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Courtyard view. Weber BBQ available

House / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

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House / 3 bedrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The property is more than 250 years old and it has been thoughtfully renovated on the inside to provide a unique mix of charm, character and modern comfort.

Key highlights include an open, spacious and sunny courtyard within which guests can find olive tree, lemon tree, lavender, plants and herbs. It is a popular spot for meals and also sunbathing!

3 types of bedrooms are available on the first floor:

* 1 double bed with en-suite

* 1 double bed with private balcony (soft bed)

* 1 twin bed

Our house is a short walking distance to shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants. The vineyards are just 5 mins walk away, Canal du Midi 20 mins walk (offering boat trips, boat rentals, walks and more restaurants).

We have some children's CDs, toys and board games if you have kids. Near the house there is also little park with children's play area and tennis courts.

Guest Access

* Fully equipped kitchen

* Dinning area

* Living area

* Spacious courtyard

* Study / TV room

* BBQ (see conditions below)

* Wifi

* Private carparking

A family sized "Weber" gas BBQ is available for use in the courtyard, upon request. Kindly note that an additional 10 euros is chargeable for cleaning the gas BBQ when the guests depart the property. This is payable by cash to our caretaker.

Interaction with Guests

Our friendly British caretaker (she speaks French as well) will assist to welcome guests upon their arrival.

The Neighborhood

Olonzac is known as the "capital of the Minervois", the Languedob-Roussillon wine region in southern France. It is close to a large number of beautiful small villages, close to the canal at Homps and easy drive to Carcassonne and Montpelier and has a good selection of restaurants.

Olonzac is also a quaint village. A charming market takes place every Tuesday morning, offering feast on the regional scents. It is active all year around with shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants. A live band plays at the cafe on Sunday evenings.

Due to the village's proximity to the Mediterranean, the area offers one of the best and sunniest climates of the whole of France. There are more than 300 days of sunshine per year. It is about 45 mins drive to Mediterranean beaches around Narbonne, Perpignan and Beziers.

Our property is 5 minutes' drive to Canal du Midi, offering canal boat trips, boat rentals, walks and restaurants.

It is also close to the Languedoc National Park and the Cathar castles and abbeys. For the more adventurous guests who wish to proceed further south, Barcelona is a mere 3 hours drive away.

Getting Around

Bicycle and car

Other Things to Note

All year round regional market takes place every Tuesday. Not to be missed!

Hop onto the bicycle and enjoy the short scenic ride to the lake (Lac de Jouarres), popular for swimming, picnics and BBQs and along Canal du Midi.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 12:00
Nearest beach Narbonne, Valras, Gruissan 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 25 km, Nearest railway: Beziers 30 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available
Access Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

This is more a home than a holiday house and has been renovated to sensitively blend old with new and comfort with modern conveniences.

The ground floor displays impressive stonewalls and a beautiful and original mosaic floor. There is a fully equipped kitchen and utility room with toilet, washbasin, and washing machine and tumble dryer. There is access to the garage and a second door off the kitchen leading to the courtyard.

The dining room contains a teak dining table and chairs and ample crockery and glassware in an old Javanese dresser, also home to several board games. The living room has double doors looking out to the courtyard and is smartly furnished with a sofa and armchairs. There is a wood burning fire for winter nights, a HiFi and a TV with inbuilt DVD player, although we do not receive any tv channels.

The old stone stairway leads to the first floor where you will find a smart double bedroom with en suite shower room including shower, toilet and washbasin. There is a spacious and bright twin bedroom and another double bedroom with its own small roof terrace. There is a large bathroom offering bath, separate shower, toilet and washbasin.

Further details outdoors

The house is located in a large square where there is ample parking in the square. There is also secure, dry parking within the garage.

There are two adult bicycles for use, and one child's one.

The courtyard is a lovely, private, green space providing a relaxing and peaceful haven. There is an olive tree, lemon tree, various jasmines and a small herb garden amongst the flowerbeds. Something is flowering pretty much all year round. You will find a table and chairs and gas BBQ for outside eating and cooking in summer months and there is a stone seating area at the rear with ample cushions to sink into.

Further details

* Longer term rentals of several months happily taken. (We are an ideal base for house hunting in the area, or if you are renovating or moving house.)

* We provide wireless broadband free access

*Telephone available but requires additional €100 deposit, refundable only after the bill arrives. These come once every two months.

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Boasting the highest number of days of sunshine per year in France, summers tend to be long and hot. The winters can be cold and windy but often offset by clear sunny skies. Spring can be wet and autumns are often mild.

The area is a long established wine making area now growing in quality and importance. Minervois wines are grown to the north of Olonzac, and Corbiere wines grown to the south. The whole area is dotted with vineyards, ancient villages, abbeys and the famous Cathar castles.

The countryside is dramatic, with the Languedoc National Park flanking the north of the valley and the Corbiere mountains and Pyrennees to the south. In the winter months, northerly ski resorts in the Pyrennees can be reached in less than 2 hours.

The historic Canal du Midi links the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast and provides a beautiful site for walks or boat trips. The Mediterranean itself is 45 mins drive away with sandy, shallow, clean beaches stretching in both directions along the coast.

Olonzac

Olonzac is the administrative capital of the Minervois wine area so it is an active village all year round without being busy. There are 3 cafes/bars and 2 restaurants open all year round. There are also 3 bakeries, 2 butchers, 2 grocers shops, a charcuterie, flower shop, 2 chemists, a fish shop and a post office all within walking distance of the house. On the outskirts of the town you will find two supermarkets.

Every Tuesday there is a market offering everything from organic vegetables, handmade cheeses, speciality foods, fresh seafood and meat to baskets, clothes, shoes and hardware. As well as making an interesting outing for tourists, the market is still a lifeline to many of the local residents.

There is a lovely park with great play areas for children, pleasant walks and 3 tennis courts for hire. 3 Km outside the town is a large lake with stone beach where you can swim (life guards are on duty in the summer) and there is a nice cafe for drinks. You can also fish in designated places and there are lovely walks around the lake.

Equally close is the pretty village of Homps through which the Canal du Midi runs. There are restaurants and bars on the canalside, walks along the canal in either direction and also two boat rental companies.

Lezignan-Corbieres is approximately 10 km away and is a busy market town. Its Wednesday market is very big and bustling and there are 2 very large supermarkets on the outskirts of the town.

Beziers – about 40 mins away. A bit confusing with its directions but quite an elegant city in the centre. There is a striking cathedral, and mini train around the centre in the summer months.

Narbonne – about 30 mins away. Well signed and relatively easy to park, there is a wonderful cathedral dominating the centre with a regular market on the canal. There is a large shopping complex on the Narbonne Plage side with Carrefour and many other large outlets.

Carcassonne – about 30 mins away. The famous Cite is very impressive and open all year round. You can see Jousting exhibitions in the summer months.

Montpellier – about 1 hr 15 mins away. A handsome, historic city with a young university contingent.

OTHER PLACES TO VISIT

Minerve – a must see medieval city on the Gorge of the Cesse. The town offers easy walking with various cafes and restaurants, the gorges need reasonable footwear but are beautiful the further up them you go.

Lagrasse – beautiful medieval town with a still functioning monastery. Scenic drive to get there.

Abbey de Frontfroide – A beautiful abbey still in use today in the heart of Cathar country. Excellent guided tours with lots of facts and figures and nice restaurant.

Beaches.

There are plenty of clean, sandy, shallow beaches along the whole coast. The nearest are about 40 mins drive away.

To the east, Narbonne Plage and Gruissan are a scenic drive over the Massif de Clappe. The beach is very wide when you get there so quite a walk from where you can park your car. Narbonne Plage can be very busy in summer but offers restaurants and shops as an alternative to the beach. A more cross-country route towards Fleury takes you to a less developed beach area where there is just beach and no boulevard and associated bars/restaurants etc.

To the south, the beaches to the north and south of Perpignan are within an easy 60-minute drive.

To the north-east, Valras Plage is slightly smaller than Narbonne Plage with good water, sand and restaurants, shops etc. South of here is Vendres Plage and there is a stretch of beach which is not as wide as most other places and therefore easier in the hot months.

Further north is Meze, which is about 1 hr 15 mins drive. Delightful little working harbour, pretty little beach with shallow water and a couple of nice restaurants further round for lunch.

Rivers

The beautiful spot of Bize-Minervois is very pretty. The water is cold but usually very clear.

If you follow the road up towards Agel, there is another lovely river spot about 1 km before Agel.

Before Bize the river at the Cabezac bridge is also very pretty and shallow.

Heading towards Lagrasse in the Corbieres, the little waterfalls, rapids and shallows in the river at Ribaute is a very picturesque spot.

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      • 5 Years listed

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      Calendar last updated:05 Jul 2015

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      Languages spoken
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