|Maison Bessey||Self Catering||Saturday||7||11||4||One travelcot|
A private courtyard and own pool In a safe garden setting
The structure of the Mas is divided into 3 parts, 3 homes. Our section has the lovely benefits of good outside cool and hot spaces and is absolutely separate from our nearby french neighbours.
The old Mas, with attractive balcony and tree-shaded dining terrace, faces south with a superb view over the olive groves and vineyards. Its rooms are comfortable and quiet; floor or table fans can cool you inside the building, if needed.
The house is comfortable rather than chic and it is a very easy building to use and look after when you are in it. The floors are tiled with rugs. Because it is built in stone, the construction keeps out the heat, particularly if the occupants remember to keep shutters closed during hot days, in upper rooms in the daytime. As with any old structure, there are odd changes in floor levels, and low doors and less headroom in some spaces, but this all makes the Mas character interesting.
It is a wonderful cool base for quiet or busy holidays with new places and old haunts to discover on every visit. You return home after any outing to a sense of bliss to be in the cool of the shaded terrace. It is perfect for 3 generations of the same family, or 4 couples and a couple of children.
You can walk to the local restaurant, cycle easily, and wander through the village in the cooler hours.
There is something for everyone here, near Uzes, and there is just too much to do - why not go canoeing in the Gard or the Ardeche Rivers? or have you thought of music events around Uzes? There are bikes to hire nearby, a waterpark for children and villages to explore. It is a very good location for a family holiday - there is something for everyone. Look at our notes on all the things you can do later.
Off the courtyard is the remise which has table tennis. You can even play in the evening.
Please call us and tell us about yourselves and we will see what we can do.
You should be aware that there is building work on adjacent land. It may be noisy during working hours, though vehicular access is not near our house and in the summer they will probably work shorter hours.
The house has a well equipped kitchen (with a dining area with an old square table, chairs etc); the kitchen includes a hob, oven, 2 fridges, one with freezer compartment, a dishwasher and a microwave, 12 plus set cutlery, plates etc. The barbecue is kept in the Remise.
On the terrace there are tables and chairs for 12 to dine, plus an extra small table which might be put in the shade to read or draw quietly.
From the entrance, you go straight into the salon, with a step access then to the kitchen and ground floor bedrooms, and a door to the bathroom/utility, and the easy stair to upper floors. The salon has seating for 8 or more people - it is airy and calm - and looks over the courtyard.
Four bedrooms with double bed.
Two twin bedrooms.
One single bedroom (this one has a roll-out under bed).
Note that one of these bedrooms (1 double) and one bathroom are on the ground floor.
Four bathrooms, plus one shower, plus one pool wc and shower.
One bathroom (bath, basin wc), with the laundry equipment, is on the ground floor.
Above, 1 en suite bathroom and 1 en suite shower and basin only, plus there are 2 shared shower rooms with wcs. One of these shower rooms is off the balcony, accessible from the courtyard and bedrooms.
This house is not let in the winter, but it does have electric radiators and a wood burning stove. There is a good hot water supply.
The house has a lot of books, a radio, a music system, a number of boardgames and wi-fi.
In the courtyard, you hide quietly with a book or play scrabble with a youngster, shaded by a mulberry tree. At the same time, others can hang out on the terrace under the fig tree or go swimming in the pool garden.
There are vines, oleanders and other shrubs and 2 trees for shade in the courtyard.
The courtyard is even gravelled for playing boule!
Beyond the courtyard is the private (and lockable) garden and pool, with pool hut and sunbathing terrace. Here you can escape to snooze or just enjoy watching your family in the pool in a beautiful place. There are loungers and chairs there.
Then, why not send the young to play bat and ball in the olive grove below the house or play table tennis in the Remise?
Don't forget you will dream of relaxing after lunch in the cool of the house.
The barn (Remise) has table tennis.
There is no parking in the courtyard. There are 2 private shaded parking spaces under the carport just ouside, and space in the lane by the hedge to the pool garden.
The steps to upstairs, both within and outside the house are safe and easy to use. There are odd single steps between the ground floor rooms. Door openings are wide. There is a bath available in the ground floor bathroom. It has a hand shower set. There are timber ramps available for wheelchair users.
There are already too many inflatables in the pool shed.
Table tennis in the Remise
We have owned the house for about 10 years, initially with sharing with friends for a time. <br/>It is much loved by our family, including grand-children and our visitors. We (ourselves and our family) come to the house for short and long breaks all the year round and these days and we dream sometime of spending six months there. <br/>The property is simple and easy to maintain - its old features are part of its charm. <br/>We rent out only to pay running costs to caring guests.
|Year property purchased||2001|
|Why this location?||We came here to stay years ago and subsequently bought the place. This ancient mas is a wonderful base for quiet or busy holidays, with new places and always has old haunts to re-visit. Our tenants return again and again. The house, with its attractive balcony has a superb view south over olive groves and vineyards. In the courtyard, you can hide quietly with a book under the mulberry tree, or hang out on the terrace under the vine and fig tree, or just wander down to the pool garden and laze there in shade or sun, by the pool.
The house is set at the edge a village, on a vine-covered plain, backed by the Garrigues, some 10km from mediaeval Uzes, famous for its palaces, its unusual circular plan, its antiques and its markets. The area is full of wine 'caves', gorgeous villages, and even a watersports childrens centre, La Bouscarasse, is only a few kilometres away
|Unique benefits of property||We always think what amazing luck to be at home, comfortable and relaxed, yet in this wonderful culturally rich, visually beautiful area of France. You can of course visit all the remarkable roman sites, Pont du Gard ***** (30mins), the arenas and temples of
Orange (1hr.), Nimes (40 mins). and Arles (1hr.+). Then there are the joys of the historic palace and city of Avignon (45mins.), the wonderful modern art galleries of Nimes, Avignon, Montpellier (1hr), the old towns of Carpentras(1hr.1/2 and St Jean du Gard (1hr. Cevennes) and all those delights that lie in between. Of course most visitors want to sample the Med. (1.5hr.) at le Grau du Roi, the L'Espiguette long beach, or St. Marie de Mer seaside, but you do not want to miss the wildlife of the Camrague or the gorgeous fresh rivers of the Cevennes. You have to choose and enjoy the selection, some days do nothing but laze at the pool, and then relax in the cool at the old house afterwards.
Restaurants, Les Delices des Anges, Chez Julien, La Rose des Vents
Uzes chateau, cathedral and market on Saturdays, le Pont du Gard visit the great museum and this amazing roman bridge, St Quentin, Vezenobres and many villages to enjoy, Avignon chateau and art galleries, Nimes and Arles roman architecture and modern architecture, Ardeche and Gard river canoeing, Cevennes fresh water swimming and walking high and visit the weather station, nearby la Bouscarasse water fun for children, Uzes horse shows, wine tasting locally at Bourdic and Euzet, the Med. beach at L'Espiguette near Le Grau du Roi, silk works at St. Paul du Gard, La Bambuseraie, the National Park of the Cevennes at 26km, horse riding on the road to Collorgues, les Paradis olive oils.