Gite Minervois Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom)
Access to our smaller gite is through a private entrance door and stairway to the rear of the open barn area. The stairwell opens onto a landing that leads to a spacious lounge, dining and kitchen area at the front of the property. Exposed timber roof beams and original wooden flooring add to the character of this living space that looks out across the vineyard to the Canal. There is a comfortable seating area with luxury sofa-bed, English satellite TV, DVD, CD player and free wifi, a dining table and fully equipped kitchen with oven, induction hob, microwave, toaster, fridge/freezer & dishwasher.
The large bedroom has a king-sized oak bed with Ergoflex mattress, bedside tables, a wardrobe and chest of drawers. The original timber floors, high ceilings and roof beams add character and interest.
The bathroom has a walk-in shower, sink and toilet.
Outside there is a patio with BBQ, table and chairs.
The gites are adjacent to a small vineyard that stretches to the Canal du Midi near to the picturesque village of Homps. This is a quintessentially French location in the sunny Languedoc region, within a short drive of the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean near Narbonne and the spectacular Cité of Carcassonne. The property dates back to the 1850's and the renovation has retained the traditional character of the stone barn with oak windows, doors and the original timber roof beams, combined with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. The excellent location allows guests to abandon the car and ramble for 15mins along the Canal to Homps to enjoy the scenery & numerous restaurants or, in the opposite direction to Olonzac to experience the colourful local market, bars, restaurants, tennis courts and park. Venture further afield on cycles or in the car to explore the numerous vinyards and Cathar castles.
Top Traveller Review
Fab location, Fab Host'sFab location, Fab Host's
Thank you both we had a fab time. We'd recomend this place to anyone.
We'll be back
Mike & Jan Buxton
About the Owner
We require a 25% deposit at the time of booking. The final payment is due 8 weeks before arrival. We also require a £100 returnable damage deposit.
The gite will be available from 4pm on the day of arrival, and must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure.
Changeover days in July and August are usually Saturday to Saturday. Please enquire if you require a different changeover day. Other months are flexible.
Notes on prices:
All prices are in GB sterling.
(12 traveller reviews)
Fab location, Fab Host's
Reflecting back on our truly wonderful holiday last year. (We've been meaning to sit down and write this since then). It was June and the weather was perfect. Wendy and John really pulled out all the stops, as we thought they went above and beyond, what we'd expect from our holiday host's, in this most beautiful region of France. The Gite was just acouple of mins walk to the Lock on the Canal, which could be seen from our 1st fl Lounge window. The rooms were fresh and clean with everything we expected. There were also Bikes which we made good use of. We both hadn't rode in years, and as we were not too energetic, riding the flat tow paths were just what the doctor ordered for our leisurely afternoons out. Once at the Lock it was a sort 8 to 10 min walk into Homps with some lovely Bars and Restaurants. Many a beautiful evening was spent, lazerly sipping a glass or two of Red watching the Boats go by. During the day we'd go off exploring then finish at Wendy's well kept pool. Some evenings would start by sitting in Wendy and John's exquisitely well kept garden eating our own selection of Olives, Cheese and Wine before walking down to Homps.
Thank you both we had a fab time. We'd recomend this place to anyone.
We'll be back
Mike & Jan Buxton
Great property and location
We returned for our third visit to Wendy and John's gites, why - because of the location , and the fact that you cannot fault the quality of the properties. If like us you have a two - centre holiday, make sure this is your final stop or you could be disappointed with your second choice. You have spotlessly clean accommodation, comfortable beds with fresh, quality linen, easy-access showers , and as much kitchen equipment as in your own home. Wendy and John have thought of everything, from mesh screens over all opening windows, games, books and bikes to borrow, guide books and maps to show you the area, even head -torches to light your way home along the Canal du Midi from a pleasant evening meal in nearby Homps. With a pleasant garden and salt water pool to cool down in after walking the vineyards and nearby hills, or simply after a gentle stroll around the morning market in Olonzac buying local produce, there is so much to enjoy at these gites.
Perle in schöner Lage mit vielen Möglichkeiten
Die Anlage um das Gites Minervois ist ein kleines, feines Paradies. Das Apartment ist bis in viele kleine Details sehr gut ausgestattet. Fahrräder und eine Tischtennisplatte stehen zur Verfügung. Ein exzellenter Pool macht das Leben angenehm. Am nahen Canal du Midi lässt es sich gut Laufen und Radfahren. Restaurants sind zu Fuß oder mit dem Rad schnell erreichbar. Herausragend ist die Gastfreundschaft von Wendy und ihrem Mann, denen wirklich daran gelegen ist, dass die Gäste einen erholsamen Aufenthalt genießen. Wir können das Gites Minervois ohne jede Einschränkung sehr empfehlen - und kommen gerne wieder.
Excellent gîte, excellent location
Gîte Minervois has all that we needed for a week in the sun. It’s modern and very well equipped. The pool is ideal for a lazy day in the sun or for simply cooling off after an active day. Wendy is the perfect host - friendly, welcoming and helpful and able to offer local advice if needed.
The gîte is perfect for exploring the local area. A few minutes on foot to the Canal-du-Midi and 15-20 minute’s stroll to either Homps (on the canal with several cafes/restaurants) or Olonzac (shops, supermarket, cafés, tennis courts and the Tuesday market). Also within easy reach by car of Narbonne, Carcassonne, (a visit to the 12th century Cité is a must) Minerve and some pretty coastal destinations. Numerous little chateaux are within reach for tasting the local Minervois or Corbière wines.
Overall a great base from which to discover this pretty corner of France.
Perfect in every way
We stayed here for 3 months over the winter period and it was just perfect. The Gite itself is beautifully furnished and equipped to a high standard; we had everything we needed. The location is spot- on; walking distance to both Olonzac and Homps, and further afield there are just so many pretty and interesting places to visit that are just a short drive away. There are 2 supermarkets close by and Olonzac has a vibrant and authentic market, even in the winter! Wendy and John are always eager to help and a great source of local information.
We have no hesitation in giving this 5 stars!
Great Gite, Fabulous location
We stayed for a week at the end of September. The gites are in a beautiful location, very peaceful but an easy walk into the two neighbouring villages, Homps and Olonzac. We went into Homps most evenings as there is a good selection of restaurants to choose from to enjoy the French way of life.
The gite was a lovely old building, beautifully restored by the owners. It was immaculate and the bed was very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and all the appliances and equipment were in an excellent condition. The pool is a great addition and Wendy has created a lovely garden where we enjoyed our breakfast. I would highly recommend this gite and would love to return someday soon.
Activity and Interests
The golden, sandy beaches of the Mediterranean are only a 45 minute drive away, extending all the way down to the Spanish border. Nearby Narbonne and Gruissan are lively resorts and world class windsurfing and sailing is available at Leucate.
Lakeside beaches are also available at Carassonne (30 min drive) and also swimming and private windsurfing and sailing at Lac Jouarres (2 km away).
There are several airports in this region:
Carcassonne - 35mins away
Beziers - 45mins
Perpignan - 50mins
Montpellier - 90mins
Toulouse - 90mins
Nimes - 2hrs away
Girona (Spain) - 2hrs away
Car hire is essential as there is very limited public transport.
Many of you may prefer to drive and the routes from Calais or Zeebrugge take around 10 hours on an unbroken run.
Carcassonne - (30mins) Has a wonderful Disney-like fortified Medieval Cité.
Narbonne - (30mins) Another vibrant Mediterranean city, built by the Romans has a cathedral and 100 yr old market hall to buy or consume local produce.
Minerve - (15mins) A historic village built at the meeting point of two gorges.
There are several Cathar castles to be found in the Corbieres Mountains about 90 -120 minutes drive.
Olonzac is an easy 15min walk or short drive down a quiet country lane past the Cave (call in for quality local wine). It has a beautiful park with tennis courts, several cafes, bars, restaurants, weekly market and shops including a supermarket on the edge of the town.
Homps is a relaxing 15min walk along the banks of the Canal du Midi or a short drive past the local Boulangerie at the end of our lane. Homps is the old Port du Minervois and has a number of Canal-side restaurants. Boat tours and hire are available. Continue walking through Homps and you arrive at the lake.
Lac Jouarres is a couple of minutes away by car for swimming, sailing, fishing and windsurfing. There is a lakeside restaurant making this a lovely place to spend a few hours. The walk around the lake takes about an hour.
The tow path along the Canal is also a popular cycling route and the more energetic can reach Carcassonne in under 2 hours. You can venture off the Canal into glorious hilly countryside littered with vineyards and rocky outcrops seeded with wild Rosemary and other Mediterranean plants.
We can provide literature and advice on tourist attractions, popular and secret destinations, wine caves and activities to help you make the most of your time in glorious Languedoc.
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable ...
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Outdoor Pool
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Barbecue ...
- Tennis ...
- 4 bicycles
- Notes on accommodation: All bed linen, tea towels, towels (and pool towels) are provided. There are fans in each bedroom. There is a hair dryer, iron and ironing board in each gite. A travel cot is available. In the under-croft area there is a shared washing machine. There is also a table tennis table (with bats & balls), over 60 DVD's, English books and games for your use. Outside: Each gite has its own patio area with BBQ, table and chairs. There is a shared pool (9m x 4m) with security fence, sun loungers, an outdoor solar shower and toilet. There is also a garden area stocked with beautiful flowering plants with another patio area with table and chairs. The adjacent Canal du Midi has a tow path for walking and cycling. There is a large lake 2 km away with a beach for swimming (lifeguards present in August) and an area for water-sports & canoes for hire.