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    Manoir Belle Epoque

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    Property ref: S115852

    • Bedrooms 7

    • Sleeps 14

    • Baths 6

    • Pets No

    • Reviews (8)

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    About this property

    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.

    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!


    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

    - 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

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    • Château de Paraza
      1.5 miles
    • La Guinguette
      4.5 miles
    • Hyper Leclerc
      7.5 miles
    • Abbaye de Fontfroide
      7.5 miles
    • La Croisade
      8 miles
    • Les Grands Buffets
      8.5 miles
    • Mega CGR
      8.5 miles
    • Le Petit Moka
      8.5 miles
    • Place de l'Hôtel de Ville
      8.5 miles
    • Halles de Narbonne
      8.5 miles

    Reviews (8)

    John, Isabell & children and grand children ‐ 8 Sep 2019
    "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."
    M. Perry ‐ 25 Jun 2019
    "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."
    Roy ‐ 8 Sep 2018
    "It was a great place to stay and we all thoroughly enjoyed the facilities and comfort provided."
    Kristen ‐ 9 Jun 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."
    Jackie K
    "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."
    Kiran B
    "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."
    Agnes B
    "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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