The Home of Bernard Béneito
Béneito’s Home is located in the medieval village of Carla-Bayle in the Ariège department in southwestern France in the region Midi-Pyrénées. (see map below).
The village is perched on a rocky outcrop in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, overlooking the Lèze and the Arize valleys. Carla-Bayle is located just 60 km (37 miles) south of Toulouse and 100 km (60 miles) from Andorre near the Spanish Border.
Carla-Bayle is known for its ancient history, its cartharisme and the Huguenots. The village is of rare beauty and is surrounded by the Pyrenees foothills. A cultural meeting place, Carla-Bayle welcomes all travelers and artists who visit the local art festivals.
The ancient village of Carla-Bayle began as a Gallo-Roman fortress. In 960 AD, the village was a gift to Carla Count of Carcassonne from the bishop of Toulouse and was named Carla-le-Comte. In 1879, the village was renamed Carla-Bayle, in memory of the writer and philosopher Pierre Bayle (1647–1706), who was born in the village. Recently, the village has undergone major restoration work of its streets, municipal and religious buildings and medieval walls. Carla-Bayle had 770 inhabitants in 2010.
About Beneito's Home
Located about 5 miles from the medieval village of Carla-Bayle, Béneito's home is the largest active farm in the community of Carla-Bayle. Wheat, corn, soybeans and sunflowers are produced; sheep are raised and there is a lake. The farm dates back from 1,000 A.D. and the home of the painter was constructed in the 15th century. Niac was a tiny village in the 13th century with a church, cemetery, stone bread ovens and wells of drinkable water.
The painter's home has three levels. A large workshop is located in what had been the stables. Behind the swimming pool, going through the 13th century door, one enters an exposition cloister with a patio composed of Cyprus, lavender, romarin, a fountain and a flower garden.
To purchase his art or to contact Bernard,
Please use the following contact information.
France: 09 8828 6359
Cell phone: 06 5689 2376
From the United States: 0 11 (33) (0)9 8828 6359
Address: Niac du Haut 09130 Carla-Bayle, France