Homps holiday house
About the home
Our charming stone house provides extremely comfortable contemporary living space for four people. The accommodation is all on the first floor. It has a spacious kitchen-dining-sitting room and 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with 2 singles. There is a large shower room with toilet and wash hand basin and an additional separate W.C. The large, sunny terrace has a charcoal barbecue and ample outdoor furniture.
The kitchen has an electric oven, a rapid electric hob and a large microwave oven/ conventional convection oven/ grill. There is a large fridge/freezer and electric kettle and coffee machine.
The sitting room and the bedroom at the back of the house which catches the late sun both benefit from air conditioning. WiFi internet access is provided. The 32” flat screen television has both English and French channels and a DVD player. There is a good selection of books and DVDs. There is ample parking space immediately adjacent to the front door.
The house is situated approximately 100m from the Canal du Midi where the canal basin is always busy with rental boats and short cruises are available. There are pleasant walks along the canal banks in both directions or bicycles can be hired. There is a convenient 24 hour petrol station and a supermarket which is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. This is literally two minutes walk from the house – so sourcing lovely fresh bread and croissants for breakfast is easy. There are 5 restaurants nearby and two more within walking distance. Also within easy walking distance is the Lac de Jouarres where there is a restaurant and picnic areas and water sport facilities including pedalos, windsurfing and canoes in addition to lifeguard-supervised swimming. The Lac can be reached in less than 20 minutes using a pleasant footpath or there is a good road with ample parking.
Two kilometres from Homps is the town of Olonzac where there is a doctor, dentist, pharmacy, banks and ATM, a public park with tennis courts as well as a good range of amenities including supermarkets, restaurants, pizzerias, bars, bakeries etc. An outdoor market is held there every Tuesday morning where farmers and growers sell their wares. This is a “must see”.
Homps is also within easy driving distance of some wonderful Mediterranean beaches and of many fascinating historic towns such as Minerve, Narbonne, Capestang and Carcassonne.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Narbonne Plage, 38km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for over 5s only|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General:||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
The balcony has sun awnings and a dining table and chairs for eating al fresco. For sunbathing there are also four comfortable folding garden chairs.
Further details outdoors:
There is no designated parking but a car can always be parked in front of the house.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Aude region
The Languedoc-Roussillon region has extremely varied landscapes with lush green vineyards stretching across the plains between the Montagne Noire to the north and the Pyrenees to the south and wonderful sandy beaches punctuated by large brine lagoons (or étangs), home to flamingos, on the Mediterranean coast. In addition to the spectacularly beautiful countryside, the region has some wonderful architecture and fascinating historic sites. But perhaps the most notable aspect of the landscape is the nature of the light; with the seemingly boundless blue skies and mesmerising dappled sunlight filtering through the plane trees and glinting off the waters of the canal.
The local restaurants provide excellent food at reasonable prices. Particularly at lunchtime, many restaurants and cafés offer a plat du jour or formules (all inclusive menus) for 12-15€ and if you make it to the coast don't miss the wonderful moules and other fresh seafood.
The Aude department of the Languedoc Roussillon region of France is the heart of Cathar country. When from 1208 Pope Innocent III launched a series of military crusades against them the Cathars took refuge in numerous castles located on hilltops in the region. The remains of their many castles still remain as a poignant reminder of this brutal history.
The Homps area
Places to see:
In the centre of Carcassonne is the world heritage site La Cité with its narrow cobble stone streets and medieval buildings with restaurants and shops. In contrast, the surrounding “new” city has majestic buildings with broad avenues and the Canal du Midi adding a languid air to the bustle. Just beyond Carcassonne is Lastours with its four small Cathar castles perched on a high rocky ridge. Also nearby is the Grotte de Limousis – a succession of caves with impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
Narbonne is an ancient town with a Roman past and still has remains of a Roman road on display in the city centre. These days it's a vibrant city with a good array of shops. The Canal de la Robine runs through the town and there are bars and restaurants by the water. Not to be missed is the fantastic covered market Les Halles open every day. Nearby is the superb beach at Narbonne Plage (don't miss the restaurants here!).
Along the Mediterranean coast less than half an hour's drive from Narbonne there are wonderful beaches and spectacular salt lagoons. In Peyriac there is a pontoon where you can walk out into the étang and see the wild life close up. Also in Peyriac there is the huge drive-through Sigean Safari Park. It covers almost 300 hectares and is home to over 150 species of animals including bears, giraffes, elephants and alligators.
Capestang is a charming town which experienced its heyday in the Middle Ages. It lies on the banks of the Canal du Midi and is overlooked by a beautiful twelfth century castle and the massive fourteenth century Gothic Saint Etienne Collegiate Church. The main square, lined with bars and cafes in the shade of plane trees, is a lovely spot to relax.
Lagrasse is a gorgeous town with many attractive medieval houses (some dating back to the 14th century). It is famed for its Abbey and two graceful bridges spanning the river Orbieu.
Minerve, a historic Cathar village built on a promontory between two canyons is reached by a spectacular stone bridge.
In Bize Minervois the river provides a glorious spot for a refreshing dip in the summer and the riverbank, in the shade of weeping willows, is a lovely place for a picnic.
Rennes-le -Chateau - inspiration behind the da Vinci Code, where a parish priest apparently became rich overnight after finding some ancient parchments and left enigmatic clues to his mysterious wealth.
Espéraza has the first museum in Europe solely dedicated to dinosaurs.
The prehistoric fortified hilltop settlement (Oppidum) at Ensérune is one of the most important pre-Roman sites in Europe occupied continuously from the 6th century BC to the beginning of the first century AD. The nearby Montady Etang was once a lake, but it was drained in the thirteenth century by channels linked to a central sump. The roughly circular lake left a circular plot of land which was carved up into wedge shaped slices which you can still see clearly today.
There are some 6000 kilometres of maintained, marked pathways in the Languedoc. These include canal towpaths, coastal paths, mountain tracks, and gentle walks through gorges, valleys, rolling hillsides, vineyards, ancient villages and ruined castles. Apart from some of the higher mountain tracks they can be walked all year round.
Cycling & Mountain Biking
Languedoc-Roussillon has many hundreds of kilometres of off road cycling tracks, and the Montagne Noire and the Pyrénées should challenge even the most serious mountain bikers.
Canoeing, Kayaking& whitewater rafting
In addition to the watersports on the doorstep at the Lac de Jouarres, the river Aude and the Gorges du Tarn are popular for canoeing and kayaking. Most of the river Aude, which runs for 170 km from the high Pyrenees to the Mediterranean, is navigable and varies from stretches of foaming white water for thrill-seekers to quiet waters suitable for family recreation in other parts. Canoeing and kayaking on a less turbulent section of the Aude are offered at Eaurizon in nearby Puichéric.
The Languedoc-Roussillon is one of the best regions in Europe for windsurfing and kite-surfing. The shallow waters of the lagoons at Port Leucate and Gruissan provide a safe haven for windsurfing all-year-round.
Within the Minervois region there is a huge variety of wine cellars to visit. The Minervois is part of the largest wine producing region in the world, producing many fine full-bodied reds and fruity rosés plus a smaller number of whites.
Mountaineering and Climbing
Languedoc-Roussillon provides a multitude of places for climbing: the steep cliffs of the Cévennes, the Gorges du Tarn, the Gorges de la Jonte, the Gorges du Chassez and the Haute Vallée de l'Aude all provide suitable climbs for beginners and experts. Professional guides are available and recommended in most areas.
The area is ideal for horse-riding and is a popular destination for equestrian holidays. The Cathar Trail is probably the best known horse-riding trail in the region. Other trails include the Circuit des Traboucayres in the Pyrénées-Orientales, le Mont-Lozère, L'Aubrac and the Grandes Causses. Locally there is horseback riding at Escales, Ginestas, Mirepeisset.
Sea-water jousting (Joutes Nautiques)
Seawater jousts take place in the summer (mainly in August) at Sète, Agde, and Palavas. The jousters stand on raised platforms at the bows of substantial rowing boats, each manned by ten oarsmen. The jousters equipped with 3m long lances and shields attempt to propel their opponents into the water. The winner is the one left standing!
There are three public tennis courts in the local park in Olonzac.
There are courses at Bezier, Cap d'Agde, Saint Cyprien and Carcassonne.
There is an international outdoor go-karting track at Carcassonne (behind the airport).
Ubiquitous! There are boules available in the accommodation if you want to give it a try.
The O2 Adventure Parc at Lac Cavayére, near Carcassonne is a marvellous experience for children and adults alike and involves making a high wire tour over the fringe of the lake in the very tops of the pine trees. Not for those afraid of heights!
The area has plenty of opportunities for angling with lake, canal and river fishing within walking distance.
The Aqualand Water Park situated at Port Leucate (52km) is full of slides of all kinds ranging from a relatively calm river descent in giant rubber rings to the ultimate “Kamikaze” run.
How to get there
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The house is 39km from Carcassonne airport.
90km from Perpignan airport.
118km from Montpellier airport.
134km from Toulouse airport.
Activities near Homps
Tennis in town
Beach or lakeside relaxation
24 Nov 2012
We stayed in this apartment last few days of August through to the first week of September. We really enjoyed our stay. The property has a quirkiness to it. The kitchen/dining and living room area are in one. It feels very spacious and has doors leading to a lovely sized terrace which has a table and chairs, a barbecue (and a wash line), and still has plenty of space. The terrace is peaceful and private. The main bedroom has a double bed, chest of drawers, a built in wardrobe and a set of doors that also leads to the terrace. The other bedroom has two single beds and a built in wardrobe. The bathroom's a decent size and has the washing machine in. There's also a separate toilet. The kitchen is very well equipped. The area is extremely quiet and if you wanted to get out and about, you would need a car. Although there's the canal and plenty of walking to be done in the area. There's a garage just around the corner from the property which is well stocked. I would definitely stay in this place again and would happily recommend it.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early summer||4 May 13||15 Jun 13||£ 325||-||-||1 Week|
|High season||15 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||£ 435||-||-||1 Week|
|Late summer||31 Aug 13||2 Nov 13||£ 325||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Down payment of £50.00 on booking. Balance to be paid two weeks before commencement of holiday.Enquire now
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