We fell in love with this house a little bit...it's making me a bit nostalgic even writing this review.
My boyfriend and i stayed here with my parents for a week after a long search for a villa in a village within walking distance of a good boulangerie (that was my mum's one criteria). La Redorte does have a very good boulangerie and patisserie that we enjoyed many delicious breakfasts from. Their almond croissants are truly special.
The house itself is lovely with everything you could want or need inside, but it's the garden and outdoor room that really make this house so great! We didn't really use the inside except to sleep in and make the odd lunch or coffee. There are many different areas within the garden for you to sit in and enjoy the beautiful garden. We spent many nights in the outdoor room enjoying a bottle or 2 of the local rose or red wine.
The pool is lovely and well maintained, the pool lady came in a few times a week to make sure all was ok. The only complaint we do have is with the pool alarm. I understand the benefits of it when you have small children, however whilst we were there there was a fairly strong wind (apparently this is normal the locals informed us). The wind would be gusty in the mornings and nights and it was during the nights that the pool alarm would go off, we assume due to the gusts of wind. My parents were in the downstairs bedroom so they had a few night time trips to turn it off. I can't imagine it is very popular with the neighbours. We did consider taking the batteries out but we didn't want to do any damage.
This was a minor thing really but something for the owners to consider. It did nothing to tarnish our enthusiasm for the house itself and our enjoyment of the week.
The area itself is really pretty and new for my parents who are well travelled in France. If you like your wine as we do there are lots of places to try wine on a smaller scale, whether the minervois wines or corbiere wines are more your thing, they are both within easy driving distance.
We ate out in Homps a couple of times and whilst its a very pretty little place on the Canal du Midi we couldn't help feeling like we were in an English enclave. When in France we would rather feel like we are in France but we put that down to it being June and outside of the French holidays.
Ultimately our favourite thing to do became lighting up the outside/covered bbq with some meat bought at the market, opening up a few bottles of wine and enjoying a long relaxed evening at the villa. Onlonzac market on a Tuesday morning is worth a visit if you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a proper French town.
One week was just not long enough in this lovely area of France and the equally as lovely Les Glycines.
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Had a one week stay here with my family, the house is beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean through out and plenty of space for 6 people.
It has lovely gardens, swimming pool and barbeque area, close to all vi;;age amenities and the restaurant close by on the Canal De Midi is a must. We visited Carcassonne 20 mins drive and the beautiful city and beaches of Narbonne 30 mins drive. There is a supermarket near by and plenty of local markets to visit and bars for those lazy summer lunch's
We have fell in love with the area and now planning to return in 2015 for a longer stay.
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Loved the house and privacy of the garden. Convenient to supermarket and other attractions in the region