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Villa with private pool, pretty village on the Canal du Midi, Languedoc

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, luxury bathroom, sleeps 4 + 2, secluded private garden and pool

Set in private grounds in a small, picturesque village 2 minutes walk from the Canal du Midi (a UNESCO world heritage site) in the Languedoc region with restaurants, a wine chateau and small shop 2 minutes walk, Villa Voila is the ideal getaway. Secluded, lush garden with small swimming pool (7.8 mtrs. x 3.8 mtrs.max) and covered barbecue area.

30 mins. drive to Narbonne and Mediterranean beaches, 45 mins. to the medieval town of Carcassonne

Easy access from airports in Carcassonne, Perpignan, Montpellier, Toulouse, Girona and Barcelona. Part of the Cathar region (Da Vinci Code, Labyrinth etc).

Sleeps 4 + 2. Luxury bathroom with separate shower enclosure and bath, extra shower/basin/WC for use from the garden/BBQ area.

Luxury kitchen with dishwasher, American fridge/freezer and built-in appliances. Satellite TV with DVD and CD player. Private grounds with electric entrance gates and secure parking.

Brief Booking Conditions: 25 percent non refundable deposit required at the time of booking. Balance of payment due no later than 8 weeks prior to arrival. Booking conditions apply. Damage deposit of £200 is required at time of payment of the balance of rental monies due. This deposit is refundable less any amount required for damages, breakages or additional cleaning costs or charges. Lower rates available for bookings of 3 weeks or more please enquire. Linen, bath and kitchen towels provided. Normal cleaning is included at the end of the stay.

The villa is heated for winter use and logs for the fire are available (extra charges apply for heating and logs Nov - April) via meter readings/logs used. On arrival, you will be greeted by our local English caretaker who will familiarise you with the property, the amenities in the area and be your contact for any queries you may have during your stay.

Other inclusions: The large basement level houses an additional wc/shower/basin/utility sink for use from the garden and outside barbecue/dining area. There is also a full size table tennis table (please replace broken/lost balls/bats) and other games.

The Sky box is fitted with a free-to-air card which receives approx 100 channels including BBC, ITV etc. Please bring your own Sky card for sports/movie channels etc.

To keep the villa cool, all windows and French doors are fitted with external shutters and the bathroom & kitchen are fitted with an automatic ventilation system. Windows are fitted with retractable fly screens. Bedrooms have portable fan units for very hot weather. The pool has lighting and the main garden path has automatic footlighting. The garden has an automatic watering system and the pool has the latest switchable alarm system to meet current safety regulations.

Nearby Attractions: Ventenac is a small picturesque village of about 300 inhabitants on the Cana-du-Midi. Canal side shop, post office, wine Chateau , Canal-du-Midi and 2 restaurants all within a 5 minute walk. Two other larger villages with bank, ATM more shops restaurants and other facilities are within a few minutes by car.

Carcassonne - Medievil City 45 mins. by car, Narbonne - old Roman city with canals and Mediterranean beaches 25 mins. by car, Cathar castles and other ancient sites - all within an hour or two, Minervois wine route - on the doorstep, Wind surfing - either on the Lac de Jourras (30 mins. drive) or the Med, Barcelona can be visited in the day as can the Pyranees. We particularly recommend a trip to Collioure a very picturesque town and ancient port an hours drive on the Spannish border where the Pyranees meet the Med.

More Details

Nigel & Sue Tapper
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Nigel,

The house was great as always and very relaxing.

We really chilled out and enjoyed pottering around locally. Having now been there 4 or 5 times, it's become like home from home.

Best regards,
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ventenac-en-Minervois in Aude

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Heated towel radiator
  • The separate shower area is located in the basement, it has a separate WC and wash basin. It is intended for use from the garden BBQ area.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Gallerie Mezzanine - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , above living area, steep stairs
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 sleeping gallery plus sofa bed in living area
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The Villa, built in the Mediterranean style, with terracotta roof tiles, terracotta tiled floors, oak beams and shuttered windows, has a large and airy living/dining area with a minstrels' gallery. The open-plan living area & kitchen, double bedrooms and bathroom are all conveniently located on one level with easy access. The lower level (accessed from the barbecue area) houses washer together with an additional WC, shower and washbasin for use from the garden. The house is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac a short walk to the post office, 2 restaurants, wine Chateau and a canal side shop. The garden is completely private and secure with Mediterranean flora of acacias, figs, fruit trees, hibiscus, and palm trees. There's a sun room and sheltered patio adjacent to the small swimming pool (7.8 m x 3.8m) and outside there is plenty of furniture for sunbathing or staying cool in the shade. The landscaped garden leads to a lower level with built-in barbecue with al fresco covered dining area


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Villa with private pool, pretty village on the Canal du Midi, Languedoc
average rating of 4.5454545 based on 28 reviews

La Voila - something for everyone!

  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful, relaxing time at La Voila. We were very late arriving at the villa but still received a warm welcome from Jason and Lorna who were very friendly and helpful. The villa has everything you could possibly need and is spotlessly clean. It has the most comfy beds we have ever slept on whilst on holiday. The villa is very private with restaurants, wine chateaux, grocery cabin and the canal du midi within a two minute walk - best of both worlds.

There is loads of information at the villa to point you in the right direction for markets, sightseeing, beaches etc, all of which are only a short drive away. We were lucky to visit at 'music festival' time' so really enjoyed sampling local music - great atmosphere! Also took advantage of local cycle hire 'mellow velo' - excellent service! There is also a good selection of books and games to keep you occupied and the table tennis gave an opportunity to cool down in the shade when temperatures soared.

La Voila is an ideal place to stay, it is close to many beautiful beaches, amazing chateauxs and medieval fortresses, busy towns, beautiful countryside, as well as the canal du midi - something for everyone!

We would highly recommend a stay at La Voila and hope to return in the not too distant future. Thanks Nigel.

ps the canal was perfect for the boys to run along - plenty of shade!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very pleased you had a wonderful stay and thank you very much for your encouraging comments and useful insight into the house and area for those considering a booking kindest regards Nigel & Sue Tapper
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Very Nice and well equiped. Tabletennis board was popular.

  • 4 of 5

We had a very Nice stay. The surroundings are butifull and the villa is really a short walking distance from Nice restaurant and Canal du medi

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Per, plased you enjoyed your stay at La Voila kind regards Nigel
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  • 3 of 5

Great location, facilities good although somethings could do with updating.

Not enough pool loungers for the number of people staying.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A great place to spend a relaxing holiday

  • 4 of 5

We all had a great holiday in this lovely, comfortable and homely property.

We were fortunate to have hot and sunny weather the whole of our stay so the pool and shady areas in the secure garden were well used.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You did have some lovely weather didn't you Avril and I'm pleased you had a relaxing holiday which is after all what a holiday is for! Nigel
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Quiet Languedoc

  • 5 of 5

Very quiet and relaxing location with a villa suitable for us both

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent villa in a great area

  • 5 of 5

With two young children, this villa was perfect for our needs. Inside, it was predominantly on one level (with additional mezzanine space), with a spacious living space. The kitchen is a good size and excellently stocked with everything we needed. The bedrooms are both of a good size and the bathroom spacious and with bath and shower enclosure.

Lorna and Jason had done a great job preparing the villa and were really helpful and accommodating.

Outside the garden is very attractive and private with plenty of dining or lounging space. The pool was perfect for our five year old, as well as for adults. The villa is in a lovely village with two restaurants. With a baby in tow we did not get to eat out but did have excellent takeaway pizzas from La Coustelou. There is also a small cabin for provisions, and supermarkets within a ten minute drive. The wine from the chateau was excellent! The area, close to the Canal du Midi, is also excellent for walking, cycling or running. There are also plenty of day trip opportunities and we recommend Carcassonne, Narbonne and the beaches, all of which were within easy travelling distance.

All in all, we had a fabulous week and will not hesitate to go back to La Voila!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review which is really appreciated. So pleased you had a good week at La Voila Nigel
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Narbonne or Lezignan
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Gruisson Plage
Car: recommended

La Voila is situated in the small village of Ventenac-en-Minervois which is easily accessed from a range of international airports; Toulouse (90 mins.), Carcassonne (45 mins.), Montpellier (90 mins.), Perpignan (60 mins.), Gerona (2 hrs.) and Barcelona (3 hrs). With Airport car hire, it couldn't be simpler! Ryanair & others offer discount fares to all these airports and we particularly recommend the trip from Girona serviced by most airlines at competitive prices from all points in the UK. New routes Liverpool to Carcassonne, BMIBaby Manchester to Perpignan, Ryanair Doncaster & Leeds to Girona.

By car, Ventenac-en-Minervois is located 20 minutes drive from the A9 auto route at Narbonne. From the west (Toulouse, Carcassonne etc), use the A61 auto route. Full details and directions will accompany your booking confirmation.

Other Activities: sightseeing in the historic Cathar region, canal boat hire/trips, bike hire

Ski: Skiing is just about possible for the odd day in the season, but the the nearest slopes at Les Angles are a 3 hour drive.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ventenac-en-Minervois, Aude

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 3
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Autumn 1
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Pool available May to October. Preference given to two week bookings during peak season. House towels and tea towels are provided, but, please bring your own pool/beach towels. A small laundry charge is made (per item used) and paid direct to our caretakers locally before departure. There is an auto washer, dryer & iron available for clients' own use if preferred.
Extra charges apply for heating c

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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