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Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes

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16 Avenue d Azillanet, 34210 Olonzac France
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#1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Olonzac
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"Les chambres d’hôtes & appartement de Sainte-Hélène" is a luxury B & B and apartment in the heart of Olonzac village, capital of the Minervois, part of the world’s largest wine producing region in the south of France. Sainte-Hélène is a large village house with records dating back to 1890 with high ceilings throughout and maintaining many original features. We have also added everything today’s traveller would require in a luxury B & B.
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Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Soundproof rooms
Bottled water
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, French

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Grade: 52 out of 100
10Restaurantswithin 1 km
1Attractionwithin 1 km
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Alice Moerk wrote a review Jun 2022
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I stayed at ste. Helene's 4times before Covid and my visits were outstanding, from the warm reception from Kay and Mark and the most comfortable beds of any of my many visits to France and the charm of olonzac and their b&b to the proximity of major areas of so. France such as Carcassonne, Toulouse, st. Guillem Narbonne, the Mediterranean and even medieval castles such as Montsegur. My stays were a true adventure. Thanks for the memories, my friends.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Kay Williams, Owner at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes
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Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review Alice! We have certainly missed you visiting us since Covid stopped people traveling. We loved seeing our area through the eyes of a historic novelist and feel like proud parents to see your published books featuring our little corner of France! Mark & Kay
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Pete T wrote a review Oct 2021
Cheltenham, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed in the apartment at Saint Hélène for two full months after retiring earlier this year. The apartment itself is beautiful, full of French charm and character but also ‘fully-loaded’ in terms of everything that you could possibly need for a home-from-home stay. The hosts, Mark and Kay have really thought of everything from the crisp linen sheets to the L’Occitane products in the contemporary bathroom suite, their attention to detail is, in my experience, second to none, absolutely five stars across the board. However, it is their customer service that deserves a very special mention, they have been nothing short of outstanding since the moment we arrived and have helped us out of what may have otherwise been some very difficult situations, notably a trip to the local hospital within days of my arrival. I simply cannot praise them, or Saint Hélène highly enough. I cannot wait to return. Thank you both so very much, Pete and Yasmin
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Date of stay: August 2021
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fchaix wrote a review Aug 2021
Reze, France10 contributions5 helpful votes
Lovely place during my bikepacking trip. Kay and Mark are very warm and welcoming. Pleasure to stop here. Rooms are comfy, I'll certainly stop by if I'm back in the area. (For bikepackers, you can store your bike safely in the garage)
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Cargo55 wrote a review Jul 2021
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We love the “workaday” town of Olonzac which can only be described as “the real south of France”! And so staying in its’ centre is so appealing. You can walk out in the heat of the day – potter around its’ bustling Tuesday market (the best for miles around as it has an eclectic mix of food, gifts and clothes), and enjoy it’s restaurants and popular terraced cafes. After a walk to nearby Homps to experience the sights and sounds of the Canal du Midi, we loved that the Sainte Helene B&B was such a cool oasis of retreat! We parked right outside and its’ owners Kay and Mark were wonderfully welcoming! The beautifully decorated salon and dining room or the cool terrace under the grapevine were perfect spots for an afternoon of reading, or enjoying a cuppa. Early evening we helped ourselves to a glass (or 2!) of local rose from their well-stocked “honesty” bar. Chatting to them, you realise that you are in the centre of something special as they suggest a myriad of places to visit and provide local knowledge and stories about life in a small and charming French town – Olonzac is wonderfully French! Kay and Mark offer loads of suggestions for places to go and things to see – if you don’t want to self-drive they also offer their own week long insight tours which include a mix of wine touring, French cooking, local culture and history. Our room was delightful, bright and airy but with a cool, calm décor – perfect for the hot July day! Huge beds, quality linen and lovely French toiletries are provided along with tea and coffee making in your room (so many French owned B&B’s don’t bother with this and it’s a must for us!) The highlight of our stay was the breakfast – a great choice of healthy cereals, fruits, yoghurts as well as pastries, eggs, ham, cheese and other goodies really set you up for your day’s touring! We will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Kay Williams, Owner at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes
Responded 31 Jul 2021
Thank you very much for your kind words. We will wish you well for your ongoing travels and look forward to your return! Mark & Kay
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Tales from the ... C wrote a review Aug 2020
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I stayed in the self-contained apartment at Ste Helene, and it perfectly fitted the bill for a week’s ‘retreat’ amidst a busy visit to friends nearby. The apartment is spacious and beautifully kitted out, with fantastic kitchen facilities, beautiful shower room, very comfortable bed, and many thoughtful and generous touches of luxury. The welcome from Kay and Mark was warm, and their assistance readily given when needed. If visiting again I would probably choose to stay in one of the rooms in the main house - due to proximity of the main road, which is busy mainly morning and eve of weekdays - but the apartment was ideal for independent living and cooking. Thanks Kay and Mark!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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lexieonhols wrote a review Aug 2020
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Our go to place when in the area. As on previous visits, Mark and Kay always provide a warm welcome and are the perfect hosts in this beautiful house. Plenty of helpful tips from both on where to go and things to do. Rooms and ensuites all lovely.
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Date of stay: July 2020
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gail_macdonald wrote a review Aug 2020
scotland7 contributions6 helpful votes
Central, spotless, lovely furnishings, helpful owners, great price Would totally recommend. Great location for exploring area and canals - bikes in apartment for use - one tip is pull back terrace door, have a glass of wine and enjoy being in your private little French apartment round the corner from shops, bars etc
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alex M wrote a review May 2020
Lanarkshire43 contributions13 helpful votes
Unfortunately our tour which was due to start on 23rd May was cancelled due to the outbreak. As soon as it was evident that cancellation was likely we received clear and accurate communication from Mark and Kay. No stupid comments just reliable up to date accurate information. Once the French Government made their position clear we were offered a 45% refund with the remainder being put towards a future tour. We were delighted with this outcome and look forward to travelling when safe to do so. I am sure it will be a 5 star experience if other reviews and our initial experience with the hosts are anything to go by. I will of course update this review once we have travelled but I wanted to put our experiences on record. We are obviously dealing with a very professional couple who want to do their best for their clients.
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Date of stay: May 2020
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Response from Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes
Responded 13 May 2020
Bonjour Alex, Thank you for your kind words…it has been a difficult time for everyone and we have appreciated your patience and understanding as we worked through this unprecedented situation. We are very much looking forward to hosting you, your wife and your friends next year. See you 2021! Mark & Kay
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catwoman6 wrote a review Jan 2020
Rhode Island363 contributions48 helpful votes
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I came to Olonzac to see the apartment I was interested in purchasing, but it had been bought by someone else. As I wanted to see the area in the off season, in case another place came on the market, the Sainte-Helene seemed a great choice for accommodation. However, my stay dates at the end of November coincided with their renovation dates. Ever welcoming, Mark and Kay offered the adjacent self catering apartment as an option. I accepted. The apartment is exactly as pictured. Spacious, with all the amenities, it was a comfortable, centrally located address. The shower was an absolute gem, with Occitane toiletries and a rain shower. As residents of the area for years, Mark and Kay were a fountain of knowledge about the area. Maps and brochures of the village and things to do were provided. And, excellent wine advice, as well. If given a second chance to return to Olonzac, I would choose any option the Sainte-Helene offers. The hospitality afforded me was unmatched.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Carolyn M wrote a review Sep 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand56 contributions52 helpful votes
Mark and Kay are great hosts and offer mini tours in conjunction with their accommodation which I did with friends, staying 5 nights and it was fabulous. Felt like a visitor , not a tourist. Firstly the B & B is beautiful and charming with large rooms and bathrooms, quality fittings, and premium linen. Mark & Kay took us out each day to see all the special sights of the area, complemented by suberb food and local wines. What more could one want!! For those who do not wish to drive in France then this is just the best option .
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Date of stay: September 2019
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US$94 - US$107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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FranceOccitanieHeraultOlonzac
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes
Which popular attractions are close to Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
Nearby attractions include Olonzac Market (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
Conveniently located restaurants include Le Ty Zac, Restaurant Le Bel Minervois, and Cote Brasserie.
Is Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 km away from the centre of Olonzac.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to Sainte-Hélène Chambres d'Hôtes?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Dolmen des Fades (4.4 km).