|Minimum Stay||7 - 30 nights|
Joie de vivre - a recipe for happiness!
Take two eighteenth century stone houses in a typical Provençal hillside village facing all-day sun. Cover them with vines, add a huge walled garden, a swimming pool, and enormous terraces to entertain. And what have you got?
The 'Joy of Living' indeed with . . . 300 days of sunshine and blue skies . . . Spectacular wines to choose from . . . Freshest Provençal products from the nearby markets . . . Sightseeing trips under one hour to anywhere of interest in Provence.
Entering inside Maison de Maitresse, you will find an imposing central staircase with rooms going off each side in a classical layout.
Large fully equipped kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and all dishes, glasses, etc. needed for entertaining in style. Long table seats 8-10. Opposite is the elegant salon with comfortable sitting area for quiet reading or listening to music.
Large Bedroom with Super King Size bed. Lovely views over the village of St Maximin. Opposite, Large Bedroom with a queen size and a single bed in room. Views over the French Country side and the pool and at the front of the house views over the village. Two bathrooms with shower and toilet, one up half a flight of stairs and the other down half a flight of stairs.
Large bedroom with a Super King size bed. Private balcony with views over the pool and terraces, countryside and roof tops of St Maximin. Front window view over the village. Opposite smaller room with 2 single bunk beds. View over village. Shared bathroom with toilet and shower. Extra pull out single bed and cot available.
Outside enormous terrace (89 square meters) with 2 large marble topped tables and forge chairs that can seat 20+ people. Large wood built in barbecue area. Room for sun-loungers, umbrellas, drinks trolley etc. Washing machine and outside clothes line.
The large pool and lower terrace with tables and chairs, sun-loungers etc. is shared with our second property next door. This house is also available for rent, giving a maximum total occupancy of 18.
Petite Maison is 'The Ancient Coach House' which has been renovated into a charming rustic Provencal style accommodation; with low wooden beams and open fireplace it offers a completely different feel from the adjoined Maison de Maitresse. This is 'Accommodation Plus' you won't want to leave. The perfect French vacation and villa rental experience in beautiful Saint Maximin, Gard.
Extra Single pull out bed and baby cot available.
1 triple room (double + day bed)
3 double rooms
Kitchen seats 8
Large outdoor terrace
Private BBQ facilities
pool and loungers and lower level terraces shared with Maison de Maitress
Self contained Studio (also for rent with either house)
Keywords: Large Villas 'Maison de Maitre village House plus adjoining Petite Maison (Old Coach House) both for rental separately or together (each 4 bedrooms)
I am a kiwi girl living in the South of France and loving it!!! Especially the 300 days of sunshine, the cheap ( but good wine) the fabulous food and of course the gorgeous French men!!!!
Amanda Taylor-Ace purchased this house in 1999
It is in a charming village that dates back to the 11th century and is protected because the famous French write Racine was staying in the local Chateau. The old part of the village is restricted to stone houses with certain colours on the shutters so the whole effect is pleasing to the eye.Perched on a hill and looking out over the lovely country side.
Everything you want to see or visit in the Provence area from 4 mins to an hours drive from the house and nearby kayaking, golf, restaurants ,shops etc.
Amanda, our hostess, provided us with excellent advice, recommendations of what to see and do, as well as wonderful social opportunities. She advised us of where to stay in Paris, and in Italy, and provided unique accommodation for us in Provence, all at an affordable cost. Her instructions on how to find our accommodation were extremely accurate and easy to follow. She assisted us develop a daily itinerary to meet our interests and needs. We also enjoyed her company, her hospitality and local friends. We feel we have developed a close friendship with her and her supporters which we value highly. We have recommended her website and the possibilities she offers to many friends already and can't speak highly enough of our experiences, thanks to Amanda.
Our family have stayed in these Villa's twice over the last four years. They are absolutely divine if you want an authentic French holiday. Don't for one second expect hotel-like accommodation with air conditioning, room service, valets, car parking and sterile rooms. DO expect long, lazy lunches outside under the grape-vine, swimming and reading by the pool, expert advice from the divine hostess Amanda on all the local activities and region's attractions. And if you like food, well how about catered dinners complete with music and dancing, divine Rose from local vineyards, and inpromtu lunches/dinners with other guests if you want. And visits to Uzes, the nearby village for their food markets on Wednesdays and general markets on Saturdays....oh...and did I mention the Flea market nearby????
Our family just love this place...we have returned once, and my daughter and I have just gone back for thirds....AND we are returning again next year !
There is something for everyone at Maison de Maitresse.
I had to change my travel plans at the last minute from Sardinia to Maison de Maitresse ... but what a blessing that turned out to be !!
I travelled on my own to St. Maximin but was collected by Amanda from the train station in Avignon, a soft top silver sports car in the South of France, I was in heaven immediately.
I was treated like an old friend, I was given all the freedom I wanted or I was welcomed with family and close friends if I chose to join in, which I mostly did !!
The best markets in the area are located in Uzes just 10 minutes by car or by bus which is located at the bottom of St. Maximim (9.28am to be precise), the markets are Wednesday and Saturdays.
If you are very lucky Amanda will tell you where the local flea market is on a Sunday morning, the 9 french vintage crystal champagne glasses for 10 euro are now amongst my most treasured possessions.
The entire property is devine, totally gorgeous, I hardly ate out at all, mostly enjoying food from the market or homemade cooking with Amanda and her friends. Luckily the best restaurant in the area is located in St. Maximin village so I would absolutely advise to book as soon as you arrive.
One of the highlights, apart from meeting Amanda and her friends and family would be taking the canoe down the Gardon River to the Pont Du Gard. An absolute must with a picnic lunch, I was on my own that day and totally blissed out.
Maison de Maitresse is a very magical place be prepared to return from your holiday a changed person – I have !!
And I’m going back …. Very soon.
There are two houses to rent each with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The rates shown are the same for both houses and it is possible to rent both together with two self contained studio rooms on the pool level at an extra charge for people from the same group. The houses have separate terraces and outdoor dining but share the lower pool with it's loungers, pergola covered table with seating for 20 people. Please contact the owner for studio room rates (only rented with houses).
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.