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In 2001, we bought a large house in Ventenac-en-Minervois, Languedoc, South of France to use as our new holiday home.
We took two years to completely renovate the property. We are offering it for rent when we are not using it ourselves. If you are looking for a holiday in Southern France, our property will be perfect for a large family or several families taking a holiday together.
The house is located in the middle of the village of Ventenac about 15 km north-west of Narbonne. Ventenac, with about 350 inhabitants, is an unspoiled sleepy village situated on the beautiful tree-lined Canal du Midi and is set within the Minervois vineyards. The village has two restaurants, with pleasant outside dining, next to the Canal du Midi, as well as a post office, and bakery. The beautiful Chateau, is the focal point of the village. The Chateau is the place to taste and buy excellent local wine, or you can visit their wine museum.
The "Canal du Midi" which runs through the village, was built in the 17th century and served as a connection between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. The presence of the canal, as well as the grapevines keeps the landscape green even during the warm summer season. The canal is tree-lined, with a canal-path that affords great walks or bike rides. Today, the canal is used by pleasure barges.
The house is entered through a large iron gate which opens to the courtyard, which is surrounded by a 15-ft wall and wings of the property on the other three sides. The property is about 250 years old and has been completely renovated and furnished. In the main unit, there are six bedrooms and 3 bathrooms upstairs. Downstairs is very open and airy and has a gourmet kitchen with a large fireplace. There is also a sitting area, a games area, a living area and a laundry room with toilet. The small house has two bedrooms and a shower room. There is also a living room and kitchen. The huge courtyard contains the new swimming pool which is elevated and surrounded by a stone balustrade..
Ventenac is the perfect base for exploring the Languedoc area - and is just 30 minutes from the seemingly endless Mediterranean beaches near Narbonne. It's one hour to the mountains of the Pyrenees, with the pretty resort of Collioure, near Perpignan. Spain, with Barcelona and Figueros (Dali Museum) are all possible for a day trip.
To the west, it is 30 minutes to Carcassonne - the magnificent medieval city and castle. Between Carcassonne and Ventenac runs the Canal du Midi - perfect for exploring by bicycle, boat, walking, or just for lazing and having a picnic under the trees. Close too is the gorge hugging Cathar village of Minerve, 30 minutes in the hills of the Minervois - well known for their potent red wines.
Ventenac is close to Autoroute exits at Narbonne (15 minutes) at which there is a motorail terminal. International airports are at Toulouse (90 mins), Barcelona (135 mins), Montpellier (90 mins) and Carcassonne (30 mins - to which RyanAir fly daily from Stansted, London). Eurostar, from Waterloo, London connects at Lille or Paris with TGV direct to Narbonne.
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