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Beautiful Village House with Pool in the Provence Gard
La Bastide d'Engras, Near Uzès, in the South of France
3 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6 people
Our house is in the tiny village of La Bastide d'Engras in the Provence Gard in Southern France. Secluded within its own courtyard with the swimming pool a few steps from the living area, it has been beautifully renovated and has a stunning view over the valley. The village has enormous charm, a sense of peace and timelessness, where life is unhurried and appreciated. A place where the senses are filled with colour and scent, by the sound of the cigales, by the sight of graceful cypress trees and by ancient stone warmed by the sun.
The house is 12 km North of Uzès, a delightful medieval town with a Cathedral, a Lombardic tower and a ducal château, which is open for visits. Its Saturday market is famous throughout France and there are many restaurants nestling under the arches to choose from. The huge Roman Pont du Gard, 20 minutes away, is a famous landmark. Built in 19 AD, it is an extraordinary piece of engineering, at once romantic and humbling. The historic towns of Avignon, Nimes, Montpellier and Arles are all about an hour's drive.
The ground floor of the house has a large living room with a cathedral ceiling and a huge fireplace, leading into the dining room and an open plan kitchen. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, oven and hob, fridge, coffee maker, toaster and kettle with more than enough dishes and utensils. There is also a bathroom with a wc, wash basin and shower. The house is centrally heated, has Broadband and Wi-Fi internet connection, satellite television, DVD and children's games are provided. There is a laundry and storage room at the end of the house.
Upstairs is a mezzanine area with a desk and audio equipment and three bedrooms, two double rooms, one with an en suite shower room, wash basin and toilet and a twin room with two single beds. There is also another bathroom with shower and bath, wash basin and wc. All the bathrooms in the house have recently been renovated, the bedrooms have fans and a hairdryer is provided.
The main room opens onto a lovely covered terrace with an awning, where one can eat very comfortably at a large table. There is a barbecue and a wonderful courtyard, where you can play boules under the shade of a mulberry tree. The pool beside the terrace measures 9 x 4 meters and gets the sun from 8am to 8pm.
The village itself, dominated by a large medieval château, is basically a farming community. It has a post office and a Mairie, a small market on Tuesday mornings and a bread van comes through every morning. The local wine cooperative is not to be missed, as it has excellent quality wines at unbelievable prices. Less than 2 km away is the little village of St Laurent la Vernède, which has a bakery and a general store that carries most things, including English newspapers. Tennis and golf are easily available and there are breathtaking walks through the pine forests, vineyards and fields of lavender and sunflowers.
Uzés has been the home of the De Crussols family for almost a millennium. The old town is bounded by an oval of boulevards and behind just about every heavy wooden door is a magical little courtyard. Up one narrow alleyway between the tour du Roi and the tour l'Évêque is the Jardin Médiéval, a recreation of the vegetable, medicinal herb and ornamental gardens of the Middle Ages. The ducal château is a mixture of styles from medieval to Renaissance and beyond. By day, the town is full of life, particularly on market days, by night it is utterly different, not a soul in the streets and not a sound, except for the hooting of an owl and pipistrelles silently swooping in the balmy air. During the summer, Uzés holds two music festivals, one of modern dance and one of music.
Other villages like St Maximum (impossibly idyllic) or St Quentin-la-Poterie or Collias, downstream from the gorges du Gardon, are worth more than an afternoon to really explore. Market day is every Friday morning in St Quentin where you can buy gleaming fresh fish, 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 (take extra bags!). The village also has several restaurants.
There are wonderful beaches to be found in the Camargue National Park and white water canoeing in the gorge d'Ardèche for the more adventurous. The opera festival in Orange and the theatre festival in Avignon are renowned. This is all enhanced by the Côte du Rhône wines, which are some of the most delicious and best value wines in France. The wine caves in the area are always ready to welcome you to taste and are friendly and informal.
Prices and booking information
All prices are per week Saturday to Saturday
arriving at 4pm departing at 10am
Linen and towels are provided
(please bring your own pool towels)
Because of the proximity of the pool to the house,
it is not suitable for children under the age of 6
The house is non smoking
We regret that pets are not accepted
A deposit of 25% is requested on booking to confirm
Please mention Vacation France when contacting the owner
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