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South of France: country house House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

South of France: country house

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 8 reviews

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  • 4 nights min stay

Description from owner

Description

Charmingly renovated stone house with a large, sunny courtyard. Located in the heart of the quaint village and wine region in the South of France. Walk to shops, bakeries, cafes, restaurants and vineyards. 3 bright and spacious bedrooms on the first floor - great for family and friends.

Our house 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 a spacious courtyard within which guests can find olive tree, lemon tree, lavender, plants and herbs. It is a popular spot for meals and 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

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

Charmingly renovated stone house with a large, sunny courtyard. Located in the heart of the quaint village and wine region in the South of France. Walk to shops, bakeries, cafes, restaurants and vineyards. 3 bright and spacious bedrooms on the first floor - great for family and friends.

Our house 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 a spacious courtyard within which guests can find olive tree, lemon tree, lavender, plants and herbs. It is a popular spot for meals and 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

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 Neighbourhood:

Olonzac is known as the "capital of the Minervois", the Languedob-Roussillon wine region in southern France. The Languedoc vineyard is the oldest French vineyard with plenty of wine related events and festive moments from April to October. The region is also home to mountainous landscapes and Mediterranean beaches, towns of arts and history, abbeys and castles.

Olonzac is close to a large number of beautiful small villages, some are medieval and steep in history. It is 2 mins drive to the Canal at Homps - cruising along Canal du Midi and walking or cycling along the tow paths is a popular holiday option. We are also an easy drive to Carcassonne and Montpelier which have a good selection of restaurants throughout. Take note not all restaurants are open during the winter months.

A celebrated and colourful market takes place every Tuesday morning in our village, offering a generous selection of regional produce: oysters, salted meats, charcuterie, goat cheeses, honey, olive oil... to mention just a few. We are a min walk from the weekly market place. A live band plays at the popular Cafe de la Poste on Tuesday market day and on Sunday evenings.

There is a lake around the corner from the village, Lac de Jouarres. It is popular for swimming, picnics and BBQs. It has a nice cafe there and just 5 mins drive away.

Due to Olonzac'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.

For the more adventurous guests who wish to proceed further south, Barcelona is a mere 3 hours drive away for some tasty tapas!

Location description from owner

The Languedoc-Roussillon region

Boasting the highest number of days of sunshine per year in France, summers tend to be long and warm. 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.

There is a lovely park with great play areas for children, pleasant walks and 3 tennis courts for hire. 3km 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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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
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About the owner

Bart and Lisa V
Response rate:
90%
Calendar updated:
23 Aug 2016
Years listed:
6
Based in:
Netherlands

Languages spoken: English, German, Dutch


This House has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 29 Aug 2006. Located in Olonzac, it has 8 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £853.

The Owner has a response rate of 90% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Aug 2016.

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