Double Bed in light airy room. Travel cot also available for a pre-toddler. Walk-in wardrobe and En-suite large shower.
Bright En-suite modern walk-in shower, wc and basin.
Well equipped kitchen with ceramic hob, fridge (with small freezer box), microwave and grill. Breakfast bar and ample work surfaces.
External covered area for chairs, sun-loungers, BBQ equipment etc.
Living area with settee, coffee table and reading lamp leading out through bi-fold doors onto the patio area.
Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. There is no maid service but we provide cleaning equipment for your convenience. There is also a launderette at the nearby supermarket.
Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.
Fridge, Hob/Stove, Microwave.
Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans.
Bedroom – Spacious room with Double Bed (not old french mattress) with a beamed ceiling leading to modern bathroom. Walk-in wardrobe with more than enough space for half a dozen Ryanair travelers.
Bathroom – Features a large walk-in shower, basin and toilet which has been completely modernised.
Kitchen – Ample work surface with built in ceramic hob, breakfast bar, microwave/grill, refrigerator with ice box and loads of cupboard space.
Living Area – Is open plan with the kitchen area and features a settee, coffee table and ambient lighting and leads out through large bi-fold doors to the patio.
Patio – is a 16 sq. M decking which features a 6ft diameter wine barrel plunge pool overlooking the Aude valley with views of the Montagne Noir and beyond. Adjacent are numerous olive trees and by 2014 the decking will have edible grape vines. Lie back on the sun loungers or cool off in the plunge pool and pluck a grape or two!
Plunge Pool – Cool off in the plunge pool, designed to resemble a large wine barrel. From the pool you have excellent views overlooking the village of Ginestas and its clock tower, to the Montagne Noir and foothills of the Cevennes in the distance and to our small olive grove.
Barbeque – Outdoor charcoal barbeque for cooking local delicacies e.g. duck breasts or perhaps a range of local seafood.
WiFi access is via the main house router, a router repeater is installed. You will be provided with a Pass Code.
Ample parking to the rear of the Gite.
The Gite is all electric and the main house has an array of photovoltaic cells generating electricity. We generate a lot more than we use each year.
The Gite has a number of olive trees close by that are actively used in producing our own olives for eating and oil.
Private VillaPrivate PoolPrivate ParkingSecure ParkingInternetTerraceNo PetsEasy Walk to ShopsGolf NearbyWatersports NearbySpacious garden
The village is situated slightly raised in the Aude valley with the Gite overlooking the village to the North.
Within a very short walk into the village you have a bank with ATM, Boulangerie, small store, Tabac, Pharmacy , Doctor and an excellent bar & L’Anais Restaurant
In addition there is another bar in the small square
Les Trois Petits Cochons as well as a Wine bar – Joules
Market day is a Thursday with a small number of stalls selling Fruit and Veg, Cheese and Meat.
This area is famous for its wine, especially Rosé and Reds with the reds being characteristically full-bodied. The best local Cave in our opinion is Laurent Fabre, however he is only open twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday 11-12. Most definitely worth a visit, take your empty 3- or 5-litre container and get it filled for 1.20 a litre.
Canal du Midi
The Canal du Midi is about 1 kilometre away from the Gite and is a pleasant gentle walk along the Chemin de la Garde and you can turn left at the Canal and walk to the pretty village of Le Somail with a few restaurants or turn right to Ventenac with its pretty port and its elegant Cave and restaurants.
InterMarché is located less than 5 minutes drive away on the outskirts of the village of St. Marcel. It also has 24/24 fuel.
The Mediterranean beaches are within 25 minutes drive, there are a huge variety to chose from.
Ginestas village amenities are a couple of minutes walk, supermarket is 5 minutes drive and Narbonne the nearest city is 25 minutes drive. To the North are the Montagne Noir villages e.g. Minerve (20 min.) and to the South the Pyrenees and the Corbières.
How to get there
Carcassonne and Beziers airports are approximately 45 minutes away and are well served by the budget airlines. Car hire is available at both airports through Avis, Hertz, Europcar etc. Narbonne is 25 minutes away and on the TGV network.
Must do suggestions
Les Halle – Narbonne Food Hall http://narbonne.halles.fr/ is an essential visit for anyone who loves food. The hall is a large indoor market open every day (only partly on a Monday) selling practically every foodstuff available. You can even have lunch there or go to Gruissan on the Med for a seafood lunch.
Olonzac market is every Tuesday morning and the food part starts by being very deceptive as it is entered via a small passage off the roundabout, it meanders through to a small market area but along the way are numerous food stalls of locally-produced products.
Cabezac – Oysters on Wednesday and Friday evening 5.30pm onwards, get there early in the summer to get a table. The roadside cafe and filling station provides a location for a local oyster grower to sell his oysters and mussels. Order as many as you like and they will be prepared for you or buy to take away. You can also have raw mussels and buy a great selection of Brebis (sheep’s cheese).
L’Oulibo – also at Cabezac, award-winning olives. You can take part in a tour and see how olives are prepared and of course you can buy plenty of olive products. http://www.odyssea.eu/oulibo/
Minerve – A Cathar stronghold that was beseiged by the very nasty Simon de Montfort in 1210. It is rated as one of France’s best villages. http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en/minerve Take a picnic to enjoy by the underground river.
Le Somail – A walk through the vineyards will bring you to the Canal du Midi hamlet of Le Somail, it is Canal-centric with a very pretty bridge, floating shop and boats for hire.
Lagrasse – another rated “Prettiest Village” http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en/lagrasse. There is an excellent walk from the village and the abbey is worth a visit. There is also a 14th Century market and plenty of places to eat duck.
La Cité – Medieval City situated in Carcassonne, this has to be the most popular tourist attraction in the region. It can be very busy, especially on a day when the sun does not shine. http://www.carcassonne.culture.fr/
Fontfroide – The Abbey is tucked away in a valley and is an excellent location for a walk, picnic or eating very well in their restaurant.http://www.fontfroide.com/home_page.htm
Beaches and Activities
The Med beaches are 25 minutes away. Beaches north of collioure are generally sandy. South of Collioure, they become more like the rocky coves of the Costa Brava.
A Day Out
Here are a few suggestions for a Day Out.
Tuesday is the preferred day good idea if you can also see the tops of the mountains to the north!.
Head off on the D11 and follow signs for Olonzac, parking will be difficult as it is market day, make sure you find the narrow street with all the food stalls. Now take the road to Homps (D910) only a couple of kilometres and treat your self to a coffee at one of the cafés on the south side of the Canal du Midi, don’t tarry too long though as now need to join the main Carcassonne road for 4 kilometres and then turn right and pass through La Redorte, Rieux Minervois, Peyriac Minervois and follow directions to Villeneuve Minervois. (a nice little well shaded village). Now start climbing on the D112 towards Pradelles-Cabardes, a very windy road which eventually brings you to Pradelles-Cabardes, pass through this little village and on the left you will see a sign to Le Lac. Lunch here is simple food at the cafe by the lake. You can take quite a few walks in this area, but remember you are at 2500ft so it is cooler. After lunch continue a short distance and turn left towards Labastide and meander through the gorge and take a stroll around Roquefore. Continue to Villalier, Trebes and if you still have time divert via the villages of Rustiques and Badens before returning to the D610/D11 and home.
Head off to Narbonne and if you have not visited Les Halles or the city then this is a good time to do it, avoid Monday and take a cold bag with you. Head out of Narbonne on the road to Perpignan and take the roundabout exit to Bages just after you come out of all the commercial part of Narbonne. Follow the signs to the village centre, up a small hill into the village, have a wander round and a cup of coffee. The village has a fantastic commanding position. Drive onto Peyriac de Mer past the salt pans and flamingoes and park in Peyriac. Be prepared for an 8K walk, firstly crossing the road causeway a bit further on from the car park. At the end climb straight ahead across the road and follow the footpath up and around to the left, then right at the footpath crossroads to take you through the woods and along a ridge above the lake, follow the signs to Peyriac (the longer distance!) but beware after climbing a ridge you will come to a water tank where the indication of the footpath is not clear, do not be tempted to walk past the tank but veer right just before it to join a track. Now follow the yellow markers which will eventually bring you out on the road. Continue for a while until you see a turning to the left and a car park sign and cross the board walk back into Peyriac. If you have timed this correctly it should be lunchtime. Head for the Bar/Restaurant in the village square, the food is truly excellent and if you go at the weekend it may be wise to book before you walk. If this fails and you cannot get a table then head back to Bages and eat there. If you want to visit the beach then head back into Narbonne and simply follow the signs for Narbonne Plage for an afternoon dip.
This could be a long day if you stop a lot. Go to Lezignan-Corbieres via Ventenac and Canet d’Aude and follow the signs to the Peage A61. At the roundabout by the airfield and Peage follow the signs to Fabrezan/Lagrasse. This village has a very ancient market place and an impressive Abbey, a quick stroll round will give you a flavour in case you want to return at a later date. Follow signs for Villerouge-Termenes and then Mouthoumet. Time for coffee in the very basic cafe in the village. Continue to Pont d’Orbieu and turn left towards Auriac and Soulatge. It is very unlikely you will see any other traffic on this very windy wooded road. At the Soulatge junction turn left again and pick up the signs to Peyrepertuse. Climb all the way up with the car to the top and visit Peyrepertuse castle. You should now be hungry and the village has a few places to eat. After lunch drive to Cucugnan, Padern, Tuchan, Durban-Corbieres at the river bridge take either left or right and head for Lezignan again or the D611A back towards Narbonne.
Ginestas open every morning 7/7 in July/Aug and also at 5pm, closed Monday other months, situated in the small square in Ginestas, left at La Poste, first right down Grand Rue (see map above)
Ventenac small cabin shop by the canal, open long hours.
St. Marcel Marcelline, close to Aldi, by far the best!
Intermarché, open supermarket hours, cheap bread but fairly tasteless.
Canet open usual shop hours.
Ginestas has its own Pharmacy, turn right at La Poste, follow road around sharp right bend and then the Pharmacy is just after the cemetery not sure if that is significant. Supermarkets are not allowed to even sell aspirins here.
Narbonne In the market hall, large and very very good. THIS IS A MUST VISIT. In the centre of Narbonne, open all week, 9-10 on a Saturday early morning is not too busy for parking. Sunday there is also an open air market mostly clothes though; but indoor food hall is open and busy.
Olonzac A very popular market on a Tuesday, the little side street that has the food stalls is a must visit.
Lezignan Corbieres Every Wednesday morning plenty of choice.
Ginestas Just a few mobile vans (fruit and veg, meat and good cheese) on Thursday, Roast Chicken man on Sunday morning (sometimes).
Ventenac has a small market alongside the canal on a Sunday morning. Walk, market, lunch at Lou Costellou.
Canet dAude Poissonnerie on Friday morning.
Car Boot sales called Vide Greniers move around the villages and are usually on a Sunday morning.
Fruit and Veg
You will see numerous fruit and veg farm shops and just cabins on the side of the road. The one we tend to use is on the right on the way to St. Marcel before the Canal du Midi bridge. Prices are better than the supermarkets.
St. Marcel – Intermarché Past Ginestas Pharmacie, turn right at fork, right at main road and continue towards St. Marcel. Intermarché is on the left after about 2 miles. Open all day and closed Sunday pm. Has 24 hour fuel (out of hours needs Credit card), Fresh Milk and everything you will need. You will need to have a bag or two with you or unload your trolley (1 piece required ) into the car directly. Carrier bags are not free.
– Aldi usual Aldi stuff, beer good value at 22cts a can.
Canet – small mini-market open also on Sunday morning so good for essentials on the way back from the airport. Also a very nice goats cheese and free range eggs stall on a Sunday.
Lezignan Intermarché, bigger than St.Marcel, follow signs to the A61.
Carrefour, opposite Intermarché.
Narbonne Carrefour huge, follow signs to Narbonne Plage and it is amongst a massive shopping complex near the Péage (Narbonne Nord NOT Sud).
You cannot go far at all without finding wine but support one of our local Caves you will not be disappointed. Laurent Fabre is open only between 11-12 on Wednesday and Saturday grab a 5 litre containers, turn right at post office continue on road out of Ginestas and Cave is on the right before you get to the Pharmacie. If you are feeling extravagant Fut de Chéne 2 year old at 3 / litre (or 10 per bottle), but my experience is that the hangover is worse than the ordinary red at 1.20 / litre which is excellent as well. Rosé is also excellent. Red is unusually heavy for French wine with a distinct Syrah/Shiraz flavour. Laurent’s Vineyards are at the top of our hill. You can also buy ‘Bag in Box’, either 5L or 10L . a 5L Rosé box is a good choice as it fits in the fridge.
You can also buy locally grown fruit and veg in the cave.
If you want a posh wine tasting then just head to Cabezac, the Cave there is just by the bridge on the right.
You will notice the Gïte is surrounded by several productive olive trees. All our olives are processed at L’Oulibou, http://www.odyssea.eu/oulibo/ this is on the MUST VISIT list and is situated at Cabezac (4km). You can join a tour on how olives are grown and processed as well as having a great shop for all things olive oil. This Olive Mill is award winning and a big local attraction so don’t miss out. You could combine it with a trip to the Cave in Cabezac and maybe oysters on a Wednesday or Friday.
Ginestas LAnaïs Good restaurant and bar, easily walkable and English spoken. http://www.restaurantanais.fr/index_en.html Pretty sure you will make more than one visit here. Also do Pizza to take away.
? Les Trois Couchons mainly just a bar, but do a lunch time set menu.
? L’es Pratx Châteaux used for weddings mostly and occasional concerts, we don’t consider eating there good value for money.
Cabezac Café – Must do Oysters if you like them on Wednesday and Friday 1730 +, sold by a vendor at the Cabezac café and shucked for you. Great experience to eat oysters at a filling station! Also Brebis (Sheep cheese) sold at the same time.
La Selette Popular place to eat, food is good.
La Bastide Smart restaurant at the hotel, gastronomique with prices to match.
Ventenac Lou Coustellou food cooked on wood fire, lamb is excellent.
– Grillade du Chateau next door for Pizza or simple French food.
Le Somail Le Comptoir Nature, our favourite here for lunch.
La Bouche d’O no comment
Plan B Pasta emphasis
Aigne Le Cagarol, means Le Escargot as village has a snail helix pattern. Also very good restaurant, usually need to book though.
Homps La Bonne Compagnie, right by the canal, good menu, try it after visiting Olonzac market on a Tuesday. Jeremy Clarkson likes it!
This is only a small snapshot of places to eat within easy reach, further afield try La Croisade, Roquebrun, Abbeye Fontfroide, or by the sea Gruissan, Peyriac, and Bages.
There are numerous marked walks locally, the closest is exit onto our road turning left up the hill and follow the yellow markers, when you get to the Canal du Midi you can either turn left or over the bridge and turn left for a longer walk via Le Somail definitely worth a visit. The yellow markers will return you home. Most villages also have similar walks, good ones are Bize Minervous (start at the cemetry), Moussan for the Aude and Canal du Midi, Peyriac for near the coast and seafood lunch and Abbeye de Fontfroide.
Try http://www.mellowvelos.com/ rent a cycle and explore the Canal du Midi http://www.plan-canal-du-midi.com/
Visited by one of our team. Recommended.
Clean linen and clean towels are provided. Beach towels are also provided.
Smoking Smoking is not permitted inside or outside in such a way that smoke enters the accommodation.
Plunge Pool available
Privacy The Gïte is a separate building to the main house and is self contained. The owners live next door.
This property is not suitable for wheelchair access as it includes steps.
Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. There is also a launderette at the nearby supermarket.
Review: “We were pleased we extended our stay because the last two days were lovely. As for the gite we thought it was very comfortable and provided all we needed for our stay. The views were fantastic. We particularly enjoyed our long walks through the vines down to the Canal finding very good restaurants in either direction. Our two visits to L’Anais in the village, one for lunch (the daily special to be recommended) and one dinner were impressive and friendly – walking distance again too! We took your advice and visited the local cave (twice) making purchases to bring home with us. As for using the car we most enjoyed Olonzac market, Minerve and Narbonne (market again). Visits from the veg fairy were appreciated! Best of all for us, we did not have to use the car on most days. We will certainly return when we can”.
Thank you for renting us the gite we loved it and had a very happy few days there we would happily have stayed longer. So what did we love? The situation is perfect quiet and peaceful (despite the clock but that was actually rather charming) but so close to the village and so many lovely places. The standard of the conversion is clearly high and we loved the clean lines and Mediterranean feel. The walk in wardrobe is great and even tamed Dave not to scatter his clothes around as there was somewhere practical to put them. The bed was very comfortable as was the sofa. As I tried to explain to David you have to stand in the shower to appreciate the view smoky purple hills at sunset just lovely. I tend to be a cook on holiday as at home so the addition of a pasta pan would be great and perhaps a sauté pan with a lid. Otherwise it was equipped with everything we could need I think. There is a real pleasure in buying food in markets such as Narbonne cooking and then eating on the decking
The village was delightful ; for us country folk to walk to a bakers, a bar and a great restaurant was a real treat. The restaurant is clearly a real asset lovely people – ironically the girl is from Norwich so lots to chat about. I would really stress a visit to the Cave we loved it and the wine.
I think you should mention how very easy cycling along the Canal du Midi is despite our first day of punctures. It is clearly a very popular pastime and we would certainly love to do more. Narbonne was a comfortable trip though a guide book would have helped us to understand we had to cross on the railway bridge! We also drove to a nearby village and cycled to Carcassonne. The little shelter at the side of the gite is perfect for bikes. Somail was a great little evening trip pre dinner for a drink.
As for visits there is so much to see. Even in our brief stay we managed to get down to the beach (twice) at Leucatte Plage and Gruissan Plage both lovely and for different reasons. The salt pans and the walk round them at Peyriac de Mer were also much enjoyed.
GINE102 – We were pleased we extended our stay because the last two days were lovely. As for the gite, we thought it was very comfortable and provided all we needed for our stay. The views were fantastic. We particularly enjoyed our long walks through the vines down to the Canal finding very good restaurants in either direction. Our two visits to L’Anais in the village, once for lunch (had the daily special – to be recommended!) and once dinner were impressive and friendly – walking distance again, too! We took your advice and visited the local cave (twice) making purchases to bring home with us. As for using the car we enjoyed Olonzac market most, Minerve and Narbonne (market again). Visits from the veg fairy were appreciated! Best of all for us, we did not have to use the car on most days. We will certainly return when we can.
Thank you for renting us the gite. We loved it and had a very happy few days there we would happily have stayed longer. So what did we love? The situation is perfect quiet and peaceful (despite the clock but that was actually rather charming) but so close to the village and so many lovely places. The standard of the conversion is clearly high and we loved the clean lines and Mediterranean feel. The walk-in wardrobe is great and even tamed Dave not to scatter his clothes around as there was somewhere practical to put them. The bed was very comfortable, as was the sofa. As I tried to explain to David you have to stand in the shower to appreciate the view smoky purple hills at sunset just lovely. I tend to be a cook on holiday as at home so the addition of a pasta pan would be great and perhaps a sauté pan with a lid. Otherwise it was equipped with everything we could need I think. There is a real pleasure in buying food in markets such as Narbonne cooking and then eating on the decking.
The village was delightful; for us country folk to walk to a baker’s, a bar and a great restaurant was a real treat. The restaurant is clearly a real asset lovely people. Ironically the girl is from Norwich so lots to chat about. I would really stress a visit to the Cave we loved it and the wine.
I think you should mention how very easy cycling along the Canal du Midi is despite our first day of punctures. It is clearly a very popular pastime and we would certainly love to do more. Narbonne was a comfortable trip though a guide book would have helped us to understand we had to cross on the railway bridge! We also drove to a nearby village and cycled to Carcassonne. The little shelter at the side of the gite is perfect for bikes. Somail was a great little evening trip pre-dinner for a drink.
As for visits there is so much to see. Even in our brief stay we managed to get down to the beach (twice) at Leucate Plage and Gruissan Plage both lovely and for different reasons. The salt pans and the walk round them at Peyriac de Mer were also much enjoyed.
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