Charming, modernised old house with all modern cons and air-conditioned bedrooms
About Martin Davies
I moved to the lovely South of France with my partner as an early retirement, buying an old stone house in the heart of Olonzac, in the centre of the Minervois wine producing region.
Martin Davies purchased this House in 2016
Why Martin Davies chose Olonzac
It is two houses, and we live in one, with the gite next door a stand-alone fully equipped rental house - historic and traditional but with all modern conveniences.
What makes this House unique
Whole two-bedroom house, with both bedrooms air conditioned, and and a short walk away from all the restaurants, cafes, bars, banks, shops, etc in this lovely French village. The house and village is the perfect centre to visit: Lakes, castles, Mediterranean beaches, mountains, abbeys, chateaux, cathedrals, vineyards - see the links below - then return to eat and drink at the many cafes, restaurants and bars a short walk from the house, or eat at home in your fully-equipped house, or use the little outside patio. Olonzac has many shops, boulangeries, a boucherie, banks, cash machines, post office, hairdressers, pharmacies, a wine cave, tabac, mini-market, supermarket, take-aways, and more... Restaurants in walking distance are: Cafe De La Poste, 3, Allée Général de Gaulle, 34210 Olonzac Martin's restaurant, 5, Allée Général de Gaulle, 34210 Olonzac Côté Brasserie, 5, boulevard Gambetta, 34210 Olonzac Le Ty Zac restaurant, 6, Allée du Général de Gaulle, 34210 Olonzac La Citadelle restaurant, 11 Grand rue, 34210 Olonzac Restaurant du Minervois "bel", 2, Rue des Écoles, 34210 Olonzac O Portail O restaurant, 6, Place du Portail Haut, 34210 Olonzac Resto Leon restaurant, 5, rue de l' Egalite, 34210 Olonzac Bar le France, 10, avenue de Beziers, 34210 Olonzac
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
There is a small outside smoking area
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A little gem
Excellent. Well situated. Well maintained , clean and comfortable.
Thank you for you lovely words in our guest book, and your feedback here. I’m glad you both had such a good holiday. Very best wishes, from Martin
Beautiful well equipped house in great location
We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful, old stone house, full of French character. Martin provided an extremely generous welcome pack on our arrival and was helpful throughout our stay. The house was very well equipped, clean and comfortable, having everything that we needed to enjoy our stay. The location is great, having a choice of boulangeries a short walk away, as well as other shops, cafes and restaurants. The weekly market in Olonzac was also amazing. There is so much to see and do in the surrounding area and we would love to return.
Thank you so much for your lovely review, and I’m so pleased you enjoyed your stay.
Very best wishes
Central in medieval village but so peaceful!
We spent 5 days at this lovely old house right in the middle of Olonzac. Parking was easy as it's opposite the Mairie! The house itself is beautifully decorated and beyond comfortable. Perfectly equipped kitchen, comfy sofas and beds and nice secluded outdoor space too. Perfect. Martin, the host, could not have been more helpful or available when needed and he provides an incredibly generous starter pack too. We highly recommend
Dear Chris and Robert
Thank you so much for your very kind words. It was a pleasure to have you both here and I'm delighted you had such a good stay in Olonzac.
Full of charme & authenticity
En français, on distingue la notion d'"hôte" de celle d'"invité" quand en anglais, on utilise le même mot, "guest". Dans ce gîte cosy et chaleureux, joliment rénové avec beaucoup de goût et d'inventivité, nous avons vraiment eu le sentiment d'être les invités de Martin, qui nous a accueillis avec infiniment de gentillesse et de prévenance. Qu'il en soit sincèrement remercié.
Nous recommandons sans réserve.
Marie & Bernard, Aurillac, Cantal.
Merci beaucoup pour vos gentils mots. C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer et je suis heureux que vous ayez eu un si bon séjour ici. Très bon voeu à vous deux.
Olonzac is the perfect centre to visit:
Lakes, castles, Mediterranean beaches, mountains, abbeys, chateaux, cathedrals, vineyards - see the links below - then return to eat and drink at the many cafes, restaurants and bars a short walk from the house, or eat at home in your fully-equipped house, or use the little outside patio.
Olonzac has many shops, boulangeries, a boucherie, banks, cash machines, post office, hairdressers, pharmacies, a wine cave, tabac, mini-market, supermarket, take-aways, and more...
These Olonzac restaurants, bars and cafes are a short walk away:
Cafe De La Poste, 3, Allée Général de Gaulle, 34210 Olonzac
Martin's restaurant, 5, Allée Général de Gaulle, 34210 Olonzac
Côté Brasserie, 5, boulevard Gambetta, 34210 Olonzac
Le Ty Zac restaurant, 6, Allée du Général de Gaulle, 34210 Olonzac
La Citadelle restaurant, 11 Grand rue, 34210 Olonzac
Restaurant du Minervois "bel", 2, Rue des Écoles, 34210 Olonzac
O Portail O restaurant, 6, Place du Portail Haut, 34210 Olonzac
Resto Leon restaurant, 5, rue de l' Egalite, 34210 Olonzac
Bar le France, 10, avenue de Beziers, 34210 Olonzac
More restaurants and bars are a short distance away in Homps (2.7 km) on the Canal Du Midi, and in other villages very close to Olonzac. The more cosmopolitan cities of Narbonne (30 km), Carcassonne (38 km) and Beziers (44 km) are a short drive, and the major cities of Toulouse (131 km) and Albi (122 km) are both a day trip away. Toulouse is 90 minutes by car on the A61 Autoroute.
Places to visit near to Olonzac:
1. Cité de Carcassonne - stunning medieval citadel full of restaurants and shops located in Carcassonne (37 km) http://www.remparts-carcassonne.fr/en/
2. Abbaye de Fontfroide - Narbonne (32 km) - beautiful abbey, cafe, restauarant and gardens
3. Lagrasse town and Abbaye de Lagrasse (38 km) - small and beautiful town with arts and crafts shops around a small market square, and an ancient bridge to walk across the river to the abbey - http://www.abbayedelagrasse.com/
4. Chateau de Pennautier and the Lorgeril wine estates (40 km), a beautiful chateau and wine estates http://www.lorgeril.wine/
5. Cavern and grottos of the Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine (31 km) - a huge underground cavern with easy, safe access and a short guided tour of the spectaular large cavern, or the option of a much longer tour into the depths of this cavern http://www.gouffre-de-cabrespine.com/en
6. Les 4 chateaux de Lastours (36 km) - a lovely walk up the hills to the four ancient towers of Lastours http://www.chateauxdelastours.fr/topic/index.html
7. Moulin a vente (27 km) - a restored ancient working windmill, set in and part of the Bezaneth vineyards - http://www.moulin-benazeth.fr/site/eng/
8. Lac de Jouarres (4 km) - a local swimming lake you can walk to from Olonzac. http://www.audetourisme.com/diffusio/en/activities/leisure/azille/lac-de-jouarres_TFOLOILAR011V500ATR.php
Peaceful lake with trees and vinyards around, close to Port Minervois, Homps on the Canal du Midi. Grass and pebbled beach, lifeguard in July and August, canoe, sailing, fishing, lakeside cafe, bar and restaurant
9. The tiny but beautiful and historic city of Minerve (12 km) with a superb restaurant with a stunning view (https://www.relaischantovent-minerve.fr/en/ - booking advised) - http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/en/minerve
10. Gruissan village, Gruissan Port, Gruissan Plage. (44 km) - A historic village with many restaurants dominated by a ruined castle, the nearby superb sandy beach with many watersports, cafes and two restaurants, and large marina, the 'port', surrounded by restaurants http://gruissan-mediterranee.com/a-decouvrir/les-quartiers-de-gruissan/
11. Windsurfing, kite-surfing, paddle-boarding, jet skiing catamarans, funboats, at Gruissan plage https://polenautique-gruissan.com/en/
12. Jet ski, Flyboard, Raptor water sports at Gruissan plage http://www.jetxtreme11.com/home
13. Narbonne city (30 km) - a beautiful centre with an imposing cathedral, the Archbishop's palace, museums, the Canal du Robine running through the centre, and the eonderful Les Halles food markets every morning (you can shop and eat there) - http://www.narbonne-tourism.co.uk/discover
14. Narbonne Plage (47 km) - a superb sandy beach with restaurants and shops on the front - http://www.narbonne-tourism.co.uk/discover/the-sea/the-beach
15. Beziers (43 km) - a cathedral with a beautiful view over the region, especially if you climb to the top of the tower, the famous nine locks of the Canal du Midi - http://uk.beziers-mediterranee.com/discover
16. Abbaye de Caunes-Minervois - at the foot of the Montagne Noire, Caunes Minervois is a village built around its Benedictine abbey. Caunes is renowned for its marble - since antiquity this red marble has adorned the most beautiful palaces of Europe. Some quarries are still in operation: http://www.caunes-minervois.org/