About the property
- House2000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Sunny 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, beautiful views, aprox 2000sq ft with terrace
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!
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- May 27, 2018
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
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Bliss in Beaucaire
We spent five lovely days in this wonderful property, overlooking the 12C Chateau de Beaucaire. Beyond the location, the house is fabulous, with plenty of space for all, so tastefully decorated that you could not help but settle into a comfortable chair to relax. The kitchen is very well provisioned, the beds extremely comfortable, and the rooftop terrace our favorite destination after a busy day of sightseeing. We loved the location as it allowed us to easily access the sightseeing highlights of the Provence region while still escaping to a quiet, peaceful homelike setting each evening. We really enjoyed the extensive local markets, held Wednesday and Sunday mornings, and located just a few blocks away. We were able to purchase beautiful fresh food to enjoy on days when we wanted to cook, or eat out when we preferred. We had an unforgettable lunch at Mme. Cecile's, as well as meals at several other local bistros. We will never forget the sunsets on the roof, watching the evening swallows and chimney swifts circling the beautiful Eglise Notre Dame des Pommiers. Dennis, the local caretaker was very welcoming, helpful and a wealth of information on the area. Thank you, Jeffrey, for an unforgettable experience.
Thank you for your kind words and am delighted that you enjoyed and mentioned all the many aspects that I enjoy myself at my house when I am there.Delighted to have people who appreciate it enjoying it when I cannot be there to enjoy it myself. Thank you...
Perfect staying at home...perfect for exploring the region!
Beaucaire was an ideal location from which to explore Provence. It is a little more laid back and less touristy than some of the other towns ..For us, that was ideal. Now, to the house. It was wonderful. Comfortable in every way, fantastic views and lounging from that amazing terrace. Every day and evening those Mediterranean skies danced with color and beautiful clouds. We were a couple, so there was more than ample room for me and my wife. The home could easily and comfortably accommodate 4 or even 6, but having it to ourselves was such a treat. We were met graciously by Dennis. He explained everything, although we two “innocents abroad” never figured out the washing machine...but no problem, the local laundramat served us well during our weeks stay. The owner has decorated the home with beautiful, comfortable furnishings of Provence...we felt like we were staying in a French country chateau, with tastefully updated bathrooms and a modern kitchen. What’s our bottom line? A perfect week, thanks in great part to staying in this charming, comfortable and ideally situated home. If we are ever to return to the south of France, I do hope we would be able to rent this home again. (By the way, the owner communicated concisely and in short time to my pre-booking inquiries; he offered some good restaurant suggestions, and had a chilled bottle of wine in the fridge when we arrived....A nice touch.)
Lovely 17th century house - great base to visit area!
We stayed for five nights. It was just the two of us, my husband and me, so we did not need all the space, but we loved the house and location in the vieille ville section of the town of Beaucaire. The house itself is ancient but renovated, with modern bathrooms, ( incl.good plumbing and water pressure,), beautiful stone walls, period furniture, a washer, dishwasher, etc, There are two bedrooms upstairs, and a large bed in the alcove of the living room on the ground floor. The bed in master bedroom was very comfortable. Everything was very clean, the kitchen, which we barely used, was well-equipped. One caveat: The house is not for the mobility-impaired, it is up a steep hill on the way to the chateau, and then there are two stories in the house plus stairs to the rooftop terrace, which has a great view. The house itself is one minute down the hill to a pretty square, Place de la vieille ville, with a bar, a restaurant (Chez Cecile, it was lovely and very reasonable) and another bar- -restaurant, where you can have a bite and a drink after a long day. We loved the square, had drinks or dinner there most nights. From Beaucaire, we got around to a number of sights: we visited Avignon and area, St-Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux, Arles, the wine country in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and Orange. We have stayed in a number of VRBO places in our travels, and this house was very nice and excellent value for money. Definitely recommended. It can easily accommodate six people. It is a period house though, so it can be a bit dark with the shutters to keep out the heat. The housekeepers are very easy to deal with and the arrival and departure were painless. Hope you enjoy it too!
Already missing it
We were just blown away when we first walked into this house - it is like your personal small castle! We had a small family reunion (2+4 people), and it was just perfect for that: my husband and I had the downstairs (street level) four-poster bed, which is in the common area, but has enough privacy with curtains around it. Upstairs bedrooms get beautiful light in the morning. The kitchen is very functional and had everything we needed. The upstairs music room is very calming and we imagined sitting there, cozily, on a cold night, enjoying a good book. The cherry on the top is the enormous terrace on the third level! The view really is breathtaking and we spent a lot of time up there, with wine & cheese, stargazing, relaxing in the hammock. So much hard work and love has gone into renovating and designing this beautiful home!
I have meant to thank you for your wonderful review. I see you really appreciated how special the house is and also understood the "love and work" that went into it. It is gratifying to hear that and a pleasure that others who appreciate it can enjoy the house when I am not able.
gorgeous, spacious home
Our stay in Beaucaire was wonderful. The village is conveniently located & authentic Provence - not touristy at all. The home itself is very large & beautifully furnished.
Charm and character
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.
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
Additional information about rental rates
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