|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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.
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
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...
… 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Aproximative English translation below...)
8 au 22 août 2015,
Le gite du Mas de Crécerelles, très joliment restauré par les propriétaires et bien équipé, nous a permis de passer deux semaines fantastiques.
Dès l’arrivée, nous avons reçu un accueil chaleureux des propriétaires.
Le lever du soleil sur la colline du Bec de Jun est magnifique.
Le petit déjeuner, sur la terrasse, dans un calme absolu, avec vue sur la plaine de Beaulieu permet de se mettre en forme pour une bonne journée de visite de l’Ardèche.
Mr. Et Mrs. Waddigton sont toujours disponibles pour aider dans le choix des visites, ils connaissent et savent faire aimer leur région.
De retour, un petit bain dans la piscine prolonge la journée dans un cadre exceptionnel.
Enfin, n’oubliez pas d’éteindre la lumière pour mieux profiter, dans un transat, du ciel étoilé.
A la prochaine occasion on y retourne !
From August, the 8th to 22nd 2015,
This cottage, the Mas de Crécerelle, well restored by owners, gave us the occasion to spend two memorable weeks.
Sun rising on "Bec de Jun" Hill is wonderfull.
Breakfast with the view of Beaulieu plain make you ready to visit Ardèche.
To find your way among all the things to see, Mr. and Mrs. Waddigton will be pleased to help you because they know and like the country.
Back home, a bath in the pool will refresh the familly.
At last, don't forget to shut lights to benefits, in the deckchairs, of the stars in the sky.
We'll be back !
Nous avons été époustouflés par la beauté authentique du paysage. Après un accueil chaleureux, nos hôtes nous ont fait découvrir le charme d’un intérieur très confortable dont la décoration épurée aux lignes sobres et élégantes sont en harmonie avec la paix des lieux.
Nous y avons passé de délicieuses vacances, loin des sentiers battus.
Nos hôtes très discrètement présents ont tout fait pour faciliter notre séjour et la découverte de la région.
Nous reviendrons !
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$267|
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.
see contract (which is sent at time of reservation)
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.