L'Oustal Des Fleurs
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 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
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 ground floor has a large living and dining room with a fireplace (which sadly is not in use) and is filled with period furniture and an open-plan, fully-equipped kitchen - ideal for enthusiastic chefs who want to wow fellow guests with their culinary gifts (and why not use a few local ingredients too?)
French doors lead from the kitchen to the lovely garden, and a separate drawing room contains two very large, comfortable sofas, two Louis square back chairs and a fireplace. This “maison de maitre” is tastefully restored and decorated and furnished to a very high standard, with many original features remaining and elegant wood paneling.
The sleeping accommodations consists of 4 luxury double bedrooms, two of which boast large en-suite bathrooms whereas the other two share an equally spacious bathroom.
The house also boasts a games room with a professional snooker table, table tennis and plasma television with Wii Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation and children's games (you'll need to bring your own if you fancy playing more grown-up computer games!) as well as several pieces of gym equipment.
The garden is ideal for children, with high walls and gates providing a great deal of privacy for the large Mediterranean courtyard and outbuildings. The landscaped garden has mature plants, flowers and trees, in particular two “plaine” trees which offer ideal shade for eating outdoors near the large barbecue area - which looks absolutely stunning when it's lit up at night.
Lockable, sliding glass doors lead from the garden to the indoor pool and on top of the barn you'll find a superb roof terrace with views over the village. Step out of the house gates and you'll be in the village!
One minute's walk away is a most delightful big park with 4 professional tennis courts, a large pond with ducks, wild life, a beautiful rose garden, a children play area and swings.
Maid services, cook, driver, translator or babysitting services available on request. There's also parking space on the property for one medium sized car and plenty of parking space just outside.
The sun baked Minervois region is bursting with history and spans Herault and Aude. It's filled w...Read more
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 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. Try a day in Montpellier, 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!
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Kids Activities Close-by
- Tennis walkable
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- On-Site Concierge
- Welcome pack on arrival!
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting service
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.
Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.
A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!
B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?
Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.
|Arrival time||4.00 pm|
|Departure time||11.00 pm|
|End of stay cleaning included?||Yes|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, excluding pool towels.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Pool heating charge?||€250/week|
|Heating costs included?||No.|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - June 2nd 2018||-||-||£2,452.00|
|June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018||-||-||£3,143.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018||-||-||£3,709.00|
|September 1st 2018 - September 29th 2018||-||-||£3,143.00|
|September 29th 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||-||£2,452.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||£3,709.00|
|January 5th 2019 - April 13th 2019||-||-||£2,452.00|
|April 13th 2019 - April 27th 2019||-||-||£3,709.00|
|April 27th 2019 - June 1st 2019||-||-||£2,452.00|
|June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019||-||-||£3,143.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019||-||-||£3,709.00|
|August 31st 2019 - September 28th 2019||-||-||£3,143.00|
|September 28th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||-||-||£2,452.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - June 2nd 2018||-||-||€2,677.00|
|June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018||-||-||€3,432.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018||-||-||€4,049.00|
|September 1st 2018 - September 29th 2018||-||-||€3,432.00|
|September 29th 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||-||€2,677.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||€4,049.00|
|January 5th 2019 - April 13th 2019||-||-||€2,677.00|
|April 13th 2019 - April 27th 2019||-||-||€4,049.00|
|April 27th 2019 - June 1st 2019||-||-||€2,677.00|
|June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019||-||-||€3,432.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019||-||-||€4,049.00|
|August 31st 2019 - September 28th 2019||-||-||€3,432.00|
|September 28th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||-||-||€2,677.00|
Prices below are based on an occupancy of 8 people.
|Rental period||2 Nights||3 Nights||Weekly|
|April 20th 2018 - June 2nd 2018||-||-||$3,305.00|
|June 2nd 2018 - June 30th 2018||-||-||$4,237.00|
|June 30th 2018 - September 1st 2018||-||-||$4,999.00|
|September 1st 2018 - September 29th 2018||-||-||$4,237.00|
|September 29th 2018 - December 15th 2018||-||-||$3,305.00|
|December 15th 2018 - January 5th 2019||-||-||$4,999.00|
|January 5th 2019 - April 13th 2019||-||-||$3,305.00|
|April 13th 2019 - April 27th 2019||-||-||$4,999.00|
|April 27th 2019 - June 1st 2019||-||-||$3,305.00|
|June 1st 2019 - June 29th 2019||-||-||$4,237.00|
|June 29th 2019 - August 31st 2019||-||-||$4,999.00|
|August 31st 2019 - September 28th 2019||-||-||$4,237.00|
|September 28th 2019 - October 22nd 2019||-||-||$3,305.00|
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.
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.
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.
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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