We first rented the Château in August 2008 and it has been a huge pleasure to receive lovely comments from many of our guests. A selection from each year is shown below:
We spent a week here celebrating a special birthday with friends and couldn’t have asked for a better location. Views from the bedrooms and terraces were stunning and the pool a delight to cool down in after a day’s sight-seeing. There were 12 adults at the peak of the celebration but at no time did we feel this was too much (although one couple did have to split and sleep in two single rooms). There was plenty of space to eat around a huge kitchen table and on the terrace outside. We made use of the BBQ’s on two nights, ate at both neighbouring restaurants on another two and had a caterer in on one night to enjoy a special meal outdoors.
…All in all I would recommend staying here but instead of expecting luxury, think more along the lines of quirky French castle with thoughtful extras. Ventenac is a very special place and we count ourselves lucky to have spent time there.
JP, September 2014
Ian P & Clan, August 2014
First visit to this part of France and when I saw the Chateau from the road, I fell in love with it straight away. The views are spectacular and so lovely to be so close to the canal. The shop (Maria’s) for hot pastries went down well with the family and the wine shop next door was very popular too.
Julia, thanks for equipping the house so well and I just can’t think of staying in a hotel for future holidays. We really loved your place and hope we can come again. Will certainly be recommending the place to friends who would like to share a large group holiday.
Mala & Family, July 2014
We had one of the most memorable family holidays with the 15 extended family members in your spacious beautifully decorated Chateau Ventenac. It was exactly like what the pictures on the website informed us. I enjoyed the beautiful views from every corner of the house. The spacious kitchen was very popular at meal times and when we were cooking meals.
The gardens and pool were enjoyed by many. My husband, who is the least active of the group, enjoyed relaxing on the middle terrace as well as the pool terrace. Having the Canal du Midi at your gate was wonderful and a pastry shop a few minutes away was very useful every morning.
Karen the caretaker was a great source of information on where to go and the maps in the information folder aided us very much. The well-equipped kitchen with plenty of dinnerware was very much appreciated.
Congratulations on creating this lovely holiday destination.
MS, July 2014
Fantastic holiday home. Plenty of room, fully equipped with everything you need. Small quiet village on the canal but with 2 restaurants, a local mobile shop for fresh bread etc and a virtually on site wine cave.
Nick M, August 2013
Well-equipped house – very comfy. Children loved pool.
Len B & family, August 2013
It was lovely to speak to you this afternoon and to be able to pass on our thanks to you in person for the most wonderful holiday at Château Ventenac. All of our party loved every minute at your very special home.
Sarah S, July 2013
A wonderful week: a fantastic house & setting for teenagers. Great weather to tour area – Narbonne Plage, Narbonne, Beziers, & unforgettable Bastille Day fireworks at Carcassonne. Many thanks Julia!
Alan C, family & friends, July 2013
This has been a perfect week. We’ve hardly wanted to leave the house and pool, but when we have, loved the local towns and villages and beautiful countryside.
Nick, July 2013
We had a great time at the château, it suited the group perfectly. Château Ventenac was a terrific location to experience rural France while being close enough to Narbonne and other larger centres to allow for shopping, restaurant, and sightseeing trips (Le Tour de France being most important). The Château comfortably accommodated our party of 12 and the outdoor dining areas provided for a wonderful way to wile away the evening while enjoying the view and wonderful wines from the wine cave next door. In summary, a wonderful experience and we wouldn’t hesitate to return.
Ian P (Australia) & cycling group, June 2013
A lovely time was had by all. A grand home with good facilities views and walks around the canal were very charming. A great French holiday we would recommend to all.
The Marr, Whelan & Cornelius group, September 2012
We have had a lovely time, thank you! Château Ventenac has been a little find. ……… Our family thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was hard to pull them away from the pool. ……… The house is amazing and something we will remember for a long time – pleased that you allow us to share your fantastic holiday home!
The Blackham, Devereux & Brown group, September 2012
We loved the house. It was very well equipped and was charming in every way! We had a fabulously relaxing time and way more space than we had bargained for! It really is a very special house and you have done a first class job of making it feel homely but without losing the grandeur of Château Ventenac. P.S. the recommendations for restaurants were excellent.
The Della Porta Family, August 2012
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.
Catherine, August 2012
First time here, beautiful weather and views! Celestine’s for ice cream and beer is highly recommended! Lovely house and well-equipped for large groups. Day boat hire was great fun and the wine cave next door was a much visited attraction!
The Wilson, Mellersh & Brown group, August 2012
Lovely weather, a calming view and plenty of distractions when needed – the Château has made for a particularly enjoyable and relaxing vacation. ……… Biking along the canal was enthusiastically taken up by all the families (6 kids) – highly recommended!
The Gessell, Welsh & Early group, July 2012
A very memorable time in a very beautiful château surrounded by natural beauty. Our family (6 adults and 6 teenage grandchildren) have had a very wonderful experience with us. Thank you.
Jennifer & Brian Stuart (New Zealand) & Family, July 2012
Fantastic 50th celebration with our friends. House well-equipped and location stunning. Gruissan marina excellent seafood. Cafe du Port restaurant in Paraza well worth a visit. Bikes from MellowVelos great value and the owner has some wonderful routes.
Naomi & Sean O’Neill + 10, June 2012
A fantastic Christmas week: excellent weather, food, company, walks, Scrabble etc. in a wonderful setting. Thank you Julia!!.
The Llorcas, Worthingtons & Nethercotes (UK, France & Australia), December 2011
A lovely week of exploring, (over)indulging in food and wine, solving the problems of the world, laughing a lot. Loved Ventenac and the Château – whoever organised the weather did a fabulous job! Merci beaucoup!
The GODS (Getting Older Drinking Society) from New South Wales, Australia, September 2011
We so enjoyed being here. A beautiful setting. We took day trips by car and discovered a part of France we’d never known – Carcassone, Cathar castles, Minerve, Pezenas, Midi Canal cruise, Collioure. ……… So enjoyed the big kitchen table for the family to sit around together, the patio for barbecues and all the amenities for family fun. There were 9 of us in total, including a 2 year old granddaughter .
Joan & Eric Bent & Family, from Nova Scotia, Canada, September 2011
Wonderful week in beautiful Château. Children loved the pool, parents loved the wine next door! Local restaurants looked after us well and were very child friendly.
Boyle’s, Smart’s & Zeidler’s, August 2011
Great Château, great wine, great weather = an amazing holiday!! THANK YOU!
The Wyatt group, August 2011
We had a marvellous and very relaxing holiday. Thank you so much for sharing your glorious Château!
Kathleen & guests, July 2011
What a wonderful place! Many, many thanks for a great holiday!
Sharon O’Sullivan, October 2010
Fantastic holiday, beautiful villa. Wish we had more time here!Go to Lac de Jouarres & L’o de la Bouche in Le Somail. Thank you!! Truly wonderful!
The Nori group, September 2010
Great house, excellent for a large group. Beautiful location. We’ve had a wonderful holiday. Thanks a lot!
The Hill, Bradbury, Bayliss, Lane, Alabaster & Nimmo-Scott group, August 2010
Nice, well stocked, well equipped house with nice pool. Would recommend Coustoulou restaurant. Carcassonne is a very nice place to visit.
The Emson, Bowden, Michie group, August 2010
The Oldenburg group, July 2010
A wonderful place to relax, swim, read, write, and drink wine. Thank you for a lovely week.
Dark Angels (residential writing courses for business), July 2010
A beautiful home, very well equipped. Fantastic views and great wine next door. We all had a lovely holiday. Thank you.
The Webb & Jeffreys group, August 2009
Enjoyed two lovely weeks in your beautiful house. Thank you.
The Hale Family, August 2009
We had a wonderful time, thank you. ……… I have to say, we were all delighted to find such a clean, well equipped house…….. We loved the house and the area………. thank you for a very special week. This holiday may have been something of a one off, but I am certainly recommending the château to friends and would welcome the opportunity to return one day. ……… A fantastic family holiday.
The Edwards Family August 2009
Superb family holiday. ……… We have just got back from our stay in France at Château Ventenac. The château was delightful, spacious and very well equipped, all of which contributed to an easy and enjoyable holiday with our family. ……… The house provided something for everyone – views, pool, beautiful location. A really lovely week.
The Siddals Family, July 2009
I wanted to write to thank you for a fantastic week at the Château Ventenac. We all had a superb time and thoroughly enjoyed the house, pool, grounds and the local area. 2 golf courses are good (Carcassonne and Beziers).
E Halliwell, July 2009
Everything about the house absolutely perfect! ……… I know they all thought it was wonderful.
Geoff & friends, July 2009
We did enjoy our time at the Château. We loved the house, gorgeous position and the town. It worked very well with the family. The caretaker was very helpful and informative about the surrounding areas. Thank you.
S V, April 2009
We found the property extremely well suited to our large group and really appreciated the space it offered to our group of 14 – ranging in age from mid forties down to 7 months!
The weather was great and so we were able to have a good blend of sightseeing – visiting Carcassonne, Lagrasse and Collioure and relaxing by the pool.
As a group we felt that the château had the best equipped kitchen we had experienced, and this made cooking for such a large group much easier than perhaps I had anticipated.
J R, August 2008