L'Oustal Des Fleurs
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What Oliver loves…
- The villa is in a charming village with plenty of traditional cafès, restaurants and shops just a stone’s throw away and yet it remains beautifully tranquil and feels like a countryside setting
- Enjoy the view of the church from the pretty garden patio whilst sipping a glass of the lovely wine, produced in the same village.
- This village house and it’s pretty garden are picture perfect - guests are treated to a spacious, well-equipped home which has been beautifully decorated by the talented owner who is an interior designer
- The covered swimming pool means that enjoying the pool is guaranteed at all times
- Enjoy two bottles of wine on arrival, compliments of the owner
*EARLY BIRD 2023*
Book a 2023 villa holiday by 28th February and receive:
- A welcome hamper on arrival
- Up to £100 private chef voucher
- Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay
As you first enter the villa through the stone archway you catch a glimpse of the white wooden shutters, flower-filled pots and green foliage climbing the thick stone walls – instantly, you know that you have arrived somewhere special and that your authentic French village holiday has begun.
L’Oustal des Fleurs is an elegant 19th-century ‘Maison de Maître’ in a traditional Languedoc village known for its wine. Yet the setting couldn’t feel more peaceful and rural, with a lovely flower-filled garden, pretty patio and terraces and the sound of birds in the trees. Hammocks, loungers, dining tables under shady trees, colorful flowers and a stone barbecue create a little natural haven for relaxing and dining outdoors.
Indoors, the villa has been tastefully restored and decorated by its charming owner who is a talented interior designer. Many period features have been preserved, such as wood paneling, fireplaces and terracotta floors, whilst creating a spacious and very elegant home combining period furniture, modern comforts and personal touches.
Guests usually while away the time relaxing in the villa’s garden or swimming pool or strolling to the village for coffee and croissants. On more active days, they head to Lac Jouarres only 2 km away for stunning scenery, boating, fishing and windsurfing. Alternatively, just a one-minute walk away is a delightful park with tennis courts, pond, wildlife, rose garden and children’s play area.
L’Oustal des Fleurs is a unique and very personal home offering elegance and style in an authentic village setting never too far from plenty of things to do and see.
What you should know…
- There is space for only one car within the grounds, however there is plenty of free parking outside and in the village
- The housekeeper lives in one of the outbuildings next to the house and can try and help you with any requests you may have
- Large living and dining room with decorative fireplace and period furniture
- Open-plan kitchen, fully-equipped. French doors lead to the garden
- Drawing room with fireplace, two large sofas and two Louis square back chairs
- 2 x bedrooms with double bed and en suite bathroom
- 2 x bedrooms with double bed
- Games room with professional snooker table, table tennis, plasma TV (bring your own games console) and several pieces of gym equipment
- Private indoor swimming pool (via lockable, sliding glass doors)
- Mediterranean courtyard
- Landscaped garden with plants, flowers and trees
- Shaded area for al-fresco dining (beneath two plaine trees) with outdoor lighting
- Large barbecue area
- Roof terrace above barn with village views
- Garden is gated with high walls
- Parking (one medium size car)
- Plasma TV
- Snooker table
- Table tennis
- Gym equipment
The sun baked Minervois region is bursting with history and spans Herault and Aude. It's filled with ancient Cathar villages and vineyards under wide, open skies.
The village of Olonzac is the capital of the Minervois and is lively and energetic all year round, and on Tuesdays hosts one of the best weekly markets in the area. The village has everything you'd ever need: cafés, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, bakers, wineries, butchers, doctors, a pharmacy, a hairdressers and more.
Only two miles away, the Canal du Midi runs through the village of Homps, where you can stroll along the banks in the shade of the trees or take a boat trip/hire a boat and relax on the water as you watch the world go by! The village of Minerve is only 20 mins away and has been selected as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France! Near the village the river disappears underground in a large, naturally-carved tunnel which can be explored by the more adventurous in your group.
Within the village there is a large artistic community and many of their workshops are open to the public. The Canal du Midi is an UNESCO World Heritage Site - this 360 km network of navigable waterways links the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 locks, aqueducts, bridges and tunnels and is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it helped pave the way for the Industrial Revolution.
Lac de Jouarres lake is only 2km - it's worth a visit for the scenery alone, but you'll also find opportunities for boating, fishing and wind surfing on its shores. During the summer season, the lake has lifeguards and there is a restaurant/snack bar and sun-loungers for public use. You can walk the perimeter of the lake in just over an hour, and the swimming area has been prepared using pebbles and geotextiles to prevent weed growth. The sailing/fishing areas are away from the bathing area, so there's no need to worry about the two activities overlapping! In the summer season, a range of surf board courses is on offer in the sailing area.
Further afield, there's plenty to see and do thanks to range of opportunities for day trips. Narbonne and Valras beach in Beziers are only 35 minutes away. During the summer there is a childrens adventure park and fairground rides just by the harbour in Valras Plage as well as lots of restaurants, boutiques and ice-cream stalls. Narbonne Plage carries the European Blue Flag and has 5km of fine sand with plenty of sporting activities such as sailing, beach volleyball, jet-skiing, sand yachting, catamaran or sea kayak. There is also lots of entertainment in the summer such as evening markets, open-air shows and traditional festivals.
Try a day in Montpellier, Carcassonne, Nîmes or Toulouse or explore the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean coast to discover ancient castles and picturesque villages that have been untouched by time. Walking and cycling are very popular in the Montagne Noire thanks to the rich diversity of wildlife and scenery. And if you really want to travel, the Spanish border is only an hour and a half away!
|Nearest Airport 2||
Béziers Cap d'Agde Airport
|Nearest Airport 3||
Aéroport Sud de France Perpignan
(In the village )
In the village
(Short walk )
Languedoc-Roussillon is one of those areas of France where you can feel like you’re totally cut off from the rest of the country. Commercial tourism has been very slow to capitalise on the region, meaning you can still enjoy a slice of authentic French rural life at its finest. A mixture of landscapes also makes it a great place to visit, with a good stretch of coastline offering a totally different experience to more bucolic interiors. Whatever you’re looking for, our range of villas and chateaux in Languedoc means you can get exactly the kind of holiday you want with accommodation that’s perfectly tailored to you, your friends and your family.
One minute's walk away is a most delightful big park with four professional tennis courts, a large pond with ducks, wild life, a beautiful rose garden and a children play area with swings.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Baby bath
- High Chair(s)
- Baby Proofing
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- Tennis Nearby
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Indoor Pool
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Fenced Grounds
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Spa Treatments Available
- Chef/Cook Available
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Welcome pack on arrival
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services
Extras available at this property:
- Welcome Pack including snacks, cheeses, local olives and red and white wine
- Maid service
- Bike hire (which can be delivered to the house)
- Housekeeper can help with local information and restaurant recommendations
- Private Michelin chef
- Spa treatments
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€1,000 charged to clients' credit card prior to the arrival and refunded within 2 weeks after departure, subject to full damage inspection.|
|Arrival time||4.30 p.m.|
|Departure time||11.00 a.m.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, including pool towels.|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside only.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights.|
|Pool heating charge?||Extra €350 approximately, payable locally and must be requested at least 10 days in advance. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes.|
|Insurance||Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.|
|Pool opening dates?||Please note that pool opening dates are subject to local weather conditions and pool maintenance requirements and that cooler months may not be suitable for swimming.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Feb 5th 2023 - Apr 8th 2023||£3,507|
|Apr 8th 2023 - Apr 22nd 2023||£3,904|
|Apr 22nd 2023 - May 27th 2023||£3,507|
|May 27th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||£3,639|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Aug 26th 2023||£3,904|
|Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 30th 2023||£3,639|
|Sep 30th 2023 - Dec 16th 2023||£3,507|
|Dec 16th 2023 - Jan 6th 2024||£3,904|
|Jan 6th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024||£3,507|
|Apr 6th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024||£3,904|
|Apr 20th 2024 - May 25th 2024||£3,507|
|May 25th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||£3,639|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 8th 2024||£3,904|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Feb 5th 2023 - Apr 8th 2023||€3,672|
|Apr 8th 2023 - Apr 22nd 2023||€4,087|
|Apr 22nd 2023 - May 27th 2023||€3,672|
|May 27th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||€3,810|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Aug 26th 2023||€4,087|
|Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 30th 2023||€3,810|
|Sep 30th 2023 - Dec 16th 2023||€3,672|
|Dec 16th 2023 - Jan 6th 2024||€4,087|
|Jan 6th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024||€3,672|
|Apr 6th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024||€4,087|
|Apr 20th 2024 - May 25th 2024||€3,672|
|May 25th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||€3,810|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 8th 2024||€4,087|
Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:
|Feb 5th 2023 - Apr 8th 2023||$3,969|
|Apr 8th 2023 - Apr 22nd 2023||$4,419|
|Apr 22nd 2023 - May 27th 2023||$3,969|
|May 27th 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||$4,119|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Aug 26th 2023||$4,419|
|Aug 26th 2023 - Sep 30th 2023||$4,119|
|Sep 30th 2023 - Dec 16th 2023||$3,969|
|Dec 16th 2023 - Jan 6th 2024||$4,419|
|Jan 6th 2024 - Apr 6th 2024||$3,969|
|Apr 6th 2024 - Apr 20th 2024||$4,419|
|Apr 20th 2024 - May 25th 2024||$3,969|
|May 25th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||$4,119|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 8th 2024||$4,419|
Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
I've owned L'Oustal des Fleurs since 2006, and have never looked back. We viewed the property for the first time in the December 2005, and was so surprised to see the owners having a barbecue, which immediately ticked some of the boxes for me. Hot summers & mild winters and the Minervois region is known for its fine wines, what a good place to retire! The slower pace of life and the lovely weather.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
It was love at first sight, L'Oustal des Fleurs with its own gardens, tucked away in the centre of a gorgeous village. It was built around 350 years ago and owes it's majestic form to its previous owner, a very wealthy wine maker! A typical Maison De Maitre, the original name of the house is Maison de la Botte and was named after the street in which it is located (Rue De La Botte). The street dates from around 1317, and is so named because it is shaped like a boot. I loved the tranquility and privacy of the house, once the iron gates are closed, you are in a world of your own, and most importantly the children are very safe. L'oustal De Fleurs is 'a home' rather than just a' house' we live here when not rented. The gardens are stunning.
For anyone coming to stay, is there anything in the surrounding area that they should really do?
A step outside into the heart of the village, you'll find bakeries, cafes, parks, tennis club, and the supermarket and good restaurants on your doorstep. Olonzac is an ideal base to explore the surrounding countryside and mountains of the local area to the beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean sea, Narbonne & Beziers only 30 minutes away. The recreational lake Jouarres is 3 mins away by car, the lake is in a natural setting, a tranquil place with its beach and its shady pinewood, at the edge of Canal Du Midi. Just wonderful!
Also, not to miss is the market on Tuesdays, and what a market, the biggest in the area.
L'Oustal des Fleurs is simply a great place for a relaxing holiday and especially good for the children, it has everything on offer either in its grounds or in its surrounding areas. Children have been known to spend almost all their holiday by the pool or in the 120 square meters games room with the play station, Xbox and Wii, table tennis.
The house-keeper or myself would be on hand to assist and advise you during your holiday to ensure that you enjoy your stay to the full.
Very comfortable house with a lovely garden. Enjoyed the village amenities and the church bells. The owner was quick to respond and provided some useful info for us to make the most of our time.
A wonderful week
We had a wonderful (hot!!) week in this beautiful home. The pool was always welcome to keep us cool. We have wonderful memories of Minerve and Narbonne.
Well worth the wait (originally booked in 2019..) and we are very grateful to Claire who has ensured that everything has run smoothly and has been a mine of useful information - thank you! Olonzac is a really lovely village and a brilliant base for exploring all the area has to offer.
Un séjour inoubliable
Nous avons passé un séjour en famille extrêmement agréable dans la maison de Jackie. Maison authentique, bourrée de charme. Elle est confortable et spacieuse. La décoration est esthétique et adaptée à un séjour de vacances. Jackie adore les fleurs et son jardin et le reflet de sa passion. La piscine intérieure est grande, de grandes baies vitrées ouvrent sur le jardin. Jackie est une hôte attentive, réactive à nos demandes. Vraiment un séjour inoubliable à Olonzac pour toute la famille.
We had an incredible week from start to finish & didn't want to leave. We were immediately relaxed & welcomed by the amazing Claire. The whole family loved the house & enjoyed exploring. We had a great day out at Parc Aquaviva near Carcassonne. Overall was one of the best holidays we've had.
We are from Peru! Long trip but excellent stay - loved it. Had a great family time. Claire is the best!
The most beautiful house
This is quite possibly the most beautiful house we have stayed in. Stunning features and every room has something special about it! Our visit to France happened to fall at a time when temperatures were unusually cold for this time of year. The hosts did everything they could to make our stay comfortable. We are so grateful to them both for this! Throughout our stay the host has been so helpful, she's an absolute gem! She even came with a delicious birthday cake for my 4yr old son. She made the stay special for our children. We can't wait to return in the summer! Thank you so much.
Très agréable séjour
Très agréable séjour dans une maison de caractère. Nous avons très bien été accueillis par Claire. La maison a de grandes pièces, le jardin est magnifique, la piscine intérieure est super, la terrasse offre une belle vue sur le village.
Ideal for one or more families
The house is ideal for one or more families, the spaces are ideally distributed.
The pool is secure, large playroom for children and adults, great cuisine and the room with the round bed is the little surprise.
I recommend with my eyes closed!
Wonderful holiday in this superb, well-equipped property. We had an unforgettable stay in peace, without any disturbances in this magnificent garden with trees and remarkably maintained by a housekeeper as efficient as discreet (and ultra friendly). The equipment inside the house is all there, nothing is missing. All the comforts for a great holiday are there. The dimensions of the house are incredible. The 140m2 barn is very appreciable and has been very popular with young and old alike. Billiards, darts, table tennis, video games, in short, everything to have a good time with the family. The indoor pool is a big plus and offers dimensions that can accommodate a large family. I recommend with my eyes closed! Thank you to Jackie for her responsiveness and availability in order to prepare our stay.
We enjoyed our stay
We very much enjoyed our stay. The decoration is amazing, the garden is lovely. I personally loved hearing the bells during the days and evening nights! Claire has been so nice and friendly! An absolute star! We had fun playing in the games room; an important ping pong championship took place there for our team! Thanks also for the basil leaves and tomatoes. The kitchen was so pleasant for our family party. Thank you! (Nous reviendrous avec plaisir)
We have had a wonderfully relaxing week!
Explored the local area, to see: Carcassone, Minerve. Weather, later in the week, kept us at the house, enjoying the sunterrace and the pool. We would return to this home for sure. Thank you for a lovely stay.
A very enjoyable 2 weeks!
The children loved it and there was lots to see and do. We really appreciated the look of the kitchen and the family room and the trampolin of the garden. Claire was very helpful.
A very enjoyable 2 weeks!
The children loved it and there was lots to see and do, we really appreciated the cool of the kitchen and the games room and the tranquillity of the garden. Claire was very helpful.
We had a great time at the house, the garden, pool and the house itself were wonderful, we really enjoyed our stay here. What can we say about Claire, she was simply the best, couldn’t do enough for us, she is a lovely, lovely lady !
A fabulous time!
We had a fab time at the house. We really enjoyed the Garden, the pool, & the games room. We rented bikes, which was fun, we also had a great time canoeing. We loved Minerve & the underground tunnels, Carcassonne was very interesting. Everyone was very friendly. Thank you Claire for all your help – it was very much appreciate.
Enjoyable place to stay!
How lovely it was to be welcomed by Claire ! We arrived quite late and yet Claire was here to settle us in and give us some great tips. The beautiful old house and sanctuary of the garden were a perfect base for us to explore local vineyards, the Canal du midi and beautiful Montpellier were among the highlights. Another shower would be great, but still a very enjoyable place to stay. Thank you Claire, you are brilliant!
We had a fab time at the house!
We really enjoyed the garden, the pool and the games room. We rented biked from Mellow Velo, which was fun. We also had a great time canoeing with Eaurizon. We loved Minerve and exploring the underground tunnels. Everyone was very friendly.
We had a fab time!
We really enjoyed the garden, the pool and the games room. We rented bikes, which was fun. We loved Minerve and exploring the underground tunnels. Carcassone was interesting too. Everyone was very friendly. Thank you Claire, for all your help, it was very much appreciated.
What a absolutely amazing property. Like living a dream. The area is so quiet like time has stood still with just a couple of lovely restaurants. To stay at the house is like being in a film. The stunning rooms and gardens and pool so warm. Clare the fantastic lady who looked after all our needs especially when we needed a doctor, is your point of contact. Nothing was too much trouble. One day I will be back.
This property is a grand old lady, gracious, beautifully restored and lovingly cared for. We stayed in the property for 2 weeks to celebrate family birthdays. The home is exactly as the photos portray and lived up to all our expectations. There are many surrounding villages with cafes serving good French food however with a Range to die for, a large well equipped farmhouse style kitchen with good preparation benches, we found ourselves cooking many of the evening meals and wining and dining under the fairy lights in the beautiful gardens. There is an excellent market in the village (5mins walk) every Saturday to purchase good fresh produce and there are plenty of potted herbs in the garden of the villa. Claire the housekeeper is very helpful and has a wicked sense of humour. Would love to return one day.
It was a beautiful home in a lovely location and the contact - Claire was very helpful. House was fully equipped except for a decent cafetiere as the coffee machine was ancient but otherwise a wonderful place to stay.
A Romantic Place, also Ideal for Families!
Arriving at L'Oustal Des Fleurs was very special, you go through the gates and are welcomed by the most beautiful entrance with classic French shutters and stunning flowers, I knew instantly I had arrived somewhere very special. The rest of the house was just as pretty and the courtyard and gardens were immaculately maintained. The rooms were spacious, cool and very comfortable, it has everything you need and the housekeeper was so helpful and kind. The amenities were fantastic, the games room was a great touch and the swimming pool with rock wall surroundings was just lovely. A very quaint and beautifully traditional French feel runs through the whole property, the surroundings are so peaceful and has a great bakery to get your fresh croissants, bread or pastries every morning. There is also so much to visit and if you don’t want to go anywhere the fully equipped country style kitchen has everything you need to cook a fantastic meal and dine outside in the fairy lights lit garden (I thought it was beautiful in the day but at night it’s magical) there is even a hammock to lay on and stare at the stars, it was romantic but also ideal for families and friends, I can’t recommend this stunning place more, and will definitely be returning.
What an amazing month our Family has had. Our aim was Australia, to take some time at adventure and relax. L’Oustal Des Fleurs allowed us to do this and more. Merci Beaucoup!!
This glorious, beautiful home was the most perfect place to stay for our dream family holiday to the South of France!
Our dreams of a wonderful French holiday came true when we were lucky to find L'Oustal des Fleurs! This beautiful home exceeded our expectations and as an Australian family on an adventurous holiday to the South of France, we felt completely at home as soon as we walked in the front door. Beautiful Claire greeted us on arrival and was so helpful and caring throughout our stay. It was lovely to meet Leo too and get some great advice on what to do in the area. The house is immaculately presented and has delightful French interiors and furnishings. It has everything you could ever want for in a holiday home. We loved every aspect of the house, from the large open family dining & kitchen (where my husband loved testing out his French recipes.... it had every pot, pan & utensil he could ever need), to the "parents retreat" reading room, the gorgeous four poster bed, King bedroom, other bedrooms and bathrooms, stunning garden, (even in late autumn) and huge kids rumpus room (which gave us many moments of peace as the children "loved" it and spent many hours in there!) We loved the sound of the church bells chiming, walking to the boulangerie every morning for fresh baguettes, opening up the beautiful old shutters in the morning, walking down the local streets and to the Tuesday market to buy fresh goodies and cheese. We did lots of adventuring and day trips from our home base but also loved just spending relaxing time at home. We were so lucky to stay for a month and experience the French way of life with our family. It was truly a spectacular holiday and home... Memories we will cherish forever, and we hope to return one day.
Ideal for Exploring or Relaxing
This is a lovely old house in a nice traditional town where you can walk out the front door and be within a few minutes in a local bar,restaurant or boulangerie. Nearby villages have good medium sized supermarkets and a weekly food markets that is literally on your doorstep. We enjoyed breakfast under the trees in the courtyard garden each day as we planned our trips to Carcassonne, Albi, Beziers and many other easily reached delightful towns. An ideal base if you want to explore or just relax.
Absolutely Worth It!
What a great place to stay. We have not visited this area of France but will come back. Albi Cathedral is a must visit. Long journey but worth it. Also, Carcassonne.
I cannot believe the week has gone so quickly. A lovely house and a lovely time. Claire made us at home and ensured our stay was a delight. Great game room with a Nintendo, Xbox, and PlayStation!
A great family holiday
A great family holiday in the heart of a gorgeous village. Our villa was very traditional, full of character and very spacious. Very secure, private accommodation. Our grandson is 18 months old and having the indoor pool was perfect for him. Everything we needed was nearby in the village. We only used the car when we explored further afield. Clair, the housekeeper was lovely. She was helpful, knowledgeable and easy to contact. She was also accommodated nearby which was very reassuring.
This wonderful holiday has flown by far too quickly. Thank you for this lovely house, and your generous hospitality. We didn't venture far and everything we needed was here; loved the pool, the garden and lazing and reading on the sun terrace.
The best house I have ever stayed in
Me and my family have been to stay for a few years in a row now - it is an absolutely beautiful house in a really lovely town. The garden, aside from being georgeous, is really well laid out - you can swim, sit in the shade, sit on the veranda, play in the games room. My family likes to hang out together, but separately - so we all go and find a corner somewhere in the day and read a book or swim, and then all gather round the table and have a barbeque in the evening. Sometimes we head down to the bar/cafe, or sometimes walk to the restaurants further down the canal. It is so peaceful and isolated in the garden and house, but with lots of things to do close by. Every year we say we will do something adventurous and rent bikes or go down the canal on a boat, but have never got round to it because it is so nice just to be in the garden. I absolutely love this house, and highly recommend staying there!
We had a wonderful week at the villa. It is situated in a beautiful part of France with 300 days of sun a year. It was very easy to make friends with the locals who are very friendly. The house itself is stunning and maintained to an excellent standard. Claire looks after the administration of the property and lives two doors down. She is on hand for any requirements and I feel we have made a proper friend in her. I would wholeheartedly recommend this property for a wonderful and fun vacaction with friends and family!
An amazing holiday at L'oustal des Fleurs!
We had an amazing holiday at L’oustal Des Fleurs. What a hidden treasure it is. The spacious and characterful house is tucked away, yet right in the centre of the village. The children (aged 9 & 11) went out every morning to the Boulangerie and returned with baguettes and ice cream! The village felt safe and had everything you could wish for including a pharmacist which sorted out a bout of conjunctivitis, and a beautician where I had one of the most glorious facials ever!
The house itself is perfect. Claire (the housekeeper) had thought of all the little touches that make a holiday special. Beautiful rose soaps in each bathroom, a bottle of delicious sparkly and sumptuous nibbles on arrival. She often pops in to water the plants and it is always a pleasure to see her. She clearly adores children and the feeling was mutual, our two loved her and we were very grateful to be able to go on a spontaneous and child free wine tasting when she looked after them.
We would love to return and next time, stay longer!
Fabulous house and garden!
On arrival we were a little anxious on seeing the large metal gates which obscure the property from the road but our concerns were quickly allayed when we were greeted by the lovely Claire (the housekeeper) who opened the gates to reveal the beautiful place. The house was all we had hoped for, very comfortable and well equipped, and beautifully furnished. The house is very old so, is naturally a little creaky (especially bedroom/bathroom doors) but that just adds to the character. The garden is wonderful and private and we dined al fresco for all our meals, making the most of the barbecue, comfortable loungers and hammock. We did not use the roof terrace or the George Foreman grill which is up there as it was too hot, whereas the garden has both sunny and shaded areas. We also made good use of the well equipped games room, which stays lovely and cool even on very hot days. We paid to have the indoor pool heated, which was expensive, but the weather was much better than we had expected so ended up having to ask for the heating to be turned off half way through our stay. If visiting in summer months I suspect the pool may be warm enough without heating. There is a small supermarket and two bakeries in Olonzac, 5 minute walk from the house, and a larger supermarket 15 minutes walk away or a 5 minute drive. We enjoyed the local weekly market too. We used the pizza restaurant and the Turkish restaurant in Olonzac, both of which were good. Our best meal was at En Bonne Compagnie in nearby Homps which is very pretty and worth a visit for drinks, a meal or a boat trip on the canal du Midi. Homps is a 5/10 minute drive away but can be reached on foot in 30 minutes but be aware that there are no pavements once you leave Olonzac, but the road is not very busy. We visited other towns and villages along the canal and also went to Minerve and Carcassonne, both of which are a must as they are stunning. Claire, the housekeeper, was a delight. She was on hand if we needed anything (e.g beach towels) and also gave advise on places to visit. Nothing was too much trouble. All in all we had a wonderful week in a really beautiful house and as we were blessed with glorious weather, we really enjoyed the outside space too.
Relaxing, peaceful, happy vibes in a true French character home
This is a wonderful house, full of charm and a peaceful loving energy. True french character home decorated wonderfully. The town is close to go anywhere you need; sight seeing, trips to Spain or even towards Italy to the Riviera, along with the local cities and wonders to visit. It is the perfect place to relax alone, or with friends or family. The pool is a lovely bonus to have a warm swim at your leisure. The people caring for the property will do anything to make you feel at home and comfortable during your stay, a very kind and loving lady will be at hand to assist you with anything you might need during your stay. I will definitely be back, and couldn't recommend it enough.
Fantastic house, a hidden gem
We loved this house. It is hidden in Olonzac behind substantial gates, and once you shut them the whole house is safe and secure. The decor and the furniture are lovely, and the garden is just gorgeous. One of our favourite things was sitting at the table with the twinkley lights on the trees above in the warm summer evening eating supper. The games room is a bonus, we got quite good at table tennis. The pool is refreshing, and the terrace above it was fantastic for lying in the sun and reading with the grapes hanging from the vines and the view of the church. We were well looked after by Claire and Leo who were charming and helpful with any questions and problems. The area is full of things to look at and do. Particular mention must go to Minerve with the Gorge of Brian, and a lovely restaurant in the hotel with the outside terrace overlooking it, and the Cathar castle of Peyrepetuse.
Where do I start? This house is stunning and so idyllic for a quiet relaxing week in a gorgeous French village. This house has it all. Pool, terrace area for catching the French rays, a pretty garden to enjoy in the day and a barbecue for lazy evenings, table tennis, tv and more. The house is huge and tastefully decorated in a typical french design. Perfect for a family holiday somewhere peaceful and very private. The maid, Claire was fantastic. She really couldn't do enough for us and was only visible when we needed her. She really made our trip extra special.
Looking forward to returning again next year.
A hidden gem
We had a very relaxing week at the house. The accomodation and grounds are charming providing a peaceful environment that let me relax for the week. The facilities are also great and the town is small but offers everything you need for a chilled out holiday. The staff were attentive and helpful if I we had any questions but we felt like we were left to enjoy the house as if it was our own. Very pleased to have discovered this hidden gem and would definitely stay there again when visiting the region.
I strongly recommend this house, we had a wonderful time over our stay. Its ideally situated in the centre of Olonzac but hidden away at the same time. All the facilities are well maintained and Claire who runs the property was always willing to help. I suggest the walk through the vineyards to Lake Jouarres and the try the Crêpes in the small town square.
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