Stunning views over vineyards, olive groves and surrounding area. Situated on edge of tranquil village, 5 min walk to village store. House includes private walled garden with olive trees and barn with traditional barbecue and eating area. 5 x 10m inground pool with UV cleaning system. Pool is situated within a private walled garden with lockable gates to barbecue area and house. Please note all accommodation is on 1st and 2nd floors, stone spiral staircase to bedrooms 3 and 4. The house is on mains water, electricity and sewage. Uzes (famous Provencal market), Nimes (steeped in Roman history), Cevennes (unspoilt nature reserve), all within 20km. Sandy beaches, the Camargue, Avignon, Arles, Pont du Gard, Montpellier all within 45 min drive. The area is rich in antique markets, food markets, restaurants and architecture. Wine-tasting, cycling, walking, canoeing, swimming, horse-riding all available locally.
I am an artist who worked in Britain organising art exhibitions and public commissions. I have lived in this house for 20 years and have had enormous fun and creative pleasure restoring it.
I have 2 daughters, one a film producer,the other a singer songwriter who has represented her country at dressage. Whilst splitting their time between Hollywood, New York and London they always return to Sauzet to recharge their creative batteries.
The Owner purchased this in 1990
This area offers us a wonderful combination of beautiful landscape and culture. For me as an artist this is the perfect setting.
We enjoy the wide variety of historical towns and villages including the beautiful Roman city of Nimes, which always regards itself as a Provencal city. Our first visit to the Arena at Nimes for a concert was very special.
We like markets and there is always one on close to us, some weekly, some special events. Cooking is important to us and the local ingredients are superb - our local asparagus is especially good.
There is an abundance of good vineyards at prices that are very reasonable. Visits to vineyards for tastings are a pleasure and we, even after 20 years, are still discovering little gems. Entertaining is inexpensive but endlessly enjoyable.
We are in a friendly village with amenities but a village that has virtually no second homes. This means that the local culture is strong and very much alive Each village has its Fete Votive which provides 3 -5 days of celebratory meals, singing, dancing and the running of the bulls. An experience that has to be seen and shared in.
Our village is near enough to the mountains and the sea to provide many choices but as the summers are sunny and warm even just lazing by the pool is a pleasure.
Our house provides comfort linked with history and charm in a setting that is private but not isolated.
This is truly a charming and beautiful house - the best and most relaxed holiday we have ever had.
We have had a wonderful time in your delightful chateau.
Steeped in history, a pleasure to come home to in the evening.
The location was ideal for exploring this part of France - ideal for a family. The facilities were very good with equipment provided for cooking and eating including recipe books. The place was clean and tidy and historic features appreciated including reading books and maps . We did kayaking on the Gard river to Pont du Grad, the steam train Anduze to St Jean du Gard , the market at Uzes and adventure parks near Anduze en Cevannes. A massive thunderstorm provided a challenge in the middle of the night.
The supermarket was a short distance away by car. Yes we recommend this villa and the owners speak English.
The Camargues and a number of beaches are about 45 min away. Clean, sandy, unspoilt beaches.
There are airports at Nimes (20 min) and Montpellier (45 min) Both served by national airlines, Ryanair plus Easyjet to Montpellier. Marseilles (a major International Airport) is about 1 hour 40 mins distance. The super-fast TGV train stops at Nimes, where passengers can also put their cars aboard a train and then travel with them to and from a number of towns and cities in Europe.
Nimes - 15 min; Montpellier - 45 min; Uzes - 15 min; Ales - 15 min; Arles - 50 min; Avignon - 45 min; Pont du Gard - 30 min; Aix-en-Provence - 1 hr 40 min. All times are approx by car.
Local village (Sauzet): general store, bar, pizza
1.5 km to next village (St. Genies de Malgoires): supermarket, bank, bakeries, butchers, general stores.