A Cottage for Rent in Southern France

 

The Village

This compact 300 years old stone cottage has been sympathetically modernised without losing any of its charm.  It is in La Liviniere, a small village in the Languedoc region of Southern France.  The village is located about halfway between Carcassonne to the West and Narbonne to the East.

La Liviniere was settled by the Roman legions as a wine growing centre.  Its name is thought to have come from the Latin cella vinaria (‘wine cellar’).  Today this charming stone village with ancient, winding streets, alleys and arches, has about 500 inhabitants.  Built on a hillside the village is dominated by the church with its massive stone tower.  Remnants of Roman and Medieval walls lie within the village which backs onto the Montagne Noir and looks across plains to the Pyrenees.

For more than two thousand years wine growing has been the main activity in the village and La Liviniere was granted its own ‘appelation controle’ in 1998.

The village boasts a bakery, restaurant, general store, post office, chemist and doctor’s surgery.  It also has a small café-bar.  In the nearby villages of Peyriac, Rieux, Olonzac and Caunes, supermarkets, shops, restaurants and banks are available.