Lodging, Events and receptions…
Located on the borders of Montpellier, Domaine de Biar proposes rooms, a suite, a furnished apartment, reception halls and conference rooms with a view of the park and the English gardens.
Discover an exceptional place, and enter into a calm natural setting, a Domaine dedicated to well-being and pleasure, a perfect communion between the nourishing earth and human inspiration, a charming bed and breakfast, a refined place for receptions and a traditional horse ranch (manade), where horses of the Camargue adorn a beautiful landscape of vineyards and riverbeds of the Mosson…
Domaine de Biar
The wild and natural environment provides an exceptional place that is full of elegance, calm and beauty. Many fall under the charm of this Garden of Eden, an ideal place to organize romantic excursions, marriages, receptions and seminars. Visitors can also enjoy the spa, the pool and the solarium, and a panoramic terrace, all within a natural lush setting of 50 hectares.
Domaine de Biar today…
A place where man and nature meet
The historical meaning of “Folie” (folia, which means leave in Latin) is “a place where man goes to be with nature”..
Domaine de Biar is a Folie Montpelliéraine, a residence of pleasure that offers the flower of the city under the old regime. The Folies were built in the countryside, in the middle of agricultural lands and vineyards. The splendor and care given to their architecture and their gardens embodied the achievements of their owners.
2007, the renaissance of the “Folie” of Domaine de Biar
In 2007, Bertrand Schmitt fell in love with this place when he entered its castle, going from room to room, venturing into the outbuildings, and strolling into the abandoned park. The restoration work and development was done with the respect of the environment in mind, to welcome lovers of serenity, authenticity and harmony.
The Domaine has again become a habitable place, where men and horses live in harmony. Apart from the charming guest rooms, the apartment, the suite and the reception areas for visits in complete harmony with nature, Biar has also found it’s original activity: breeding and training horses of the Camargue
The History of Domaine de Biar
It’s origin goes back to the 12th century…
The Domaine is located close to an ancient road Voie Domitienne (Via Domitia), built around 120 before J.C., and connected Italy to Spain. Biar is a medieval heritage of German origin. It is cited the first time in 1155 under the name Manso de Biars.
The young King Louis signed an act which authorized the sale of Biar in 1727 by Charles Joachim-Colbert, Bishop of Montpellier and Maguelone.
The Baron, Joseph Bonnier of Mosson, treasurer of grants of the Languedoc province and a great enthusiast of arts and science, became the owner and began major construction work.
From 1882, the Domaine belonged to the agronomist Henri Marès, who is known for his discovery of treatments for diseases that affected grape vines. Marés was also the owner of the elegant Château de l’Engarran, which is located very near Biar.
Henri Marès dreamt of offering Domaine de Biar to his daughter Henriette to whom he dreamt of offering this beautiful place surrounded by an abundant natural setting.. Unfortunately, he did not have time to finish his work and the property fell into oblivion and suffered the ravages of time.
Rooms & Rates
Domaine de Biar has conserved the essence of its history : the combination of environmentally friendly contemporary renovation, with the historical heritage of the castle has created an unique atmosphere.
We offer a total of 6 suites and 2 aparments all uniquely decorated with a own theme and story behind it. Most rooms have balconies with magnificent views over the park. Wi-Fi and sound systems are available in all of the rooms.
Staying in one of the rooms comes with an extend package of services and inclusions:
- A luxuious breakfast with products from our own gardens, fresh egs from the chicken, fresh fruits, local produce, daily suprises, cooked options bread from the best baker in Montpellier etc. The breakfast is a delightfull moment when the domain wakes up and we love to make yo u part of this
- Use of teh outdoor swimming pool (in season) and hammam
- Cotton bathrobes, slippers, beach towels, organic toilletries
- Safety deposit box in your room
- Wifi- access, bluetooth system, television on demand
- Nespresso machine, organic tea, wineral water in the room
- Parking with video surveillance
While staying at the domain you have free access to the 50 hectare park which you can discover by foot or electrical bike, visit the stables with horses and bulls etc.
We love to assist with special requesst as breakfast in the room, making reservations for a taxi, restaurant etc, or organize a wine tasking or in-house massage.
Optinally we serve lunch and dinner in our a-la-carte restaurant Table de Biar.
Biar offers visitors a natural setting that is both beautiful and wild, a nourishing land and a source of inspiration: ancient trees, green and flowering meadows, luxurious river banks of the Mosson… as well as a nature glorified through the hand of man: an English park, bamboo groves, water basins… Lovers of serenity, authenticity and harmony enjoy the calm of nature surrounding the Domaine and the thematic voyages centered around vineyards and horses…
A stay at Domaine de Biar can be much more than a room with breakfast and dinner, it can be an experience and we offer many in-house and externa amenities which we are very pleased to arrange for you so you only need to sit back and relax. If you have your own idea’s do let us know as we can also make a program that matches your personal needs.
Below you will find some examples of what be be arranged on-sight and externally near the Domaine.
In-house Hammam Outdoor swimming pool, solarium & bar
50 hectare private park Tai Chi
Meeting rooms Wine tour and tasting
In-house massages Private transport
Rental of our electrical bikes Interaction with our camarguaise horses
Domaine de Biar opens its doors…
Conveniently located near Montpellier, 15 minutes from the TGV train station and 20 minutes from the Montpellier Mediterranean Airport, Domaine de Biar welcomes visitors to a sumptuous setting that awakens the senses, for business seminars, receptions and private parties.
A magnificent setting
Located within the heart of a 50 hectares park where white horses meander, the Domaine invites you to travel through the centuries between tradition, history and nature. The castle, “Folie” of the 18th century, restored according to the architectural richness, splendor, and diligence of the epoch, offers a large reception hall and a music room on the ground floor, which open up to the English Gardens. Outdoor cocktails in the park or on the terraces are privileged moments that are also in harmony with the natural environment, lined with bamboo groves, old trees, water basins,… The pool, the solarium, the panoramic terrace or the spa for receptions in small groups, provide intimate places for relaxation and well-being in complete privacy.
A true Eco Lodge
The Domaine remains respectful of the environment during large scale events or simple evening receptions : organic constructions, independent water management, sanitation by phyto-filtration, heating pump, low water temperature, sorting and recycling,… a reduced ecological footprint.
The halls of the castle and the view of the English gardens provide an exceptional and elegant place to organize your professional or family receptions.
Visitors have the use of a reception room, a music room, and a panoramic terrace…For moments of relaxation, visitors have access to the pool and it’s solarium or the hammam. Within this atmosphere, the herd of horses on the Domaine provide a note of originality for organizing events around the tradition of the Camargue.
|Sound system, microphones||Catered to your needs|
|Overhead and presentation material||Outdoor swimming pool & bar|
|Big screens||Music (private concerts, dj’s..)|
|High-speed internet||50 hectare private park|
|Beamer||Animations with horses|
|Business events & private parties||All year open|
|Multiple reception rooms||Hammam|