Manoir Belle Epoque

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Sleeps: 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 6
Oliver Approved

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Ideal for Kids Walk to Village Stag/Hen Allowed

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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

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What’s included?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

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 Maison 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.

Property Features

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

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

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

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: sleeps 2 - 2 single beds (can be pushed together)
- Shared large family shower room with double sinks

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 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

Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Air Conditioning
- Heating
- Electric fans
- Satellite TV
- 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

Location

About the surrounding area of Manoir Belle Epoque
Walk to Village 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 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

(45km-45mins/60km-49mins/70km-52mins)

Nearest Ferry port Meze

(90km-1h)

Nearest Train Station Narbonne

(15km-20mins)

Nearest Beach Narbonne Plage

(18km-20mins)

Nearest Golf St Thomas (Bezier-Carcassonne)

(45mins)

Nearest Supermarket

(in the village)

Nearest Restaurant

(in the village)

Nearest Supermarket

(in the village)

Nearest Tennis

(across the road)

Nearest Village

(5 mins walk)

Region

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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Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

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

ONSITE FACILITIES

Bikes: (available to hire)

Boules/Petanque: opposite Le Manoir

Xbox/Playstation: (PS3)

 

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
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • 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
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Board games
  • Trampoline
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Games Room
  • Indoor Games
  • Table Tennis
  • Table Football
  • Pool/Snooker

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • 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:

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

Interested?
If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on villotel@oliverstravels.com 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 www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

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.

Terms & Conditions

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
Changeover day Saturday
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
Pets welcome? no
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)

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Mar 2nd 2019 £3,101
Mar 2nd 2019 - Mar 30th 2019 £3,101
Mar 30th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 £3,101
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 £3,691
Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 £5,414
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 £5,611
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 £3,691
Sep 14th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 £3,101
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £3,101
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 £3,888
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 29th 2020 £3,101
Feb 29th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 £3,101
Mar 28th 2020 - May 30th 2020 £3,101
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 £3,691
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 £5,414
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 £5,611

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Mar 2nd 2019 €3,387
Mar 2nd 2019 - Mar 30th 2019 €3,387
Mar 30th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 €3,387
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 €4,032
Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 €5,913
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 €6,128
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 €4,032
Sep 14th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 €3,387
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €3,387
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 €4,247
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 29th 2020 €3,387
Feb 29th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 €3,387
Mar 28th 2020 - May 30th 2020 €3,387
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 €4,032
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 €5,913
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 €6,128

Prices based on an occupancy of 14 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 16th 2019 - Mar 2nd 2019 $3,826
Mar 2nd 2019 - Mar 30th 2019 $3,826
Mar 30th 2019 - Jun 1st 2019 $3,826
Jun 1st 2019 - Jun 29th 2019 $4,554
Jun 29th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 $6,680
Jul 13th 2019 - Aug 31st 2019 $6,922
Aug 31st 2019 - Sep 14th 2019 $4,554
Sep 14th 2019 - Sep 28th 2019 $3,826
Sep 28th 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $3,826
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 4th 2020 $4,797
Jan 4th 2020 - Feb 29th 2020 $3,826
Feb 29th 2020 - Mar 28th 2020 $3,826
Mar 28th 2020 - May 30th 2020 $3,826
May 30th 2020 - Jun 27th 2020 $4,554
Jun 27th 2020 - Jul 11th 2020 $6,680
Jul 11th 2020 - Aug 19th 2020 $6,922

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. 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 !

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Reviews

  • Lovely!

    Posted by Roy on 08/09/2018

    It was a great place to stay and we all thoroughly enjoyed the facilities and comfort provided.

  • Such A Great Time!

    Posted by Kristen on 09/06/2018

    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

    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 16/05/2017

    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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