|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Situated in the South of France in the heart of Roman Provence, just at the foot of the picturesque medieval castle of Beaucaire, seat of the Montmorency Dukes for generations, is this unique and extraordinary property. This lovely 17century stone house is perfect for a relaxed holiday vacation or as a quiet inspiring retreat for writers or scholars. It is also a convenient and less hectic base from which to attend the Festival of Avignon, the Photography Festival of Arles, or the Dance Festival of Montpellier. The highest house in town, it offers breathtaking views from its extensive terrace: the castle gardens, Beaucaire’s historic center, the church of Notre Dame des Pommiers with its dome and bell tower, as well as an enchanting 18th century Chinoiserie lookout tower, piercing the sky from the garden of an 18th century mansion just below. The house is a wonderful place for a quiet relaxing escape, yet also provides a perfect base for exploring the treasures to be found in the wonderful region of Provence.
Believed to have been an out-building of the castle, the house has been completely renovated with all modern amenities, while retaining a sense of historic charm, including the original foundation stone of the castle, which is visible from the ground-floor living room. It is decorated with antiques from the region.
The three-story house consists of the ground floor, with a living area, dining area, full modern kitchen ( with dishwasher) and full bath. The second floor, or 'Salon de Musique,' consists of two bedrooms,( one with a queen-sized bed and the second with two twin beds ) an open salon with desk and WiFi ,sitting areas with views of the garden,a CD player and selection of classical music, a second full bath, and a utility closet with washing machine.
The third floor is the terrace floor, and it also has a convenient summer kitchen with a day bed looking out onto the terrace. The hammock on the terrace is a wonderful way to relax after a summer meal accompanied by the local wines of Cote de Rhone. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the fresh oyster vendor comes to Beaucaire and sets up along the Canal du Rhone a Sete, which runs through the city of Beaucaire and provides a lovely take away appetizer or meal to enjoy while taking in the stunning sunsets each night from the terrace. The neighbors’ children call the terrace 'Paradis'.
Beaucaire is situated at the junction of the Canal du Rhone a Sete and the River Rhone. The once famous 'Foire de Beaucaire', a huge market or fair, that happened for centuries on the banks of the Rhone ( and which produced as much income in the 10 days of the fair as the entire port city of Marseilles made in a year) is why the town is so incredibly rich historically and architecturally. Because so much of the town remains intact and forgotten by time, it has been used in many period movies, including “The Lion in Winter” with Katherine Hepburn and Richard Burton, which prominently features the castle, that is literally in the back yard of the house. More recently, a film called “The Horseman on the Roof,” with Juliette Binoche, features the square in front of the church, which can be seen from the terrace.
The town is off the beaten track and is generally quiet, though during the summer it becomes very animated with its own running of the bulls and the bull fights in the town’s bull ring, as well as outdoor concerts, fairs and flea markets. There are some fine restaurants in town, and if one seeks more night life or cultural or culinary activity, Beaucaire is conveniently located just twenty minutes by car from three major historic cities: Avignon, with the Palace of the Popes; Arles, where Van Gogh painted; and Nimes, with its magnificently preserved Roman ruins. There is also public transportation to all three cities.
There is a Municipal swimming in the town, but there are a number of exciting spots for 'swimming in the wild' such as in the Gardon at the Pont du Gard, or at Collias.
For wine lovers, Beaucaire is situated in the heart of Cote du Rhone, and only forty minutes from Chateauneuf du Pape, with its vineyards and restaurants. The entire region itself provides endless discovery, exploration and reward in the magical sunlight of the South of France. Come and enjoy!
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
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.
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
It is spectacular and words can not fully express how wonderful your property is.
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When we were trying to find a place to stay in Provence we searched for a location that would allow us use it as a central base to visit the wonderful things to see and do in the area. As we were two couples, we needed space and we were hoping for convenience. What we found at this home was more than we could have hoped for. To begin, nestled alongside an ancient castle, the house exuded charm and grace. Three generous stories high, lovingly brought up to date with modern conveniences, the house has two large baths-one with a shower and the second with a deep soaker tub, a big-for-Europe fully equipped kitchen plus a bonus summer kitchen just off the stunning rooftop terrace with the best view in Beaucaire. We were able to do our laundry on site, a nice feature when you are travelling for several weeks. We were a short walk to coffee houses, restaurants, shops and around the corner from the twice-a-week market. It was delightful to listen to the nearby church bells toll. This was our temporary comfortable home where we could relax, savour many bottles of wine, eat delicious local foods and enjoy the authentic historic atmosphere of Provence.
This house was ideal for our group of 2 couples. We loved the location and quiet ambiance of Beaucaire. It was perfect for day tripping to other towns in Provence and then coming home to a quiet castle. The house was in beautiful condition and well cared for. Beds were all very comfortable. One couple stayed in the curtained bed on the main floor and it made for a fairy tale setting. Even though it was very hot outside during our stay, being built into the walls of the castle made the house a very comfortable temperature. The kitchen was great for cooking an enjoyable full meal of goods from the day's market. Wine and dinner on the rooftop deck was unbelievable. Both the owner and the in town host were very easy to reach, friendly and gave wonderful directions and advice. I hope we are lucky enough in our lives to come back again some day!
This is simply outstanding accommodation in a central Provence location on the Rhone river. We stayed for 8 days, and every day had short excursions to top sightseeing destinations.
The accommodation is spacious. There is an excellent kitchen, and there is a terrace with a great view of the city.
You really must have a car to take advantage of the area. There is ample and convenient parking outside the city walls, about a 200 meter walk. Beaucaire is an interesting town, and small enough to make driving in and out very easy.
We were met promptly by the agent on our arrival.
Very highly recommended for a multi night stay in southern Provence when touring by car.
We found this beautiful home to be as inviting as it appears online. The terrace view is simply breathtaking and we spent every possible moment there. The owner, Jeffrey, was incredibly easy to work with and he provided a wealth of information, not just on the house but also on the city of Beaucaire and the surrounding area. The restaurants and markets he recommended were all outstanding, particularly L’Epicerie de Cecile. Beaucaire’s central location made day trips to Arles, Avignon, Les Baux, and Nimes easy and fun. Beaucaire itself is a lovely town and fun to explore. Dennis, the property manager, was also delightful to work with and he helped make our stay easy and comfortable. I would wholeheartedly recommend this property to anyone.
Situated in a charming little town, right off the Place de la République and up a charming street, this house is the kind of place that makes you feel very special. From the spacious kitchen and cozy sitting area on the ground floor to the spacious salon and bedrooms on the second floor to the summer kitchen opening out onto the over-sized terrace on the top floor, every detail has been thought out with smart and comfortable touches throughout. The house is situated on a hill literally at the gates to a 13th century castle, and has a commanding view of the red and brown tiled roofs of the town. This was our second visit and because Beaucaire is so centrally located we did not duplicate any activity from our stay last year. Within a half hour’s drive you can get to the stunning Roman aqueduct at Pont du Gard (great for swimming and kayaking), the Abbey de Saint-Roman, the ancient fortress of Les Baux de Provence, Avignon, St. Remy, and Arles. Expand your parameters out to an hour drive time and you can swim in the Mediterranean at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, rent bikes in the hilltop town of Gordes, or explore the Roman ruins of Vaison-la-Romaine. Day trips will find you hiking, swimming, or visiting beautiful wineries, and when you get home you can kick off your shoes and have a simple dinner of bread, fruit, and cheese at the most beautiful spot you’ve probably seen all day – your own terrace! The owner is terrific, and the caretakers, Dennis and Griet, are friendly, helpful, and readily available. If you stay here (and can manage to tear yourself away from the view from your terrace) make sure to have at least one meal at Cecile’s – a small, five table restaurant right down the hill where the menu is whatever Cecile feels like cooking that evening. Whether you tire yourself out exploring the countryside or just walk down to the outdoor market to pick up something for that night’s dinner, at the end of the day, when you are watching the sunset over this beautiful town it would be difficult to come away with anything other than the feeling that life is very, very good indeed.
This apartment is everything the pictures show it to be - and may actually be better. It is huge, and our family of four had lots of room to spread out. The upstairs veranda is fantastic and was where we spent many of our afternoons relaxing. We had everything we needed in the kitchen and the furniture was really nice - you can tell the owner takes a lot of pride in his beautiful apartment.
Being on the ramparts up to the castle was interesting, but if you have any mobility issues the walk up to the apartment door may be difficult. I kind of enjoyed the steep walk as it helped burn off all of the wine and cheese we consumed. :) The apartment is worth the 30 seconds of uphill climb!
Both the owner, Jeffrey, and the contact, Dennis, were very nice and easy to stay in contact with. The only thing missing was an information sheet about what they would like you to do before check-out... I felt badly that we were supposed to remove all of the garbage; we had no idea and so we hadn't done so. We have rented many apartments and some say to leave the garbage, some say to remove it. A short sheet with requirements would be helpful to avoid any confusion from the renter, and annoyance from the owner. (Note - Dennis was very nice about the misunderstanding although I know it caused him a bit of stress.)
This is a great location for day trips and we thoroughly enjoyed Nimes, Arles, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard. There is a lot of history in this location, and this is a great apartment to come back to after exploring.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Apr 1 - Sep 30
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 - Mar 30
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Minimum stay during the months of July and August is 7 days, Sat/Sat
For other times, for stays of less than 7 days, there is a 175 euro fee for key exchange/cleaning/laundry