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Village House with Private and Enclosed Mediterranean Garden



Updated: 08-Jun-2016
House in Olonzac, Nr. Minervois, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Beautiful 5 Star Interior Designed House with Large Indoor Swimming

Maison de la Botte has been beautifully decorated throughout by its interior designer owner and is an extremely spacious house in the heart of Olonzac. With a huge living area, kitchen and separate drawing room, the house is designed to easily accommodate 6 - 8 adults in comfort with 4 large bedrooms and 3 luxury bathrooms. The kitchen is 'made to cook' with a large Lacanche cooker and extensive, top of the range cooking equipment. The house is also equipped with satellite TV -1 on the ground floor and 1 in the main bedroom; all other bedrooms have their own terrestrial TV too. Fast internet connection is available for your holiday. In the centre of the property there is a large, Mediterranean, secluded garden with a 12 meter indoor swimming pool (which is available all year round - heating available on request) and, as the entire property is bordered by its own outbuildings, completely private and secure. Sports Hall with table tennis, large plasma TV with Xbox 360 and table football.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Pets considered
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the Owner

Welcome to Maison de la botte!

My name is Leo Maggi and I'm originally from the UK where my other business is based but also split my time with the lovely region of Minervois.

My mother is semi-retired and also lives in the south of France, we both absolutely love France and have enjoyed many wonderful happy family holidays here, I decided to open a guest house in this lovely acquaint village called olonzac 8 years ago.

It is a warm and welcoming village and the surrounding area offers something for everyone.

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

'A lovely house, beautiful garden, we'd like to stay longer.' - L & J Taylor - Reigate.

'Thanks for a wonderful 2 weeks. The house was incredibly comfortable and garden beautiful.' - The Trainer Family - Solihull.

'Has been such a lovely stay in an amazing house. Thank you Claire for looking after us so well. Hope to come back soon!' - The Bartholomews - Far Forest UK.

'We had a lovely time - such a beautiful house. Thanks Claire for your help and for being so lovely to the girls.' - Davinson - Killen.
Jan 2009
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From the Owner

The house was named Maison De la Botte, because the little road called rue de botte is in a shape of a boot. I chose this particular region to buy this property as it boasts a high number of days of sunshine per year, yet is very accessible via Carcassonne airport. The location off the Minervois offers stunning scenery and is nestled between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne / Beziers / at 40 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Homps / Le Boat at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lezignan at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Lezignan at 12 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Narbonne / beziers at 35 Kilometres Car: recommended


Gruissan, Narbonne Plage and neighbouring resort of St. Piere sur Mer are only 30 mins to 40 mins away. Each beach along the coast has a different flavour to it, and child-friendly and many areas are quite uncrowded. Nearby (30 mins) Carcassonne, the most medieval skyline anywhere, is a must to visit.


FlyBe - operate out of Southampton, Birmingham and Bristol and fly to Perpignan or Toulouse.

Ryan Air -fly from Stansted, East Midlands, Luton and Liverpool to destinations in Nimes, Montpellier, Beziers, Perpignan or Carcassonne.

British Airways - have many low cost flights available from Gatwick and fly into Toulouse and Montpellier.

For those that prefer to drive there are many easy, quiet routes from all the channel ports with superb facilities along the way. Train, TGV.


Narbonne 30 mins. Carcassonne 35 mins. Barcelona 2.5 hours.

Further Details:

Just steps outside the house gates is the traditional village of Olonzac, where you'll find a beautiful park with 3 professional tennis courts, several cafes, bar/restaurants to choose from. Shops including grocery stores, excellent supermarket on the edge of the village.

Lac de Jouarres is only 2 mins away for swimming, boating, fishing and windsurfing, and the Canal du Midi is also 2 mins away. During the summer season, the lake has lifeguards and there is a restaurant/snack bar with sun loungers for use in their garden, you can walk the perimeters of the lake in just an hour. The swimming area has been prepared using pebbles and geotextiles to prevent weed growth and the sailing/fishing area are away from the bathing area, in the summer season a range of surf board courses are on offer in the sailing area.

The Canal du Midi runs just past Olonzac and there are lots of places to hire a boat, alternatively, just stroll along the shaded tree-line, tow-path and stop at any one of many water side restaurants for lunch. The village of Minerve is only 15 mins away. Minerve, a miraculous village perched over the meeting of rivers, perched where rivers tunnels through deep gorges, there are wonderful walks that test the soul and one's agility. The river Cessiere tunnels under hill, next to the village, and one can, if the water's not high walk through, to provide the ideal background to grand spectacles of Son et Lumiere in the summer months.

Corbieres, where interesting and serious wine-makers are now well established and you stop at villages like Lagrasse, a really gorgeous village in the fold of a hill, unspoilt, medieval and facing a Benedictine monastery.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Off Peak
1 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas Season
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Once a booking has been accepted, we will send you details of the terms and conditions which, provided that it is acceptable to you, you will be required to sign and date and to return to us, together with 25% of the rent plus the booking and security deposit of 1000 euros. The remaining balance of your rent will be payable 6 weeks before the start of your tenancy. We will not change the confirmed price of your holiday due to fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

Changeover Day:
Saturday. Arrival no earlier than 17.00 and departure no later than 10.00.

Notes on prices:
Please refer to website

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

By offering the best in French village life, Maison de la Botte is tucked away in the centre of Olonzac with glorious gardens, sun terrace, indoor pool and even a games room complete with a billiards table, table tennis, children's toys, Xbox games console and Nintendo Wi. We also have TVs with satellite programmes from UK and other countries. You can choose between enjoying the tranquility and privacy of the house or take a step outside into the heart of village life, bakers, cafés, parks, tennis club, restaurants and all situated in the stunning region Minervois. Why not go and enjoy the hustle and bustle of market day which surrounds Olonzac on Tuesdays. Please see local sites of interests (website) for more details on recommendations for this area.

Property Type

  • house


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Large en-suite shower room with hand basin. Large elegant period bathroom, roll-top bath and period hand basin. Bathroom with very large bath.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, king-size circular bed and large en-suite shower room with hand basin. Bedroom 2, king-size bed. Bedroom 3, king-size bed. Bedroom 4, super king-size bed with large bathroom suite.

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


  • Notes on accommodation: There are additional costs for heating when necessary, both the house and/or indoor pool at 300-400 euros per week. Please note that Xmas & Easter prices are 2950 euros per week Outside: Lovely, spacious private Mediterranean courtyard garden with mature plants, flower and trees (fully lit at night) with shaded dining terrace with table and chairs under 2 plane trees, and steps down to a large barbecue area, large glass fronted barn opens from the garden and houses the 8 x 4 metre indoor pool (sliding glass doors can be fully shut, hence safe for young children) on top of the barn and pool is a superb roof terrace with further plants. Table and chairs and great views toward the village church and beyond. Utility Room: Very large Lacanche cooker and extensive top-of-the-range cooking equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. Maid service on request. Other: Separate drawing room with 2 very large comfortable sofas, 2 Louis square back carver chairs and a working fireplace, making the property perfect for winter breaks.

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