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Perfect get away on the square in Saint-Chinian with famous wine

People3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

1 bedroom stylish apartment overlooking the market square in Saint-Chinian

This beautifully renovated village apartment has one double-bedroom with en-suite corner bath and separate shower and toilet, a fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable living room.

The living area and separate bedroom have the same views over the large tree-lined square, and is well furnished, including the sofa bed, TV, DVD, etc..

In Les Oliviers’ modern fully equipped kitchen there is in addition a large dining table.

The separate en-suite bedroom has a luxurious king size bed, bedside table with lamps, dressing table and chair, and fitted built-in wardrobe with mirrored doors.

The fully tiled bathroom has a corner bath with shower, a separate shower cubicle, wash-hand basin and separate toilet.

All linen and towels are provided, meaning that airline weight restrictions do not cause a headache – or additional cost. Optional: There is a small additional charge for hire and laundry of beach towels.

No kids please.

Saint-Chinian was founded by monks who, in 825 AD built a monastery here. They then went on to create vineyards that saw the start of the prosperous local economy. It survived unscathed from the Albigensian Crusades and went on to become even wealthier during the industrial revolution. Today, wine continues to be the main industry, and with a population of approximately 2000, the village remains full of life all year-round.

Things to do locally

The area surrounding Saint-Chinian, and the nearby Haute Languedoc Natural Park, is a great place for walking and bike rides. Walkers and hikers will find free English language guides in the Tourist Office.

If the heat gets the better of you and you need to cool down, there are a number of options. The long, free, Mediterranean beaches are only 40 minutes away by car. Alternatively, join the locals and swim in the clear water of the River Orb at Roquenbrun or the river Cesse at Bize-Minervois (we prefer the Cesse). The area also offers the chance to try lots of wine tasting, rock-climbing, fishing, painting, golf, horse-riding and canoeing.

You could also rent a Day Boat and spend a leisurely day cruising on the Canal du Midi. This stretch of water provides 54 kms of beautiful cruising without having to deal with locks.

Food and drink:

Within a few minutes walk are several restaurants, a pizzeria, and two café bars. The renowned red and rosé AOC Saint-Chinian wines are available from local, friendly producers offering free ‘degustation’ (tasting).

There is a Spar supermarket a two minutes walk, while a larger supermarket is only a very short car ride away.

Places to visit:

The local scenery is stunning. Safe beaches, historic chateaux, abbeys, the mountains of the Haut Languedoc Natural Park with its picturesque gorges, natural rock pools, river swimming and canoeing, are all within 40 minutes, or much less, from your front door.

Golf is available in Saint Thomas (35 minutes), Lamalou les Bains (45 minutes) or Carcassonne (one hour).

The Spanish border is about a 90 minutes drive, while in winter inexpensive Pyranées skiing is available in a little over 2 hours drive – making it possible for a day trip.

Roquebrun (20 minutes)

RoquebrunThe tower of Roquebrun is the sole remaining trace of a Carolingian castle built to protect the inhabitants from barbarian invasions in the year 900. The picturesque village, with its local canoe centre, is perched over the banks of the river Orb and has a Mediterranean garden that is well worth a visit. In summer the river beach is used for picnics, swimming as well as trout fishing.

Minerve (20 minutes)

Minerve a miraculous village, almost an island, perched over the meeting of two rivers where they tunnel through deep gorges, and where in 1210 Simon de Montfort massacred the Cathars during the crusades.

Beziers (25 minutes)

Entering Beziers across the river OrbEntering Beziers across the river Orb. The long “Allée Paul Riquet” esplanade, with the theatre at one end and the lovely Plateau des Poèts park at the other, is an attractive center to the town. In the middle of the esplanade is a statue of Paul Riquet, the founder of the famous Canal du Midi. Béziers is an excellent town for shopping. It has shops and stores of all sizes, from the Galeries Lafayette department store to small trendy boutiques.

Narbonne (25 minutes)

NarbonneNarbonne is the oldest town in the south-west of France. Founded by the Romans in the second century BC, it was a major port, although it now lies some 20 km from the sea.

Today the centre of Narbonne, bisected by the flower-bordered Canal de la Robine, is an attractive place for shopping and sightseeing. Without a doubt the best place to head for is the 100-year old Halles (covered market) by the bank of the canal. This award-winning market is said to be one of the best in France and the crowds milling around the 80-plus stalls are testimony to this claim. Open from 6 am until 1.00 pm daily, the market is overflowing with local produce: glistening displays of fresh fish and seafood, piles of melons, peppers and tomatoes, and the many varieties of charcuterie (cooked meats). It is cosmopolitan as well though … it’s one of the few places in the area with a good selection of non-local (and even non-French) cheeses.

On Thursdays there is also an open air market stretching along the canal bank near the Halles, with flower and clothes stalls, among others. The canal itself is lined with waterside cafés where you can refresh yourself in the shade of the plane trees.

Carcassonne (60 minutes)

The old Cité, CarcassonneThe old Cité. The mediaeval walled ‘Cité’ lies on the right bank of the River Aude and is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. It is still home to a population of approximately 120, is now very touristic but well worth a visit to its shops and craftsmen. The ultimate stronghold, built in the 12th century, it was the home of the Trencavels, Vicomtes of Carcassonne. While there, if time, try to see Carcassonne town, a few minutes by car from the Cité. There is a large, pleasant, mostly pedestrian area with the main square lined by restaurants.

At a distance of 800 metres from the Cité, on the commune of Pech Mary, you can see the flight of the world’s largest birds of prey. (info@

Montpellier (70 minutes)

A sophisticated city with lots of museums, great restaurants and shopping – and a great tram public transport system. The Fabre Museum is one of the biggest museums in France and holds Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French collections. For more information visit the Tourist Office in the Place de la Comédie (

Perpignan (60 minutes)

Half Catalan, half French, Perpignan is Languedoc at its most exotic. The last major town in Languedoc before the Spanish border there’s a real mix of cultures in this corner of the region: Catalan, Romany and North African all co-exist in this sunny city of palm-lined squares.

Note: Times stated are approximate and refer to driving times by car.

More Details

Owner
Kate and Ferdi
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Dutch, Afrikaans
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
3 July, 2018

About Kate and Ferdi

We live in Zambia, Africa, but I am English, and my husband Ferdi, is South African.

Kate and Ferdi purchased this apartment in 2016

Why Kate and Ferdi chose Saint-Chinian

We loved Saint-Chinian from the moment we arrived, with it`s stunning scenery and fantastic wines.

What makes this apartment unique

Tastefully renovated with a comfortable sitting room and modern kitchen make it a joy to stay in. There is a lovely view of the square, and excellent markets twice a week, plus wonderful walks from the doorstep.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint-Chinian in Hérault

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • King size bed with bedside tables and lamps, dressing table and wardrobe.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis

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Perfect get away on the square in Saint-Chinian with famous wine
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
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5

Perfect location for quiet vacation.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is lovely, attention to details in every rooms, very well equipped kitchen, extremely clean and organized. We thoroughly enjoyed it !!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eliane! It was lovely hosting you. We hope to see you again.
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Excellent holiday home perfectly situated in St Chinian

  • 5 of 5

Les Oliviers is a spacious and well appointed holiday home in a perfect spot overlooking the market square in St Chinian. It has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and when we stepped through the door we felt immediately at home.

The owners, Kate and Ferdie, were quick and efficient from the outset and booking etc. was so simple. They have clearly thought about the needs of their guests, good quality fittings and a well appointed kitchen. There was a well thought out guide to the house and local area as well as clear manuals for the equipment Of particular benefit during the peak southern French summer was a very efficient air conditioning unit.

St Chinian is well situated for touring this part of France. There is so much to see and do within 30 minutes drive, great beaches, Beziers, Narbonne and the Canal du Midi to name a few. Slightly further away are Carcassonne, Sete, and Montpellier. St Chinian has a good range of inexpensive restaurants and take-aways as well as a supermarket and other shops. The highlight for most visitors is the twice weekly market that offers a wide range of goods and fresh produce. Staying at Les Oliviers, we could wander across to the market, buy a few goodies and then pop across the road to enjoy the atmosphere with a coffee at the local café. It's worth mentioning that we found the locals to be most welcoming and friendly.

St Chinian is the centre of an important wine making area and it benefits from several good wine shops where the staff are passionate and knowledgeable about their products and very helpful in helping you choose the right wine for your occasion and budget. Les Oliviers benefits from being 30 yards away from one of these, so no need to worry about having to drive after a tasting session.

Les Oliviers was a gem of a find for our holiday, a fantastic location ideal for exploring the area, bustling village with good amenities and a well presented and maintained property. It is a place that we would definitely return to in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Malcolm for your kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed Les Oliviers and Saint-Chinian. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Location

Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Beziers
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Cafe du Balcon
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Saint Thomas
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Beziers
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
A9
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
La Caleche
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Valras
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £89.29

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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