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Lagoon and sea views from the heart of the village of Bages between Narbonne and Collioure

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A beautiful stone house, 3 bedrooms, roof terrace, fantastic lagoon & sea views

A beautiful and historic stone house that has been lovingly renovated while retaining its authentic French style. It stands in the very best spot on the main square (along with the café/boulangerie/épicerie) in the picturesque Mediterranean fishing village of Bages, situated between vineyards, salt-water lagoons and sea. The house overlooks the village square and rooftops with views from every bedroom and from the roof terrace to the sparkling water of the Étang de Bages (lagoon) and the Mediterranean beyond. We fell in love with the French style and character of this house the very first time we saw it as well as the friendliness of the village and we are sure you will too; it is the perfect place to relax, switch off and enjoy a taste of the very best of France and French village life but also close to Narbonne, Perpignan, Collioure, Spain and Barcelona and a large choice of beaches plus every activity on land or on water.

The house is tucked away in the prettiest part of the village, peaceful and calm but with everything you need on the doorstep; watch the sun rise over the water from the terrace, then pop across the square for your morning baguette and stop by the café to enjoy a petit crème with your croissant. There is every activity close by; fantastic walking, beautiful cycle trails, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, bird watching (the region is famous for its bird life and flamingos), tennis, wine tasting, beaches, historic chateaux and cities – or just sit and enjoy the views and soak up the atmosphere of this friendly and authentic fishing village in the perfect climate of this part of the south of France.

Bages is that very rare thing, an unspoiled, authentic and picturesque Mediterranean fishing village in the Languedoc-Roussillon (now Occitanie) situated between vineyards, lagoons and sea but that is utterly untouched by mass tourism and has managed to retain its traditional feel and way of life despite being just 15 minutes from Narbonne and on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Languedoc coast. One of the prettiest villages in the region, Bages dates from the 11th Century and is situated in the beautiful wine-growing area of Corbières, overlooking a vast lagoon, part of the Narbonnaise en Méditerranée natural park and home to flocks of pink flamingos and an extraordinary assortment of birds (350 species have been spotted here). There is still a small fishing industry here and the village is famous for eels, sold in nearby Narbonne and exported all over the world. It is an idyllic location in a wild, picturesque and lightly populated pocket of the otherwise crowded Mediterranean French coast and with over 300 days sunshine a year and temperatures constantly above 30o for four months every summer. (N.B Bages, our village has the postcode 11100 and is in the Aude – do not confuse with Bages in the Pyrenees Orientales, postcode 66670, which is further south and inland.)

The landscape all around is a spectacular mix of salt water lakes, sea, mountains, islands, lagoons, flora and fauna and vineyards covering 12,000 hectares of protected natural park. This provides a unique landscape and offers a wealth of outdoor activities for holidaymakers. You can walk around parts of the 75km Gulf Path, cycle along the numerous cycle paths, swim, sail, kayak, windsurf, kite surf, fish, row to the islands, spot flamingoes, herons, cormorants, storks, visit local vineyards for a wine tasting or just sit on the terrace and enjoy the views and the peace. It is the perfect place to stop, switch off, relax and re-connect.

The village itself sits in a protected rocky outcrop with spectacular views over the water; an utterly peaceful oasis of calm. In the village, everything you need is close at hand; there are two restaurants plus a third restaurant/café/epicierie/ with organic fruit and vegetables, fresh bread and general supplies. Thanks to its picturesque setting and charm, the village also attracts artists and there are a couple of lovely art galleries. A cycle ride away in Peyriac de Mer (6km) are more restaurants, a small supermarket, chemist and a choice of viticultures with wine tasting. The cycle tracks are spectacular and a great way to see the numerous birds on and around the lagoon. Across from Peyriac is the hidden beach of Doul and swimming here in the little Etang de Doul near Peyriac is an interesting experience as the water is 43% salt, similar to the Dead Sea. In Bages itself, you can rent out kayaks, dinghys or windsurfers at La Bateautheque and explore the lagoons or cycle around the water to the sailing club La Nautique where there are bigger boats, sailing and windsurfing lessons and another good restaurant. For something entirely different, just 15km to the south of Bages is the Sigean African Safari park with over 3,500 different animals and a great day out.

Location is everything and Bages has so much on its doorstep; national park, historic towns, glorious vineyards and immense stretches of sandy beaches. It also has eight major airports within easy reach (see details below) including one within half an hour and the motorway for every direction is just a 15-minute drive. The south’s most attractive cities are all within easy reach: Narbonne is just 15 minutes/10km, Carcassone 30 minutes, Perpignan 30 minutes, Montpellier under an hour, Beziers 25 minutes and Barcelona two and a half hours. In addition, Bages is 20-25 km from all the famous golden beaches of the Languedoc; Narbonne-Plage, Gruissan and La Franqui and just an hour south is Collioure for an easy day trip (take the train from Narbonne to avoid the summer traffic and parking problems) with the Spanish border just beyond. So, if you’re looking for just the right blend of relaxed French village life mixed with Mediterranean beach holiday, a smattering of history, local flavour, wonderful food and wines, a friendly welcome and easy access across the south of France, Bages is the perfect place.

The closest city, Narbonne, is just 10km from Bages and is a vibrant and historic Roman city, an architectural gem. The historic centre concentrates on either side of the banks of the Canal de la Robine which links to the Canal du Midi, with a majestic pedestrianized, tree-lined avenue surrounded by quintessentially French buildings leading to the impressive cathedral of Saint-Just and the Archbishop’s Palace. All around are historic, narrow lanes of shops and cafés, bars and pretty squares of the old town. The town also has a distinctly Spanish vibe and an exceptional covered market, ‘Les Halles’ which sells fresh produce directly supplied by fishermen and local farmers. Anyone who visits Narbonne will not fail to be impressed by its sheer architectural elegance, its wonderfully cosmopolitan atmosphere, and its numerous cultural, gastronomic and historic offerings.

This is our second home with all the usual home comforts and we hope that we have thought of everything so that you can really relax. Downstairs, steps lead up to the front door and you come into a cosy sitting room with comfortable sofa, plenty of books and games and TV/DVD/Wifi/ipod dock. From here it is a step up into the large open-plan kitchen and dining room filled with light from the huge windows overlooking the village square. There is a large dining table seating 8 easily and the modern kitchen is very well equipped with a large American style double fridge/freezer, an induction hob, dishwasher, coffee maker, plenty of pots and pans and crockery and cutlery for at least 8 people. There is a separate back entrance into the kitchen from the little lane behind which is perfect for unloading the shopping and there is a small table and a couple of chairs here for another choice of sitting area. There is also an open fireplace in the kitchen, lots of storage and a separate wc.

Upstairs, on the first floor, is the master bedroom with double height windows that open to the south with views over the square and the lagoon behind. The room has a large king size bed which can be made into two single beds as required. This room manages to be cool in summer and cosy in winter. There is a large closet area with its own sink. There is a second double bedroom with two sets of windows facing east over the square and views of the lagoon plus a large wardrobe/storage area. Across the hall is a very large, family bathroom with sink, bath and Italian shower plus there is a utility area with washing machine.

Upstairs again, on the top floor, is a further double bedroom with king size bed (can be made into two singles) facing south with beautiful views of the village, the lagoon and the surrounding landscape. Next door is a shower room with wc and sink.

Also on this floor is our favourite room; the sunny top sitting room with sliding French doors onto the terrace and spectacular views of the lagoons and the sea beyond. It is the perfect place to enjoy an early morning cup of tea, watching the sun rise over the water or a relaxed breakfast as the village wakes up below. Perfect too for an evening aperitif or just a heavenly place to sit and admire the ever-changing, panoramic view of the fishermen at work on the water, the sailing boats, the windsurfers the famous flamingos and birdlife of the region and French village life. Out of the end window, you may even spot snow-covered Canigou in the far distance.

Extra Information:

All bedding and bathroom towels are provided.

Washing machine – iron – ironing board

Prices change depending on time of year – happy to discuss so please get in touch

Boat hire from La Bateautheque:

Restaurants in the village:

Le Portanel

Le Beaux Arts

Les Jardins de Bages

Pizza van (Weds and Fri evenings)

How to get to Bages:

Bages is ideally located 10/15 minutes from Narbonne and the A9/N9 motorway interchange. Take the exit 'Narbonne Sud' on the A9 towards Barcelona and then take the N9 direction Perpignan.

More Details

Owner
Mark and Nadia Dembrey
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Mark and Nadia Dembrey

We are an English family; dad is a pilot, mum a writer and we have four children between the ages of 20 and 10. We travel a lot but this is everyone's favourite place for holidays.

Why Mark and Nadia Dembrey chose Bages

We fell in love with the French style and character of this house the very first time we saw it as well as the friendliness of the village and we are sure you will too; it is the perfect place to relax, switch off and enjoy a taste of the very best of France and French village life but it is also fantastically situated within really easy reach of all the major cities and attractions of the Languedoc region including Narbonne, Perpignan, Collioure, Spain and Barcelona and a large choice of beaches.

In addition, everything you need on the doorstep; watch the sun rise over the water from the terrace, then pop across the square for your morning baguette and stop by the café to enjoy a petit crème with your croissant. There is every activity close by; fantastic walking, beautiful cycle trails, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, rowing, fishing, bird watching (the region is famous for its bird life and flamingos), tennis, wine tasting, beaches, historic chateaux and cities – or just sit and enjoy the views and soak up the atmosphere.

What makes this house unique

This house is incredibly flexible and so is perfect for families or even two families but also for groups of friends, for two couples or as a romantic getaway for a couple for a long weekend. We are happy to discuss lengths of stay and rates and we can also do longer term winter rentals for those looking for some winter sunshine or perhaps a house-hunting base in the middle of Languedoc Roussillon.

We are very lucky to have discovered this hidden paradise so peaceful and protected and yet so close to everything and so very French - we feel it is everything a perfect holiday should be and we are very happy to be able to share it with you.

A bit of history about the park naturel…

The étang of Bages-Sigean - one of the typical lagoons of the French mediterranean coast. The kingdom of birds, realm of the pink flamingos. In antiquity, the river port of Narbonne was situated close to what is today the étang de Bages-Sigean. At the time the étang was a vast gulf, open to the sea where ships from across the mediterranean weighed anchor. It was called Lacus Rubresus by the Romans because of the alluvial silt, coloured by red earth from the high valley of the Aude. The gulf was protected by the islands of St Martin, St Lucie (which now belongs to the coastal conservation area) and La Clape, today joined to the mainland. . In the 15th century the gulf transformed into the lagoon, or étang we know today, covering 5500 hectares. It is linked to the sea by the narrow inlet of Port-la-Nouvelle. After many centuries as centre of a flourishing maritime commerce, the étang is now home to professional fishing boats - the traditional flat-bottomed bétous. Pleasure craft are also welcome (the traditional catalans) and professionals in nautical sports and activities propose courses and events all year round. Boating is an excellent way to get the most out of your visit to this magnificent natural landscape which shelters exceptional flora and fauna.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bages in Aude

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • lake
  • mountain
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There is also a toilet on the ground floor
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • - 1 Large Double Bed
    - 1 Large Double Bed
    - 1 Large Double Bed
  • All three bedrooms have double beds but two of the bedrooms have beds that can be converted into two single beds as required.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Naturism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Water sports
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
You can drive up to the house to unload your luggage and then park for free at the bottom of the village a couple of minutes walk.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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Lagoon and sea views from the heart of the village of Bages between Narbonne and Collioure
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

Lovely house that lived up to expectations.

  • 5 of 5

This is a really smart conversion of a very old house in the centre of the village. It’s next to two of the three village eating places, one of which doubles as a small grocery. We used all three. They’re very different but all have something to offer. We loved the house which is spacious and well equipped. There is a huge master bathroom and all three bedrooms have lots of storage space. The third floor lounge is large and there is a small open terrace which we used extensively. The cooking facilities are excellent and converted me to induction.

Parking in the village is restricted and you have to park a short walk from the house.

Narbonne is 10-15 minutes away. We used the splendid daily market at Les Halles for most food and there are several accessible hypermarkets. Narbonne is an interesting town with Roman and Medieval sites and the Canal Robine running through the middle and lots of good eating. We’ve been in the area many times and revisited various places by car and train from Narbonne. Bages itself is an old village with lots of lived in charm. The locality pleased us with the wildlife in the Etang and the visually striking walks.

However what we enjoyed most was having family members and friends staying for some of the time, entertaining them and traveling around the area. The house and its location were perfect for this. We all loved the place and were in a consistently self-congratulatory mood at having found it.

It was all helped by the friendly and informative efficiency of Nadia, the owner who could not have been more supportive. All in all it made for as successful a rental as we have had in forty years of holidaying and I’d recommend it unreservedly.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, it really means a lot to us that our guests enjoy the house and the location as much as we do and we really appreciate you taking the time to write us such a nice review. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to come and stay again. We also think that it is the perfect house for a get-together with family and friends and we are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday. Many thanks for your kind words which are much appreciated.
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5

Beautiful house in a great location in the village.

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Bages 9pm Saturday night and managed to get a table at the smaller restaurant in the square - Les Beaux Arts ignored our requests to book a table by phone/facebook/email!!

The house is great, with everything you would need for a stay, including beach towels to borrow, all the kitchen essentials, DVDs and games, internet and above all - plenty of space. 3 great double bedrooms (2 with kingsize beds and one set up as a twin bed. 2 bathrooms, 3 toilets. The top floor "sun-room" is great too - it opens out onto a terrace which overlooks the square and has great views over the rooftops to the lagoon.

Bages itself is a quiet village - 3 restaurants with mixed opening days/times - a small shop within one of the restaurants - only a couple of galleries to spend your money at.

The speciality of the area is eels and you could go wild and have a full "eel-fest" at La Portanel reataurant with every course being eels in one form or another. We had lots of seafood, with the Dorado Royale my favourite (sea bream in other words), and if you can catch the fisherman down by the dock in Bages, then you can buy them fresh everyday but Sunday.

Just down the road (3 mile walk/drive) from Bages is Peyriac de Mer, where you can find a few shops and a Tapas bar and a restaurant.

Nearby beaches are of the wide open, flat sand variety, with Gruissan Plage the best of the bunch especially if you have kids as the water is shallow for quite a long way out.

We visited Narbonne (20 mins away), and enjoyed the food hall and the river. We went to Carcassonne (1 hour away) and loved the Old City, which for some strange reason is decorated in yellow stripes at the moment? We travelled down the coast towards Spain for an hour to get to Collioure which is a lovely little arty village around a fortified harbour.

We also went into the hills to visit the gorge town of Minerve, and walk up the gorge then moved onto La Grasse for ice-cream and drinks and a visit to the Vinegar shop - you can taste them all if that floats your boat?

We also enjoyed a trip to Fontfroid Abbey - beautiful wines and walks around the grounds.

We flew into Beziers airport which is the nearest to Bages and I nervously drove a brand new car through the Peages, numerous roundabouts and the narrow streets of Bages. I deserved the beer I had when we arrived!!!

You will love the house in the square in Bages, you will have to visit to see if you love Bages and the are too.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much - what really comprehensive feedback and useful too. Really appreciate it and we hope we can welcome you back again in the future. In the meantime, thank you and have a great summer, Nadia
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5

outstanding property in stunning area

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this holiday. The house is immaculate - spacious and light, with beautiful decor and stunning views. It is equipped in a most generous way with everything we needed.

The village of Bages is really friendly and a great place to wander round. It is on the doorstep of the magnificent scenery and wildlife of the salt lagoons. The drive across the causeway to Peyriac de Mer never failed to thrill with sightings of flamingos, egrets, stilts (including baby stilts!).... and we could happily have spent nearly all our time wandering around the boardwalks and pathways of this beautiful nature reserve. We did manage to tear ourselves away now and again to enjoy the charms of Narbonne (so close, and very easy to park), the Mediaeval castles and abbeys of the Corbieres and the occasional seaside hotspot, not to mention the numerous contemporary art galleries in the region (including three in Bages).

So, all in all, a delightful surprise - and we'd love to come back. Thank you, Nadia and Mark!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review - we are so happy that you liked our house and the region. It really is such a magical spot and we are very happy to be able to share it. Please do come back again, we look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for taking the time to write, it is much appreciated.
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5

Beautiful home by the sea.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this home....it had everything we needed and was very spacious with all the amenities. It is a lovely mix of old and new.

The village is very pleasant and very close to Narbonne.

The housekeeper was there if we needed her and always checked to see we were fine.

We would not hesitate to recommend this home.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review; we are so glad that you loved our house and village and the region in general. You were also the perfect guests and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Many thanks, Nadia
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5

maison tres agreable

  • 5 of 5

maison très agréable, bien aménagée, décorée avec gout

très ensoleillée parfait pour 6 personnes et pour l intimité de chacun

rien ne manque sauf peut etre un miroir en pied pour une vue tenue complete

peut etre sur le pallier 1 etage ?

ménage impeccable

nathalie très précautionneuse

tout est parfait

  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup, nous sommes très contentes que vous avez aimé la maison. Bonne idée pour le miroir - j'essayerai de l'organiser avant votre prochaine visite! Appreciation gentil, merci bien et a bientôt j'espère
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5

Très belle maison, à recommander

  • 5 of 5

Magnifique maison au cœur de la place d'un village digne d'un décor de cinéma.

De très belles vacances

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour votre appréciation formidable (et poétique). Nous sommes très contente que vous avez aimé notre maison et nous espérons de vous accueillir de nouveau à l'avenir.
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Location

Nearest Airport
51 Kilometres
Beziers
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
Dans le village
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Centre Nautique Narbonne
Nearest Golf
53 Kilometres
Golf de Saint Thomas
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Narbonne
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
A9
Nearest Restaurant
Dans le village
Nearest Ski
154 Kilometres
Font Romeu
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Gruissan Plage

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Cleaning Fee £71.24

A haute saison, les reservations sont de samedi à samedi

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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