What's new at Barthe

WHAT A STRANGE YEAR 2020 HAS BEEN & WHAT WILL 2021 HOLD FOR US ALL?

Not a single person has been unaffected by the pandemic that arrived earlier this year. Our thoughts are with all those who have suffered losses because of Covid 19 and we hope all our clients, past and present, keep safe and well during these unprecedented times.

We’ve seen our summer bookings turned on their head with most of our UK holidaymakers having to cancel or postponing their holidays to summer 2021. We were then inundated with French holidaymakers who, like the British, decided to have ‘staycations’ this summer!

We hope that everyone who missed out on their taste of France this summer may soon be looking towards summer 2021. Of course, Covid 19 is still very much with us and it’s impossible to predict how things will develop between now and next summer. Everyone is hoping that a suitable vaccine will be created and in sufficient quantities to enable things to go back to the ‘old normal’ by then.

We’ve reviewed our booking terms and conditions to safeguard your deposits and balance payments if we have a repeat of the mayhem experienced this summer. We want you to book your holiday with us, in good time to get the dates you want, with full confidence that you are protected from any future disruption.

We are therefore pleased to publish our 2021 rates and now offer booking availability for our 2021 holiday season. As our returning clients know it is always advisable to book early to guarantee the dates you want, particularly if you are considering multiple occupancy for a large group.

Booking our 4 gites together means that we can offer accommodation for groups of up to 20 people! Our buildings and facilities are set out on an acre of ground surrounded by a further 5 acres of our own vines – so there is plenty of space for everyone! We have many communal spaces such as our games barn (with table tennis , pool table and library etc.); BBQ area (with brick built BBQs, a giant chess set and a full size covered Petanque court); a large swimming pool with its spacious terrace/patio area and, of course, our huge courtyard where  our 3 cottage gites open onto. Every gite also has its own outside space (Fitou Apartment is a little more private being accessed just outside the courtyard).

Whether you’re returning or holidaying with us for the first time as an individual or extended family (or other group) we look forward to helping you have a great 2021 holiday experience here!

‘MADE IN DOUZENS’ WINE EXPERIENCE

Five of Douzens leading vignerons (wine makers) have got together to form a new marketing initiative called ‘Made in Douzens’. The vignerons are; Domaine Py, Ste Marie des Crozes, Colline de l’hirondelle, Regazel & Chateau de Fontenelles. They all produce top quality wines and have several gold medal winners amongst them. They offer a wine-tasting experience at each of their ‘caves’, followed by a midi meal at one of their premises, on the first Sunday morning of EVERY MONTH.
They also offer wine sales supporting the very popular Douzens weekly market/soiree held every Wednesday evening during July & August. An experience not to be missed if you are staying here during that period!
They will also be creating other experiences throughout the season and you can find out more at their Facebook page.

LONG TERM WINTER LETS

Long winter lets are an affordable way to seek out milder weather, enjoy inspirational tranquility, search for your dream French property or just try out living in France.

If you simply can’t face the prospect of a long and dull British winter, a long winter let can be a great way for you to follow the sun without the expense of buying your own holiday property, especially if you are retired and have the flexibility to live abroad for several months. The average maximum temperature in January can be a very comfortable 12 degree Celsius in Languedoc – more than double the average temperature in most of the UK at that time of year!

We have available our Minervois & Corbiere cottages and Fitou apartment for winter lets (low season months 1st November to 31st March) at up to 70% discount off our published rates (furnished accommodation only, electricity & solid fuels extra at cost). Contact us for full details, prices and terms.

NEW MINIMUM STAY PERIODS!

Due to popular demand we have now relaxed our minimum 7 night stay period outside of the peak season months of July & August. We now accommodate a minimum stay of 3 nights at all other times! See our rates page for nightly costs.

This will enable our clients to enjoy the facilities at Domaine de Barthe and also take advantage of the many low cost travel deals offered by the budget airlines, cross channel ferries and train services.