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2 Individual Houses With Private Pool And Sensational Views - The Gite



Updated: 05-Sep-2016
Ornac, Nr. Olargues, Herault, Languedoc-Roussillon - Peaceful Hamlet 10 Mins Walk From Delightful Village

The property comprises a 250 year old Languedoc farmhouse and a separate gite, both renovated to a very high standard and situated in a delightful small hamlet hidden among the vineyards and olive groves with wonderful views. Each house is private, completely self contained and built around a superb private 8 x 4m pool, with Roman steps, extensive terracing, summer kitchen, BBQ, wood fired pizza oven, and decked sun terrace. A small olive grove provides further room for children to play in. Normally the owners stay in the farmhouse for the majority of the summer giving the gite occupants exclusive use of the pool and grounds. However both properties are available for rental together. The local village, 10 minutes walk from the hamlet, provides shops, tourist information and restaurants. Golf course within 15 minutes. Wonderful walking, climbing, canoeing and river swimming in the immediate vicinity. Mediterranean beaches an easy drive away. Great choice of cycling routes, ranging from the nearby converted railway line to the most extreme mountain tracks, four adult bikes are provided. Excellent choice of restaurants locally. You are spoilt for choice for wine tasting at the many local vineyards. Ideal holiday location for all ages.

Details for holiday home The Gite, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate WC

The gite has 2 large bedrooms, 1 with king size double bed and 1 with 2 x 3-foot single beds (plus z-bed/or cot if required), both rooms have electric fans. A large recently refitted bathroom with WC, huge shower, with overhead drench shower and hand-held shower attachment , handbasin, washing machine and heated towel rail. There is also a toilet and washbasin adjacent to the swimming pool. Downstairs large open-plan living accommodation comprising modern fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, freezer, fridge, grill, hob, microwave and oven, dining area and comfortable well-furnished sitting room with large comfortable sofa and two easy chairs. French windows open onto a south facing private terrace with large flower-decked Mediterranean pergola, garden and views over surrounding vineyards. Wooden tables and chairs for al fresco dining provide the perfect ambiance. Child friendly and peaceful for the adults! UK Freesat TV, DVD and free broadband via Wifi available.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hi, we are Dave and Linda. Now that our three daughters have flown the nest, we have decided to change our lifestyle. Linda has always taught French Spanish and German at secondary level and Dave was a water quality specialist in the UK water industry. We are now both freelance and are spending half our time in France and half in the UK.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Happy, rested, wined, dined, walked, stretched, smiled, discovered, roamed, swam, beautiful country, generous hosts. Merci beaucoup: Sept 2013

We cannot believe how much there is to see and do within 30 mins from the house: June 2013

Thank you both so much for your warm hospitality and all your help throughout our wonderful stay in a truly amazing gite! Full of character and charm, it is exactly what we wanted and more! The pool(which was always immaculate!) was a definite hit with the boys and was used to the MAX: July 2012

A real highlight for us was the chance to make our own woodfired pizza. Thanks for the memories:July 2012

The pool, the figs, the apero, with lovely Linda and our pool cleaning hero. Thanks for sharing your piece of France, we will be back given half a chance.

Our holiday was one of the best, time for fun and lots of rest: Aug 2011

We slipped out of time and enjoyed the wonderful experience. El Paradisio! Sept 2011
Jan 2007
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30 Reviews

based on 30 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely gite with very hospitable on-site owners

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked any more from this holiday. The gite is lovely and very well equipped with a wonderful pool that was made clear was for our exclusive use, despite the owners living in the next door property.

The location is stunningly beautiful, next to a vineyard and overlooked by the Monte de Caroux. The area is wonderful for walking, cycling or just relaxing, with the village of Mons 20 minutes or so walk away. The Mediterranean coast isn't far away and we also made day trips to Beziers and Carcassonne. We also took advantage of the bikes at the property to cycle along the superb cycle track that stretches for miles in either direction from Mons.

Dave and Linda are superb hosts, very friendly, always available for advice, never intrusive. We felt very welcome from the start and appreciated the invitation for an aperitif the 2nd day which gave us the opportunity to find out about the area and the gite.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review, we are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday at Mas du Serre and we do hope that you will be staying with us again in the future.
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Simply stunning location with property and accomodation to match.

  • 5 of 5

We found the property clean and welcoming with the attention to detail (flowers, pictures, ornaments, home accessories) all giving a home from home feeling. The positioning of the property in Ornac gives a high degree of privacy together with fantastic views over the countryside, sitting outside at the meal table just makes you want to linger over the view of the vineyard and across to the hills and "yes please one more glass of wine".

Should you be able to tear yourself away from the pool and the magnificent views, Mas Serre is well located for touring the area which has much to offer from tiny sleepy villages, bustling markets, mountain scenery and more adventurous outdoor activities for those so inclined.

Dave and Linda - the perfect hosts, only too pleased to offer help and advice if required.

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  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you enjoyed your holiday at Mas du Serre, and thank you for taking the time to write this excellent review. We hope that you will be holidaying with us in the future. Best Regards Dave and Linda
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Another great holiday in Ornac

  • 5 of 5

Our 3rd family holiday in this beautiful little hamlet. The gite and pool were well maintained as always and Dave and Linda provided their usual warm welcome and advice on the local area. We always find plenty to do in this area - walking, cycling (bikes provided) freshwater swimming in the rivers, village markets & restaurants with wonderful local food and wine or often just lazing by the pool or hammocks in the garden with the most amazing views. Highly recommended - we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review, it was great to see you all again.
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Mas du Serre

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Mas du Serre and thought 'wow!' The gite was in a stunning location and was only a 15 minute walk from small village with small but well-stocked supermarket, a great bar, boulangerie/patisserie, La Poste, and even a mini outdoor market on Sunday. The gite was very clean and well-maintained. Best 'welcome basket' we've had. Bed was very comfortable. A large range of books to choose from. Plenty of space in the bathroom. There were gorgeous views from front and back of the gite over the mountains. Plenty of outdoor space and shade, with outdoor tables, chairs and loungers. There was a garage attached for hanging wet clothing. Bikes were available. The pool was crystal clear, with lots of space around the pool for lazing. Great pool house with pizza oven and small kitchen area. The owners, Dave and Linda, were very considerate, and we felt free to ask them anything at any time. Their 'green folder' had lots of information in it. The drives along the mountain roads were stunning. The walk up the gorges of L'Heric on a wide concrete path was not at all scary and the gorges were magnificent. River swimming and kayaking just a short drive from the gite. Although there are a number of restaurants within a few miles of the gite, we only went out for an evening meal once to the most expensive one, which we thoroughly enjoyed but thought was a bit over-priced. It only took cash as well, so keep enough cash back to pay if you go! We would thoroughly recommend Mas du Serre to friends and family. Great gite, great location, great owners.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your marvellous review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday so much at Mas du Serre. We are looking forward to your next stay with us and can recommend several excellent and less expensive restaurants that are nearby.
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Another great stay in Ornac

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd visit was just as enjoyable as our first, although the cherry tree's crop arrived before we did. Linda did leave us a pot of cherry jam though, just another little touch from our thoughtful hosts. This is a lovely peaceful spot, a well equipped and comfortable house with a lovely pool and friendly, helpful owners and hopefully we will be back for a third visit soon.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A fantastic place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We went back for another visit and were just as impressed by the property and the helpfulness of Dave and Linda.

The property was immaculately kept and a real treat to stay in.

Linda and Dave are perfect hosts

Thank you for a super week!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review, we're so pleased that you enjoyed your 2nd stay at Mas du Serre. It was a pleasure to have you back again. Best regards Dave and Linda
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From the Owner

We have been visiting Languedoc regularly since 1995 due to a school exchange that Linda set up and ran with a French teacher in Beziers. It also became a favourite family holiday destination. During those 15 years we soon came to discover that this was a fantastic part of France, beautiful, quiet sandy beaches, magnificent mountains, clean rivers, great climate, friendly people and of course excellent food and wine!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beziers at 60 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mons la Trivalle at 1 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Lamalou les Bains at 14 Kilometres Nearest Train : Bedarieux, (or Beziers) at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A9 or A75 at 50 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Mons la trivalle at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Pyrenees at 250 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Serignan or Valras Plage at 58 Kilometres Car: recommended


Nearest Mediterranean beach is approximately 60 minutes by car. Long, well maintained, sandy beaches with several choices of either supervised beaches with all the facilities or unsupervised much quieter beaches. There is also very good swimming at several locations on the nearby River Orb.


Nearest airport is Beziers - about 45 minutes drive. Other airports include Montpellier, Carcassone and Perpignan, all about 1.5 hours. Toulouse and Nimes are approx 2 hours drive. Driving from the French Channel ferry terminals takes approximately 10 hours.


Nearest village of Mons la Trivalle is an easy 10 minutes walk with a further 5 mins walk to the famous Gorge d'Heric and wonderful walks. The medieval village of Olargue is 5 kms away, well worth a visit, the Lakes are 45 minutes drive into the mountains, Bedarieux, nearest town with supermarkets, etc, 20 mins drive; Lamalou les Bains 8 kms - with Casino, shops, tennis, golf course, riding and thermal baths. Beziers - a lively town with lots going on in the summer is 40 kms.

Further Details:

A complementary welcome pack is provided which includes sufficient for a continental breakfast and a chilled bottle of local wine for your first "apero".

There are numerous restaurants in the area, some very good and everyday shopping is within walking distance. The village of Mons la Trivalle is a delightful ten minute stroll to get the croissants for breakfast and it also has a good auberge - for that invigorating cup of coffee and an excellent menu - an excellent small general store for all those immediate needs, a first class boulangerie/patisserie, as well as a tourist information office and post office.

There is a fully comprehensive "House Book" in both properties which provide our guests with lots of information about the area.

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There are 4 bikes available for the guests so they can enjoy cycling along the nearby "piste verte" which runs from Mons to Bedarieux or Mons to Mazamet!!!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Post Xmas
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Bookings must be accompanied by a deposit of £200 per week, with the balance and a refundable security deposit of £100 payable within 8 weeks of arrival. If the booking is made less than eight weeks before the rental then the full amount is required with the booking form. Receipt of completed booking form and deposit confirms booking.

Changeover Day:
Rental periods are Saturday to Saturday, arrival from 1600 hours and departure by 1000 hours to allow for cleaning and inventory check. Changeover day and minimum stay may be negotiable in low season.

Notes on prices:
Discounts available for long term lets.

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From the Owner

The overwhelming reason for us buying the property was location, location, location! The house has amazing open views across the vineyards to the valley and hills beyond. It is situated within the Regional Parc of the Haut Languedoc in a beautiful small hamlet but is only 10 minutes walk from the nearest village with tourist information office, shop, auberge, tabac, post office etc. It is only 5 minutes drive away from "one of the most beautiful villages in France" Olargues. You will be able to enjoy swimming in the private pool, canoeing and swimming in the local rivers, walking in the hillsides or the Gorge d'Heric, cycling (the old railway line along the valley is ideal for "softies") and wining and dining to your hearts content.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Massage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • river
  • rural
  • village


  • caves
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet - Toilet


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, Cot or Z bed available on request


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • 4 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Rental price is fully inclusive, no extra charges for linen cleaning or fuel. Linen and towels (hand, bath, beach and teatowels) are provided weekly. Hair dryer, iron and ironing board are all provided. Cot, highchair and stair gate are available on request. The pool area is securely fenced with lockable gates to comply with French regulations. Outside: The properties are built around a superb private pool area with an 8m x 4m swimming pool, with roman steps, extensive terracing with tables and chairs, summer kitchen with pizza oven, BBQ, sink and work surfaces, and a sun terrace with loungers and garden chairs. There is a toilet and wash basin adjacent to the pool. The pool area is shared between both properties, with wonderful views over the vineyards and olive groves. Each property has its own private terrace. There is also a "baby foot" (table football) available and four adult bikes for your use.

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