|Gite Minervois||Self Catering||Flexible||1||4||1||A sofabed in the lounge opens out to a super-king|
This accommodation is within a renovated, old stone barn that was attached to the surrounding vineyard. There are 2 gites, one sleeping 6 people and the other an apartment that sleeps 2 to 4 people. Both gites have been finished to a high standard, keeping the traditional character with oak windows and original roof beams, combined with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. Les Arques is situated halfway between Homps and Olonzac, close to the Canal du Midi.
Access to the gite is through a private entrance door and stairway to the rear of the open barn area. The apartment is on the first floor.
There is a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge area. The kitchen is very well equipped with plenty of crockery and utensils. It has an electric oven, induction hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher, kettle and toaster. There is a dining table with 4 chairs.
The living area has a 3 seater settee and a comfortable chair with coffee-tables. The gite has free wi-fi, English and French tv, dvd and a cd player. There is a lovely view across the vineyard to the Canal du Midi, so you can watch boats go on their travels.
The settee opens out to a super king size bed, if more than 2 people are staying here.
There is one spacious bedroom at the rear of the apartment, with a king size, oak bed with a very comfortable Ergoflex mattress, bedside tables, chest of drawers, wardrobe, original timber floor and ceiling beams.
We have a travelcot, stairgate and highchair if needed. Please let me know in advance if these are required.
There is one bathroom with a spacious walk in shower, wash basin and wc.
There is a large radiator in the open plan lounge area, and another in the bedroom. The gite keeps warm in the winter as it is well insulated. There are fans in the rooms for summer use.
We have an 'undercroft' area that has a selection of English books, games, table tennis (with bats and balls), over 60 dvd's and 4 adult bikes (shared) which can be used free of charge, at your own risk. Helmets, bike locks, puncture repair kit and small rucksacks are available too.
The gite has it's own shaded patio area with bbq, table and chairs. With an outside light for use in the evenings. There is an unheated shared swimmimg pool (9m x 4m), with security fence, sunloungers and toilet. There is also a garden area with some unusual plants, with another patio (shared) with table and chairs. There is a washing machine available in the undercroft area.
There is parking available on the large gravel driveway, inside the property gates, close to the gite.
Unfortunately the property is not suitable for wheelchair access.
This property is no smoking.
No pets allowed.
Not suitable for Hen or Stag parties.
The gite is ideal for adults or families. Young children are welcome so long as they are supervised in the pool and on stairs.
Wendy and John bought their house in France initially as a holiday house. However the area is so lovely we were spending more and more time here, so decided to renovate the old stone barn beside the house, and converted it into 2 gites to be rented out, so others can admire and enjoy this area too. Wendy is very keen on gardening and grows some unusual plants in the garden which is open to guests.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||The gite is adjacent to a small vineyard that stretches down to a lock on the UNESCO listed, Canal du Midi, near the picturesque village of Homps. This is a peaceful location in the sunny Languedoc area of the south of France, with over 300 days of sunshine a year! The excellent location allows guests to abandon the car and ramble for 10 - 15 minutes along the Canal to Homps to enjoy the scenery and numerous restaurants, or in the opposite direction to Olonzac to experience the colourful market, bars, more restaurants, tennis courts and park. There is a big lake 2km away with a swimming area (lifeguards in high summer), watersports and fishing areas. Or venture further afield on bicycles or in the car to explore this wine producing area with Cathar castles. Wine tasting is a must!|
|Unique benefits of property||The property, built in stone, dates back to the late 1800's. However, the barn has been renovated to a high standard to create 2 gites which have retained their traditional character, with oak windows, doors and the original timber roof beams, combined with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. Each gite has their own patio with table and chairs, and a charcoal bbq, with views over the vineyard to the Canal du Midi. The local wine, swimming pool and sunloungers will help you relax after a day out sightseeing in this beautiful area!|
Minerve is a picturesque village perched on a limestone plateau between two gorges, about 10km away. It is an old Cathar village that was attacked by Simon de Montfort in 1210, and still has an old trebuchet (catapult) on the nearby gorge top that was used in that attack. There are a few restaurants, cafe and you can walk down to the dry gorge beds to explore the 2 large walk-through caves.
Carcassonne has a famous medieval citadel known as La Cité which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. There is an informative tourist train ride, or the ramparts which can be explored with great views over the 'new' city, or wonderful stained glass windows in the Basilica or visit the interesting shops and restaurants within the walls.
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 beaches are lively resorts, and world class windsurfing and sailing is available at Leucate.
The tow path along the Canal du Midi is a popular cycling route, and the more energetic can reach Carcassonne in 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.
Gentle strolls can be taken along the Canal to the villages or more strenuous hikes in the nearby Black Mountains with views back over the valley.
This region is full of ancient history. There are several Cathar castles to visit that range from 60 to 90 minutes away. There are also lots of Abbeys in pretty villages such as Caunes, Lagrasse, Fontfroide to name just a few.