|Mas des Camisards||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||3||Double sofabed (sleeps +2)in lounge, Z-Bed (+1)|
The house is an old farmhouse built of golden stone, in the heart of an old village. The village is famous for having one of the Camisard (rebel) leaders born in the village in the Wars of Religion, but it is now one of the most peaceful, tranquil places we know.
With 4 comfortable, generous double bedrooms, it can easily cope with a large family party or 2 families holidaying together, or just give one family a very generous amount of space. Our thick old stone walls keep out the heat, and provide welcome shade on the very hottest days, and our shady courtyard gives a secluded, private dining space. Cool off in the pool when its hot.
Just down the road is an award-winning wine domain (less than 100m away - we walk back with a case when feeling energetic!). There are woods and walks from just outside the house, into open countryside; you can walk to see the "new" (12th century) castle and the older castle ruins. Relax and cool down in our pool and our garden, or have a very civilised dinner outside in our ivy-clad walled courtyard.
We are centrally placed for any holiday in the south of France- good for walking, cycling, horse riding, foodie holidays, wine tasting, trips to ancient sites and mediaeval castles, days out to the beach or days hiking in the mountains.
Just a few kilometres down the road is the Gardon River, where you can swim in the river, fish or canoe. There is horse riding, cycling and walking close by. You can also hike, ride or cycle in the Cevennes (20 minutes north) or the Camargue (25 minutes south). The Pont du Gard roman aqueduct is nearby, over the Gardon River. The Ceze River, which also has canoeing, is just a few kilometres north. The Gard, while hot in summer, is much greener than Provence because of the rivers flowing down from the Cevennes, and it is a rich agricultural region, specialising in organic food and wine. The peaches and tomatoes from local growers are wonderful.
For those who love history, we are close to Uzès (15 minutes drive away) or Nimes (about 20 minutes); Avignon, roman Gard, Orange, St Remy, Baux de Provence and Arles are all close by, and it is not too far to go for a day trip to Marseille. There are Cathar, templar and Camisard relics in the countryside around, and roman ruins everywhere.
There are concerts at night in Nimes, Uzès, or the opera at Orange; there is a theatre festival in Avignon and a jazz festival at Blauzac. There is the running of the bulls in Uzes and a number of local villages, and lots of summer evening festivals in the villages around.
We have a well-equipped kitchen and our dining room comfortably seats 10 people around our old oak table.
In summer you will want to eat outside most of the time, there is a gas barbecue and we can seat 10 comfortably in our courtyard.
You can eat either in our garden, under the shade of our lime tree on the stone table, or in our sheltered courtyard.
Our sejour (family room) has wi-fi and television, as well as a comfortable sofa and chairs.
We also have a grander Salon, with antique tiles, an old fireplace and antique mirror furniture, for more formal entertaining.
The first floor has the master bedroom with its en suite (with bath, loo and shower). The second floor has 3 more double bedrooms, two of which have double beds and one of which has two "narrow doubles" or wide singles. There is also a Z-bed so either of the double rooms can be used as a twin bedroom - just let us know how you want us to set up the bedrooms when you make the booking.
Sheets and bedcovers are provided.
There is the master bedroom en suite on the first floor (bath, shower, loo, handbasin), and the family bathroom (shower, loo, handbasin) on the second floor.
There is also a shower room with loo on the ground floor - useful for the pool.
That room also has a washing machine which you are welcome to use.
We have 2 wood fires and also electric heaters everywhere - but it doesn't get very cold in the Gard, you can sit outside in wintertime.
In summer there is air-conditioning, and our thick stone walls keep out the heat -it's 5 degrees cooler inside when it is hot outside.
Most of our windows are fully double glazed and keep out the heat and the cold.
Our swimming pool is our main playground! It has some pool toys or bring your own.
We have free wi-fi and a television. For rainy days (there are very few rainy days in the Gard) we have some boardgames.
We have two gardens - our main garden, has its pool, sitting area, the orange, olive and cypress trees and the amazing lime tree ("Tilleul") which gives splendid shade even on the hottest day. The formal garden, with a classical box hedge and formal beds, is a pleasant place to sit and read or drink a glass of wine.
There is also the inner courtyard, completely walled and hung with vines, which is a wonderful place to sit and talk late into the night.
There is parking along the driveway for 3 cars; you will need to reverse out carefully through the gates but the country road outside is very quiet. The garden is completely secure for children to play in because it has stone walls and tall electrically operated old gates.
Brilliant for families; larger parties.
We provide bedding and one set of towels. Pool towels are not provided.
Cleaning is at the end of the rental period and is payable locally directly. Mid-rental cleaning can be arranged by request, organised in advance.
A small charge may be made for electricity (e.g. heavy air-conditioning use).
Susan and Stephen bought this as a family holiday home this year.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||This is a magical spot - close to the history of Nîmes and Uzès, but within a beautiful, traditional quiet village so you can get away from it all. There are buzzards and owls in the woods, swallows around the village and our house, and vines cover the hillsides up to the castle ruins. There are walks through woods directly from the village. A perfect spot for relaxation with friends and family.|
|Unique benefits of property||It's charming with wonderful historical features and it has a timeless quality. It is a place where you can get away from it all, and just enjoy la joie de vivre.|
Uzès is a wonderful local town with a fantastic market twice a week, which is famous as the best and biggest market in the Gard. It takes place in the historic Place aux Herbes, surrounded by mediaeval buildings and arcades. Try the tapenade vert, the fruit and vegetables, the local cheeses and saucisson, the honey and the wines.
Anduze is a lovely town, the gateway to the Cevennes National Park, which is not far away. In the Cevennes you can walk, cycle, climb or canoe; there are wild boar and exciting wildlife!
Nimes is a wonderful Roman city, and it has the best preserved Roman temple in the world (the Maison Carrée) as well as a superb amphitheatre which has concerts in summer (and bull fighting in the autumn). There are wonderful restaurants and antique shops - enjoy the ambience.
Just a few miles south is the Camargue national park - black bulls, white horses, pink flamingos and fantastic wildlife -and beyond it is the Mediterranean.
The Roman aqueduct which carried water to Nikes is one of the wonders of southern France. It's remarkably well-preserved, still stands 160feet (almost 50m) high, and has a museum at its base that makes for a fascinating day out.
Mediaeval Uzès still has its ducal castle, a mediaeval garden, a splendid cathedral, the Tower of the Windows, roman ruins, lovely little shops and charming restaurants. There are classical concerts around the town in the palace or the cathedral. It's a wonderful place to have as our local town.
There are local stables where you can go pony trekking or horse riding through the woods.