* All mod-cons including dish washer, washing machine etc.
* Free unlimited Wi-Fi Internet access
* Satellite television, DVD player, Hi-Fi etc.
* DVD library and book library
* All quality linen/towels supplied and no extra costs for cleaning
* Located in Olonzac, Market town and Capital of the Minervois
* Easy parking only 15 metres from the house (no reserved places)
Located in the old village in the very centre of Olonzac, this charming three-story house in a quiet corner... off the Hotel de Ville Square has been tastefully decorated in modern style. Featuring exposed stone work over the complete exterior of the house, it is said to be one of the prettiest houses in its area. Having renovations only completed June 2006, and refurbished November 2009, it features all brand new quality furnishings and fittings, all chosen carefully to suit the deco.
From the front door you enter a tiled hallway with the modern kitchen/dining room to the left. The kitchen is excellently equipped with dishwasher, microwave, oven, and a cooker. There is a LCD flat screen TV to entertain whilst cooking. There is crockery, cutlery and seating ready for 4. To the left of the hallway is a toilet and a large room for storage.
Going up a spiral stairway to the 2nd floor, there is a large double bedroom, bathroom with shower, washing machine and another separate toilet.
Ascending the spiral staircase to the 3rd floor, there is another bedroom opening up from the living room with a double bed and inbuilt wardrobe. The bright living room with a 2nd TV has a couch that can be converted to another double bed should more bedding be required. There are additional chairs, satellite television (english spoken channels), and DVD player. Doors lead from here onto a delightful rooftop terrace overlooking the village rooftops. There is a BBQ, outdoor furniture and chairs to seat 4.
All rooms have electric heating for the winter months. Linen and towels are supplied at no extra cost. The fixed pricing includes everything and there are no additional charges. ie. Cleaning, electricity etc.
The Wireless Internet service is unlimited and free.
The area offers a variety of things to do depending on the type of group you fall into.
For a family with young children the Mediterranean beaches are a must. The beaches are kept clean and dogs are not permitted on them. Swimming is safe with plenty of lifeguards in season. A trip through the etangs (salt lakes) that run from Narbonne down to Peyriac de Mer is worth the visit just to see the pink flamingos. A little further south is the African wild life park Sigean.
An afternoon boat ride on the Canal du Midi is a must. The departure takes place in Homps, 5km from Olonzac. Returning to your port of call, one could have a late afternoon drink or an al fresco dinner at one of the many restaurants right on the edge of the canal.
Being a fantastic area for hiking and cycling, hire bikes that can be delivered to your door (see our links page). Ply the canal towpaths and local roads through the vineyards.
The village of Minerve (seven kilometres from the houses) was a strategic place for the Cathars and an important stopover for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostelle in Spain during the medieval times. It was also the home of Simon de Montfort.
The Fontfroide Abbey, along with the abbeys Fontcaude and Lagrasse are all less than half an hour away. The ruined but still spectacular fortresses of Peyrepertuse, Montsegur and Queribus are the scenes of the the last desperate struggles of the Cathar rebels.
Carcassonne and its famous medieval castle, which has been seen in a number of films, has a wonderful covered market and an 18-hole golf course.
Further along, you can visit Le Pont du Gard, a Roman Aqueduct, and the cities of Arles and NÃ®mes, both graced with arenas dedicated to bullfighting also dating back to the Roman era.
Narbonne dates back to pre Roman times and was once the capital of the Languedoc.
There is a beautiful covered market in Narbonne, Les Halles where the quality of food is excellent from butchers through fishmongers. It operates from Monday to Saturday and is augmented every Thursday and Sunday by a huge market both sides of the Robine Canal, a tributary of the Canal du Midi.Read more
Le Petit Castel Olonzac, Languedoc-Roussillon, France (Property location is approximate) ?
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