Sunny 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, beautiful views, aprox 2000sq ft with terrace
- english, french, italian
About Jeffrey Wirsing
Jeffrey Wirsing has been working in the arts all of his career, with dance costuming, with art conservation in Italy, hand printed fabrics, and many other disciplines. Mr. Wirsing began working in New York was an assistant to the designer Halston, working on costumes for Martha Graham's interpretation of The Rite of Springin 1984, which began a collaboration with the Graham company for over twenty years. Over the past twenty years he has worked with such choreographers and designers as Robert Wilson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ann Reinking, Martha Clarke, Susan Stroman, Donna Karen, Calvin Klein, and Oscar de la Renta. He has recently been collaborating with the Noguchi Foundation in Queens , New York, recreating the original carved Noguchi body jewelry for such works as Night Journey, Pheadra, and El Penitente for their recent exhibition 'Noguchi/Graham.' He has done many special projects for the New York City Opera including working with the designer of the original Sweeney Todd, Franni Lee, to distress and paint costumes for the NYCO revival in 2004. He has designed and built costumes for four productions produced by 'American Virtuosi', a NY based baroque opera company. Having studied art conservation in Florence, Italy in 1990-91 Mr. Wirsing worked on the restoration of historic furniture and historic villa interiors in Florence and Palermo. In 2000, he was awarded the Eleanor Lambert Fellowship in Objects Conservation, offered by Save Venice, Inc., and spent nine months in Venice working with Venetian restorers on such projects as the restoration of the high altar of San Francesco della Vigna. In 2003, he recieved a Fulbright Fellowship to return to Venice to study conservation techniques of Venetian decorative stucco.' He has lovingly been restoring his wonderful house in the south of France in the historic city of Beaucaire. Currently, his work as a costume ager and restorer of 1920s costumes can be seen on the HBO hit series 'Boardwalk Empire',
Jeffrey Wirsing purchased this House in 2004
Why Jeffrey Wirsing chose Beaucaire
I was drawn to Beaucaire by an offer that the city made to artists back in 2000, when an artist could rent a floor in a palace for 25 cents per square foot. When I arrived to meet with the city I arrived early and sought to see the castle up on the hill and followed a street called Montee du Chateau which I was sure would lead me to the castle. It did, but it lead me to what is now my house, the last house up the hill, just at the gate of the garden of the castle. I stood at the gate, looking into the garden and the charming chinoiserie tour one sees from my front door, looked at the house which was in bad shape, saw the terrace, and said to myself that if I could have that house, I would buy in Beaucaire. When I met with the city, I was informed that there were no more artists spaces offered, but if I found a house I liked, we could find the owner and see if it was for sale. We did and it began a long journey that has finally after five years of loving restoration, have arrived at a house more beautiful than I could have imagined. I hope you will enjoy being there as much as I do.
What makes this House unique
The house is uniquely situated, both in the town and in the region. The house is in the center of town, yet surrounded by the garden of the castle and very private. In seconds down the hill, one is in the Place Vieille ( Old Square),with cafes or the market square in front of the city hall or Mairie , and an easy walk to all restaurants and markets, grocery stores, . In the region, it is situated among many major cities and attractions including, Avignon, Nimes, Arles, Saint Remy, Les Baux, and makes a great base to explore the region. It provides a less hectic, yet convenient place to be based for the Festival of Avignon, the Festival of Photography in Arles and the Dance Festival of Montpellier
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
Children not allowed
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The terrace was perfect for relaxation at the end of a busy day.
The house is quite impressive. It is spacious and well furnished. It’s at the end of the street and borders the grounds of the château, so it’s very private. The third story deck/patio is incredible for breakfast or a late afternoon aperitif. Communication with the owner and the manager was very easy. As was explained on the website, free parking is available at a reasonable distance, but depending on how full the parking lot is, it can be a substantial walk. Also, the last 50 m is at a steep incline. This will only be a concern to people with reduced mobility. Beaucaire itself appears to be very blue-collar, but it is centrally located and a short drive to Avignon, Pont du Gard, Nimes and Arles. I highly recommend this accommodation.
Off the beaten path
We loved staying in the old city. House was extremely interesting. Had a great time visiting Pont du Gard, Les Baux, Carriers de Lumieres, Avignon, St. Remy etc.
There was a big day at the castle our last day there...animations and spectacles.
Be aware that anyone with mobility issues would have a tough time walking up the street and there are a lot of stairs in the home.
There is no tv or microwave. Not a problem for us but if you really need them be sure to ask about it. WIFI worked well.
Basic supplies are needed such as coffee filters, TP, paper towels etc.
I did ask the manager to get instructions for the dishwasher and washing machine in English as they are quite different from what we have in the US.
Overall our group had a wonderful time even though the weather was iffy. The guy at La Terrasse in the square close by is a hoot. Fake fireplace is a riot.
Enjoy and relax on the terrace at the top of the house!
Our Favorite Memory of our Trip
This amazing home was even better than we imagined it would be! Located in Beaucaire, in the ancient part of town added to its appeal. It was a haven to return to each evening after a busy day of driving and visiting all the amazing sights in Provence.
This house makes you feel like you are royalty in many ways. The antique furnishing are beautiful, or if not antiques, fit so seamlessly into this amazing17th century home that you are comforted just being in it. All 3 floors we carefully decorated beauty!
When you first open the front door you are amazed at what you see. it is beautiful! You immediately see a stairway leading upstairs. On one side is a comfy living area with a canopy bed tucked quietly behind it. Peek behind the canopy bed in the back of the main for living area and you will see that this house was built right into the rock foundation for the castle right above it! On the other side of the room is a dining area with a beautiful kitchen area behind it and a few stairs leading up to one of the bathrooms with a tub.
The middle floor houses the 2 bedrooms (one queen bed and the other with 2 twin beds), one of the bathrooms with a shower, and an amazing large beautiful sitting area with elegant antique furnishings! All of the rooms have beautiful windows overlooking beautiful settings!
The kitchen is up to date with new appliances and all of the food staples that you need to enjoy your stay there. We made a trip to Carrefour the first day and only had to get the actual food that we would need while there. The 2 bathrooms were beautiful as well as being up to date. You will need to buy TP though!
The pièce de résistance, and what other reviewers all talk about, is the amazing 3rd floor deck with the million dollar view! It is beautiful during the day where you can see over the ancient village below. Your eye can wander up the hill to the right where the road that runs in front of the house takes you to the castle. It is beautiful at dusk, at sunset, and at sunrise where you feel for a moment that you have no cares in the world.
Because this is an ancient city that was not made for cars you will need to tote your bags up a short hill and be aware that you will need to park a short distance away outside the city wall. It was not a problem for us though it should be noted that it is not a good place to stay if you have mobility issues.
Our group was made up of 2 couples and we loved our time there! Perfection!
This is a magical place, set up with care and everything you’ll need to be content at a VRBO. We felt like royalty during our stay!
Jeff was super responsive. Excellent base to visit the region:)
We hope to come back here soon and definitely stay longer!
Thank you Jeff!!
Your welcome Armand! Delighted you enjoyed the house as much as I do. Come back anytime.
The house in Beaucaire was very clean and spacious for our family of 5. The bottle of wine that Jeffrey left was a kind welcoming. We loved sitting in the music room and on the large terrace. My only complaint was that there was no television or phone as had been advertised and considering we were staying for 2 weeks during the World Cup and Tour de France, this was a huge disappointment. After touring all day, we were looking forward to catching a bit of the games. I suggest that the tv and phone be taken off the VRBO page.
I a glad you enjoyed the house, but sorry about the tv and phone. Since I have never had a tv in the house, I had to go back and check the listing regarding any reference to a tv, created a number of years ago. For "TV", it says underneath, " tv coming soon, but hope you will spend more time together on the terrace". My experience at the house has been that it was so peaceful without a television and that friends and family visiting ( some avid tv watchers) actually enjoyed their time more just being together and interacting, that I never did get a television, and forgot I had ever indicated there was or would be one coming. . But thank you for pointing out the lapse, which I have just deleted so as to avoid any future unfulfilled expectation. I hope you found a tv in any of the local bars for the World Cup, which would have surely been a very animated affair. I was in Paris on the day of the World Cup and have never ever seen Paris like that, full of roaring fans and emotions everywhere in the streets. I made the mistake of going out into the crowds and by the time I arrived back with friends, realized my cell phone had been stolen from my pocket. Which leads me to the next topic.
As for the phone, as I explained it had been on the blink and I put it away till I got a new one. I arrived on the day you left, and subsequently bought a new one , but unfortunately not in time to make a difference for your visit. Again, my apologies. However, I hope your overall memories of your stay are good ones.
Nestled in the center of the Golden Triangle between Avignon, Arles, and Nimes, the historic town of Beaucaire on the banks of the Rhone River has many remarkable architectural gems dating from Roman times through the 19th century, with the Canal du Rhone a Sete going through the town with many small restaurants along the canal. One can visit the castle of Beaucaire and its garden, as well as the Auguste Jacquet Museum of the City of Beaucaire, just behind the house. The writer Henry James lovingly describes the castle and gardens as seen from above the house in his book, ' A Little Tour of France', and surely passed the house on his visit there. The Place Vieille, or Old Square, just 200 meters from the house provides a lovely spot for a coffe or snack or artisinal lunch or dinner prepared by Madame Cecile at L'Epicerie de Cecile. There is a flea market every Wednesday along the river at the Champs de Foire. In the summers, there are equestrian shows and fairs, outdoor films, and other events along the Champs de Foire.
The house is a convenient distance from which to attend the Festivals of Avignon, the Photography Festival of Arles, or the Festval of Dance in Montpellier
There are many remarkable sites to see very near Beaucaire, including the Pont du Gard, largest surviving Roman aquaduct, the troglodite Abbey of Saint Romain, cut from the rock, the charming nearby town of Collias for fine dining and an incredible gorge for a magnificent hike or inspiring walk along the river.
Just a walk across the Rhone is the city of Tarascon, made famous by Alphonse Daudet and his book Tartarin de Tarascon. There you will find the medieval castle of Tarascon. The MEO restaurant near the train station is and excellent place for fine dining, and worth it's price. One can also visit the museum and boutique of the famous textile printing company Souleiado in it's 18th century town house