The Rue Caterine cottages in Brissac are located in beautiful, peaceful countryside where the Mediterranean littoral meets the Causses and the Cevennes mountains. The regional centre is Montpellier, once home to Nostradamus and Rabelais, and now renowned as France’s ville surdouée or `supergifted city’. Brissac and its region are drenched in history. It was a Roman province, later under Visigothic rule. Languedoc was central to the 12th-century troubadour culture. Brissac has direct local links with the Templars and the Cathar War, which overthrew the civilization that produced the troubadours and the Courts of Love. Brissac Castle (private residence of the owners) was the home of the family which founded Montpellier in the 11th century.
The little hilltop hamlet of Brissac le Haut (see below) is surrounded by open countryside, just a minute's walk from your front door. The village is something of an unofficial nature reseerve, with many otherwise rare species noted as "locally abundant."
The cottages and swimming pool are located within the grounds of the Chateau de Brissac, at the highest point of the hill, on the right in the photograph below (look for the crenelations on the tops of the towers of the castle),
The weather is Mediterranean, with hot dry summers and cool damp winters.
A variety of charming villages and scenic opportunities are within a short drive of the village. There are more restaurants than we can count in the area, ranging from simple country hostelries to Michelin-starred establishments in Montpellier.