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Dining area with mimosas!

Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Beautifully renovated and well-maintained, this appealing 1-bedroom 3-storey town house, sleeping 2 (but can sleep 3), is ideally located close to the centre of Olonzac, the 'capital' of the Minervois wine-growing region.

From here, you can simply stroll out to do your shopping, visit the market (one of the best in the area), enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine, or eat in the local restaurants. Relax and just enjoy the French 'art de vivre'!

The property has been tastefully renovated and decorated, the kitchen and shower room are newly fitted, and the furnishings are in the French style.

Stepping inside the house it has a light, pleasant ambience. It comprises a kitchen and dining area with a wood-burning stove on the ground floor; a double bedroom and a shower room on the 1st floor; and a sitting room with folding glass doors that lead out onto a charming and quite spacious private roof terrace on the second floor.

During the day you can enjoy the small town's bustling centre especially on a Tuesday morning (market day!), when the market stretches into the streets nearby. You can also stroll in the pleasant park where there's a pond, a boulodrome and tennis courts.

Olonzac is a 45-minute drive from Carcassonne and about 35 minutes from Narbonne and Beziers and is ideally placed for exploring this lovely region. Less than 2kms away at Homps you'll find the Canal du Midi offering lots of opportunities for walking, cycling or a boat trip as well as relaxing with a drink in one of the many cafes watching the passing boats.

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Gruissan Plage 30 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carcassonne 45 km, Nearest railway: Lezignan Corbieres 15 km
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Ground Floor - Dining Area and Kitchen: As you enter the house from the square, you'll find this open-plan area which makes for great convivial dining. The neat, well-equipped kitchen has a fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and ample storage. There's an oak dining table and 4 chairs and a wood-burning stove to keep you warm and cosy in the cooler months. It's a light and airy space room with a stable door for fresh air and morning sunshine.

First Floor - A double bedroom and a shower room: A staircase leads up from the ground floor to a delightfully pretty double bedroom with a double bed, storage and hanging. The shower room is fitted with a modern double shower, stylish washbasin and a WC.

Second Floor - Sitting room and Roof terrace: On the top floor of the property is the sitting room comfortably furnished with an armchair and a quality convertible sofa which provides additional sleeping accommodation for 1 person if required. There's a coffee table and a TV receiving international channels. If you wish to use the sofa bed, there is a supplementary charge for the extra bed linen and towels of £15 per week.

This delightful room has tinted glass doors which open and fold back along their length to access the quite spacious private roof terrace where you can relax with a book or a glass of wine, and enjoy a barbecue on a warm, balmy evening.

Parking: There is free parking close by - spaces are not however allocated.

Internet and telephone: A WiFi internet connection is available for use with your own laptop. There is no landline telephone installed but mobile phone signals in the area are generally good.

Suitability Note: Please note there are 2 staircases in the house - it may not therefore be suitable for young children, toddlers or elderly people. The property is close to the centre of Olonzac which is generally quite a quiet place - you may from time to time hear some of the sounds associated with daily life in this small town.

Further details outdoors

The roof terrace is a delightful place to sit and catch the sun, read or dine alfresco. It is not overlooked, and you can see what goes on in the square around the town hall.

Further details

Reviews for this property are available on our own website - please enquire.

A WiFi internet connection is fully available for use with your own laptop.

Winter Heating: The house has electric wall heaters and is warm and cosy in the cooler months. Should you wish to use the wood-burning stove, there is a supplementary charge for the logs, payable direct.

Gas, electric and water: Are included in the rental cost.

The end of stay cleaning is included for you in the rental cost provided that the house is left neat and tidy and as found.

Bath & bedroom linen are included in the rental cost for a couple using the double bed. A third person may be possible by using the convertible bed settee. If you wish to use this there is a supplementary charge of £15 per week for towels and bed linen.

Taxe de Sejour: In France, it is necessary to pay a Taxe de Sejour at the end of your stay, it has been included here in the rental price.

A damage/security deposit of 150 Euros or £150 is requested and is payable on arrival. This will be refunded to you at the end of your stay less the replacement cost of any breakages or damage.

Change over Day: Normally Saturday in June, July, August and September. It is flexible in other months according to availability.

Mini Breaks and long weekend stays: A mini-break of a minimum of 3 nights is possible out of the main summer season. Please enquire for price and availability. Please enquire for long term bookings.

Pets are not permitted here - sorry.

Smoking is not permitted here - sorry

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

This part of the Languedoc has a sunny Mediterranean climate. It can be hot in summer, but the temperature is often tempered by a breeze. Now the 3rd most visited region in France by British people, the Languedoc offers something for everyone.

Miles of long, sandy beaches, coastal lagoons, vibrant cities such as Narbonne and Montpellier, historical sites such as Carcassonne and the Cathar castles, fabulous scenery, great cuisine and vineyards, vineyards, vineyards.

Olonzac

Olonzac is well-serviced with boulangeries for your morning bread and croissants, a butchers and a traiteur, a supermarket, pharmacies, a post office, a wine cave, and a bank and various restaurants and cafe bars. It is a thriving and very typical small town of this region and has its own festival in August - please enquire for the dates.

Activities: This a great area for walking and cycling and a great base from which to explore the Languedoc. The Unesco World Heritage site, the Canal du Midi, is just 2kms away at Homps - a lovely little spot. In Olonzac, you can also play boules and tennis in the attractive park (please ask the owner for tennis racquets). The Lac du Jouarres, just 5 minutes away by car, is a great place for a stroll and a cool beer at the little cafe there open in the summer months. For those of you who like to play golf, there are courses in Beziers and in Carcassonne.

Swimming - We are often asked 'Where can we go for a swim?' from those of you renting a house without a pool. You are well-placed here! Just 5 minutes away by car, you can swim at Lac du Jouarres (pictured) a man-made lake with a number of beaches. Wind-surfing is also popular here. Also within 20 minutes drive, a natural pool in the River Cesse in Bize Minervois - a pretty spot with lawns and a pebble beach (water is tested for safety by the local authority). Also Lac de la Cavayere, near Carcassonne, a very attractive lake with 2 beaches and ample car parking (40 minutes drive). Swimming pools: If you prefer a swimming pool try either the indoor or the outdoor pool at Espace Liberte, a leisure centre in Narbonne. And finally don't forget the Mediterranean beaches - fine sandy beaches between 35 minutes and 50 minutes drive away.

Sightseeing: There are lots of things to see and do whilst you are here e.g. visit the ancient Cathar stronghold of Minerve, the medieval city of Carcassonne with its 52 turrets, Narbonne with its cathedral, archbishop's palace and lovely main square, the Canal du Midi at Homps and the staircase of locks at Fontseranes, the beautiful abbeys of Fontfroide and Lagrasse, the Cathar castles and last but not least a day trip to Spain as the border is only a 90-minute drive away.

Wine: You are in the wine-producing area of the Minervois here, with the 'Corbieres' also on your doorstep. The Languedoc is now producing some fantastic wines - red, white and rose. Many of the local chateaux and domaines offer wine-tastings and direct sales of the wines they produce. Try 'Les Trois Blasons' at Azillanet as just one example.

Markets: Olonzac has one of the best markets in the region on a Tuesday morning! Full of fresh local produce and quite a social occasion (as evidenced by the busy cafe-bars) it sells everything from food to wine, basketware to jewellery and quilted bedspreads to beds! There's a further market in Lezignan Corbieres on a Wednesday morning, and in Narbonne on a Thursday and Sunday morning. Narbonne has a fantastic and renowned indoor food market in Les Halles which is open every morning of the week - it's well worth a visit.

Restaurants: The town has a number of reasonably priced cafe-bars and restaurants all within walking distance e.g. the Bel Minervois, and Cafe de la Poste. Many of the surrounding villages also offer good restaurants e.g Homps and Beaufort.

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  • 7 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:01 Sep 2014

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