 1.30pm for lunch and before 8.30pm for dinner. Some restaurants don’t
accept credit cards – so do be prepared to pay in cash.
BAKERIES
There are some delicious bakeries in all of the villages, where you can pick up
a tasty snack at anytime. If you’d like fresh croissants or bread in the morning,
these can be ordered at Reception the day before.
SUPERMARKETS
There are two supermarkets in Magalas – Aldi and Intermarché. Both are in the
commercial zone on the far side of the village on the D909 Route de Bédarieux.
They are both open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am–7.30pm non-stop. There
is also a new Super U in Roujan with a wider selection and good quality, fresh
produce, it's an easy 10-minute drive from the Château. You'll find it in the Cap
Caroux commercial zone on Avenue de Pézenas, open Monday to Saturday from
8.30am–8pm non-stop and Sundays from 9am–12.30pm.
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THE LOCAL AREA " VILLAGES
NEWSAGENT
The ‘Tabac’ is the place to go for magazines, newspapers (including foreign editions) cigarettes, sweets, simple stationery, batteries, postcards, stamps etc. There
is a tabac in each of the villages.
POST OFFICE & POST BOX
The Post Office in Magalas is in the village centre on Avenue de la Gare. Opening
hours are Monday to Friday: 8am–12.30pm & 2pm–4pm and Saturday 8:30am–
11am. There’s a postbox there if needed, or outgoing mail can be left at the Château
Reception.
PHARMACY
The pharmacy in Magalas is also on Avenue de la Gare. Their opening hours are
Monday to Saturday: 9am–12pm et 14.30pm–7.30pm.
THE LOCAL MARKET
There are colourful local markets on Wednesday and Sunday mornings in
Magalas' main square, Wednesday and Friday mornings in Pouzolles and Tuesday
and Friday mornings in Puissalicon.
BANKS
Magalas has a Crédit Agricole bank with a cashpoint (ATM) at 50 Avenue de la
Gare. They are open Monday to Friday: 8.30am–12.15pm et 1.45pm–5.15pm. There
is also a cashpoint at the Intermarché in Magalas and the Super U in Roujan.
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THE LOCAL AREA " CASUAL RESTAURANTS
These are our local cafés and bistros. Don't expect gourmet food and chic décor,
think more along the lines of simple French bistro classics, Formica tables and
plastic chairs. The service is friendly, the prices reasonable and the atmosphere
casual. Please see page 59 for our favourite recommendations.
L'EXCALIBUR
1 Place Neuve, Magalas
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 5 MINUTES
Typical French bistro fare, pizzas.
HOURS: Bar open 7am–9pm. Food served Monday to Thursday lunchtimes;
Friday to Sunday lunch & dinner. Food served 12pm–2pm & 8pm–10.30pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 93 30 02
BAR DES ALLÉES
1 Place de l’Étoile, Pouzolles
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 5 MINUTES
Decent lunchtime menu of the day. Covered outdoor terrace. No frills.
HOURS: Open every day. Food served 12pm–2pm & 8pm–10.30pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 24 80 17
LE PETIT PÉCHÉ
8 Avenue de Caux, Roujan
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 10 MINUTES
Family friendly – kids' menu and play area. Air-conditioned restaurant and
vine-shaded outdoor terrace. Food is one step up and based on fresh produce.
HOURS: Open every day in July & August. Closed Monday evenings and
Wednesdays the rest of the year. Food served 12pm–2pm & 7pm–10pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 24 21 82 c restaurantlepetitpeche.com
SEVENTEEN SIX (KNOWN AS LE 7)
71 La Promenade, Puissalicon
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 5 MINUTES
For a quick meal. Mussels & chips, tapas and smiley owners. Music nights.
HOURS: Open every day.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 99 86 07
In the Local Area – Favourite restaurants section you'll find more suggestions
for restaurants we recommend, nearby and further afield.
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THE LOCAL AREA " PÉZENAS
WHY VISIT
Pézenas is the prettiest town around. It’s a maze of cobbled medieval lanes,
lined with interesting boutiques and arts and crafts galleries. Add to this a wellpreserved historical centre with elegant 16th to 18th century mansions, built
when the town was the seat of the Governors of Languedoc, and you can see
why it’s popular with tourists and locals alike. There's also a good selection of
restaurants, street cafés and wine bars.
Every Friday night in summer from 7pm to 11pm the local winegrowers set
up their stalls along the Cours Jean Jaurès for a tasting free-for-all called Les
Estivales. Many of the boutiques stay open late too.
HERITAGE
The best way to see Pézenas is to look up. The whole of the old centre is a
listed historical monument and the detail on the sculpted stone door archways,
window frames, spiral staircases, forged iron balconies and tall carved wood
doors is just magnificent. The Tourist Office runs visits, with a limited number
in English. Best to pick up a map from them and follow the information panels
and arrows round the circuit. The map is required to help you find your way
out of the labyrinth at the end!
ARTS & CRAFTS
Walk north up the streets leading off the Cours Jean Jaurès to find the crafts
boutiques – potters, painters, leather workers, glass blowers, puppeteers, jewellers, wood carvers, you name it. And if the bustle gets too much, you can stroll
just a couple of streets further up the hill to the haven of calm in the 13th century
Jewish quarter and the area around the château.
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THE LOCAL AREA " PÉZENAS
MARKETS
Pézenas has the best market in the area. On all day Saturday, although the fruit
and veg stalls pack up around 1pm. Start at the Place du Marché des Trois Six
for a mix of clothes, linen and jewellery stalls (wonderful all-things-made-with
ginger stall, try the syrup). The Place de la République and the lower part of
Cours Jean Jaurès are the home of the fruit & veg vendors. Carry on up the
Cours past dozens of clothes and homeware stalls to the top, where you'll find
the deli food – basins of paella and stuffed squid, roast chickens, artisan cheeses
and an organic section (prices can be steep, they know a tourist when they see
one). A coffee pit-stop at the Café des Arts or the Vintage Tapas Bar is advised.
ANTIQUES
Pézenas is the antiques capital of Languedoc with 50 dealers (some of which sell
second-hand goods which are not quite so antique) along the Avenue de Verdun.
It’s like a gigantic curiosity shop. There are also two annual antique fairs with
hundreds of stalls – a great day out if you are here on the first Sunday in May
or the second Sunday in October.
MOLIÈRE
Molière is to France as Shakespeare is to England and the playwright spent some
time in Pézenas directing performances of his works. He has since become the
local cultural icon with his own museum and references to him all over town.
MUSÉE DE VULLIOD-SAINT-GERMAIN. 3, rue Albert-Paul Alliès
HOURS: June-September open Tuesday to Sunday 10am–12pm & 3pm–7pm; rest
of the year open Tuesday to Sunday 10am–12pm & 2pm–5.30pm. Closed 15th
November to 15th February.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 98 90 59
PARKING
The main free car park is at the top of Avenue de Verdun, above the right-hand
side of Avenue François Hue (go up the ramp). Otherwise try the car park next
to the cemetery on Avenue François Curée. It's only a 5 minute walk into town.
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THE LOCAL AREA " WHERE TO EAT IN PÉZENAS
It's probably best to avoid the restaurants opposite the main car park on the
Place du 14 Juillet, where quality and service can be 'casual' to say the least.
Much better to head into the old back streets and take your pick. Here are some
of our favourites.
L’ENTRE POTS
8 Avenue Louis Montagne, 34120 Pézenas
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
Pézenas’ answer to a smart Paris eatery – with cool interiors, a courtyard terrace
and up-market menus. The food is excellent, inventive and very reliable. The service
is good too. Not the cheapest of places around but great for a special meal. Quite
metropolitan mind you...
HOURS: Open Monday to Saturday 12pm–2pm and 7.30pm–10pm, closed on
Sundays in July & August and on Sundays and Mondays the rest of the year.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 90 00 00 c restaurantentrepots.com
LES PALMIERS
10 bis rue Mercière, 34120 Pézenas
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
Les Palmiers has a chic, al fresco atmosphere. You dine in the pretty open-air
courtyard of an historic building that has been stylishly redesigned on two levels.
The food is eclectic, creative and beautifully presented. The service attentive
but discreet.
HOURS: Open in the summertime only, Monday to Saturday 12pm–2pm and
7.45pm–10pm, closed on Sundays.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 09 42 56
LES MARRONNIERS
6 Avenue de Verdun, 34120 Pézenas
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
Authentic family friendly restaurant with a lovely shady courtyard where you can
eat underneath the huge horse chesnut tree on warm summer evenings. Traditional
French cuisine and a selection of tapas using fresh, seasonal ingredients.
HOURS: Open Monday to Saturday 12pm–2pm and 7pm–11pm
CONTACT: 2 04 67 90 13 80
LE VINTAGE BAR & TAPAS
20 Cours Jean Jaurès, 34120 Pézenas
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
On the best boulevard in Pézenas for classy architecture and people watching.
Good choice for lunch - simple but really fresh home-made salads, charcuterie,
tapas and cheeses. Great selection of quality regional wines.
HOURS: Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am–10.30pm
CONTACT: 2 04 67 31 71 98 c levintagepezenas.com
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THE LOCAL AREA " BÉZIERS
WHY VISIT
Béziers is a Neo-classical city packed with history along its wide boulevards and
the narrow back streets of the historical centre. It’s also a city on a human scale
that you can easily explore on foot in a day. It has great architecture, pretty good
shopping and a Spanish feel to it.
HERITAGE
The 19th century wine boom earned Béziers the name of wine capital of the
world and made it the richest city in France. The wine trade paid for the impressive Haussmanian private mansions with stone spiral staircases, ornate balconies
& lovely courtyards that line the Allées Paul Riquet, as well as the Italian-style
theatre and Plateau des Poètes park that are at either end of the Allées.
To explore the old historical centre take the Rue de la République and turn off
into the side-streets. To the right is a maze of small back alleys where you can
still hear Spanish rather than French spoken. To the left, head down Rue Mairan
or Rue Française for the boutique shopping quarter. Both streets lead down to
the Tourist Office.
A walk up to the fortified Romanesque Saint Nazaire Cathedral takes you away
from the bustle. There are lovely cloisters leading to terraced gardens which
overlook the city. In the afternoons you can climb the tower for really impressive
views of the bridge over the River Orb and out over the vineyards.
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THE LOCAL AREA " BÉZIERS
Béziers other main claim to fame is the 17th century Canal du Midi, built by
Pierre-Paul Riquet who was born in the town. The 241 km Canal is carried over
the River Orb by an aqueduct and the 8-lock staircase at Fonsérannes is unique
and pretty spectacular.
THE FÉRIA
Over a million visitors come for the 5-day Féria festival around the 15th August
each year. Many attend the bullfights in the Spanish-style Arena. If that’s not
your thing, the rest of town is packed with street bars, improvised restaurants,
flame-throwers, fancy-dressed characters on mega-stilts and fun stuff for kids, all
serenaded by Spanish music. This is a party on a big scale where anything goes.
LUNCH
A couple of options. Behind the Tourist Office there's a good choice of restaurants and bistros in Place des Trois Six and Rue Viennet. Les Trois Arches serves
the best fine-crust pizzas, and the steaks at Le Vieux Siège are enormous. Or
head for Les Halles, the covered market in Place Pierre Sémard. La Gargote des
Halles is the most popular restaurant for lunch – 6 oysters and a glass of wine,
tapas platters and a daily blackboard of specials. You can even buy your own
meat or fish in the market and for 2.50€ they'll grill it for you. La Plancha des
Halles is the place for meat lovers, Le Rouget Bleu for a seafood spread and Chez
Baldo et Maria for a light tapas lunch. Hallégria is an on trend restaurant, tapas
bar and lounge. The decor makes the most of the industrial style of the building and it's the place to be seen if you love rugby or the world of bull-fighting.
MARKETS & SHOPPING
Béziers is a market town and there's something happening on most days of the
week but Friday is the best day to go. The Allées transform into a massive garden
and enormous flower market, Place du 14 Juillet is the place for clothes and the
flea market, and the food stalls set up in Place David d'Angers and along Rue
Monge. Take your pick and your shopping bags.
If you want to stock up on some French fashion there's a large new shopping
mall at the Polygone near the train station. You'll find most of the chain stores
here. c polygone-beziers.com
PARKING
It can be difficult to park in Béziers so we suggest you head straight for any of
the underground car parks. Jean Jaurès at the bottom of the Allées is the biggest and Parking de la Madeleine & Saint Vincent de Paul are the best located
for exploring the old town.
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THE LOCAL AREA " WHERE TO EAT IN BÉZIERS
LE CHAMEAU IVRE
Place Jean Jaures, 34500 Béziers
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
Elected 'Caviste of the Year' by the prestigious Revue des Vins de France, Le
Chameau Ivre is an excellent wine bar with an amazing list and very well-prepared tapas and light meals. Extremely knowledgeable staff. Good atmosphere,
particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
HOURS: Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday
CONTACT: 2 04 67 80 20 20
LA MAISON DE PETIT PIERRE
22 avenue Pierre Verdier, 34500 Béziers
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 30 MINUTES
Pierre Augé, winner of Top Chef 2014 and the Champions Crown in 2015 and
2016, and his wife serve a creative, refined menu. Whether seated in the charming Mediterranean courtyard or the brocante-style interior, the atmosphere is
very friendly. Book well in advance.
HOURS: Open for lunch Monday to Wednesday, lunch and dinner Thursday
to Saturday
CONTACT: 2 04 67 30 91 85 c lamaisondepetitpierre.fr
LA CHARNIERE
22 Place Jean Jaurès, 34500 Béziers
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 25 MINUTES
Great burgers, fish & chips and freshly made tapas, plus beer and cocktails. It’s
run by Johny Howard, an ex-pro rugby player who spent much of his career
playing in France. Eat on the terrace or underground in ‘Le Tunnel’ – the former
wine cellar.
HOURS: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am–3pm & 7pm–11pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 36 83 10 c lacharniere.fr
L'AUTREMENT
15 Place Jean Jaurès, 34500 Béziers
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
A restaurant, bar & lounge. Gastro-bistro food in an atmosphere which is chic
but not overdone. Also the base for the excellent ‘Le vingt c’est le vin’ event held
on the 20th of every month.
HOURS: Closed Sundays.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 84 35 10 c restaurant-lautrement.com
L'OCTOPUS – See the Gastronomic Palaces pages
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BISTROT LA GALÉRIE
11 place Vieille, 34480 Magalas
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 5 MINUTES
A relaxed gastro pub come art gallery come antique shop. It's quirky, the food is
fresh, locally sourced and well-presented and it's good value for money.
HOURS: Open Tueday to Saturday 12pm-–2pm & 7.30pm–11pm
CONTACT: 2 04 30 72 96 87
WANAGAIN
38 av Gare, 34290 Espondeilhan
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 10 MINUTES
Café bistro with a Latin ambiance. Excellent burgers and home-made chips,
with a new ‘speciality’ burger every month. The artisan beer selection is good
too. Super friendly and super fresh food. It's small and popular, booking is
recommended.
HOURS: Open April–September: Tuesday to Sunday 9am–2pm & 5.30pm –9.30pm.
October–March: Wednesday to Sunday, same opening hours.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 77 65 19 c lescampette.com
L’ESCAMPETTE
12 Place Lieutenant Paul Gauffre, 34320 Neffiès
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 15 MINUTES
Le Bistrot L’Escampette is tucked away at the top of the village on a little medieval square. There are great views over the plain and the food is refined.
HOURS: Open every day: 12pm–2pm & 7pm–9.30pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 24 83 99 c lescampette.com
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LE VERY'TABLE
6 rue St Alban, 34320 Neffiès
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 15 MINUTES
A traditional stone village house setting but modern and elegant food on the
plate. Charming hosts and sensible prices. It's a real little find. Book early.
HOURS: Open Tueday to Sunday: 12pm–1.15pm & 7.15pm–9pm (closed Saturday
lunch & Sunday evening). In winter closed Tuesday evenings.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 24 07 86 c lescampette.com
LA CUISINE DE BASSAC
4 Place Neuve, 34480 Puimisson
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 15 MINUTES
Contemporary dishes cooked with fresh, seasonal produce. Great for either a
quick lunch or a more up market dinner. The food is surprisingly refined and
the portions generous. Pleasant terrace.
HOURS: Open Saturday to Monday + Friday evenings: 12pm –2pm & 7pm –9.30pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 6740 43 07 c lacuisinedebassac.fr
L'ABBAYE SYLVA PLANA
13, ancienne Route Nationale, 34480 Laurens
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 15 MINUTES
Quite an ecclectic mix of wine cellar/wine bar/tapas bar/vineyard restaurant.
Traditional French cuisine with original touches.
HOURS: Open June to September: Monday to Saturday lunchtimes & Thursday
to Saturday evenings; October to May: Monday to Friday lunchtimes.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 93 43 55
BÉZIERS PLAGE
Château Vaisseries, Route de Bédarieux 34500 Béziers
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 15 MINUTES
And now for something different. This a party place where you can eat outdoors
in the grounds of a beautiful château, in a tent or leaning on a wine barrel,
surrounded by a rustic, funky décor replicating the old French riverside cafés.
Tapas bar serving meat or fish platters and a Mediterranean restaurant. The
atmosphere changes every night with the theme – Kizomba, Salsa, happy hours
and big name DJs appear often. It does get packed and service can be slow (but
friendly) and it's well worth a visit.
HOURS: Open May to September: 12am–1am
CONTACT: 2 06 69 61 98 96
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L’AUBERGE DU PRESBYTERE
Impasse de l’Église, 34320 Vailhan
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 20 MINUTES
The food is great – light and refined, but we go here for the view. With a terrace overlooking the Lac des Olivettes, it’s a wonderful lunchtime venue. Have
a swim in the lake afterwards.
HOURS: March to October: Thursday to Monday 12pm–1.15pm & 7pm–9pm
CONTACT: 2 04 67 24 76 49 c aubergedupresbytere.fr
OCTOPUS
21 rue Boieldieu, 34500 Béziers
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 25 MINUTES
One Michelin star and highly recommended. Octopus offers gourmet cuisine
that’s a little more experimental than most French restaurants and superlative
service. Fantastic cheese & wine lists. Nice terrace, though décor is a little stark.
HOURS: Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm and 7.30pm.
Closed 15 August to 31 August.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 49 90 00 c restaurant-octopus.com
LE ST BARTH
Chemin des Domaines, Lieu dit Montpenèdre, 34340 Marseillan
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 40 MINUTES
Not gastronomic in the traditional sense, but if you want to try what are considered by many to be the best oysters in the world, then this is the place. Limited
menu, you are only there for the fabulous fresh seafood. Oh, and the setting,
which is the nearest thing to the Caribbean that we have in Languedoc.
HOURS: May & June: open Fri. to Sun. lunch & Fri. evenings; July & Aug.: every
day for lunch and dinner. Sept.: dinner every night & Sat. and Sun. lunch
CONTACT: 2 04 67 49 90 00 c lestbarth.com
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AUBERGE DE VIEUX PUITS
5, Avenue St Victor 11360 Fontjoncouse
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 1 HOUR
One of only 25 restaurants in France with 3 Michelin stars, the Vieux Puits is
considered one of the very best establishments in the country and was recently
voted 9th best restaurant in the world. Situated in a tiny Corbières village, the
cuisine is traditional rather than ‘molecular’ à la Ferran Adrià, but expect the
unexpected all the same. Prices, whilst still steep, are not the same as a 3-star
in Paris or London. Décor is very traditional too – some might say uninspired.
You’re there for the food though. Book at the start of your stay for a vague chance
of getting a table.
HOURS: Summer: Wednesday to Sunday. Closed Sunday evenings.
Winter: open Wednesday to Sunday
CONTACT: 2 04 68 44 07 37 c aubergeduvieuxpuits.fr
LA COQUERIE
Chemin du Cimetière Marin, Sète
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 1 HOUR
One Michelin star for Anne Majourel in this restaurant on the hillside in Sète
overlooking the Med. The food is based on local products, particularly fish from
the ‘criée’ in Sète and the cuisine is chic, contemporary and delicate.
HOURS: Open every day from June to September except Sunday evenings.
October to May: open Thursday to Sunday, except Sunday evenings.
from 12pm–8pm
CONTACT: 2 06 47 06 71 83
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MIA
609, avenue Raymond Dugrand, RBC Design Center, 34000 Montpellier
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 1 HOUR
Located in the cutting edge RBC Design Center, one should expect the interior
of this restaurant to be modern and streamlined. And it is. There is a goodsized terrace too, with a summery garden ambiance. Newly awarded his 1st solo
Michelin star (he worked with Pierre Gagnaire previously), chef Pascal Sanchez
creates art on the plate using only the very best produce. The ingredients are
first class, the presentation exquisite and the flavours fabulous.
HOURS: Open Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm–2pm & 7pm–10pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 67 73 14 26
LE PARC
80 Chemin des Anglais 11000 Carcassonne
DISTANCE FROM CHÂTEAU: 1 HR 15
We know it's quite a drive for dinner but with 2 Michelin stars, we couldn't
not mention Le Parc. Even if dinner menus start at 95€ per person. The food is
approaching perfection, innovative and complex. The stars are proof that chef
Franck Putelat has extraordinary technical skill and a brilliant palette. So if you
can't make it for dinner, try to make it for lunch.
HOURS: Open Tuesday to Saturday: 12pm– 2pm & 7.30pm–9.30pm.
CONTACT: 2 04 68 71 80 80
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Mini Ferme Zoo
Europark
Canoeing
Montpellier Parc Zoologique
Palais de la Maquette
Aquarium Mare Nostrum
Château St Pierre de Serjac
Parc des Dinosaures
Aqualand
Mini Ferme Zoo
Canoeing
Palais de la Maquette
Château St Pierre de Serjac
The Languedoc is full of fantastic outings and adventures for children.
Below is just a small selection of the best excursions:
AFRICAN SAFARI PARK
EUROPARK
SIGEAN – 45 MINS
Superb safari park.
2 04 68 48 20 20
c reserveafricainesigean.fr
VIAS – 30 MINS
Fairground, kart tracks and rollercoasters. Some great rides.
2 04 67 30 71 06
c europarkvias.com/
AQUARIUM MARE NOSTRUM
ODYSSEUM, MONTPELLIER – 1HR
Really very good.
2 04 67 13 05 50
c ot-montpellier.fr/mare-nostrum
AQUALAND
CAP D’AGDE – 45 MINS
Great waterpark, alternatively go to
La Bouscarasse in Gard, which is
better suited to smaller children.
2 04 67 26 85 94
c aqualand.fr/cap-d-agde/
DINOSAUR PARK
PARC AVENTURE BOURBAKI
BÉZIERS – 20 MINS
Climbing and zipwire in the trees.
2 06 25 43 41 37
c beziersaventure.com
MONTPELLIER ZOO &
AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST
MONTPELLIER – 1HR
A great zoo, plus all the creatures
and habitats of the Amazon rainforest
in a tropical greenhouse.
2 04 67 54 45 23
c http://zoo.montpellier.fr
MÈZE – 30 MINS
An important paleontological site,
a must-see for dinosaur fans.
2 04 67 43 02 80
c musee-parc-dinosaures.com
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Réserve Africaine
Parc des Dinosaures
Le Petit Train Jaune
Aqualand
Parc Aventure Bourbaki
Mini Ferme Zoo
Europark
Canoeing
Montpellier Parc Zoologique
Palais de la Maquette
Aquarium Mare Nostrum
Château St Pierre de Serjac
Parc des Dinosaures
Aqualand
Mini Ferme Zoo
Canoeing
Palais de la Maquette
Château St Pierre de Serjac
MINI FERME ZOO
CANOE
CESSENON-SUR-ORB – 1HR
The petting zoo in
Cessenon-Sur-Orb.
2 04 67 89 5414
c minifermezoo.fr
ROQUEBRUN – 40 MINS
Take a canoe ride on the beautiful
river Orb.
2 04 67 89 52 90
c canoe-france/orb/
LE PETIT TRAIN JAUNE
PALAIS DE LA MAQUETTE
VILLEFRANCHE DE CONFLENT –
2HRS 35
An historic electric railway which
winds up into the Pyrénées.
One word – spectacular.
2 08 91 70 09 00
c pyrenees-cerdagne.com/fr/
le-train-jaune
VALRAS – 45 MINS
Palais de la Maquette, situated at the
Port – surprisingly good!
2 04 67 39 13 53
c palaisdelamaquette.com
The region also has many of the usual diversions, including many playgrounds
(the best is on the beach at Valras Plage.)
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Musée Fabre
Musée d'Art Moderne
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Musée Fabre
Musée d'Art Moderne
Terra Vinea
Grotte de Clamouse
Château St Pierre de Serjac
Although it may be hard to believe it can rain now and again. Don’t worry, there
is still plenty to do. Here is a list of places to go even when the sun doesn’t shine.
THE MUSÉE FABRE
TERRA VINEA
MONTPELLIER – 1HR
A museum that includes the very
cool Pierre Soulages gallery.
2 04 67 14 83 00
c museefabre-en.montpellier-agglo.com
PORTEL DES CORBIÈRES – 45 MINS
Underground wine museum with a
restaurant and wine tasting.
2 04 68 48 64 90
c terra-vinea.eu
THE AQUARIUM (MARE NOSTRUM) MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
MONTPELLIER – 1HR
Pretty much as good an aquarium as
you will find anywhere.
2 04 67 13 05 50
c ot-montpellier.fr/mare-nostrum
CERET – 1HR 20
Works by Dali, Miro, Chagal
and Matisse.
2 04 68 87 27 76
c musee-ceret.com
AMAZONIAN RAINFOREST
LA CITÉ DE L’EAU
MONTPELLIER – 1HR 15
Full of exotic plants and animals.
2 04 67 54 45 23
c ot-montpellier.fr/
serre-amazonienne
AGDE – 45 MINS
Large indoor aquatic centre, with
multiple pools, slides and spa area.
2 08 99 96 73 90 (1,35€ /min)
c centre-larchipel.com.
LA GROTTE DE CLAMOUSE
TAUTAVEL MUSEUM
SAINT-JEAN-DE-FOS – 1HR
A spectacular underground cave.
Gigantic and full of amazing stalactites and stalagmites.
c clamouse.com/en
TAUTAVEL – 1HR 30 MINS
Museum of Prehistory with life-size
models of prehistoric man,
animals and their habitats.
Interactive exhibitions.
c 450000ans.com/?lang=en
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The Languedoc is full of wonderful local markets selling a huge range of cheeses,
fruit and vegetables, charcuterie, olive products and often clothing & crafts.
SOME OF THE BETTER LOCAL MARKETS ARE:
BÉZIERS: Saturday (vegetables in the allèes Paul Riquet, organic produce by Les
Halles), Sunday – large general market
PÉZENAS: Saturday – 9am–1pm for food; clothes & other goods – all day – Cours
Jean Jaurès; Saturday morning organic Market, Place Gambetta
CLERMONT L’HÉRAULT: Wednesdays 8am–2pm for food
BÉDARIEUX: Monday 8am–1pm, food in Place Albert Thomas & clothes in Place
de la Vièrge
ST CHINIAN: Thursdays and Sundays 8am–1pm
BESSON: Sunday 8am–1.30pm – food, & bric-a-brac; Tuesday 8am–1pm – food
MÈZE: Sunday 8am–1.30pm, food & bric-a-brac in l´Esplanade & Place de la Mairie
CAP D'AGDE: Tuesday June–September, 8am–1pm local producers market
There are also regular ‘marchés aux puces’ (flea markets), ‘vide greniers’ (car boot
sales) and brocantes (bric-a-brac) where some fabulous bargains can be found.
The most famous market is the Pézenas ‘deballage’ held on the 1st Sunday in
May and the 2nd Sunday in October each year. Other markets are organised by
the villages, usually on Sunday mornings, so the easiest way to find them is to
look directly online at c http://vide-greniers.org
There is also the Béziers 'déballage', a huge trade market, ostensibly open to professionals only. This is held once a month on Sunday mornings. If you would like to go
to this, ask at reception, who may be able to arrange entry and a guide if required.
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MEDITERRANEAN BEACHES
OVERVIEW
Languedoc’s beaches range from the sublime to the not so nice. On the one
hand you can find some of the loveliest beaches in France and on the other,
you can stumble across a whole other sort of beach, with wall to wall take-away
restaurants and tacky souvenir shops bordering the sands. To help you navigate,
we’ve put together this guide to the best beaches in the area.
WHEN TO GO
In summer, traffic to the coastal beaches can be heavy and parking can be difficult, so you should leave early (or much later) to avoid this. The locals often
don’t even arrive until around 4pm, avoiding the sun at its hottest and the worst
of the crowds. It is also worth driving via some of the smaller roads and villages
instead of along the main routes. The coastal areas and motorways are extremely
busy on Saturdays in July and August and so avoid Saturdays – you have been
warned! A good alternative would be a trip to the river and lagoon beaches.
BEACH CLUBS
There are lots of great beaches in Languedoc – but perhaps the most comfortable way to enjoy the warm waters and golden sand of the Mediterranean is to
visit one of the region’s many ‘beach clubs‘ where you can rent sun beds for the
day or half-day, enjoy a leisurely lunch and have staff ferry drinks to you all day
long. Most of them have a clubby feel in the evenings with DJs etc.
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SÉRIGNAN – 20 MINS
This is the closest beach to the Château. Driving to the beach you’ll know you’re
in tourist territory, but it has an agreeable rustic, country feel. The beach itself is
a wide stretch of soft sand, and doesn’t feel built up at all. There’s a beach club
and restaurant on the sand with simple meals, a good bar and a lively scene in the
early evening. It’s not unheard of to find the Château team here on their day off!
VALRAS – 20 MINS
Just west of Sérignan, Valras is a traditional beach town, quite built up with lots of
restaurants and shops. Very child friendly – with a good playground on the sands, a
drop-in childrens club and a port to wander around. The beach itself stretches for
4km and has plenty of water sports and leisure facilities. It’s very safe for swimming
too.
VENDRES – 25 MINS
Like Sérignan, Vendres feels more remote and wild, with a protective grassy sand
bank separating you from the campsites behind. It’s widest and wildest at Plage
Montilles and Mimosas. You can just see Cap D’Agde and the lagoon in the distance.
PORTIRAGNES – 25 MINS
Portiragnes is a lovely beach, with fine sand and practically no views of built-up
areas. Go to the west side for the best experience but don’t expect a host of facilities.
THE BEACHES AT CAP D’AGDE – 40 MINS
Known as Europe’s largest naturist resort, there are actually only a couple of nudist
beaches at Cap d’Agde (follow the signs for ‘naturiste’ if that’s what you’re after).
The other ten distinct beaches are some of the best in the region, each with their
own atmosphere and nearly all are long, wide and sandy. The best beaches are
Capao and Richelieu Est, both of which have very good beach clubs and restaurants.
La Mole is good for small children.
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GRUISSAN – 40 MINS
Gruissan beach is also long, wide and sandy and particularly popular for water
sports, with a sailing club that hires boats and windsurfers and a snack bar. To one
side is an unusual little village of fisherman’s houses on stilts, which featured in
the movie Betty Blue. It is also worth a stroll round the old village of Gruissan:
crafts shops, galleries and a stunning view from the top of the ruined château.
La Cambuse du Saunier restaurant facing the salt pans is great choice for lunch.
MONTPELLIER BEACHES
– 1HR
Love them or hate them, the modernist 1960’s pyramids of La Grande Motte are
something to see at least once! The beach at “Point Zéro” is fabulous and wellequipped with restaurants, and watersports. Grand Travers and Petit Travers are
lovely wide sandy beaches closer to Montpellier. Surprisingly they’re not at all built
up, although in summer there are many ‘pop up’ beach clubs, some of which are
pretty sophisticated, with good service and a cool atmosphere. Palavas-les-Flots is
best for a traditional family day out at the seaside. The attractive harbour is lined
with scores of restaurants and the well-equipped beach is enormous.
LEUCATE –
1HR
Sandwiched between the less attractive ports of Port-La-Nouvelle and Barcarès,
Leucate Plage comes as a very pleasant surprise. It feels more like an Australian
beach town – with attractive houses climbing up pretty pine tree covered hills.
There are two beaches; a big main beach just in front of the town and further along
(accessible only by climbing around the rocks), a much slimmer beach bordered
by rocks that’s popular with nude bathers.
LA FRANQUI – 1HR 10
A tiny gem of a village with half a dozen restaurants and a wide, sandy beach in
front. Just above the centre is a long narrow sand bank with the lagoon on one side
and the Med on the other – you feel like you’re floating on water. Can be windy,
and is justifiably famous as a kite surfing centre.
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The beaches around the Etang de Thau – famous for its oyster farming – are a really
nice alternative to the larger seaside beaches. The water is warmer, usually shallow,
no currents to speak of and there’s more chance of spotting some sea life, including the occasional sea horse. So a good choice for young children, but there can be
some seaweed so it’s a good idea to kit them out with plastic shoes.
MARSEILLAN PORT BEACH – 40 MINS
A small stretch of sand to one side of this picturesque little port. There’s a very
good children’s playground, skate park, waterskiing zip wire, kitesurf school
and snack bar. Or have lunch in one of the dozen restaurants which line the
quaysides along the atmospheric port. You can usually get a light meal here all
day long but our favourites are Pacheline and Ciel et Mer.
MÉZE – 50 MINS
The largest of the lagoon beaches is in this pleasant port town. There are plenty
of restaurants, including a couple on the beach itself. The lagoon is great for
small children as it’s not too deep and there’s a jetty for older kids to venture
out further.
BAGES AND PEYRIAC-SUR-MER– 45 MINS
Pretty places to relax in the natural regional park. No real beaches but in Peyriac
you can follow the walkway on stilts across the lagoon and float in the salt rich
waters.
KITE SURFING ON THE LAGOONS
Both the Etang de Bages and the Etang de Thau are renowned worldwide for kite
surfing. On the Etang de Bages, head for ‘La Nautique’. It’s tricky to find, so do
please ask the concierge for directions. Can be very windy. On the Etang de Thau
(better in southerly winds), start out from ‘Mal Dormir’, which is signposted
on the road between Marseillan Ville and Marseillan plage. You’ll see the kites.
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The river and lake beaches offer a great alternative to the coast, particularly on
the traffic-heavy Saturdays in July and August. Below is our selection of some of
the best.
LAC DES OLIVETTES – 25 MINS
The Lac des Olivettes is a small family friendly lake at Vailhan. It’s a great place
to stop and have a swim after a delicious lunch at the AUBERGE DU PRESBYTÈRE
(see Restaurants Direction Pézenas). On the way there you can visit the goats
cheese farm and watch the goats being milked and sample the cheeses at
LE MAS ROLLAND 2 04 67 24 65 40 c lafermedumasrolland.com
ROQUEBRUN RIVER BEACH – 40 MINS
Roquebrun on the River Orb is rated one of the ‘most beautiful villages in
France’, with its traditional stone houses, a bridge, weir and old water mill.
It’s tiny but has 4 restaurants and 2 cafés (we recommend LE PETIT NICE
2 04 67 89 64 27). It’s very popular with canoeists for its reasonable canoe hire
prices and clear, shallow waters. The beach and river bed are stony, so you might
want to protect your feet.
THE GORGES D’HÉRIC – 45 MINS
The Gorges d’Héric in the Black Mountains is a stunning river gorge renowned
amongst bathers and walkers. In winter, the water roars down the gorge in
spectacular fashion. It’s a bracing 90-minute walk to the top where a tiny café
serves hot chocolate. In summer the mountain torrents reduce to a trickle, leaving crystal clear rock pools, warm enough for swimming. If you walk far enough
up the gorge you’ll find your own secluded spot. Arrive early in July/August, as
it gets quite popular. There’s a big car park and snack shop just past the village
of Mons-la-Trivalle.
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THE PONT DU DIABLE – 50 MINS
About five minutes drive south of lovely (and hugely popular) St. Guilhem le
Desert, the Hérault river runs under the famous ‘Pont du Diable’ bridge and
on past a large ‘pool’ with a beach on either side. It’s a great place to cool off
after visiting St. Guilhem or the impressive GROTTES DE CLAMOUSE (caves) just
up the road and very popular in summer, so try to arrive early. ST GUILHEM LE
DESERT has restaurants and cafés but there’s nothing else along the river – so
bring a picnic. Canoes can be rented on the opposite bank. Further down from
these two, the water is deeper and you’ll find plenty of shady places.
LAC DU SALAGOU – 1 HR
The Lac du Salagou is actually artificial, but the rough, wild terrain and colourful red soils are very scenic. The place has a Wild West feel about it. There’s a
great little sailing club, which hires hobie cats, stand up paddles, pedalos and
other fun water crafts and a SNACK BAR (2 04 67 96 05 71 c basedusalagou.fr).
You can also explore the mountain bike tracks and lovely walks around the lake,
see the submerged village or, of course, just go swimming in the clear water.
You’ll find it just outside Clermont l’Herault. The western theme continues at
the CIRQUE DE MOURÈZE, just to the south, where there’s over a square mile of
giant limestone rock formations in some very peculiar shapes. Worth catching
on the way home.
CIRQUE DE NAVACELLES – 1HR 15
The Cirque de Navacelles really is something different. It’s basically an ‘island’
carved out of a canyon by the River Vis. Most people go to see its unique shape
from above, but go down into the canyon itself and you’ll find a charming
hamlet, with a couple of simple but good restaurants, and the river. The water
is incredibly clear, and chilly. There’s a spectacular waterfall and children of all
ages (us included!) love to jump in. With the towering sides of the canyon all
around you, it’s truly memorable.
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COLOMBIERS – 40 MINS ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE – 1HR 10
MORNING: Rent a small boat and make your way along the CANAL DU MIDI – one
of the most beautiful canals in the world. You can rent small self-drive barges,
‘pataches’ for a day or half-day and even children can take a turn at driving. We
recommend starting at the canal port in Colombiers, about 25 minutes’ drive
from the Château. 2 04 67 37 14 60 c [email protected] GPS: 43.313688,
3.143172. If you would like to hire a barge with another family please ask at
Reception and we will put it on the blackboard to see if anyone else would like
to share.
LUNCH: Ask us for a picnic to take on the boat – eat on board or in a shady spot
along the canal. If you’re barging for a half day try AU LAVOIR in Colombiers,
about five minutes walk from the port. 2 04 67 26 16 15 cau-lavoir.com.
AFTERNOON: Visit the ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE just South of Narbonne –
a magnificent 12th century Cistercian Abbey with gorgeous rose gardens. They
also have wine tasting and a good restaurant. GPS: 43.7450336, 2.53511038.
2 04 68 45 50 72.
If you don’t want to go that far, then just up the road from Colombiers is the
Etang de Montady. This dried out lagoon forms a huge circle filled with wedges
of ancient fields that fan out like the rays of the sun. The best views are from the
Oppidum d’Ensérune – once a Gallic hill-town and now a Greek and Roman
archaeological site and museum. 2 04 67 37 01 23 GPS: 43.2898, 3.1280
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ST CHINIAN – 40 MINS ROQUEBRUN – 45 MINS
MORNING: If you go on a Thursday or Sunday start off at ST. CHINIAN MARKET,
it’s lively, colourful and quintessentially French. You can do a wine tasting at the
cave in St. Chinian, renowned for its velvety reds. It’s close to the centre of the
village and they often bring in local winemakers to do tastings.
2 04 67 38 28 40. GPS: 43.425368, 2.945890.
Other mornings, go swimming or canoeing at ROQUEBRUN RIVER, in one of
the most beautiful villages in France. The rapids are pretty mild and children
from six years old can manage to paddle. We recommend you do the two hour
course from Cers to Roquebrun. Telephone to book your place
2 04 67 89 52 90 c canoeroquebrun.com/en. GPS: 43.498452, 3.026431
LUNCH: LE PETIT NICE – a basic but good restaurant overlooking the river in
Roquebrun. Make sure you call to make a reservation as it is very popular in the
summer. 2 04 67 89 64 27. There are also great spots along the river for a picnic.
AFTERNOON: THE CAVE COOPERATIVE in Roquebrun has a great series of information panels on wine making. Learn all about winemaking and taste their
wines. 2 04 67 89 64 35.
THE MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN is worth a visit too, perched on the hill above
the village, it has stunning views. c jardin-mediterraneen.fr.
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CAP D’AGDE – 40 MINS MARSEILLAN PORT – 40 MINS
MORNING: Book a sunbed at one of the beach clubs at CAP D’AGDE (see
Mediterranean Beaches section) – you might want to call first to make sure they
are available. JUNGLE BEACH is a firm favourite with a restaurant, bar and masseur. Call to book: 2 04 99 41 20 88. To get to Jungle Beach, head towards Cap
d’Agde and once there, take the signs for ‘Plage Richelieu Est’. The signs for
‘Naturisme’ on the other hand, take you to the clothes off side of Le Cap – itself
divided into three sections – family, gay and straight/frisky...
There’s a new website with descriptions, photos and prices for most of the
region’s beach clubs: c epaillote.com – please let us know if you try any and
would recommend them to other guests.
LUNCH: At your beach bar restaurant or on the port at MARSEILLAN VILLE.
AFTERNOON: Stay at the beach, or drive to MARSEILLAN VILLE (not Marseillan
Plage). It’s a charming fishing port where you’ll find lovely cafés and restaurants
for lunch on the quayside. Try PACHELINE for fish and seafood or the TAVERNE
DU PORT. You could also stroll 15 mins east along the edge of the lagoon to the
oyster farms, where there are several simple ‘cabanes’ – oyster bar/restaurants.
Mussel ‘brasucade’ is very popular, a local version of moules marinières in a
slightly spicy sauce cooked over a wood fire. Cheap and very cheerful. Take the
tour round the NOILLY PRAT vermouth cellars. They make 3 types – a white and
a red but the Ambré is the best, and only sold in Marseillan (and upmarket bars
and restaurants worldwide).
If you have children, AQUALAND, the water slide park back in Cap d’Agde, is
always a hit. Be sure to arrive early in the day to enjoy all the water slides, as
the wait is sometimes long in the middle of the afternoon when it gets busier.
2 04 67 26 85 94. Opens on the 20th of June.
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NARBONNE – 40 MINS LA CLAPE – 45 MINS GRUISSAN – 50 MINS
MORNING: Drive to NARBONNE and stroll around the centre of this lovely
canalside city, with footbridges over the Canal de la Robine linking the historic
quarters to explore on either side. The canal banks have been renovated and
you’ll find some great little open air cafés. Make sure you visit the famous covered market, LES HALLES is a traditional French covered market in the centre
of Narbonne with 70 food stalls selling fresh local and gourmet produce plus a
host of small restaurants serving everything from oysters to tapas. A great place
for browsing, a spot of lunch or to pick up some picnic items.
GPS: 43.181256, 3.005151. Also worth a tour is the 13TH CENTURY CATHEDRAL
(Saint-Just et Saint-Pasteur) and the ARCHBISHOP’S PALACE and THE
ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM (closed on Tuesdays from October to June), with
its important collection of Roman artefacts and art – reflecting Narbonne’s role
as the first major settlement of the Roman empire. 2 04 68 90 30 65
LUNCH: LES HALLES is the place to go, particularly if there is rugby on. CHEZ
BEBELLE is a standout restaurant and includes entertainment provided via
steaks flying through the air between the butchers opposite and the chef! Call
to book or expect to wait 2 06 85 40 09 01). If you prefer seafood head straight
for the SALINS DE GRUISSAN (the salt pans), to the restaurant LA CAMBUSE DU
SAUNIER for fresh oysters and salt-baked fish. Call to book at 2 04 84 25 13 24.
GPS: 43.097129,3.084705
AFTERNOON: Spend the afternoon wine tasting around LA CLAPE between
Narbonne and Gruissan, with many of the Languedoc’s best wine domaines
within close proximity to one another. Some of the best include CHÂTEAU
CAPITOUL (one of ours!), CHÂTEAU L’HOSPITALET and CHÂTEAU DES ANGLES.
Also a great place for bike rides, walks etc. cla-clape.com
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MORNING: Drive to OLARGUES taking the scenic drive through St. Chinian
and St. Pons and spend a couple of hours wandering through its meandering
medieval streets. Market day is Sunday. GPS: 43.556666, 2.913773. Some of the
surrounding hamlets are all but forgotten and were a great hideout for the resistance, who camped out in this area during the second world war.
LUNCH: Try one of the small bistros in the village centre or drive to MONS
LA TRIVALLE, the starting point for the Gorges d’Héric. LA BARRAQUITA is
the restaurant/snack bar at the canoe centre, 2 06 83 61 62 21. Alternatively,
for a gastronomic experience try the AUBERGE DE COMBES in the village of
Combes, about half an hour from Olargues 2 04 67 95 66 55. The food here
is fantastic and there’s a lovely terrace with spectacular views (July & August:
Tuesday–Sunday; April to June: Tuesday–Sunday for lunch; September to March:
Wednesday–Sunday for lunch). The drive is not for the faint hearted at night.
AFTERNOON: Drive to the GORGES D’HÉRIC to go swimming in the gorgeous
rockpools. GPS: 43.572183, 2.966625 (see the River & Lake Beaches section).
Alternatively, explore the many walking trails around the area or go canoeing
on the river Orb. For a different scenic drive back to the Château, take the exit
from the river valley road at Tarrasac and continue to Roquebrun.
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SÈTE, BOUZIGUES & MARSEILLAN – 1HR
MORNING: These three towns are all based around the ETANG DE THAU (see
Lagoon Beaches section), famous for its oyster beds. Drive to SÈTE – Languedoc’s
biggest port, criss-crossed by canals and known as the ‘Venice’ of France. It’s a
working port and always buzzy and interesting. Walk/drive to the top of the hill
(MONT ST CLAIR) where you’ll find one of the most amazing panoramic views
in the area. Alternatively, try the GOURMET WALKING TOUR OF SÈTE. This visit
takes you along the canals sampling local specialities, meeting local fine food
merchants and visiting the covered market – a temple of fish. 55€ per person.
Booking in advance is required, please ask us to book for you or call Nancy at
2 06 13 23 10 35.
LUNCH: Lunch in Sète won’t be a problem – there are over 200 restaurants!
Try the Paris Méditerannée or Chez François. For a quieter setting drive to
BOUZIGUES (13km north of Sète) and eat in any of the restaurants along the
waterfront, La Perle Marine has a good reputation. Further round the lagoon,
tucked away in the oyster farming area between Marseillan and Mèze, is LE ST
BARTH SHELLFISH RESTAURANT. Here they farm and serve Tabouriech oysters,
reputed to be the world’s finest. It’s a little tricky to find, but is worth searching
for. Ask our concierge for directions before you go.
2 04 99 43 97 58 GPS: 43.3824398, 3.5564422
AFTERNOON: Take a trip on ‘THE OYSTER BOAT’, LE BLEU MARIN, to visit the
oyster tables and learn how oysters are produced (the commentary is in French
but they have a handout in English). 2 06 03 31 44 90 cpromenade-bouzigues.fr.
Then drive to Marseillan, have a walk around the port, stopping for a coffee or
ice cream in any one of the cafés lining the port. Call in at in the NOILLY PRAT
FACTORY, home to the legendary Vermouth.
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MONTPELLIER – 1HR
MORNING: Explore the old centre of Montpellier – Languedoc’s most beautiful city
and France’s most popular city to live in. Visit the MUSÉE FABRE – the city’s main
art gallery (closed on Mondays, open from 10am–6pm 2 04 67 14 83 00). Or just
wander around, taking in the gorgeous architecture and lively atmosphere.There
is great shopping too, along the streets leading off the PLACE DE LA COMÉDIE.
You can also park under this fabulous square which is right in the middle of town.
The walking tours that start from the Tourist Office are well worth taking as they
show you inside some of the beautiful town mansions usually closed to the public.
c ot-montpellier.fr/en/guided-tours-in-the-city. GPS: 43.609374, 3.881026
LUNCH: Try any of the wonderful outdoor cafés or restaurants. There is a square
with cafés around every corner! Alternatively, head out to any of the beaches
nearby and have lunch at one of the beach clubs.
AFTERNOON: Lazing on the beach at Le Grand Travers or any other beach in
the vicinity.
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ST GUILHEM – 1HR PONT DU DIABLE – 50 MINS
MORNING: Stroll around the village of ST. GUILHEM, visiting the 10th century
Romanesque church. It’s quite touristy, but worth it. There is a great natural
perfume shop where they distil perfumes from plants and flowers in addition to
dozens of small craft shops and galleries. The best views of the village are from
above – if you can find the trail up the hills. GPS: 43.734096,3.549224
LUNCH: Any restaurant in St.Guilhem itself. There is a lovely square in the
centre with lots of restaurants and cafés. LA TAVERNE DE L’ESCUELLE has a nice
outdoor sitting area. 2 04 67 57 72 05. Or higher up the village there is the
RESTAURANT DU VAL DE GELLONE 2 04 67 57 33 99
AFTERNOON: Swimming off the river beach at the PONT DU DIABLE (see
the River and Lake Beaches section). On the way back from St. Guilhem,
follow the D27 in the direction of St-Jean-de-Fos and a bit further upstream,
you’ll see the canoe centres on your right. c canoe-pont-du-diable.com
2 04 67 96 67 70 and 2 06 09 84 66 91. Everyday from 10.30am–7.30pm. If you’re
feeling energetic, you could also visit the GROTTE DE CLAMOUSE – spectacular caves
only 15 minutes drive from St Guilhem. cclamouse.com/en; 2 04 67 57 71 05.
GPS: 43.710804,3.552498.
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CARCASSONNE – 1HR 15 BIZE-MINERVOIS – 50 MINS
MORNING: The medieval city of CARCASSONNE is a World Heritage Site and the
best and largest example of a medieval castle in the world. Make sure to check
if the tenors are in the cathedral and ask them to sing for you... a spine tingling
experience! c carcassonne-tourisme.com. There is a FESTIVAL with many free
events from the 4th July–1st August so check out the programme at
c festivaldecarcassonne.fr
LUNCH: There’s a wide selection of restaurants and cafés within the walls of the
city. The speciality of this region is the cassoulet, although it’s a bit heavy on a
hot summer day! Alternatively, for a more peaceful dining experience, there are
some lovely little restaurants on the banks of the canal in the village of TRÈBES.
LE MOULIN DE TRÈBES for example has a relaxing terrace.
CONTACT: Call to make a reservation at 2 04 68 78 97 57.
AFTERNOON: Take the back road to the Château and stop off to see how olive
oil is made at L’OULIBO IN BIZE-MINERVOIS. c odyssea.eu/oulibo.
GPS: 43.299811, 2.870661. Guided tours (in French and English) last an hour and
a half and cost just 6€ for adults and 4€ for children, or 16€ for a family. Don’t
miss the olive oil tasting, they are all different and some are surprisingly spicy.
Call to book at 2 04 68 41 95 84. 
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MILLAU VIADUCT – 1HR 15 ROQUEFORT – 1HR 30
MORNING: Unmissable for anyone interested in modern architecture. Drive up
the A75 to view the MILLAU VIADUCT. There is a visitor’s centre where you can
get a great view of the tallest and one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe,
if not the world. It was a collaboration between Norman Foster and Eiffage, the
French company that built the Eiffel tower. You can also take a river tour under
the bridge, a great way to really appreciate its size and splendour.
Call to book 2 05 65 61 61 61. GPS: 44.0796, 3.0224
LUNCH: In the visitors centre for the bridge (surprisingly good!) or in any of a
host of restaurants in the town of Millau.
AFTERNOON: Not far from the Millau bridge is the VELORAIL – an abandoned
railway that has been converted into a funride of sorts. Hire a velorail, a simple
open-air bike carriage that you sit on while it zooms down a hill. On the way, you’ll
glimpse superb views as you go over bridges and through tunnels. Alternatively
visit the ROQUEFORT CAVES, (about 40 mins from the Viaduct) and learn how
this famous cheese is made. GPS: 43.9766, 2.9894
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LAGRASSE – 1HR 30 LES CHÂTEAUX CATHARES – 2HRS
MORNING: Visit LAGRASSE, a pretty village 40km south-west of Narbonne where
you’ll find a beautiful medieval abbey. The town is very atmospheric and is worth
a wander for an hour or two. You can also swim in the river here.
GPS: 43.0944, 2.6188
LUNCH: In Lagrasse – in one of the lovely cafés that spill out onto the street.
Inexpensive and picturesque.
AFTERNOON: An hour’s drive further south through magnificent countryside is one of the famous Cathar castles, CHÂTEAU QUÉRIBUS AT CUCUGNAN.
2 04 68 45 03 69 c cucugnan.fr/fr/queribus-cucugnan/accueil. You can also
visit CHÂTEAU PUILAURENS AT LAPRADELLE-PUILAURENS​. 2 04 68 20 65 26
c payscathare.org. From the walls of both, you can see the other in the distance,
as well as the Pyrénées and the Mediterranean. The Cathars were an 11th century
sect that challenged the orthodoxy of the Catholic church.
Alternatively, spend the afternoon wandering around and exploring
CARCASSONNE.
Or visit the ABBAYE DE FONTFROIDE – a magnificent 12th Century Cistercian
Abbey. There’s also wine tasting (free for individuals, for a private testing please
call 2 04 68 45 50 72) and a good restaurant: LA TABLE DE FONTFROIDE. For
reservations please call 2 04 68 41 02 26.
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CASTELNOU – 1HR 30 VILLEFRANCHE-DE-CONFLENT – 1HR 50
MORNING: Visit the pretty village of CASTELNOU 30 minutes south west of
Perpignan. GPS: 42.619149,2.703016 and see the medieval castle perched on the
top of the hill. And/or visit LES ORGUES DE ROUSSILLON with its weird sandstone formations close to Ile-sur-Têt, a must-see!
LUNCH: Drive inland to the Unesco World Heritage Site of VILLEFRANCHE-DECONFLENT – a 45 minute drive from Perpignan. There are a few small restaurants
in the centre, and a few local shops worth checking out but mostly it’s about
absorbing the atmosphere as you stroll round the cobbled streets of this 11th
century fortress town. cvillefranchedeconflent.com. GPS: 42.587356,2 .369849.
AFTERNOON: Fort Liberia is linked to Villefranche by LE SOUTERRAIN DES
1000 MARCHES ... but how many steps are there really? Visit the military fort
and find out. The historic narrow gauge steam train, LE PETIT TRAIN JAUNE also
starts from Villefranche and takes you up to the highest train station in France,
a fun way to see the fabulous scenery. Alternatively, drive up to ST MARTIN DE
CANIGOU. Climb up the hill and keep climbing until you can see the abbey from
above – sitting on a rocky outcrop.
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Canet-en-Roussillon
Château St Pierre de Serjac
COLLIOURE – 1HR 45 PERPIGNAN – 1HR 15
MORNING: Stroll around COLLIOURE, a pretty seaside village near the Spanish border
known as the City of Painters. Follow LE CHEMIN DU FAUVISME, a path that exhibits
twenty reproductions of Matisse’s and Derain’s work exactly where these two masters painted the originals earlier this century. Or just browse the galleries and craft
shops. GPS: 42.516667, 3.083333. Then a couple of hours on the beach...
LUNCH: In any of the cafés in the old town or overlooking the beach at Collioure.
Alternatively, drive 35 minutes to Perpignan and eat in one of the many delicious
tapas bars.
AFTERNOON: Visit Perpignan, the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca in the
13th century, with it’s medieval historic centre, castle and a real Catalan vibe.
You’ll find plenty of interesting shops, art galleries and café terraces. On the way
back, stop off at CHÂTEAU L’ESPARROU at Canet-en-Roussillon (Route de Saint
Cyprien) for a wine tasting, open from 10am–6pm in July and August.
GPS: 42.688997, 3.02604. cchateau-esparrou.com
90 DAYS OUT COLLIOURE & PERPIGNAN
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