Cottage Ginestas - GINE102

Prices from €666 - €841

Sleeps: 2   Bedrooms: 1

(1 reviews)

Cottage Ginestas is a very pretty self-contained gite offering magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, a plunge pool, a peaceful setting and is close to all amenities of the local village, including a boulangerie, various restaurants, a bank, a pharmacy and more. The property has internet, one bedroom, one bathroom and sleeps a total of 2 people. This gite is not suitable for children and toddlers. PREFERRED CHANGEOVER DAY WEDNESDAY. SEVEN DAY BOOKINGS ONLY.

About Cottage Ginestas

This truly delightful Gîte is situated in the sunniest area of France, the Aude valley. It is within 25 minutes of the Mediterranean beaches, the Pyrenees and the Central Massif. The property is in an elevated and quiet location, offering magnificent views over the local village of Ginestas and the vineyards, all the way to the Montagne Noire.

You can relax in the plunge pool with a glass of local wine whilst taking in the mountain views, stroll down to the village for your dinner and chill out on the sun loungers.

There is a double bed in the light and airy bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite with large walk-in shower, WC, basin and bath. Travel cot also available for a pre-toddler.

The kitchen is well-equipped with ceramic hob, fridge (with small freezer box), microwave and grill. Breakfast bar and ample work surfaces.

Living area with settee, coffee table and reading lamp leading out through bi-fold doors onto the patio area. Internet access.

External covered area for chairs, sun-loungers, BBQ equipment etc.

There is a cot and highchair available as well as room fans.

The Canal du Midi is a relaxing walk through the vineyards and within a short drive you can explore the many sites and activities of the Languedoc-Roussillon region.

OUTSIDE

Patio area includes table, chairs, sun loungers and a plunge pool resembling a wine barrel that is ideal for cooling off in or sipping sun-downers watching the sun sink below the adjacent hills.

No children under the age of 12 permitted in the plunge pool.

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Facilities and Features

Bedroom - Spacious room with Double Bed (not old french mattress) with a beamed ceiling leading to modern bathroom. Walk-in wardrobe with more than enough space for half a dozen Ryanair travellers. There is a double USB charging point close to the bed as well as a double English socket, so no need to bring an adaptor.

Bathroom - Features a large walk-in shower, basin and toilet which has been completely modernised. Good view as well!

Kitchen - Ample work surface with built-in ceramic hob, breakfast bar, microwave/grill, refrigerator with icebox and loads of cupboard space.

Living Area - Is open plan with the kitchen area and features a settee, coffee table and ambient lighting and leads out through large bi-fold doors to the patio. There is also a stereo loudspeaker set to plug into your media player.

Patio - is a 16 sq. M decking which features a 6ft diameter wine barrel plunge pool overlooking the Aude valley with views of the Montagne Noire and beyond. Adjacent are numerous olive trees. Lie back on the sun loungers or cool off in the plunge pool and drink a glass of local Rosé (€8 for 5 Litres!!!) or two!

Cleaning/Towels/Linen/Maid service:
Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. There is no maid service but we provide cleaning equipment for your convenience. There is also a launderette at the nearby supermarket.

Barbecue, Private Pool, Parking, Garden.

Cot, High Chair, Internet Access, Room Fans.

Plunge Pool - Cool off in the plunge pool, designed to resemble a large wine barrel. From the pool you have excellent views overlooking the village of Ginestas and its clock tower, to the Montagne Noir and foothills of the Cevennes in the distance and to our small olive grove.

Barbeque - Outdoor charcoal barbeque for cooking local delicacies e.g. duck breasts or perhaps a range of local seafood.

WiFi
WiFi access is via the main house router, a router repeater is installed. You will be provided with a Pass Code.

Parking
Ample parking to the rear of the Gite.

Green
The Gite is all-electric and the main house has an array of photovoltaic cells generating electricity. We generate a lot more than we use each year.

Olive Trees
The Gite has a number of olive trees close by that are actively used in producing our own olives for eating and oil.
  • Private Villa
  • Private Pool
  • Private Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Internet
  • Terrace
  • No Pets
  • Easy Walk to Shops
  • Golf Nearby
  • Watersports Nearby
  • Spacious garden

Location and Map

This marker is for indication purpose only

This property is located in the pretty village of Ginestas, located in the Aude region in the South of France.

The village is beautiful during the summer and has all of the basic amenities that you will need, including a boulangerie, a pharmacy, various restaurants, a bank, a small shop and tabac, a doctor, an excellent bar and a wonderful Cave housing local red and rose wines. Within 5 minutes drive is a large Intermarche supermarket.
Market day in Ginestas is a Thursday and there are a small number of stalls selling fruit and vegetables, cheese and meat.

In the vicinity, you will find Narbonne with its canal, cathedral and fabulous indoor food market with every imaginable produce inside, as well as its weekly outdoor market on a Saturday.

Local airports – Carcassonne and Beziers airports are approximately 45 minutes from the gite and are well-served by budget airlines. You can also choose to fly to Montpellier or Perpignan. Car hire is available at all airports.

Places of interest
Canal du Midi – The Canal du Midi is about 1km away from the gite and is a pleasant gentle walk towards the very beautiful little village of Le Somail, where you will find a couple of restaurants and bars and a wonderful bookshop. The Canal can also lead you to Ventenac, with its pretty port and its elegant Cave and restaurants. You can also rent a boat in various locations and spend your day bobbing along the canal with a picnic.

Coast/Beach – The Mediterranean beaches are within 25 minutes drive, there are a huge variety to choose from, including Valras, Portiragnes, Serignan, Vias, Vendres, Agde, Sete and more.

Les Halles in Narbonne – The Narbonne food hall is an essential visit for anyone who loves food. The hall is a large indoor market, which is open every day and sells practically everything that you imagine. Have lunch there, or head a little bit further to Gruissan for a seafood lunch.

Olonzac market – This market is every Tuesday morning and the food comes highly recommended, all locally produced.

Cabezac – Visit Cabezac if you’re looking to enjoy some oysters. On Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5.30pm onwards, the roadside café and filling agent provides a location for a local oyster grower to sell his oysters and mussles.

Minerve – A Cathat stronghold that was beseiged by Simon de Montfort. It is rated as one of France’s most beautiful villages. Take a picnic to enjoy by the underground river, or dine in one of the restaurants within the cobble-stoned perched village.

La Cite – This Medieval city is situated in Carcassonne and is the most popular tourist attraction in the region.

Fontfroide – The Abbey de Fontfroide is tucked away in a valley and makes an excellent afternoon out.

L’Oulibou – You will notice that the gite is surrounded by several productive olive trees. All of the olives at this gite are processed at L’Oulibou, which is a gem to visit. It is situated in Cabezac and you can join a tour and learn about how olives are grown and processed, as well as walk around the shop. This Olive Mill is award winning and a big local attraction.

Walking – There are numerous marked walks locally around Ginestas, but most villages have these walks and the recommended ones are in Bize Minervois, Moussan and Peyriac.

Availability Calendar

 

Weekly rates and Extra Charges

Prices

rental period weekly rate
28 Mar 2020 - 15 May 2020 666
16 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 756
30 May 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 787
27 Jun 2020 - 28 Aug 2020 841
29 Aug 2020 - 25 Sep 2020 787
Arrival after 4pm, Departure by 10am. Times may be flexible out of high season.

Fees and conditions

  • Security Deposit: €100.00
  • Arrivals at 9.30 am, an earlier time is negotiable.
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Further Information

Visited by one of our team. Recommended.

Gïte information
Clean linen and clean towels are provided. Beach towels are also provided.
Smoking – Smoking is not permitted inside or outside in such a way that smoke enters the accommodation.
Barbecue provided
Sun-loungers provided
Plunge Pool available
Privacy – The Gïte is a separate building to the main house and is self contained. The owners live next door.
This property is not suitable for wheelchair access as it includes steps.

Towels and linen are included and changed weekly. There is also a launderette at the nearby supermarket.

Review: "We were pleased we extended our stay because the last two days were lovely. As for the gite we thought it was very comfortable and provided all we needed for our stay. The views were fantastic. We particularly enjoyed our long walks through the vines down to the Canal finding very good restaurants in either direction. Our two visits to L'Anais in the village, one for lunch (the daily special to be recommended) and one dinner were impressive and friendly - walking distance again too! We took your advice and visited the local cave (twice) making purchases to bring home with us. As for using the car we most enjoyed Olonzac market, Minerve and Narbonne (market again). Visits from the veg fairy were appreciated! Best of all for us, we did not have to use the car on most days. We will certainly return when we can".
K.W.
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Thank you for renting us the gite – we loved it and had a very happy few days there – we would happily have stayed longer. So what did we love? The situation is perfect – quiet and peaceful (despite the clock but that was actually rather charming) but so close to the village and so many lovely places. The standard of the conversion is clearly high and we loved the clean lines and Mediterranean feel. The walk in wardrobe is great and even tamed Dave not to scatter his clothes around as there was somewhere practical to put them. The bed was very comfortable as was the sofa. As I tried to explain to David– you have to stand in the shower to appreciate the view – smoky purple hills at sunset – just lovely. I tend to be a cook on holiday as at home so the addition of a pasta pan would be great and perhaps a sauté pan with a lid. Otherwise it was equipped with everything we could need I think. There is a real pleasure in buying food in markets such as Narbonne – cooking and then eating on the decking
The village was delightful ; for us country folk to walk to a bakers, a bar and a great restaurant was a real treat. The restaurant is clearly a real asset – lovely people - ironically the girl is from Norwich so lots to chat about. I would really stress a visit to the Cave – we loved it and the wine.
I think you should mention how very easy cycling along the Canal du Midi is – despite our first day of punctures. It is clearly a very popular pastime and we would certainly love to do more. Narbonne was a comfortable trip though a guide book would have helped us to understand we had to cross on the railway bridge! We also drove to a nearby village and cycled to Carcassonne. The little shelter at the side of the gite is perfect for bikes. Somail was a great little evening trip pre dinner for a drink.
As for visits there is so much to see. Even in our brief stay we managed to get down to the beach (twice) at Leucatte Plage and Gruissan Plage – both lovely and for different reasons. The salt pans and the walk round them at Peyriac de Mer were also much enjoyed.
A.G.

owner profile

The owners, David and Liz, live for approximately 6 months of the year in the house adjacent to this gite. The gite was originally an annexe to the house and consisted of just a small bathroom and bedroom. They have since extended the annexe to form a gite so that there is now a living area of approx 30 sq. metres as well as a patio of 16 sq. metres with a plunge pool. They accomplished this in 2013. They love this area so much that it seemed a shame for the then annexe to be unoccupied when it could be appreciated by others. Much care has been taken over the decoration and furnishings to ensure that guests will have a relaxing holiday and come to love the region as much as they do.
David and Liz chose this area as it benefits from lots of sunshine, has easy access from the UK and is a lot cheaper than Provence. The gite is on the outskirts of the little village of Ginestas which makes everything really convenient. Everywhere you want to go is just a short drive away.
The views are stunning, looking over olive trees. It really is a great holiday location and, of course, the wine is excellent! And, an added bonus - no mosquitoes!

Having been here for seven years the owners have accumulated a wide knowledge of the area and look forward to passing some of it on to you.

Customer Reviews

  • GINE102 - We were pleased we extended our stay because the last two days were lovely. As for the gite, we thought it was very comfortable and provided all we needed for our stay. The views were fantastic. We particularly enjoyed our long walks through the vines down to the Canal finding very good restaurants in either direction. Our two visits to L'Anais in the village, once for lunch (had the daily special - to be recommended!) and once dinner were impressive and friendly - walking distance again, too! We took your advice and visited the local cave (twice) making purchases to bring home with us. As for using the car we enjoyed Olonzac market most, Minerve and Narbonne (market again). Visits from the veg fairy were appreciated! Best of all for us, we did not have to use the car on most days. We will certainly return when we can.

    K.W.

                                                    

     

    Thank you for renting us the gite. We loved it and had a very happy few days there – we would happily have stayed longer. So what did we love? The situation is perfect – quiet and peaceful (despite the clock but that was actually rather charming) but so close to the village and so many lovely places. The standard of the conversion is clearly high and we loved the clean lines and Mediterranean feel. The walk-in wardrobe is great and even tamed Dave not to scatter his clothes around as there was somewhere practical to put them. The bed was very comfortable, as was the sofa. As I tried to explain to David– you have to stand in the shower to appreciate the view – smoky purple hills at sunset – just lovely. I tend to be a cook on holiday as at home so the addition of a pasta pan would be great and perhaps a sauté pan with a lid. Otherwise it was equipped with everything we could need I think. There is a real pleasure in buying food in markets such as Narbonne – cooking and then eating on the decking.

    The village was delightful; for us country folk to walk to a baker's, a bar and a great restaurant was a real treat. The restaurant is clearly a real asset – lovely people. Ironically the girl is from Norwich so lots to chat about. I would really stress a visit to the Cave – we loved it and the wine.

    I think you should mention how very easy cycling along the Canal du Midi is – despite our first day of punctures. It is clearly a very popular pastime and we would certainly love to do more. Narbonne was a comfortable trip though a guide book would have helped us to understand we had to cross on the railway bridge! We also drove to a nearby village and cycled to Carcassonne. The little shelter at the side of the gite is perfect for bikes. Somail was a great little evening trip pre-dinner for a drink.

    As for visits there is so much to see. Even in our brief stay we managed to get down to the beach (twice) at Leucate Plage and Gruissan Plage – both lovely and for different reasons. The salt pans and the walk round them at Peyriac de Mer were also much enjoyed.

    A.G.