Holiday Home in Sainte Valiere, Minervois-Aude, Languedoc - Quiet Location in Village Surrounded by Vineyards, 35 Minutes from Beach
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About Robert Gordon
My wife and I live in Wiltshire; we've had a holiday home in France for over twenty years, and we've recently decided to move to the Languedoc region, as we love the 300 days of sunshine per year and the proximity to the sea. As we're keen on the Mediterranean climate and vegetation, we've been busy stocking the garden with olives, cypresses, umbrella pines and mulberries (for shade). The village is extremely friendly and our neighbours - who run a vineyard - have quickly made us feel at home. The village has an international feel as quite a few Brits, Belgians, Americans, Canadians and Aussies live there full-time. One of favourite past-times is to visit the covered market in Narbonne where the local produce is incredibly fresh!
Robert Gordon purchased this House in 2010
Why Robert Gordon chose Sainte-Valière
Having travelled through this region many times on our way to Spain, we have decided it offers everything we could want: a warm climate where the wind helps to keep the summer heat at bay, a wide blue sky and those wonderful Mediterranean aromatic herbs underfoot. We've fallen in love with the rolling hills of vineyards with vistas stretching towards the Pyrenees. We particularly wanted to be part of a French village life, and there is just the right blend of friendly locals and well-integrated foreign residents. Unlike some of the villages on the nearby Canal du Midi, this one is not overrun with tourists in the summer months. A short drive takes you to the picture postcard resorts of Collioure and Banyuls, and Spain is only an hour away.
What makes this House unique
The local "epicerie" - just 100 metres down the road in the village square - sells fresh bread and croissants from 08.30 and also stocks other basics. Other supplies are within a few minutes drive. We like the privacy afforded by the large garden behind the house, as well as the vineyard beyond. For those who like water sports, there are ample oportunities to canoe in the local rivers or to wind-surf or kite-surf in the lagoons beyond Narbonne. Cycling or barge-renting along the nearby Canal du Midi is also popular.
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Beautiful holiday home in a stunning part of Franc
Just returned from this beautiful holiday home and can't recommend it highly enough. The house is spacious, clean and well equipt. The pool is fantastic. We travelled with another family and a combined total of 5 boys aged between 7and 11. There is so much in the area to do. Beaches, towns, river swimming, kayaking, watermarks and wine tasting. Definitely one of outer best holidays ever.
We're so glad your holiday was such a success. The pool is a real plus when the weather is as hot as this!
Lovely comfortable home with everything you need for a great holiday in this wonderful part of France. Pool was enjoyed by all of my family (Wexford,Ireland) garden and local village stunning. Property is in a quiet part of the village very private would highly recommend this home for a family holiday.
We're so glad you enjoyed the house and its surroundings. The Languedoc is certainly a rich area to explore and has something for all ages and tastes.
Fabulous House in Sainte Valiere
We - the Cotter Family of Bicester, Oxon , and our friends the Logan Family of Glossop, High Peak, Derbyshire had a most wonderful holiday at this beautiful house this Summer. The facilities were excellent, this is obviously a well loved family home, which just happens to be available for Families like us to rent out - what a great place to relax, enjoy some chilled wine (from the "Cave" next door), and BBQ every night of our Vacances. Too much to impart re: everything we did but swimming in the Orbe was just great. You will most definitely Not be Disappointed if you select this lovely, rustic property for your "Hols" and the swimming pool was so refreshing after a relax in the Sun !! We'll be back in the future !! Nick, Debbie, Chris, Dan, Alex, Lauren and La Famille Logan !!
We're so glad that our guests had such a wonderful time and were able to explore this lovely region.
Belle maison ayant du caractère et une âme
Maison parfaite pour visiter le Minervois, très bien équipée. Endroit idéal pour notre groupe cycliste de 8 adultes où nous avons passé une semaine très agréable. Tant l'intérieur que l'extérieur nous a permis beaucoup de moments de convivialité. Quelques petits problèmes ont été vite résolus par la gentillesse et la promptitude d'Alain, le voisin, chargé par le propriétaire Robert Gordon de nous accueillir à l'arrivée dans cette maison. A recommander.
It may be helpful to have an English translation: "Great house for visiting the Minervois wine region, well equipped. Ideal place for our cyclist group of 8 adults where we've spent a very pleasant week. Both the interior and exterior have provided us with many happy moments. Such little problems as did arise were quickly solved by Alain, the caretaker whom the owner Robert Gordon asked to greet us on our arrival. We can recommend the house to others."
There are long sandy beaches at Narbonne Plage and Gruissan (35-40 mins) though we have found the beach at Leucate Plage (60 mins), on the way to Perpignan, can be less crowded.
Carcassonne airport is approximately 45 minutes drive. Perpignan can be reached in one hour, Montpellier 75 mins and Gerona & Toulouse 2 hours. It is recommended that visitors come with a car, or hire a car locally. The drive from Calais is about 10 hours.
The nearest large village is 2 kms away. The nearest town is Narbonne which is 25 minutes drive.
Supermarkets can be found in St Marcel and in Olonzac, both 10 minutes by car. Olonzac also has a good local market. Bicycles can be hired in Ventennac (5 mins by car) for cycling along the shady Canal du Midi. There is good canoeing on the Orb near Roquebrun (about 45 minutes by car). The local river Cesse has some bathing pools in Bize (10 mins away) and further upstream.