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Luxury Property w/Private Pool, Rural Views, Beautifully Appointed Interiors

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 8
Bathrooms7
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Details
Property
villa
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
8
Bathrooms
7
Half Baths
1
Minimum Stay
7 nights

Description

Sauve Villa Rental Photos and Description

Luxury country estate near Sauve, Anduze, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Featured In Lifestyle Books. Nimes, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Sete, Sea & Mountains Within 1 Hour

The property comprises two magnificent ancient stone houses and a rustic deluxe cabin in the woods ( with bath) that sleeps 2, and a fantastic adventure Tree House in the woods with a beautiful large terrace that sleeps up to 3 or 4 ( one mattress is double). There is a bathroom below the tree house( with electricity) and an outdoor living room. All facing the mountains. Perdiguier Haut itself faces the foothills of the Cévennes mountains to the west and north, and is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards, sunflowers and evergreen oak. Situated on a little hill and built around a tree shaded courtyard, it is a beautiful and tranquil little hamlet with glorious 360-degree views. The estate has been lovingly converted by the same family over 25 years. Evidence of a Roman temple has been found just below the property.

Rooms are decorated with antiques and gorgeous modern pieces, many hand made for the house. Each stunning house has its own well stocked brand new chef's kitchen, and in addition there are 2 charming outdoor kitchens, each with seating for groups and a fabulous BBQ area with grills and planchas and even a pizza oven. As you walk through the property you come upon terraces, lawns (one with a pond), flower gardens, woodland & a swimming pool. For the energetic there are bicycles, pétanque, table tennis, badminton, and a range of exercise equipment. Nearby are excellent vineyards (Pic St Loup, Faugères, etc), beaches (45 mins), river swimming and canoeing/kayaking (20 minutes), beautiful walks to suit every level, ancient villages and colourful markets throughout the week. There are festivals, exhibitions and music of all genres in local villages & towns, such as Nîmes (35 min), Montpellier (45 min), Uzès (40 min), Arles (50 min), Sète (60 min), Avignon (60 min), & fine cultural sites such as the Pont-du-Gard (50 min).

Guests who stay here say it is nothing short of paradise. We think the same.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Owner
Zaza
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Calendar last updated:
January 17, 2016

About Zaza

We are a professional couple from London. We bought this property in 1991 and have derived great pleasure from renovating it and developing the gardens.

Zaza purchased this villa in 1991

Why Zaza chose Sommieres - Vidourle Valley

The area is unspoilt and maintains a strong sense of old fashioned French rural life. You can drive for hours down windy roads and see few other cars. The countryside has a rugged character, with green oaks, micocoulier trees, abundant wild flowers, vineyards, & wild herbs. Walks offer breathtaking views, rivers are unpolluted, and the towns and villages speak of their medieval past. The light is captivating and one is reminded of how Provence was 60 years ago. Yet we are not troubled by the disorienting winds of the Provençal Mistral, the endless traffic, or the Pyreneean Tramontane. Summer nights are cool and mosquito free.

The cultural life is exciting, with art and craft galleries, concerts and festivals of every variety, opera and theater. There are good restaurants, shops, & thriving street markets.

What makes this villa unique

The property has an enchanted air and is well looked after by a wonderful team who have been with us for 20 years. It is the prefect place to relax from the stress of work and recharge with new sights and sensations.

We sometimes find that guests settle in so comfortably - reading by the pool, taking walks, lounging in a hammock, drinking the excellent local wines as the sun sets - that they hardly leave the hill. Yet there are so many things to see & do close by - sightseeing, river & beach swimming, mountain activities, visits to caves, canoeing, horse riding.... Then there are the wines. The Pic Saint Loup, one of the hottest new wine regions of France, is just 20 minutes away. We know many of the vignerons personally and can recommend which to visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

May 2014

Norman and Brenda B. and family, New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA



For my 60th birthday, I decided that my wife and I would take a trip to Europe and spend a week In Southern France.

When we arrived at the house we were greeted by Ian, the house manager who gave us the tour of the houses and explained the minor details that were so helpful. I would say that all of us were pretty awestruck at the beautiful hilltop retreat that consisted of not one house or two, but actually three including the cabin in the woods.

There were two main outdoor kitchens, one near the main house and one adjacent to the pool, that both looked like they had been featured in one of the Better Homes magazines. We used both of them extensively during the daytime and then migrated indoors in the evening. Both outdoor kitchens were as functional as indoor kitchens and contained multitudes of utensils and dishes, with everything functionally arranged as if it it had been custom designed.

The main house had an awesome French country kitchen that was simple but tastefully beautiful and a dining room that was quite large and authentic 16th century. The upstairs bedrooms were all unique in size and shape with beautiful antique furnishings.

The second house had a duplicate main kitchen and dining room and bedroom, that would have had more than enough space for all of us if it were the only house. Perhaps the thing that amazed us the most were the absolutely amazing beautiful dishes, plates, glasses and bowls that looked as if each one had been purchased separately with an artistry goal in mind.

The cottage in the woods was a large one room cottage with large bathroom that again contained every amenity needed. It was close to the other houses but yet far enough to provide a perfect reading sanctuary in the heart of the woods.

In total, we were all thoroughly impressed with the originality of each house, the beautiful French country furnishings, the amazing dishes and eatery as well as the immaculate private grounds and large on grounds pool. I can’t think of any amenity anyone could ask for that wasn’t there and almost everything you needed was duplicated in multiple locations. Everything was perfectly maintained and the ambience truly afforded us all a very restful and satisfying vacation in Southern France.



July 2014

Kaye B, Sydney, Australia



We all had a fantastic stay at Perdiguer Haut - it's a wonderful location,

perched above the surrounding countryside with mountains in the distance,

and of course the two villas are absolutely gorgeous - not forgetting the

cabin in the woods - and really well appointed.

BART PARSOON, AUGUST 2014, BELGIUM





Dear Gareth & Zaro,



We look back to a splendid time in Sauve!

All info as on the website can be confirmed. On the contrary, you are too modest in formulating the facilities of the house

When we entered it, we were super guested! Nice, spacious, super clean, cozy, perfect entertained garden, and t
Feb 2012
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Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Luxury Property w/Private Pool, Rural Views, Beautifully Appointed Interiors
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews
4

A haven in unspoilt French countryside

  • 4 of 5

We were 14, a family spanning 3 generations, and it suited us all. The Farmhouse has recently been upgraded and is delightful. The pink house was perfect for the adult grandchildren. The cabin was full of character and charm. But the real highlight of this retreat is the outside space, which is beautiful, with wonderful views, peaceful and private. We ate outside for every meal, in an outdoor kitchen, and savoured the quiet, shady terraces and quiet spots. We cooked paella, had barbeques and ate like kings! We adored the region - loved exploring the local Roman towns, markets and vineyards and Sauve is a perfect base, having recently undergone considerable urban regeneration, with great food. We would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice review. But Frankly, we can't understand why you held back the last star. No one has ever done that. Plus it's clear that you loved it here. Confused. Zaro
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French Paridise

  • 5 of 5

We recently enjoyed a most wonderful four weeks at Perdiguier Haut with family and friends. The property and its surrounds were everything we expected and more. A most beautiful mix of charming character in a stunning hill top location. Outdoors or indoors you are spoilt for choice, between the wonderful outdoor kitchen or the atmospheric 16th century vaulted dining room. The shade under the tree, or the swimming pool in the sun - endless choices. On a practical level the property was well maintained, clean and well appointed with everything you would need. The gardens were just a delight, with abundant flowers and the scents of lavender. Any issues or queries were dealt with wonderfully by the property manager (thank you Alain) and also by the owners if required. Special thanks also to Josianne and Nicolas from the nearby village of Sauve, who catered a most wonderful meal for our family at the house, to celebrate a milestone birthday. Lots to do around the area, favourites being kayaking on and swimming in the local rivers and of course the beautiful old towns and villages which surround. The biggest difficulty was leaving at the end of our stay - but we will have the memories forever. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A wonderful family holiday for three generations in this beautifu rural area. More of a hamlet than a house giving a big party ample privacy and comfort yet proving beautiful communal areas inside and out. Much use made of the wonderful outside kitchen/eating area. Bicycled to shop for the morning bread in Sauve which we found to be an extremely friendly place where we had a memorable meal at lovely Le Troquet. Feeding everyone was easy having shopped in amazing local daily markets and had great fun swimming at the outstanding Pont du Gard and Pont du Diable Ian the owners' representative was extremely helpful and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this house to anyone wanting a holiday with a large group.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for a family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We went as an extended family of 8 adults and 5 children - 3 of whom were toddlers. The layout of the property was ideal as each family had their own house! Having said this we were mainly together during the days!

The house is truly beautiful but still feels like a home so we were all able to relax

Zaro had gone to great trouble to prepare for the little ones. She set up their bedroom perfectly and went to the trouble of getting suitable toys out for them. This was much appreciated.

The shopping was very easy - we had a quick drive to Quissac which provided absolutely everything we needed.

Many a happy evening was spent on the terrace by the summer kitchen where we enjoyed many meals prepared by a local caterer Josiane and delivered to us in the early evening by the chef Nicolas for us to heat through and serve ourselves. For a special occasion Josiane and Nicolas prepared and served the meal at Perdiguier - a real feast!

Ian was a really useful source of local information and looked after us very well. The departure process was very easy.

Phillipe (the gardener and handyman) was a real star and tended the grounds beautifully. It was lovely to chat to him in the evening.

The only negative to the holiday was the intense and unusual heat the whole region was suffering - but this was in no way the fault of the property! It was a joy to retreat to the air conditioning of the cabin in the woods which itself was a pleasure to stay in.

Thank you so much for a lovely holiday

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the beautiful review. It is a great pleasure for us to welcome such charming guests. Hopefully we will have the chance to meet.
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One week in French paradise

  • 5 of 5

This exceeded our wildest expectations! What a fabulous place. It's like you're in your own private hamlet on the top of a hill.

We'd seen the pictures and read the description of Perdiguier Haut so knew that it was likely to be perfect for our week of birthday celebrations with 14 adults taking over the 8 rooms. We were blown away though by the space, the level of comfort and the high spec. Everything on the website by way of description is true but more so. It feels like a cross between home and a boutique hotel.

Lazy days by the pool or sitting in the cool living areas, leisurely lunches prepared in the well appointed kitchens, gathering for sunset drinks and evening outdoor dining, eating our finds from the local supermarkets and markets.

Loads of fridge space to store your local wines, beers and food. The outdoor kitchen has loads of room to set up your bar and even has its own iPod docking station so bring your music.

Other than the daily trip for provisions, the occasional walk and a half day trip to Montpelier none of us felt the need to be away too long.

Although we spent much time together, there are plenty of spaces (indoor and out) for escape and quiet time with a cold drink or nespresso coffee and a book.

We had a local caterer, Josianne and her chef Nicolas, prepare the birthday gala dinner which was fantastic. We thoroughly recommend spoiling yourselves at least once.

Thanks to Ian for a thorough briefing and tour on arrival and smooth handover when we left and also to Philippe for the daily recycling trip and for keeping the grounds so bright.

Never before have we found it so hard to go back work and real life after a holiday. Just marvellous.

Brian & Glynn and friends

London, England

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brian and Friends, We are so happy that you could mark this important birthday at Perdiguier. And we are moved beyond words by your appreciative comments. This means so much to us. Thank you for such a beautiful review. Zaro and Gareth
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Provence Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We decided to travel to Southern France, so we invited our adult sons and their companions/wives/kids, eleven in total. Our family flew into Paris and took the 3 hour high speed train to Nimes, which was a half hour drive from the house. The property was a hilltop retreat, 40 minutes from the Mediterranean, and included 3 separate houses including a cabin in the woods. As a bonus, there were 2 main outdoor kitchens that were functional yet looked they belonged in a Better Homes magazine. The main house had an authentic country kitchen and a 16th century dining room, and upstairs bedrooms that were unique with antique furnishings. The second house had a duplicate main kitchen and bedroom with amazing artistic dishes and pottery. The cottage in the woods was a large one room house that contained every amenity needed, and was close to the other houses yet a perfect sanctuary. In total we were thoroughly impressed with the originality of the indoor rooms and outdoor living space, the beautiful French furnishings and immaculate private grounds and swimming pool. Everything was perfectly maintained and cast a peaceful ambiance that made our stay awesome. We did morning trips to the local town bakeries and frequented some of the neat local restaurants in Sauve & Qiussac. The locals were friendly and patient with their non-French speaking guests. It is without hesitation that we highly recommend this unique property which exceeded our expectations in every aspect.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nimes, Montpellier
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Sauve
Nearest Golf
40 Kilometres
Montpellier
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nimes
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A9
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Sauve
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Mont Aigual
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Montpellier
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Wide choice of sandy beaches within 45 minutes driving (Carnon) and 1 hour 15 minutes (Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer). Beach restaurants with beach lounge rental available at some of them.

Also, river swimming and canoeing/kayaking is fabulous near us.

Travel:

Nimes airport: 35 min

Montpellier airport 45 min

Marseille airport 1 hour 30 min

TGV train stations at Nîmes (45 min), Avignon (1 hour) and Montpellier (45 min)

Use of a car is recommended

Distances:

Sauve 3 kms (street market Saturday)

Quissac 8 kms (street market Wednesday)

Anduze 17 kms (street market Thursday)

Ganges 23 kms (caves, canoeing) (street market Friday)

Sommières 25 kms (street market Saturday)

Nîmes 42 kms (Roman arena, Roman temple, art museum) (covered fresh produce market daily)

Uzès 43 kms (street market Saturday)

Montpellier 51 kms

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert 52 kms (caves, canoeing, river swimming)

Arles 70 kms (Roman arena)

Pont du Gard 72 kms

Sète 89 kms

Further Details:

Quissac (8 kms) caters for all basic needs, has excellent butchers & bakers, a fresh produce street market on Wednesday, and a small supermarket.

Sauve (3 kms) has a good baker, an excellent delicatessen, basic supplies and a fresh produce street market on Saturday.

There are half a dozen good restaurants within 10 mins drive, including one gourmet restaurant, and several takeaway pizza restaurants.

Sauve has an excellent caterer who will prepare gourmet or simple meals to be served at the house. These are very popular with our guests - some have orders more dinners from the caterer than they have prepared themselves!

There are post offices with ATMs in Sauve and Quissac, and several banks in Quissac.

Montpellier and Nîmes offer a cosmopolitan cultural life, with classical and rock concerts (especially the Roman arena at Nîmes) and opera, museums & art galleries. However, the villages and towns nearby also offer a great variety of concerts, festivals and exhibitions in the summer months, particularly Sauve.

Rates & Availability

Sauve Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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SUMMER
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 30 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,987
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$6,987
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $2,667
Pet Fee $107
Stay tax €1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.

Booking Notes:
1. We accept payment in Euros, GBP, and Dollars; by bank wire transfer, PAYPAL or credit card.

2. A 40% booking deposit is required to confirm a reservation. The balance is payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. Refunds will only be made if it prove possible to relet the property for the period in question.

3. A 2,500 Pound security deposit is required with the balance of payment, returnable within 2 weeks of departure less any payment to cover damage to the property or contents.

Changeover Day:
Booking period runs from Saturday to Saturday. Arrival from 4pm, departure by 9am.

1/3 Upon booking. 2/3 6 weeks before arrive;

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Amenities

Sauve Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 650 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Toilet 1 - toilet
  • 81/2 Bathrooms MAISON DE MAITRE Bath 1: shower/wc ensuite Bath 2: shower & bath/wc Bath 3: shower & bath/wc FARM HOUSE Bath 4 shower/wc ensuite Bath 5 shower/wc CABIN Bath 6 - Shower & bath/wc POOL BATHROOM Bath 7- shower/wc UTILITY ROOM Bath 8 - wc
Bedrooms:
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 double
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 14 (8 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: MAISON DE MAITRE Bed 1: Super King Bed 2: Double Bed 3: Double Bed 4: Double FARM HOUSE Bed 5: Queen Bed 6: Queen Bed 7: Queen CABIN Bed 8: Queen
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 7 bicycles
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is elegant, tasteful and comfortable. Everyone (family, friends, guests) who comes loves it and says it is a DREAM house. It is. Views are magnificent and the setting perfect. It is 'one-off' truly not-to-be missed property. RENTED DURING SUMMERS OF 2014 & 2015: EVERY GUEST GAVE IT A FABULOUS REVIEW, SAYING THE HOUSE AND GROUNDS EXCEEDED THEIR EXPECTATIONS. Outside: There are both gas and charcoal Weber grills, a plancha, paella pans and burners, children's toys, a large swimming pool with comfortable pool furniture, an outdoor pool eating area and kitchen, 5 furnished terraces all with different views, & a pond with a fountain. For the energetic: 7 bicycles and helmets, pétanque (French boules), exercise equipment in a gym area. There is also a child's bicycle seat, a baby crib, a junior bed, a high chair, a stroller, a car seat, booster seats, toys, a tyre swing, & pool inflatables - all available free of charge. Utility Room: 3 washing machines, dryer, large fridge, professional iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen (high quality Egyptian cotton) included. Property cleaned 1 x per week. Other: The cabin in the woods is one of the most charming places to stay. Fantastic views and lovely private patios. A dream. FOR 2015 WE ADDED A FABULOUS LOUNGE (70 SQ M) IN THE FARMHOUSE AND A GREAT BEDROOM/BATH

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