Villa Rouge, Assignan, France
Located in the sleepy village of Assignan in the rural Languedoc region, this charming country house is just one of several rescued from abandonment and ruin and reborn as a chic new residence. Designed and conceived by a Flemish couple who discovered much of the village deserted, they set about transforming and rehabilitating several buildings to create a unique hotel and oeno-tourism concept.
Located within a gated entrance, the house is a private carefree oasis with amazing views across the vineyards and countryside. Redesigned in keeping with the cultural heart and lifestyle of the region, it retains it’s rustic charm but with a renewed modern spirit. The bright whitewashed interiors have been updated with subtle modern amenities, a little edgy contemporary style and cool vintage touches. There’s a fully equipped kitchen and dining area and two large double bedrooms that sleep four guests. The grounds feature outdoor dining areas, beautiful gardens and terraces, and a gorgeous pool nestled into the trees with plenty of lounge areas.
Tucked away, just outside of the center of town, the house inhabits an emerging village of residences, shops, sustainable eateries and eco-wine cellars. La Table offers fine dining while Le Petite Table prepares tapas daily and pours the best of the proprietary wines from the vineyards and local vintners. The Nomad Kitchen is a breezy alfresco experience hosted in the vineyards with the best of the daily harvest and fare from locally sourced farms. A magical and massive Gypsy tent is available a few days each year for weddings and celebrations where you’ll join friends old and new for dining at long communal tables and enjoy the rustic roots of the region. There’s an art gallery curated by a veteran of the Venice Biennale with occassional artists in residence and a lingerie and wellness boutique with more shops on the way.
Guests can partake in the many fun activities that the hosts arrange including, scooter and small motorbike tours with wine tasting and picnics, horse drawn carriage tours and truffle and game hunting.
Come and discover the beauty, the flavors and the joyful renaissance of a French village.
Concierge and tour services available including wine tasting and vineyard tours, picnics and cooking classes. Optional breakfast service available with a full service restaurant and bar. Housekeeping. On site parking and optional airport transfers. Internet access unavailable.
Located in the Languedoc region of southern France that stretches from Provence to the Pyrenees Mountains, this famous wine producing region borders Spain to the south. The coastal areas are just over an hour drive and feature less touristy beaches than the neighboring cote d’azur as well as the Parc Naturel de la Narbonnaise, a large swath of protected lagoons, islands and wetlands with stretches of white sandy beaches. Haut Languedoc lies inland and features the wild hills, forests and the Parc National des Cévennes. Nearby Carcassone can be reached in a hour.
Assignan, France. Neareast Airport: Beziers (25 mi) or Perpignan-Rivesalte (45 mi) for local flights