Holiday house next to Canal du Midi Languedoc - RA005470

9.5/10
Saint-Nazaire-d'Aude (4km from Ginestas), Aude, Languedoc Roussillon Reference: RA005470 Advertiser since: 28 March 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Halage 37 Self Catering Saturday 4 8 3

About this property

Lovely big house, large garden and swimming pool. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

This is a large and carefully renovated stone flagged house right next to the Canal du Midi in arguably the best village along the Canal – Le Somail. This house generously accommodates 8 - 10 people.

The house has amazing views of the canal, and has its own large private courtyard to the front. overlooking the canal with a large bbq and dining area, and a sitting area. To the back and through a pretty cedar gate there is a large garden with pool, which is shared with the gite. The pool has lots of decked areas for private sunbathing, and has teak (cushioned) loungers, hammocks, umbrellas olive and lemon trees and a stunning cactus garden, all of which lends itself to luxurious and relaxing privacy and space for everyone.

We never overbook so our numbers are kept low.

There is private off road parking.

Our two houses can be rented separately or together for larger groups or families - let us know your requirements.

Review:

Jérémy
July 2017

"We had a holiday here with 2 other couples and the place is amazing. The house is beautiful and well equipped, you can enjoy the garden and the swimming pool to cool down during the hot days. The house is located along the Canal du Midi with nice restaurants around and beautiful walks to be made. Sue has been a great host during our stay and gave us all the information we needed. Can only recommend it for a nice stay with friends or family".

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is large well equipped kitchen and is open plan, so that the dining area is next to it and over looks the canal. Easy seating for 8 - 10

Living rooms

The sitting room is tucked around the open plan corner and is very relaxing, with a large and comfortable corner settee. It has views of the canal, a wooden floor, and is generally a cool place to relax away from the sun!

Bedrooms

There are four double bedrooms altogether -

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, thelarge master bedroom with queen size bed, views of the canal, sloping ceiling and a spacious en suite bathroom with bath and shower. On the other side of the landing there is a double bedroom with large double, views of the canal, and a family bathroom with separate shower and bath which its immediately next door to the double.

Next to this bedroom is another double bedroom, this one has with two large singles beds, and is very quiet and comfortable.

Downstairs there is another comfortable double bedroom with a double bed. This bedroom is right next to the downstairs bathroom, which has a lovely tiled walk in rain shower and a stone basin and a loo.

Bathrooms

Upstairs:

One large en suite with separate bath, shower, loo, hand basin.

One family bathroom with a separate bath, shower, loo, basin.

Downstairs

Large walk in rain shower, basin, loo

Heating

Large and lovely woodburner with glass door so that you can see the fire.

Oil fillled radiators

Entertainment

Full free and good wi-fi
Five good restaurants and bars in the village
Music
Watching the boats go by
Horseriding
Canoeing
Cathar history
Food markets
Great wine makers and local tastings
Fantastic beaches an easy drive away

Garden and outside

Lovely large ate privfront garden with tables, seating areas and umbrellas for shade, BBQ.

This garden overlooks the canal and is a wonderful place to watch the world go by.

To the back through a cedar gate there is a large planted out garden with hammocks, loungers, decking and a good sized swimming pool. This pool is shared with the gite, but not always, and we keep our numbers down so that there is plenty of space for everyone.

Parking and garages

This house has a driveway where you can park two cars and also has parking for one at the back of the house, away from the road.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all. There are steps into the house, with a rail. The downstairs bedroom can be used with the adjacent bathroom and access to kitchen/dining with no steps, large wide steps down into the pool garden.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Le Somail
Distance: 1 km

Cycling

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Apaloosa du Peche
Distance: 9 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 4 km

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Le Somail
Distance: 1 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Ms Sue Kennett

I have lived in the area for ten years, and restored these two properties throughout over the last few years.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? This location is superb - 30 minutes from lovely beaches, 15 minutes from the very pretty town, Narbonne, an hour from Montpelier and a little more to Toulouse. It is also very close (twenty minutes) to the Corbieres and the Cathar castles. As an area it is still quite unexplored and very beautiful. The French themselves love it as a holiday destination. It is also very easily accessible with several airports close by, excellent rail links and easy and great roads. You can get to Spain in an hour if you fancy, and Barcelona is two hours away on the high speed train.
Unique benefits of property My property is unusual in that it is in a pretty village right next to the Canal du Midi, with a lovely ambience and views. The village has restaurants, and little gallery shops, and with the boats drifting by there is always something to watch. The garden with pool is completely private and away from it all. My guests always absolutely love it!

The Owner Recommends

Comptoir Nature

Lovely local restaurant

1 Review
9.5/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 8
9.5 / 10 Ger & Emelie 3 June, 2018

We stayed in the main house (there's also a smaller apartment I think). Although there were just two of us, the house is certainly big enough to hold a much larger party. The rooms are very spacious, relaxed and comfortable and the house has been modernised with great care. There is huge living space and an excellent kitchen and we were delighted to find helpful things like olive oil, condiments, etc to assist the cooking. Behind the house is a large, private back garden with a fine, shared swimming pool. In front there is a kind of gravel area with table etc. The grounds we thought looked a bit neglected.

The house is right in the centre of Le Somail, and overlooks the Canal du Midi. There are several good restaurants in the village, varied in price and offerings, and some small shopping amenities. A fabulous used book-shop is an essential visit. There's a very large supermarket about 2 minutes away by car. Despite the central location, the house was very quiet after about 9 or 10 in the evening. The canal also offers walks, bike rides, boat trips etc.

unfortunately, when we were there (in early May) the weather was terrible: cold winds, thunder-storms, and hail-stones. This forced us indoors but as the house is very spacious, this was no great hardship. We could dine indoors and still watch the world go by outside. We missed having access to live television, although WIFI and dvds partly made up for that.

We would definitely consider a return trip.

Owner response

Hi Ger,

thank you for your review, and we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay. I must admit I was
a little surprised at your comment on the grounds as we put in so very much hard work, they are usually sparkling. I think perhaps the unusually bad January to May weather was against us this year - it hindered general garden work and everything grew much more than usual! We are quite proud of our space and have ordered new garden furniture to complement it for the summer - hope you can come back and see it!