Château Ventenac is a large, extremely well-appointed gîte with pool situated in the Languedoc region of southern France
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Château Ventenac provides excellent accommodation for self-catering holidays by a large family or group. Our seven bedrooms and five bathrooms accommodate up to 12 adults and 4 children in style and comfort. You will have the whole house, its spacious gardens and pool to yourselves. The Château is easy to get to, whilst the Languedoc has an exceptionally good Mediterranean climate and claims over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Situated on the banks of the picturesque Canal du Midi, the Château faces south and nearly every room overlooks our gardens, lush vineyards and beyond to stunning views of the Corbières hills and, on a clear day, the Pyrenees and majestic Mont Canigou. Enjoy these spectacular views whilst sitting on the long balcony in the shade of the luxuriant wisteria, or whilst dining on the large terrace as you watch the sun go down.
The village square is within a minute’s walk, whilst two restaurants and the boulangerie are less than 100 metres from our canal-side gate. The surrounding area has many places to explore on foot, while many guests hire bikes to venture further afield. Ventenac is the ideal base from which to explore and we have plenty of guidebooks and maps so you can make the most of your stay.
Travel options to the Château and the region’s attractions are good. Several convenient airports offer budget regional and long-haul connections, whilst Ventenac is also very well placed for rail and road travel. Flights from the UK are available from as little as £35 (or less) return off-peak, from airlines like Easyjet and Ryanair. By car we are 35 minutes from the sunny Mediterranean beaches and just half an hour to Cathar castles and the medieval city of Carcassonne. The Pyrenees and Spain are just over an hour’s drive away.
Château Ventenac has been restored, incorporating all modern conveniences like WiFi whilst retaining original features such as marble fireplaces and polished oak floors. For winter holidays, the drawing room’s big open fire is particularly atmospheric and welcoming – we keep a ready supply of logs for guests’ use. The Château has a library of DVDs, books and games and is equipped with satellite TV and HD television with Blu-ray/DVD. In the cellar there is a table football table, whilst in the gardens there is an all-weather table tennis table and boules.
The attractive terraced gardens and private swimming pool provide plenty of space for privacy, relaxation and play in the shade or soaking up the heat of the Languedoc sun. The pergola next to the pool is a great place to relax swinging gently in a hammock or sitting watching the boats on the Canal du Midi while enjoying a glass of the local Minervois wine (produced at the Caveau of “Château de Ventenac Minervois” just 50 metres away from the Château’s canal-side gate).
There are a number of steps between each terrace and, because of this, the property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. We ask our guests to supervise small children at all times, particularly in the outside areas.
Our House Manager, Sharon, is at the Château late afternoon to ensure that all is well when guests arrive on their first day. To help you settle in, we provide a starter pack of essential supplies.
The Château offers an extraordinary retreat, tucked away from the busy tourist destinations of southern France, yet still within easy reach of the main attractions.