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view from bedroom window to chateau gardens
fully fitted kitchen with every appliance
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welcome from Dolly, our guard sheep
Le Somail on the Canal du Midi 15 mins by car
Black Mountains - typical scenery of the area and great walks
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Historical city of Minerve
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Quarante, Herault, Occitanie

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Rowley86
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The most beautiful, perfect holiday retreat!”
Reviewed August 31, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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WOW words cannot truly describe how perfect this gite is for a relaxing beautiful holiday! It was one of our favourite holidays by far and the hosts played a major part in this, so thank you Lesley & Mike.
As soon as we arrived they greeted us with a glass of wine, (which was very much appreciated after a long journey) but welcomed us so genuinely and gave us advice on things to do in the area, this continued throughout our stay.
The Gite is truly magical as its so beautiful, it is very quiet and is fully equipped with all you need and is so relaxing!
Quarante is a lovely town to explore, we really enjoyed getting our French stick in the morning.
During our stay we took the hosts advice and visited the river beach which again is breath taking and somewhere I would really advise to visit. There is a beautiful beach 30mins away which again is very relaxing.
We ate out in different restaurants advised by the hosts again, which were really yummy, especially the canal restaurant. Our advice would be to get a pincher of wine instead of a bottle, it tastes really good but is cheaper!
The chateau again is a must see, it is very beautiful but also does amazing cocktails!
There is so much to explore in the neighbouring towns it truly Is an amazing place to stay!
There is a local hypermarket 10min drive away which again was really handy especially to make picnics for the beach. Our advise is just to be aware they shut early on a sunday by 12.30 if you need essentials. However the hosts had given us wine and milk as a lovely surprise which again was very much appreciated. We had brought food to cook on our first night which was very handy after such a long drive.
Overall we really didn't want to come home, we are missing the gite and the scorching hot weather.
Thank you Lesley and Mike for making our holiday so amazing, you are the kindest most caring people we have met on a holiday and we look forward to our return to Quarante in the future! We have already been telling friends and family how amazing the Old Donkey market is :)
Thanks again Karen and Kierran

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Liked best: The gite was so beautiful, hot weather too!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
31 Aug 2016
Hi Both
Clients will think we have paid you oodles of money to write this, but seriously thank you very much. We really enjoyed your company and wish you all the very best in your careers - we could "feel" your commitment to your pupils. You are welcome back any time. Mike and Lesley.
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Mark L
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Superb”
Reviewed August 23, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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A fabulous gite and the most lovely and friendly hosts you could possibly want.
They were accommodating in every way and gave us suggestions as to where to visit in the area.
we became real friends and we intend to keep in touch.
just fabulous.

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Management Response
24 Aug 2016
Really glad you enjoyed your stay - we enjoyed your company as well. I also enjoyed the piano lesson you gave me!
Mike and Lesley
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nattie13
Cheshire, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fabulously relaxing”
Reviewed October 14, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

The Old Donkey Market is a wonderful oasis of calm on the edge of Quarente. Lesley and Mike gave us a really warm welcome and lots of useful information about the local area with ideas of places to visit and things to see. The gite is perfect for a couple with a well equipped kitchen and lovely covered garden area to sit out and enjoy the sunny afternoons.

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Liked best: Outside garden space
Liked least: Kitchen missing a few items such as mixing bowls
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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CK14
Ulsan, South Korea
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect retreat for a couple”
Reviewed September 1, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

We had such a charming welcome from Lesley & Mike, despite being 3 hours later than we had agreed.
Lots of helpful and interesting information about the area and the restaurants around.
Loved the 2 minute walk to the local Boulangerie to collect fresh baguettes and croissant each morning.
The Gite is really pretty, and very spacious, I loved the courtyard which is shaded, beautiful flowering plants, olive trees and vines growing all around.
Great cycle routes - especially those that love climbing/hills, lovely 10km run along by the vineyards too.
This area is a huge wine producing part of France and we enjoyed this aspect of our stay very much.

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Liked best: The courtyard
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Nancy M
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Sheer Bliss”
Reviewed July 19, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This delightful gite is very well equipped and decorated in a rustic French style. The rooms are spacious, with the ground floor being an open plan design. The bedroom is light and airy - very spacious and quiet. The bathroom Is also large , with bath and separate shower. The gite is cool, even in the hottest of days! A little welcome pack on arrival is so thoughtful, especially the wine!
The garden/ patio area is lovely, great for meals outdoors, with a raised decking surrounded by very sensitive planting.
The owners live next to the gite and are SO helpful and interested in ensuring a comfortable stay as well as offering advice on places of interest to the guests. They speak both French and English. It was a wonderful compliment to our stay

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Liked best: The owners and the patio.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed May 30, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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golfingir...
Denver, CO
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely Wonderful Gite!”
Reviewed April 5, 2015 for a stay in April 2015

This home was beautiful, very well equipped, and super comfortable. My daughter and I spent a week here, traveling out each day to explore a bit more of the region. I wanted to show her the France that I knew when I was an exchange student 30 years ago - the France that is not Paris! Mike and Leslie were wonderful hosts, stayed up late to meet us upon arrival, and even had a bottle of wine waiting for us. The home has everything we needed and the bed was very comfortable - especially after long days of lots of walking, exploring the area, and some fairly far-flung day trips (Barcelona, Carcassonne). I would definitely recommend and would stay here again!

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Liked best: comfort, location
Liked least: wifi not available inside the home (only got a signal outside, in the courtyard)
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
19 Jun 2015
Hi
Thank you for such a lovely review. We also have enjoyed the wine and homemade jam that you kindly gave us! You are welcome here any time in the future.
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