Holiday Homes In France
Provencal Village House with pool
Vallabrix, near Uzès, in the Provence Gard of Southern France
4 bedrooms, sleeps up to 8 people
Built in 1608, Lou Rassado is a large, rambling village house, full of nooks and crannies and crooked stone steps that has been fully restored in keeping with the style of this part of Southern France. Over the years it has been at various times, the village bakery, a farmhouse and a vineyard owner's house and is now the home of a painter and a theatre set designer. The house is ideally placed to explore this lovely region and enjoy all it has to offer, from the food and wine to local festivals, to cycling and golf. It is also a peaceful haven in which to simply relax by the pool with a good book and feel the sun on your face.
Vallabrix is a small, typical village, 7 kms from the old medieval town of Uzès and a short drive from shops and essential services at St Quentin La Poterie. Avignon is 45 kms by car, Nîmes only 30 kms. The Camargue wildlife reserve on the Mediterranean coast is about an hour from here. Aix en Provence and the beautiful Luberon are a little further to the North.
We have spent the last thirty years, meticulously improving and modernising the house and furnishing and decorating it, so that it has charm and comfort, without excess or artifice. The main living room on the ground floor has a very high ceiling and a large fireplace that works perfectly, a sofa and various chairs. Stairs lead up to a small mezzanine area with a library and a hi-fi system, and then to the master bedroom with en suite bathroom.
The kitchen is typically country provencal in style and completely equipped, which includes a large fridge, dishwasher, an oven and hob and microwave. There is also a laundry room with a washing machine and dryer and ironing facilities. The dining room is decorated in a provencal Italian style with a table that can seat eight to ten people. A hallway leads to a guest wc with washbasin, then to a small television room with DVD, and to a large sitting room known as the Moroccan room, or Summer sitting room, also an artist's studio, and out onto the terrace. Broadband Wi-Fi Internet access.
A small staircase leads up from the dining room to the Blue bedroom. This room has a double bed, a writing table, chest of drawers and a wardrobe and shares a bathroom with bath with the Yellow room, a double bedroom that also opens onto a small mezzanine above the Moroccan room. The fourth bedroom is an independent studio, next to the old wines caves, accessed from the garden, which has a small sitting room, a vaulted shower room and a mezzanine bedroom.
The dining room, the kitchen and the television room all open onto the terrace, which overlooks the garden. It is equipped with garden furniture and shaded by a vine that produces delicious muscat grapes in season. Ideal for a drink before dinner or a nightcap in the warm scented air before bed. The garden is small but prettily planted with many different varieties of plants, trees and flowers. A huge wisteria forms a lovely canopy for lunch in the shade, or an afternoon siesta in the hammock. Another terrace is a pleasant spot for breakfast or a barbecue in the evening. The pool is new, surrounded by teak decking and fitted with a contaflow and security system.
Uzès is a delightful old town that from a distance looks Tuscan with its three medieval towers against the skyline. The Ducal palace there has a fine Renaissance facade, but the real charm about Uzès are the old streets and the sleepy main square and fountain, lined with arcaded houses. The Saturday morning market is very popular and people come from miles around to shop and meet friends. The town also has a golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool and riding stables.
Saint Quentin La Poterie has a choice of shops including a small supermarket, several boulangeries, a good butcher and a press that carries a range of European papers. Market day is every Friday morning where you can buy gleaming fresh local fruit and vegetables, cheeses and charcuterie, olives or flowers and sometimes fabrics and basketware. This is a village of potters, who make a range of imaginative pottery that is essential Provence. There is usually an exhibition of their work and you can visit their studios and watch them at work (bring an extra bag!).
There are several canoe kayak bases on the Le Gardon and La Cèze rivers and rafting on the Ardèche river an hour away. There are several golf courses within a reasonable drive and two bicycles are available at the house. Others can easily be hired.
A day out will take you to Avignon, its shops and the amazing Popes Palace or the huge two week Music and Theatre Festival in July, perhaps via the 2000 year old Pont du Gard. Or to Nîmes and Orange and their Roman treasures, and Arles with its memories of Van Gogh. The Camargue is an hour from here, where you may be lucky enough to see the scores of pink flamingoes or the wild bulls. The beaches are near Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. About 90 minutes away is the Luberon, celebrated in the book 'A Year in Provence', and the lovely villages of Gordes and Roussillon, Menerbes or Lacoste.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am
Linen and towels are provided
End of stay cleaning and pool maintenance are included
Extra cleaning can be arranged
Heating in winter is included
A deposit of 25% is requested on booking
with the remainder paid 4 weeks before arrival,
together with a returnable damage deposit of €1500
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Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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