|Minimum Stay||6 - 7 nights|
A little corner of bliss in the south of France.
La Maison des Templiers is a maison de village constructed in the 12th century outer rampart of the village of St. Maurice de Cazevieille. The beautiful old stone home has been completely updated and offers a covered pool, Wi-Fi, entertainment facilities, a BBQ and a modern kitchen with gas range. The elevated position of the home gives wonderful views of parkland and the surrounding vineyards of the Uzege. The village of St. Maurice de Cazevieille is 16 km. west of the city of Uzes in the heart of Uzege wine country with its ever changing vistas of vineyards, trees and fields.
Upon entering the house you arrive in the sun room with French doors opening onto the terrace and pool. Turning left into the house you enter the living room equipped with LCD TV, DVD player and Satellite TV and incredibly comfortable sofas. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and the house is heated with electric radiant heaters.
Descend 8 steps to the spacious dining area with a small balcony overlooking the park and adjacent to the dining room is the modern kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave/convection oven, dishwasher, gas cook top and coffee maker. Next to the dining room is an open office with computer printer and Wi-Fi access through Orange France. There is one bathroom downstairs with shower. On the mezzanine level is the first bedroom with double bed. Upstairs consists of 2 large bedrooms with built in closets and a large stone walled bathroom with bath.
The washer and dryer are located in the upstairs bathroom. Included in the house are internet telephone with free calls to North America, Pay-as-you-go cell phone, GPS navigation unit, 2 stereos that are MP3 player compatible, sun chairs, pool floats and towels. The pool is equipped with a safety alarm system.
St. Maurice de Cazevieille has an excellent bakery and butcher, a cafe and restaurant as well as a small grocery store. It is 15 minutes to Uzes to find supermarkets and other stores. The gently rolling countryside surrounding St. Maurice de Cazevieille is home to vineyards, stands of conical cypress trees, flowers, birds and a maze of small stone villages, many of which sell wine in tasting rooms in the “caves cooperatives”.
Nearby Uzes is a jewel of a town that combines 12th century history with a vibrant village life. The town is dominated by its chateau and fortress towers in golden stone and there is lively commerce around the town square and the ring road that encircles the town. Uzes was made a Duchy in 1572 and was classified as “Ville d’Art” in 1962. Excellent restaurants and lovely shops can be found in the most amazing ancient buildings with vaulted ceilings and in the case of one antique shop, the arches of an old church. Wednesday in Uzes is the farmer’s market in the town square where local delicacies, wine, cheeses, meat, fish and produce can be found. Spices spill out of cloth bags and there is always a table full of lavender in every form. Saturday is the big market day where the town square is packed with the Wednesday vendors as well as a great variety of Provençal china, fabrics and specialty foods. The streets of Uzes are taken over as well with vendors selling everything from clothing and shoes to hats, locally made lampshades and anything else you can think of. Cafes line the streets and make a nice spot to people watch.
Within a 30 minute drive from the Maison des Templiers is the Pont du Gard, part of the aqueduct system built under Claudius and Nero around 50 AD. The area around the Pont du Gard offers swimming, canoeing and kayaking on the River Gardon and many interesting audio visual presentations on the history of the area.
The cities of Nimes, Avignon and Arles are about a one hour drive from Maison des Templiers and the Provence cities of Salon and Aix en Provence are about 70 minutes away. The beaches of Montpellier, Sete, Aigues-Mortes and the wild and beautiful Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer are all just over an hour away. Aigues-Mortes is an interesting village that boasts a history stretching back to the days when it was the launching point for the Crusades. The Camargue with its expanses of marshland and fields full of Camargue bulls for the “Feria” bullfights is also about an hour away.
Closer to St. Maurice de Cazevieille and worth a visit is the town of Anduze, renowned for its manufacture of large clay pots. The town has several cafes and restaurants and the countryside surrounding it on the edge of the Cevennes parklands is spectacular. Anduze is about 15 minutes west of the house. A 20 minute drive east of the house brings you to St.-Quentin-la-Poterie, a charming town near Uzes that has had a recent renaissance due to its very active pottery industry. The town added “la-Poterie” to its name in the late 19th century as a way of distinguishing itself from the other 31 towns of the same name in France while at the same time honoring the local industry. There is great diversity in the styles of pottery and most studios welcome visitors. The town has a nice mix of shops, cafes and restaurants and one of the best butchers in the Gard, the Boucherie Centrale. Try a sampling of his prize winning terrines. There is a covered market every Friday and a Local Producers market on Tuesdays during the summer season. Bicycle rentals are available in the village to explore the easy rolling hills in the area. St.-Quentin-la-Poterie makes for a nice day visit.
Keywords: Stone Village House
Jessica and Bryan work as technicians on set in the Vancouver Film Industry, mostly on big budget American feature films. We bought our home in the south of France as a place to unwind and get away from the frantic lives we lead in Vancouver. Wilson, our dog, came with us on our hunt for a holiday home and enjoyed himself in the Gard area.
The Owner purchased this house in 2010
The south of France has been a holiday destination for us for years and we fell in love with the Gard region on a trip there last year. The rolling landscape with its endless vineyards and ever changing vistas is charming and the village of St. Maurice de Cazevieille offers all the amenities needed to live a very relaxed life. Nearby cities of Uzes and Nimes as well as the Provencal cities of Avignon, Arles and Aix en Provence offer big city restaurants, shopping, movies and the charm of the southern French way of living. The wine in this area is outstanding.
'Maison des Templiers' sits high in the outer ramparts of St. Maurice de Cazevieille affording wonderful views of the rolling countryside. The covered terrace pool is very private and is adjacent to an airy sunroom, great for summer meals. The thick stone walls of the home keep it wonderfully cool even in the heat of a July day. The home is beautifully appointed and decorated and makes a wonderful base for exploring the Gard, Provence and the beaches of the Mediterranean.
Beautiful, well-equipped home with all mod cons yet echoing its long history. Perfect for relaxing. Quiet village location far from the madding crowd, with the advantages of a good local restaurant and bar, a boulangerie a few steps from the house and a grocery store stocking all daily essentials (sadly, many French villages have lost all these amenities). Caretakers Graham and Josie most welcoming and helpful. Our family group of two couples were very happy lazing around the pool in the small outside space. The house is on various levels, and the staircase would be challenging for anyone with reduced mobility.
This is a magical place. The house is beyond any expectation, the village is wonderful and the area is astoundingly beautiful. Combine that with the excellent (and cheap!) local wine and this becomes the best vacation ever. Bryan, the owner, is very responsive, and Graham and Josie, the caretakers are terrific. Make sure they tell you about the excellent bakery in nearby Moussac. Loved the place, and I will be back.
My husband and I arrived mid day at the 12th century medieval village of San Maurice de Casavill
The village took our breath away because it was so beautiful and steeped in history. The house was equally as beautiful and looked exactly like the pictures. It had been updated on the inside and was quite modern with all the amenities of home. The update was well done in that the modernization was accomplished without compromising the 12th century feel. The rooms were all large and comfortable and the swimming pool with surrounding deck was such a treat. We had a great time walking around the village and surrounding country side. Also fun for us was being able to buy fresh fresh bread every day at the local bakery and have lunch or dinner at the cafe.
There are many villages, towns and cities to visit within an hours drive from the village. We saw amazing Roman ruins and also Roman buildings still in use. The way the French preserve their heritage is admirable. We fell in love with the sidewalk cafes serving delicious food every where we went and ended up having leisurely lunches at a different cafe every day. The country side was so pretty with the fields of grape vines, trees and rolling hills that we never tired of driving in the area or looking at the view from the pool deck. The Saturday market at Uzes, only a 20 minute drive from the house, is not to be missed and is filled with food, pottery, textiles, clothing and more. Street musicans were always present and added to the fun. Uzes is a lovely a medieval town but also had two very modern and well stocked grocery stores as well as pharmacies, shops, and two shady town squares. What made our month in France even more enjoyable was the English couple, Graham and Josie, who managed the property. They were extremely helpful and friendly and provided information about what to see and what to do that you won't find in any tourist guides. Because of them we saw the real France. Since they lived in the same village they were always available and always willing to chat about the area they had fallen in love with. If I had to do it all over again I wouldn't change a single thing because it couldn't have been any better!
Four of us stayed at this lovely maison for a week and had a wonderful time. We were graciously met & greeted by the caretakers, Graham & Josie, and we felt right at home immediately. Everything you need is provided and the furnishings & atmosphere and lay-out were lovely & comfortable at the same time. The views from the patios and bedrooms are amazing and relaxing - as were the easy walks in several directions along country roads/paths leading from the quaint village *note:be prepared for some steep inclines :-) as this IS a medieval village after all.... Within fairly short driving distances we visited Nimes, Uzes, and several wonderful old towns/villages - as well as easy access to a very large supermarche - daily visited the local & excellent boulangerie in the village. The wi-fi service is also excellent and the GPS provided at the house came in handy - as did the washing machine. We would definitely visit again and highly recommend this home-away-from-home to all our friends. Tres Bien!
Amazing property with everything you need for a very relaxing stay. Graham and Josie who manage the house are wonderful assets as they provide a warm welcome and helpful hints for what to do around Uzes and in the local area. A very positive and enjoyable experience if only the weather had played its part!
We spent the month of March in the Maison des Templiers, with our adult children and 2 month old grandson joining us for part of the time. The house is truly lovely...spacious, well-equipped, nicely decorated, and with the particular character of a renovated 12th century dwelling. We very quickly felt at home. Graham and Josie, the neighbours, and property caretakers were warm and hospitable and very helpful in suggesting day trips and activities. St. Maurice is a delightfull village, with access to pleasant walks in the countryside and a short drive to places of interest such as Pont du Gard, Nîmes, Arles, St. Rémy, Montpellier, and the Mediterranean. We loved the markets at Uzès and Sommières, and picking up our daily breakfast baguette at the boulangerie at the foot of the hillside pathway to our house. We felt we had an authentic experience of life and culture in the south of France. The people were friendly and encouraging with our attempts to converse in French. Even though March was unseasonably cool this year, we had an amazing time and we would love to return. Our spring sojourn at la Maison des Templiers was unforgettable..we can only imagine what a summer stay would be, with all the lush vineyards and beautiful trees in the area! A little piece of heaven!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||€500|
|Notes||25% deposit to confirm booking. Refundable up to 60 days before arrival. Balance including rental fee, cleaning fee and damage deposit due 14 days before arrival|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.