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Welcome to La Cerisaie - Chambres d'hôtes & gîtes

Are you looking forward to a wonderfully relaxing holiday in the South of France, and would you like to sleep in one of the five beautiful rooms of a beautiful and stately 'maison de maître' or in one of the two nice gîtes? Then you've come to the right place! Our chambres d'hôtes 'La Cerisaie' (or: the cherry orchard) is located in the village of Riols, located in the provincial nature park 'Haut-Languedoc'; a mansion from 1869 surrounded by a beautiful garden with many flowers and plants, seating areas, sun loungers and two hammocks. A nice swimming pool of 10 x 5 meters, surrounded by hardwood chair decks, for relaxing, makes it a wonderful place.

La Cerisaie exudes the atmosphere of the past, combined with contemporary comfort. The house is elegant, has a lot of charm and is full of authentic elements such as old wooden floors, marble fireplaces and doors and windows with cut glass. The house has five comfortable rooms and a studio, for those who would also like to have a kitchen/kitchenette. There are two gites in the old coach house behind the maison: one for two and one for four people. All rooms and gites have a private bathroom and the beds are covered with wonderfully soft and cooling Egyptian percale cotton.

On the ground floor of the maison we have a communal living room with (exchange) library and games, a dining room (with a large oval table) for when the weather is bad and where a maximum of twelve people can eat and the breakfast room, where we can also eat with more guests. This breakfast room also has a piano, which you can play to your heart's content.

In general, we cook a three-course menu on Saturday, Monday and Thursday evenings, which we serve at long tables outside on the terrace, or inside in bad weather. On other days (except Tuesday) you can order a cheese and/or charcuterie board.

There is plenty to do in the area: you can walk, cycle, swim in the lakes or the river Jaur, visit wine estates or go to nice villages such as Olargues, Minerve or Roquebrun and visit the weekly market there, for example.

La Cerisaie welcomes guests aged sixteen and older in the early and late season. In July & August, families with children aged twelve and over are welcome in the gites. Dogs are welcome in the gites (only after consultation). Because Teun, our new cat, also lives at La Cerisaie. Teun has been taking French lessons for a while to make friends with the neighbors cats :).

We are free on Tuesday; In general you cannot check in then. If you would like to do this, please discuss it with us to see if this is possible.

La Cerisaie is a wonderful place to enjoy a carefree holiday and to discover the beautiful surroundings of the Haut-Languedoc. Are you still in doubt? Images sometimes say more than words. Watch a short video of La Cerisaie here.

PS 1: For the creative types we offer a landscape painting workshop on September 21 & 22, given by Els Knockaert . There is also a cycling, walking or motorbike package for guests who want to explore the area. For more information, see our page about theme weeks and packages.

Even voorstellen


We have been the (Dutch) owners of La Cerisaie since 2023. After years in healthcare (Leon Verest as a general practitioner, Stefan Wigger as an advisor), we have changed course to offer guests a wonderful stay in our attractive chambres d'hôtes.

Leon: "I have enjoyed working as a general practitioner for almost 25 years. I will miss that profession enormously, but I also want to fulfill another dream. After all, we only have one life to live. So on to an adventure together with my husband in France. A new start and a new job. With a lot of contact with people, but in a different way than I had as a general practitioner."
Stefan: "I had the idea of starting a B&B for a long time. In 2022, it took shape when we had a two-month sabbatical in France. When we were looking for a suitable property and visited La Cerisaie, we were a block in front of this beautiful building. We saw several houses, but we always compared the houses with La Cerisaie. It was clear: this house chose us."

We both enjoy good food and good wines. In Amsterdam we often stood together in the kitchen of our houseboat to treat friends and family to a delicious dinner. We take that with us to our life in France. In general, we cook a three-course menu on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday and we enjoy it at the table with our guests. When the weather is nice we eat outside at a long table in front of the maison, when the weather is less nice we sit in the dining room.

Hope to see you again!

+31 6 21527961 (Leon)
  • Tasting wines on the domaines of AOC Saint Chinian & Minervois
  • Beautiful cycling (and walking) in the immediate vicinity (Passa Païs)
  • Riols FR
  • Arrival between 15.00 - 20.00
  • Departure until 11.00
Room Classic Room Classic
From € 99,00
Room Comfort Room Comfort
From € 104,00
Room superior Room superior
From € 114,00
Studio Studio
From € 119,00
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Picnic area Terrace with sun Garden Terrace
Pets allowed
Swimming and wellness
Outdoor pool Parasols
Horse riding Cycling Hiking Caoeing Library Bicycle rental Surfing Board game Fishing
Street parking Private parking
Wi-Fi Personal check-in Daily cleaning Public lounge Soft drinks machine Non-smoking rooms Washing machine Bicycle storage
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La Cerisaie
1 Avenue de Bédarieux
34220 Riols

+33 7 883 10 855
+31 6 10704696 (Stefan)
+31 6 21527961 (Leon)