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Inspiring Apartment In Barjac With Terrace Views Over The Cevennes Mountains

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment in Barjac, Nr. Ales, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - The Ideal Base To Explore The Food And Culture Of Barjac And The Surrounding Countryside

Originally a silk-weaver's house, Maison Martinet lies in the picturesque medieval heart of Barjac next to the chateau. It has been sympathetically modernised while maintaining its original rustic stone features. There are 2 spacious ensuite bedrooms and a relaxing living room and kitchen. The panoramic roof terrance is the ideal place to dine or watch the sun set over the beautiful Cevennes mountains. With its bustling weekly market and famous open-air antique markets twice a year, Barjac has a reputation as a cultural centre as well as being at the heart of French organic food. There are busy restaurants throughout the town which is also surrounded by some of the most scenic swimming rivers in France. It forms a great base for visits to Avignon, Uzes and the Ardeche.

Alan Thornton
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2018

About Alan Thornton

I bought the house in 2005 from our great friends Richard and Andrew who live next door. It took around 5 years to finally get the place sorted and has been a labour of love for may years.

I work in London but escape to Barjac whenever I can.

My mum, Brenda, often spends time over the summer in the downstairs apartment so she'll probably be on hand to give you the keys and offer any advise you need on local places to visit.

Alan Thornton purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Alan Thornton chose Barjac

Barjac is a great base for visiting the area. It's a centre for organic farming and benefits from amazing rivers like the Chassezac and the Ceze which you can to swim or canoe in, all within half an hour.

I has two huge antique markets every year which fill the town and during the summer you can almost be certain of something going on most weeks, whether it be a bull-run, a music festival, a lavender fair or just the amazing Friday market.

What makes this apartment unique

Read reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor and

Guestbook comments from the owner

“What can I say! We had a truly wonderful time in Barjac. Your home there is beautiful and ideally located for visiting the whole area.

Barjac is a remarkable place. Not only did we find ourselves at the centre of French village life but we were constantly stimulated by new events: folk festival, market, bull running and antiques - all in the space of a week.

We enjoyed the Ceze Valley and the river was great for swimming. We also dined in the courtyard farm you suggested - excellent advice!”

Ian, Anne and family, Glasgow

“Such a wonderful place to stay. Can’t recommend it enough. The perfect French escape.”

Mary, Sydney

Apr 2013
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Barjac Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are two double bedrooms, both with scenic views. One room has a double-height gabled ceiling and is thought to be around 400 years old. There are a number of original stone features and beams preserved from its days as a silk-weaver's cottage.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Note that anyone using the sofa-bed would need to use one of the en-suite w/c shower rooms. Outside: There is a roof terrace with mountain views, a dining table for 8 people, a gas BBQ and a hammock. Utility Room: Washing machine, clothes airer, iron, vacuum cleaner Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen included. Extra cleaning is possible by arrangement. Other: There is a table for 8 people on the roof terrace, a gas BBQ and a hammock. A baby cot is available.


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Inspiring Apartment In Barjac With Terrace Views Over The Cevennes Mountains
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

Great Stay

  • 4 of 5

The property was as promised as shown on the website. Everything was in order and there was a great supply of dishes, cooking utensils and the appliances that are needed. The view is incredible and you get sit for hours just looking out over the countryside.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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If you want a laid back town with lots to do nearby then this is a great choice.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is situated in a beautiful town and located in a fantastic place for restaurants and bars. The property itself has been really nicely finished and has a very nice feel to it. Owner was very welcoming and was happy to help out with ideas of what to see in the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Property better than advertised

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Barjac apartment in late October and we found it be be perfectly appointed. When we arrived we were very impressed because it was even better than we had hoped- two large bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and sizeable kitchen/dining area and upstairs/loft entertainment area. By far the best feature of the apartment is the wonderful terrace overlooking the countryside and mountains. There is a propane bbq and it was very convenient for cooking evening meals. You will find every convenience in the apartment and despite the time of year, many restaurants were open. We took the bus from Avignon- it was only 2 Euros- on Le Sept. The bus was a very reliable and inexpensive way to travel to and from Barjac. We took the same bus north to see some of the other close-by villages, but only for a couple of hours because of the schedule. On another route, Edgard, you can take the bus to Ales and then hop on a train to Nimes. We loved the village of Barjac and we loved our stay in this wonderful property! Thank you Alan.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here, the apartment is superb; lovely decor and everything you could need. Diane was very friendly and helpful. We spent most of the time on the terrace which is covered and has lovely views, and sunsets. The gas BBQ was great too!

Barjac itself is a very pretty town with a good choice of restaurants / bars and interesting shops and The Friday market was amazing! We visited Pont du Gard on the way from Nimes airport, and we did a trip to Pont D'arc another day. We found a pretty swimming spot neat Rochegurd and spent a day there with a picnic. There is a little shop in Barjac for provisions, as well as a bakery, and the mini Carrefour on the edge of the town was useful for the bulk of food and drink.

All in all, a great stay, much recommended!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Urgemütliches Apartment im Zentrum einer kleinen mittelalterlichen Stadt

  • 4 of 5

Als Familie mit zwei Kindern (11 und 13 Jahre) haben wir den Aufenthalt in dieser Wohnung sehr genossen. Haus und Stadt sind mittelalterlich und wunderschön, die Wohnung ist sehr geschmackvoll renoviert, sehr sauber, gepflegt und liebevoll eingerichtet. Es fehlte uns wirklich an nichts. Die Temperaturen waren - wie fast überall in diesem Sommer - hoch, und so wurde es auch in unserem Apartment sehr heiß. Die vorhandenen Ventilatoren konnten hier ein bisschen Abhilfe schaffen. Bademöglichkeiten befinden sich nicht direkt im Ort, mit knappen 20 Minuten Fahrzeit zur Ardêche fühlten sich jedoch auch unsere Kinder gut versorgt. Attraktive Ausflugsziele gibt es in ca. 60 Minuten Fahrzeit mit dem Auto reichlich. Gemütliche Cafés, einige Restaurants und ein Bäcker befinden sich in unmittelbarer Nähe des Hauses. Während unserer Urlaubszeit in Barjac fand dort im Ort ein Musikfestival statt. Es wurde daher abends öfter laut, was uns vor allem am besucherstarken Wochenende überrascht hat. Die unterschiedliche Musik hat uns jedoch insgesamt nicht allzu sehr gestört und uns teilweise interessante Eindrücke verschafft. Außerhalb der Festivaltage ist es sicher sehr ruhig. Wir empfehlen diese Wohnung auf jeden Fall weiter.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Alles perfekt außer dem Internet

  • 4 of 5

Wir haben den Urlaub restlos genossen. In der Wohnung funktionierte alles außer dem Internet. Die Nachbarin war über die Maßen hilfreich. Als Urlaubsort ist Barjac unübertroffen - wir hatten guten Anschluss zu Avignon und mit dem Auto waren viele Orte erreichbar. Besonders zwei Restaurants sind zu empfehlen (La Garguouille und Monteil) ansonsten waren wir mit dem Bäcker an der Grand Rue sehr zufrieden. Der Markt am Freitag hat für jeden was.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Jonathan - Many thanks for the review and for pointing out the problem with the internet. We are now making improvements so that the wifi strength is more reliable. Thanks again, Alan Hallo Jonathan - vielen Dank für die Rezension und für das Hinweis auf das Problem mit dem Internet. Wir machen jetzt Verbesserungen, damit die Wifi-Stärke zuverlässiger ist. Nochmals vielen Dank, Alan (via Google Translate)
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Nearest Airport
56 Kilometres
Nimes & Marseille
Nearest Train
70 Kilometres
TGV Avignon
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Several within the town between Easter/September
Nearest Beach
105 Kilometres
The Camargues
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

TV Chef Richard Cawley (BBC's Ready Steady Cook) lives nearby and cookery courses can be arranged during Spring and Autumn by arrangement subject to his availability.


Beaches around Montpellier and the mouth of the Rhone are around 1.5 hours drive.


The most accessible airports are Marseille (Ryanair from Stansted; Easyjet from Gatwick, BA from Heathrow); Nimes (Ryanair from Luton & Liverpool) and Montpellier (Easyjet); There are other regional flights to Avignon. Another option is to travel by train on Eurostar from London St Pancras to Avignon or via Paris or Lille.

There is a bus service available but a car is really essential to make the most of the area. Nimes/Avignon around 1 hr; Marseille 1hr 50 mins.


Pont Du Gard and Avignon - just over 1hr

Scenic Uzes (Wed/Sat markets) - 50 minutes

Les Gorges de l'Ardeche - 20 minutes

Cascades and swimming rivers - 20 minutes

Ales - 20 minutes

St Ambroix - 15 minutes

Further Details:

Barjac has a proud heritage dating back beyond medieval times. The ancient centre of the town has been carefully restored - as has the chateau which forms the cultural heart of the town and is home to a library, cinema and a series of music concerts and cultural activities during the year.

Barjac has two famous open-air antique markets which occupy the entire town over the Easter weekend and the middle of August.

Within a five minute walk of the house you’ll find a wealth of local bars and restaurants. Sip a pastis at the bar Midi, a beer at the Chene Vert or a coffee at the Clos des Capusins. The town has many restaurants which specialise in everything from pizza to tapas and haut cuisine.

There is a large bustling market in Barjac every Friday. The area is a centre for organic farming and is also at the heart of the region’s lavender and olive production.

There are also many vineyards close by where you can sample a glass or two of the distinctive local wines.

You’ll also find many small shops in and around the town selling artisan breads, local meat, cheese and of course lavender products and olives.? Within a short drive there are also other picturesque towns such as Uzes and Goudarges.

There are several nearby locations for caving, rock-climbing, quad-biking, horse riding, donkeys and para-gliding.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $132.7
Cleaning Fee $86.25
Stay tax $2.65 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
A 50% deposit taken at time of booking with full payment due 30 days in advance.

Refunds: A 50% refund of the total cost if they cancel at least four weeks before the start of the holiday.

Changeover Day:
We aim to be flexible on change-over dates where possible

Notes on prices:
If the balance payment is not received at least two weeks before the holiday starts, the booking will be automatically cancelled.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.