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Au Paradis Des Cigales

Converted Wine Cave in Stunning Vineyard Location

Au Paradis Des Cigales

Converted Wine Cave in Stunning Vineyard Location

Bize-Minervois (click to open map)
4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms
Large Private Pool / Barbecue
situated near Bize-minervois

At the heart of the Loup Blanc vineyard

The property “Au Paradis Des Cigales” lies in a stunningly beautiful location seven kilometres to the north of Bize Minervois.

The property nestles among the vines in this forgotten valley, this property can truly offer a secluded haven in which to enjoy your holiday.

Whether you are looking for an action packed sightseeing trip or planning to do little more than laze by the pool, there will be something for you.

a very individual home

Au Paradis Des Cigales

The accommodation is all on one level, furnished to a high standard with some interesting antiques.

There is a good sized swimming pool, dedicated solely for the use of your party with a seperate barbecue area with full size built-in barbecue. There are also a number of bikes available for cycle rides.

Au Paradis occupies the whole ground floor of the bergerie.  It is approached from the terrace shaded by ancient olive trees.  The house very comfortably accommodates up to eight people in four bedrooms.  There is a fireplace and electric heating for the colder seasons.

  • Large living room has several French windows opening onto the terraces, making it very easy for summer living. 
  • Kitchen has Dishwasher, Cooker, Ironing facilities, Microwave, Washing machine, Electric hob, Electric oven, Fridge-Freezer.
  • Master bedroom is en suite.
  • Two double bedrooms, one with French windows onto the terrace.
  • One twin bedroom is also en suite.
  • Family bathroom with separate bath and shower. 
  • Separate WC

The property is surrounded by a well kept garden. There are ancient olive trees offering shady spots to relax in the heat of the afternoon. An olive grove for the children to play in. Behind the property we have eight acres of private garrigue for you to explore.


The Surrounding Area

Within easy reach of the property there are a number of activites available to those so inclined. Horse riding through the vines is available at two local stables. Canoeing and Kayaking can be a great day out. These are offered both on the rivers Orb and Aude. Tennis courts can be found in Bize and there is an Aqua Park in Narbonne.

In the immediate area there are several places of interest. Bize Minervois is the local town and has a handful of restaurants, also a supermarket and a butcher who will cook almost anything to order, there is also a great swimming pool in the river. 


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

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


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

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

Much of what can be seen today is a nineteenth Century restoration, but it certainly should not be missed on a trip to this area. The view from a distance cannot fail to impress. If your visit includes the 14th July, they have a wonderful firework display here.


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


The African Reserve at Sigean

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

Les Montagnes de la Clape and the Beaches

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



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

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

Local Amenities

Nearest bakery: Bize Minervois (Aude)

Nearest bar: Bize Minervois (Aude)

Nearest market: St Chinian (Herault) – This Market Is On A Sunday, So Good For Stocking Up On Arrival.

Nearest pharmacy: Bize Minervois (Aude)

Nearest supermarket: Bize Minervois (Aude)

Tourist information: Ginestas (Aude)

Local restaurants and bars


Number 1 on Tripadvisor

La Grange

French/Asian Fusion food

Restaurant Chez Jean-Marc

Very Popular Restaurant

La Selette

Centre of the Village

Cafe du Midi

Recommended restaurants and bars

Near Au Paradis des Cigales

A Local Gem

Restaurant Lo Cagarol

Michelin Star Restaurant - Stunning!

La Table De Castigno

Part of the Village Castigno

La Petite Table

Castigno Thai Restaurant

Le Thai

Au paradis des cigales

Suitable for children

Suitable for the elderly

Pets welcomed

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