Situated in the South of France, in the heart of the department of Hérault in Languedoc, in a delightful village, Ô Chai d’Œuvres Luxury B&B benefits from an exceptional central position which allows you easy access to the whole region, between the sea, the mountains and the vines. You will be able to discover the superb, wide, fine-sand beaches of the Languedoc, to visit the most beautiful wineries and magnificent historical sites, and to explore the sumptuous natural wonders of the region.
Just 5 minutes from Ô Chai d’Œuvres, the little town of Saint-Pargoire has several shops, two restaurants, bakers, a pharmacy and doctors …
about 10 minutes from Ô Chai d’Œuvres
The city of Molière is certainly one of the most attractive and historic towns in the region. Situated in the valley of the River Hérault, Pézenas has a great variety of specialist shops for applied art and handicrafts, but is especially appealing for its remarkable architecture of the 15th to 18th centuries. The whole of the old town is classed as a protected area, and includes more than 30 buildings registered as historical monuments ; it still looks the same as when Molière and his company played here. Besides the charms of the sumptuous mansions and the cobbled streets and passageways, Pézenas remains a busy town. The town centre has numerous shops selling handicraft and artworks, and businesses involved in intangible heritage.
Pézenas is a member of the Villes et Métiers d’Art network (Towns and Applied Arts). In the former Consular Palace (16th century) is the Maison des Métiers d’Art (House of Art and Handicrafts) which includes an exhibition hall where more than 200 artisans show one-off or limited-edition creations.
About 15 antique dealers have shops on the old main road which runs through the town, and twice a year, on the first Sunday in May and the second Sunday in October the town holds its Great Antiques and Collectables fair with 150 exhibitors.
Pézenas is a dynamic town and organises numerous events, cultural, artistic or just good fun, including culinary events where its many restaurants will help you discover the delights of the regional specialities. And don’t miss the market which has been held in the town centre every Saturday since the end of the 15th century.
As you will have understood, Pézenas is absolutely superb ! Go and discover, or rediscover, it, it’s our favourite town in the region !
SAINT GUILHEM LE DESERT
about 25 minutes from Ô Chai d’Œuvres
Considered one of the most beautiful villages in France, officially a Grand Site de France, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is a world-renowned concentration of exceptional mediaeval jewels, including the Abbey of Gellone and the Devil’s Bridge, UNESCO World Heritage sites. Situated in the valley of the River Hérault, the village is a stage on the Way of St. James. Don’t miss the parish church (the former abbey church of the Abbey of Gellone), but also the best-conserved organ by Jean-Pierre Cavaillé (17th century). The abbey cloister was exported to the USA after being confiscated during the French revolution, and is now one of the masterpieces of The Cloisters museum in New York and part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Way of St. James. The Abbey museum has a collection of sculptures from cloisters, the tombs of Saint William of Gellone and his sisters, and a film presenting the history of the Abbey. You can also visit the Prison Tower and the Giant’s Castle, part of the town’s defences ; the grotto of La Clamouse, said to be one of the most beautiful grottos in France ; and the Devil’s Bridge dating from the 11th century, considered one of the oldest mediaeval bridges in France.
Major nearby towns worth a visit are SÈTE (25 minutes), BÉZIERS (30 minutes) and MONTPELLIER (35 minutes)
THE BEACHES are between 20 and 40 minutes from Ô Chai d’Œuvres. The beaches of the Languedoc are the most beautiful fine sandy beaches in the South of France. Our favourites are Aresquiers, Magulone, Agde, Frontignan, Sète and Espiguette.