Monday, 6 January 2014

March @Maison De L'Orb

A simple offer for those wishing an early Spring pre Easter getaway
2 nights
Breakfast included
100€
Includes weekends
Simple
Price is based on two people sharing the Orb or Jardin suite
More photographs and details via our website  - click here
For more information email info@maisondelorb.com 

Looking Ahead

A quick weekend tour of this elegant and ancient city will reveal history, shady boulevards, stunning views and some fine dining hospitality.  Welcome to the REAL south of France.

When To Go
Beziers looks arguably at its best in its spring sunshine.  This is the best time to visit before the summer holiday crowds descend and the heat of the sun is turned up to the maximum.  Throughout the year many a fete is held including the now famous Feria in August and medieval fair in May.  In the autumn, the crowds have dispersed but there is still warm sunshine and towards December, the town comes alive with festive cheer, Christmas markets and fantastic illuminations.

Touch Down
Ryanair operates weekly flights from Edinburgh, London Luton, Manchester and Bristol with seasonal flights from Norway, Sweden and Germany.  Flybe also offer seasonal flights from Southampton.  The airport is situated about 15km south east of the town with shuttle buses from the airport to the railway and bus station timed with each arriving flight.

Getting Your Bearings
Set above the River Orb, Beziers dates back to pre-Roman times, so it’s worth bearing in mind that the medieval streets of its old town were built over an even more ancient settlement.  The main sights lie in this small and very walk able area.  It is bounded to the west by the river and to the east by the wide and shady boulevard Alles Paul Riquet, which was constructed on the site of the old city walls.  Beziers large Cathedral is testimony to the town’s historic power and importance and it towers over the river on the western edge.    To the north lies the Cimetiere Vieux, a 19th-century addition filed with opulent mausoleums that reflect the wealth of the area.  More indications of 19th-century prosperity lie to the eastern edge of Alles Paul Riquet, where large mansions of well to do vineyard owners were built.  To the south are two more impressive contributions from the 1800s, the charming park of Plateau des Poetes and, below, the elegant railway station.

Check In
Maison De L’Orb is one of the finer old houses of the 1800s, once the focal point of the long ago Beziers Plage.  The former boat wash house stands in the garden.  During WWII, the house was used a “safe house” for those fleeing the occupied zone and the cellars were used by local resistance groups.  The house is ideally situated on the banks of the River Orb with stunning views of Pont Vieux, the oldest bridge in the area and the amphitheatre Pont Vieux.

Take A View
There are stunning views from Beziers magnificent Romanesque Cathedral St-Nazaire.  From the cathedral square by Place de la Revolution, you gaze west over the outlaying countryside.  However, there is a local myth and that is if you can see the Pyrenees, it will rain within forty eight hours.  Enter the cathedrals cloisters which date from the 13th-century.  A small staircase to the right leads don to the formal Jardin des Eveques that once belonged to the bishop of Beziers.  From its terrace, there is a great view south west across the terracotta rooftops of the town and over the bridges across the River Orb.

Take A Hike
At the cathedral, you are well placed to start an amble around the intriguing narrow lanes of the old town.  Its buildings date from medieval day, although many were revamped in the 17th-century and again after WW11 including the bishops palace which is now the Palais de Justice.  Turn right down Rue Massol and left into Rue de Bonsi continuing on to the wide Avenue Alphonse Mas.  Street names are given in French on blue plagues and in Occitan on cream plagues.  Occitan is still taught to children today, though like Latin, rarely spoken.  From the Avenue Alphonse Mas take a look into the food halls and journey on through narrow cobbled streets until you reach Alles Paul Riquet.

Lunch
Bezier locals would blanch at the idea of skimping on lunch.  There are many good places to eat in Beziers including La Latin opposite the food halls or for lunch with the locals, try L’Opera just by the theatre.  Expect to pay around 10€ for Plat De Jour.  During the summer many “pop up” restaurants appear by the river L’Orb.

Window Shopping
The old town’s main shopping streets are Rue 4 Septembre, Rue Mairan and Rue Françoise.  Head to the art shop Galerie Mercure at 8 Place de Trois Six to see contemporary paintings in a fine 19th-century mansion.  For modern design and funky home ware make for Architru & Balthaz’art at 5 Rue de Monmorency.  Meanwhile, there’s a Galerie Lafayette and Monoprix opposite the theatre on Alle Paul Riquet and an abundance of boutiques and shops in the Polygon Centre situated close to the railway station.

An Aperitif
Join in in-crowd at Café Des Arts just by the theatre of sip café and watch the world go by at Cafe Comedia in the Paul Riquet.  Wit tables spilling outside, most bars and cafes serve an enormous variety of Languedoc wines along with Spanish-style tapas dishes.

Dining With The Locals
We all have our favourite restaurants and we always recommend two for dinner, both situated by the Cathedral which makes an ideal setting for dinner.  Chez Toi Chez Moi serves excellent meats and fish cooked to perfection in their open fire place while L’Sept D’Or serves traditional French cuisine with style.

Sunday Morning – Go To Church
Dating from the 11th-0century, the church of Ste Madeline in a serene Romanesque building.  For local residents it is a seminal landmark, it was here in 1209, that the notorious massacre of 7,000 citizens took place, they were taking refuge from anti-Cathar Crusaders and were burned alive.  The church is also open during the week at certain hours.

Cultural Afternoon
Beziers has six museums and are all well worth a visit.  The Beaux-Arts museum at Place de La Revolution offers a collection of paintings from the 17th to 19th-centuries and an exhibition on Beziers born Resistance hero Jean Moulin.   Another outlet of this museum at Rue Capus is dedicated to Jean and Beziers-born sculptor Jean-Antonie Injalbert, some of whose 19th-century art can be seen around the town.

A Walk In The Park
Take a stroll around Plateau des Poetes, created in 1863 as an attractive green space to welcome visitors now arriving at the railway station just below.


Located at a cultural crossroads between Provence, Catalonia and Toulouse, Béziers stands on a promontory above the Orb river and the picturesque Canal du Midi, just a short drive inland from the Mediterranean coast.

With Béziers' newly refurbished airport just a 95-minute flight with Ryanair from London-Luton or Bristol, it's an attractive option for a city break. Béziers is easily explored on foot so you don't need a car - simply catch the shuttle bus which meets each incoming flight. Alternatively, fly into Carcassonne and pick up a hire car for a twin-centre stay.
Rich history
Little is left of the Roman town of Baeterra - ‘land with a view' - although you can still see the outline of the amphitheatre from the 1st century AD. Today, a modern arena stages shows, concerts and the colourful annual Feria in mid-August. The Biterrois - as Béziers' residents are known - enjoy a good party - visit in late May for the Medieval festival, mid-June for events around the Canal du Midi, and July and August for evening street theatre.
Pick up the free leaflet from the Tourist Office to follow a choice of five themed walking trails around the compact town centre. Key places of interest include St Nazaire cathedral with its panoramic terrace, quiet cloister and bishop's garden; the fine arts museum; and the town museum or Musée du Biterrois in St Jacques Barracks.
Béziers was the birthplace in 1609 of Pierre-Paul Riquet, creator of the Canal du Midi, and a statue of the great man stands in the centre of the Allées Paul Riquet, a broad pedestrianised boulevard which was laid out in the 19th century through the town centre. Visit on a Friday to see the colourful flower market or just chill out at one of the many cafes.
Le Chameau Ivre wine bar - the drunken camel -on adjacent Place Jean Jaurès just off the Allées, serves a huge selection of wines by the glass and mouth-watering tapas in stylish surroundings.
Relaxation
The Allées Riquet lead to the Plateau des Poètes, a public park with lakes, benches and shady avenues that links the town centre to the station - try the nearby Hotel des Poetes for good value accommodation with a warm welcome. Another popular place to chill out is the riverside Jardin de la Plantade where you can enjoy great views of the hilltop cathedral whilst enjoying a picnic beside the Orb and the disused watermill.
- See more at: http://ashok-discoverindia.blogspot.fr/2010_11_14_archive.html#sthash.eCXLZoIE.dpuf
Located at a cultural crossroads between Provence, Catalonia and Toulouse, Béziers stands on a promontory above the Orb river and the picturesque Canal du Midi, just a short drive inland from the Mediterranean coast.

With Béziers' newly refurbished airport just a 95-minute flight with Ryanair from London-Luton or Bristol, it's an attractive option for a city break. Béziers is easily explored on foot so you don't need a car - simply catch the shuttle bus which meets each incoming flight. Alternatively, fly into Carcassonne and pick up a hire car for a twin-centre stay.
Rich history
Little is left of the Roman town of Baeterra - ‘land with a view' - although you can still see the outline of the amphitheatre from the 1st century AD. Today, a modern arena stages shows, concerts and the colourful annual Feria in mid-August. The Biterrois - as Béziers' residents are known - enjoy a good party - visit in late May for the Medieval festival, mid-June for events around the Canal du Midi, and July and August for evening street theatre.
Pick up the free leaflet from the Tourist Office to follow a choice of five themed walking trails around the compact town centre. Key places of interest include St Nazaire cathedral with its panoramic terrace, quiet cloister and bishop's garden; the fine arts museum; and the town museum or Musée du Biterrois in St Jacques Barracks.
Béziers was the birthplace in 1609 of Pierre-Paul Riquet, creator of the Canal du Midi, and a statue of the great man stands in the centre of the Allées Paul Riquet, a broad pedestrianised boulevard which was laid out in the 19th century through the town centre. Visit on a Friday to see the colourful flower market or just chill out at one of the many cafes.
Le Chameau Ivre wine bar - the drunken camel -on adjacent Place Jean Jaurès just off the Allées, serves a huge selection of wines by the glass and mouth-watering tapas in stylish surroundings.
Relaxation
The Allées Riquet lead to the Plateau des Poètes, a public park with lakes, benches and shady avenues that links the town centre to the station - try the nearby Hotel des Poetes for good value accommodation with a warm welcome. Another popular place to chill out is the riverside Jardin de la Plantade where you can enjoy great views of the hilltop cathedral whilst enjoying a picnic beside the Orb and the disused watermill.
- See more at: http://ashok-discoverindia.blogspot.fr/2010_11_14_archive.html#sthash.eCXLZoIE.dpuf

Beziers – sunshine city break in Languedoc-Roussillon

recommended by Gillian Thornton
Beziers – sunshine city break in Languedoc-Roussillon
* * * * * *
Allees Paul Riquet, Beziers © Gillian Thornton

Located at a cultural crossroads between Provence, Catalonia and Toulouse, Béziers stands on a promontory above the Orb river and the picturesque Canal du Midi, just a short drive inland from the Mediterranean coast.

With Béziers' newly refurbished airport just a 95-minute flight with Ryanair from London-Luton or Bristol, it's an attractive option for a city break. Béziers is easily explored on foot so you don't need a car - simply catch the shuttle bus which meets each incoming flight. Alternatively, fly into Carcassonne and pick up a hire car for a twin-centre stay.
Rich history
Little is left of the Roman town of Baeterra - ‘land with a view' - although you can still see the outline of the amphitheatre from the 1st century AD. Today, a modern arena stages shows, concerts and the colourful annual Feria in mid-August. The Biterrois - as Béziers' residents are known - enjoy a good party - visit in late May for the Medieval festival, mid-June for events around the Canal du Midi, and July and August for evening street theatre.
Pick up the free leaflet from the Tourist Office to follow a choice of five themed walking trails around the compact town centre. Key places of interest include St Nazaire cathedral with its panoramic terrace, quiet cloister and bishop's garden; the fine arts museum; and the town museum or Musée du Biterrois in St Jacques Barracks.
Béziers was the birthplace in 1609 of Pierre-Paul Riquet, creator of the Canal du Midi, and a statue of the great man stands in the centre of the Allées Paul Riquet, a broad pedestrianised boulevard which was laid out in the 19th century through the town centre. Visit on a Friday to see the colourful flower market or just chill out at one of the many cafes.
Le Chameau Ivre wine bar - the drunken camel -on adjacent Place Jean Jaurès just off the Allées, serves a huge selection of wines by the glass and mouth-watering tapas in stylish surroundings.
Relaxation
The Allées Riquet lead to the Plateau des Poètes, a public park with lakes, benches and shady avenues that links the town centre to the station - try the nearby Hotel des Poetes for good value accommodation with a warm welcome. Another popular place to chill out is the riverside Jardin de la Plantade where you can enjoy great views of the hilltop cathedral whilst enjoying a picnic beside the Orb and the disused watermill.
Walk beside the river to see the Pont-Canal where the Canal du Midi passes over the river and into the Port Neuf. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere and cuisine at La Raffinerie, an old sulphur refinery on the towpath which is now a popular restaurant.
If it's retail therapy you're after, the narrow streets of the old town are fringed with tempting small shops and cafes, whilst you'll find a range of fashion boutiques beneath the elegant 19th century facades of Rue de la République. Or browse the food stalls of the covered market for edible souvenirs - 6am to 1pm, every day except Monday.
Aquatic stairway
Don't leave Béziers without crossing the Orb away from the town and heading to the Nine Locks of Fonseranes, architectural highlight of the Canal du Midi. Here pleasure cruisers negotiate a drop of more than 21 metres through a series of lock gates and oval basins.
The original nine was reduced to seven in the 19th century to avoid a hazardous crossing of the Orb during fluctuating water levels. Today, pleasure cruisers have replaced commercial traffic and 21st century craft are diverted over the Pont-Canal.
But it's still a spectacular passage and well worth the half-hour walk from the town centre, not just to see the locks in action but also for the views back at lofty St Nazaire.
Tourist Information : www.beziers-tourisme.fr
- See more at: http://ashok-discoverindia.blogspot.fr/2010_11_14_archive.html#sthash.gWWsgwJu.dpuf

Beziers – sunshine city break in Languedoc-Roussillon

recommended by Gillian Thornton
Beziers – sunshine city break in Languedoc-Roussillon
* * * * * *
Allees Paul Riquet, Beziers © Gillian Thornton

Located at a cultural crossroads between Provence, Catalonia and Toulouse, Béziers stands on a promontory above the Orb river and the picturesque Canal du Midi, just a short drive inland from the Mediterranean coast.

With Béziers' newly refurbished airport just a 95-minute flight with Ryanair from London-Luton or Bristol, it's an attractive option for a city break. Béziers is easily explored on foot so you don't need a car - simply catch the shuttle bus which meets each incoming flight. Alternatively, fly into Carcassonne and pick up a hire car for a twin-centre stay.
Rich history
Little is left of the Roman town of Baeterra - ‘land with a view' - although you can still see the outline of the amphitheatre from the 1st century AD. Today, a modern arena stages shows, concerts and the colourful annual Feria in mid-August. The Biterrois - as Béziers' residents are known - enjoy a good party - visit in late May for the Medieval festival, mid-June for events around the Canal du Midi, and July and August for evening street theatre.
Pick up the free leaflet from the Tourist Office to follow a choice of five themed walking trails around the compact town centre. Key places of interest include St Nazaire cathedral with its panoramic terrace, quiet cloister and bishop's garden; the fine arts museum; and the town museum or Musée du Biterrois in St Jacques Barracks.
Béziers was the birthplace in 1609 of Pierre-Paul Riquet, creator of the Canal du Midi, and a statue of the great man stands in the centre of the Allées Paul Riquet, a broad pedestrianised boulevard which was laid out in the 19th century through the town centre. Visit on a Friday to see the colourful flower market or just chill out at one of the many cafes.
Le Chameau Ivre wine bar - the drunken camel -on adjacent Place Jean Jaurès just off the Allées, serves a huge selection of wines by the glass and mouth-watering tapas in stylish surroundings.
Relaxation
The Allées Riquet lead to the Plateau des Poètes, a public park with lakes, benches and shady avenues that links the town centre to the station - try the nearby Hotel des Poetes for good value accommodation with a warm welcome. Another popular place to chill out is the riverside Jardin de la Plantade where you can enjoy great views of the hilltop cathedral whilst enjoying a picnic beside the Orb and the disused watermill.
Walk beside the river to see the Pont-Canal where the Canal du Midi passes over the river and into the Port Neuf. Here you can enjoy the atmosphere and cuisine at La Raffinerie, an old sulphur refinery on the towpath which is now a popular restaurant.
If it's retail therapy you're after, the narrow streets of the old town are fringed with tempting small shops and cafes, whilst you'll find a range of fashion boutiques beneath the elegant 19th century facades of Rue de la République. Or browse the food stalls of the covered market for edible souvenirs - 6am to 1pm, every day except Monday.
Aquatic stairway
Don't leave Béziers without crossing the Orb away from the town and heading to the Nine Locks of Fonseranes, architectural highlight of the Canal du Midi. Here pleasure cruisers negotiate a drop of more than 21 metres through a series of lock gates and oval basins.
The original nine was reduced to seven in the 19th century to avoid a hazardous crossing of the Orb during fluctuating water levels. Today, pleasure cruisers have replaced commercial traffic and 21st century craft are diverted over the Pont-Canal.
But it's still a spectacular passage and well worth the half-hour walk from the town centre, not just to see the locks in action but also for the views back at lofty St Nazaire.
Tourist Information : www.beziers-tourisme.fr
- See more at: http://ashok-discoverindia.blogspot.fr/2010_11_14_archive.html#sthash.gWWsgwJu.dpuf

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

And the 2013 Season Draws To A Close

We've said it on Facebook, on Twitter, on the website and on various emails but a huge thank you to all guests who have stayed with us this year (and to those travelling in the next few days and weeks).  We have enjoyed your stay, your reviews and we hope you have enjoyed our southern languedoc style of hospitality.  All our guest book reviews have been added to our Facebook page for your reading.



We are already booking well into 2014 with the same rates as 2013 so we hope to see some new and familiar faces along the way.  

Best Wishes from ALL at Maison De L'Orb. 


Friday, 19 July 2013

Gluten Free? We can help....

We recently hosted some lovely people from Wales who loved their stay at Maison De L'Orb...but just had one tiny suggestion......one was wheat free, the other a strict vegan....and we still managed to cater for them for breakfast and provided a lovely three course dinner.

So if you are wheat free, carb free, soya only, nut free or a good old fashioned full fat full carbs type of holidaymaker we can help you.

For breakfast we have an ample supply of fresh of dried fruit, gluten free oats and cereals, wheat free breads and crackers and can supply soya and rice milk for those who need it - we just need to know at time of booking so we can arrange something for you. 

Thursday, 11 July 2013

More IS Less This Autumn......

A little something to think about..... 

More IS Less at Maison De L'Orb this coming October and November (7 Oct-29 Nov).



Unlike some local places to stay, we remain open. 

This is an invitation to enjoy autumn sunshine, post summer holiday, lazy afternoons, home made cookies and cake, fabulous cafes and bars, the calming laid back atmosphere of Beziers and the rolling countryside not too faraway, a lush and fantastic breakfast, comfortable beds and decent hospitality.

Our kitchen is open in the evening offering a tempting four course dinner with the all important ‘rouge” and a sample menu can be mailed to you straightaway.

And of course, there is the financial bargain too.

The More IS Less package represents a saving on our usual tariff on two of our lovely suites where there is availability). The rooms offer white washed walls, original tile flooring, fresh flowers, toiletries, a hospitality tray, free WI-FI (for the business person on the go or for those who wish to update their face book status, we can supply access codes upon arrival), plasma TV and all rooms are en-suite. Even better it includes weekends.  If there is a sudden cold snap, all rooms have heaters, luxury bed blankets and a few hot home made hot chocolate and rum should ease any coldness. 

More IS Less includes a lovely breakfast of cafe, juice, pastries, preserves, fruits, and granola and is priced at 50€ per night per room based on two people sharing staying a minimum of two nights.
A lovely "French style" four course dinner is priced at 25€ per person with a discount for children and we have awell stocked frige and cellar of beers, sodas and wine (blanc, rose and rouge)

For bookings please email info@maisondelorb mentioning 
More IS Less This Autumn

Ths offer is not available through any third party websites

Monday, 8 July 2013

Reviews

From our in house guest book.  Thank you again. 

"Beautiful home, beautiful food" MH USA
"Thank you for a memorable stay, we shall return" SJ USA
"Excellent stay, great food, superb location, we shall be back" M & F Bristol
"Thanks to Mark & Ben for being such great hosts, what a surprise Beziers turned out to be, loved the whole experience" S & DV Australia
"Great place to stay and made to feel welcome, recommended" TH USA
"Fabulous little oasis, fabulous food and good company. Thank you so much Mark & Ben" CH Canada
"Thank you for a great stay. I love this place and you are so nice" CH Denmark
"Love your place made to feel at home, stay in touch" UC Canada
"Thank you Ben & Mark for your wonderful hospitality, thoroughly enjoyed the experience" AM Scotland
"Truly memorable in more ways than one - the hosts were excellent" PM Scotland
"Perfect resting place along the Canal Du Midi and a great recommendation for dinner - thank you Mark" DH London
"Excellent stay, made welcome by Mark who helped with the essentials of life" TW London
"Graci - Perfect bedroom and breakfast. You have an amazing hosue and garden and we shall return" AB Italy
"Merci Bien" P & V S & B Paris
"I had a great stay during our conference" J Netherlands
"Thank you so much - a lovely stay" D Netherlands
"Great - loved it - perfecto" G Netherlands
"Thanks for your hospitality" W France
"Tres bon accueil. Merci pour votre gentillesse" BJ & JP France
"Thank you for a lovely stay" T & T Australia and London
"A very quirky an hugely friendly place to spend a couple of nights at the end of an excellent holiday - thanks Mark & Ben" F, R, B & J Devon
"Thank you Mark & Ben for a wonderful stay. We are sad to leave but shall return. What a beautiful place you have" J & A London
"Thank you for being so thoughtful - all the best" M Canada
"Thank you so much for your caring, fun hospitality, great - keep it up we needed it" R & H New Zealand
"Thank you both for a lovely stay" C & K London
"Gratzie per l'ospitelite e l'ottime coloziome" S, S & P Italy
"Another fabulous weekend, thanks to you both for a lovely weekend " S & T Devon, UK.
"Thank you Mark & Ben for an enjoyable stay - what a lovely place to stay" R & D Australia
"Thank you so much for a lovely relaxing weekend, this is just what we needed after a busy Barcelona" S & R Sweden & Netherlands
"Many thanks for looking after us and for the excellent entertainment - look out Ronnie Corbett" J & B UK
"We are so glad we won the raffle prize and stayed in your lovely home, dinner was fantastic - see you v soon" M & P France
"A marvelous stay in a historic and friendly home" I & M Australia
"Thank you for a fabulous stay, lovely place and great hosts" I & M UK

Monday, 3 June 2013

Guest Book Reviews - Thank You

A selection of our recent in house guest book reviews.  More online reviews can be found here and here



"Thank you Mark & Ben for an enjoyable stay - what a lovely place to stay" R & D Australia
"Thank you so much for a lovely relaxing weekend, this is just what we needed after a busy Barcelona" S & R Sweden & Netherlands
"Many thanks for looking after us and for the excellent entertainment - look out Ronnie Corbett" J & B UK
"We are so glad we won the raffle prize and stayed in your lovely home, dinner was fantastic - see you v soon" M & P France
"A marvelous stay in a historic and friendly home" I & M Australia
"Thank you for a fabulous stay, lovely place and great hosts" I & M UK
"Perfect, a lovely place, great food, a place to remember" G Paris
"Lovely stay, a perfect start for our perfect holiday. Thank you so much for having us" Our Belgium Truffles x
"What a wonderful stay at Maison De L'Orb, thank you for making us feel at home" C & D San Francisco

"Thank you for a superb week of sunshine, glorious food and wonderful bedroom. You are exceptional hosts" BD (Sweden)
"An excellent warm welcome, comfortable bed and clean bathroom" CD (Sweden)
"Vintage Paradise" BM (Sweden)
"We shall be back - thank you x" VG (Sweden)
"A lovely house, a fantastic breakfast and good selection of beers and wines made this a lovely break in the sun" GH (Sweden)
 

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