Château Ventenac gîte with pool in Languedoc region of southern France

Chateau / Country House in Languedoc-Roussillon
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Description

You will have the whole house, gardens and pool to yourselves!

Château Ventenac is a large, extremely well-appointed gîte with pool situated in the Languedoc region of southern France

Take over the whole house for your group holiday…


Château Ventenac provides excellent accommodation for self-catering holidays by a large family or group. Our six bedrooms and five bathrooms accommodate up to 12 adults and 4 children in style and comfort. You will have the whole house, its spacious gardens and pool to yourselves. The Château is easy to get to, whilst the Languedoc has an exceptionally good Mediterranean climate and claims over 300 days of sunshine a year.

Situated on the banks of the picturesque Canal du Midi, the Château faces south and nearly every room overlooks our gardens, lush vineyards and beyond to stunning views of the Corbières hills and, on a clear day, the Pyrenees and majestic Mont Canigou. Enjoy these spectacular views whilst sitting on the long balcony in the shade of the luxuriant wisteria, or whilst dining on the large terrace as you watch the sun go down.

The village square is within a minute’s walk, whilst two restaurants and the boulangerie are less than 100 metres from our canal-side gate. The surrounding area has many places to explore on foot, while many guests hire bikes to venture further afield. Ventenac is the ideal base from which to explore and we have plenty of guidebooks and maps so you can make the most of your stay.

Travel options to the Château and the region’s attractions are good. Several convenient airports offer budget regional and long-haul connections, whilst Ventenac is also very well placed for rail and road travel. Flights from the UK are available from as little as £35 (or less) return off-peak, from airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair. By car we are 35 minutes from the sunny Mediterranean beaches and just half an hour to Cathar castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne. The Pyrenees and Spain are just over an hour’s drive away.

Château Ventenac has been restored, incorporating all modern conveniences like WiFi whilst retaining original features such as marble fireplaces and polished oak floors. For winter holidays, the drawing room’s big open fire is particularly atmospheric and welcoming – we keep a ready supply of logs for guests’ use. The Château has a library of DVDs, books and games and is equipped with satellite TV and HD television with Blu-ray/DVD. In the cellar there is a table football table, whilst in the gardens there is an all-weather table tennis table and boules.

The attractive terraced gardens and private swimming pool provide plenty of space for privacy, relaxation and play in the shade or soaking up the heat of the Languedoc sun. The pergola next to the pool is a great place to relax swinging gently in a hammock or sitting watching the boats on the Canal du Midi while enjoying a glass of the local Minervois wine (produced at the Caveau of “Château de Ventenac Minervois” just 50 metres away from the Château’s canal-side gate).

There are a number of steps between each terrace and, because of this, the property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. We ask our guests to supervise small children at all times, particularly in the outside areas.

Our House Manager, Sharon, is at the Château late afternoon to ensure that all is well when guests arrive on their first day. To help you settle in, we provide a starter pack of essential supplies.

The Château offers an extraordinary retreat, tucked away from the busy tourist destinations of southern France, yet still within easy reach of the main attractions.

Location

Address: 4 Cour du Château
11120 Ventenac-en-Minervois, France
Latitude/Longitude: 43.250017 / 2.85739899999999
Nearest airportBeziers & Carcassonne45 minutes
Nearest restaurantLe Coustellou5 minutes
Nearest train stationNarbonne20 minutes

Directions

Château Ventenac, 17 Cour du Château, 11120 Ventenac-en-Minervois, Aude.

Latitude: 43:14:49N (43.24694) Longitude: 2:51:38E (2.86065)

Ventenac is about 25 minutes from two Autoroutes: the A9 (La Languedocienne) goes east/west and follows the line of the Mediterranean; the A69 (Autoroute des Deux Mers), goes north/south from Bordeaux via Toulouse and Carcassonne to Narbonne. We’re also about 20 minutes from Narbonne rail station.

From the A9, La Languedocienne (Montpellier, Nîmes, Marseille and Girona airports)

Leave the Autoroute at Exit 38, Narbonne Sud. After the péage, go straight ahead on the RN9 (dual carriageway), following signs for Béziers and (to begin with) Lézignan Corbières. Don’t take the right-hand exit to Lézignan – stick on the RN9 for about three km, following signs for Béziers.

At the second roundabout, turn left, the third exit, towards Marcorignan and Ginestas, on the D607. Stay on the D607 for about 10km, going through the villages of Marcorignan and St Marcel. Watch out for an Intermarché supermarket on your right after St Marcel. Just after this is a roundabout and about 300m further on, take a left-hand turn signposted St Nazaire, which is just before the road goes up over the Canal du Midi. Take this narrow country road as far as a T-junction in the village of St Nazaire, where you turn right: be careful because this is a blind corner.

Follow the road as it winds out of the village (again, it’s a fairly narrow country road) past a new estate on your right and out into the vineyards. You will come to the Canal du Midi as the road bends to the left, following the Canal. After about 800m or so, you will see the village of Ventenac on the opposite bank and the Ventenac bridge in front of you.

Take the bridge over the Canal and turn immediately left alongside the Canal, in front of the Château and Caveau. Take the first right (Rue du Port) and up the steep road with the Coustellou restaurant on your left. At the top of the hill, as it bends round to the right, take the first road on your right. This will bring you to the arched entrance to the rear of the Château. Go through the arch into the courtyard, where parking is available. At the far end on the left you will find the postbox to No 17. Go through the gateway and through the red metal gate and up the white steps immediately in front of you.

From the A69, the Autoroute des Deux Mers (from Toulouse and Carcassonne Airports)

Leave the Autoroute at Lézignan Corbières (Exit 25). After the péage, there is a roundabout, where you turn right. Stay on that road, over a second roundabout, and into the outskirts of Lézignan, where there is another roundabout. Turn right, signposted Ornaisons and Cruscades.

After a further couple of hundred metres there is another roadabout, where you take the second exit, signposted ‘Carcassonne, Narbonne, Homps’. This brings you to a T-junction on the main road running through the village. Turn right, signposted Narbonne and stay on this road as you go out of Lézignan, past the rail station on your right. At the outskirts of the village, you join the RN113. Be very careful at the junction because you come at it on a very acute angle: the road markings are not very clear, and the traffic sometimes comes from your left down the RN113 at high speed.

After you join the RN113, stay on it for about 5km, to the second turn-off on your right, which is signposted Canet d’Aude. The turning bends round to the left to a Stop sign, and will take you across the RN113. Go over the RN113 and after about 500m you come to another crossroads. Go over this and into Canet. Be careful as you go into the village (and again as you leave it) because there are speed-bumps which are very sharp: if you hit them at more than walking pace you could damage your tyres.

Follow the road through Canet – it bends round to the right as you approach the middle of the village – and out into the country. Go over the bridge on the River Aude and down the line of plane trees to a T-junction. Turn right alongside the Canal du Midi, and after 75m or so, left over the Ventenac bridge.

Turn immediately left after the bridge, alongside the Canal, in front of the Château and Caveau. Take the first right (Rue du Port) and up the steep road with the Coustellou restaurant on your left. At the top of the hill, as it bends round to the right, take the first road on your right. This will bring you to the arched entrance to the rear of the Château. Go through the arch into the courtyard, where parking is available. At the far end on the left you will find the postbox to No 17. Go through the gateway and through the red metal gate and up the white steps immediately in front of you.

From Narbonne Rail Station (trains from Barcelona, Lyon, Paris, Lille and connections from London)

Leave the station and turn left, and follow the road out of Narbonne, keeping the railway line on your left. Go over a small roundabout, and out of town to a big roundabout, where the road goes right to Béziers and Coursan. Go round the roundabout and taking the second exit signposted Carcassonne and Lézignan. The road goes over the over the railway line to a second roundabout, which you go straight over. Follow the road past a third roundabout, over an old railway line that crosses the road to another roundabout where you take the first exit, turning right towards Marcorignan and Ginestas, on the D607.

Stay on the D607 for about 10km, going through the villages of Marcorignan and St Marcel. Watch out for an Intermarché supermarket on your right after St Marcel. Just after this is a roundabout and about 300m further on, take a left-hand turn signposted St Nazaire, which is just before the road goes up over the Canal du Midi. Take this narrow country road as far as a T-junction in the village of St Nazaire, where you turn right: be careful because this is a blind corner.

Follow the road as it winds out of the village (again, it’s a fairly narrow country road) past a new estate on your right and out into the vineyards. You will come to the Canal du Midi as the road bends to the left, following the Canal. After about 800m or so, you will see the village of Ventenac on the opposite bank, and the Ventenac bridge in front of you.

Take the bridge over the Canal, turn immediately left alongside the Canal, in front of the Château and Caveau. Take the first right (Rue du Port) and up the steep road with the Coustellou restaurant on your left. At the top of the hill, as it bends round to the right, take the first road on your right. This will bring you to the arched entrance to the rear of the Château. Go through the arch into the courtyard, where parking is available. At the far end on the left you will find the postbox to No 17. Go through the gateway and through the red metal gate and up the white steps immediately in front of you.

Neighborhood

Château Ventenac lies in the Aude département of the Languedoc. The region has a varied landscape and caters for every taste with mountains; broad beaches; the sea and water-sports; attractive rivers; scenic vineyards and good wines.

With its long, sandy beaches, rugged mountain peaks and medieval hilltop villages, the Languedoc boasts one of France’s most diverse landscapes. Officially the sunniest region in the country, it is also France’s wine growing capital and the largest wine-growing area in the world.

In south-west France, Languedoc-Roussillon curves around a corner of the Mediterranean, from Provence in the east down to the borders with Spain and Andorra in the south. The Languedoc takes its name from ‘Langue d’Oc’, the language of Occitan, closely linked to Catalan. Roussillon in the far south was known as France’s Catalonia, but today Catalonia is confined to an autonomous region in north-eastern Spain.

The landscape flattens around the tranquil Canal Du Midi, which cuts across the region’s middle with the medieval citadel of Carcassonne, a world heritage site, at its centre. South of the canal, gentle rolling foothills start to ascend, climbing to the dramatic peaks of the Pyrenees.

Influenced by the Mediterranean, Languedoc-Roussillon shares a border with Spain as far as the Rhône delta. Its long beaches alternate with wild lagoons – a paradise for flamingos. Large numbers of holidaymakers are drawn by its 300 days of sunshine a year, and they take away unforgettable memories of the beautiful natural surroundings, monuments, villages and towns such as Montpellier, Nîmes, Carcassonne, Uzès and the Pont du Gard (four sites included on the Unesco World Heritage list) – to say nothing of the cultural circuits with prehistoric, Roman or Cathar themes.

In the hinterland, charm and authenticity have been extensively preserved. The Haut Languedoc and Cévennes nature reserves and the wooded slopes of Cerdagne are always popular with hikers. This fabulous country also produces fine wines which each year earn the respect of a greater number of wine lovers.

Few French regions are more steeped in history than the Languedoc, home of the heretical Cathars. The walled city of Carcassonne, the largest fortress in Europe, and the towering ramparts of Aigues Mortes, recall the area’s crusading past. The city of Nîmes, with its perfectly preserved Roman arena, is the finest example of a Roman town outside Italy. A few kilometres away, the spectacular Roman aqueduct, Pont du Gard spans the river Gardon and is popular with bathers and canoeists.

Further west, the university town of Montpellier is one of France’s most thriving and dynamic cities. Its huge pedestrian centre is filled with cafes and is an ideal place to sit and watch the world go by. A labyrinth of winding back streets, filled with boutiques and restaurants, form the city’s historic centre.

White horses of the Camargue



To the East is the peculiar beauty of the Camargue – a vast, low-lying area of 37 salt-water lakes. On these marshy lagoons, flocks of pink flamingos are a common sight, as are the white horses and black bulls which used to roam wild on this flat, watery landscape.

The highlight of village life here is the August ‘fête vôtive’ a five-day festival dominated by the black bull of the Camargue. The striking site white horses their riders wearing the traditional brightly-coloured shirts and flat black hats chasing a charging bull through the streets, remains in the memory along with the hypnotic song of the ever-present cicadas.

Arles



Just north of the Camargue is the town of Arles, famous for its association with the artist Van Gogh, who is reputed to have cut off his ear during a row with fellow painter Gaugin while living here.

Beach lovers can enjoy some of the best bathing in the country on the stretch of coastline between the Camargue and the Spanish border. Over 175km of virtually uninterrupted sandy beaches and secluded coves hug the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean, a mecca for water sports enthusiasts. Several purpose-built resorts buzz with summer visitors, including the futuristic-looking La Grande Motte and Cap d’Agde, Europe’s largest naturist area.

For nature lovers, the dense, green peaks of the Cévennes national park is a hill-walker’s dream. Its pine and chestnut covered slopes, dry stone terraces, isolated hamlets and wealth of animal and bird life, can all be discovered from its 300 looped footpaths. The local goats’ cheese, ‘pélardons’, is second to none.

Accommodation, facilities, utilities

All properties
Chateau / Country House
Bedroom(s)
6 Bedroom(s), 16 Sleeps
Cots: 3
Double bedrooms: 2
Double bedrooms en-suite: 3
Single bedrooms: 3
Bathroom(s)
5 Bathroom(s)
Baths: 5
View
Countryside views
Mountain views
River views
Holiday type
Family holidays
Mountain holidays
Rural holidays
Access
Off-road parking
Stairs
General facilities
Balcony
Garden
High speed internet
Parking
WiFi
Indoor facilities
CD Player
Dishwasher
DVD Player
Iron and Board
Microwave
TV
Washing machine
Wood burner
Outdoor facilities
BBQ
Services
Cleaning inclusive
Linen inclusive
Weekly clean inclusive
Local activities
Climbing
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Horse riding
Skiing
Swimming
Tennis
Walking

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Rates

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WeekWeekend
Rate summary £329 - £536 £2,300 - £3,750 - 7 Nights -

Policies

Check in: 17:00 / Check out: 10:00
Initial non-refundable deposit (25% of the total rent due). Balance of the rent together with the security deposit is payable not less than eight weeks before the start of the rental period. Reservations made within eight weeks of the start of the rental period require full payment at the time of booking. A security deposit of £500 is required. However, this amount shall not limit the Client’s liability to the Owner. Full terms and conditions on request.
Suitability
Pets: No
Smoking: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: No
Elderly or infirm: Not suitable
Wheelchair: No

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