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Charming, Tranquil Gite with Pool, Magnificent Views and Stunning Sunsets

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sympathetically-renovated independent 2-bedroom gite with all facilities

Each springtime a pair of kestrels return to nest and raise their young under the eaves of the 18th-century farmhouse that now carries their name. Over the years the Mas has grown organically out of the ruins of an ancient chateau of the Knights-Templar, of which now, sadly, very little remains save the ramparts that form the backdrop of the house, rising up to the Montagne de la Serre behind us. To the west and dominating the breathtaking view over the Plaine de Berrias-Casteljau are Mont Lozere and the Cevenne mountains.

You will arrive into the forecourt of the mas; a wide-spanning arch invites you to walk under the house and past the medieval cellars to emerge into an informal courtyard leading to the gite's front door. Entering into the salon-de-sejour – the living/dining room – containing a futon sofa-bed and a dining table and chairs (including TV, DVD, CD player and Wifi), leading directly onto a small terrace and plunge pool. Off this main area is a small utility room with toilet, handbasin and washing machine; and beyond, a compact, fully-equipped kitchen with door opening onto another south-facing terrace equipped for al-fresco eating.

A terracotta staircase leads up to a landing giving access to the master bedroom with large double-bed, a smaller bedroom with twin beds, and shower room between the two.

The garden consists of levels that seem to hang off the hillside, from every aspect of which the views are tremendous. Vine-sheltered terraces, laid to stone, surround the pool; olive trees line a walk to a shady secluded glade from which rock-strewn tracks lead into the unprotected rough ground of the garrigue. The gite is situated right on the boundary between the wonderful natural world of the south Ardeche and the wilderness of the hills. Because of the natural sloping terrain of the land we regret that this property is really not suitable for unsupervised young children.

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Judy and Richard Waddington
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, a little German, a little Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 6, 2017

About Judy and Richard Waddington

Embarking on a new life together, we found ourselves in Bec de Jun and gradually fell in love with its beauty, its history and its overall magnificence. After busy lives in Oxford and the Cotswolds we were ready for a change of pace and culture, in a place where our family and friends could come and join us, and indulge themselves, and generally relax!

Judy and Richard Waddington purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Judy and Richard Waddington chose Beaulieu

Because of its potential and the tranquillity of its surroundings, we were convinced that we could make something of its ancient stones. Twelve years later and after a lot of hard labour (and some fun too...), we have breathed new life into the Mas des Crecerelles. It has more than fulfilled all that we had thought that it could become. We invite you to share our enjoyment of this wonderful place...

What makes this farmhouse unique

… almost too many to spell out.

But how about this: the views, the sunsets, the wine, the extraordinary art of the Grotte Chauvet, the wonderful natural landscape, the warmth of the people – and much more to be discovered for yourselves...


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nimes / Avignon / Montpelier
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Beaulieu-La Gare, Kriskan
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Grospierres-Ch. de Bournet or Montelimar / Nimes
Nearest Train
50 Kilometres
Montelimar / Avignon / Nimes
Nearest Motorway
50 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Beaulieu, Kriskan / Carabasse
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Mont Lozere / Croix de Bauzon
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
river beaches on Chassezac/Ardeche rivers
Car: necessary

Surrounded by garrigue and vineyards our property has a huge panoramic view from south-west to north-west, dominated by the Cevenne mountains, and is an area popular for many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rock-climbing, kayaking, river swimming, horse-riding, go-karting and many more, and getting to discover the local market towns and 'villages de characteres'.

We are also just a short drive away from la Grotte Chauvet Pont d'Arc exhibition centre, the world's oldest known cave paintings.

We have a good range of restaurants within easy reach, as well as many small wine domains, all of whom offer tasting and/or tours.

Above all, the quality of the area speaks for itself.


Beaulieu Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • double futon bed available in main room
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Charming, Tranquil Gite with Pool, Magnificent Views and Stunning Sunsets
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Fabulous holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, away from it all, yet only 5 minutes drive from a great boulangerie/epicerie.

We had a great 2 weeks here - Richard and Judy were fabulous hosts - attentive and hospitable, but never crowding or intrusive. From the amazing sunsets ( they really are that good!), great plunge pool, brilliantly appointed kitchen and fab library, to the ready supply of figs, damsons and fresh herbs for cooking we felt truly spoilt.

The local area has lots to keep you busy - good walks, (including one which took us through a cave and a natural rock tunnel), flattish cycling ( hills also in ready supply for those fitter than us!) canoeing ( Chassezac river was great) and much more besides.

This was one of our best French self catering holidays ever. Many thanks

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Quiet setting, good location

  • 5 of 5

The old building set under a crumbling chateau has been renovated to the highest standard by the owners who are on hand to welcome you with advice to make the most of the holiday. The gite has all you need and the outside space, which catches the afternoon / evening sun, is a pleasure. Good location for the Ardeche and the cave paintings at Pont d'Arc, but local vicinity also well worth exploring.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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total relaxation

  • 5 of 5

What we wanted was isolation deep in the middle of rural France and that is exactly what we got. The view is stunning. The house is stylish and has everything you need. VERY hot during our stay. Cooling off in plunge pool in the evening was perfect. Mr and Mrs Waddington were perfect hosts. Always there when you needed something, but never intruding when you didn't, even though they live next door. Plenty of interesting things to do and see reasonably close at hand without making it too long a day. But just as good simply chilling out and admiring the view.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful holiday at Bec de Jun

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in Richard and Judy's beautifully restored Gite. The house has everything you'd need, is very comfy and the kitchen is really well designed and has all the kit you'll need, unlike lots of rentals. At the end of a hot day the small pool is perfect to cool down in and was big enough for the four of us to splash around in. So much to do in the area but we cano-ed, wild swam, toured roman

sites, hung out in cafes and ate like kings. Home grown tomatoes, great local advice and the odd aperitif from hosts who know how to be friendly and welcoming whilst allowing us to feel free to do our own thing. Highly recommended, The Taylor family.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Superb position and delightful interiors.

  • 5 of 5

This is an almost totally 'unspoilt' part of the South of France with a rustic charm hard to match. Best to be armed with a car if you don't have too much time as the surrounding villages and countryside are a must to visit and enjoy. The house has obviously been lovingly restored and cared for by its current owners with attention paid to all the history of this extraordinary stone building and its environs. The gite is really comfortable and a proper home from home. You will be sad to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sehr idyllisch und komfortabel.

  • 5 of 5

Die Vermieter sind hilfsbereit und sehr nett. Alles ist durchdacht und gut ausgestattet, für vier Personen sehr zweckmäßig und bequem.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $295.89

A Contract will be sent at the time of confirmation of booking, explaining in detail payment terms and giving full details to do with the property.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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