Manoir Belle Epoque
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What Oliver loves…
- The little village is just a 5-minute walk away
- This is a spacious and attractive family home, with good access to Languedoc towns, vineyards and good beaches
- Large marble fireplaces, period features from the 1830s, wonderful cornices, wall freezes, specialist tiles and period marble flooring
- Great for large families or groups travelling together
- We love the games room and the well-stocked honesty cellar with some of the best Languedoc wines
- The large front courtyard for dining at night
- The swimming pool has a self-closing/locking gate along with fencing all around the pool area and is open May to end-September
- There are 9 Airports nearby to choose from: Carcasonne, Bezier, Perpignan, Toulouse, Nimes, Montpellier & Girona and Barcelona in Spain too
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Manoir Belle Époque 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.
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. 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.
Manoir Belle Époque will delight the senses and provide an idyllic location for a holiday or special reunion in the Languedoc.
|Good news! For a little extra, this property is available as a Vill’otel|
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What you should know…
- Manoir Belle Époque is very popular and early booking is recommended!
- There is also plenty of car parking space across the road
- The owners have another lovely villa to the back of Manoir Belle Epoque – they are separated by thick, stone walls and a soundproofed corridor, and they face opposite directions, have separate private entrances, courtyards, terraces and are fully fenced in vast gardens with no line of sight between the two swimming pools.
- Please note that an additional 3 children can be accommodated on fold-up beds (on request and subject to a surcharge)
- Air-conditioning and heating are on request and subject to an additional charge payable upon arrival - please enquire for a quote (the large stone walls and marble and tile floors keep the house cool, so not many guests request air-conditioning)
- Small weddings and other celebrations for up to 50 guests can all be arranged on request. See 'events' tab for full details.
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
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
- Family bathroom with a shower and bath
- Terrace overlooking the courtyard
- 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
- 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: sleeps 2 - 2 single beds (can be pushed together)
- Shared large family shower room with double sinks
- 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 BBQ and outside seating for up to 17 guests
- Garden with fruit trees (1 acre)
- Children's play area
- Shallow brook (fenced in)
- Garage (on request)
- Secure parking
- 2 tennis courts (opposite the house)
- Trampoline with safety barrier
- Air Conditioning
- Electric fans
- Satellite TV
- Hair Dryers
- Ironing Board
- Washing machine
- Drying racks
- Table tennis
- Table football
- Pool table
- Boules pitch (opposite Le Manoir)
- Selection of children's toys
- Bikes on site available for hire
Manoir Belle Epoque 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!
|Nearest Ferry Port||
|Nearest Train Station||
St Thomas (Bezier-Carcassonne)
(in the village)
(in the village)
(in the village)
(across the road)
(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.
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
BABY AND TODDLER EQUIPMENT
Stair gates: at various points in the house
Bottle steriliser: for the microwave
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- Baby bath
- Stair gates
- Bottle steriliser
- Bath toys
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- <1hr to Airport
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Children's videos/DVDs
- Children's books
- Board games
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Tennis Court
- Games Room
- Indoor Games
- Table Tennis
- Table Football
- Chef/Cook Available
- Babysitting Available
- Chef/Cook Available
- Babysitting Available
- Complimentary welcome hamper
- Fridge stocking / shopping service
- Airport transfers in an 8-seater mini bus
|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:
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 www.oliverstravels.com/chefs
Small exclusive catered weddings, stag/hen parties and other celebrations for up to 50 guests can all be arranged on request only and are subject to the owners' prior approval.
It is a wonderful classic French period setting both inside the Manoir and outside - with the Manoir's formal dining room, ballroom, sun terrace and beautiful front courtyard.
The following services can be provided and tailored to your needs:
- English speaking symbolic and spiritual ceremony
- champagne cocktails
- formal sit-down gastronomic meal
- evening entertainment
Although no overnight guests are permitted, other than those already staying here, we are happy to help source accommodation locally.
Please contact Oliver's Travels for further information and prices.
Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.
All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||€500 paid in cash upon arrival and efunded into guests’ bank account within 14 days after departure.|
|Linen & towels included?||yes, including pool towels|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Pool heating charge?||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.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||extra €180|
|Smoking Allowed?||Outside terrace only|
|Other Ts and Cs||All events are on request and subject to owner's approval.|
|Energy costs included?||yes, except A/C.|
|Heating costs included?||heating package on request and charged separately in winter|
|Other Ts and Cs||A/C package on request and charged separately|
|Other Ts and Cs||The pool is open from 1st May to end of September (outside this period additional pool heating is available at an additional cost)|
|Other Ts and Cs||The 2 tennis courts are located opposite the house.|
|Other Ts and Cs||An additional 3 children can be accommodated on fold-up beds (on request and subject to a surcharge)|
Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:
|Nov 25th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||£3,492|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||£4,435|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - May 29th 2021||£3,492|
|May 29th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021||£4,073|
|Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021||£6,041|
|Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021||£6,270|
|Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 11th 2021||£4,073|
|Sep 11th 2021 - Dec 18th 2021||£3,492|
|Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022||£4,435|
|Jan 1st 2022 - May 28th 2022||£3,492|
|May 28th 2022 - May 29th 2022||£4,073|
Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:
|Nov 25th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||€3,682|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||€4,677|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - May 29th 2021||€3,682|
|May 29th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021||€4,295|
|Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021||€6,370|
|Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021||€6,612|
|Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 11th 2021||€4,295|
|Sep 11th 2021 - Dec 18th 2021||€3,682|
|Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022||€4,677|
|Jan 1st 2022 - May 28th 2022||€3,682|
|May 28th 2022 - May 29th 2022||€4,295|
Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:
|Nov 25th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020||$4,381|
|Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021||$5,564|
|Jan 2nd 2021 - May 29th 2021||$4,381|
|May 29th 2021 - Jun 26th 2021||$5,110|
|Jun 26th 2021 - Jul 10th 2021||$7,578|
|Jul 10th 2021 - Aug 28th 2021||$7,866|
|Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 11th 2021||$5,110|
|Sep 11th 2021 - Dec 18th 2021||$4,381|
|Dec 18th 2021 - Jan 1st 2022||$5,564|
|Jan 1st 2022 - May 28th 2022||$4,381|
|May 28th 2022 - May 29th 2022||$5,110|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
How long have you owned the property?
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...
Visit The City of Narbonne and Unesco site La Cite de Carcasonne and the Canal Du Midi.
All the local food is delicious, especially the seafood.
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 !
We couldn't have asked for more
We had a wonderfully relaxing and fun week at Manoir Belle Époque. The house is very well set up for families of all ages and a lot of thought has gone into every detail. Although sensitively restored keeping lots of original features, the areas where you really want 21st century comfort are all there - new bathrooms, a well appointed kitchen, two dishwashers, two fridge freezers including an ice maker and washing machine. Most of the rooms are very large with high ceilings although tall adults need to remember to duck on the lower ground floor at various points. I really appreciated the basics such as salt, washing up liquid, cleaning clothes and a few dishwasher and laundry powder to tide us over until we could get to the supermarket. There are lots of crockery and glasses, but also brightly coloured plastic plates cups and bowls for little people. Bath and swimming towels are provided. Our 20 month old loved the play area, trampoline, swings and the wide range of toys, and stair gates on every floor or doors to close off unsafe areas meant adults could all relax. All three generations appreciated the pool which was not too deep and with a step all the way round for extra safety, lots of sun beds, umbrellas and safety fencing. The garden is very pretty, has lots of shade as well as plenty of room to run around. Adults played pétanque, pool and table tennis well into the night. Melanie and Jay are excellent hosts. Melanie is very helpful in the run up, answering any queries quickly and was in touch within hours of our departure to tell us we had left something behind which she posted back within 24 hours. Jay met us on arrival and walked us through the house, giving us the history as well as a practical run through. After 12 hours travelling we were very grateful for the snack and drinks they provided! The wine in the Honesty Bar is great value and quality with red, white, rose and sparkling. There is a great local bakery that opens early, supermarket and chemist in easy walking distance and good local restaurants. If you are going in high summer I recommend investing in the additional air conditioning package - we had it for the top floor but we should have added on our floor as the last three days were very warm at night. After a stressful six months we couldn’t have asked for more. I wish we had booked two weeks and I am not surprised they are booked up so extensively in advance and have already pinged the link to several friends.
We hope to return!
We all had a wonderful time at Le Manoir. The garden was lovely and the children had great fun in the pool. Thomas, the youngest and smallest of our grans children learnt to swim there. The design of the pool gave him the extra confidence to take his armbands off. As for the the girls they were in “Barbie” heaven with the huge range of toys. Also they all enjoyed the dressing up clothes. The games room was also a big hit with the boys and girls. We loved the bedrooms, especially the master one. The kitchen and utility rooms were the best equipped we’ve come across in of all our holiday rentals. At first we thought two dishwashers was unnecessary but with sixteen of us we were soon filling both every day. We loved Canet with it’s fantastic bakery, butcher, Pizza restaurant and the bar were a real bonus. Patrick and the Casino convenience store gets top points. He, and his wife, were so helpful and very pleasant. The village shops being only a few minutes walk away were a real benefit as they saved us journeying to supermarkets.
We found an excellent restaurant “L’o a la bouche” at La Somail. La Somail, just ten minutes drive away, is a lovely town and we enjoyed several visits there.
All in all it was a great holiday for all of us. We have been taking the family on villa holidays over ten years and they all agreed, most unusual us all agreeing, that Le Manoir was the best place we have stayed.
Ideal for parties!
We have recently returned from our week at Manoir Belle Epoque in SW France and I firstly wanted to thank Oliver's Travels for their organisation and welcoming champagne.
Secondly, I would like to complement Melanie and her husband on their home and to thank Melanie in particular for being such a gracious hostess during our stay. Their house is ideal for large parties - ours was 13 but they can accommodate more - and the facilities were superb. I would thoroughly recommend this property.
It was a great place to stay and we all thoroughly enjoyed the facilities and comfort provided.
Such A Great Time!
We had a great time during our week at le Manoir Belle Epoque. The house is huge, and very elegant. We were only a party of 5, but the home could definitely accommodate 4x as many guests. The home is completely renovated but has kept the old world characteristics. It is also very well equipped, there wasn't anything we could think of that was missing, and it was nice they provided some basics (toilet paper, dishwashing liquid and tabs, tea etc) when we checked in. The home acted as a great base to see the area - we ventured to Carcassonne, Narbonne, Besiers, Gruissan, and took a local wine tour and boat cruise with Taste du Languedoc which was excellent. We also had the catering that Melanie recommended one night and it was fantastic. Melanie and Jay were very gracious hosts. They were close by if we needed anything and provided us with some great recommendations of places to see during our stay. The town has everything you need and is a couple minutes walk away (bakery, pizza shop, small grocery store, pub). People in the town are very friendly and if you do not speak French you can still get by. Would highly recommend staying here and we will plan to stay again. Our only regret is that we didn't stay 2 weeks. It would have been nice to have a week to explore the area, and another week to relax by the pool and in the backyard.
A most beautiful, unique house, perfect for our family group
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
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.
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 !!!
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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