|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Les Olivettes is a large luxury villa with infinity pool and stunning views. It sits on the edge of the picturesque village of Octon, in the upper L’Herault region of Languedoc.
The villa provides spacious accommodation, sleeping 10 people in comfort. It has a luxury American-style kitchen, large dining room and lounge, both fully furnished for 10. All rooms open onto the pool and terrace. The lounge has TV and a wood-fired fireplace is shared with the dining room. Two en-suite double bedrooms are on the ground floor. An impressive Italian staircase rises to a huge mezzanine open to both front and back of the building, allowing a refreshing breeze to flow through. This is a relaxing area that includes a double bed-settee. Also upstairs are the two air-conditioned double bedrooms, both with large bathrooms and great views. The pool terrace, where plenty of poolside furniture is available, overlooks the 10m pool and looks out over peach and olive groves to the local vineyards.
The house: Brand new for 2006, three minutes from fresh bread in the village square, garage, parking,
ice maker, fenced pool, spa/jacuzzi, by stream, no through road, BBQ.
The road into the villa is a small country lane and therefore maybe unsuitable for large vehicles, such as caravans and camper vans.
Out and About - activities around Octon: Cycling is the French national sport, so cyclists are welcomed everywhere. You are at liberty to dress up in lycra cycling uniforms identical to those worn by the other 50 members of your cycling club, and no Frenchman will find you at all humorous. Normal mortals can hire bicycles in many towns.
Canoeing - there are many places where you can hire a canoe or kayak and paddle gently downstream, and then get driven back upstream to collect your car. Great way to spend a day.
Golf - there are good courses in Montpellier, Beziers, Cap d'Agde and La Grand Motte, all within an hour's drive, and a nine-holer at Lamalou les Bains is an easy 30 minutes away.
Windsurfers, dinghies and catamarans can all be hired five minutes away at the Lac du Salagou, or on the other side of the lake at the sailing centre in Clermont l'Herault.
Walking - there are some 6000 kilometres of maintained, marked out pathways in the Languedoc. No excuses!
Out and About - food and drink: The area is particularly rich in in traditional foods of the region, and has borrowed freely from the cuisines of Aragon and northern Italy, and to a lesser extent Spain and Morocco. There is also of course a strong Mediterranean influence, even here, forty minutes inland - merchants bring fresh fish to inland markets and fishmongers every day. The Languedoc is becoming a respected producer of quality wines. Many domains already produce wines that command high prices. As you drive around the area, you will see numerous signs reading 'dégustation'. The word originally denoted the art of recognising a wine, its place of origin, quality, and age just from the taste, but now it just means free tasting. You can stop and taste wines at these places, and if you like what you taste you buy direct from the producer, sometimes at a significant discount.
We have just returned from a wonderful stay in this beautiful villa. It has everything you need for a very relaxing vacation in a very charming little village and was just as beautiful as shown in all the photos. We enjoyed the villa itself and the lively little village of Octon as well as the many wonderful day trips all within an hour from the villa. From visiting the many other villages in the surrounding countryside; the caves at La Grottes de Clamouse near the historic town of St Guilhem Le Desert; the dinosaur museum and lovley fishing village of Mezes; Beziers and the famous 9 locks on the Canal du Midi; Pezenas..and the list goes on. Our children also thoroughly enjoyed the Lac du Salagou and the opportunity to fish and catch "Crawdads" in the lake near the deserted town of Celles! Overall a wonderful vacation and we would highly recommend this villa to others.
Back from a dream into the real world for three weeks now it is time to write a short review about Les Olivettes. However, what could we add to the already all-telling notes from our predecessors - actually almost nothing as our vacations were as perfect as we hoped them to be after looking at the pictures and the reviews. In real life you have your expectations and hope that they will be met at least to some extent and you would have beautiful holidays. With Les Olivettes your expectations are not only met by 100% but are definitely exceeded by far.
We don’t want to repeat but can only confirm everything that the other lucky guests of Les Olivettes already mentioned.
The first week we didn’t have perfect weather (around 15° and sometimes rain) so we did a lot of sightseeing and visited places like:
Beziers, Montpellier (on a Saturday with the beautiful market under the aqueduct), Cirque de Navacelles (a canyon that certainly can compete with its bigger brother in the US), three of the most beautiful villages in France (part of “plus belles villages de France”): St.-Guilhem-le-Désert, Couvertoirade and Minerve; Pezenas, Millau (with the breathtaking bridge built by Sir Norman Foster), etc.
And what else could you ask for when the weather’s not nice but having a large HDTV-Set and the football world cup in South Africa and – even better – a satellite-set that allows you to follow it on your local TV-channels (German in our case).
With the second week being beautiful and warm the name of the game was garden, pool and BBQ from morning to night.
A few tips:
- The baguette in the little shop in Octon certainly is one of the best you can get in all of France (and we’ve been to France a lot and really can tell)
- Buy the best olive oil either on one of the markets or in the cooperative in Clermont L’Herault (close to the Hyper U supermarket)
What else? Without exaggeration we can say that we spent some of our best holiday ever in Les Olivettes and we are already planning to go back there next year but this time it has to be three weeks!
You might ask now what the downside was because there has to be one, nothing is only good and perfect…….and you are true so we have to be honest and tell you about this, too: the negative thing about Les Olivettes is that you have to leave at some time and that it will take a while until you get back there.
We have just returned from a lovely week at Les Olivettes. We have been renting houses in France and Spain for many years and can honestly say that this house is the most luxurious, comfortable and well equipped house we have ever stayed in. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather all week and spent most of our time outside on the lovely terraces at the back of the house or in the swimming pool which was immaculately clean. Even if the weather had been poor the inside of the house would have more than made up for it, with a great selection of books and games, not to mention the enormous TV - the house even has an IPod doc much to my daughter's delight! The house is on the edge of a very pleasant and lively village with a general shop (which sells just about everything you would need) a couple of cafes and a hotel with restaurant. The village also has a cave selling red wine en vrac (with containers thoughfully supplied in the kitchen!) and rose wine in bottles - both were excellent quality and very reasonably priced. I do hope that we can return some time to Les Olivettes but will in the meantime be thoroughly recommending it to others!
I am just back from my 2nd visit to Les Olivettes (was there in June 2008 also) and again we all had a fantastic week. I went with 5 other people (3 couples) and we had such a relaxing week. The villa is absolutely stunning with everything you could possibly need for a great holiday. There's loads of dvd's, games, books and pool stuff.
The kitchen is so well equipped and spacious it was actually a pleasure to cook in and the guys were very happy manning the bbq every evening. The bedrooms are all fab so there were no rows about who got which one. There are more than enough sun loungers and 2 large outdoor tables on the veranda with lots of chairs.
The whole house is spotless, very well maintained and decorated lovely.
I'm already looking forward to my next visit to Les Olivettes.
Just returned from this property and having visited many other properties in France with friends & family, we were completely bowled over by this house. When we arrived & opened the front door, we went from room to room saying "Wow" in every one. We rented the property with 6 friends, and you could always find your own space if you wished to do so, although we enjoyed sharing everything the property & region had to offer.
The house is magnificent & beautifully decorated. Outside there is a large patio area with a wonderful infinity pool & jacuzzi. Everything is in fantastic condition & the furnishings, linen, towels, crockery, cutlery & all utensils are of the highest quality. Everything that you need to make your holiday complete is provided for you. There is a huge selection of DVD's, a library of books, indoor games, and lots of pool games equipment. There are plenty of sun loungers, a shaded area on the terrace, and beautiful shrubs which attract a host of wonderful butterflies
The property is huge, with spacious rooms & a fantastic well-equipped kitchen. The 4 en-suite bedrooms are all excellent, but the master bedroom, with a dressing room has to be seen to be believed! I have never seen so much storage space in a holiday home. The upstairs mezzanine area is another lovely place to relax.
The village of Octon is within 3 mins. walk, and the cafe/bar & restaurant well worth a visit - in fact several visits! Wonderful meals, good wines, friendly welcome & service, and all at very reasonable prices.The village shop sells fresh bread, croissants & local delicacies too.
The whole area is wonderful, & there are so many places to explore & visit. but we spent a great deal of time relaxing by the pool & barbecuing in the evenings. We did manage to visit Lac du Salagou, Lodeve, Carcassonne, Gorges de L'Herault & some caves, of both the Grotte & wine variety.Three members of our party also enjoyed some of the golf courses in the area.
We did experience a slight problem with the pool, and upon telephoning the caretaker, the problem was rectified immediately by the contractors. The caretaker had also telephoned when we arrived to ensure that everything was in order & we had everything we needed - nothing seemed to be too much trouble at all.
The property has every amenity you would wish for, and we will certainly consider visiting this beautiful place again.
This is a fantastic property. Tastefully decorated and furnished. Excellent facilities. The kitchen is amazing, very well equipped.
The bedrooms are very spacious, especially the master suite which is like an apartment on its own with large bathroom, separate dressing area and large bedroom.
Location is beautiful and peaceful with fantastic views. Lodeve and Claremont l'Herault are within easy driving distance for supermarkets, restaurants, etc. The local village has a little store and if you are an early riser you can get fresh croissant and pain au chocolat before they sell out!
Lots of beautiful drives and things to do in this area. Car is essential.
This is a fantastic property for family groups, friends, special celebrations or just a relaxing break away.
An added bonus is the lovely pool and jacuzzi to work off the wonderful food you'll have whilst in France whether you cook it yourself in the fantastic kitchen, on the outdoor barbeque or in one of the local restaurants.
I am booking my third visit already!
Octon is a small village between Lodeve to the north and Clermont L’Herault to the south, surrounded on all sides by vineyards and hills of the local red earth. The village has a church, a small hotel with restaurant, two café/bars and a village shop all clustered around the village square. There are several wine caves in the village. Lac du Salagou is just a few minutes away, where equipment can be hired for all types of watersports, as well as for fishing. The area is wonderful for walking, horse-riding and cycling. Restaurants, supermarkets, weekly street markets and shops can be found in the lively market towns of Clermont l’Hérault, Lodeve or Pézenas, all a short drive away. Swimming at Mediterranean beaches at Sete or Cap d’Agde is forty minutes away. An hour's drive takes you to Roman towns such as Avignon, Nîmes, Arles to the east, stunning Carcassonne and the Cathar castles to the west.
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Jun 27 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||£300|
All costs for utilities are included. Linen, bath and hand towels are provided, and will be changed weekly. You should bring your own pool towels - our white bath towels are NOT suitable for this purpose.
We understand you expect the property to be properly clean and prepared for your arrival. We hope and expect hirers will therefore leave the property in the condition in which they found it. The
A non-returnable deposit of 20% of the total rental is required to secure the booking. The balance is due eight weeks before arrival. A security deposit of £300 is required for rentals of either one or two weeks, and is due a the same time as the final balance. This is returnable minus any deductions for breakages, extra cleaning etc.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.