Holiday mansion in southern France

Mamaison Midi, Homps

Situation

The mansion is situated in HOMPS, a nice little place 25 km north of Narbonne in the most southern part of France, the MIDI in the natural park Languedoc and amidst the vine growing area of the Minervois.

Endless sand beaches, green hills, snow-covered peaks, vine grapes in the sun, prestigious castles and abbeys, old cities of the Cathars, wild gorges, rivers to bath in, sleepy fishing villages...the Languedoc holds particular attractions for everyone.

Our village of HOMPS is directly on the Canal du Midi which was built during the times of Louis XIV to link two seas: the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

It takes you abt. 25kms to go to Narbonne with its famous cathedral, 30kms to Carcassonne with its famous middle-aged castle, and an airport, 35 min. to reach the beaches, 80 kms to the Pyrenees and 120 kms to the Spanish border.

Homps is a nice and peaceful village that has kept its genuine village character. You'll find your boulanger (the baker's) and your boucherie ( the butcher's), a small grocer's and a supermarket. Of course, there is the church, the post office, a petrol station, five restaurants on the quai and an internet café. To see a larger supermarket and more shops, you can go to Olonzac (1 km) and Lézignan (8 kms) where is a station, too.

You can rent a bike and get tourist information (e.g. for renting boats) in the Capitainerie, our direct neighbour. Here, you can also have  public internet access provided you bring along your own laptop. It takes you 10 minutes to have a bath in the nice nearby lake, the Lac Jouarres.

 

The mansion

The mansion is part of an 200-year-old former wine-growing estate and is situated directly on the Canal du Midi. There are 3 independent flats with an exceptional view on the canal, on boats chugging along, on the vineyards and the nearby hills of the Montagne Noire,  the black mountains. The house is quietly situated to the edge of the village in a blind alley just leading to a strolling and cycling path along the canal.

 

The flats

There are three flats available.

 

Flat 1

is on the ground-floor. There are two bedrooms with a double bed and two single beds each, a living and dining-room with bordering kitchen unit and a little bathroom with shower. The flat has abt. 45 m². There is a folding sofa in the living where 1-2 more people can sleep. This flat has direct access to a little terrace and the yard.

Flat 2

is on the first floor and has got a large hall, two spacious bedrooms with 1 double-bed and 2 single beds each, an open chimney, a large living and dining space with bordering kitchen unit and a roomy bathroom. Furthermore, there is a large sofa in the living where another two people can sleep on and a separate occasonial bed. The flat has abt. 65 m².

Flat 3

is on the first floor, too. This is the flat of our own; thus it has got a more refined equipment and more space (abt. 120 m²). We have got a hall, a very large and beautiful bathroom with bathtube and shower, three bed-rooms with double beds and one French bed. The kitchen is very spacious, with dining table and bordering the living room. This flat is the quietest of all since it shows to the garden. The clou: there is also a roof-terrace equipped with barbecue and furniture offering a great view to the port, the lake, the Montagne Noire and the Pyrenees.

All flats are equipped in the typical local style. They all have got heating and thus are ideal for spending the quiet and relaxing in-between seasons with lower temperatures.

When decorating,  we were maintaining the original character of the time-honoured house.

The flats are very well equipped with cooker, fridge and dishes for self-sufficient guests.

Flat 1 and 2 can take advantage of part of the spacious yard to have breakfast in the shadow of the old plane trees, watch boats passing by, have barbecue or simply relax.

There is a boxroom on the ground floor for bicycles and prams as well as a washing machine for all appartments. A radio with CD-facility is available in flats 1 and 2, flat 3 has also got a TV. Additional beds can be installed on request.