L'Oustal d'Olonzac - OLON103

Prices from £2,805 - £3,123

Guests: 8   Bedrooms: 4

Located in the wine producing village of Olonzac in the heart of the Languedoc, this is a classically elegant 19th period property. You will be seduced by its secluded walled garden and its indoor/outdoor swimming pool and sunny terrace with sunbeds. Unusually for a house this refined, you'll find a great selection of cafes, restaurants and shops almost on your doorstep. Tennis courts nearby. River and lake swimming. Situated equidistant from Béziers, Carcassonne and Narbonne this lovely house will make an excellent base for exploring the ancient and fascinating region of the Languedoc. Can supply an extra bed for a child. 4 bedrooms/3 bathrooms. Also suitable for a great Christmas, Winter or Easter break. Longer lets at reduced prices also possible. Flexible stays of 5 days or more out of high season accepted (until late May).

About L'Oustal d'Olonzac

This classically elegant 19th century period property was formerly a wine domaine but will now seduce you with its secluded walled garden and indoor swimming pool. Located in the wine producing village of Olonzac in the heart of the Languedoc, you'll find a great selection of cafes, restaurants and shops nearby plus - naturally - the opportunity to taste some of the local wines.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about this lovely house is that despite being situated right in the centre of a thriving village, the house and garden are completely secluded and tranquil; almost no noise penetrates into the garden and you are totally un-overlooked.

This lovely property is ideal for those who want to experience rural French village life, but still want a choice of activities. It is situated in the centre of Olonzac but is remarkably private and secluded. In the summer, the garden is a bower of flowers that buzz with the hum of bees. Stretch out and relax in the wonderful hammock, or take a refreshing afternoon tea beneath the wisteria pergola. Upstairs is a terrace almost completely covered with fragrant jasmine and which makes another delightful spot to sit and enjoy the tranquillity of the location.

The large games room offers table tennis and snooker, there is a plasma TV just for gaming, please bring your own PlayStation etc and games. Nearby is a lake for swimming and tennis courts which means there's always something to do.

Just a mile away is the Lac de Jouarres - it's worth a visit for the scenery alone, but you'll also find opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, boating, fishing and other watersports fromits shores. This is also the nearest beach for swimming, at only a 25 minute walk away. For sea swimming, the Mediterranean is a 35 minute drive away where Narbonne Plage or Valras-Plage greet you with endless vistas of golden sand to play or relax upon.


The garden is ideal for children, with high walls and gates providing a great deal of privacy for the large Mediterranean courtyard and outbuildings. The landscaped garden has mature plants, flowers and trees, in particular two magnificent plane trees which offer lovely shade for eating outdoors near the large barbecue area - which looks absolutely stunning when it's lit up at night.

Sliding glass doors made difficult for toddlers to open lead from the garden to the indoor pool and on top of the barn you'll find a superb roof terrace with views over the village. Step out of the house gates and you'll be in the village!

Indoor pool with sliding patio doors to the garden gives you the best of indoor/outdoor swimming pool.


Facilities and Features

  • WiFi Internet
  • Satellite TV
  • Easy Walk to Shops
  • Heated Pool
  • Winter Heating
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Games Room
  • Private Pool


The ground floor has a large, formal living room with a fireplace (not in use) and is filled with period furniture. The open-plan, fully-equipped kitchen has a spacious dining area and another comfortable sitting area where you can relax while waiting for dinner to cook. The kitchen combines olde worlde charm with modern appliances and there is a huge cooker - ideal for enthusiastic chefs who want to impress their fellow guests with their culinary gifts.
French doors lead from the kitchen to the lovely garden, and a separate drawing room contains two very large, comfortable sofas, two Louis square back chairs and a fireplace. This “maison de maitre” is tastefully restored and decorated and furnished to a very high standard, with many original features remaining and elegant wood paneling.
Separate utility room for food storage.
Separate laundry room.

Bedroom 1: Master bedroom - very spacious with 4-poster super-king bed and en suite bathroom with bath and WC.
Bedroom 2: King-size bed 200cm. En suite bathroom with WC
Bedroom 3: Spacious. King-size bed 200cm
Bedroom 4: Circular bed 200cm, specially designed for people with back problems.
Cots and single beds can be provided for children if required.

En suite with bath to master bedroom
Large bathroom with bath en suite
Wet room with shower and WC

Extra WC outside

Location and Map

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The sun-baked Minervois region is bursting with history and spans the departments of the Hérault and the Aude. It's filled with ancient Cathar villages and vineyards under wide, open skies.

The village of Olonzac is the capital of the Minervois and is lively and energetic all year round, and on Tuesdays hosts one of the best weekly markets in the area. The village has everything you'd ever need: cafés, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, bakers, wineries, butchers, doctors, a pharmacy, a hairdressers and more.

Only two miles away, the Canal du Midi runs through the village of Homps, where you can stroll along the banks in the shade of the trees or take a boat trip and relax on the water as you watch the world go by! The Canal du Midi is an UNESCO World Heritage Site - this 360 km network of navigable waterways links the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 locks, aqueducts, bridges and tunnels and is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it helped pave the way for the Industrial Revolution.

The village of Minerve is only 20 mins away, and has been selected as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France! Near the village the river disappears underground in a large, naturally-carved tunnel which can be explored by the more adventurous in your group.

Within the village there is a sizeable artistic community and many of their workshops are open to the public.

During the summer season, the Lac de Jouarres has lifeguards and there is a restaurant/snack bar and sun-loungers for public use. You can walk the perimeter of the lake in just over an hour, and the swimming area has been prepared using pebbles and geotextiles to prevent weed growth. The sailing/fishing areas are away from the bathing area, so there's no need to worry about the two activities overlapping! In the summer season, a range of surf board courses is on offer in the sailing area. Only a 25 minute walk away.

Further afield, there's plenty to see and do thanks to range of opportunities for day trips. Try a day in Montpellier, Nîmes or Toulouse or explore the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast to discover ancient castles and picturesque villages that have been untouched by time. Walking and cycling are very popular in the Montagne Noire thanks to the rich diversity of wildlife and scenery. And if you really want to travel, the Spanish border is only an hour and a half away!

For a day on the beach, Narbonne-Plage or Valras-Plage are only a 35 minute drive away.

Nearest Airport Carcassonne, Béziers-Cap d'Agde, Toulouse, Perpignan
(31-35 km )
Nearest Village 2 mins away
(2 km )
Nearest Town/City 35 mins away
(26-30 km )
Nearest Restaurant
(1 km )
Nearest Bar/Pub
(1 km )
Nearest Beach
(31-35 km )

Weekly rates and Extra Charges


rental period weekly rate
25 May 2024 21 Jun 2024 £2,911
22 Jun 2024 20 Sep 2024 £3,123
21 Sep 2024 06 Dec 2024 £2,805
07 Dec 2024 27 Dec 2024 £3,123
30 Dec 2024 28 Mar 2025 £2,805
29 Mar 2025 18 Apr 2025 £3,123
19 Apr 2025 23 May 2025 £2,805
24 May 2025 20 Jun 2025 £2,911
21 Jun 2025 19 Sep 2025 £3,123
20 Sep 2025 05 Dec 2025 £2,805
06 Dec 2025 26 Dec 2025 £3,123
Arrival after 4pm, Departure by 10am. Times may be flexible out of high season.


Item Cost Per Optional/ Mandatory Payment Due
Pool heating ( please request this at least 2 weeks in advance. ) £296 Per Week Optional On Arrival

Fees and conditions

  • Security Deposit: £847
  • Guests are welcomed with nibbles on arrival and there would also be red and rosé wine from the region, milk, sugar, tea, eggs etc.
  • All linen and towels, including pool towels, are provided.
  • Long-term lets October - April available. Please enquire.
  • 5 nights stay for Oct to late May accepted, 7 nights Saturday to Saturday for June to Sept.
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Further Information

The owner kindly provides a generous Welcome Pack on your arrival with necessary essentials to stock your fridge for the first day or so.
Maid services, cook, driver, translator or babysitting services available on request.
Parking for one car only but there is ample parking outside, in addition.
You may be able to hear church bells during the day.
Highchair and cot available.
The house sleeps 8 Adults ( 4 Couples ) and there are 2 baby's cots, 2 high chairs and one single bed if necessary.
NB: For Christmas rentals, the owners decorate the house for the festive season. The pool and house heating is by fuel and guests need to request fuel for heating beforehand. They can pay the housekeeper on arrival.

Customer Reviews

  • Maria B. | May, 2022

    It is a very nice house for a holiday with the family!

    It is a very nice house for a holiday with the family. Enjoyed the large kitchen, the garden and the pool. Very private because it is a closed property. The town is small but has the stores needed to get groceries and specially good bread. We used it as a base to visit other places in Languedoc. Claire, the housekeeper was great !! She was very helpful.

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