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Self catering holidays in Chateau on Canal du Midi with views of the Pyrenees.

Bedrooms 8
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Luxury holiday Gite ideal for large groups, 8 Bedrooms, 5 baths, sleeps 14 (+2).

Château Ventenac, available to rent for self catering holidays, is ideal for groups of family or friends who want to holiday together and is the perfect venue for that special birthday or anniversary celebration. Located in the Languedoc region, this holiday home boasts spectacular views over the Canal du Midi to the Corbieres hills and the Pyrenees. The 8 bedrooms & 5 bathrooms provide superb accommodation for up to 18 people (ideally 14 adults + 4 children) and offer modern conveniences like WiFi as well as retaining original features of the 19th Century Chateau.

The gardens and private swimming pool are designed for family fun with spaces to play games, relax in the shade or soak up the ever present Languedoc sun. Dine on the terrace overlooking the Canal du Midi with stunning views relaxing with a glass of our local wine. From Château Ventenac holiday home there are many places to explore by foot, bike or car. We are 35mins from the sunny Mediterranean beaches. See website for more details.

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Julia Bristow
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
September 8, 2017

About Julia Bristow

I originally bought Chateau Ventenac as a project with my ex husband in 2004. The house and gardens certainly needed a lot of work, Chateau Ventenac hadn't been touched for about 50 years.

Sadly during the process of renovation I separated from my ex husband but I decided to continue the work on my own.

It has been a tough few years but the house is now finished and I am so proud of what I have been able to do to turn a neglected wreck into a beautiful and comfortable holiday home.

I am now supported in looking after Chateau Ventenac by my new partner, Philip. We love spending time in Ventenac with friends and family visiting.

Julia Bristow purchased this chateau / country house in 2004

Why Julia Bristow chose Lezignan-Corbieres area

We were looking for a second home in France close enough to get to easily and yet far enough south to have the advertised 300 days of sunshine each year.This region is just so accessible with Carcassonne and Beziers airports only 40 minutes away and Narbonne train station with a Motorrail terminus just 20 minutes away.It is 15 minutes to the motorway.

It is just 40 minutes drive to the beach and yet you can be skiing in the Pyrenees within 2 hours.

It is a region steeped in history, both Roman and Cathar, with so many interesting places to visit.

We just love that the area has so much to offer yet is not too touristy. It is the real south of France. The locals are lovely and very friendly. The local wine is fantastic and local produce is fresh and very tasty.

We just love it.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

When at Chateau Ventenac you get a real sense of escape from the stresses of normal life. The views are spectacular and with such a vast landscape comes a sense of peace and restoration.

The house is very comfortable and cosy even though it retains some of the grandeur of it's bygone life. Polished oak floors, marble fireplaces and large rooms all make it feel like a Chateau and yet we have a really well equipped kitchen, very comfortable beds and up to date satellite broadband internet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to say what a fantastic week we had at the Château – it is truly a magical place – Ventenac is a little gem of a village. It was a holiday that my family and our children will have treasured memories of forever! It was made all the better by the delicious fresh bread, croissants and pain au chocolates from the boulangerie and the winery at the end of the road – I daren’t even think how many litres of wine we drank!! The swimming pool was a complete hit with the children and we had to drag them out of it much of the time otherwise they would have been happy to sleep in it. Thank you so much we were fascinated by the house itself and it is a credit to all your hard work in restoring it. We would definitely visit again in the future.
Aug 2013
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Nearest Airport
57 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Ventenac en Minervois
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Lezignan Corbieres
Nearest Restaurant
Ventenac en Minervois
Nearest Beach
27 Kilometres
Narbonne Plage
Car: recommended

Ventenac is a delightfully peaceful and friendly village, perfectly located for exploring the Languedoc region. The village has two restaurants offering a wide choice of menus and informal dining. There is a post office, a bakery open every day, playground for small children and boules pit. In nearby villages there are more restaurants, supermarkets, bakers, general stores, tabacs, cafés and bars. The pure sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea are about 35 minutes drive away, with a choice of family resorts such as Narbonne Plage and Gruisson, with its unusual chalets supported on stilts. From the house you can see the hills of the Corbières range, with the Pyrenees behind them – about an hour away by car. The famous medieval city of Carcassonne is 35km away, while the Cathar village of Minerve is even closer. Our biggest local city is Narbonne, just 20 mins away, first established as a regional capital by the Romans circa 1st century BC.

Other Activities: boating on the Canal du Midi


Ventenac-en-Minervois Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , very large room with roll top bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , large 2 person shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , hydrotherapy shower unit
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower unit over bath
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , hydrotherapy shower unit
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , extra child bed available
    Bedroom 7 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , extra child bed available
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , extra child bed available
  • We provide a very high standard of accommodation. All but one of the bedrooms are south facing with stunning panoramic views across our gardens, the Canal du Midi and the southern France countryside. All linen and bathroom towels are provided. The 1st floor bedrooms are gloriously spacious with their own en suite and original restored features such as the polished oak floors and fireplaces. Each room is traditionally decorated with bedside tables, lamps, rugs, curtains, chairs, hairdryer and at least one table/desk. Second Floor bedrooms are furnished in a pretty French country style, which complements the original terracota tiled floors and exposed beams. On the top floor there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms . *Cots and high chairs are available on request at the time of booking.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 16 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is a laundry room in the cellar with a washer and separate dryer. Table tennis in cellar.


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Self catering holidays in Chateau on Canal du Midi with views of the Pyrenees.
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

September 2010

  • 5 of 5

Our time at Chateau Ventenac can be best described as pure escapism from our busy city lives. The Chateau was very clean and well equipped and the fact that it had wifi was a great bonus. The people caring for the property and grounds were very attentive and friendly but also discreet.

The Chateau was beautiful and far beyond what we had imagined. The view towards the Pyrenees was unsurpassed.

Places that we would recommend not missing are - L'o de la Bouche in Le Somail. This restaurant served great food in a very pretty setting alongside the Canal du Midi. Also, we would definitely advise hiring the bikes from MeloVelo in Paraza and following one of their cycle routes. It was a great way to get to know the area and see things we would have otherwise missed in a car. The ride to Lac Jouarres was great as it took us through the vineyards away from all the roads and then back along the canal through all the little quintessenital french villages. Carcassone, Beziers and Narbonne are all worth seeing.

We would certainly recommend this Chateau to friends and family and would love to return again.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Lorraine. So glad that you enjoyed our beloved Chateau. We really enjoy sharing it with our guests and we do our best to ensure that everyone has a good time. Julia.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $659.46

Security deposit of £500
Payment will be accepted in Pounds sterling or euros by online BACS payment or Paypal. 25% deposit required for all bookings.
For further details about our holiday home and special rates please call or email. Please note that we are flexible on start day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund