Villa Loca B&B – Gay, Clothing Optional B&B in Puechabon, France

Author: , August 31st, 2016

Villa Loca B&B

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Eric and Patrice will reiceive you in Puechabon, typical Languedoc village located 25 minutes from Montpellier, close to the gorges of the Herault and only 45 minutes from the Mediterranean.

We offer you two spacious guest rooms of about 35 m2 each equipped kitchenettes, and private bathroom and three other bedrooms of 20 m2 each equipped with their own bathroom and private WC.

You can enjoy the hammam, the large swimming pool (12 X 5) including a hot tub, or relax in another jacuzzi lulled by the chirping of cicadas.

The wooded and wild environment, without any opposite, leads to naturism .

Breakfasts will be served on the terrace of the house.

Puechabon adjoins the trusted Gorges de l’ Herault and you will discover a diverse and unique heritage as the village of Saint Guilhem le Desert and the Devil’s Bridge ( World Heritage of UNESCO), Clamouse cave, Salagou Lake. You can pracitce hiking, biking, canoeing, via ferrata ….

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Beziers, France: Home to Languedoc’s ‘Feria’

Author: , April 21st, 2012
by Mark Binmore, Maison De L’Orb, Beziers, Languedoc, France
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Beziers, France

Cathedral in Beziers, FranceThroughout Languedoc, Beziers is known for two things in particular: wine and bullfighting. Undoubtedly the best time to visit this town, which sits atop a rocky spur overlooking the great plain of the Herault departement, is during the four-day long feria when you can combine both.

Beziers is also perfectly situated for excursions into the Haut Languedoc, a rugged and untamed mountainous region of picturesque stone villages and cascading mountain streams. Time here is rarely wasted and an amble through the old town, bordered on three sides by the Orb river and a canal, is extremely agreeable.

Beziers, FranceBeziers became a Roman colony in 36 BC and formed an important staging post on the Domitian Way, the chariot road which traversed the whole of Languedoc on its way from Rome to Cadiz in southern Spain, developing into an important trade route.

Indeed, commerce has been the life blood of Beziers for centuries, particularly in wine: the amphora, a container for carrying wine in a ship’s hold, was invented by the town’s winegrowers.

During the thirteenth century the town witnessed one of the worst massacres in the region – 20,000 people were put to death during the crusade against the Cathars, many of whom had sought refuge in Beziers’s churches: Cathars and Catholics alike were slaughtered indiscriminately on the orders of a papal legate who believed God would recognise his own.

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Cathedral in Beziers, France

Cathedrale St-Nazaire. The main sight in Beziers and not a bad one at that. This grandiose Romanesque cathedral dates from the thirteenth century and occupies one of the best sites in town: from the concourse in front of the cathedral there are terrific views out over the surrounding vineyards and towards the foothills of the Massif Central to the north.

Musee des Beaux Arts. The best of the town’s museums with paintings by Rubens and Delacroix as well as several local artists.

Feria. Based on Spain’s corrida, this festival takes in the middle of August (usually around the 15th) and lasts for four days. A holiday atmosphere invades the town as young men full of bravado take on the bulls and the town gets down to some serious partying with street festivals and music throughout the four day long event.

Canal du Midi. West of Beziers, the canal, which connects Sete on the Mediterranean with Toulouse (and ultimately the Atlantic via the Garonne river), runs through a series of lovely old villages. Start your trip west at the seven locks of Ecluses de Fonseranes reached along the N113 from Beziers.

Beziers, FranceRoquebrun. A picturesque village in the Orb valley about 20km north of Beziers which seemingly clings to the cliff face above the river. Known for its microclimate, the vines here do particularly well and wine can be sampled at several local outlets. Also a good place for swimming in the river.

Beziers is oozing with history and has a surprising number of attractions, including parks and gardens, museums, art galleries, theatres and bars, and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. Beziers is not just a magnificent larder; its chefs also have flair.

A number of young chefs, some of whom have “come down” from Paris to rediscover the taste of local products, have shown real genius in updating the Languedoc’s gastronomic heritage.

Unlike some destinations for a city break in Europe, Beziers does not have huge crowds, inflated prices and a mob of foreign tourists descending on it. This small city, with its stunning cathedral and fabulous Canal du Midi, has a more peaceful charm, so that you can walk the historic streets without being crushed.

Beziers is surrounded by some of the prettiest countryside in southern France and is just a few miles from the Mediterranean coast, making it a perfect base for holidays in the south of France. The city is also within easy access to Carcassonne, Site, Agde and Narbonne. Languedoc-Roussillon is typically Mediterranean – hot dry summers, rain in the short winter with moderate springs and autumns. It is the hottest region in France, with summer temperatures frequently over 80 *F (30 *C +).

Maison De L'Orb, Beziers, FranceAnd so, where to stay. Where better than absolute comfort and contemporary French chic at Maison De L’Orb. South west facing and en-suite rooms with a fresh and light barefoot beach ambience. Fresh bed linen, bespoke fabrics, original tile flooring and all the elements expected of a boutique bolt hole. Sunbathe in the private garden overlooking the river l’orb and breakfast in the beam exposed dining room on an array of pastries, granola, homemade preserves, meats, cheese and fresh fruit. With plenty of character and echoes of an old France gone by, owners Mark and Ben have captured the flavour of what a bed and breakfast should be. From the enchanting Moroccan tiles, the smells of fresh flowers and incense filling the rooms through to the intimate library of books and board games; it’s no wonder why guests are returning. Each of the five bedrooms provides guests with excellent accommodation, crisp bed linen and magnificent views, and all rooms have a touch of the modern with plasma televisions and a full hospitality tray. An intimate four course evening meal can also be offered.

Beamed ceilings, original stone walls, tiled flooring, books and original art. The informal mood is achieved with effortless style. Sympathetic to its proud heritage, the welcoming interior combines clean lines with a neutral palette. Sip a glass of rose in the garden while the sun sets. Take a long stroll along the nearby Canal Du Midi. Walk the streets of Beziers and take in the local atmosphere, cafes and shops. Your appetite will sharpen itself. Inside, Maison De L’Orb, big windows show off views across to Pont Vieux and the old lavorie in the garden soon to be a summer kitchen and function suite. Unpretentious friendly service sets the tone. Sit and watch the sun set.