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The Ivy House, Languedoc

Village house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and swimming pool in Herault, France

Sat 15 August 2015 - Sat 29 August 2015

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  • Village house #9598
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Private pool
  • Car hire: essential
  • Nearest beach: 30km
  • Nearest bar: 100m
  • Nearest restaurant: 100m
  • Nearest ski lift: 90km
  • Nearest supermarket: 2km
  • Carcassonne Airport: 30km

Renovated village house with pool in heart of Minervois, Languedoc. Sleeps 10


4 bedroom village house with private pool newly renovated in Summer 2005. Set in the peaceful village of Oupia in the heart of the Minervois vineyards, the house is a perfect base for a relaxing peaceful family holiday

The House
The ground floor has an open plan living room dining room and kitchen fully equipped with fridge/freezer, cooker, dishwasher and washing machine. The dining room opens out via double doors onto a stone patio which leads up to the 8 x 4m fenced swimming pool. The garden looks to the local vineyards and views to the black mountains.

The first floor has two twin bedrooms, a double bedroom and a family bathroom. The master bedroom has an ensuite and doors leading on to the tiled balcony overlooking the garden.

The upper floor is open plan grenier and has four single beds.

The area.
The area is surrounded by vineyards. The village has a small shop,post office and restaurant. Olonzac (3kms) has further shops and restaurants. The Canal du Midi is 10mins away and boats are available to hire at nearby Homps. There is a lake for watersports and swimming 10mins away and the Med beaches are a 40 min drive away. The walled city of Carcassonne is 40 minutes away. For those with more adventurous pursuits in mind, there is cayaking, mountain biking and climbing near by


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Stayed 09 Aug 2014 with Family
The Ivy House is a large traditional village house in a charming Languedoc village. It is spacious-we particularly liked the large kitchen/living area on the ground floor, however, it could be a lot better. The first problem is there is no parking immediately by the house, which is not mentioned at all until you get into the house and read the information in the property. The frontage is a narrow street, and formal parking is at best several hundred metres away. In fact as we learnt one can park a short distance down Rue Pampario-this would be helpful information before arriving! There were nice touches though like a bottle of the local-very enjoyable-Chateau Oupia and a welcoming card waiting for us. The next problem was that after a long hot drive to get there and looking forwards to cooling off in the pool it was initially unusable as there was an algal bloom the pool was green and the water cloudy. We could not get mobile reception in the house to call the contact given to sort it out, and were too tired to get back in the car to drive around until we could. In fairness Malcolm -the contact- turned up the next afternoon, and not only set to clearing the pool but was a mine of helpful local information. We were able to use the (now heavily chlorinated) pool later on on the Sunday, and by the Tuesday it was blue again rather than green, but it never properly cleared so that the bottom of the pool could be seen before we left. There was a corner of the downstairs living area which was awash with cobwebs, hence with the pool the low cleanliness rating. Otherwise the property was clean. The washing machine, and dishwasher were extremely tired applianced on their last legs. They did work but required cajouling, and a couple of the doors on the kitchen units had loose hinges so did not close properly (I fixed them, the units were good quality and it distressed me that with a small effort they could be fixed rather than risk being damaged). This of course reads as a quite damning review, we would, however, both consider returning ourselves and recommend it to others as in the round it was an enjoyable place to spend a holiday, and with a little effort all of these niggles could have been fully addressed.
Stayed 16 Sep 2013 with Family
We have recently returned from The Ivy House having spent a delightful and enjoyable holiday both in the house and the area which we know very well. The only issue really was the cleanliness of the bed linen. Perhaps it was an oversight but one of the single beds still had a soiled sheet on it. New fresh smelling pillows and covers for the duvets would be a very welcome addition and would add to the overall enjoyment of the holiday. We all enjoyed the pool and appreciated the amount of space available particularly with a young baby, although the stairs were a challenge when carrying her! Overall an enjoyable and relaxing stay at The Ivy House in Oupia!
Stayed 10 Aug 2013 with Family
We had a very enjoyable week at the Ivy House and the surrounding village of Oupia. The house itself was as advertised and was generally clean and tidy. For such a grand property, we felt that the furniture and finish were slightly disappointing this was most noticeable around the pool and patio area. The trim for the pool itself was peeling off and the bushes around the pool were in need of a good trim. The garden furniture (including sunloungers) were cheap plastic which was a shame. The pool itself was certainly clean and heated resulting in the kids having a great time. Inside the house, the open plan area downstairs is spacious and the kitchen is well equipped. We enjoyed the welcome pack and slept well in the evenings. We did have a slight gripe about the kids beds where the slats kept collapsing and waking them up. Not good with a 3 year old! We enjoyed the Mediterranean feel of the village and had fantastic weather for all 7 days. The locals are friendly and the house enjoys an excellent location from which to explore the region. We would certainly recommend this property and thank the owners for their hospitality.
Stayed 29 May 2013
The House is comfortable for a family. You can find there anything you need for a usual way of life in a house in a small village. We could not use the pool because of the weather but sure its fine. Would highly recommend for people who prefer rural quiet holiday in picturesque surrounding isolated from city bustle.
Stayed 04 Aug 2012
Beautiful house and great swimming pool. Oupia is a lovely french village with nice neightbours. The house is well located, the swimming pool is in front of a wine field, it is very quiet. We have spent two weeks in this house and we would keep great memories.
Stayed 09 Jun 2012
The property was lovely, well furnished and very comfortable. Everything was clean and well ordered with a lovely welcome pack on arrival. Wifi and freesat television were bonus. The villa is situated in the heart of a typical old French rural village with narrow streets, totally lovely with very friendly locals, including the lady that runs the local epicerie. There is a lot to see and do in the local area although we didnt venture much further than the pool and the local shops. There are steep steps up to the first floor which could be tricky for little ones although this wasnt an issue for us or our children (aged 9 and 11). I would recommend this as good place to stay.
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This is a fantastic renovation, in a beautiful village surrounded by friendly locals (and a few Brits!). The external/internal presentation is only let down by inadequate and cheapy furnishings (Ikea at a guess) that have in many cases seen better days......the sunbeds are deplorable and mostly unserviceable and as you want to relax and lie down by the pool this does restrict your comfort quite a bit, there were no sunbed cushions and to use the BBQ you have to be the child of a dwarf!! In summary, for the cost of this gite, it lacked finesse. Great places around - restaurants, sites, vineayrds etc!
Owner reply:

I am sorry that you found the furniture handmade by my uncle per ikea from stockholm cheapy.

I have also replaced the three sunloungers broken by previous guests. If you had let me know thay were broken.........

The house is spacious and tastefully decorated and has a lovely pool. It is in a great location in the heart of the village.
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Nearest beach: 30km
Nearest bar: 0.1km
Nearest restaurant: 100m
Nearest ski lift: 90km
Nearest supermarket: 2km
Carcassonne Airport: 30km
Béziers Vias Airport: 55.5km
Montpellier Airport: 80km
toulouse airport: 120km
perpignan airport: 80km
montpellier airport: 40km
gerona: 120km

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Arrival date range Arrival and departure days Whole weeks only
4th July 2015 to 28th August 2015 Saturday Yes
4th July 2016 to 28th August 2016 Saturday Yes
4th July 2017 to 28th August 2017 Saturday Yes


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1st March to 1st June 20 Weeks 10%
1st September to 31st October 20 Weeks 10%
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1st July to 31st August 1 Weeks 15%
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Property type:

Village house




4 bedrooms

Bedroom 1: 1 King size bed, En Suite
Bedroom 2: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds
Bedroom 4: 4 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 cot
Dining area:
Seats 8
Living area:
Seats 8
1 bathroom, 1 ensuite, 2 Separate WC's
Suitable for:
Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
TV Languages in English, French, Local
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Pots / pans
Towels / linen
Washing machine
Swimming pool:
Private: Dimensions 8m x 4m, Depth 1.4m,
Balcony or terrace
Outside lighting
Extra information:
2 mountain bikes available Child cot and high chair provided broadband wifi access with notebook satellite TV
Sports and activities:
Boat Hire
Mountain Biking
Water Skiing
Wind Surfing
Sights and attractions:
Historic Site
Local Food Market


About the owner
We bought the IvyHouse in 2005 as we had grown to love the area from previous family holidays. We aim to provide a personal service and our local agents are available by phone to sort out any problems you encounter during your stay
Owner score 1793
Calendar updated: 29 days ago
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Located in: United Kingdom
Joined: May 2005