Situated in the small market town of Olonzac, the capital of the Minervois, surrounded by vineyards and close to the Mediterranean beaches.
La Terrasse is a large and spacious renovated home, built in the centre of the old part of Olonzac, capital of the Minervois. The house is comfortably furnished with a large kitchen, breakfast room; a very large, high ceilinged living/dining room with a view across to the Mairie, with radio/cd player and long table that will seat eight. It also has two iron sofas, which can be used as beds if so wished. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed, and the other with twin beds.
The tiled roof terrace is a wonderful feature of the house. With lighting for the evenings, it is 40 square metres in size, with table and chairs for six, two sun loungers and a barbecue. It is totally secluded and looks out over the rooftops of Olonzac and across to the church. In spring and summer the aerial displays of the house martins, swifts and swallows are spectacular, not to mention the hawks and falcons preying on the pigeons near the church!
Whilst a car is not essential, particularly if you are keen cyclists, it is advisable to have a car available in order to explore the surrounding area. One of the main features of Olonzac is the easy accessibility to so many varying sights in this part of France.
This is a small town, you can walk across it in just a few minutes, and it has all the facilities you will need for a comfortable holiday. Several restaurants, cafes and bars, patisseries, boulangeries and a marvellous market every Tuesday morning where you can buy some of the most wonderful fresh, local produce.
Vineyards surround the town and one of the joys of the area is sampling the local wines. Once known for producing vast quantities of, shall we say plonk, there has been a revolution over the past 20 years and there are some superb wines to be tried. Look out, in particular, for AOC Minervois ‘La Liviniere’, a label reserved for only the better wines being produced.
For the energetic, there are public tennis courts in the local park, cycle hire nearby as well as swimming, windsurfing and sailing in the Lac de Jouarres. The Canal du Midi is easily reached from Homps, five minutes away. Here you can hire boats for the day or longer and savour the wonders of canal travel, as recently enjoyed by Rick Stein on his culinary trip through here with the BBC in “A French Odyssey”. As mentioned elsewhere, the beaches of the Mediterranean are just 45 minutes away, with all kinds of activities to be enjoyed.
During the summer months, there are festivals in all the villages and towns, with jazz and blues evenings in local 'caves' and restaurants. Narbonne, Beziers and Sete all have vast programmes with a different theme each year, often with a Spanish feel to them, right through the holiday period.
The Languedoc is a wonderful place to explore for its history, for its beauty, for its culture. UNESCO has declared the Cite de Carcassonne and the nearby Canal du Midi, World Heritage sites, but there is so much else to discover. To name but a few, the Cathar Châteaux of Peyrpetuse, Quéribus and Lastours, the abbeys of Lagrasse and Fontfroide, the Cathedrale de St-Just in Narbonne. The Montagne Noire with its forests and lakes is just 45 minutes away, the mountains of the Pyrenees and skiing resorts just two hours drive. The Spanish border is one and half hours drive and just over the border you can visit the Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres, a remarkable tribute to the surrealist, designed by the man himself, of course. Barcelona is just three hours away. The list is endless.
Great property for getting a feel of real French village life. Basic but adequate facilities . The terrace makes a great private sunbathing area. Lots of stairs in the property so would not suit anyone with mobility problems. Well situated for the Minervois and Corbiere wine areas and only 40 mins from Narbonne and Carcassone.
Tamika from London
Stayed 06 Aug 2013 with Family
we stayed at La Terrase for two weeks, it was a vey pleasant experience. Malcolm made sure that we had everything we needed for our stay. There were recommendations about where to go, and where to eat. The Tuesday market was a lovely experience. Our only problem was the steeps in the villa were quite steep ( we were warned) and my daughter, husband and myself experienced falls that caused some injuries. However that aside the villa was central located to a number of different places, we visited the lake on many occasions and the beach in Narbonne was also a favourite. We would definitely recommend!!!
David from Ilkeston
Stayed 05 Jul 2013
extreemly clean and comfortable. Great central location. Bonus of the Tuesday market right outside the front door.
Will definately return.
Malcolm from BRIXHAM
Stayed 20 May 2013
Loved the house, very French,tastefully done. Malcolm and Georgine have paid attention to every detail.We ate in nearly every evening, Not having an oven wasnt a problem, didnt use the mico-wave.One evening we had take away pizzas,another we had a cooked chicken, which was cooked on a spit outside the supermarket on Sunday morning!(You need to order as they soon dissapear!) Had lots of salads and stawberries. Loved Alonzac, very quiet, which had everything we needed, 2 Bakeries a Butchers and a Supermarket. Wonderful street market,Tues, selling lovely fesh veg, fruit olives etc. outside our front door.We didnt even hear them set up! Cafe de la Poste,brilliant. Do the MOUREL trail, 2 hrs walk, beautiful.Saw an EAGLE,wild flowers everywhere. Dont miss MINERVE, AIGNE, BOAT TRIP on Canal Du Midi. Thankyou for everything Georgine and Malcolm.
Colin from Marlow
Stayed 08 Sep 2012
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this very comfortable stylish house placed centrally in the heart of the lovely small town of Olonzac. We were warmly welcomed and provisions for our light supper were thoughtful after our day spent travelling.
We enjoyed exploring - the vineyards, the canals, interesting medieval villages, or simply unwinding relaxed with a good book.
We would cerainly recommend La Terrase and happy to plan a return visit. All in all a memorable holiday.
Christine from Pensby
Stayed 28 Jul 2012
A great welcome from the owners who were kind to provide cheese, wine and bread for us after our long journey and explain information about the area. Lovely house right in the centre of Olonzac so you could feel a part of a small French town. View of church and sound of accompanying church bells from the roof terrace. No problems with parking, even on the busy Tuesday market day when they set up underneath your window for the morning!
Dont be put off by the (closed) shop underneath the house....your entrance is completely separate. I dont think that the owners photographs do justice to the large sitting room with its open windows overlooking the town hall. We liked Lac de Jouarres, a fresh water lake where lots of families met to swim and picnic. Minerve is a definite historical visit. Narbonne isnt too far away and Carcassonne about 30 mins. The local traders were tolerant and amused at our attempts at French and for two weeks we felt part of the town becomming regulars at the french bakery, supermarket and Cafe de la Poste.
Thank you-we had a fantastic holiday!
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Dear Georgine and Malcolm,Thank you very much for the use of your house for the past week. We had a great time and much enjoyed sitting on the roof terrace.We had some unexpected guests and have washed and put away the bedding etc that was used, apart from some sheets we haven’t ironed.Many thanks againJenny Wales – August 2006
"Georgine and MalcolmJust a short note to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at La Terrasse.We finally got to sit out in the sun on Monday and Tuesday, but the dull weather meant that we did lots of exploring and took in some breathtaking views in the mountains and the mist! The storm was pretty impressive too!"A bientotMichelle and CarlSeptember 2006
Large secluded rooftop terrace looks out over Olonzac. There are public tennis courts just a couple of minutes walk away. There is also a large lake nearby which has a beach, an area set aside for wind/kite surfing, kayaking and a brasserie/bar which serves good food.