Christmas Wine Tastings Fairs and Events in Languedoc

From November 25 to December 25, in our part of Languedoc (the golden heart of the real South of France) I have a list of 35 great events all a short distance Villa Roquette?

Cracker fairs, local produce chocolate cooking, cheese fairs, talks about wine, walks in the vineyards, singing dancing and much merriment.

Most activities will have something to do with wine and food, but there are hundreds of crafts people, artisans and artists living around us and this is their chance to show their skills to the local people and for others to meet in a warm and friendly (even warmer after a few glasses of punch or mulled wine.

Take advantage of the great airline deals to Beziers airport – even better with our free flight special offer and discover a local tradition of storytelling and celebrating the winter in France.

Here are brief descriptions of just threee of these “happenings” right on our doorstep at the Domiane de Bellevue

4 December – “Le Marché de Noel” – local artisans and producers of our region, foi gras – chocolate, olive oils, honey – pony rides for the children

11 December “Le legende de la Cave de Noel” – A walk and story telling throug hthe vineyards with wine tastings and a buffet of local foods (reservation needed)

15 December – “Asiette de Desserts Variatioh sue le Chocolat” – An interactive cooking course os chocolate and confectionary (wine will be involved)

This is just a snapshot of only one local winery in one small area. Around us there are hundreds of other happenings throughout November and December.

And then there are the new Year celebrations, but more on this later……

Come and stay with us over Christmas and the New Year and help us celebrate.

Your Flexible Friend in the Real South of France

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Your Flexible Friend in the the Warm Heart of Languedoc, the Real South of France

I’m talking about our home and B&B, Villa Roquette, not Carole or me, although we will bend over backwards to make you welcome and help you to discover the most interesting region in France.

We have designed our accommodation to be flexible for your wishes. Our apartments and our Bed and Breakfast accommodation can be arranged to give individual private rooms all with en-suite bathrooms,showers and private entrances, or we can combine units to give one, two three or four bedrooms suits or apartments for bigger family units. All with air-conditioning (and central heating for winter evenings).

We offer you either self catering, or B&B – with evening meals if you wish.

Our dates are flexible, whether you stay for one night, a few days, a week or for a few months, you can arrive and leave at any time on any day of the week.

Stay with us on a flexible plan where you use us as your home-base for your trip, leave your luggage (husband, kids etc), but only pay for the nights you stay. You can leave your car in our secure parking and use the wonderful (and inexpensive) French rail network to visit other areas and cities (Paris is under 4 hours and the last thing you need in Paris is a car) – we do all the driving, to and from local rail or airport connections for you. Spain is only an hour away, so you could take the train to Barcelona. or take advantage of the great deals from Beziers airport (only 20 minutes from us and we do a shuttle service) to other Euopean capital cities.

All guests have the free use of bicycles, golf clubs, swimming pool, barbecue areas, terraces and gardens, beach and picnic items plus lots more..

You can book online now, or contact us for any special wishes.

We are keeping our old prices for as long as possible, as a newsletter subscriber I guarantee that you can book at this years prices until January 31st.

Do come and share our home with us, we would love to see you here.

Tony and Carole

Now is a Great Time to Come to France

We live in the center of Languedoc, by the Mediterranean and we are very well served by airports. Those which are only are a short drive from us in Villa Roquette are – Beziers, Montpellier, Nimes, Carcassonne and Perpignan – a bit further are Marseilles and Toulouse – just over the border in Spain there are Gerona and Barcelona.

I have been flicking through low cost fares, there are now scores of cities in Europe with regular flights to these destinations near us – a quick survey shows over 20 from the UK alone. In the next three months I have found hundreds of flights to Beziers costing from 14 euro to 50 euro return.

We have a page on our website with links to most of the low cost carriers at

But it is really annoying when you have booked a bargain flight to find the taxi fare from the airport can cost over five times the price of the air ticket. Car rental at airports is also expensive.

So we are offering a free air and rail shuttle service (for stays with us of 3 days or longer), to and from Villa Roquette for our guests for arrivals at Beziers and we can arrange a half-price taxi service from other airports.

If you take advantage of our off-season prices, the low cost air fares and our free shuttle service, a weekend for two in the South of France from many places in Europe can cost as little as 118 euro – enjoy our table d’hote meals with us and a weekend at Villa Roquette could cost a total for transport, accommodation, food and wine – all for less than 200 euro.

Over the next two months, the weather is good, the wine harvest is in full swing and by November we will be tasting the new vintages, or come and stay over Christmas and get some winter sunshine.