|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Private walled courtyard / garden with fig tree , climbing roses and shrubs. The house has stone walls and tiled floors , a center staircase , working fireplaces and large kitchen. Pougnedoresse - is a medieval village featuring a chateau and an ancient church surrounded by very beautiful natural countryside.
Close to Uzes and also not far away from Nimes, Avingnon + farther on Vaucluse , Provence , Alpes, and Cote d'Azur.
Le Presbytere creates a feeling of a time passed, the kitchen is well stocked with cupboards, shelves, large table, chairs - but also oven, fridge and washing machine . And the antique beds are a good size in large bedrooms with views !
Surrounding the village are footpaths through woodland and fields - and whether inside of the courtyard or down a country lane you just might feel in a different time gone by ?
The Bread Van Stops outside your door each day around 10 / 11 a.m.
And for those in need - INTERNET !
I love houses especially old houses that are unique - or have their own particular charm. I paint them , organize them and basically love them !
Because it is tanquil and has the feel of France that has often been lost over the years in many other villages . The villagers are friendly and the walks and rides around the village are beautiful with often great views into the distance --- as indeed there are from the house.
It is a presbytery and has a wonderful sense of peace and tranquility and contentment . A bread van calls everyday with croissants, pain aux raisons and of course bread - just like times gone by ! With markets to enjoy in St Quinton de Poterie or Uzes - plus supermarkets -- one can stock up for the week or not ?
Our family of six stayed at Le Presbyterre August 8-15, 2012. Shirley was so patient with our late arrival into town and showed every courtesy as we toured the property. She had the home in perfect order for our stay and made herself available throughout our week if needed.
We enjoyed the village and the nearby tourists sites such as Uzes, Pont du Gard, and Nimes. The delicious figs from the tree and the fresh baked bread from the delivery truck in town was a daily welcome.
I'm looking forward to a return visit someday.
The house and its garden sit on top of a packed little hilltop stone village in the Gard, almost hitting the village's 10th century chateau. The upstairs windows open out to wide, green views of vineyards and distant hills. The village is quiet, but alive; the neighbors across the street aren't tourists.
Inside, Le Presbytere is rustic, comfortable, with a hard-to-describe atmosphere of rest and quiet joy. Furnished with country antiques, the house displays small, interesting details -- the sun hat and the sword hung on the wall, the church bench and prayer chair, the silver birds next to the massive old iron keys (that you actually use).
The house has everything one needs (new fridge, washing machine, wireless, etc.), but there is no artificial replication of fast-life entertainment "conveniences." Instead of a big-screen TV, you get books. And I think it's the idea, because the house is distinctive in its soothing, happy ambiance. I woke up most mornings to little streams of light from cracks in the shutters and to the sounds of church bells and doves. (The sounds of the bread van followed.) If I weren't utterly unsuperstitious, I'd say it's possible the house has kept the convivial traces of dinners enjoyed at the long kitchen table.
The current owner, Shirley, is a wonderful person whose love of the house is obvious. She takes care of the business end of things -- everything works well and the house was spotless -- but she does it with uncommon amiability and a sense of humor: there's no fuss, no unnecessarily rules and limitations. During our stay at the house, we felt more like distant relatives come for a visit at our family's old country place, never like a bunch of clients. (Or like upright wallets, like at some hospitality establishments.)
This is a charmed piece of slow life in a historic French village, among the back roads, the vinyards, oaks, the grass and the views.
PS. You probably do need a car in Pougnadoresse. There were bikes, but we didn't try it, though Cavillargues -- the nearest village with a tiny store, a cafe, a bakery, a boucherie/charcuterie -- is about 5 km down the road. The closest 'real' shops (and a real Tuesday market) are in St. Quentin-la-Poterie (~15 km), or you can drive to Uzes for a serious supermarket. Some very excellent Cotes-du-Rhone and de-Pays wines are sold at Domaine de Givaudan (on D9, just east of Cavillargues).
The House is not in the middle of a main road. The pointer on the map should be farther to the right down a country lane .
Pougnadoresse is how I remember France - nostalgic days, pleasant country walks , bike rides and picnics away from the noise of the city.
Pougnadoresse rests between the sea and the Cévennes Hills- with Uzès (15 / 20 mins by car) the First Duchy of France near at hand - with its lively markets, music and dance festivals - it is ideally placed.
Pottery, truffles, wines, asparagus, olives and olive oil are just a sampling of some of the wonderful and delicious products you’ll find in the shops and on the vibrant market stalls of Uzège.
Go to Uzes before noon (or before 10 if you do not like crowds) on Saturday to find the most amazing selection of fruits, vegetables and other fare imaginable. There is also a smaller Bio market on Wednesdays.
About a 25 minute drive - direction Laudun finds you in the midst of the ancient world yet again at the Camp du Ceasar (built by Ceasar’s army to conquer the region). There are still many ruins of the camp and it has a beautiful view of the surrounding vin yards.
A short drive away is the Pont du Gard. The Romans built this famous aqueduct in 19BC to bring water from the spring in the valley of Uzes to the town of Nimes. Visit the Museum or walk across the amazing bridge itself , and if the younger members of your family are a little bored, there is either swimming or rafting on the Gardon River . You may swim or canoe under this amazing aqueduct .
Nimes with its Roman arena and Avingnon with its Palace du Papes should also be seen - even if you do not visit anywhere else !
There are village weekly markets close by - especially the Saturday and Wednesday market in Uzes - and 2 weekly markets in St Quintain de Potterie. Also a bread van that calls outside the house everyday !
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Summer and Autumn
Apr 26 2015 - Sep 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
October + Heating
Oct 3 2015 - Oct 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Week day arrivals accepted .
The above rates include bed linen, towels and end of term cleaning.
There are electric radiators and fans in the bedrooms and a wood stove in the kitchen + open fire in the salon ..
Special Holiday Weekends i.e Bank Holidays100 euros supplement.
Easter and Christmas a small surcharge is added.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.