Manoir Belle Epoque Estate

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Sleeps: 22 Bedrooms: 11 Bathrooms: 8


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Ideal for Kids

Manoir Belle Époque Estate is a beautiful Maison de Maître originally built in the 1830s by a wealthy wine and brandy producer, as a symbol of his affluence during this opulent era.

It is now lovingly restored and decorated by its owners, talented interior designers who have turned it into a large, modern home with plenty of original character, perfect for families and groups of friends. In addition, a newly restored wing adds a touch of contemporary, chic French style. The two homes blend harmoniously together to create a wonderful estate  full of character and charm, with plenty of space for everyone both indoors and outdoors and even two swimming pools.

The position is semi-rural but on the edge of a lively village surrounded by sunflowers and vineyards, with a grocery shop, bakers, butchers, bar, pizza restaurant, post office and pharmacy – all just a 5-minute walk away. There is even a park with children's' slides and swings, all within pram pushing distance! Just a 5-minute drive away is the Canal du Midi at Ventenac, with its good choice of restaurants and within easy reach are Lezignan-Corbieres and the Cathedral City of Narbonne and its high quality sandy beaches beyond. Carcassonne is just over half an hour away.

In keeping with the Belle Époque and this villa’s origins, this lovely home is designed for fun and good times for all, with a hint of elegant grandeur from times passed. In the Manoir, a grand curved staircase and balustrade onto the front balcony and terrace compliment the indoor marble staircase and grand dining room. A games room and ‘honesty wine cellar’ stocked with Languedoc wines, and a large garden full of fruit trees, hammocks, shady terraces and a big pool, keep everyone happy. There is even a fenced in shallow brook with small fish through the back garden, where you can try your luck with a line and hook or bucket. The newer wing was the old wine and brandy barn 200 years ago, yet today it blends together perfectly both traditional and modern styles.

Furthermore, new from mid-April 2023, guests will benefit from a fantastic cinema room with comfy sofas, a large screen, Bluetooth projector and even a fridge to chill your wine, plus complimentary air-conditioning can be requested in the grand dining room, the perfect spot for family feasts on summer evenings. 

With the two homes providing stylish and comfortable accommodation for up to 22 guests, Manoir Belle Époque will delight the senses and provide an idyllic location for a relaxing multi-generational holiday in the Languedoc.

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What you should know…

  • Manoir Belle Époque Estate is very popular and early booking is recommended!
  • Please note that an additional 3 children can be accommodated on fold-up beds (on request and subject to a surcharge)
  • In the newer wing, two of the bedrooms, which are very light and bright have large skylights and the others have two windows.
  • Air-conditioning and heating are on request and subject to an additional charge payable upon arrival - please enquire for a quote (the newer wing has air-conditioning in the top floor bedrooms only whilst in the manoir the large stone walls and marble and tile floors keep the house cool, so not many guests request air-conditioning). From 2023, a/c in the dining room will be complimentary. Please request air-conditioning/heating in advance.
  • The owners have teamed up with a great local provider for catering, wine tours and home tastings - please do book early!

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Cable TV Wine Cellar Indoor Games Table Tennis Table Football Pool/Snooker Heating

Manoir + New Wing: 22 pax/11 bedrooms/8 bathrooms
Manoir: 14 pax/7 bedrooms/6 bathrooms
New Wing: 8 pax/4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms

Manoir Interior

Lower Ground Floor

- Fully equipped kitchen with 2 dishwashers, microwave, hob, oven, coffee machine, breakfast bar, 2 fridges, 2 freezers, a small dining table, an I-Pod docking station and Satellite TV (access to front courtyard)
- Well-stocked “Honesty Wine Cellar” with some of the best wines from the Languedoc
- Utility room with washing machine and drying racks
- Games room and a table tennis room with a ping-pong table as well as a full sized table football and pool table
- Cinema room (from mid-April 2023) with sofas, Bluetooth projector, large screen, fridge and area for making drinks

Raised Ground Floor

- Grand hall
- Dining room with 1 sofa and I-Pod docking station
- Living room with 2 sofas, 2 armchairs, decorative fireplace, Wi-Fi box
- Terrace overlooking the courtyard
- Bedroom (new from mid-April 2023) with large double bed and en suite WC and sink
- Family bathroom with a shower and bath

First Floor

- Master suite: sleeps 4 - 1 hotel extra large double (can be split into 2 singles), day bed for 1 child (and option of a pop-up bed for an additional child) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and double sinks
- Bedroom 2: sleeps 2 - 1 hotel extra large double (can be split into 2 singles) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and sink
- Bedroom 3: sleeps 2 - 1 extra large double (can be split into 2 singles) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and sink
- Bedroom 4: sleeps 2 - 2 singles (can be made into a large double) and en-suite shower room with W.C. and sink

Top Floor

- Bedroom 5: sleeps 2 - 1 standard double
- Bedroom 6: sleeps 3 kids as kids' dormitory with 3 single beds or 1 large double (splitable) with single day bed
- Bedroom 7 (2022 only): sleeps 2 - 2 single beds (can be pushed together)*
- Shared large family shower room with double sinks

* Bedroom 7 will be closed in 2023. It will be replaced by a bedroom on the raised ground floor (see above)

Manoir Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Air Conditioning (on request)
- Heating (on request)
- Electric fans
- Satellite TV
- Cinema room (from mid-April 2023) with Bluetooth projector and large screen
- Barbecue
- Hair Dryers
- Iron
- Ironing Board
- Washing machine
- Drying racks
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Pool table
- Boules pitch (opposite Le Manoir)
- Selection of children's toys
- Hammocks
- Bikes on site available for hire

Manoir Outside Grounds

- Private heated swimming pool (shape: rectangular/ size: 9x4.5m/ depth: 1.6m) with full EU child-safety barrier and locking gate
- Large poolside terrace
- Shaded terraces
- Private walled courtyard
- Summer kitchen with Weber gas barbecue
- Front courtyard (from mid-April 2023) with water fountain, casual tables and chairs
- Garden with fruit trees (1 acre)
- Children's play area
- Shallow brook (fenced in)
- Garage (on request)
- Secure parking
- Trampoline with safety barrier
- Two full size village tennis courts are located opposite the house just 200 yards away

New Wing Interior 

Raised Ground Floor

- Kitchen-diner, well equipped including dishwasher, microwave, American style fridge-freezer with ice-machine. Dining table, sofa, Bluetooth speaker, satellite TV. Doors leading to deck and swimming pool
- "Honesty Wine Cellar"
- Utility room with washing machine, iron and ironing board
- WC

First Floor

- Living area/salon with sofa and TV, monopoly board games and books
- Balcony with table and chairs overlooking gardens
- Double bedroom (super king-size) with en-suite bath/shower and WC

Second Floor

- Double/twin bedroom (king-size bed)
- Double/twin bedroom (king-size bed)
- Twin bedroom (standard beds which can be pushed together to make a double)
- Shower room with WC

Please note fold-up beds can be provided for up to three additional children, on request and subject to a surcharge

New Wing Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Heating
- Air-conditioning (top floor bedrooms only)
- Bluetooth speaker
- Satellite TV
- TV which can be connected to laptops/tablets (exc. leads)
- Washing machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Board game and books
- Table-tennis

New Wing Outside Grounds

- Raised decked sun terrace over the fenced stream with sun-loungers
- Heated swimming pool (3.5m x 4m) with full EU child-safety barrier and locking gate (open end of May to end of September). Accessed via steps from decked area
- Garden kitchen
- Tree-house (3 levels)
- Table-tennis
- Mature gardens
- Ample car parking


About the surrounding area of Manoir Belle Epoque Estate
Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Manoir Belle Epoque Estate sits in a picturesque village nestled amongst the charming vineyards and sunflowers of the department of Aude in the heart of Languedoc. Here you will find boulangeries, butchers, a small grocery shop, a bar, pizzeria restaurant, post office, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, a park with children play area and even a vegetable market every Friday and Sunday mornings. Larger supermarkets are located in Lézignan Corbières (4km). In Ventenac there is a Wine Cave, perfect for getting to know the fabulous wines of the region.

The Canal du Midi is a few minutes' drive away. It offers some delicious restaurants and is a very popular area for outdoor activities lovers, with plenty of walking, biking and boat hiring options.

The imposing Corbières mountains where one can visit the fascinating Cathar castles, can be reached in just 10 minutes. Furthermore, the Mediterranean coast is a half hour journey, offering easy access to the beautiful beaches in Gruissan and Narbonne. When the beaches are too crowded, why not head to Homps and take a dip into the lake? It is a family-friendly option well serviced with a café, life guard and plenty of free parking.

Gruissan also has a pretty old town and a modern marina with a good choice of places to eat and drink. In Narbonne, the closest large town (15mins) and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one can take a stroll down its beautiful 'promenade', visit museums, explore its sparkling market place and relax in one one the many cafes and restaurants.

In 30 minutes you can reach the fortified town of Carcassonne, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Deeply steeped in history, it is a lively citadel where myriads of events and festivals take place throughout the year.

A bit further afield is Pezenas, (about 1hr) a gorgeous medieval town with a wide selection of traditional shops, bars, restaurants and a Saturday market selling fresh local produce and clothing. In the Cote de Vermillon, we recommend visiting Collioure, nestled in a little cove and a paradise for art lovers.

Furthermore, bear in mind that the Spanish border is only about an hour away: Figueras and Cadaques are just two examples of coastal villages making for fabulous day trips out!

Finally, the property is served by 9 Airports: Carcasonne, Bezier, Perpignan, Toulouse, Nimes, Montpellier & Girona and Barcelona in Spain too!

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Carcassone/Beziers/Perpignan


Nearest Ferry Port Meze


Nearest Train Station Narbonne


Nearest Beach Narbonne Plage


Nearest Golf St Thomas (Bezier-Carcassonne)

(45mins )

Nearest Supermarket

(in the village)

Nearest Restaurant

(in the village)

Nearest Tennis

(across the road )

Nearest Village

(5 mins 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. 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There are 2 portable cots, 2 wooden cots and 4 high chairs plus a baby relaxing chair.


Bikes: (available to hire)

Boules/Petanque: opposite Le Manoir

Xbox/Playstation: (PS3)



Stair gates: at various points in the house

Bottle steriliser: for microwave

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Baby bath
  • Stair gates
  • Bottle steriliser
  • Bath toys
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Bikes
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Xbox/Playstation/Wii
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Board games
  • Trampoline
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • Pool/Snooker

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Fridge Stocking/Shopping Service Available
  • Airport Transfers Available
Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

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:

- Private chef for evening meals, whether a one-off or every day (minimum 6 guests) including waiter service (based on set menu for all which can be chosen in advance)
- Wine cellar with wide selection available to purchase (honesty bar)
- Food shopping in advance
- Wine tasting and tapas evenings in your holiday home
- Wine tours and tastings in nearby area
- Babysitting by fully trained nursery nurse
- Airport transfers with 8-seater mini-bus
- Retro bikes for hire (including helmet)
- Beautician and hairdresser
- Masseur service
- Wellness days
- Bespoke foodie days such as tours of local markets
- Cooking lessons
- Painting/drawing days

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

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid in cash upon arrival and refunded into guests’ bank account within 14 days after departure.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, except air-conditioning and heating which are payable locally and should be requested in advance. From 2023 air-conditioning in the grand dining room will be complimentary (to be requested in advance).
Heating costs included? Heating is on request and charged separately in winter. Please enquire for costs and request in advance.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels.
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €250, payable on arrival. 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.
Pool heating charge? Yes, at an extra cost outside May to end-September. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Changeover day Saturday.
Pets welcome? No.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking allowed in the garden and terraces only.
Other Ts and Cs Air-conditioning is on request and charged separately, payable locally - please enquire for costs. In the new wing a/c is on the upper floor bedrooms only. From 2023 there will be complimentary a/c in the grand dining room. In all instances, it should be reserved with advance notice.
Other Ts and Cs The pools are open approximately 1st May to end of September (outside this period additional pool heating is available at an additional cost).
Other Ts and Cs An additional 3 children can be accommodated on fold-up beds (on request and subject to a surcharge).
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.
Insurance Guests are required to take their own travel and medical insurance.

Rental Rates

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.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
5 Years.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

Its Architectural style being of the Belle Epoque period - Built 1833.  

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house was formerly the residence of the Mayor of Narbonne for a generation.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Many famous French Film and Music Stars have stayed here over the years when visiting Narbonne.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?

Visit The City of Narbonne and Unesco site La Cite de Carcasonne and the Canal Du Midi.   
Really eat?
All the local food is delicious, especially the seafood.
Really see?
The stilt houses on the beach at Gruissan.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
We are surrounded by hundreds of acres of Vine Yards - Come here to sample the real South of France !



  • A most beautiful, unique house, perfect for our family group

    Posted by Jackie K. on 31/07/2017

    Manoir Belle Epoque is situated at the edge of the village of Canet with its boulangerie and small super-market, bar, coffee and pizzas all available. Many of the interior features of the house are original so that it retains its 'belle epoch' style combined with top quality modern kitchen and bathrooms - a perfect mix. Jay and Melanie's attention to details made our stay truly memorable, before, during and after our visit. There is a brilliant games room (not yet pictured on the website) which was a huge hit with our teenagers and their parents, as was the pool with its safety barrier to protect the younger children. Plenty of shade and space in the garden and courtyard - we wanted for nothing. Thanks to you both and it was a pleasure to meet you.

  • Fabulous Mansion with lovely grounds near Canal du Midi

    Posted by Kiran B. on 27/06/2017

    We were 2 families from Sweden staying for a week in this beautifully renovated mansion. The interiors are very tastefully done. The garden is very pretty with a little stream. It has a nice seating area at the front of the house where we enjoyed all meals outdoors. The pool is great with a good surrounding fence to ensure little ones are not running off.
    The owners Jay & Melanie facilitated a lovely stay, with lots of great tips for beaches, restaurants and local facilities. They recommended Wendy from Vin & Vacances for a private wine tasting at the house which was absolutely superb. I can thoroughly recommend booking Wendy. They were also able to book an outstanding babysitter for us.
    The location is ideal, close to the Canal du Midi (great for power walks and running) and in Canet - just a 5 min morning walk to the bakery. A multitude of medieval towns and villages are within a 30-40 min drive away, and vineyards everywhere. High points were the villages of Olargues and Minerve in the national Park, the fortress at Carcasonne, the boat trip through the lock in Narbonne plus cathedral. The lovely beach town of Grissan is only 30 mins by car - gorgeous sandy beach.
    Travelling from Sweden, flying into Beziers airport was ideal. A perfect vacation trip.

  • Amazing stay

    Posted by Kath on 06/06/2017

    Our group consisted of 10 adults and 12 children. The property was very well appointed for large groups- plenty of cutlery, pots and pans etc. There is an honesty wine cellar which was very reasonably priced and well stocked. Manoir Belle Epoque was amazing- The pool was very safe- fenced and accessed by lockable gates, this provided great peace of mind. The large garden and games room kept the children entertained for hours- giving the adults much needed respite. The children loved the freedom that houses and gardens provided - something which doesn't happen often back in the UK. The hosts, Melanie and Jay were brilliant- very friendly and easy to contact. The village is just a few minutes walk away and a good selection of small shops and a couple of restaurants. We didn't make use of the chef that you could pay to cook dinner, we took it in turns to host every night, stocking up at the local Carrefour. The region is absolutely beautiful and we'd love to return.

  • Great eight!!!

    Posted by Agnes B. on 06/05/2017

    I booked Manoir Belle Epoque for our group of 8 ladies who meet up every 18-24 months. We have rented all over the world, and this villa was ideal for everyone, we loved our G&T by the pool in the evenings. With help from Melanie and Jay we had a full day visiting a local market, an artisan wine maker, olive oil production and the end of the day a trip on the Canal de Midi complete with a wine tasting on board.They also gave us contact for a chef to cook us an evening meal. Nothing was too much bother, and we would certainly return. This was an area none of us had visited before but will definitely return to.

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