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Canal du Midi 1 bedroom apartments, private pool, attractive hamlet Le Somail - Apartment 3



Updated: 13-Jul-2016
Comfortable, modern in converted wine barns, peaceful hamlet near Narbonne

Beautiful setting in private mature gardens with swimming pool protected by retractable Plexiglas domed cover, extending swimming season at either end of main season. Ideal for couples alone or for 2 or 3 couples holidaying together. Wonderful outdoor living in summer, with barbecues and ample outdoor furniture for dining or relaxing. The hamlet is on a quiet road with most of the through traffic being on the canal rather than by road, yet all facilities nearby- 3 restaurants and a piano bar in the hamlet, a large supermarket 1 mile away in neighbouring village, (groceries and bread are available at 300 metres from a barge) banks and post office within 2-3 miles. Ideal spot for cycling (cycles available at the apartment) or walking. Many historic and geographical touristic sites in vicinity, as well as wine routes. Area known for wine and fruit production.

. Narbonne 15 minutes away, and the beach 25 minutes.

More detail can be found on www.jimyoung-lesomail.co.uk

Details for holiday apartment Apartment 3, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

Differs from apartments 1 and 2 in having a much larger living space with a completely fitted kitchen. The bedroom is also larger.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We bought this property as a wreck with wine-making barns attached and refurbished the house, converted the barns into 3 1-bedroomed gites, built a swimming pool and landscaped the gardens. Since then we have been letting the apartments and have enjoyed many happy times with new friends met through the rental business. We meet as many of the visitors as we can (not always there) and are happy to give advice about what the area has to offer. We are a retired couple from the north of England and Scotland, and the people in the photo are our children and grandchildren, all of whom share our passion for cycling

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a great stay at your apartments in Le Somail. We were very happy with the accommodation and facilities you provided. The swimming pool was essential and very well usec by us all. We enjoyed the surroundings and the garden very much . Mr and Mme Picarel were very helpful aand the pool man was very prompt in responding to our only problem . We enjoyed the location very much. The people we encountered in the village were happy to hail a hearty "bonjour" and see us on our way with a smile. We will be in touch for another stay in the future
Jul 2015
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Apartment 3 Le Somail

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from a wonderful week in Le Somail. Appartment 3 is very spacious, well designed and fully equipped with everything you would need for a week or more stay. The pool area is lovely - there were times when we had the pool to ourselves which was fabulous but even with the other appartments and house sharing it was hardly crowded!!! The village of Le Somail is gorgeous - very picturesque and we can recommend 2 out of the 3 restaurants - need to come back next year to sample the 3rd! For a week of relaxation and calm this is the place to be - the Canal du Midi has got to be one of the most beautiful parts of France and we will definitely be coming back. Thanks for a great stay and for making us feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just back from Apartment 3 Le Somail

  • 4 of 5

Apartment 3 is great value, spacious, basic accommodation, in a secluded development near the centre of this charming and really unusual hamlet on the Canal du Midi. We had a great week, used all 3 local restaurants, the pizza shack, the boat shop and fabulous local greengrocer. Recommended - and don't forget to visit the hat museum!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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From the Owner

The property is situated in a very attractive hamlet, but all necessary facilities are near enough to reach on foot, or by bike. The area is extremely rich in historical sites as well as beautiful nature, and provision for tourists, but is much less developed and less busy than other coastal areas of France.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carcassonne/ Beziers at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Narbonne at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A9 Narbonne ouest at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 30 Kilometres Car: recommended

The canal du Midi is a World Heritage site, a major acheivement of 17th century engineering and now an important tourist attraction. Le Somail lies in the wine making area of the Minervois on the edge of the coastal plain before it rises steeply into the attractive rugged areas of the Montagnes Noires. The area is rich in natural beauty from the bird sanctuary at Port la Nouvelle, a water park with a great variety of sea birds, to the limestone gorges and caves of the many rivers coming off the Cevennes. The area is also of great historical interest with various Roman sites as well as castles and abbeys steeped in Cathar history. Towns of particular interest locally are Narbonne, a Roman town with ancient monuments as well as an attractive shopping area, wonderful covered foodmarket with a bustling provincial atmosphere and a weekly street market, Carcassonne, famous for its mediaeval walled city, and also excellent shopping area, and many others, eg Pezenas, birthplace of Moliere.

Other Activities: water sports on Mediterranean, on sea lakes, and on rivers eg canoeing, 9 hole golf in Narbonne, 18 hole at Beziers Carcassonne and Lamalou les Bains

Golf: 9 hole course and driving range at Narbonne. Very attractive18 hole course at Carcassonne, 9 holes at Lamalou les Bains and 18 holes at Beziers


Rental rates

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Security deposit £50. Bicycles £10 or 15 euros each per holiday. 10% discount on bookings of 2 or more weeks. 25% of rental payable at time of booking, balance 1months before holiday Heating included in low season. Out of season by negotiation

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The hamlet is lively in summer with a variety of local festivals, markets and entertainments. The restaurants and cafes along the canal bank are particularly attractive and only a few minutes walk from the apartment.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 90 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed


  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

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


  • Very suitable for winter lets and for extended periods Shared use of washing machine, iron and ironing board. Bikes available at £12 per bicycle per holiday.

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