Gite Germaine is part of the converted wine makers barn set in extensive grounds of the Maison de Maitre in the village. Olonzac is a vibrant market town which has a good selection of shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of local activities.
,br/> The area is renowned for its wonderful wines and there is ample opportunity to sample such on the various organised wine tours that are available or just by visiting one of the many local domaines yourself, where the vingerons are happy to allow wine tasting and to show you around.
,br/> Olonzac is located just a 5 minute drive away from the wonderful Canal du Midi where there are some lovely walks, cycling and boats trips.
,br/> Tennis courts are available in the village, as well as a childrens play park and a pond with the obligatory ducks and swans.
Ground floor - living, dining and kitchen are all part of the good open plan living space.
Living room with large comfy sofa, chairs and TV.
Dining area - has a large dining table and seating for up to 6.
Kitchen - modern and full fitted to high standard including an oven, hob, dishwasher and microwave.
Off the kitchen is the downstairs bathroom - Wheel chair friendly with a large wet room shower, toilet washbasin and. The washing machine is also located within this room.
Ground Floor bedroom - A double room, with large double bed and doors leading out to the private terrace.
From the living space there is a staircase leading to the first floor accommodation.
Bedroom 2 - A bright and airy room with large double bed and storage space.
Bedroom 3 - A very large room with 2 full size single beds and lots of space to lounge.
Outside - To the front of the gite there is a private terrace area with a dining table and chairs and views over the garden and toward the shared swimming pool.
Large gardens with lawned areas surround the gites.
Swimming pool is long and narrow giving ample opportunity to exercise swimming your lengths everyday to keep fit after all that wonderful outdoor eating and of course the wines.
The whole of the property is accessed via electronically operated gates with a security number. There is ample private and very secure parking on the allocated parking area just in front of the gates.
TV - is provided.
WIFI - Free use of wifi to all guests for your phones, tablets and laptops.
Gas, electric and water - these are all provided and included in the cost of your holiday rental.
Bed and Bathroom Linen - All bedding bathroom and pool towels are provided and are included in your holiday rental costs.
Tax de Sejour - It is necessary here in France to pay a taxe de sejour at the end of your holiday, however, this is included in your holiday costs.
Changeover Days - Flexible outside of Peak Season.
End of Stay Cleaning - The owner makes a charge of 90 euro at the end of your stay to cover the costs of cleaning your gite.
Pets - are permitted.
Smoking - is not permitted in the gites.
Security Deposit - The owner requests a £250 or equivalent euro to be paid 2 weeks before your arrival. We will collect this on his behalf via an authorisation on a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer.
About the local area
Olonzac is well-serviced with boulangeries for your morning bread and croissants, a butchers and a traiteur, a supermarket, pharmacies, a post office, a wine cave, and a bank and various restaurants and cafe bars. It is a thriving and very typical small town of this region and has its own festival in August - please enquire for the dates.
Activities: This a great area for walking and cycling and a great base from which to explore the Languedoc. The Unesco World Heritage site, the Canal du Midi, is just 2kms away at Homps - a lovely little spot. In Olonzac, you can also play boules and tennis in the attractive park (please ask the owner for tennis racquets). The Lac du Jouarres, just 5 minutes away by car, is a great place for a stroll and a cool beer at the little cafe there open in the summer months. For those of you who like to play golf, there are courses in Beziers and in Carcassonne.
Swimming - We are often asked 'Where can we go for a swim?' from those of you renting a house without a pool. You are well-placed here! Just 5 minutes away by car, you can swim at Lac du Jouarres (pictured) a man-made lake with a number of beaches. Wind-surfing is also popular here. Also within 20 minutes drive, a natural pool in the River Cesse in Bize Minervois - a pretty spot with lawns and a pebble beach (water is tested for safety by the local authority). Also Lac de la Cavayere, near Carcassonne, a very attractive lake with 2 beaches and ample car parking (40 minutes drive). Swimming pools: If you prefer a swimming pool try either the indoor or the outdoor pool at Espace Liberte, a leisure centre in Narbonne. And finally don't forget the Mediterranean beaches - fine sandy beaches between 35 minutes and 50 minutes drive away.
Sightseeing: There are lots of things to see and do whilst you are here e.g. visit the ancient Cathar stronghold of Minerve, the medieval city of Carcassonne with its 52 turrets, Narbonne with its cathedral, archbishop's palace and lovely main square, the Canal du Midi at Homps and the staircase of locks at Fontseranes, the beautiful abbeys of Fontfroide and Lagrasse, the Cathar castles and last but not least a day trip to Spain as the border is only a 90-minute drive away.
Wine: You are in the wine-producing area of the Minervois here, with the 'Corbieres' also on your doorstep. The Languedoc is now producing some fantastic wines - red, white and rose. Many of the local chateaux and domaines offer wine-tastings and direct sales of the wines they produce. Try 'Les Trois Blasons' at Azillanet as just one example.
Markets: Olonzac has one of the best markets in the region on a Tuesday morning! Full of fresh local produce and quite a social occasion (as evidenced by the busy cafe-bars) it sells everything from food to wine, basketware to jewellery and quilted bedspreads to beds! There's a further market in Lezignan Corbieres on a Wednesday morning, and in Narbonne on a Thursday and Sunday morning. Narbonne has a fantastic and renowned indoor food market in Les Halles which is open every morning of the week - it's well worth a visit.
Restaurants: The town has a number of reasonably priced cafe-bars and restaurants all within walking distance e.g. the Bel Minervois, and Cafe de la Poste. Many of the surrounding villages also offer good restaurants e.g Homps and Beaufort.
Supermarket: The nearest supermarket is just on the edge of the town and there are a couple of mini-supermarkets in the town itself. For larger supermarkets we suggest St Marcel sur Aude, La Redorte, Lezignan Corbieres or Narbonne