BREATHTAKING TERRACE VIEWS AT THE FOOT OF THE ANCIENT CASTLE

Jeffrey Wirsing

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Bedrooms 2
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BREATHTAKING TERRACE VIEWS AT THE FOOT OF THE ANCIENT CASTLE

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Sunny 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, beautiful views, aprox 2000sq ft with terrace

Situated in the South of France in the heart of Roman Provence, just at the foot of the picturesque medieval castle of Beaucaire, seat of the Montmorency Dukes for generations, is this unique and extraordinary property. This lovely 17century stone house is perfect for a relaxed holiday vacation or as a quiet inspiring retreat for writers or scholars. It is also a convenient and less hectic base from which to attend the Festival of Avignon, the Photography Festival of Arles, or the Dance Festival of Montpellier. The highest house in town, it offers breathtaking views from its extensive terrace: the castle gardens, Beaucaire’s historic center, the church of Notre Dame des Pommiers with its dome and bell tower, as well as an enchanting 18th century Chinoiserie lookout tower, piercing the sky from the garden of an 18th century mansion just below. The house is a wonderful place for a quiet relaxing escape, yet also provides a perfect base for exploring the treasures to be found in the wonderful region of Provence.

Believed to have been an out-building of the castle, the house has been completely renovated with all modern amenities, while retaining a sense of historic charm, including the original foundation stone of the castle, which is visible from the ground-floor living room. It is decorated with antiques from the region.

The three-story house consists of the ground floor, with a living area, dining area, full modern kitchen ( with dishwasher) and full bath. The second floor, or 'Salon de Musique,' consists of two bedrooms,( one with a queen-sized bed and the second with two twin beds ) an open salon with desk and WiFi ,sitting areas with views of the garden,a CD player and selection of classical music, a second full bath, and a utility closet with washing machine.

The third floor is the terrace floor, and it also has a convenient summer kitchen with a day bed looking out onto the terrace. The hammock on the terrace is a wonderful way to relax after a summer meal accompanied by the local wines of Cote de Rhone. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the fresh oyster vendor comes to Beaucaire and sets up along the Canal du Rhone a Sete, which runs through the city of Beaucaire and provides a lovely take away appetizer or meal to enjoy while taking in the stunning sunsets each night from the terrace. The neighbors’ children call the terrace 'Paradis'.

Beaucaire is situated at the junction of the Canal du Rhone a Sete and the River Rhone. The once famous 'Foire de Beaucaire', a huge market or fair, that happened for centuries on the banks of the Rhone ( and which produced as much income in the 10 days of the fair as the entire port city of Marseilles made in a year) is why the town is so incredibly rich historically and architecturally. Because so much of the town remains intact and forgotten by time, it has been used in many period movies, including “The Lion in Winter” with Katherine Hepburn and Richard Burton, which prominently features the castle, that is literally in the back yard of the house. More recently, a film called “The Horseman on the Roof,” with Juliette Binoche, features the square in front of the church, which can be seen from the terrace.

The town is off the beaten track and is generally quiet, though during the summer it becomes very animated with its own running of the bulls and the bull fights in the town’s bull ring, as well as outdoor concerts, fairs and flea markets. There are some fine restaurants in town, and if one seeks more night life or cultural or culinary activity, Beaucaire is conveniently located just twenty minutes by car from three major historic cities: Avignon, with the Palace of the Popes; Arles, where Van Gogh painted; and Nimes, with its magnificently preserved Roman ruins. There is also public transportation to all three cities.

There is a Municipal swimming in the town, but there are a number of exciting spots for 'swimming in the wild' such as in the Gardon at the Pont du Gard, or at Collias. A list of wonderful sites can be found on www.golanguedoc.com/best-kids-activities/wild-swimming-in-france

For wine lovers, Beaucaire is situated in the heart of Cote du Rhone, and only forty minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape, with its vineyards and restaurants. The entire region itself provides endless discovery, exploration and reward in the magical sunlight of the South of France. Come and enjoy!

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Jeffrey Wirsing (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
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About Jeffrey Wirsing

Jeffrey Wirsing has been working in the arts all of his career, with dance costuming, with art conservation in Italy, hand printed fabrics, and many other disciplines. Mr. Wirsing began working in New York was an assistant to the designer Halston, working on costumes for Martha Graham's interpretation of The Rite of Springin 1984, which began a collaboration with the Graham company for over twenty years.

Over the past twenty years he has worked with such choreographers and designers as Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ann Reinking, Martha Clarke, Susan Stroman, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta. He has recently been collaborating with the Noguchi Foundation in Queens , New York, recreating the original carved Noguchi body jewelry for such works as Night Journey, Pheadra, and El Penitente for their recent exhibition 'Noguchi/Graham.'

He has done many special projects for the New York City Opera including working with the designer of the original Sweeney Todd, Franni Lee, to distress and paint costumes for the NYCO revival in 2004. He has designed and built costumes for four productions produced by 'American Virtuosi', a NY based baroque opera company.

Having studied art conservation in Florence, Italy in 1990-91 Mr. Wirsing worked on the restoration of historic furniture and historic villa interiors in Florence and Palermo. In 2000, he was awarded the Eleanor Lambert Fellowship in Objects Conservation, offered by Save Venice, Inc., and spent nine months in Venice working with Venetian restorers on such projects as the restoration of the high altar of San Francesco della Vigna. In 2003, he recieved a Fulbright Fellowship to return to Venice to study conservation techniques of Venetian decorative stucco.' He has lovingly been restoring his wonderful house in the south of France in the historic city of Beaucaire. Currently, his work as a costume ager and restorer of 1920s costumes can be seen on the HBO hit series 'Boardwalk Empire',

Jeffrey Wirsing purchased this house in 2004

Why Jeffrey Wirsing chose Beaucaire

I was drawn to Beaucaire by an offer that the city made to artists back in 2000, when an artist could rent a floor in a palace for 25 cents per square foot. When I arrived to meet with the city I arrived early and sought to see the castle up on the hill and followed a street called Montee du Chateau which I was sure would lead me to the castle. It did, but it lead me to what is now my house, the last house up the hill, just at the gate of the garden of the castle. I stood at the gate, looking into the garden and the charming chinoiserie tour one sees from my front door, looked at the house which was in bad shape, saw the terrace, and said to myself that if I could have that house, I would buy in Beaucaire. When I met with the city, I was informed that there were no more artists spaces offered, but if I found a house I liked, we could find the owner and see if it was for sale. We did and it began a long journey that has finally after five years of loving restoration, have arrived at a house more beautiful than I could have imagined. I hope you will enjoy being there as much as I do.

What makes this house unique

The house is uniquely situated, both in the town and in the region. The house is in the center of town, yet surrounded by the garden of the castle and very private. In seconds down the hill, one is in the Place Vieille ( Old Square),with cafes or the market square in front of the city hall or Mairie , and an easy walk to all restaurants and markets, grocery stores, .

In the region, it is situated among many major cities and attractions including, Avignon, Nimes, Arles, Saint Remy, Les Baux, and makes a great base to explore the region. It provides a less hectic, yet convenient place to be based for the Festival of Avignon, the Festival of Photography in Arles and the Dance Festival of Montpellier

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Jeffery,



It is spectacular and words can not fully express how wonderful your property is.



Kind regards

Tony
Jul 2013
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Property type house
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4.6
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Breathtaking Terrace Views at the Foot of the Ancient Castle
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Beaucaire Nimes area
Calgary, AB Canada
5

Beautiful and well appointed apartment.

  • 5 of 5
This apartment is everything the pictures show it to be - and may actually be better. It is huge, and our family of four had lots of room to spread out. The upstairs veranda is fantastic and was where we spent many of our afternoons relaxing. We had everything we needed in the kitchen and the furniture was really nice - you can tell the owner takes a lot of pride in his beautiful apartment.

Being on the ramparts up to the castle was interesting, but if you have any mobility issues the walk up to the apartment door may be difficult. I kind of enjoyed the steep walk as it helped burn off all of the wine and cheese we consumed. :) The apartment is worth the 30 seconds of uphill climb!

Both the owner, Jeffrey, and the contact, Dennis, were very nice and easy to stay in contact with. The only thing missing was an information sheet about what they would like you to do before check-out... I felt badly that we were supposed to remove all of the garbage; we had no idea and so we hadn't done so. We have rented many apartments and some say to leave the garbage, some say to remove it. A short sheet with requirements would be helpful to avoid any confusion from the renter, and annoyance from the owner. (Note - Dennis was very nice about the misunderstanding although I know it caused him a bit of stress.)

This is a great location for day trips and we thoroughly enjoyed Nimes, Arles, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard. There is a lot of history in this location, and this is a great apartment to come back to after exploring.
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Beaucaire Nimes area
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Lovely house

  • 4 of 5
charming house, excellent location, and remade with taste and style.
  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Roomy and quiet with a great terrace

  • 4 of 5
We had a wonderfull time in Beaucaire in this lovely and roomy house. Having breakfast and dinner on the big terrace overlooking the city. From Beaucaire it's a few miles to Arles, Avignon, Nimes and the Pont du Gard.
Recommended!
  • Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Great lodging experience in this region of France

  • 5 of 5
Beautifully restored by its current owner, this property will provide those who stay with a true sense of the antiquity of the house's location and the delights of French provincial living. Very comfortable and spacious. Cook at home and experience the beautiful terrace view with a glass of wine at sunset.
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2013
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New York
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Stunning home base in the middle of everything!

  • 5 of 5
This beautiful, three story house tucked away at the end of a charming cobblestone street makes a wonderful home base for excursions into the surrounding area. We loved our day trips to Pon du Gard, Arles, Avignon, Les Baux, Abbey de Saint Roman - but we also loved getting back to this lovely house. the veranda was so beautiful that we felt compelled to have several meals at home - that is, when we elected not to go to Cecile's, a warm and inviting small restaurant that is a two minute waljk from the front door. It really is difficult to express how warm and lovely every aspect of this charming and elegant house was. and the two local caretakers were very helpful and friendly. Really, an unconditional recommendation all around!

Tony and Patty,,,
  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Pont du Gard
"Spectacular Roman aquaduct on the Gardon river, with a park and swimming and picnicing with ..."
L'Epicerie de Cecile
"Wonderful small charming restaurant of Madame Cecile, a two minute walk from my home. She is..."
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MÉO
Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
marseilles
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Tarascon sur Rhone
Nearest Beach
35 Kilometres
Saint Marie de la Mer
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Cafe des Artistes
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
L'Epicerie de Cecile
Car: recommended

Nestled in the center of the Golden Triangle between Avignon, Arles, and Nimes, the historic town of Beaucaire on the banks of the Rhone River has many remarkable architectural gems dating from Roman times through the 19th century, with the Canal du Rhone a Sete going through the town with many small restaurants along the canal. One can visit the castle of Beaucaire and its garden, as well as the Auguste Jacquet Museum of the City of Beaucaire, just behind the house. The writer Henry James lovingly describes the castle and gardens as seen from above the house in his book, ' A Little Tour of France', and surely passed the house on his visit there. The Place Vieille, or Old Square, just 200 meters from the house provides a lovely spot for a coffe or snack or artisinal lunch or dinner prepared by Madame Cecile at L'Epicerie de Cecile. There is a flea market every Wednesday along the river at the Champs de Foire. In the summers, there are equestrian shows and fairs, outdoor films, and other events along the Champs de Foire.

The house is a convenient distance from which to attend the Festivals of Avignon, the Photography Festival of Arles, or the Festval of Dance in Montpellier

There are many remarkable sites to see very near Beaucaire, including the Pont du Gard, largest surviving Roman aquaduct, the troglodite Abbey of Saint Romain, cut from the rock, the charming nearby town of Collias for fine dining and an incredible gorge for a magnificent hike or inspiring walk along the river.

Just a walk across the Rhone is the city of Tarascon, made famous by Alphonse Daudet and his book Tartarin de Tarascon. There you will find the medieval castle of Tarascon. The MEO restaurant near the train station is and excellent place for fine dining, and worth it's price. One can also visit the museum and boutique of the famous textile printing company Souleiado in it's 18th century town house

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Beaucaire House Rental Rates

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Base Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,351
 
Discounts: 8 nights or more: $193 Nightly
 
High Season
Apr 1 - Sep 30
3 night minimum stay
$193
$1,351
 
 
Low Season
Oct 1 - Mar 30
3 night minimum stay
$168
$1,176
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Property Damage Protection $49
Notes Minimum stay during the months of July and August is 7 days, Sat/Sat
For other times, for stays of less than 7 days, there is a 175 euro fee for key exchange/cleaning/laundry

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Beaucaire House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Town ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain
  • River ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Telephone ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Fireplace
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • ground floor bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , second floor bath has great view of garden
  • Both bath rooms are newly renovated
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Sunny guest roomTwo twin beds, desk and chair, two closets
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sunny bedroom, queen sized bed, desk,chair,two closetsts
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Four poster queen bed on ground floor for extra sleeping
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • live theater
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
Notes:
Municipal Pool in the town, but there are great spots for 'swimming in the wild' in nearby lakes and rivers, such as in the Gardon at the inspiring Pont du Gard, or at Collias. For a list of exciting spots for swimming outdoors, check out the following web site: www.golanguedoc.com/best-kids-activities/wild-swimming-in-france

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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