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Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes
Ranked #1 of 7 Olonzac B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 October 2013

There are not enough nice things to say about Hotel Sainte-Helene and its owners. It took Mark and Kay over a year to renovate the building, and they did an excellent job. The rooms are very tastefully decorated with lovely antiques and extra thoughts given to their guests' needs. A kettle for boiling water, various teas, coffee, and cookies are in each room. The modern bathroom with huge shower is luxurious as are the towels and linens. A small refrigerator in the breakfast room filled with water, sodas, and milk is on the honor system, as well as bottles of wine. The breakfast with any type of coffee you might want and tea, etc., is wonderful – fresh breads, pastries, fruit, yogurt, and cereal. There is a small, inviting courtyard as you enter Sainte-Helene, which is a lovely spot for a glass of wine in the late afternoon. The wi-fi worked great throughout the house. In the parlor, there is a TV and DVD player, movies and books – although I don't know why you would need to use them unless it is raining.

Mark and Kay are gracious hosts and do their best to fulfill any request made by their guests and even chauffeured us to a restaurant on our last night. Although not natives, it is obvious that Mark and Kay love the area. Their excitement when telling of the various attractions is contagious and their advice on what to see and arranging our day was spot on. Mark spent a lot of time and effort to make sure we had correct directions to our destinations. They have a wonderful cat, Monsieur Gabby, but if you are not a cat person, don't worry. You may not even know he is there.

Olonzac is a cute town in a central location for touring the Languedoc region. We had 3 of our best meals during our 2 weeks in France at restaurants in the area – one being at Bel in Olonzac itself and two in Homps, which in on the Canal du Midi and about a 5 minute drive from Olonzac. We do hope to return to the area one day, and Sainte-Helene will be where we stay. As we drove away, we felt as if we were leaving good friends. Thank you Mark and Kay for making our stay so pleasant.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

My wife and I are just back (in Canada) after a lovely holiday in France. Our three-night stay at Sainte-Helene was certainly among the highlights of the trip. The room was large and comfortable, and all the facilities were excellent. Breakfast was splendid every morning (fruit, cheese, yogurt, wonderful breads and pastries, and even granola!). Olonzac is a charming village (with at least one fabulous restaurant), well situated for seeing many splendid places in the region. But it is the warmth and generosity and thoughtfulness of Mark and Kay that make this such a perfect place to stay. Both were incredibly generous with their time and knowledge (and Mark's maps kept us from getting lost on several occasions). We borrowed their bicycles for a little pedal along the Canal du Midi. It is no exaggeration to say that this is as close to perfect as any travellers could ask for.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Mark and Kay know how to make their guests feel right at home in their nice old house in Olonzac. They are very available for information about the region, on and off the record, and it is a pleasure to share their experience and their knowledge about this area, its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Their breakfast is generous and tasty, and the bedrooom was impeccable and furnished in very good taste. We definitely recommend this guesthouse for a pleasant stay in Olonzac, a conveniently located small town from which it is easy to reach the main points of interest.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Michel V
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

I stayed at Mark and Kay's place on a cycling trip along the Canal du Midi. Of the 9 hotels I stopped in, this was by far the best. The accomodation is excellent, as is the breakfast, but it was the straightforward hospitality which impressed most - from the offer of a cold beer on arrival (very welcome after 4 hours in the saddle) to the warm and friendly atmosphere, this is a place to relax. Olonzac is a nice village, too.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Liam C
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Saint Helene, we were made to feel very welcome and lots of useful information was given to us about the area, where to eat etc. The room was delightful with very comfortable bed and a lovely bathroom and the breakfast delicious. It is a good location to explore from and definitely the best place we stayed.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We had such a lovely time staying with Kay and Mark. They were the perfect hosts- gave us great local tips and a delicious continental breakfast every morning. The room was such a treat, and the bathroom to die for! The location is good for seeing different parts of the region, one of our favourite days was catching the water jousting in Sete (as recommended by Kay & Mark). We'll definitely be telling our friends and family about Sainte-Helene. Also, if you have a chance to eat locally we had a delicious meal in O Portail O 2 mins walk from the house. Definitely book if you're wanting to visit this region- Kay and Mark were really prompt to reply to our queries when we got in touch via their website.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

From the moment we were greeted right through to Breakfast the following morning we enjoyed a fantastic stay at Sainte-Helene Chambres d'Hotes. A tastefully renovated and decorated village house with every luxury accounted for. Luxury large bathrooms with fantastic showers, luxury linen, tastefully decorated large bedrooms. What more can you ask for? The perfect hosts Mark and Kay went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed every moment of our stay even running us all to En Bonne companie restaurant in the next village and then picking us up.

A must if you are in the region

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Mitch F
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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 - £93 (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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