This is the extra-special one of 5 lovely gites available for adult couples only, situated in the large garden and beside the swimming pool of a 100 year-old 'maison de maitre' with loads of history and which once belonged to a wealthy wine merchant.
The gite is located near the centre of the popular small town of Olonzac, the 'capital' of the Minervois.
Topaze Doree is extra-special because it has two patio doors making it extra light and airy. One opens on to you own private paved terrace with table, chairs, parasol and a barbecue. The other door opens onto the more public terrace, garden and swimming pool. (You'll have a table and chairs here too if you feel like chatting to other guests here).
Converted from the staff quarters and stables of the old house, the gite comprises a comfortable living/dining room and galley-style kitchenette on the ground floor. Upstairs there's a double bedroom with twin beds and a shower room and WC.
Should Gite Topaze Doree not be available for your dates, please check on the availability of the other gites here - GITE TOPAZE.
Living/Dining Room/Kitchenette: In all gites, this area is open plan on the ground floor. Comfortable seating is provided by a sofa and an armchair, together with a coffee table. A table and 2 chairs are provided for dining. The TV receives international channels including UK satellite channels. The galley-style kitchenette is equipped with a fridge/freezer, small oven, hob, microwave, crockery and utensils.
Each gite is centrally heated in the winter and are ideal therefore for winter breaks.
The owners permit the use of their washing machine in a central area for a small charge.
Bedroom: a light and airy double bedroom on the 1st floor overlooking the garden - this gite has twin beds. There is storage room and hanging for your clothes. A fan is provided for the warmer weather.
Bathroom: This is a shower room with a power shower, washbasin and WC. It is on the 1st floor.
Outside: Outside the gite is a private paved terrace with table, chairs and a barbecue. The other patio door accesses the more public gravelled terrace overlooking the pool and garden. Each gite has a table and chairs for dining or relaxing with a cool drink. You may meet other guests here should you wish.
Further chairs and sun-loungers are available in the garden and beside the swimming pool.
Car Parking: Cars are normally parked on the road outside or in the municipal parking area opposite the main house.
Swimming Pool: The shared swimming pool is a good size: 13m x 5m, well-maintained and heated from April to the end of October. A recent addition is the spa pool/jacuzzi (also heated), and ideal for relaxing in after a day's sight-seeing.
Internet: A WiFi internet connection is available here in the gite for use with your laptop or tablet.
Telephone: Sorry there's no telephone here, but mobile phone signals are generally good in the area.
Baby Facilities: As these gites are primarily for adult couples, there are no baby facilities.
Winter Heating: Is included in the rental price.
Gas, Electric and Water: Are included in the rental price.
End of Stay Cleaning: Is included in the rental price.
Bedroom and bathroom linen: Are included in the rental price. Also a hairdryer is provided.
Taxe de Sejour: In France it is necessary to pay a taxe de sejour (tourist stay tax) and this is calculated based on the number of people (adults) in your group and the time of year you stay. Under 18's are exempt. Taxe de sejour is not included in your holiday rental, but we will advice you of the tax due at the time you make your reservation. Current rate applicable is €1.00 per adult per night. JDV will collect on behalf of the owners.
Damage Deposit: The owners request a damage deposit of 50 euros payable in cash on arrival. This will be refunded to you at the end of your stay less the replacement cost of any breakages. Please be honest should you break anything.
Change Over Day: Flexible subject to availability - please enquire.
Mini breaks: Short stays of at least 3 nights are possible here subject to availability - please enquire.
Longer term lettings: - please enquire as a reduction in rates is possible for 2, 3 and 4 week bookings - subject to availability.
More than one gite required? If your party consists of a few adult couples, it may be possible to rent several gites here - please enquire for the availability.
Pets: a small dog may be permitted with prior permission in this gite which has an additional private terrace - please enquire. Please note that the owners here have friendly dogs.
About the local area
The popular small town of Olonzac is the hub of the Minervois wine-producing region. It is well-serviced with shops, a Casino supermarket, mini-markets, bars and restaurants and has a weekly market on a Tuesday morning.
Olonzac is a thriving community, lively in the summer months with its own festival one weekend in August (please enquire for dates). In winter it is still largely open and active, one of the reasons why so many visitors buy property in the area.
Sports Facilities: As well as the swimming pool on site, you can walk locally to the lake, the park or along the Canal du Midi, hire bikes (contact us for details), or take part in water sports at the Mediterranean coast. Golfers can enjoy the courses in Carcassonne or Beziers.
Sightseeing: Olonzac is a fab base from which to explore the Languedoc Region with Carcassonne, Narbonne, Beziers, Minerve, Lagrasse and the Canal du Midi all within an easy drive.
Wine: Wine-lovers will find this an excellent base from which to find the local wine chateaux and domaines - all of whom of offer tastings and direct wine sales.
Markets: The markets of the region are colourful and interesting with lost of fresh, local, seasonal produce, basketware, herbs and spices, cookware, jewellery, shoes and hadbags. The Tuesday morning market is Olonzac is fantastic and a real social occasion - best to go early to avoid the busy period. If you can't make Tuesday morning, there's a great Wednesday market just a short drive away in Lezignan Corbieres.
Restaurants: Olonzac has a number of reasonably priced restaurants all within walking distance. Just 2 kms down the road in Homps, there is a further good selection. Please ask us for more details when booking.
Supermarket: Olonzac has a good size Casino supermarket on the edge of town.
Quiet, lovely private terrace ideal as we took our dog. Everything was clean, modern and user friendly.
Very good, would definitely go back again. Central for visiting Narbonne, Carcassonne etc. Chris and Paul the owners were very helpful, friendly an made us feel very welcome. Great place to stay!!
The whole JDV experience was very easy, and hassle free, thank you for your help.
Excellent quiet gite with super swimming pool and massive garden. (5 star Holiday Lettings reviews left on Nov 22, 2016 for a stay in May to July 2016). This is an excellent, quiet gite right in the heart of Olonzac a short walk from all facilities, but it feels like you're in the countryside, with a wonderful swimming pool and massive garden. Superb and with lovely hosts. MGD, France, NOV 2016
Super gite, super pool, super hosts! Our hosts made our stay so comfortable and were very helpful with restaurant recommendations etc. The complimentary wine from a nearby vineyard on our arrival went down a treat. The apartment was ideal and of a very good standard. A two minute walk to the boulangerie in the morning to enjoy our al fresco breakfasts. The swimming pool right outside our door was wonderful. Big hot tub as well. Street parking was no problem. Olonzac is a good centre to explore the region - Carcassonne, Canal du Midi, Minerve, Narbonne etc. Mrs A, Essex, UK. June 2015
We stayed six nights in the Gite Topaze Doree which is situated in the lovely village of Olonzac. The gite is in the grounds of an imposing large house in the heart of the village. There is a swimming pool and extensive garden grounds full of trees providing many shady spots to enjoy a glass of wine. The gite is at the end of a row of five and we booked it because it was the only one with a private terrace - we didn't use it once as the area to the front of the gite and the pool and gardens were big enough to find a little privacy if required. We'd definitely return - great value for money! Mr P, Scotland, May 2015
Good, well described by Joie de Vivre, pleasant setting, friendly hosts. Mrs MS, Berkshire, UK August 2014
Gite Topaze Doree was very nice - very nicely presented with everything we needed; we were very satisfied. Ms CS, Surrey, UK. May 2013.
Absolutely lovely! The hostess was fantastic and so kind! She went out of her way to be helpful and we very much appreciated it :-) Also the pool and hot tub were fab! Thank you for sending us all the useful prior information. Mrs AP, Cumbria, UK, May 2012.
Very good and as expected. The Gite is very nicely positioned in the village, but feels private and secluded. Lovely pool. Exceptionally hospitable and friendly hosts, without being intrusive in any way. We had a lovely time, and contact with Joie de Vivre was professional and timely. Information was accurate. Many thanks for an excellent service. Mrs JS, Yorkshire, UK, August 2011. In one word - BRILLIANT! Mr C, Buckinghamshire. September 2010.