Les Trois Oliviers is a well-appointed detached villa with large pool and beautiful views over the 1000 year old
village of St-Genies de Fontedit. It is a child friendly property in an enclosed garden with lawns, shady
trees and a hammock. The pool is fully enclosed to the highest safety standard, with child-proof gates.
The house is in a superb
location, around 20 minutes from Beziers. It is half an hour from a variety of sandy beaches. It is near to the
Orb river and on the on the edge of the Parc Naturel Regional de Haut Languedoc with kayaking, swimming, fishing
and numerous scenic walks just 10 minutes away.
The house featured on Channel 4’s ‘Richard & Judy’ as a fine example of a property in
has 5 bedrooms sleeping a total of 9:
Downstairs:- 2 doubles (one of which has
a kingsize bed and French windows leading into the garden) and a twin.
Upstairs:- a twin and a single
bedroom, both with air-conditioning. Additionally, we have a travel cot and high chair at the property
and provide all linens and house towels (please provide your own beach towels).
Downstairs, there is a large bathroom
with a WC, 2 washbasins, shower and bath, plus a further separate WC. There is second bathroom upstairs with a WC, washbasin
and bath with shower over. The kitchen is fully equipped with ample crockery and cutlery. We also provide plenty
of unbreakable glasses and crockery for use around the pool. There is an eye-level oven with separate hob (gas and electric
rings), a kettle, toaster, dishwasher, microwave and American style fridge/freezer. The lounge/dining room is extremely
large and has a TV, DVD player, and radio/cassette/CD player. You can also dine on the verandah
over looking the pool and village. There is a separate pool
house with a washing machine and tumble dryer, WC and heated shower. There is also an outdoor cold shower. The
house has WiFi.
Cleaning is done at changeover or fortnightly. Additional cleaning can be arranged with the housekeeper
at the guest's expense. The housekeeper can also provide for, or arrange baby-sitting, as required.
For guests requiring additional accommodation, there are two modern gites within the
grounds which can be rented as a supplement to the house.
Gite 1:- Sleeps 2-4. Small
but well appointed studio. Open plan kitchen/dining area/sitting room. Sofa can be turned into a double bed.
Shower room with WC & washbasin. Bedroom with double bed.
Gite 2:- Sleeps 4-6. Downstairs:
Open plan kitchen/living room/dining recess. Large shower room with WC & washbasin. Double bedroom.
Mezzanine: 2 single beds on gallery. Double bedroom.
Both gites are well equipped with cookers, kettles, toasters,
fridge/freezers, washing machines & microwaves.
Please note that the gites are generally only let out as supplementary
accommodation to the house although we would consider letting the gites out separately out of season (November-February).
The garden is fully enclosed with automated
gates. The pool is 12m x 6m in size and between 1.1m and 2.9m deep. It is also completely enclosed to the highest
There are sun loungers and parasols around
the pool, a hammock under the trees and a rocking chair on the veranda. Further tables and outdoor seating is available
for larger groups on request.
There is a barbecue, swings, a basketball hoop, table tennis table and boules.
|Please note: this picture was taken prior to the pool being enclosed
St-Genies de Fontedit is situated around one hour from Montpellier airport and around an hour and a quarter from Carcassonne
airport. Nimes and Perpignan airports are about an hour and a half away, and Toulouse, two hours away. Beziers
has recently been added to Ryanair 's Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester & Luton
(seasonal) schedules - this airport is around half an hour from the house. Whilst these services are currently
quite restricted , we are keen to promote the development of this airport. We are therefore now happy to consider November
- March bookings for periods other than the peak season Saturday-Saturday timings.
The house itself is situated in the village, at the edge of the historic centre. It is just a 3 minute walk to
collect morning croissants from the local bakery – the village also has a small general store, newsagent, pizza
shop and bar. There is an Intermarche supermarket about 5 minutes’ drive away just outside Magalas.
Magalas also has good local restaurants.
Situated in the Orb valley, there are numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy:
The local area boasts a wide range of mapped
walks to appeal to all levels of fitness.
Kayaking and river swimming is a 10 minute drive away. There are numerous local beaches – our favourite
is Valras Plage (20 miles away) as it also offers swings, aerial slides and showers as well as having a safe, sandy shoreline.
There is a good golf course
a St Thomas, only 15 minutes drive away which is open to non-members. Overall, there are 14 golf courses in the Languedoc
(check out http://www.languedoc-france.info/0416_golf.htm)
The village has had new tennis courts built, for which we hold a season ticket. These are 10 minutes walk
away and are floodlit so it is possible to play in the evenings if the daytime is too hot. In the summer you can take
on the locals in the village boules contest - the winner gets a fine chicken (plucked, thank goodness!)
The historic town of Beziers is 10 miles away. Dominated
by the beautiful cathedral and the famous ‘Nine Locks’ of the Canal du Midi, it offers a wealth of cafés,
restaurants, shopping, and nightlife including bowling. There is a good rugby club with a magnificent stadium and a
bull fighting arena.
The area also offers the following attractions, to appeal to all tastes:
The Parc Naturel Regional de
Haut Languedoc, the Black Mountains and Lake Salagou. This manmade reservoir is particularly safe for young children
bathing as there is a huge shallow ‘beach’ with no tides. The lake also has sailing, and windsurfing and
is popular with birdwatchers and fishermen (for freshwater, you need a 'carte de pêche vacances' which is available
at all fishing shops.)
The Gorges d’Heric. There are many spectacular gorges in the region, but this is perhaps the
most famous one locally. In an area of outstanding natural beauty, the gorge has caves, waterfalls and challenging walks
and climbs. For those wishing to see the gorge and its herds of wild ‘mouflons’ in a more relaxed fashion,
there is a famous ‘little train’ that does a tour.
The area is of great interest to geologists and archaeologists
below ground as well as above. Perhaps the most famous grottos are Grotte de Clamouse, an underground world of caves
with spectacular calcite and aragonite formations and Grotte de Labeil with its underground river, fossils and cave safar
are numerous historic towns and villages in the region worth a visit. The area generally is a treasure trove of superb roman
and mediaeval architecture. We particularly like Pezenas with its busy market and Carcassonne with its castle
The Sigean Wildlife Park is well worth a visit. You
genuinely do get to see and experience animals in the wild at close quarters.
Aqualand at Cap d’Agde is a large waterpark of slides and water experience to appeal to all ages and levels of
The area is, of course, a particularly famous wine producing region. There are numerous ‘Caves’
where the local produce can be tasted and bought.
For more about the region, please click this useful link