L'Orangerie, is a magnificent, restored stone residence which lies in the medieval centre of the lively village of Calvisson at the heart of the Vaunage. Situated between the vibrant cosmopolitan towns of Nimes and Montpellier, Calvisson lies surrounded by vineyards, beautiful countryside and stunning scenery to the north and the vast sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coastline and the Camargue to the south. The village itself with all amenities is buzzing with people going about their everyday lives and there is the added treat of the busy market selling local produce, flowers and artisanal products, which takes place in the village square every Sunday morning.
L'Orangerie has been sympathetically rebuilt and restored around a magnificent central arch, a theme which is also reflected in three stunning windows in the living area and throughout the house.
The large outdoor terrace with pool provide a perfect oasis in which to relax and unwind in the heart of this lively village.
A playground of both culture and fun: From the Mont Aigoual, the highest point in the Cevennes, to the fine sands of the Mediterranean, without forgetting the famous Pont du Gard, the Gard offers a wide range of breathtaking sites and a varied and beautiful choice of heritage. Lush green forests, areas of wild garrigue and beautiful coastline have made this area, witness to 2,000 years of history and one of the main birthplaces of Roman civilisation, a stunning mosaic of the warm and dazzling sunlight of the Midi.
To list all the activities and attractions available to the visitor would take volumes. Suffice to say that whether you are looking for leisurely family entertainment which can be found lazing the day away on the long sandy beaches or in one of the numerous fun parks such as La Bouscarrasse or Espace Grand Bleu Water Parks near Uzès and La Grande Motte, or if you are more inclined to delve into the area’s rich cultural background, there is something to be found.
Gastronomic delights and endless wine tasting: A visit to the region would not be complete without visiting one of the many markets where pallets of local produce are displayed in glorious multicolour with aromas to entice, whilst the numerous fabulous restaurants also make use of the many Specialities of the Region on their menus such as:The Picholine Olive; Uzès Honey;The 'Pelardon' is the traditional goat's cheese of the Cevennes; The Uzège Truffle; Asparagus; Figs; Chestnuts; Camargue Rice; Shellfish. Dishes such as 'Boeuf à la Gardianne' and 'Brandade du Morue' should be tried and savoured!
Wine: Being a part of the largest wine producing region in France means that there is a wealth of expertise to be drawn on. Visit the numerous 'caves cooperatives' and private cellars and taste the various appellations such as St Gervais, Chusclan, Laudun, Pic St Loup and Regional Côtes du Rhône, Costières de Nimes and Tavel Rosé
From sports enthusiast to culture vulture: Both the climate and the landscape lend themselves to an outdoor lifestyle in this part of the South France. With the sea, rivers, mountains and endless rolling countryside never more than a short drive away and consistent sunshine throughout the spring and summer months, it is like a playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Enjoy activities such as: cycling and mountain biking, walking and hiking, horse riding and pony trekking, water based activities such as sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and canoeing; climbing and caving, golf, fishing, skiing and snow sports and airborne activities such as parachuting, ballooning and micro lighting.
Our nearest city is Nimes, a 20 min drive away, or 30 mins on the bus. Nimes is a thriving cosmopolitan city with chic, modern shops, restaurants and and galleries. It's pedestrianised centre is fascinating to wander round, with Roman and mediaeval architecture round every corner. It's Roman Ampitheatre (L'Arenes) is one of the most intact and impressive in Europe and is still used for sporting events and concerts. Nimes is also host to one of the best preserved Roman Temples in the world, right in the heart of the shopping centre. Just a few hundred yards from the shops is Nimes Jardin de Fontaines and overlooking this is the Roman Tour Magna with its magnificent panoramic views over the whole city and the surrounding region.