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Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes
Ranked #1 of 7 Olonzac B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 May 2013

Just finished staying here for one week after a month of traveling throughout France. What a wonder find and stay. Mark and Kay are just wonderful hosts who did everything possible to make our stay a memorable one. They are full of information about the area, best routes, parking, and sights not to be missed. We stayed in the available apartment within the B&B and found it just wonderful. Modern, fully equipped, spotlessly clean, with personal touches throughout. It is extraordinarily quiet and within two minutes walking range of town and just wonderful bakeries! The Tuesday market is not to be missed in Olonzac. The website very accurately represents this charming property. The bedding and ultra modern shower are top of the line. Not sure we have ever found more comfortable bedding and lodging so well thought out. Olonzac is simply a charming village perfectly situated in the heart of the Minervois and wonderful wineries, olive oil mills, charming restaurants and historic sites. If traveling in this area of France, this property is worth a detour!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review after your stay in the apartment at Sainte-Hélène. We really enjoyed having you here and appreciate your kind comments.

With you never having been to this region before, we were very happy that you chose Sainte-Hélène and Olonzac as the base for the last week of your holiday!

Thank you for your feedback on our website - it is good to know that our photographs accurately represent our property, which can be difficult.

We have tried to use our own experiences when staying away from home to make the apartment facilities as inviting and comfortable as possible. Happy to have your approval!!

Thank you again for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you again to Sainte-Hélène!

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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We have spent a perfect training camp in Olonzac, cycling in the Sevenna mountains, the Pyrennes, and the coastal area of the midi. The excellent food, blissfully soft beds and the stylish shower helped us to recover quickly from our long rides. It was also a pleasure to talk to the very friendly hosts who advised us where to cycle and to go on our day off. We can recommend any cyclist to plan their holiday in the area and in particular to stay with Mark and Kay in Sainte-Helene.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review after your training camp in Olonzac!
You were an inspiration to us with your dedication and we are glad we could assist with your recovery with a comfy bed and shower!
We enjoyed our daily chats over breakfast - it was fun knowing how you went the day before and where you were heading each day.
We hope you can make it back to Sainte-Hélène in the future for another training camp!

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Reviewed 8 April 2013

The wonderful hosts catered to all our needs with particular attention to details (for example: we got a large variety of breads and jam for breakfast which we loved). The hosts speak English fluently which was a big plus for us. They also advised us on the most beautiful tours in Languedoc Roussillon, dining, wine tastings and where to best park the car when driving into the cities. The room and bathroom were a dream come true for us, had high-speed internet and anything we could wish for. Olonzac has the right size for such a holiday- some nice restaurants, bars, post office, and shops without being to 'touristic'.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2013

Thank you taking the time to write a review and for your kind words following your holiday in Olonzac.

We take great pride in offering our guests the best possible experience, so we are happy that you enjoyed the variety at breakfast and loved your room and bathroom!

We agree that Olonzac is a perfect spot - not too touristy but with enough facilities to enjoy your holiday.

We look forward to you coming to visit again in the future.

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Reviewed 5 April 2013

This is the first year for Sainte Helene in Olonzac and we wish that they had opened for business 3 years ago! We have stayed in a number of properties in the area over the last few years and this one we will definitely return to!
Kay and Mark are so friendly and helpful and it was a delight to spend time with them. They have renovated the house beautifully and it provides absolutely everything you need for a memorable stay. The comfortable bed, the lovely linens and soft pillows, spacious light filled rooms and bathrooms, shutters to help with a good nights sleep, luxury toiletries, I could go on and on, but above all this property is immaculately clean - good job Mark!
There is a fridge with wines and an honesty box in the sunny dining room and the sitting room is cozy and relaxing. We have friends in the village so are never short of somewhere to eat, but if you want to try one of the restaurants in a nearby village Kay and Mark will take you and collect you later, so that you can relax and enjoy the local wines with your dinner.
This young couple deserve great success in their new venture. See you again soon.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank mariannehoyymanana
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Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Many thanks for taking the time to add a review after your stay with us, we really appreciate your very kind comments.

It is very humbling to read such glowing praise as it was our pleasure having you stay.

We are so pleased that your experience at Sainte-Hélène was a very positive one. Our aim is to tick as many boxes as possible for our guests (including a great night’s sleep in a comfortable bed!) and it’s great to get feedback that we are on the right track!

We hope your friend’s house is full when you next head to Olonzac so we can again have the pleasure of your company and share more laughs!

Thanks again...Mark & Kay

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Reviewed 18 December 2012

We recently had the pleasure of staying at Sainte-Helene B&B in Olzonac. It was a wonderful experience having stayed previously in French hotels. Our bedroom and ensuite were absolutely beautiful and so spacious with lovely details. The L’occitane toiletries were a luxurious plus! The addition of cotton tips and a magnifying mirror also a great idea. The rest of house is a treat with guests having exclusive use of the lounge and courtyard (where we enjoyed aperitifs most evenings!).

Our hosts Kay and Mark were friendly and knowledgeable and obviously love what they do. They were able to advise on the best day trips within the area, and they were spot on with all their recommendations. We especially loved the barge trip up the Canal du Midi, and the beautiful Lake which is very close by, for a lovely swim on a hot day. Not forgetting our day trips further afield to Pont du Gard and Girona in Spain!!

We would not hesitate to recommend Sainte-Helene for anyone wanting to experience French village life in the south of France, with all the mod cons!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - it was great having you stay at Sainte-Hélène.

Glad that you enjoyed the little extras in your bathroom - we love being able to offer the same bathroom products as you would find in the five star Four Seasons Hotels!

We are fortunate to have Lac du Jouarres 5 minutes away for cooling off on a hot day and we love that you managed to have a day trip to Spain!

Thank you again for your kind comments and we look forward to welcoming you again to Sainte-Hélène.

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Reviewed 5 December 2012

We arrived at Sainte Helene Chambre d'hôtel after quite a gruelling GPS guided trip through the Montagne Noir. (Please don't be put off this experience but be prepared for an interesting drive and have plenty of time to enjoy) Mark and Kay welcomed us to their new establishment with a complimentary aperitif which was exactly what two road weary travellers were after and showed us to our beautifully prepared guest suite.
You can tell that Kay has spent time in the hospitality industry as there was not a thing lacking in the room. It was spacious, beautiful bed and linens. Enormous bathroom with all amenities.
Breakfast was beautifully served with delectable seasonal fruits and warm crusty bread and croissants from the local bakery.
Kay and Mark were very generous with their information of what to do, where to eat, map planning and at the end of our three day stay went past the point of helpfulness when they spent hours trying to get our car GPS system working properly. We greatly enjoyed our stay in Olonzac but this was truly enhanced by meeting this grand young couple.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sainte-Helene, Owner at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes, responded to this reviewResponded 6 December 2012

Many thanks for taking the time to write a review after your stay at Sainte-Hélène, we really enjoyed having you here and appreciate your kind comments.

One of the things that attracted us to this house was the potential to provide bedrooms and bathrooms that felt spacious so we are thrilled that you loved your room!

We are always happy to help make our guests stay as enjoyable as possible by sharing our local knowledge (growing all the time!) but we were disappointed we couldn’t get the dulcet tones back to your GPS!

When you next head to France we hope you will have the time to come back and visit us in Olonzac!

Thanks again...Mark & Kay

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Reviewed 20 September 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes

Address: 16 Avenue d Azillanet, 34210 Olonzac, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Herault > Olonzac
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Olonzac
Price Range: £62 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"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. ... more   less 
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