||Relax in style and comfort in
this well appointed spacious home, just minutes from the centre
indoor swimming pool,
broadband internet access
Ambrosia was formerly a winery
and the owners have created a very special house out of a very
large space. The property is located at the end of a cul-de-sac
near the Canal de la Robine, and just five minutes walk from
the centre of Narbonne. Walk through
the front door and you'll be immediately impressed by the spacious
main room with the shimmering swimming pool at the centre. The
entrance lobby has space for coats and to the right you step
into the informal dining area, which leads on to the kitchen
- a perfect space for keeping the cook company whilst keeping
out of the way.
The kitchen is well equipped
with appliances (American fridge/freezer with ice maker, gas
cooker, electric oven, butcher's block, dishwasher, microwave
oven, electric coffee maker, toaster and kettle) as well as cookware,
crockery and dishes. Behind the kitchen is a utility room with
washing machine, iron and ironing board, and plenty of space
Back out to the main space you
pass the bar on your right where you'll also find a telephone.
The atrium behind the bar is planted with evergreen ferns and
palms. On from the bar is an informal sitting area, a good spot
for relaxing with a drink or book on a rainy day.
Behind the sitting area is the
main salon with very comfortable sofas, beautiful built-in bookcases
and a coffee table which holds the owner's collection of shells,
collected from all corners of the world. The home cinema in this
room is equipped with a large flat screen television (117cm),
DVD player, VCR and satellite receiver.
Along side the pool (but raised
up from the decking surrounding the pool and separated by a wall
and lush planting) is the formal dining area. Its large dining
table seats eight comfortably and antique furniture and eclectic
decoration make this a sumptuous space.
The swimming pool at the centre
of the house is 8 x 3.5mts in size, with Roman steps at one end
and an overall depth of 1.5mts. The deck around two sides of
the pool is a step lower than the rest of the floor and the pool
is separated by a fence and gate from the rest of the house for
safety (obligatory in France since January 2005). At the far
end of the pool is a veranda, which looks out to the garden.
Comfortably furnished with sofa and easy chairs this is an ideal
spot from which to survey the swimmers. From the veranda you
have access to the spa room with shower, hot tub (jacuzzi) and
reclining chairs. From the veranda and the spa rooms sliding
doors give access to the garden.
On the first floor a gallery
runs along two sides from where you have access to the bedrooms.
Bedroom 1 is furnished with a double bed and wardrobe. Bedroom 2 is furnished with two single beds, built in closet
and chest of drawers and has an en-suite shower room with walk-in
shower and basin.
Bedroom 3 is again furnished with a double bed
and a door from this room leads to the main bathroom,
with walk-in shower and wash basins. This bathroom can also be
accessed independently from the gallery. Bedroom 4 is
furnished with a double bed, built in wardrobe, chest of drawers
and has an en suite shower room with walk in shower and basin.
There is also a separate WC and at the end of the gallery is
a study, a quiet corner overlooking the pool area, furnished
with a desk. There's also a second telephone here.
The mature and private gardens
are planted with trees and Mediterranean plants and well furnished
with sun loungers and patio furniture. The Mediterranean theme
is also extended to the summer dining room, using middle eastern
tiles, lanterns and ironwork. At one end is a built in BBQ, with
a tiled work top and wash basin next to it. There's an attractive
tiled fountain along the wall and further long there is built
in seating. Several terraces throughout the garden allow everyone
to find their own favourite spot.
More about Narbonne
Ambrosia is just a five minute
walk from the centre of Narbonne with its wonderful main square,
where you can walk on an excavated section of the Via Domitia.
The ornate town hall is also host to two museums, and the unfinished
cathedral is just behind. Cafes and shops surround the square
on three sides, perfect for enjoying a cafe au lait and watching
people go by! The canal de la Robine connects the sea to the
Canal du Midi and runs through the centre of Narbonne - watch
the boats go by or hire a small boat for a couple of hours and
explore. For a first hand account of a visit to Narbonne click here.
Narbonne town hall
and Canal de la Robine near Narbonne
Weir in the centre
International airports can be found at
Carcassonne (35 mins), Perpignan (30 mins), Montpellier (50 mins),
Girona-Barcelona (90 mins) all in easy driving distance. Narbonne
railway station is served by TGV direct connections to Paris
The A9 (Montpellier and Perpignan) and A61 motorways offer convenient
access to Narbonne